The Delta Student University African American Student Council held its spring induction ceremony  Wednesday by welcoming 45 new members.

African American Student Council hosts induction

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The Delta Student University African American Student Council held its spring induction ceremony Wednesday in the Lena Roberts Sillers Chapel.

Lead by the executive board members and advisors, the organization inducted and welcomed 45 new members. The ceremony included the origin and significance of the organization’s colors red, black and green, the reciting and signing of the African American Student Council Pledge, and the motivational words of Judge Jaribu Hill.

Hill is the founder and executive director of the Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights. She serves as municipal judge for the city of Moorhead, Mississippi, and she is a human rights attorney and a veteran community organizer.

Hill is an international human rights spokesperson and a frequent writer and commentator on human rights themes. Speaking about the past struggles of African Americans throughout history, Hill reflected on the legacy of many students and activists who have taken a similar vow, such as Congressman John Lewis when he served as chairperson of Student Nonviolence Coordinator Committee from 1963-1966. She also referenced the host of men and women who suffered great trials in Selma, Alabama to gain the right to vote in 1965.

“It is an honor to congratulate you amazing young men and women of such a momentous and important celebration of culture and unity,” she said.

The students of the African American Student Council have been extremely active in celebrating Black History Month throughout February.

“There have been several displays noting African American historical figures, statistics, Greek organizations, cultural traditions, clothing and music,” said advisor Stedmond Ware. “This will climax as the AASC students, joined by God’s Anointed Voice, gather to sing ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ Friday, February 26 on the quad at noon. Everyone is welcome, so please come out and join us.”

Emily Adams, a freshmen from Boyle, Mississippi, took home the crown for Most Beautiful and was also selected Most Photogenic at the annual Most Beautiful Pageant on Tuesday.

Most Beautiful Pageant winners announced

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Delta State University held its annual Most Beautiful Pageant on Tuesday at the Bologna Performing Arts Center. Recognition was given to Most Beautiful, Most Photogenic, Four Beauties and Top 10.

Emily Adams, a freshmen from Boyle, Mississippi, took home the crown for Most Beautiful and was also selected Most Photogenic.

Four Beauties recognition went to Katie Stover, freshmen (Southaven); Briana Sturgis, senior (Jackson); Abby Ray Vance, sophomore (Grenada); and Leah Green, freshmen (Hernando).

Also included in the Top Ten category were: Brinkley Henry, junior (Greenville), Emily Grossi, junior (Marks); Hailey Ash, senior (Olive Branch); Breanna Bess, junior (Duck Hill); Haley King, junior (Holcomb); and Adams, Stover, Sturgis, Vance and Green.

“We are thrilled with the participation this year,” said Bevin Lamb, executive director of pageants. “We had 34 girls compete, and it was great to see such a large crowd from campus and the community come out and support them.”

The pageant was sponsored by the Delta State University Student Government Association and produced by the Pageant Board, a Delta State student organization.


Moving from Talk to Action: Resource and Community Forum

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Join Delta State and the Center for Community and Economic Development March 16 at 9:30 a.m. for a free event called “Moving From Talk to Action: Resource and Community Forum.”

The forum, housed in the Jacob Conference Center on campus, will highlight resources and programs to assist Mississippi stakeholders make the move from talk to action to tackle current issues affecting the quality of life for Mississippi residents. It will also offer collaborative opportunities for stakeholders to work with other organizations to achieve results more effectively.

A panel discussion will explore information about education, health care, household financial stability and funding in the state.

Representatives from the following organizations will be available:

  • Center for Asset Development – CAD seeks to advance the transformation of the economic landscape of Mississippi, addressing issues such as health care, access to job opportunities, training, community involvement and policy change. They also assist partners on policy reform, developing new programs to target marginalized communities and actively engage more consumers.
  • Center for Household Financial Stability – The St. Louis Fed’s Center for Household Financial Stability was launched to research and strengthen the balance sheets of struggling American families. A basic premise of the center is that families improve their financial stability through broad-based economic growth, higher net household incomes and stronger balance sheets. Financially stable families face less economic risk and more economic mobility within and across generations. As financially healthy families spend, save and invest more, the national also economy grows.
  • Hope Policy Institute – Over a quarter of the nation’s persistent poverty counties and parishes are located in the Midsouth states of Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. In addition to high levels of poverty, residents also experience low levels of banking access, health outcomes, quality education and jobs. To support advocacy for investment in persistent poverty places, the HPI has published a series of maps that illustrate the relationship between persistent poverty and a number of other indicators of economic distress.

Participation in the event is free, but registration is required by March 11, as space is limited. Lunch will be provided. To register for the event, visit

An event summary is available at

For more information, contact Teresa Cheeks Wilson at 901-531-5109 or

Dr. Corlis Snow was recently recognized as Delta State's nominee for the IHL's 2016 Diversity Award for Excellence in honor of Black History Month.

Snow honored as diversity nominee

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The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning gathered Feb. 18 to celebrate February’s Black History Month by honoring faculty and staff from Mississippi institutions.

The board has been commemorating Black History Month since 1992 with awards that recognize the achievements of university faculty and staff who work to promote diversity and academic excellence on campuses and communities.

Dr. Corlis Snow, associate professor of elementary education at Delta State, was selected as the university’s nominee for the 2016 Diversity Award for Excellence.

“It is an honor to be recognized for the efforts I’ve made to prepare teachers to ensure diverse learners in the K-12 setting receive effective instruction,” said Snow.

Snow serves as the Delta State team leader for the state’s CEEDAR Team (Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability and Reform), an initiative to inform policies about teacher licensure processes to ensure diverse students receive instruction from qualified teachers.

Previously, she helped conceptualize, develop and implement the Literacy Enhancement Clinic, a grant-funded effort included in Project 21 of the Delta Health Initiative. The LEC was a field-based training site for graduate and undergraduate teacher education majors and dietetics majors who diagnosed and remediated literacy difficulties and provided nutrition instruction for diverse K-12 students.

Snow received her Doctor of Education degree in elementary education from the University of Mississippi and her Master of Education degree in elementary education from Delta State. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in education with an emphasis in reading from Delta State.

She is a former registered nurse with several years of practice as a home health professional, and she began her career in education as a second grade teacher at Ray Brooks School in Benoit, Mississippi.

Her research interests include early literacy instruction, remediating reading difficulties, research-based approaches for informational text instruction, teacher leadership and best practices for online instruction.

Snow’s hobbies include reading, traveling with family and fishing. She is married to Willie J. Snow, Jr. and has two children, Alexia and Aasin.

The Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning governs the public universities in Mississippi, including Alcorn State University; Delta State University; Jackson State University; Mississippi State University including the Mississippi State University Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine; Mississippi University for Women; Mississippi Valley State University; the University of Mississippi including the University of Mississippi Medical Center; and the University of Southern Mississippi.