Faculty Research & Scholarship Symposium, Wednesday & Thursday

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The 2007 Faculty Research and Scholarship Symposium highlights original work completed by Delta State University faculty members and their collaborators during the 2006 — 2007 academic year. It is organized and sponsored by the DSU Research Committee (Dr. Chuck Smithhart, chair) with additional support from the DSU Office of Academic Affairs and the DSU Year of Health and Wellness Program.
The goal of this symposium is to provide a forum for faculty and their collaborators to share their professional work with their peers and with wider audiences. Of special interest for the DSU community and for higher education in Mississippi are strong elements of pedagogy-oriented scholarship, DSU student collaboration, and Mississippi Delta-focused research.
Several key benefits of this symposium make it a valuable addition to Delta State University’s slate of annual events. Participants benefit because their work receives colleagues’ critical input that can help them modify and improve the work in preparation for seeking future support (e.g. grants) and publication. Current and prospective students benefit because they are able to appreciate connections between the knowledge in their chosen field and the original scholarship that generates that knowledge. Too often, students do not understand that many university faculty have scholar-scientist roles in addition to their teaching role; thus they do not realize and take advantage of the full potential of higher education. The overall DSU community benefits because the research and scholarship of faculty, combined with and embedded in quality teaching, is at the very core of what makes the university indispensable for its stakeholders. In short, the research and scholarship of DSU faculty — particularly as it increases in quantity and quality — helps gain greater recognition and respect for the university’s overall mission, not only locally and regionally but also nationally and internationally.
Overall organization was coordinated by Dr. John Green, Dr. John Alvarez, Dr. Jeannie Falkner and Dr. Smithhart, with the help of many DSU staff, students, and faculty. We hope that you find the symposium valuable and welcome your comments and suggestions.
3rd Annual
Delta State University
Faculty Research and Scholarship Symposium
April 11-12, 2007 in the Jacob Center • Ewing Hall, 1st Floor
Schedule of Events
1:00 pm…………………………… Opening Ceremony
Dr. Garry Jennings, Master of Ceremonies
Comments on the 3rd Annual Symposium, Charles Smithhart
The Year of Health and Wellness, Myrtis Tabb
Welcome and Introduction of the Speaker, DSU President Dr. John Hilpert
1:15 – 2:00 pm…………………. Keynote Speech
Health and Wellness Issues in the Mississippi Delta, Dr. Ed Thompson
2:00 – 3:00 pm………………… Poster Session and Refreshments
DSU researchers and scholars will be available to discuss their work and answer questions
3:00 pm…………………………… Scholarly Presentations: Session 1
                        3:00     Graded Exercise Testing: Demystifying Oxygen Consumption
                                    (John Alvarez, Trey Jones and Holly Montague)
                        3:20     Exploration of the Social, Economic and Demographic Characteristics of the
                                    Most and Least Obese States (Edith Cameron McMillen)
                        3:40     Gender, Practice and Policy: A Feminist Perspective of the Nursing Faculty     
                                    Shortage (LaWanda Shelton Herron)
4:00 pm…………………………… Scholarly Presentations: Session 2
                        4:00     Marketing the Mississippi Delta Blues: Myth Making, Constructive Authenticity,
                                    and Public Memory (Stephen King)
                        4:20     An Application of Projective Geometry
                                    (Brent Bean, Mary Clair Thompson and Clifton Wingard)
9:00 am – 4:40 pm…………… Display of Faculty Research and Scholarly Output
9:00 – 10:00 am………………. Poster Session
DSU researchers and scholars will be available to discuss their work and answer questions
10:00 – 10:50 am…………….. Workshop – Trans-Disciplinary Research and Teaching (Amy Owen)
11:00 – 11:50 am…………….. Panel – Follow Your Bliss: Grant Funding Can Make It So
(Moderator: Kay Stricklin, Panelists: Beverly Moon, Emily Weaver and John Green)
12:00 – 1:00 pm………………. Break for Lunch (on your own)
1:00 pm…………………………… Scholarly Presentations: Session 3
                        1:00     Musicians as Athletes
                                    (Andrea Cheeseman)
                        1:20     Toward Knowledge-Based Society: Information, Knowledge and Technology
                                    (Felix Rizvanov)
                        1:40     Not Just Technology: Effective Learning and Teaching in the 21st Century
                                    (Felix Rizvanov)
                        2:00     Latinos and their Health Experiences in the Mississippi Delta
                                    (Monica Rosas)
2:20 – 2:30 pm………………… Break
2:30 pm…………………………… Scholarly Presentations: Session 4
                        2:30     Ecotourism in the Mississippi Delta: Insights from Land and Tourism Managers        
                                    (Alan Barton and Eric Atchison)
                        2:50     Why is Geography Education Excluded from the Mississippi Delta?
                                    (Scott Trapolino)
                        3:10     Politics and Public Memory in the Post Conflict Landscape of Central America                                                             (Shannon Lamb and Mark Bonta)
                        3:30     Exploring Our World Through Interactive Cartography
                                    (Subramanian Swaminathan)
3:50 – 4:00 pm…………………. Break
4:00………………………………… Scholarly Presentations: Session 5
                        4:00     Academic Experiences Abroad: Students Evaluate the Value of Foreign Travel
                                    (Robert Johnson, Scott Trapolino and Garry Jennings)
                        4:30     Constructing Effective Learning Experiences through Foreign Travel:
                                    Northern Ireland and Italy
                                    (Robert Johnson and Garry Jennings)

