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Delta State names McClain director of athletics, effective July 1

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 Delta State University President Dr. John M. Hilpert congratulates Jeremy McClain, after McClain was named director of athletics today at a press conference held on campus.  Jeremy McClain addresses the audience after being named Delta State University’s director of athletics.  Delta State University President Dr. John M. Hilpert presents Jeremy McClain with “a key to the building,” after McClain was named director of athletics today at a press conference held on campus.

At a press conference held this afternoon inside the Chadwick-Dickson Field House, Delta State University announced the hiring of its next director of athletics. Jeremy McClain will assume the position, effective July 1.

Following a national search process, McClain was selected as the “recommended finalist” by the Delta State athletic director search committee, chaired by Dr. Rose Strahan. McClain then participated in two open meetings – one on campus with faculty, staff and students; and one at the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce with interested community members – in which, he introduced himself, presenting his resume and vision for the Delta State athletic department, before answering questions from those in attendance.
 
“Jeremy has shined consistently throughout this process. He has shown tremendous character, readiness and capability; and ultimately, he proved he was the right person for the job,” Delta State University President, Dr. John M. Hilpert offered. “I am confident he will lead the Delta State athletic department with diligence and drive. We look forward to enjoying continued successes under Jeremy’s leadership.”
 
Currently the director of development with the Delta State Foundation, McClain has been associated with athletics nearly his entire life. A standout two-sport athlete at Houlka High School, McClain turned heads with his prowess on the baseball diamond and earned a full scholarship to attend Delta State University.
 
An ace for the Statesmen pitching staff from 1996-1999, McClain still holds many of Delta State’s career pitching marks, including most appearances (69), most victories (45), most strikeouts (324) and most innings pitched (363.1). His perfect 15-0 season in 1999 earned the prolific hurler All-American, All-Region and All-Conference accolades, as well as team MVP honors.
 
The hard-throwing right-hander was drafted by the Boston Red Sox organization in May 1999 after he earned his bachelor’s of business administration. McClain pursued his dreams of playing professional baseball for the next five years, completing stints with the Red Sox (1999 – 2000), Jackson Diamondkats (2000 – 2001), Nashua Pride (2001), San Angelo Colts (2001) and Jackson Senators (2002 – 2003).
 
Although focused on making it to the next level, McClain remained realistic of his chances and completed work on his master’s degree in business administration at Delta State in 2002. Also during that time, he worked as an account executive with the Jackson Senators.
 
He contends, “If you can sell minor league baseball, you can sell anything. That experience was invaluable in so many ways, and I’m thankful for the opportunity.”
 
From there, McClain hung up the spikes and became a marketing representative for Federated Insurance Company in Calhoun City, a firm he would stay with from Nov. 2003 – Nov. 2006. During his tenure, he operated the most profitable territory in a six-state region for two consecutive years, while also improving a two-year loss ratio from 20.4 percent to 3.3 percent.
 
This past fall, the opportunity to return to Delta State presented itself and McClain did not hesitate, accepting the offer to become the director of development for Delta State’s Foundation. In just under six months, he has raised a total of $165,000 in cash gifts and over $250,000 in pledges.
 
Of his newest position as director of athletics, McClain said, “I would like to thank Dr. Hilpert, Dr. Strahan and the search committee for their time and efforts during this process.  Giving of their time to serve on this committee is a prime example of the important role athletics plays on the Delta State campus.
 
“This is a tremendous opportunity for me and my family,” he continued. “A great foundation has been laid here at Delta State University, and it is my desire to continue to build upon that foundation.  We will graduate student-athletes and prepare them for their futures.  We will continue to be one of the most successful athletic programs in the nation, and we will continue to strive for growth. We will not slow down.”
 
McClain is married to the former Christie Cannon of Calhoun City. The couple has one son, Cannon (2) and are expecting a baby girl this summer.
 
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Delta State names McClain director of athletics, effective July 1

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At a press conference held this afternoon inside the Chadwick-Dickson Field House, Delta State University announced the hiring of its next director of athletics. Jeremy McClain will assume the position, effective July 1.

