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Monthly Highlights

Monthly Highlights for March 2018

School of Arts and Sciences:
Dr. Babu Patlolla traveled to Jackson, MS on March 23 to attend the MSEG Region II Science Fair.

On March 20, 2018, Dr. Patlolla attended a meeting with LT Colonel Chris Gillard, Director of the Mississippi Highway Patrol/Assistant Commissioner of Public Safety.

Department of Biological Sciences:
A number of faculty and students in the Department of Biological Sciences participated in the annual meeting of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences (MAS). Several oral and poster presentations were made.

Six faculty were Drs. Alex Acholonu, Elena Kostyleva, M.S. Zaman, and Archie Taylor, as well as Ms. Shavonda McDaniel, and Dr.Voletta Williams, chair.

Two graduate students, NaQuan and Zacharia Harris, attended the meeting.

Nine undergraduate students were Tybrea Vivia, Wayneisha Williams, Stephanie Austin, Ashely Bonds, Katlyn James, Sharkiesha Jackson, Briana Baily-Noland, Makayla Wiley and Miykalia Hawthorne.

Sharkiesha Jackson was awarded 1st place for her oral presentation “Comparison of Water Quality of Lower Mississippi River in Port Gibson, MS, and Otairi River in Egbu, Imo State, Nigeria” in Zoology/Entomology section, and she also received an honorable mention for her poster presentation.

Another undergraduate student Makayla Wiley received an honorable mention for her presentation in the category of Cellular and Molecular Biology.

Dr. Williams and Dr. Kostyleva served as judges for the undergraduate and graduate presentations.

Dr. Babu Patlolla, dean, School of Arts and Sciences, and professor in the Department of Biological Sciences, served as a plenary speaker at the MAS annual meeting. He delivered a lecture on “Indispensable Strategies to be a standout student: going back to basics.”

Department of Chemistry & Physics:

Angela Hairston, senior biochemistry scholar, presented her research at The American Chemical Society (ACS) National Meeting in New Orleans, LA on March 19.


Angela standing beside her poster at the ACS National Meeting in New Orleans, LA.

Dr. Thomas Ondera and Ms. Shawnta Woods attended The American Chemical Society (ACS) Spring 2018 National Meeting in New Orleans, LA (March 16-22).Dr. Ondera attended various sessions and Ms. Woods attended the Chemical Health and Safety Workshops held on March 16-18.

The Department held its second Mentoring Meeting on March 20 at 12:30 p.m. in MASC Room 109.Students received information from Dr. Murray Shugars (Alcorn Writing Center) and Dr. Bernard Cotton (Alcorn Pre-Professional Program).Students also received updates on departmental activities, mingled with department faculty, mentors, mentees, and peers, and enjoyed lunch.


Dr. Bernard Cotton (Alcorn Pre-Professional Program) shares information with students.


Dr. Murray Shugars (Alcorn Writing Center) shares information with students.

Department of English, Languages, and Mass Communications:

Dr. Peter Malik read his short story entitled "Wash Day" at the annual meeting of the Mississippi Philological Association held in Jackson, Mississippi on March 3, 2018.

On 27-28 of March, Dr. Murray Shugars visited the US Military Academy, West Point, NY. He observed multiple classes and engaged in concentrated discussions with West Point Writing Program (WPWP) leaders on writing pedagogy. He also joined Dr. Jason Hoppe--associate dean and director of the WPWP and Mounger Writing Center--in a pedagogical discussion with faculty from Math 255: Advanced Multivariable Calculus, focusing specifically on effective ways to respond to student writing. On Wednesday afternoon, Dr. Shugars conducted a workshop on teaching evidence-centered writing that was attended by nine faculty members from across the curriculum. That evening, as part of the Mounger Writing Center’s weekly Wednesday Night Workshop series, he read from his published poetry and shared his views on writing poems as a soldier with an audience of fourteen cadets and three faculty. POC for this event is Dr. Jason Hoppe, Director of the West Point Writing Program

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science:

The Department of Mathematics and Computer Sciences started Computer Science ABET preparation processing from March 2018.

Department of Military Science:

1. LTC Andrell Hardy, Professor of Military Science, visited Nepal as part of Cadet Command’s Cultural Understanding and Language Proficiency (CULP) Program.

2. Braves Battalion Cadets provided a Color Guard Detail for the Alcorn State University Honors Convocation on 22 March 2018.

