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Michael Lipford

Lipford named director of Student Development

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Micheal Lipford will begin his new role as director of Student Development at Delta State on Sept. 1. Lipford has worked as Delta State’s assistant director of Housing and Residence Life for more than seven years. Additionally, he is currently serving as advisor to the National Pan-Hellenic Council and Order of Omega and director of Multicultural Affairs. 

Lipford, a native of Coldwater, Mississippi, is excited to begin this new role on campus.

This new journey will allow me yet another avenue to reach students and to make a positive impact on their lives,” said Lipford. “Housing and Residence has been such a big part of my life for so many years starting with my undergraduate years. It’s definitely a bittersweet moment, but I’m excited about this new role and the opportunity to advance my career in Student Affairs.”

Under the leadership of Dr. Vernell Bennett, Delta State’s new vice president for Student Affairs, Lipford will be assisting in the efforts to increase student engagement.

I believe Michael’s institutional knowledge and strong rapport with the students will serve him well in this position,” said Bennett. “As the director of Student Development, he will play an instrumental role in increasing student engagement and developing collaborations across the campus and in the community. His high energy work ethic and passion for student success will serve him well as he seeks to engage and support our students.”

Lipford graduated from Delta State in 2006 with a degree in real estate/insurance, and he completed his MBA at Delta State in 2010.

Cheryl Ballard

Ballard honored as Employee of the Month

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The Delta State University Staff Council recently honored Cheryl Ballard, administrative secretary for the Office of the Provost, as the July 2016 Employee of the Month.

Ballard, a Cleveland native, has been working in the Provost’s Office for 17 years and has served as administrative secretary for 14 years.

“I’m very appreciative to be honored as Employee of the Month,” said Ballard. “I don’t think I deserve it, but I appreciate it.”

Ballard is also a recent graduate of Delta State after obtaining a degree in management in May of 2016.

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her new grandson, who is 13 months old.

Each Employee of the Month winner receives a plaque, monetary award, an engraved insulated coffee mug, a free parking decal courtesy of the Campus Police Department, a box of treats from The Sweetery, a parking spot of their choice, marquee announcement and website recognition.

For an archived list of previous winners, visit http://www.deltastate.edu/about-dsu/administration/staff-council/staff-council-employee-of-the-month/employee-of-the-month-archives/

Delta State’s Staff Council serves as a liaison between the administration and the staff to provide a formal process for staff to discuss issues involving university policies and procedures and to forward ideas, recommendations and opinions to the president.

Dr. Sharon K. Hamilton (right), assistant professor of chemistry, works with Sarah Tierce of the Mississippi School of Mathematics and Science.

Hamilton host MSMS student for summer research

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Dr. Sharon K. Hamilton, assistant professor of chemistry, recently coordinated a two-week research experience at Delta State University for Sarah Tierce, a rising senior at the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science in Columbus.

Tierce, a Cleveland native, also worked with Katie Penton, a graduate student in Hamilton’s lab, as they explored the creation of a new degradable nanofiber that can be used in biomedical applications such as drug delivery and wound healing.

Tierce’s experience is part of a renewed effort to reestablish connections between the Delta State University Chemistry and Physics Department and the science faculty at the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science.

“Dr. Elizabeth Morgan, a chemistry teacher at MSMS, and I worked together to make this high school research experience possible,” said Hamilton. “Dr. Morgan helped identify interested and motivated students that would benefit from working in a research lab over the summer. I believe Sarah, a rising senior at MSMS, gained great insight into what research means and how a research lab functions.”

From left: Dr. Sharon Hamilton, Sarah Tierce and Katie Penton.

From left: Dr. Sharon Hamilton, Sarah Tierce and Katie Penton.

Hamilton added that this experience provides a great opportunity for high caliber students to learn about Delta State and its great learning atmosphere on campus and in the department.

