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36th F.E. Woodall Spring Conference set for April 21

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The annual F. E. Woodall Spring Conference for the Helping Professions returns to campus for a 36th year on April 21.

The Division of Counselor Education and Psychology will host the all-day conference which provides continuing education for counselors, social workers, psychologists, and other helping professionals from all over the state. The conference also provides needed licensure continuing education credits at a nominal cost.

The conference will have 35 breakout sessions and a Luncheon Keynote Address. Conference sessions cover topics such as cultural competency, trauma counseling, and animal assisted therapy.

“Our conference is held every April and we start work on the next conference in May,” said Cat Vincent, Woodall Conference Coordinator. “Our conference committee and students work very hard year-round to make this event successful.”

The keynote address will be delivered by Christopher Lawrence, Assistant Professor of Counseling at Northern Kentucky University. The address is titled, “Jumping Off the Couch: Perspectives on Preserving your Professional Sanity.” Lawrence is known for his high energy, engaging presentations.

“I saw Dr. Lawrence early in his academic career give one of the most memorable presentations I’ve ever enjoyed,” said George Beals, program coordinator for Counselor Education.

Most breakout sessions are from practitioners and educators in the helping professions. With the guidance of Delta State faculty, counseling practicum and internship students will be presenting in three different sessions in Lightning Talks, a TED talk style of presentation. The students cover the essential elements of their material and provide attendees with applicable, practical information. The topics of the Flash Talks are: Collaboration in Schools, Ethics of Strengthening your Professional Identity, and The Chance and the Choice Challenge: Enhancing Self-Esteem and Self-Reflection.

“The F.E. Woodall Spring Conference for the Helping Professions is an important professional development and networking opportunity for many individuals in the helping professions in the Delta and beyond,” said Sally Zengaro, chair of the Division of Counselor Education and Psychology. “At Delta State, we are proud to be part of such a strong tradition and look forward to bringing together each spring individuals from a variety of backgrounds to attend the valuable and informative sessions.”

See the conference website for more information: http://buytickets.at/deltastateuniversitycounseloreducation/80448

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Delta State to host Dancing with the DSU Stars

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The Office of Student Affairs presents Dancing with the DSU Stars on April 22 at 7 p.m. in the Bologna Performing Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public.

The show is modeled closely after the “Dancing with the Stars” television show.  Participating Delta State dancers will be partnered with a husband and wife professional team out of Memphis — Benji and Beth Smith of DanceSmiths Studio.

Participants include: Delta State President William N. LaForge; Michael Lipford, director of Student Development; Dr. Michelle Roberts, vice president for University Relations and chief of staff; Dr. Temika Simmons, assistant professor of psychology; Todd Cooley, head football coach; and Madison Nash, 2016 Delta State University Homecoming queen.

Dr. Vernell Bennett, vice president for Student Affairs, said this will be a great event to improve town-gown relations.

“We are focused on improving student engagement and building collaborations across campus and within our community,” said Bennett. “This fun event will achieve both endeavors because it’s a wonderful opportunity for the campus and community to enjoy one another. It’s also a way for students to see another side of our faculty, staff and administrators.”

“Going forward, Student Affairs will offer at least one event annually that will be for both the campus and the community,” added Bennett. “We’re most grateful to our dancers for committing to this project, especially President LaForge.”

Follow all Delta State news at www.deltastate.edu.

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Delta Center hosts Amherst, Mississippi State, Wisconsin and Yale students

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University of Wisconsin students visited Dockery Farms as part of their Geography of the Mississippi Delta course.

 

The Delta Center for Culture and Learning recently hosted several groups of college and university students conducting experiential learning tours of the Mississippi Delta.

Yale University students gather at The Delta Center's Cast of Blues exhibit.

Yale University students gather at The Delta Center’s Cast of Blues exhibit.

Students from Amherst College in Massachusetts, Mississippi State University, University of Wisconsin-Madison and Yale University traveled to the Delta as part of a variety of structured educational and cultural programs. These included spring break service learning initiatives, Jewish Hillel student organizations and a formal course on the Mississippi Delta.

