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Fashion merchandising students show well at state meeting

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Dr. Jan Haynes, professor of fashion merchandising (left), and a piece designed by Mallory McWhorter.

 

Delta State University fashion merchandising students recently took part in the Mississippi Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Conference at Mississippi State University.

Mallory McWhorter won third place in the Apparel Design competition. She is a senior fashion merchandising student in the College of Education and Human Science’s Division of Family and Consumer Sciences.

In total, five Delta State students participated in the conference.

“Our students had the fortunate opportunity of competing at the state level, and we are very proud of Mallory’s award,” said Dr. Jan Haynes, professor of fashion merchandising. “Fashion merchandising students at Delta State are granted a number of opportunities to take part in design competitions, which is great training for their professional endeavors.”

To learn more about fashion merchandising at Delta State, visit http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-education/family-and-consumer-sciences/fashion-merchandising-family-and-consumer-sciences/.

37th Annual F.E. Woodall Spring Conference scheduled for March 23

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Delta State University’s Division of Counselor Education and Psychology is hosting the 37th annual F.E. Woodall Spring Conference for the Helping Professions on March 23.

The conference boasts 32 breakout continuing education sessions and a keynote address. The event provides continuing education for counselors, social workers, psychologists, and other helping professions to receive quality, affordable continuing education opportunities.

The Woodall Conference has grown to welcome approximately 300 attendees a year. Participants drive in from Mississippi, Tennessee and Louisiana. The presenters are private practitioners, state professionals, and faculty members from 10 universities and colleges.

“We are proud to represent Delta State each year with our Woodall Conference,” said Dr. Cat Vincent, counselor education instructor and conference coordinator. “It’s an honor to be able to bring excellence in continuing education to our region.”

The keynote presenter will be Dan Buchner, the founder and principal of ‘praktikel, and inventor of the car back-up camera and Swiffer. praktikel is an innovative company that has taken on all kinds of problem-solving issues, including the field of counseling. Buchner will be presenting “Six Practical Tips for Innovation.”

“Many of our attendees have begun their careers with a degree from Delta State, and we are happy to continue their education as we contribute to these professional developments of helping professionals across the state Mississippi,” said George Beals, program coordinator and assistant professor in counselor education.

View the conference website at http://buytickets.at/deltastateuniversitycounseloreducation/140851. For more information, contact Vincent at cvincent@deltastate.edu.

University to celebrate $3 million pledge from Gertrude C. Ford Foundation

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Delta State University will host a special grant announcement ceremony in honor of The Gertrude C. Ford Foundation, a longtime Delta State supporter that recently provided one of the largest gifts in the university’s history.

University supporters are welcomed to the ceremony March 1 at 2:30 p.m. on the second floor of Ewing Hall.

Gertrude Castellow Ford

The Gertrude C. Ford Foundation, based in Jackson, Mississippi, recently pledged $3 million to the university to support the Center for Teaching and Learning at Delta State.

The foundation, founded in 1991 by Gertrude Castellow Ford, gives to educational and philanthropy projects primarily relating to higher education, children and youth services, and also health and human service organizations.

Thanks to the foundation’s commitment, the Center for Teaching and Learning at Delta State will be funded over the next several years. And in Ford’s honor, the center will be named the Gertrude C. Ford Center for Teaching and Learning. The facility provides Delta State with an opportunity to support the faculty in their efforts to improve student success.

John Lewis, a board member for the foundation, said the funding would go a long way in developing quality faculty at Delta State.

“Our investment here is really on the faculty level at Delta State,” said Lewis. “We can build buildings, and we can do a lot of things — but at a school, especially Delta State, the attraction is the faculty. The faculty is what makes the school go. I, along with my fellow board members Cheryle Sims and Gayle Papa, think the individual attention to the faculty makes this a worthwhile investment for us.”

Delta State University President William N. LaForge said the foundation’s support would make a significant long-term impact at the university.

“The gift from the Gertrude C. Ford Foundation in support of our Center for Teaching and Learning is a gift that will continue giving,” said LaForge. “It has transformational value because it’s going to help support a very important function at Delta State that will affect our students, potentially forever.”

“This donation is a major statement by a major foundation, of support for and confidence in Delta State,” he added. “We are very grateful for that. They are going to see their good work in action here. The $3 million gift will serve the purpose of making sure we can continue this great program on campus.”

Dr. Gray Kane, director of the Gertrude C. Ford Center for Teaching and Learning, said the center is an essential facility to improve overall learning at Delta State.

“The Gertrude C. Ford Center for Teaching and Learning is a hub for faculty development at Delta State,” said Kane. “It promotes a culture of self-development, collaboration and innovation in support of student success. The center provides faculty and chairs with resources, facilitated conversations, workshops, programs, networking opportunities, and individual consultations centered on topics such as online, hybrid, and face-to-face teaching, advising, mentoring, leadership, curriculum mapping, assessment and scholarship.”

