The Delta State University College of Arts & Sciences hosted Honors Day on April 25.

COAS hosts Honors Day

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The Delta State University College of Arts & Sciences hosted Honors Day on April 25 to recognize the best students in the liberal arts and humanities, as well as the sciences.

“We had a new location this year and a great turnout,” said Dr. David Breaux, dean of the COAS. “It is an honor to be associated with Delta State’s College of Arts & Sciences, as I am so impressed by our diverse and multi-talented students and faculty. Nobel Laureate poet William Butler Yeats once said, ‘Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.’ The fires of this year’s winners burn particularly bright. 

“I especially enjoyed meeting the loved ones, families and parents of our students, many of whom took off time from work to be here. I would also like to thank Liz Schmidt and Larkin Chapman for taking the time to honor the winners of the first annual Ethan Schmidt Memorial Scholarships, as the late Dr. Ethan Schmidt’s life exemplified Delta State University at its very best.”  

Breaux also extended thanks to the Delta State University Alumni Foundation for its sponsorship of the reception.

This year’s scholarship and award winners included:

THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN DOROTHY SHAWHAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS:
Kristina Rae Hong & Jessica Faith Wishard

ART DEPARTMENT SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS:
Chris Pecou, the Smith Patterson Art Scholarship
Samantha Plunk, the Maxine Boggan Holcombe Art Scholarship
Sandra Burt, the Kelly Clare Belenchia Scholarship
Hannah Kistemaker, the Ferretti-Karnstedt Art Scholarship
Jimmiera Chillis, the Vivian Brown Hannah Art Scholarship
Lawson King, the Melanie Tyler Owen Memorial Art Scholarship & the Norwood Art Scholarship
Jake Black, the Duff Dorrough Memorial Scholarship

DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS:
Syed Amanuddin, Melvin F. Cohen Memorial Scholarship
Jacob Mercier & Kara Nowell, the Dr. Robert L. Elliott & Dr. Mary C. Elliott Scholarships
Kara Lane Nowell, the Jessie White Biology Scholarship
Emilee Ann Bolden, the Ferretti-Karnstedt Premedical Scholarship
Christine Beck, the Johnny Drew Ouzts Memorial Scholarship
Shelby Holcomb, the District II Dental Society Scholarship
Ashlyn Spell, the Greg Tharp Pre-Dental Scholarship
Tyler Sullivan, the Dr. R. T. and Kathryn M. Hollingsworth Scholarship

DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY & PHYSICS SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS:
J. C. Blackmon, the Jessie White Scholarship
Ashley Griffin, The Chemistry Award
Zac Kinler, the Joe Greever Organic Chemistry Award
Katie Penton, The Ben Branch Memorial Chemistry Award
Ana Daisy Camerillo, the James Anthony Scarborough Memorial Scholarship
Kelby Flemons, the Josh & Orena Adams Memorial Scholarship

DELTA MUSIC INSTITUTE SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS:
Zach Dickerson, the Dr. Bennie Wright and Family Scholarship
Ryan Bridges, the Duff Dorrough Memorial Scholarship
Kelsey Buquet, Karnstedt-Ferretti Scholarship
Kailey Mathis, the Morris Scholar
Schaefer Llana, Karlee Ponder, Zach Dickerson, & Tyan Nash the Morris Band Scholarships
Kathryn Mangialardi, Rhett McCormick, & Jessica Faith Wishard, the Steve Azar St. Cecilia Foundation Scholarships
Justin Boatman & Jessica Faith Wishard, the DMI Director’s Award

GEOSPATIAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS:
Bryan Cosme and James Christianson, winners of the Meek Scholarship

DIVISION OF LANGUAGES AND LITERATURE SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS:
Kendall Morrow, The Evelyn Hammett Scholarship
Jess Bennett & Marshal Salley, The Leola Gregory Williams Scholarships
Amber Swindle, The Anne Caulfield Winston Award
Christina Camerota, The Weaver Betts Cotton Scholarship
Cecilia Nieves, The John Hargrove Tatum Scholarship
Victoria Burton, The Robert “Buzzy” D. Wright Award
Victoria McDonald, J’Nell Posey Coffman Scholarship
Lauryn Hancock, the Hazel & Grover Thornell Award for Creative Writing
Aallyah Wright, the John and Dorothy Merrill Journalism Scholarship
Laura Strong, Dr. William Arthur Pennington Award
Nichole Smyly, the Joseph Correro Foreign Language Award
Hannah Kistemaker, Avery Wall, Gared Watkins, Conor Bell, Rebecca Carroll, Jamarrez Davis, Florian Mondoloni, Laura Orsborn, Aaron Payne, Alecia Wilson, Najawon Wilson, Aallyah Wright, & Matteo Zengaro are the winners of the Silas Wayne & Lula Wilson Thompson Scholarships.
Aaron Payne, the Clifton Langford Scholarship
Callie Musselwhite, John R. Ford Shakespeare Award
Myers Taylor, the Dr. Maria Butler Retention Scholarship

DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS:
Jennifer Duke, the Eleanor Walters Mathematics Scholarship
Rebecca Hudson, the Ray and Jo Wilson Mathematics Scholarship
Davida White, William D. Conner Mathematics Scholarship
Erice Henry, Wilson and Eloise Davis Mathematics Scholarship
Mary Scott Waldrop, the Freshman Mathematics Award

DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS:
Sara Crider, Tirzah Simmons, Daniel Christy, & Colby Kee, The Jeff Ross Capwell Scholarships
M. J. Britton, the Maggie Flowers Ewing Scholarship
Basia Thomas & Jaireus McClain, the Langford Scholarships
Michael Sparks, the Theresa Antoon Music Scholarship

DIVISION OF SOCIAL SCIENCES & HISTORY SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS:
Devin C. White, the Jim Armishaw Award
DeAndra Smith, the Howorth Award
Alex Cochran & Will Collum, the William Bryant and Madge Moore Scholarships
Catherine Carver, The Albert Nylander Award
Mikel Sykes & Katherine Jackson, the Ethan Schmidt Memorial Scholarships
Paxton Stratton, Biles History Award
Matteo Zengaro, the Cash U. S. History Award
Carrie Webster, the Cranford History Teacher Award
Alexis Danielle Banks, the LaForge Memorial Scholarship
Erin Newman, the Lamar Phi Alpha Theta History Scholarship
Alexander Bucklew, the Cash History Scholar
Laura Kate Fortner, the Judge Ed & Margaret Green Scholarship
Jonathan Harwood, the Burrell Scholarship

DEPARTMENT OF SPEECH & HEARING SCIENCES SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS:
Adrian Rose Dill & Samantha Lejeune, the Fugler-Hafter Scholarships

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Delta Dollars helps with asset-building

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Delta State University and the Center for Community and Economic Development recently announced the successful completion of the asset-building program Delta Dollars.

Delta Dollars is an 8:1 matched individual development account program that focuses on financial literacy and post-secondary education. Since the spring of 2015, 19 participants have utilized Delta Dollars to accumulate a combined savings total of $9,730 — money students use to build financial assets needed to pursue their college education. A total of $66,641.55 has been disbursed for their post-secondary expenses at Delta State.

“Without the funding provided by this program, I would not have been able to graduate this semester,” said student Jammie Marquez. “I have been beset by difficulties that have required me to take extra classes. Knowing that I would be able to rely on my savings and funding from Delta Dollars made me confident that I could overcome those difficulties and add the courses without worrying about the added cost.”

Nursing student Gabrielle Windless shared the same appreciation for Delta Dollars.

“This is a great program,” she said. “I was able to stay on track towards graduation by attending summer school with the funds. I learned a lot from the self-paced financial literacy modules.”

A grant from Assets for Independence, a program of the U.S. Department of Health and Humans Services, funds approximately 50 percent of program costs. The remaining half is funded through non-federal sources. Other partners and contributors included Delta State University Foundation and Renasant Bank.

Learn more about the program and at http://www.deltastate.edu/academics/graduate-and-continuing-studies/center-for-community-economic-development/developing-personal-weath-program-dpw.

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Bolivar County Alumni Crawfish Boil hosted Thursday

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The Delta State University Alumni Association has been busy planning the annual Bolivar County Alumni Crawfish Boil. This year’s event will be April 28 at 5:30 p.m. in front of Walter Sillers Coliseum.

In addition to crawfish, BBQ plates can also be purchased. Free Domino’s pizza will be available to children 12 and under with the purchase of an adult ticket. There will also be a silent auction and a Kids Zone. Live entertainment will be provided by the Delta All Star Cheerleaders, Fusion Gymnastics and Delta Blaze Competition Cheer.

Tickets for crawfish are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. BBQ tickets are $10. Tickets can be purchased at the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni-Foundation House, online at www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/bolivarcountycrawfishboil, or at the door.

All alumni, friends, students, faculty and staff are invited to attend. Proceeds from tickets, the silent auction and sponsorships benefit the Liza Vaughn Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to incoming Delta State students from Bolivar County. This scholarship was established in 2011 and was named for past assistant director of Alumni Affairs, Liza Vaughn, who lost her battle with cancer in April of 2012. To donate to the scholarship, visit https://www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/lizavaughnmemorialscholarshipfund.

