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Delta State named to Phi Theta Kappa 2018 Transfer Honor Roll

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Delta State University recently received the prestigious designation of being named to the Phi Theta Kappa 2018 Transfer Honor Roll, which identifies the top four-year colleges and universities creating dynamic pathways to support transfer students.

Delta State is one of just 112 institutions nationwide selected to receive this honor.

Open to all regionally accredited baccalaureate degree-granting institutions, Phi Theta Kappa’s Transfer Honor Roll recognizes excellence and success in community college transfer pathway development.

To be considered, participating institutions complete an application detailing their community college transfer programs. Applications are evaluated in the areas of scholarship and financial aid, admissions outreach, student support services, and student engagement opportunities.

Dr. Charles McAdams, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, said Delta State would continue its efforts to welcome transfer students.

“Delta State is proud to be recognized for our work in making DSU an easy choice for Phi Theta Kappa students,” said McAdams. “These honor students help make our campus in part because of their engagement on campus and because of their drive for excellence. We work hard to make sure the transition for transfer students is as smooth as possible and help put transfer students on a path to completing their bachelor’s degree.”

McAdams said that each academic program at Delta State has developed an academic map to help students navigate through their degree requirements.

“Our academic advisors stand ready to work with students to help them determine how to complete their degree in the most efficient manner,” he said.

Phi Theta Kappa President and CEO, Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, said the recognition program reflects the growing importance of recognizing and responding to the needs of community college transfers and promoting and sharing best practices for transfer success.

“Increasingly, students of all ages and achievement levels are choosing the community college, not only as their first step, but also their first choice in the pursuit of a quality, affordable bachelor’s degree,” Tincher-Ladner said. “These students are scholars, leaders, and global citizens, and it has been shown over and over that they do as well as students beginning college at a four-year college or university.”

Transfer Honor Roll colleges will be recognized at PTK Catalyst 2018, Phi Theta Kappa’s annual convention, in Kansas City, Missouri, on April 19-21, 2018.

The mission of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize academic achievement of college students and to provide opportunities for them to grow as scholars and leaders. Learn more at www.ptk.org. For more information about the Transfer Honor Roll program, visit www.ptk.org/Default.aspx?TabID=4186.

To learn more about transferring to Delta State, visit http://www.deltastate.edu/academic-affairs/admissions or contact the Office of Admissions at 662-846-4020.

2018 Statesmen Scholars recognized

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Delta State President William N. LaForge joined the new class of Statesmen Scholars at the culmination of Statesmen Scholarship Day on Jan. 29.

Delta State University’s Office of Admissions recently announced the distinguished class of 2018 Statesmen Scholars after hosting the second annual Statesmen Scholarship Day Jan. 29 on campus.

Students across the Mississippi and the region were selected to attend this prestigious event based on ACT scores, high school GPA, academic leadership and service demonstration.

Securing one of the four-year “full ride” scholarships is no easy task, as over 100 invitations were sent to prospective DSU students, and the competition was at a high level for a high reward.

Ten worthy students were selected for the Statesmen Scholarship, which covers tuition, room and board, fees, and up to $300 for books.

Participants faced two sets of interviews, one focusing on student life and one focusing on academics. Adding excitement to the event, recipients of the scholarships were announced at a reception at the end of the day.

Admissions recruiter, Rebekah Arant, said this was a unique opportunity for future Delta State Students.

“It’s not hard to recruit high achieving students when they have a chance at a full ride scholarship,” said Arant. “We are thrilled with this year class of scholars, and we’re very excited to welcome them to the Delta State family.”

This year’s scholars are:

For more information on scholarships or the application process at Delta State, visit www.deltastate.edu/admissions, or contact 662-846-4020.

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Dates announced for Go Green Weekend, Pig Pickin’ and Homecoming

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association recently announced event dates for 2018 Go Green Weekend, Pig Pickin’ and Homecoming.

On April 27-29, join the Green and White Nation for the fifth annual Go Green Weekend at Delta State. Celebrate the spring season with tailgating, live entertainment, athletic games, activities for the family and more. Come out to support the Statesmen and Okra for a weekend of food, fun and sports. Freshmen and transfer Future Statesmen are invited to attend Spring Preview Day during the weekend. A more detailed schedule and registration will be available soon.

The 33rd annual Pig Pickin’ will be held Sept. 21-22, as the Statesmen football team hosts North Greenville University. Make plans now to tailgate in Statesmen Park with friends and fellow alumni. Visit www.dsupickin.com and join the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/503121896754250/ for the most updated information. The full schedule of events will be announced at a later date.

Homecoming 2018 has been set for Nov. 9-10, and the Statesmen football team will face off against Mississippi College. Throughout the weekend, the Delta State Alumni Association will host a variety of activities. The class of 1968 will be featured and honored in recognition of their 50-year reunion. They will also be inducted into the prestigious Golden Circle, which is a constituency group of the National Alumni Association that honors alumni who graduated at least 50 years ago. The Alumni Association will also recognize the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year, Alumni Hall of Fame and other service awards. The official Homecoming website is http://www.deltastate.edu/student-life/dsu-homecoming/. View the Homecoming Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/195170841227361/. Stay tuned for details as the Homecoming Taskforce continues to finalize this year’s schedule.

“The Alumni Office has mailed 20,000-plus save-the-date postcards to our alumni and local businesses promoting these signature annual events,” said Jeffrey Farris, alumni director. “Make it a priority to return to your university town by booking your hotel reservations months in advance.”

