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Campus closure due to weather

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The National Weather Service has placed Cleveland under a Winter Weather Warning beginning at 6 p.m. today and ending at noon tomorrow.

Due to this weather threat, and in the interest of safety and an abundance of caution, Delta State University will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 16. All classes, including night classes, are cancelled for Tuesday, and the university will be closed for business operations. However, students who live on campus and nearby are encouraged to return to Cleveland by 6 p.m. today as hazardous travel conditions could extend well into tomorrow night. Everyone is encouraged to use caution if traveling after the storm begins tonight. The Dining Hall will be open for its normal operating hours.

Please report any problems to the Campus Police Department by calling 662-846-4155. For students living in the residence halls, the Hall Directors will issue information/updates from time-to-time. Please contact your Hall Director with any questions or problems.

Decisions regarding scheduled athletic events will be posted on the Delta State Athletics website (www.gostatesmen.com) and social media outlets.

For the status of other scheduled university events, contact the event sponsor.

Updates and notifications of campus status will be available at www.deltastate.edu, the university’s Facebook page (facebook.com/deltastateuniversity), Twitter account (@deltastate), and through the Okra Alert Emergency System. Or, you can call for an update at 662-846-4155.

Anyone who has not yet registered his or her cell phone number for emergency text alerts is encouraged to do so now by completing the following steps:
1. Login to your “My DSU” account:
https://banapp2.deltastate.edu:9010/dsu/twbkwbis.P_GenMenu?name=homepage
2. Choose the “Personal Information” section and the “Enroll in Okra Alert” option.
3. Add your cell phone number (with area code).

Weather update: Employees will not report on Friday, Jan. 12

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OKRAlert: Due to icy roads and winter weather, the university will suspend classes on Friday, Jan. 12. Employees will NOT report at 1 p.m. as originally scheduled.

The Delta State Emergency Response Team is monitoring the situation and is in contact with the National Weather Service, emergency officials and the university’s administration.

Any changes to the university’s schedule will be posted using deltastate.edu, email, text messages, Twitter (@DeltaState) and Facebook.

If you have travel plans, please check weather conditions and road conditions and use judgment before traveling.

Anyone who has not yet registered his or her cell phone number for emergency text alerts is encouraged to do so now by completing the following steps:

1.    Login to your “My DSU” account:

2.    https://banapp2.deltastate.edu:9010/dsu/twbkwbis.P_GenMenu?name=homepage

3.    Choose the “Personal Information” section and the “Enroll in Okra Alert” option.

OKRAlert: Classes suspended Friday, Jan. 12

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OKRAlert: Due to icy roads and winter weather, the university will suspend classes on Friday, Jan. 12. Employees will report at 1 p.m., unless otherwise notified.

The Delta State Emergency Response Team is monitoring the situation and is in contact with the National Weather Service, emergency officials and the university’s administration.

Any changes to the university’s schedule will be posted using deltastate.edu, email, text messages, Twitter (@DeltaState) and Facebook.

If you have travel plans, please check weather conditions and road conditions and use judgment before traveling.

Anyone who has not yet registered his or her cell phone number for emergency text alerts is encouraged to do so now by completing the following steps:     

1.    Login to your “My DSU” account: 

2.    https://banapp2.deltastate.edu:9010/dsu/twbkwbis.P_GenMenu?name=homepage

3.    Choose the “Personal Information” section and the “Enroll in Okra Alert” option.

4.    Add your cell phone number (with area code).

Keown named Employee of the Month

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The Delta State University Staff Council recently honored Mallory Keown, library assistant in the serials department, as the December 2017 Employee of the Month.

Keown is in her second year working at the library.

“Thank you to whoever nominated me,” said Keown. “I am truly honored to work with such amazing people.”

In her free time, Keown enjoys movies, comics, table-top games and baking cupcakes. “Books, however, are my true escape,” she said.

Made up of volunteers from the Staff Council, the Incentives & Recognition committee meets monthly to review nominations for the Employee of the Month award. The committee has been celebrating staff performance in this manner for over 15 years.

Delta State’s Staff Council serves as a liaison between the administration and the staff to provide a formal process for staff to discuss issues involving university policies and procedures and to forward ideas, recommendations and opinions to the president.

Gallery to open new year with Thibodeaux’s photography

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Delta State University’s Fielding Wright Art Center opens the new year Jan. 18 with an exhibition of Brandon Thibodeaux’s “In That Land of Perfect Day.”

An opening reception will be held Jan. 18 from 5-7 p.m., and Thibodeaux will present a public lecture in the gallery prior to the reception at 4 p.m.

The exhibition is in conjunction with Thibodeaux’s recent book, also titled “In That Land of Perfect Day,” and is a visual document of Thibodeaux’s time living in the northern Mississippi Delta.

It chronicles the lives of the families he befriended in the Delta, marking important milestones such as the birth of a child, as well as capturing their daily routines as they worked, played, attended church and provided for their children.

Seen together, these photographs are a testament to the strength, faith and perseverance of his subjects.

“While this work makes specific reference to the rural African American experience, I am reminded that these themes of faith, identity and perseverance are common to us all. For these are the traits of strong men,” said Thibodeaux.

“In That Land of Perfect Day” has been reviewed in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Guardian and other mainstream publications. The Guardian praised the photographs as depicting “the contemporary experience of rural African Americans with grace and dignity.”

Thibodeaux’s career in photography began at a small daily newspaper in southeast Texas while studying photography at Lamar University. He holds a Bachelor of Science in photojournalism from the University of North Texas with a specialization in international development. He currently resides in Dallas, Texas, where he works for clients like Shell Oil International, MSNBC.com, TIME.com, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, among others. When he’s not doing that he is likely found running the back roads of the American South with a twin lens over his shoulder.

The exhibit will be on view at Delta State until Feb.22. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery is closed on weekends, holidays and during semester breaks.

For more information, visit the Department of Art’s website at http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-arts-and-sciences/art/ or contact 662-846-4720. For updates and announcements of upcoming events, follow Delta State Art Department on Facebook or join the email list.