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DSU College of Education and Human Sciences holds grant announcement ceremony

By | College of Education and Human Sciences, Faculty/Staff, General, Students | No Comments

Who: College of Education and Human Sciences
What: Grant Announcement Ceremony
When: Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, 2 PM
Where: Jacob Conference Center, James E. Ewing Building

Delta State University once again received significant funding from the Tri State Educational Foundation to support graduate students pursuing the master of education degree in elementary education—in this round, $150,000 for 20 of the next generation of teachers. They will be honored at a grant announcement ceremony on Tuesday at 2 PM in the Jacob Conference Center, James E. Ewing Building.

“The exponential power of this financial assistance to students in the Tri State service area continues to be staggering,” said Leslie Griffin, dean of the College of Education. “The Tri State Foundation remains a pillar of support for the Division of Teacher Education, Leadership, and Research at Delta State University.”

Since 2008, the Tri State Educational Foundation has supported students in the elementary education and educational leadership programs at both the master’s and specialist’s levels. The Tri State Educational Foundation also continues to fund undergraduate scholarships and the Jacob-McRaney Scholarship. In total, the Tri State Educational Foundation has awarded approximately $1.5 million to the College of Education to enable candidates at all levels of preparation to pursue their education.

“There is no way to estimate the impact of these gifts, especially when one considers that the financial support is coupled with personal support from Tri State Foundation Chair, Dr. Bob Ferguson, and his wife, Sylvia, who are both Delta State grads and longtime school professionals, he as a superintendent and she in teaching and early childhood leadership roles,” continued Miller. “The Fergusons commit to individuals, not just programs. They take a personal interest in each candidate and understand the community they serve.”

Dr. Merideth Van Namen, chair of the Division of Teacher Education, Leadership, and Research, added: “By providing opportunities for both educators and administrators in the Tri State area, the Tri State Educational Foundation has improved the lives of not only these scholarship recipients but also countless k-12 children.”

33rd Annual Pig Pickin’ lineup announced

By | Alumni, Communications and Marketing, Faculty/Staff, General, Students | No Comments

Here’s the lineup for the 33rd annual Pig Pickin’ weekend.

Festivities kick off on Friday, Sept. 21 at 5 PM with Pig Pickin’ After Dark. Delta State Radio station will begin the evening. Stretta, a Nashville-based high-energy cover band, plays at 8 PM.

Kappa Sigma Fraternity will host its annual 5K Hog Run for Military Heroes at 8:30 AM on Saturday. Tickets can be purchased athttps://www.racesonline.com/events/hog-run.

Statesmen Park opens at noon; food lines begin at this time. BBQ meals can be purchased from noon to 3 PM. Buy BBQ tickets athttp://www.dsupigpickin.com/purchase-bbq-tickets/.

Beginning at 1 PM, several Delta Music Institute bands will perform, including B4Y2K, Delta Rox, and Ol’ Skool Revue. Delta State University President William N. LaForge will also share his musical talents with his band, President LaForge and the Cabinet.

The Admissions Office will present its annual DSU Day for prospective students from 1 PM to 4 PM. For more information, visithttp://www.deltastate.edu/admissions/visit-campus/events/.

The National Alumni Association is partnering with DSU intramurals on the fourth annual Cornhole Tournament at Pig Pickin’. The tournament begins at 2 PM at Statesmen Park. Register at http://www.dsupigpickin.com/events and purchase an entry fee. For questions, contact Kirk Mansell at (662) 846-4566.

At 3:15 PM, the Delta State University Marching Band, Delta State cheerleaders, and the Delta Belles dance team will lead the way for the football pre-game pep rally.

While the crowd awaits the judges’ decisions on cooking competition winners, the CE Allstars will take the stage to present a cheerleading, tumbling and gymnastics show.

Pig Pickin’ award winners will be announced at 5 p.m.

