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Monthly Highlights

Monthly Highlights for August 2020

Department of Biological Sciences

  • Mickala T. Johnson (Biology-Health Science’ 20) was recently accepted into the Ph. D. Biomedical Sciences program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. She has completed her first two weeks of classes and participated in the lab coat ceremony.

  • Jalyn Thomas (Biology – Biology’ 20) was accepted into Belmont University School of Pharmacy on an academic scholarship, where she has completed her first full week.

  • Dontaerius Weakley, a biology/pre-medicine major from Jackson, Mississippi, was the first student selected for the Jackson Municipal Airport Authority (JMAA) Cooperative Education (CO-OP) Program. The new three-week program began Monday, July 27, and ended Thursday, Aug. 13.The JMAA CO-OP Program provides interns with an opportunity to shadow various airport professionals in their respective departments to boost their interest in a career at JMAA.
  • A number of biology majors have recently completed internships. -Marcasia Jones competed three internships: Meharry Medical College-BS/MD Program, Mississippi IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (MS INBRE) Service Scholars: My Brother's Keeper; and University of Michigan: Developing Future Biologists program.-Jamarius Brown competed MSINBRE in Ridgeland, MS;-Jillian Washington completed MSINBRE at Tougaloo College in Jackson, MS;-Braxton Spells completed MSINBRE in Ridgeland, MS;-Shalyn Wilson completed MSINBRE at Tougaloo College in Jackson, MS;-McKelvie Maxwell completed BS/MD Program at Meharry Medical College;-Alyshia Moore completed BS/MD Program at Meharry Medical College; and-Toni-Ann-Nelson completed Massachusetts Institute of Technology Summer Research Program in Biology (MSRP-Bio).
  • Drs. Debarshi Roy’s and Archi Taylor’s work was featured in Diverse: Issues in Higher Education article “Minority Research Scientists Hunt for a COVID-19 Cure.”https://diverseeducation.com/article/185037/.Dr. Debarshi Roy received second year renewal of Mississippi INBRE Developmental Research Grant. Title of the project is, "Decreased AMPK promotes chemo resistance by altered lipid mediated inflammation." Roy is also a recipient of a collaborative grant funded by 1890 COE USDA with Dr. Martha Ravola and other collaborators from Langston University. Title of the grant is, “Enhancing Student Recruitment and Workforce Development through Partnerships and Engagements.”
  • Dr. Robert Sizemore, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and Dr. M.S. Zaman, (professor of biology at South Texas College, and former professor of biology at Alcorn) published an article on COVID-19, entitled, “Ebola Virus and SARS-Cov-2: Similarities and Differences” appeared in the Journal of Health and Social Development.
    Also, Sizemore was named editor for Advances in Science and Technology. Additionally, Sizemore wrote the script for a show entitled, "Satchmo: A Tribute to Louis Armstrong" that was performed as part of Mississippi Opera earlier this year, and currently, he is composing the musical score for two movies ("Texas Red" and "The Adventures of Bandit and Wild Wes".)

  • Mrs. Monica Burr participated in the White House Initiative on HBCU in collaboration with the Office of Personnel Management and the U.S. Department of Labor’s Women’s Bureau teleconference on The Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) program. PMF is the Federal government’s flagship leadership development program for advanced degree candidates. She has also attended the Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society Virtual 2020 National Convention August 7-9, 2020.
  • Biology faculty (Drs. Voletta Williams, Archie Taylor, Elena Kostyleva, Justin Nash, Shavonda Jackson, and Ms. Brenita Jenkins) received training on using teaching microscopes by Clearview Optical representative August 20, 2020. The training took place at the Roy/Taylor microbiology lab.

Department of English, Languages & Mass Communication

  • On June 30, 2020, the ASU Giving Day, Dr. J. Janice Coleman raised funds for the J. Janice Coleman Scholarship Fund, which now exceeds $10,000.

  • During May 2020, Dr. Murray Shugars, a field-grade officer in the Army Reserve, served as the command historian of the Army Reserve’s 412th Theater Engineer Command, headquartered in Vicksburg, MS. He oversaw the production of the unit’s 2019 annual command historical report by collecting, vetting, and revising submissions from action officers of four brigades, five smaller direct reporting units, and more than two dozen primary and special general staff sections. He also wrote key portions of the 463-page final product, including the overall executive summary.
  • During June and July 2020, Dr. Murray Shugars also served as a Reserve instructor and project officer with the West Point Writing Program, United States Military Academy, West Point, NY.
  • In lieu of attending conferences during Covid-19, Spanish Instructor Ana Torres attended and received certificates of completion for seven online webinars in June and July sponsored by Avant MORE Learning and the University of Mississippi: Global Seal: A Three-Step Proficiency Pathway, June 19th, 2020. Implementing the Mississippi Seal of Biliteracy, June 22,2020. Getting them Talking: Engaging and Empowering Novice Learners, June 23rd, 2020. Practical Ways to Keep Proficiency-Based Teaching Sustainable and Purposeful, June 24th, 2020. Understanding Assessment and Proficiency, June 25th, 2020. Bringing the World to your Schools and Communities, June 26th, 2020. Fostering Biliteracy for all Students: Strategies for Including Heritage and Native Speakers, June 29th, 2020

  • Mass Communication graduate RaShunda Veals (‘20) received a full scholarship to Louisiana State University's Manship School of Mass Communication. She will also be working with the LSU Athletics Shaquille O'Neal Life Skills Program. English Literature major Zy’Miria Thompson participated in the Ronald E. McNair Summer Program at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS. English Literature graduate Miranda Bell (‘17) was accepted into the Mississippi College School of Law and was awarded a Merit Scholarship. A feature article “Miranda Bell Balances Life as a Mom and MC Law Student” appeared in the Mississippi College University News, August 25, 2020.

Department of Mathematics & Computer Science

  • Fifteen (15) students in the Mathematics and Computer Science Department finished their internships at grand companies during summer 2020. Among these students, three students did their internships at Microsoft, one student in Apple, two students in Goldman Sachs, two students in Uber Technologies Inc., one in Morgan Stanley, New York, and other students in Deloitte, Comcast, Fidelity Investments, MetroNet, Credit Suisse, Dorian Holmes. The internship enriched students’ working experiences in industry and team working ethics.
  • One graduate student in Computer Science has received offer from Morgan Stanley, New York; one graduate student received Ph. D. offer from Jackson State University; and two recently graduated seniors have been accepted into the Master programs at Mississippi State University and Alcorn State University.

Department of Social Work

  • Dr. Dorothy Idleburg participated in CAST Planning Meeting.
  • Dr. Olga Osby and Dr. Dorothy finalized workshop proposal on AJFC Trauma Training for submittal to Dr. Patlolla.
  • Department of Social Work held monthly faculty meeting.
  • Dr. Valtreasa Tolliver Cook and Sandra Davis attended the Social Welfare conference.

Monthly Highlights for April 2020

Department of Biological Sciences

  • The Department of Biological Sciences is proud if its 78 graduating seniors members of the 2020 class and its top ten graduating seniors:

Tytiana D Smith 3.99

Rosheka D Tenner 3.96

Veronica N Williamson 3.93

Tyler J Wilson 3.91

Kirdis L Clark 3.88

Makayla N Wiley 3.87 (Outstanding Student for Biology)

Tierra Grayson 3.83

Ashley N Jones 3.78

Rhanna Wilson 3.71

Ke’Erricka M. Braxton 3.70

  • Dr. Robert Sizemore, professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, and Dr. M.S. Zaman, (professor of biology at South Texas College, and former professor of biology at Alcorn) have published an article on COVID-19. The review article entitled “Ebola Virus and SARS-Cov-2: Similarities and Differences” will appear in an upcoming edition of the Journal of Health and Social Development. The article notes that although both are zoonotic pathogens probably originating in bats, SARS-CoV-2 (the virus that causes COVID-19) resulted in asymptomatic or a mild disease in the majority of cases which, in part made it difficult to contain.
  • Monica N. Burr, biology Instructor and special projects coordinator, OPHCP, served as co-chair for the Ad-Hoc Committee for the Outstanding Graduating Senior 2020. She also assisted with selection and application preparation for Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF)/ETS scholarship; assisted with Office of Pre-professional and Honors Curriculum Programs SACSCOS; and served as co-advisor for the induction of new members of the Epignosis Chapter of Mortar Board College Senior Honor Society.