 
Following a national search process, McClain was selected as the “recommended finalist” by the Delta State athletic director search committee, chaired by Dr. Rose Strahan. McClain then participated in two open meetings – one on campus with faculty, staff and students; and one at the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce with interested community members – in which, he introduced himself, presenting his resume and vision for the Delta State athletic department, before answering questions from those in attendance.
 
“Jeremy has shined consistently throughout this process. He has shown tremendous character, readiness and capability; and ultimately, he proved he was the right person for the job,” Delta State University President, Dr. John M. Hilpert offered. “I am confident he will lead the Delta State athletic department with diligence and drive. We look forward to enjoying continued successes under Jeremy’s leadership.”
 
Currently the director of development with the Delta State Foundation, McClain has been associated with athletics nearly his entire life. A standout two-sport athlete at Houlka High School, McClain turned heads with his prowess on the baseball diamond and earned a full scholarship to attend Delta State University.
 
An ace for the Statesmen pitching staff from 1996-1999, McClain still holds many of Delta State’s career pitching marks, including most appearances (69), most victories (45), most strikeouts (324) and most innings pitched (363.1). His perfect 15-0 season in 1999 earned the prolific hurler All-American, All-Region and All-Conference accolades, as well as team MVP honors.
 
The hard-throwing right-hander was drafted by the Boston Red Sox organization in May 1999 after he earned his bachelor’s of business administration. McClain pursued his dreams of playing professional baseball for the next five years, completing stints with the Red Sox (1999 – 2000), Jackson Diamondkats (2000 – 2001), Nashua Pride (2001), San Angelo Colts (2001) and Jackson Senators (2002 – 2003).
 
Although focused on making it to the next level, McClain remained realistic of his chances and completed work on his master’s degree in business administration at Delta State in 2002. Also during that time, he worked as an account executive with the Jackson Senators.
 
He contends, “If you can sell minor league baseball, you can sell anything. That experience was invaluable in so many ways, and I’m thankful for the opportunity.”
 
From there, McClain hung up the spikes and became a marketing representative for Federated Insurance Company in Calhoun City, a firm he would stay with from Nov. 2003 – Nov. 2006. During his tenure, he operated the most profitable territory in a six-state region for two consecutive years, while also improving a two-year loss ratio from 20.4 percent to 3.3 percent.
 
This past fall, the opportunity to return to Delta State presented itself and McClain did not hesitate, accepting the offer to become the director of development for Delta State’s Foundation. In just under six months, he has raised a total of $165,000 in cash gifts and over $250,000 in pledges.
 
Of his newest position as director of athletics, McClain said, “I would like to thank Dr. Hilpert, Dr. Strahan and the search committee for their time and efforts during this process.  Giving of their time to serve on this committee is a prime example of the important role athletics plays on the Delta State campus.
 
“This is a tremendous opportunity for me and my family,” he continued. “A great foundation has been laid here at Delta State University, and it is my desire to continue to build upon that foundation.  We will graduate student-athletes and prepare them for their futures.  We will continue to be one of the most successful athletic programs in the nation, and we will continue to strive for growth. We will not slow down.”
 
McClain is married to the former Christie Cannon of Calhoun City. The couple has one son, Cannon (2) and are expecting a baby girl this summer.
 
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McClain recommended finalist for Director of Athletics at Delta State University

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Jeremy McClain

Delta State University and Dr. Rose Strahan, Chair of the Athletic Director Search Committee, announced Friday that Jeremy McClain, Director of Development with the Delta State University Foundation, has been designated as the “recommended finalist” for the position of Director of Athletics.  The announcement comes after a series of on-site interviews with two finalists earlier in the week.  

 
Dr. John Hilpert commented, “I appreciate the work of the Search Committee.  They have done an outstanding job of finding good candidates for the position.  They are to be commended for their time and devotion to this process.”
 
Dr. Strahan said “The committee felt it had an adequate pool of candidates and were diligent in their work during this process.  The committee interviewed several candidates by phone and two in person.  On Wednesday, the two on-site candidates interviewed with the search committee, the Delta State President’s Cabinet and members of the Delta State athletic department.”  The Search Committee is made up of representatives from the faculty, staff, students, academic administration, athletic department, alumni association, DSU Foundation, and the community.
 
