Delta State to offer ‛Understanding Money and Credit’ workshop

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Delta State University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will offer an “Understanding Money & Credit” workshop from 5:30 – 7 p.m., June 8, in Room 271 of Broom Hall on the campus. 

Christie Sledge, director of the Small Business Development Center at Delta State, will be the featured speaker.
This workshop will teach individuals and business owners how to budget, save, and improve credit.
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

Delta State Continuing Education to offer summer courses

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Delta State’s Graduate and Continuing Studies will offer an African drumming and dance class for adults and kids. This experience is about understanding culture, developing musical skills, and great physical exercise.

Karen Fosheim will be the instructor for the classes, scheduled to meet on Tuesday and Thursday, June 8 – July 1.
The class for kids ages 5-10 will meet from 9 -9:55 a.m., and youngsters ages 11-14 will meet from 10-10:55 a.m. The adult class will meet from 5:30-6:30 p.m. All classes will be held in Room 200 of Zeigel Hall.
The fee is $40 per person.
To register, contact Graduate and Continuing Studies at (662) 846-4874 or e-mail

Delta State to hold Graduate Studies discussion at the Greenville Higher Education Center

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Dr. Lynn Varner, Delta State coordinator for the Doctor of Education degree, will visit potential candidates at 4 p.m., May 27, at the Greenville Higher Education Center (GHEC) located on Highway 1 South. 

She will be joined by Jessie King, principal of Leland High School, and Dr. Janice Monroe superintendent of Leland Public Schools. Also, attending the meeting will be Dr. Albert Nylander dean of Graduate Studies at Delta State. He will be there to help anyone interested in taking courses through Delta State for the fall 2010 semester.
The Ed.D. program is part of the Thad Cochran Center for Rural School Leadership and Research on the Delta State campus. Stanford University has ranked this program in the top ten nationally.
For more information on the Doctor of Education degree or Graduate Studies, please contact J. R. Love at or 662-846-4700



Delta State host high school group from St. Louis

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Seventeen students, three faculty, and two children from historic Sumner High School in St. Louis, Missouri, visited Delta State University last week. The group was hosted by the Delta Center for Culture and Learning at Delta State and was introduced to the Delta by Lee Aylward, program associate for education and community outreach, at the Delta Center.


Sumner High School was the first public school established for African American students west of the Mississippi River. 


The group stayed in Cleveland and visited the campuses of Delta State University, the University of Mississippi, and Jackson State University. 

This tour was supported by Gear-Up a federal program that encourages high school students to attend college.


The tour was led by Claude Weathersby, an official with the Gear-Up program in the St. Louis schools. 


Weathersby first visited the Delta in March with a student group led by Susan Lampros who was a teacher participant in a workshop presented by the Delta Center in 2009.




Delta State to host 75th Delta Council meeting on May 28

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Delta State University will host the 75th Annual Delta Council meeting Friday, May 28, with events beginning at 9 a.m. on the University Quadrangle.

U.S. Senator Thad Cochran will deliver the keynote address for theannual meeting of the Delta’s regional business and agriculture organization at 10:30 a.m. in the Bologna Performing Arts Center.
“It is supremely fitting that Thad Cochran is the featured speaker as we celebrate seventy five years of progress in the Mississippi Delta region through the work of Delta Council,” said Travis Satterfield of Benoit, president of the Stoneville-based organization. “There has been no one who has impacted the landscape of the Delta region more than Thad Cochran during this generation and perhaps in our current history.”
Satterfield said that picking a speaker for this noteworthy anniversary was easy.
“If a person is from the Mississippi Delta and he is interested in higher education, they should thank Thad Cochran; if you are a Delta citizen who is interested in recreational hunting, fishing, clean lakes, and national parks in the Delta, you are indebted to Thad Cochran; if you are a veteran or if you currently are part of the American Armed Services, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, or even the space programs of this country, and you are from the Delta, you need to be proud of the fact that Thad Cochran is your friend; if you believe that cultural and heritage tourism is an important part of the rich story of the Mississippi Delta, you should know that he is the primary Congressional advocate of the arts, the history, the culture and literature; and, if you grow sweet potatoes, catfish, make farm loans, or sell seed, equipment, or fertilizer in the Mississippi Delta, you can thank your lucky stars that Thad Cochran has placed a priority on agriculture since the day he arrived in Washington, in 1972.”
“The footprint of Thad Cochran stretches across every single county in the Mississippi Delta and as we celebrate the 75th anniversary of Delta Council, we look forward to hearing Senator Cochran’s keynote address. More than anything else, on behalf of Delta Council and all of the citizens of this 18-county region who call the Delta their home, we want to thank him for all that he means to us, our communities, and our livelihoods.”
Cochran’s keynote address will follow a full morning’s activities, including a salute to Delta Honor Graduates by Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, and an annual report on the region’s activities and priorities. Delta Council will also recognize those who have made significant contributions in other critical areas of Delta life. Also, Washington political pundit Stu Rothenberg will speak in the Quadrangle earlier that morning to members of Delta 1000 about the outlook for the Senate and House races in this watershed election year.
Cochran’s address is scheduled to conclude at noon, when the Delta Council members and guests will move to the University Quadrangle for a fried catfish luncheon.
This year’s meeting is sponsored by BankPlus, Land Banks of Mississippi, Jimmy Sanders., Inc., WABG, and five organizations representing “Voices of Mississippi Agriculture;” Catfish Farmers of Mississippi, Corn Promotion Board, Cotton, Inc., Rice Promotion Board, and Soybean Promotion Board.