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Beals honored for Excellence in Diversity by IHL

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Dr. George Beals, center, receives the IHL Excellence in Diversity and Inclusive Award from trustee Shane Hooper (left) and Delta State President William N. LaForge.

The Mississippi Board of Trustees of the State Institutions of Higher Learning recently held its annual diversity celebration to recognize campus and community leaders for the impact they have made in advancing diversity and encouraging understanding and respect.

Dr. George Beals, assistant professor of counselor education, was selected as the Delta State University nominee for the IHL Excellence in Diversity and Inclusive Award. Beals is also the program coordinator/assessment director for the Division of Counselor Education and Psychology at Delta State.

I am deeply honored and very humbled that my dean and colleagues appreciated my efforts around diversity,” said Beals. “I think what they saw in me was the fact that my lens of diversity, inclusion and social justice is always a primary when focusing on programmatic efforts and teaching my classes. Being a part of DSU has always been a point of pride for me because we can boast that per capita, we are the most diverse campus in the state.”

Social justice is a value that is most primary in my interactions with others and with institutions,” added Beals. “I hold the vision that the world can be an amazing place if we all work toward communicating with each other.”

Among his many efforts on campus, Beals serves on both the Diversity Committee and the Winning The Race Conference Committee. He also provides diversity trainings including Safe-Space Training, and has led some diversity experiences for Delta State students as a part of the Diversity Efforts and the Quality Enhancement Program.  

Beals, who has taught at Delta State for eight years, received his doctorate in counselor education from Mississippi State University in 2007, and received his master’s in community counseling, also from MSU, in 1995. Additionally, he is a member and current chapter advisor for Delta State’s chapter of Chi Sigma Iota, the international honor society for students, professional counselors and counselor educators. He is also the recipient of the 2016 Janie G. Rugg Career Contributor by the Mississippi Counseling Association.

His academic interests include: personal growth and wellness of counselor trainees, experiential therapies across diverse populations, somatization of oppression, systems theories and interventions with community applications, and counseling theories and neurosciences.

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.

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.

The College of Education and Human Sciences will host the 4th annual Janie Allen-Bradley Literacy Endowment Event Nov. 16 from 3-5 p.m. in the Jacob Conference Center.

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 4th annual Janie Allen-Bradley Literacy Endowment Event on Nov. 16 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.

“As a faculty member in the DSU elementary education program, Dr. Allen-Bradley has been such an inspiration to me due to her knowledge and love for literacy,” said Dr. Tim Watkins, coordinator of elementary education and outreach. “Her passion for teaching reading and seeing every child succeed is undeniable. Her zeal to promote literacy is as much alive today as it was when she taught courses here years ago.”

Dr. Cheryl Cummins, director of field experiences, added, “Dr. Janie Allen-Bradley has such a passion for literacy instruction. She always exhibited extreme energy and dedication to the field when teaching literacy classes. It was, and still is, very easy for students to relate to ‘Dr. A-B’s’ high level of passion for such a vital component in a child’s education.”

This year’s featured speaker is Mary Jo Ayres from Leland, Mississippi. She is the author of multiple children’s books. Her book, “Natural Learning from A-Z: Thematic Activities and Phonemic Awareness Emphasis for Letters and Letter Sounds,” won the Parents Choice Award.

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.

The Division of Teacher Education, Leadership and Research recently hosted hosted the first annual Educational Research Workshop.

Educational Research Workshop hosted

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The Division of Teacher Education, Leadership and Research within the College of Education and Human Sciences hosted the first annual Educational Research Workshop on Oct. 27.

The workshop provided a unique opportunity for graduate education students from online programs to meet with faculty members and to explore and collaborate in current graduate student research.

“The energy in the building was palpable,” said Dr. Tom Brady, chair of the division. “Interactions between our various students, community members and faculty created an atmosphere of learning that is so rewarding.”

Students from the doctoral, specialist’s and master’s programs in curriculum and instruction, educational leadership and higher education engaged in several events, including a doctoral orientation, a poster session, and a 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition. The 3MT competition required doctoral students to present their research to a non-specialist audience in under three minutes.

Workshop attendees also had the opportunity to join in Dissertation Blind Reads, where each student met with a Delta State faculty member for a one-on-one conversation about his or her chosen research topic.

“Having a one-on-one conversation with a doctoral candidate early in the dissertation process is an easy but effective way to model the habits of a researcher,” said Dr. Vicki Hartley. “It is all about the research question — what do you want to know and what is the best way to find your answers?”

During the morning sessions, Delta State junior and senior K-12 teacher candidates were also invited to participate in round table discussions focused on classroom management, professionalism and data-driven instruction. Table leaders included current K-12 teachers, data coaches and administrators, as well as members of the current DSU Delta School Leadership Pipeline (DSLP) Educational Leadership Cohort.

Blaine Overby, a member of the DSLP cohort and a table leader, said of the morning sessions, “The round table discussion was extremely rich. It was great to talk with a range of educators, from education majors to doctoral students. As the facilitators, we just jumpstarted the conversations. The participants had a wealth of questions and knowledge that benefitted everyone at the table.”

Overby is from the Yazoo County School District and is currently interning at Germantown Middle School in Germantown, Mississippi.

Dr. Leslie Griffin, dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences, said of the workshop, “I commend Dr. Catherine Putnam for providing vision and organization in hosting this event. This focus on educational research speaks to the essence of educational leadership and practice in K-12 schools. Practical research results in informed answers related to issues in school improvement and best practices.”

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DSU fashion show scheduled for Nov. 2

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This year’s Delta State fashion show, “Behind the Seams,” will take place at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on Nov. 2 at 7 p.m.

The event is made possible by a partnership between the Delta State fashion promotion course and the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce.

Designs from fashion merchandising students will be showcased on stage, as well as clothing for the whole family from area merchants.

A silent auction featuring products from local artists, artisans and businesses kicks off before the event from from 5-6:30 p.m. Cleveland’s own musical group, Southern Halo, will open the affair. Exciting door prizes from Chamber merchants will be given away during the show.

This year’s event is dedicated to Pat Kerr Tigrett, a well known Memphis fashion designer and longtime Delta State supporter.

Admission is free for all Delta State Okra Card holders, $15 for general admission, and free for children ages five and under.

All proceeds will benefit the DSU Fashion Merchandising program.