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Donor’s legacy lives on at Delta State

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CLEVELAND, Miss. – Building one’s legacy is an inexact science. It begins with the people who shape our childhood and extends through the life experiences that determine our ultimate path. For Pershing Wong, one of America’s preeminent master architects, it all began in the Chinese Mission School here in Cleveland. Wong, who passed away on July 2 at the age of 90, was born in Rosedale in 1926.

His educational pursuits proved to be as varied as his professional experiences. Educated as a youth in the Chinese Mission School, he would study in New York, Nanjing (China), and Tennessee. He served his country in the United States Army as a drill sergeant, and used the G.I. Bill to earn bachelor’s degrees in architecture and engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

Receiving an appointment at Fountainebleau (France), Wong’s intellect led to his receiving the Premier Prix Architecture and ultimately his long-lasting relationship with renowned architect I.M. Pei. His career flourished at Pei & Partners, where he collaborated on some of the world’s most distinguished buildings.

His stunning architectural designs light up the skylines of major cities in America, Canada and Asia. His design credits include the National Bank/Mile High Center (Denver, CO), Royal Bank of Canada/Place Ville Marie (Montreal, CN), One and Two Dallas Centre (Dallas, TX), One Galleria Tower (Oklahoma City, OK), ARCO Tower (Dallas, TX), Texas Commerce Tower (Houston, TX), The Gateway (Singapore), Bank of China (Hong Kong) and 499 Park Tower (New York, NY).

Wong was committed to teaching, serving as a visiting instructor at Georgia Tech and mentoring young architects in the field. After his remarkable career, Wong returned to those childhood days at the Chinese Mission School of playing baseball, kick the can, and swimming in the lily pond. Taking those experiences and using them to mold the lives of young people as he coached swimming and diving for many years in Westchester County, New York.

With all of his experiences, Wong never forgot his beginnings here in Cleveland. He and his brother, Kellogg, donated family photographs and memorabilia to the Mississippi Delta Chinese Heritage Museum at Delta State University, ensuring that their legacy would be preserved. Visit their collection here.(http://collections.msdiglib.org/cdm/search/collection/dsu/searchterm/M374%20Kellog%20Wong%20Collection./mode/exact/conn/or/order/nosort)

“Pershing Wong’s life is a brilliant illustration of what is possible,” said Gilroy Chow, President of MDCHM Board. “His desire to learn and his drive to succeed led to some of the world’s most beautiful architecture. Despite all of his travels, awards and prestige, Pershing never forgot his roots – roots cultivated and nourished by the caring teachers at the Chinese Mission School in Cleveland.”

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RESSON ranked nationally for RN to BSN

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Delta State University’s Robert E. Smith School of Nursing has once again received recognition for ranking high in a national poll.

RESSON came in at No. 2 on College Choice’s 2016 Top 10 list of Most Affordable Online RN to BSN Degree Programs.

According to College Choice, progressing from RN to BSN online allows for a great degree of flexibility, which is especially important for nurses hoping to earn their BSN while working full or part time.

Delta State’s program stood out nationally for its affordabilty and quality education. Besides being a pathway to further graduate study in the field of nursing, Delta State’s program is also focused on educating nurses who are seeking advancement into management level positions.

Learn more about College Choice’s ranking at http://www.collegechoice.net/rankings/most-affordable-online-rn-to-bsn-degree-programs.

College Choice is an independent online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college. The organization publishes rankings and reviews that make choosing the best college easier, as well as resources to help students get into, pay for, and thrive at the college of their choice.

For information on RESSON, visit http://www.deltastate.edu/school-of-nursing.

 

 

 

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CCED receives large grant to begin Delta Reads Plus

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Delta State University’s Center for Community and Economic Development recently confirmed it would be one of 11 Mississippi organizations receiving grant funding from a $3.3 million AmeriCorps campaign to support nonprofit and educational organizations across the state.

The grant will support the new the Delta Reads Plus (DRP) project, which will be housed at the CCED on campus. DRP has received $263,761 thanks to the grant.

Through DRP, 50 AmeriCorps members will tutor students one-on-one in grades K-8 five days a week for the 2016-17 academic term in school districts in Bolivar, Coahoma, Leflore, Washington and Sunflower counties.

The program will help reach 400 economically disadvantaged students. Focus areas will include reading and math. The AmeriCorps tutors will guide the students to program completion by participating in 30 or more tutoring sessions.

“Delta Reads Plus is great news for both DSU and the local schools because some schools in the Mississippi Delta are facing low student achievement due to a perpetual lack of support and the economic disadvantages persistent in the area,” said David Tanner with the CCED. “Having AmeriCorps serve as tutors in these areas is a great way of leveraging resources and enhancing student achievement. DSU has a longstanding partnership with K-12 schools throughout the Mississippi Delta region and is committed to helping those schools succeed.”

According to Robin Boyles, director of the Office of Institutional Grants at Delta State, DRP is currently seeking school districts interested in receiving certified tutoring services within the five target counties.

“Delta State, through its Center for Community and Economic Development, has a long history of partnering with the Mississippi Commission on Volunteer Service and the Corporation for National and Community Service, to provide programming that addresses the needs of the Mississippi Delta region,” said Boyles. “Through the Delta Reads Plus project, we are furthering our commitment to addressing the region’s educational outcomes by focusing on increasing student achievement in reading and math.”

