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Statesman Emerald Awards of Excellence winners

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The Office of Student Affairs at Delta State recently hosted the second annual Lady Statesman Emerald Awards of Excellence at the the 2018 Women’s Conference.

The conference, along with the annual Men’s Conference, was instituted by Dr. Vernell Bennett, vice president for Student Affairs.

This year’s Lady Statesman Emerald Award of Excellence winners, which recognized female students, faculty and staff, included:

  • Top Student Leader – Michaella Wheatley
  • Top International Student – Marwa Cherraf
  • Most Spirited – Kaitlyn Bryant
  • Top Resident Assistant – Katherine White
  • Most Talented – Elizabeth Wickliffe
  • Top Residence Hall Manager – Candace Ball
  • Top Student Organization President – Porsche Chambers
  • Top Fan – Rachel Stephens
  • Community Service Award – Taylor Johnson
  • Top Panhellenic Council Sorority – Delta Delta Delta Sorority
  • Top National Pan-Hellenic Council Sorority – Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • College of Educations & Human Sciences Undergraduate Scholar – Etta Kathryn Jennings
  • College of Education & Human Sciences Graduate Scholar – Elizabetta Zengaro
  • College of Education & Human Sciences Doctoral Scholar – Barbara Boschert
  • College of Business & Aviation Scholar – Mara Clara Belisario
  • College of Arts & Sciences Scholar – Rebecca Hamilton
  • Robert E. Smith School of Nursing Scholar – Skylar Kuehn

Athletics:

  • Top Women’s Basketball Scholar – Aspriona Gilbert
  • Top Cheer Scholar – Porsha Gatson
  • Top Women’s Cross Country Scholar – Sarah Mumme
  • Top Women’s Soccer Scholar – Cath Thomson
  • Top Softball Scholar – Taylor Johnson
  • Top Swim/Dive Scholar – Hailey Leonard
  • Top Women’s Tennis Scholar – Charlotte le Flohic

* Top Administrator – Dr. Vernell Bennett
* Top Director Award – Julie Jackson
* Top Faculty Award – Dr. Tomeka Harbin
* Top Female Staff – Tarnisha Smith

The Women’s Conference is hosted each spring and the Men’s Conference is held each fall. The Emerald Awards of Excellence are held for both conferences. Students submit nominations in person and online. Each conference features keynote speakers, plenary sessions, workshops, a luncheon, a community service project and social events.

 

 

Jazz Ensemble to present concert April 17

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The Delta State University Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of associate professor of music Dr. Bret Pimentel, will present a concert April 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Jobe Hall Auditorium.

The DSU Jazz Ensemble is a 17-piece “big band” made up of music majors and non-music majors selected by competitive audition. The band is known in the community for its annual Big Band Bash fundraiser, an evening of dining, dancing and classic Swing Era music.

Big band jazz is characterized by tightly-coordinated, high-energy playing from a large horn section made up of trumpets, trombones and saxophones, working in partnership with a powerful, driving rhythm section of keyboards, bass and drums. Individual group members often perform solos that are improvised — composed spontaneously in live performance.

The DSU Jazz Ensemble’s repertoire includes favorites from the Swing Era of the 1930s and 1940s, as well as more contemporary jazz styles from the 1950s to the present.

This concert’s lineup includes new and classic jazz music by great composers and arrangers like Hoagy Carmichael, Woody Herman, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder and Neal Hefti.

The concert is free and open to the public.

New DMI scholarships to honor Nowell and Warrington

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Pictured (left to right): Desira Coleman Warrington, Paul Janoush and Becky Hawes Nowell.

 

Two new academic scholarships have been created to benefit rising sophomore students enrolled in the Delta Music Institute entertainment industry program at Delta State University.

Paul Janoush of Cleveland, recently gifted the DSU Foundation with funds to establish the Becky Hawes Nowell and Desira Coleman Warrington Scholarships to honor the love, service and friendship Nowell and Warrington provided to the late Lucy Richardson Janoush.

The Janoush family has given generously to the DMI over the years by funding student scholarships and enrichment opportunities.

