Child Development Center staff (left to right): Brenda Dumas, Lezlie Taylor, Jervetta Bradley, Laura Abraham, Michelle Enriquez and Nikki Allen.

Child Development Center recognized for special needs care

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The Child Development Center in the Delta State University College of Education and Human Sciences has been identified by the Early Years Network (EYN) Special Needs Division as one of only two highly-qualified centers serving special needs in the state of Mississippi.

“The Child Development Center is honored to be considered a special needs endorsed center and looks forward to the partnership with the Early Years Network as we promote and improve inclusion,” said Laura Abraham, director of preschool programs.

The CDC was selected and recognized for this endorsement above others for their exemplary staff knowledge throughout the credential process and for the inclusion practices observed within the classrooms.

“We have been using a lot more visual aids to make sure every child is learning at the same level,” said Lezlie Taylor, an instructor for the CDC, while speaking about implementing specific educational techniques within the classrooms.

“I appreciate the work that the CDC staff put into this training and anticipate an excellent partnership with the Early Years Network as we attend to the special needs of children,” said Cheryl Cummins, director of field experiences and coordinator of child development programming. 

The CDC will now be considered a special needs endorsed center and will receive stipend funding through EYN to purchase materials and resources to promote inclusion. Additionally, EYN will invite other centers from around the state to tour the CDC as a model for special needs inclusion.

“I commend the CDC staff on accomplishing this milestone, which enables them to deliver specialized services to children and their families,” said Dr. Leslie Griffin, dean of the COEHS at Delta State.

Learn more about the center at http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-education/family-and-consumer-sciences/hamilton-white-child-development-center-2.

Students from Mississippi Public Broadcasting's "Can I Kick It?" summed Media Institute utilized DMI equipment on Wednesday.

MPB brings youth to DMI for public service announcements

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Students from the Mississippi Public Broadcasting “Can I Kick It?” Summer Media Institute program were on campus Wednesday at the Delta Music Institute to record public service announcements that soon will air on public TV.

CIKI’s institute focuses on leadership, youth empowerment, media literacy and creative entrepreneurship.

“The goal of the CIKI program is to ultimately give students the tools that will allow them to create short stories that address issues that affect their peers,” said Thabi Moyo, coordinator of the summer institute. “I believe that creating media pieces through their eyes can be extremely impactful and effective in reaching that target audience.”

The program falls under the MPB Youth Engagement Initiative, which collaborates with districts, schools and other community agencies in exploring ways to prevent students from dropping out of school by providing resources, opportunities and outreach services that will ultimately help students stay in school and earn a high school diploma, while equipping them for college and career readiness.

The two-week institute is working with 23 high school students from the Jackson area. Outside of the trip to the DMI, programming takes place in Jackson.

Learn more about the Delta Music Institute at Delta State at http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-arts-and-sciences/dmi-delta-music-institute-homepage.

Dr. Sharon K. Hamilton (right), assistant professor of chemistry, works with Sarah Tierce of the Mississippi School of Mathematics and Science.

Hamilton host MSMS student for summer research

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Dr. Sharon K. Hamilton, assistant professor of chemistry, recently coordinated a two-week research experience at Delta State University for Sarah Tierce, a rising senior at the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science in Columbus.

Tierce, a Cleveland native, also worked with Katie Penton, a graduate student in Hamilton’s lab, as they explored the creation of a new degradable nanofiber that can be used in biomedical applications such as drug delivery and wound healing.

Tierce’s experience is part of a renewed effort to reestablish connections between the Delta State University Chemistry and Physics Department and the science faculty at the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science.

“Dr. Elizabeth Morgan, a chemistry teacher at MSMS, and I worked together to make this high school research experience possible,” said Hamilton. “Dr. Morgan helped identify interested and motivated students that would benefit from working in a research lab over the summer. I believe Sarah, a rising senior at MSMS, gained great insight into what research means and how a research lab functions.”

From left: Dr. Sharon Hamilton, Sarah Tierce and Katie Penton.

From left: Dr. Sharon Hamilton, Sarah Tierce and Katie Penton.

Hamilton added that this experience provides a great opportunity for high caliber students to learn about Delta State and its great learning atmosphere on campus and in the department.

“Moreover, this provided a chance for one of my graduate students, Katie Penton, to provide mentorship to a younger student — an invaluable skill in the workforce,” said Hamilton. “I would love to host more high school students in my lab. I believe it gives students a cutting edge when it comes to college applications, and it puts Delta State at the forefront of their mind when applying for colleges their senior year.”

