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36th F.E. Woodall Spring Conference set for April 21

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The annual F. E. Woodall Spring Conference for the Helping Professions returns to campus for a 36th year on April 21.

The Division of Counselor Education and Psychology will host the all-day conference which provides continuing education for counselors, social workers, psychologists, and other helping professionals from all over the state. The conference also provides needed licensure continuing education credits at a nominal cost.

The conference will have 35 breakout sessions and a Luncheon Keynote Address. Conference sessions cover topics such as cultural competency, trauma counseling, and animal assisted therapy.

“Our conference is held every April and we start work on the next conference in May,” said Cat Vincent, Woodall Conference Coordinator. “Our conference committee and students work very hard year-round to make this event successful.”

The keynote address will be delivered by Christopher Lawrence, Assistant Professor of Counseling at Northern Kentucky University. The address is titled, “Jumping Off the Couch: Perspectives on Preserving your Professional Sanity.” Lawrence is known for his high energy, engaging presentations.

“I saw Dr. Lawrence early in his academic career give one of the most memorable presentations I’ve ever enjoyed,” said George Beals, program coordinator for Counselor Education.

Most breakout sessions are from practitioners and educators in the helping professions. With the guidance of Delta State faculty, counseling practicum and internship students will be presenting in three different sessions in Lightning Talks, a TED talk style of presentation. The students cover the essential elements of their material and provide attendees with applicable, practical information. The topics of the Flash Talks are: Collaboration in Schools, Ethics of Strengthening your Professional Identity, and The Chance and the Choice Challenge: Enhancing Self-Esteem and Self-Reflection.

“The F.E. Woodall Spring Conference for the Helping Professions is an important professional development and networking opportunity for many individuals in the helping professions in the Delta and beyond,” said Sally Zengaro, chair of the Division of Counselor Education and Psychology. “At Delta State, we are proud to be part of such a strong tradition and look forward to bringing together each spring individuals from a variety of backgrounds to attend the valuable and informative sessions.”

See the conference website for more information: http://buytickets.at/deltastateuniversitycounseloreducation/80448

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Josh Turner Live in Concert April 27

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Multi-platinum MCA Nashville recording artist Josh Turner is one of country music’s most recognizable hit-makers. He will perform live in concert on Thursday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. at the Bologna Performing Arts Center. The event is locally sponsored by Robinson Electric.

With a rich, deep voice and distinctive style, Turner a disciple of traditional country music and one of the youngest members of the Grand Ole Opry. From his 2003 Platinum-selling debut Long Black Train to his most recent 2012 Billboard No. 1 release Punching Bag, Turner has garnered multiple GRAMMY, CMA, and ACM nominations. Turner’s hits include “Your Man,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” “Firecracker,” “Would You Go with Me,” “All Over Me,” and “Time Is Love,” the most played country song of 2012.

Turner recently released his sixth studio album Deep South, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. Turner wrote five of the 11 tracks on the well-crafted album and he is impressing fans and critics alike. Rolling Stone declares that Turner, with his “river deep baritone,” delivers an “eagerly-awaited album from a country purist.”

Prior to the show, weather permitting, there will be a picnic-style dinner with live music by Craig Adams in the Sanders Sculpture Garden located in front of the Bologna Performing Arts Center. Levee Break Grill, Nehi Bottling Co. and Sweetwater Bleu’z will have food and beverages available for purchase. Dinner and music in the garden will last from 5:30 – 7:15 p.m., and the Josh Turner concert begins in the Bologna Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets to see Josh Turner start at $30 and are available at the Bologna Performing Arts Center Ticket Office, open Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by phone 662-846-4626 or online www.bolognapac.com. Tickets to the concert are not required to attend the dinner in the Sculpture Garden; food purchases may be made directly from vendors on-site. For more information on Josh Turner, visit www.JoshTurner.com.

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Delta State celebrates admitted students

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The Office of Admissions at Delta State recently hosted a series of events called “DSU Family Dinner” to celebrate the admitted class for the fall  of 2017.

Admitted freshmen students, along with transfer applicants across the region, were invited to have dinner with university representatives, future classmates, current students, and alumni. Dinners were held in Cleveland, Southaven, Oxford, and Jackson in March and April.

The goal of the event series was to provide the incoming students with an atmosphere that fosters commitment and a sense of belonging. Admissions recruiter Derrick Bean led the Oxford area dinner and wanted his guests to feel like family.familydinner1

“I wanted students to feel like they were going to be a part of a family, to have the opportunity to meet new people, and to feel like they were going to have a friend when they started a new school year at Delta State this fall,” said Bean.

The Alumni Association sponsored exclusive gifts for the students. Students received a #deltastatebound yard sign and were asked to snap a photo for social media. The signs are part of a digital campaign to promote awareness of the DSU family from future statesman to alumni.

Over 140 students and guests attended the dinners where information regarding housing, orientation, student accounts and more was shared. The Admissions staff continues to work with prospective students through the admissions process.

Caitlyn Thompson, director of recruiting, encouraged applicants to be aware of communications.

