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Delta State helps Wiley celebrate 103rd birthday

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Roy Lee Wiley, Delta State associate professor emeritus of physics, from Greenville, who will turn 103 on June 17, was treated to a birthday party by friends, family and Delta State University faculty and staff.

 
Wiley began his teaching career at Delta State in 1942 and retired in 1975. He taught physics, astronomy, electronics, radio and physical sciences. He has been a loyal member of the Lion’s Club for more than 50 years. He continues to be a supporter of Delta State and a fan of Delta State athletics.
 
The Delta State Planetarium was named in honor of Wiley and in memory of his wife, Clara Belle. Wiley was also honored with a lecture series named in his honor. The Roy Lee Wiley Lectures are held in conjunction with the Elliott-Nowell-White Science Symposium at Delta State.
 
Dr. Pete Walker, Delta State professor emeritus of educational administration and supervision and colleague of Wiley, said: "Roy is and always will be an asset to Delta State. He is an outstanding gentleman who has tasted the good the world has to offer. To really know Roy well, one would have had to be one of his students and gained from his knowledge, personality, and passion."
 
About 50 friends of Wiley attended his birthday celebration luncheon held on Monday, June 14, in the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni House at Delta State.
 

 

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Delta State and community welcome Teach for America cohorts

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Delta State and Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce volunteers (right) welcome and hand out literature to student members of the Teach for America program arriving Sunday, June 13, to the Delta State campus.

 
Check-in and registration tables were set up in Wyatt Gym, and fans, ice cream and bottled water were provided for the guests as temperatures climbed to the upper 90 degrees.
 
About 385 corps members arrived Sunday, bringing the total of Teach for America students and staff at Delta State to about 800. The Teach for America students and staff will be at Delta State and the Delta until July 22.
 
About 300 Teach for America students will remain in the Delta region for the next two years to teach in public schools. 
 
Delta State was chosen in 2009 as the eighth Teach for America training location and the first in a rural setting, joining Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, and Phoenix.   

 

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Delta State fashion merchandising students showcase work at Delta Council

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Original cotton clothing created by fashion merchandising students on display at Delta Council Dr. Jan Haynes, professor of fashion merchandising and chair of Family & Consumer Sciences is shown with an original design

 

 

Original cotton apparel designs and trend boards completed by Delta State University’s fashion merchandising students in the College of Education’s Division of Family & Consumer Sciences were recently exhibited at Delta Council’s meeting held on the campus. The fashions were displayed in the lobby of the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

 

 

 

 

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Delta State’s Green receives research award

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Delta State Associate Professor of Sociology and Community Development Dr. John Green was recently awarded the 2010 Ted K. Bradshaw Outstanding Research Award. The award is presented by the Community Development Society in recognition of outstanding contributions to community development.

 
Green received his bachelor’s in political science and master’s in sociology from Mississippi State University. He obtained his Ph.D. in rural sociology from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2002 and returned to Mississippi as a faculty member in the Division of Social Sciences at Delta State University.
 
During 2009-2010, he has been interim chair for the Division of Social Sciences and acting chair of the Department of History.
 
Green is the founding director of the Institute for Community-Based Research at Delta State. A collaborative partnership between the Division of Social Sciences and the Center for Community and Economic Development, the institute works with students, faculty and grassroots organizations to engage in applied research and evaluation. Additionally, the institute partners with a broad array of nonprofits, foundations and universities. Among a diverse portfolio of projects, the institute regularly conducts quantitative and qualitative research and works with organizations to use results for planning and evaluating projects to move communities from vulnerability to resiliency. This involves initiatives in the Delta and the Gulf Coast regions of Mississippi.
 
In addition to his faculty positions at Delta State, Green has professional appointments as a consultant to the Michigan Center for Public Health Preparedness, University of Michigan and a Research Fellow at the Social Science Research Center, Mississippi State University. He was awarded the Delta State Foundation Prizes for Excellence in Service and for Excellence in Research, and the Rural Sociological Society’s Award for Excellence in Extension and Public Outreach in 2009. He served as president of the Alabama-Mississippi Sociological Association, and he is currently a council member with the Rural Sociological Society.
 
Green will be honored during the Awards Banquet of the Community Development Society Annual International Conference to be held July 25-28, in New Orleans.
 

 

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Delta State to offer ‛Time Management: How to Get More Accomplished in Less Time’ workshop

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Delta State University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will offer a “Time Management: How to Get More Accomplished in Less Time” from 2-3 p.m., on June 15, at the Humphreys County Library at 105 South Hayden Street in Belzoni.

 
Dr. Cooper Johnson, chair of Entrepreneurship in Business Technology and Dr. Jamye Long, assistant professor of management at Delta State, will be the featured speakers.
 
The Time Management workshop focus on the specific skills employees need in order to efficiently accomplish established organizational goals. Through proper planning and organizing, employees are better equipped to handle daily tasks as well as unexpected and pertinent situations.
 
Delta State University’s SBDC is a member of the Mississippi Small Business Development Centers (MSBDC) network. MSBDC has assisted Mississippi businesses since 1981. 
 
Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance by calling (662) 846-4236 or by mail to the Delta State University MSBDC at P.O. Box 3235, Cleveland, MS 38733, funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Registration is required for all workshops. Business owners and managers are encouraged to attend.
 
The workshop is free and open to the public. If you would like to attend and to reserve a seat, contact the Delta State SBDC at (662) 846-4236 or e-mail jstarks@deltastate.edu or contact Catfish Museum at (662) 247-4838 or catfish@belzonicable.com.