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Karen L. Cummins Endowed Scholarship established

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Billy Cummins (second from right), signed endowment agreements for the Karen L. Cummins Endowed Scholarship Fund in memory of his wife Thursday with Delta State Chief Development Officer Gary Bouse (l to r), President William N. LaForge and Keith Fulcher, executive director of Alumni-Foundation.

 

Delta State University welcomed Billy Cummins to campus Thursday to sign endowment agreements for the Karen L. Cummins Endowed Scholarship Fund in memory of his wife, Karen L. Cummins, a 1979 graduate of Delta State University who was a trustee of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning and an exemplary employee of Atmos Energy Corporation.

The Delta State University Foundation, which will manage the fund, has received over $50,000 in generous donations from family members, Atmos Energy Corporation, friends and colleagues.

The purpose of the fund is to establish a scholarship for a student attending Delta State University.

Delta State President William N. LaForge said he was extremely grateful to the Cummins family.

“Billy Cummins’s generous gift to the Delta State University Foundation is significant for two reasons. First, it honors a very special person — his wife, Karen — who was a Delta State alumna and served on the IHL Board of Trustees. Secondly, the gift supports a major foundation scholarship fund that Delta State has established, with Billy’s guidance, that will honor Karen’s memory in perpetuity, while providing funds for deserving students to attend Delta State far into the future,” LaForge said.

“I am very grateful to Billy Cummins, his and Karen’s companies — Atmos and Entergy — and all donors who have contributed to this fund in Karen’s memory,” he added. “It is so fitting that we pay tribute to Karen Cummins in this meaningful way.”

The current level of the endowment will provide approximately $2,000 annually to a qualified recipient.

Potential recipients will exemplify the following guidelines:
-Recipient shall be the child of a current employee of the Atmos Energy Corporation or Entergy Corporation. First consideration will be given to children of employees of Atmos Energy.
-Recipient shall possess a high school grade point average of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).
-Recipient shall maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher while attending Delta State.
-Recipient must meet all university scholarship guidelines to maintain the scholarship while enrolled at Delta State.
-Recipient must be in good standing with the university, will uphold the guiding principles and embody the core values of Delta State University.

The fund is open to additional contributions, which will enhance the value of the scholarship’s endowment. Contributions can be made by check made payable to the Delta State University Foundation, Box 3141, Cleveland, MS, 38733, or online at www.deltastategiving.org.

For more information, contact Gary Bouse, Delta State Chief Development Officer, at gbouse@deltastate.edu or 662-846-4704.

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Delta State recognized in Architect Magazine

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Delta State University and its signature Delta Music Institute program were recently mentioned in an Architect Magazine article about Grammy Museum® Mississippi.

The article credits the Delta Music Institute for having the most unique audio recording facilities in the South.

The article also praises the new 28,000-square-foot museum, housed on Delta State’s campus, for its distinct state-of-the-art architectural design, inside and out.

Read the full story at http://www.architectmagazine.com/project-gallery/grammy-museum-mississippi.

Learn more about opportunities with the Delta Music Institute at http://www.deltastate.edu/artsandsciences/delta-music-institute.

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Students to present at Posters in the Rotunda

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Students from all eight of Mississippi’s public universities will share their research and creative activities on a variety of topics Thursday with legislators and state leaders at Posters in the Rotunda, held in the Rotunda of the State Capitol. Students will show how their research solves some of Mississippi’s most pressing problems and benefits the citizens of the state.

Participating Delta State students and their topics included:

  • Kristina Hong: Game-Based Student Response Systems and Academic Performance
  • Brittany Hulsey: Paleocommunity of Rancholabrean Age Megafauna Found Along Lower Mississippi Delta Gravel Bars
  • Kiersten Page: Using VARK Modalities to Increase Retention in Organic Chemistry
  • William Weeks: Electrospinning Alginate-Based Nanofibers

The event provides opportunities for legislators to visit with students from their districts, allows students to network with each other as they learn about work on other campuses, and showcases the cutting-edge research conducted by undergraduates that benefits the residents of Mississippi.