3. Ms. Pittman conducted Master Resiliency Training (MRT) at Fort Knox, KY from 19-30 March 2018.

4. Braves Battalion Cadets conducted their Spring Field Training Exercise with all Mississippi ROTC programs at Camp McCain, MS from 23-25 March 2018.

5. The Department of Military Science hosted its informational luncheon in the Gold Room on 28 March 2018.

6. Cadets conducted Combat Water Survival Training on 28 March 2018 at Jackson State University.

Department of Social Work:

1. Dr. Idleburg - Organized sessions, sponsored Student paper presentation and presented at the Association of Social and Behavioral Scientist Annual Conference, March 7-10, 2018, Nashville, TN. Dr. Idleburg also received Lifetime membership plaque.

2. Dr. Idleburg -Attended the Baccaularete Program in Social Work Directors (BPD) Annual Conference, March 14-16, 2018, Atlanta, GA.

3. Dr. Idleburg and Ms. Stampley - Planned and organized the Social Work Month Program on March 26, 2018, Dumas Hall. Mr. Don Brown, Associate CEO of Warren Yazoo Mental Health Center, guest speaker.

4. Ms. Antrina Bell, Dr. Tolliver-Cook and Social Work students attended the NASW Annual Program meeting, March 7-9, Biloxi, MS. Ms. Lena Dixon received Social Work Student of the Year Certificate for Alcorn State University.

5. Takaila Oliphant presented on "Black Lives Matter" at the Association for Social and Behavioral Scientist Annual Conference March 7-10, 2018, Nashville, TN.

Monthly Highlights for April 2018

School of Arts and Sciences:

The School of Arts and Sciences held its Annual Senior and Retirees Reception on April 26, 2018 in the James L. Bolden Campus Union Ballroom.Eight (8) retirees and 15 honor students were celebrated for their accomplishments.Among them were: (Retirees) Dr. Alex Acholonu, Mr. Anthony Dodgen, Mr. Alton Cain, Dr. Sidney Hawkins, Mrs. Judy Smith, Mrs. Kusum Pandey, Mrs. Sharada Rajanna and Mrs. Delbra Jones.Outstanding Students: Xavier Bradford, Jasmine Minor, Aysha Evans, Yakeidra Belle, La’Keilla Veal, O’Neal Jones, Natalia Parchowska, Jarvis Morrow, Torria Powell, La’Bria Barnes, Patrice Briscoe, Laura Cater, Lena, Dixon, CDT Stacy Oatis-Browne, and CDT Ke’Shana Graham.

The School of Arts and Sciences is proud to have 133 perspective graduating seniors.Graduation will be held on May 5, 2018.

Dr. Patlolla attended a meeting with Homeland Security Consortium on April 17, 2018 at 12:30 p.m. in Jackson, MS.

Dr. Patlolla and Mrs. Howard attended a workshop entitled “How to Deal With Difficulty Employees in the Workplace on April 11, 2018, Clinton Bristow Jr. Dining Facility, Gold Room.

Department of Biological Sciences:

Dr. Alexander Acholonu held a Book Release and Signing on April 25, 1028 at 4:00 P.M. in the Clinton Bristow Dining Facility Gold Room.His book is entitled “ My Journey Through Life”.

The department held its annual Biology Reception on April 30, 1028 in the Math and Science building, room 109. Seniors and Retirees were recognized and given certificates and plaques. Two outstanding seniors (Xavier Bradford and Jasmine Minor) received stipends for their outstanding academic achievements.

Department of Chemistry and Physics:

The department held its Senior Reception on April 27, 2018 at 12:30 P.M. in the Math and Science building, room 109.

Department of English, Languages, and Mass Communications:

The 2nd Annual induction ceremony for Alpha Chi Alpha Chapter of Lambda Pi Eta National Communication Honor Society of the National Communication Association was held on April 4, 2018 at 4:00 P.M. in the Gold Room located in the Clinton Bristow Jr. Dining Facility.Dr. Eric Dogini is the Coordinator and Advisor.

Media Day was held on April 4, 2018.

Department of Military Science:


Cadets earn higher ranks at Alcorn's ROTC Commissioning Ceremony

The commitment of two rising cadets in Alcorn State University's Department of Military Science was recognized for ascending in the Army ranks.

Jackson, Mississippi native KeShana Antwani Graham, a graduating senior majoring in biology and Gulfport, Mississippi native Stacy Oatis-Brown, also a graduating senior majoring in criminal justice became 2nd Lieutenants during the 2018 Commissioning Ceremony Friday, May 4 at the Oakland Memorial Chapel. Col. Mark A. Olinger, retired U. S. Army veteran, delivered the keynote speech.

