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.”



Freedom Summer Workshop offered

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Delta State is offering a Freedom Summer Workshop through the Coahoma County Higher Education Center (CCHEC) on July 14-18.

The workshop is focuses on the 1964 Mississippi Summer Project commonly known as “Freedom Summer.” The classroom instruction is being led by Assistant Professor of History Dr. Chuck Westmoreland on Monday – Thursday from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. with a closing trip to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis on Friday.

The workshop is open to the community and will cost $65 for the full week. Daily attendance is permitted for a fee of $15 per day. Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for teachers are available for an additional $20 fee payable at the end of the workshop.

Space is limited, so please register as soon as possible by contacting Director Jen Waller at 662-645-3555 or The CCHEC workshop will take place at 109 Clark Street, Lewis Building Room 301 in Clarksdale.

Director of bands appointed at Delta State

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The Delta State University Department of Music is pleased to announce Erik Richards as the new director of bands, effective July 1.

Richards holds a doctorate in music education with a concentration in instrumental conducting and a graduate certificate in college teaching from Florida State University, a Master of Music Education from Virginia Commonwealth University and a B.S. degree in music education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He spent 10 years of his professional career teaching instrumental music at all levels, marching band and AP music theory in Virginia public schools. He has also been active as a guest clinician and conductor.

At Iowa State University, Richards worked with the marching and athletic bands, concert bands and supervised student teachers in music education degrees, among other duties. As a graduate instructor at Florida State, he assisted with the band program and taught courses in conducting, instrumental music and music education. His research interests include the development of effective music teaching characteristics, instrumental music pedagogy and wind band literature.

“Dr. Richards is well-qualified for this important position in our department and on campus,” said Mark Butler, retiring interim chair of the Delta State music department. “He comes to Delta State full of energy, with great credentials and strong musicianship on the podium. His charisma will be effective recruiting and teaching Delta State music students and working among the state’s instrumental music educators. We look forward to welcoming him and his family to the Delta.”

The Department of Music offers undergraduate degrees in music education, performance and liberal arts, taught by 12 full time faculty members. The programs are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Music, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. For more information or to make charitable contributions to the department, contact the music office at 662-846-4615.

West African delegation to visit campus

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Representatives from West Africa will participate in a public hearing on higher education titled “Catalyst for Change in Rural Communities,” to be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the Recital Hall of the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

The representatives are partners with the University of Arkansas Pine Bluff (UAPB) in its Global River Basin Initiative, funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute for Food and Agriculture grant “From the Mississippi Delta to the Niger Delta: Strengthening Teaching and Extension Capacity at UAPB to Enhance International Programming in a Changing and Dynamic Local, Regional and Global Context.”

The event is hosted by the Division of Social Sciences and History at Delta State, in collaboration with UAPB’s Office of International Programs. The panelists will discuss how Delta State’s public service mission shapes the economic, cultural and social conditions in the Mississippi Delta region.

Delta State’s commitment to understanding and addressing the region’s economic and rural development issues will also be discussed.

“I’m truly excited about the possibilities that will unfold as we move forward with this novel capacity building project made possible by USDA,” says Pamela Moore, project director. “This initiative allows us to explore globalizing trends and their impact upon our institution, taking into account our land-grant designation and history of service to rural communities in the Lower Mississippi River Basin.”

Members of the West African delegation are from Rivers State, Nigeria and Dakar-Fann, Senegal, in the Niger River Basin of West Africa, an area similar to the Arkansas Delta. Delegation members include government and state agency officials, educators and leaders of non-government organizations.

The Office of International Programs at UAPB, through its three-year capacity grant, is working to advance institutional relationships in West Africa with the goal of strengthening UAPB’s international programming and creating more study abroad opportunities for UAPB students. UAPB has partnered with both areas because of the similarity of both delta basin areas.

The grant supports activities consistent with its three main objectives. One is the establishment of a working group reflective of the UAPB School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences academic programs, which include both scholarly and experiential learning activities focusing on global trends and developments that impact the agricultural sector and rural communities in the Lower Mississippi River Basin.

The second objective is to establish a faculty led study abroad program incorporating topics relevant to agriculture, environmental sciences and rural development.

The third objective calls for the establishment of a sustainable international extension program through working partnerships, a memorandum of understanding and funding, and technical assistance for a multi-stakeholder rural development project in the Niger River Basin.

A needs assessment has been completed in Senegal and Nigeria to assess agriculture and rural development programs serving women, youth and subsistence farmers in rural areas — audiences traditionally served by UAPB.

While in the U.S., the delegation will visit Heifer International Headquarters, the Clinton School of Public Service and the Clinton Presidential Library in Little Rock; tour UAPB research projects and venues; and interact with UAPB and regionally based researchers.

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Website offers camp info hub

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Under the leadership of the communications department and web writer/designer April Mondy, the university continues to boost its online presence with growing as an information hub.

Most recently, Mondy designed a detailed schedule of all the summer camp options available on campus. Follow for a complete listing of exciting opportunities for youth during the summer months. Every summer the campus hosts roughly 25 camps in athletics, arts, music, recreation and beyond for youth of all ages.

“We wanted to create a centralized location where parents and families can easily explore options for all the camps we host during the summer,” said Mondy. “Delta State should take pride in the number of unique camps available — and we thought it was imperative to design a page detailing the programs.”

Mondy said the idea came from Bologna Performing Arts Center executive director Laura Howell, who was looking to make it easier for parents to find information about the multiple camps offered both at the BPAC and the rest of the campus.

Delta State’s website is also a great resource for staying up to date with all things green and white. Viewers can navigate straight from the homepage to a live news feed, events calendar, list of employment opportunities, admissions information, class schedules and much more.

Also linked is President William N. LaForge’s blog,, as the university’s leader continues his never-ending efforts to bring Delta State toward international distinction.

Mondy said camp organizers can follow the link ( to submit future camps to be advertised on the hub. Contact 662-846-4675 for more information.