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.

QEP announces slate of March events

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Delta State University’s Quality Enhancement Plan recently announced a full schedule of events for the month of March.

The highlight event, the fifth annual Winning The Race Race race relations conference, takes place March 26-27. Registration for the award-winning conference is now open at: http://www.deltastate.edu/winning-the-race/registration.

The conference is free and open to the public thanks to generous donations from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, the Mississippi Humanities Council, campus groups,and individuals. Registration is required for all conference attendees. Online registration is open until March 12. Registration after March 12 will take place on site, March 26-27, at the Bologna Performing Art Center.

Featured speakers and breakout sessions include keynote speakers Kevin Powell and Dave Dennis, a concert by Marco Pavé, a Delta State faculty forum and sessions focusing on education, community, culture, social justice, civil rights, law and economic opportunities. For more information, contact Dr. Temika Simmons at tsimmons@deltastate.edu or Dr. Chuck Westmoreland at cwestmoreland@deltastate.edu.

Other upcoming events include:

March 1-31 – Donation Drive for Domestic Violence Shelter
·         Donation boxes for Our House, Inc., a domestic violence center in Greenville, Mississippi, have been placed on the first floors of the Union, Kethley, Jobe, Kent Wyatt and the Roberts-LaForge Library. The goal of the project is to collect toiletries, paper products, bedding, non-perishable and non-expired food, and cleaning supplies to support Our House’s efforts.
·         Event sponsor: DSU QEP
·         For more information, contact Alexas Hayes at ahayes@deltastate.edu

March 7 – NO MORE Week
·         From NO MORE website: NO MORE is dedicated to ending domestic violence and sexual assault by increasing awareness, inspiring action and fueling cultural change. NO MORE unites and strengthens a diverse, global community to help end domestic violence, sexual assault and abuse. Launched in 2013, NO MORE brings together the largest coalition of advocacy groups, service providers, governmental agencies, major corporations, universities, communities and individuals, all under a common brand and a unifying symbol in support of a world free of violence.
·         NO MORE Selfie Station from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the DSU Student Union, first floor
·        ” The Mask You Live In” film screening at 6 p.m. at Baioni Conference Center.  The film follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while navigating America’s narrow definition of masculinity.
·         Event sponsors: Upsilon Delta Delta Chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. and DSU QEP
·         The events are free and open to the public.
·         For more information, contact Linda Stringfellow at lstringfellow@deltastate.edu

March 5-9 – The Pulsera Project

·         The Pulsera Project is a Fair Trade nonprofit organization that empowers and educates people in the U.S. and Central America through pulsera sales. Pulseras are hand-woven bracelets. Student and teacher volunteers raise funds that benefit fair trade jobs, worker rights, sustainability and education, while learning about the culture, lives and struggles of Central Americans. The Pulsera Project’s goal is to create a more just and colorful world by encouraging conscious consumerism and social enterprise.
·         To learn more about pulseras and support artisans, visit: H.L Nowell Union, first floor, March 5 -6, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and  Kethley 235, Language Lab, March 7-9, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
·         Event sponsor: Division of Languages and Literature
·         For more information, please contact Sylma Ferreira at sferreira@deltastate.edu

March 14Professional Development Webinar: “Social Justice, Diversity & Inclusion in 2018 & Beyond: Use Context Before Content to Engage Across Differences”

·         Scheduled for 1 pm at the Gertrude C. Ford Center for Teaching and Learning Lab in Ewing 239
·         From webinar summary: “As a result of this webinar, you will be able to effectively assess and engage present dynamics on campus, with your organizations, teams, offices, etc. – help ensure the success, satisfaction and persistence of all students on campus; utilize the five components of context – be able to more effectively engage when dealing with issues of difference; and help your teams and others on campus to become “unstuck” in areas of difficult dialogue, conflict and resistance – critically assess, strategize and engage content matters that are impacting your campus.”
·         The event is open to DSU faculty and staff.
·         For more information, contact Michelle Johansen at mjohansen@deltastate.edu

Coming soon…
·         April 3 – The Clothesline Project
·         April 4-5 – Civil Rides, a three-day trek from the steps of the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee, to Jackson, Mississippi, that follows in the footsteps of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to raise awareness around persistent rural poverty in America and advocate for racial justice and healing
·         April 5 – Sammy O. Cranford Memorial History Lecture featuring Dr. Stephen Berry, Gregory Professor of the Civil War Era in the Department of History at the University of Georgia. Berry’s lecture will explore his innovative digital history project, “CSI: Dixie.” https://csidixie.org/
·         April 10 – Equal Pay Day event

Japanese drumming group TAO to perform at BPAC tonight

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TAO, the Japanese drumming sensation, is coming to the Bologna Performing Arts Center at Delta State University tonight, March 6. The company’s all-new production, “TAO: Drum Heart,” will take the BPAC stage at 7 p.m.

