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November 2009

Delta organizations are looking for AmeriCorps*VISTA members

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Seven years ago, Linda Nicole Stringfellow of Greenwood, took her master’s degree into the job market, but without relevant work experience, she quickly ran into a problem – she could not find a job. She then turned to AmeriCorps, a national service program, which placed her with the Greenwood-Leflore Communities in Schools (CIS), and the two years of work with Greenwood and Leflore County school children changed her life forever.

“I was transformed,” Stringfellow said. “They put me in a very responsible position – coordinating student programs with CIS, networking in the community, recruiting and managing volunteer tutors. Giving back to my community in a positive way and the satisfaction that comes with making a difference in people’s lives was well worth the experience.”
Now, Stringfellow is the Director for the Mississippi Delta Service Corps/AmeriCorps*VISTA Program (MDSC/A*VISTA) at Delta State University’s Center for Community and Economic Development.
A Criminal Justice major and Mississippi Valley State University graduate, Stringfellow received a post-service education award of over $9,000 to help with her student loans.
Beronica Wilder of Benoit found herself in a similar dilemma; she had the education, but could not find a job. She joined AmeriCorps and was placed as a tutor with the America Reads Mississippi AmeriCorps Program. After serving two years in Greenville and Washington County, she was on her way.  Wilder then gained the opportunity to serve as a Volunteer In Service To America (VISTA) with Lower Mississippi Delta Service Corps, Inc. in Cleveland, and went on to develop their Bolivar County Volunteer Center. This achievement was pivotal for her.
She is now the Program Associate for Field Services for the Mississippi Delta Service Corps/AmeriCorps*VISTA Program (MDSC/A*VISTA) at Delta State University’s Center for Community and Economic Development. Wilder a Business Administration major at Delta State University also received an educational stipend valued at more than $9,000.
The AmeriCorps*VISTA program provides a monthly living allowance, health insurance, and child care benefits (for qualified applicants). Additionally, a post-service education award of $5,350 is available to repay student loans or to finance college, graduate school or vocational training.
“The benefits to a member are great,” says Stringfellow. “Health insurance is valuable to everyone, and many do not have the opportunity to pay $5,350 towards their student loans and/or education in one year. AmeriCorps*VISTA has become popular to many who are looking for an opportunity to serve their community. Furthermore, the non-profit organizations, which are finding their grant funds decreased, are also turning to the program as an affordable way to staff their agencies and to provide much needed services to the communities.”
MDSC/AmeriCorps*VISTA has openings for VISTA members throughoutthe Delta with a community development organization and a career development organization. 
Those who are interested in applying for the service opportunitiesMUST complete an on-line application by going to Under the column “For Individuals” click on “I’m Ready to Serve” and complete the information, including reference forms. 
For more information, contact Mrs. Muriel Lucas at (662) 846-4806 or e-mail at

Delta State announces the establishment of scholarship

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Thomas N. Sledge



The College of Business at Delta State University will announce the establishment of the Thomas N. Sledge Commercial Aviation Endowed scholarship in memory of Sledge during a ceremony to be held Wednesday, Dec. 2, at 3 p.m. in the Baioni Conference Center inside Broom Hall on the campus.

A native of Cleveland, Sledge joined the Delta State staff as an aviation instructor in 1990, following a distinguished career in the U.S. Air Force and the Mississippi Air Guard.  He became chair of the department in 1997. Sledge held a Master’s Degree in Commercial Aviation from the University of Louisiana in Monroe, and a Doctorate of Education from Delta State University. His wife, Alinda, has worked at Delta State for twenty years, five of those serving as Chair of the Social Work department. 
He was the son of former Senator, Nevin Sledge, and son-in-law of former Representative, Charles W. (Charlie) Capps, Jr.
A reception will immediately follow the ceremony. The event is open to all his friends and colleagues.



Delta State to host second Drumming and Dance workshop

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The Bologna Performing Arts Center (BPAC) is hosting a second free workshop on Drumming and Dance in West Africa as part of the Juliet Kossman ArtsPass series on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 9 a.m.- noon at the BPAC.

Dr. Karen Fosheim, professor of music at Delta State, will present this workshop, which will be an exploration of the culture of West Africa through drumming, dance, and song. 

Participants will learn the basic techniques of African djembe drumming and play traditional African drumming rhythms in an ensemble consisting of djembe and dundun drums, balafons, bells, and shakers.
They will also learn the dances and songs that accompany the drumming rhythms. A mini-performance will conclude the workshop.

The workshop is for children ages 5-8. Early registration is encouraged due to limited class size of 15 participants.

To register or for more information, please call the BPAC at (662) 846-4844.

Delta State holds can food drive competition

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Standing beside some of the boxes of food are from left, BSAC representatives April Mondy from Helena, Ark., member at large; Ashley King from Lakeland, Tenn., treasurer; Rebekah Harbour from Madison, secretary; and Audrie Rhoda from Southaven, president.




The Dean’s College of Business Student Advisory Council (BSAC) at Delta State University launched a four day Canned Food Drive Nov. 16-19. 

 A competition raged between students, faculty, and staff to see which department could collect the most food. 
In this short four day time period, the College of Business collected 1,809 cans of food with the Commercial Aviation department, in partnership with the airport, taking the first prize with collections totaling 885 cans. 
The Accounting, CIS, and Finance department placed second with 733 cans. 
Audrie Rhoda, BSAC President, remarked “This was a huge success and I thank all the students, faculty, and staff who made this possible.”
The food collected from the drive will be distributed to needy families during Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
The College of Business Student Advisory Council hopes to make this an annual event.



Delta State honors retiring Becky Foster

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Becky Foster (center, with life preserver) was honored with a cruise ship themed party to mark her upcoming December retirement. The east lobby of the second floor of the H.L. Nowell Union was filled with faculty, staff, and family and friends of Foster. Foster has worked at Delta State University for 30 years.

Pictured with Foster are Delta State staff (from left) Leigh Korb, Deborah Pilgrim, Foster, Donna Fitzgerald, Beverly Lindsey, Vicki Williams and Bert Herbison.