Delta State recognized nationally for teaching and student success

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Delta State was one of just 14 institutions nationwide recognized for its commitment to great teaching and student success.

The recognition came at the American Council on Education’s 99th annual meeting in Washington, D.C., considered one of the nation’s most distinguished higher education events.

Delta State and the 13 other institutions recognized have adopted the Association of College and University Educators (ACUE) as a scalable solution to train faculty in effective teaching. The 14 schools were introduced as the founding class of ACUE’s partners. ACUE was founded by leaders in higher education to ensure that all college students receive great instruction. Through a landmark collaboration with the American Council on Education, ACUE provides the only comprehensive, scalable, and high-quality program to credential faculty in the evidence-based teaching practices necessary for student success.

Delta State University Provost Dr. Charles McAdams attended the meeting.

Our participation in the ACUE program and our efforts to raise funds and implement our Center for Teaching and Learning are critical for one very important reason — the single most important factor in student success is good teaching,” said McAdams. “While there are many other factors that can impact students in significant ways, effective teaching is still critical to our students staying in school and completing their degree. We have several initiatives that address important factors of student success, such as 15 is Full-Time, Academic Maps, or Proactive Advising. By emphasizing quality teaching we help all of our students be successful.”

I was pleased to be at the American Council on Education annual meeting when Delta State was recognized as a partner with ACUE,” added McAdams. “We were congratulated for our efforts to focus attention on the importance of good teaching and its relationship to student success. It is part of the responsibility of administration to support our faculty with the tools and professional development needed to maximize our effectiveness and increase student success.”

McAdams added that the course in “Effective Teaching Practices” by ACUE is the best professional development tool available to support faculty.

The announcement marks the first anniversary of ACE and ACUE’s landmark collaboration to promote excellence in college teaching. Inaugural ACUE partners represent a diverse set of institutions, from every sector of higher education, including large public flagship universities, a state system of higher education, a community college, and a private liberal arts school among others.

Nationwide, higher education employs over one million college educators whose responsibility is to teach. These instructional faculty rarely receive comprehensive training in the evidence-based teaching practices that promote student retention, graduation and deeper levels of learning. ACE and ACUE’s collaboration was born out of this recognition.

Faculty at each of the 14 founding partner institutions are participating in ACUE’s online course in Effective Teaching Practices, the first comprehensive and scalable program to train and credential instructional faculty in the essentials of college teaching. As part of the collaboration, ACE has completed an independent review of ACUE’s course and endorsed the program and certificate awarded to faculty who complete the course.

“Given the needs of today’s students and the transformation of the professoriate, the omission of a comprehensive instructional development program is glaring,” said Kevin Reilly, president emeritus of the University of Wisconsin System and a member of ACUE’s board of advisors. “Institutions can and should do more to involve their faculty in student success initiatives. ACUE provides the training and support that these faculty seek.”

On Sunday, leaders from ACUE’s inaugural class participated in a panel to discuss their partnerships and share insights about how they are implementing ACUE’s program. The panel included Miami Dade College Provost Lenore Rodicio, Connecticut State Colleges and Universities Provost Jane Gates, and The University of Southern Mississippi Vice Provost Amy Chasteen Miller.

The 14 institutions honored were:

-Delta State University
-Arizona State University
-California State University, Los Angeles
-The City College of the City University of New York
-Colorado State University
-The Connecticut State Colleges and Universities system
-Goucher College
-Miami Dade College
-New Jersey City University
-Rutgers University—Newark
-The University of Colorado Denver
-The University of Nevada, Reno
-The University of Southern Mississippi
-West Virginia University

For more information, visit acue.org.

Chinese Heritage Museum included in NPR documentary

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National Public Radio’s “Weekend Edition” recently paid tribute to the Chinese population in the Mississippi Delta, including the Mississippi Delta Chinese Heritage Museum housed at the Charles W. Capps, Jr. Archives and Museum at Delta State University.

Listen to the NPR segment and view the story online at http://www.npr.org/2017/03/18/519017287/the-legacy-of-the-mississippi-delta-chinese.

University Archivist, Emily Jones, welcomed NPR during their recent stop in the Delta.

Where Chinese grocery stores once dominated our small towns, today their influence is markedly less notable,” said Jones, in a previous press release. “It is because of their physical absence that documenting, preserving and retelling their stories becomes vital.”  

The museum is open Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at no charge. Weekend or after-hours tours can be set up by calling Jones or Cindi Lofton at 662-846-4780.

Lebanese in America exhibit now on display

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In partnership with The Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies at North Carolina State University, Delta State university is hosting the traveling exhibit “The Lebanese in America: An exhibition exploring 150 years of history.”

The exhibit will remain on display until April 16.

The detailed exhibit explores the history and memories of Mississippi’s Lebanese American community. It comprises eight narrative HopUp displays with photographs, graphics and QR Codes linked to supplementary materials and an e-reader. The panels describe the history, conditions and impact of Lebanese immigration nationally, offering a framework in which to consider the substantial Lebanese immigration to the Mississippi Delta and beyond between the 1880s and the end of World War I.

This Delta is shaped daily by the people who invest in it,” said Emily Jones, university archivist. “The communities, celebrations, historic places and even place names tell of the colorful cultures who have immigrated to the Mississippi Delta and left their mark on our landscape. The exhibit prepared by the Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies and the Center for the Study of Southern Culture is a beautiful representation of the Lebanese families who have contributed to the richness of our regional heritage. The more we explore the threads that have woven together to create our current communities, I believe we will grow to appreciate each other more and more.”

