|(L. to R.) Eddie Willis and Dr. Libby Carlson with Robert E. Smith (center) and the two of the nine recipients of the Robert E. Smith Nursing Scholarships, Holly Brassel, of Sumner, and Megan Tubertini, of Greenville.|
Robert E. Smith of Cleveland, a long-time supporter of Delta State University, was recently honored for a $55,000 contribution to the University. Smith generously contributed $30,000 towards the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing Scholarships and $25,000 to the Wesley Foundation.
“Mr. Smith has supported the Wesley at Delta State in many ways that have allowed the ministry to reach greater potential and new heights,” Eddie Willis, Director of the Wesley Foundation, offered. “It has been his wish that college students be given the opportunity to grow closer to Christ while at Delta State.”
Smith’s most recent gift assisted in the purchase and removal of the Jacob House that sat on the corner of Fifth Avenue and Court Street adjacent to the Wesley Foundation Student Center. Willis adds, “Mr. Smith did this to help us expand our boundaries and have a presence directly across the street from the campus.”
This is not the first gift Smith has given to the Wesley Foundation. “Mr. Smith has been a faithful supporter of the Wesley Foundation for many years, helping United Methodist students with scholarships, setting up an endowment for the organization and serving as a lifetime member of the Wesley Foundation Board of Directors.” Willis continued.
Reed Abraham, Director of Development for the Delta State Foundation Inc., reported, “In addition to his very generous gift to the Wesley Foundation, Mr. Smith has endowed six scholarships benefiting the University’s School of Nursing. Additionally, he has named the University and the Wesley Student Foundation as a beneficiary to a Charitable Remainder Trust.”
Dr. Libby Carlson, Dean of the School of Nursing, explained, “Nine students have benefited from Mr. Smith’s generosity. The majority of our students need financial assistance, and his generosity helps them to become nurses, whereas they may not have been able to.”
Enrollment in the Delta State University School of Nursing has grown in three years from 60 students to 200 students. “Mr. Smith’s scholarships and his thoughtfulness in naming the School as a beneficiary to his estate will help us address the critical nursing shortage in the Mississippi Delta,” Carlson contended.
In making the gifts, Smith offered, “I hope the Wesley Student Foundation’s endowment and the School of Nursing Scholarships give encouragement and opportunities to worthy young people in preparing themselves for a better life and opportunities to better serve their community and country.”
“I commend Robert for making such a generous gift to support two causes that are dear to his heart. He is truly a kind and giving person,” Dr. John M. Hilpert, Delta State President, lauded.
Delta State University Interim Dean of the College of Business Billy Morehead was recently presented three awards from the Association of Government Accountants (AGA).
AGA is a national organization of about 14,000 members which supports the careers and professional development of government finance professionals working in federal, state and local governments as well as the private sector and academia.
|Retired State Representative Charlie Capps, Jr. (center) is congratulated by Delta State University President John M. Hilpert (at left) on the occasion of a granite marker being placed by the oak tree that was planted on the DSU Quadrangle in 2003. Hugh Long (right) represented the Mississippi Council of Veterans’ Organizations at the event.
A gray granite marker now adorns the Delta State University quadrangle in honor of long-time Mississippi legislator, Charlie Capps, Jr. The marker sits in front of an oak tree originally planted in July 2003 by the Mississippi Council of Veterans’ Organizations.
Delta State President, Dr. John M. Hilpert, commented, “Dr. Capps as he is known to us after receiving an honorary degree – the first honorary degree ever bestowed by Delta State – has always been a friend to us. It is an honor for Delta State to have this tree dedicated to him on our campus.”
Also represented on the day included members of American Legion, National Guard and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).
Delta State University’s Graduate and Continuing Studies will offer a trio of new and exciting classes as part of its early fall line-up. A Hatha Yoga class, an instant piano class and a ballroom dancing class will offer participants a diverse selection in August – September.
Under the instruction of Conner Burnham, the Hatha Yoga class is scheduled to meet once a week (Tuesday evenings) for six weeks starting Aug. 7 – Sept. 11 from 6-7:15 p.m. in Room 302B of the H.L. Nowell Union on the campus.
Hatha Yoga provides the means for many people of any age not only to get and stay in shape but also to develop balance, coordination and a sense of centeredness. Unlike conventional forms of exercise, Hatha yoga stresses quality of movement over quantity. Yoga improves strength and flexibility in the mind as well as the body, and aids in relaxation.
Registration fee is $80 which includes all six sessions. Deadline to register is Friday, Aug. 3.
Participants must bring a yoga mat to class.
Also slated for August is an instant piano class under the instruction of David Haynes.
Participants will cover fundamentals so that they will be able to play virtually any pop tune with both hands. Participants will also take home a specially prepared CD and workbook to continue the learning process at their own pace.
This class will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 28 from 6-9 p.m. in the Henry J. Jacob Conference Center of James M. Ewing Hall on the Campus.
Registration fee is $45 and materials fee is $25. Deadline to register is Friday, Aug. 24.
The last offering in this series is a ballroom dancing class under the instruction of Leslie Shive.
Experiencing a tremendous rebirth and spike in popularity, this ballroom dancing class will allow participants to master the basic techniques of dance. This introductory class will include elements of dance, leading and following techniques, dance positions, dance etiquette and four dance patterns – the waltz, tango, cha-cha and fox trot.
The class will meet Tuesday evenings for six weeks starting Sept. 18 – Oct. 23 from 6-7 p.m. in the State Room of the H.L. Nowell Union on the campus.
Registration fee is $60 per person or $110 per couple, which includes all six sessions.
Deadline to register is Wednesday, Sept. 5.
To register for one or more of these classes or for more information, please contact Graduate & Continuing Studies at (662) 846-4871 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.