Campus groups will come together April 19 to repaint the Green Mile fitness trail.

Green Mile to be repainted

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A number of student groups will unite April 19 to repaint Delta State’s Green Mile fitness trail that works its way across campus, a project introduced in 2010 to promote overall health and wellness at the institution.

The repainting, scheduled for 1:30-3:30 p.m., was originally planned during the university’s 90th anniversary celebration in 2015, but due to weather and schedule conflicts, the event will take place later this month. The event will kick off at the Alumni clock next to the Student Union.

Led by First Lady Nancy LaForge and members of the Dedicated Statesmen Association, student groups, athletic teams and Greek organizations will come together to brighten the trail markings with new paint.

LaForge thought the project would be a meaningful campus beautification component of the university’s anniversary celebration.

“I walk every day for exercise. It is good cardio, and I enjoy the routine, peaceful experience,” said LaForge. “The Green Mile is a Delta State tradition that deserves to be restored. You can begin at a set of footprints and end there knowing you have walked a mile. Hats off to Dianne Blansett, Elise Jenkins and the Dedicated Statesmen for coordinating this project.”

The event will be judged and trophies and prizes will be awarded to winning teams. Judging will be based on neatness and completion. All materials and supplies will be provided to the teams.

Jeanna Wilkes, director of Student Life, has helped organized the groups taking part.

“I believe this is an important project to complete because it allows student groups the opportunity to give back to the university by renewing the aesthetic look to the Green Mile,” said Wilkes. “Renewing the look of the Green Mile is vital to beautifying our campus’s appearance, and encouraging a healthy physique to those utilizing the mile.”

Student groups looking to sign up for the event are asked to contact Wilkes at or 662-846-6666. The deadline for signing up is April 14 at 5 p.m.

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Faculty to present at Beatles conference

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As a part of Beatles Symposium 2016: From the Cavern to Candlestick, held in partnership with GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi, Delta State University faculty and visiting scholars will present papers at Delta Music Institute’s Studio A beginning at 2 p.m. today.

From 2-2:50 p.m., Delta State’s Cade Holder will present “They’re Gonna Put Me in the Movies”: A Study of Beatles Songs in Film Narrative.” Dr. Jeff Smithpeters will follow with “You Can See Them Out for Dinner”: The Beatles and the Fear of Being Swallowed.”

Visiting presenters will include Kathryn Cox (University of Michigan): “Think For Yourself”: Rubber Soul, Revolver, and the Roots of George Harrison’s Compositional Style,” Dr. Jan Blüml (Palacký University, Czech Republic): “Reception of the Beatles behind the Iron Curtain: The Example of Communist Czechoslovakia,” and Dr. Robert Groene (University of Missouri – Kansas City): “A Music Therapy Content Analysis of The Beatles Music 1957-1970.”

Distinguished Beatles authors Ivor Davis and Jude Southerland Kessler will continue tonight’s schedule at the DMI beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The symposium continues Saturday on site at GRAMMY Museum Mississippi. The schedule of events will celebrate the lasting influence and impact of The Beatles with a weekend full of activities.

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Some of the 2016 Advising Champions include: (front, left to right) Arlene Sanders, Dr. Ellen Green, Dr. Virginia Webb, Dr. Jan Haynes, Darla Sisney, (back, l to r) Dr. Leslie Fadiga-Stewart, Lacey Blessitt, Dr. Sharon Hamilton, Dr. Thomas Laub, Charly Abraham, and Dr. Tom Brady.

Advising Champions boost student success

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A group of Delta State faculty known as the Advising Champions are continuing their advising efforts dedicated to the development of a streamlined campus-wide advising process.

Each Advising Champion is a faculty member who is recognized as an effective academic advisor and adopts the tenets of Proactive Advising, an advising process that involves the use of proactive outreach and intervention to enable students to persist to graduation.

The program operates under the envelope of the Student Success Center and is run by Student Success Advisor Darla Sisney.

“Engaged, knowledgeable academic advising is critical to every student’s success,” said Sisney, quoting the Academic Advising Resource Guide. “Advising should consist of a continuous conversation between the student and his or her advisor, not merely sporadic sessions for choosing what courses to take.

