LaForge appointed to NCAA Division II Planning and Finance Committee

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Delta State University President William N. LaForge was recently appointed to the prestigious NCAA Division II Planning and Finance Committee.

In the role, LaForge will take part in the division’s central planning, as well as the financial matters of how dollars will be used.

“I am pleased to serve on this important NCAA committee,” said LaForge. “Its work is central to the mission of NCAA’s support of collegiate athletics and our student-athletes, here at Delta State and around the country.”

LaForge is one of the representatives on the committee who is also a member of the NCAA Division II Presidents Council. He said he was proud to represent Delta State and the Gulf South Conference.

“If there is something I can do to help Delta State, and our students, I’m all for it,” he added.

Terri Steeb, vice president of Division II, said LaForge’s leadership experience would help the committee significantly.

“President LaForge is a senior member of the Division II Presidents Council,” said Steeb, “His leadership and his understanding of the issues impacting Division II and the association will be a benefit to the work of the Division II Planning and Finance Committee. The committee is responsible for making recommendations regarding the Division II budget and monitoring the implementation of the Division II strategic plan. President LaForge’s ability to think strategically, combined with his work in policy, government and higher education, will be an asset to the committee.”

Ronnie Mayers, Delta State’s director of athletics, said LaForge is a perfect candidate for the role.

“President LaForge is a great fit for the committee because he has had extensive experience in strategic planning leading strategic plans for Delta State and the Gulf South Conference,” said Mayers. “He understands first-hand the budgetary needs of a Division II athletic program as he works closely with our program on a daily basis. All these experiences will help him make solid recommendations to this committee. Delta State Athletics and the NCAA are very fortunate to have him serve on this committee.”

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Robinson named assistant director of Alumni Affairs

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The Delta State University Alumni Association announces the hiring of Amanda Robinson as the assistant director of Alumni Affairs.

Robinson is a 2010 cum laude graduate of Delta State, where she received a bachelor’s degree in graphic design.

“The Delta State University National Alumni Association is excited to announce Amanda Robinson as the assistant director of Alumni Affairs,” said Jeffrey Farris, Alumni director. “Amanda will bring much experience and institutional knowledge as she serves in this university role. She will focus on providing a lifelong alumni experience for our 30,000-plus alumni base.”

Robinson was employed by Delta State in 2015 before working her way to her new role. Prior to joining the Alumni Association staff, she worked for the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences as the senior secretary. Before returning to her alma mater, she worked as a graphic designer for a screen printing company in Greenwood, as well as an accounts payable specialist for Westower Communications located in Ridgeland.

As a student at Delta State, Robinson cheered for the Statesmen her senior year. She is a member of the Delta State Alumni Association and also serves as the Alumni Association’s representative for the Administrative Staff Council on campus.

Robinson and her husband, Morgan Robinson ’10, have one child, Shelby.

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Delta State University Alumni Association’s mission: To perpetuate the memories of university life. To provide a medium through which interest in Delta State University may be promoted. To assist in establishing alumni chapters. To bind the alumni into a united fellowship working together for the advancement of the university. To serve as a link between the university and its alumni. To act as a service organization for former Delta State students.

Classes cancelled on Wednesday, Jan. 17

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Due to weather conditions and in the interest of safety and an abundance of caution, Delta State University is cancelling all classes, including night classes, on Wednesday (Jan. 17). University employees should report to campus from noon to 4 p.m. on Wednesday. Everyone is encouraged to use caution if traveling. Employees who commute and are not able to travel should notify their supervisor.

Please report any problems to the Campus Police Department by calling 662-846-4155. For students living in the residence halls, the Hall Directors will issue information/updates from time to time. Please contact your Hall Director with any questions or problems. The Dining Hall will be open for its normal operating hours.

Decisions regarding scheduled athletic events will be posted on the Delta State Athletics website (www.gostatesmen.com) and social media outlets. For the status of other scheduled university events, contact the event sponsor.

Updates and notifications of campus status will be available at www.deltastate.edu, the university’s Facebook page (facebook.com/deltastateuniversity), Twitter account (@deltastate), and through the Okra Alert Emergency System. Or, you can call for an update at 662-846-4155.

Anyone who has not yet registered his or her cell phone number for emergency text alerts is encouraged to do so now by completing the following steps:
1. Login to your “My DSU” account:
https://banapp2.deltastate.edu:9010/dsu/twbkwbis.P_GenMenu?name=homepage
2. Choose the “Personal Information” section and the “Enroll in Okra Alert” option.
3. Add your cell phone number (with area code).

Campus closure due to weather

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The National Weather Service has placed Cleveland under a Winter Weather Warning beginning at 6 p.m. today and ending at noon tomorrow.

Due to this weather threat, and in the interest of safety and an abundance of caution, Delta State University will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 16. All classes, including night classes, are cancelled for Tuesday, and the university will be closed for business operations. However, students who live on campus and nearby are encouraged to return to Cleveland by 6 p.m. today as hazardous travel conditions could extend well into tomorrow night. Everyone is encouraged to use caution if traveling after the storm begins tonight. The Dining Hall will be open for its normal operating hours.

Please report any problems to the Campus Police Department by calling 662-846-4155. For students living in the residence halls, the Hall Directors will issue information/updates from time-to-time. Please contact your Hall Director with any questions or problems.

Decisions regarding scheduled athletic events will be posted on the Delta State Athletics website (www.gostatesmen.com) and social media outlets.

For the status of other scheduled university events, contact the event sponsor.

Updates and notifications of campus status will be available at www.deltastate.edu, the university’s Facebook page (facebook.com/deltastateuniversity), Twitter account (@deltastate), and through the Okra Alert Emergency System. Or, you can call for an update at 662-846-4155.

Anyone who has not yet registered his or her cell phone number for emergency text alerts is encouraged to do so now by completing the following steps:
1. Login to your “My DSU” account:
https://banapp2.deltastate.edu:9010/dsu/twbkwbis.P_GenMenu?name=homepage
2. Choose the “Personal Information” section and the “Enroll in Okra Alert” option.
3. Add your cell phone number (with area code).

Weather update: Employees will not report on Friday, Jan. 12

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OKRAlert: Due to icy roads and winter weather, the university will suspend classes on Friday, Jan. 12. Employees will NOT report at 1 p.m. as originally scheduled.

The Delta State Emergency Response Team is monitoring the situation and is in contact with the National Weather Service, emergency officials and the university’s administration.

Any changes to the university’s schedule will be posted using deltastate.edu, email, text messages, Twitter (@DeltaState) and Facebook.

If you have travel plans, please check weather conditions and road conditions and use judgment before traveling.

Anyone who has not yet registered his or her cell phone number for emergency text alerts is encouraged to do so now by completing the following steps:

1.    Login to your “My DSU” account:

2.    https://banapp2.deltastate.edu:9010/dsu/twbkwbis.P_GenMenu?name=homepage

3.    Choose the “Personal Information” section and the “Enroll in Okra Alert” option.