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Aviation student spanning the globe

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One Delta State University aviation student is literally soaring to new heights this spring break.

Malik Sinegal, a junior commercial aviation major and Biloxi native, is currently flying around the world in an ambassador role for Republic Airline. And joining him for the trip — the mini Fighting Okra doll available at the university bookstore.

For 16 days of fun and adventure, Sinegal will be flying aboard Republic flights as an ambassador. Fulfilling a lifelong goal, he will completely span the globe, with stops in Egypt and its pyramids, the mammoth skyscrapers of Dubai, the iconic Sydney Opera House in Australia, the busy streets of Tokyo, and more.

Sinegal is dedicating the trip to his grandmother, who had always dreamed of traveling the world before passing away in 2017.

“I thought that it would put my heart finally at rest if I did this for her,” he said.

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Republic Airline employs 5,500 talented professionals to support its operations in partnership with American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines. The company operates 950 daily departures to over 100 U.S. cities, Canada, Central America and the Caribbean.

Thanks to Sinegal’s private pilot certificate, instrument rating, RJet Cadet training, and education through Delta State’s Department of Commercial Aviation, he was a perfect fit for the ambassador position. Sinegal will serve in this capacity for about a year and a half, after which, he aims to stay with Republic as a first officer.

“My role as an ambassador is to recruit the best people for our award-winning environment — flight attendants, pilots and business majors,” said Sinegal. “At Republic, we want people who use our company’s motto to strive for excellence in their everyday lives.”

And Sinegal’s effort has already paid off for his fellow Delta State aviation peers. A couple of his classmates recently passed their cadet interviews with Republic.

“It’s always fun to come back to school and tell fellow students about the trips that I’ve been on,” Sinegal said. “Many students think that school will be for the rest of their lives, and they tend to get distracted and lazy. However, what they don’t realize is that their dream jobs are just around the corner.”

Sinegal added that he was prepared to work with Republic thanks to the quality instruction at Delta State.

“They have blessed me,” he said. “We have the best teachers and instructors. Dr. Speakes, Sam Washington, Chip Cooper, Rogel Campbell and Brett Oleis definitely need more credit for their hard work on campus.”

Dr. Julie Speakes, chair of the department, said Sinegal is a prime example of an aviation student making the most of his training.

“What an exciting opportunity Malik has to see the world and promote DSU Aviation,” said Speakes. “There are many unique prospects in the aviation sector, and our students are linked with some of the best opportunities at the university level.”

With his loyal mini Fighting Okra by his side, Sinegal continues to rack up miles in the sky, setting the foundation for a lengthy aviation career ahead of him.

“I have been blessed enough to see all of the amazing opportunities that this world is ready to offer us,” he said. “What you do today will set you in the right path for the rest of your life.”

Learn more about Delta State’s Department of Commercial Aviation at http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-business/commercial-aviation.

International Business Symposium returns March 28-29

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Delta State University’s College of Business and Aviation will host the 13th annual International Business Symposium on campus March 28-29. Events will kick off at 3 p.m. March 28 at the Baioni Conference Center in Broom Hall. The theme this year is “Dream Big, Achieve Bigger.”

The annual symposium is sponsored by David and Sherry Abney, Mississippi Delta natives who currently reside in Atlanta. David Abney, a 1976 graduate of DSU, began his career as a part-time United Parcel Service (UPS) package loader while in college. He now serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board for UPS, the world’s largest package delivery company. Abney is the eleventh CEO in the 107-year-history of UPS.

“Sherry and I wanted to do something meaningful for the Delta. By bringing global leaders onto campus and sharing their experiences with students, I believe we’ll be able to expand Delta State students’ horizons in how they see and prepare for their futures,” Abney said in a previous Delta State interview.

Along with Abney, the schedule will feature four distinguished speakers, all Delta State graduates:

*Laird Hamberlin: Hamberlin returns to the symposium to share his expertise. He received his bachelor’s in business administration from Delta State before going on to become the vice president of sales and commercial for Terminix (a division of ServiceMaster). Prior to being an equity investor of ServiceMaster and taking the company public in June 2014, he worked for various conglomerates including UTC Climate, Controls and Security, where he served as president of the access controls division.
*Karen Fitzgerald: Fitzgerald is an independent consultant and Lexus achiever with Rodan+Fields, a premium skincare company, in which she leads a team of over 1,200 people who produced over $4.8 million in sales in 2017. She is a Greenville native and completed her degree at Delta State in 2007 in food and nutrition sciences. Fitzgerald began working with Rodan+Fields in 2011, and has since risen to the top two percent of the company.
*Rodney Francis: Francis is the director of human resources for the Nissan North America vehicle facility in Canton, Mississippi. A native of Conroe, Texas, Francis has been a resident of Mississippi for more than 20 years. He received his Bachelor of Science and MBA from Delta State, where he also lettered in basketball. He began his career in HR at Baxter Healthcare in Cleveland, and after years of progressive growth in the profession, he joined the Nissan HR team in 2014.
*Danny Lipe: Lipe has provided value-added strategic guidance, effective management and high-level finance solutions throughout his career in banking and finance. Lipe is a 1985 graduate of Delta State a bachelor’s in accounting. In 1997, he obtained his MBA from the University of Notre Dame. His career has included senior level positions in various industries including furniture retail, investment brokerage, banking and poultry. Originally from Greenville, Lipe resides in Miami, Florida.

The 2018 International Business Symposium is free and open to public. For more information, contact Zina Taran at 662-846-4190 or email ztaran@deltastate.edu.

Miller named new director of Career Services

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Delta State University recently announced Jim Miller as the new director of Career Services at the institution.

Delta State University Career Services assists undergraduate, graduate students and alumni in continuing their career journeys. Services include résumé consultations, career coaching, job postings, job search planning, workshops on interviewing and business etiquette skills, on-campus interviews and much more.

Miller, a native of Tupelo, Mississippi, is thrilled to begin his new role at Delta State.

“I’m very excited to join the team at Delta State,” said Miller. “I have a background in higher education at Mississippi College. All of my family is from the Delta, and they’ve been here a long time. I’m happy to be back in the Delta and work for a school that serves this region.”

Miller said one of his first priorities will be to strengthen the bridge between students and employers.

“I have a passion for students, and I love working with employers,” he added. “Outside of higher education, I’ve worked in a lot of sectors, so I think I have a good understanding of both sides.”

Miller comes to Delta State after previously serving in the director’s position for Career Services at Mississippi College. Prior to that role, he served as the director of employer relations and events in the same department. He also worked as the department’s assistant director. Additionally, Miller previously worked as an executive support specialist for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi.

He received his Master of Science in higher education administration from Mississippi College in 2016. As an undergraduate, he studied political science at the University of Mississippi.

Dr. Vernell Bennett, vice president for Student Affairs at Delta State, said she’s excited to bring Miller’s leadership to campus.

“Mr. Miller comes with a strong background in Career Services, including innovative initiatives and programming, and he has an excellent record of collaborating across a campus in support of student success,” said Bennett. “I’m looking forward to the skillset and energy he will add to the Career Services unit.”

Learn more about Career Services at Delta State at http://www.deltastate.edu/student-life/career-services.

QEP announces slate of March events

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Delta State University’s Quality Enhancement Plan recently announced a full schedule of events for the month of March.

The highlight event, the fifth annual Winning The Race Race race relations conference, takes place March 26-27. Registration for the award-winning conference is now open at: http://www.deltastate.edu/winning-the-race/registration.

The conference is free and open to the public thanks to generous donations from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Mississippi Humanities Council, campus groups,and individuals. Registration is required for all conference attendees. Online registration is open until March 12. Registration after March 12 will take place on site, March 26-27, at the Bologna Performing Art Center.

Featured speakers and breakout sessions include keynote speakers Kevin Powell and Dave Dennis, a concert by Marco Pavé, a Delta State faculty forum and sessions focusing on education, community, culture, social justice, civil rights, law and economic opportunities. For more information, contact Dr. Temika Simmons at tsimmons@deltastate.edu or Dr. Chuck Westmoreland at cwestmoreland@deltastate.edu.

Other upcoming events include:

March 1-31 – Donation Drive for Domestic Violence Shelter
·         Donation boxes for Our House, Inc., a domestic violence center in Greenville, Mississippi, have been placed on the first floors of the Union, Kethley, Jobe, Kent Wyatt and the Roberts-LaForge Library. The goal of the project is to collect toiletries, paper products, bedding, non-perishable and non-expired food, and cleaning supplies to support Our House’s efforts.
·         Event sponsor: DSU QEP
·         For more information, contact Alexas Hayes at ahayes@deltastate.edu

March 7 – NO MORE Week
·         From NO MORE website: NO MORE is dedicated to ending domestic violence and sexual assault by increasing awareness, inspiring action and fueling cultural change. NO MORE unites and strengthens a diverse, global community to help end domestic violence, sexual assault and abuse. Launched in 2013, NO MORE brings together the largest coalition of advocacy groups, service providers, governmental agencies, major corporations, universities, communities and individuals, all under a common brand and a unifying symbol in support of a world free of violence.
·         NO MORE Selfie Station from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the DSU Student Union, first floor
·        ” The Mask You Live In” film screening at 6 p.m. at Baioni Conference Center.  The film follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while navigating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.
·         Event sponsors: Upsilon Delta Delta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and DSU QEP
·         The events are free and open to the public.
·         For more information, contact Linda Stringfellow at lstringfellow@deltastate.edu

