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Applications open for B. F. Smith Scholars Program

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The Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies at Delta State University is now accepting applications for the 2018-19 B.F. Smith Scholars Program.

The B.F. Smith Scholars Program provides funding for qualified entering graduate students. The highly competitive GA position, which awards $5,000 plus tuition per semester, is awarded to a limited number of students with a proven record of undergraduate achievement.

The successful applicant will demonstrate a commitment to the Mississippi Delta region in pursuit of a degree related to community and economic development.

”The B.F. Smith Scholars Program is truly an asset to Delta State University and to our graduate students,” said Jeanna Wilkes, coordinator of graduate studies and admissions at Delta State. “The changing landscapes of the Mississippi Delta economy are evident to our leaders, and the program was established to offer recipients direct research and development opportunities — and to engage in economic activities on our campus and in our community. Recipients are expected to serve a graduate internship while attaining their first post-baccalaureate degree, as the B.F. Smith Scholars Program supports the students with a $5,000 stipend plus tuition.”

The application priority deadline is May 1 at 5 p.m., and the final deadline to apply is June 1 at 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Wilkes at jdwilkes@deltastate.edu, or visit http://www.deltastate.edu/graduate-and-continuing-studies/graduate-continuing-studies/bfsmith/ for application and eligibility requirements.

Hamlet coming to BPAC

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The Bologna Performing Arts Center presents Aquila Theatre’s production of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” on Feb. 6-7.

 

The Bologna Performing Arts Center at Delta State presents “Hamlet” by Aquila Theatre Feb.6 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets begin at $15 and are available at the BPAC Ticket Office, by phone at 662-846-4626, or online at www.bolognapac.com.

There will also be a special performance for schools on Feb. 7 at 10 a.m.

“Hamlet” is arguably Shakespeare’s greatest play. Written in 1602, it is one of the most complete portrayals of the human psyche that exists in Western literature.

A compelling tale of familial discord, personal ambition, love and revenge, Hamlet has enthralled audiences for 400 years. Mortality and madness are two of the most pronounced themes of Shakespeare’s epic and the characters — Hamlet, Ophelia, Gertrude and Claudius — inhabit a rich landscape replete with deceit, mistrust and schemes. Four centuries after its premiere, Hamlet continues as one of the classics of the world stage.

Aquila Theatre’s mission is to make classical works accessible to the greatest number. As a company dedicated to the classics, Aquila Theatre feels a responsibility to acknowledge and explore newfound classical works.

Aquila was founded in London in 1991 by Peter Meineck. In 1997, it became a U.S. non for profit organization and is currently based in New York.

The New York Times said   “Aquila Theatre is a classically trained, modernly hip troupe,” and that “the versatile cast of eight, with actors in multiple roles, consistently command attention and admiration.”

Directed by Desiree Sanchez, Aquila’s “Hamlet” will seek to shed new light on Hamlet’s tragic story. The production will use Sanchez’s innovative use of movement, design, sound and superb acting to vividly explore the depths of rage, madness, love and death brought about by a culture of obsessive personal ambition.

 

Byrd named Mississippian of the Year

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Lynn Byrd, instructor of computer information systems at Delta State, was recently honored as the Mississippian of the Year by the Association of Information Technology Professionals chapter based in Jackson, Mississippi.

The prestigious award has previously been given to Mississippi leaders such as former Governor William Winter and Hu Meena, CEO of C Spire.

AITP aims to benefit those involved in the IT realm, both in business and education. The organization currently sponsors two student AITP chapters — at Delta State and the University of Mississippi — and serves as an important bridge between the academic and business sectors for students.

“I am truly humbled and delighted to be chosen as the Mississippian of the Year for the Jackson Chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals,” said Byrd. “I really enjoy working with the student chapter of AITP at Delta State and was extremely surprised when I learned that I was the recipient of such a prestigious award.”

Byrd serves as one of the faculty advisors for the Delta State chapter of AITP, where she organizes several programs that help students recognize the importance of their profession. She helps students prepare for a job market that is expected to increase at a rapid pace over the next several years. Monthly chapter meetings are also scheduled to help students network with professionals working in the field.

In addition, Byrd helped guide the student chapter as they hosted a technology conference, Connecting People with Technology, which enabled them to exercise leadership skills and collaborate with working professionals.

Byrd has been working at Delta State since 1998 and graduated from the institution with both a bachelors and masters degree in business administration in 1992 and 1997 respectively.

