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Delta Educational Opportunity Center accepting applications

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Delta State University’s Center for Community and Economic Development announces the launch of the Delta Educational Opportunity Center, a Federal TRIO Program.

In an effort to educate and train residents in the Mississippi Delta, the DEOC, under the leadership of Lakisha L. Butler, is recruiting young adults, 19 or older, who want to enter or continue a program of postsecondary education.

DEOC provides counseling and information on the college enrollment process to qualified adults. Participants receive one-on-one assistance in completing applications for financial aid and college admission. Workshops will offer study skills, computer literacy, basic financial planning skills and more to participants and their families. In addition, participants will be provided access to computers to search online resources, like scholarship information and career options.

Need to complete your high school education first? DEOC assists with enrollment in Adult Basic Education programs offering GED and/or HiSET testing. Classes, testing, workshops and more are available at no cost to participants.

To learn more about the DEOC, attend an upcoming information session. In Bolivar, Washington, Humphreys, Holmes, Issaquena and Sharkey counties, contact LaSheka D. Bell at 662-846-4334 or e-mail lbell@deltastate.edu. In Coahoma, Tunica, Quitman, Tallahatchie, Sunflower and Leflore counties, contact Jonathan Calvin at 662-846-4335 or e-mail jcalvin@deltastate.edu.

Delta State celebrates fall commencement

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Delta State University celebrated 2016 Fall Commencement ceremonies at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on Saturday.

The keynote address was provided by Dr. John Tiftickjian, professor emeritus of biology. Tiftickjian was presented with the Kossman Outstanding Faculty Award during spring commencement ceremonies on May 7, 2016.

The institution, family, friends and graduates came together to recognize the accomplishments of over 360 undergraduate and graduate students.

Senior Tyler Sullivan will serve as a 2017 Thad Cochran Fellow.

DSU quarterback selected for prestigious Congressional Fellowship

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Delta State University Statesmen quarterback Tyler Sullivan was recently selected as a 2017 Congressional Fellow for U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran of Mississippi.

Sullivan, who is a biology premedical science major, will move to Washington D.C. in January and remain there through the spring semester. The program selects one Delta State student each year to serve on Cochran’s staff, with the goal of providing a better understanding of the legislative process.

“I am extremely grateful to be selected for the fellowship,” said Sullivan, a native of Louisville, Mississippi. “It’s hard to actually wrap my mind around the fact that I’ll be moving to D.C. in January to work for such a prestigious senator. The fact that Delta State and the Delta Council have chosen and trust me to be their representative for the fellowship is a very high honor.”

Sullivan said he was excited to learn how the legislative process works, having never previously delved into politics.

“I’m looking forward to the challenge of seeing what I’m made of,” he added. “This is an opportunity to not only get a solid foundation in politics, but also an opportunity that will benefit me no matter what I do in the future. I want to learn what it takes to be a valuable Mississippian like Sen. Cochran is, and how to make tough decisions that will affect many people.”

Delta State has a long-running tradition of sending fellows to Washington, and Delta State President William N. LaForge served as Cochran’s chief of staff during the 1980s.

“I am thrilled that Tyler Sullivan has been chosen to be our Congressional Fellow,” said LaForge. “He is confident, capable and is the perfect candidate for this opportunity. He will be of great value to Sen. Cochran’s office while representing Delta State in grand fashion.

“It is professionally and personally gratifying to me that we continue this wonderful relationship with the senator’s office in cooperation with Delta Council and Staplcotn because of the affiliation with Sen. Cochran going back to my days as his chief of staff. Tyler will have an excellent experience there, and their office will benefit from his outstanding background at Delta State.”

Sullivan, who will graduate in December, is currently applying to medical school. He was recently named a finalist for the 2016 William V. Campbell Trophy, which is presented to the best football scholar-athlete in the country. Sullivan was one of only 12 athletes to make the final list and will travel to New York on Dec. 6 for the awards ceremony.

The fellowship program is funded through Delta State University, the Delta Council and Staplcotn. Additionally, Sullivan will receive a stipend from Cochran’s office.

The Delta Council is an area economic development organization representing the 18 Delta and part-Delta counties of Northwest Mississippi. The organization pioneers efforts to solve common problems and promote the development of the local economy. Founded in 1921, Staplcotn (Staple Cotton Cooperative Association) is the oldest and one of the largest cotton marketing cooperatives in the United States.

Music major Michael Sparks will compete in the Young Artist Performance Competition of the Music Teachers National Association in January 2017.

Music student wins state recital competition

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Music major Michael Sparks will compete in the Young Artist Performance Competition of the Music Teachers National Association in January 2017.

The Delta State University Department of Music is pleased to announce that music performance major and euphoniumist Michael Sparks will travel to Columbia, South Carolina to compete as the Southern Division Finalist in the Young Artist Performance Competition of the Music Teachers National Association (MTNA) on the campus of the University of South Carolina from Jan. 13-16, 2017.

Sparks earned the opportunity to represent Mississippi after winning the Young Artist Division of the MTNA State Competition held at Delta State in early November. The winner of the Southern Division Competition will compete in the national finals during the MTNA National Conference in Baltimore, Maryland in March.

Sparks, a native of Cleveland, is currently a senior in the low brass studio of Dr. Douglas L. Mark.

The three-tiered MTNA competitions begin at the state level. Winners of each state competition advance to the division competition, and division winners then proceed to the finals.

MTNA is a nonprofit organization comprised of 22,000 independent and collegiate music teachers committed to advancing the value of music study and music making to society, and to supporting the professionalism of music teachers. Founded in 1876, MTNA is the oldest professional music association in the country.

For more information, contact the Department of Music at 662-846-4615.

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College of Business recognized in another national ranking

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Delta State University’s College of Business has once again been identified as having one of the top low-cost online master’s programs in a recent ranking from http://www.bestmastersdegrees.com.

Delta State was commended for its Integrated Master of Business Administration (iMBA) program.

When determining the degree types that would make the list, Best Master’s Degrees considered popularity, accessibility and long-term investment. The schools were then ranked based on criteria such as number of online programs, degrees conferred, employment outlook and salary potential.

Ranking editors noted that Delta State’s program as one of the most cost-effective in the nation.

Best Master’s Degrees’ mission is to help prospective graduate students make informed decisions about what kind of degree to pursue and where to study. Its main focus is providing rankings and profiles of degree programs across a variety of the most common master’s degree areas.

Learn more about Delta State’s College of Business at http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-business.