TAO’s modern, high-energy performances showcasing the ancient art of Japanese drumming have transfixed audiences worldwide. Combining highly physical, large-scale drumming with contemporary costumes, precise choreography and innovative visuals, the performers of “TAO: Drum Heart” create an energetic and unforgettable production.

Critics are raving about TAO:

“Extraordinarily talented percussion artists … The crowd was unmistakably wowed.” — Chicago Tribune
“A beautiful story, simple and elegant… an experience to be had.” — Stage Buddy
“Supernaturally fit and superbly trained… stunning.” — The Herald

Taiko drumming is considered to have originated in sixth century Japan and refers to a variety of traditional percussion instruments, from small and hand-held, to those that are so large that they rest vertically on the ground and are played on their sides.

Breaking past the traditional notions of Taiko since it was formed in 1993, TAO has created an entirely new art form that is modern yet retains a sense of nostalgia. The performers are both highly-trained athletes and expressive artists. Their rigorous training in TAO’s home of Oita, Japan often consists of daily workouts lasting 17 hours. The music they create in different genres, and with traditional instruments, results in a unique production, using world-class techniques and specialized methods.

The Cleveland performance is part of a world tour that has covered 24 countries and has been seen by almost 8 million people. Don’t miss the chance to see these internationally-acclaimed percussion artists.

Tickets are $15-20 and are now on sale at the Bologna Performing Arts Center box office, by calling 662-846-4626, or by visiting www.bolognapac.com.

Spring Career Fair scheduled for March 7

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Career Services at Delta State University will host its largest Spring Career Fair to date on March 7  from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the Forest E. Wyatt Gymnasium.

A wide array of employers will be in attendance. Three main categories will include the business sector, graduate schools and school districts. The theme for the event is “Statesmen on the Move!”

Businesses in attendance will include UPS, Fed Ex Services, Baxter, PharMedium and StaplCtn. Several banks from the finance sector will be on site, including Wide Credit Union, Regions and Planters Bank. School districts from across the state will include Tupelo Public, DeSoto County, Gulfport, Jackson Public and Cleveland Public Schools. Graduate schools such as Delta State University College of Business, Mississippi State Graduate School, Mississippi College School of Law and University of Tennessee-Knoxville will also be taking part.

“This year, the fall and spring career fairs have been reformatted and expanded,” said Dr. Vernell Bennett, vice president for Student Affairs. “We had a participation goal of 80 employers, which we have exceeded. We now have 93 employers registered. We encourage all students to attend the Career Fair, not just graduating seniors, because in addition to full-time job placement, there are internship, part-time and summer employment opportunities available to our students.”

Nakikke Johnson, student relations specialist with Career Services, said all students are encouraged to attend.

“Students should come dressed professionally and bring copies of their résumé with them to the fair,” said Johnson. “We encourage students to talk and network with employers and ask about opportunities within their sectors. If you need résumé assistance, stop by the Office of Career Services, Union 300. For examples of professional dress attire for men and women, check out our Pinterest account by searching for ‘OfficeofCareers.'”

Bennett added that the fair also provides students a unique opportunity to interview with Fortune 500 companies, and is an excellent way to begin networking and making connections in their career of choice.

Students and alumni are also encouraged to visit Career Service’s online job posting site, Statesmen Connect: www.deltastate.edu/statesmenconnect. Employment opportunities are posted daily. The office also posts to its social media accounts — Facebook: @DeltaStateCareerServices, Twitter: @DSUCareerServices and Instagram: @DSU_Careers.

 

 

Phi Beta Lambda students compete at leadership conference

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Seven Delta State University students competed at the 2018 Phi Beta Lambda Leadership Conference in Columbus, Mississippi from February 21-23 on the campus of Mississippi University for Women.

Marwa Cherraf, Ben Dodd, Abu Hajizada, Adam Hamilton, Rebecca Hamilton, Glenda Johnson, and Craig Lyons competed in various business affiliated topics such as business decision making, computer concepts and job interviews.

The competitions included team and individual based examinations and performances. Fifteen colleges and universities were represented from across the state with approximately 160 students participating in the events.

The top three winners in each category advance to the National Leadership Conference in Baltimore, Maryland from June 23-26. Delta State received three first place, two second place, one third place, and two fourth place awards.

“We at the College of Business and Aviation are very proud of our students for competing so well at the conference,” said Dr. Tomeka Harbin, PBL advisor. “As faculty members, we often wonder if what we’re teaching in the classroom is being retained by students. The results of this competition indicate that students are learning and retaining information and are able to display their knowledge under pressure. The students are excited to compete on the national level in June and looking forward to representing Delta State University.”

PBL is a dynamic organization of young people preparing for success as leaders in business, government and communities. Their mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs.

For more information about opportunities in Delta State’s College of Business and Aviation, visit http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-business.