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Delta State enjoys productive academic day; Reward grows to $6,000

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Delta State University enjoyed a productive academic day Thursday, April 26, in its first full-day of business since a series of bomb threats closed campus Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday.

 
The Delta State University Police Department, in conjunction and cooperation with local law enforcement, continue to pursue numerous leads related to Tuesday’s bomb threat and to a related crank phone call received by a University police dispatcher this morning. No arrests have been made at this time.
 
“I appreciate the resilience of our faculty, staff and students. This is an exciting time on campuswith the approach of graduation, and nothing should overshadow the hard work of our students,” Dr. John M. Hilpert, Delta State President expressed. “We are working to apprehend the person or persons responsible for this crime. We thank all law enforcement agencies who are assisting in the effort.”
 
The reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the individual or individuals responsible has grown to $6,000, as the Cleveland-Bolivar County Crimestoppers Board has added $1,000. The Delta State University Foundation initially put up $5,000.
 
“We are grateful for the cooperative spirit the community has shown during this time, and we thank the Cleveland-Bolivar County Crimestoppers Board for its generous support,” Hilpert added
 
If you have any information on the person(s) involved, please contact the Delta State police department at 846-4155 or Crimestoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
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CIS department to feature new offerings this fall at Delta State

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The Computer Information Systems (CIS) department at Delta State University will be offering two new courses this upcoming fall semester.

 
The latest course offering, “Principles of Information Security and Assurance (CIS 375)” will focus on an overview of computer information security including external and internal attacks upon data, physical security of the data, software security of the data and information security policy.  The course is scheduled to meet on Thursday nights from 6 – 9 p.m. in Room 105 of Broom Hall on campus.
 
The second course entitled, “E-Commerce Application Development (CIS 475)” will focus on advanced development of database driven websites for e-commerce including the application of scripting languages, cascading style sheets, online payment processing, security procedures, accessibility design and ethics.  This course will meet on Wednesday nights from 6 – 9 p.m. in Room 203 of Broom Hall on campus.
 
“Our hope is these evening offerings can better accommodate non-traditional students, or those who may just have an interest in the area and work during the day,” Dr. Darry Hardy, Coordinator of the CIS program at Delta State, explained. “These courses really are cutting-edge and in-tune with market trends.”
 
Those seeking additional information, can contact Hardy at (662) 846-4425 or (662) 846-4411. Enrollment is limited due to computer space, so please consider registering immediately.
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Delta State to reopen campus Thursday at 8 a.m.

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[OFFICIAL STATEMENT]
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
 
Delta State University will be reopen its campus beginning tomorrow, April 26 at 8 a.m. Following a complete sweep of the campus overnight by law enforcement officers with trained dogs, the Delta State Police Department announced they found no suspicious devices anywhere on campus. The DSU Police were aided in their search by external law enforcement agencies trained in bomb detection.
 
“We will continue to perform targeted sweeps of buildings and there will be a police presence on campus tomorrow. We have given safety the highest priority,” Dr. John M. Hilpert, President, stated.
 
“We are fully committed to finding and prosecuting the individual or individuals responsible for this crime. This was a threat against our institution and we do not take that lightly,” Hilpert added.
 
To that end, Delta State University Foundation is offering a $5000 reward for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of person or persons responsible. Anyone with information can call the Delta State Police Department at (662) 846-4155 or the Cleveland Crimestoppers number at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
 
The Delta State campus shut down Tuesday afternoon following series of bomb threats found in Kent Wyatt Hall, Roberts-LaForge Library, H.L. Nowell Union and James Ewing Hall. Police collected close to a dozen computer-generated threats posted in the four buildings and also received one call from an unidentified person reiterating the same printed threat.
 
The threat called for an immediate evacuation of campus, stating a bomb would go off Wednesday and Thursday.
 
The Delta State University Police Department, in conjunction and cooperation with local law enforcement, are currently pursuing numerous leads. No arrests have been made at this time.
 
