Delta State’s Hilpert resting comfortably following knee surgery

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Delta State University President, Dr. John M. Hilpert is resting comfortably this afternoon, following left knee replacement surgery today.

Performed by Dr. Walter Shelton of Mississippi Sports Medicine at River Oaks Hospital in Jackson, Hilpert is expected to be in the hospital for a few days, with additional recovery time at home. With knee replacement surgery, regular physical therapy is necessary to aid in the healing process.

“I thank everyone for their prayers and well wishes, and I look forward to getting home,” Hilpert relayed.

During Hilpert’s absence, Delta State Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. John Thornell will be the senior administrator responsible for the university’s day-to-day operations.



Delta State’s Tabb completes economic development training

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Dr. Myrtis Tabb

Deborah Moore

Dr. Myrtis Tabb, Senior Administrator, Special Projects at Delta State University recently completed Session II of the Economic Development Institute (OU/EDI) conducted by the University of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, Okla.

The Institute is a three-session program, each one week long, which provides a broad spectrum of advanced education for the economic development professional and is accredited by the International Economic Development Council.

OU/EDI classes focus on the three major core areas Finance, Real Estate and Business Retention & Expansion as well as areas of concentration in Marketing, Strategic Planning, and Managing Economic Development Organizations. Students take 117 hours of instruction selected from nearly 50 possible classes, workshops and discussion groups.

Of the training Tabb remarked, “The training provided through the Economic Development Institute is top caliber. I am fortunate to have participated and feel what I have learned can be applied immediately in my community and economic development work with local communities through Delta State University.”

Tabb and Deborah Moore, Director, Center for Community and Economic Development, were recently notified that they had received a scholarship for further study from the Mississippi Economic Development Council, Inc. Scholarship Committee (MEDC) in Jackson, Miss. Funding for the scholarship program is provided by the Mississippi Economic Development Council, Entergy Corporation, Mississippi Power Company and the Mississippi Development Authority in order to enhance knowledge of the development profession.



Admissions to host Spring Visit Days

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Spring Visit Days

The Office of Admissions and Recruiting is hosting the following spring visit days for all prospective high school seniors, community and senior college transfers, and parents:

MajorVisit DayRegistration Deadline
Delta Music InstituteFebruary 19February 14
College of BusinessFebruary 23February 19
School of NursingFebruary 26February 21
Commercial AviationMarch 2February 23
Elementary EducationMarch 5February 28

All events will begin at 9:00 and end by 12:00 (except CAV which begins at 9:30 and ends at 3:00.)  Registration is required.  To register and for a complete schedule of events click on each of the majors listed above.

Note: If you do not see your intended major listed, please contact the Office of Admissions at 1-800-GO-TO-DSU extension 3, to schedule a private campus tour.


Delta State’s Eyster to round out AD search committee

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Scott Eyster

Statesmen quarterback Scott Eyster will serve on Delta State University’s athletic director search committee, President Dr. John M. Hilpert announced today.

A four-year letterman with the DSU football program, Eyster paced the Statesmen to 12-3 mark on the season, finishing ranked No. 3 in the final American Football Coaches Association Top 25 Poll. Currently working on his master’s degree in sports management, Eyster maintains a 3.5 GPA and is three-time All-Gulf South Conference academic honor roll selection.

“Scott has had equal success on the field and in the classroom. He has first-hand knowledge of the operation of our athletic department and is an excellent addition to the search committee,” Hilpert acknowledged.

Dr. Rose Strahan, chair of the mathematics department at Delta State and NCAA faculty athletic representative for the university, will chair the committee. She will be joined by the following: 

·          Georgene Clark – English Faculty (Faculty)

·          John Cox – Cox and Moore Law Firm (Alumni Association)

·          Scott Eyster – Delta State student-athlete

·          Gary Gainspoletti – Gainspoletti and Associates (Athletic Booster Club)

·          Mike Kinnison – Head Baseball Coach (Athletic Staff)

·          Wayne Lee – Health Physical Education & Recreation Faculty (Athletic Alumni)

·          Ned Mitchell – South Group/Bolivar Insurance (Foundation)

·          Billy Moore – Dean of College of Business (Academic  Administration)

·          Sandra Rushing – Head Women’s Basketball Coach (Athletic Staff)

·          Greg Redlin – Vice President for Finance & Administration (Staffing – ex officio)

·          Judson Thigpen – Executive Director of the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce (Community)

·          Sam Washington – Director of Purchasing (Athletic Committee)    

University officials project that an effective search may require three months or more, not unusual, for a nationwide search process.

Further details regarding the search process will be released as they become available.