Delta State invites aspiring artists to campus for Spring Portfolio Day, $20,000 in scholarships available

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The Delta State University art department will host its annual Spring Portfolio Day, Friday, April 20 at 9:30 a.m. in the Wright Art Center Gallery on campus.

Held annually each spring semester, Portfolio Day is an effort to determine those students that will be awarded art scholarships for the coming year, while also giving high school students interested in art the opportunity to present their artwork for college scholarship consideration and review.
Over $20,000 in one- to four-year scholarships are available on Portfolio Day to incoming freshman. These scholarships range from $1000 to $4000 and may be in addition to the University awards based on academic achievement.
Participants are encouraged to bring only their best artwork. Six to ten pieces should be sufficient and when possible, artworks submitted should be matted for best effect. If the aspirant is unable to mat his/her pieces, the art should, at the minimum, be presented neatly. Three-dimensional works, or a photograph of the work should the piece be too big, may be included in the portfolio.
Department chair, Bill Lester, will lead a guided tour of Delta State’s art facilities at 9:30 a.m. The tour presents an opportune time to ask questions and meet the faculty. 
The event’s agenda will conclude at 1:30 p.m. with the scholarship presentation in the Wright Art Center Gallery.
High school juniors are invited to attend and submit their artwork for a critique, preparing them for Portfolio Day next year. Parents are also encouraged to attend.
Participants should bring an official school copy of their high school transcripts and school records of ACT/SAT scores.
The art department encourages all participants to schedule their review before arriving, as so the proper amount of time and space can be allotted. If you are unable to pre-register, walk-ins will be welcomed on the day of the event.
For more information, please contact the Delta State art department at (662) 846-4720.

Delta States International Business Symposium proves successful second year in a row

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David Abney shared a laugh with some Delta State students following the International Business Symposium. He and his wife, Sherry, sponsor the symposium.
David Abney returned to his alma mater Thursday to keynote Delta State University’s International Business Symposium.

Delta State University’s International Business Symposium proved a success, yet again.  

