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Miller honored for work with Mississippi Delta Chinese Heritage Museum

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Pictured (left to right): Gilroy Chow, MDCHM president; Lisa Miller; and Cindi Lofton, MDCHM project coordinator.

Lisa Miller ’03, director of the Martin and Sue King Railroad Museum in Cleveland, was recently awarded a distinctive plaque of appreciation for her outstanding work with the Mississippi Delta Chinese Heritage Museum housed at the Charles W. Capps Jr. Archives and Museum at Delta State University.

Gilroy Chow, MDCHM president, presented the award to Miller at a recent board meeting.

The city of Cleveland and Delta State University work in partnership with MDCHM, with Miller serving as ex-officio in her work with the museum.

Miller’s creative talent and support have been significant in the development and success of the museum since it opened in 2011. Among many, one major contribution of Miller’s was designing the museum brochures, which uniquely depict Chinese culture. The brochures project was supported by a grant from the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area.

Emily Jones, university archivist and curator of the museum, said Miller is extremely worthy of the recognition.

“Passionate about preserving and sharing our local Delta history, Lisa Miller was one of the first volunteers to help create the Mississippi Delta Chinese Heritage Museum,” said Jones. “Through her generosity and careful planning, we were able to host our first book launch at the Martin & Sue King Railroad Heritage Museum. The book, ‘Journey Stories from the Cleveland Chinese Mission School,’ by co-authors Paul Wong and Doris Ling Lee, has been an amazingly successful fundraiser for the MDCHM programs and projects, and we are proud that we can now offer our newest publication, ‘The MS Chinese Veterans of World War II: A Delta Tribute,’ by Gwendolyn Gong, John H. Powers and Devereux Gong Powers.”

“Her creativity is evident in the museum space on the third floor of the Capps building, and she has consistently encouraged and supported the museum as if it were her primary responsibility,” added Jones. “Over the past seven years, Lisa has attended board meetings as an ex-officio member representing the city of Cleveland, offered guidance for large and small projects, and stepped in to volunteer whenever she is needed — all while directing the Martin & Sue King Railroad Heritage Museum for Cleveland. She is a constant encouragement for me and I could not ask for a better partner to help collect and preserve our local history.”

The Chinese Museum is located on the third floor of the Capps building and is free and open to the public. Guided tours are available for groups of all ages. For more information, contact Jones at ejones@deltastate.edu or Cindi Q. Lofton at clofton@deltastate.edu or call 662-846-4780.

For information about the Martin and Sue King Railroad Museum, contact Miller at trainmuseum@cableone.net or 662-843-3377.

Biology students visit the Big River Road Landfill

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Students in Dr. Nina Baghai-Riding’s Material and Methods class in environmental science recently visited the Big River Road Landfill in Leland.

The landfill is designated for municipal solid waste products such as cardboard, plastic, aluminum cans, paper, tree branches and more. It has been in operation since the 1980s and consists of over 148 acres.

The landfill receives waste from every county that borders Washington County, including those in Arkansas. Roughly 500-600 pounds of waste is hauled into the landfill daily. The facility is operated by Republic Services, the second largest provider of non-hazardous waste collection in the United States.

Amber Hoffman, a regional environmental manager with Republic Services, presented to the class during its visit. Hoffman explained how durable plastic liners, geotextile mats, clay, sand, gravel, dirt, pipes, leachate ponds and more are incorporated into designing each refuse cell — the standard building block of a sanitary landfill. At the Big River Road landfill, a refuse cell is typically five acres in length and exists for 18-24 months before it is filled up.

Brady Chambley, a senior majoring in environmental science at Delta State, was amazed at the complexity of maintaining a landfill.

“The amount of work it takes to keep up a landfill is surprising, yet very important,” said Chambley.

To learn more about the environmental science program at Delta State, contact Baghai-Riding at nbaghai@deltastate.edu or 662-846-4797.

36th F.E. Woodall Spring Conference set for April 21

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The annual F. E. Woodall Spring Conference for the Helping Professions returns to campus for a 36th year on April 21.

The Division of Counselor Education and Psychology will host the all-day conference which provides continuing education for counselors, social workers, psychologists, and other helping professionals from all over the state. The conference also provides needed licensure continuing education credits at a nominal cost.

The conference will have 35 breakout sessions and a Luncheon Keynote Address. Conference sessions cover topics such as cultural competency, trauma counseling, and animal assisted therapy.

“Our conference is held every April and we start work on the next conference in May,” said Cat Vincent, Woodall Conference Coordinator. “Our conference committee and students work very hard year-round to make this event successful.”

The keynote address will be delivered by Christopher Lawrence, Assistant Professor of Counseling at Northern Kentucky University. The address is titled, “Jumping Off the Couch: Perspectives on Preserving your Professional Sanity.” Lawrence is known for his high energy, engaging presentations.

“I saw Dr. Lawrence early in his academic career give one of the most memorable presentations I’ve ever enjoyed,” said George Beals, program coordinator for Counselor Education.

Most breakout sessions are from practitioners and educators in the helping professions. With the guidance of Delta State faculty, counseling practicum and internship students will be presenting in three different sessions in Lightning Talks, a TED talk style of presentation. The students cover the essential elements of their material and provide attendees with applicable, practical information. The topics of the Flash Talks are: Collaboration in Schools, Ethics of Strengthening your Professional Identity, and The Chance and the Choice Challenge: Enhancing Self-Esteem and Self-Reflection.

