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Talbot Brooks, director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies at Delta State University

Brooks certified by U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation

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This spring, the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation officially launched its Universal GEOINT Certification Program at its GEOINT 2016 Symposium.

Talbot Brooks, director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies at Delta State University, was one of six professionals to receive designation as a Universal GEOINT Professional.

The certification program is beneficial to anyone who wants to further his or her education and training, stay current and relevant in the profession, take the next step in career advancement, differentiate themselves, or showcase a deep understanding of geospatial information technologies.

Brooks’ certification is extremely relevant in the field because the Undersecretary of Defense has mandated these credentials for employment within the intelligence and military geospatial community.

“Our curriculum (at Delta State) directly supports these credentials,” said Brooks. “The underlying body of knowledge will serve as the base for professional accreditation of our degree.”

Brooks is one of two persons working in academia to have earned the professional distinction.

To learn more about the Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies at Delta State, visit http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-arts-and-sciences/center-for-interdisciplinary-geospatial-information-technologies.

DSU Students receive Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship

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JACKSON, Miss. – Andrew Van Velsor, a graduate of Delta State University and Senatobia native, was recently awarded the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship valued at $30,000 per year for his medical training at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson at the annual scholarship ceremony. Van Velsor is the son of Donald Van Velsor of Southaven, MS. and Robin Peeler of Senatobia.

Meghan L.  Johnson, a graduate Co-Lin Community College and graduate of Delta State University and Crystal Springs native, was recently awarded the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship valued at $30,000 per year for her medical training at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson at the annual scholarship ceremony.  Johnson is the daughter of Bruce and Selena Johnson of Crystal Springs.

Created in 2007, the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program (MRPSP) is designed to provide more primary care physicians in rural areas of Mississippi.  During medical school, each MRPSP scholar receives $30,000 per year based on available funding. Consistent legislative support of the MRPSP translates to 60 medical students receiving a total of $1,800,000 to support their education this fall.  In addition to the legislative support, 5 privately funded scholarships are also awarded this year. Other benefits include personalized mentoring from practicing rural physicians and academic support.

Upon completion of medical training, MRPSP scholars must enter a residency program in one of five primary care specialties: family medicine, general internal medicine, medicine-pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology or pediatrics. The MRPSP Scholar must provide four years of service in a clinic-based practice in an approved Mississippi community of 20,000 or fewer population located more than 20 miles from a medically served area.

MRPSP provides a means for rural Mississippi students to earn a seat in medical school and to earn a $120,000 medical school scholarship in return for four years of service and learn the art of healing from practicing rural physicians.

For more information, contact MRPSP Associate Director Dan Coleman at 601-815-0564, jdcoleman@umc.du or http://mrpsp.umc.edu.

 

The Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program and the Mississippi Rural Dentists Scholarship Program are state-funded efforts to increase the number of physicians and dentists serving the health-care needs of Mississippians in rural areas. Housed at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, and collaborating with its schools of medicine and dentistry and the College of Osteopathic Medicine at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, the programs use various outreach, mentoring and training methods to identify, support, educate and deploy new generations of health-care workers for Mississippi’s underserved populations. To learn more about either program, click here.

 

 

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State financial aid now requires 15-hour course load

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Beginning in Fall 2016, undergraduates must enroll in and complete 15 credit hours each semester to remain eligible for state financial aid programs.

These programs require that students are considered full-time:

  • Higher Education Legislative Plan for Needy Students Scholarship (HELP)
  • Mississippi Resident Tuition Assistance Grant (MTAG)
  • Mississippi Eminent Scholars Grant (MESG)
  • Law Enforcement Officers and Firemen Scholarship (LAW)
  • Teacher Education Scholars Forgivable Loan (TES)
  • William Winter Teacher and Alternate Route Teacher Forgivable Loan (WWTS/WWAR)
  • Health Care Professions Undergraduate Forgivable Loan (HCP-UG)

Students registered for less than 15 credit hours should contact the registrar to add hours.

Here are some answers to commonly asked questions:

  • Summer hours cannot be added to Fall or Spring hours.
  • If enrollment drops below 15 credits before state aid is disbursed to the student, the aid will be cancelled for that term and the following term. If enrollment drops below 15 credits after state aid is disbursed to the student, the aid will be cancelled for the following term.
  • Students should not report their enrollment directly to the Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid. Enrollment is reported by the institution on behalf of its students.
  • All credit hours for a given term must be completed at a single institution. Credit hours cannot be completed at multiple institutions for a single term.
  • Students with fewer than 15 credit hours remaining in the course of study may appeal for an exception for a single term. Students with 24 or fewer credit hours remaining in the course of study may appeal for an exception for two terms.  Instructions for submitting an appeal is provided below.
  • Students enrolled in certain programs with defined curriculum pathways (lock-step) should not apply for individual exceptions. Each institution will apply for program exceptions to apply to all students in such programs.
  • Exceptions will be made for students in certain majors that require clinical, practicum, or student teaching terms. Each institution is being advised regarding how to report enrollment for such terms.
  • All students, even athletes, will be impacted in the same way. In order to receive and continue to receive state aid, the student must take and complete 15 hours, regardless of whether or not the student is an athlete or on any other kind of institutional scholarship.

For more information please visit www.mississippi.edu/financialaid or call Mississippi Office of Student Financial Aid 601-432-6997 or 800-327-2980 (toll-free).

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Parker represents Delta State at Train-the-Trainer sessions

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Dr. Janet-Parker_NewsJanet Parker represented Delta State in the Train-the-Trainer sessions for LETRS, a literacy foundational skills and research-based approach, to be used in early literacy courses.

As Mississippi continues to strive to develop the literacy skills of all students, efforts are underway to redesign teacher preparation courses in early literacy throughout the state. In support of this endeavor, a professional learning opportunity was provided by the Barksdale Reading Institute, the Center for Excellence in Literacy Instruction, and Voyager Sopris Learning. Professors from most Mississippi universities and colleges attended the session at the Insight Park facility on the University of Mississippi campus.

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Clifton Taulbert to lecture July 19 in Ewing Hall

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Delta State University College of Education and the Delta School Leadership Pipeline will host a lecture by Clifton Taulbert.

The lecture, titled Creating a Positive Organizational Culture in Schools, is set for Tuesday, July 19, from 9:30 a.m. until noon in the Jacob Center in Ewing Hall on the Delta State campus.

Clifton lecture July 19Taulbert is an American author, business consultant, and speaker. He has written books such as Eight Habits of the Heart: Embracing the Values that Build Strong Communities, and Eight Habits of the Heart for Educators. His belief is, “The culture we create and the way we think are essential for success within our workplaces. Building community is our commitment to an inclusive and collaborative culture. To think entrepreneurially, is to discover new and exciting pathways to workplace success. Together, they are transformative.”