Delta State Music Department celebrates Star Spangled Banner

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The Delta State University Marching Band and choirs along with students, faculty and staff joined on the Delta State quadrangle for the singing the National Anthem as the DSU Police Dept. raised the American flag. The DSU Department of Music sponsored the public singing of the Star Spangled Banner, the U.S. National Anthem, to coincide with a celebration of the anniversary of the writing of the text to this song.

The event was held in conjunction with a national awareness campaign sponsored by The National Association for Music Education, a national professional organization, of which Delta State has a student chapter and several faculty are national members.  The event was held at the flag plaza located at the north end of the Delta State Quad.

Several other communities and schools across the country also participated with a public singing of our National Anthem. For more information on this public awareness project, please visit


Delta State University College of Business Advisory Council meets

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The Delta State College of Business Advisory Council recently met in the Simmons Room of the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni House located on the DSU campus.




The College of Business Advisory Council provides information and feedback to the Dean on what the business community would like to see in Delta State graduates.  Using excerpts of the College of Business budget, annual reports and course offerings, the council meets in discussion groups and presents their suggestions to the Dean in order to give the college a better sense of areas which can be improved. 


Pictured are: (seated, from left) Carla Johnson, Coordinator of Delta State College of Business Graduate Programs; Dr. Brent Hales, Director of the College of Business Center for Business and Entrepreneurial Research at Delta State; Dr. Mary Jean Lush, Director of the Greenville Higher Education Center; Calvin Dye, President of Cleveland State Bank; Ned Mitchell of Bolivar Insurance; Keith King, President of Dillard and Company and Chair of the Advisory Council; (standing, from left) Dr. Cooper Johnson, Chair of the Management Marketing and Business Administration Department at Delta State; John Quon, Interim Chair of Accounting , CIS and Finance at Delta State; Glendscene Williams, Director of the Small Business Development Center at Delta State;  Judson Thigpen, Executive Director of the Cleveland Chamber of Commerce; Dr. Billy C. Moore, Dean of Delta State University College of Business; and John Campbell of Williams and Associates in Memphis



Freedom Plaza dedicated at Delta State’s Parker Field

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A new flagpole and brick structure with a plaque honoring Delta State students-athletes who have fallen in service to the nation was dedicated during halftime ceremonies at the first home game at the Travis E. Parker Field. The “Freedom Plaza” is located at the north end of the football field. The Cleveland Knights of Columbus organization has provided immeasurable assistance in the completion of this project.


Pictured are: (kneeling, from left) Ryan Short, Brad Teague, Gary Gainspoletti, Steve Weis (standing, from left) Dan Short, Bill Quinton, Michael Aguzzi, Michael Lott, Kevin Cox, George Nassar, Marty Bray, Cleveland Mayor David Work, Florencia Ybarra, Louis Ybarra, Ronnie Aguzzi, Andy Lee, James Glorioso, Ben Bailey, and Delta State University President Dr. John M. Hilpert.



DSU partners with Sloan Consortium to offer Hurricane Katrina victims free education online

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Delta State University has joined The Sloan Consortium, an international association of colleges and universities committed to quality online education, in offering students whose studies have been interrupted by Hurricane Katrina an opportunity to continue their education tuition-free.

More than 1,000 students have already requested courses by signing up at

“Most of the students are from institutions based in New Orleans who are hoping to bridge during this difficult time and to return to their home institutions,” said Dave Spence, President of the Southern Regional Education Board. “We are also accepting students who are in the National Guard and will miss their regular fall term as a result of being called to active duty in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.”

In collaboration with the Southern Regional Education Board and with a $1.1 million grant from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, the special eight-week accelerated semester provides a wide range of courses to serve the learning needs of students at the community college, university and graduate level, regardless of academic discipline. 

“There are now more than 1,000 courses available for students to choose from,” said Frank Mayadas, Program Director of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.  “There are more than 200 institutions, from marquee name universities to community colleges who are waiving tuition and fees.” 

All courses carry degree credit from regionally accredited colleges and universities. 

Mayadas says that support is also being offered to institutions who are not directly impacted by the hurricane, but that are struggling to meet the needs of students who have relocated to their campuses. “If a student can’t get a full load or if their host doesn’t offer a specific course, Sloan Semester is a great resource.”

Student registration began Sept. 19, with classes set to begin Oct. 15, 2005.

The Southern Regional Education Board ( headquartered in Atlanta, was created in 1948 by Southern governors and legislatures to help leaders in education and government work cooperatively to advance education and improve the social and economic life of the region. The SREB has 16 member states: Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia. Each state is represented by its governor and four gubernatorial appointees.

The Sloan Consortium ( is the nation’s largest association of institutions and organizations committed to quality online education and administered through Franklin W. Olin College of Engineering and Babson College.  Its mission is to help learning organizations continually improve quality, scale, and breadth according to their own distinctive missions, so that education will become a part of everyday life, accessible and affordable for anyone, anywhere, at any time, in a wide variety of disciplines.  


DSU to host one of five volunteer service forums

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The Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service (MCVS) has announced today from its Jackson headquarters, five public forums will be held to announce the availability of federal funds to support new Mississippi AmeriCorps and Learn and Serve America programs.   

Delta State University, along with other educational institutions, governmental agencies and nonprofit organizations are all eligible to apply for national service funding.  The forums will begin at 1:30 p.m. in each of the following five cities, with the DSU Center for Community and Economic Development playing host to the Oct. 18 forum.  

Natchez will play host to the Oct. 12 forum, with Tupelo on Oct. 19; Meridian on Oct. 25 and Jackson on Nov. 1.  

AmeriCorps, similar to a domestic Peace Corps, is a national service network that provides opportunities for participants, called members, to serve their communities and assist in building the capacity of nonprofit organizations.  AmeriCorps programs provide human and other resources to local and national nonprofit organizations to build their capacity to meet local needs.   

Grants support organizations that use volunteer service as a strategy for addressing needs while also fostering an ethic of civic responsibility in participants.  These grants initiate, improve, or expand the ability of organizations and communities to provide services to address local unmet environmental, educational, public safety (including disaster preparedness and response), or other human needs.   Within these issue areas, programs may submit proposals that address specific problems of local communities.              

In exchange for a year of service, AmeriCorps members receive a modest living allowance, health care benefits, child care assistance (if income eligible), and extensive training.  Upon successful completion of the year of service, full-time AmeriCorps members receive an education award of $4,725 to further their higher education or to repay qualified past college loans.

The Mississippi State Program Office of the Corporation for National and Community Service will also participate in these forums and will share information about the AmeriCorps*VISTA and Senior Corps programs.            

To register for any of these forums, including Jackson, or to receive additional information on national service and program eligibility, call or email Judy Stein at (601) 432-6224 or 1-888-353-1793,, or visit the website at   

For more information on a local level, please contact Delta State Center for Community and Economic Development Director, Deborah Moore at (662) 846-4339.