The Delta State cafeteria is open to those students still on campus, and faculty and staff wishing to gain access to their respective offices/academic buildings may do so today by setting up an appointment with the Delta State Police Department. Escorted entry will be allowed between 3-5 p.m. today.
 
Additional information will continue to be posted to the Delta State website at www.deltastate.edu, as well as the University information line at (662) 846-INFO (4636).     
 
More details will be released through the Office of University Relations as they become available.
 
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Delta State honors long time employees

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 Faculty and staff with 30 years of service to Delta State University were honored at a service awards program held today in the State Room of the H.L. Nowell Union on campus.
 
Honorees include (from left): Paul L. Lindsey, Director of the Physical Plant; Jerry Taylor, Perkins Loan Representative; James Joseph Tomek, Professor of French.

Faculty and staff with 25 years of service to Delta State University were honored at a service awards program held today in the State Room of the H.L. Nowell Union on campus.
 
Honorees include (from left): Elise Dreaden Jenkins, Assistant Professor of Marketing; Deleslyn F. Dakin, Administrative Secretary, Dean of Education; Milton Russell Wilder, Professor of Health, Physical Education and Recreation; Ronald Gene Koehler, Professor of Art; Yvonne-Marie Bryan Tomek, Instructor of English; and Margie S. Millican, Purchasing Coordinator.
 

Faculty and staff with 20 years of service to Delta State University were honored at a service awards program held today in the State Room of the H.L. Nowell Union on campus.
 
Honorees include (from left): Mary Jane Ervin, Senior Secretary Housing; Linda G. Douglas, Senior Secretary Social Sciences; Vicki Fioranelli, Director of Alumni; Ann Margaret Mullins, Director of Student Financial Services; Mary Lucille McCool, Senior Secretary Social Work; and Malcolm Keith McEwen, Director of the Center for Science and Environmental Education and Professor of Science. Not pictured: Nealy Robinson, Manager of Campus Laundry.
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Nine set to retire on July 1 at Delta State University

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 Front row, from left: Sherry Bailey, Evening Shift Supervisor, DSU Student Health Center; Dr. Stella B. Wear, Professor of Mathematics; Kay C. Ware, Payroll Administrator; ; Vicki Fioranelli, Director of Alumni; (back row, from left) Dr. Darvin E. (Duke) Barnes, Chair and Professor of the Division of Health, Physical Education and Recreation; Albert C. Prewitt, Assistant Director of the Physical Plant; Paul L. Lindsey, Director of the Physical Plant; and Dr. John G. Thornell, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs will retire at the close of the 2007 academic year. Not pictured: Dr. Edward R. Bahr, Professor of Music.
 

In a reception held this afternoon inside the State Room of the H.L Nowell Union today, Delta State University recognized nine employees with over 193 years of combined service. 

 
Dr. Edward R. Bahr, Professor of Music; Sherry Bailey, Evening Shift Supervisor, DSU Student Health Center; Dr. Darvin E. (Duke) Barnes,Chair and Professor of the Division of Health, Physical Education and Recreation; Vicki Fioranelli, Director of Alumni; Paul L. Lindsey, Director of the Physical Plant; Albert C. Prewitt, Assistant Director of the Physical Plant; Dr. John G. Thornell, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs; Kay C. Ware, Payroll Administrator;and Dr. Stella B. Wear, Professor of Mathematics, will retire at the close of the 2007 academic year.
 
A professor of low brass, Bahr has taught trombone, euphonium and tuba at Delta State for the past 24 years. In addition, he also directs the trombone ensemble, euphonium/tuba ensemble and the brass ensemble. He is a published author, as well as accomplished soloist. Of his two-decades plus career, Bahr offered, “I take great enjoyment in having so many of my low brass students progress toward becoming public and private school or college teachers, as well as professional performing musicians.”
 
