2,193 Miles Virtual Event

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Just a few days before these four Statesmen and their five fur-children depart for the biggest journey of their life, they are joining Delta State University live via Zoom at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 16, to share their story. The public is invited to attend this virtual event to hear and see how they’ve trained, what they will be carrying, their goals, and their fears & concerns about hiking 2,193. They will also be available for a Q&A session.

Click HERE to register to attend this virtual event!

The BPAC Presents Film of Chinese-American Family’s Story

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The Bologna Performing Arts Center (BPAC) is proud to present Far East Deep South, as a free virtual screening that will be available for a four-day viewing period: Sunday, February 14 – 17. Once film is unlocked, viewers will have 24 hours to finish watching their film.

“We are pleased to offer extended viewing periods for the Southern Circuit documentaries this spring. The films explore a variety of topics, and we think our community will find them informing” said Laura Howell, Executive Director of the BPAC.

Please visit www.bolognapac.com for more details and to register for free

The documentary is about a Chinese-American family’s search for their roots. When Charles Chiu, a Chinese American from California, travels to Mississippi to visit the grave of his father who abandoned him as a baby, he and his family stumble upon surprising revelations that change their lives. Along the way, they meet a diverse group of local residents and historians, who shed light on the racially complex history of the early Chinese in the segregated South. Their emotional journey leads them to discover how deep their roots run in America. “If viewers think they are not going to be able to relate to this film because Chinese is not their ancestry or they know their ancestors all the way back 20 generations, prepare yourselves because you WILL connect and be awed by this journey,” said Emily Jones, Delta State University Archivist. The screening will be followed by a pre-recorded conversation with the Director, Producer, Writer Larissa Lam and Producer Bladwin Chiu.

This film is part of the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers. Southern Circuit screenings are funded in part by a grant from South Arts, a regional arts organization, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.

The next free screening that is part of the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers will be Code of the Freaks February 21 – 24, 2021. This feature-length documentary is a radical reframing of the use of disabled characters in film. Named after a line from Tod Browning’s 1932 classic Freaks, Code of the Freaks counters these formulaic entertainments with a powerful corrective: it dares to imagine a cinematic landscape that takes disabled people seriously. The screening will be followed by a pre-recorded conversation with the Director, Producer Salome Chasnoff.

Registration is free to all Southern Circuit films, and all film screenings are followed by a prerecorded conversation with the filmmakers. Visit www.bolognapac.com for additional information about these and other BPAC events or contact the Ticket Office at 662-846-4626.

For more information about Southern Circuit and South Arts please visit www.southarts.org.

Winter Weather Updates/Campus Closures

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2.21.21 Update

Delta State University will resume normal operations on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. University offices will open at 8 a.m., and classes will be held as scheduled. As roads continue to clear, faculty, staff and students should remain alert and exercise caution when traveling to campus.  Those traveling from out of town should check with local and state officials regarding road conditions and should use good judgment when making decisions regarding travel.

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2.19.21 Update

According to the National Weather Service (NWS) in Jackson, Cleveland remains under a hard freeze warning until noon on Friday, and the threat for winter weather continues today, with impacts from the winter storm persisting.

Temperatures are expected to drop Thursday night and Friday night into the teens across the Delta region along with single digit wind chills. Power outages and tree damage may occur. Light freezing drizzle and additional light icing of bridges is expected. Those in affected areas should continue to avoid traveling, if possible.

Due to this continued weather threat, and in the interest of safety and an abundance of caution, Delta State University will close on Friday, February 19.  All classes, including night classes, are canceled for Friday, and the university will be closed for business operations. Essential service personnel should check with their supervisor to determine if they need to report on Friday. Employees who are uncertain about their work schedule should check with their supervisor.

Residence halls and the cafeteria will be open and will follow normal hours of operation.

University administration will continue to monitor this evolving weather event. 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 University Police at (662) 846-4155 for updates.

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, please contact the event’s sponsor.

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. Log in to your “DSU Online Services” account: http://www.deltastate.edu/portal
  2. Choose the “Personal Information” section and the “Enroll in Okra Alert” option.
  3. Add your cell phone number (with area code).

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2.16.21 Update

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Jackson has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Bolivar County that is in effect from 6:00 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 17 until 6 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 18.

According to the NWS statement, heavy freezing rain, sleet and possible snow are predicted to impact the Delta region with additional ice and snow expected to add to existing wintry accumulations. Power outages and tree damage may occur due to the ice. The conditions have also created slick spots on roadways, mainly on bridges and overpasses. Those in affected areas should avoid traveling, if possible. If you must travel, you are advised to keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

Out of an abundance of caution, the Delta State University campus will remain closed for faculty, staff and students on Wednesday, Feb. 17, and Thursday, Feb 18. Residence halls and the cafeteria will be open and will follow normal hours of operation. To the extent possible, employees are to “work from home.” Students are to attend classes virtually and are expected to continue their coursework unless experiencing a power outage or internet connectivity issues due to the storm.

