Sharon Bird, is a co-PI and the leader of the Research Team. During Year1, Dr. Bird’s efforts have included: writing much of the substance of the vision of the project, developing the template for the presentations about ADVANCE, writing the protocols for the focus groups and interviews, writing and/or reviewing all IRBs, writing the guidelines for authorship, writing the “elevator speech,” organizing all the research meetings, writing the case studies for the diversity training, working with Dr. Carla Fehr to help focus diversity training on culture, practice, and structure, setting up all the department chair interviews, writing the entire protocol for the department chair interviews and soliciting feedback from 3 other ADVANCE programs about that protocol (which those other three schools have now adopted—Cornell, Case Western, and Utah State), writing the protocol for the focus groups with Dr. Jill Bystydzienski, conducting 5 of the 9 department chair interviews, identifying potential External Facilitators, helping interview the potential External Facilitators, working with the External Facilitator this spring to make sure the focus groups went smoothly (with Dr. Florence Hamrick), debriefing with the External Facilitator each week (with Dr. Hamrick), teaching Becky Sremack the science of survey research, writing the first draft of the space survey, supervising the work of the people who are transcribing the focus group and one-on- one interview data, plus continually striving to bring coherency to the overall project and to bring the wealth of research that already exists on all the processes by which women are excluded from positions and opportunities and decision-making to the project so that we are not constantly “re-inventing the wheel” and so that the research products of grant are of a quality that will withstand peer review processes.
Long-time Office of the State Archaeol og - ist (OSA) staff mem- ber Joe Artz retired from The University of Iowa (UI) effective March 1. Joe started at OSA in 1989 with the Highway Archaeology Program (HAP), hav- ing worked previously as an archaeologist in Kansas (where he earned his M.A. degree) and in North Dakota on a variety of contract- and grant-funded projects. As part of the HAP staff, Joe had the chance to work on projects in many parts of Iowa and became increasingly interested in geoarchaeological issues including landscape evolution, site formation processes, and the preservation potential of different sediments. In 1999 Joe launched a major initiative at the OSA by tak- ing over the reins of the Iowa Site File and literally usher- ing it into the twenty first century by securing grants to digitize the data and create a geographic information sys- tem–based Internet access system called I-Sites. In both its public and professional versions, I-Sites revolutionized access to information about Iowa archaeological sites. Al- though it reduced the number of archaeologists trekking to Iowa City to visit OSA, enhanced access to the Iowa Site File has increased the quality of archaeological con- sulting. Joe successfully developed other geospatial initia- tives during his tenure at the OSA and project teams he organized and managed tackled projects like improving the South Dakota guidelines for conducting geoarchaeo- logical investigations and assisting the State of Minnesota with projects utilizing LiDAR (LIght Detection And Rang- ing) technology to discover, document, and preserve buri- al mounds. In post-UI retirement Joe remains active with his research efforts in Portugal with Katina Lillios of the UI Anthropology Department and in the Plains-Midwest region having teamed up with EarthView Environmental, Inc., a consulting firm based in Coralville, Iowa. You can contact Joe at email@example.com.
PSY Program Goal # 1: Continue to develop the psychology program (Mentor and train new faculty to become more effective teachers, researchers, and transition into the role of “faculty member;” mentor and train new faculty to academically advise students (online system, curriculum, degree requirements, graduate check list, and so on), mentor and train faculty to understand DSU & Division policy and procedures (travel approval requests, IRB proposals, research grant proposals, and so on); help new faculty develop research programs and labs; encourage new faculty to participate in faculty-mentored undergraduate research with PSY students; encourage and help faculty become active in student activities (Psi Chi and Psychology Club); and foster collegiality among faculty).
The SON prepares students for success on NCLEX-RN® in a variety of ways. The Generic BSN curriculum consists of 63 hours of required nursing courses that address all content areas tested on NCLEX-RN®. Examinations in these courses consist of NCLEX-like questions. In addition, the School prepares students for success through implementation of computerized testing via WebCT CourseDen in nursing courses, a comprehensive nationally standardized computerized testing program (ATI), and a required NCLEX-RN® preparation course. Preparation for the exam is also facilitated by the National Council of State Boards of Nursing, which publishes the NCLEX-RN® Test Plan for review by candidates and nursing programs.