“Posters in the Rotunda epitomizes both the diversity and high quality of the scholarship being done by students and their faculty mentors,” said Dr. Marie Danforth, chair of the steering committee for the Drapeau Center for Undergraduate Research at The University of Southern Mississippi, and coordinator of the event. “This year, we’ve been able to expand the event to include more undergraduates from each university. Two students representing Mississippi INBRE, a statewide program focusing on biomedical research, are also participating.”

Scheduled speakers include Governor Phil Bryant and Lieutenant Governor Tate Reeves, with introductions given by Dr. Gordon Cannon, vice president for research at The University of Southern Mississippi.

“I am so pleased that the Posters in the Rotunda event has been expanded to include even more students for its second year,” said Dr. Glenn Boyce, Commissioner of Higher Education. “This is an excellent program that highlights the value of undergraduate research and the impact university research has on solving Mississippi’s most pressing problems. Participating in undergraduate research projects provides a great experience for the students, strengthening their academic, leadership and presentation skills and preparing them for research on the graduate level.”

Modeled after the Posters on the Hill event in which students from across the country share their work in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Mississippi’s event is similar to ones held in 17 other states.

More information on the Posters in the Rotunda event is available at http://postersintherotundams.org.

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The Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning governs the public universities in Mississippi, including Alcorn State University; Delta State University; Jackson State University; Mississippi State University including the Mississippi State University Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine; Mississippi University for Women; Mississippi Valley State University; the University of Mississippi including the University of Mississippi Medical Center; and the University of Southern Mississippi.

ACE

Delta State recognized nationally for teaching and student success

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Delta State was one of just 14 institutions nationwide recognized for its commitment to great teaching and student success.

The recognition came at the American Council on Education’s 99th annual meeting in Washington, D.C., considered one of the nation’s most distinguished higher education events.

Delta State and the 13 other institutions recognized have adopted the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) as a scalable solution to train faculty in effective teaching. The 14 schools were introduced as the founding class of ACUE’s partners. ACUE was founded by leaders in higher education to ensure that all college students receive great instruction. Through a landmark collaboration with the American Council on Education, ACUE provides the only comprehensive, scalable, and high-quality program to credential faculty in the evidence-based teaching practices necessary for student success.

Delta State University Provost Dr. Charles McAdams attended the meeting.

Our participation in the ACUE program and our efforts to raise funds and implement our Center for Teaching and Learning are critical for one very important reason — the single most important factor in student success is good teaching,” said McAdams. “While there are many other factors that can impact students in significant ways, effective teaching is still critical to our students staying in school and completing their degree. We have several initiatives that address important factors of student success, such as 15 is Full-Time, Academic Maps, or Proactive Advising. By emphasizing quality teaching we help all of our students be successful.”

I was pleased to be at the American Council on Education annual meeting when Delta State was recognized as a partner with ACUE,” added McAdams. “We were congratulated for our efforts to focus attention on the importance of good teaching and its relationship to student success. It is part of the responsibility of administration to support our faculty with the tools and professional development needed to maximize our effectiveness and increase student success.”

McAdams added that the course in “Effective Teaching Practices” by ACUE is the best professional development tool available to support faculty.

The announcement marks the first anniversary of ACE and ACUE’s landmark collaboration to promote excellence in college teaching. Inaugural ACUE partners represent a diverse set of institutions, from every sector of higher education, including large public flagship universities, a state system of higher education, a community college, and a private liberal arts school among others.

Nationwide, higher education employs over one million college educators whose responsibility is to teach. These instructional faculty rarely receive comprehensive training in the evidence-based teaching practices that promote student retention, graduation and deeper levels of learning. ACE and ACUE’s collaboration was born out of this recognition.