Monthly Highlights for March 2020

Department of Biological Sciences

  • Ms. MaKayla Wiley, a graduating senior, has received communication of acceptance to pursue a degree in veterinarian medicine from Purdue University, Mississippi State Univeristy, Auburn University, and Tuskegee University. She has decided to attend Mississippi State University as a Bradsley Scholar from the Tri-State Foundation with all tuition, room and board free of charge. MaKayla is a Molecular Biology/Pre-Veterinarian Scholar.
  • Mr. Johnny Kimble, a graduating senior, has been accepted to the University of Tennessee, School of Allied Health, Pharmacy Program. He is a Biology Pre-professional Scholar in the Department of Biological Sciences.
  • The Department of Biological Sciences is proud to report that its online Master of Science in Biology program has been ranked # 2 among 2020 Most Affordable Online Master’s Biology Degrees by Online U. Their rankings are based on a combination of manually researched tuition and accreditation.
  • Dr. Robert Sizemore, professor, co-authored two research papers that were recently published in the international journal Advances in Science and Technology. The papers are titled, “Plastic Pollution of the Oceans: A Review of Marine Plastic Pollution and Its Environmental Impacts” and “Microplastics in the Environment: Ecological Interactions and Consequences.”
  • Drs. Marta Piva and J. Ignacio Moreno, along with graduate students Classie Johnson and Dominique Green, and the visiting undergraduate student (MS-INBRE scholar) Ineshia Coleman, published the article titled, “Ccm1p is a 15S rRNA primary transcript processing factor as elucidated by a novel in vivo system in Saccharomyces cerevisiae” in the international, peer-reviewed journal Current Genetics. The reported research was carried out in its entirety in the Department of Biological Sciences of Alcorn State University. More information can be found at https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00294-020-01064-0
  • Aralyne Johnson has been accepted to the National Institute of Health, Cancer Research.
  • Toni Ann Nelson has been accepted to MIT Summer Research Program.

Department of Social Work

  • Dr. Antrina M. Bell attended and presented at The Association of Social and Behavioral Scientists, Inc. 85th Annual Conference held in Atlanta, Georgia March 4-7, 2020. Guided by the theme The Last 100 Years: Political Agendas, Economic Policies, and Societal Issues, Dr. Bell’s presentation Social Work Education: From Classroom to Practice, highlights social work programs in higher education process of preparing students to provide effective and efficient services to the general population encompassing areas such as child protection services, mental health, public school systems, and alcohol and substance abuse. When facilitating change, a bachelor’s level social worker must possess fundamental knowledge, skills, and values, which is addressed through a rigorous curriculum preparing them for generalist social work practice. Critical to practicing social work is ensuring students have the ability to transfer the skill set learned in the classroom to the field. This presentation embeds the mission of social work curriculum on future social work practice in addressing societal issues.
  • Dr. Dorothy A. Idleburg attended and presented at The Association of Social and Behavioral Scientists, Inc. 85th Annual Conference held in Atlanta, Georgia March 4-7, 2020. The theme was entitled “The Last 100 Years: Political Agendas, Economic Policies, and Societal Issues. Dr. Dorothy Idleburg organized, facilitated and presented in three sessions at the ASBS conference focusing on Health care and Aging: The Vulnerable Elderly and Issues of Abuse, Mental Health Needs of the Elderly and Revisiting Gerontology and the Role of HBCUs. Along with co-organizers, Dr. Idleburg participated in a special session giving tribute to Dr. Thomas Calhoun and his contributions to the field of Sociology. In keeping with the theme of the conference, Ms. Aundrea Jones, Sociology major at Alcorn State University submitted a paper which was read at the conference. Dr. Idleburg co-organized a Thematic Panel/Round table/Mini –Info drama/Video on Aging, Health and Intergenerational Research/Service: co-sponsored by the Association for Gerontology and Human Development(HBCUs).
  • Dr. Idleburg collaborated with faculty members from Grambling State University, Southern University and Alcorn State University to field test a survey on “Fear”. nn Nelson has been accepted to MIT Summer Research Program.

Monthly Highlights for February 2020

Department of Mathematics & Computer Science

  • Three faculty members (Dr. Thir Dangal, Dr. Qingwen Hu and Dr. Ping Zhang) and Mr. Worlanyo Adom (a graduate student in the graduate program of Computer and Information Science) with the Department of Mathematics and Computer Science did oral presentations at 6th Alcorn State University Excellence Symposium on February 6th, 2020. Mr. Adom was awarded second place for graduate student oral presentation.
  • On February 20 to 21, 2020, four faculty members (Dr. Thir Dangal, Dr. Sadar Haque, Dr. Lixin Yu and Dr. Ping Zhang) led four graduate students (Mr. Worlanyo Adom, Mr. Antonio Austin, Mr. Bhargav Manoharan and Ms. Tanzia Rouf Tuie) and two undergraduate students (Mr. Ayush Baral and Mr. Milan Ghimire) attended Mississippi Academy of Sciences meeting. All participants did oral presentations. Ms. Tuie’s poster presentation was awarded third place in the graduate student poster competition.
  • On February 26, 2020, Six faculty members attend Alcorn State University STEM day.

Department of Social Sciences

  • Miss Ernestine Lee from Social Sciences is the recipient of the 2020 Mississippi Humanities Teacher Award.

Department of Biological Sciences

  • Timilehin N. Ogunwole, a sophomore biology major, was selected to participate in the NIIMBL eXperience program, 2020. The NIIMBL eXperience is a "hands on week long expenses-paid program" meant majorly for freshmen and sophomores. It is also targeted at students who attend an HBCUs. It provides an opportunity for students to gain firsthand experience in the biopharmaceutical industry. This includes research, manufacturing and federal agency regulation of biopharmaceuticals. It will be held from June 1st to June 5th 2020. Selected students also receive a $1,000 stipend. https://niimbl.force.com/s/niimbl-experience
  • Daniel Azubuike, undergraduate biology/pre-nursing major; and Jabari Thompson, graduate student, presented at the 84th Mississippi Academy of Sciences.
  • Several faculty members represented Alcorn State University at the 84th Mississippi Academy of Sciences in Biloxi Mississippi: Dr. Voletta Williams, professor emeritus Dr. Alexander Acholonu, Dr. Debarshi Roy, Mrs. Shavonda Jackson, and Dr. Elena Kostyleva.
    Dr. Williams serves a judge for undergraduate and graduate student oral and poster presentations. Mrs. Jackson served as a judge for student oral presentations.
  • The department hosted 3-rd graders of the West Elementary Middle School on February 6, 2020.
  • Shavonda Jackson, biology instructor, has successful completed her dissertation defense for Doctor of Philosophy in Biology Education at The University of Southern Mississippi. The Commencement Ceremony for the Hattiesburg Campus will be held on Thursday, May 14, 2020 at the Reed Green Coliseum.
    Jackson also holds the new advisor position of Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society, Kappa Upsilon Chapter at ASU. An interest meeting was held on Monday, February 24, 2020 for junior and senior students holding a GPA of 3.3 or higher.
  • Dr. Voletta Williams and Mrs. Shavonda Jackson received certifications in TIAI training and Disposition Training for supervisors and leaders.
  • Monica Burr, Biology Instructor and Special Projects Coordinator, served as advisor for Florida A&M Law School visit Feb. 5, 2020. Served as a judge for the ASU Center for Research Excellence Symposium, Feb. 6, 2020. Assisted with the Ronald McNair Scholarship. Served as advisor and judge at the Mississippi Undergraduate Honors Conference, Biloxi, MS Feb. 7-8, 2020. Served as faculty representative for the Thurgood Marshal College Fund Faculty Informational Session, Feb. 17, 2020. And she served as a guest speaker for the Woman in Higher Education Meeting (WHEM) in Vicksburg, MS, Feb. 20, 2020.

