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Alumni Association announces Homecoming schedule

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Members of the Golden Circle and Class of 1967 members working together to plan the the 2017 Alumni Awards Gala. The group met at the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni & Foundation House to discuss strategies to help recruit their former classmates back to campus for Homecoming. The group was organized by Golden Circle President Ben Bailey ’64.

The Delta State University National Alumni Association has released the 2017 Homecoming schedule for Delta State alumni and friends.

Homecoming weekend will kick off with the Alumni Awards and Gala Dinner at the Cleveland Country Club on Nov. 10. The dinner is led by the National Alumni Association Board of Directors and recognizes the university’s Outstanding Alumnus of the Year, Alumni Hall of Fame, Distinguished Black Alumnus of the Year, and Service Award winners.

This event also recognizes the Golden Circle, which is made up of all 50-plus year graduates of Delta State, and the Class of 1967, which will be celebrating 50 years since graduating from Delta State College.

A social for the Golden Circle and Class of 1967 will be held prior to the Alumni Awards and Gala Dinner at the Cleveland Country Club from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Alumni Awards and Gala Dinner will begin at 7 p.m. Immediately following the event, live entertainment will be provided. Tickets may be purchased at: http://www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/homecoming2017.

A bonfire and pep rally, sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs, is set for 9 p.m. in Statesmen Park.

Saturday’s activities begin early with registration at the H.L. Nowell Student Union beginnning at 8 a.m. The Statesmen Stroll, sponsored by Student Affairs, will begin at 9 a.m. at the Union. The Robert E. Smith School of Nursing will celebrate its 40th Anniversary from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. The College of Education and Human Sciences will host an open house from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at James M. Ewing Hall and Wyatt Gymnasium.

A Veteran’s Exhibit will open at  9 a.m. at E.R. Jobe Hall. The Athletic Alumni Board Meeting will begin at 10 a.m. at Chadwick-Dickson Field House.

One of the highlights of Saturday will be the Delta State University Homecoming Parade hosted by the Office of Student Affairs beginning at 11:30 a.m. on the Quad. The parade will feature over 66 groups including several local marching bands.

The Alumni Association tailgate will be open at noon at Statesmen Park. Beginning at 12:30 p.m. at Statesmen Park will be the Delta State Black Alumni Reunion and the Lady Statesmen Basketball Reunion.

The Delta State football team will compete against Florida Institute of Technology at Parker Field-McCool Stadium starting at 2 p.m. For more details visit www.gostatesmen.com.

Homecoming 2017 will conclude with the annual Step Show sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs held at the Bologna Performing Arts Center at 9 p.m. on Saturday.

Additional Cleveland attractions Homecoming weekend:

To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, download the Delta State Alumni app and follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Make plans for the Washington County Alumni Meeting on Nov. 14, Rolling Fork Alumni Meeting at the Onward Store on Dec. 7, Brookhaven Alumni Meeting on Feb. 8, and Go Green Weekend on April 28.

COEHS to host annual Kent Wyatt Distinguished Lecture

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The College of Education and Human Sciences will host the fourth annual Kent Wyatt Distinguished Lecture at Delta State University on Nov. 6 at noon in the Jacob Conference Center.

This year’s guest lecturer will be Dr. Renée A. Middleton, dean of The Gladys W. and David H. Patton College of Education at Ohio University.

Middleton is a distinguished educator with a strong commitment to transforming teaching and learning in schools. She has spent her career ensuring equity and excellence in education (P-20) and is a tireless advocate for ensuring that every student in America has the chance to learn and grow under teachers whose knowledge and skills have been verified through a peer-reviewed, performance-based process.

Dr. Leslie Griffin, dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences at Delta State, is thrilled to host Middleton as the keynote speaker.

“Dr. Middleton’s dedication to partnering with schools to ensure that teachers are fully prepared to assume their roles in the schools they will serve is well-regarded in the broad educational community,” said Griffin. “As faculty in the College of Education and Human Sciences reach out to local schools to understand how to better serve them through the preparation of quality teachers, leaders, and other school professionals, Dr. Middleton’s sharing of her experiences provides guidance. We look forward to learning from her through this lecture”

Middleton serves on the board of directors of the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards, a nonprofit organization dedicated to elevating the voice of accomplished teachers in shaping a true profession and raising student achievement. She also serves on numerous other boards, including the American Association of Colleges for Teacher Education, and the Coalition of Rural and Appalachian Schools.

She has 21 years of experience with consulting, working with issues like public school strategic planning for diversity and rehabilitation counseling and multicultural diversity, within the Office of Special Education and Rehabilitation Services, the National Institute for Disability and Rehabilitation Research, the Food & Drug Administration: Center for Devices and Radiological Health and the Alabama Board of Examiners in Counseling working on Ethics/Consumer Protection.

Middleton received her bachelor’s degree in speech and hearing with a minor in behavioral sciences from Andrews University in 1981. She received her master’s degree in clinical audiology with a minor in speech pathology and behavioral sciences from the University of Tennessee in 1983. Middleton received her doctoral degree from Auburn University in 1990, with a focus on rehabilitation administration and a minor in rehabilitation counseling and education.

Brooks provides lecture at UN conference in China

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Talbot Brooks (second from right), director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies at Delta State University, speaks on a panel at a United Nations conference in Beijing, China on Oct. 25.

Talbot Brooks, director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies at Delta State University, provided an invited plenary lecture at the 7th annual United Nations International Conference on Space-based Technologies for Disaster Risk Reduction in Beijing, China on Oct. 25.

