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Dates announced for Go Green Weekend, Pig Pickin’ and Homecoming

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association recently announced event dates for 2018 Go Green Weekend, Pig Pickin’ and Homecoming.

On April 27-29, join the Green and White Nation for the fifth annual Go Green Weekend at Delta State. Celebrate the spring season with tailgating, live entertainment, athletic games, activities for the family and more. Come out to support the Statesmen and Okra for a weekend of food, fun and sports. Freshmen and transfer Future Statesmen are invited to attend Spring Preview Day during the weekend. A more detailed schedule and registration will be available soon.

The 33rd annual Pig Pickin’ will be held Sept. 21-22, as the Statesmen football team hosts North Greenville University. Make plans now to tailgate in Statesmen Park with friends and fellow alumni. Visit www.dsupickin.com and join the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/503121896754250/ for the most updated information. The full schedule of events will be announced at a later date.

Homecoming 2018 has been set for Nov. 9-10, and the Statesmen football team will face off against Mississippi College. Throughout the weekend, the Delta State Alumni Association will host a variety of activities. The class of 1968 will be featured and honored in recognition of their 50-year reunion. They will also be inducted into the prestigious Golden Circle, which is a constituency group of the National Alumni Association that honors alumni who graduated at least 50 years ago. The Alumni Association will also recognize the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year, Alumni Hall of Fame and other service awards. The official Homecoming website is http://www.deltastate.edu/student-life/dsu-homecoming/. View the Homecoming Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/195170841227361/. Stay tuned for details as the Homecoming Taskforce continues to finalize this year’s schedule.

“The Alumni Office has mailed 20,000-plus save-the-date postcards to our alumni and local businesses promoting these signature annual events,” said Jeffrey Farris, alumni director. “Make it a priority to return to your university town by booking your hotel reservations months in advance.”

Email alumni@deltastate.edu with questions, and for travel info and local accommodations, visit www.visitclevelandms.com.

The official hashtag for Go Green Weekend is #GGW, Pig Pickin’ is #DSUPigPickin and #DSUHC for Homecoming.

Study abroad trip to Jamaica offered

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The Delta State University Department of Art is offering a unique inaugural two-week study abroad opportunity in Jamaica open to all majors and community members.

The three-credit summer session course, “ART492 03, Special Topics in Art,” will take place May 20-June 2, 2018.

Dr. Phyllis Hill, assistant professor of art at Delta State, will be leading the trip.

“The focus of this trip is service learning and community based research,” said Hill. “This is a unique opportunity for two weeks of cultural emersion and engagement with local experts employed in the Jamaican education, historical and cultural sectors. Students will participate in a service learning project with a local educational institution, conduct historical and cultural research using diverse media such as film, painting, photography and sculpture — and share their findings via an exhibition upon return to DSU.”

The trip will primarily take place in the cities of Kingston and Montego Bay. Programming will also include historical tours, lectures, cultural events, local cuisine, music and cultural experiences.

“Study abroad provides a unique opportunity for DSU students to develop as global citizens in their chosen fields,” added Hill. “However, the majority of our students have not travelled outside of the U.S. The reality is that we exist in a globalized world, and those who are most successful are the graduates who have international experience, cross-cultural communication skills and the ability to discuss cultural issues from multiple informed perspectives. Study abroad makes our students more career-ready and competitive on a global scale, in that they are internationally savvy, adaptable within culturally diverse environments and are able to communicate with varying populations.”

The total cost for the trip and tuition is $3,243 per person, which covers round-trip airfare, lodging, in-country transportation, excursions and travel insurance.

“Jamaica is more than sand, sea and sun. It’s a unique blend of people, cultural practices and beliefs,” said Hill. “It offers a wealth of opportunities for historical, cultural and educational collaborations.”

For more information about the trip, contact hill at phill@deltastate.edu.

Department of Aviation receives American Airlines grant

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Dr. Gary Bouse (second from left), chief development officer for the Delta State University Foundation, and Sam Washington (center), instructor of commercial aviation at Delta State, attended a ceremony Jan. 19 in Fort Worth, Texas to receive a $25,000 grant as part of the American Airlines Pilot Recruiting and Development Program.

Delta State University’s Department of Commercial Aviation is the recent recipient of a competitive grant from the American Airlines Pilot Recruiting and Development Program.

The $25,000 grant from American Airlines will provide a major boost to the department’s facilities. Delta State was one of 10 organizations in the country to receive the grant.

“This grant will allow Delta State’s Department of Commercial Aviation to purchase equipment and software to set up two multi-station training labs that will let students practice instrument and commercial level procedures prior to entering the aircraft cockpit,” said Dr. Julie Speakes, chair of the department. “The lab will also be able to be transported to local and regional high schools to provide hands-on experience for students who may have an interest in aviation.”

The instructional lab will also help prepare students to enter actual aircraft cockpits and perform the required maneuvers and mission profiles, thus reducing the amount of time and costs to the students of obtaining initial and subsequent flight certificates.

Speakes said the funding would significantly improve learning opportunities for aviation students.

“We are proud to have been selected to receive this grant, and we are confident that these new labs will make our students’ experiences here in the Department of Commercial Aviation more meaningful and fruitful.”