“Teamwork is so important when it comes to working in the technology field,” added Byrd. “I am truly honored to be recognized, but I certainly could not do what I do by myself. I am blessed to have colleagues in the Computer Information Systems Department and the College of Business to support me and the students in this organization.”

Byrd, center, receiving her award.

Steven Waite, president of the Jackson chapter, had high praise for Byrd.

“There is no greater advocate for current, former and future Information Technology students at Delta State,” said Waite. “She understands the importance of networking with others in and out of the classroom, and using those relationships to create opportunities. Lynn challenges her students to leave their comfort zone and become leaders.”

“Lynn’s legacy to Mississippi are the technical, professional and personal skills her students carry forth into the world,” added Waite. “They are grounded individuals who understand where they came from and where they are going. As Lynn epitomizes Mississippi’s core values, while preparing its students to be leaders who can navigate the technological challenges of the future, the CompTIA-AITP Jackson Chapter is privileged and proud to celebrate Lynn Byrd as our 2017 Mississippian of the Year.”

Dr. Billy Moore, dean of the College of Business and Aviation at Delta State, said Byrd is extremely worthy of the recognition.

“Ms. Byrd is committed to the success of our students and the enhancement of the IT industry,” said Moore. “Teaching and professional service are Ms. Byrd’s passion and expertise. Her dedication to both is aligned with her actions. She works tirelessly to expose our students to career opportunities by connecting them with IT professionals. One of the highlights of the AITP awards banquet was witnessing the admiration and appreciation our students exhibited towards her.”

Learn more about Delta State’s College of Business and Aviation at http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-business.

 

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Applications open for McNair Research Scholars

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The Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies at Delta State University is now accepting applications for the spring 2018 cohort of McNair Research Scholars.

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program was established in memory of astronaut-physicist and Challenger crew member, Ronald E. McNair.

The McNair Research Scholars program is administered through the Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies at Delta State. The program is one of eight federal TRIO programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education. TRIO outreach aims to improve student programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The goal of the McNair cohort is to increase the attainment of doctoral degrees by students from underrepresented segments of society.

The application deadline is Feb. 21 at 4:30 p.m.

Scholars will benefit by:
-oppportunities for research and scholarly activities
-paid Summer research internships
-tutoring
-seminars and workshops to prepare participants for doctoral study
-intrusive academic advising and counseling
-assistance in preparing for and applying to graduate and doctoral programs, and securing financial assistance
-career counseling and exploration
-financial literacy and planning
-increased access and exposure to STEM coursework and careers

For more information, contact project director Wendolyn Stevens at wstevens@deltastate.edu, or visit www.deltastate.edu/mcnair for eligibility requirements.

Students present at National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association Workshop

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The Division of Health, Physical Education and Recreation at Delta state presented three professional lectures at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, at the National Intramural-Recreational Sports Association Co-State (MS/AL) Workshop on January 25-26.

The workshop was comprised of professional lectures and seminars on recreation and wellness aspects concerning the campus recreation field.

Todd Davis, director and instructor of recreation administration and outdoor education; Katie Gennarelli, graduate assistant for outdoor recreation; and Heather Wilson, senior, recreation leadership major, presented on a variety of topics. In addition to the presenters, 10 HPER majors from exercise science, sport management, physical education teacher prep, and recreation administration participated in the two-day workshop.

Davis presented “Perceived Benefits and Barriers Among African American Students’ Participation in Outdoor Recreation as Leisure-Time Physical Activity at Selected Universities in Mississippi: A Mixed Methods Study.”

Gennarelli presented “Gender Equality in the Outdoor Adventure & Recreation Industry.”

Davis, Gennarelli and Heather Wilson presented, “Transferring Classroom Curriculum to Outdoor Recreation Leadership Fundamentals: Notes from the Field”

“It’s a privilege and honor to be selected to speak at association conferences,” said Davis. “These local workshops are associated with our national organization, however, they provide an amazing platform to network, expose students to the campus recreation profession, and allow students to see new and different sport and recreation landscapes. The University of Alabama and the University Recreation Services team were amazing hosts, and our students walked away from this event with a new vision for their future.”

“This particular conference was extremely enlightening and educational,” said Gennarelli. “I was impressed with the scope of recreation and wellness services that the University of Alabama provides for their students. The amount of energy and dollars spent to provide state-of-the-art recreation outlets is amazing. Being able to speak on my research was also a highlight. I was honored to be chosen for this presentation opportunity.”

The Division of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation is housed in the College of Education and Human Sciences. The division offers majors in K-12 physical education teacher preparation, sport management, exercise science and recreation administration.