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Students prep trees for Arbor Day

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To help celebrate Arbor Day each year, the Natural Resource Conservation Service in Cleveland gives trees to local residents to plant at their residences or throughout the community.

On Feb. 7, Teressa Oakes with the NRCS in Cleveland, allowed Dr. Baghai-Riding’s Foundation of Environmental Science class to help with this year’s effort. Oakes brought several hundred tree saplings to the loading dock area of Caylor Hall where students dipped the tree roots in water to keep them moist, then placed them into plastic bags for distribution. Several students also took a few trees to plant in their yards.

Specimens included river birch, sawtooth oak, water oak, crepe myrtle, flowering dogwood and bald cypress.

The trees were given out at the NRCS office on Feb. 10. Oakes thanked Baghai-Riding’s class for making fast work of this task and is making plans for Delta State students to help with next year’s event.

Contact Baghai-Riding at nbaghai@deltastate.edu to learn more about the environmental science program at Delta State University.

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Women’s Conference scheduled for March 2-3

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The Office of Student Affairs will present the 2017 Women’s Conference titled ““I Am My Sister’s Keeper” on March 2-3 at Delta State University.

Under the direction of Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Vernell Bennett, the conference will be a celebration of female excellence on campus.

“It will also be a means to increase student engagement, foster a culture of students supporting one another, endorse a healthy mind, body and spirit, participate in community service, networking and finally, recognize regional stewardship,” said Bennett.women's conference

Students are asked to register online for the event at www.deltastate.edu/womens-conference. The schedule of events will be provided free to students, and the first 100 registrants will receive a free T-shirt.

Featured guests will include Dr. Myrtis Tabb, Judge Linda Coleman, Rochelle Owsley, Christy Pickering, and more.

The schedule kicks off at 11 a.m. on March 2 with a luncheon on the second floor of the Student Union (free to the first 100 registrants) and a discussion about HIV awareness. Participants are asked to wear red shoes to be entered into a prize raffle.

The Lady Statesman Spa & Health and Wellness Fair will feature health agencies from the region, and local vendors and exhibitors. All activities, including massages and pedicures, will be free of charge.

Later that evening, the red carpet will be rolled out for the Lady Statesman Emerald Awards of Excellence.

The schedule continues March 3 with a day of service throughout Cleveland, followed by a flash mob performance on campus, a convocation speech by Pickering, the United in Green women’s empowerment panel, and a film screening of “A League of Their Own” at 6 p.m. to round out the conference.

“I hope the biggest takeaway for the students is that they’ll enjoy being actively engaged in a number of different capacities,” said Bennett. “We want the young ladies to come out and learn about the resources and support systems on campus and in the community. We want them to enjoy the experience, and then go back and get more young ladies involved.”

Bennett added that a men’s conference would be planned for the fall semester.

For more information, contact 662-846-4150.

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Registration open for Mississippi Summer Arts Institute

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The 2017 Janice Wyatt Mississippi Summer Arts Institute at the Bologna Performing Arts Center is gearing up for its annual summer programs.

This year marks its 20th summer of operation, impacting the lives of countless emerging artists by providing a unique opportunity for students to gain broad exposure in all artistic disciplines.

Core Arts, occurring June 4-17, is an exciting two-week arts intensive residential camp for ages 12-18. Core Arts provides a positive and supportive environment for students who wish to gain exposure to the arts or aim to further develop their creative abilities. Students stay on the Delta State campus, take classes in a wide range of art forms with highly qualified professional teaching artists during the day, and participate in fun activities at night. Courses are offered in dance, digital arts, music, theater and visual arts. Core Arts culminates with a visual arts exhibition June 16, as well as a final performance which demonstrates the talents of the performing arts campers on June 17. An optional non-residential track is also available for campers ages 12-13.

Young artists ages 5-11 are invited to attend PLUS Camp on July 17-22, a high-energy, performance-oriented day camp where students take classes and prepare for their final performance — a choreographed medley of songs that revolve around a central theme. MSAI is excited to welcome back beloved faculty from previous summers and newer additions like Chuck Galey, a Jackson illustrator and an accredited Mississippi Arts Commission teaching artist.

Applications are being accepted now and are available at the Bologna Performing Arts Center or for download online: bolognapac.com/education/mississippi-summer-arts-institute. For more information, stop by the BPAC, or call Cade Holder, Arts Education coordinator, at 662-846-4844.

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Incoming freshmen receive awards at Statesman Scholarship Day

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The Office of Admissions at Delta State University awarded the most prestigious scholarships to incoming freshmen during the inaugural Statesman Scholarship Day held on Jan. 27.

