Student Life

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

Orientation sessions begin June 11

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Delta State University is gearing up for another series of Orientation sessions to welcome first-year and transfer students to the green and white family.

Delta State University offers multiple Orientation programs each summer for new students enrolling for the fall semester.

The first program kicks off June 11, followed by sessions on June 28 and July 16.

Orientation check-in begins at 8 a.m. and the session begins promptly at 9 a.m. The program will last until mid-afternoon.

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“Our dedicated Orientation teams looks forward to welcoming our new Delta State students each summer,” said Dr. Vernell Bennett, vice president for Student Affairs. “Delta State truly is a family-oriented campus, and Orientation is the first introduction to this environment. Our number one goal is to show our new Statesmen and Lady Statesmen that we will be here to help them have the greatest college experience possible.”

The one-day program is designed to familiarize students with DSU policies and procedures, while also providing introductions to faculty, staff, students and campus life.

Parents and guests are encouraged to attend an Orientation session with their DSU student. If attending, students are required to attend all scheduled events in order to register for fall courses. Parents and guests are limited to two per student.

New this year, freshmen and transfer students will both attend the same one-day sessions.

Following Orientation, new students can look forward to Move-In Day 2018, scheduled for August 19. This fun, welcoming event is a great opportunity for students to make new friends and settle into their new home away from home.

For more information on Orientation, contact the Office of Student Life at 662-846-4666 or

Inductees honored at DSU Student Hall of Fame banquet

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The Class of 2018 DSU Student Hall of Fame (front row, left to right): Cecilia Bercerril Nieves, Marwa Cherraf, Abbigail E. Myers, Meghan Rosemary Vogelsang, (back, l to r) Abulfaz Hajizada, Ashley Griffin, Victoria Lynn McDonald, and Taylor Michelle Johnson.


The Office of Student Affairs recognized student achievement May 4 at the annual DSU Student Hall of Fame banquet.

The DSU Hall of Fame began in 1972 as a way to recognize outstanding students. It is the single highest honor bestowed upon any Delta State student based on outstanding accomplishments in all phases of college life.

This year’s inductees include: Marwa Cherraf, international business (El Jadida, Morocco); Ashley Griffin, biology and chemistry (Greenwood, MS); Abulfaz Hajizada, computer information sciences (Lankaran, Azerbaijan); Taylor Michelle Johnson, accounting (Long Beach, MS); Victoria Lynn McDonald, English with concentration in creative writing (Canton, MS); Abbigail E. Myers, marketing (Yazoo City, MS); Cecilia Bercerril Nieves. foreign language and international business (Cleveland, MS); and Meghan Rosemary Vogelsang, aviation management (Hernando, MS).

“The Student Hall of Fame is a wonderful way to recognize students who have been scholars and have exhibited a civic and social conscience throughout their matriculation at DSU,” said Dr. Vernell Bennett, vice president for Student Affairs. “This honor affords students an opportunity to leave a legacy at DSU that will be recognized  forevermore. This year’s inductees have distinguished themselves in the classroom, in student organizations, in athletics, and in the local community. We’re proud of, and grateful for their many contributions to DSU and its community.”

Also recognized at the banquet were Juwan Adonis Burney, a business management major from Arlington, TN, as the winner of the Wayne Blansett Award, and Brittany Kay Earls, a nursing major from Cleveland, MS, recipient of the H.L. Nowell Student Alumni Association Award.

Left to right: Juwan Adonis Burney, Wayne Blansett, Jeffrey Farris, and Brittany Kay Earls.