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College of Business ranked nationally among most affordable

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College Choice recently ranked Delta State University’s College of Business at No. 4 on it 2016 national list of Most Affordable Undergraduate Business Schools.

The College of Business was recognized not only for its outstanding affordability, but also its student-centered programming, small class sizes, and as an institution where faculty know their students by name.

Learn more about College Choice’s ranking at http://www.collegechoice.net/rankings/cheapest-undergraduate-business-schools/.

College Choice is an independent online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college. The organization publishes rankings and reviews that make choosing the best college easier, as well as resources to help students get into, pay for, and thrive at the college of their choice.

For information on Delta State University’s College of Business, visit http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-business.

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Accreditation for Delta State business programs reaffirmed

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The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Board of Commissioners has reaffirmed accreditation of the business programs within Delta State University’s College of Business.

Established in 1988, ACBSP is the only organization offering specialized business accreditation for all degree levels, from associate to baccalaureate to doctoral degree programs. ACBSP accreditation certifies that the teaching and learning processes within the College of Business at Delta State University meet the rigorous educational standards established by ACBSP.
Delta State was first accredited by ACBSP in 1995. The college is required to go through the reaffirmation process every 10 years to maintain the accreditation.

“Delta State University has shown their commitment to teaching excellence and to the process of quality improvement by participating in the accreditation process,” said Dr. Steve Parscale, ACBSP chief accreditation officer, who will present the Certificate of Reaffirmation of Accreditation at ACBSP Conference 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia on June 19.

“This reaffirmation of accreditation is evidence that Delta State University is committed to maintaining the highest quality business education for their students for the next 10 years, just as they have done since 1995,” added Parscale.

Dr. Billy Moore, dean of Delta State’s College of Business, was thrilled with the reaffirmation and praise from ACBSP.

“Accreditation is a method of self-regulation and quality assurance in higher education. Reaffirmation of our ACBSP accreditation signifies that DSU’s College of Business programs continue to meet certain quality and integrity standards of management education,” said Moore. “Current and potential students, their parents, the business community, and other relevant constituents, can be assured that our college is offering current and relevant academic programs, has faculty that are highly qualified and experts in their disciplines, continues to hold itself to the highest standards of educational accountability, and are fully committed to continuous improvement. Our accreditation is good through 2026.”

“Congratulations to the faculty, staff and student body of the College of Business on accomplishing this significant milestone,” Moore added. “This reaffirmation is the result of their teamwork and commitment to providing a high-quality educational experience for our students.”

Delta State’s Dr. Charles McAdams, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, was also pleased with the reaffirmation.

“I thank the College of Business faculty and staff for their ongoing commitment to excellence and the concept of continuous improvement,” said McAdams. “Reaccreditation by the ACBSP provides an external validation of the quality of the programs in that college. The process used to obtain this reaffirmation is arduous, and I congratulate Dean Moore and his faculty for their work on this significant accomplishment.”

The mission of the College of Business is to prepare students for the marketplace by providing challenging educational opportunities. Service to the community, the profession and the university is a vital aspect of the college’s mission. By nurturing cooperative relationships with business and industry, service organizations, and other institutions, the college will remain dynamic and its activities relevant.

ACBSP’s mission is to promote continuous improvement and recognize excellence in the accreditation of business education programs around the world. ACBSP, www.acbsp.org, is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as a specialized accreditation agency for business education. ACBSP currently has 1,215 member campuses, 235 of which are located outside of the U.S. Of those campuses, 951 have achieved accreditation and 167 are in candidacy for accreditation. Individual members on these campuses now exceed 13,000.

For more information about Delta State University’s College of Business, visit http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-business/.

Lindsey Lamensdorf will begin her internship at FedEx headquarters in Memphis this June.

Lamensdorf named FedEx intern

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Delta State University management major Lindsey Lamensdorf was recently named a FedEx intern.

After a rigorous interview process competing against hundreds of students from institutions throughout the Southeast, Lamensdorf is one of just a handful of interns who will serve at FedEx, the global courier delivery services company headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee.