The students from Yale stayed in the region for a week, touring Mound Bayou and Po Monkey’s Lounge while completing service projects with Delta Hands for Hope of Shaw, Mississippi. The Amherst and Mississippi State groups visited The Delta Center on the same day, visiting Dockery Farms and the Fannie Lou Hamer Memorial Garden in Ruleville.

The University of Wisconsin students visited The Delta Center for the first time as part of a course about the geography and culture of the Delta.

“We learned that the geography course has been offered at the University of Wisconsin for several years now,” said Dr. Rolando Herts, director of The Delta Center. “It is fascinating and exciting to know that such a course about the Mississippi Delta exists at a major research university like Wisconsin.”

Over 40 students from the University of Wisconsin visited the Delta as part of their enrollment in the course. Based on feedback from the visiting faculty and students, interest in the culture and history of the Delta at Wisconsin is strong.

University of Wisconsin students receiving their orientation to the Mississippi Delta at Delta State.

University of Wisconsin students receiving their orientation to the Mississippi Delta at Delta State.

“Their university administration, including the president, is very supportive of that course,” said Lee Aylward of The Delta Center. “We look forward to working with them and the other groups again.”

The mission of The Delta Center is to promote greater understanding of Mississippi Delta culture and history, and its significance to the world through education, partnerships and community engagement. The Delta Center serves as the management entity of the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area and is the home of the International Delta Blues Project. For more information, visit http://deltacenterdsu.com/.

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Sgt. Curry named Officer of the Year

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Sergeant Tameka Curry was honored this past week by the Exchange Club of Cleveland as part of their annual Emergency Responders Luncheon.

Curry, who has been with Delta State for three years, was recognized as Officer of the Year.

“It feels like a great level of achievement to be recognized,” said Curry. “Over the course of my 12-year career in law enforcement, I’ve been recognized for many things, but I’ve never been named Officer of the Year. I’m thankful I was able to procure that here at Delta State.”

Delta State Police Chief Jeffrey Johns was thrilled with Curry’s recognition.

“She was promoted to sergeant on February 1 based on her experience, contributions and a professional attitude,” said Johns. “Her commitment to service made her a perfect fit for Officer of the Year.”

One responder was selected from each of the following organizations: Bolivar Sheriff’s Department, Cleveland Police and Fire, Delta State University Police Department, Pafford EMS and Bolivar County EOC Volunteers. 

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Full slate of summer courses available at Delta State

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Summer at Delta State University offers a number of opportunities for students to stay on track on their path to graduation.

“Summer school is a great way to get ahead with coursework, catch up on credits, boost your GPA and get pre-requisites out of the way,” said Dr. Christy Riddle, executive director of the Student Success Center at Delta State. “Taking one or two courses each summer may allow you to graduate sooner and start your career earlier — which leads to earning a salary instead of paying college tuition.”

A full list of courses offered during Summer I and Summer II sessions is available online.

Instead of taking a course for four months during the fall or spring semesters, summer school courses are condensed to five weeks. The university offers online and on-campus courses in a variety of subjects that count towards general education requirements or for specific majors. 

“Moving home for the summer? No problem,” said Riddle. “DSU’s online courses allow students to take classes from anywhere in the world.”

Students can also go ahead and register for summer courses during Pre-Registration Week from April 3-7. By meeting with academic advisors, students can register for both summer and fall classes.

Dr. Beverly Moon, dean of Graduate & Continuing Studies and Research at Delta State, added that summer coursework provides many opportunities for high students and community members alike.

“So many courses we offer appeal to the wide community,” said Moon. “Those include HPER courses such as swimming, art courses, the blues curriculum, and many others such as personal finance, the history of rock ‘n’ roll, astronomy, karate, or even a computer course.”  

Another benefit is that those signing up for courses don’t necessarily need to be degree-seeking students.

“Many students take a course or two for continuing education credits, or as a requirement for a job,” added Moon. “Some sign up for credit towards a degree somewhere else, to try a new subject, or just for self-gratification.”