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Dr. Vicki Bingham

Bingham named dean of RESSON

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Delta State University recently announced the promotion of Dr. Vicki Bingham to the position of dean of the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing.

Bingham, who has served as chair of the department for 12 years, will take over as dean effective July 1.

“I feel very honored and grateful to be offered the dean’s position,” said Bingham. “I believe my current role as chair of academic programs has helped prepare me. Furthermore, Dean Lizabeth Carlson has been an amazing leader and mentor during my tenure as chair. I am excited to lead the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing in future endeavors to promote nursing education and the health care needs of our communities.”

Bingham said she looks forward to expanding the success of RESSON’s nursing programs, working with nursing alumni to become more involved, and strengthening partnerships with the community and health care facilities at the local and state levels.

“We offer outstanding nursing programs because the faculty members are highly qualified in their practice areas, and staff members are very supportive,” added Bingham. “We care about our students and are devoted to providing them with a high quality education.”

Delta State Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Charles McAdams, said Bingham is a perfect fit for the role.

“Her administrative experience, coupled with her passion for nursing and Delta State University, convinced me that she will make a wonderful dean,” said McAdams. “I know that she cares a great deal for students and the health care profession, and I have every confidence that she will lead the School of Nursing to great heights in the years ahead.”

Bingham is married to Cleveland Police Chief Buster Bingham. Both are graduates of Delta State and have been members of the community for 32 years.

Learn more about RESSON at http://www.deltastate.edu/school-of-nursing.

 

 

 

 

Dominique Rashad Warren, a Delta State biology graduate in 2013, is serving in the Peace Corps in The Gambia.

Delta State grad serving in Peace Corps

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Dominique Rashad Warren, a Delta State University biology graduate in 2013, is making his mark in the world by serving in the Peace Corps. Warren has been with the organization since October of 2015.

Despite being based in a rural area of The Gambia, a small West African country, Delta State Communications and Marketing was able to communicate with the distinguished alumnus via email.

Warren will serve for 27 months as a health extension volunteer, which will allow him to provide malaria, malnutrition and sanitation education, as well as work hands-on and with the people of the country.

“I had no previous connection with The Gambia before applying, but I was interested in the health positions they had available in this country, and the culture looked very interesting,” said Warren. “I’m really glad I chose The Gambia as my first choice because this place has lots of history. Being here makes me want to know more about my family history. I feel a deep connection with this place.”

The Cleveland native first considered applying to the Peace Corps when his passion to make a global impact grew.

Dominique Rashad Warren '13.

Dominique Rashad Warren ’13

“I always wanted to travel the world, see new places and meet new people, but I couldn’t think of a way to do it,” he said. “I was very glad I stumbled across the Peace Corps website because it gave me the opportunity to combine my passions. I would be able to help people in need and explore the world at the same time, for free. I don’t think you could ever get a better deal than that.”

He has already experienced numerous life-changing moments, but his favorite thus far occurred during training in the village of Jalambere.

“My host family there was amazing,” said Warren. “Every day after language class I would walk home. As soon as the children saw me they would run full speed to the end of the road to meet me. Sometimes I would have as many as 10 kids holding each of my fingers and singing my name as we walked home. This is easily one of the best experiences of my life.”

Warren said the area is quite reminiscent of the Mississippi Delta, but pressing issues plague the region such as education, health care, infrastructure, poor water quality, and lack of electricity and air conditioning.

While at Delta State, he was known for being an active student who made an impact. He was inducted into Delta State University’s Hall of Fame in 2013, and was elected Mr. Delta State University the same year. Additionally, he served on the SGA, was a tenor in Delta Singers, was a founder of the Delta Sigma chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and worked as a RA and hall director.

Dr. Ellen Green, department chair and associate professor of biology at Delta State, got to know Warren as his teacher.

“The first time I met Rashad in class, we were discussing prospecting for biofuels in various countries,” said Green. “In our very first conversation, he told me that he wanted to see the world. Rashad is a natural for the Peace Corps because he is curious, has great work ethic and amazing people skills. Coupled with his biology degree, he is well equipped to tackle the medical mission that he volunteered for as his Peace Corps service.

“Rashad was voted Mr. DSU in his senior year, in large part I think, because of his personality. He became friends with everybody. I expect him to be voted Mr. The Gambia any day now.”

Dr. Christy Riddle, executive director of the Student Success Center and International Student Services, said Warren would be a strong representative for Delta State while volunteering.

“While serving with the Peace Corps, Rashad is also a cultural ambassador for DSU,” said Riddle. “People say that DSU is the best kept secret in education, and we continuously search for ways to spread the word abroad about the benefits of attending DSU.”

While Internet access is extremely hard for Warren to come by, on the rare occasion he gets online, he is blogging about his experiences. Follow Warren’s journey at https://rashadinthegambia.wordpress.com.

To stay updated with Delta State news and events, visit www.deltastate.edu.

 

 

Restoring the Green Mile – Fireside Chat – April 11, 2016

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Joining President LaForge is Dr. Gary Bouse, Delta State Chief Development Officer and liaison to the Dedicated Statesmen Association.

