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Faculty to be recognized for new books

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Delta State University Provost Dr. Charles McAdams invites the public to a faculty book signing and celebration Oct. 11 at 3 p.m. in the Student Union room 302A.

Faculty to be recognized include Dr. Brent Pimentel, Mike Smith and Andrew Wegmann.

McAdams started the recognition program in the spring of 2015 to recognize faculty authors from the previous academic year. The first recipient of this recognition was Dr. Ethan Schmidt for his book, “The Divided Dominion: Social Conflict and Indian Hatred in Early Virginia.”

“Publication of a book represents a milestone in an academic’s career,” said McAdams. “Writing and publishing a book takes a considerable amount of time and effort. Celebrating this achievement is a way to recognize faculty for this work and achievement, and it sends a message to students that scholarship in one’s chosen field is valued. All research conducted by faculty demonstrates for our students what it means to be engaged in our discipline, and it underscores the expertise of our outstanding faculty.”

Pimentel, associate professor of music, published “Woodwind Basics: Core Concepts for Playing and Teaching Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, and Saxophone.” The book is a fresh, no-nonsense approach to woodwind technique. It outlines the principles common to playing all of the woodwind instruments and explains their application to each one.

Mike Smith, associate professor of English, published “And There Was Evening and There Was Morning.” The work tracks the loss of Smith’s first wife to cancer after the birth of their second child, offering a portrait of marriage, family and tragedy. In honest and at times darkly comic terms, Smith documents the strange set of coincidences between his first wife’s illness and his stepdaughter’s similar battle the year his second marriage began, and examines blended families, remarriage, helping children find ways to cope with the loss of a parent, and the influence of spirituality upon loss.

Andrew Wegmann, assistant professor of history, published “U.S. History: A Top Hat Interactive Text.” The work is the first and only full-length, truly interactive textbook on the market. It combines a detailed, peer-reviewed narrative history of the United States with interactive maps, videos, images and review questions based on Bloom’s Taxonomy. It provides students different ways to engage the material, all of which was written using the most up-to-date scholarship as well as original research. As a result, the book exposes students to active and evolving scholarship in a form that targets understanding rather than memorization.

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CEO of Memphis International Airport lecture set for Nov. 1

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Scott A. Brockman, president and CEO of the Memphis International Airport

 

Delta State’s Department of Commercial Aviation will host president and CEO of the Memphis International Airport, Scott A. Brockman, for a Lunch and Learn event Nov. 1 at 11 a.m. in Gibson-Gunn room 129-130.

Brockman joined the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority in June 2003. He was appointed the authority’s president and CEO in 2014 after having previously served as its executive vice president and COO.

Additionally, Brockman took office in May 2017 as chair of the American Association of Airport Executives. Founded in 1928, AAAE is the world’s largest professional organization representing the men and women who work at public-use commercial and general aviation airports. AAAE represents over 5,500 members, 850 airports and hundreds of companies and organizations that support the airport industry.

Over Mr. Brockman’s 32-year career, he has also held executive management positions with Tucson International Airport, Des Moines International Airport, and Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. Prior to starting his aviation career, he spent several years with a CPA firm in Sarasota, Florida.

In 2012, an economic impact study by the Univer­sity of Memphis demonstrated that the Memphis International Airport had an annual economic impact of $23.3 billion. It is the busiest cargo airport in the Western Hemisphere and the second busiest cargo airport in the world.

Brockman’s Lunch and Learn event was arranged by Mahi Cosfis Chambers ’86, a Delta State College of Business graduate. Chambers has been instrumental over the years in identifying commercial aviation scholarships for minority and female students at Delta State.

Following the event, Brockman will speak at the Cleveland Rotary Club.

For more information on Delta State’s Department of Commercial Aviation, visit http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-business/commercial-aviation/.

 

 

Faculty certify in screencasting

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Pictured (left to right): Kelly Kirkland, Office of Information Technology; Dr. Nicole House, Office of Information Technology; Dr. Timothy Watkins, College of Education and Human Sciences; April Mondy, College of Business and Aviation; Dr. Karen Bell, College of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Tomeka Harbin, College of Business and Aviation; Dr. Sharon Hamilton, College of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Conrad Puozaa, College of Business and Aviation; Dr. Charles McAdams, Provost.

 

Five Delta State University faculty members recently earned Student Engagement Master I status in Screencasting, and one member earned Student Engagement Master II status in Screencasting and Coaching from the Office of Information Technology. OIT presented each faculty member with a pro license for Screencast-o-matic and a certificate of graduation for their hard work and commitment to increasing student engagement with course content.

“Whether for formative feedback or flipped learning, screencasts are proven to increase student engagement and learning,” said Dr. Nicole House, director of instructional technology. “Our goal with this class was to equip our faculty with the pedagogical framework, technical skills and relevant tools to produce screencasts that promote student engagement and academic success.”

