Associate Professor of Reading Education, Dr. Ying Wang, from Mississippi Valley State University visits the SEHD Literacy, Language, and Culture Department
May 4, 2012
On April 9, 2012 Literacy, Language, and Culture faculty members Dr. Cathie Fallona and Dr. Andrea Stairs met with Associate Professor of Reading Education, Dr. Ying Wang, from Mississippi Valley State University as faculty from the historically black university visited USM. Drs. Fallona and Stairs learned about Dr. Wang’s efforts to promote literacy in the Mississippi delta through teacher professional development, while Drs. Fallona and Stairs shared information on USM’s Summer Reading and Writing Workshop, which has been continuously serving the local community for more than 40 years, and other literacy and ESL initiatives.
Mississippi Valley State University, located in Leflore County, is a Carnegie Master’s I institution, which provides accessible, relevant and quality academic and public service programs. While the University has historically drawn the majority the majority of its students from throughout the Delta, the institution recognizes the need to provide greater services to the south and east Delta areas. MVSU, which recognizes the need to be efficient, effective and productive in all of its operations, offers concentrated study in the arts, business, education, humanities, public services, pre-professional health services, social sciences, sciences, social work, and technology. Master’s level programs are offered in criminal justice, elementary education, environmental health, special education, and teaching. The University also endeavors to provide additional programs that are vital and unique to the needs of the population it serves. MVSU emphasizes the study and applications of technology, basic and applied research, service learning, health and wellness, and economic and cultural affairs. The University expands its emphasis to incorporate an international focus on governmental, economic, and cultural affairs. Out of this concept, the Delta Research and Cultural Institute provides the avenue for faculty and students to engage in theoretical and applied research on subject matter related to the cultural, social, economic and political concerns of the Delta.