2017 Men’s Conference scheduled for Sept. 20-21

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The Office of Student Affairs will present the 2017 Men’s Conference titled “The Bro Codes: Respect. Honor. Scholarship.” on Sept. 20-21 at Delta State University.

Under the direction of Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Vernell Bennett, the conference will focus on appealing to the social and civic conscience of male students at DSU.

“Conference participation will be a means to increase student engagement, foster a culture of students supporting one another, endorse a healthy mind, body and spirit, participate in community service, encourage regional stewardship, networking, and finally, recognize student excellence,” said Bennett.

Students are asked to register online for the event at http://www.deltastate.edu/student-life/mens-conference. The schedule of events will be free to students, and the first 100 registrants will receive a free T-shirt.

Events kick off at noon on Sept. 20 with “Chaos on the Quad,” an obstacle course offering prizes to winners. At 3 p.m. in the Baioni Conference Center, an opening speaker session will feature Mississippi representative Abe Hudson, District 29, and John Cox, a Delta State graduate and owner of Cox & Moore, PLLC, a full-service law firm in Cleveland. At 7:30 p.m, the Statesman Emerald Awards of Excellence will be given out, also in the conference center. The awards will recognize students for their scholarship and involvement on campus.

On Sept. 21 at noon, the conference continues with “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes,” where DSU males will walk around the quad to raise awareness about the causes, effects and remedies to sexualized violence against women. Those wishing to donate heels for the event are asked to drop them off at Suite 307 in the Student Union. Registration for the walk is available at http://www.deltastate.edu/student-life/walk-mile-shoes-international-mens-march-form/. Following the march, a BBQ will be held for participants.

“We’re going to have some fun while raising awareness about a great cause,” said Bennett. “We want our males to lose their inhibitions and don some red pumps to raise awareness, and we want our ladies to come out and cheer them on. Seeing the gentleman conquer the quad in red pumps will be quite a sight. Women are welcome to register for the march as well.”

“I hope the biggest takeaway for the students is that they’ll resolve to become more intentional about engaging on campus, in the community and with one another,” added Bennett.

For more information, contact 662-846-4150.

GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi presents Take me To the River

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GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi will present a live performance on the front lawn, educational programs and more on Sept. 26, based on the award-winning film and album, “Take Me To The River.” The events will celebrate Mississippi’s music history and how the region laid the foundation for American music.

This historic show will feature a once-in-a-lifetime chance to see GRAMMY® -winning legends William Bell, Bobby Rush and Charlie Musselwhite share the stage to perform classics and new “Take Me To The River” collaborations along with an all-star Memphis band. Other special guests include Hi-Rhythm Section, GRAMMY-winner Boo Mitchell, award-winning director Martin Shore, Academy Award winner Frayser Boy, and Critics Choice Award winner Al Kapone.

In addition to the live performance, there will be an educational program for students in the morning and a conversation with Charlie Musselwhite in the afternoon.

Admission is free for the live performance on the front lawn, but attendees are required to register online prior to the event. To learn more and register, click here.

The conversation with Musselwhite is free with the purchase of museum admission. To get more details, click here.

To learn about the “Take Me To The River” education program for students, click here.

Collectively, these programs at GRAMMY Museum Mississippi are an official bicentennial project made possible by a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council, through support from the Mississippi Development Authority. Support for these programs also comes from the International Delta Blues Project, which is housed in The Delta Center for Culture and Learning at Delta State University.

Campus unites for Hurricane Harvey victims

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A massive donation drive came to a close Thursday after students, faculty and staff across campus donated items to victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Spearheaded by the Administrative Staff Council at Delta State, the donation drive service project was in partnership with two local relief initiatives led by the town of Boyle, Catfish Cabin and Sen. Willie Simmons at The Senator’s Place.

“The service project received an enormous response, and thousands of relief items were collected on the Delta State campus,” said Caitlyn Thompson, president of the ASC. “Items included bottled water, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, baby needs, personal hygiene items, paper towels, toilet paper, linens, pet food and much more.”

The items were collected and packed into vehicles Thursday and then delivered to Texas by local initiative leaders.

“The mission of the project was to provide support to those in need after the natural disaster,” added Thompson. “The project aligned with one of Staff Council’s stated purposes, which is to give back to the community through service projects and volunteer work. The demonstrated support for this project is just one example of how the DSU family gives back beyond the educational sector.”

Delta State’s Staff Council serves as a liaison between the administration and the staff to provide a formal process for staff to discuss issues involving university policies and procedures and to forward ideas, recommendations and options to the president.

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Delta State enrollment increases over five percent

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For the fourth year in a row, Delta State University is proud to announce an increase in university enrollment.

The preliminary numbers, as of Sept. 8, were 3,035 undergraduate students and 743 graduate students, for a total enrollment of 3,778. The increase of nearly 5.5 percent was the largest increase among the state’s eight public universities this year.

According to Delta State University President William N. LaForge, the growth is due to a number of major institutional efforts.

“I am very pleased with the increase in enrollment for the fall of 2017,” said LaForge. “Early reports indicate we are up 190 students, or nearly 5.5 percent over last year. This significant uptick represents the fourth consecutive increase, and I couldn’t be more thrilled.”

LaForge credited six major reasons for the enrollment increase:

  • A great team of faculty and staff across campus.
  • Smarter and more targeted recruiting in high schools and community colleges. This includes doubling community college recruiters, and increasing partnerships with high schools.
  • Improved retention rates thanks to engaged faculty and programs such as the Student Success Center and First Year Seminar.
  • Signature programs that continue to attract more students, including the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing, Delta Music Institute, Health/Physical Education/Recreation, and Aviation.
  • Doubling the number of international students in the last three years.
  • Offering a competitive tuition rate with stellar academics, including capstone projects for every major — all at an unparalleled value.

“I would be remiss not to mention that we have a welcoming student environment,” added LaForge. “Students feel very welcomed here and have the total college experience. There’s a buzz on campus, and there’s excitement all around.”

Caitlyn Thompson, director of recruiting, said recruitment efforts have focused on directly communicating with potential students.

“The recruiting staff worked very hard over this past year to reach new students, and one effort that may have contributed to the enrollment increase is the E-Communication Center that was implemented last fall,” said Thompson. “Current Delta State students contacted prospective students to speak with them about topics like campus events, scholarships, admissions deadlines, application reminders and more.”

Tricia Walker, director of the Delta Music Institute, said the DMI program has experienced significant growth over the past few years.

“The sustained growth of the DMI program brought the opportunity to add a faculty member and a studio manager to our ranks in order to better serve our students,” said Walker. “We are grateful to the administration for their support of this unique program. With an incoming class of more than 30 new students this fall, the DMI will exceed 120 majors in our entertainment industry studies program. We are packed and we like it that way.”

Tim Colbert, chair of the Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation, said HPER is one of the fastest growing majors.

“HPER has good degree options in multiple areas that lead not just to employment, but also sustainable careers with a chance for advancement,” said Colbert. “Our faculty understand how to relate to students on a personal level and help them to deal with their issues to become successful.”

Additionally, Delta State saw another uptick this year in the number of international students. Dr. Christy Riddle, executive director of the Student Success Center and International Student Services, is proud that the university has doubled its international student body since the spring of 2013.

“We love that our international student population is growing each year,” said Riddle. “International students contribute so much to campus because of their global perspectives and diverse cultures. We welcome them to Delta State and look forward to even more international students for years to come.

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