McClain has served in his current role as Director of Development since November, but he has ties to the Delta State community that extend to the early 1990’s.  He received both his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in business administration from DSU.  The Houlka native was also an All-American pitcher for the Statesmen baseball program from 1996-99.  He still holds the school record for career victories with 45.     
 
The Athletic Director Search Committee’s intent is to open the process further and have the recommended finalist meet with members of the campus and the community.  Thus, an open meeting with faculty, staff, and students will be held on Monday, April 16 at 3 p.m. in the Jacob Conference Center located on the first floor of the James Ewing Building on the Delta State campus.  All members of the DSU community are invited and encouraged to participate in this open meeting. 
 
On Tuesday, April 17 at 4 p.m., McClain will meet with interested residents of the community at the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce.  All residents of the community are invited and encouraged to participate in this open meeting.
 
At the conclusion of each session, participants will have an opportunity to give feedback to members of the Search Committee.
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Faculty Research & Scholarship Symposium, Wednesday & Thursday

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The 2007 Faculty Research and Scholarship Symposium highlights original work completed by Delta State University faculty members and their collaborators during the 2006 — 2007 academic year. It is organized and sponsored by the DSU Research Committee (Dr. Chuck Smithhart, chair) with additional support from the DSU Office of Academic Affairs and the DSU Year of Health and Wellness Program.
 
The goal of this symposium is to provide a forum for faculty and their collaborators to share their professional work with their peers and with wider audiences. Of special interest for the DSU community and for higher education in Mississippi are strong elements of pedagogy-oriented scholarship, DSU student collaboration, and Mississippi Delta-focused research.
 
Several key benefits of this symposium make it a valuable addition to Delta State University’s slate of annual events. Participants benefit because their work receives colleagues’ critical input that can help them modify and improve the work in preparation for seeking future support (e.g. grants) and publication. Current and prospective students benefit because they are able to appreciate connections between the knowledge in their chosen field and the original scholarship that generates that knowledge. Too often, students do not understand that many university faculty have scholar-scientist roles in addition to their teaching role; thus they do not realize and take advantage of the full potential of higher education. The overall DSU community benefits because the research and scholarship of faculty, combined with and embedded in quality teaching, is at the very core of what makes the university indispensable for its stakeholders. In short, the research and scholarship of DSU faculty — particularly as it increases in quantity and quality — helps gain greater recognition and respect for the university’s overall mission, not only locally and regionally but also nationally and internationally.
 
Overall organization was coordinated by Dr. John Green, Dr. John Alvarez, Dr. Jeannie Falkner and Dr. Smithhart, with the help of many DSU staff, students, and faculty. We hope that you find the symposium valuable and welcome your comments and suggestions.
 
3rd Annual
Delta State University
Faculty Research and Scholarship Symposium
April 11-12, 2007 in the Jacob Center • Ewing Hall, 1st Floor
 
 
Schedule of Events
 
 
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11
 
1:00 pm…………………………… Opening Ceremony
Dr. Garry Jennings, Master of Ceremonies
Comments on the 3rd Annual Symposium, Charles Smithhart
The Year of Health and Wellness, Myrtis Tabb
Welcome and Introduction of the Speaker, DSU President Dr. John Hilpert
 
1:15 – 2:00 pm…………………. Keynote Speech
Health and Wellness Issues in the Mississippi Delta, Dr. Ed Thompson
 
2:00 – 3:00 pm………………… Poster Session and Refreshments
DSU researchers and scholars will be available to discuss their work and answer questions
 
3:00 pm…………………………… Scholarly Presentations: Session 1
                        3:00     Graded Exercise Testing: Demystifying Oxygen Consumption
                                    (John Alvarez, Trey Jones and Holly Montague)
                        3:20     Exploration of the Social, Economic and Demographic Characteristics of the
                                    Most and Least Obese States (Edith Cameron McMillen)
                        3:40     Gender, Practice and Policy: A Feminist Perspective of the Nursing Faculty     
                                    Shortage (LaWanda Shelton Herron)
 