His presentation was titled “Application of Standards for Crisis Response and Risk Reduction” and was delivered to an audience of approximately 150 delegates from 44 nations. Brooks also hosted a plenary session about the latest space-based technologies for disaster risk reduction and participated as a member of the closing panel.

Brooks will be a contributing author for an upcoming United Nations policy paper about the use of space-based technologies, such as satellite imagery and GPS, for disaster risk reduction. He was also asked to present at the UNISPACE +50, a meeting celebrating the 50th anniversary of the first UN conference about the peaceful use of space. This meeting will take place in Vienna, Austria this coming summer (http://www.unoosa.org/oosa/en/ourwork/unispaceplus50/index.html).

Brooks has served as a technical advisor for the United Nations since 2008 and participated in technical advisory missions to Vietnam, Mozambique, Laos, Nepal, and the Republic of Georgia.

“Our work with the United Nations is important to DSU from several perspectives,” said Brooks. “First and foremost, dignitaries from the countries I work with have visited campus and interacted with our students. For example, visitors like Jaime Neto, a minister of parliament from Mozambique, toured our lab and participated in a panel discussion about Africa and GIS.

“Working with the UN has also helped us develop new funding opportunities that are now starting to mature and translate into grants. We were invited to bid on a contract with the Singapore Land Authority earlier this year, and through a senior-level contact made at this last meeting in China, we will submit a proposal to the UN World Food Program to develop a flood severity rating using GIS. Lastly, we are consistently the only U.S.-based university invited to participate in meetings and technical advisory missions focusing on the application of geospatial technologies to crisis and emergency response. It’s something we can be truly proud of and part of what President LaForge means when he talks about creating ‘signature programs.'”

Students from Delta State’s  GIT Center students will also join Brooks this coming year for return visits to Vietnam and Mozambique, as well as a new mission to Sri Lanka.

Learn more about opportunities at Delta State’s Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies at http://www.deltastate.edu/artsandsciences/geospatial-information-technologies.

The mission of the center is to provide geospatial services, accessible education and training, and institutional knowledge for geospatial information technologies to the widest possible audience, and particularly, the mid-Delta region.

Delta State COEHS to screen student documentary

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The Delta State University College of Education and Human Sciences announced it will screen “I Sopravvissuti,” a documentary directed by Delta State junior psychology major Matteo Zengaro, on Nov. 6 at 3 p.m. in the Jacob Conference Center.

Zengaro was named a grant recipient of the 2017 Russo Brothers Italian American Film Forum on May 1 for his film depicting the Italian tradition in the Mississippi Delta.

“We are pleased to showcase this creative work of Matteo Zengaro, a psychology major in the Division of Counselor Education and Psychology,” said Dr. Leslie Griffin, dean of the COEHS. “His interest in research dovetailed with the study of the experiences of early Italian immigrants to the Mississippi Delta. My interest is certainly piqued, and I invite others to join with the College of Education and Human Sciences in viewing this screening.”

Italian Americans have a long-rooted tradition in the Mississippi Delta, and Zengaro’s film brings those stories to life. Narrated by Delta State associate professor of English and chair of the Division of Languages and Literature Don Allan Mitchell, Zengaro’s film delves into the hardships early Italian Americans faced and how they overcame obstacles to give future generations a better life.

“I Sopravvissuti” (The Survivors) is the story of the sons and daughters of Italians who immigrated to the Delta and how present day Italian Americans keep their ancestors’ culture flowing within their community. The film highlights a culture that has been ingrained within the Delta community, but largely ignored in overall Italian American history.

“I want to thank the College of Education and Human Sciences for showing my film,” Zengaro said. “‘I Sopravvissuti’ is a unique film that shares the Italian American experience in the Delta. I also want to thank everyone who helped me along the way to make this film a reality.”

Admission to the screening is free and open to the public.

COEHS to host annual Janie Allen-Bradley Literacy Endowment Event

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Delta State’s College of Education and Human Sciences will host the 5th annual Janie Allen-Bradley Literacy Endowment Event on Nov. 2 from 3-5 p.m. in the Jacob Conference Center, to honor the retired educator Dr. Janie Allen-Bradley.

The theme of this year’s event will be “A Legacy of Literacy.”

Allen-Bradley was a dedicated promoter of literacy during her time at Delta State and now has the Janie Allen-Bradley Literacy Endowment established in her name. The COEHS invites the public to help celebrate Allen-Bradley’s efforts.

“We’re looking forward to honoring Dr. Janie Allen-Bradley, one of our most distinguished former reading faculty members, in this fifth annual event in her name,” said Dr. Tim Watkins, coordinator of elementary education and outreach at Delta State.

This year’s featured speaker is Cathy Dickerson, a literacy coach and coordinator of the Mississippi Department of Education’s LETRS program, which provides literacy training to Mississippi teachers.

Dickerson’s previous experiences include teaching for 28 years in grades K-3, serving as the MDE director of the Sylvan Learning Center, and serving as the Barksdale Institute Second Congressional District reading coordinator in the Mississippi Delta.

Classroom teachers, parents, pre-service teachers and librarians are encouraged to attend the event. RSVP the College of Education and Human Sciences at 662-846-4370. Refreshments will be served.

The COEHS operates collaboratively with the other colleges of the university, the university staff, and outside agencies to produce professional graduates who will be effective in the field of human learning and services. The college strives for a stimulating, positive environment and provides its students with professional faculty who emulate and model the profession competencies, skills and affects expected of Delta State graduates.

For more information on the COEHS or its degree programs, visit http://www.deltastate.edu/coehs or call 662-845-4400.