Delta State conference promotes excellence in the classroom

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The keynote speaker, Dr. Jim Eison (at right) addresses Delta State University faculty and staff attending the ROMEA (Reaching Out to Mississippi, Education in Action) conference. Eison currently teaches in the doctoral program in Higher Education at the University of South Florida. The focus of the conference is on teaching excellence, student learning, technology integration, and issues which confront faculty in Mississippi. The ROMEA Conference on Teaching in Higher Education was held recently in Ewing Hall at Delta Sate University


The ROMEA conference is made possible by a grant from the Kent and Janice Wyatt Faculty Development Fund.


Delta Room to be renamed in memory of long-time DSU faculty member Henry J. Jacob

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Despite his retirement on June 30, 1974, Dr. Henry Judson Jacob’s long and lasting impression can still be felt on campus today. In recognition of his committed service to Delta State University, the Delta Room in Ewing Hall will be renamed The Henry J. Jacob Conference Center, on Friday, Oct. 7 at 10 a.m.

A 28-year veteran of the Delta State faculty, Jacob served loyally in the College of Education for all of his years on the Cleveland campus. A professor, first, Jacob served as head of the Education and Psychology department in the late 1950’s, early 1960’s, until becoming the Director of Graduate Studies in 1965. Jacob would later be promoted to serve as the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies in 1971, where he stayed until his retirement.

In a recent letter, Delta State alumnus, Dr. Bob Ferguson, remembered Jacob’s contributions, offering, “We do not feel that Delta State would have the excellent reputation and quality graduate program in education that it has if Dr. Jacob had not been the driving force, leader and first Chairman of the Graduate School of Education.”

The renaming ceremony is free and open to the public. All are encouraged to attend. For more information, please contact the Delta State Office of University Relations at (662) 846-4675.



Delta State to celebrate Year of Cleveland with Saturday night fireworks display

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Any good celebration needs fireworks, and this Saturday, Oct. 22, Delta State University will present a fireworks display at Travis E. Parker Field as part of it’s “The Year of Cleveland” festivities.

In his recent State of the University address, Dr. John M. Hilpert, Delta State’s President,  announced in conjunction with Delta State University’s 80th academic year and in recognition of a positive town and gown relationship for the past eight decades, the 2005-2006 university term has been designated, “The Year of Cleveland.”

 “Nearly all colleges and universities in this country exist within the boundaries of a municipality, but we, at Delta State University, know there is no better host community than Cleveland, Mississippi. Cleveland is alive with promise, and we are proud to be participating citizens,” Hilpert offered. “We’re grateful for the cooperation and support that have always characterized the relationship.”

The fireworks show is just one of the many thrilling and dynamic events to be held throughout the year to commemorate “The Year of Cleveland.” Delta State University, in cooperation with “The Year of Cleveland” steering committee, is in the planning stages of more events, including the second annual community recognition luncheon; a Veteran’s Day celebration; an essay contest; an Easter egg hunt, and many more. “The Year of Cleveland” will be a 12-month celebration culminating in Sept. 2006.

Ned Mitchell, who Hilpert acknowledged as “one our community’s prominent citizens” and “one of our most committed alumni,” is chairing “The Year of Cleveland” committee, and is excited about the opportunity.

“I think this a wonderful thing for Delta State to do. The community and the University have always been so intertwined and worked so beautifully together. We’ve gained synergy from one another, and I think “The Year of Cleveland” will be just another shining example of that,” Mitchell added. “We hope to have a number of activities planned and encourage as much community and university participation as possible.”

The fireworks will begin at the conclusion of the Statesmen’s football game, which is set to kick-off at 6 p.m. inside Travis E. Parker Field. For more on the fireworks display or any other “The Year of Cleveland” event, please contact the Delta State Office of University Relations at (662) 846-4675.

The Year of Cleveland Steering Committee: (Left to Right, Front Row) Vicki Fioranelli, Delta State University; Mimi Dossett; Jo Parker, The Wishing Well; Linda Collins, Collins Construction Company; Alinda Sledge, Delta State University; (Left to Right, Back Row) Ronnie Mayers, Delta State University; Ed Kossman, Kossman’s Inc.; Ned Mitchell, SouthGroup/Bolivar Insurance; Judson Thigpen, Chamber of Commerce; Mark Williams, The Bolivar Commercial; Georgene Clark, Delta State University; Dr. Kent Wyatt, Delta State University; Dr. Myrtis Tabb, Delta State University; Dr. John Hilpert, Delta State University. Not pictured: Adrian Brown, Bolivar County Administrator and Gary Gainspoletti, Gainspoletti Financial Services.


