Office of Academic Affairs

University Standing Committees

Attendance and Grievance Appeals Committee

This committee hears appeals from graduate and undergraduate students who, claiming extenuating circumstances, have exceeded the allowed number of absences for a particular course as defined by Delta State University policy or the course syllabus and therefore, have been cut out of the course and have received a grade of F. The committee also hears academic appeals from undergraduate students who have correctly followed the “Student Academic Grievance Policy” as outlined in the Delta State University Undergraduate Bulletin. All actions of the committee come in the form of recommendations to the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Becker, Brian
Groh, Severine
Horn, Janet
Jackson, Vicki
Katembe, William
McKinney, Timothy
Montgomery, Cameron
Rocconi, Christie

Schattner, Dianne
Snow, Corlis
Townsend, Chelsea
Wegmann, Andrew
Westfall, Jon
Wilkes, Jeanna
Zhang, Yongqin

Faculty and Staff Benefits Committee

The function of the Faculty and Staff Benefits Committee is to study insurance, leave policies, and other faculty and staff benefits and make recommendations to the President.

Adams, Nacole
Ballard, Cheryl
Fosheim, Karen
Giger, Lisa
Groh, Severine

Johnston, Ky
Mark, Douglas
Pannel, Mary Bess, Chair
Smith, Tarnisha
Zhang, Yongqin

Library Committee

The Library Committee serves in an advisory capacity to the Director of Library Services and staff. The committee should assume responsibility for encouraging and increasing the use of the Library by students and faculty. It should interpret library policies and solicit opinions and recommendations from students and faculty for possible implementation by the library staff. The committee should make periodic studies and recommendations aimed at making the Library more functional.

Ashmore, Ann
Backlin, Laurissa
Baghai-Riding, Nina
Conner, Neil
Laub, Thomas
Mark, Doug
Putnam, Bette

Shimizu, Kumiko
Shin, Jung-Won
Taran, Zinaida
Ussery, Fawn
Wingard, Clifton
Zengaro, Sally
Zhao, Guozhen

Safety and Environment Committee

The Safety and Environment Committee acts as a communication conduit between University administration and the campus community to assist in addressing safety or environment concerns as they arise on campus.

Adams, Nacole
Backlin, Laurissa
Baghai-Riding, Nina
Bays, Barry
Blackwell, Eric
Calvin, Travis
Claunch, Kristina
McKinney, Timothy
Oleis, Brett
Pannel, Mary Bess

Riddle, Christy
Shimizu, Kumiko
Smithhart, Chuck
Torgerson, Rick
Tremmel, Richard
Ussery, Fawn
Van Namen, Merideth
Westfall, Jon
Wilkes, Jeanna
Wood, Clint

Student Organizations Committee

The Student Organization Committee has the responsibility to regulate all established student organizations, stimulate the establishment of new organizations to meet definite student needs, and to act in an advisory and policy-making capacity in the administration of student organizations, including social groups. All student organizations must operate under a charter or constitution that has been approved by this committee in conformity with the Guide for Student Organizations. The university assumes no responsibility for the organization of social groups. Such groups, including all fraternities and sororities, will be responsible to the Student Organization Committee under rules and regulations promulgated by this committee.

Curb, Charnessa
Harris, Matthew
Parker, Janet
Reza, AHM
Stringfellow, Linda

Thompson, Caitlyn
Webster, Vicki, Acting Chair
Wilkes, Jeanna
Wood, Harrison
Zhang, Yongqin

Writing Across the Curriculum Committee

Delta State University encourages an interdisciplinary approach to writing, and fosters writing-intensive coursework across multiple academic units.

Ashmore, Ann
Coleman, Judith
Cowser, Steven
Gerald, James
Zengaro, Sally
Zhang, Yongqin

Courtesy Committee

The Courtesy Committee is a non-profit organization composed of a group of faculty and staff who maintain the family atmosphere of the university by remembering all full-time faculty/staff when there is a wedding, birth, adoption, illness, retirement, and death in our Delta State Family throughout the year. Dues are collected in the Bologna Performing Arts Center lobby at the Faculty and Staff Opening Session in August. Contributions of $10.00 or more/less may be given.