This past fall, Delta State celebrated its 90th birthday with a series of programs looking at its history. As part of the continued celebration, a number of student groups will come together on April 19 to repaint Delta State’s Green Mile fitness trail that works its way across campus. The project is being led by members of the Dedicated Statesmen Association, which oversaw the restoration of the Alumni Plaza clock as part of our 90th anniversary and will continue to identify and spearhead projects on campus in the coming years.

The repainting of the Green Mile will kick off at the Alumni clock next to the Student Union at 1:30 p.m. on April 19, with members of several different student groups, athletic teams and Greek organizations competing in teams. The goal is to give new life to the Green Mile, which was created in 2010 to promote overall health and wellness at the institution. The one-mile trail enables walkers and joggers to start at any set of green footprints on campus and to follow the trail of footprints until they are back at their starting point, thus completing one mile of exercise. The work of the student teams will be judged on neatness and completion, and the winners will receive trophies and prizes for their efforts. Fitness and health are important components of education at Delta State, and the university is proud that the Green Mile is available to anyone from the campus or community.

In other news on campus, the Delta State University Jazz Ensemble will present its spring concert tonight at 7:30, and the Delta State University Choirs will present “Carmina Burana,” a cantata at 7:30 tomorrow night. And rounding out three nights of music will be a free concert featuring the U.S. Air Force Concert Band. That performance is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday night. All three performances will take place in our Bologna Performing Arts Center.

President William N. LaForge

Campus Update: Civility and Respect on Campus

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Dear Campus Colleagues and Students,

Last Tuesday, in the aftermath of Governor Phil Bryant’s signing House Bill 1523 (known as the “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act”), I issued a statement to the media that incorporated information I am sharing with you below.

Over the last few days, conversations about civility and respect have ensued across the Delta State University campus.  Most recently, in meetings with students and faculty, I reinforced Delta State’s longstanding commitment to an open and inclusive university campus community—a theme I included in comments I made during the 2015 State of the University Address at the university’s annual convocation.

The signing of this legislation into law, coupled with some recent expressions of opinions on campus, present the university with yet another opportunity to restate our commitment to inclusiveness, fairness, and a safe and welcoming campus for all.

As stated in the guiding principles for the university, Delta State promotes mutual respect, teamwork, fairness, and integrity among all of our employees and students, and the university works diligently to create a climate in which students, employees, and constituents are valued and nurtured. Delta State strives to be a safe environment for all of our students, faculty, and staff, and we celebrate the many differences that make this university great. Those goals and principles are central to our mission and will not change.

Over the past few years, Delta State has hosted Safe Space training programs in which I, along with numerous faculty and staff members, have participated.  The goals of the national Safe Space program are to create campus spaces where LGBTQ students and employees feel safe, supported, and valued as members of the university community, and to reduce fear of reprisal and discrimination within the university community.  The university will continue to support that program and the work it does.

This week, Delta State is hosting a professional development webinar that is open to any faculty or staff member who wants to support the LGBTQ community on campus.  The program, “Beyond LGBTQ: Supporting the Spectrum of Sexual & Gender Identities of Your Students,” is scheduled for Wednesday, April 13 at 1:00 pm in the Baioni Conference Center in Broom Hall.

I ask for your continuing efforts to ensure Delta State remains a campus that embraces and demonstrates civility and respect.

Very best regards,

Bill LaForge

Delta State University recently announced Don Allan Mitchell, associate professor of English, as the chair of the Department of Languages & Literature.

Mitchell appointed chair of Languages & Literature

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Delta State University recently announced Don Allan Mitchell, associate professor of English, as the chair of the Department of Languages & Literature.

Mitchell had served as chair on an interim basis since July of 2014.

“I am both humble and grateful, and I appreciate the vote of confidence from Dean David Breaux,” said Mitchell. “We have some outstanding new faculty in the division, in addition to great people like Mike Smith, Clint Tibbs and Susan Allen Ford, who have been here for a while. We will have more new faculty in the fall. It’s a lot of fun to watch new people like Judith Coleman, Lauren Coker-Durso and Julia Calderon get their ‘Delta Sea Legs’ under them.”

“Invest in people, not programs,” added Mitchell. “That was taught to me by the late, great Dr. R. Faser Triplett, and it is a constant reminder to me that if we hire good people, and give them the ways and means to succeed, greatness will occur.”

Mitchell said quality courses are available throughout the division.

“If a prospective student wants small class size, and close, one-on-one mentoring relationships with professors, then the Division of Languages & Literature and the Delta State University family are here for you.”

He received his bachelor’s from the University of Virginia and his MFA from the University of Mississippi.

At Delta State, he has taught Modern American Drama, Expository Writing, Composition, Introduction to Literature, and History and Literature of the Blues. His research interests include blues literature and Mississippi literature.

“In 1928, the first diploma granted by Delta State Teachers College went to a graduate from the Division of Languages & Literature,” said Mitchell. “Thus, we were there at the beginning. We are here now — we will be here, moving forward. We have a long tradition of excellence. As faculty, staff and students of the Division of Languages & Literature, we will continue to build on that long tradition, and continue to transform obstacles into opportunities.”

Learn more about the department at http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-arts-and-sciences/languages-literature/.