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New stereomicroscope is enhancing the Delta State Herbarium and Environmental Science Programs

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During the Fall 2016 semester, the Department of Biological Sciences acquired a new Meji trinocular zoom stereo-microscope on a boom stand with high definition capabilities.

Other features associated with this particular microscope are a LED (Light-emitting diode) ring illuminator, a HD Video Camera, and a widefield, high-eyepoint eyepiece. The instrument was purchased from Miller Microscope and paid for with funds from the National Science Foundation herbarium grant that is associated with the Mississippi Herbarium consortium and participating institutions.

One main goal of this grant is to digitize the entire 17,000 plus herbarium collection that Delta State University possesses.

Mississippi ranks in the top third of U.S. states for the predicted numbers of plant taxa, species, genera, and families per unit area. The documentation of most species is sparse so fulfilling this gap will make an important contribution to the Flora of North America.

Mississippi specimens contained in Delta State University herbarium collection as well as specimens contained in other local herbarium throughout the state (Mississippi State University, the University of Southern Mississippi, The University of Mississippi, and the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science) are being used to compile a checklist of all plant species that occur in Mississippi.

Dr. Nina Baghai-Riding said that the versatility of this microscope is helping with the identification of many problematic herbarium specimens.

“Minute details of flower, stem, and leaf parts can be easily analyzed and photographed and sent to other curators for identification if needed,” she said. “In addition, this microscope has been useful in photographing specimens associated with other undergraduate environmental science projects that will be presented at the upcoming Mississippi Academy of Sciences in Hattiesburg on Feb. 23-24, including prey remains contained in Carolina Biological owl pellets and teeth of a monitor lizard.”

To learn more about the Environmental Science program at Delta State University, contact Baghai-Riding @662-846-4797 or nbaghai@deltastate.edu.

Delta State celebrates fall commencement

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Delta State University celebrated 2016 Fall Commencement ceremonies at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on Saturday.

The keynote address was provided by Dr. John Tiftickjian, professor emeritus of biology. Tiftickjian was presented with the Kossman Outstanding Faculty Award during spring commencement ceremonies on May 7, 2016.

The institution, family, friends and graduates came together to recognize the accomplishments of over 360 undergraduate and graduate students.

Senior Tyler Sullivan will serve as a 2017 Thad Cochran Fellow.

DSU quarterback selected for prestigious Congressional Fellowship

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Delta State University Statesmen quarterback Tyler Sullivan was recently selected as a 2017 Congressional Fellow for U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi.

Sullivan, who is a biology premedical science major, will move to Washington D.C. in January and remain there through the spring semester. The program selects one Delta State student each year to serve on Cochran’s staff, with the goal of providing a better understanding of the legislative process.

“I am extremely grateful to be selected for the fellowship,” said Sullivan, a native of Louisville, Mississippi. “It’s hard to actually wrap my mind around the fact that I’ll be moving to D.C. in January to work for such a prestigious senator. The fact that Delta State and the Delta Council have chosen and trust me to be their representative for the fellowship is a very high honor.”

Sullivan said he was excited to learn how the legislative process works, having never previously delved into politics.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge of seeing what I’m made of,” he added. “This is an opportunity to not only get a solid foundation in politics, but also an opportunity that will benefit me no matter what I do in the future. I want to learn what it takes to be a valuable Mississippian like Sen. Cochran is, and how to make tough decisions that will affect many people.”

Delta State has a long-running tradition of sending fellows to Washington, and Delta State President William N. LaForge served as Cochran’s chief of staff during the 1980s.

“I am thrilled that Tyler Sullivan has been chosen to be our Congressional Fellow,” said LaForge. “He is confident, capable and is the perfect candidate for this opportunity. He will be of great value to Sen. Cochran’s office while representing Delta State in grand fashion.

“It is professionally and personally gratifying to me that we continue this wonderful relationship with the senator’s office in cooperation with Delta Council and Staplcotn because of the affiliation with Sen. Cochran going back to my days as his chief of staff. Tyler will have an excellent experience there, and their office will benefit from his outstanding background at Delta State.”