Monthly Highlights for January 2020

Department of Biological Sciences

  • Dr. Debarshi Roy, assistant professor, served as a corresponding author for the article titled, “Nanoscale structural alterations in cancer cells to assess anti-cancerous drug effectiveness in ovarian cancer treatment using TEM imaging,” published in the Journal of Physical Biology. He also received an award from The University of Mississippi, with support from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, for a proposal to integrate Open Educational Resources. Dr. Roy also served as an invited speaker at the UMC Cancer center. He spoke on “Targeting Metabolic Signaling Pathways to Develop Therapy for Drug Resistant Ovarian Cancer.”
  • The Quality Science Curriculum in the Department of Biological Science has started a pilot course in the Global Regulatory and Legal Requirements of Quality. There are 12 biology students enrolled in the course along with Dr. Justin Nash, visiting professor. Dr. Nash and the group are working with Pathway for Patient Health to deliver this industry developed curriculum to our students. Dr. Babu Patlolla, dean, has also forwarded documents requesting to rename the current health science concentration to include Quality Science curriculum options for students at Alcorn. This is a promising start to this new curriculum for our students.

Department of Fine Art

  • Dr. David Miller attended the 11th Annual Jazz Education Network Conference in New Orleans, LA- January 7-January 11, 2020.
  • ASU Jazz Combo performance at Career Services program in the Gold Room on January 21, 2020.

Department of Social Work

  • The Department of Social Work sponsored its Spring 2020 Mandatory Social Work Major Student Meeting on January 23, 2020. Faculty and staff members of the department provided students with an overview of the Social Work program, student expectations, admission requirements, degree plans and curriculum requirements, community involvement and advisement. Approximately thirty-five social work majors were in attendance. Refreshments was provided.
  • Mrs. Sandra confirms that she has met the requirements to be recognized as a Clinically Certified Criminal Justice Addictions Specialist.

Monthly Highlights for November 2019

Department of Biological Sciences

  • Jada Hargrove is the Outstanding Student in the Department of Biological Sciences for the fall 2019 Commencement. She has a 3.89 GPA and is a physical therapy scholar.
  • Dr. Debarshi Roy, assistant professor, attended an “IACUC 101” conference organized by the Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Assessment and Accreditation of Laboratory Animal Care (AAALAC), and the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), with assistance from Rice University. The conference was held from 11/5/2019 to 11/09/2019 in Houston, Texas. Dr. Roy got certified in the following categories: IACUC 101, IACUC 201 and IACUC 301, and selected as a committee member of the proposed IACUC committee at Alcorn State University. This conference was part of an educational program designed to provide IACUC members, administrators, veterinarians, animal care staff, researchers, regulatory personnel, and compliance officers information about the role and responsibilities of the IACUC, including an understanding of federal policies and regulations governing laboratory animal welfare.
  • Dr. Voletta Williams, chair, was recognized for her contributions in accelerating the academic success for our student-athletes. On behalf of the Office of Academic Affairs and the Department of Athletics, she was selected as “Academic Coach of the Game." Her recognition took place during the Homecoming game.
  • Dr. Marta Piva, assistant professor of biology, was recognized for her contributions in accelerating the academic success for our student-athletes. On behalf of the Office of Academic Affairs and the Department of Athletics, she was selected as “Academic Coach of the Game." Her recognition took place on November 16, 2019 at the end of the first quarter of the Alcorn State University vs Alabama A&M.
  • Biology faculty were trained to use teaching microscopes by Clearview Optical representative. The department receives three high-tech teaching microscopes.
  • Monica Burr, instructor, and Voletta Williams were honored by the National Society of Leadership and Success. They received certificates in recognition of their accomplishments from the organization’s representative on November 15, 2019.
  • Monica Burr also served as the advisor for the induction of 25 new members to the Mortar Board National College Senior Honor Society on November 14, 2019. She was also the honor advisor for a group of honors students attending the National Association of African-American Honors Program in New Orleans, Louisiana November 6-9, 2019.
  • Dr. Archi Taylor, assistant professor, have been named a Diverse: Issues In Higher Education Emerging Scholar for 2020. He will be one of 15 Emerging Scholars for 2020 profiled in the January 23, 2020 edition of Diverse.
  • Dr. Archi Taylor, assistant professor, have been named a Diverse: Issues In Higher Education Emerging Scholar for 2020. He will be one of 15 Emerging Scholars for 2020 profiled in the January 23, 2020 edition of Diverse.

Department of English, Languages & Mass Communication

  • English major Tra’Keyvion Hale attended the 19th Annual Thurgood Marshall College Fund (TMCF) Leadership Institute in Washington, D.C. on October 16-20, 2019.
  • Tra’Keyvion Hale was also offered a Diversity and Inclusion Internship with the Ally Financial Corporate Citizenship office in Charlotte, NC.
  • In November, the Writing Center hosted 2 workshops on Contextualizing Evidence and Revision Strategies, with 67 students and 6 faculty attending. In addition, Writing Center consultants completed 222 face-to-face and 24 online consultations with student writers across campus.
  • On November 7th, the ASU Nov. 7, ASU NABJ Chapter sponsored a Lunch and Learn featuring Mississippi Link publisher Jackie Hampton and editor Othor Cain. They talked about the history of the black press, careers in media and identifying the main idea of news stories.
  • On November 8-9, Spanish Instructor Ana Torres attended the Mississippi Foreign Language Association Conference in Starkville, MS. This year’s conference theme was “Building a World Language Community.”
  • English major Iyunola Owoyemi, along with other Alcorn students, competed in the National Association of African American Honors Program held in New Orleans from Nov. 6-9. Iyunola represented Liberia on the Committee on Social Matters, where she debated issues affecting women and youth in Liberia. At the end of the two-day competition, the Alcorn State delegations representing Liberia and Côte d’Ivoire won Best Delegation and Iyunola won Best Supporting Officer. (picture attached. The names from left to right are Anjola Tope-Babalola, Ifeoma Mba-Madubuike, Itunu Williams, Iyunola Owoyemi, Timilehin Ogunwole, Adeola Olowokudejo, Tobyloba Oderinde, and Hannatu Ismail.)
  • English major Victoria Montgomery competed along with other Alcorn students at the National Association of African American Honors Programs Quiz Bowl in New Orleans on November 6-9, 2019.
  • Sigma Tau Delta English Honor Society and the English Club hosted a Poetry Slam on Thursday, November 7, 2019, with over 30 students in attendance. Working either individually or in groups, students completed in 3 rounds, for each of which they had 7 minutes to prepare their performance. The overall winner, who won a $20 gift card, was Mass Comm major Jordan Lampley.
  • Dr. Logan Wiedenfeld, Assistant Professor of English, published “Salvaging the Subject: Restoring Voice in Writing Pedagogy” in the Winter/Spring 2019 edition of The CEA (College English Association) Forum (www.cea-web.org).
  • Calvert White, a sophomore majoring in English Education, hosted a Walk to Vote activity on November 5, 2019. Registered voters from Alcorn were encouraged to meet outside the cafeteria and walk together to Whitney to vote. The initiative was to increase the number of students to participate in voting.
  • NAACP hosted a Job Expo on November 11, 2019 at the old gymnasium. Alcorn Alumni who owned their own businesses were invited to set up booths to discuss future opportunities for Alcorn Students. English Instructor Sheri Wallace is an advisor for the ASU NAACP chapter.

Department of Mathematics & Computer Sciences

  • On 11/12/2019, Math and Computer Science Department has Graduation Celebration Lunch for Graduating Seniors. Graduating seniors (undergraduate and graduate) are invited to join faculty and staff to share celebration moment. Department tries to make networks with alumni.
  • Computer Science junior Mr. Joseph Maxwellson will do internship at Microsoft corporation.

