DSU Students receive Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship

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JACKSON, Miss. – Andrew Van Velsor, a graduate of Delta State University and Senatobia native, was recently awarded the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship valued at $30,000 per year for his medical training at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson at the annual scholarship ceremony. Van Velsor is the son of Donald Van Velsor of Southaven, MS. and Robin Peeler of Senatobia.

Meghan L.  Johnson, a graduate Co-Lin Community College and graduate of Delta State University and Crystal Springs native, was recently awarded the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship valued at $30,000 per year for her medical training at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson at the annual scholarship ceremony.  Johnson is the daughter of Bruce and Selena Johnson of Crystal Springs.

Created in 2007, the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program (MRPSP) is designed to provide more primary care physicians in rural areas of Mississippi.  During medical school, each MRPSP scholar receives $30,000 per year based on available funding. Consistent legislative support of the MRPSP translates to 60 medical students receiving a total of $1,800,000 to support their education this fall.  In addition to the legislative support, 5 privately funded scholarships are also awarded this year. Other benefits include personalized mentoring from practicing rural physicians and academic support.

Upon completion of medical training, MRPSP scholars must enter a residency program in one of five primary care specialties: family medicine, general internal medicine, medicine-pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology or pediatrics. The MRPSP Scholar must provide four years of service in a clinic-based practice in an approved Mississippi community of 20,000 or fewer population located more than 20 miles from a medically served area.

MRPSP provides a means for rural Mississippi students to earn a seat in medical school and to earn a $120,000 medical school scholarship in return for four years of service and learn the art of healing from practicing rural physicians.

For more information, contact MRPSP Associate Director Dan Coleman at 601-815-0564, jdcoleman@umc.du or http://mrpsp.umc.edu.


The Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program and the Mississippi Rural Dentists Scholarship Program are state-funded efforts to increase the number of physicians and dentists serving the health-care needs of Mississippians in rural areas. Housed at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, and collaborating with its schools of medicine and dentistry and the College of Osteopathic Medicine at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, the programs use various outreach, mentoring and training methods to identify, support, educate and deploy new generations of health-care workers for Mississippi’s underserved populations. To learn more about either program, click here.



Elizabeth Belenchia and Kathleen Lott with the new Double 2 Robots.

MSP acquires new telecommunications technology

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The Math Science Partnership (MSP) has recently acquired new telecommunications technology, Double 2 Robots, to enhance teaching in K-8 math and science classrooms. MSP, a federal program backed by the U.S. Department of Education, strives to improve teacher quality through partnerships between state education agencies, institutions of higher education, and high-need local education agencies and schools in order to increase the academic achievement of students in math and science.

These telecommunication devices will be utilized by participants in the Delta Math Science Partnership program as well as the College of Education and Human Sciences at Delta State University to supplement communication and shared lessons from a variety of outside sources. MSP Director, Kathleen Lott, said of the robots, “The Double Two Robots were purchased to enhance teaching in classrooms by having the technology to access remote locations. We are constantly exploring new ideas for their use.”

Dr. Liza Cope, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, in a demonstration with the 2016 MSP participants

Dr. Liza Cope, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, in a demonstration with the 2016 MSP participants.


Documentary film “My Life in China” set for August 28

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The public is invited to attend a screening of the documentary My Life in China on Aug. 28.

PBS describes My Life in China as “an unvarnished portrait of the life and memories of a stoic and reticent man committed to his family and two sons.”

The documentary team, Kenneth Eng and Ehren Parks, will bring their film to Delta State on Sunday, August 28 at 2 p.m. in the BPAC Recital Hall. The event is sponsored by the Quality Enhancement Plan, the MS Delta Chinese Heritage Museum and the University Archives & Museum.

It is free and open to the public and will include a screening of the film and discussion lead by the filmmakers Eng and Parks.

Fleeing China’s Cultural Revolution in 1966, Eng’s father made his way to America to start a new life for his wife and two sons. Stories of his perilous journey to escape poverty and Communism finally led Eng to take his father back to China so that together, they could document the powerful decisions his father made all those years ago.

My Life in China is a story of migration passed down from father to son, ultimately asking the question, what does it mean to be both Chinese and American?

Other showings of the film are set for:

Saturday, Aug. 27: Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, Memphis, Tenn., at 1:30 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 29: Greenville, Arts Council, time TBA

Tuesday, Aug. 30: Jackson State University, College of Liberal Arts Room 166/266, at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 31: Oxford Public Library, at 6 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 1: Hernando Public Library, at 6 p.m.

For more information on the program, follow the University Archives & Museum’s facebook page here: www.facebook.com/DSUArchives or call the University Archives at 662.846.4781

Counseling conference July 22 open to campus

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The Division of Counselor Education and Psychology is hosting a conference on July 22 titled “#BlackFamiliesMatter: Historical Trauma and Resilience.”

The visiting presenters are from the counseling program at Xavier University – New Orleans and will bring a presentation about working with African American Families.  Presenting from their experience and research about post-Katrina trauma, the faculty will be teaching insights and techniques that every counselor can use.

Presenters include:
Dr. Cirecie West-Olatunji
Dr. Walter Breaux
Dr. Judith Miranti
Dr. Ariel Escalade-Mitchell

The conference is set for 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Jacob Center on the Delta State campus.

To sign up, visit : https://dsucounselored.wufoo.com/forms/s1nhg8vq1b9g6nj/

For more information, contact Dr. George Beals  at gbeals@deltastate.edu or Dr. Bryon Pickens at bpickens@deltastate.edu.


$10,000 Monsanto grant to fund BPAC spring break camp

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A recent grant from the Monsanto Fund will fund a spring break camp focused on helping young students explore the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts and math.

Local Monsanto employees recommended the Bologna Performing Arts Center be awarded the $10,000 grant from their companies’ Monsanto Fund’s 2016 site grant initiative.

Funds from the grant will be used towards the S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Spring Break Camp. The camp seeks to gather campers looking for a challenge and a creative and comprehensive experience that extends beyond their academic year. Creative thinkers and explorers are encouraged to attend.

“We are excited to partner with the Science department here on Delta State’s campus to offer a S.T.E.A.M. Camp during the spring break week of 2017.  The visual arts work so nicely with math and science, as you use many of the same problem solving skills and creativity,” said Joannah Taylor, BPAC’s arts education coordinator.

This year, the Monsanto Fund awarded more than $1.4 million to nonprofit organizations through its site grant initiative to help address essential needs in rural communities. Nonprofit organizations across the U.S. have received more than $7.5 million through this program over the last five years.

The BPAC is dedicated to providing exceptional artistic and educational opportunities to children in the Mississippi Delta region. Through its affiliation with Delta State University, it is able to offer a variety of programming to suit the needs of local families, school children, and educators.  BPAC has a long history of providing interactive camp experiences for young people through their Janice Wyatt Mississippi Summer Arts Institute.

The purpose of the Delta State University Foundation is to foster private financial support for Delta State University, such as the Bologna Performing Arts Center.  The Monsanto Fund, the philanthropic arm of the Monsanto Company, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to strengthening the communities where farmers and Monsanto Company employees live and work. Visit the Monsanto Fund at www.monsantofund.org.