Tailgaters will prepare for the 6 PM kickoff, as the Statesmen take on North Greenville University. To purchase game tickets, visithttps://deltastatetickets.universitytickets.com/w/event.aspx?id=1433&r=451e02dd0d044a96b7b73967750d54a6 or call DSU Athletics at (662) 846-4300.

For more information about the 33rd annual Pig Pickin’ weekend, check out www.dsupigpickin.com or contact the Alumni Association office at (662) 846-4709.

To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, download the Delta State Alumni app and follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (alumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1).

Delta State University celebrates 93rd anniversary

By | Archives, Archives and Museum, Faculty/Staff, General | No Comments

The Dedicated Statesmen Association invites the public to celebrate Delta State University’s 93rd anniversary on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at noon inside the H. L. Nowell Student Union.

A short program highlighting achievements and contributions made throughout the 1950s will take place. President William N. LaForge will also make remarks.

A small exhibit of related memorabilia from the University Archives is on display at the Barnes & Noble bookstore on the first floor of the student union.

“As President LaForge reflected on the power of time in his convocation address, I want to urge our current student body to remember that this is their time to not only make memories, but to also contribute to the success of the University, as so many students have before us,” said Student Government Association President Charlie King.

McNair Research Scholars Program holds reception

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The McNair Research Scholars Program at Delta State University held a reception in the Baioni Conference Center on Aug. 29 to introduce the 2018-19 scholars and to give summer research experience participants the opportunity to present five-minute oral presentations about their successes.

The McNair Research Scholars program encourages and prepares low-income, first-generation, and minority students for doctoral study and careers in research. The initiative addresses social, cultural, and academic barriers in higher education; offers individually focused and intensive programming geared toward navigating graduate and professional school admissions, and presents academic tutoring, personal counseling, mentoring, financial guidance, and other support to advance college access, retention, and graduation. The program also provides research opportunities and faculty mentoring during the summer.

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program was established in memory of astronaut-physicist and Challenger crew member Ronald E. McNair. The program is administered through Delta State’s Office of Graduate & Continuing Studies. McNair is one of eight TRIO programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

McNair Research Scholars are as follows:

First row: Syed Mohammed Amanuddin, Johvan Hill-Dick, Kevin Sodachanh, Dakota Conway, William Neal. Second row: Stephanie Davis, Zaria Nolan, Khyla Grant, Bria Goodson, KaShyla Brooks, Alexis Austin, Jakayla Washington, Abigail Hynum, Demicia Diew, Stevena King. Third row: Hertayshia Thomas, Nicholas Walters, J’Maricus Myers, Porsche Chambers, Sher’Creshia Cannon, Laketha Covington, Joelle Dick, Quincy Hughes, Ashley Griffin.
Not pictured: Bobby Foster and Audrey Gonzalez.

Grammy Award winner Lee Ann Womack – Performs at the BPAC

By | Bologna Performing Arts Center, Faculty/Staff, General | No Comments

Lee Ann Womack will perform live in concert on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bologna Performing Arts Center (BPAC) at Delta State University. The concert is locally sponsored by Wade Inc. Tickets start at $40 and are on sale at the BPAC ticket office, by phone 662-846-4626, or online www.bolognapac.com.

Praised by The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and The New Yorker, among many other media outlets, Womack has sung for multiple U.S. presidents and rendered award-winning duets with the likes of Willie Nelson, John Prine, and John Legend. Her hit singles include “I Hope You Dance,” “I’ll Think of a Reason Later,” and “A Little Past Little Rock.” She has earned six Country Music Association Awards (including Single and Album of the Year), five Academy of Country Music Awards, a Grammy Award, and much more.

NPR Music says Womack “occupies rare terrain in country music”; her latest album The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone (ATO), has “some of the most immediate and deeply felt vocal performances” of her career and taps “into the emotional core of country.”

“I could never shake my center of who I was,” says the East Texas native. “I’m drawn to rootsy music. It’s what moves me.”
Tickets are now on sale at www.bolognapac.com or at the BPAC Ticket Office at 662.846.4626. * Group discount of 10% (for 10 or more) available.