Department of Military Sciences

  • The Braves Battalion Ranger Challenge Team competed at the State Ranger Challenge Competition at Camp McCain. 12 Cadets competed and placed third.
  • The week of Veterans Day, the Braves Battalion hosted its inaugural Leadership Summit 12-16 November. All services came to Alcorn to share the benefits of serving and emphasizing: “there’s no wrong way to serve” to the students and community of Alcorn.
  • On 12 November, I spoke to the SROTC and JROTC Cadets about the value of self-leadership and the difference between aggressive and assertive communication. After the interactive discussion, three JROTC teams competed in the “Magnolia Challenge.” The series of events included: physical fitness test (push-ups, sit-ups, 1-mile run) and a citizenship test. The day concluded with the U.S. Coast Guard from Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans landing a rescue helicopter on Alcorn State's campus for the Cadets to observe.
  • On 13 November, CSM O'Dell conducted PT with the Cadets and spoke to them about the importance of the NCOs on their teams and shared about his leadership path throughout his career. He tag-teamed with MG Donna Martin, CG, Maneuver Support Center of Excellence of FT Leonard Wood, MO during a great Q&A session during breakfast with the MS III and MS IV. They focused on what is expected of a 2LT and how to maintain healthy relationships and home life based on one of the questions asked from the audience. MG Martin concluded her visit with a presentation on "Bathsheba Syndrome" and the importance of leaders with a strong character. The University Provost, Dr. John Igwebuike, said the presentation was personally impactful for him and that he appreciated the Military Science Department’s efforts in bringing great leaders to the campus. We continued on Day 2, with a presentation on professional etiquette by Mr. Marcus James, WJTV- local news anchor, and an Alumni Panel discussion with five field grade officers from the Army, Navy and Coast Guard. The day concluded with the Braves Battalion hosting a speech competition open for all Alcorn State students. The intent was to break the stigma that you can’t have fun when you’re in ROTC or in the military. During Half-time of the Military Appreciation Game on 16 NOV, I presented two awards: Leader of the Year Award to Mr. Tommie Green of the Marketing and Communication for outstanding leadership attributes and contributions to the Alcorn State University and the surrounding community; and the Senior Veteran award to MSG(R) Bennie LeFlore, Army Reserve Ammunition Inspector who served 25 years.
  • On 21 November, we held our annual "Ranksgiving” during our final lab for the fall semester to share the Army traditions and build camaraderie among the Cadets. This was also an opportunity for Cadets to “bring a buddy to lab” so they can experience the atmosphere and the “behind the scenes” of ROTC. The lab began with the Contracting Presentation where I presented 2LT bars to each Cadet who contracted in the fall semester. Each Cadet’s name is on the box of gold bars and the boxes are displayed in a trophy case until they commission. The lab concluded with the cadre serving a Thanksgiving dinner to each cadet.
  • Cadets Katelyn Bolden, Madison Gray, Keyshonda Ison, and Shamar Johnson visited Alcorn State's Natchez campus to meet with officials from the university's nursing program.

Monthly Highlights for October 2019

Department of Biological Sciences

  • The Department of Biological Sciences commends its 91 Presidents’ List and 181 Dean’s List Scholars as they were celebrated at Alcorn’s 80th Biannual Honor’s Convocation October 24, 2019..Jakhia Gray made the Department of Biological Sciences proud as she was crowned as the 93rd Miss Alcorn October 10. Gray is a biology pre-physical therapy major.
  • Jessica Hinton-Hawkins, former Miss Alcorn State University 2009-2010, and the Department of Biological Sciences alumna, spoke at the J.D. Boyd Library Archives Week 2019 celebration. She was introduced by Dr. Voletta Williams, chair of the Department of Biological Sciences, during the Archives Week premier event on October 2.
  • The Department of Biological Sciences has launched a pilot course to allow student certification in the field of Quality Science and direct access to internship and employment opportunities post-graduation. The program is facilitated by Dr. Justin M. Nash, M.D, visiting/assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences. This opportunity was introduced to the department by an alumnus, Mr. Adrian Land with Proctor and Gamble. The department is working in conjunction with Dr. Marla Phillips of Pathway for Patient Health consortium and her team to implement this new curriculum program. The pilot course will begin in January of 2020 and registration is open to all science majors interested in careers in the scientific industries, particularly pharmaceutical and medical device industries.
  • Monica Burr, biology instructor and special projects coordinator for Office of Pre-professional and Honors Curriculum, facilitated the following visits to Alcorn State University: Morehouse school of Medicine (October 1, 2019); and the University of Mississippi Biomedical Graduate program (October 31, 2019). Representative from the above schools came to campus to recruit students to participate in the professional and graduate programs. Burr also assisted with the 80th Biannual Honors Convocation, and chaperoned pre-law students to the LSAC Diversity Inclusion Conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Department of Military Sciences

* On October 9, 2019 LTC. Newton celebrated her promotion to LTC with friends, family, faculty and Cadets at the Oakland Chapel on campus. Her mentor and former APMS from the University of South Alabama, MAJ(R) Roosevelt Pitts, Jr., officiated the ceremony.

* October 6-9, 2019 Cadet Kaitlan Jackson (MS III) was one of six cadets in 6th Brigade selected to attend the National Conference on Ethics in America at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY. Each year, over 220 cadets representing more than 100 academic institutions from across the country participate in the conference. Cadet Jackson’s says the experience was “eye-opening! To think that my peers are speaking about real ‘adult’ issues instead of immature happenings in the culture was inspiring. Thank you for the opportunity! I wouldn’t have imagined such experience for myself.”

* October 17-18, 2019 the Braves Battalion conducted their Fall Campus FTX at Alcorn State University. MS III’s conducted both Squad and Platoon-level STX lanes. MS V Cadet Key (pictured left) gave cadets a class on the proper way to pack their rucks, while MS II Cadets Jefferson, Stamps, Demerritt and Domineck (pictured center) serve as OPFOR in Platoon STX lane. MS III Cadet Smith (pictured right) assesses an EPW during Platoon STX lane.

* October 19, 2019 several cadets from the Braves Battalion helped clean up the park in Port Gibson, MS. The cadets painted benches and trash cans as well as cleaned the street. The cadets spent time at the local YMCA and showed the Port Gibson youth how to set up sleeping bags and roasted marshmallows with them.

* October 24-27, 2019 the Braves Battalion participated the State FTX at Camp McCain, MS with Jackson State University and the University of Mississippi. MS III Cadets conducted M4 Zero/Qualification, Land Navigation, Squad STX Lanes and Ruck March. MS I and II’s trained on Land Navigation and a Hand Grenade Assault Course and also played the role of OPFOR for Squad STX lanes.

Department of English, Languages & Mass Communication

*Dr. Eric Dogini and two Mass Comm majors, Amari Ferguson and Aerial Robinson, attended the Lens Collective Annual Multi-Media Reporting Workshop on October 23-26 at the University of Mississippi School of Journalism and New Media. Other participating institutions included the University of Mississippi, Ohio University, Ball State University, Hampton University, Middle Tennessee State University and Penn State University. Entitled “The Land Through Our Lens,” the workshop allowed students to travel to pursue a story in various Mississippi Delta towns.

*Six English majors were inducted into the English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta: Sherman Bell, Malik Camp, Crenisha Hayes, Victoria Montgomery, Na'Keia Stewart, and Zy’Miria Thompson.

*This month Sigma Tau Delta continued their support of pediatric cancer in their Tabs for Tots collection. They set up flyers all over campus. In addition, they set up stations for collection of the tabs in each of the dorms.

*The Alcorn chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists sponsored a Lunch & Learn activity for Mass Comm majors on October 22nd. The guest speaker was Felecia Pittman, ASU Director of Career Services, who talked about how to build resumes and apply for internships and jobs.

*The Junior Class held an "End the Silence: Discussion Panel" on October 17, 2019 in the J.D. Boyd Library with Junior Class Advisor Sheri Wallace participating as a panel facilitator. The topics included domestic violence, date rape, sexual harassment and how to stay safe in college. There were over 100 students who attended the activity.

*Spanish Instructor Ivan Ozherelev completed a 70-page research paper for a language research grant sponsored by UK- based Colman & Associates Ltd. The research paper is entitled "English Teaching Outcomes and Long-Term Language Learning Objectives within Kazakhstan's Policy of Official Trilingualism."