“These scholarships are a wonderful way to remember Lucy and all that she did for DMI and the community,” said Warrington.

“She had a passion for music and the DMI,” added Nowell. “Music helped her fight her battle. One of the first things that she did was to make a playlist to listen to while she fought cancer. We are honored to have these scholarships given in our names to continue Lucy’s legacy, and give students an opportunity to pursue their dream in the music industry.”

DMI Director Tricia Walker added, “We are so grateful for the generosity of the Janoush family in supporting the DMI program since its inception. Our students’ lives continue to be enriched by the opportunities these types of awards provide.”

Gifts and donations to the Friends of DMI fund are encouraged. For online giving, please visit www.deltastategiving.org and search for Delta Music Institute.

The Delta Music Institute is an independent center of study under the College of Arts & Sciences at Delta State University, offering a B.S. degree in Entertainment Industry Studies degree. The focus of the DMI is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, creative, and business areas of the music and entertainment industry. For information, contact (662) 846-4579 or visit http://dmi.deltastate.edu.

University offers numerous summer school options

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Summer at Delta State University offers a number of opportunities for students to stay on track on their path to graduation.

“Summer school is a great to stay ahead of coursework at Delta State, catch up on credits, improve your GPA and get pre-requisites out of the way,” said Dr. Christy Riddle, executive director of the Student Success Center at Delta State. “Taking a couple classes each summer can set you up to graduate sooner and start your career earlier — which leads to earning a salary instead of paying college tuition.”

A full list of courses offered during Summer I and Summer II sessions is available online. View the large selection of summer classes at: http://www.deltastate.edu/academic-affairs/summer-school.

Instead of taking a course for four months during the fall or spring semesters, summer school courses are condensed to five weeks. The university offers online and on-campus courses in a variety of subjects that count towards general education requirements or for specific majors.

“Moving home for the summer? No problem,” said Riddle. “Delta State’s online courses let you take classes from anywhere on the planet.”

Students are encouraged to and register for summer courses during Pre-Registration Week from April 2-6. By meeting with academic advisors, students can register for both summer and fall classes.

Additionally, there are financial aid options available for summer school. Options range from federal aid, to state-based assistance, such as the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which helps students complete their degree and find employment.

Financial aid applications for the summer are due during fall pre-registration, with the priority deadline of April 6, and the final deadline of June 12. For information on financial aid, contact 662-846-4670, or visit http://www.deltastate.edu/student-life/financial-aid.

Students should also be aware of the general deadlines to enroll in summer course work. The deadline for the Summer I session is May 29, and the Summer II deadline is July 2.

Dr. Beverly Moon, dean of Graduate & Continuing Studies and Research at Delta State, added that summer coursework provides many opportunities for high school students and community members alike.

“So many courses we offer appeal to the wide community,” said Moon. “Those include HPER courses such as swimming, art courses, the blues curriculum, and many others such as personal finance, the history of rock ‘n’ roll, astronomy, karate, or even a computer course.”

Another benefit is that those signing up for courses don’t necessarily need to be degree-seeking students.

“Many students take a course or two for continuing education credits, or as a requirement for a job,” added Moon. “Some sign up for credit towards a degree somewhere else, to try a new subject, or just for self-gratification.”

Fashion merchandising students show well at state meeting

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Dr. Jan Haynes, professor of fashion merchandising (left), and a piece designed by Mallory McWhorter.

 

Delta State University fashion merchandising students recently took part in the Mississippi Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Conference at Mississippi State University.

Mallory McWhorter won third place in the Apparel Design competition. She is a senior fashion merchandising student in the College of Education and Human Science’s Division of Family and Consumer Sciences.

In total, five Delta State students participated in the conference.

“Our students had the fortunate opportunity of competing at the state level, and we are very proud of Mallory’s award,” said Dr. Jan Haynes, professor of fashion merchandising. “Fashion merchandising students at Delta State are granted a number of opportunities to take part in design competitions, which is great training for their professional endeavors.”

To learn more about fashion merchandising at Delta State, visit http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-education/family-and-consumer-sciences/fashion-merchandising-family-and-consumer-sciences/.