“When done well, academic advising aids every student to plan and implement a program of study consistent with their goals, interests and strengths. With this in mind, Delta State is taking steps to establish an effective and efficient advisement process.”

Advising Champions guide students through the following methods:

  • Assist in efforts to enhance proactive advising at Delta State
  • Serve on the frontline for implementing proactive advising in their academic areas
  • Relay new advising strategies, resources and practices to their departments
  • Act as advocates, mentors and resources for new academic advisors

Academic Advising Champions for Spring 2016 include:

  • College of Arts and Sciences

o          Dr. Ellen Green, Department of Biological Sciences

o          Dr. John Tiftickjian, Department of Biological Sciences

o          Dr. Sharon Hamilton, Department of Chemistry and Physics

o          Ms. Tricia Walker, Delta Music Institute

o          Mr. Charly Abraham, Delta Music Institute

o          Dr. Karen Bell, Interdisciplinary Studies

o          Dr. Paula Norris, Department of Mathematics

o          Dr. Paulette Meikle-Yaw, Division of Social Sciences and History

o          Dr. Leslie Fadiga-Stewart, Division of Social Sciences and History

o          Dr. Garry Jennings, Division of Social Sciences and History

o          Ms. Arlene Sanders, Division of Social Sciences and History

o          Dr. Thomas Laub, Division of Social Sciences and History

o          Dr. Lisa Moon, Department of Social Work

o          Ms. Cora Jackson, Department of Social Work

o          Dr. Lekeitha Morris, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences

  • College of Business

o          Dr. Rebecca Hochradel, Division of Management, Marketing and Business Administration

  • College of Education

o          Dr. Jon Westfall, Division of Counselor Education and Psychology

o          Dr. Temika Simmons, Division of Counselor Education and Psychology

o          Dr. Tom Brady, Division of Teacher Education, Leadership, and Research

o          Dr. Jan Haynes, Division of Family and Consumer Sciences

o          Dr. Virginia Webb, Division of Family and Consumer Sciences

o          Dr. Mary Jones, Division of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

o          Mr. Todd Davis, Division of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

o          Dr. John Alvarez, Division of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

o          Ms. Amy McAdams, Division of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

o          Dr. Franco Zengaro, Division of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

  • School of Nursing

o          Ms. Lacey Blessitt, School of Nursing

For more information, contact Sisney at 662-846-4577 or

Dr. Ellen Green (left to right), Brian Barnett, Rebekah Napier-Johnson and Christine Beck recently participated in Posters in the Rotunda at the State Capitol.

Students present at Posters in the Rotunda

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Three undergraduate students recently represented Delta State in the inaugural Posters in the Rotunda event at the State Capitol in Jackson.

Students from all eight of Mississippi’s public universities shared their research and creative activities on a wide variety of topics with legislators and state leaders. The event allowed students to show how their research solves some of Mississippi’s most pressing problems and benefits the citizens of the state.

Participating Delta State students and their topics included:
– Brian Barnett of Winchester, Virginia — Blood Flow Occlusion Pressure at Rest and Post Low Load Exercise
– Christine Beck of Crystal Springs — Role of Tick Antioxidants in Rickettsia Parkeri Colonization in the Gulf
– Rebekah Napier-Johnson of Johannesburg, South Africa — The Gut Microbial Fauna of the Hardwood Stump Borer, Mallodon dasystomus (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)

The faculty sponsor for the affair was Dr. Ellen Green.

Modeled after the Posters on the Hill event in which students from across the country share their work in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Mississippi’s event is similar to ones held in 17 other states.

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Wicker lectures as part of Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series

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U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker presented at the Delta State University Colloquia: Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series Tuesday night in the auditorium of E.R. Jobe Hall.

Wicker, who has represented Mississippi in the United States Senate since December 2007, discussed numerous topics, including getting things done in a time of divided government. The senator then fielded questions from a panel of Delta State State students and faculty, followed by a Q&A with audience members.

Those on the panel included Dr. David Breaux, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; students Allie Rose Parker and Chelsey Rhodes; and Delta State University President William N. LaForge.

During his time in the Senate, Wicker has championed pro-growth policies to create jobs and has worked to reduce spending, limit federal overreach and maintain a strong national defense. He is a member of the Senate Republican leadership team, serving as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Wicker also chairs the Subcommittee on Seapower.

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