Department of Social Work:

  • Dr. Dorothy Idleburg attended the attended Learning Session 2 in Biloxi, MS April 2-3, 2018, sponsored by Project FORECAST University of Missouri-St. Louis.
  • Dr. Dorothy Idleburg attended the One Loud Voice Conference in Biloxi, MS April 4-5, 2018, sponsored by Children’s Advocacy Centers of Mississippi.
  • The Department of Social Work held its Spring 2018 Field Practice Seminar Senior Portfolio Presentation on April 16, 2018. This presentation granted Graduating Seniors the opportunity to showcase the experience and skills acquired from their internship placement.
  • The Department of Social Work had a total of twelve social work majors to be inducted as members of the Alcorn State University-Mississippi Eta Chapter of Pi Gamma Mu. The induction ceremony was held on Monday, April 23, 2018
  • During the School of Arts & Sciences Annual Graduation and Retirement Recognition Reception, Ms. Laura Cater and Ms. Lena Dixon were recognized as the Outstanding Graduating students from the Department of Social Work. The reception was held on Thursday, April 26, 2018.

Monthly Highlights for July 2018

School of Arts and Sciences:

Dr. Babu P. Patlolla attended the 2nd Annual Mississippi Academy of Sciences Summer Student Sciences Symposium.He served as the Keynote Speaker for the event. The event was held on July 25-26, 2018 in Starkville, MS.

Dr. Babu P. Patlolla attended the 2018 MS-iDeA Conference in Jackson, MS on July 27, 2018.He participated in the conference to bring back valuable information on the MS-IMBRE grant.

Department of Chemistry and Physics:

Mrs. Sonia Eley was honored at the Ronald T. Pflaum Outstanding Chapter Advisor Award Banquet of Alpha Chi Sigma on July 26, 2018 at Duquesne University, Power Center in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Delta Beta Chapter at Alcorn State University received its charter on April 30, 2013 and Mrs. Eley was instrumental in the success of the budding chapter. Serving as one of the current advisors, she has supervised the initiation of over 100 members.

Department of Mathematics and Computer Science:

Welcomes two new faculty: Dr. Thir Dangal, Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Dr. Qingwen Hu, Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Department of Military Science:

Welcomes two new members to their team: MAJ Christian S. Newton, Professor of Military Science and CPT Katheryn A. Gatewood, Assistant Professor of Military Science

Monthly Highlights for September 2018

The School of Arts and Sciences participated in the High School Day event on September 15, 2018 with a display. Other departments such as Biology, Chemistry and Physics, English, Languages and Mass Communication, Military Sciences, Mathematics and Computer Sciences, Social Sciences, and Social Work also represented with displays.

School of Arts and Sciences units held Meet and Greet events to welcome students back for the fall semester and to address any concerns or problems students may be experiencing.Students were also introduced to faculty, staff and academic advisors.Biology (September 25) and Chemistry and Physics (September 6).

Department of Biological Sciences:

Over 6,000 students from schools across the state of Mississippi and beyond attended Alcorn’s annual High School Day. The departmental faculty and staff were present in the Davey L. Whitney HPER Complex Saturday, Sept. 15 to share the department’s academic offerings.Justin Nash, Lori Smith, Monica Burr, Brenita Jenkins, Dawn Davis, Rose Howard, Tri Beta Honors Society and the Biology Club members, as well as students from BI 125 classes worked hard to recruit the students.

Students, faculty and staff had a chance to meet and discuss important academically-related topics during the “Biology Mix and Mingle” September 25, 2018. The program followed by informal socializing over refreshments funded by the members of the Biology Club and the departmental faculty and staff.

Courtney Cooper’15 and Miss ASU 2014, earned her Doctor of Physical Therapy Degree. She is also practicing.

Monica Burr, instructor, attended the Curriculum Internationalization Workshop held by the Office of Global Programs September 6. The speaker was Dr. Dawn Michele Whitehead, senior director for Global Learning and Curricular Change Association of American Colleges and Universities. The attendees discussed creating students that will be global leaders; how to incorporate global learning into our current curriculum; and universities having a true unified concept of global learning.

Department of English, Languages, and Mass Communications:

Brittany Noble-Jones, Alcorn State University alumna and former news anchor at WJTV Channel 12, has made a new platform in New York City. Jones is the newest digital contributor for NBC Black, where she reports on news, sports, and entertainment stories. This is also an opportunity for her to push out black content, something she has strived to do over the course of her journalism career.