“The Delta State Bolivar County Alumni Chapter’s top priority is to raise scholarship dollars for students who attend Delta State from Bolivar County,” said Will Bradham, president of the Bolivar County Chapter.

2016 Bolivar County Alumni Association Crawfish Boil planning committee.

2016 Bolivar County Alumni Crawfish Boil planning committee.

This year, the Alumni Association is teaming up with Athletics to provide a photo booth with the Delta State coaches from 5:30–7:30 p.m. Visitors will be able to take photos with their favorite Delta State coaches.

Fans who use the Statesmen Nation app will be able to receive points for attending the crawfish boil.

The event would not be possible without the generosity of sponsors. Corporate Sponsors include: Statesmen Level – Bolivar Medical Center and Polk’s Meat Products; Okra Level – Patrick Davis State Farm, Air Evac Lifeteam, Hey Joe’s, Celia Manley ERA and Renasant Bank. This year’s event sponsors include: Okra Level – Guaranty Bank, Boyle Lumber Company, Needle Speciality Products, Yo Eddie BBQ, Kossman’s, Majic 107.5, Delta Radio, Domino’s, Delta Maids, Right at Home Healthcare; Green Level – Auto Mark, Nehi Bottling, Planters Bank, Denton’s Dairy, Statewide Federal Credit Union, Cleveland Lumber, Lipscomb Oil Company, Mississippi Land Bank, Ray Funeral Home, Shipp Family Eyecare, Ten Twenty Four, The Image Specialist, Hardy & Associates, PA and Griffith Real Estate; White Level – Robinson Electric Company, South Street Pharmacy, Backdraft, Bolivar Tire and Alignment, H Squared Ladies Wear, New York Life, Joe Reed & Co., Sonic Drive-In, Cleveland State Bank, Byrd Service Station, Peltan Eye & Laser, Todd Walley Plumbing, Williams Equipment & Supply, Cleveland Apartments, Abraham’s, Harmony Lanes and Flatlanders.

Join the Facebook Event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/183381515388241/. 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 Pig Pickin’ (Sept. 24) and Homecoming (Oct. 15).

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New Canvas User Interface coming soon

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Delta State’s current Canvas User Interface (UI) will be upgraded May 8, just in time for summer intersession.

Canvas is the campus learning management system used to deliver online course content. The new UI is an enhanced layout that supports a more responsive user experience for faculty and students to access their courses inside Canvas.

“The most noticeable change is that when users hit the landing page, the Global Navigation menu will appear on the left side of the screen,” said Dr. Nicole House, director of Instructional Technology. “This shift certainly feels more natural and supports easier navigation once users enter their courses.”

The release is meant to provide the least amount of disruption to user access. In the new UI, users can customize the appearance of the Global Dashboard by selecting course card colors, nicknaming courses and toggling detail views. The update will not affect mobile view or course content.

“As an added bonus, we’ll also launch Canvas Commons with the new UI as a learning repository for faculty to retrieve additional resources to bolster their teaching effectiveness,” added House. “Some of our faculty here got their first look at the Commons update this week and they’re excited about the possibilities of this platform.”

Faculty can find additional information about the update by visiting the Canvas Instructional Support page. Students can watch the intro video DSU New Canvas UI and retrieve the student guide currently in Canvas Announcements.

Instructional Technology staff will provide ongoing training in the new UI for users through the online student orientation and faculty workshops.

The 2016 inductees for the Phi Alpha Theta International Honor Society include (left to right): Brenton King, Katherine Jackson, Laura Kate Fortner and Matt Riggins. Missing from the photo: are Alexis Danielle Banks, Dylan Garrett, Wesley Rippee and Kaelin Kneeland.

Phi Alpha Theta welcomes new members

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The College of Arts and Sciences at Delta State University inducted eight new members to the Phi Alpha Theta International Honor Society today.

This year’s inductees included: Alexis Danielle Banks, Laura Kate Fortner, Dylan Garrett, Wesley Rippee, Matthew Riggins, Kaelin Kneeland, Brenton King, and Katherine Jackson.

Dr. Charles Westmoreland, assistant professor of history and Phi Alpha Theta advisor, inducted the new members and award certificates.

Phi Alpha Theta is an American honor society for undergraduate and graduate students and professors of history. The society has over 350,000 members, with about 9,500 new members joining each year through 860 local chapters.

The organization was established on March 17, 1921 at the University of Arkansas by professor Nels Cleven. Cleven had become convinced in his time at the university that a fraternity of scholars (which would accept men or women) was important for the study of history.