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

University updates scholarship policies

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Delta State University recently updated its academic scholarship policy to align more closely with hours required for degree completion, as well as state financial aid policies.

“The changes will take effect fall 2018 and will apply to incoming students only,” said Dr. Debbie Heslep, dean of enrollment management at Delta State. “Current students will not be impacted by these changes.”

The changes include:
— Recipients must complete 15 hours each fall and spring semester.
— Freshman scholarships will be available for a maximum of 8 semesters of undergraduate study only.
— Transfer scholarships will be available for a maximum of 4 semesters of undergraduate study only.
— Transfer students with community college hours only (excluding dual credit hours) will be considered.
— Transfer students will be required to maintain a 3.25 Delta State grade point average for scholarship renewal.

In addition, the Statesman Award will only pay room and board if the student is living on campus. Also of note, Recognition Awards will only be available to Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society members.

“The slight changes impact transfer scholarships based on membership in a national honor society,” said Dr. Charles McAdams, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. “The change in the GPA requirement to receive and maintain the scholarship reflect more accurately the academic achievement expected of a student in this honor society. The change also aligns our scholarship requirement with other universities.”

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Delta State to host 9th annual TFA Delta Institute

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Delta State University will welcome Teach For America back to campus as the organization kicks off its ninth year of training hosted by the university.

Approximately 310 corps members and staff members will begin the intensive summer curriculum June 11 for the 2018 TFA Delta Institute.

On June 10 from noon to 5 p.m., Delta State will host TFA Registration Day at DMI Studio A to welcome the corps on campus. Volunteers are sought to work one-hour increments in one of the following areas: greeters, welcome wagon, Okra Kart drivers, handing out information packets and lunch boxes, and dorm check in at Foundation Hall.

To sign up for a volunteer slot, contact Leigh Emerson, assistant director of Communications and Marketing at Delta State, at or 662-856-4677.

“We are very excited to welcome Teach For America back to our campus again this year,” said Emerson, “We’re grateful that Delta State and TFA have maintained this solid partnership since 2010.”

TFA is the national corps of outstanding recent college graduates of all academic majors and career interests who commit two years to teach in urban and rural public schools and become leaders in the effort to expand educational opportunity.

These corps members work in school districts challenged by poverty, geography or other issues. Their training to teach begins at summer institutes, and Delta State is one of just a handful of training facilities across the nation.

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Applications open for McNair Research Scholars

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The Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies at Delta State University is still accepting applications for the fall 2018 cohort of McNair Research Scholars.

The program was established in memory of astronaut-physicist and Challenger crew member, Dr. Ronald E. McNair. It is administered through the Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies at Delta State.

The MRS program is one of eight federal TRIO programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education. TRIO outreach aims to improve student programs designed to identify and provide services for individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The goal of the McNair cohort is to increase the attainment of doctoral degrees by students from underrepresented segments of society.

All services offered by the program are free of charge to its participants.

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Scholars will benefit by:
-opportunities for research and scholarly activities
-academic field trips
-paid summer research internships
-tutoring for preparation for graduate school entrance exams such as GRE, NCLEX, GMAT, etc.
-mentorship by a faculty member
-seminars and workshops to prepare participants for doctoral study
-career counseling and exploration
-financial literacy and planning
-increased access and exposure to STEM coursework and careers

For more information, contact project director Wendolyn Stevens at 662-846-4876,, or visit for eligibility requirements.

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.