Wind ensembles set to perform April 14 at BPAC

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A concert featuring the Delta State University Wind Ensemble as well as three other ensembles is set for 7 p.m. April 14 at the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

The concert is free and open to the public. Admission is free.

The DSU Symphonic Band, the Hinds Community College Wind Ensemble and the Cleveland High School Concert Band will also perform.

The DSU Wind Ensemble is under the direction of Director of Bands Dr. Erik Richards.

“We have not invited a community college or high school band to play at our spring concert for a while now,” Richards said. “This is something we hope to continue to do to build relations with bands in the state and prospective students.”

Provost/Vice-President of Academic Affairs Dr. Charles McAdams will also serve as a guest conductor for the DSU Wind Ensemble.

For more information, contact Delta State University Department of Music Secretary Cheryl Beaty at (662) 846-4615.

Some of the 2016 Advising Champions include: (front, left to right) Arlene Sanders, Dr. Ellen Green, Dr. Virginia Webb, Dr. Jan Haynes, Darla Sisney, (back, l to r) Dr. Leslie Fadiga-Stewart, Lacey Blessitt, Dr. Sharon Hamilton, Dr. Thomas Laub, Charly Abraham, and Dr. Tom Brady.

Advising Champions boost student success

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A group of Delta State faculty known as the Advising Champions are continuing their advising efforts dedicated to the development of a streamlined campus-wide advising process.

Each Advising Champion is a faculty member who is recognized as an effective academic advisor and adopts the tenets of Proactive Advising, an advising process that involves the use of proactive outreach and intervention to enable students to persist to graduation.

The program operates under the envelope of the Student Success Center and is run by Student Success Advisor Darla Sisney.

“Engaged, knowledgeable academic advising is critical to every student’s success,” said Sisney, quoting the Academic Advising Resource Guide. “Advising should consist of a continuous conversation between the student and his or her advisor, not merely sporadic sessions for choosing what courses to take.

“When done well, academic advising aids every student to plan and implement a program of study consistent with their goals, interests and strengths. With this in mind, Delta State is taking steps to establish an effective and efficient advisement process.”

Advising Champions guide students through the following methods:

  • Assist in efforts to enhance proactive advising at Delta State
  • Serve on the frontline for implementing proactive advising in their academic areas
  • Relay new advising strategies, resources and practices to their departments
  • Act as advocates, mentors and resources for new academic advisors

Academic Advising Champions for Spring 2016 include:

  • College of Arts and Sciences

o          Dr. Ellen Green, Department of Biological Sciences

o          Dr. John Tiftickjian, Department of Biological Sciences

o          Dr. Sharon Hamilton, Department of Chemistry and Physics

o          Ms. Tricia Walker, Delta Music Institute

o          Mr. Charly Abraham, Delta Music Institute

o          Dr. Karen Bell, Interdisciplinary Studies

o          Dr. Paula Norris, Department of Mathematics

o          Dr. Paulette Meikle-Yaw, Division of Social Sciences and History

o          Dr. Leslie Fadiga-Stewart, Division of Social Sciences and History

o          Dr. Garry Jennings, Division of Social Sciences and History

o          Ms. Arlene Sanders, Division of Social Sciences and History

o          Dr. Thomas Laub, Division of Social Sciences and History

o          Dr. Lisa Moon, Department of Social Work

o          Ms. Cora Jackson, Department of Social Work

o          Dr. Lekeitha Morris, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences

  • College of Business

o          Dr. Rebecca Hochradel, Division of Management, Marketing and Business Administration

  • College of Education

o          Dr. Jon Westfall, Division of Counselor Education and Psychology

o          Dr. Temika Simmons, Division of Counselor Education and Psychology

o          Dr. Tom Brady, Division of Teacher Education, Leadership, and Research

o          Dr. Jan Haynes, Division of Family and Consumer Sciences

o          Dr. Virginia Webb, Division of Family and Consumer Sciences

o          Dr. Mary Jones, Division of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

o          Mr. Todd Davis, Division of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

o          Dr. John Alvarez, Division of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

o          Ms. Amy McAdams, Division of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

o          Dr. Franco Zengaro, Division of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

  • School of Nursing

o          Ms. Lacey Blessitt, School of Nursing

For more information, contact Sisney at 662-846-4577 or

Dr. Ellen Green (left to right), Brian Barnett, Rebekah Napier-Johnson and Christine Beck recently participated in Posters in the Rotunda at the State Capitol.

Students present at Posters in the Rotunda

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Three undergraduate students recently represented Delta State in the inaugural Posters in the Rotunda event at the State Capitol in Jackson.

Students from all eight of Mississippi’s public universities shared their research and creative activities on a wide variety of topics with legislators and state leaders. The event allowed students to show how their research solves some of Mississippi’s most pressing problems and benefits the citizens of the state.

