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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.

From Left to Right: Major Michael Lorino (USMC) with DSU students and Marine Corps Reservists Warren Rybczynski, Cody Callender, and Tanner Overcash.

Going A Different Kind of Green

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The Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies at Delta State University has gained final authorization from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to offer a Bachelor’s of Applied Science in Geospatial Analysis and Intelligence (BAS-GAI).

More than 60 students have signed up for the inaugural offering this fall semester, including United States Marine Corps Reservists Corporal Warren Wrybczynski, Lance Corporal Cody Callender, and Lance Corporal Tanner Overcash. While the program is available completely online, all three Marines recently moved to the Delta State University campus to study in-residence.

“We wanted the richness of campus life, the ability to work as student employees on real-world projects in the Center’s lab, and the chance to interact with our peers” said Tanner Overcash.

As all three had completed the Marine Corps’ Basic Geographic Intelligence School with distinction, they were offered academic scholarships and student jobs by the Center. These student jobs became quickly became “real” when Major Michael Lorino, Tom Terry, and William Schouviller from the Intelligence Department at Headquarters Marine Corps flew in for a visit from the Pentagon during the first week of school. The latter universally expressed encouragement for the effort shown by these young Marines to advance both their education and ability to carry out the Marine Corps’ geospatial intelligence mission.

The BAS-GAI degree program teaches students to use spatial technologies – things like computerized mapping systems, GPS, satellite and aerial photography, and similar methods – as both methods and means to understanding problems from a geographic perspective.

This field of study is also relied upon heavily by investment firms, major insurance companies, the Homeland security and emergency response communities, utility companies, oil and gas firms, government, and more. The program is current accepting applications for Spring 2017 students and more information about this program and the Center may be found at http://gis.deltastate.edu

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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, August 18, 2016, 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 Real Estate Committee, a standing committee of the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning chaired by Trustee Hal Parker, will meet at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, August 17, 2016 to review the FY 2018 Facilities Needs Requests submitted by the universities. 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 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, August 17, 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.

Talbot Brooks, director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies at Delta State University

Brooks certified by U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation

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This spring, the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation officially launched its Universal GEOINT Certification Program at its GEOINT 2016 Symposium.

Talbot Brooks, director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies at Delta State University, was one of six professionals to receive designation as a Universal GEOINT Professional.

The certification program is beneficial to anyone who wants to further his or her education and training, stay current and relevant in the profession, take the next step in career advancement, differentiate themselves, or showcase a deep understanding of geospatial information technologies.

Brooks’ certification is extremely relevant in the field because the Undersecretary of Defense has mandated these credentials for employment within the intelligence and military geospatial community.

“Our curriculum (at Delta State) directly supports these credentials,” said Brooks. “The underlying body of knowledge will serve as the base for professional accreditation of our degree.”

Brooks is one of two persons working in academia to have earned the professional distinction.

To learn more about the Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies at Delta State, visit http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-arts-and-sciences/center-for-interdisciplinary-geospatial-information-technologies.