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Inductees honored at DSU Student Hall of Fame banquet

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The Class of 2017 DSU Student Hall of Fame (front row, left to right): Aja Buckhalter, Alandria Ramsey, Cailon Steward, Allie Rose Parker, (back row, l to r): Tyler Sullivan, Undra Richardson, Hunter Webb and Cody Hawkins.

The Office of Student Affairs recognized student achievement May 5 at the annual DSU Student Hall of Fame banquet.

The DSU Hall of Fame began in 1972 as a way to recognize outstanding students. It is the single highest honor bestowed upon any Delta State student based on outstanding accomplishments in all phases of college life.

This years inductees include: Aja Buckhalter, business administration (Madison); Cody Hawkins, HPER (Olive Branch); Allie Rose Parker, biology/political science (Olive Branch); Alandria Ramsey, HPER (Hernando); Cailon Steward, nursing (Senatobia); Tyler Sullivan, chemistry (Louisville); Hunter Webb, political science (Southaven); and Undra Richardson, child development (Hollandale).

“The Student Hall of Fame is a wonderful way to recognize students who have been scholars and have exhibited a civic and social conscience throughout their matriculation at DSU,” said Dr. Vernell Bennett, vice president for Student Affairs. “This honor affords students an opportunity to leave a legacy at DSU that will be recognized  forevermore. This year’s inductees have distinguished themselves in the classroom, in student organizations, in athletics, and in the local community. We’re proud of, and grateful for their many contributions to DSU and its community.”

Also recognized at the banquet were Madison Nash, a speech pathology from Tupelo, as the winner of the Wayne Blasnett Award, and Hannah Goudy, a nursing major from Southaven, recipient of the H.L. Nowell Student Alumni Award.

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Wayne Blasnett Award recipient Madison Nash (left to right), Dr. Wayne Blansett, H.L. Nowell Student Alumni Award winner Hannah Goudy and Jeffrey Farris.

 

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Zengaro receives Russo Brothers Italian American Film Forum Grant

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Italian Americans have a long-rooted tradition in the Mississippi Delta, and their stories will be told in a documentary film by Matteo Zengaro, a sophomore psychology major and history minor at Delta State University.

Zengaro, of Cleveland, is filming a documentary about Italian Americans living in the Delta and was named a grant recipient of the 2017 Russo Brothers Italian American Film Forum on May 1 for his film depicting the Italian tradition in the Mississippi Delta.

Anthony and Joe Russo are Italian American film and television directors known for directing the popular Marvel franchise movies “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Captain America: Civil War,” and “Avengers: Infinity War.”

The grant provides $7,500 to fund film projects documenting the Italian American experience to maintain its preservation for future generations.

“It feels really great to be able to receive this grant,” said Zengaro. “It is an honor to me and to my family to represent both Delta State University and the Italian American community of the Delta on a national scale by being selected for this grant. As an Italian American myself, it is important to me to help share and preserve our history for others to learn about.”

Zengaro’s film highlights a culture that has been ingrained within the Delta community, but largely ignored in overall Italian American history. He seeks to tell the story of the sons and daughters of Italians who immigrated to the Delta and how present day Italian Americans keep their ancestors’ culture flowing within their community.

“Very little is known about the Italian American history in the Mississippi Delta,” he added. “Through my documentary, I want to share the Italian American experience of the Mississippi Delta and what keeps the Italian heritage alive in members of the community today. It is important to me to share the stories of those before me, so their history can be preserved. I hope it will bring more attention to the rich Italian culture of the Delta and share their stories with a national audience.”

Applicants from around the United States and Italy submitted proposals. Zengaro was one of seven applicants chosen for 2017. The honor is the first for Delta State University, and Zengaro will submit a copy of the completed film to the Delta State University Archives to preserve the oral stories of Italian history in the Delta.

The other applicants chosen were: Roberto Angotti, a film studies major at Claremont McKenna; David Joseph Higgins, a high school teacher in Staten Island, New York; Kirsten Keppel, a videographer of the Abruzzo and Molise Heritage Society in Washington D.C.; Dylan Maccarone, a documentary film major at Hampshire College; Cristoforo Magliozzi, a master of fine arts candidate in film production at the University of Texas in Austin; and Margaret Sclafani, an anthropology major at Bryn Mawr College/Haverford College.

Three of the seven applicants will be chosen to attend the National Italian American Foundation Gala on Nov. 4, 2017, where the winning film will be announced.

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Delta State online education programs ranked nationally

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SR Education Group, an education publisher founded in 2004, recently recognized Delta State University’s College of Education and Human Sciences with multiple honors in their ranking of 2017’s Most Affordable Online Master’s Degrees.

These rankings represent schools across the nation that are making an effort to provide economical options for students seeking online master’s degrees. Due to exceptional affordability, Delta State ranked No. 1 in special education, No. 2 in teaching degrees, and No. 11 in education.

“It is essential in maintaining strong quality programs for those in the teaching profession to consider affordability and access,” said Dr. Leslie Griffin, dean of the COEHS. “Delta State University is sensitive to the balance students must achieve in juggling professional, family and other commitments with the costs of furthering their education. The returns our region receives from the important and lasting work of these educators is a compelling reason to seek ways to continue to make their advanced study affordable.”

The full rankings by category are available here:
http://onlineu.org/most-affordable-colleges/special-education-masters-degrees
http://onlineu.org/most-affordable-colleges/teaching-masters-degrees
http://onlineu.org/most-affordable-colleges/education-masters-degrees

SR Education Group offers free and comprehensive guidance that enables students to compare all online colleges in the U.S. The organization seeks to help driven people accomplish their education goals in a financially responsible manner. Learn more at http://www.onlineu.org/about.

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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.

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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.