[-] Spring 2016 Project Highlights
Spring 2016 - TKB 4583: Graphics and Web Design
Instructor: Dr. Sang Joon Lee
Academic Department: Department of Instructional Systems and Workforce Development
Project Description: Dr. Sang Joon Lee’s TKB 4583: Graphics and Web Design class partnered with United Way of North Central Mississippi (UWNCMS) to address their organization’s need for a new website. The United Way of North Central Mississippi, established in 1979, is an organization comprised of community volunteers from a variety of areas that work to positively impact their communities on a daily basis. They build relationships with other public agencies and work together to make a positive impact and change the lives of community members by providing a wide variety of programs and services. The UWNCMS is accountable to the public for the distribution of their donated funds. They enable people that have donated to decide where their money goes to best benefit their community. The class met with UWNCMS’s Executive Director Candy Crecink and members of the Communications Committee to hear their visions for the new website. UWNCMS’s website had not been updated in a while and their leadership felt a re-design was essential for potential clients and donors. The students divided into groups and worked on designs for a new website for the organization. At the end of the end of the semester, the class presented their proposals to the United Way team who decided which plan they would implement.
Spring 2016 – HI 3343 – Delta History
Instructor: Dr. Jason Ward
Academic Department: Department of History
Project Description: Each spring, Dr. Jason Ward’s HI 3343 Delta History course partners with the MSU’s Maroon Volunteer Center to create a unique learning experience where history comes alive. This year was no exception. Students enrolled in Dr. Ward’s class met once a week to study the history and culture of the Mississippi Delta. Topics covered included the regional importance of agriculture, the civil rights movement, poverty, and education. The class also had the opportunity to hear guest lectures from individuals with expert knowledge of the Delta and its influences. Once spring break arrived, students and staff from MVC travelled to the region to see and experience it firsthand. Part of MSU’s Alternative Spring Break, the Delta Service Trip seeks to “understand the past, see the future, and make an impact”. Participants are able to visit historical and cultural sites that are exclusive to the Delta as well as perform needed service projects for local organizations like the LEAD Center in Sunflower. One of the highlights of each trip is canoeing on the Mississippi River. This year due to recent flooding of the area MSU students gained a different perspective of life on the banks of a large body of water. Quapaw Canoe Company served as the river guides and students were able to provide trash cleanup as well.