Now in its second year, the symposium was presented through the College of Business and Division of Management, Marketing, and Business Administration and was sponsored by David Abney and wife, Sherry, both Delta natives who currently reside in Atlanta.
A 1976 graduate, Abney earned his bachelor’s of business administration from Delta State, and today sits on the University’s Foundation Board. Recently elevated to Chief Operating Officer (COO) and President of UPS Airlines, he highlighted this year’s program which featured top-ranking international business professionals.
Dianne M. Stokely, President and Chief Operating Officer (COO), FedEx Customer Information Services, Inc.; and Diana M. Leonard, Senior Vice President, Orange Business Services, France Telecom Group also spoke at the two-day event.
Abney’s goal of the event, as he later said, “is to ensure the youth of Mississippi and the youth of the world grow up aware of the international opportunities available to them. I grew up thinking anything north of Memphis was international and I am determined today’s generation don’t fall victim that way of thinking.”
It was the Abney’s generous gift that also helped initially launch Delta State’s International Business and Development program almost two years ago. Designed to prepare students for the constantly expanding world of business, the International Business and Development program aims at providing students with the necessary skills and understanding to succeed in the international business arena.
Of his continued support of not only the program, but the Symposium too, Dr. John M. Hilpert, Delta State’s President offered, “David Abney has been generous with not only finicial support, but also time. He has helped us every year, offering us access to speakers we would not, otherwise have.
“This symposium is an eye-opening experience to our students,” Hilpert continued. “I think David and his wife, Sherry have established a model that works, and I hope other alumni are inspired to replicate it. I know it would make a tremendous difference to Delta State University and the region.”
For more information on the International Business and Development program at Delta State, please contact Jamye Long at (662) 846-4420 or

Delta State Crawfish Boil set, all invited

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The Bolivar County Alumni Association’s Crawfish Boil Planning Committee met recently to discuss the annual “Mudbug Celebration,” scheduled for Saturday, April 14. Pictured (l. to r.) Tye Jackson, Rileyann Smith, Jim Ervin, John Cox, Matt Jones, Edward Kossman, Chelsea Shepherd, Bill Quinton, chapter president; Dameon Shaw, Meredith Coleman, Paul Mancini, Callie Towles.  Other committee members not pictured include: Ryan Short, vice president; Laura Lee Connell, Ann Holman, Jim Avery, James Glorioso, Ann Giger and David Dallas.

The Delta State University Bolivar County Alumni Chapter will host its annual Crawfish Boil at Shumate Park, Saturday, April 14 at 5 p.m.

Timed this year in conjunction with Spring Sports Day, the Delta State campus will be a flourish of activity, including the Statesmen baseball game at Dave “Boo” Ferriss Field. First pitch of the doubleheader series with Arkansas-Monticello is scheduled for 3 p.m.
The crawfish and other food treats will be served between games, at approximately 5 p.m. As part of this year’s Cajun festivities, the Bolivar County Alumni Association will be sponsoring entertainment, including a kid’s zone and live music by Spence Melton & the County Line Band of Jackson.  
Guaranteed to be a fun-filled, family-friendly event, the day’s menu includes crawfish, chicken tenders, sausage, potatoes and beverages. Tickets are $12 for adults; $6 for children (age 5 and under are free). There will also be custom designed t-shirts for sale.
All alumni, friends and community members are invited to attend. For more information on the 2007 Bolivar County Alumni Crawfish Boil, please contact Vicki Fioranelli, Director of Alumni, at (662) 846 – 4660. Attendees are encouraged to stop by the Alumni House, Highway 8; or the Bologna Performing Arts Center Box Office to purchase advance tickets.

Delta State to host two AD candidates on campus next week

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The Delta State University Athletic Director Search Committee announced today its intent to bring two candidates to campus next week for preliminary on-site interviews.

John G. Garvilla, current athletic director and head men’s soccer coach at Belhaven College in Jackson; and Jeremy McClain, director of development with the Delta State University Foundation in Cleveland, will interview with the search committee, the Delta State Cabinet and members of the Delta State athletic department on Wednesday, April 11.
Greg Redlin, Delta State’s Vice President of Finance and staffing member of the search committee offered, “These interviews should not be confused with the at-large interviews which will involve additional university and community audiences, but rather are just the committee’s way of gathering more information on the candidates.
“It is still our intent to interview the chosen candidates with community and university audiences. We will know more after Wednesday’s interviews,” he concluded.
The Delta State athletic director position was left vacant in March by the departure of Dr. Brad Teague. In the interim, Ronnie Mayers, assistant athletic director for special projects and director of swimming operations, is filling the post.