Email alumni@deltastate.edu with questions, and for travel info and local accommodations, visit www.visitclevelandms.com.

The official hashtag for Go Green Weekend is #GGW, Pig Pickin’ is #DSUPigPickin and #DSUHC for Homecoming.

Admissions hosting freshmen and transfer events

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Delta State University’s Office of Admissions will be hosting several events in the spring for prospective freshmen and transfer students.

Statesmen Scholarship Day will be held Jan. 26, 2018. At the event, 10 full-ride scholarships will be awarded, in addition to other academic scholarships. Eligible applicants will receive an invitation about their participation in Statesmen Scholarship Day.

Throughout February, each college/school at Delta State will be showcased during an academic day. Admitted students will be invited to take part in an academic preview of their specified department. They will have the opportunity to eat lunch on campus, speak with professors, meet future classmates and participate in hands-on activities. The academic day schedule is as follows: College of Business and Aviation, Feb. 12; Robert E. Smith School of Nursing, Feb. 19; College of Education and Human Sciences, Feb. 23; and College Art and Sciences, Feb. 26.

Transfer students who are members of the honor society Phi Theta Kappa will be welcomed to Delta State’s campus on April 13 for Early Registration Day. The event provides the opportunity for this group of incoming students to reserve their spots in fall courses.

The fifth annual Go Green Weekend, including Spring Preview Day, is scheduled for April 27-29. The visit day will be held on Friday, April 27 and is geared toward potential students who are high school juniors. Participants are provided the opportunity to see campus, preview academic programs, engage with currents students, attend sporting events and more.

The Student to Statesmen tour featuring President William N. LaForge will continue this spring. LaForge and the Admissions representatives visit with high schools to meet and speak with students about the higher education opportunities. This semester, LaForge has made nearly 20 high school visits.

Campus visits are offered throughout each semester for those looking to gain a better understanding of Delta State. For the spring, campus tours will be available beginning mid-January. This past fall, over 200 individual students and 15 groups were hosted on campus for tours. Tours are provided by the admissions recruiters and representatives serving in the Delta Diplomat student organization.

“The recruiting staff partners with academic departments, student service offices, the Alumni Association and other university departments to host these events for prospective students,” said Caitlyn Thompson, director of recruiting. “This past fall, a record number of over 400 guests were hosted for DSU Day, beating the previous year’s record number.”

Groups of dual credit students have also visited campus to experience life as a Statesmen student. To accompany on campus events, a myriad of off-campus activities take place throughout the year, including college fairs, private visits, alumni meetings, counselor visits and more.

For more information on any Office of Admissions events, or to schedule a tour, visit www.deltastate.edu/visit or contact 662-846-4020 or admissions@deltastate.edu.

Delta State enrollment increases over five percent

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

The preliminary numbers, as of Sept. 8, were 3,035 undergraduate students and 743 graduate students, for a total enrollment of 3,778. The increase of nearly 5.5 percent was the largest increase among the state’s eight public universities this year.

According to Delta State University President William N. LaForge, the growth is due to a number of major institutional efforts.

“I am very pleased with the increase in enrollment for the fall of 2017,” said LaForge. “Early reports indicate we are up 190 students, or nearly 5.5 percent over last year. This significant uptick represents the fourth consecutive increase, and I couldn’t be more thrilled.”

LaForge credited six major reasons for the enrollment increase:

  • A great team of faculty and staff across campus.
  • Smarter and more targeted recruiting in high schools and community colleges. This includes doubling community college recruiters, and increasing partnerships with high schools.
  • Improved retention rates thanks to engaged faculty and programs such as the Student Success Center and First Year Seminar.
  • Signature programs that continue to attract more students, including the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing, Delta Music Institute, Health/Physical Education/Recreation, and Aviation.
  • Doubling the number of international students in the last three years.
  • Offering a competitive tuition rate with stellar academics, including capstone projects for every major — all at an unparalleled value.

“I would be remiss not to mention that we have a welcoming student environment,” added LaForge. “Students feel very welcomed here and have the total college experience. There’s a buzz on campus, and there’s excitement all around.”

Caitlyn Thompson, director of recruiting, said recruitment efforts have focused on directly communicating with potential students.

“The recruiting staff worked very hard over this past year to reach new students, and one effort that may have contributed to the enrollment increase is the E-Communication Center that was implemented last fall,” said Thompson. “Current Delta State students contacted prospective students to speak with them about topics like campus events, scholarships, admissions deadlines, application reminders and more.”

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

“The sustained growth of the DMI program brought the opportunity to add a faculty member and a studio manager to our ranks in order to better serve our students,” said Walker. “We are grateful to the administration for their support of this unique program. With an incoming class of more than 30 new students this fall, the DMI will exceed 120 majors in our entertainment industry studies program. We are packed and we like it that way.”

Tim Colbert, chair of the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, said HPER is one of the fastest growing majors.

“HPER has good degree options in multiple areas that lead not just to employment, but also sustainable careers with a chance for advancement,” said Colbert. “Our faculty understand how to relate to students on a personal level and help them to deal with their issues to become successful.”

Additionally, Delta State saw another uptick this year in the number of international students. Dr. Christy Riddle, executive director of the Student Success Center and International Student Services, is proud that the university has doubled its international student body since the spring of 2013.

“We love that our international student population is growing each year,” said Riddle. “International students contribute so much to campus because of their global perspectives and diverse cultures. We welcome them to Delta State and look forward to even more international students for years to come.

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