OIT’s instructional technology staff facilitated the Engagement Master I in Screencasting class Sept. 12-15. Over the course of four days, participants explored educational applications, multimedia learning theory, ADA compliance and scripting. During the sessions, class members got hands-on with creating screencasts, aligning Canvas outcomes with screencast activities, and integrating the Screencast-o-matic app in Canvas. In addition to the class meetings, participants also completed homework assignments in curriculum alignment and storyboarding.

“The engagement class has helped me think creatively about all the ways faculty can engage their students,” said graduate Dr. Sharon Hamilton, assistant professor of chemistry. “It’s important that we, as faculty, utilize tools that will engage our student learners based on their various learning styles. Often, simply posting an assignment or grade on Canvas doesn’t really help the student make the connections between what they are learning in the classroom and what they see in the course Canvas shell. Screencasting is a great way to help bridge that gap.”

In addition to Hamilton, other faculty members graduating with honors included: Dr. Karen Bell, associate professor of German; Dr. Tomeka Harbin, assistant professor of management; April Mondy, instructor in management; and Dr. Conrad Puozaa, assistant professor of management.

“Participating in the engagement class helped me realize there are so many different ways to engage with students, and it is particularly important to do so on a platform they are familiar with, which is technology,” said Mondy. “I plan to use the information to create engagement activities which will supplement and enhance the content being covered in class.”

Dr. Timothy Watkins, assistant professor in teacher education, was the first Delta State faculty member to earn OIT certification in Screencasting a little more than a year ago. Watkins received his Engagement Master II certification Sept. 14 after completing additional training in advanced editing with Pro Tools, performing Screencast-o-matic integration with Canvas, and developing an innovation plan. Watkins also led the first day of the Master I class with a session in educational applications to complete the level II coaching requirement.

Pruitt named Employee of the Month

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The Delta State University Staff Council recently honored Stella Pruitt, a university custodian, as the August 2017 Employee of the Month.

She has been working at the university for 11 years.

Pruitt is from Mound Bayou and has been married to Cornelius Pruitt for 18 years. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family. She is the proud mother of three children and six grandchildren.

Made up of volunteers from the Staff Council, the Incentives & Recognition committee meets monthly to review nominations for the Employee of the Month award. The committee has been celebrating staff performance in this manner for over 15 years.

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.

DSU GIT Center joins United Nations effort in Nepal

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Photo: The UN-SPIDER TAM team presented an all-day workshop in Kathmandu, Nepal about the use of geospatial and space-based technologies for disaster risk reduction and response. Delta State’s GIT Center Director Talbot Brooks provided several blocks of instruction to the group and moderated a roundtable discussion.

 

The Delta State University Geospatial Information Technologies Center (GIT) continues to make a global impact.

Talbot Brooks, the center’s director, traveled to Nepal this summer to take part in a technical advisory mission to evaluate the current and potential use of space-derived information in all aspects of disaster management and emergency response in the country.

The mission, from July 31-Aug. 4, was conducted upon request from the Ministry of Home Affairs and with the technical support of the International Center for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD). ICIMOD is one of the 21 regional support offices of the United Nations SPIDER program (UN-SPIDER).

Brooks frequently travels abroad in this capacity as a member of UN-SPIDER’s Technical Advisory Mission (TAM) team.

UN-SPIDER provides a mechanism for sharing satellite imagery and similar space-based data from both private companies and government-funded space programs, free-of-charge during times of crisis, through the UN’s International Charter on Space and Major Disasters.

Along with Delta State’s GIT Center, the mission team was comprised of nine experts from the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs, UN-SPIDER, ICIMOD, Chinese Academy of Sciences, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, United Nations Affiliated Center for Space Science and Technology Education for Asia and the Pacific hosted by Indian Space Research Organization and DigitalGlobe, Singapore.

“The Nepalese suffered devastating losses during the earthquake of 2015 — as many as 9,000 people were killed, and approximately 22,000 suffered serious injuries,” said Brooks. “This experience served as a motivator to develop better plans and policies for leveraging the resources available by UN-SPIDER and through the International Charter for reducing the risk of loss to future disasters.”

The team visited key stakeholder agencies contributing to disaster management to take account of current policy and gaps, availability of geospatial information, current use of space-derived information, data sharing practices, applications of geospatial information, challenges and constraints, existing capacity and needs, institutional linkages and coordination, and applications to strengthen disaster risk reduction and emergency response.

“Beyond playing an international leadership role, the GIT Center and Delta State benefit from participation in this program as the United Nations often funds grants and contracts based upon the findings of technical advisory missions,” added Brooks. “Relationships with sister universities formed during TAMS have resulted in several memorandums of understanding with schools in the Republic of Georgia and Vietnam, and international students from these countries will begin attending classes with DSU in the coming year.”

When appropriate, Brooks said GIT students participate in the TAM process and are invited to attend missions, help with the reporting process, and present at UN-sponsored events.

UN-SPIDER will continue to work with Nepal to implement recommendations of the technical advisory mission. Learn more about the program at http://www.un-spider.org/.

Learn more about opportunities at Delta State’s Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies at http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-arts-and-sciences/center-for-interdisciplinary-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.