Participating Delta State students and their topics included:
– Brian Barnett of Winchester, Virginia — Blood Flow Occlusion Pressure at Rest and Post Low Load Exercise
– Christine Beck of Crystal Springs — Role of Tick Antioxidants in Rickettsia Parkeri Colonization in the Gulf
– Rebekah Napier-Johnson of Johannesburg, South Africa — The Gut Microbial Fauna of the Hardwood Stump Borer, Mallodon dasystomus (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)

The faculty sponsor for the affair was Dr. Ellen Green.

Modeled after the Posters on the Hill event in which students from across the country share their work in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Mississippi’s event is similar to ones held in 17 other states.

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Wicker lectures as part of Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series

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U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker presented at the Delta State University Colloquia: Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series Tuesday night in the auditorium of E.R. Jobe Hall.

Wicker, who has represented Mississippi in the United States Senate since December 2007, discussed numerous topics, including getting things done in a time of divided government. The senator then fielded questions from a panel of Delta State State students and faculty, followed by a Q&A with audience members.

Those on the panel included Dr. David Breaux, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; students Allie Rose Parker and Chelsey Rhodes; and Delta State University President William N. LaForge.

During his time in the Senate, Wicker has championed pro-growth policies to create jobs and has worked to reduce spending, limit federal overreach and maintain a strong national defense. He is a member of the Senate Republican leadership team, serving as chairman of the National Republican Senatorial Committee. As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Wicker also chairs the Subcommittee on Seapower.

Learn more about Delta State’s ongoing lecture series at


Campus prepares for Go Green Weekend

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The Delta State family is gearing up for the third annual Go Green Weekend, scheduled on campus March 31 through April 3. Events include live entertainment, tailgating, a cooking competition, sporting events and a spring visit day.

The weekend will kick off on Thursday with performances by the Delta Music Institute bands at 5:30 p.m. in Statesmen Park. A jambalaya cook-off, sponsored by the Alumni Association, will kick off at 6 p.m. on Friday, along with tailgating in Statesmen Park and a women’s soccer showcase at Parker Field-McCool Stadium. At 7:30 p.m., a men’s soccer showcase will take place followed by live entertainment at 9 p.m. on the main stage in Statesmen Park.

The student community is excited about the entertainment and weekend events. Mykel Syles, president of the Student Government Association, said students are looking forward to the event.

“Go Green Weekend is a time for students to come together in what is our first big event of the calendar year,” he said. “It’s a time for students to relax, enjoy the spring season and show our DSU pride. G’okra.”

Saturday’s events begin with a Statesmen football scrimmage at 10 a.m. at Parker Field-McCool Stadium. Statesmen Park will open for tailgating, and the cooking competition will continue. Vendors that will be on site include Domino’s Pizza, Shorlone’s Southern Snow and more. The Delta Allstars Cheerleaders will perform at 11 a.m., followed by a women’s soccer alumni game at noon. The cooking competition awards will take place at 1 p.m., and both baseball and softball teams will begin a doubleheader match against Christian Brothers at 2 p.m., along with a men’s soccer alumni game.

Visitors for Spring Preview Day will also be welcomed to campus on Saturday. High school juniors and sophomores have been invited to participate in Go Green Weekend activities including an information session, academic and student organization fairs, campus tour, lunch and athletic events. Caitlyn Thompson, director of recruiting, said the goal of the day is to showcase campus and life as a Statesmen while providing information on academics and the admission process.

“The staff in the Office of Admissions is working hard to reach potential students at a younger age,” said Thompson. “We want these juniors and sophomores to start considering Delta State as their college option at an earlier time in their high school career. We hope to provide an opportunity for them to get the full Delta State experience by tailoring the day to meet their interests.”

Students interested in attending Spring Preview Day are asked to register online at

Applications for the cooking competition sponsored by the National Alumni Association are available on the event website Jeffrey Farris, director of the Alumni Association, is looking forward to the family atmosphere.

“The weekend is designed to roll out the ‘green carpet’ for alumni, friends of the university, current student body and prospective students to enjoy Delta State University,” said Farris. “Go Green Weekend will focus on a family friendly environment that will appeal to all. Be sure to visit the National Alumni Association Tailgate Tent to register and pick up your official baseball or softball clapper.”

Sunday concludes Go Green Weekend with a Lady Statesmen softball game at 1 p.m. at University Field and a Statesmen baseball game at 2 p.m. at Harvey Stadium-Ferriss Field. A drawing for the winner of the “Saturdays at the Levee” raffle will take place during the baseball game. For more information or to purchase raffle tickets, call 662-846-4300. Events to benefit the Make-a-Wish foundation will also be held.

Go Green Weekend activities are open to the public, but tickets are required for entry into the baseball and softball games. Tickets can be purchased online at or at the gate if available.

Go Green Weekend is coordinated by Delta State’s Office of Admissions, Alumni and Foundation, Department of Athletics and Office of Student Life.

For more information on Go Green Weekend and Spring Visit day, visit or search media outlets for #DSUGGW.