Wingard honored with S.E. Kossman Outstanding Teacher Award

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Pictured (left to right): Provost Dr. Charles McAdams, Dr. Clifton Wingard, President William N. LaForge.


Longtime Delta State professor Dr. Clifton Wingard was awarded with the S.E. Kossman Outstanding Teacher Award at commencement ceremonies May 5.

Each year, Delta State recognizes a top faculty member with the Kossman Award based on exceptional achievement demonstrated over time at the university.

Achievement is measured in the areas of:

– Effectiveness as a teacher
– Ability to motivate students
– Good relationship with students in and out of the classroom
– Mentor and advisor to students
– Utilizes creativity and innovation in teaching
– Positive attitude toward teaching and toward students
– Evidence of scholarship and service that support good teaching

Wingard began teaching at Delta State in 1996 and recently announced his resignation from the school. Upon the retirement of Dr. Rose Strahan in 2009, Wingard took over as chair of the Department of Mathematics.

“I am honored to be named the recipient of the 2018 Kossman Award,” said Wingard. “Delta State University has a reputation of excellent teaching, and to be placed in the category of outstanding teachers at Delta State who have preceded me, is a high commendation that is both humbling and inspiring.”

Wingard said Delta State has been a wonderful place to work during his tenure.

“Working together with other faculty and staff to educate our students, and to prepare them for careers, has been one of the best parts of the job. Spending time with the students in the classroom during their years at DSU, and then hearing of their successes in their fields of work after they have left our campus, have provided the greatest rewards of teaching.”

He received his Bachelor of Science in mathematics from Belhaven University, and his Master of Science in mathematics and Doctor of Philosophy in mathematics from the University of Mississippi.

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Delta State to celebrate Commencement May 5

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Delta State University will celebrate 2018 Spring Commencement Ceremonies at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. May 5 inside the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

The institution, friends and family will unite to recognize the accomplishments of 493 graduates.

The 10 a.m. ceremony will honor graduates receiving doctorates, education specialists, masters degrees, College of Business and Aviation undergraduate degrees, and School of Nursing undergraduate degrees.

The 2 p.m. ceremony will recognize graduates receiving undergraduate degrees from the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education and Human Sciences.

Each graduate will receive four tickets to administer to family and friends. Ticket pickup will be at the Registrar’s Office May 2-4 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. If students choose to not take all of their assigned tickets, additional tickets will be available for pickup at the Registrar’s Office starting at 10 a.m. May 4, on a first-come-first-serve basis.

At the 10 a.m. ceremony, Delta State will also continue its tradition of recognizing greatness by conferring an honorary doctoral degree to legendary Delta-influenced soul and gospel singer, and civil rights activist, Mavis Staples.

Delta State confers the honorary degree to individuals who have made significant and meritorious contributions to the university, higher education generally, or other areas of society. Achievements can include, but are not limited to, outstanding creative and scholarly work, distinguished leadership or service, significant accomplishments or exceptional philanthropic support.

Keynoting both ceremonies is Dr. Glen Jones, president of Henderson State University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Jones also serves as the committee chair of the NCAA Division II Presidents Council. When Jones was introduced as Henderson State’s president in March 2012, he became the first African-American to serve as president or chancellor of a non-Historically Black Colleges and Universities institution in the history of Arkansas higher education.

Delta State President William N. LaForge will provide introductions at the ceremony, while presentations of candidates and degrees will be led by Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Charles McAdams.

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