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Second annual Passport to Success scheduled for April 10

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association and Delta State Career Services will feature the second annual Passport To Success event April 10 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the H.L. Nowell Student Union East Lobby on the second floor.

The program will prep Delta State students as they enter their careers with confidence, while maintaining a strong professional social media presence.

All current Delta State students will have the opportunity to create a LinkedIn professional profile, receive résumé building development, take a professional head shot photo, learn about best practices for searching for jobs, and professional attire recommendations.

“The National Alumni Association is in the business to develop partnerships,” said Jeffrey Farris, Alumni director. “Through the leadership of our National Alumni Association Board of Directors, we are excited to partner with Career Services at Delta State for the second annual Passport to Success.”

The event will be open to undergraduate and graduate students. Multiple stations along with Alumni Association and Career Services staff will be on site to assist the students through the process.

“With the growing number of users on the professional social media platform LinkedIn, we are seeing more and more students gain exposure and leads to career opportunities,” said Nakikke Johnson, student relations specialist for Career Services. “These days, a foot in the door may actually start online. It is important for these students to recognize this trend.”

As a special incentive, students who participate in each station will be entered into a drawing for special prizes donated by the National Alumni Association and Career Services. Following the event, students who met specific criteria on their LinkedIn pages will be eligible for one of two $500 scholarships provided by the National Alumni Association.

To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s and Career Services activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates & DSU Career Services), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni & @DSU_Career), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni & dsu_careers) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Save the date for this year’s Go Green Weekend (April 27-28), Pig Pickin’ (Sept. 21-22) and Homecoming (Nov. 10).

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.

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.

 

 

Passport to Success preps students

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association and Delta State Career Services recently partnered to “Passport To Success 2017.” The program successfully prepped Delta State students to enter their careers confidently, while maintaining a strong professional social media presence.

Students were given assistance with creating professional LinkedIn profiles, were offered headshots for their LinkedIn profiles and resumes, received résumé assistance, and learned about best practices for searching for jobs and internships. Additionally, students were given guidance on professional attire, were able to register for graduation regalia and complete the senior exit survey for the Department of Institutional Research.

“The National Alumni Association is in the business to develop partnerships,” said Jeffrey Farris, director of Alumni. “Through the leadership of our National Alumni Association Board of Directors, we have established Passport to Success and are excited to partner with Career Services at Delta State. We will look forward to the event year after year as we aid our students in developing professional LinkedIn profiles and getting guidance as they prepare to begin their careers.”

The inaugural event was open to all juniors, seniors and graduate students. Multiple stations and staff were on site to assist more than 40 students who took advantage of the programming.

“With the growing number of users on the professional social media platform LinkedIn, we are seeing more and more students gain exposure and leads to career opportunities,” said Davlon Miller, director of Career Services. “These days, a foot in the door may actually start online. It is important for these students to recognize this trend.”

As a special incentive, students who participated in each station were also entered in a drawing for special prizes. Student Johnna Ladd’s name was drawn as the winner of a Yeti Hopper cooler.

Following the event, students who met specific criteria on their LinkedIn pages were eligible for one of two $500 scholarships to Delta State. The scholarship winners were social work major Kayla Gary and outdoor recreation major Heather Wilson.

“This successful event enabled alumni staff to enhance their relationship with upperclassmen, developing life-long relationships with the future alumni,” said Sayward Fortner, National Delta State University Alumni president. “Students also gained the ability to engage with other alumni who have LinkedIn profiles.”

Okra Works program seeking participants

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Most college students are looking for ways to help pay for college. Plenty of businesses need part-time help from able-bodied, college-aged people. That’s where the Okra Works program at Delta State is trying to bridge the gap between the two. 

Davlon Miller, director of Career Services at Delta State, has created a program that will connect students who need help to pay for school and businesses who need workers — the Okra Works Program. Currently, the program is in its pilot stage, and Miller is looking for both students and businesses to match up together.

“This is a program that allows students to work in a part-time situation and allows them to focus on their studies on campus,” Miller said. “We mimic it after the amount of tuition needed for a student.”

The student would essentially work for a company and the money earned would go directly to pay for their college.

“We balance it out and allow them to work for that employer for that amount of money,” he said. “But we know that it won’t always work out evenly so there is an option for the employer to give the student a scholarship to make up the difference.”

If tuition is $3,200 and if a student works 10 hours a week over a four-month period, the student would make about $1,700 or more. 

“If the student is in good standing and everything has gone well and according to plan, the employer will pay a ‘merit scholarship’ as well. It’s a good incentive for the student to do well,” he said.  

While it is in the pilot stage, Miller is searching for businesses to take part.

“I’ve been working on it for a while now and I’m looking to get it off the ground,” he said. “We can try our best to match up students with a business related to their major, but we would place students in businesses that have a need.”

Students can sign up on the career services web page and businesses need to contact Miller directly via email at careerservices@deltastate.edu or call him at (662) 846-4646 to take part in the program. Miller is actively searching and seeking both qualified students and businesses. The program will have students ready for businesses to hire.

“We do some screening up front when students apply to see what their need is and their skills are. Businesses don’t normally have time to pre-screen as we do,” Miller said. “We can give them a cross section of students that have applied.”

Okra Works — a program that will benefit both students and businesses.