• During the period of July 1, 2005 to April 30, 2006, the DSU SBDC exceeded the 10% goal of applicants approved for loan funding. The Community Express Loan Program has been a great success for existing businesses as well as start-ups. The DSU-SBDC has sponsored Community Express Loan Conferences in Greenville, Marks, Grenada, and Greenwood, all of which has contributed to its outreach efforts and increase of loan approvals for clients.
programs received publicity throughout the Delta via newspapers and local television stations. The program was a resounding success. Children and parents enjoyed the hands-on program; students learned from each presentation, Education faculty had opportunities to observe their students; and the IRC provided an important service to students and the local community. The program will again be offered in the fall of 2005.
Options issued under the plan vest in three equal tranches over a three year term, such that one third of the total options issued vest every year from the grant date. The options are also subject to share price performance hurdles which require a ten cent per share increase in the company share price above the initial exercise price of the options over the three vesting periods (for a sustained period of at least 10 consecutive trading days). The first tranche of options therefore become exercisable following the share price increasing to 75 cents or above, the second tranche following the share price increasing to 85 cents or above and the final tranche following the share price increasing to 95 cents or above. These share price vesting hurdles can be achieved at any stage during the five year life of the options. All three share price performance hurdles have been achieved as at the date of this report. There are no voting rights attached to the unissued ordinary shares.
The Diversity Team has many initiatives aimed at supporting and mentoring women and URM students. The Summer Academy for example, selects teachers from school districts that have high URM populations. Enrollment of girls in the PLTW courses increased from 15.4% last year to 16.1% this year. The PLTW Coach works with summer programs to provide simple, easily implemented activities and materials that make it easier for teachers to make their classroom friendlier to a more diverse group of students. The Diversity Team has helped all BI programs recruit more women and URM students, and the partnership with LSAMP has been particularly beneficial in meeting this goal; several Iowa NSF EPSCoR BI members are also LSAMP team members. BI projects have provided students, parents, teachers, and other members of the public exposure to information about STEM curriculum, and pathways to career progression in the STEM fields. BI participated in the Governor’s STEM Capitol Day and platform members have spoken at various public events, especially at CCs, where there are relatively high numbers of URM students. CCs serve an important role in Iowa: nearly 40% of the
The primary goal of ITS is to implement a staffing plan that will support the information and technology needs of Delta StateUniversity. This plan will include additional personnel to directly support the different functional units of the campus. Appropriate salaries would be a major component which would allow us to not only attract but also maintain qualified personnel. Training and on- going development is also an essential part of preparing ITS staff to be able to support and stay current with ever changing technology.
Nemetschek stands for competence and innovation, as our strong fi gures from the half yearreport of 2007 demonstrate. Sales improved by 37.7 percent to 69.8 million euros, and the EBITDA by 64.5 percent to 14.1 million euros. All business units have developed positively, in particular the Design segment, where Graphisoft made the main contribution. Here, we were able to surpass our ambitious targets for the fi rst six months. As the leading provider of software and consulting services for the whole life cycle of a building, we are well aware of our customers‘ needs. The industry is characterized by permanent time and cost pressures and high quality demands. As a result, we are continuously working on making the applications even more powerful, open and intuitive.
The South Carolina Patients’ Compensation Fund shows an overall deficit on its books due to the fact that since 2001 it has recorded the actuarial liability for unpaid claims as well claims that are “incurred but not reported.” Prior to 2001, the Fund’s accounts did not reflect such reserves. During the current fiscal year, the PCF met all of its financial and legal obligations in a timely manner and reduced its net deficit by $25,285,401 . There are no pending judgments on appeal that affect the PCF. Coupled with the decrease of the deficit, this continues to show a positive trend in the PCF’s overall financial outlook.
William Tony Wilson, MBA, CIA, CCA, CMA, CIA - Assistant Professor of Accountancy-– is the income tax information resource person to the general public and students. He attended a conference. Mr. Wilson has maintained his CPA license along with his CMA, CIA, CFSA, CCA, and SCEA certifications. He serves as one of the Faculty Senators for the Division. He is the sponsor of the DSU Accounting Honor Society, and Secretary-Treasurer of the DSU Accounting Alumni Association. He chairs the College of Business Scholarship Committee and serves on the College of Business Outcomes Assessment Committee. In addition, he serves on the University Attendance and Student Organizations Committees.