The research is a collaborative effort between Hamilton and Dr. Gisela Buschle-Diller in the Department of Biosystems Engineering at Auburn University. The work is supported by the Mississippi INBRE, funded by an Institutional Development Award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences of the National Institutes of Health under grant number P20GM103476.

Dr. Joseph Bentley, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Physics at Delta State, was also thrilled to rekindle the relationship with MSMS.

“Our department is very pleased to have a student from MSMS doing research with Dr. Sharon Hamilton this summer,” said Bentley. “Dr. Hamilton is our new organic chemist and is doing exciting polymer research. This collaboration is just one of several efforts reestablishing a connection with MSMS that our department enjoyed previously, in large part thanks to Dr. Henry Outlaw, who was instrumental in maintaining the DSU/MSMS relationship. In the past, faculty from MSMS helped DSU host education workshops for local Delta teachers and this is a tradition the Department of Chemistry and Physics and MSMS look forward to renewing. In the future, we hope to host more MSMS students in research experiences at Delta State.”

Learn more about the department at http://www.deltastate.edu/artsandsciences/chemistry-and-physics.

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RESSON tops national ranking for nurse practitioner program

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Delta State’s Robert E. Smith School of Nursing continues to rank high in national polls. RESSON recently came in at No. 1 on College Choice’s 2016 Top 10 list of Most Affordable Nurse Practitioner Programs.

According to College Choice, NPs are part of the seventh fastest growing profession in the United States.

Delta State’s program stood out nationally for its affordabilty and quality education. RESSON offers three different options for those intending to sit for examinations as NPs.

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, which has been regionally accredited by the  Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, visit http://www.deltastate.edu/school-of-nursing.

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GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi Presents An Evening With Cody Dickinson

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GRAMMY Museum Mississippi is pleased to welcome Cody Dickinson to the Sanders Soundstage, August 13 at 7:00 p.m. for an intimate discussion on his new album and career, moderated by Shannon McNally, GRAMMY® nominee and Board member of The Recording Academy® Memphis Chapter.

Dickinson, who is probably best known for being a member of the GRAMMY-nominated North Mississippi Allstars, recently released his first solo album, Leeway for the Freeway which features a few collaborations, including one with his brother, Luther Dickinson.  The evening’s conversation will be followed by a special musical performance by Dickinson.

Tickets for the program are $10 for Museum members and $15 for non-members.  Tickets can be purchased online, by calling the Museum box office at 662-441-0100, or in person at the Museum at 800 West Sunflower Road, Cleveland, MS.

About Cody Dickinson

Cody Dickinson is an artistic entrepreneur in the fields of music and film. Over the course of his career Cody has contributed to several major motion picture soundtracks, including “Barnyard”, “Snoop’s Hood of Horror”, “The Mechanic”, “Black Snake Moan”, and “Brand” the film. In recent years Cody has transitioned from creating music for films to producing films.

Cody’s most recent achievement in film is the award-winning documentary he produced and co- created, Take Me to the River. An incredible journey through the music of Memphis, the film brings multiple generations of first-class Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians together and captures the creative process of recording a historic new album. Cody also co-produced the soundtrack for the documentary, which pairs music legends and contemporary artists as they reinterpret songs that define the soul of American music.

Perhaps best known as the drummer and founding member of North Mississippi Allstars, Cody continues to be one of the music industry’s premier drummers, demonstrated by his 2013 Blues Music Awards nomination in the ‘Best Instrumentalist/Drums’ category. He’s earned three GRAMMY nominations as a member of North Mississippi Allstars and shared the stage with the likes of Robert Plant, the Allman Brothers, Mavis Staples, and Patty Griffin among others. As a music producer, Cody has worked with a wide range of musicians including Lucero, Ross Neilson and The Grahams. He also produced British blues guitarist Ian Siegal’s two recent albums, “The Skinny” (2011) and “Candystore Kid” (2012), both of which were nominated for ‘Best Contemporary Blues Album’ at the annual Blues Music Awards.

In 2015, Cody performed on many new releases, including Jim Lauderdale’s “Soul Searching”, The Word’s “Soul Food” and Cody Simpson’s “Free”.

His first solo record Leeway for the Freeway was released worldwide online via the Orchard on July 8, 2016.

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