University administration will continue to monitor this evolving weather event. 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 (662) 846-4155 for updates.

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, please contact the event’s sponsor.

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. Log in to your “DSU Online Services” account: http://www.deltastate.edu/portal
  2. Choose the “Personal Information” section and the “Enroll in Okra Alert” option.
  3. Add your cell phone number (with area code).

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2.14.21 Update

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Jackson has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Bolivar County that is in effect from noon today through Tuesday.

According to the NWS statement, heavy mixed precipitation is expected to impact the Delta region with snow and sleet accumulations of up to six inches and ice accumulations of up to a half-inch. Power outages and tree damage may occur due to the ice. Cold wind chills as low as 5 below zero could result in hypothermia if proper precautions are not taken. The conditions have also created slick spots on roadways, mainly on bridges and overpasses. Those in affected areas should avoid traveling, if possible. If you must travel, you are advised to keep an extra flashlight, food and water in your vehicle in case of an emergency.

Out of an abundance of caution, the Delta State University campus will remain closed for faculty, staff and students on Monday, Feb. 15, and Tuesday, Feb 16. Residence halls and the cafeteria will be open and will follow normal hours of operation. To the extent possible, employees are to “work from home.” Students are to attend classes virtually and are expected to continue their coursework unless experiencing a power outage or internet connectivity issues due to the storm.

University administration will continue to monitor this evolving weather event. 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 (662) 846-4155 for updates.

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, please contact the event’s sponsor.

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. Log in to your “DSU Online Services” account: http://www.deltastate.edu/portal
  2. Choose the “Personal Information” section and the “Enroll in Okra Alert” option.
  3. Add your cell phone number (with area code).

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2.11.21 Update

According to the National Weather Service (NWS) in Jackson, the northwest portion of the Mississippi Delta will continue to see intermittent freezing rain and low temperatures on Friday and into Saturday.

Trees are currently heavy with ice in some areas, and freezing rain is expected to add to the accumulation. The conditions have created slick spots on roadways, mainly on bridges and overpasses. Those in affected areas should use caution while driving, especially after midnight as ground temperatures are expected to stay below freezing. Downed tree limbs and power outages may also occur.

Out of an abundance of caution, the Delta State University campus will remain closed for faculty, staff and students on Friday, Feb. 12. Residence halls and the cafeteria will be open and will follow normal hours of operation. To the extent possible, employees are requested to “work from home” and students to attend classes remotely.

University administration will continue to monitor this evolving weather event. 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 (662) 846-4155 for updates.

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, please contact the event’s sponsor.

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. Log in to your “DSU Online Services” account: http://www.deltastate.edu/portal

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

3. Add your cell phone number (with area code).

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2.10.21 Update

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Jackson has issued an Ice Storm Warning for  Bolivar County that is in effect tonight through Thursday.

According to the NWS statement, significant icing is expected with ice accumulations of one tenth to three tenths of an inch possible. The conditions will create slick spots on roadways, mainly on bridges and overpasses. Those in affected areas should be prepared for slippery roads and use caution while driving. Downed tree limbs and power outages may also occur.

Out of an abundance of caution, the Delta State University campus will be closed for faculty, staff and students on Thursday, Feb. 11. Residence halls and the cafeteria will remain open and will follow normal hours of operation. To the extent possible, employees are requested to “work from home” and students to attend classes remotely.

University administration will continue to monitor this evolving weather event. 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 (662) 846-4155 for updates.

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, please contact the event’s sponsor.

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. Log in to your “DSU Online Services” account: http://www.deltastate.edu/portal

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

3. Add your cell phone number (with area code).

 

January 2021 Employee of the Month: Hope Bolden

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Name: Hope Bolden

Job title and department: Financial Aid Counselor, Student Financial Assistance

Employee of the month for what month/year: January 2021

DSU degrees, years, majors: Bachelors of Business Administration , Marketing (’09)

What does this award mean to you? I am very honored to have received this award. Receiving this award lets me know that I am hopefully serving my purpose here at Delta State.

What do you like best about your job? My favorite part of my job is getting to interact with students and help them find funding to be able to afford college.

What do you like best about Delta State? From the time I was a student at Delta State to now, I have always loved that Delta State was like a big family. We have a small but tight-knit group of faculty, staff, and students that makes DSU what it is.

What do you like best about living in the Mississippi Delta? I was born and raised in the MS Delta. The Delta is my home, and I love it! What I love the most about the Delta is that all of the surrounding communities always come together and support one another.