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Staff Council begins DSU Toy Drive

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This Delta State holiday season has once again kicked into the spirit of giving. Help members contribute to this year’s annual DSU Toy Drive, running until Dec. 17.

Unwrapped gifts are sought for children from infancy to 10-years-old and will be donated to youth identified by the Bolivar County Family and Children’s Services. The collection will end at the annual staff holiday breakfast on Dec. 17.

The Delta State Administrative Council began the holiday gifting today by delivering a truckload of non-perishable food items to the BCFCS through its annual Feed-A-Family food drive held each year before Thanksgiving.

“Feed-A-Family is as a way to give back to the DSU family and community,” said Rhonda Loper, project coordinator for the Okra Scholars program. “A special thanks to each of the staff who donated food and/or time to make this years event a success.”

For more information the DSU Toy Drive, contact Loper at rloper@deltastate.edu or 662-846-4504. Or contact Whitney Delaney at wdelaney@deltastate.edu or 662-846-4113.

Delta State’s Staff Council serves as a liaison between the administration and the staff to provide a formal process for staff to discuss issues involving university policies and procedures and to forward ideas, recommendations and options to the president.

Delta State donated almost 100 bags of food to staff and community members for Thanksgiving meals.

Staff Council leads charitable efforts

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The holiday season brings the Delta State family closer together through generosity and kindness.

Delta State’s Administrative Staff Council held a “Feed-A-Family” program before the Thanksgiving holiday to benefit staff and community members in need. Campus departments donated a record amount of non-perishable items to help complete almost 100 bags with ham or turkey for a Thanksgiving meal.

Along with 36 staff members receiving bags, the Bolivar County Division of Family and Children’s Services received 61 bags and 10 large boxes of canned and miscellaneous food. Campus volunteers helped sort, pack and deliver the items.

Staff Council has kicked off another charitable program to benefit the community this month.

“The annual Delta State Holiday Toy Drive for 2014 has begun with a great start,” said Rhonda Loper, special projects committee chair of Staff Council. “We are already seeing toys and books being donated.”

The Bologna Performing Arts Center and Bolivar Medical Center are partnering with the Administrative Staff Council in collecting toys. The BPAC will be collecting toys at their special Christmas performances, and Bolivar Medical Center will also be collecting toys to donate. Unwrapped gifts for boys and girls between the ages of birth to 12 years will be accepted through Dec. 15 at noon at Kent Wyatt Hall Office 239.

Gifts will be donated to children identified by the Bolivar County Family and Children’s Services. For more information on how to donate and items needed, please call Loper at 662-846-4053.

Delta State’s Staff Council serves as a liaison between the administration and the staff to provide a formal process for staff to discuss issues involving university policies and procedures and to forward ideas, recommendations and opinions to the president.

 

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Marchetta named Employee of the Month

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The Delta State University Staff Council recently honored Amber Marchetta, history secretary, as the August 2014 Employee of the Month.

Marchetta has served her secretary role at the university for the past five years. The 1994 Delta State graduate studied management and completed her MBA in 1998.

Her Hobbies include running, tennis, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

The Clarksdale native is married with two children — Abby, 11 and Ben, 8. They are members of Covenant Presbyterian Church.

Employee of the Month distinction is given to a staff member who has provided service at Delta State that is considered over and beyond those duties outlined in his or her job description. Nominations are submitted by colleagues on campus.

Each winner receives a plaque, monetary award, WalMart gift card from the Student Government Association, an engraved insulated coffee mug, a free parking decal courtesy of the Campus Police Department, a box of treats from The Sweetery, a parking spot of their choice, two Okra gift cards (one from Athletics and one from a private donor), marquee announcement and website recognition.

For an archived list of previous Employee of the Month winners, visit http://www.deltastate.edu/about-dsu/administration/staff-council/employee-of-the-month-2014/

Delta State’s Staff Council serves as a liaison between the administration and the staff to provide a formal process for staff to discuss issues involving university policies and procedures and to forward ideas, recommendations and opinions to the president.

Rhonda Loper, a research and information specialist, is Delta State’s May 2014 Employee of the Month.

Loper selected as Employee of the Month

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The Delta State University Staff Council recently honored Rhonda Loper as the May 2014 Employee of the Month. Loper began working at Delta State in October of 2012 as a research and information specialist in the office of Institutional Research & Planning.

In 2009, she enrolled in the Interdisciplinary Studies program at Delta State and graduated with magna cum laude honors in December of 2011. Loper is currently working on her master’s degree in community development at Delta State.

As a pastor’s wife and mother of two young adults, she leads a busy, yet fulfilled life. Her hobbies include reading, art and writing. She spends part of her time presenting her motivational speech “I Found my Voice” across the Delta State campus. The purpose of this presentation is to encourage students to become civically engaged both on and off campus. This project was birthed in the community development program, yet soon became part of her job responsibilities.

Employee of the Month distinction is given to a staff member who has provided service at Delta State that is considered over and beyond those duties outlined in his or her job description. Nominations are submitted by colleagues on campus.

