CEO of Memphis International Airport lecture set for Nov. 1

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Scott A. Brockman, president and CEO of the Memphis International Airport

 

Delta State’s Department of Commercial Aviation will host president and CEO of the Memphis International Airport, Scott A. Brockman, for a Lunch and Learn event Nov. 1 at 11 a.m. in Gibson-Gunn room 129-130.

Brockman joined the Memphis-Shelby County Airport Authority in June 2003. He was appointed the authority’s president and CEO in 2014 after having previously served as its executive vice president and COO.

Additionally, Brockman took office in May 2017 as chair of the American Association of Airport Executives. Founded in 1928, AAAE is the world’s largest professional organization representing the men and women who work at public-use commercial and general aviation airports. AAAE represents over 5,500 members, 850 airports and hundreds of companies and organizations that support the airport industry.

Over Mr. Brockman’s 32-year career, he has also held executive management positions with Tucson International Airport, Des Moines International Airport, and Sarasota-Bradenton International Airport. Prior to starting his aviation career, he spent several years with a CPA firm in Sarasota, Florida.

In 2012, an economic impact study by the Univer­sity of Memphis demonstrated that the Memphis International Airport had an annual economic impact of $23.3 billion. It is the busiest cargo airport in the Western Hemisphere and the second busiest cargo airport in the world.

Brockman’s Lunch and Learn event was arranged by Mahi Cosfis Chambers ’86, a Delta State College of Business graduate. Chambers has been instrumental over the years in identifying commercial aviation scholarships for minority and female students at Delta State.

Following the event, Brockman will speak at the Cleveland Rotary Club.

For more information on Delta State’s Department of Commercial Aviation, visit http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-business/commercial-aviation/.

 

 

Faculty certify in screencasting

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Pictured (left to right): Kelly Kirkland, Office of Information Technology; Dr. Nicole House, Office of Information Technology; Dr. Timothy Watkins, College of Education and Human Sciences; April Mondy, College of Business and Aviation; Dr. Karen Bell, College of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Tomeka Harbin, College of Business and Aviation; Dr. Sharon Hamilton, College of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Conrad Puozaa, College of Business and Aviation; Dr. Charles McAdams, Provost.

 

Five Delta State University faculty members recently earned Student Engagement Master I status in Screencasting, and one member earned Student Engagement Master II status in Screencasting and Coaching from the Office of Information Technology. OIT presented each faculty member with a pro license for Screencast-o-matic and a certificate of graduation for their hard work and commitment to increasing student engagement with course content.

“Whether for formative feedback or flipped learning, screencasts are proven to increase student engagement and learning,” said Dr. Nicole House, director of instructional technology. “Our goal with this class was to equip our faculty with the pedagogical framework, technical skills and relevant tools to produce screencasts that promote student engagement and academic success.”

OIT’s instructional technology staff facilitated the Engagement Master I in Screencasting class Sept. 12-15. Over the course of four days, participants explored educational applications, multimedia learning theory, ADA compliance and scripting. During the sessions, class members got hands-on with creating screencasts, aligning Canvas outcomes with screencast activities, and integrating the Screencast-o-matic app in Canvas. In addition to the class meetings, participants also completed homework assignments in curriculum alignment and storyboarding.

“The engagement class has helped me think creatively about all the ways faculty can engage their students,” said graduate Dr. Sharon Hamilton, assistant professor of chemistry. “It’s important that we, as faculty, utilize tools that will engage our student learners based on their various learning styles. Often, simply posting an assignment or grade on Canvas doesn’t really help the student make the connections between what they are learning in the classroom and what they see in the course Canvas shell. Screencasting is a great way to help bridge that gap.”

In addition to Hamilton, other faculty members graduating with honors included: Dr. Karen Bell, associate professor of German; Dr. Tomeka Harbin, assistant professor of management; April Mondy, instructor in management; and Dr. Conrad Puozaa, assistant professor of management.

“Participating in the engagement class helped me realize there are so many different ways to engage with students, and it is particularly important to do so on a platform they are familiar with, which is technology,” said Mondy. “I plan to use the information to create engagement activities which will supplement and enhance the content being covered in class.”

Dr. Timothy Watkins, assistant professor in teacher education, was the first Delta State faculty member to earn OIT certification in Screencasting a little more than a year ago. Watkins received his Engagement Master II certification Sept. 14 after completing additional training in advanced editing with Pro Tools, performing Screencast-o-matic integration with Canvas, and developing an innovation plan. Watkins also led the first day of the Master I class with a session in educational applications to complete the level II coaching requirement.

First Hog Run to support veteran organizations

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Kappa Sigma Fraternity and the Delta State Office of Student Affairs will host the 2017 Hog Run 5K on Oct. 7 during Pig Pickin’ weekend at Delta State University.

The event will raise money to help veterans’ organizations through Kappa Sigma’s national philanthropy, the Military Heroes Campaign. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. at the gazebo in downtown Cleveland. The run is slated to be an annual event.

Participating businesses include: Q102 WIQQ, KIX92.1 WKXY, Baxter, North Sunflower Medical Center, Planters Bank, Barnes Paper & Supply, Advance Physical Therapy, and Andy’s Fifth Ave. Quick Stop.

“These sponsors have been generous in their assistance, and through their sponsorships we have been able to cover all expenses associated with the event, which will allow all proceeds from registration and individual donations to the Military Heroes Campaign,” said Christopher Johnson, assistant alumni advisor. “Some of the organizations funded through the Military Heroes Campaign include The SEAL Legacy Foundation, Veterans Moving Forward, Healing Our Heroes Homes and Veterans Success Resources Group.”

