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First C2C participants receive degrees

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Left to right: Dr. Karen Bell, Provost Dr. Charles McAdams, Randa Hitchcock, Keir Davis, Jeremy Weaver and President William N. LaForge.

 

Earlier this year, Mississippi’s Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) launched the statewide initiative, Complete 2 Compete (C2C), to encourage adult learners to return to college and complete degrees.

The program focuses on adults who have accumulated hours towards a college diploma but have not finished a baccalaureate degree.

Since the C2C launch, Dr. Karen Bell, Delta State University’s C2C coach, has been working with 142 C2C leads (applicants). At Delta State’s commencement ceremonies on Saturday, 14 of the program participants reaped the benefits of graduation.

“We are excited to have our first graduates in the new adult degree completion program, Complete 2 Compete,” said Bell. “This program is a great opportunity for students who have been out of school at least two years and have completed 90 hours to reconnect and finish their degree.”

“Having a college degree makes a real difference for many people, and we want to help adults earn their degree,” said Dr. Charles McAdams, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Delta State.

Through this initiative, Randa Hitchcock will receive the new bachelor’s in general studies and finish what she started.

“It is important for me to show my daughter, as well as others, that no matter what life may throw at you, you can accomplish anything you set out to do,” said Hitchcock. “It is important not to give up on a dream, and completing my degree was a dream of mine.”

This year’s graduating class includes:

Ashley Bobo
Keir Davis
Chelsey Dunn
Dana Floyd
Judy Haney
Randa Hitchcock
Marilyn James
Jon McKinney
Phillip Sarullo
Paul Scott
Keisha Thompson
Jeremy Weaver
Joshua Williams
Sandra Williams

“I plan on using the degree to build a better career,” said Jones. “I will be entering the Master of Arts Teaching program, and I could not do this without the BS degree.”

“I plan to use this degree to motivate me to finish what I started,” said Bobo. “I’ve never been more grateful for this opportunity. This is just the first step in my educational journey, and I plan to get my masters as well.”

Learn more about C2C at http://www.msc2c.org.

Admissions hosting freshmen and transfer events

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Delta State University’s Office of Admissions will be hosting several events in the spring for prospective freshmen and transfer students.

Statesmen Scholarship Day will be held Jan. 26, 2018. At the event, 10 full-ride scholarships will be awarded, in addition to other academic scholarships. Eligible applicants will receive an invitation about their participation in Statesmen Scholarship Day.

Throughout February, each college/school at Delta State will be showcased during an academic day. Admitted students will be invited to take part in an academic preview of their specified department. They will have the opportunity to eat lunch on campus, speak with professors, meet future classmates and participate in hands-on activities. The academic day schedule is as follows: College of Business and Aviation, Feb. 12; Robert E. Smith School of Nursing, Feb. 19; College of Education and Human Sciences, Feb. 23; and College Art and Sciences, Feb. 26.

Transfer students who are members of the honor society Phi Theta Kappa will be welcomed to Delta State’s campus on April 13 for Early Registration Day. The event provides the opportunity for this group of incoming students to reserve their spots in fall courses.

The fifth annual Go Green Weekend, including Spring Preview Day, is scheduled for April 27-29. The visit day will be held on Friday, April 27 and is geared toward potential students who are high school juniors. Participants are provided the opportunity to see campus, preview academic programs, engage with currents students, attend sporting events and more.

The Student to Statesmen tour featuring President William N. LaForge will continue this spring. LaForge and the Admissions representatives visit with high schools to meet and speak with students about the higher education opportunities. This semester, LaForge has made nearly 20 high school visits.

Campus visits are offered throughout each semester for those looking to gain a better understanding of Delta State. For the spring, campus tours will be available beginning mid-January. This past fall, over 200 individual students and 15 groups were hosted on campus for tours. Tours are provided by the admissions recruiters and representatives serving in the Delta Diplomat student organization.

“The recruiting staff partners with academic departments, student service offices, the Alumni Association and other university departments to host these events for prospective students,” said Caitlyn Thompson, director of recruiting. “This past fall, a record number of over 400 guests were hosted for DSU Day, beating the previous year’s record number.”

Groups of dual credit students have also visited campus to experience life as a Statesmen student. To accompany on campus events, a myriad of off-campus activities take place throughout the year, including college fairs, private visits, alumni meetings, counselor visits and more.

For more information on any Office of Admissions events, or to schedule a tour, visit www.deltastate.edu/visit or contact 662-846-4020 or admissions@deltastate.edu.

DMI to offer Pro Tools training

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The Delta Music Institute’s entertainment industry program at Delta State University will offer two weekends of professional instruction and certification in Pro Tools, the recording industry standard for audio recording software.

The workshops, which are open to all interested parties, are scheduled for Jan. 13-15 and Jan. 20-21, 2018 and will be held in Studio B at the DMI on the campus of Delta State. Seating is limited to 10 registrants.

As the sole AVID Learning Partner in the state of Mississippi, Delta State’s DMI program is credentialed to offer training and professional certification in audio production, recording, mixing and related multimedia training.

The Pro Tools training sessions will be offered in two separate courses over two weekends with a daily schedule from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Pro Tools Fundamentals I (PT101) course introduces fundamental Pro Tools concepts and principles during a three-day workshop at a cost of $650. The Pro Tools Fundamentals II (PT110) course, covered during a two-day workshop, expands upon the basic principles taught in the PT101 course and introduces the core concepts and techniques needed to competently operate a Pro Tools system running mid-sized recording sessions. The cost for Pro PT 110 is $550. Together with PT 101, PT 110 provides the training required to prepare for the Avid Certified User certification exam. If the two courses are taken together, the registration fee is $950 for both classes. Discount pricing is available for students.

