Delta State named to Phi Theta Kappa 2018 Transfer Honor Roll

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Delta State University recently received the prestigious designation of being named to the Phi Theta Kappa 2018 Transfer Honor Roll, which identifies the top four-year colleges and universities creating dynamic pathways to support transfer students.

Delta State is one of just 112 institutions nationwide selected to receive this honor.

Open to all regionally accredited baccalaureate degree-granting institutions, Phi Theta Kappa’s Transfer Honor Roll recognizes excellence and success in community college transfer pathway development.

To be considered, participating institutions complete an application detailing their community college transfer programs. Applications are evaluated in the areas of scholarship and financial aid, admissions outreach, student support services, and student engagement opportunities.

Dr. Charles McAdams, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, said Delta State would continue its efforts to welcome transfer students.

“Delta State is proud to be recognized for our work in making DSU an easy choice for Phi Theta Kappa students,” said McAdams. “These honor students help make our campus in part because of their engagement on campus and because of their drive for excellence. We work hard to make sure the transition for transfer students is as smooth as possible and help put transfer students on a path to completing their bachelor’s degree.”

McAdams said that each academic program at Delta State has developed an academic map to help students navigate through their degree requirements.

“Our academic advisors stand ready to work with students to help them determine how to complete their degree in the most efficient manner,” he said.

Phi Theta Kappa President and CEO, Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, said the recognition program reflects the growing importance of recognizing and responding to the needs of community college transfers and promoting and sharing best practices for transfer success.

“Increasingly, students of all ages and achievement levels are choosing the community college, not only as their first step, but also their first choice in the pursuit of a quality, affordable bachelor’s degree,” Tincher-Ladner said. “These students are scholars, leaders, and global citizens, and it has been shown over and over that they do as well as students beginning college at a four-year college or university.”

Transfer Honor Roll colleges will be recognized at PTK Catalyst 2018, Phi Theta Kappa’s annual convention, in Kansas City, Missouri, on April 19-21, 2018.

The mission of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize academic achievement of college students and to provide opportunities for them to grow as scholars and leaders. Learn more at www.ptk.org. For more information about the Transfer Honor Roll program, visit www.ptk.org/Default.aspx?TabID=4186.

To learn more about transferring to Delta State, visit http://www.deltastate.edu/academic-affairs/admissions or contact the Office of Admissions at 662-846-4020.

Honors Program to launch visiting lecture series

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Delta State University’s Honors Program will host its inaugural Honors Forum Visiting Lecture Series event Feb. 19 at 7 p.m. featuring author Ann Fisher-Wirth and photographer Maude Schuyler Clay.

The new university-wide series will focus on cultural, social and academic issues of the university and community.

“Mississippi: An Evening with Ann Fisher-Worth and Maude Schuyler Clay” will take place in Jobe Auditorium and is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the event.

Wirth and Clay will be presenting on their newly-released collaboration, “Mississippi,” a collection of 47 poems and 47 color photographs that explore the history, culture and ecology of the state.

“The Honors Program is delighted to welcome poet Ann Fisher-Wirth and photographer Maude Schuyler Clay for our first Honors Forum event, an evening discussion of their important work,” said Mike Smith, Honors Program director and associate professor of English at Delta State. “The Honors Forum seeks to bring to campus important voices of our city, region, nation and world, fostering a culture of openness and engagement, and creating opportunities for dialogue between our students and the communities we call home. All events, of course, are free and open to the public.”

As described by the authors, the state of Mississippi suffers from severe environmental degradation that cannot be separated from its history of poverty and racial oppression. Yet, the state also possesses great natural beauty and a rich and complex culture, one interwoven from the many voices that have made up its identity.

“Mississippi” explores both this degradation and this beauty. The poems are explorations of voice in its Mississippi plenitude and variety, honoring the voices, no matter whose they are, whether white or African American, and exploring the rich orality of Mississippi culture. With one exception, the beautiful, haunting photographs do not depict people, but, rather, swamps, fields, trees, lakes, empty chairs and dilapidated buildings. They work with the poems to offer the spirit of place.

Learn more about the book at http://wingspress.com/book.cfm?book_ID=230.

For additional information on DSU Honors Program initiatives, or the inaugural Honors Forum Visiting Lecture Series, contact Smith at mcsmith@deltastate.edu.

Delta State expresses grave concern for concealed carry bill

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Delta State University and institutions across Mississippi are expressing concern today after House Bill 1083, also called the “weapons bill,” was passed by the Mississippi House of Representatives by a wide margin of 80-29.

The bill proposes legally permitting concealed carry weapons onto all areas of college campuses, including classrooms, offices, residence halls and athletic venues.

In a statement released by Dr. Glenn F. Boyce, IHL commissioner, he stressed that the new legislation prohibits the IHL from establishing any policies, thus giving it no authority to regulate weapons in sensitive areas.

“The safety of students, faculty, staff and visitors on our university campuses is a top priority for the Board of Trustees and University leaders,” Boyce stated. “HB 1083 compromises our ability to protect and ensure the safety of those on our campuses because it nullifies and prohibits any policies and/or authority to designate sensitive areas of campus where weapons should not be allowed.”

Delta State University President William N. LaForge said the bill poses a significant threat to Mississippi campuses.

“A university is no place for guns — period,” said LaForge. “And that goes doubly for residence halls, classroom buildings and athletic facilities. To enable the legal carrying of guns on a university campus in today’s society is misdirected and unwise.”

Ronnie Mayers, director of athletics at Delta State, echoed LaForge’s concerns.

“Athletic events are often highly emotional events and there is always potential for something to go horribly wrong,” said Mayers. “Guns should not be allowed at any athletic events.”

Jeffrey Johns, chief of police at Delta State, also warned of the hazards associated with the bill.

“I echo the concerns of President LaForge and Commissioner Boyce about expanding concealed carry on educational property,” said Johns. “While a supporter of Second Amendment rights, I do not think that more concealed carry in sporting events or educational buildings, which is currently prohibited, provides any value or enhancement to safety. Spectator sport security has become a highly-specialized process, and fans can become emotionally charged at the events.”

Mississippi State University President Mark Keenum was among institutional leaders to also voice his concern with the bill on Wednesday by issuing a press release.

“We have a fundamental responsibility to protect our students, faculty, staff and visitors to our campus,” Keenum said in the statement. “In recent years (the College Board) adopted policies to allow concealed weapons into ‘public’ venues on campus, but has not allowed firearms into areas determined ‘non-public’ such as classrooms and residence halls. We have great concerns about the prospect of a broad expansion of the existing IHL policies regarding firearms being brought onto campus because of the increased risk it would pose for every member of our campus community.”

HB 1083 was authored by Rep. Andy Gipson, R-Braxton.

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