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The 2016 inductees for the Phi Alpha Theta International Honor Society include (left to right): Brenton King, Katherine Jackson, Laura Kate Fortner and Matt Riggins. Missing from the photo: are Alexis Danielle Banks, Dylan Garrett, Wesley Rippee and Kaelin Kneeland.

Phi Alpha Theta welcomes new members

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The College of Arts and Sciences at Delta State University inducted eight new members to the Phi Alpha Theta International Honor Society today.

This year’s inductees included: Alexis Danielle Banks, Laura Kate Fortner, Dylan Garrett, Wesley Rippee, Matthew Riggins, Kaelin Kneeland, Brenton King, and Katherine Jackson.

Dr. Charles Westmoreland, assistant professor of history and Phi Alpha Theta advisor, inducted the new members and award certificates.

Phi Alpha Theta is an American honor society for undergraduate and graduate students and professors of history. The society has over 350,000 members, with about 9,500 new members joining each year through 860 local chapters.

The organization was established on March 17, 1921 at the University of Arkansas by professor Nels Cleven. Cleven had become convinced in his time at the university that a fraternity of scholars (which would accept men or women) was important for the study of history.

President Lashaundrea Crook (left) of the Mississippi Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, presents Delta State student Katherine Floyd with the 2016 Outstanding Dietetics Student award.

Floyd honored as 2016 Outstanding Dietetics Student

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Delta State student Katherine Floyd recently received statewide recognition as the 2016 Outstanding Dietetics Student (Coordinated Programs) for Mississippi. She received the award at the annual Mississippi Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (MSAND) meeting in Hattiesburg in early April.

The Outstanding Dietetics Student Award program recognizes the emerging leadership and achievement of students in ACEND-accredited and approved dietetics education programs, and encourages their participation in the MSAND.

“Katie is one of the extremely rare students who combines most any characteristic and skill a professor could wish for in a student — professionalism, curiosity, quest for knowledge, ability to work as a team or individually, and strong work ethic. I could go on and on,” said Dr. Virginia Webb, assistant professor of Family and Consumer Sciences at Delta State. “Katie has served as a leader at each university she attended and also served her university through volunteer efforts.”

Floyd excels as a student in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics at Delta State. She came to DSU after completing a bachelor’s degree at the University of Mississippi and a Master’s degree at the University of Southern Mississippi.

“I’ve thoroughly enjoyed my time here at Delta State, and I believe my experience in the Coordinated Program in Dietetics has given me the knowledge and resources I need to begin my career as a successful dietitian,” said Floyd. “Working with my fellow interns, professors, patients, and interdisciplinary team of medical professionals has been an experience unlike any other, and I am extremely thankful for the opportunity to expand my knowledge in the field of nutrition and dietetics.”

Dr. Ensley Howell also attended the MSAND conference.

“Katie is a very mature and hard working student,” said Howell. “She has served as president of the Student Dietetic Association and has been a model student. “

MSAND is a state affiliate association of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, which has 70,000 members nationally and throughout the world.

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Orientation registration goes live

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Orientation session registration is live for any incoming students. Students can sign up at: http://www.deltastate.edu/student-life/student-life-2/orientation/

Delta State University offers an extensive Orientation program each summer for new students enrolling for the fall semester. Sessions for entering freshmen and transfer students who have been admitted to the university, and parents of first-time students, will be held in April, May, June and July. Freshmen and parents attend a two-day program, while transfer students and parents attend for one day only.

  • April 29th  Transfer I/PTK Day (PTK Scholarship Recipients only)
  • May 26-27th  Freshmen I
  • May 31st  Transfer II
  • June 2-3rd  Freshmen II
  • June 23rd  Transfer III
  • June 27-28th  Freshmen III
  • July 1st  Transfer IV
  • July 7-8th  Freshmen IV

The cost to attend the freshmen session is $65 per student and $25 for each additional guest. The cost to attend the transfer session is $40 per student and $20 per additional guest. Guests are limited to two per student.

Attendees are asked not to mail a check or bring cash upon arrival. The student’s account will be charged in Fall 2016.

For more information, contact the Office of Student Life (H. L. Nowell Union, Room 200) by phone at 662-846-4666, or by email at orientation@deltastate.edu.

Dr. A.H.M. Ali Reza (left to right) will be leading a group of Delta State students on a cultural exchange trip to Poland at John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin. Others attending include Scottie Willis, Katherine Jackson, Maria Clara Belisário, Paxton Stratton and university photographer/writer Rory Doyle.

Students to visit Poland for cultural exchange

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A select group of Delta State students are gearing up for an exciting cultural exchange with one of the university’s international partners, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin (KUL) in Lublin, Poland.

Leaving May 9, the group will travel for two weeks under the direction KUL faculty. The trip, coordinated by DSU International Student Services, will mark the first opportunity for Delta State students to visit KUL’s campus, observe classes, learn about college life in Poland, and gain hands-on knowledge of Polish culture.

Delta State President William N. LaForge continues to strengthen the university’s ties with international institutions, an effort he has made a priority since taking office in 2013.

