Board names Cooper-Oguz physical therapist SHRP Alumnus of the Year

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*** Article and photo originally published by the University Medical Center of Mississippi.

 

When Dr. Carmen Cooper-Oguz first started college at Delta State University, she was determined to find a career in which she could help people. She thought that would take shape in law, but she soon found her way in the physical therapy program at the University of Mississippi School of Health Related Professions. This past Friday, April 6, she was named SHRP Alumnus of the Year at the school’s annual Alumni Day at the Jackson Medical Mall.

Cooper-Oguz received her Bachelor of Business Administration and Master of Business Administration from Delta State University before earning her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy in 1997 and Doctor of Physical Therapy in 2008 from UMMC.

“I went into physical therapy so that I could return to the Mississippi Delta to live and work. It was important to me to return to my home to serve in underserved areas,” said Cooper-Oguz.

Read the full story here: https://www.umc.edu/news/News_Articles/2018/04/ms-delta-physical-therapist-named-shrp-alumnus-of-the-year.html

Go Green Weekend returns April 27-29

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Delta State University is gearing up for its fifth annual Go Green Weekend on campus April 27-29.

Each spring, students, faculty, staff, alumni and Delta State supporters gather for a full schedule of live entertainment, tailgating, sporting events and a Spring Preview Day on April 27 from the Office of Admissions.

The family-friendly affair is a way for the Delta State community to celebrate all things green and white. The schedule of events is coordinated by a number of Delta State departments.

View the full schedule at www.deltastate.edu/gogreenweekend.

Spring Preview Day continues to grow each Go Green Weekend, as potential students have the opportunity to hear from campus leaders, meet faculty and staff to learn about campus departments, interact with current students and student organizations, enjoy campus tours, and be a first-hand fan at Delta State athletic events. This year’s preview day begins April 27 at 9:30 a.m. in the H.L. Nowell Student Union.

Junior and seniors are asked to register for Spring Preview Day at http://www.deltastate.edu/admissions/go-green-weekend.

“Spring Preview Day is an opportunity for high school juniors and seniors who are still trying to decide where to attend college,” said Rebekah Arant, Admissions recruiter. “It’s also an opportunity to meet with academic departments and student groups to see what being a Statesmen is all about. Students will have the opportunity to hear from campus leaders, enjoy a campus tour, and interact with current students.”

High school students participating in Spring Preview Day will also receive free tickets for themselves and up to two guests to attend the baseball and softball games on April 28.

The Alumni Office also encourages Delta State alumni, current students and community supporters to come out and support Delta State on the baseball and softball fields. The office will support tailgating festivities outside Harvey Stadium at 1 p.m. on April 28.

“Go Green Weekend is a great opportunity for alumni to see the new and exciting things happening on campus, visit with faculty, staff and other alumni, while enjoying some wonderful Delta State University sporting events,” said Amanda Robinson, assistant director of Alumni Affairs. “The Alumni Association office looks forward to seeing all of our alumni return to campus for Go Green Weekend.”

The Lady Statesmen softball team hosts a doubleheader against Mississippi College on April 28. Games begin at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. They close the series April 29 with a 1 p.m. showdown.

The Statesmen baseball team also hosts Mississippi College for a doubleheader, with games starting at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. The men close their series April 29 with a 2 p.m. game.

The Office of Student Affairs, Student Government Association, and Delta Music Institute will also get in on the fun with a few events.

Weather permitting on April 27, the SGA and DMI will host a joint party on the quad. Starting at 6 p.m., DMI students will perform on stage and the SGA Student Crawfish Boil will kick off. At 6:45 p.m., a pep rally will take place for the softball and baseball teams. At 7 p.m., the DMI’s 2018 feature artist, Mic Hargrove, will be performing on stage for an EP release party.

“This event is a culmination of a great year for Student Government Association,” said Layla Young, SGA chief of staff and event coordinator. “We are looking forward to a fun-filled night of good food and good music that showcases the quality of talent here at DSU with our family and friends.

On April 28, Greek Life will host the annual Multicultural Step Show at 8 p.m. in the Bologna Performing Arts Center. This year’s show is a partnership with Make-A-Wish Mississippi. Admission is $5 and 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Make-A-Wish.

