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DSU graduate featured in story on Mississippi’s doctor shortage

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Bonnie Beth Moore, who received an American Chemistry Society (ACS) certified chemistry degree from Delta State in December 2015, was recently featured in a Mississippi Today story on the doctor shortage in Mississippi.  Moore was an Elliott Scholar who graduated summa cum laude with over 160 credit hours.

To read the story: https://mississippitoday.org/2017/08/04/mississippi-needs-more-doctors-new-medical-school-may-provide-them/

 

DSU psychology department presents at APA

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Delta State University’s Division of Counselor Education and Psychology was well represented at the 125th American Psychological Association Convention in Washington, D.C.

Dr. Sally Zengaro, assistant professor and chair of the Division of Counselor Education and Psychology, and Dr. Jonathan Westfall, assistant professor of psychology, led a symposium on “Connecting with Students through the Use of One Digital Platform in Psychology Classes.” The presentation focused on using electronic resources for effective teaching in psychology.

“I am thrilled that Delta State was represented at one of the premier conferences in psychology,” Zengaro said. “Dr. Westfall and I presented a teaching symposium based on work in the psychology department on improving student learning. It was also great to have one of DSU’s master’s students present research she had performed on sport psychology. The opportunity to learn from and share with other psychologists at APA is a fantastic educational and professional development experience.”

“APA is the largest organization of psychologists in the United States and to be able to share my work on Open Educational Resources (OER) with my peers within APA and the Society for the Teaching of Psychology (APA Division 2) was an awesome experience,” Westfall said. “Based on the feedback I’ve received, the work I’ve done at Delta State will benefit hundreds of students throughout the United States. And the ability to network with leaders in the field will enrich my classes for years to come.”

Graduate student Elisabetta Zengaro presented her poster, “The Effects of Home-Field Advantage in College Basketball,” as part of the sport psychology division at APA. Zengaro’s poster explored the concept of referee bias and home-field advantage within the Gulf South Conference in NCAA DII.

“It was a wonderful experience to share my findings with professionals and peers within the field of sport psychology,” Zengaro said. “My results indicated home teams do in fact receive an advantage over away teams in terms of fouls awarded, and it was great to further that discussion at APA. With APA being such a competitive conference, it was an honor to represent Delta State as a student presenter.”

For more information about the psychology department at DSU, contact Dr. Sally Zengaro at (662) 846-4357 or szengaro@deltastate.edu.

Delta State discontinues programs at Coahoma County Higher Education Center

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Feeling the pressure of nearly $2.2 million in state budget cuts, Delta State University has ended its participation in the Coahoma County Higher Education Center (CCHEC) partnership in Clarksdale, Mississippi.

Historically, CCHEC was a partnership between Delta State and Coahoma Community College (CCC) in Clarksdale. It was designed to enhance the outreach capabilities of both institutions by expanding educational and cultural opportunities for the people of Coahoma County and the surrounding communities.

CCC has now taken over program management at the center.

“The essential cause for Delta State to cease its operation at the CCHEC is directly related to the state budget cuts,” said Delta State President William N. LaForge. “We began the new fiscal year on July 1 with $2.2 million less operating budget funding than last July 1. For a university with a budget of our size, that is a huge reduction. This is just one of several strategies that we are employing to offset the budget cuts.”

Delta State enjoyed a 15-year relationship of providing a variety of programs at the center in conjunction with CCC.

“I’ve had the opportunity to speak with a number of Clarksdale and Coahoma County leaders about the need for this change and transition, and I have written the very generous donors who helped make this project come alive a decade and a half ago,” added LaForge.  “We’ve had some wonderful successes along the way, and we have relished our relationship with the Clarksdale and Coahoma County communities.”

LaForge said Delta State intends to continue its longstanding relationship with Clarksdale and Coahoma County by providing a wide array of programs to the local citizens through opportunities at the university’s main campus in Cleveland.

Dr. Charles McAdams, Delta State’s provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, said it was a difficult decision to draw back from the CCHEC partnership.

“Delta State has been very proud of its commitment to Clarksdale through the CCHEC and our partnership with Coahoma Community College,” said McAdams. “Our desire to work with CCC and to support Clarksdale has not changed, but our financial ability to have a physical presence in Clarksdale has changed.”

