Johns hired as Chief of Police

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Delta State University Chief of Police Jeffrey Johns

The Division of Student Affairs officially announced Jeffrey Johns as the Chief of Police for Delta State University.

Johns has served on an interim basis since November 2016 after Chief Lynn Buford, who served in the position nearly 25 years, announced his retirement.

“I am truly humbled to be chosen as Chief of Police for Delta State University,” said Johns. “I have enjoyed my time as interim and have learned so much about this unique institution. I’ve been exposed to the state’s only aviation program, the Delta Music Institute and our first-class athletics program. Additionally, each and every department I have visited exemplifies the high values of this institution and its mission to educate.”

Johns formerly served as the Chief of Police for Holmes Community College and has over 25 years of experience in law enforcement, security, and managing law enforcement in educational and government environments.

Johns said he was honored to take over after Buford’s successful career.

“Delta State has been fortunate to have only two police chiefs serve from 1969 until Chief Buford’s retirement,” said Johns. “I knew Chief Benton, and he was a widely respected lawman. Chief Buford not only served Delta State, but also on the board of the Mississippi Chiefs’ Association. He retires with a distinguished 23 years of service to this community. Those legacies are hard to surpass.”

Dr. Vernell Bennett, vice president of Student Affairs, was thrilled to announce Johns’ official hiring.

“Chief Johns comes with decades of executive level law enforcement experience and has spent almost a decade leading a college campus’s police department,” said Bennett. “His networking contacts within the state and region will serve the DSU Police Department and institution well as we continue to work towards DSU Police Department state accreditation.”

Bennett added her praise for Buford.

“Chief Buford’s love and dedication for Delta State, especially its students, is unparalleled,” she said. “I am most grateful for his service. Although we did not work together long, his commitment to student success was immediately evident upon my arrival. We wish him the best in his well-deserved retirement.”

Follow all Delta State news at http://www.deltastate.edu/.

 

DSU, BMC host ribbon cutting at Student Health Center

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Delta State University and the Bolivar Medical Center hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday (Jan. 31) to celebrate a new collaboration that will benefit students, faculty, staff and the community.
In addition to serving the Delta State student body, the O.W. Reily Student Health Center now offers comprehensive health care and wellness services to any Delta State employee or community member who has insurance coverage.

The center is being managed and staffed by BMC personnel and maintains the current staff while adding new positions.

“We’re very excited to partner with Delta State University,” said Rob Marshall, CEO of Bolivar Medical Center. “We believe this agreement can pave the way for a much broader relationship to serve the campus and the DSU community. One of the benefits of working together is that students have easier access to all the services available within our hospital.”

Delta State University President William N. LaForge is also thrilled to bring expanded health care options directly to campus.

“This partnership with Bolivar Medical Center is a great example of town-gown relations,” said LaForge. “We are not only ratcheting up our level of health services for our students, first and foremost, but we are also providing services for our faculty and staff as well as members of the community. I’m thrilled that Rob Marshall and everyone on his team have worked so diligently with our team to make this day come true.”

Services at the O.W. Reily Center include:
-Flu Clinics
-Tobacco Cessation
-Immunization and Travel Clinics
-TB Skin Testing
-Physical and Occupational Therapy
-Sports Medicine
-Diabetes Management
-Laboratory Services
-X-Ray and Imaging Services
-Asthma and Allergy Clinics
-Federal Aviation Administration Physicals

Other services include an after-hours University Health Center Nurse Advice Hotline, access to the Health Care Portal and Worker’s Compensation assistance.

Additionally, the BMC will be the primary caregiver for Delta State Athletics, offering services that include orthopedic physician coverage at home and away games, physicals, and wellness and preventive education programming.

Jamie Rutledge, vice president for Finance & Administration at Delta State, said the partnership will provide a strong financial benefit to the university.

“Transferring this important service to the folks who are in the day-to-day business of healthcare management provides cost savings to Delta State while delivering services to our students, and others, in an enhanced fashion,” he said. “This is a win-win for everybody. In addition, Bolivar Medical Center will offer an extended array of services that were not offered previously, and will also develop specialized programs and services to meet the needs of Delta State students, faculty, staff, and the community.”

The clinic is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additionally, the BMC has an after-hours clinic at the Cleveland Medical Mall that is open from 5 p.m. until midnight.

Championship basketball teams return to campus

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Photo (front row, left to right): Stacy Miller, Carlos Kelley, Tim Pledger, former coach Steve Rives, Brad Bunch, Dwaun Warmack. Back row (l to r): Robert Thompson, Rodney Francis, Ross Dorr, Marco Nicvwenbrock, Chris Sykes, Richard Micheaux, Twentis Magee, Jay Walton and Jon Parker.


The Delta State University Alumni Association recently hosted a Reunion of the men’s basketball 1996-98 Gulf South Conference championship teams.

During a dinner banquet, the former players were recognized for their contributions to the basketball program at Delta State. They then received updates on the current basketball program and future plans for athletic facility upgrades from head men’s basketball coach James Boone and Athletic Director Ronnie Mayers.

Special guest former coach Steve Rives shared words of wisdom while catching up with his former teams.

“It is always special when alumni and former staff make their way back to their alma mater,” said Jeffrey Farris,  Alumni director. “It was very special to witness the guys relive the camaraderie, team spirit and fellowship that still lives on within our athletic programs today.”