March 5-9 – The Pulsera Project

·         The Pulsera Project is a Fair Trade nonprofit organization that empowers and educates people in the U.S. and Central America through pulsera sales. Pulseras are hand-woven bracelets. Student and teacher volunteers raise funds that benefit fair trade jobs, worker rights, sustainability and education, while learning about the culture, lives and struggles of Central Americans. The Pulsera Project’s goal is to create a more just and colorful world by encouraging conscious consumerism and social enterprise.
·         To learn more about pulseras and support artisans, visit: H.L Nowell Union, first floor, March 5 -6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and  Kethley 235, Language Lab, March 7-9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
·         Event sponsor: Division of Languages and Literature
·         For more information, please contact Sylma Ferreira at sferreira@deltastate.edu

March 14Professional Development Webinar: “Social Justice, Diversity & Inclusion in 2018 & Beyond: Use Context Before Content to Engage Across Differences”

·         Scheduled for 1 pm at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for Teaching and Learning Lab in Ewing 239
·         From webinar summary: “As a result of this webinar, you will be able to effectively assess and engage present dynamics on campus, with your organizations, teams, offices, etc. – help ensure the success, satisfaction and persistence of all students on campus; utilize the five components of context – be able to more effectively engage when dealing with issues of difference; and help your teams and others on campus to become “unstuck” in areas of difficult dialogue, conflict and resistance – critically assess, strategize and engage content matters that are impacting your campus.”
·         The event is open to DSU faculty and staff.
·         For more information, contact Michelle Johansen at mjohansen@deltastate.edu

Coming soon…
·         April 3 – The Clothesline Project
·         April 4-5 – Civil Rides, a three-day trek from the steps of the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, to Jackson, Mississippi, that follows in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to raise awareness around persistent rural poverty in America and advocate for racial justice and healing
·         April 5 – Sammy O. Cranford Memorial History Lecture featuring Dr. Stephen Berry, Gregory Professor of the Civil War Era in the Department of History at the University of Georgia. Berry’s lecture will explore his innovative digital history project, “CSI: Dixie.” https://csidixie.org/
·         April 10 – Equal Pay Day event

Spring Career Fair scheduled for March 7

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Career Services at Delta State University will host its largest Spring Career Fair to date on March 7  from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Forest E. Wyatt Gymnasium.

A wide array of employers will be in attendance. Three main categories will include the business sector, graduate schools and school districts. The theme for the event is “Statesmen on the Move!”

Businesses in attendance will include UPS, Fed Ex Services, Baxter, PharMedium and StaplCtn. Several banks from the finance sector will be on site, including Wide Credit Union, Regions and Planters Bank. School districts from across the state will include Tupelo Public, DeSoto County, Gulfport, Jackson Public and Cleveland Public Schools. Graduate schools such as Delta State University College of Business, Mississippi State Graduate School, Mississippi College School of Law and University of Tennessee-Knoxville will also be taking part.

“This year, the fall and spring career fairs have been reformatted and expanded,” said Dr. Vernell Bennett, vice president for Student Affairs. “We had a participation goal of 80 employers, which we have exceeded. We now have 93 employers registered. We encourage all students to attend the Career Fair, not just graduating seniors, because in addition to full-time job placement, there are internship, part-time and summer employment opportunities available to our students.”

Nakikke Johnson, student relations specialist with Career Services, said all students are encouraged to attend.

“Students should come dressed professionally and bring copies of their résumé with them to the fair,” said Johnson. “We encourage students to talk and network with employers and ask about opportunities within their sectors. If you need résumé assistance, stop by the Office of Career Services, Union 300. For examples of professional dress attire for men and women, check out our Pinterest account by searching for ‘OfficeofCareers.'”

Bennett added that the fair also provides students a unique opportunity to interview with Fortune 500 companies, and is an excellent way to begin networking and making connections in their career of choice.

Students and alumni are also encouraged to visit Career Service’s online job posting site, Statesmen Connect: www.deltastate.edu/statesmenconnect. Employment opportunities are posted daily. The office also posts to its social media accounts — Facebook: @DeltaStateCareerServices, Twitter: @DSUCareerServices and Instagram: @DSU_Careers.