4:00 pm…………………………… Scholarly Presentations: Session 2
                        4:00     Marketing the Mississippi Delta Blues: Myth Making, Constructive Authenticity,
                                    and Public Memory (Stephen King)
                        4:20     An Application of Projective Geometry
                                    (Brent Bean, Mary Clair Thompson and Clifton Wingard)
 
THURSDAY, APRIL 12
9:00 am – 4:40 pm…………… Display of Faculty Research and Scholarly Output
 
9:00 – 10:00 am………………. Poster Session
DSU researchers and scholars will be available to discuss their work and answer questions
 
10:00 – 10:50 am…………….. Workshop – Trans-Disciplinary Research and Teaching (Amy Owen)
 
11:00 – 11:50 am…………….. Panel – Follow Your Bliss: Grant Funding Can Make It So
(Moderator: Kay Stricklin, Panelists: Beverly Moon, Emily Weaver and John Green)
 
12:00 – 1:00 pm………………. Break for Lunch (on your own)
 
1:00 pm…………………………… Scholarly Presentations: Session 3
                        1:00     Musicians as Athletes
                                    (Andrea Cheeseman)
                        1:20     Toward Knowledge-Based Society: Information, Knowledge and Technology
                                    (Felix Rizvanov)
                        1:40     Not Just Technology: Effective Learning and Teaching in the 21st Century
                                    (Felix Rizvanov)
                        2:00     Latinos and their Health Experiences in the Mississippi Delta
                                    (Monica Rosas)
 
2:20 – 2:30 pm………………… Break
 
2:30 pm…………………………… Scholarly Presentations: Session 4
                        2:30     Ecotourism in the Mississippi Delta: Insights from Land and Tourism Managers        
                                    (Alan Barton and Eric Atchison)
                        2:50     Why is Geography Education Excluded from the Mississippi Delta?
                                    (Scott Trapolino)
                        3:10     Politics and Public Memory in the Post Conflict Landscape of Central America                                                             (Shannon Lamb and Mark Bonta)
                        3:30     Exploring Our World Through Interactive Cartography
                                    (Subramanian Swaminathan)
 
3:50 – 4:00 pm…………………. Break
 
4:00………………………………… Scholarly Presentations: Session 5
                        4:00     Academic Experiences Abroad: Students Evaluate the Value of Foreign Travel
                                    (Robert Johnson, Scott Trapolino and Garry Jennings)
                        4:30     Constructing Effective Learning Experiences through Foreign Travel:
                                    Northern Ireland and Italy
                                    (Robert Johnson and Garry Jennings)
 
 
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Delta State invites aspiring artists to campus for Spring Portfolio Day, $20,000 in scholarships available

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The Delta State University art department will host its annual Spring Portfolio Day, Friday, April 20 at 9:30 a.m. in the Wright Art Center Gallery on campus.

 
Held annually each spring semester, Portfolio Day is an effort to determine those students that will be awarded art scholarships for the coming year, while also giving high school students interested in art the opportunity to present their artwork for college scholarship consideration and review.
 
Over $20,000 in one- to four-year scholarships are available on Portfolio Day to incoming freshman. These scholarships range from $1000 to $4000 and may be in addition to the University awards based on academic achievement.
 
Participants are encouraged to bring only their best artwork. Six to ten pieces should be sufficient and when possible, artworks submitted should be matted for best effect. If the aspirant is unable to mat his/her pieces, the art should, at the minimum, be presented neatly. Three-dimensional works, or a photograph of the work should the piece be too big, may be included in the portfolio.
 
Department chair, Bill Lester, will lead a guided tour of Delta State’s art facilities at 9:30 a.m. The tour presents an opportune time to ask questions and meet the faculty. 
 
The event’s agenda will conclude at 1:30 p.m. with the scholarship presentation in the Wright Art Center Gallery.
 
High school juniors are invited to attend and submit their artwork for a critique, preparing them for Portfolio Day next year. Parents are also encouraged to attend.
 
Participants should bring an official school copy of their high school transcripts and school records of ACT/SAT scores.
 
The art department encourages all participants to schedule their review before arriving, as so the proper amount of time and space can be allotted. If you are unable to pre-register, walk-ins will be welcomed on the day of the event.
 
For more information, please contact the Delta State art department at (662) 846-4720.