Delta State begins organ donor challenge

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The Delta State University Student Nurses Association is participating in the annual Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency’s Donor Challenge, a statewide outreach effort to increase awareness of the need for organ and tissue donations on college campuses. It also serves as an opportunity to secure donor designations.

This year, the campaign will expand to a record seven Mississippi campuses. Delta State’s participation in the challenge is scheduled for Oct. 13-Nov. 7 versus Mississippi College.

Students, fans, alumni, and faculty and staff of each university can register to be organ donors at any Donor Challenge registration event, or participants can sign up online at under the Donor Challenge banner.

Since the inaugural 2012 event, participation has continued to grow from only two rival universities in the first year. In 2014, Delta State, Alcorn State, Jackson State, University of Mississippi, Mississippi College, Mississippi State and the University of Southern Mississippi will all participate in the competition.

“Last year, when we expanded the Donor Challenge to four schools, we saw an incredible 300 percent increase in donor designations,” said Charlotte Mullinnix, director of MORA Outreach Services. “We are thrilled about the expansion of participating schools in the 2014 Donor Challenge and once again, we’re expecting another tremendous spike in people registering to be organ, eye and tissue donors.

“It’s an exciting way to increase awareness, designations and bring hope to those in need of lifesaving transplants. The Delta State University Student Nurses Association is very excited to be involved in this challenge.”

The 2014 Donor Challenge will be a three-tier competition, with rival schools going head-to-head. The schedule is as follows:

* Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Southern Miss — Sept. 15-Oct. 17
* Delta State, Mississippi College — Oct. 13Nov. 7
* Alcorn State, Jackson State — Oct. 20-Nov. 14

The schools’ overall totals this year will reflect students and fans already registered as organ and tissue donors, if they show donor designation on licenses or donor cards at any registration event. Existing donor registrations will account for 25 percent of the total.

Additionally, MORA will donate $500 to each school for distribution among the student organization hosting the Donor Challenge, as long as the school meets the set criteria — including a minimum of one volunteer training session, four registration events and a secured minimum of 150 new donor designations.

Currently, over 1,400 Mississippians and more than 123,000 Americans are in need of a lifesaving transplant. A new patient is added to the national transplant waiting list every 10 minutes, and an average of 18 people die each day waiting for a lifesaving transplant that never arrives.

To register as an organ and tissue donor, visit

Additional organ donation facts:
*One organ donor can save eight lives.
*One tissue donor can enhance the lives of more than 50 people.

For more information, contact Debra Allen, faculty advisor, at or 662-846-4261.


Floyd Eppionette '57 (left), coach Todd Cooley, Fred Foster '55 and Newt Willis '74 at last year's Natchez social.

Delta State alumni to meet in Natchez

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The Delta State University Alumni Association has announced the Southwest MS Alumni Chapter event Sept.29 at Roux 61 Restaurant in Natchez.

The registration and social will begin at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and the program at 6:30 p.m.

This year’s event features Delta State alumnus Barry Lyons ‘84. Lyons was a NCAA All-American catcher for the Statesmen and went on to play for the New York Mets. Other speakers include President William N. LaForge, Delta State athletics staff, Alumni-Foundation staff and other guests from campus.

There is no cost for the meeting — attendees only need to pay for dinner. Dress is Delta casual. Attendees can register online at or contact the Alumni Association at 662-846-4660.

Join the Facebook event page at Statesmen Graduates: Southwest MS Area Alumni Chapter Meeting. To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), Tumblr (, LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1).

Delta State University's Phi Mu chapter will host the ninth annual Bunko Tournament Sept. 27 at the Jacob Conference Center.

Phi Mu chapter to host annual Bunko Tournament

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The ladies of Phi Mu sorority at Delta State University will host the ninth annual Bunko Tournament Sept. 27,  starting at 11 a.m. All proceeds will go to Children’s Miracle Network hospitals.

CMN is the alliance of premier children’s hospitals, impacting the lives of more children than any other children’s organization in the world.

The fun and games will take place until 1:30 p.m. in the Jacob Conference Center of Ewing Hall. Brunch will be served and a silent auction will also take place. Registration for players is $30, which includes the brunch and a T-shirt. Walk-ins will be accepted the day of the tournament.