To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), Tumblr (http://www.dsualumni.tumblr.com), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Save the date for this year’s Go Green Weekend (April 8), Pig Pickin’ (Oct. 7) and Homecoming (Nov. 11).

Wired For Sound offers live music in Cleveland

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In a continuing effort to develop regular live music opportunities in the area, the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with students in the Delta Music Institute entertainment industry studies program at Delta State University, have launched a “Wired For Sound” 12-week series of live music events.

For 12 consecutive weeks, local venues will will feature local talent performing a well-known repertoire of popular music, plus original songs in several acoustic-based genres, including Americana, blues, country, folk, R&B, and singer/songwriter.

The DMI performers will be scheduled on a rotating basis in the early evening or midday hours for the enjoyment of local patrons and visitors of the Delta. Participating restaurants include Mississippi Grounds, The Warehouse, Crawdad’s, Airport Grocery and Hey Joe’s.

The series is funded by a partnership between Chamber member venues and the Chamber itself, and through proceeds from the Chamber’s Restaurant Week.

This week’s live music offerings include:
*Feb. 1 — Kacee Russell —11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Mississippi Grounds
*Feb. 2 — Spencer Day — 6-8:00 p.m. at Airport Grocery
*Feb. 3 —Kailey Mathis  — 6-8:00 p.m. at The Warehouse

Musicians scheduled to be part of the initial “Wired For Sounds” series include: Carrie Lynn Stanford (singer/songwriter, Americana/folk), Brennan Barham (singer/songwriter), Jessica Faith (singer/songwriter, Americana, pop), Ty Nash (R&B), Long Time Coming (country/Americana/folk trio), Kailey Mathis (singer/songwriter), Zach Dickerson (guitar), Brittany McGee (singer/songwriter, country, Gospel), Landen Knowles (singer/songwriter, Americana, alternative rock), Kacee Russell (singer/songwriter) and Spencer Day (singer/songwriter, country).

The Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce encourages a strong local economy by creating the best environment for businesses to thrive, citizens to live, and the cultural heritage to flourish. For additional information, contact the Chamber at 662-843-2712, or on the web at http://www.clevelandmschamber.com.

The DMI is an independent center of study under the College of Arts and Sciences at Delta State University, offering a bachelor’s degree in entertainment industry studies. The focus of the DMI is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, creative and business areas of the music and entertainment industry. For more information, visit http://dmi.deltastate.edu.

Incoming freshmen receive awards at Statesman Scholarship Day

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The Office of Admissions at Delta State University awarded the most prestigious scholarships to incoming freshmen during the inaugural Statesman Scholarship Day held on Jan. 27.

Students were selected to attend the event based on ACT scores, high school GPA, academic leadership and service demonstration. They participated in two rounds of interviews, one of which focused on academic achievements, and the other on student involvement and leadership.

The event provided an exciting opportunity for students to compete for the high-awarding scholarships, some of which are new for the fall of 2017.

Delta State recruiter Rebekah Arant assisted in the event’s preparation.

“Activities during the day included an enhanced tour, an interactive session with financial aid and student life representatives, an information session with academic leadership, lunch and an awards reception,” said Arant.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Charles McAdams, served as the keynote speaker during the academic information sessions, and President William N. LaForge delivered the congratulatory address during the awards program.

The scholarships offer an attractive aid package to the selected prospective students, explained Caitlyn Thompson, director of recruiting.

“Many of these scholarships cover a very large portion of tuition, if not all, and several awards include a four-year full ride to Delta State which includes tuition, room, board, books and the campus improvement fee,” said Thompson. “Scholarship dollars are a strong recruiting tool, and we are glad to be able to offer these awards to top-notch individuals.”

The scholarships awarded to 28 students included the Maurice & Mary Hartley Scholarship, William Doc Griffin Scholarship, Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni Scholarship, Kyle Education Trust Scholarship, Marietta Crear Scholarship, Foundation Executive Board Scholarship, Robert Allen Arnold Memorial Scholarship and the new Statesman Scholarship.

The scholars include: Catheryne Booth-Sanders (Grenada, MS), Cody Bowlin (Merigold, MS), Hunter Chandler (Canton, MS), John Coker (Hernando, MS), Amaya Colbert (Greenville, MS), Jordan Curry (Byram, MS), Evelyn Dover (Pope, MS), Hannah Duley (New Albany, MS), William Farmer (Oxford, MS), Grant Foley (Southaven, MS), Lucy George (Kingsport, TN), Olivia Herring (Pearl, MS), Kyle Hulett (Gulfport, MS), Lauryn Kidd (Bay St. Louis, MS), Ashlyn Kinman (Olive Branch, MS), Logan Krick (Hernando, MS.), Tristan Moseley (Cleveland, MS), Megan Price (Ellisville, MO), Mary Rackley (Gulfport, MS), Clayton Roberts (Bogue Chitto, MS), Taylor Street (Greenville, MS), Elizabeth Switzer (Gulfport, MS), Parker Tomlinson (Olive Branch, MS), Robert Wahl (Kenner, LA), Carson Wiseman (Olive Branch, MS.), Carl Failing (Indianola, MS), Alison Fullilove (Clarksdale, MS) and Ryan Raburn (Shreveport, LA).

For more information on scholarships or the application process, visit www.deltastate.edu/admissions, or contact 662-846-4020.