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Music major Michael Sparks will compete in the Young Artist Performance Competition of the Music Teachers National Association in January 2017.

Music student wins state recital competition

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Music major Michael Sparks will compete in the Young Artist Performance Competition of the Music Teachers National Association in January 2017.

The Delta State University Department of Music is pleased to announce that music performance major and euphoniumist Michael Sparks will travel to Columbia, South Carolina to compete as the Southern Division Finalist in the Young Artist Performance Competition of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) on the campus of the University of South Carolina from Jan. 13-16, 2017.

Sparks earned the opportunity to represent Mississippi after winning the Young Artist Division of the MTNA State Competition held at Delta State in early November. The winner of the Southern Division Competition will compete in the national finals during the MTNA National Conference in Baltimore, Maryland in March.

Sparks, a native of Cleveland, is currently a senior in the low brass studio of Dr. Douglas L. Mark.

The three-tiered MTNA competitions begin at the state level. Winners of each state competition advance to the division competition, and division winners then proceed to the finals.

MTNA is a nonprofit organization comprised of 22,000 independent and collegiate music teachers committed to advancing the value of music study and music making to society, and to supporting the professionalism of music teachers. Founded in 1876, MTNA is the oldest professional music association in the country.

For more information, contact the Department of Music at 662-846-4615.

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Student to Statesman tour heading to Southaven

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The next stop on the Student to Statesman tour will be at the Bank Plus Training Center in Southaven on Nov. 2 from 4-6 p.m.

All North Mississippi and greater Memphis area students, parents, counselors, alumni and friends are invited to the college fair that will showcase academic departments and student services offices.

President William N. LaForge, campus representatives and current students will be on hand to talk one-on-one about the university’s undergraduate and graduate degree programs, financial aid, scholarships, campus life and more.

The goal behind the on-site college fair is convenience and accessibility for those interested in Delta State. Admissions recruiter Katie Shoemaker works with students in the area and is eager to introduce them to the Delta State family.

“I am excited that students will have the opportunity to meet President LaForge and our academic representatives,” she said. “It will leave a lasting impression on juniors and seniors looking for a college home.”

In addition to academic departments and admissions representatives, the Office of Financial Aid, Office of Student Life and the Student Success Center will be on site.

For more information, visit www.deltastate.edu/collegefair, call 662-846-4020, or email kshoemaker@deltastate.edu.

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College fair in Ridgeland to highlight Delta State

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Delta State University is hosting an interactive event for prospective students at the Renaissance Mall at Colony Park in Ridgeland on Oct. 25 from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

All central Mississippi students, parents, counselors, alumni and friends are invited to the college fair that will be located in the pedestrian area behind Ruth’s Chris Steak House at Renaissance.

Academic representatives, staff and current students will be on hand to talk one-on-one about the university’s undergraduate and graduate degree programs, financial aid, scholarships, campus life and more.

The goal behind the on-site college fair is convenience and accessibility for those interested in Delta State. Admissions recruiter Rebekah Arant said the fair will be beneficial to those busy families who need quick answers.

“It can be difficult for busy families to get to Cleveland for a campus visit, so we are bringing campus to Jackson,” said Arant.

In addition to academic departments and admissions representatives, the Office of Financial Aid, Office of Student Life, and the Student Success Center will be on site.

With the casual location and come-and-go atmosphere, the university hopes to convey the true feeling of the Delta State family.

For more information, visit www.deltastate.edu/collegefair, call 662-846-4020, or email rarant@deltastate.edu.

DSU Day brought in 170 future Statesmen prior to this year's Pig Pickin' festivities.

DSU Day attracts large number of recruits

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The recruiting staff at Delta State University continues to work hard at shining light on the institution’s top-notch opportunities.

Their efforts were on display at DSU Day, a major recruiting event on campus that kicked off prior to this year’s Pig Pickin’ festivities.

On the heels of a three-year enrollment increase at Delta State, campus representatives welcomed 170 future Statesmen, along with over 130 additional guests to the first campus preview day of the year.

To begin DSU Day, faculty and staff from approximately 30 academic and student-related departments spoke with guests at an academic fair.

In the courtyard next to the legendary Margaret Wade statue, students heard from campus leaders including President William N. LaForge, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Charles McAdams, Chief of Police Lynn Buford and Student Government President Allie Rose Parker.

A group of student recruiters known as the Delta Diplomats and faculty members guided tours around campus. Stops included the H.L. Nowell Student Union, Roberts-LaForge Library, Foundation Hall, Wyatt Gymnasium and the recently remodeled Roy L. and Clara Belle Wiley Planetarium.

Students were informed about the admissions process and financial opportunities before participating in Pig Pickin’ activities and attending the Statesmen football game.

According to Caitlyn Thompson, director of recruiting, feedback from participants has been positive, and the staff is looking forward to working with each student on enrollment.

“DSU Day provides an opportunity for the students to see themselves as a Statesman. They get to breathe Delta State air and experience campus first-hand,” said Thompson. “The attendance numbers for this year are encouraging and exciting. The more students that we can bring to campus, the better. The personal connections that incoming students will make with students, staff and faculty are will help make their transition to Delta State easy. Our green and white community guides students on a daily basis to a successful life after college completion. Excellent programming coupled with affordability make up the duo of diligence that Delta State maintains.”

Among many other efforts to attract future Statesmen, recruiters are attending college fairs, holding campus visits at high schools and community colleges, meeting with counselors, and communicating with prospective students. Delta Diplomats are guiding multiple tours of campus on a daily basis.

Like previous years, President LaForge is visiting students in their schools to speak about opportunities at Delta State. This effort continues as part of the recently-branded Student To Statesman tour.

The Delta State community continues to provide support throughout the year to recruit new students through many methods, including academic representation, communication with prospective students and quality programming.

For more information on the admission process, scholarships, or to get in touch with a recruiter, visit www.deltastate.edu/admissions, or call 662-846-4020.

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.”