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Zoeller to intern with Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary

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Having just wrapped up her senior season playing Delta State softball, Madison Zoeller knows the importance of teamwork in the circle of life.

On a team, every player has a role. Whether it’s behind the plate, on the field or from the sidelines, individuals mesh together like cogs in a machine to achieve a desired goal. They depend on one another for success and survival amongst the toughest competition in their environment. Zoeller may be hanging up her softball cleats, but she will be taking on a bigger role by helping organisms find their place in the ecosystem.

Beginning July 17, Zoeller, an environmental science major at Delta State, will join a new team — the staff at Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary in Hubert, North Carolina, where she will be interning. Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary is a non-profit organization that rehabilitates injured animals with the intent of releasing each animal back into the wild. The organization also provides educational programs and presentations to teach the public about the native local wildlife, ecology, environment, natural resources and backyard habitat creation.

During her internship, Zoeller will learn to rehabilitate and care for wildlife by performing functions such as feeding, weighing, bandaging, and administering medications to animals. She will assist in wildlife presentations and programs and help conduct tours of the sanctuary. She will also learn to work with the non-releasable animals and birds used in programs/presentations and assist in the recovery program for raptors.

“I am thrilled about starting this internship,” Zoeller said. “To me, this is the beginning of a long career in environmental science and wildlife biology, and it’s my way of making the world a better place. It starts with the little things, and the little things may be something as simple as caring for an abandoned animal. My long term goal is to make my community understand the importance of every living thing.”

Dr. Nina Baghai-Riding, professor of biology and environmental science at Delta State, explained more about the opportunity Zoeller will have to care for wildlife and educate others during her internship.

“Back in March, Madison mentioned that she was taking an internship at the Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary in North Carolina,” Riding said. “During the internship, she will learn how to take care of and rehabilitate shorebirds, waterfowl, raptors, small mammals, and reptiles. Some of her training will include resilience with animal care, choosing appropriate medication for the animals, and maintaining the raptor facility. She also will be able to train volunteers, assist with future planning, work with large groups, and run the sanctuary in absence of staff.”

While Zoeller’s internship will come to an end August 26, she hopes to continue her passion for wildlife by pursuing graduate studies in wildlife biology in the future. For now, she has accepted a position in waste management in the Nashville area and will start work after her internship ends.

For more information about the environmental science program at Delta State, contact Dr. Nina Baghai-Riding at 662-846-4797 or nbaghai@deltastate.edu. For more information about Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary, visit www.possumwoodacres.org.

BPAC receives more than $5,000 in grant funding for summer arts programming

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The Janice Wyatt Mississippi Summer Arts Institute at the Bologna Performing Arts Center was granted more than $5,000 in funding from the Mississippi Arts Commission for the 2017-2018 school year.

These grants are a portion of the $1.3 million in grants the Commission will award in 2017-2018 and will be used to present Chuck Galey, an award-winning Mississippi illustrator and children’s book author from Jackson at the 2017 PLUS Camp. Further funding will be used for the 2018 CORE Arts camp, which will open to 12-18 year old artists in June of next year.

The grants are made possible by continued funding from the Mississippi State Legislature and the National Endowment for the Arts.

“Arts organizations throughout the state of Mississippi play a pivotal role in sharing the power of the arts with people from all walks of life,” said Malcolm White, executive director of MAC. “The arts are for everyone, and the Mississippi Arts Commission is pleased to support arts organizations committed to growing the presence of the arts in their communities.”

Now in its 20th year of operation, the arts programs at the Janice Wyatt Mississippi Summer Arts Institute are held on the campus of Delta State University, and function as a significant draw to DSU and the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

Each year, MSAI provides arts education opportunities for more than 175 participants ranging in age from 5 to 18. PLUS Camp is a week-long day camp for children ages 5-11 that began Monday, June 17. The 2017 PLUS Camp is currently at full capacity, but a final free performance that is open to the public will be held on Saturday, July 22, at 10 a.m. on the mainstage of the Bologna Performing Arts Center.