“Moreover, this provided a chance for one of my graduate students, Katie Penton, to provide mentorship to a younger student — an invaluable skill in the workforce,” said Hamilton. “I would love to host more high school students in my lab. I believe it gives students a cutting edge when it comes to college applications, and it puts Delta State at the forefront of their mind when applying for colleges their senior year.”

The research is a collaborative effort between Hamilton and Dr. Gisela Buschle-Diller in the Department of Biosystems Engineering at Auburn University. The work is supported by the Mississippi INBRE, funded by an Institutional Development Award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under grant number P20GM103476.

Dr. Joseph Bentley, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Physics at Delta State, was also thrilled to rekindle the relationship with MSMS.

“Our department is very pleased to have a student from MSMS doing research with Dr. Sharon Hamilton this summer,” said Bentley. “Dr. Hamilton is our new organic chemist and is doing exciting polymer research. This collaboration is just one of several efforts reestablishing a connection with MSMS that our department enjoyed previously, in large part thanks to Dr. Henry Outlaw, who was instrumental in maintaining the DSU/MSMS relationship. In the past, faculty from MSMS helped DSU host education workshops for local Delta teachers and this is a tradition the Department of Chemistry and Physics and MSMS look forward to renewing. In the future, we hope to host more MSMS students in research experiences at Delta State.”

Learn more about the department at http://www.deltastate.edu/artsandsciences/chemistry-and-physics.

Photography professor Kim Rushing’s new book, “Parchman,” will be available for purchase from the University Press of Mississippi beginning in September.

Rushing completes photo book on Parchman

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Delta State University photography professor Kim Rushing’s new book, “Parchman,” will soon be available for purchase.

In 1994, Rushing was given the unique access to photograph and interview inmates in the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman.

The 10-inch by 10-inch book, being published by the University Press of Mississippi, features 125 black and white photos and stories written by the inmates.

According to the book’s forward, Rushing’s visit to Parchman was the first time an outside photographer was allowed to photograph its inmates. For almost four years, he was given access and created images about their lives and prison conditions.

The men featured in his work volunteered to be photographed and permitted Rushing to share their experiences.

“The images I made in Parchman Penitentiary, and the stories the inmates wrote, were completed almost 20 years ago,” said Rushing. “The process of making the book happened only during the past two years. The work at Parchman evolved into what felt like a natural way for me, but making the book was a real education.

“University Press allowed me creative control throughout the process, and they were a pleasure to work with. It’s great to see the book completed, but I’m ready to start the next one.”

Beginning in September, the book will be available here: http://www.upress.state.ms.us/books/1932.

Rushing will also take part in a panel discussion with four other authors during the Mississippi Book Festival in Jackson on Aug. 20. He will talk at 3 p.m. in the Capitol Building, and a limited supply of books will be available for Rushing to sign and sell at the event.

Rushing, has taught photography at Delta State for 23 years. His photographs have appeared in numerous magazines and newspapers, including the New York Times and Garden and Gun.

Learn more about photography courses at Delta State and the Department of Art at http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-arts-and-sciences/art.

 

Talbot Brooks, director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies at Delta State University

Brooks certified by U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation

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This spring, the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation officially launched its Universal GEOINT Certification Program at its GEOINT 2016 Symposium.

Talbot Brooks, director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies at Delta State University, was one of six professionals to receive designation as a Universal GEOINT Professional.

The certification program is beneficial to anyone who wants to further his or her education and training, stay current and relevant in the profession, take the next step in career advancement, differentiate themselves, or showcase a deep understanding of geospatial information technologies.

Brooks’ certification is extremely relevant in the field because the Undersecretary of Defense has mandated these credentials for employment within the intelligence and military geospatial community.

“Our curriculum (at Delta State) directly supports these credentials,” said Brooks. “The underlying body of knowledge will serve as the base for professional accreditation of our degree.”

Brooks is one of two persons working in academia to have earned the professional distinction.

To learn more about the Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies at Delta State, visit http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-arts-and-sciences/center-for-interdisciplinary-geospatial-information-technologies.