Office of Academic Affairs
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.
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.
Pannel, Mary Bess, Chair
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.
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.
Pannel, Mary Bess
Van Namen, Merideth
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.
Webster, Vicki, Acting Chair
Writing Across the Curriculum Committee
Delta State University encourages an interdisciplinary approach to writing, and fosters writing-intensive coursework across multiple academic units.
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.
Byrd, Henri Lynn
Schattner, Diane, Chair
Varner, Mary Helen
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.
Byas, Deidra M.
Polk, Shelby, Acting Chair
Watkins, Timothy B.
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.
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.
Ferreira, Sylma Samuel
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.
Wilkes, Jeanna, Chair