Flags to fly at half-staff in memory of Senator John McCain III

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President Donald J. Trump has ordered that the United States flag be flown at half-staff in memory of Senator John Sidney McCain III.

Details about John McCain’s funeral services have been announced after the longtime Arizona senator died on Saturday. McCain, who died roughly a year after being diagnosed with an aggressive form of brain cancer, was 81.

McCain will lie in state in both the Arizona Capitol and the U.S. Capitol Rotunda on Wednesday and Friday, respectively, before his burial in a private service in Annapolis on Sunday, a McCain family spokesperson confirmed on Monday.

Mother/Daughter Duo Named DSU’s August Health Champions

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Congratulations to Crystal Paris Clark & Peyton Clark
DSU’s August Health Champion: Alum Mother/Daughter Duo

Name: Crystal (’10) & Peyton Clark
Major: BSE in Physical Education & 2nd Grader at Eagle Creek Elementary, Orlando, FL.
Job/Position: Elementary Physical Education Specialist at Eagle Creek Elementary, Orlando, FL.
Health Accomplishments: five 5ks, a 15k, a half marathon, a half Ironman, a handful of obstacle course runs, and a full Tough Mudder; led a bootcamp-style class with teacher friends; one of her most rewarding experiences. Peyton earned 2nd and 3rd place in the 2017 & 2018 Delta Down and Dirty Youth Mud Run, respectively. She is active in softball, basketball, ballet, and soccer, as well as fitness with her mom in local parks.
Health Goals: Short term: To stay active during pregnancy. Long term: To find as many ways to experience fitness and engage family in a fun, active, and healthy lifestyle.
Health Advice: Always find enjoyable ways to keep active. Exercising and healthy eating should not be a chore. Find friends to share fitness experiences. Fitness can be fun when you are immersed in a healthy and active culture!
Health Philosophy: “I want my daughter to grow up knowing that she can be STRONG and do anything she wants to do. Also that every day is a new day, and it’s never too late to make good health-conscious decisions. Life is a marathon, not a sprint.” – Crystal

Desoto County Alumni Chapter to meet in Southaven

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association will travel to Southaven for its annual Desoto County Alumni Event on Saturday, Aug. 4. This year’s event will be held at the BankPlus Training Center and will begin at 6 p.m. with a social.

An update from campus will begin at 6:45 p.m., and the Desoto County Scholarship Silent Auction will be open from 6-8 p.m. The cost will be $15 for individuals and $25 for couples. Children are welcome, and kids under 12 eat free. Walk-in guests are welcome to pay at the door.

Rick Munroe, Vice President of University Advancement and External Relations; Ronnie Mayers, Director of Athletics; Matt Jones, Associate Athletic Director; Emily Jones, University Archivist will be the featured guests from campus. Jeffrey Farris and Amanda Robinson will represent the Alumni Association staff, as well as other Delta State faculty and staff who will be in attendance.

“We’re looking forward to another successful chapter meeting in Desoto County,” said Janie Michelle Stafford, president of the Desoto County Alumni Chapter. This annual event provides us an opportunity to celebrate Delta State in Desoto County and focus on raising scholarships for prospective students who will attend Delta State.

Each year, the event has a silent auction with proceeds benefiting the DeSoto County Scholarship Fund. The silent auction has raised over $15,000 during the past decade. The scholarship has benefited over 30 students since 2006. This year’s recipients are Hannah Taylor, of Southaven, and Mary Allison Mayo, of Hernando.

Prospective students are invited to attend as guests of the Alumni Association.

To RSVP, contact the association at 662-846-4660 or visit

To view photos from the 2017 Desoto County meeting visit

To stay up-to-date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Save the date for this year’s Pig Pickin’ (Sept. 21–22) and Homecoming (Nov. 9-10).

Delta State University Hosts Delta Math Science Partnership Summer Institute

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Teachers taking part in the Delta Math Science Partnership Initiative included: (Front row, left to right)  Maranjia Cockrell, Jamie Bramuchi, Nafatic Butler, Megan Armstrong, and Pam Perrett; (Back row, left to right)  Prashanth Bheemashetty, Tommie Birch, Ericka Davis, Jemica Causley, Kishore Katta, and Tasha Lewis

Delta State University recently hosted 23 Mississippi teachers at the Delta Math Science Partnership Summer Institute July 9-13 and July 16-20, 2018.

The program provided learning designed to support increased content knowledge for grades K-8 in-service mathematics teachers who are committed to fidelity of implementation of the Mississippi College and Career Readiness Standards for Mathematics.

Mathematics instruction was provided by Dr. David Hebert from the College of Arts and Sciences Department of Mathematics, with support from Bib Belenchia and Kathleen Lott.  Leadership was also provided by the College of Education and Human Sciences.

MSP, a federal program backed by the U.S. Department of Education, strives to improve teacher quality through partnerships between state education agencies, institutions of higher education, high-need local education agencies and schools in order to increase the academic achievement of students in mathematics and science.  Districts represented were:  Clarksdale Municipal, Cleveland, Greenville Public, Leland, North Bolivar Consolidated, Sunflower County Consolidated, and West Bolivar Consolidated.

Fireside Chat – July 2, 2018 – DSU hosts Ninth TFA Delta Institute

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Joining President LaForge is Brianna Conley, Director of Institute Operations for TFA’s Delta Institute.

Teach For America was started in 1989 as a senior thesis project for Wendy Kopp, a Princeton University student. At the time, school districts across the nation were facing teacher shortages, and Ms. Kopp had the idea of recruiting high-performing college graduates to teach in high-need urban and rural schools.

In 1991, two years after its founding, Teach For America began placing teachers in the Mississippi Delta. In 2009, Delta State University was selected as the eighth national training location for the organization and the first in a rural area, joining Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, and Phoenix.

Earlier this month, Delta State welcomed the ninth group of corps members and staff members from Teach For America to campus for the 2018 TFA Delta Institute. Following the completion of their six-week training program, participants will spend two years teaching in regions such as Appalachia, Arkansas, Louisiana Delta, Mississippi, and South Carolina.

In other news on campus, the second term Summer school session begins today, and tomorrow, July 3 is the last day to register for the summer program. If you are interested in registering for summer school classes, visit our website at

All campus offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 4 in recognition of Independence Day. We hope members of the DSU family will enjoy their day off work to celebrate this important holiday.

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