Allen, Debra
Blessitt, Lacey
Byrd, Henri Lynn
Cooley, Lisa
Cope, Liza
Daniels, Becky
Farris, Jeffrey
Herrod, Addie
Holston, Samone
Horn, Janet

Jackson, Cora
Meador, Gwen
Powers, Anjanette
Sandifer, Lisa
Schattner, Diane, Chair
Taran, Zinaida
Taylor, Tommy
Varner, Mary Helen
Wilkes, Jeanna

Health and Wellness Committee

The mission of the Delta State University Health and Wellness Committee is to promote healthy and active lifestyles among the university community. To accomplish this mission the committee will (1) work with divisions, departments, and university community as well as the surrounding community to enhance quality of life and promote healthy lifestyles; (2) continuously study and develop means to improve health and wellbeing, and (3) recommend to the proper authority for the improvement of health and wellbeing of the Delta State University community.

Adams, Nacole
Armstrong, Josh
Ashmore, Ann
Barnett, Brian
Byas, Deidra M.
Dabney, Emily
Dahman, Jamie
Dean, Bobbie
Fortune, Melody
Herrod, Addie
Howell, Ensley

Johnston, Ky
Killebrew, Tricia
Liew, Hui
Polk, Shelby, Acting Chair
Pugh, Chelsea
Rushing, Mollie
Smith, Tarnisha
Virden, Lee
Watkins, Timothy B.
Wilkes, Jeanna
Wood, Harrison

Research Committee

The Research Committee was initially founded in 1976 to promote faculty research and scholarship. While that remains the primary focus, its mission has become broader and more articulated over the past 30 years. During that same period, expectations for faculty research and scholarship have been raised. Also, there is increasing emphasis on graduate and undergraduate research and scholarship. Consequently, the goal of the Research Committee is to promote research and scholarship at all levels of the Delta State Community, growing with the new directions of the university.

Alvarez, John
Baghai-Riding, Nina
Bentley, Joe
Blackwell, Eric
Casale, Carolyn
Claunch, Kristina
Cooley, Lisa
Curb, Charnessa
Donahoe, Jana
Green, Ellen
Groh, Severine
Hill, Phyllis
Holston, Samone

Kagumba, Robert
Mark, Doug
Montgomery, Cameron
Mounce, Michael
Putnam, Bette
Smithhart, Chuck
Taran, Zinaida
Ussery, Fawn
Wegmann, Andrew
Zengaro, Franco
Zengaro, Sally
Zhang, Yongqin
Zhao, Guozhen

Special Programs Committee

The Special Programs Committee sponsors outstanding concerts, speakers, and other programs for students, faculty, staff, and the Delta community. Comprised of faculty, staff and student representatives, the committee also works to promote and encourage students and the broader community to participate in and be engaged in cultural and artistic events and opportunities.

Bays, Barry
Cabrera, Jill
Collins, Shelley
Ferreira, Sylma Samuel
Hendricks, Amber
Johansen, Michelle

Loper, Rhonda
Mark, Douglas
McCall, Diane
McKinney, Tanya
Tremmel, Richard
Wilkes, Jeanna, Chair

Student Publications Committee

Delta State University supports and encourages two official student publications: (1) The Delta Statement, the campus newspaper, and (2) The Broom, the student yearbook. Oversight for these publications is the responsibility of the Student Publications Committee. This committee is composed of no more than 18 voting members with an equal number from two groups: University Faculty/Staff and full-time students appointed in consultation with the Student Government Association to represent a cross-section of the student body.

Hill, Donna
Paulmeno, Mike
Reza, AHM

Tyree, Natalie
Wegmann, Andrew
Wilkes, Jeanna, Chair