Each winner receives a plaque, monetary award, WalMart gift card from the Student Government Association, an engraved insulated coffee mug, a free parking decal courtesy of the Campus Police Department, a box of treats from The Sweetery, a parking spot of their choice, two Okra gift cards (one from Athletics and one from a private donor), marquee announcement and website recognition.
 
For an archived list of previous Employee of the Month winners, visit http://www.deltastate.edu/about-dsu/administration/staff-council/staff-council-employee-of-the-month/employee-of-the-month-archives/
 
Delta State’s Staff Council serves as a liaison between the administration and the staff to provide a formal process for staff to discuss issues involving university policies and procedures and to forward ideas, recommendations and opinions to the president.

Employee of the Month winners for 2013 honored at the Staff Council luncheon included: (front, l to r) Officer Donald Bradshaw, July; Laura Walker, October; Dianne Serio, April; De’Andrea Eason, November; (back): Michael Kemp, May; Kirk Mansell, March; Chris Gaines, February; Gloria Hudson, September; Patsy Burchfield, December; and Justin Chandler, August. Not pictured include: Kimberly Cooley, January; and Lee Rowland, June.

Staff Council hosts Employee of the Month luncheon

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The Staff Council Incentives and Recognition Committee hosted a successful luncheon today to honor the Employee of the Month (EOM) recipients for 2013. The annual event takes place each January in the Simmons Room of the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni-Foundation House.

The Staff Council of Delta State University takes great pride in recognizing the exceptional service among its staff, and the EOM program continues to see growth thanks to the support of the campus community.

EOM distinction is given to a staff member who has provided service that is considered over and beyond those duties outlined in his or her job description. Nominations are submitted by colleagues on campus.

2013 winners include: Kimberly Cooley, January; Chris Gaines, February; Kirk Mansell, March; Dianne Serio, April; Michael Kemp, May; Lee Rowland, June; Donald Bradshaw, July; Justin Chandler, August; Gloria Hudson, September; Laura Walker, October; De’Andrea Eason, November; and Patsy Burchfield, December.

Each winner receives a plaque; monetary award; Wal-Mart gift card from the Student Government Association; an engraved insulated coffee mug; a free parking decal courtesy of the Campus Police Department; a box of treats from The Sweetery; a parking spot of their choice; two Okra gift cards (one from Athletics and one from a private donor); marquee announcement; and website recognition.

Dr. James Robinson and Bert Herbison

Dr. James Robinson, a semi-retired professor in the history department, also sends flowers to all the ladies who receive EOM recognition.

The program has developed greatly for more than a decade thanks to ongoing financial donations from Robinson. Through his support, the luncheon is made possible each year.

Robinson, who graduated from Delta State in 1966, never stops brainstorming ways to give back to his beloved university.

“The program was already in place when I first donated, but it was something I wanted to contribute to as a way to say thanks to all the wonderful people we have at Delta State,” said Robinson. “I’m happy to see how much it’s grown and that the staff continue to be recognized.

“This shows that Delta State truly is a family.”

Also honored at this year’s luncheon was Bert Herbison, chair of the Incentives and Recognition Committee for the past nine years. Herbison has worked at the university for 24 years and will be retiring at the end of the year.

“The Employee of the Month program has been my ‘baby’ while at Delta State,” said Herbison. “It’s bittersweet attending my last luncheon, and I’m going to have a hard time giving it up when I retire.”

Herbison said working with Robinson to develop the program has been a true privilege.

“Words can’t describe what an honor it has been to work with a man who is so hardworking, caring and selfless when it comes to others — staff in particular,” said Herbison. “He constantly is looking for ways that we can honor our staff.”

Robinson’s support has also made other programs from the Incentives and Recognition Committee possible — such as the Smile On You award, which is a $25 gift certificate to a local restaurant that a staff member unexpectedly receives in the mail, and the “Take A Break” gift card from Aramark that can be used on campus at one of their facilities for a coffee, smoothie or snack. Quarterly birthday parties are also held for staff along with mailed birthday cards.

In October of 2013, Robin Boyles, Staff Council chair, and fellow council members attended the Mississippi Association of Staff Council Organizations meetings in Hattiesburg. Boyles quickly learned Delta State’s EOM program stands superior against the other Mississippi institutions in the Institutions of Higher Learning system.

“Meeting with other Staff Council officers affirmed for me that our Staff Council here at Delta State is an active and integral part of our campus,” said Boyles. “We clearly have the most structured and comprehensive Employee of the Month program in Mississippi and that is primarily due to the contributions of Dr. James Robinson and the dedication of Bert Herbison and the Incentives and Recognition committee.”

For an archived list of previous EOM winners, visit www.deltastate.edu/about-dsu/administration/staff-council/staff-council-employee-of-the-month/employee-of-the-month-archives/.
 
Delta State’s Staff Council serves as a liaison between the administration and the staff to provide a formal process for staff to discuss issues involving university policies and procedures and to forward ideas, recommendations and opinions to the president.