Lamensdorf, a senior from Rolling Fork, Mississippi, is thrilled to begin the position in June. She will specifically be working in FedEx’s freight division.

“It was really exciting to find out I was one of the selections,” she said. “It was very intimidating going through a series of interviews. I’m very honored to have this opportunity from FedEx.

“I think it’s important to get some real-world experience before you go out into a career. You can use that knowledge and actually apply it to the real-world.”

Every semester FedEx travels to universities throughout the region to recruit student interns in the internal auditing department. Applicants must meet certain academic criteria and go through several phases of interviews and callbacks before being selected.

FedEx’s internships offer students the opportunity to take on some of the same responsibilities of senior auditors and audit advisers. They are treated as staff accountants and are introduced to audit customers as associate auditors.

Interns work in teams on small projects, are provided opportunities for business travel and eventually work on larger individual projects. Participants have a significant chance of being hired by the company after graduating from college.

Lamensdorf is also active in a number of student organizations across campus, including the Student Government Association, Business Student Advisory Council, Union Program Council and Kappa Delta sorority.

She thanked Davlon Miller and Amy Cottrell with Delta State Career Services for prepping her before the interviews.

“We are honored that Lindsey will represent Delta State and the College of Business for this prestigious internship,” said Miller. “She is an excellent fit for the position. Our office is here to help students with career guidance, and we encourage all students to utilize our resources.”

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Aviation department receives accreditation renewal

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Delta State University’s Department of Commercial Aviation recently received news that the Aviation Accreditation Board International voted to approve the department’s AABI accreditation until 2020.

The next self-study is due in 2018, followed by a AABI visit in 2019.

“AABI accreditation standards cover a variety of areas ensuring the highest standards in faculty, staff, curriculum, facilities and services, institutional support, and assessment,” said Dr. Julie Speaks, chair of the department. “There are over 100 institutions across the country that offer aviation degree programs, and DSU is one of 38 institutions with AABI accreditation.

“We are glad to have the validation of a job well done, not only from AABI, but also from constituencies, alumni and in the industry.”

For more information about Aviation Accreditation Board International, visit http://www.aabi.aero.

Delta State’s aviation curriculum provides the state university system’s only undergraduate and graduate aviation programs.

“Our students are prepared for a variety of opportunities in the aviation industry, including the airlines, aircraft manufacturing, airport management, air traffic control and military aviation,” added Speakes.

Graduates can serve as members of flight crews, air traffic control specialists, and executives with supervisory and managerial responsibilities at all levels. The department offers a Bachelor of Commercial Aviation, with concentrations in aviation management and flight operations, and a Master of Commercial Aviation.

“Delta State University is one of the premier choices for students who desire a career as a professional pilot,” said Speakes. “Industry professionals agree that our graduates display the highest levels of proficiency and professionalism, which make them prime candidates for positions in today’s aviation marketplace. Virtually all of our graduates advance to excellent positions with professional, corporate, charter, regional, and major airlines, as well as the military.”

For more information on the department, visit http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-business/commercial-aviation/, call 662-846-4205, or email cavinfo@deltastate.edu.

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Charles Schwab CEO and president (DSU alumnus) to speak to students Oct. 23

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Walt Bettinger, CEO and president of Charles Schwab, and alumnus of Delta State University, will visit the campus Oct. 23 to speak to faculty, students and staff. 

Bettinger, who was named a Top 20 Businessperson of the year in 2014 by Fortune magazine, attended Delta State from 1979 to 1981 on an academic and golf scholarship and then returned home to Ohio to complete his degree. He also was featured on the cover of Barron’s in October of 2014. His lecture is part of the Delta State University College of Business Lecture Series and will take place at 10 a.m. in Jobe Hall Auditorium. 

Delta State is one of only a select number of universities able to claim multiple Fortune 500 company CEOs as alumni. The other is David Abney, CEO of UPS, who also will be on campus the weekend of Oct. 23.

To RSVP for the event, visit http://www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/waltbettingerevent.