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Alumni and Foundation Announces Delta State University Giving Days

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The Delta State University Alumni and Foundation Office has implemented a new philanthropy initiative, Delta State Giving Days, to encourage alumni and friends to donate to the Annual Fund and help reach the goal of $500,000. The objective of Giving Days is to raise by June 30th the remaining $75,000 towards the $500,000 goal and to increase overall donor participation.

“As a public university, Delta State relies heavily on financial support from individuals, businesses, and foundations,” said Missy Pearce, Director of the Annual Fund. “Gifts to the Annual Fund are used primarily for awarding scholarships, faculty and staff development, marketing the university, and a multitude of other projects necessary for enhancing the University. This year the Annual Fund funded new initiatives in the areas of Admissions and Student Success Center to help with recruitment and retention of students.”

Giving Days will begin May 23 and end June 30, which gives alumni and friends 39 days to make a gift. That’s an average of $1,923 per day needed to reach the goal. No gift is too small; previous donations range in size from $2 to $23,000. All are encouraged to give, even current students. Jessica Foster, of Clarksdale began donating to the Annual Fund when she was a sophomore at Delta State. Foster graduated in December, but she still continues to support the Annual Fund.

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“Delta State has been nothing less than the perfect home-away-from-home for me,” said Foster. “The Annual Fund allows the university to improve in multiple areas. I want to help Delta State become the best university it can be because it has helped me become the best person I could be.”

In addition to reaching the $500,000 goal Giving Days offers an opportunity to achieve a goal of 100% participation among business, families, and university campus offices. Leading the way is the Delta State Alumni-Foundation Office staff who has achieved the 100% goal.

“We are proud to claim that 100% of employees of the Alumni and Foundation Office are donors to the Annual Fund,” said Keith Fulcher, Executive Director of Alumni-Foundation. “The office has also achieved the goal of 100% of all Alumni employees being dues paying members of the National Alumni Association, and we are now working towards the goal of 100% of employees having a Delta State logo car tag. All three sources of revenue support the University.”

The Alumni and Foundation Office staff invites and challenges others to join them in reaching the 100% mark in the areas of making a gift to the Annual Fund and being a dues paying member of the National Alumni Association.

Over 600 Alumni and friends have already made a gift to the Annual Fund. The names of Annual Fund donors can be found at www.deltastategiving.org/unrestrictedannualgiving/givingclubs. Your gift will help us reach our numeric goal of 700 donors to the Annual Fund as well as the monetary goal.

The process of making a gift is very simple and can be made online at www.deltastategiving.org, or checks can be mailed to DSU Foundation, Box 3141, Cleveland, MS 38733. Gifts of stock and other appreciated assets are acceptable alternatives to making cash gifts.

Please consider using the Twitter hashtag #DSUGivingDays to encourage others to join you in making a gift. Tell us why you give by sharing your story on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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Entergy Mississippi gives grant to Delta State InFuse program

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The Bolivar County Power Lunch was held recently at Delta State University. The luncheon celebrated a new $50,000 grant presented to Delta State by Entergy.

“At Entergy, our vision is ‘We Power Life’. That means not only providing electricity, but also enriching our communities through improved educational opportunities,” said Haley Fisackerly, Entergy Mississippi president and CEO.  “Our grant to Delta State will be divided between providing scholarships for worthy students and helping to fund the InFuse program. This program will provide more students with science and technology skills and education, preparing them for the in-demand jobs of the future.”

This is not the first time that Entergy Mississippi has partnered with schools in the region they serve. In 2012, the company received two Governor’s Awards of Distinction from the Mississippi Association of Partners in Education. The company has been listed in the top 10 for Site Selection magazine’s Top Utilities in Economic Development for the past eight years, and this year, Corporate Responsibility magazine named Entergy Corporation #18 overall  among the Top 100 Corporate Citizens and #4 in corporate giving.

“Delta State University deeply values its partnership with Entergy Mississippi, and sincerely appreciates their support of our students and of InFuSE, the university’s current initiative to secure private funding to support programs in the sciences,” said Gary Bouse, chief development officer, Delta State Foundation.

Speakers at this event included: Robbin Jeter, vice president of customer service and operations, Ed Gardner, director of business and economic development, Aaron Hill, manager of transmission planning, Brandon Presley, Mississippi public service commissioner Northern District, Cecil Brown, Mississippi public service commissioner Central District, and Haley Fisackerly, president and CEO of Entergy Mississippi.