Faculty at each of the 14 founding partner institutions are participating in ACUE’s online course in Effective Teaching Practices, the first comprehensive and scalable program to train and credential instructional faculty in the essentials of college teaching. As part of the collaboration, ACE has completed an independent review of ACUE’s course and endorsed the program and certificate awarded to faculty who complete the course.

“Given the needs of today’s students and the transformation of the professoriate, the omission of a comprehensive instructional development program is glaring,” said Kevin Reilly, president emeritus of the University of Wisconsin System and a member of ACUE’s board of advisors. “Institutions can and should do more to involve their faculty in student success initiatives. ACUE provides the training and support that these faculty seek.”

On Sunday, leaders from ACUE’s inaugural class participated in a panel to discuss their partnerships and share insights about how they are implementing ACUE’s program. The panel included Miami Dade College Provost Lenore Rodicio, Connecticut State Colleges and Universities Provost Jane Gates, and The University of Southern Mississippi Vice Provost Amy Chasteen Miller.

The 14 institutions honored were:

-Delta State University
-Arizona State University
-California State University, Los Angeles
-The City College of the City University of New York
-Colorado State University
-The Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system
-Goucher College
-Miami Dade College
-New Jersey City University
-Rutgers University—Newark
-The University of Colorado Denver
-The University of Nevada, Reno
-The University of Southern Mississippi
-West Virginia University

For more information, visit acue.org.

Allie Rose Parker

Stump and Parker recognized by HEADWAE

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Sheryl Stump of the library (left) and student Allie Rose Parker were recently honored by the annual HEADWAE program.

Higher education in Mississippi celebrated the 30th annual HEADWAE program recently, honoring outstanding students and faculty members from 34 Mississippi public and private universities and colleges.

Higher Education Appreciation Day—Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) was established by legislative resolution to honor individual academic achievement and the overall contribution of the state’s public and private institutions of higher learning.

Honorees from across the state gathered at the State Capitol for their recognition in late Febrary. The group was welcomed by Governor Phil Bryant, recognized by the Senate and House of Representatives and given a tour of the Capitol. The day continued with an award ceremony and luncheon.

2016-17 Delta State honorees included Sheryl Stump, cataloger/professor at Delta State’s Roberts-LaForge Library, and student Allie Rose Parker, a biology major, SGA president and Olive Branch, Mississippi native.

Stump has been working at Delta State for 28 years.

“I’m very honored to be recognized by HEADWAE,” said Stump. “I have endeavored to bring quality to my cataloging work, which enables students, faculty and staff to access the library materials they need. It’s nice to know that my work is recognized as part of the larger educational mission of both Delta State University as well as the state of Mississippi. I’d like to thank Jeff Slagell, the dean of Library Services, for nominating me for this honor.”

Parker, who is also the first voting student member of the President’s Cabinet, was thrilled with the nomination.

“I was so honored to be recognized by HEADWAE because higher education plays such an important role in my life,” said Paker. “I am so thankful to go to such a great school that works with students on succeeding in both the classroom and extracurricular realms. It was such a fun experience to get together with the students from Mississippi schools, the faculty members who were honored, and the members of the legislature who joined us.”

Corporate sponsors for the HEADWAE program include: Atmos Energy, Jackson; AT&T, Jackson; BancorpSouth, Tupelo; Chevron Products, Pascagoula; ERGON, Flowood; Georgia-Pacific (KOCH Companies), Baton Rouge, LA;  Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula; Mississippi Power Company, Gulfport; Sanderson Farms, Laurel; Trustmark Bank, Jackson; and Valley Services, Inc., Flowood.

Click here http://www.mississippi.edu/headwae/downloads/headwaehonorees2017.pdf for a full list of 2016-17 HEADWAE honorees.

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The Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning governs the public universities in Mississippi, including Alcorn State University; Delta State University; Jackson State University; Mississippi State University including the Mississippi State University Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine; Mississippi University for Women; Mississippi Valley State University; the University of Mississippi including the University of Mississippi Medical Center; and the University of Southern Mississippi.