Helen Miller was honored as the November 2015 Employee of the Month.

Miller honored as Employee of the Month

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The Delta State University Staff Council recently honored Helen Miller as the November 2015 Employee of the Month. Miller works as the primary custodian for Kethley Hall.

The Shaw native began working for the university in 2007, first serving in Ewing Hall.

“I love meeting new people and getting to know a little bit about where they come from, why they are here,” she said. “I really like cleaning things, too.” 

Returning to the Delta after spending 20 years in Jackson working both at Jackson State University and for the City of Jackson, Miller took over the role of caring for her parents. 

She finds great joy in her four children and nine grandchildren. When not visiting with family, she enjoys the quiet of reading and has recently begun exercising at the campus fitness center. Miller attends Pilgrim Rest Missionary Baptist Church.

Employee of the Month distinction is given to a staff member who has provided service at Delta State that is considered over and beyond those duties outlined in his or her job description. Nominations are submitted by colleagues on campus.

Each winner receives a plaque, monetary award, WalMart gift card from the Student Government Association, an engraved insulated coffee mug, a free parking decal courtesy of the Campus Police Department, a box of treats from The Sweetery, a parking spot of their choice, marquee announcement and website recognition.

For an archived list of previous Employee of the Month winners, visit http://www.deltastate.edu/about-dsu/administration/staff-council/staff-council-employee-of-the-month/employee-of-the-month-archives/

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.

Those attending the Mississippi Counseling Association Conference in Biloxi included (front, left to right): Ashton Miller, Jessica Miller, Kiara Bass, Chelsey Haik, Joanna Smith, De’Andrea Eason, Kandice Jones. Back row (l to r): Cat Vincent, MCA Delta President, Darkemia DuBose, Cleveland Phinisee, Quinton Smith, Jondelyn Catlette, Keisha Livingston.

Counseling students lead the way at Mississippi Counseling Association Conference

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A group of 12 Delta State counseling graduate students attended and volunteered at the Mississippi Counseling Association Conference held in Biloxi in early November.

Through the advocacy of Delta State faculty, each student was able to volunteer for the conference and have their registration fee waived. As volunteers, they attended all content sessions and provided facilitation to the presenters.

Quinton Smith, counseling student and Chi Sigma Iota Delta State Chapter president said, “Attending MCA’s annual conference was a rewarding opportunity to not only learn new information in the field of counseling, but also to network with counseling professionals and other graduate students from all over the state of Mississippi.”

The students received many accolades from organizers of the conference.

“The Delta State University volunteers were definitely appreciated at the recent Mississippi Counseling Association conference,” said Dianne D. Speed, MCA past president and MCA past executive director. “I was very impressed with the students’ professionalism, responsibility and enthusiasm.”

Cat Vincent, Delta State counseling lab director and MCA Delta Counseling Association president said, “We have incredible students here at Delta State. I was proud to see them step into leadership roles and experience the opportunity of being involved with a statewide professional organization. I was proud to see them shine.”

Learn more about graduate counseling programs at http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-education/counselor-education-and-psychology/counselor-education-school-counseling/.

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Delta Center presents at national conference for social studies educators

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The staff of The Delta Center for Culture and Learning at Delta State recently presented at the National Association of Social Studies Teachers’ annual meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana. The presentation, “Transforming Classrooms Through Experiences in the Mississippi Delta,” highlighted The Delta Center’s National Endowment for the Humanities workshop “The Most Southern Place on Earth, the Music, Culture and History of the Mississippi Delta.”

The conference was attended by social studies teachers from across the country. The presentation was organized and planned by two former “Most Southern” workshop participants Heidi Imhof and Kelly Scallion, both high school history teachers from Fairbanks, Alaska. The duo participated in the 2010 workshop.

“We wanted this presentation to serve as a way to repay The Delta Center for all that was shared with us and to document how that information continues to be shared with our students and communities all across the United States,” said Imhof.

“We cannot begin to tell you how much the Delta means to us,” added Scallion. “This was the least we could do to show our appreciation for opening a new chapter in each of our lives.”