In keeping with the purposes of Delta StateUniversity, the School combines study in the liberal arts, life sciences, and behavioral sciences with the study of nursing to offer the Bachelor of Science and the Master’s of Science in Nursing Degrees. The School is committed to the preparation of professional registered nurses who will assist in meeting the health care needs of the people of the Delta and of Mississippi (see Table IIF for School enrollment). In addition, the School provides a foundation that supports graduate/post-graduate work beyond the baccalaureate or master’s level. Through the program of advanced placement for students who are Associate or Diploma prepared registered nurses, the School offers opportunities for educational mobility, thus further increasing the number of professional nurses in the Delta region. Through the graduate program the School prepares registered nurses to function in advanced practice nursing roles as administrators, educators, or practitioners. The School also offers post-master’s work, including post-masters fast tracks, for nurses desiring further education in one of two role preparations--educator or practitioner.
• The School of Nursing’ s recruiting efforts continue to grow due much in part to funding support provided by grants. Delay in anticipated grant with a large recruiting line has required a re- working of our recruitment plans in a manner that has not decreased our efforts, but has not allowed the increase we initially anticipated. The grant is expected to be partially funded and thus will allow us to increase our efforts in the 2006-07 year. This effort will include distribution of dvd/cds containing our DSU SON Recruitment video clips as well as information about nursing and DSU in general. Efforts will also include taking recruitment both around and outside the state more.
One of the primary goals of the Music Department is to continue to recruit quality majors and non-majors, thereby increasing enrollment in music degree programs and increasing the size of ensembles. This was accomplished by the recruitment of 29 new music majors entering this fall and approximately 40 non-majors who will be joining our existing ensembles. With these additional students, the Music Department should see the music major population grow by 5-7 majors over this past year.
First is our most recent big announcement. Teach For America has chosen Delta StateUniversity to host a Charter Summer Institute in 2010 with the expectation we will be a permanent site thereafter. Over the 20 or so years of the existence of this organization, seven previous sites have come on line – all at larger universities and all in major urban centers. Arizona State, Georgia Tech, Temple, and the University of Houston are examples. We competed against a good field and, in the end, won out over the other finalist, the University of Denver. Thus, Delta State became the first partner university located in a rural area, and we couldn’t be more proud of the result. I want to thank everyone who helped with this successful effort whether on our campus, in the Cleveland community, or across the Delta. There were many people campaigning. I note particularly today our new Commissioner, Dr. Hank Bounds, who first promoted Delta State to the Teach For America organization and asked that an invitation into the
community development programs; participate in business related workshops for the business community; and offer, when appropriate, seminars for the university and business community. The faculty are active in civic, business, and community organizations which promote economic development. The faculty also participate in a variety of ways to ensure that business is supported by the university, such as training and development of employees and marketing research. Additionally, economic development will be enhanced through the use of on-line instruction. These classes provide additional educational opportunities for individuals in the region.
teaching. All student teachers successfully passed these 10 standards. We implemented a new special program area (Social Studies) student teacher evaluation for the NCSS themes to augment the Student Teacher Assessment Instrument (STAI) that addresses NCATE domains II through V. The added NCSS based evaluation successfully assesses Candidate learning of the specific content area of the social studies discipline for Candidate teaching, Student learning, and Candidate planning according to NCSS guidelines. It is useful in determining the
Students are encouraged to attend resume and interview workshops, prepare an online resume, and volunteer for career fair. Various employers come to the College of Business and conduct campus interviews and/or present information about their organizations to our students – in academic year 2008-2009, Hilton International, Horne LLP, FedEx and UPS (all of whom have DSU COB graduates in senior positions) made such presentations to our students. Further, in 2008-2009, the COB Career Fairs were held in Broom Hall (the main COB classroom building) rather than in other buildings on campus. We received excellent feedback from the employers who were recruiting, the students, and the faculty. As part of this new procedure, we provided opportunities for students to connect to potential employers over lunch through an informal, yet structured, setting.
1. Two unfilled halftime (0.50) clerical position counts were allocated to Computing Services that allowed the college to establish one fulltime (1.00) office support position. Campus funding was allocated and the halftime clerical staff was increased to full time as of March 1, 2007.