International Business Symposium returns March 28-29

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Delta State University’s College of Business and Aviation will host the 13th annual International Business Symposium on campus March 28-29. Events will kick off at 3 p.m. March 28 at the Baioni Conference Center in Broom Hall. The theme this year is “Dream Big, Achieve Bigger.”

The annual symposium is sponsored by David and Sherry Abney, Mississippi Delta natives who currently reside in Atlanta. David Abney, a 1976 graduate of DSU, began his career as a part-time United Parcel Service (UPS) package loader while in college. He now serves as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board for UPS, the world’s largest package delivery company. Abney is the eleventh CEO in the 107-year-history of UPS.

“Sherry and I wanted to do something meaningful for the Delta. By bringing global leaders onto campus and sharing their experiences with students, I believe we’ll be able to expand Delta State students’ horizons in how they see and prepare for their futures,” Abney said in a previous Delta State interview.

Along with Abney, the schedule will feature four distinguished speakers, all Delta State graduates:

*Laird Hamberlin: Hamberlin returns to the symposium to share his expertise. He received his bachelor’s in business administration from Delta State before going on to become the vice president of sales and commercial for Terminix (a division of ServiceMaster). Prior to being an equity investor of ServiceMaster and taking the company public in June 2014, he worked for various conglomerates including UTC Climate, Controls and Security, where he served as president of the access controls division.
*Karen Fitzgerald: Fitzgerald is an independent consultant and Lexus achiever with Rodan+Fields, a premium skincare company, in which she leads a team of over 1,200 people who produced over $4.8 million in sales in 2017. She is a Greenville native and completed her degree at Delta State in 2007 in food and nutrition sciences. Fitzgerald began working with Rodan+Fields in 2011, and has since risen to the top two percent of the company.
*Rodney Francis: Francis is the director of human resources for the Nissan North America vehicle facility in Canton, Mississippi. A native of Conroe, Texas, Francis has been a resident of Mississippi for more than 20 years. He received his Bachelor of Science and MBA from Delta State, where he also lettered in basketball. He began his career in HR at Baxter Healthcare in Cleveland, and after years of progressive growth in the profession, he joined the Nissan HR team in 2014.
*Danny Lipe: Lipe has provided value-added strategic guidance, effective management and high-level finance solutions throughout his career in banking and finance. Lipe is a 1985 graduate of Delta State a bachelor’s in accounting. In 1997, he obtained his MBA from the University of Notre Dame. His career has included senior level positions in various industries including furniture retail, investment brokerage, banking and poultry. Originally from Greenville, Lipe resides in Miami, Florida.

The 2018 International Business Symposium is free and open to public. For more information, contact Zina Taran at 662-846-4190 or email ztaran@deltastate.edu.

Miller named new director of Career Services

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Delta State University recently announced Jim Miller as the new director of Career Services at the institution.

Delta State University Career Services assists undergraduate, graduate students and alumni in continuing their career journeys. Services include résumé consultations, career coaching, job postings, job search planning, workshops on interviewing and business etiquette skills, on-campus interviews and much more.

Miller, a native of Tupelo, Mississippi, is thrilled to begin his new role at Delta State.

“I’m very excited to join the team at Delta State,” said Miller. “I have a background in higher education at Mississippi College. All of my family is from the Delta, and they’ve been here a long time. I’m happy to be back in the Delta and work for a school that serves this region.”

Miller said one of his first priorities will be to strengthen the bridge between students and employers.

“I have a passion for students, and I love working with employers,” he added. “Outside of higher education, I’ve worked in a lot of sectors, so I think I have a good understanding of both sides.”

Miller comes to Delta State after previously serving in the director’s position for Career Services at Mississippi College. Prior to that role, he served as the director of employer relations and events in the same department. He also worked as the department’s assistant director. Additionally, Miller previously worked as an executive support specialist for Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi.

He received his Master of Science in higher education administration from Mississippi College in 2016. As an undergraduate, he studied political science at the University of Mississippi.

Dr. Vernell Bennett, vice president for Student Affairs at Delta State, said she’s excited to bring Miller’s leadership to campus.

“Mr. Miller comes with a strong background in Career Services, including innovative initiatives and programming, and he has an excellent record of collaborating across a campus in support of student success,” said Bennett. “I’m looking forward to the skillset and energy he will add to the Career Services unit.”