Imhof and Scallion served as moderators for the presentation. In addition to an overview of the workshop provided by TDC staff, the presentation featured 10 additional former workshop participants from Buffalo, New York, Phoenix, Arizona, Columbus, Ohio, Tennessee, as well as two Mississippi teachers from Jackson and Columbus. These presenters discussed Delta cultural heritage educational topics used in their classrooms, including Emmett Till, Freedom Summer and blues music.

Presentation attendees were treated to Delta Blues music selections, as well as tastes of hot tamales and koolickles, which are celebrated Delta food delicacies. The moderators also gave special thanks to members of TDC staff who facilitated the 2010 workshop, including Dr. Luther Brown, Dr. Henry Outlaw, Lee Aylward and Heather Miller.

TDC is preparing to host its seventh year of the workshop in the summer of 2016. Applications are currently being accepted for the 2016 workshop. For more information, visit http://deltacenterdsu.com/mostsouthern/.

The mission of The Delta Center is to promote greater understanding of Mississippi Delta culture and history and its significance to the world through education, partnerships and community engagement. The center serves as the management entity of the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area and is the home of the National Endowment for the Humanities “Most Southern Place on Earth” workshop and the International Delta Blues Project. For more information, visit http://www.deltastate.edu/academics/delta-center-for-culture-and-learning/.

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Art gallery to screen film “Arranged”

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Delta State University’s Fielding Wright Art Center Gallery is currently hosting “Muslim/American, American/Muslim,” an exhibition by New York photographer Robert E. Gerhardt. The exhibit explores the Muslim experience in America.

In the spirit of Gerhardt’s project, the Department of Art and the Quality Enhancement Plan have partnered to present a series of events that provide a forum for dialogue. The series, free and open to the public, continues Dec. 3 at 5 p.m. with a public screening of the film “Arranged,” which centers on the unlikely friendship between an Orthodox Jewish and Muslim woman who meet as first-year teachers at a public school in Brooklyn. Over the course of the year, they learn they share much in common — including both going through the process of arranged marriages.

A group discussion will follow the screening, which will be held at the FWACG. Refreshments will be provided by Cleveland’s Adath Israel Synagogue.

Gerhardt’s exhibition will be open through Dec. 11. The gallery is open Monday-Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery is closed weekends, holidays and during semester breaks.

For more information on the Department of Art, visit http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-arts-and-sciences/art/or contact 662-846-4720. For updates and announcements of upcoming events, follow the department on Facebook, or join the email list.

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Geospatial program building military relations

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The Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies at Delta State University continues to strengthen its relationship with the military through a proposed undergraduate degree in Geospatial Analysis and Intelligence.

“Graduating students will be well prepared to start careers with U.S. intelligence services, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, critical infrastructure operators such as electric and gas utilities, major insurance and investment brokerage firms, and the State Department,” said Talbot Brooks, center director.

The program of study is designed to meet two audiences, active duty military personnel and traditional online students.

Active duty military may complete the course of study by pursuing a Department of Defense compliant five-year, part-time online program of study. More traditional students may pursue either the online program or choose to attend Delta State and complete the course of study through a combination of in-residence and online study.

The proposed program seeks to provide students with a combination of academic study, preparation for professional certification and licensure, and practical experience gained through cooperative education.

Delta State’s efforts in this arena were recently recognized by the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency and the U.S. Geological Survey, who selected the university’s program as one of 17 Centers of Academic Excellence. Other schools chosen included the Air Force Academy, George Mason University and Pennsylvania State University.

“Geospatial technologies have long been at the core of many decision-making processes, particularly in the intelligence, critical infrastructure, investment and insurance industries,” added Brooks. “The ‘where’ component is a key piece of information — ‘Where is the bad guy, Where is the competition, Where are risks the greatest?’ These and similar questions are all important and provide key insights about why, when or how something happens. The ability to analyze and apply spatial information to the decision-making process provides a significant competitive advantage, not just to our intelligence services and military, but American businesses.”

Delta State expects final approval for degree implementation by late March. Interested students are encouraged to contact Chris Smith in the center at cdsmith@deltastate.edu.

For more information on the Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies at Delta State, visit http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-arts-and-sciences/center-for-interdisciplinary-geospatial-information-technologies, or contact 662-588-8649.