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MAS-GIT students and faculty represent DSU at state conference

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Dr. Yongqin Zhang, assistant professor and director of the MAS-GIT program in the Department of Biological Sciences, and three MAS-GIT students recently gave presentations at the fourth Mississippi Geospatial Conference held at Long Beach on Oct. 20 and 21.

MAS-GIT student Kory Iman received the student poster award.  His research, “A Geospatial Method to Develop Infrastructure of Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations,” demonstrated the geospatial applications in transportation analysis.  He used multi-factor analysis to identify optimal locations for installing EV charging stations for the walking public, and gave the government some spatial considerations and guidance for transportation planning.

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Kory Iman

Iman was not able to show up in the conference due to a training session in Washington D.C. Dr. Zhang brought the award of a $50 check back on behalf of Iman.

The other two MAS-GIT students Aaron Francois and Christopher Phillips gave presentations titled “Study of the Zika Virus using Disease Mapping and Ecological Niche Models” and “Determining Species of Greatest Conservation Need Occurrence in the Yazoo River Drainage, Mississippi,” respectively. Dr. Zhang gave a presentation titled “Investigating the Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Natural Gas Production and Vegetation Change through Remote Sensing.” Their research utilizes GIS and remote sensing technologies in vegetation and natural gas production analysis, mosquito disease mapping and modeling, and fish species and habitat analysis.

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Dr. Zhang

“As the advisor, I am so proud of these MAS-GIT students for their excellent research ability and motivation in applied research using GIT. All of them represented DSU so well. This brings up the reputation of our master’s program.” said Zhang.

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BPAC School Matinee Series Begins with “A Year with Frog and Toad”

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The Bologna Performing Arts Center presented “A Year with Frog and Toad” on Oct. 25, the first show in its School-Time Matinee Series.

Approximately 1,500 students in pre-kindergarten to sixth grades from schools in Mississippi and Arkansas attended the musical which was nominated for three TONY Awards, including Best Musical. The performance was locally sponsored by Monsanto.

Based on Arnold Lobel’s beloved children’s books, the whimsical musical featuring a jazzy, upbeat score follows two great friends — the cheerful, popular Frog and the curmudgeonly Toad — through four, fun-filled seasons, meeting new friends along the way. Waking from hibernation in the spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in their differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make believe, all charm, “A Year with Frog and Toad” tells the story of a friendship that endures, weathering all seasons.

“A Year with Frog and Toad” is produced by Casa Mañana, the same theatre company who produced the acclaimed 2013 tour of “Junie B in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells” that was presented at the BPAC.

The next performance in School-Time Matinee Series will be Parsons Dance Company on Wednesday, Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. Parsons Dance is a New York City-based modern dance company internationally renowned for its athletic ensemble work. Recommended for middle and high school audiences, teachers and students alike will be amazed by these talented dancers. A complete study guide is available to complement the production.

Scholarship tickets are also available for public schools through partnerships with the Community Foundation of Northwest Mississippi and Double Quick, Inc. For more information, schools groups can visit www.bolognapac.com/education or call 662-846-4844.

Board of Trustees to meet this week

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The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning will hold its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, Oct. 20, beginning at 9 a.m.  Members of the Board may participate in the meeting via teleconference.  Members of the public and media may attend the meeting in the IHL Board Room, located in the Universities Center, 3825 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, Miss. An Executive Session may be held in accordance with the Open Meetings Act.

The Academic Affairs Committee, a standing committee of the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning chaired by Trustee Tom Duff, will meet at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 to consider authorizations to plan. Members of the Board may participate in the committee meetings via teleconference. The public may attend the meeting in the IHL Board Room, located in the Universities Center, 3825 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS 39211. An Executive Session may be held in accordance with the Open Meetings Act.

The Health Affairs Committee, a standing committee of the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning chaired by Trustee Ford Dye, will meet at 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 to discuss University of Mississippi Medical Center projects and priorities. Members of the Board may participate in the committee meetings via teleconference. The public may attend the meeting in the IHL Board Room, located in the Universities Center, 3825 Ridgewood Road, Jackson, MS 39211. An Executive Session may be held in accordance with the Open Meetings Act.

The Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning governs the public universities in Mississippi, including Alcorn State University; Delta State University; Jackson State University; Mississippi State University including the Mississippi State University Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine; Mississippi University for Women; Mississippi Valley State University; the University of Mississippi including the University of Mississippi Medical Center; and the University of Southern Mississippi.

Delta State University launches nationally-recognized faculty program

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Delta State University has joined a growing national initiative to dramatically expand the use of evidence-based teaching practices shown to promote college student completion and success.

University educators have launched a new, national certificate program in Effective College Instruction offered through the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) and endorsed by the American Council on Education (ACE). The new partnership builds on recent student success achievements and a deepening commitment to the University’s core values of embracing civility, inclusion, and diversity.

“Instructional excellence is key to our students’ success, both in their studies here on campus and for their careers after graduation,” said Charles McAdams, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Delta State. “This partnership with ACUE recognizes the role that effective instruction plays in promoting critical thinking skills and supports Delta State’s mission to ensure all of our students succeed.”

The Office of Academic Affairs will implement a customized faculty development program that includes ACUE’s course in Effective Teaching Practices. ACE, as part of its nearly century-old mission to improve access to postsecondary education and help institutions enhance student outcomes, is collaborating with ACUE to dramatically expand the use of effective teaching practices in higher education.

“ACUE’s program offers higher education institutions a scalable, extensive opportunity to support instructors through tools and techniques proven to help students succeed,” said ACE President Molly Corbett Broad. “ACE and ACUE have an important shared goal to expand dramatically the use of effective teaching practices to benefit students, faculty, and institutions.”

Delta State University’s new program will focus on the research-based teaching techniques shown to make classrooms more engaging, civil and embracing of diversity. Research shows that students learn more, persist in their students, and complete their degrees with access to evidence-based instructional practices.

“The research is clear: High quality instruction helps students learn more and complete their degrees,” said Penny MacCormack, Chief Academic Officer at ACUE. “We are honored to partner with Delta State University as they work to provide the highest quality learning experiences for their students.”

Faculty members who complete the program will earn badges and a Certificate in Effective College Instruction endorsed by ACE. ACUE’s comprehensive services also include exclusive access to an online Community of Professional Practice designed to sustain development and connect educators from around the country.

ACUE’s program was developed with colleges and universities nationwide. Course modules feature videos of classroom demonstrations with award-winning college faculty and interviews with the nation’s leading subject matter experts. Since ACUE and ACE announced the collaboration in March, institutions across the country have recognized the value of providing this support and are making effective instruction central to student success. To date, over 1,800 faculty members have learned about and are implementing evidence-based approaches.

About ACUE

ACUE partners with colleges and universities to make effective instruction central to their student success agendas. Founded by leaders in higher education, ACUE fulfills this mission by helping institutions implement faculty development resources that are scalable, research-based, and of the highest quality. ACUE’s online modular course of study leads to a first-of-its-kind Certificate in Effective College Instruction endorsed by the American Council on Education. For more information, visit http://acue.org.

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B.E.E.P to host annual walk-a-thon

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To kick off October’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Delta State University’s B.E.E.P (Breast Education & Early-detection Project) and the College of Education and Human Science’s Outdoor Recreation Program are teaming up to fight breast cancer with their third annual walk-a-thon.

The event takes place Oct. 5 from 3-6 p.m. at the Delta State Fitness Trail, located on Maple Street across from Facilities Management. Participants are welcome to come and go during the schedule.

Funds will be raised to help provide mammograms and education for women in need. Donations will be accepted, and participants are encouraged to walk or jog as long as they can.

For more information, contact Gail Bailey, B.E.E.P. coordinator, at 662-207-0262 or gbailey@deltastate.edu, or Todd Davis, director of Outdoor Recreation, at 662-846-4570 or tdavis@deltastate.edu.