Learn more about Career Services at Delta State at http://www.deltastate.edu/student-life/career-services.

Technology conference scheduled for March 22

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Delta State University’s College of Business and Aviation will host the sixth annual Connecting People with Technology Conference at the Baioni Conference Center March 22 beginning at 8:30 a.m.

The event is hosted in conjunction with the student chapter of the Association of Information Technology Professionals and Computer Information Systems faculty at Delta State.

Hot topics such as data analytics, supply chain, cyber security and more will be discussed by a slate of industry professionals.

“The CIS faculty at Delta State and the student chapter of AITP truly appreciate your past support and invite you to the conference,” said Lynn Byrd. “There is no fee to attend, and feel free to invite others who may be interested.”

Conference schedule:

For more conference information, contact Byrd at hbyrd@deltastate.edu. Learn more about CIS at Delta State at http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-business/acc-cis-fin.

 

 

McDaniel named Employee of the Month

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Feb. 2018 Employee of the Month, Robert McDaniel (left), and Delta State University President William N. LaForge.

 

The Delta State University Staff Council recently honored Robert McDaniel, electrician’s assistant, as the February 2018 Employee of the Month.

McDaniel, a native of Drew, has served in the role for 10 years. He attributes his love for the job to the people he works with and who he meets on his daily rounds.

“There is a family here, and those of us who have been around a while, we are invested in each other, checking up with each other,” said McDaniel. “Then I enjoy meeting the new faculty, staff and students who decide to spend time here in the Delta — but they come from all over the world.”

He enjoys helping out when he sees a need on campus and is always willing to offer a helping hand.

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.

Smith, founder of FedEx, to provide Colloquia address March 21

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The Delta State University Colloquia Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series continues this semester featuring Frederick W. Smith, the founder, chairman and CEO of FedEx, originally known as Federal Express.

Smith’s speech, titled “Airplanes, Robots, and Digging with Spoons: Innovation at FedEx,” will begin at 6 p.m. on March 21 in the Jobe Auditorium on campus.

Smith, a native of Marks, Mississippi, left the South in 1962 to enter the prestigious Yale University. At Yale, he wrote a paper for an economics class outlining overnight delivery service in a computer information age — and thus began his early ideas for FedEx.

After graduation, Smith was commissioned in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving for three years (1966-1969) as a platoon leader and a forward air controller. As a Marine, Smith had the opportunity to observe the military’s logistics system firsthand. He served two tours of duty in Vietnam, flying with pilots on over 200 combat missions. He was honorably discharged in 1969 with the rank of Captain, having received the Silver Star, the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts.

In 1970, Smith purchased the controlling interest in an aircraft maintenance company, Ark Aviation Sales, and by 1971, turned its focus to trading used jets. On June 18, 1971, Smith founded Federal Express with his $4 million inheritance and raised $91 million in venture capital.

With the creation of Federal Express, Smith not only offered an alternative to the mail, and more traditional and slower delivery services, but he also created an industry that almost single-handedly changed the way business was conducted. In the process, Smith’s company became the first American business to earn $10 billion in profits.

Along with his endless guidance at FedEx, Smith has served on the boards of several large public companies, as well as the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Mayo Foundation boards. He was formerly chairman of the Board of Governors for the International Air Transport Association and the U.S. Air Transport Association.

In addition, Smith is also a co-owner of the Washington Redskins National Football League team.

Delta State President William N. LaForge established the Colloquia program when taking office in 2013. The platform is an ongoing series of top-flight lectures and addresses featuring prominent speakers. William F. Winter, former Mississippi governor, was honored as the first speaker in 2013.

LaForge said the Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series is another commitment to bringing excellence to Delta State.

“The university colloquia program gives our institution a chance to hear from and engage with experts from a wide array of professions and interests,” said LaForge. “It especially allows our students and faculty to rub elbows with professionals and resources we sometimes have the rare opportunity to engage. Great universities have great programs, and this is one.”

Those unable to attend the event can view the live stream speech online through the university’s official LiveStream channel: https://livestream.com/DeltaStateUniversity.

Learn more about the series at www.deltastate.edu/president/colloquia.