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The Chick-fil-A Leader Academy Kickoff returns to Delta State Sept. 21.

Chick-fil-A Leader Academy returning to campus

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The Chick-fil-A Leader Academy Kickoff event returns to Delta State Sept. 21, bringing 500 Mississippi high school students and administrators to campus.

This event begins the year-long Chick-fil-A Leader Academy, a program to be held in over 15 Mississippi high schools, that teaches leadership skills and empowers students to put those skills into action.

A major goal of the Leader Academy is to inspire students to remain in school and become leaders within their communities. Students will take part in monthly leadership labs at their schools and complete several service projects in their community.

The kickoff will include multiple events and is an integral aspect of the students’ initiation into the academy.

Beginning with an assembly at the Bologna Performing Arts Center, the students will receive detailed information on expectations and goals, and will hear direct testimonials from schools that have participated in the past.

The major service event will follow, as students will take part in their first Impact Project of the year, sponsored by Feeding Children Everywhere. Students will pack over 100,000 non-perishable meals to feed needy children in the Delta and beyond.

Elizabeth Joel, coordinator of Continuing Education at Delta State, has worked closely with Chick-fil-A throughout the year to plan the one-day event.

“We are excited to start our second year partnering with Chick-fil-A and Feeding Children Everywhere,” said Joel. “The Delta State campus will be overflowing with bright young leaders on September 21. It is our hope that our Delta State family and campus will impact their lives and this program.”

She added it is a wonderful opportunity for Delta State to host over 500 students who are the future community leaders.

“We want to demonstrate how important community involvement is at Delta State, in hopes these students will bring their developed, compassionate leadership skills back to us when they attend college,” she said.

In addition to hosting the kickoff event, Delta State departments and student organizations will attend the leadership labs in the high schools over the next year to serve as mentors, especially in the area of community involvement, social issues and thoughtful leadership.

The Leader Academy is funded completely by Chick-fil-A stores throughout Mississippi. A team of Mississippi Chick-fil-A operators are spearheading the project. They will work closely with registered high schools as they complete their monthly leadership labs and multiple service projects for their communities.

Learn more about the program at https://chickfilaleaderacademy.com.

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Nursing ranks among top in national poll

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AffordableSchools.net (http://affordableschools.net) — a college rankings site centering on unique and affordable academic programs — recently announced Delta State as one of the 25 Most Affordable Online Master’s of Nursing Degrees.

Delta State came in at No. 4 in the national ranking.

“This new rankings article provides a broader look at the most affordable colleges offering online master’s degrees in registered nursing in general, to give current nurses an overview of some of the types of advanced-practice registered nurse studies and occupations that are available,” said the article’s lead researcher, Raj Dash.

College rankings for this article were compiled with data from National Center for Education Statistics, a bureau of the Dept. of Education (http://nces.ed.gov/).

AffordableSchools.net first queried for graduate institutions that grant degrees in the NCES categories “Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse” and “Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other” on a distance basis.

In today’s higher education landscape, affordability has become a hot-button issue, so it is outstanding to be recognized in such a manner,” said Dr. Glenn F. Boyce, commissioner of Higher Education in Mississippi.

To view the entire Top 25 list, visit http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/affordableschoolsnet-releases-its-affordability-ranking-of-online-masters-level-nursing-degrees-300324729.html.

 

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I.D.E.A. lunches open to campus

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Sponsored by Delta State’s Quality Enhancement Plan and the Diversity Committee, two I.D.E.A. lunches will be open to students, faculty and staff this month.

I.D.E.A., which stands for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Advocacy, aims to improve cultural competency on campus through communication, collaboration and engagement.

The sessions are designed to engage students in rational and critical discussions in regards to the impact of labels on individuals and groups in society,” said Dr. George Beals, assistant professor of counselor education and member of the Diversity Committee.

The free lunches, open to the first 40 registrants, will take place on the second floor of the Student Union.

Lunch schedule:
– Sept. 19 from 12-1 p.m. – “What’s in a Label?”
– Sept. 20 from 12:15-1:15 p.m. – “What’s in a Label?”

To register for a lunch session, complete the form at https://deltastateqep.wufoo.com/forms/z1bmidsg0jzw82o.

For more information, call 662-846-4170, or contact Johansen at mjohansen@deltastate.edu or Wendolyn Stevens at wstevens@deltastate.edu.

Learn more about the QEP at http://www.deltastate.edu/academics/institutional-research-and-planning/sacs-2014-reaffirmation/quality-enhancement-plan-2014/. Learn more about the DSU Diversity Committee at http://www.deltastate.edu/about-dsu/administration/diversity-committee/.

