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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.

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.

Burchfield honored as Employee of the Month

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Patsy Burchfield, assistant to Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs at Delta State, was recently honored as Delta State’s December 2013 Employee of the Month.

Originally from French Camp, Miss., Burchfield graduated from French Camp Academy, Holmes Junior College and Mississippi State University with a degree in business education before moving to the Delta.

“I started working at Delta State in 1988 and I just completed my 25th year of service,” she said. “My husband, Mike, and I have two sons, John and Jay, who graduated from Delta State. We also enjoy visiting and spending time with our three grandchildren.”

Outside of her job, she is active at First Baptist Church-Cleveland, and enjoys shopping with her twin sister, working in her flower garden, collecting cook books and cooking new recipes.

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.

 

Staffing leaders

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Delta State staff member Justin Chandler recently graduated from Leadership Mississippi at the Museum of Art in Jackson. Chandler completed the second-oldest statewide leadership program in the nation.

Leadership Mississippi is held every year by the Mississippi Economic Council (MEC) and led by the M.B. Swayze Educational Foundation. Chandler was selected by a committee of MEC members and worked with over 50 leaders from across the state in a training course that combined individual study, group sessions and project experience in using leadership skills.

Chandler participated in the program for one year, visiting Mississippi areas including Jackson, Vicksburg, Biloxi, Starkville and Greenville. Leadership Mississippi provides the opportunity for business executives to expand networks while sharpening leadership skills and increasing awareness of community and state challenges.

In the Office of Institutional Research and Planning, Chandler serves as research and information specialist. He is currently enrolled in the Community Development program at Delta State and is chair of the Administrative Staff Council Projects Committee.

De’Andrea Eason

Eason named Employee of the Month

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The Delta State University Staff Council announced the Nov. 2013 recipient of Employee of the Month on Tuesday. The recognition goes to De’Andrea Eason, a library assistant at Roberts-LaForge Library.
 
Eason is the daughter of the late Rev. Elijah Eason and Ethel Eason and Angelia Eason. She is the oldest of six children and is the granddaughter of Frank and Maggie Eason and the great granddaughter of Daisy Ousley.
 
De’Andrea is from Rolling Fork, Miss., where she received her high school diploma from South Delta High School. She is a 2009 graduate of Delta State with a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies.
 
She is currently taking classes at the university to obtain her master’s degree in Counselor Education. Eason is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and Chi Sigma Iota Counseling Honor Society.
 
In her leisure time, she enjoys purchasing handbags, pinning on Pinterest, reading quotes, cooking and being with her family, beau and friends. She finds joy and peace in listening to, encouraging and motivating others.

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, 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, 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.