“The F.E. Woodall Spring Conference for the Helping Professions is an important professional development and networking opportunity for many individuals in the helping professions in the Delta and beyond,” said Sally Zengaro, chair of the Division of Counselor Education and Psychology. “At Delta State, we are proud to be part of such a strong tradition and look forward to bringing together each spring individuals from a variety of backgrounds to attend the valuable and informative sessions.”

See the conference website for more information: http://buytickets.at/deltastateuniversitycounseloreducation/80448

Josh Turner Live in Concert April 27

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Multi-platinum MCA Nashville recording artist Josh Turner is one of country music’s most recognizable hit-makers. He will perform live in concert on Thursday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. at the Bologna Performing Arts Center. The event is locally sponsored by Robinson Electric.

With a rich, deep voice and distinctive style, Turner a disciple of traditional country music and one of the youngest members of the Grand Ole Opry. From his 2003 Platinum-selling debut Long Black Train to his most recent 2012 Billboard No. 1 release Punching Bag, Turner has garnered multiple GRAMMY, CMA, and ACM nominations. Turner’s hits include “Your Man,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” “Firecracker,” “Would You Go with Me,” “All Over Me,” and “Time Is Love,” the most played country song of 2012.

Turner recently released his sixth studio album Deep South, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. Turner wrote five of the 11 tracks on the well-crafted album and he is impressing fans and critics alike. Rolling Stone declares that Turner, with his “river deep baritone,” delivers an “eagerly-awaited album from a country purist.”

Prior to the show, weather permitting, there will be a picnic-style dinner with live music by Craig Adams in the Sanders Sculpture Garden located in front of the Bologna Performing Arts Center. Levee Break Grill, Nehi Bottling Co. and Sweetwater Bleu’z will have food and beverages available for purchase. Dinner and music in the garden will last from 5:30 – 7:15 p.m., and the Josh Turner concert begins in the Bologna Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets to see Josh Turner start at $30 and are available at the Bologna Performing Arts Center Ticket Office, open Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by phone 662-846-4626 or online www.bolognapac.com. Tickets to the concert are not required to attend the dinner in the Sculpture Garden; food purchases may be made directly from vendors on-site. For more information on Josh Turner, visit www.JoshTurner.com.

Delta State launches new Student-Athlete Academic Support Services program

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Delta State University is launching a new Student-Athlete Academic Support Services program in partnership with the Mississippi Department of Human Services.

The program will offer academic labs, academic coaching and programs aimed at increasing student athlete retention rates. MDHS has contributed funding for the partnership through 2017 with the possibility of renewed funding in coming years.

Delta State President William N. LaForge said this is a big step for the university.

“Thanks to MDHS, Delta State will now be able to provide our student-athletes with enhanced academic support that will help them complete their studies and graduate,” LaForge said. “This is huge for Delta State and our student-athletes.”

The program will work with units across campus to create academic workshops, community service opportunities and leadership opportunities. In addition, student-athletes will have access to a state-of-the-art learning lab equipped with tutors and supplemental instructors, as well as academic counseling, collaborative learning spaces, tutors in general education and prerequisite subjects, interactive study tables, opportunities for career planning and personal development, assistance in monitoring athletic eligibility, opportunities for priority registration, and advisement on current NCAA, Gulf South Conference, and university rules and regulations.

Each athletic team will have its own academic coach to provide individualized attention and assistance as it relates to eligibility and procedures in compliance with NCAA academic standards. In addition to academic coaching, student-athletes will have access to a learning specialist and lifestyles coach who will mentor the students in the areas of overall health and wellness and academic skill building. Each student-athlete will be monitored for academic progress and have access to disability services, degree and career counseling, learning styles identification, and any other services which relate to academic success and degree attainment.

Dr. Charles McAdams, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, said the program is part of a university-wide effort to increase retention and student success.

“I am very excited about this program as it will enable us to provided targeted efforts to increase the academic success of our student-athletes,” McAdams said. “Helping students stay in school and complete their degree is a major priority for us. Athletes often have challenges that non-athletes do not have. This initiative is designed to help student-athletes make good academic decisions and lifestyle choices.”

Tricia Killebrew, a three-time Delta State graduate (’02, ’08, ’13), has been named the Project Director for the program. Other members involved in creating and implementing the program include Dr. Charles McAdams, Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs; Dr. Christy Riddle, Executive Director of Student Success Center; Ronnie Mayers, Athletic Director; Dana George, Senior Executive Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance, Academics, and Internal Operations; Matt Jones, Senior Associate Director of Athletics for External Relations; and Becky Finley, Registrar.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to work with my alma mater to help enrich the lives of our student-athletes,” Killebrew said. “It has always been a desire of mine to work with student-athletes to prepare them to balance their academic, athletic, and social lives while in college. I am eager to lead this effort to produce higher levels of achievement and create positive outcomes for student-athletes.”

The Student-Athlete Academic Support Services program is a division of the Student Success Center, which was established in fall 2012 to address retention and the challenges many students face during their academic career. The Center includes six divisions focusing on specific aspects of retention: Academic Advising Services, Academic Support Services, First Year Seminar, International Student Services, Okra Scholars, and Student Athlete Support Services. Each division of the Student Success Center focuses on a targeted area of retention and will be involved in the implementation of the Student-Athlete Academic Support Services program.

For more information regarding the Student-Athlete Academic Support Services program, contact Tricia Killebrew at (662) 846-4654 or tkillebrew@deltastate.edu.