The workshops at the DMI will be taught by Travis Calvin, instructor in entertainment industry studies at Delta State. Calvin teaches multiple audio courses in the DMI program and is an AVID Certified Instructor.

Avid certification helps professionals attain and demonstrate the skills and credentials they need to increase their value, competency and efficiency in the highly competitive media industry.

For more information about the workshops or to register, call 662-846-4579 or email dmi@deltastate.edu.

The Delta Music Institute is an independent center of study under the College of Arts and Sciences at Delta State University, offering a bachelors degree in entertainment industry studies. The focus of the DMI is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, creative and business areas of the music and entertainment industry. For information, contact 662-846-4579 or visit http://dmi.deltastate.edu.

TFA Graduate Fellows Program hosts Ballot & Brunch

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The Teach For America Graduate Fellows Program at Delta State University hosted “Ballot & Brunch” Nov. 11 at the Delta Meat Market in Cleveland.

Guests were invited to become active participants in re-imagining Mississippi with the TFA Graduate Fellows.

The program is a collaboration between Delta State and TFA. The fellowship’s role is to retain TFA alumni in Mississippi by offering the opportunity to continue their education in graduate school at DSU and to nurture their passion for enhancing the state.

The fellowship is a two-year program that currently has two cohorts for a total of 19 TFA alumni. Each fellow is pursuing their individualized social entrepreneurship project (SE) that addresses local issues.

“These folks are actively using their unique skills and passion, and applying it to the betterment of Mississippi through their social entrepreneurship projects,” said Harrison Wood, program coordinator for the fellowship.

Each fellow had the opportunity to invite individuals to the Ballot & Brunch who they consider to be mentors, collaborators or stakeholders in their SE project. TFA staff, DSU coordinators and potential future TFA fellows were also in attendance.

“It was a powerful event to experience,” Wood said. “Everyone in the space was invited because our fellowship believes that they are actively using their passions and work to better our wonderful Mississippi. In the room, we had people who were responsible for the creation of this opportunity. There were many folks representing TFA and DSU, and many were considered to be mentors and stakeholders to our TFA Fellows.”

The brunch was a brainstorming opportunity for attendees to propose ideas for advancing Mississippi followed by a pitch/networking competition among the fellows and their projects.

After brunch, each fellow presented a powerful one-minute pitch about their SE project. During the pitch, they addressed the Mississippi community that is being served, the need the project is meeting, and how they plan to execute their project. Participants then provided visuals of their projects set up in the space.

Once guests were able to network with the fellows, everyone had the opportunity to vote on the SE project they would support and like to see come to fruition.

The top-three presenters received a scholarship stipend to bring their projects to reality:

1st Place ($500)– Jeremiah Smith, Rosedale with Rosedale Freedom Project
2nd Place ($400) – Charlotte Arrowsmith, Greenwood with Open Minds
3rd Place ($300) – Lucas Rapisarda, Rosedale with Rosedale Freedom Project Outdoor Program

In addition to the Ballot & Brunch winners, the program able to award nine fellows with the Supply Stipend Award. The fellows were given the opportunity to apply for up to $3,000 of awards that will be dedicated to the advancement of their project.

“The TFA Graduate Fellows Program is thrilled to be able to support the TFA Fellows social entrepreneurship projects outside of providing university resources, formal mentorship, cohort collaboration, and community service opportunities,” said Wood. “Supporting them financially with the Supply Stipend Award is evidence that the fellowship actively supports the changemaking efforts they are working towards in a real tangible way.”

The project is funded through a grant from the Robert M. Hearin Foundation. The principal goal of the foundation is to contribute to the overall economic advancement of the state of Mississippi by making funds available to four-year colleges and universities and graduate professional schools located in the state.

For more information on the program, visit www.tfafellows.com.

Oakley crowned Miss DSU once again

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Miss Delta State University 2018 was crowned Nov. 9 in the Bologna Performing Arts Center on campus.

Gillian Oakley, a junior music education major from Southaven, Mississippi, will represent Delta State at the Miss Mississippi Pageant in 2018.

Her victory marks only the second time in the university’s history that a contestant has claimed the crown twice. She was previously crowned Miss DSU in 2016. Mary Ann Collins is the only other repeat winner when she won the crown in 1959 and 1961.

“I’m incredibly humbled to be Miss DSU once again,” said Oakley. “Now that I’m two years older, and I’ve seen all that goes into this competition, I think I have an even greater appreciation. I talked myself into thinking I didn’t have a chance because I had won once, so it was such a relief to hear my name called again.”

Oakley said she was unaware that only one other person was a repeat winner, and she would work hard throughout the year to honor the crown.

Oakley sang “My Way” by Frank Sinatra for the talent portion of the competition. Her platform is suicide awareness and prevention. In the upcoming months, she will be busy visiting different local and state schools promoting her platform.

Contestants at the pageant competed in five categories: private interview, evening gown, swimsuit, talent and on-stage question.

This year’s first alternate was Chesney Mardis, a health, physical education and recreation major from Mount Dora, Florida, and the second alternate was Antoinque McGee, a social work major from Pace, Mississippi.

The Miss Delta State University Pageant is produced by the University Pageant Board and sponsored by the Student Government Association.