Delta State Business students explore Asia and Europe

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Europe participants at the Tower Bridge, London, England (l to r): Matthew Miller of Batesville, Ark.,; Jeremy Stephens of Clarksdale; Carrie Mayo of Cleveland, Wuanita Roberts of Lexington; and Wilnessa Foster of Alligator.


Asia participants Joshua McDill of Flowood. (back right), Claire Pitts of Indianola (front 2nd from right) and  Dr.  Ziegelmayer (front right) join other students for a tour of the Kia Motors factory, Seoul, South Korea.


Eight members of the Delta State community traveled abroad this summer to learn more about business in other cultures. The trips were part of the Business Study Abroad program, an initiative offered by the Delta State University College of Business.


Billy C. Moore, dean of the College of Business said, “The goal of the program is to help participants become more globally engaged. Business operates in a global society and we must expose our students to the global business environment.  We are very fortunate to have this opportunity and I expect the program will continue to grow as more students understand the importance of international business.”   


Participants chose to travel to either Europe for 12 days or to Asia for ten days. The Europe itinerary included London, Paris, and Rome and included visits to Bloomberg Finance in London, JP Morgan in Paris, and Telecom Italia in Rome. In addition students attended a lecture at the Hult International Business School in London. The Asia itinerary included Tokyo, Japan and Seoul and Busan, South Korea. Students visited the Samsung Innovation Center and Kia Motors factory in Seoul and Hyundai Heavy Industries shipyard in Busan. Both groups were able to participate in sightseeing during their free time.


This is the second year that the College of Business has offered Business Abroad courses. Billy Morehead, chair of the Division of Accountancy, CIS, and Finance said, “The Business Study Abroad program began in 2008 when Dr. Jennifer Ziegelmayer, assistant professor of Computer Information System, and a couple of faculty discussed the potential benefits of getting our students into other cultures to see that business operates differently from the way we do things in the States. It was exciting offering these classes and we look forward to the study abroad program being an annual offering. I am grateful to Dr. Ziegelmayer for her leadership in this study abroad program.”


The Business Study Abroad program involves taking a short-term study tour to expose students, faculty, and community members to other cultures and business practices. The inaugural tour took place during the summer of 2009 when participants spent two weeks in Europe visiting various businesses and historic and cultural sites. In addition to a return to Europe and South Korea, future study abroad locations being considered are Turkey, West Africa, and Brazil.


The annual study abroad program is available to all members of the Delta State community including alumni and local residents. Delta State students may participate on a for-credit basis at both the undergraduate or graduate level. Students taking the trip for course credit may be eligible for financial aid to assist in the costs.


This year’s participants included: Claire Pitts of Indianola; Joshua McDill of Flowood; Jeremy Stephens of Clarksdale; Wilnessa Foster of Alligator; Wuanita Roberts of Lexington; Matthew Miller of Batesville, Ark., and alumna Carrie Mayo of Cleveland. The trips were led by Ziegelmayer.




Delta State to offer ‛Money Sources For Your Small Business workshop

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Delta State University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will offer a “Money Sources For Your Small Business” workshop from 10 a.m.- noon, July 13, at Greenville Higher Education Center, 2900 A Highway 1 South, Greenville.


Christie Sledge, director of the Small Business Development Center at Delta State, will be the featured speaker.

This seminar explores ways to finance a business. Topics will include steps in securing a bank loan, SBA Guaranty Loan Programs, Planning and Development District financing, how to compare financing sources, what the lender wants in a proposal and how your credit score impacts your ability to secure financing.


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.


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



Teachers decide it’s time to give back

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From left to right, workshop participant Kim Bliss, who teaches in Portland Oregon; Luther Brown, director of the Delta State Delta Center, Lee Aylward, of the Delta Center; Bonnie Littleton, of the St. Gabriel Mercy Center Board of Directors; and workshop participant Edi Campbell a teacher from Indianapolis. 


From the blues to cotton to catfish, the Mississippi Delta is famous for the many things it has given to America. This past week during the National Endowment for the Humanities Landmark Institute “The Most Southern Place on Earth: Music, Culture, and History in the Mississippi Delta”  40 teachers from all over the United States were able to deepen their understanding of the Delta by seeing, tasting and touching the real land. One thing that could not be missed was how much the people of the Delta cherish their rich heritage and how willing they are to share it.

After visiting places like Cleveland, Greenville, Indianola, Tallahatchie County, Dockery Farms, Mound Bayou and other sites, the teachers in the group were able to better understand the past and to want for a better tomorrow for all Americans. The teachers were so touched by the Delta and its people that they decided to make a donation of $260 to the Saint Gabriel Mercy Center in Mound Bayou in the names of Luther Brown and Lee Aylward and the Delta Center for Culture and Learning at Delta State University.


Delta State Department of Mathematics hosts workshop

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The 20 participants were selected from mathematics teachers in the Mississippi Delta area. They are: (front row, from left) Krystaline Young of Indianola, Jalisha Cross of Horn Lake, Cynthra Jones of Greenville, Rachel Allhands of Clarksdale, Diana Sanders of Mound Bayou, Ernestine Tucker of Mound Bayou, Elizabeth B. Fisher of Greenville, Louise Robinson of Mound Bayou, Jacqueline Brown Haynes of Greenville, Sara Johnson of Duck Hill, Sara Norman of Cleveland, (back row, from left) Rod Fullilove of Shelby, Norman Snerling of Clarksdale, Garth Stewart of Cleveland, Miter Franklin of Horn Lake, Diane S. Owens of Indianola, Anthony deBlois of Grenada, Patrick Evans of Cleveland, Christopher McCoy of Shelby, Delta State Assistant Professor of Mathematics Dr. Leslie Horton of Laurel. Not pictured: Rochelle Clifton of Mound Bayou, Virginia Curb of Cleveland and Laura Little of Cleveland.



The Number Sense Algebra/Geometry Institute for mathematics teachers of grades 4-12 was funded under the No Child Left Behind Act and was held in the summer of 2010 on the Delta State University campus. 

The major purpose of the institute was to assist “in need” teachers in acquiring knowledge and developing enthusiasm and excitement for teaching mathematics to their students. A teacher “in need” is defined as a new teacher, one who is teaching mathematics but not certified in mathematics, one who has a weak background in mathematics, or one who needs mathematics course work to be classified as “highly qualified.”  The thirty-four districts in the Delta Area Association for Improvement of Schools (DAAIS) are high need districts. Teachers from these districts had priority in the selection process.
The focus of the Institute was on number sense and its impact on students’ success in algebra and geometry with appropriate connections, assessments, teaching techniques, and manipulatives used in all sessions.
The workshop was directed by Dr. Leslie Horton of the Delta State University Department of Mathematics. Dr. Horton was assisted by Laura Little from Cleveland and Krystaline Sample-Young from Indianola.





Delta State hosts Levee Board workshop for teachers

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The Delta State University Delta Center for Culture and Learning recently conducted a three-day workshop on the Mississippi River and flood control. 

Fourteen Delta teachers participated in the workshop funded by the Yazoo-Mississippi Delta Levee Board, in whose offices this photo was taken. 
Participants also visited the site of the levee break that created the Great Flood of 1927, near Scott.