Born to Read returns to Delta State campus

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Frieda Quon (left), IRC Librarian, Born to Read leader shares a book with Kathleen Tarver, age three and her mother Amy Tarver.

Born to Read, an early literacy story time for babies and toddlers up to age four, will make its return to the Delta State University campus, Wednesday, March 7. Scheduled for every Wednesday at 10 a.m., March 7 – April 25, the program will be held in the Instructional Resources Center (IRC) on the first floor of the Roberts-LaForge Library.  

Born to Read is designed to promote literacy, the love of language and to spotlight for parents and caregivers the value and necessity of singing, speaking and reading to babies. Students from the Delta State College of Education will provide the programs each week.

Emergent or early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they actually read or write. Listening to language lays the ground work for reading. During the enjoyable experience of listening, the child is immersed in language, which is how babies learn to understand words and then to speak them. Sharing books with young children starts them on the path to language, reading and writing well before they can understand the printed word.

Additionally, a child’s brain develops at an incredible rate during the first three years of life.  A child’s early experiences with language contribute to healthy brain development and lay the foundation for learning to read. Researchers agree that children are more likely to become good readers if they start school with these accomplishments: comprehend and express themselves with a wide range of words; name the letters of the alphabet; and exposure to a wide variety of literary experiences and appreciate books and stories.

Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their child to participate in the Born to Read program.  Space is limited, so please call the Delta State Library/IRC at (662) 846-4347 or 846-4345 to reserve your place in the program. Parking is available in the back of the library or in the new parking lot located on the south side of the Aquatic Center swimming pool. Participants will be issued parking passes. Each child must be accompanied by a parent or an adult.

26th Annual F.E. Woodall Spring Conference set for March 8

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Delta State University Division of Counselor Education & Psychology will host its 26th Annual F.E. Woodall Spring Conference for Helping Professions, Thursday, March 8 on the third floor of James M. Ewing Hall on the campus. 

This one-day workshop is a terrific opportunity to network with other counselors, attend valuable and enlightening workshops and receive CEU credit hours. 

Multiple breakout sessions throughout the day, highlighted by an afternoon keynote will provide community counselors, school counselors, counselor educators, social workers and other helping professionals with valuable tools for use in a wide variety of situations and work environments. 

Debra Carr, a licensed professional counselor; a licensed marriage and family therapist; and an attorney, is a graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi. She earned her master’s at The University of Mississippi and JD at Mississippi College School of Law.

In 2003, Carr was the Licensed Professional Counselor of the Year by The Mississippi Counseling Association. Previously, she had been named 2000 College Counselor of the Year by MCA. She was also chosen to attend the ACA Southern Region Leadership Conference as an MCA Emerging Leader.

Carr’s keynote address, “Ethical Counseling Practice-Not One Size Fits All” will begin promptly 10 a.m. in the Henry J. Jacob Conference Center of James M. Ewing Hall.

Registration fee is $20 for faulty, staff, and the general public and $1 for DSU students with proper identification.

For more information or to registration, please contact Kashanta Jackson in the Division of Counselor Education and Psychology at (662) 846-4364 or e-mail

DSU 50l: Introduction to Graduate Studies

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The Division of Graduate and Continuing Studies is hosting a cost-free, informative evening for prospective graduate students for the 2007-2008 academic year on Thursday, March 1, 2007 in the State Room of the H. L. Nowell Student Union. The event will begin at 4:30 p.m. and conclude with a performance by KODO DRUMMERS of Japan at the Bologna Performing Arts Center. Complimentary tickets for the performance are available on a limited basis. Registration is recommended. If you have any questions, contact the Graduate Office at 662-846-4875.

Delta State’s ‘Confidante’ winners announced

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First place awards were recently presented to contributors of the Delta State student literary publication, Confidante. They are: (from left) Landry Barbieri, an English/journalism major of Clarksdale, First Place for Poetry; Nick White, an English education major of West, First Place for Fiction; Edosa Aibangbee, a marketing major from Largos, Nigeria, First Place for Informal Essay; and Nathan Duff, an interdisciplinary studies major of Alligator, First Place for Formal Essay.

The Confidante is scheduled for publication in August.

‘Tapestry’ released by Delta State Lang & Lit faculty

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Tapestry,” the faculty journal of the Division of Languages and Literature at Delta State University, was officially released, Friday, Feb. 16. Published annually since 1988, this work is composed of poetry, short stories and essays written by members of the division. Contributors to this year’s “Tapestry” are (left to right): Bill Hays, Stephen King, Jim Tomek, Susan Allen Ford, Yvonne Tomek, Dorothy Shawhan, Patricia Roberts, Bill Pennington, Marilyn Schultz, Bonnie Horton, Jeff Smithpeters, Ben Burgos, Jack Phillips, Renelda Owen (editor), John Ford and Donna Spell. (Not pictured: Terry Everett, Chip Mitchell and John Pursley.) Copies are on sale for $3 in the Division of Languages & Literature office at Delta State. For more information, please call (662) 846-4060