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Kappa Mu Epsilon initiates honored

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The 2017 initiates of Kappa Mu Epsilon are (left to right) Shawn Sanks, Chelsea Townsend, Kaitlyn Bryant and Bryant McDuffie.

Delta State University recently honored four new members of the Mississippi Epsilon Chapter of Kappa Mu Epsilon, a specialized honor society in mathematics.

This year’s initiates are students Shawn Sanks, of Foley, Alabama; Kaitlyn Bryant, of Southaven; Bryant McDuffie, of Petal; and Chelsea Townsend, instructor of mathematics.

“It is exciting each year to identify honor students in the Department of Mathematics and to induct them into the honor society of Kappa Mu Epsilon,” said Dr. Clifton Wingard, chair of the department. “We, as a department, are proud of the academic accomplishments of these students and encourage them to continue their educational pursuits in mathematics and related fields.”

Kappa Mu Epsilon was founded in 1931 to promote the interest of mathematics among undergraduate students. Its chapters are located in colleges and universities of recognized standing which offer a strong mathematics major. The chapters’ members are selected from students of mathematics and other closely related fields who have maintained standards of scholarship, have professional merit and have attained academic distinction.

Learn more at http://www.kappamuepsilon.org.

Students attend American Chemical Society National Meeting

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First row, left to right: (holding award) Bonita Nuon (holding award), Tia Brown. Second row (l to R): Dr. Sharon K. Hamilton, Kierstin Page, Daisy Camarillo, Ashley Griffin. Third row (l to r): Will Weeks, Scarlett Salter, Katie Penton.

In early April, the Delta State University American Chemical Society (DSU ACS) attended the 253rd American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition in San Francisco, Califronia.

Two members, Will Weeks and Kierstin Page, presented their research projects. Additionally, Daisy Camarillo, Ashley Griffin, Zach Odoms, Tia Brown, Bonita Nuon and Scarlett Salter presented a DSU ACS Chapter poster in the Division of Chemical Education for the Undergraduate Research Poster Session and the Successful Student Chapters Session.

Page’s poster was selected for the Sci-Mix, a large meeting-wide event that combines a social event with poster presentations contributed by each participating division. Divisions participate in Sci-Mix by contributing posters. The number of posters may not exceed 20 posters or 10 percent of the total number of papers in a division, whichever is larger. Her selection for a poster is a distinction as she represents the best of what the Division of Chemical Education has to offer in terms of the science and presentation.

Graduate student Katie Penton presented a research poster in the joint Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering/Polymer Poster Session.

The DSU ACS chapter also attended the undergraduate awards ceremony where Penton, the chapter’s president, accepted the Commendable Student Chapter Award on behalf of the chapter.

“The ACS national meeting is a wonderful opportunity for students to meet chemists from around the world, hone networking and communication skills, and gain information regarding graduate schools, the interview process, and professional opportunities,” said Dr. Sharon Hamilton, assistant professor of chemistry at Delta State. “The DSU ACS students who attended the conference in San Francisco were exposed to cutting-edge research in oral and poster presentations. They were also able to explore San Francisco, gaining valuable exposure to cultures outside of the Delta.”

“Presentations at a national meeting are highly competitive, and it speaks highly of the DSU ACS chapter and the research being done in the Department of Chemistry and Physics that our students were able to present four different posters at the meeting,” added Hamilton. “It is truly a great honor for Kierstin Page to be selected to present her research at the Sci-Mix. Kierstin has worked hard on her chemistry education project and has continued to network with other departments at Delta State in the hopes of expanding the project next year. She always has quite a bit of traffic at her poster presentation which is a good sign that the research she is doing at Delta State is pertinent and of interest to other researchers and educators in America.”

For more than 140 years the American Chemical Society has been improving people’s lives through the transforming power of chemistry. Learn more at https://www.acs.org.

College of Business renamed College of Business and Aviation

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The Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning Board recently approved the renaming of Delta State University’s College of Business to the new name of College of Business and Aviation.

Dr. Charles McAdams, Delta State’s provost and vice president for academic affairs, said the renaming should bring merited attention to one of the institution’s signature programs.

“I believe changing the name to the College of Business and Aviation helps promote two very important items,” said McAdams. “First, the name lets everyone know that we have an aviation program. This is significant as we are the only IHL institution with an aviation degree. Second, the name accurately reflects the academic home for this program.”

“Commercial Aviation is one of our signature programs for three very important reasons,” added McAdams. “First, it is the only program of its kind at a state university in Mississippi. Second, our program is one of the few programs in the region accredited by the Aviation Accreditation Board International. And finally, the success of our graduates demonstrates the quality of the program.”

McAdams added that commercial aviation is an important program for Delta State, and the graduates it produces as pilots, airport managers and logistics specialists are essential for economic growth of the region and country.

Dr. Billy C. Moore, dean of the College of Business and Aviation, is also pleased with the renaming.

“The college is rather comprehensive, preparing both candidates in the business field and the commercial aviation fields — aviation management, logistics and flight operations,” said Moore. “The renaming allows the college to more accurately reflect the range of preparation available to candidates enrolled in the varied programs within the college. The name change will also foster greater awareness of this unique program. Delta State University is the only senior college in the state of Mississippi to offer bachelor and master degrees in commercial aviation.”

Dr. Julie Speakes, chair of the Department of Commercial Aviation, is thrilled to gain more exposure for the program.

“I am thrilled that the IHL approved the name change to the College of Business and Aviation,” said Speakes. “This will help with advertising and branding, and we will no longer be the best kept secret at Delta State.”

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

Delta Music Institute presents Senior Showcase

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The Delta Music Institute entertainment industry studies program at Delta State University will host its first Senior Showcase on April 24 at 7 p.m. downtown on the Green Space in Cleveland to showcase the range of talent coming out of the DMI.

The Senior Showcase will promote original music by DMI students in the DMI Senior Project class by featuring performances from a diverse group of entertainers.

Included in the line-up are: Jessica Faith, Scott’s House, Deering, Carrie Lynn, Mic Hargrove, From the Pier, Thomas Walker & the Garment of Praise Choir, and the DMI All-Stars, a select group of Delta State students who performed for Mississippi Night during GRAMMY® week in Los Angeles.

“This is the first semester that DMI has showcased all the students in the senior project class on one show, and I think the public will be really impressed with the depth and diversity of talent on the show,” said DMI Director Tricia Walker. “And in the collaborative nature of the DMI, students in the Live Event practicum course, under the direction of Charly Abraham, will be managing the event and handling all production for the show.”

Kacee Russell, lead singer and songwriter for the band Scott’s House, said, “I’m excited to show everybody a few of the songs Scott’s House has been working on, and it’s cool that the DMI seniors will get to show off their hard work to people who might not normally come out to a show. It’s going to be a good ole time.”

The showcase is free and open to the public, and concessions will be available for purchase from the Levee Break Grill and Delta Dairy. Attendees are advised to bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating.

The DMI is an independent center of study under the College of Arts and Sciences at Delta State University, offering a bachelor’s degree in Entertainment Industry Studies. The focus of the DMI is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, creative, and business areas of the music and entertainment industry. For information, visit http://dmi.deltastate.edu.