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 . 

Pig Pickin Moves to Statesmen Park

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Fans make their way through the serving lines at Pig Pickin’ last year.

For the past 21 years, Pig Pickin’, Delta State’s annual tailgating and barbecue celebration, has been held at Shumate Park. Things are changing this year, as the festivities have been moved to Statesmen Park – north of the football stadium.

“This year’s event is scheduled for Saturday, September 15, and we are so excited with the move to Statesmen Park,” reports Vicki Fioranelli, Alumni Director. “Because of the overwhelming success of past Pig Pickins’, we simply outgrew the previous location. We are fortunate to have this larger area, which can accommodate the many groups that participate annually and allow Pig Pickin’ to continue to grow.

  "The area has been named ‘Statesmen Park’ and fans will arrive to see a new arch and foot bridge at the entrance. A record 18 teams have entered the barbecue cooking competition and live entertainment will be featured on the stage throughout the afternoon, culminating with, of course, the football game,” Fioranelli continued.

Festivities will begin at 2 p.m. and lead up to a showdown between the No. 7 Statesmen (1-0), fresh off a 27-15 win over Jackson State, and Gulf South Conference opponent, Henderson State University.

 "We’re excited about the future at Statesmen Park," said Jeremy McClain, Director of Athletics. "Our plan is to provide the best pregame environment we can offer and Statesmen Park will allow us to do just that!"

Barbecue will be served from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.Tickets are on sale now for the BBQ feast. Tickets are $6 for BBQ and $10 to the Delta State versus Henderson State game.

 A complete list of events is below. If you have any questions, please contact DSU Athletics at (662) 846-4300 or the Alumni Association at (662) 846-4704.

Pig Pickin’ Events

1 p.m.
Cooking Competition Begins
2 p.m. – 5 p.m.
CellularSouth KidZone
2 p.m.
Bayou Academy Elementary Dance Team
2:15 p.m.
PDS New Song
2:30 -3:30 p.m.
Ol’ Skool Revue & DeltaRox Music Group
3 p.m. – 5 p.m.
BBQ Serving Lines Open
3:30 p.m.
Pep Rally
p.m. Football Team Walk-About
p.m. Firefighter Recognition
p.m. Cooking Competition Winners Announced
6 p
.m. DSU vs. Henderson State, Parker Field


For a complete schedule of events and a list of sponsors, please visit or call (662) 846-4660 or email

Delta State’s Madison Center to welcome Justice Lamar, Sept. 18

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Associate Justice Ann H. Lamar. 

Each year, Delta State University’s Madison Center honors the U.S. Constitution on or about Sept. 17 – the original adoption date of the Constitution in 1787.

This year, The Madison Center, under the direction of Dr. Garry Jennings, will welcome back to campus Delta State alumna, Associate Justice Ann H. Lamar. 

Scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 18, Justice Lamar’s presentation will be held in the Henry J. Jacobs Conference Center in Ewing Hall at 12:15 p.m. on 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. Gov. Haley Barbour appointed Justice Lamar to the vacancy created by the retirement of Presiding Justice Kay B. Cobb.
Justice Lamar previously served five and a half years as a circuit judge from the 17th Circuit Court, which is made up of DeSoto, Panola, Tallahatchie, Tate and Yalobusha counties. From January to May 2007, she presided over the 17th Circuit Drug Court, supervising program participants in four of the five counties in the district.
Justice Lamar concluded a year as chair of the Conference of Circuit Judges in April 2007. She previously served for a year as vice-chair of the conference.
She served for a year and 10 months as district attorney in the 17th District. She was an assistant district attorney from August 1987 to January 1993 and from January 1996 to December 1999.
Justice Lamar attended Northwest Mississippi Junior College 1970-1971 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Delta State University in 1974.
She worked as an administrative assistant in the Governor’s Office of Education and Training from 1974 to 1977 while her husband, John T. Lamar Jr., earned a law degree from the Mississippi College School of Law. They returned to Senatobia, where she worked as a court reporter in chancery court for two years. She earned a law degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1982.
She practiced law with her husband in Senatobia from May 1982 to August 1987 and from February 1993 through December 1995. Their practice involved litigation in civil, criminal and domestic relations cases. Their firm represented several governmental entities, including the Tate County Board of Supervisors
Justice Lamar and her husband are the parents of two adult children, John T. Lamar III (Trey), and Vance Lamar.
The Madison Center is the university’s center for the study of democracy, human rights and the constitution.  The Center supports largely student-administered programs engaged with the curriculum and woven with the literature of political philosophy, law and policy.   
The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Office of University Relations at (662) 846-4675.