Delta State taking preventative measures to ensure Travis E. Parker Field remains fan-friendly, family-friendly

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 Delta State University will be taking proactive and preventative measures to ensure each fan’s positive experience at future athletic events. University officials outlined nine new initiatives to the end today.

In response to last Saturday’s altercation following Delta State University’s 9-7 victory over Henderson State University inside Travis E. Parker Field, University administrators, in conjunction with the Delta State Police Department, are taking proactive and preventative measures to ensure each fan’s positive experience at future athletic events.

“Our athletic venues have consistently had a reputation for fan-friendliness and family-friendliness,” explained Dr. Wayne Blansett, Vice President of Student Affairs. “We are taking the necessary steps to ensure a quality outing continues for all those in attendance. That is our obligation as the host institution.”
Beginning with the Statesmen’s next home football contest, Thursday, Sept. 27 at 7 p.m., fans can expect the following nine measures to be enforced. Pre-game tailgating activities will be moved from behind the visitor’s section to inside Statesmen Park, located at the north end of the football field. The Delta State Police will also have an increased presence at the contest, including a tent set-up in the middle of Statesmen Park.
At each entry point of the stadium, all carry-ins will be monitored and searched, if necessary. Additionally, the Delta State student section will be relocated from the east side of the field to the west. All east side seating (the visitor’s section) will be closed to all Delta State fans.
Increased security personnel will now patrol both the east and west stands. Any fans guilty of disruptive behavior will be escorted out of the venue, and those in violation of the law will be arrested.
Police department personnel will also be stationed in the parking lots following the ball game.
In conjunction with Delta State’s Student Government Association and leadership of the Greek organizations, the University is also implementing a campaign with the at-large student body to be better hosts with visiting fans.
Lastly, Delta State is initiating a mail-out to season ticket-holders to be sure they are aware of changes that will occur.
“We want to be diligent in preventing any other incidents from happening in the future,” Blansett continued. “I feel these measures will aid in that goal, and we thank our fans and various supporters for adhering to our new policies.”

Justice Lamar visits Delta State

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Associate Justice Ann H. Lamar (2nd from right) visits with Delta State Family and Consumer Science majors (from left) Jane Critz Pillow of Greenwood; Laura Beth Scipper of Hernando; Dr. Jan Haynes (standing), Delta State Chair of the Division of Family and Consumer Sciences, and Natalie Pickard (at right) of Biloxi. Lamar graduated Delta State in 1974, with a degree in Home Economics in Education.

Justice Lamar returned to her alma mater to present a lecture, sponsored by Delta State University’s Madison Center, in honor of the anniversary of the adoption date of the U.S. Constitution, which was Sept. 17, 1787.
In her presentation, Lamar emphasized the importance of the Constitution, as a living, breathing document, and stressed that each American know the document and the rights the Constitution afford them. The presentation was held in the Jacob Conference Center in Ewing Hall on the campus.

A native of Senatobia, Justice Lamar was appointed to the Mississippi Supreme Court May 21, 2007, becoming the third woman to serve on the State’s Supreme Court.

The Madison Center, under the direction of Dr. Garry Jennings, is Delta State University’s center for the study of democracy, human rights and the constitution. 

Delta State to host ROMEA faculty development conference

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The 2007 ROMEA Faculty Development Conference is scheduled for Wednesday, September 26 in James M. Ewing Hall on the campus of Delta State University. 

Faculty from institutions across Mississippi will be presenting on a variety of topics throughout the day. Lunch will be provided. The conference is free to DSU faculty and staff and $25 for all other attendees.  Registration information is available at
The conference is committed to promoting excellence in teaching and increasing communication and collegiality amongst faculty across Mississippi.
Harvard psychologist, Dr. Robert Kegan, will present the keynote address, Personal Learning and Professional Development: Diagnosing and Overcoming the “Immunity to Change.”  In a fast-moving, experiential, and reflective workshop, Dr. Kegan will invite each of us to make use of our own experience to explore the concept of an “immunity to change, — and what we can do about it.
Having spent a lifetime researching the process by which adults gradually develop greater capacities by making previously invisible dynamics observable and engage-able, Kegan and his colleague Lisa Lahey (How the Way We Talk Can Change the Way We Work, Jossey-Bass, 2001), have designed a “new lab for professional learning” in order to incubate similar kinds of development in a briefer period of time. 
In addition to his faculty appointment at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Kegan serves as educational chair of the Institute for Management and Leadership in Education. Kegan, a licensed clinical psychologist and practicing therapist, lectures widely to professional and lay audiences, and consults in the area of professional development.
A separate conference for Delta State University students will run concurrently across campus. Students will have an opportunity to attend several sessions dealing with college life, personal responsibility, and career planning. For a complete schedule of student sessions go to or contact DeAndre House, (662) 846-3446 or
ROMEA 2007 is co-sponsored by the DSU Teaching Excellence Committee and the Student Engagement Champions and is made possible by a grant from the Kent and Janice Wyatt Faculty Development Fund. For a complete schedule and registration information go to or contact conference co-chair, Lynn Byrd, at (662) 846-4422.

Delta State to offer Heritage Tour in conjunction with year’s theme

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In celebration of Delta State University’s recently declared yearly theme, “The Year of Delta Heritage,” the Delta Center for Culture and Learning will present a tour of the Mississippi Delta, with a twist.  This novel tour will include samplings of Delta foods, each taste chosen to help represent a different portion of the Delta’s heritage.

Scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 23, the tour will depart by bus from the Charles Capps Archive and Museum on the Delta State campus at 1:30 p.m.

This exciting and enriching expedition will focus on those parts of the Delta that are within easy access to Cleveland, beginning with the former Chinese Baptist Church, and including places like Dockery Farms, Fanny Lou Hamer’s grave in Ruleville, the Drew Rosenwald school, Merigold, Mound Bayou, Poor Monkey’s Lounge, and Scott, where the levee broke precipitating the Great Flood of 1927. 
Food samples will include such things as sweet potato bread, made with Mound Bayou sweet potatoes, and samplings of Delta hot tamales and barbecue. Cam McMillen, of the Family and Consumer Sciences program at Delta State, has designed the menu of tastes.  “It won’t be a big meal, just a series of great tastes of the Delta,” she explained. 
The tour will be led by Dr. Luther Brown and Lee Aylward of the Delta Center for Culture and Learning, and McMillen. 
For more information, please call the Delta Center at (662) 846-4311. 
Reservations are required, and the tour which is open to the public will have a cost of $5 per person to help cover the expenses .