Phi Mu-Kappa Epsilon’s local hospital is Le Bonheur Children’s hospital located in Memphis. For more information, contact Phi Mu’s philanthropy chair, Taylor Lee, at 901-828-2520 or

Delta State University is prepping for Move-In Day 2014 scheduled for Aug. 17.

Volunteer Move-In Day 2014

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Staff members at Delta State University are already gearing up for the start of the new school year, scheduled to kick off Aug. 17 at the annual Move-in Day.

Approximately 1,100 students living on campus this fall will have the opportunity to enjoy some housing renovations, along with revamped dining options at the Mill in the Student Union.

“The beginning of the fall semester is less than a week away, and it’s time once again to welcome our students back to campus,” said Jeanna Wilkes, Student Success Center advisor. “At our annual residence hall Move-In Day, we receive many positive comments from parents and students about how helpful and friendly everyone is, and we want to roll out the ‘green’ carpet again this year.”

Along with staff, Delta State’s Student Government Association, orientation leaders, student organizations, local churches, student-athletes, faculty and students will be on hand to assist with greeting and unloading at the residence halls.

A number of campus offices will be open for service and support, including Admissions, Barnes and Noble Bookstore, Financial Aid, Career Services, Housing and Residence Life, Registrars’ Office, Student Business Services and University Police.

“We will have a welcome tent in front of the dining hall serving free water, Nehi sodas, Sonic Drive-In limeades, Denton’s Dairy ice cream sandwiches, Domino’s pizza, Sherlone’s snow cones and workers providing directions,” added Wilkes. “Several campus offices will be open to make it convenient for students and parents to finalize plans.”

Delta State’s large motorized carts will be offering shuttle services, and volunteers will be stationed at campus entrances to assist parents and students in locating places around campus.

Those interested in volunteering for Move-In Day are asked to contact Wilkes at Assistance is needed in the following areas:

* Volunteer at a residence hall (two-hour slots): 1-3 p.m. or 3-5 p.m.
—- serve as a greeter to welcome students and parents
—- help unload student belongings into residence halls

* Volunteer at campus entrances (two-hour slots): 1-3 p.m. or 3-5 p.m. Feel free to bring a lounge chair or umbrella with you.
—- Kent Wyatt Hall and Walter-Sillers Coliseum entrance at stoplight
—- Sunflower Road entrance at quadrangle/flag plaza
—- 5th Avenue entrance between Broom Hall and Capps Archives building
—- Maple Street entrance to Court of Governors and New Men’s Residence Hall

* Drive a ‘People Mover’ cart (two-hour slots): 1-3 p.m. or 3-5 p.m.
—- shuttle guests throughout campus as needed

Volunteers are asked to wear a green shirt for identity purposes. Name-tags will also be provided to all volunteers.

Also, if you are hashtag-savvy, please tweet @deltastate using #DSUMID2014 with your move-in day photos!

“We need everyone’s help to make this day a success,” said Wilkes. “Thanks in advance for your assistance.”

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Delta State University's Hamilton White Child Development Center  was named  "Best Daycare" by the Cleveland Current's 2014 Best of the Best. Three Delta State employees also took home recognition.

Delta State’s Best of the Best

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Three Delta State employees and one Delta State program were recently honored by the Cleveland Current newspaper for winning 2014 Best of the Best recognition. The awards are given to individuals, employees and businesses that are among the best in the city of Cleveland and voted on by the residents of the city.

Sharon Krugler, administrative assistant for the Alumni-Foundation office was named “Best Receptionist.”

“Thank you Cleveland and Bolivar County for voting me  2014’s best receptionist,” said Krugler. “It’s truly and honor.”

Other individual winners included: “Best Secretary” – Elizabeth Bowler, senior secretary for the Alumni office; and “Best Cashier” – Camesha Benson, Perkins Loan coordinator for Student Business Services.

Delta State University’s Hamilton-White Child Development Center program was honored with the “Best Daycare” award. The program was also selected by the Bolivar Commercial newspaper as the “People’s Choice Favorite Source for Child Care in Bolivar County.”

“We’re proud that the center has been recognized by the community for these awards,” said Stephanie Farris, director of Delta State Preschool Programs. “The Hamilton-White Child Development Center faculty and staff strive to provide the highest quality child care in a healthy and stimulating environment with an integrative curriculum. We are very grateful to be recognized.”