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Inaugural international festival Culture on the Quad set for April 24

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Delta State University’s Office of Student Affairs presents the first annual international festival “Culture on the Quad” on the university quadrangle April 24 starting at 12 p.m.

Students, faculty, staff and the community are welcome to congregate for an afternoon of food, fun, entertainment and enlightenment. This year’s theme is “The Global Statesmen.” The event is free and open to the public.

A panel discussion, dance lessons, a featured speaker and fashion show will also be highlighted at the festival.

Dr. Vernell Bennett, vice president for Student Affairs, said there is a lot of buzz around the event, which is scheduled to be an annual affair.

“We worked with an advisory panel of international students and the International Faculty Association to plan this occasion,” said Bennett. “Everything from the cuisine, to the entertainment, will spotlight the international culture that our students bring to the Delta. The large tent will house food and exhibits manned by international students and faculty, who will speak to their countries of origin.”

“The main stage will have programming from 12-5 p.m.,” added Bennett. “Our featured act will be the professional dance troupe Bollywood Touch at 4 p.m. The troupe will also give the audience a lesson at the conclusion of their main stage performance.”

Marwa Cherraf, an international student originally from Morocco, and a senior international business major, is a vice presidential intern for the Office of Student Affairs.

“This is the first university-wide event that highlights how global our campus actually is,” said Cherraf, also a member of the International Student Association. “We want to include the community, faculty and students in the celebration of multiculturalism at DSU. This is a great opportunity for American and international students to come together to have fun.”

More event details are available on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/374532989689520/?notif_t=plan_user_invited&notif_id=1523384589369394.

For more information, contact 662-846-4150.

Statesman Emerald Awards of Excellence winners

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The Office of Student Affairs at Delta State recently hosted the second annual Lady Statesman Emerald Awards of Excellence at the the 2018 Women’s Conference.

The conference, along with the annual Men’s Conference, was instituted by Dr. Vernell Bennett, vice president for Student Affairs.

This year’s Lady Statesman Emerald Award of Excellence winners, which recognized female students, faculty and staff, included:

  • Top Student Leader – Michaella Wheatley
  • Top International Student – Marwa Cherraf
  • Most Spirited – Kaitlyn Bryant
  • Top Resident Assistant – Katherine White
  • Most Talented – Elizabeth Wickliffe
  • Top Residence Hall Manager – Candace Ball
  • Top Student Organization President – Porsche Chambers
  • Top Fan – Rachel Stephens
  • Community Service Award – Taylor Johnson
  • Top Panhellenic Council Sorority – Delta Delta Delta Sorority
  • Top National Pan-Hellenic Council Sorority – Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
  • College of Educations & Human Sciences Undergraduate Scholar – Etta Kathryn Jennings
  • College of Education & Human Sciences Graduate Scholar – Elizabetta Zengaro
  • College of Education & Human Sciences Doctoral Scholar – Barbara Boschert
  • College of Business & Aviation Scholar – Mara Clara Belisario
  • College of Arts & Sciences Scholar – Rebecca Hamilton
  • Robert E. Smith School of Nursing Scholar – Skylar Kuehn

Athletics:

  • Top Women’s Basketball Scholar – Aspriona Gilbert
  • Top Cheer Scholar – Porsha Gatson
  • Top Women’s Cross Country Scholar – Sarah Mumme
  • Top Women’s Soccer Scholar – Cath Thomson
  • Top Softball Scholar – Taylor Johnson
  • Top Swim/Dive Scholar – Hailey Leonard
  • Top Women’s Tennis Scholar – Charlotte le Flohic

* Top Administrator – Dr. Vernell Bennett
* Top Director Award – Julie Jackson
* Top Faculty Award – Dr. Tomeka Harbin
* Top Female Staff – Tarnisha Smith

The Women’s Conference is hosted each spring and the Men’s Conference is held each fall. The Emerald Awards of Excellence are held for both conferences. Students submit nominations in person and online. Each conference features keynote speakers, plenary sessions, workshops, a luncheon, a community service project and social events.

 

 

New DMI scholarships to honor Nowell and Warrington

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Pictured (left to right): Desira Coleman Warrington, Paul Janoush and Becky Hawes Nowell.

 

Two new academic scholarships have been created to benefit rising sophomore students enrolled in the Delta Music Institute entertainment industry program at Delta State University.

Paul Janoush of Cleveland, recently gifted the DSU Foundation with funds to establish the Becky Hawes Nowell and Desira Coleman Warrington Scholarships to honor the love, service and friendship Nowell and Warrington provided to the late Lucy Richardson Janoush.

The Janoush family has given generously to the DMI over the years by funding student scholarships and enrichment opportunities.