Delta State to host 14th Annual Elliot-Nowell-White Science Symposium

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Delta State University will play host to The 14th Annual Elliott-Nowell-White-Science Symposium, Thursday, Oct. 20 and Friday, Oct. 21.

Dedicated to the advancement of medicine through research, the symposium was established in 1992 by Doctors Robert L. and Mary C. Elliott of the Elliott-Elliott-Head Breast Cancer Research and Treatment Center (EEH) in Baton Rouge, La. Its purpose is to introduce Delta State students and faculty to outstanding scientists of international stature whose careers in research serve as role models for students majoring in the Sciences.

This year’s program will feature lectures by the following: Dr. Robert Elliott; Dr. James Holland, Distinguished Professor of Neoplastic Disease at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, N.Y., N.Y.; Dr. Steinar Aamdal, Senior Oncologist, and Head of the Department of Clinical Cancer Research, The Norwegian Radium Hospital, University of Oslo, Norway; Dr. Kenneth Peterson, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center-Shreveport; and Dr. Mark S. Elliott; Plastic Surgeon, Meridian, Miss.

Other speakers are Reginald Herrington and Emily Boykin, recent participants in the Elliott Research Fellowship Program sponsored by The Elliott-Elliott-Head Breast Cancer Research and Treatment Center, Baton Rouge, La. Each summer, outstanding Delta State students are given the opportunity to participate in leading cancer research at the Mastology Research Institute, the research arm of the EEH Center in Baton Rouge.

Dr. Robert Elliott will open the symposium with the Armchair Session Thursday, Oct. 20, at 3:30 p.m., Caylor Hall, Room 105. His topic “In Search of Excellence” is Dr. Elliott’s way of “lighting the fire within” today’s students to take up the banner of excellence and strive to achieve greatness.

The Johnny Outz Memorial Lectures, also presented on Oct. 20 will begin at 7:00 p.m. in Jobe Hall. They will include: “New Aspects About the Cause of Breast Cancer,” by Dr. James Holland and “Cancer Vaccines and Chemotherapy: Friend or Foe,” by Dr. Steinar Aamdal.

The Roy Lee Wiley Lecture Series, which opens Oct. 21 at 8:30 a.m., Caylor Hall, Room 205 will begin with accounts of their summer experiences at the Mastology Research Institute by students, Reginald Herrington and Emily Boykin.  The program continues with a presentation, “Vibrio Cholerae – an Ancient Scourge with State-of-the-art Virulence Mechanisms,” by Dr. Kenneth Peterson, and concludes with “The Art of Beauty,” by Dr. Mark Elliott.

The Elliott-Nowell-White-Science Symposium is a part of The Elliott Program of Excellence, a multi-faceted endeavor that benefits students from all walks of life at Delta State University. It is held each year in honor of H. L. Nowell and Dr. Jesse S. White.

The symposium is free to the public. All interested students and non-students are invited to attend. For more information, contact the Office of Biological and Physical Sciences at Delta State University, at (662) 846-4240.




DSU College of Business to celebrate academic excellence at annual lecture series

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Delta State University’s College of Business will present its annual lecture series, Thursday, Oct. 27 at 11 a.m. inside the State Room of the H.L. Nowell Union Building on campus.

With “Celebrating Academic Excellence” serving as this year’s message, the College of Business will welcome David Abney, President of UPS International and 1976 Delta State alumnus, for the keynote address.

As President of UPS International, Abney is charged with the strategic development and management of UPS’s international package division. As part of UPS’s Management Committee, Abney is also responsible for overseeing UPS’s international package services within the United States.

A native of Greenwood, Abney received his bachelor’s degree in business administration. It was while at Delta State, he began his career with UPS, as a part-time employee loading and unloading packages in 1974.

Since that time, Abney has held various positions throughout his UPS career, including division manager in New Jersey and district manager in Utah. He also served as president of SonicAir®, UPS’s same-day delivery service. While president of SonicAir, Abney was honored with the Professionalism in Services/Support Management Award by the International Association of Services Management for demonstrating exemplary managerial characteristics.

Prior to taking the helm of UPS’s top international post, Abney led UPS’s logistical and freight operations in Canada, Latin America and the United States. He later headed up the global operations of UPS’s freight forwarding and customs brokerage operations. During his tenure, Abney oversaw UPS’s largest acquisition in recent history – the Fritz Companies.

“Obtaining my degree from Delta State was like crossing the continental divide. I was the first in my family to graduate from a university,” Abney offered. “My education at Delta State certainly helped prepare me for the ‘real world’ of business. It has been 29 years since I left Delta State, and as I now travel throughout the world, I proudly refer to Delta State wherever I go.”

The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, please contact the College of Business at (662) 846-4200.