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Former Delta State biology professor, Dr. James Steen (left of center with book), recently donated his 20-year project, “A Selected Chronological Bibliography of Biology and Medicine.” Joining in the celebration were (l to r): Emily Jones, university archivist; Dr. Ellen Green, chair of Biological Sciences; Dr. Charles McAdams, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs; Ann Steen, Steen’s wife; President William N. LaForge; Dr. David Breaux, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; and Jeff Slagell, dean of Library Services.

Steen donates 20-year project

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Former Delta State University biology professor, Dr. James Steen, recently made a heartfelt donation of his 20-year project, “A Selected Chronological Bibliography of Biology and Medicine.”

The four-volume bibliography that Steen self-published in 2015 celebrates the secondary authors and laboratory technicians who are responsible for the great labor of discovery in the fields of biology and medicine. The work includes 2,875 pages, 21,457 references, 8,097 first authors cited and 2,632 journals cited.

Steen a Delta State graduate in 1962, taught in the Department of Biological Sciences for 30 years. He recently donated the hard copies of his compilation to Delta State University President William N. LaForge.

The university will now house the hardcover copies, and an online edition is available at http://ntweb.deltastate.edu/jtift/scbm/scbm-1.html.

“It’s a wonderful feeling to see this come to fruition,” said Steen. “I appreciate the university being gracious enough to receive this and put it in their collection. I wish to express my gratitude to Dr. Tiftickjian, my friend and former colleague at Delta State University. John formatted and placed my book on the DSU server, thereby allowing easy access to anyone wishing to search it.”

Steen started the project primarily for students, providing them a guiding source throughout their research. And Steen said he’s not fully done with it, as he and Tiftickjian will continue to update the information online.

LaForge could not be more thrilled to add the work to the Delta State library.

Dr. James Steen (left) with President William N. LaForge.

Dr. James Steen (left) with President William N. LaForge.

“We very much appreciate your contribution to your university. This is a wonderful compilation of work you put together, and it’s truly a labor of love,” said LaForge. “The volumes that you have here represent a lot of time — from the heart and the mind. Thank you for bestowing this on our university.

“It’s the students who will benefit most from this great work you have contributed.”

Dr. Charles McAdams, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, was also grateful for Steen’s donation.

“Let me just echo the thanks from President LaForge,” said McAdams. “It’s this type of bibliographic information that is extremely valuable for students as they begin their journey down a research path.”

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Transfer Phi Theta Kappa members to be welcomed

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Transfer students who are members of the honor society Phi Theta Kappa will be welcomed to Delta State’s campus on April 29 for Early Registration Day. The event provides the opportunity for this group of incoming students to reserve their spot in fall courses.

Participants will meet at the Bologna Performing Arts Center at 8 a.m. for a welcome and overview before meeting with advisors and registering for classes. An optional classroom experience, campus tour and lunch at Young-Mauldin Dining Hall will also be offered. The event is hosted by the Office of Admissions.ptkday_eblast

Eligible PTK members receive a 100 percent tuition scholarship at Delta State that may be stacked with an All-Academic Team Scholarship and privately funded scholarships.

Caitlyn Thompson, director of recruiting, said that the university has offered scholarship benefits to PTK members for years.

“Delta State is a very attractive option for transfer students who are Phi Theta Kappa members,” she said. “They are able to continue their education at the university level with no out-of-pocket expenses for tuition.”

Initial eligibility for the scholarship requires verification of PTK membership, 3.00 cumulative GPA and completion of 60-140 cumulative earned hours.

To inform PTK members about Delta State degree programs, scholarships, campus life and more, admissions recruiters have attended college fairs and made private visits throughout the fall and spring semesters. Most recently, thousands of PTK members heard about Delta State at the annual its annual convention NerdNation held in National Harbor, Maryland.

Registration for PTK Day is required and can be completed online at http://bit.ly/1SDANTS.

To follow all events and stay informed about upcoming deadlines, follow the Office of Admissions on Facebook and Instagram, or visit www.deltastate.edu/admissions.

Dominique Rashad Warren, a Delta State biology graduate in 2013, is serving in the Peace Corps in The Gambia.

Delta State grad serving in Peace Corps

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Dominique Rashad Warren, a Delta State University biology graduate in 2013, is making his mark in the world by serving in the Peace Corps. Warren has been with the organization since October of 2015.

Despite being based in a rural area of The Gambia, a small West African country, Delta State Communications and Marketing was able to communicate with the distinguished alumnus via email.

Warren will serve for 27 months as a health extension volunteer, which will allow him to provide malaria, malnutrition and sanitation education, as well as work hands-on and with the people of the country.

“I had no previous connection with The Gambia before applying, but I was interested in the health positions they had available in this country, and the culture looked very interesting,” said Warren. “I’m really glad I chose The Gambia as my first choice because this place has lots of history. Being here makes me want to know more about my family history. I feel a deep connection with this place.”

The Cleveland native first considered applying to the Peace Corps when his passion to make a global impact grew.

Dominique Rashad Warren '13.

Dominique Rashad Warren ’13

“I always wanted to travel the world, see new places and meet new people, but I couldn’t think of a way to do it,” he said. “I was very glad I stumbled across the Peace Corps website because it gave me the opportunity to combine my passions. I would be able to help people in need and explore the world at the same time, for free. I don’t think you could ever get a better deal than that.”