Seeded in 2010 and formalized in 2014, the Moise A. Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies is dedicated to research about Lebanese immigrants in the U.S. and throughout the world, and to preserving and sharing that knowledge with the scholarly community and general public. The center examines the historical and contemporary Lebanese Diaspora in all of its dimensions — social, political, economic and cultural — through such activities as a biennial conference, physical and digital archives and publications.

Project partners for the exhibit include the Khayrallah Center for Lebanese Diaspora Studies, the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, Delta State’s QEP program, the Charles W. Capps, Jr. Archives and Museum, Delta State Diversity Committee, and the University Special Programs Committee at Delta State.

All DSU students, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend the exhibit opening. The event is free and open to the public. For those unable to view the exhibit at Delta State, it will be traveling to the Museum of the Mississippi Delta in Greenwood in April.

For more information, contact the Jones at ejones@deltastate.edu or Keith Fulcher at kfulcher@deltastate.edu.

Pianist Jung to present recital on March 23

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The Delta State University Department of Music presents pianist Joonghan Jonathan Jung in a recital at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on March 23 at 7:30 p.m.

The recital will feature piano solo works by Beethoven, Bach/Busoni, Liszt, Scriabin and Vine. The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Department of Music at 662-846-4615.

Born in South Korea, pianist Jung also lived in New Zealand and concertizes regularly across the U.S., New Zealand, Australia and Japan. He has performed with the Eastman Philharmonic Orchestra, Korean Philharmonic Orchestra of New Zealand, and University of Auckland Symphony Orchestra. Jung has received prizes in Kerikeri International Piano Competition, Eastman Concerto Competition, Kapiti Coast National Piano Competition and the Christchurch National Piano Concerto Competition.

He has performed as a guest artist at the Texas State International Piano Festival in San Marcos, Texas, and he is making his debut performance at Weill Recital Hall, Carnegie Hall on June 22. His solo recitals and concerto performances have been recorded and broadcasted by Radio New Zealand and World TV, and he has been featured in public master classes with renowned pianists including Joseph Banowetz, Bao Hui-qiao, Piers Lane, Marina Lomazov, Jura Margulis, Hiroko Nakamura, John Perry, Martin Roscoe, Vladimir Tropp and Arie Vardi.

Jung completed a Master of Music degree and Bachelor of Music (Honors) with First Class at the University of Auckland. He relocated to the U.S. in 2009 to complete a Doctor of Musical Arts  (2016), Master of Arts in Theory Pedagogy (2015), and Master of Music (2011) at the Eastman School of Music. His academic mentors include Barry Snyder, Rae de Lisle, Read Gainsford, Douglas Humpherys, Thomas Schumacher, Steven Laitz, Elizabeth Marvin, Katherine Ciesinski, David Temperley and Matthew Brown.

Additionally, he has a passion for collecting rare historical music recordings of the early 20th century. He is now combining this passion with his academic interest — music theory and music analysis. His current research is on tempo rubato, an in-depth comparative study between 19th and 20th century pianists’ interpretations. His thesis, entitled “Structural Hearing of Rubato,” is a pedagogical study of tempo fluctuation in music performance, focusing on motives, counterpoint and harmonization. He has presented his research in MMTA State Conference and, most recently, at the CMS Conference.

Jung taught applied piano, music theory, aural skills and class piano sequences at Southwestern Oklahoma State University as an assistant professor of piano and music theory. He recently joined the piano faculty position at Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, Mississippi to reunite with his family and to continue his teaching, research and performance career.

Stump and Parker recognized by HEADWAE

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Sheryl Stump of the library (left) and student Allie Rose Parker were recently honored by the annual HEADWAE program.

Higher education in Mississippi celebrated the 30th annual HEADWAE program recently, honoring outstanding students and faculty members from 34 Mississippi public and private universities and colleges.

Higher Education Appreciation Day—Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) was established by legislative resolution to honor individual academic achievement and the overall contribution of the state’s public and private institutions of higher learning.

Honorees from across the state gathered at the State Capitol for their recognition in late Febrary. The group was welcomed by Governor Phil Bryant, recognized by the Senate and House of Representatives and given a tour of the Capitol. The day continued with an award ceremony and luncheon.

2016-17 Delta State honorees included Sheryl Stump, cataloger/professor at Delta State’s Roberts-LaForge Library, and student Allie Rose Parker, a biology major, SGA president and Olive Branch, Mississippi native.

Stump has been working at Delta State for 28 years.

“I’m very honored to be recognized by HEADWAE,” said Stump. “I have endeavored to bring quality to my cataloging work, which enables students, faculty and staff to access the library materials they need. It’s nice to know that my work is recognized as part of the larger educational mission of both Delta State University as well as the state of Mississippi. I’d like to thank Jeff Slagell, the dean of Library Services, for nominating me for this honor.”

Parker, who is also the first voting student member of the President’s Cabinet, was thrilled with the nomination.

“I was so honored to be recognized by HEADWAE because higher education plays such an important role in my life,” said Paker. “I am so thankful to go to such a great school that works with students on succeeding in both the classroom and extracurricular realms. It was such a fun experience to get together with the students from Mississippi schools, the faculty members who were honored, and the members of the legislature who joined us.”

Corporate sponsors for the HEADWAE program include: Atmos Energy, Jackson; AT&T, Jackson; BancorpSouth, Tupelo; Chevron Products, Pascagoula; ERGON, Flowood; Georgia-Pacific (KOCH Companies), Baton Rouge, LA;  Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula; Mississippi Power Company, Gulfport; Sanderson Farms, Laurel; Trustmark Bank, Jackson; and Valley Services, Inc., Flowood.

Click here http://www.mississippi.edu/headwae/downloads/headwaehonorees2017.pdf for a full list of 2016-17 HEADWAE honorees.

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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.