In 2014, LaForge returned to KUL for the fourth time as a visiting professor, each time focusing on various aspects of law and public policy advocacy in America. KUL’s law school is well known for its quality programming.

“Delta State’s exchange partnership with KUL is a wonderful opportunity for our students to become acquainted with another educational system, with programs at another university and with the people of Poland,” said LaForge. “International partnerships like this afford our students an opportunity to broaden their horizons, see the world, and be better prepared for the global economy, which will greet them upon graduation.”

President LaForge discusses Poland with students.

President LaForge discusses Poland with students.

KUL is one of several universities abroad with which Delta State has signed a memorandum of understanding to further develop international exchanges. Delta State hosted a group of KUL faculty and students in October 2015.

Students attending the trip include: Scottie Willis, a senior from Byram, Mississippi; Katherine Jackson, a junior from Cleveland, Mississippi; Maria Clara Belisário, a junior from Belo Horizonte, Brazil; and Paxton Stratton, a freshman from Fort Worth, Texas. The students recently had the opportunity to meet with President LaForge to discuss expectations for the exchange.

Willis is looking forward to his first experience abroad — a trip he knows will be full of opportunities.

“I’m entering my last semester at DSU this fall, and as President LaForge put it to me recently, ‘You’ve had a good run here.’ But my run isn’t quite over yet,” said Willis. “I plan to go into education after graduation, and I know that going to Europe will definitely give me a ‘real life’ perspective when teaching about it. I hope that my participation in this cultural exchange will encourage current and future students to see that there are life-changing opportunities here at Delta State, and they just have to take advantage of them.”

Belisário, an international student at Delta State, is also looking forward to experiencing Polish education and culture.

“I will be in contact with different students and teachers who are in the same area as me, and I’ll be expanding my knowledge and vision,” said Belisário. “I will be able to interact and learn in some of their classes, and see perspectives and ideas about different issues that can help me in my major. I will use and share all of that when I return to DSU. Contact with another part of the world is one of the best opportunities as an international business major. I am really proud to have this opportunity.”

Dr. A.H.M. Ali Reza, assistant professor of biology at Delta State, will lead the group as the university’s international partnership liaison.

“I’m thrilled that we are bringing such a strong group of students to KUL,” said Reza. “This will be a great opportunity for us to get an understanding of Polish culture and KUL’s university environment. KUL faculty members have gone above and beyond to help us plan this trip.”

Dr. Christy Riddle, executive director of International Student Services and the Student Success Center at Delta State, added that the university will continue to strengthen ties with its partner schools.

“We are very excited to offer the Poland trip,” said Riddle. “These international partnerships offer the opportunity for our Delta State faculty and students and their faculty and students to travel, teach and study abroad through various exchange programs. It’s is a win-win for Delta State because the students traveling abroad gain a greater understanding of global issues, and it also exposes our on-campus students to other cultures.”

Along with KUL, Delta State has been developing exchange programs with Perm State University in Perm, Russia and The University of National World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria, both schools at which LaForge has taught. Delta State is also in the process of developing partnerships with two additional international universities.

Follow all trip updates at www.deltastate.edu.

DMI students Brennan Barham (left) and Brittany McGee  will lead this year's  Levitt AMP Grant Awards concert series.

DMI students to produce second Levitt AMP Cleveland Music Series

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For the second year in a row, Delta State University has been selected to host the Levitt AMP Grant Awards, a 10-week series of concerts created in 2014 by Levitt Pavilions and the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation.

Leading the organization and production of this year’s series will be two entertainment industry studies majors from the Delta Music Institute program at Delta State University. Brittany McGee from Ecru, Mississippi and Brennan Barham from Clinton, Mississippi will oversee the music series as part of their senior project requirement.

“I chose the Levitt Amp Series as my senior project because I thought it was a rare opportunity that would give me a real life experience in the entertainment industry,” said Barham. “The thing I am most excited about for Levitt AMP is seeing hard work pay off and the community coming together.”

After graduation, Brennan hopes to pursue a career as a manager/producer in the music industry.

Levitt AMP brings the joy of free, live music to people of all ages and backgrounds living in small to mid-sized towns and cities, transforming neglected public spaces into thriving community destinations.

DMI Director Tricia Walker and fellow DMI instructors are credited with guiding their students in making last year’s lineup a success. DMI students will once again play a major role in the production process — from securing talent, to providing sound and lighting at the concerts.

Amber Foster, a DMI entertainment industry studies graduate from DSU, produced the 2015 series lineup for her senior project. In the role, she booked, organized and managed all 10 concerts.

“It’s so exciting as a senior to be able to take on a project like this,” said Foster. “For an entertainment industry student, this is the kind of experience we dream of and hope to have. It was so much fun.”

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The DMI is an independent center of study under the College of Arts & Sciences at Delta State University, offering a bachelor’s 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, visit http://dmi.deltastate.edu. For information about this year’s Levitt AMP Cleveland Music Series, email levittamp@deltastate.edu.