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The Delta Summit held at Delta State University

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Delta State University President John Hilpert (standing, right) addresses the audience attending the Delta Summit, held in the Simmons Room of the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni House.

 

 

 

The Delta Summit: Transforming the Delta from a Field of Poverty to a Land Filled with Prosperity was held June 16, at Delta State University. The program was coordinated by Mississippi State Sen. Willie Simmons (D) of Cleveland.

 
"This is an action strategy summit that will focus on developing an action plan," said Sen. Simmons. "The Delta has had far too many studies and too few action plans. The emphasis will be on the ‘T’ family – Training, Technology, Transportation, Tourism and Telemedicine."
 
Gov. Haley Barbour, educators, health care officials, and state and local elected officials came to Delta State to devise a plan for bringing economic growth to the Delta.

 

 

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Delta State to offer ‛Developing a Business Plan’ workshop

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Delta State University Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will offer “Developing a Business Plan” workshop from 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, June 24, at the Greenville Higher Education Center, 2900 A Highway 1 South in Greenville. 

 
Christie Sledge, director of the Small Business Development Center at Delta State, will be the featured speaker.
 
This seminar is designed to assist in preparing a business plan which includes industry research, description of company products and services, identifying target customer groups, and a marketing plan. Financial components discussed are startup costs and preparation of a projected cash flow statement.
 
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 this workshop which 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 dsusbdc@deltastate.edu.
 
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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.