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Delta State University Hosts Delta Math Science Partnership Summer Institute

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Teachers taking part in the Delta Math Science Partnership Initiative included: (Front row, left to right)  Maranjia Cockrell, Jamie Bramuchi, Nafatic Butler, Megan Armstrong, and Pam Perrett; (Back row, left to right)  Prashanth Bheemashetty, Tommie Birch, Ericka Davis, Jemica Causley, Kishore Katta, and Tasha Lewis

Delta State University recently hosted 23 Mississippi teachers at the Delta Math Science Partnership Summer Institute July 9-13 and July 16-20, 2018.

The program provided learning designed to support increased content knowledge for grades K-8 in-service mathematics teachers who are committed to fidelity of implementation of the Mississippi College and Career Readiness Standards for Mathematics.

Mathematics instruction was provided by Dr. David Hebert from the College of Arts and Sciences Department of Mathematics, with support from Bib Belenchia and Kathleen Lott.  Leadership was also provided by the College of Education and Human Sciences.

MSP, a federal program backed by the U.S. Department of Education, strives to improve teacher quality through partnerships between state education agencies, institutions of higher education, high-need local education agencies and schools in order to increase the academic achievement of students in mathematics and science.  Districts represented were:  Clarksdale Municipal, Cleveland, Greenville Public, Leland, North Bolivar Consolidated, Sunflower County Consolidated, and West Bolivar Consolidated.

Delta State University mourns veteran professor’s passing

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The collective Delta State University community is reeling with the devastating news of the passing of Dr. Cheryl Cummins on May 19.

Cummins passed away in a car accident in Leland, Mississippi. Cheryl’s husband, Mark, was airlifted from the scene and is recovering at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Mark is an aircraft repair technician and inspector in Delta States’ Department of Commercial Aviation.

Police reports indicate that the Cummins’ were struck head-on by a vehicle that was traveling in the wrong lane.

“The Delta State University family is grieving the loss of Dr. Cheryl Cummins,” said Delta State University President William N. LaForge. “She had been actively involved with Delta State since her time as an undergraduate student in the 1980s, to her most recent role as the head of our Field Experiences program in the College of Education and Human Sciences. We are praying for a full recovery for Mark, who is also a member of the Delta State family, employed in our Commercial Aviation department, and have offered our assistance and support to their daughters, Kellie and Hayley, who are students at Delta State.”

Cummins was the Director of Field Experiences and professor of teacher education in the College of Education and Human Sciences at the university. She began working at the school in 1996 as an adjunct faculty member in elementary education.

In her role as Director of Field Experiences, she guided countless Delta State education majors as they took on their student-teaching roles.

“The legacy Dr. Cummins leaves through her varied roles in Teacher Education is manifested through the teachers she prepared and supported,” said Dr. Leslie Griffin, dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences. “Her dedication to Delta State began in her undergraduate years and extended through a 21-year career in the College of Education and Human Sciences. “Dr. Cummins’ genuine caring and ability to consider the needs of students while guiding them to implement best practices in education — this is what made her the ideal person to direct their teaching experiences and prepare them for schools. We will never get beyond the ‘missing’ of this special colleague, but will endeavor to keep her memory alive through fidelity to the ideals she lived by.”

Griffin said the college established the Cheryl Jackson Cummins Memorial Scholarship in her honor. Contributions can be made at

In addition, the Faculty Senate and Staff Council at Delta State have set up a donation account at Renasant Bank under the Cheryl and Mark Cummins Fund. Details for an online donation link will be announced at a later date.

“Dr. Cummins was a very knowledgeable and giving person who always made time to help a student or a colleague,” said Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Charles McAdams. “She was held in the highest regard by her many colleagues across campus due to her expertise in teacher education and the caring manner she treated people each and every day. She exhibited the perfect balance of character, competence and compassion, and she contributed in many important ways to the operations of the College of Education and Human Sciences. She will be greatly missed.”

Cummins received her bachelor’s degree from Delta State in elementary education in 1988, and she received her master’s degree from Delta State in elementary education in 1989. In 1996, she received her doctorate from the University of Mississippi in curriculum and instruction.

“Cheryl was one of the kindest people that I have ever worked with,” said Jamie Rutledge, vice president for Finance and Administration at Delta State. “She did so much for the university and our community without ever asking for praise or credit. The university and everyone that knew her has lost a close and dear friend. Our prayers are with her entire family.”

Funeral services will be announced at a later date.

The Campus Counseling Center is providing counseling services to members of the Delta State family seeking assistance with the grieving process.

In keeping with university protocol, Delta State will lower the university flag on the day of Dr. Cummins’ service.

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


Arrowsmith receives $8,000 rural counselor scholarship

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The NBCC Foundation, an affiliate of the National Board for Certified Counselors, Inc., recently awarded an $8,000 2018 NBCC Foundation rural scholarship to Charlotte Arrowsmith, a graduate student in the counseling program at Delta State University.

The scholarship is awarded to counseling students who are from rural communities and commit to practicing in rural areas upon graduation.

The mission of the NBCC is to leverage the power of counseling by strategically focusing resources for positive change. The foundation created the scholarship in 2009 to improve access to counseling services in rural communities, which suffer disproportionately from a lack of mental health care. More than 75 students from across the country applied for the six 2018 rural scholarships.

Arrowsmith, of Greenwood, Mississippi, will receive $8,000 to support her counseling education and recognize her commitment to the underserved. The funding will allow her to continue her counselor education and receive professional development that will help her establish a strong professional counselor identity. It will also allow her to continue her counseling social innovation, in which she is working on destigmatizing mental health in the Mississippi Delta. She hopes to be an advocate in the counseling profession for underserved populations.

“I am very excited and grateful to receive the scholarship,” said Arrowsmith. “It will assist me in furthering the mental health project I am currently working on as a part of the DSU TFA Graduate Fellows program. Additionally, I have received the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. to the upcoming NBCC counseling symposium, where I will network with other scholars and professionals in the counseling field.”

Upon graduation, Arrowsmith intends to work on bettering access to mental health services for youth in the Mississippi Delta. She believes a person’s zip code should not prevent them from access to mental health care. Arrowsmith hopes to specialize in helping those traditionally considered difficult to treat, including those who are indigent, have multiple disorders, or are involved with the criminal justice system.

She is also a graduate of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

NBCC also awarded six $8,000 military scholarships to increase the number of counselors serving fellow military personnel, veterans and their families.

For more information, or to make a gift in support of scholars like these, visit

The NBCC Foundation is based in Greensboro, North Carolina. It is the nation’s premier professional certification board devoted to credentialing counselors who meet standards for the general and specialty practices of professional counseling. Currently, there are more than 64,000 board-certified counselors in the U.S. and more than 50 countries.

Learn more about Delta State’s Division of Counselor Education and Psychology at

Fashion merchandising students show well at state meeting

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Dr. Jan Haynes, professor of fashion merchandising (left), and a piece designed by Mallory McWhorter.


Delta State University fashion merchandising students recently took part in the Mississippi Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Conference at Mississippi State University.

Mallory McWhorter won third place in the Apparel Design competition. She is a senior fashion merchandising student in the College of Education and Human Science’s Division of Family and Consumer Sciences.

In total, five Delta State students participated in the conference.

“Our students had the fortunate opportunity of competing at the state level, and we are very proud of Mallory’s award,” said Dr. Jan Haynes, professor of fashion merchandising. “Fashion merchandising students at Delta State are granted a number of opportunities to take part in design competitions, which is great training for their professional endeavors.”

To learn more about fashion merchandising at Delta State, visit