Delta State to host women’s leadership conference, nationally-acclaimed Sheehy to keynote

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Gail Sheehy

Gwendolyn Sykes

Delta State University, in partnership with Viking Corporation, will play host to the highly anticipated Mississippi Delta Women’s Leadership Conference, Tuesday, Feb. 27; with a post-conference event to be held Wednesday, Feb. 28 at The Alluvian Hotel in Greenwood.

Set to a theme of “Life in Balance,” this year’s conference will both, celebrate and explore “the balancing act” a woman’s life can be, as women, today, have more choices and opportunities than ever before. Options for education, careers and independence all open doors and offer rewarding experiences, yet the role of nurturer, caregiver and homemaker still fall to the woman.

While we enjoy opportunities our grandmothers never dreamed of, we are called to carry our grandmothers’ responsibilities as well as our new found ones, but at what cost? Many women report anxiety over the “balancing act” required to juggle it all. If we are to be able to balance the opportunities and responsibilities placed before us, we must seek balance within ourselves and this year’s conference program offers new techniques and advice on just exactly how to do that – guilt free.

To be held in the State Room of the H.L. Nowell Union on Delta State’s campus, nationally-acclaimed, bestselling author Gail Sheehy will deliver the conference’s keynote address at 9 a.m. Of her 15 books, “Passages” is, by far, her most well-known selection, having stayed on The New York Times bestseller list for three years. It has been reprinted in 28 languages.

Sheehy will be presenting, “The Seasoned Woman: Pursuing the Passionate Life,” an idea cultivated in her new book. The book reports on an emerging phenomenon among women from the Baby Boomer generation, though Sheehy considers the book “only the beginning.”

She hopes to start a movement by connecting “Seasoned Women” across the globe through the Seasoned Woman’s Network website

Also slated to present is Dr. Annette K. Low, Director of the National Center of Excellence in Women’s Health at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Low has been consistently passionate and committed to women’s health issues, and will present on “Women’s Health in Balance.”

Participants will have the opportunity to partake in one of four breakout sessions, including, Nicole Barrett of BlueCross BlueShield of Mississippi and her workshop, “Let’s Go Walkin’ Mississippi Women,” which focuses on ways to gain more energy and a healthier life.

Mary Lo Verde’s workshop “Stop Screaming at the Microwave” will take a humorous look at keeping your life in balance.

“Dreams Balance our Lives Naturally,” presented by Kay Stricklin, will examine how dreams introduce balance into our lives because our psyches know we need it.

Jackie Williams, presenter of the “Organic Lifestyle” workshop, will describe how women can improve their quality of life.

The day’s agenda will also feature a leadership panel, as professional women reflect on the challenges associated with balancing and prioritizing family, career and civic responsibilities – guilt-free. Scheduled to appear on the panel are Debra Anderson, Economic Development Planner, Bureau for Long Range Planning, Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning; Dr. Karen Fox, Chief Operating Officer, Delta Health Alliance; Florence Jones, Chief Nursing Officer, Delta Regional Medical Center; and Carol Puckett, President, Viking Hospitality Group.

As precursors to the day-long conference Tuesday, there will be two evening events – one on Sunday, Feb. 25 and one on Monday, Feb. 26.

The Lucy Somerville Howorth Award will be presented to Franke Keating, of Greenville, inside the Capps Archives & Museum on the Delta State campus at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 25. This award recognizes an outstanding woman from the Delta who has made great contributions to society, be it at the state or local level. Keating will be presented this award for her contributions in photography and journalism, with selected pieces of her photography to be on display.

The Nellie Nugent Somerville Dinner Lecture will begin at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 26 in the State Room of the H.L. Nowell Union. The lecture series was founded in 1974 through an endowment by Lucy and Joseph Howorth, in honor of Lucy’s mother Nellie, who was the first female to serve in the Mississippi House of Representatives.

Gwendolyn Sykes, Chief Financial Officer for NASA and listed among the 50 Most Powerful Black Women in Business of 2006 by Black Enterprise, will present this year’s lecture.

Sykes, who will be making her third return trip to the Delta State campus since May 2006, was awarded the NASA Exceptional Achievement Medal for her leadership of the Columbia Families First Team and in the creation of the NASA Family Assistance Fund, programs designed to provide financial and emotional support to the families of the lost astronauts.

A post-conference event will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at the Alluvian Hotel in Greenwood. Gail Pittman, creative director for Southern Living at Home, will open the day’s event “Ladies Day Out: Taking Time for Yourself,” which will take a look at new friendships, ideas and will help women “take stock” of themselves.

There is a $25 registration fee for the Nellie Nugent Somerville Dinner Lecture, a $65 registration fee for the conference and a $50 registration fee for the post-conference event at The Alluvian. Space is limited. Early registration is encouraged, as first-come, first-serve basis will be honored.

To register, please contact Special Projects at Delta State at (662) 846-4023 or visit the conference website at