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Delta State Alumni Association announces 2017 event dates

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association recently announced the following 2017 event dates for three of the largest events held on campus — Go Green Weekend, Pig Pickin’ and Homecoming.

On April 7-8, join the Green and White Nation for the 4th annual Go Green Weekend at Delta State. Celebrate the spring season with live entertainment, tailgating, a jambalaya cook-off, athletic games, activities for the family and more! Come out to support the Statesmen and Fighting Okra for a weekend of food, fun and sports.

The 32st annual Pig Pickin’ will be held this year on Oct. 7-8, as the Statesmen football team hosts the University of West Alabama. The full schedule of events will be announced at a later date. Make plans now to tailgate in Statesmen Park with friends and fellow alumni.

Homecoming has been set for Nov. 10-11, and the Statesmen football team is scheduled to compete against Florida Tech. Throughout the weekend, the Alumni Association has a variety of activities planned. The class of 1967 will be featured and honored, as they’ll be celebrating 50 years since graduating from Delta State. They will also be inducted into the prestigious Golden Circle, which is a constituency group of the Alumni Association that honors alumni who graduated at least 50 years ago. The National Alumni Association will recognize the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year, Alumni Hall of Fame, and other service awards. The award winners along with the Delta State Athletics Hall of Fame will be recognized at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on Nov. 10.

“Make plans now to return to campus! The Alumni Office has mailed 15,000 save-the-date postcards to our alumni and friends promoting these signature annual events. We also just released 28,000 Alumni and Foundation magazines which feature these dates, so keep them handy as a reminder,” said Jeffrey Farris, alumni director. “The Alumni Office wants to help you get back to campus to enjoy Cleveland and your alma mater.”

Email alumni@deltastate.edu with questions, and for travel info and local accommodations, go to www.visitclevelandms.com.

More details on events will be released at a later date. The official hashtag for Go Green Weekend is #GGW, Pig Pickin’ is #DSUPigPickin and for Homecoming is #DSUHC.

To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1).

Stagecraft-Workshop

DMI Students Complete Stage Performance Workshop

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The Delta Music Institute, an entertainment industry studies program at Delta State University, recently presented a stagecraft workshop on “Making Your Live Music Performance Effective,” a two-day event featuring lectures, discussions and hands-on demonstrations facilitated by Lang Bliss, live show producer with Diff’rent Wirld Productions in Nashville.

The event was held Feb. 3-4 at the DMI studios on the campus of Delta State.

According to Bliss, “DMI students and other talented young people are facing a different music industry than those seven, 10 and 15 years ago. The old record label based model doesn’t exist for most aspiring artists these days. A new model exists and is continuing to develop, where the main source of income for the vast majority of artists is centered around that artist’s live performance and their ability to gain and expand their audience with each and every show.”

Lang Bliss has over 30 years of experience in the music industry, in addition to his live music production work with Diff’rent Wirld Productions. His work as a live music producer includes everyone from weekend warrior artists to the Armed Services to those who have sold millions of records and written numerous number one hits, including The TeLang-Blissnors, Sidewalk Prophets, The Henningsens, and Francesca Battistelli.

As a performer, Bliss has been involved in the rock, country and CCM music industries as a songwriter for BMG publishing, an artist with BlissBliss, and he was signed to REX records with label mates Sixpence None the Richer. As a musician he’s played and sung with artists such as GRAMMY® and Dove award winners Michael W. Smith, Rich Mullins, and Michael McDonald.

Participants in the workshop included members of the DMI All Stars, B4Y2K, singer/songwriter Kelsey Buquet and other selected students.

The DMI is an independent center of study under the College of Arts & Sciences at Delta State University offering a B.S. degree in Entertainment Industry Studies degree. 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 information, visit http://dmi.deltastate.edu. For information about the DMI program, call (662) 846-4579 or email dmi@deltastate.edu.

Best Online BSN Degrees

Delta State tabbed in Top 50 online BSN ranking

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Delta State University and the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing were recently ranked in College Choice’s 50 Best Online BSN Programs.

The ranking canvassed schools nationwide for the best options in online bachelor’s in nursing degree programs. Delta State came in at No. 26 overall and is the only school in Mississippi to make the list.

Delta State was recognized as the most affordable program on the list, with an average credit hour cost of around $104.

“Delta State University offers one of the most economical online BSN programs, in that students can complete the nursing requirements in two semesters,” said College Choice’s ranking.

The ranking methodology aggregates data from multiple, publicly-accessible sources. See the full ranking at http://www.collegechoice.net/rankings/online-nursing-programs/

College Choice is an independent online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college.

Learn more about nursing at Delta State at http://www.deltastate.edu/school-of-nursing.

Chief Jeffrey Johns

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/.

 

1.31.17 BMC opens Student Health-18

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.