He has already experienced numerous life-changing moments, but his favorite thus far occurred during training in the village of Jalambere.

“My host family there was amazing,” said Warren. “Every day after language class I would walk home. As soon as the children saw me they would run full speed to the end of the road to meet me. Sometimes I would have as many as 10 kids holding each of my fingers and singing my name as we walked home. This is easily one of the best experiences of my life.”

Warren said the area is quite reminiscent of the Mississippi Delta, but pressing issues plague the region such as education, health care, infrastructure, poor water quality, and lack of electricity and air conditioning.

While at Delta State, he was known for being an active student who made an impact. He was inducted into Delta State University’s Hall of Fame in 2013, and was elected Mr. Delta State University the same year. Additionally, he served on the SGA, was a tenor in Delta Singers, was a founder of the Delta Sigma chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and worked as a RA and hall director.

Dr. Ellen Green, department chair and associate professor of biology at Delta State, got to know Warren as his teacher.

“The first time I met Rashad in class, we were discussing prospecting for biofuels in various countries,” said Green. “In our very first conversation, he told me that he wanted to see the world. Rashad is a natural for the Peace Corps because he is curious, has great work ethic and amazing people skills. Coupled with his biology degree, he is well equipped to tackle the medical mission that he volunteered for as his Peace Corps service.

“Rashad was voted Mr. DSU in his senior year, in large part I think, because of his personality. He became friends with everybody. I expect him to be voted Mr. The Gambia any day now.”

Dr. Christy Riddle, executive director of the Student Success Center and International Student Services, said Warren would be a strong representative for Delta State while volunteering.

“While serving with the Peace Corps, Rashad is also a cultural ambassador for DSU,” said Riddle. “People say that DSU is the best kept secret in education, and we continuously search for ways to spread the word abroad about the benefits of attending DSU.”

While Internet access is extremely hard for Warren to come by, on the rare occasion he gets online, he is blogging about his experiences. Follow Warren’s journey at https://rashadinthegambia.wordpress.com.

To stay updated with Delta State news and events, visit www.deltastate.edu.

 

 

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Noise New Media Slated For DMI All Access Program

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The Delta Music Institute, an entertainment industry studies program at Delta State University, will host Steve Richo and Mark O’Shea, co-founders of Noise New Media for the final DMI All Access event scheduled for the spring 2016 semester. The event will be held on Tuesday, April 19 at 6 p.m. in DMI Studio A on the campus of Delta State University.

Noise New Media has successfully combined innovative social media strategy with digital applications development and campaigns. Their low-fi guerilla approach to music marketing has helped clients raise their profile while engaging with their target audiences through the use of the new media technologies. Founded by Steve Richo and Mark O’Shea, Noise New Media is based on Music Row in Nashville, TN.

Some of the services offered by Noise New Media include social media management, contest deployment, strategic remarketing campaigns, art design and branding, video production, and crisis preparedness.

Mark O’Shea is one half of the award winning musical duo O’SHEA. His wife, Jay makes up the other half. Mark’s unique artist perspective on digital marketing gives Noise the ability to take a well-rounded approach to New Media.

Although not a vocalist or instrumentalist, Steve Richo oversees all aspects of technical and visual development at Noise. His achievements include serving as a keynote speaker for both the 2011 North American Livestock Show and Rodeo Managers Association and 2011 PRCA National Convention.

This DMI All Access event on Tuesday, April 19 at 6 p.m. is free and open to the public.

The DMI is an independent center of study under the College of Arts & Sciences at Delta State University, offering a B.S. degree in Entertainment Industry Studies degree. 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 the DMI All Access event, call (662) 846-4579 or email dmi@deltastate.edu.

Lindsey Lamensdorf will begin her internship at FedEx headquarters in Memphis this June.

Lamensdorf named FedEx intern

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Delta State University management major Lindsey Lamensdorf was recently named a FedEx intern.

After a rigorous interview process competing against hundreds of students from institutions throughout the Southeast, Lamensdorf is one of just a handful of interns who will serve at FedEx, the global courier delivery services company headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee.

Lamensdorf, a senior from Rolling Fork, Mississippi, is thrilled to begin the position in June. She will specifically be working in FedEx’s freight division.

“It was really exciting to find out I was one of the selections,” she said. “It was very intimidating going through a series of interviews. I’m very honored to have this opportunity from FedEx.

“I think it’s important to get some real-world experience before you go out into a career. You can use that knowledge and actually apply it to the real-world.”

Every semester FedEx travels to universities throughout the region to recruit student interns in the internal auditing department. Applicants must meet certain academic criteria and go through several phases of interviews and callbacks before being selected.

FedEx’s internships offer students the opportunity to take on some of the same responsibilities of senior auditors and audit advisers. They are treated as staff accountants and are introduced to audit customers as associate auditors.

Interns work in teams on small projects, are provided opportunities for business travel and eventually work on larger individual projects. Participants have a significant chance of being hired by the company after graduating from college.

Lamensdorf is also active in a number of student organizations across campus, including the Student Government Association, Business Student Advisory Council, Union Program Council and Kappa Delta sorority.

She thanked Davlon Miller and Amy Cottrell with Delta State Career Services for prepping her before the interviews.

“We are honored that Lindsey will represent Delta State and the College of Business for this prestigious internship,” said Miller. “She is an excellent fit for the position. Our office is here to help students with career guidance, and we encourage all students to utilize our resources.”