*In October, the Writing Center hosted 7 workshops. Three of these were “traveling tutor” workshops, in which AWC consultants discussed with students in their classes the services offered by the Writing Center and WCONLINE. The other four were Wednesday Workshops on various topics, including Evidence-Centered Writing, Finding & Writing About a Source’s Thesis Statement, How to Summarize an Argument, How to Analyze a Text, and Eliminating Wordiness. Ninety- one students and twelve faculty attended these workshops. In addition, Writing Center consultants completed 188 face-to-face and 8 online consultations with student writers across campus.

*Dr. J. Janice Coleman displayed works from her quilt exhibit in "Brave Art: A Homecoming Exhibition" on October 6-7, 2019, in the Oakland Memorial Chapel at Alcorn State.

Department of Mathematics & Computer Sciences

  • On October 10, 2019, Department of Mathematics and Computer Science had a town hall meeting. During the meeting, there was a Quiz Bowl Computation that covered subjects from the histories of U.S., Mississippi, Alcorn State university to questions regarding to Mathematics and Computer Science. It was an interest event to increase students’ engagement and retention. In addition, graduate application procedure and requirements were introduced.
  • Recently, Math and Computer Science Department website was redesigned, which included Scholarship Opportunities, Internship Opportunities and News section.
  • In month of December, 12 of our mathematics and computer science seniors will graduate from Alcorn State University. Out of these graduates, a good number of these students have been offered an after college position to work in the industry across the country. As an example, Ms. Collett Chariton was an intern for the corporation: Apple and got an offer from Apple. Mr. Ivan Matas, another computer science senior, has been offered a position to work in Washington, D.C. In most recent years, Ms. Alicia Graves and others graduates have been working at IBM and Microsoft as well. With these success stories, the job market for computer science majors seem to be very prosperous career for future years to come.
  • Math and Computer Science Department will be offering an easy-to-learn, in-demand, and popular programming language, Python, for ASU students enrolling in the “Basic Programming” course for spring semester of 2020. This course will be used to build more student interest within our program, and for those seeking more useful tools to add on their resume so they can be more marketable post-graduation.
  • Recently, this was a conference hosted by CitiBank in New York. Computer Science undergraduate students: Adeboye Aladekoba and Emmanuel Arthur had the privilege to have been one of the 85 students selected across the nation to represent Alcorn State University and the computer science department. In addition to that, in the conference, they were able to meet with senior CitiBanks' leaders, get an insider view on leadership and culture, in depth workshops and so many more; making this an amazing experience for them.

Monthly Highlights for September 2019

Department of Biological Sciences

    • The Department of Biological Sciences was a hit during the annual High School Day held September 21, 2019. Biology majors, including the Biology Club and Tri-Beta National Honor Society members, Drs. Voletta Williams, Archie Taylor, Elena Kostyleva, Justin Nash, Jameka Grigsby, and Ms. Brenita Jenkins represented the department and shared valuable information with interested high school students and their chaperons.
    • The Department of Biological Sciences held its Fall Mixer September 10 where the students, faculty, staff and administrators had a chance to meet and exchange information and ideas.
    • Coranisha Warren’19 received the white coat as the first-year scholar of the Doctor of Physical Therapy Program at William Carey University.
    • Dr. Voletta Williams, chair, attended the Women RISE Conference aimed at increasing minority women participation in STEM. Several of our students presented poster presentations at this event held September 12, 2019, at Eagle Ridge Conference Center in Raymond, Mississippi.
    • A sophomore majoring in biology/pre-professional program, Sofia Ievleva, had a great exposure to hands-on research with Drs. Debarshi Roy, assistant professor of biology, and Martha Ravola, interim chair and associate professor for the Department of Human Sciences. They co-authored a research paper titled, “Health Disparity, Increased Obesity and Cancer-Triggering Concerns for Mississippi”, which was presented at the fourth annual Advancing Mississippi conference September 6, 2019 at the Mississippi Public Broadcasting auditorium in Jackson. Ravola and Roy also presented findings from another research titled, “A Systematic Analysis of the Economic Impact of Childhood Obesity.”
    • Roy has also co-authored and published the following papers:“PFKFB3 inhibition reprograms malignant pleural mesothelioma to nutrient stress-induced macropinocytosis and ER stress as independent binary adaptive responses” published in the Nature Publication Group Journal;“Genes associated with bowel metastases in ovarian cancer” published in the Gynecologic Oncology Journal.
    • Shavonda Jackson, instructor of biology, was recognized for her contributions in accelerating the academic success for our student-athletes. On behalf of the Office of Academic Affairs and the Department of Athletics, she was selected as “Academic Coach of the Game." Her recognition took place on September 28, 2019 at the end of the first quarter of the ASU vs Valley football game.

Department of Social Sciences

    • Friday, September 13, 2019, Dr. Yulonda Sano attended a board meeting of the Asylum Hill Research Consortium at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.
    • Tuesday, September 17, 2019: Drs. Yulonda Sano and Sheren G. Sanders attended the 3rd Quarterly Community Relations Meeting at the Wilkinson County Correctional Facility. The guest speaker was civil rights veteran Joan Trumpauer Mulholland.

Department of Mathematics & Computer Sciences

*According to IHL recommendations, two new Quantitative Reasoning Math courses MA123/MA124 were proposed for non-STEM freshmen for substituting College Algebra course in order to increase students' retention.

*One new concentration: Data Science in the B.S. Program of Mathematics is implemented. Six new Data Science courses are proposed and approved by university curriculum committee. Math and Computer Science Department will offer Python Programming, Data Mining and Machine Learning, Database for Data Analysis and Data Analysis, etc. six new courses for Data Science concentration.

*A new graduate course: Software Development Security was proposed and approved by university curriculum committee. According to HBCU-M (Master Program Grant of Department of Education) six-year grant requirements, this course is first course of cybersecurity concentration in the Master Program of Science in Computer and Information Science.

Department of English, Languages & Mass Communication

-In appreciation for his contributions to their academic success, Henry L. Davis, II was chosen by student-athletes to be honored as the Academic Coach of the Game at the home football game on Saturday, 9/21/19.

-On September 10, 2019, Dr. Ivan Ozherelev served as a guest speaker at Sigma Gamma Rho Sorority’s open-door seminar entitled "Graduate School: Essentials of Transition and Successful Outcomes." The seminar was hosted by the University Library in the Medgar Evers Auditorium.

-Ke’Shunta Drake, an English Literature major, was selected to participate in the 2019 MUSE Scholars Program at Michigan State University, which will take place October 16-19, 2019.

-Iyunola Owoyemi, an English Literature major, completed a law internship over the summer at the University of Houston Law Center.

-On September 24, 2019, Dr. J. Janice Coleman became a speaker on the Mississippi Humanities Council Speakers Bureau when her topic, "Quilts and Other Quadrilaterals from the Scraps of My Life in the Mississippi Delta," was accepted for inclusion on the council's topic list.

-Former student Kimber Thomas has been named an inaugural postdoctoral fellow for data curation in African American and African studies at the University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her focus will be data curation for African American collections. Dr. Thomas recently completed her Ph.D. in American studies from UNC at Chapel Hill. She received her M.A. in African American studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a B.A. in English from Alcorn State University.

-In September, the Writing Center hosted 4 Wednesday workshops on Plagiarism, APA Style Writing, and Evidence-Centered Writing, with 108 students and 6 faculty attending. In addition, Writing Center consultants completed 328 face-to-face and 6 online consultations with student writers across campus.

-The National Association of Black Journalists hosted a Lunch and Learn presentation on September 25 with Ms. Beunkka Davis as the speaker. Ms. Davis is the Director of Marketing & Communications in the Office of Land-Grant Communications at Alcorn.