The day begins with a remote radio broadcast from the event, after which the run begins at 8:30 a.m. From there, participants are invited to the annual Pig Pickin’ festivities at Statesmen Park. Pig Pickin’ will be celebrating its 32nd year and its first year as a Memphis Barbecue Network sanctioned competition.

Individuals can register at the RacesOnline website at https://racesonline.com/events/hog-run. The cost of registration is $25 per person. Individuals can also make donations in any amount at the RacesOnline website, and will be accepted through Veterans Day on Nov. 11, which is also Delta State’s Homecoming weekend.

In an effort to increase participation and add a little fun to the campaign, registrants and donors are encouraged to make their registration or donation as part of a team. Participants will notice that all Greek organizations on campus have a team, as well as other student organizations. Local businesses and organizations are encouraged to create their own teams as well.

The course for the race will follow the walking and biking trail ways throughout downtown Cleveland.

“The Kappa Sigma Fraternity would again like to take the time to celebrate all the amazing efforts that have been put into making the first Hog Run to Support Military Heroes a reality. Our incredible sponsors have done so much to help us bring this cause to life, and we are extremely grateful for everyone who has pushed to help us spread the word and make this event possible,” said Turner Davis, event director.

Pruitt named Employee of the Month

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The Delta State University Staff Council recently honored Stella Pruitt, a university custodian, as the August 2017 Employee of the Month.

She has been working at the university for 11 years.

Pruitt is from Mound Bayou and has been married to Cornelius Pruitt for 18 years. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family. She is the proud mother of three children and six grandchildren.

Made up of volunteers from the Staff Council, the Incentives & Recognition committee meets monthly to review nominations for the Employee of the Month award. The committee has been celebrating staff performance in this manner for over 15 years.

Delta State’s Staff Council serves as a liaison between the administration and the staff to provide a formal process for staff to discuss issues involving university policies and procedures and to forward ideas, recommendations and opinions to the president.

Art faculty exhibit to open Sept. 28

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Delta State University’s Department of Art invites the public to a reception celebrating the opening of its annual faculty exhibition on Sept. 28 from 5-7 p.m.

Delta State’s art faculty are practicing artists, designers and filmmakers who regularly exhibit in venues across the nation. The annual faculty exhibition, held at the Fielding Wright Art Center, offers the campus and community an opportunity to view new work created by these artists.

This year, the department welcomed four new faculty members — Nathan Pietrykowsky, Kayla Selby, John Stiles and Robyn Wall — as well as the return of Sammy Britt, a Delta State retiree.

Britt is represented by a series of landscape paintings that explore the language of light and color to distinguish the different light keys in which they are seen.

Pietrykowsky will show part of a series that chronicles the history of a surreal cosmos called Too Dee. Pietrokowsky draws images from his unconscious, theories of cosmology and various mythologies in the creation of this imaginary universe.

Selby’s work is part of an ongoing exploration in utilizing science and research as artistic media while reinterpreting scientific data. Her interest in the possibilities of using scientific data began with a collaboration with a St. Jude scientist who began re-contextualizing human samples in Petri dishes as literal human portraits.

Stiles, who teaches graphic design, works in a variety of media and will present examples of his collages, paintings and digital work. He approaches collage in a manner similar to painting, considering each piece of paper a stroke of his brush. The subject matter of the collages was inspired by his love of skateboarding and surfing. Stiles’s paintings are inspired by hurricanes which he experienced while living in Florida. Although awe-inspiring, Stiles also sees a certain beauty in hurricanes, especially when viewed from space. With their swirling motion, they remind him of paintings such as Vincent Van Gough’s “Starry Night,” and he approach them with an Impressionist’s brush.

Wall has been involved in examining her personal history of homes. She reconstructs these homes as they exist in her memory. While reconstructing real and imagined spaces, her work acknowledges the fluidity of memories.

Music plays an important role in lives and work of faculty members Ky Johnston and Michael Stanley. Johnston is a practicing musician, and Stanley has created a number of sculptures inspired by music, including the “Blues Man” that is featured in the Sculpture Garden at the GRAMMY Museum Mississippi. Stanley, who is a woodworker and sculptor, took on the challenge of making a guitar from scratch, along with Johnston, a potter. Over the last two years, the two have experimented and perfected their designs of electric guitars, a series of which will be on exhibit.

Filmmaker Jon Mark Nail has a simple and effective recipe for making a successful film. “ Step one — place the audience into the characters’ immediate dilemma. Step two —complicate further. Step three — repeat step two until you reach the conclusion, i.e. somebody gets kissed, somebody gets killed, beautiful sunset, etc. Step  fours — fade to black. Cue the music. Hit the lights. Clean up the popcorn,” said Nail. His work will also be projected at the show.

Michaela Merryday has been taking furniture making classes the past two years. The amount of wood waste produced in the process inspired Merryday to recycle the material into small functional objects such as lamps and jewelry. The work presented combines her interest in minimalist design and sustainability.

Mollie Rushing is a textile artist whose quilts use pattern and color to create the illusion of texture and space. A selection of her textiles will be included in the exhibit.

Over the past year, Kim Rushing has been testing his personal limits with a photographic tool that is accessible to almost everyone — a cell phone camera. While the cell phone camera has its limits, especially compared to the sophisticated equipment Rushing usually works with, he has been exploring its unique possibilities.

The exhibit will be viewable until Oct. 26. The gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information, contact the Department of Art at 662-846-4720. Join the department email list to receive regular updates on upcoming events, or follow the department on Facebook.