Entergy Mississippi, Inc. started as Mississippi Power and Light Company in 1923. Entergy Mississippi now serves over 445,000 customers in 45 counties.

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DSU Fashion Students and Faculty Showcase Work at Delta Council

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Delta State fashion merchandising students and faculty showcased some of their original cotton apparel designs at the recent meeting of the Delta Council.

According to Dr. Jan Haynes, Professor of Fashion Merchandising in the Division of Family and Consumer Sciences, these designs were created from upcycled materials, such as cotton sheets and were eco-dyed with natural dyes at a DSU cotton workshop in September, taught by Pat Brown, MFA. The students’ designs were then presented at the Cotton Summit event held at Mississippi State in November.

This was the culmination of  a grant project, “Delta Cotton, Weaving Futures,” that included three day-long educational events featuring cotton. The grant project was a joint partnership of the three Mississippi universities that offer Fashion Merchandising programs: Delta State, Mississippi State, and the University of Southern Mississippi. Funding was provided by the Importer Support Program of the Cotton Board and Cotton Incorporated.

Fireside Chat: Delta State students in Poland

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Joining President LaForge are four students visiting Poland as part of a cultural exchange program between Delta State University and John Paul II Catholic University in Lublin, Poland—commonly referred to as KUL.

The group left on May 9 for a two-week trip that has been under the direction of faculty members at KUL. The trip was coordinated by Delta State’s International Student Services office and marks the first opportunity for Delta State students to visit the KUL campus. During their trip, our students have been observing classes, learning about college life in Poland, and gaining hands-on knowledge of the Polish culture. KUL is one of several universities abroad with which Delta State has signed a memorandum of understanding to further develop international exchanges, and we hosted a group of KUL faculty and students on our campus in October of this past year.

In other news on campus, Teach for America corps members will arrive on campus soon, and we hope everyone at Delta State and the Bolivar/Cleveland community will extend a warm welcome to this bright and dedicated group. Next week, the first summer session term will begin on campus, and the residence halls will open to students this Sunday, May 29.

A record number of participants took part in the 35th annual F. E. Woodall Spring Conference for the Helping Professions.

Counselor Education and Psychology hosts 35th annual spring conference

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The Division of Counselor Education and Psychology at Delta State recently held the 35th annual F. E. Woodall Spring Conference for the Helping Professions. The event, held April 14-15, hosted a record 400 participants. The conference offered a workshop, keynote address, and 35 breakout sessions covering topics such as neuroscience, cultural competency and crisis interventions.

For the sixth year in a row, the president of the American Counseling Association keynoted the affair.

Counselors, social workers, psychologists and other helping professionals from across the state and region drove in for the conference.

“Our reputation at Delta State University for providing quality education extends as well to our continuing education opportunities,” said Cat Vincent, conference coordinator. “The conference committee spends many hours in outreach and in selecting the best proposals for our participants.”

“We look forward to hosting the Woodall Conference every year,” said Sally Zengaro, chair of the Division of Counselor Education and Psychology. “It serves as a vital source of continuing education for faculty and area mental health professionals.”

For the first time, the counselor education faculty also hosted an additional daylong workshop. Dr. Thelma Duffey, founder of the Association for Creativity in Counseling, presented a six-hour workshop on “Creativity in Therapeutic Practice.” Participants received free continuing education thanks to the division’s grant funding from the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Area counselors who served the university last September after the shooting on campus were invited to attend as honored guests. Internship and practicum site supervisors were also invited to attend as guests in acknowledgement of their willingness and dedication in working with DSU counseling students.

The conference boasted record student involvement from volunteering to presenting. Three counseling internship students had the opportunity to present with their Internship Site Supervisors.

“As a presenter, not only did I get to study and present information relative to my internship but also information pertaining to handling crisis in mental health,” said Quinton Smith, counseling student and past president of Chi Sigma Iota. “The feedback was positive and heartwarming.”

Thirty counseling practicum and internship students presented in three different sessions as small groups or individuals in flash talks, a TED talk style of presentation. The students covered the essential elements of their material and provided attendees with applicable, practical information. The topics of the talks were “Homelessness: Identifying & Helping Lost Students,” “Self-Care for Helping Professionals” and “Distress Tolerance/Intolerance: Implications across Counseling Venues.”

Learn more about the The Division of Counselor Education and Psychology at http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-education/counselor-education-and-psychology.