Monthly Highlights for August 2019

Department of Biological Sciences:

  • Dr. Babu Patlolla, Dean of the School of Arts & Sciences, and Dr. Voletta P. Williams, Chairperson, Department of Biological Sciences, and members of the Mississippi INBRE Steering Committee attended the IDeA Conference at the Jackson Hilton, in Jackson, Miss. August 3, 2019. Dr. Debarshi Roy, a 2019 INBRE Faculty Fellow and Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Alcorn State, was also in attendance. Several Alcorn State University students from the Departments of Biology and Chemistry attended the conference and presented posters from their summer INBRE research projects from state institutions and government agencies.Our representations and successes at the conference included: Ms. SharKeisha Jackson (Biology), won first place for her poster presentation (Mississippi State University, Research Institution); Mr. Marcus Cannon (Biology), My Brother’s Keeper, INBRE-Jackson, MS; Kimberly Travis (Biochemistry), Open Arms health Care Clinic, Jackson, Mississippi; Jervia Powell (Biochemistry), University of Mississippi; Chelsea Cheatman (Biology) Mental Health Center for Community-Based Programs; Kalin Travis (Biology) Department of Cellular and Molecular Biology, University of Southern Mississippi; DeTavion Barnes (Biology) Alcohol and Opioid Prevention; DeQuarius Barnes (Biology) Adolescence and Sexual Behavior, Jackson, Mississippi; J’Mone McClenty (Biology), Jackson State University; and Gabril Gardner (Biochemistry) Neuroscience, University of Southern Mississippi.
  • Drs. Patlolla, Williams, and Roy served as faculty mentors during the listening and sharing with the INBRE research scholars.
  • Kaziah Robinson, a junior, biology, pre-medicine major, participated in the Mississippi Rural Physicians Scholarship Program, which opens the gateway to her future as a pediatrician.
  • Sophomore biology, pre-nursing major Daniel Azubuike completed his summer research internship within SURE Program at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Upon his return to Alcorn, he presented about his internship and research work at Dr. Elena Kostyleva’s class. Azubuike shared about his studies of preeclampsia and various drugs that can be used to cure it while also taking into consideration the effects of those drugs on the fetus and postpartum.

  • Several students in the Department of Biological Sciences attended the Meharry Medical School Preparation facilitated by the Office of Honors and Pre-Professional Programs.
  • Erica Nelson, a senior radiology technology major, and Monica Burr, instructor in the Department of Biological Sciences, attended the 2019 Mortar Board Conference August 1-4, 2019 in Little Rock, Arkansas. Burr participated in the Leadership Excellence and Advisor Development advisor certification and enrichment program. She has officially earned the credential of Certified Organization Advisor (COA).

  • Drs. Debarshi Roy, Archie Taylor and Justin Nash organized monthly Biology Journal Club. The club aims at engaging students in scientific discussions, practice public speaking, informing of internship opportunities, and assisting in resume preparation.
  • Dr. Marta Piva, associate professor, completed a a Quality Matters (QM) workshop (Applying the QMRubric).

  • Dr. Robert Sizemore, professor, published a manuscript titled, “Are Squalene-containing Vaccines Potentially Harmful?
    Sizemore, Robert and M. S. Zaman. 2019. Are Squalene-containing Vaccines Potentially Harmful? Adv. Sci. Tech. 12 (1&2): 8-11.
    He has also submitted another manuscript for publication: M. S. Zaman, Rakeen Zaman, and Robert C. Sizemore. 2019. Plastic Pollution of the Oceans: A Review of Marine Plastic Pollution and Its Environmental Impacts. Sizemore’s creative endeavors include: Serving on the Board of Directors for the Natchez Festival of Music. He has written the scripts for several productions for the Festival, most recently “Woodstock: 50th Anniversary” which was performed in May, 2019. He wrote “Satchmo: Louis Armstrong Tribute” which will be performed as part of Mississippi Opera in September at Dulling Hall in Jackson, Miss. Sizemore also co-authored the script for the Mississippi Bicentennial Show that was performed throughout the state and was aired on MPBS. He recently wrote part of the musical score for an independent film entitled, “If These Porches Could Talk.” Sizemore will be appearing in the film, “Breaking News in Yuba County” where he plays a local news reporter. He filmed several scenes with Allison Janney, Mila Kunis, Regina Hall, and Juliette Lewis.

Department of English, Languages, and Mass Communication:

* While serving as an Army Reserve instructor in the West Point Writing Program (WPWP), United Sates Military Academy (USMA), West Point, NY, Dr. Murray Shugars - Led 2019 piloting of summer programming for the Mounger Writing Center (MWC), conducting consultations with cadets and faculty-Served as an external assessor for the USMA Communications Goal Team, evaluating fifty essays completed by Class of 2018 graduates to help establish a baseline for writing performance in the ‘old’ curriculum-Prepared seven articles for Fall 2019 publication (in the USMA newspaper Pointer View), describing the teaching techniques specified in the WPWP’s “Pedagogical Model”-Readied the Developmental and Professional Writing course syllabus for inaugural use in summer 2020-Assisted the WPWP’s Associate Director at 2019 New Faculty Orientations for the following academic departments: History, English and Philosophy, Geography and Environmental Engineering, Systems Engineering-Conducted two public speaking workshops for Cadet Writing Fellows-Developed three comprehensive (100+ slides) and interactive pedagogical tools for faculty assessing and teaching writing in multiple disciplinary contexts (Chemistry and Life Science as well as Psychology)-Advised the Associate Director on a range of topics, such as the Postgraduate Writing Fellows’ standing compendium.

* Mass Communication seniors Ren-Nessa Maulseed and Rashunda Veal represented the Alcorn Chapter of the National Association of Black Journalists at the national conference in Miami, Florida.

* Mass Communication students completing media-related summer internships include: Morganne Bailey – online magazines The Divah Filez & HBCU Pulse. Jalyn Chapman – Administrative Intern for the Dekalb County Superior Court, Decatur, GA. Trevin Day – KLFY News 10 in Lafayette, Louisiana. Jazmin Green –City of Vicksburg TV23, Vicksburg, Miss. Fred Jackson – KAJM-FM AND KNRJ-FM in Phoenix. ArizonaJaByron McGloster – WJTV Channel 12, Jackson, Miss. Keaundria Milloy – WDAM Channel 7 in Hattiesburg, Miss. Keturah Moody – Public Relations internships with Better Futures Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minnesota. Ariel Robinson – Fulton County Department of Communications and TV station, Atlanta, GA. Gabrielle Terrett – National Park Service media department, Harper’s Ferry, West Virginia. Travis Williams – Louisiana Public Broadcasting, Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

* Dr. Eric Dogini published “Niger Delta Migration: The Trials and Triumphs of Rivers Folks in Diaspora” in the peer-reviewed Journal of Social and Political Sciences, Vol.2 No.3. The abstract for this article can be found at Niger Delta Migration: The Trials and Triumph of Rivers Folks in Diaspora by Dr. Eric U. Dogini :: SSRN.

* English Literature major Victoria Montgomery attended ROTC Basic Camp at Fort Knox, KY.

* English Literature majors Ke’Shunta Drake and Consuela Jones participated in the Ronald E. McNair Summer Program at the University of Mississippi in Oxford, MS.

* Jacoby Gilmore, an English Literature major, completed the Brown Prep Program Foundations at St. John’s University School of Law in Queens, New York.

* Dr. Heather Bailey has a publication forthcoming in the 19.3 volume of the Journal for Early Modern Cultural Studies (University of Pennsylvania Press). The title of the article is: “’Thou Shalt be Dido's Son:’ Surrogate Motherhood in Christopher Marlowe's Dido, Queen of Carthage

Department of Social Work:

* The Department of Social Work sponsored a Mandatory Social Work Major Student Meeting on August 22, 2019. Faculty and staff of the department provided students with an overview of the program, expectations, admission requirements, degree plans and curriculum requirements, community involvement and advisement. Approximately thirty-five social work majors were in attendance. Lunch was provided.

* APPRECIATION- Faculty-Staff Institute & 2nd Alcorn All-Stars Recognition was held on August 13, 2019. Faculty and Staff were recognized for exceptional performance working as a team providing educational guidance and assistance to students to convey that they are working towards their pathway to academic success. Dr. Idleburg, Chair and Professor of the Department of Social Work graciously nominated Mrs. Sandra M. Dembly-Davis (faculty/advisor) to be recognized for her multi-disciplinary efforts in guiding/ assisting students with planning their schedules and choosing the recommended courses to support their pathway to academic success. She has demonstrated exceptional leadership qualities mentoring and advising students well. Mrs. Davis' goal is to continue working in concert with her colleagues in accordance with the University's mission to "prepare graduates to be well-rounded future leaders of high character and to be successful in the global marketplace of the 2pt century."