An added bonus with the lab will be its mobility. The department will be able to pack up and deploy the lab at various sites such as local and regional high schools, air shows, fly-ins and other community events. This will give the department greater visibility as they advertise the unique and affordable programming at Delta State.

Dr. Gary Bouse, chief development officer for the Delta State University Foundation, helped the aviation department apply for the grant. According to Bouse, this is the first grant Delta State has received from American Airlines through the university’s Foundation.

Bouse and Sam Washington, an instructor of commercial aviation at Delta State, attended a ceremony for the grant recipients at the American Airlines C.R. Smith Museum in Fort Worth, Texas on Jan. 19.

“Of the nearly 600 organizations we invited to participate in our program, these 10 stood out with innovative ideas on growing and diversifying the pilot career path and creating opportunities for those who may not otherwise have the chance to learn,” said Captain David Tatum, American’s director of Pilot Recruiting and Development.

American Airlines, which is headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas. It is the world’s largest airline when measured by fleet size, revenue, scheduled passenger-kilometers flown, and number of destinations served. American, together with its regional partners, operates an extensive international and domestic network with an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day.

Delta State’s aviation department is Mississippi’s only state university to provide undergraduate and graduate degrees in commercial aviation. Graduates of the program have the necessary skills to perform in flight crews, as well as executives with supervisory and managerial responsibilities at all levels in the aviation sector.

“DSU has one of the lowest overall costs for the student as it relates to tuition, room and board, meal plans and flight costs,” said Speakes. “The Mississippi Delta has great weather for training most months of the year, and the flat land area gives students and instructors many options for executing a safe landing should an in-flight emergency arise.”

Learn more about commercial aviation at Delta State by visiting http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-business/commercial-aviation.

Robinson named assistant director of Alumni Affairs

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The Delta State University Alumni Association announces the hiring of Amanda Robinson as the assistant director of Alumni Affairs.

Robinson is a 2010 cum laude graduate of Delta State, where she received a bachelor’s degree in graphic design.

“The Delta State University National Alumni Association is excited to announce Amanda Robinson as the assistant director of Alumni Affairs,” said Jeffrey Farris, Alumni director. “Amanda will bring much experience and institutional knowledge as she serves in this university role. She will focus on providing a lifelong alumni experience for our 30,000-plus alumni base.”

Robinson was employed by Delta State in 2015 before working her way to her new role. Prior to joining the Alumni Association staff, she worked for the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences as the senior secretary. Before returning to her alma mater, she worked as a graphic designer for a screen printing company in Greenwood, as well as an accounts payable specialist for Westower Communications located in Ridgeland.

As a student at Delta State, Robinson cheered for the Statesmen her senior year. She is a member of the Delta State Alumni Association and also serves as the Alumni Association’s representative for the Administrative Staff Council on campus.

Robinson and her husband, Morgan Robinson ’10, have one child, Shelby.

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Delta State University Alumni Association’s mission: To perpetuate the memories of university life. To provide a medium through which interest in Delta State University may be promoted. To assist in establishing alumni chapters. To bind the alumni into a united fellowship working together for the advancement of the university. To serve as a link between the university and its alumni. To act as a service organization for former Delta State students.

First C2C participants receive degrees

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Left to right: Dr. Karen Bell, Provost Dr. Charles McAdams, Randa Hitchcock, Keir Davis, Jeremy Weaver and President William N. LaForge.

 

Earlier this year, Mississippi’s Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) launched the statewide initiative, Complete 2 Compete (C2C), to encourage adult learners to return to college and complete degrees.

The program focuses on adults who have accumulated hours towards a college diploma but have not finished a baccalaureate degree.

Since the C2C launch, Dr. Karen Bell, Delta State University’s C2C coach, has been working with 142 C2C leads (applicants). At Delta State’s commencement ceremonies on Saturday, 14 of the program participants reaped the benefits of graduation.

“We are excited to have our first graduates in the new adult degree completion program, Complete 2 Compete,” said Bell. “This program is a great opportunity for students who have been out of school at least two years and have completed 90 hours to reconnect and finish their degree.”

“Having a college degree makes a real difference for many people, and we want to help adults earn their degree,” said Dr. Charles McAdams, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Delta State.

Through this initiative, Randa Hitchcock will receive the new bachelor’s in general studies and finish what she started.

“It is important for me to show my daughter, as well as others, that no matter what life may throw at you, you can accomplish anything you set out to do,” said Hitchcock. “It is important not to give up on a dream, and completing my degree was a dream of mine.”

This year’s graduating class includes:

Ashley Bobo
Keir Davis
Chelsey Dunn
Dana Floyd
Judy Haney
Randa Hitchcock
Marilyn James
Jon McKinney
Phillip Sarullo
Paul Scott
Keisha Thompson
Jeremy Weaver
Joshua Williams
Sandra Williams

“I plan on using the degree to build a better career,” said Jones. “I will be entering the Master of Arts Teaching program, and I could not do this without the BS degree.”

“I plan to use this degree to motivate me to finish what I started,” said Bobo. “I’ve never been more grateful for this opportunity. This is just the first step in my educational journey, and I plan to get my masters as well.”

Learn more about C2C at http://www.msc2c.org.