Students were selected to attend the event based on ACT scores, high school GPA, academic leadership and service demonstration. They participated in two rounds of interviews, one of which focused on academic achievements, and the other on student involvement and leadership.

The event provided an exciting opportunity for students to compete for the high-awarding scholarships, some of which are new for the fall of 2017.

Delta State recruiter Rebekah Arant assisted in the event’s preparation.

“Activities during the day included an enhanced tour, an interactive session with financial aid and student life representatives, an information session with academic leadership, lunch and an awards reception,” said Arant.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Charles McAdams, served as the keynote speaker during the academic information sessions, and President William N. LaForge delivered the congratulatory address during the awards program.

The scholarships offer an attractive aid package to the selected prospective students, explained Caitlyn Thompson, director of recruiting.

“Many of these scholarships cover a very large portion of tuition, if not all, and several awards include a four-year full ride to Delta State which includes tuition, room, board, books and the campus improvement fee,” said Thompson. “Scholarship dollars are a strong recruiting tool, and we are glad to be able to offer these awards to top-notch individuals.”

The scholarships awarded to 28 students included the Maurice & Mary Hartley Scholarship, William Doc Griffin Scholarship, Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni Scholarship, Kyle Education Trust Scholarship, Marietta Crear Scholarship, Foundation Executive Board Scholarship, Robert Allen Arnold Memorial Scholarship and the new Statesman Scholarship.

The scholars include: Catheryne Booth-Sanders (Grenada, MS), Cody Bowlin (Merigold, MS), Hunter Chandler (Canton, MS), John Coker (Hernando, MS), Amaya Colbert (Greenville, MS), Jordan Curry (Byram, MS), Evelyn Dover (Pope, MS), Hannah Duley (New Albany, MS), William Farmer (Oxford, MS), Grant Foley (Southaven, MS), Lucy George (Kingsport, TN), Olivia Herring (Pearl, MS), Kyle Hulett (Gulfport, MS), Lauryn Kidd (Bay St. Louis, MS), Ashlyn Kinman (Olive Branch, MS), Logan Krick (Hernando, MS.), Tristan Moseley (Cleveland, MS), Megan Price (Ellisville, MO), Mary Rackley (Gulfport, MS), Clayton Roberts (Bogue Chitto, MS), Taylor Street (Greenville, MS), Elizabeth Switzer (Gulfport, MS), Parker Tomlinson (Olive Branch, MS), Robert Wahl (Kenner, LA), Carson Wiseman (Olive Branch, MS.), Carl Failing (Indianola, MS), Alison Fullilove (Clarksdale, MS) and Ryan Raburn (Shreveport, LA).

For more information on scholarships or the application process, visit www.deltastate.edu/admissions, or contact 662-846-4020.

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Chemical Society receives national recognition

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The Delta State University American Chemical Society (DSU ACS) recently received a commendable award for its activities conducted during the 2015-16 academic year.

During the 2015-16 academic year, over 400 chapter activity reports were submitted, and The Society Committee on Education presented 46 outstanding, 93 commendable, and 145 honorable mention awards.

A full list of the award winners is available in the November/December 2016 issue of “inChemistry,” the student member magazine. The winning chapters will also be honored at the 253rd ACS National Meeting in San Francisco, California on April 2.

Professor Sharon Hamilton, faculty advisor of the chapter, was also recognized for her leadership.

“Few faculty members are willing to make the great commitment of time and energy that a successful chapter requires. Professor Hamilton’s efforts certainly represent the best in undergraduate science education and mentoring around the country,” said The American Chemical Society in a press release. “The ACS extends its warmest congratulations to the students and Professor Hamilton for setting such a fine example for other chapters and being exemplary chemistry ambassadors.”

Hamilton said she was thrilled to help the group progress.

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DSU ACS received an honorable mention award for 2014-2015, and it’s wonderful that we were able to improve the quality of our chapter and receive a commendable for 2015-2016,” said Hamilton. “I believe it shows that we have a great group of students in DSU ACS and that they truly enjoy sharing chemistry with their classmates as well as the Cleveland community. It’s great to get such recognition from the national American Chemical Society and to know that they value the work of all chemists regardless of the size of your academic or industrial employer.”

DSU Chapter officers for the 2016-17 academic year include: Kathryn Penton – president; Will Weeks – vice president; Ashley Griffin – treasurer; Daisy Camarillo – secretary; Scarlett Salter – fundraising chair; and Gunner Sizemore and Bonita Nuon – public relations co-chairs.

In the last three years, Delta State has won two commendable awards (2014 and 2016) and honorable mention (2015).