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Honors Program boosting curriculum

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Delta State is committed to providing its students superior academic experiences. With that in mind, Delta State University Provost Dr. Charles McAdams has charged the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, Dr. David Breaux, with leading a task force to develop a more robust Honors Program at the university.

The task force will be comprised of faculty from across campus and will begin work soon. While the group is conducting their work, Michael Smith, associate professor of English, will serve as interim director.

“As Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, I want to thank professor Leslie Fadiga-Stewart, former director of the Honors Program, for her undying commitment to the Honors Program and its students,” said Breaux. “Delta State is truly blessed to have faculty like professor Fadiga-Stewart and Smith, who go beyond the call of duty to ensure that its students receive a first-rate education.”

Currently, the Honors Program provides enhanced educational and cultural experiences for talented and academically committed students within an environment that fosters discovery and creativity.

“We are in the process of revamping the curriculum to increase the sense of identity and community an honors program can provide,” said Smith. “We are also expanding our vision of the program to include engagements off campus and outside of the classroom, including attendance at state and national conferences, as well as retreats that will bring current fellows together with alumni of the program. The Honors Program also includes a very active student organization, the Honors Program Association, which meets monthly on campus.”

Students accepted into the program become Honors Fellows and enjoy benefits such as smaller class size, priority for early registration each semester, and recognition at the university commencement ceremonies.

In addition, Honors Fellows have access to opportunities for extra-curricular activities, including but not limited to cross-cultural experiences, civic engagements and lectures. The program also provides mentoring and advising opportunities for participants.

“Delta State benefits from a great number of high-achieving students, so the application process is competitive and the curriculum is rigorous,” added Smith. “Each Honors Fellows class is capped at 20 spots per year.”

A select number of high school students who apply to Delta State as incoming freshmen are selected as fellows each academic year. Guidelines for consideration include: a composite ACT score of 26 or higher (no sub-score may be below 17), a high school GPA of 3.5+ (4.0 scale), and documented evidence of leadership and community engagement.

“I’m honored to have been asked to serve as interim director, and I’m excited about the direction the program is headed,” said Smith. “As a scholar, I’ve always been interested in cross-curricular dialogue and study, and the Honors Program, although housed in the College of Arts and Sciences, is a university-wide initiative. I feel it’s important for scholars to occasionally move beyond the limits of their own disciplines and see the interesting work being done across campus — and inter-disciplinary programs like the Honors Program allow students and faculty to do just that.”

For a program application, visit http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-arts-and-sciences/honors-program/. For more information, contact Smith at honors@deltastate.edu.

 

 

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Chick-fil-A Leader Academy hosts successful kickoff

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The Chick-fil-A Leader Academy Kickoff event returned to Delta State Sept. 21, bringing over 300 Mississippi high school students and administrators to campus.

The event kicked off the year-long Chick-fil-A Leader Academy, a program to be held in over 12 Mississippi high schools that teaches leadership skills and empowers students to put those skills into action.

A major goal of the Leader Academy is to inspire students to remain in school and become leaders within their communities. Students will take part in monthly leadership labs at their schools and complete several service projects in their community.

The kickoff included multiple events and is an integral aspect of the students’ initiation into the academy.

Beginning with an assembly at the Bologna Performing Arts Center, the students received detailed information on expectations and goals, and heard direct testimonials from schools that have participated in the past.

The major service event followed, as students took part in their first Impact Project of the year, sponsored by Feeding Children Everywhere. Students, administrators, and Delta State University volunteers worked together to pack 84,672 non-perishable meals to feed needy children in the Delta and beyond.

Schools that attended this year’s kickoff event included: Bayou Academy, Coahoma County High School, Gentry High School, Madison Palmer High School, Lewisburg High School, Delta Streets Academy, Hartfield Academy, Lafayette High School, St. Aloysius High School, Velma Jackson High School, Vicksburg High School, and Warren Central High School. Several schools were not able to attend the kickoff but will participate in the program with their schools.

Elizabeth Joel, coordinator of Continuing Education at Delta State, worked closely with Chick-Fil-A throughout the year to plan the one-day event.

“We are excited to start our second year partnering with Chick-fil-A and Feeding Children Everywhere,” said Joel. “The Delta State campus was overflowing with bright young leaders on Sept. 21. It is our hope that our Delta State family and campus will impact their lives and this program.”

She added it is a wonderful opportunity for Delta State to host over 300 students who are the future community leaders.

“We want to demonstrate how important community involvement is at Delta State, in hopes these students will bring their developed, compassionate leadership skills back to us when they attend college,” she said.

In addition to hosting the kickoff event, Delta State departments and student organizations will attend the leadership labs in the high schools over the next year to serve as mentors, especially in the area of community involvement, social issues and thoughtful leadership.

The Leader Academy is funded completely by Chick-fil-A stores throughout Mississippi. A team of Mississippi Chick-fil-A operators are spearheading the project. They will work closely with registered high schools as they complete their monthly leadership labs and multiple service projects for their communities.

Learn more about the program at https://chickfilaleaderacademy.com.