Interested districts are encouraged to contact Tanner at contact Tanner at 662-846-4808 or dtanner@deltastate.edu.

Statewide, the federal investment of the 11 grants totaling $3.3 million will support 546 AmeriCorps members. Through these grants, AmeriCorps members will support youth development and education programs serving Mississippi students in grades K-12, and help expand economic opportunities in all 82 Mississippi counties.

The Corporation for National and Community Service will also provide up to $1.6 million in education scholarships for the AmeriCorps members funded by these grants to help pay for college, vocational training, or repay student loans. The federal investment is projected to generate an additional $2.2 million in local support to increase community impact and return on federal investment.

“AmeriCorps members make a powerful impact on the toughest challenges facing our nation,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the CNCS. “Building on Mississippi’s strong tradition of neighbor helping neighbor, AmeriCorps members will improve lives and strengthen communities across the hospitality state. While they serve others, AmeriCorps members will also expand opportunity for themselves — gaining skills and experience to jumpstart their careers. I salute AmeriCorps members for their dedication, and thank our outstanding partners who make their service possible.”

Learn more about Delta State’s CCED at http://www.deltastate.edu/academics/graduate-and-continuing-studies/center-for-community-economic-development/.

Join the Delta State University National Alumni Association for the annual Greater Jackson Area Alumni Event July 14 at the Jackson Yacht Club.

Alumni Association to host annual Jackson event

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association will be traveling to Jackson for the annual Greater Jackson Area Alumni Event July 14 at the Jackson Yacht Club.

The evening begins with a social at 6 p.m. followed by the program at 7 p.m. featuring Delta State President William  N. LaForge, Alumni-Foundation staff, and

Jeff Arnold (left to right), Lydia Watson McCardle, Lisa Grantham, Jennifer Covington Stringer, John Stringer and Jeffrey Farris.

Jeff Arnold (left to right), Lydia Watson McCardle, Lisa Grantham, Jennifer Covington Stringer, John Stringer and Jeffrey Farris.

other guests from campus. Entertainment will be provided by Douglas Hurd. Complimentary draft beer and a cash bar will be available for guests 21 and over.

The silent auction is always a signature component of the Jackson alumni event. All proceeds raised from the auction benefit the Greater Jackson Area Scholarship, which is awarded to incoming freshmen from the area attending Delta State. The 2016-17 scholarship recipients are Hannah McMardle, Madison

Sims and Elizabeth Swindle.

The annual event would not be possible without the generosity of sponsors. This year’s sponsors include: BankPlus, Polles Properties, BKD, Casey Myrick, and AvantGarde Strategies, LLC. Corporate Sponsors of the Alumni Association are: Polk’s Meat Products, Bolivar Medical Center, Celia Manley Real Estate, Hey Joe’s, Air Evac Lifeteam, Patrick Davis State Farm and Renasant Bank.

To purchase tickets or donate to the fund, visit http://www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/jacksonalumnievent. Join the Facebook group at Statesmen Graduates, Greater Jackson Area Alumni Event (https://www.facebook.com/events/1766770780270888/).

To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), Tumblr (http://www.dsualumni.tumblr.com), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Save the date for this year’s Pig Pickin’ (Sept. 24) and Homecoming (Oct. 15).

The College of Education and Human Sciences recently completed its 12th annual Literacy Across the Curriculum Institute.

Literacy Across the Curriculum Institute hosted by COEHS

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Delta State University’s College of Education and Human Sciences recently completed its 12th annual Literacy Across the Curriculum Institute on campus, which ran from June 1-28. 

LACI is provided through the support of the No Child Left Behind Act: Improving Teacher Quality State Grant.

In total, 18 content area teachers from across Mississippi attended the 20-day institute. The intensive training included a variety of topics, lectures, activities and presentations on a wealth of relevant topics for today’s educators. The most heavily embedded topics of the institute included word recognition, vocabulary, comprehension skills and how to actively incorporate them in their content areas. 

The teachers attended sessions related to literacy and college readiness skills to better prepare their students for not only major assessments, but also for their futures.

The goal of LACI was to enhance the participants’ repertoire of literacy knowledge, skills and dispositions to not only improve their students’ academic performance, but also to act as change agents within their schools and districts.

The director of this year’s program was Dr. Merideth Van Namen.

“Our 18 participants were eager to grow professionally and played an active role in learning new literacy strategies to enhance their classrooms,” said Van Namen. “The instructors were deeply vested in helping the participants learn how to increase students’  literacy skills and overall academic achievement. The combination of wonderful participants and knowledgeable instructors made for an extremely successful institute.”

Upon completing the institute, the teachers will provide staff development for their schools on their newly learned literacy skills, in addition to completing an extensive Teacher Work Sample and collecting evidence of student learning in their classrooms. The teachers will reconvene for two additional follow-up sessions in the fall and spring to continue evaluating their planning, instruction and assessment, as well as to continue learning valuable literacy practices.

Along with Van Namen, the LACI administrative team included Dr. Janet Parker, instructor, and Pam Maxwell, instructor.

For more information on LACI, contact Van Namen at mvannamen@deltastate.edu or 662-846-4412.