* MS. RURAL SERVICES ADVOCACY FORENSIC/FAITH ENHANCED RESPONSE PROJECT-The Mississippi Coalition Against Sexual Assault provided a "Faith-Based Initiative Certification Training" on August 19-August 20, 2019 in Vicksburg, MS to social service providers in an effort to help build the capacity to address the whole survivor from an emotional, mental and therapeutic focus from a spiritual aspect of healing in enhancing response to sexual assault and providing services to underserved communities. Mrs. Sandra M. Dembly- Davis, Certified Clinical Forensic Counselor attended the training to identify and address gaps in responding to sexual assault response. As Mrs. Davis reported, "I have a special interest in working with survivors of sexual violence and by obtaining additional training, I can apply various theoretical approach to assist survivors on their journey to heal."

Monthly Highlights for April 2019

Department of Biological Sciences:

* The Department of Biological Sciences’ online master’s degree program is recognized by the SR Education Group as number three in the 2019 Most Affordable Online Master's Biology Degrees. Our program is featured in the SR Education Group 2019 national online college rankings, which use a combination of manually researched tuition and accreditation.

* Sharkiesha Jackson, a senior, biology major, received acceptance into the MS INBRE Research Scholars Program for 2019. She will conduct her research at Mississippi State University with Dr. Nick Fitzkee at the Chemistry Department.

* Daniel Azubuike, freshman, biology pre-nursing major, got accepted to the Discovery U Summer Undergraduate Research Experience (SURE) Program with the School of Graduate Studies in the Health Sciences (SGSHS) at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC).

* Dr. Elena Kostyleva and her students from Survey of Biological Sciences class participated in the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) Earth Day celebration held in Vicksburg, Miss. April 23, 2019. The students enjoyed the tour of the facility, learned about some of ERDC’s environmentally important research, and made contacts with ERDC’s employees for future internships and employment opportunities.

* The department has 77 graduating seniors, out of which 11 scholars earned a GPA above 3.70, eight – above 3.50, and 27 – above 3.0. Ms. Coranisha Warren was awarded an outstanding senior with a 3.97 GPA.

* The department received the Outstanding Department of the Year Award by the Student Government Association Choice Award.

* The Kappa Omega Chapter of Tri Beta National Biological Honor Society inducted 14 new members.

Department of Chemistry & Physics:

* The Department of Chemistry and Physics held its Senior Reception on Friday, April 26, 2019 to recognize its May 2019 graduates and recognize its outstanding students. May 2019 graduates include Robert Tatum, Jr., Klavdija Bukovec, Ashley Smith, Tia Givens, Myshawn Smith, Dewania Summers, Aironese James, and Patrice Rivers. Robert Tatum, Jr. was recognized as the Outstanding graduate. Robert, Klavdija, Ashley, Tia, and Dewania were recognized for having an overall GPA of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale.

* Faculty (nine) and Students (eight) from the Department of Chemistry & Physics attended the American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting in Orlando Florida held March 30-April 3, 2019: Dr. Sandra Barnes, Dr. Terrance Burks, Dr. Stefan Cooper, Dr. Shawnta Woods-Chatman, Ms. Sonia Eley, Dr. Yolanda Jones, Dr. Thomas Ondera, Dr. Herve Sanghapi, and Dr. Anant Singh. Eight students attended: Tia Givens, Robert Tatum, Jr. Myshawn Smith, Asha Lewis, Ashley Smith, Klavdija Bukovec, Ryki Vance, and Meghna Bajaj. Ashley, Klavdija, Ryki, and Meghna presented posters of research work performed in the department. Faculty and students received professional development, information regarding graduate programs, and internship and networking opportunities. The department also received information regarding setting up a local ACS chapter, which will be advised by Dr. Stefan Cooper, Assistant Professor of Chemistry.

* Robert Tatum, Jr., Biochemistry Scholar and May 2019 graduate, was accepted into seven medical school programs. Robert will be attending The University of Mississippi Medical Center after graduation.

* Sixteen Alcorn faculty and students from the School of Arts and Sciences visited the Mississippi Department of Agriculture & Commerce Metrology Laboratory located on the Campus of Alcorn State University on April 23, 2019. Mel Lasigi, Metrology Lab director, and William Bell, Metrologist and former Alcorn student, welcomed the faculty and students and provided a tour of the facilities and explained the nature of the work that the facility does for the state and surrounding states. Discussions of future collaborations are underway.

* The Instrumental Methods of Analysis Laboratory (CH 322 L) students presented the results of their Spring 2019 class research project to faculty and students on Thursday, April 25, 2019 in the Math and Science Building second floor lobby. The students worked in teams, utilizing the HPLC and IR instruments to solve an analytical problem centered around detection of water contaminants. Students were engaged in the entire scientific inquiry process, beginning with literature searches and culminating with the public research project poster presentation. The class was instructed by Dr. Sandra Barnes.

* Local high school students visited the Department of Chemistry and Physics, along with the Department of Biological Sciences, on March 26, 2019. Students observed science experimentation and received information about careers in chemistry. The ASU Khem Club and Delta Beta Chapter of Alpha Chi Sigma worked with the students. These organizations are advised by Ms. Sonia Eley, instructor of Chemistry.

* Dr. Sandra Barnes attended the HBCU-UP/CREST meeting in Washington, D.C. on April 20-21, 2019. She presented a poster describing the results of the NSF Targeted Infusion Project “Infusing Evidence-based Instructional Practices into the STEM Curriculum at Alcorn State University.”

* Alcorn students and faculty attended the 2019 Teen Summit held in Natchez, MS on April 6, 2019. They spoke to teens, tweens, and their parents and guardians about the importance of STEM in society and careers in STEM. Alcorn students discussed their career goals while attending Alcorn State University and encouraged students to consider a career in the STEM field.

Department of Social Sciences:

On behalf of Phi Alpha Theta, Alpha-Omicron-Omega Chapter at Alcorn State University, I would like to invite you to our initiation ceremony at 12:30pm on Tuesday, April 30, 2019 in Room 107 Dumas Hall.

Social Sciences held its Graduation Annual Social for Juniors and Seniors Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 2:00pm-4:00pm, Room #107-Dumas Hall.

Department of Social Work:

  • The Department of Social Work held its bi-annual ASU Social Work Advisory Board Meeting on Friday, April 5, 2019. The meeting was held on the campus of Alcorn State University in Dumas Hall Conference Room. The meeting was also hosted via conference call for members afar.
  • The Department of Social Work hosted it CAST/FORECAST Child Maltreatment and Child Advocacy Training on Friday, April 12, 2019 on the campus of Alcorn State University in Lorman, MS. The training was titled “Assessment and Intervention of Child Abuse and Neglect”, with Dr. Valtreasa Tolliver-Cook as the facilitator. Approximately 50 community partners, faculty, staff and students were in attendance. Attendees received Continue Education Units for participation and attendance.
  • In collaboration with the Department of Social Sciences, faculty/staff attended the Mississippi Eta Chapter of Pi Gamma Mu inductions ceremony held on April 15, 2019. Five social work majors were inducted as new members of the organization. Additionally, seven social work majors were recognized as graduating scholars of Pi Gamma Mu.
  • Dr. Dorothy Idleburg attend the CAST/FORECAST 6th Annual One Loud Voice conference in Biloxi, MS held April 15, 2019-April 17, 2019. The information presented from the conference will used in curriculum development to update modules on child advocacy and maltreatment, in planning and developing workshops and classrooms lectures and to assist students working on service learning projects and presentations for professional conferences.
  • The Department of Social Work Spring 2019 Field Practice Seminar class hosted their Spring 2019 Senior Portfolio Presentation on Monday, April 22, 2019. The senior portfolio presentation is a final project and reflects the knowledge and skills the students learned during their social work field practicum experience.

