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It’s Your Voice, Be Heard: Voter Registration Drive at Delta State University

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This past week, the American Association of University Women partnered with the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity at Delta State University to motivate students to exercise their right to vote.

Whether students wanted to sign up to vote in Bolivar County or their hometown, the voter drive gave students one last opportunity before vote1the Oct. 8 deadline to get their Voter Registration Card in time to cast their ballot.

The association reported a surge in freshman registration this year, with over 35 freshman students registering to vote.

AAUW also supports the only program in the country that encourages and trains college women to run for student government and future political office, Elect Her.  Elect Her addresses the need to expand the pipeline of women candidates and to diminish the longstanding political leadership gender gap.

 

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Chick-fil-A Leader Academy hosts successful kickoff

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The Chick-fil-A Leader Academy Kickoff event returned to Delta State Sept. 21, bringing over 300 Mississippi high school students and administrators to campus.

The event kicked off the year-long Chick-fil-A Leader Academy, a program to be held in over 12 Mississippi high schools that teaches leadership skills and empowers students to put those skills into action.

A major goal of the Leader Academy is to inspire students to remain in school and become leaders within their communities. Students will take part in monthly leadership labs at their schools and complete several service projects in their community.

The kickoff included multiple events and is an integral aspect of the students’ initiation into the academy.

Beginning with an assembly at the Bologna Performing Arts Center, the students received detailed information on expectations and goals, and heard direct testimonials from schools that have participated in the past.

The major service event followed, as students took part in their first Impact Project of the year, sponsored by Feeding Children Everywhere. Students, administrators, and Delta State University volunteers worked together to pack 84,672 non-perishable meals to feed needy children in the Delta and beyond.

Schools that attended this year’s kickoff event included: Bayou Academy, Coahoma County High School, Gentry High School, Madison Palmer High School, Lewisburg High School, Delta Streets Academy, Hartfield Academy, Lafayette High School, St. Aloysius High School, Velma Jackson High School, Vicksburg High School, and Warren Central High School. Several schools were not able to attend the kickoff but will participate in the program with their schools.

Elizabeth Joel, coordinator of Continuing Education at Delta State, worked closely with Chick-Fil-A throughout the year to plan the one-day event.

“We are excited to start our second year partnering with Chick-fil-A and Feeding Children Everywhere,” said Joel. “The Delta State campus was overflowing with bright young leaders on Sept. 21. It is our hope that our Delta State family and campus will impact their lives and this program.”

She added it is a wonderful opportunity for Delta State to host over 300 students who are the future community leaders.

“We want to demonstrate how important community involvement is at Delta State, in hopes these students will bring their developed, compassionate leadership skills back to us when they attend college,” she said.

In addition to hosting the kickoff event, Delta State departments and student organizations will attend the leadership labs in the high schools over the next year to serve as mentors, especially in the area of community involvement, social issues and thoughtful leadership.

The Leader Academy is funded completely by Chick-fil-A stores throughout Mississippi. A team of Mississippi Chick-fil-A operators are spearheading the project. They will work closely with registered high schools as they complete their monthly leadership labs and multiple service projects for their communities.

Learn more about the program at https://chickfilaleaderacademy.com.

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Millican named Employee of the Month

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The Delta State University Staff Council recently honored Sheila Millican, senior secretary/test center supervisor for the Commercial Aviation Department, as the September 2016 Employee of the Month.

Millican, a Cleveland native, has been working department for 23 years.

“I would like to express my thanks to the Delta State University Staff Council for selecting me as Employee of the Month,” said Millican. 

She is married to Mitch Millican, and they have three daughters: Monica Pence, Madison (Martin) Harris and Holly Claire Millican. She enjoys spending time with her husband and riding motorcycles.

Each Employee of the Month winner receives a plaque, monetary award, an engraved insulated coffee mug, a free parking decal courtesy of the Campus Police Department, a box of treats from The Sweetery, a parking spot of their choice, marquee announcement and web site recognition.

For an archived list of previous winners, visit http://www.deltastate.edu/about-dsu/administration/staff-council/staff-council-employee-of-the-month/employee-of-the-month-archives/

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.

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Slots open for B.E.E.P. golf tournament

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The Delta State University (DSU) Breast Education and Early-detection Project (B.E.E.P.) will partner with the DSU Golf Course to sponsor the Third Annual B.E.E.P. Breast Cancer Awareness Golf Tournament on Saturday, Oct. 22.

The tournament will be a two-person scramble with registration beginning at 8 a.m. and tee off at 8:30 a.m. The tournament should conclude by 12 p.m..

Entry fees are $30 per person ($60 per team) and cart rental is $10 per person ($20 per team).

B.E.E.P. is funded through a grant from the Central Mississippi Steel Magnolias affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. B.E.E.P. participates in Breast Cancer Awareness events and provides breast health education throughout Bolivar, Sunflower, Washington and surrounding counties. The project also provides funding for clinical exams, mammograms, and ultrasounds for women who have limited income, are uninsured or underinsured, and have limited access to preventative healthcare.

A fish fry will be held for all participants at the conclusion of the golf tournament. The costs of the fish fry is $10 per person.

All proceeds from the tournament will go to support B.E.E.P.

For more information, contact David Williams at 662-846-4585 or dewilliams@deltastate.edu or B.E.E.P. Project Coordinator, Gail Bailey, at 662-207-0262 or gbailey@deltastate.edu.

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A Year With Frog and Toad comes to BPAC

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Watch the seasons unfold with the lovable Frog and Toad, two beloved characters from Arnold Lobel’s wildly-popular children’s book series, one of the Honor Book finalists for the prestigious Newbery Medal in children’s literature.

Produced by Casa Mañana Theatre, “A Year With Frog and Toad” hops onto the stage at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on Oct. 25. Come see the amphibious dynamic duo participate in activities for all seasons — leaf raking, snow sledding, garden planting and summer swimming —during the BPAC’s School-Time Matinee Series opening show.

Boasting a jazzy score with a host of entertaining and amiable forest creature friends, this three-time Tony Award nominated musical follows Frog and Toad as the seasons progress, relaying a tale of enduring friendship sure to excite and educate.

Tickets are still available for the 11:30 a.m. performance. The suggested grade levels for this performance are pre-K through fifth grade. Teachers are encouraged to download the free study guide compiled by Casa Mañana Performing Arts Conservatory from the BPAC’s website, www.bolognapac.com.

Tickets are $6 for adults and students, and are available for purchase by stopping by the BPAC or calling 662-846-4844.

“A Year With Frog and Toad” is sponsored locally by Monsanto.