“The faculty are experts in their disciplines, but outside the College of Education, very few have studied teaching, mentoring, course design, curriculum design or other facets of their profession,” added Kane. “This gift from the Gertrude C. Ford Foundation will fund opportunities to interconnect the faculty for knowledge transfers, collaborations, and innovations that can lead to student success both inside and beyond the classroom.”

For more information on the center, visit http://www.deltastate.edu/academic-affairs/center-teaching-learning.

To learn more about the Gertrude C. Ford Foundation, visit https://www.gertrudecford.com.

The public grant announcement ceremony on March 1 will celebrate one of the most significant pledges in the university’s history. Delta State supporters are welcome to the ceremony and to view The Gertrude C. Ford Center for Teaching and Learning.

Follow all Delta State news at www.deltastate.edu.

Margaret Tullos Field Symposium returns March 2

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Delta State University’s Department of Social Work presents the annual Margaret Tullos Field Symposium March 2 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Caylor-White Hall.

This year’s theme is “Awareness, Advocacy, Action: What Will You Do with Your Seat at the Table?”

Active and retired social work practitioners, social work students, mental health therapists, and school counselors from across Mississippi, are encouraged to attend.

The conference is named in honor of Professor Emeritus Margaret Tullos, who served as a field education instructor during her long tenure at Delta State. The event is sponsored by the Department of Social Work to offer continuing education credits and to enhance the professional growth and development of social work practitioners throughout Mississippi.

This year, the department will partner with Delta Health Center, Inc. to promote interdisciplinary advocacy for services aiding vulnerable populations.

“This conference is a good opportunity for students, faculty and professionals in the social work field, as it will provide an opportunity for personal and professional growth around key social work issues — poverty and social injustices to eliminate barriers to service,” said Cora Jackson, department chair.

Featured speakers and guests will include:

  • Kathryn Boles (keynote speaker); president and CEO of Valley Area Agency on Aging, and national board president of the AAA Board, Flint, Michigan
  • Dr. Angela Gaddis; chair/associate professor, Belhaven University, Jackson, Mississippi
  • Dr. Isiah Marshall Jr.; associate dean/interim chair of graduate social work programs, Jackson State University, Jackson, Mississippi

The conference fee is $85 and can be paid at registration beginning at 9 a.m. Social work students with proper identification will only be charged $10 for registration.

Activities will conclude at 5 p.m. with refreshments available throughout the day.

Participants will receive five Continuing Education hours awarded by the Mississippi Board of Examiners for Marriage and Family Therapists. Exhibitors will also be on hand with information about local resources.

For details or additional information, contact the Department of Social Work at 662-846-4407 or e-mail cjackson@deltastate.edu.

 

Students present at National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association Workshop

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The Division of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at Delta state presented three professional lectures at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, at the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association Co-State (MS/AL) Workshop on January 25-26.

The workshop was comprised of professional lectures and seminars on recreation and wellness aspects concerning the campus recreation field.

Todd Davis, director and instructor of recreation administration and outdoor education; Katie Gennarelli, graduate assistant for outdoor recreation; and Heather Wilson, senior, recreation leadership major, presented on a variety of topics. In addition to the presenters, 10 HPER majors from exercise science, sport management, physical education teacher prep, and recreation administration participated in the two-day workshop.

Davis presented “Perceived Benefits and Barriers Among African American Students’ Participation in Outdoor Recreation as Leisure-Time Physical Activity at Selected Universities in Mississippi: A Mixed Methods Study.”

Gennarelli presented “Gender Equality in the Outdoor Adventure & Recreation Industry.”

Davis, Gennarelli and Heather Wilson presented, “Transferring Classroom Curriculum to Outdoor Recreation Leadership Fundamentals: Notes from the Field”

“It’s a privilege and honor to be selected to speak at association conferences,” said Davis. “These local workshops are associated with our national organization, however, they provide an amazing platform to network, expose students to the campus recreation profession, and allow students to see new and different sport and recreation landscapes. The University of Alabama and the University Recreation Services team were amazing hosts, and our students walked away from this event with a new vision for their future.”

“This particular conference was extremely enlightening and educational,” said Gennarelli. “I was impressed with the scope of recreation and wellness services that the University of Alabama provides for their students. The amount of energy and dollars spent to provide state-of-the-art recreation outlets is amazing. Being able to speak on my research was also a highlight. I was honored to be chosen for this presentation opportunity.”

The Division of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation is housed in the College of Education and Human Sciences. The division offers majors in K-12 physical education teacher preparation, sport management, exercise science and recreation administration.