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Alumnus David Abney, UPS Head, Urges Restoring Trust

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Dr. David Abney ’76 and ’15, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of United Parcel Service, returned to his alma mater to speak at the 14th annual International Business Symposium, which he co-founded with his wife, Sherry, in 2006.

Dr. David Abney ’76 and ’15, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of United Parcel Service, stressed the importance of trust in his keynote address at Delta State University’s 14th annual International Business Symposium last week. He used lessons learned from the Great Recession to discuss the imperative of reestablishing faith in businesses, government, and beyond.
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Delta State University 2018 Retirement Recognition and Service Awards Ceremony

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Retirees (front, from left): Phyllis Bunn, Management, Marketing, and Business Administration; Rebecca Hochradel, Management, Marketing, and Business Administration; Sheryl Stephens, Management, Marketing, and Business Administration; Cathy Conico, College of Business and Aviation; and Rhonda Boyd, Delta Music Institute. (Back, from left): Duane Shuttlesworth, Counselor Education and Psychology; Vicki Hartley, Teacher Education, Leadership, and Research; Becky Finley, Registrar’s Office; Susan Allen Ford, Languages and Literature; James Brown, Accountancy, Computer Information Systems. Not Pictured: Mose Bailey, Facilities Management; Cheryl Oleis, Student Success Center.

 

Delta State University honored retiring employees and awarded service pins to others at the 2018 Retirement Recognition and Service Awards Ceremony held recently on the second floor of the H.L. Nowell Union on campus.

Delta State President William N. LaForge, Vice President for Finance & Administration Mr. Jamie Rutledge, and Director of Human Resources Mrs. Lisa Giger presided over the ceremony and presented awards to 10 Delta State employees who have recently retired or will retire by June 2018.

35 Years of Service:  Susan Allen Ford, Languages and Literature

30 Years of Service (from left): Sheryl Stump, Roberts LaForge Library; Barry Bays, Delta Music Institute

25 Years of Service (front, from left): Vicki Bingham, School of Nursing; Moorlin Evans, Facilities Management; Jan Haynes, Family and Consumer Sciences. (Back, from left): Darwaun Hayes, Facilities Management; Joseph Bentley, Chemistry and Physics. Not Pictured: Mike Kinnison, Baseball; Cheryl Oleis, Student Success Center; Helen White, Facilities Management.

20 Years of Service (front, from left): Karen Bell, Interdisciplinary Studies; Christy Riddle, Student Success Center; Polly Cameron, Facilities Management; Lynn Byrd, Accountancy, Computer Information Systems, and Finance; Vicki Webster, Accountancy, Computer Information Systems, and Finance. (Back, from left): Leslie Griffin, College of Education and Human Sciences; Doug Pinkerton, Health, Physical Education, and Recreation; John Alvarez, Health, Physical Education, and Recreation; Thomas Taylor, Family and Consumer Sciences; Rosetta Scott, Facilities Management. Not Pictured: Melissa Joiner, Facilities Management

 

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.