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Delta State University recently announced Don Allan Mitchell, associate professor of English, as the chair of the Department of Languages & Literature.

Mitchell appointed chair of Languages & Literature

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Delta State University recently announced Don Allan Mitchell, associate professor of English, as the chair of the Department of Languages & Literature.

Mitchell had served as chair on an interim basis since July of 2014.

“I am both humble and grateful, and I appreciate the vote of confidence from Dean David Breaux,” said Mitchell. “We have some outstanding new faculty in the division, in addition to great people like Mike Smith, Clint Tibbs and Susan Allen Ford, who have been here for a while. We will have more new faculty in the fall. It’s a lot of fun to watch new people like Judith Coleman, Lauren Coker-Durso and Julia Calderon get their ‘Delta Sea Legs’ under them.”

“Invest in people, not programs,” added Mitchell. “That was taught to me by the late, great Dr. R. Faser Triplett, and it is a constant reminder to me that if we hire good people, and give them the ways and means to succeed, greatness will occur.”

Mitchell said quality courses are available throughout the division.

“If a prospective student wants small class size, and close, one-on-one mentoring relationships with professors, then the Division of Languages & Literature and the Delta State University family are here for you.”

He received his bachelor’s from the University of Virginia and his MFA from the University of Mississippi.

At Delta State, he has taught Modern American Drama, Expository Writing, Composition, Introduction to Literature, and History and Literature of the Blues. His research interests include blues literature and Mississippi literature.

“In 1928, the first diploma granted by Delta State Teachers College went to a graduate from the Division of Languages & Literature,” said Mitchell. “Thus, we were there at the beginning. We are here now — we will be here, moving forward. We have a long tradition of excellence. As faculty, staff and students of the Division of Languages & Literature, we will continue to build on that long tradition, and continue to transform obstacles into opportunities.”

Learn more about the department at http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-arts-and-sciences/languages-literature/.

Dr. Karen Fosheim, professor of music, was named the chair of the Department of Music.

Fosheim named chair of Department of Music

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Delta State University recently announced Dr. Karen Fosheim, professor of music, as the new chair of the Department of Music.

Fosheim had served as the interim chair since July of 2015.

“The music faculty at DSU is first rate,” said Fosheim. “Any success in the department is because of them. I just need to stay out of the way, facilitate what I can, and let them do their thing.

“The recurring goal, of course, is to attract the highest quality student to our program. Our plan is to throw out a wider net and recruit students in different areas of the region than we currently draw from. Also, an option for recruiting international students is currently being developed.”

Fosheim has taught piano, music theory, music in American culture, and is co-director of the Community Drumming Ensemble at Delta State. She said the department would continue to seek resources to help the program grow.

“We are currently looking at new approaches to make the department more efficient,” she said. “We are also actively seeking funding from outside sources, such as private donations, to help fund normal departmental activities and to replace worn out instruments and equipment.”

As an active performer, she has appeared as a soloist and collaborative pianist around the U.S. and in Mexico. In the summer of 2001, she was selected as a performer in the Van Cliburn Institute.

Her piano teachers include Nohema Fernandez, Ozan Marsh, Paula Fan, Dale Childs, and Billie Erlings in pedagogy.

Fosheim holds degrees from the University of Arizona and Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota.

She is currently the president-elect of the Southern Chapter of the College Music Society. In addition, she has been a presenter and adjudicator for the College Music Society, Mississippi Music Teacher’s Association, Mississippi Music Educators Association, MENC: National Association for Music Education, and the Pianist Foundation of America.

Learn more about the Department of Music at http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-arts-and-sciences/music.

Students nominated for Who’s Who honors

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The following students have been nominated to receive Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges honors:

Jenna James Allen, Nursing
Emily Brennan Barham, Entertainment Industry Studies
Cathryn Beck, Art
Justin Boatman, Entertainment Industry Studies
Gregory Braggs, Entertainment Industry Studies
Katie Busby, Nursing
Tyler Comans, Nursing
Hanna Core, Art
Trey Densford, Nursing
Alice Koech, Nursing
Bethany Leininger, Nursing
Lauren Mansour, Nursing
Tavelle Marion, Nursing
Brittany McGree, Entertainment Industry Studies
Lisa McLaughlin, Nursing
Christopher Pecou, Art
Carrie Lynn Stanford, Entertainment Industry Studies
Joshua Stubbs, Entertainment Industry Studies
Cody Unchurch, Entertainment Industry Studies
Jessica Faith, Entertainment Industry Studies
Sarah Catherine Yawn, Nursing

According to the website, Who’s Who awards are conferred by more than 1,000 schools in all 50 states and the District of Columbia and is symbolized by the presentation of an award certificate. Selections to Who’s Who Among Students are made each fall by individual schools.

Campus groups will come together April 19 to repaint the Green Mile fitness trail.

Green Mile to be repainted

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A number of student groups will unite April 19 to repaint Delta State’s Green Mile fitness trail that works its way across campus, a project introduced in 2010 to promote overall health and wellness at the institution.

The repainting, scheduled for 1:30-3:30 p.m., was originally planned during the university’s 90th anniversary celebration in 2015, but due to weather and schedule conflicts, the event will take place later this month. The event will kick off at the Alumni clock next to the Student Union.

Led by First Lady Nancy LaForge and members of the Dedicated Statesmen Association, student groups, athletic teams and Greek organizations will come together to brighten the trail markings with new paint.

LaForge thought the project would be a meaningful campus beautification component of the university’s anniversary celebration.

“I walk every day for exercise. It is good cardio, and I enjoy the routine, peaceful experience,” said LaForge. “The Green Mile is a Delta State tradition that deserves to be restored. You can begin at a set of footprints and end there knowing you have walked a mile. Hats off to Dianne Blansett, Elise Jenkins and the Dedicated Statesmen for coordinating this project.”

The event will be judged and trophies and prizes will be awarded to winning teams. Judging will be based on neatness and completion. All materials and supplies will be provided to the teams.

Jeanna Wilkes, director of Student Life, has helped organized the groups taking part.

“I believe this is an important project to complete because it allows student groups the opportunity to give back to the university by renewing the aesthetic look to the Green Mile,” said Wilkes. “Renewing the look of the Green Mile is vital to beautifying our campus’s appearance, and encouraging a healthy physique to those utilizing the mile.”

Student groups looking to sign up for the event are asked to contact Wilkes at jdwilkes@deltastate.edu or 662-846-6666. The deadline for signing up is April 14 at 5 p.m.

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