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Patsy Burchfield, assistant Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs, was named the Employee of the Month for Dec. of 2013.

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.

 

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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.

The Staff Council at Delta State University is sponsoring the DSU Toy Drive to benefit children in Bolivar County.

Staff Council hosts DSU Toy Drive

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The Staff Council at Delta State University continues to work hard at helping others this holiday season. The Staff Council Projects Committee is sponsoring the DSU Toy Drive to benefit children in Bolivar County.

Each Delta State department is being asked to provide three unwrapped gifts appropriate for newborn children all the way up to 12 years old. The toys will be provided to the Bolivar County Family and Children’s Services for distribution.

Recommended gifts include games, books, dolls, trucks, educational items, school supplies, action figures and play sets.

Robin Boyles, chair of the Staff Council, said this is a fitting way to spread holiday cheer.

“By holding a toy drive, we feel this will give more departments and groups across campus an opportunity to participate,” she said. “If you are looking for a way to help others during this season of giving, this is your chance. We will wrap the gifts before taking them.”

Last year, the Staff Council collected Christmas gifts for 15 children through the Department of Human Services with a program called Adopt a Child Toy Drive.

“By altering the program this year, we hope to provide gifts to many more families and children than we have before,” said Just Chandler, chair of the Projects Committee. “This way the university will be able to impact a greater number of people throughout our community beyond just the 15 we sponsored last year.”

Departments are asked to deliver their unwrapped donations to office 234 in Kent Wyatt Hall by noon on Dec. 6.

For questions or more information, contact Chandler at 662-846-4052 or jchandler@deltastate.edu.

 

DSU Day at Bayou Academy

Bayou Academy to host DSU DAY

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Thanks to the Delta State University Staff Council Projects Committee, students at Bayou Academy will be presented with a DSU Day on Nov. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon in the school’s gymnasium. The special program will serve as an awareness and recruitment event.

The administrative Staff Council is considering this type of platform at other local schools depending on the outcome at Bayou Academy. This is the kickoff attempt for the program.

The visit will cater mainly to students in grades 9-12 and will provide information from a number of Delta State academic and service departments.

Justin Chandler, chair of the Projects Committee, said this program would benefit all high school grades, not just the juniors and seniors.

“We’re seeing that students are figuring out where they want to go to college earlier and earlier,” said Chandler. “We want to target ninth and tenth graders too and make them aware of some of the programs and what’s available to them.”

Robin Boyles, chair of the Staff Council, said this is another effort from the staff to boost Delta State’s presence.

“President LaForge has stated that recruitment is everyone’s responsibility,” she said. “The Staff Council Projects Committee saw an opportunity to support recruitment by bringing awareness of Delta State’s programs and activities to area students.”

Chandler added that it’s ever important to expand the educational careers of talented local students.

“Many of the students here have an emotional attachment to the Delta,” he said. “And we want to educate these students and help them stay in the Delta. Once they come to school here, we know they’ll fall in love with the university and the entire region.”

The mission of Delta State University’s Staff Council is to serve as a liaison between the administration and the staff of Delta State University to provide a formal process for staff to discuss issues involving University policies and procedures and to present ideas, recommendations, and opinions to the President; to institute programs to provide individual and university-wide staff development; to promote increased communication among departments and employees; to enhance job satisfaction and motivation; and to recognize outstanding achievement and work performance by members of Delta State University.

Delta State’s Staff Council is dedicated to excellence in service and the continued growth and development of the university.

For more information or to discuss a visit day at your school, contact Chandler at 662-846-4052 or jchandler@deltastate.edu.