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Passe to present at Kent Wyatt Distinguished Lecture

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The College of Education and Human Sciences will host the third annual Kent Wyatt Distinguished Lecture at Delta State University on Oct. 10 at noon in the Jacob Conference Center.

This year’s guest lecturer is Dr. Jeff Passe, dean of the School of Education at the College of New Jersey. A former elementary school teacher, Passe received a doctorate from the University of Florida before serving as a teacher educator at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and Towson University in Maryland.

Passe has taught courses in instructional design, classroom management, curriculum development and teaching strategies. He has provided evaluation services for dozens of educational and arts organizations. His leadership experiences include president of the National Council for the Social Studies, chair of the 16-campus University of North Carolina Faculty Assembly, and he has served on the board of directors for multiple organizations. Additionally, Passe has extensive experience in building viable partnerships between university educator/school professional preparation programs and their surrounding K-12 schools.

“We are very pleased to have Dr. Passe share his expertise with our faculty and students as we reach out to local schools to understand how we can better serve them through the preparation of quality teachers, leaders and other school professionals,” said Dr. Leslie Griffin, dean of the College of Education and Humans Sciences at Delta State. “This is an ongoing and chief focus in our college.”

For more information, call 662-846-4400.

 

 

Aaliyah Jones, Rex Bingham and Katlyn Dickerson are the 2016-17 B.F. Smith Scholars.

Office of Graduate Studies presents 2016-17 B.F. Smith Scholars

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The Office of Graduate Studies recently announced the 2016-17 recipients of the B.F. Smith Scholars graduate assistantships.

The B.F. Smith Scholars Program provides funding for qualified entering graduate students. The highly competitive GA position, which awards $5,000 plus tuition per semester, is awarded to a limited number of students with a proven record of undergraduate achievement. The successful applicant will demonstrate a commitment to the Delta region in pursuit of a degree related to community and economic development.

This year’s recipients include Aaliyah Jones, Rex Bingham and Katlyn Dickerson.

Aaliyah Jones is a Greenwood, Mississippi native and is the daughter of Cassandra Jones and the late Tracy King. Jones completed her undergraduate degree in social justice and criminology in May of 2016.  She is now pursuing her master’s in mental health counseling. For her work with B.F. Smith, Jones is assisting Dr. Garry Jennings in the social sciences office at Delta State. After graduation, she plans to help youth stay out of trouble by getting them involved in sports and community activities. Her longterm goal is to open a community center that allows youth to have a safe place to prosper and learn how to give back to their community.

Rex Bingham is a native of Kilmichael, Mississippi and is the son of Jeff and Debbie Stafford. Bingham completed his undergraduate degree in kinesiology at Mississippi State University. He is currently pursuing his MBA at Delta State. For his work with B.F. Smith, he is working with Delta State’s Quality Enhancement Plan. He is also involved with Delta State’s Baptist Student Union, the Financial Management Club and Phi Kappa Phi honor Society. In his free time, Bingham enjoys golfing and fishing.

Katlyn Dickerson a native of Senatobia, Mississippi and is the daughter of Stefan and Mary Helen Dickerson. She completed her undergraduate degree in family and consumer sciences with a concentration in child development at Delta State in June of 2016. She is currently pursuing a master’s in clinical and mental health counseling. For her work with B.F. Smith, she was placed with the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce. Upon graduation, Katlyn will pursue a career that allows her to help others through counseling or some type of community development initiatives.

To learn more about the B.F. Smith Scholars Program, contact Sarah Lee at 662-846-4878 or slee@deltastate.edu.

Jessica Faith Wishard (left to right), Kailey Mathis and Brittany McGee are the 2016-17 GRAMMY U officers.

GRAMMY U officers elected for 2016-17

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Officers for the GRAMMY U chapter at Delta State University have been elected for the 2016-17 year.

Kailey Mathis, a junior entertainment industry studies major from Madison, Mississippi, was elected as this year’s president. Jessica Faith Wishard of Monticello, Arkansas will serve as vice president. Brittany McGee of Ecru, Mississippi will serve as secretary/treasurer.

GRAMMY U is a unique and fast-growing community of college students, primarily between the ages of 17-25, who are pursuing a career in the recording industry. GRAMMY U events and special programs touch on all aspects of the music industry, from the technology to the tracks themselves. Events are scheduled throughout the semester to give members a wide variety of experiences and professional development. Because GRAMMY U is part of The Recording Academy, members have extraordinary access to the industry and its artists.

In setting the vision for this year’s group, Mathis said, “ I hope to see our current and new members participate more within our chapter and in our community. A big thing we want to implement this year is group service projects around the community. We are planning some projects to help local charities, sing at the nursing homes, and also make efforts to help clean the Delta State campus and some streets in Cleveland.”

The Delta Music Institute is an independent center of study under the College of Arts and Sciences at Delta State University, offering a bachelor’s degree in Entertainment Industry Studies. The focus of the DMI is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, creative and business areas of the music and entertainment industry. For information, contact 662-846-4579 or visit http://dmi.deltastate.edu.