McNair Research Scholars Attend New Mexico Research Conference

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The McNair Scholars who attended the conference, left to right: front row, Stevena King, Zaria Nolan, Kashyla Brooks, Syed Mohammed Amanuddin, and Johvan Hill-Dick; second row, Abigail Hynum, Jakayla Washington, Alexis Austin, Hertayshia Thomas, Joelle Dick, and Quincy Hughes; third row, Dakota Conway, Khyla Grant, Ashley Griffin, Denicia Diew, and Nicholas Walters.

The McNair Research Scholars traveled to Albuquerque, New Mexico, Oct 3-6, 2018 to attend the 2018 University of New Mexico McNair Scholars Research Conference. Read More

Alumnus David Abney, UPS Head, Urges Restoring Trust

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Dr. David Abney ’76 and ’15, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of United Parcel Service, returned to his alma mater to speak at the 14th annual International Business Symposium, which he co-founded with his wife, Sherry, in 2006.

Dr. David Abney ’76 and ’15, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of United Parcel Service, stressed the importance of trust in his keynote address at Delta State University’s 14th annual International Business Symposium last week. He used lessons learned from the Great Recession to discuss the imperative of reestablishing faith in businesses, government, and beyond.
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Fireside Chat – October 15, 2018 – Colloquia: Dr. Mark Emmert, NCAA President

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Joining President LaForge is Dr. Mark Emmert, president of the NCAA.

Statistics and numbers are a driving force behind sports. Earned-run average, shooting percentage, shots on goal, rushing yards, and other figures often prove a measuring stick for success. Here are some numbers about the National Collegiate Athletic Association:

  • NCAA President Mark Emmert is the fifth chief executive. More about him shortly.
  • There are 308 Division II universities and colleges, including Delta State.
  • 52,500 athletes compete each year for 90 championships in 24 sports across 3 divisions.
  • Half a million college athletes form 19,500 teams among all NCAA divisions.
  • $5 million has been raised by the Student Athlete Advisory Committee for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, granting more than 600 wishes.

When President LaForge was inaugurated at Delta State in 2013, he implemented the Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series to bring highly successful individuals to campus to share their stories with our students, faculty/staff and community. Colloquia guests have included a Supreme Court justice, a U.S. poet laureate, a governor, two senators, and two Fortune 500 CEOs, among others. Our guest today is no exception to the long list of notable speakers.

In other news on campus, we have reached the midpoint for the fall semester. Good luck to our students during midterms! The new Miss Delta State University will be crowned on Thursday. The pageant will begin at 7 p.m. at the Bologna Performing Arts Center. The Wiley Planetarium will show Robot Explorers 3D on Friday at 6 p.m. Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for children younger than age 12, seniors and anyone with an Okra Card.

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DSU Student Becomes Department Chair at Southwest Tennessee Community College – “Daily Memphian”

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Students interested in a career as an embalmer or funeral director will no longer have to drive outside of Shelby County to pursue a degree.

Beginning in January 2019, Southwest Tennessee Community College will launch the first publicly funded funeral service program in Tennessee by offering an associate of applied science in funeral service education degree at its Whitehaven Center.
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