Monthly Highlights for February 2019

Department of Biological Sciences:

* Several faculty from the School of Arts and Sciences attended the Mississippi of Sciences which was held February 20-22 in Hattiesburg, MS. Faculty from the School included: Dr. Babu Patlolla, Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Ping Zhang, Dr. Anant Singh, Dr. Stefan Cooper, Dr. Debarshi Ray, Dr. Qingwen Hu, Dr. Sardar Anisul Haque, Dr. Sajjal Neupane, Dr. Thir Dangal, Dr. Thomas Ondera, Dr. Yolanda Jones, Dr. Elena Kostyleva, Dr. Archie Taylor, Dr. Lixin Yu, Dr. Alexander Acholonu (Professor Emeritus), and Mr. Steven Love.

* Several students presented poster presentations and research papers, among them were: Tia Givens, Kiera Bridges, Makayla Wiley, Sharkiesha Jackson, Ashley Bonds, Nikolay Dobrynin, and Jemeria Bonds.

* Sharkiesha Jackson, a senior, biology major, won a first place for her oral presentation “Distribution of Pollutants in the Mississippi River Near Grand Gulf Military Park, Port Gibson, MS, During the Summer 2017” in the Zoology and Entomology section at the Mississippi Academy of Science Annual Meeting held February 21-22, 2019.

* Coranisha Warren, a senior biology major and Dr. Robert Sizemore, a professor of biological sciences, were the recipients of the Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) award. They were honored at the 32nd annual HEADWAE Program held Feb. 26 at the Jackson Marriott Hotel in Jackson, Mississippi. Warren and Sizemore were accompanied by Dr. Voletta Williams, department chair, at the awards ceremony.

* Dr. Voletta Williams attended Purple and Gold day at the State Capitol representing the School of Arts and Sciences.

* Dr. Debarshi Roy, assistant professor, presented at the 5th Annual Center for Research Symposium held February 7, 2019 at Alcorn State University. The title of his presentation was “Repurposing of Quinacrine as an Anticancer Therapy.”

* Dr. Elena Kostyleva, assistant professor, presented a paper “Honey Plants of Mississippi” at the Mississippi Academy of Science Annual Meeting held February 21-22, 2019.

* Mrs. Monica Burr, instructor, and two students attended the Mississippi State Honors Conference held at East Mississippi Community College - Golden Triangle Campus. The conference was held February 9, 2019. While in attendance, Burr served as a judge for posters submitted by students from several of Mississippi’s two- and four-year colleges and universities.

Department of Chemistry & Physics:

* Instructor,Mrs. Sonia Eley and three students attended the Robert Louis Elementary School Science Fair where they served as judges. The science fair was held in Natchez, MS on Thursday, February 28, 2019.

Department of English, Languages & Mass Communication:

* The School of Arts and Sciences in collaboration with the Department of English, Languages, and Mass Communication celebrated with the African American Read-In. This event was held on February 21, 2019 at 12:30 in the Math and Science building, Auditorium. Approximately 78 persons were in attendance and more than 30 presenters including student, faculty, and staff. Dr. J Janice Coleman and Dr. Valtrease Tolliver-Cook coordinates this event each year.

* Dr. Cynthia Scurria was selected as the recipient of the 2019 IHL Excellence in diversity and Inclusion Award. The presentation of this award will be held on Thursday, February 21, 2019.

* Phi Alpha Theta and the History Club presented, A Celebration of Black History Month, Monday, February 25, 2019 through March 1, 2019.

* Mrs. Ana Torres started on February 19th, a Festival of Spaniard and Latin American cinema for the students. (The purpose of the festival was to familiarize the students with the different Spanish accents. It took place at Eunice Powell Hall, classroom 12.

* On Thursday, February 7, 2019, Dr. J. Janice Coleman set up an exhibit of my quilted cotton sacks at ASU’s 5TH Annual Center for Research Excellence Symposium (CRES). This symposium was sponsored by the School of Agriculture and Applied Sciences and the School of Arts and Sciences.

* On Saturday, February 16, 2019, Dr. J. Janice Coleman set up an exhibit of my cotton sacks and other farm-related memorabilia at the Black History Month Commemoration Breakfast which was held at 7:30 A.M. at the Richard M. Coleman Recreational Center in Mound Bayou, Mississippi. The event was organized by Super Reader Floyd Stokes of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and former ABC Anchor Ron Claiborne was the guest speaker. On Monday, February 20, my exhibit was featured on Greenville’s WXV T Morning News. Here is a link: https://www.facebook.com/thedeltanews/videos/555557844950287

* On Tuesday, February 19, 2019, Dr. J. Janice Coleman served as one of the co-hosts at the African American Read-In which was held at 12:30 P. M. in room 109 of the Math and Science Building. Fifty faculty, staff, and students participated in the reading.

Department of Social Work:

* Mrs. Sandra Demby-Davis, Coordinator of Field Education and Instructor of Social Work was the recipient of the 2019 Humanities Teacher Award. Davis presented her Lecture entitled: “Global Perspective on Social Work Practice” in the J. D. Boyd Library, Medgar Evers Auditorium on Thursday, February 14, 2019. She also received a certificate and a monetary donation as part of the award. This award is sponsored by the Mississippi Humanities Council.

Department of Social Sciences:

* Alcorn State University to Compete for Championship Title at 30th Annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC) in Los Angeles, April 13-17 -National Competition Celebrates HBCU Academic Excellence

Lorman, MS, Feb. 22, 2019 – After winning a series of regional competitions, Alcorn State University is one of 48 schools that will vie for the championship title at the 30th annual Honda Campus All-Star Challenge (HCASC), America’s premier academic competition for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs). The HCASC National Championship Tournament will be held April 13-17, 2019 on the American Honda campus in Torrance, California. Alcorn State University has the opportunity to win the HCASC top prize – a $75,000 institutional grant from Honda.

Issac James Burton, a senior majoring in criminal justice from Meridian, Mississippi, Krystal Dunlap, a sophomore majoring in biology from Country Club Hills, Illinois, Inaya Freeman, a freshman majoring in nursing from Brandon, Mississippi, and Emmanuella C.E. Kyllians, a sophomore majoring in pre-medicine from Nigeria will represent Alcorn State University. Dr. Sheren G. Sanders will coach the team.

* On Thursday, February 28, 2019, Dr. J. Janice Coleman participated in the African American Read-In that was sponsored by Phi Alpha Theta and the ASU History Club. This event was held in 107 Dumas Hall from 2-3:15.

* NABJ of Mass Communications hosted a Lunch and Learn with Producer/Director Dreka Shevon as the guest speaker. Dreka Shevon is an award-winning storyteller who grew up in Mississippi where she received her B.A degree in Film from the University of Southern Mississippi. Dreka has worked in the Broadcast and Film Industry for over 15 years. In 2013, she launched and headed the Commercial Production Dept. at an NBC Affiliate in Memphis, TN where she trained employees on proper production techniques and oversaw production. After resigning to devote her energies full time to the development of Prime Stone Media, LLC, Dreka has since developed several platforms and PSAs to bring awareness to a variety of socially significant subjects such as Women Issues and Child Abuse.

Monthly Highlights for January 2019

Department of Social Work:


* The Department of Social Work has hosted its Annual Field Instructor Training Workshop on January 25, 2019, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., in Dumas Hall conference room on the campus of Alcorn State University. Attending were all field supervisors who direct, coordinate, enhance, educate and evaluate student’s performance during their placement at your agency. This training was an essential part of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) Accreditation process and the accomplishment of field education program goals.

The trainer for this workshop was Mrs. Roshonna Edwards, LCSW, Social Worker at the Jackson VA Medical Center located in Jackson, MS. The workshop focused on the CSWE EPAS Standards for Field Education, exploring the roles of the University, Field Instructors and students, understanding the ethical relationships of field and social work practice and exploring opportunities to build collateral support for student success as it relates to the core competencies and outcome measures for field education internship which is our signature pedagogy. In addition, the training provided a dialogue for questions and concerns of field supervisors. Also, attending the workshop were ASU Social Work Advisory Board Members.