Brain Based Therapy Workshop with Dr. John Arden

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The Counselor Education Program at Delta State invites faculty and staff to a two-day free workshop on brain-based therapy.

Author and psychologist Dr. John Arden will be leading the conference, set for Aug. 26-27.

Arden’s study of neuropsychology has inspired him to integrate neuroscience and psychotherapy, synthesizing the biological and psychological into a new vision for psychotherapy: Brain-Based Therapy.

He has presented seminars in over 20 countries and all but four of the U.S. states. His 14 books, which have been translated into into 20 languages, have addressed an interdisciplinary approach to mental health and consciousness. He is the Director of Training for Mental Health for the Northern California Region in one of the largest HMOs in the country.

Those wishing to participate are urged to register early, since space is limited.

The workshop will take place at the Baioni Conference Center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. both days.

Sign up now at:

Please contact Dr. George Beals ( or Dr. Bryon Pickens ( with any questions.

Brooks certified by U.S. Geospatial Intelligence Foundation

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This spring, the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation officially launched its Universal GEOINT Certification Program at its GEOINT 2016 Symposium.

Talbot Brooks, director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies at Delta State University, was one of six professionals to receive designation as a Universal GEOINT Professional.

The certification program is beneficial to anyone who wants to further his or her education and training, stay current and relevant in the profession, take the next step in career advancement, differentiate themselves, or showcase a deep understanding of geospatial information technologies.

Brooks’ certification is extremely relevant in the field because the Undersecretary of Defense has mandated these credentials for employment within the intelligence and military geospatial community.

“Our curriculum (at Delta State) directly supports these credentials,” said Brooks. “The underlying body of knowledge will serve as the base for professional accreditation of our degree.”

Brooks is one of two persons working in academia to have earned the professional distinction.

To learn more about the Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies at Delta State, visit

DSU Students receive Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship

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JACKSON, Miss. – Andrew Van Velsor, a graduate of Delta State University and Senatobia native, was recently awarded the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship valued at $30,000 per year for his medical training at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson at the annual scholarship ceremony. Van Velsor is the son of Donald Van Velsor of Southaven, MS. and Robin Peeler of Senatobia.

Meghan L.  Johnson, a graduate Co-Lin Community College and graduate of Delta State University and Crystal Springs native, was recently awarded the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship valued at $30,000 per year for her medical training at the University of Mississippi School of Medicine in Jackson at the annual scholarship ceremony.  Johnson is the daughter of Bruce and Selena Johnson of Crystal Springs.

Created in 2007, the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program (MRPSP) is designed to provide more primary care physicians in rural areas of Mississippi.  During medical school, each MRPSP scholar receives $30,000 per year based on available funding. Consistent legislative support of the MRPSP translates to 60 medical students receiving a total of $1,800,000 to support their education this fall.  In addition to the legislative support, 5 privately funded scholarships are also awarded this year. Other benefits include personalized mentoring from practicing rural physicians and academic support.

Upon completion of medical training, MRPSP scholars must enter a residency program in one of five primary care specialties: family medicine, general internal medicine, medicine-pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology or pediatrics. The MRPSP Scholar must provide four years of service in a clinic-based practice in an approved Mississippi community of 20,000 or fewer population located more than 20 miles from a medically served area.

MRPSP provides a means for rural Mississippi students to earn a seat in medical school and to earn a $120,000 medical school scholarship in return for four years of service and learn the art of healing from practicing rural physicians.

For more information, contact MRPSP Associate Director Dan Coleman at 601-815-0564, jdcoleman@umc.du or


The Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program and the Mississippi Rural Dentists Scholarship Program are state-funded efforts to increase the number of physicians and dentists serving the health-care needs of Mississippians in rural areas. Housed at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, and collaborating with its schools of medicine and dentistry and the College of Osteopathic Medicine at William Carey University in Hattiesburg, the programs use various outreach, mentoring and training methods to identify, support, educate and deploy new generations of health-care workers for Mississippi’s underserved populations. To learn more about either program, click here.



MSP acquires new telecommunications technology

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The Math Science Partnership (MSP) has recently acquired new telecommunications technology, Double 2 Robots, to enhance teaching in K-8 math and science classrooms. MSP, a federal program backed by the U.S. Department of Education, strives to improve teacher quality through partnerships between state education agencies, institutions of higher education, and high-need local education agencies and schools in order to increase the academic achievement of students in math and science.

These telecommunication devices will be utilized by participants in the Delta Math Science Partnership program as well as the College of Education and Human Sciences at Delta State University to supplement communication and shared lessons from a variety of outside sources. MSP Director, Kathleen Lott, said of the robots, “The Double Two Robots were purchased to enhance teaching in classrooms by having the technology to access remote locations. We are constantly exploring new ideas for their use.”

Dr. Liza Cope, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, in a demonstration with the 2016 MSP participants

Dr. Liza Cope, Assistant Professor of Mathematics, in a demonstration with the 2016 MSP participants.

Documentary film “My Life in China” set for August 28

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The public is invited to attend a screening of the documentary My Life in China on Aug. 28.

PBS describes My Life in China as “an unvarnished portrait of the life and memories of a stoic and reticent man committed to his family and two sons.”

The documentary team, Kenneth Eng and Ehren Parks, will bring their film to Delta State on Sunday, August 28 at 2 p.m. in the BPAC Recital Hall. The event is sponsored by the Quality Enhancement Plan, the MS Delta Chinese Heritage Museum and the University Archives & Museum.

It is free and open to the public and will include a screening of the film and discussion lead by the filmmakers Eng and Parks.

Fleeing China’s Cultural Revolution in 1966, Eng’s father made his way to America to start a new life for his wife and two sons. Stories of his perilous journey to escape poverty and Communism finally led Eng to take his father back to China so that together, they could document the powerful decisions his father made all those years ago.

My Life in China is a story of migration passed down from father to son, ultimately asking the question, what does it mean to be both Chinese and American?

Other showings of the film are set for:

Saturday, Aug. 27: Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, Memphis, Tenn., at 1:30 p.m.

Monday, Aug. 29: Greenville, Arts Council, time TBA

Tuesday, Aug. 30: Jackson State University, College of Liberal Arts Room 166/266, at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 31: Oxford Public Library, at 6 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 1: Hernando Public Library, at 6 p.m.

For more information on the program, follow the University Archives & Museum’s facebook page here: or call the University Archives at 662.846.4781