“These scholarships are a wonderful way to remember Lucy and all that she did for DMI and the community,” said Warrington.

“She had a passion for music and the DMI,” added Nowell. “Music helped her fight her battle. One of the first things that she did was to make a playlist to listen to while she fought cancer. We are honored to have these scholarships given in our names to continue Lucy’s legacy, and give students an opportunity to pursue their dream in the music industry.”

DMI Director Tricia Walker added, “We are so grateful for the generosity of the Janoush family in supporting the DMI program since its inception. Our students’ lives continue to be enriched by the opportunities these types of awards provide.”

Gifts and donations to the Friends of DMI fund are encouraged. For online giving, please visit www.deltastategiving.org and search for Delta Music Institute.

The Delta Music Institute 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, contact (662) 846-4579 or visit http://dmi.deltastate.edu.

University offers numerous summer school options

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Summer at Delta State University offers a number of opportunities for students to stay on track on their path to graduation.

“Summer school is a great to stay ahead of coursework at Delta State, catch up on credits, improve your GPA and get pre-requisites out of the way,” said Dr. Christy Riddle, executive director of the Student Success Center at Delta State. “Taking a couple classes each summer can set you up to graduate sooner and start your career earlier — which leads to earning a salary instead of paying college tuition.”

A full list of courses offered during Summer I and Summer II sessions is available online. View the large selection of summer classes at: http://www.deltastate.edu/academic-affairs/summer-school.

Instead of taking a course for four months during the fall or spring semesters, summer school courses are condensed to five weeks. The university offers online and on-campus courses in a variety of subjects that count towards general education requirements or for specific majors.

“Moving home for the summer? No problem,” said Riddle. “Delta State’s online courses let you take classes from anywhere on the planet.”

Students are encouraged to and register for summer courses during Pre-Registration Week from April 2-6. By meeting with academic advisors, students can register for both summer and fall classes.

Additionally, there are financial aid options available for summer school. Options range from federal aid, to state-based assistance, such as the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which helps students complete their degree and find employment.

Financial aid applications for the summer are due during fall pre-registration, with the priority deadline of April 6, and the final deadline of June 12. For information on financial aid, contact 662-846-4670, or visit http://www.deltastate.edu/student-life/financial-aid.

Students should also be aware of the general deadlines to enroll in summer course work. The deadline for the Summer I session is May 29, and the Summer II deadline is July 2.

Dr. Beverly Moon, dean of Graduate & Continuing Studies and Research at Delta State, added that summer coursework provides many opportunities for high school students and community members alike.

“So many courses we offer appeal to the wide community,” said Moon. “Those include HPER courses such as swimming, art courses, the blues curriculum, and many others such as personal finance, the history of rock ‘n’ roll, astronomy, karate, or even a computer course.”

Another benefit is that those signing up for courses don’t necessarily need to be degree-seeking students.

“Many students take a course or two for continuing education credits, or as a requirement for a job,” added Moon. “Some sign up for credit towards a degree somewhere else, to try a new subject, or just for self-gratification.”

Second annual Passport to Success scheduled for April 10

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association and Delta State Career Services will feature the second annual Passport To Success event April 10 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the H.L. Nowell Student Union East Lobby on the second floor.

The program will prep Delta State students as they enter their careers with confidence, while maintaining a strong professional social media presence.

All current Delta State students will have the opportunity to create a LinkedIn professional profile, receive résumé building development, take a professional head shot photo, learn about best practices for searching for jobs, and professional attire recommendations.

“The National Alumni Association is in the business to develop partnerships,” said Jeffrey Farris, Alumni director. “Through the leadership of our National Alumni Association Board of Directors, we are excited to partner with Career Services at Delta State for the second annual Passport to Success.”

The event will be open to undergraduate and graduate students. Multiple stations along with Alumni Association and Career Services staff will be on site to assist the students through the process.

“With the growing number of users on the professional social media platform LinkedIn, we are seeing more and more students gain exposure and leads to career opportunities,” said Nakikke Johnson, student relations specialist for Career Services. “These days, a foot in the door may actually start online. It is important for these students to recognize this trend.”

As a special incentive, students who participate in each station will be entered into a drawing for special prizes donated by the National Alumni Association and Career Services. Following the event, students who met specific criteria on their LinkedIn pages will be eligible for one of two $500 scholarships provided by the National Alumni Association.

To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s and Career Services activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates & DSU Career Services), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni & @DSU_Career), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni & dsu_careers) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Save the date for this year’s Go Green Weekend (April 27-28), Pig Pickin’ (Sept. 21-22) and Homecoming (Nov. 10).