Delta State enrollment increases approximately 4 percent

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For the third year in a row, Delta State University is proud to announce an increase in university enrollment.

The unofficial numbers, as of Sept. 8, were 2,763 undergraduate students and 824 graduate students, for a total enrollment of 3,587. This is an approximate 4 percent increase over the previous year’s enrollment.

The increase is due in part to institutional efforts focused on recruitment and retention, said Delta State University President William N. LaForge

“Recruitment and retention work together. Bringing in new students is very important, and we are doing a much better job at that, as evidenced by the numbers,” said LaForge. “We have an increase of approximately 4 percent this fall, which is great news for the university. We will continue to guide our students on a path to success.”

LaForge said the Office of Admissions and individual academic units deserve credit for their never-ending recruitment efforts, while Academic Affairs and the Student Success Center have spearheaded the retention efforts.

“This is the third year of increased enrollment following eight years of decline,” added LaForge. “We should be proud of that fact, but not let off the pedal. We need to continue to recruit and continue to keep students here. These numbers show that we are a university of choice, and they also show that there’s programming here that’s appealing to our students.”

Recently, the university doubled its staff specifically devoted to recruiting community college and transfer students, an area LaForge said should keep Delta State’s enrollment on the rise.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Charles McAdams said the focus on retention will continue for the long term.

“Our retention efforts are essential to help students stay on the right path to complete their degree,” said McAdams. “Helping students stay on the right path helps them achieve their career goals, and it helps Delta State grow its enrollment so we can provide expanded opportunities to all of our students.”

“It is easy to underestimate the challenges many of our students face in their transition from high school to college, or in their transition from a community college to a university,” added McAdams. “Some students may struggle with academics, while others may struggle with financial, personal or emotional challenges. We have a series of initiatives in place specifically designed to identify and help students facing these transitional challenges. I am hopeful that as these initiatives progress, our enrollment and positive impact on students will continue to increase.”

Marked growth has been seen in a number of majors across campus, including programs where Delta State continues to attract and retain students through its offering of unique and specialized programs.

“We continue to see growth and increased interest in our nursing programs,” said Dr. Vicki Bingham, dean of the Robert E. School of Nursing. “We continue to have more qualified applicants to the SON than we can accept. We’ve also seen an increase in RN to BSN applicants, and we anticipate the number of applicants to increase in future years. The SON offers a quality education at an affordable rate, which is why we are able to draw such a large number of students.”

Tricia Walker, director of the Delta Music Institute, said that program has also experienced significant growth over the past few years.

“Thanks to the hard work of the DMI faculty and staff, the fantastic DSU recruiters, and the support of the administration, DMI reached a big goal this year of having 100 majors enrolled in our entertainment industry studies program. We are packed and we like it that way!” said Walker.

Additionally, an exciting achievement by Delta State this year is a major uptick in the number of international students.

According to Dr. Christy Riddle, executive director of the Student Success Center, there are 128 international students attending this fall, doubling the amount enrolled three years ago.

“It’s so gratifying to see how quickly our international student population is growing,” said Riddle. “International students bring additional perspectives and diversity to campus, and we look forward to their contributions across campus. We look forward to even more international students in the years to come.”

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Poverty Simulation workshop open to campus and community

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This Thursday, the Delta State University Department of Social Work, in partnership with the Department of Social Work at Belhaven College, will offer a Poverty Simulation event at the Jacobs Conference Center from 1-3 p.m.

The free event is geared toward senior social work students and any interested campus and community members. Those interested in participating in the workshop are encouraged to contact Dr. Jana Donahoe, assistant professor of social work, before 5 p.m. Wednesday at 662-846-4795 or jdonahoe@deltastate.edu.

“The purpose of the Poverty Simulation is to use a two-hour controlled, role play, experiential learning environment to give participants a glimpse of what it is like to survive for a month on a very low income by pretending to be poor,” said Donahoe.

Participants will be assigned to a family group and given a family member’s role and identity to play. The family is provided with a scenario involving a crisis, which could plunge them into immediate poverty. The family must figure how to survive under the dire circumstances for one month, which is divided into four 15-minute segments, each representing one week during the simulation.

The crisis forces the family to search for ways to survive poverty by living on a fixed amount of income. Social welfare assistance will be made available using volunteer actors who help the family members at tables representing community resources.

The goal is to improve the participants’ attitudes and empathy toward people living in poverty. Additionally, the project seeks to increase participants’ knowledge and understanding of the dynamics of poverty and the work it takes to achieve self-sufficiency.

“It is a very eye-opening experience for participants who are not familiar with the many stressful struggles for survival that people living in poverty face every day,” added Donahoe.