Sullivan, who will graduate in December, is currently applying to medical school. He was recently named a finalist for the 2016 William V. Campbell Trophy, which is presented to the best football scholar-athlete in the country. Sullivan was one of only 12 athletes to make the final list and will travel to New York on Dec. 6 for the awards ceremony.

The fellowship program is funded through Delta State University, the Delta Council and Staplcotn. Additionally, Sullivan will receive a stipend from Cochran’s office.

The Delta Council is an area economic development organization representing the 18 Delta and part-Delta counties of Northwest Mississippi. The organization pioneers efforts to solve common problems and promote the development of the local economy. Founded in 1921, Staplcotn (Staple Cotton Cooperative Association) is the oldest and one of the largest cotton marketing cooperatives in the United States.

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College of Business recognized in another national ranking

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Delta State University’s College of Business has once again been identified as having one of the top low-cost online master’s programs in a recent ranking from http://www.bestmastersdegrees.com.

Delta State was commended for its Integrated Master of Business Administration (iMBA) program.

When determining the degree types that would make the list, Best Master’s Degrees considered popularity, accessibility and long-term investment. The schools were then ranked based on criteria such as number of online programs, degrees conferred, employment outlook and salary potential.

Ranking editors noted that Delta State’s program as one of the most cost-effective in the nation.

Best Master’s Degrees’ mission is to help prospective graduate students make informed decisions about what kind of degree to pursue and where to study. Its main focus is providing rankings and profiles of degree programs across a variety of the most common master’s degree areas.

Learn more about Delta State’s College of Business at http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-business.

From left to right: Moira Fair, Cat Vincent, Janet Sheffield, Darkemia DuBose, Erica Sims-Dumas, Aaliyah Jones, Loleta McKnight, Ryan Kwan, Jana’ Slay, Nicki Norman, Rodericka Robinson, Chelsey Haik, Kaislynn Archie, Dr. George Beals and Helen Jones.

Counseling graduate students attend conference

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Photo (left to right): From left to right: Moira Fair, Cat Vincent, Janet Sheffield, Darkemia DuBose, Erica Sims-Dumas, Aaliyah Jones, Loleta McKnight, Ryan Kwan, Jana’ Slay, Nicki Norman, Rodericka Robinson, Chelsey Haik, Kaislynn Archie, Dr. George Beals and Helen Jones.

Last month, 13 Delta State counseling graduate students attended the annual Mississippi Counseling Association Conference held in Biloxi, Mississippi. Eleven students volunteered as facilitators for the sessions and helped with the registration tables.

The Delta Sigma Upsilon Chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, an international honor society for counseling students, professionals and educators, had fundraisers to sponsor counseling students’ transportation. The DSU-CSI chapter also volunteers for the DSU Woodall Spring Conference each April which helps cover hotel accommodations. For their MCA volunteer service, students were able to attend at a reduced registration rate.

“We are grateful and honored by MCA in their selection of our students to volunteer,” said Cat Vincent, co-sponsor of Delta Sigma Upsilon. “Our counseling students stepped up to the plate in demonstrating their abilities as leaders and budding professionals. They brought a positive presence to their volunteer work and were self-motivated in helping whenever necessary.”

As is common with instituting new procedures and technology, the conference had some bumps in the road with Internet access and the new continuing education app.

Carolyn Anderson, MCA executive director, said, “Without the help of the Delta State University graduate students, I do not believe the Mississippi Counseling Association would have had a successful conference. I look forward to working with DSU students in the future. They certainly saved the day with our new system of scanning and keeping track of attendance.”

“Serving as a volunteer at MCA, I was afforded the opportunity to grow both personally and professionally, “ said Darkemia DuBose, president of Delta Sigma Upsilon, local chapter of the Chi Sigma Iota honor society. “I’ve gained an immense amount of knowledge and learned the importance of advocacy within a professional organization. Attending MCA was such a rewarding experience.”

Learn more about counselor education at Delta state at http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-education/counselor-education-and-psychology.