Delta State University crowns Robbie Young Homecoming Queen

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Delta State University senior Robbie Young (at left), a social science education major of Glen Allan, was crowned Delta State Homecoming Queen during halftime ceremonies at the Saturday home football game. Pictured with Young is her brother, Bobby Scott, who served as her escort. Young was elected by the DSU student body in elections sponsored by the Student Government Association.



Delta State SAA plants town

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The Delta State University Student Alumni Association (SAA), a group of 80 students sponsored by the DSU Alumni Association, are hoping the “plant the town green” in celebration of the Year of Cleveland. Yard signs, which can purchased at the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni House for $10, went on sale prior to the Homecoming festivities. Pictured (from left) are: Dominique Milton, Merry Claire Ballard, Natalie Ditcharo,  Hattie Frank Boren, Vicki Fioranelli, advisor and alumni director; Lauren Steinle, Lindsey Locke and Claire Brewer. For more information on the spirit signs, please contact the Alumni House at (662) 846-4660.



Delta State to present Veteran’s Day celebration, Nov. 11

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As part of the ongoing Year of Cleveland celebration, The Charles W. Capps, Jr. Archives and Museum, in collaboration with the Delta State University history department, will present a Veterans’ Day celebration on Friday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 a.m. on the steps of the Capps Building on DSU campus. 

The short program honoring the veterans of this country will include music provided by Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonians and a presentation by Dr. Bo Morgan, Chair of the Delta State history department. 

Artifacts from the archival permanent collection such as a uniform, letters and photographs from the Paxton Family collection; correspondences from the Virginia Thompson collection; photographs from WWI and WWII of the Hill-Cassibry-Smith collection; and “Dear Boys” wartime letters will be  on display in the Capps building lobby.

Coffee and muffins will be provided and the program is free and open to the public.

If anyone would like to make a donation or loan to the Delta State Archives and Museum or for more information on upcoming programs and exhibits, please contact University Archivist Emily Weaver at (662) 846-4781. 

Regular Archives and Museum hours are as follows: Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m.- 4 p.m.  The Archives and Museum is closed each weekday from 12 noon – 1 p.m. 


Delta State to present 2nd Annual Delta Health & Wellness Day, Nov. 10

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Delta State University, in cooperation with its Center for Community and Economic Development and the School of Nursing, will present the Second Annual Delta Health and Wellness Day, Thursday, Nov. 10 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. inside the Bolivar County Expo Center.

In an effort to reach a broader audience and provide ample space for its exhibitors, the Delta Health and Wellness Day Planning Committee unanimously voted to move this year’s event to the Bolivar County Expo Center.

“Our goal and our hope are for this annual event to not only be community-wide, but county-wide in scope,” DHWD Chairman Rori E. Herbison explained. “We felt as if the Expo Center better fit the needs of the event. We are hopeful the move will pay dividends.”

While exhibitors are still being accepted, many repeat exhibitors have already committed to the day’s activities, including A&A Home Health Equipment; Sta-Home Health Agency; Northwest Regional Medical Center; American Cancer Center; General Nutrition Center; North Sunflower Medical Center and Bolivar Ear, Nose and Throat.

Additionally, many sponsors from a year ago have pledged their support, including Entergy; Richard Schwartz; The Cleveland News Leader; Planter’s Bank and Trust; Cleveland State Bank; The Bolivar Commercial; Delta Heart and Vascular; Sta-Home Health Agency and Northwest Regional Medical Center.

“We’re equally grateful to both our exhibitors and sponsors who have pledged their support,” Herbison continued. “Events like this simply do not work without their cooperation.”

New to the Second Annual Delta Health & Wellness Day will be an educational center stage, where local healthcare professionals and those afflicted with diseases common to the Mississippi Delta will detail their stories and advice. Of those scheduled to appear are Bolivar County Administrator Adrian Brown who will detail his chronicles with diabetes. Brown will appear on the stage from 9 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Also confirmed to appear are Dr. Scott Nelson, Sandra Stringfellow and Dr. John Alvarez of Delta State University.

This year’s event will also debut “Kid’s Korner,” in which all materials and educational presentations will be geared to the elementary-age demographic. Over 500 children from the Cleveland School District are expected to attend.

“We’re extremely excited about the new additions. We feel like “Center Stage” and “Kid’s Korner” make the event more personable, more interactive for our audience,” Herbison continued. “A lot of work by a lot of good people has gone into the planning of this event and we hope those who come can feel that and see that.”

Delta Health and Wellness Day is free and open to the public. A variety of free health screenings, including cholesterol and hearing checks, will be available on the day of the event.  Concessions will be available at a fee.

Exhibitors and sponsors are still being accepted. For more information on how to participate in Delta Health & Wellness Day, please contact Rori E. Herbison at (662) 846-4675 or Meg W. Jones at (662) 846-4842.

The Delta Health & Wellness Day Planning Committee gathers to discuss the upcoming event. Pictured, front row, r. to l., Ginger Dalton, Cleveland Personal Care Community; Lisa Oswalt, Delta State School of Nursing; Meg Jones, Delta State Center for Community & Economic Development; Deborah Moore, Delta State Center for Community & Economic Development; back row, l. to r., Rori E. Herbison, Delta State University; Ennissica Hibler, Delta AHEC; Helyn Mosley, AMERICORP*VISTA; Kim Blackwood, North Sunflower Medical Center and Kristy Kitchings. Not pictured: Farae Wolfe, Cleveland School District; Gay Pieralisi, Delta Regional Medical Center; Lara Bloomgren, Sta-Home Health Agency; Laura Fleeman; Lisa Horn, Cleveland Chamber of Commerce; Lynda Edwards, Delta Regional Medical Center; Mary Jones, Delta Health Center; Mike McCain, Cleveland Police Department; and Veronica Lowe, Partnership for Health.



Delta State University announces B.F. Smith Scholars

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The B.F. Smith Scholars Program focuses on increasing the presence of community and economic development professionals in the Mississippi Delta region. It consists of graduate assistantships for students and support for faculty and students pursuing special coursework, seminars, lectures, travel, research in the field of business development and internships related to economic development and public service.


The two Delta State University students selected are: Paul Barnhard (second from left), of Clarksdale, who will be working with Robert Ingram, Executive Director of the Greenwood-Leflore Industrial Board, and Veronika Federoutchenko (fourth from left), of Chelyabinsk, Russia, who will be interning with the Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies and the Mississippi Delta Technology Council.


Pictured are (from left): Dr. Myrtis Tabb, Senior Administrator Special Projects, Delta State University; Barnhard, Dr. John M. Hilpert, President, Delta State University; Federoutchenko, and Mr. Chip Morgan, Executive Vice President, Delta Council.


The B.F. Smith scholars were announced during the Second Annual Community Recognition Luncheon held recently in the State Room of the H.L. Nowell Union on the Delta State campus. The luncheon was recognized an official “Year of Cleveland” event.