Also on April 28, Athletics will host a special recognition at 9 a.m. at the Derrall Foreman Golf Course to honor former Delta State golf coach Derrall Forman.

Go Green Weekend activities are open to the public, but tickets are required for entry into the baseball and softball games. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, potential students and Delta State supporters are encouraged to tailgate prior the games.

Jazz Ensemble students receive scholarships

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Pictured, left to right: Dr. Bret Pimentel, Chris Samuels, Dylan Swain, Kevin Wilson, Jordan Holland and Rogers Varner.

 

Four members of the Delta State Jazz Ensemble recently received scholarships for their musical contributions, academic achievements, and service to the ensemble.

The recipients were: Jordan Holland (baritone saxophonist and junior computer information systems major from Grenada), Chris Samuels (drummer and sophomore entertainment industry studies major from New Orleans, Louisiana), Dylan Swain (lead trumpet player and junior music major from Crystal Springs), and Kevin Wilson (tuba player and senior entertainment industry studies major from Clinton).

The annual scholarships are made possible by funds raised at the Jazz Ensemble’s Big Band Bash, an evening of classic big band swing music, dining and dancing held at the Cleveland Country Club.

The Big Band Bash was created by Rogers Varner, a community participant in the ensemble’s saxophone section. In 2011, Varner received the Department of Music’s Philanthropy Award for his ongoing work organizing the event.

The scholarships were announced at the ensemble’s spring concert on April 17, and certificates were awarded by Varner and ensemble director Dr. Bret Pimentel, associate professor of music.

Interested parties may contribute to the scholarship fund through the university foundation: https://www.deltastategiving.org/Fund/give/353.

LaForge to hold series of presidential forums

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Delta State University President William N. LaForge will hold three open forum discussions April 26 to provide campus updates to students, faculty and staff. The forums will take place in the H.L. Nowell Student Union.

Topics will include budget, tuition, facilities and programs.

Beginning at 10 a.m. in room 302A, LaForge will host a session for staff members. At 12:15 p.m., the president will meet with students on the second floor west lobby. At 3 p.m., again in room 302A, LaForge will address faculty.

Separate forums will be held for the different groups so discussions can focus on the different interests of each sector.

For more information, contact the Office of the President at 662-846-4000.

Spring 2018 McNair Research Scholars

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The Spring 2018 cohort of McNair Scholars (left to right): Bobby Foster, Kevin Sodachanh, Nicholas Walters, Laketha Covington, Bria Goodson, Ashley Griffin, Porsche Chambers, Dakota Conway, Stevena King, Joelle Dick, Johvan Hill-Dick, Syed Mohammed Amannudin and Audrey Gonzalez. Missing from the picture are Khyla Grant and Abigail Hynum.

 

 

Delta State’s Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies and the McNair Research Scholars program are proud to announce the inaugural Spring 2018 cohort of McNair Scholars.

The prestigious program prepares undergraduate students for the pursuit of a doctoral degree and provides a summer research stipend of up to $2,800 per student.

The McNair Scholars Program is one of eight TRiO programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education. The program supports undergraduate students across the university who come from low-income, first-generation and underrepresented backgrounds. Eligible participants plan to pursue doctoral degrees.

Each student is paired with a faculty mentor in his or her respective college with similar research interests. The student and mentor work together throughout the year so the student can gain research experience and develop academic skills and strategies to prepare them for success in higher education.

The Spring 2018 cohort includes the following scholars:

Bobby Foster
Kevin Sodachanh
Nicholas Walters
Laketha Covington
Bria Goodson
Ashley Griffin
Porsche Chambers
Dakota Conway
Stevena King
Joelle Dick
Johvan Hill-Dick
Syed Mohammed Amannudin
Audrey Gonzalez
Khyla Grant
Abigail Hynum

“We are excited to have such a great inaugural group of McNair Scholars,” said Wendolyn Stevens, program director. “The Scholars have already started identifying and committed research for this summer. We have confirmations for internships at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland; University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Mississippi; and at the Coastal Marine Education and Research Academy in Clearwater, Florida. I am looking forward to see the results of their Summer Research Experiences.”

Learn more about the program at http://www.deltastate.edu/graduate-and-continuing-studies/mcnair-research-fellows-program.