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Fireside Chat – August 6, 2018 – New Student Week

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President LaForge is joined by Marwa Cherraf, an assistant in the Office of Student Life.

New Student Week, sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs, will acclimate incoming freshmen and new transfer students to Delta State University and the Cleveland community. These new students will learn about the many academic, health, and social support systems and resources made available to them at Delta State. They will be introduced to faculty, staff, advisors, student leaders, as well as their new classmates.

This week-long extravaganza will occur August 12-18. All freshmen students are required to attend, while new transfer students are encouraged to take part in this fun and important event.

In other news on campus, the Alumni Association will host the Leflore County Chapter Meeting tomorrow and the DeSoto County Chapter Meeting on Saturday.  You can contact the Alumni Office at 662-846-4660 for details.  Also, mark your calendars our Fall Convocation, which is scheduled for Thursday, August 16 at 3 p.m. at the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

To keep up with all of our news, events and activities, please visit our website at deltastate.edu.

Inaugural international festival Culture on the Quad set for April 24

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Delta State University’s Office of Student Affairs presents the first annual international festival “Culture on the Quad” on the university quadrangle April 24 starting at 12 p.m.

Students, faculty, staff and the community are welcome to congregate for an afternoon of food, fun, entertainment and enlightenment. This year’s theme is “The Global Statesmen.” The event is free and open to the public.

A panel discussion, dance lessons, a featured speaker and fashion show will also be highlighted at the festival.

Dr. Vernell Bennett, vice president for Student Affairs, said there is a lot of buzz around the event, which is scheduled to be an annual affair.

“We worked with an advisory panel of international students and the International Faculty Association to plan this occasion,” said Bennett. “Everything from the cuisine, to the entertainment, will spotlight the international culture that our students bring to the Delta. The large tent will house food and exhibits manned by international students and faculty, who will speak to their countries of origin.”

“The main stage will have programming from 12-5 p.m.,” added Bennett. “Our featured act will be the professional dance troupe Bollywood Touch at 4 p.m. The troupe will also give the audience a lesson at the conclusion of their main stage performance.”

Marwa Cherraf, an international student originally from Morocco, and a senior international business major, is a vice presidential intern for the Office of Student Affairs.

“This is the first university-wide event that highlights how global our campus actually is,” said Cherraf, also a member of the International Student Association. “We want to include the community, faculty and students in the celebration of multiculturalism at DSU. This is a great opportunity for American and international students to come together to have fun.”

More event details are available on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/374532989689520/?notif_t=plan_user_invited&notif_id=1523384589369394.

For more information, contact 662-846-4150.

Miller named new director of Career Services

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Delta State University recently announced Jim Miller as the new director of Career Services at the institution.

Delta State University Career Services assists undergraduate, graduate students and alumni in continuing their career journeys. Services include résumé consultations, career coaching, job postings, job search planning, workshops on interviewing and business etiquette skills, on-campus interviews and much more.

Miller, a native of Tupelo, Mississippi, is thrilled to begin his new role at Delta State.

“I’m very excited to join the team at Delta State,” said Miller. “I have a background in higher education at Mississippi College. All of my family is from the Delta, and they’ve been here a long time. I’m happy to be back in the Delta and work for a school that serves this region.”

Miller said one of his first priorities will be to strengthen the bridge between students and employers.

“I have a passion for students, and I love working with employers,” he added. “Outside of higher education, I’ve worked in a lot of sectors, so I think I have a good understanding of both sides.”

Miller comes to Delta State after previously serving in the director’s position for Career Services at Mississippi College. Prior to that role, he served as the director of employer relations and events in the same department. He also worked as the department’s assistant director. Additionally, Miller previously worked as an executive support specialist for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi.

He received his Master of Science in higher education administration from Mississippi College in 2016. As an undergraduate, he studied political science at the University of Mississippi.

Dr. Vernell Bennett, vice president for Student Affairs at Delta State, said she’s excited to bring Miller’s leadership to campus.

“Mr. Miller comes with a strong background in Career Services, including innovative initiatives and programming, and he has an excellent record of collaborating across a campus in support of student success,” said Bennett. “I’m looking forward to the skillset and energy he will add to the Career Services unit.”

Learn more about Career Services at Delta State at http://www.deltastate.edu/student-life/career-services.

Statesman Emerald Award of Excellence winners

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The Office of Student Affairs recently released its inaugural list of Statesman Emerald Award of Excellence winners.

The awards were part of the 2017 Men’s Conference at Delta State University. The conference, along with the 2017 Women’s Conference in March, were instituted by Dr. Vernell Bennett, vice president for Student Affairs.

“These awards do a great job of recognizing green and white excellence because they reflect the students’ voice,” said Bennett. “The students are the reason we’re here, so their opinion is paramount. The fact that students identify the winners makes the faculty, staff and administrative nominations and winners that much more special. That sort of recognition speaks to how much the students value and appreciate them.”

Bennett said the men’s and women’s conferences educate, uplift and train students to become strong leaders and stewards of the institution and its local community.

“The tutelage, professional development and collaborations that the conferences provide cultivate and improves our students’ skill sets and prepare them for their professional lives beyond DSU,” she said.

This year’s Statesman Emerald Award of Excellence winners, which recognized male students, faculty and staff, included:

Top Student Leader
Samuel Cooper

Top International Student
Abulfaz Hajizada

Most Spirited
Charlie King

Top Resident Assistant
Thomas Kemp

Most Talented
Long Time Coming

Top Housing Staff
Josh Stevens

Top Organization President
Chandler Ector

Top Fan
Cuong V. Truong

Community Service Award
Undra Richardson

Statesman Advocate Award
Anthony Wilson

Top Interfraternity Council Fraternity
Phi Kappa Alpha

Top National Panhellenic Council Fraternity
Omega Psi Phi Fraternity Incorporated

Athletics
Top Football Athlete – Tyler Sullivan
Top Basketball Athlete – Devin Schmidt
Top Baseball Athlete – Zack Shannon
Top Golf Athlete – Zack Hammons
Top Swimmer Athlete – Matteo Fraschi
Top Tennis Athlete – Mason Vice
Top Soccer Athlete – Ashley Walker

Top Administrator
Dr. Billy Moore

Top Director Award
Michael Lipford

Top Faculty Award
Dr. Don Alan Mitchell

Top Male Staff
Matt Jones

College of Education Human Sciences Top Scholar
Paxton Stratton

College of Business and Aviation Top Scholar
John A. Hamilton

College of Arts and Sciences Top Scholar
Zachary Johnson

Robert E. Smith School of Nursing Top Scholar
Morris “Tad” Barrington

The Women’s Conference is held each spring and the Men’s Conference is held each fall. The Emerald Awards of Excellence are held for both conferences. Students submit nominations in person and online. Each conference features keynote speakers, plenary sessions, workshops, a luncheon, a community service project and social events.

The 2018 Women’s Conference is scheduled for March 20-21.