Entergy power lunch 2016

Entergy Mississippi gives grant to Delta State InFuse program

By | Alumni, Foundation, General | No Comments

The Bolivar County Power Lunch was held recently at Delta State University. The luncheon celebrated a new $50,000 grant presented to Delta State by Entergy.

“At Entergy, our vision is ‘We Power Life’. That means not only providing electricity, but also enriching our communities through improved educational opportunities,” said Haley Fisackerly, Entergy Mississippi president and CEO.  “Our grant to Delta State will be divided between providing scholarships for worthy students and helping to fund the InFuse program. This program will provide more students with science and technology skills and education, preparing them for the in-demand jobs of the future.”

This is not the first time that Entergy Mississippi has partnered with schools in the region they serve. In 2012, the company received two Governor’s Awards of Distinction from the Mississippi Association of Partners in Education. The company has been listed in the top 10 for Site Selection magazine’s Top Utilities in Economic Development for the past eight years, and this year, Corporate Responsibility magazine named Entergy Corporation #18 overall  among the Top 100 Corporate Citizens and #4 in corporate giving.

“Delta State University deeply values its partnership with Entergy Mississippi, and sincerely appreciates their support of our students and of InFuSE, the university’s current initiative to secure private funding to support programs in the sciences,” said Gary Bouse, chief development officer, Delta State Foundation.

Speakers at this event included: Robbin Jeter, vice president of customer service and operations, Ed Gardner, director of business and economic development, Aaron Hill, manager of transmission planning, Brandon Presley, Mississippi public service commissioner Northern District, Cecil Brown, Mississippi public service commissioner Central District, and Haley Fisackerly, president and CEO of Entergy Mississippi.

Entergy Mississippi, Inc. started as Mississippi Power and Light Company in 1923. Entergy Mississippi now serves over 445,000 customers in 45 counties.

delta council exhibit 2016

DSU Fashion Students and Faculty Showcase Work at Delta Council

By | Delta Council, Faculty/Staff, Students | No Comments

Delta State fashion merchandising students and faculty showcased some of their original cotton apparel designs at the recent meeting of the Delta Council.

According to Dr. Jan Haynes, Professor of Fashion Merchandising in the Division of Family and Consumer Sciences, these designs were created from upcycled materials, such as cotton sheets and were eco-dyed with natural dyes at a DSU cotton workshop in September, taught by Pat Brown, MFA. The students’ designs were then presented at the Cotton Summit event held at Mississippi State in November.

This was the culmination of  a grant project, “Delta Cotton, Weaving Futures,” that included three day-long educational events featuring cotton. The grant project was a joint partnership of the three Mississippi universities that offer Fashion Merchandising programs: Delta State, Mississippi State, and the University of Southern Mississippi. Funding was provided by the Importer Support Program of the Cotton Board and Cotton Incorporated.

Fireside Chat: Delta State students in Poland

By | President | No Comments

Joining President LaForge are four students visiting Poland as part of a cultural exchange program between Delta State University and John Paul II Catholic University in Lublin, Poland—commonly referred to as KUL.

The group left on May 9 for a two-week trip that has been under the direction of faculty members at KUL. The trip was coordinated by Delta State’s International Student Services office and marks the first opportunity for Delta State students to visit the KUL campus. During their trip, our students have been observing classes, learning about college life in Poland, and gaining hands-on knowledge of the Polish culture. KUL is one of several universities abroad with which Delta State has signed a memorandum of understanding to further develop international exchanges, and we hosted a group of KUL faculty and students on our campus in October of this past year.

In other news on campus, Teach for America corps members will arrive on campus soon, and we hope everyone at Delta State and the Bolivar/Cleveland community will extend a warm welcome to this bright and dedicated group. Next week, the first summer session term will begin on campus, and the residence halls will open to students this Sunday, May 29.

A record number of participants took part in the 35th annual F. E. Woodall Spring Conference for the Helping Professions.

Counselor Education and Psychology hosts 35th annual spring conference

By | Academics, College of Education and Human Sciences | No Comments

The Division of Counselor Education and Psychology at Delta State recently held the 35th annual F. E. Woodall Spring Conference for the Helping Professions. The event, held April 14-15, hosted a record 400 participants. The conference offered a workshop, keynote address, and 35 breakout sessions covering topics such as neuroscience, cultural competency and crisis interventions.

For the sixth year in a row, the president of the American Counseling Association keynoted the affair.

Counselors, social workers, psychologists and other helping professionals from across the state and region drove in for the conference.

“Our reputation at Delta State University for providing quality education extends as well to our continuing education opportunities,” said Cat Vincent, conference coordinator. “The conference committee spends many hours in outreach and in selecting the best proposals for our participants.”

“We look forward to hosting the Woodall Conference every year,” said Sally Zengaro, chair of the Division of Counselor Education and Psychology. “It serves as a vital source of continuing education for faculty and area mental health professionals.”

For the first time, the counselor education faculty also hosted an additional daylong workshop. Dr. Thelma Duffey, founder of the Association for Creativity in Counseling, presented a six-hour workshop on “Creativity in Therapeutic Practice.” Participants received free continuing education thanks to the division’s grant funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Area counselors who served the university last September after the shooting on campus were invited to attend as honored guests. Internship and practicum site supervisors were also invited to attend as guests in acknowledgement of their willingness and dedication in working with DSU counseling students.

The conference boasted record student involvement from volunteering to presenting. Three counseling internship students had the opportunity to present with their Internship Site Supervisors.

“As a presenter, not only did I get to study and present information relative to my internship but also information pertaining to handling crisis in mental health,” said Quinton Smith, counseling student and past president of Chi Sigma Iota. “The feedback was positive and heartwarming.”

Thirty counseling practicum and internship students presented in three different sessions as small groups or individuals in flash talks, a TED talk style of presentation. The students covered the essential elements of their material and provided attendees with applicable, practical information. The topics of the talks were “Homelessness: Identifying & Helping Lost Students,” “Self-Care for Helping Professionals” and “Distress Tolerance/Intolerance: Implications across Counseling Venues.”

Learn more about the The Division of Counselor Education and Psychology at http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-education/counselor-education-and-psychology.

Photo (left to right): Dr. Temika Simmons (Psi Chi advisor), Dr. Leslie Griffin (Dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences), Jammie Marquez (Psi Chi president 2015-16), Dr. Duane Shuttlesworth (psychology faculty), Caroline Bickley (inductee), Alexis Williams (inductee), Dr. Jon Westfall (Psi Chi advisor), Heather Hudgins (inductee), Todd J. Hendrix (inductee), Mary Ashton Fowler (inductee), and Arianna Hodges (Psi Chi secretary).

Psi Chi inducts new members

By | College of Education and Human Sciences | No Comments

The Division of Counselor Education and Psychology recently introduced the spring 2016 inductees for Psi Chi, an international honor society in psychology.

The inductees include: Caroline Bickley, Katherine Cabrera, Mary Ashton Fowler, Todd J. Hendrix, Heather Hudgins, Alexis Williams and Karley Windham.

Psi Chi is an earned, lifelong, honorable membership. This honor is reserved for psychology majors and/or minors completing at least nine semester hours in psychology with a minimum GPA of 3.0.