Sherry Bailey has been employed at Delta State for more than 13 years as evening shift supervisor at the Delta State Student Health Center. Her retirement plans include spending more time with her mother plus she plans to visit more with her grandchildren. In years past, she was involved with the Nursing Association, and she plans to get involved once again.
 
A familiar face in the Department of Health, Physical Education & Recreation at Delta State for the last 17 years, Duke Barnes came on staff as an associate professor in 1990. He has advanced through the ranks, earning full professor status in 1995. In 2000, he became chair of the department, while still maintaining some teaching duties. “Delta State University is awesome.  The professional opportunities that I have had here have been the highlights of my career,” Barnes explained. “The “family” environment among the faculty, staff, and students can not be found at many institutions. It has been a joy and a privilege to work here.”
 
A true advocate of the University, Vicki Fioranelli has dedicated 20 years of service to Delta State, including time as the director of career services to her current role as director of alumni services. “I dearly love my job and dearly love this University, I always will,” she explained. “But, it’s time to slow down and ‘smell the roses.’ I want to play with the grandkids, sit on the patio during the day and barbecue, and play in the garden. I’ve got photo albums to organize, closets to clean and volunteer work that needs to be done.”
 
Paul Lindsey has been proudly “serving my alma mater since 1972.” After his 1970 graduation and two years with the Army National Guard, he began work at Delta State as property officer. In 1981, he was promoted to transportation director and property control. He operated one of Delta State’s buses for many years, and in 2000, he became the assistant director of the physical plant. Later in 2002, he was elevated to director of the physical plant. Of his years of service to Delta State, Lindsey offered, “It has been an honor and a privilege to serve as Director of the Physical Plant these last few years. It has been the pinnacle of my career and something that I had wanted to do since working here as a high school student in the late 1960s.”
 
For the past eight years, A. C. Prewitt as been employed at the Delta State physical plant, first as facilities engineer for the campus to his current position as assistant director. His retirement plans include adding a sun room to his house, and perhaps travel to Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, Alabama, Florida, New Orleans and the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Of his time served at Delta State, Prewitt offered “I have enjoyed working with Paul Lindsey, Billy Morehead, Greg Redlin, and all other staff, faculty, and administration at Delta State.”
 
The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs since 2001, Dr. John Thornell has also served as interim president of the university in the spring and summer of 2003. Prior administrative appointments at Delta State include associate vice president, dean of graduate studies and research, and director of institutional research. His first faculty appointment was an assistant professorship at Delta State in 1975 after completing a Ph.D. at the University of Texas in 1974. Of his decision, Thornell expressed, “Delta State University has been a very important part of my life and my family’s life for the past 32 years, so it is with mixed emotions that I made this decision. I will be saddened to leave the colleagues I have grown so close with over the years, but am excited by the great opportunity that awaits me in North Carolina.” He accepted an offer to become the chief academic officer at North Carolina Wesleyan University.
 
Kay Ware, Payroll Administrator, University Accounting has dedicated more than 28 years of service to Delta State.  Prior to her current position, she has served as secretary to Dr. Kent Wyatt, Executive Assistant to the President, secretary in the Admissions Office and Institutional Representative, National Direct Loan in the Bursar’s Office. As far as her retirement plans, she would like to travel and spend time with her grandchildren. 
 
For Stella Wear, retirement is bittersweet, as the veteran professor confesses, “I have enjoyed my 31 years of teaching, especially the 11 at DSU. I hope to equally enjoy retirement. I have books to write; husband, children and grandchildren to enjoy; birds to see; flowers to plant; bridge to play; and much, much, more.”
 
She began her teaching career at Delta State in 1996 as an assistant professor of mathematics. In 1997, she moved to the rank of associate and later earned full professorship in 2001. She currently serves as chapter president for American Association of University Women.
 
A reception for all retirees followed the ceremony. Family and friends of the retirees were in attendance.