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The Administrative Staff Council shall serve as a liaison between the administration and the staff of Delta State University to provide a formal process for staff to discuss issues involving University policies and procedures and to forward ideas, recommendations, and opinions to the President.

Staff Council shall be dedicated to excellence in service and the continued growth and development of Delta State University.

Professional growth through service to our campus, community, and colleagues. Throughout the year, we will strive to impact the campus in every endeavor to push ourselves and DSU forward. Let’s make it a great year!

Staff Council is composed of designated delegates and at-large members to represent all areas/departments on campus. An executive committee leads the group’s function and monthly meetings. Four standing committees carry out the programs and projects set in place by the organization. The council is governed by a set of bylaws updated annually.

2016 Bylaws

Please see updated constitution and bylaws here.

14-15 Membership

Designated Delegates
Student Success Center Riddle, Christy
Alumni Affairs Thomas, Jordan
Archives and Museum Jones, Emily
Athletics George, Dana
Bologna Performing Arts Center McDowell, Loyd
Career Services Miller, Davlon
Center for Community and Economic Development Dorsey, Marquita
Child Development Center Farris, Stephanie
Communications and Marketing Caitlyn Thompson
Counseling and Student Health Services Houston, Richard
Delta Center for Culture and Learning Miller, Heather
Enrollment Services/Admissions Gaines, Chris
Facilities Management Hochradel, Ted
Flight Operations Chip Cooper
Foundation Deborah Cox
Graduate & Continuing Studies Read, Marilyn
Housing & ResidenceLife Julie Jackson
Human Resources Lisa Giger
Institutional Grants Boyles, Robin
Institutional Research and Planning Chandler, Justin
Internal Auditor Williams, Vicki
Laundry Services Robinson, Neely
Library Services Slagell, Jeff
Police Department Buford, Lynn
Postal Services and Copy Center Lavastida, Shirldonn
Procurement Owens, Laura
Registrar’s Office Rhonda Mitchell
Student Business Services Houston, Teresa
Student Financial Assistance Rocconi, Christie
Student Life Ervin, Elsie Lynn
University Accounting Rutledge, Jamie
At-Large Members
The Delta Center Aylward, Lee
Athletics Communications Jones, Matt
Academic Affairs Burchfield, Patsy
President’s Office Emerson, Leigh
IRP Loper, Rhonda
Athletics Pongetti, Kim
Dean of Arts & Sciences Murrell, Hayley
HPER Roberson, Becky
Facilities Management Clemons, Craig
Facilities Management Barnett, Cecil
Facilities Management Loper, Everett
Facilities Management Jackson, John Lee
Facilities Management Smith, Don
DMI Jackson, Vickie
Aramark Grant, Robert
Faculty Senate Washington, Sam
Barnes and Noble Gladden, Tina
Ellucian Craft, Edwin

14-15 Executive Council

Marilyn Read–Chair

Christie Rocconi–Chair Elect

Robin Boyles–Immediate Past Chair

Vicki Williams–Executive Secretary/Treasurer

Caitlyn Thompson–Public/University Relations Coordinator

Julie Jackson–Ombudsperson

Minutes and Newsletters










Standing committees carry out projects and programs like “Smile On You,” “Take A Break,” “Employee of the Month,” volunteer and service projects, and staff fellowship.

Incentives and Recognition – Emily Jones (Chair)
Oversees and provides incentives and recognition to deserving staff members. Included but not limited to, Employee of the Month Award, Smile on You Award, Years of Service Award.

Projects – Rhonda Loper and Whitney Delaney (Co-Chairs)
Oversees and organizes stewardship projects hosted by the Administrative Staff Council. Included but not limited to, Thanksgiving Feed a Family, Christmas Adopt a Child, Staff Development Day Picnic.

Salaries and Benefits
Oversees and organizes methods to provide alternative non-monetary benefits to staff and research potential opportunities for salary growth for all employees.

Staff Development – Jordan Thomas (Chair)
Oversees and organizes professional development opportunities for all staff. Included but not limited to, various workshops and staff development day.


Staff Council Textbook Loan Program

Textbook Loan Application


  • To aid staff members in reaching their educational goals by off-setting the expense of textbooks
  • To provide staff members the opportunity to participate in an education degree program
  • To enhance personal and professional development
  • To enable staff to function at their highest level of competence
  • To provide funding for staff development

Description of Program: 

  • Up to five (5) one-hundred dollar ($100) awards will be made available to qualified staff members during the fall and spring semesters for purchase of textbooks at the Delta State University Bookstore.
  • Qualified staff members must meet the criteria listed below.

Criteria for Eligibility:

  • Applicants must be regular, full-time staff employees (50% time or greater and whose position is expected to be active for more than four and one-half months).
  • Eligibility begins on the first day of the applicant’s regular employment.
  • Applicants must be enrolled in a for-credit course offered by Delta State University. This program excludes non-credit correspondence courses, short courses, workshops or institutes.
  • While all staff members are encouraged to apply, priority will be given to individuals who have not previously received the award and whose annual salary is $35,000 or less.  From this group, the loans will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis.
  • Failure to complete a course with a passing grade will result in ineligibility to apply for the program the following term.


  • Applications may be obtained from Staff Council’s Salaries and Benefits Committee Chair, Jordan Thomas (Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni-Foundation House).
  • Application availability and deadlines will follow this schedule:
    Application Due: August 21
    Scholarship Award: August 22
  • Completed applications must be mailed, faxed or emailed to the Staff Council’s Salaries and Benefits Committee Chair no later than 5:00 pm on the due date.

Applicant information will be verified, and the loan will be awarded based on the above criteria.

Employee of the Month distinction is given to a staff member who has provided service at Delta State that is considered over and beyond those duties outlined in his or her job description. Nominations are submitted by colleagues on campus.

Each winner receives a plaque, monetary award, WalMart gift card from the Student Government Association, an engraved insulated coffee mug, a free parking decal courtesy of the Campus Police Department, a box of treats from The Sweetery, a parking spot of their choice, marquee announcement and website recognition.

Staff Council Employee of the Month

April 2016

Elizabeth Joel

Elizabeth Joel

he Delta State University Staff Council recently honored Elizabeth Joel, coordinator of Continuing Education, as the April 2016 Employee of the Month.

Joel, a native of Doddsville, has been a staff member at Delta State for nearly six years.

I am honored to receive Employee of the Month from my peers at Delta State,” said Joel. “I could not accomplish what I do without the support of the other staff members in Graduate and Continuing Studies, and those across campus who I work with on a daily basis.”

She is a 2005 Delta State graduate with a degree in fashion merchandising.

Joel currently resides in Cleveland with her husband, Jeff Joel, and their two children, Justin (12) and Anna James (3). 

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For a sensitive or personnel issue, please email information to ombudsman@deltastate.edu.

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