Dr. Murray Shugars continued his weekly ASU Writing workshops on Wednesdays.

Dr. J. Janice Coleman attended the International Conference for the blues on September 30th.

Mr. Jerome Myles and Mrs. Myrtle Hedrick traveled to Mound Bayou, Mississippi to attend the Alcorn State University Extension Program Vegetable Field Day event.

Department of Social Sciences:

Sammie Pruitt, a Spring 2018 criminal justice major has graduated from the police academy and is a police officer in Vicksburg, MS.

Constitutional Day is September 17, 2018, was held in the Medgar Evers Auditorium.

Dr. Dickson Idusuyi was recognized for a humanitarian award by ENAW Edo National Association Worldwide.

Monthly Highlights of October 2018

Department of Biological Sciences:

The Department of Biology announces its senior exit exam schedule.The exam will be held on October 23, 2018 at 9amand 2pm; October 30, 2019 at 9am and 2pm; and on November 13, 2018 at 9am (rm. 318) and 2pm (rm. 301).

Department of Mathatices and Computer Science:

The department held it Faculty and Student Town Hall meeting on Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 12:00 PM in the math and science building room 109. The topics of the meeting were: good to know information regarding advisor assignment, go.alcorn.edu, and managing your degree plan. Greetings were given by the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, Dr. Babu Patlolla

Department of Social Sciences:

History Night Program - October 29 - 5PM - Dumas 107

Sociology Social Awareness Club sponsored Poetry Night (open mic), November 9, 2018 in the Clinton Bristow Dining facility, gold room, 2nd floor.Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Department of Social Work:

The Department of Social Work presented: 2018 Theme: “know the Signs of Healthy Relationships and How to Strengthen Yours’

Monday, October 22, 2018 at 10:30 am in the J. D. Boyd Library media Center, second floor

Guest Speaker: Municipal Court Judge Toni Walker Terrett, Assistant Professor of Mass Communications and Project Director, Vicksburg Domestic Violence Victims’ Empowerment Program.The program was sponsored by Dr. Valtreasa Tolliver-Cook and the department of social work graduating senior class.

Social work student, Sparkle Davis looks forward to Canopy Children's Solutions internship

Sparkle Davis, a senior social work major at Alcorn State University, decided to major in social work because she wanted to learn the skills that are necessary to better serve her community with integrity and passion.

During the spring 2019 semester, Davis will intern at Canopy Children’s Solutions (formerly known as Mississippi Children’s Home services) in Natchez.

Monthly Highlights of November 2018

Department of Biological Sciences:

Dr. Archie Taylor and Dr. Stefan Cooper will be attending the Brookhaven National Research Lab visiting professors symposium in Upton, New York on Tuesday, November 13, 2018 thru Thursday, November 15, 2018.

Department of Chemistry and Physics:

The department of chemistry and physics held “The Alcorn Research Connect (ARC) on Friday, November 16, 2018 in the Math and Science Building, room 109 from 11am to 12:30 pm.The event was hosted by the Delta Beta Chapter of Alpha Chi Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and HeLa Center for Genomic and Social Research. ARC Presents: STEM is Lit: Radical Black Narratives of Becoming a Scientist. Presenters included: Dr. Lillian Brady (Vanderbilt University), Dr. ReAnna Roby (Michigan State University, and Dr. Melanie McReynolds (Princeton University).Dr. Archie Taylor was the Moderator.

Alpha Chi Sigma visited Mountain of Faith Women’s Shelter on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 to help serve Thanksgiving Dinner to the shelter residents at 6:00 PM.

Monthly Highlights of December 2018

The School of Arts and Sciences Annual Christmas Dinner and Senior Recognition Program which was held on Dec. 5, 2019 in the Honors Dormitory.Theme: “Jesus is the Reason for the Season”

Faculty, staff, and students engaged in fellowship while high achieving students from each department were recognized for their scholastic achievements. Faculty and staff were given the opportunity to gather together and enjoy a holiday meal before going home for the Christmas holidays. The Department of Mass Communications collected toys for the Annual Toy Drive.

Department of Social Work:

Dr. Valtreasa Tolliver-Cook has been appointed to the Alcorn State University SACSCOC Leadership Team. She is currently serving as the QEP Committee Chair. She attended the 2018 SACSCOC Annual Meeting December 8-11, 2018 in New Orleans, LA.