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Delta State online master’s in elementary education ranks nationally

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Best College Values recently ranked Delta State University in its national list of Top 10 Most Affordable Online Master’s Degrees in Elementary Education.

Delta State came in at No. 6 on the list. The curriculum at Delta State is designed to prepare quality teachers who can deliver effective instruction at all levels of elementary school.

This program balances academic content with practical learning experiences while engaging students in a rich online learning community. Core coursework includes psychology of learning, methods of research, classroom management and curriculum theory development.

Learn more about BCV’s rankings at http://www.bestcollegevalues.com/rankings/online/affordable/masters-in-elementary-education-2016/

BCV is an online resource for prospective undergraduate and graduate students seeking an education worth its cost. The organization strives to provide the most comprehensive and rigorously researched set of online resources on the intersections of college affordability, educational quality, and educational outcomes so that individuals pursuing higher education can make informed decisions about what and where to study.

 “We at Best College Values are committed to connecting prospective students with high quality educational opportunities at affordable costs, and are confident that students will find this at Delta State,” said Hannah Gatner, editor of BCV. 

Learn more about Delta State’s elementary education master’s opportunities at http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-education/teacher-education-leadership-and-research/master-of-education-in-elementary-education.

Counselor Education and Psychology hosts 35th annual spring conference

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The Division of Counselor Education and Psychology at Delta State recently held the 35th annual F. E. Woodall Spring Conference for the Helping Professions. The event, held April 14-15, hosted a record 400 participants. The conference offered a workshop, keynote address, and 35 breakout sessions covering topics such as neuroscience, cultural competency and crisis interventions.

For the sixth year in a row, the president of the American Counseling Association keynoted the affair.

Counselors, social workers, psychologists and other helping professionals from across the state and region drove in for the conference.

“Our reputation at Delta State University for providing quality education extends as well to our continuing education opportunities,” said Cat Vincent, conference coordinator. “The conference committee spends many hours in outreach and in selecting the best proposals for our participants.”

“We look forward to hosting the Woodall Conference every year,” said Sally Zengaro, chair of the Division of Counselor Education and Psychology. “It serves as a vital source of continuing education for faculty and area mental health professionals.”

For the first time, the counselor education faculty also hosted an additional daylong workshop. Dr. Thelma Duffey, founder of the Association for Creativity in Counseling, presented a six-hour workshop on “Creativity in Therapeutic Practice.” Participants received free continuing education thanks to the division’s grant funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Area counselors who served the university last September after the shooting on campus were invited to attend as honored guests. Internship and practicum site supervisors were also invited to attend as guests in acknowledgement of their willingness and dedication in working with DSU counseling students.

The conference boasted record student involvement from volunteering to presenting. Three counseling internship students had the opportunity to present with their Internship Site Supervisors.

“As a presenter, not only did I get to study and present information relative to my internship but also information pertaining to handling crisis in mental health,” said Quinton Smith, counseling student and past president of Chi Sigma Iota. “The feedback was positive and heartwarming.”

Thirty counseling practicum and internship students presented in three different sessions as small groups or individuals in flash talks, a TED talk style of presentation. The students covered the essential elements of their material and provided attendees with applicable, practical information. The topics of the talks were “Homelessness: Identifying & Helping Lost Students,” “Self-Care for Helping Professionals” and “Distress Tolerance/Intolerance: Implications across Counseling Venues.”

Learn more about the The Division of Counselor Education and Psychology at http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-education/counselor-education-and-psychology.

Psi Chi inducts new members

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The Division of Counselor Education and Psychology recently introduced the spring 2016 inductees for Psi Chi, an international honor society in psychology.

The inductees include: Caroline Bickley, Katherine Cabrera, Mary Ashton Fowler, Todd J. Hendrix, Heather Hudgins, Alexis Williams and Karley Windham.

Psi Chi is an earned, lifelong, honorable membership. This honor is reserved for psychology majors and/or minors completing at least nine semester hours in psychology with a minimum GPA of 3.0.

Floyd honored as 2016 Outstanding Dietetics Student

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Delta State student Katherine Floyd recently received statewide recognition as the 2016 Outstanding Dietetics Student (Coordinated Programs) for Mississippi. She received the award at the annual Mississippi Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (MSAND) meeting in Hattiesburg in early April.

The Outstanding Dietetics Student Award program recognizes the emerging leadership and achievement of students in ACEND-accredited and approved dietetics education programs, and encourages their participation in the MSAND.

“Katie is one of the extremely rare students who combines most any characteristic and skill a professor could wish for in a student — professionalism, curiosity, quest for knowledge, ability to work as a team or individually, and strong work ethic. I could go on and on,” said Dr. Virginia Webb, assistant professor of Family and Consumer Sciences at Delta State. “Katie has served as a leader at each university she attended and also served her university through volunteer efforts.”

Floyd excels as a student in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics at Delta State. She came to DSU after completing a bachelor’s degree at the University of Mississippi and a Master’s degree at the University of Southern Mississippi.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here at Delta State, and I believe my experience in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics has given me the knowledge and resources I need to begin my career as a successful dietitian,” said Floyd. “Working with my fellow interns, professors, patients, and interdisciplinary team of medical professionals has been an experience unlike any other, and I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of nutrition and dietetics.”

Dr. Ensley Howell also attended the MSAND conference.

“Katie is a very mature and hard working student,” said Howell. “She has served as president of the Student Dietetic Association and has been a model student. “

MSAND is a state affiliate association of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, which has 70,000 members nationally and throughout the world.