College of Business

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.”

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

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, call 662-846-4205, or email

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

Delta State’s online MBA program receives national recognition

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Delta State University’s College of Business recently received recognition in a report from the U.S. News & World Report ranking the 10 most affordable online Master of Business Administration programs across the nation.

Dr. Billy Moore, dean of Delta State’s College of Business, was thrilled with the national ranking.

“Our online Integrated MBA program is innovative and accessible,” said Moore. “The curriculum is designed to establish the interdependence of business decision making and organizational effectiveness. This recognition demonstrates our commitment to providing our students with a high quality, relevant education at a reasonable cost.”

According to the report, it’s common for students​ to spend upward of $10,000 a semester for an MBA program, but it’s not always necessary. Coming in at number eight on the list, Delta State was recognized for offering courses at $334 per credit, including part-time and out-of-state students.

The MBA and Integrated MBA programs at Delta State provide a broad understanding of business fundamentals required of business organizations and entrepreneurial ventures.

The curriculum enables students to build upon the foundation of business concepts in the areas of financial reporting, analysis, and markets; domestic and global economic environments in organizations; creation and distribution of goods and services; and human behavior in organizations.

View the full U.S. News & World Report at

Learn more about Delta State’s College of Business at

Equal Pay Forum open to public

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Join Teri P. Fleming, senior investigator and outreach coordinator for the United States Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, at the Equal Pay Forum April 14 at 6 p.m. in the Delta State University Alumni House. The discussion will focus on pay equity and equal opportunities for women.

The event, free and open to the public,  is sponsored by the American Association of University Women, the QEP and Gender Studies Group. Refreshments will be served and participants are asked to wear red in support of equal pay for women.

According to the AAUW, women earn 22 percent less than men. In response, a number of local restaurants are offering a 22 percent lunch discount on April 14 from 11 a.m-2p.m. Participating restaurants include: Airport Grocery, Christina’s Exquisite Edibles, Country Platter, The Senator’s Place and Sweets BBQ Kitchen.

Print the following coupon to be eligible for the discount. coupon

Contact Dr. Phyllis Bunn at or Dr. Glendscene Williams at for more information.