“A great deal of informative messaging goes out from Delta State during this time of year,” said Thompson. “Applicants are receiving letters, emails, text messages and social media reminders to take care of required items before enrolling in class in the fall. We encourage all applicants to be mindful of communication from Delta State because it is all important in the enrollment process.”

Students interested in enrolling at Delta State may apply online at www.deltastate.edu/apply, and campus visits may be scheduled at www.deltastate.edu/visit. Students who have submitted an application may check their status by logging in to their student account at any time or by calling 662-846-4020.

For more information on the admissions process or admitted student events, contact the Office of Admissions at 662-846-4020 or email admissions@deltastate.edu.

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Delta State to host Dancing with the DSU Stars

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The Office of Student Affairs presents Dancing with the DSU Stars on April 22 at 7 p.m. in the Bologna Performing Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public.

The show is modeled closely after the “Dancing with the Stars” television show.  Participating Delta State dancers will be partnered with a husband and wife professional team out of Memphis — Benji and Beth Smith of DanceSmiths Studio.

Participants include: Delta State President William N. LaForge; Michael Lipford, director of Student Development; Dr. Michelle Roberts, vice president for University Relations and chief of staff; Dr. Temika Simmons, assistant professor of psychology; Todd Cooley, head football coach; and Madison Nash, 2016 Delta State University Homecoming queen.

Dr. Vernell Bennett, vice president for Student Affairs, said this will be a great event to improve town-gown relations.

“We are focused on improving student engagement and building collaborations across campus and within our community,” said Bennett. “This fun event will achieve both endeavors because it’s a wonderful opportunity for the campus and community to enjoy one another. It’s also a way for students to see another side of our faculty, staff and administrators.”

“Going forward, Student Affairs will offer at least one event annually that will be for both the campus and the community,” added Bennett. “We’re most grateful to our dancers for committing to this project, especially President LaForge.”

Follow all Delta State news at www.deltastate.edu.

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Delta State launches new Student-Athlete Academic Support Services program

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Delta State University is launching a new Student-Athlete Academic Support Services program in partnership with the Mississippi Department of Human Services.

The program will offer academic labs, academic coaching and programs aimed at increasing student athlete retention rates. MDHS has contributed funding for the partnership through 2017 with the possibility of renewed funding in coming years.

Delta State President William N. LaForge said this is a big step for the university.

“Thanks to MDHS, Delta State will now be able to provide our student-athletes with enhanced academic support that will help them complete their studies and graduate,” LaForge said. “This is huge for Delta State and our student-athletes.”

The program will work with units across campus to create academic workshops, community service opportunities and leadership opportunities. In addition, student-athletes will have access to a state-of-the-art learning lab equipped with tutors and supplemental instructors, as well as academic counseling, collaborative learning spaces, tutors in general education and prerequisite subjects, interactive study tables, opportunities for career planning and personal development, assistance in monitoring athletic eligibility, opportunities for priority registration, and advisement on current NCAA, Gulf South Conference, and university rules and regulations.

Each athletic team will have its own academic coach to provide individualized attention and assistance as it relates to eligibility and procedures in compliance with NCAA academic standards. In addition to academic coaching, student-athletes will have access to a learning specialist and lifestyles coach who will mentor the students in the areas of overall health and wellness and academic skill building. Each student-athlete will be monitored for academic progress and have access to disability services, degree and career counseling, learning styles identification, and any other services which relate to academic success and degree attainment.

Dr. Charles McAdams, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, said the program is part of a university-wide effort to increase retention and student success.

“I am very excited about this program as it will enable us to provided targeted efforts to increase the academic success of our student-athletes,” McAdams said. “Helping students stay in school and complete their degree is a major priority for us. Athletes often have challenges that non-athletes do not have. This initiative is designed to help student-athletes make good academic decisions and lifestyle choices.”

Tricia Killebrew, a three-time Delta State graduate (’02, ’08, ’13), has been named the Project Director for the program. Other members involved in creating and implementing the program include Dr. Charles McAdams, Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs; Dr. Christy Riddle, Executive Director of Student Success Center; Ronnie Mayers, Athletic Director; Dana George, Senior Executive Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance, Academics, and Internal Operations; Matt Jones, Senior Associate Director of Athletics for External Relations; and Becky Finley, Registrar.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to work with my alma mater to help enrich the lives of our student-athletes,” Killebrew said. “It has always been a desire of mine to work with student-athletes to prepare them to balance their academic, athletic, and social lives while in college. I am eager to lead this effort to produce higher levels of achievement and create positive outcomes for student-athletes.”

The Student-Athlete Academic Support Services program is a division of the Student Success Center, which was established in fall 2012 to address retention and the challenges many students face during their academic career. The Center includes six divisions focusing on specific aspects of retention: Academic Advising Services, Academic Support Services, First Year Seminar, International Student Services, Okra Scholars, and Student Athlete Support Services. Each division of the Student Success Center focuses on a targeted area of retention and will be involved in the implementation of the Student-Athlete Academic Support Services program.

For more information regarding the Student-Athlete Academic Support Services program, contact Tricia Killebrew at (662) 846-4654 or tkillebrew@deltastate.edu.