Alumnus Josh West ‘05  recently spoke to future Delta State students at a DSU Family Dinner.

Alumnus Speaks at Admissions Family Dinner

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The Office of Admissions recently held a DSU Family Dinner in Oxford for all local students admitted to Delta State for the fall of 2016. Over 30 students and family members attended the event, held at Old Taylor Grocery. Alumnus Josh West ‘05 spoke to the group about his experiences at Delta State. West lives in Tupelo and operates his business, Blue Delta Jeans, out of Oxford.

Current student Vic Rather also shared his Delta State experiences with the group. Derrick Bean, the admissions recruiter for the area, led the program. Each student received an exclusive T-shirt and was entered into a drawing for door prizes.

Similar events sponsored by the Officer of Admissions have been held throughout the state. According to Caitlyn Thompson, director of recruiting, the DSU Family Dinner series was created to support engagement with admitted students.

“Delta State boasts its family-like atmosphere, so to show our family love, we wanted to dine with our future students and give them a taste of the green and white experience,” said Thompson.

To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), Tumblr (, LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Save the date for this year’s Go Green Weekend (April 2), Pig Pickin’ (Sept. 24) and Homecoming (Oct. 15).

To schedule a campus visit or find out more about the application process, visit

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Faculty to present at Beatles conference

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As a part of Beatles Symposium 2016: From the Cavern to Candlestick, held in partnership with GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi, Delta State University faculty and visiting scholars will present papers at Delta Music Institute’s Studio A beginning at 2 p.m. today.

From 2-2:50 p.m., Delta State’s Cade Holder will present “They’re Gonna Put Me in the Movies”: A Study of Beatles Songs in Film Narrative.” Dr. Jeff Smithpeters will follow with “You Can See Them Out for Dinner”: The Beatles and the Fear of Being Swallowed.”

Visiting presenters will include Kathryn Cox (University of Michigan): “Think For Yourself”: Rubber Soul, Revolver, and the Roots of George Harrison’s Compositional Style,” Dr. Jan Blüml (Palacký University, Czech Republic): “Reception of the Beatles behind the Iron Curtain: The Example of Communist Czechoslovakia,” and Dr. Robert Groene (University of Missouri – Kansas City): “A Music Therapy Content Analysis of The Beatles Music 1957-1970.”

Distinguished Beatles authors Ivor Davis and Jude Southerland Kessler will continue tonight’s schedule at the DMI beginning at 7:30 p.m.

The symposium continues Saturday on site at GRAMMY Museum Mississippi. The schedule of events will celebrate the lasting influence and impact of The Beatles with a weekend full of activities.

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Some of the 2016 Advising Champions include: (front, left to right) Arlene Sanders, Dr. Ellen Green, Dr. Virginia Webb, Dr. Jan Haynes, Darla Sisney, (back, l to r) Dr. Leslie Fadiga-Stewart, Lacey Blessitt, Dr. Sharon Hamilton, Dr. Thomas Laub, Charly Abraham, and Dr. Tom Brady.

Advising Champions boost student success

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A group of Delta State faculty known as the Advising Champions are continuing their advising efforts dedicated to the development of a streamlined campus-wide advising process.

Each Advising Champion is a faculty member who is recognized as an effective academic advisor and adopts the tenets of Proactive Advising, an advising process that involves the use of proactive outreach and intervention to enable students to persist to graduation.

The program operates under the envelope of the Student Success Center and is run by Student Success Advisor Darla Sisney.

“Engaged, knowledgeable academic advising is critical to every student’s success,” said Sisney, quoting the Academic Advising Resource Guide. “Advising should consist of a continuous conversation between the student and his or her advisor, not merely sporadic sessions for choosing what courses to take.

“When done well, academic advising aids every student to plan and implement a program of study consistent with their goals, interests and strengths. With this in mind, Delta State is taking steps to establish an effective and efficient advisement process.”

Advising Champions guide students through the following methods:

  • Assist in efforts to enhance proactive advising at Delta State
  • Serve on the frontline for implementing proactive advising in their academic areas
  • Relay new advising strategies, resources and practices to their departments
  • Act as advocates, mentors and resources for new academic advisors

Academic Advising Champions for Spring 2016 include:

  • College of Arts and Sciences

o          Dr. Ellen Green, Department of Biological Sciences

o          Dr. John Tiftickjian, Department of Biological Sciences

o          Dr. Sharon Hamilton, Department of Chemistry and Physics

o          Ms. Tricia Walker, Delta Music Institute

o          Mr. Charly Abraham, Delta Music Institute

o          Dr. Karen Bell, Interdisciplinary Studies

o          Dr. Paula Norris, Department of Mathematics

o          Dr. Paulette Meikle-Yaw, Division of Social Sciences and History

o          Dr. Leslie Fadiga-Stewart, Division of Social Sciences and History

o          Dr. Garry Jennings, Division of Social Sciences and History

o          Ms. Arlene Sanders, Division of Social Sciences and History

o          Dr. Thomas Laub, Division of Social Sciences and History

o          Dr. Lisa Moon, Department of Social Work

o          Ms. Cora Jackson, Department of Social Work

o          Dr. Lekeitha Morris, Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences

  • College of Business

o          Dr. Rebecca Hochradel, Division of Management, Marketing and Business Administration

  • College of Education

o          Dr. Jon Westfall, Division of Counselor Education and Psychology

o          Dr. Temika Simmons, Division of Counselor Education and Psychology

o          Dr. Tom Brady, Division of Teacher Education, Leadership, and Research

o          Dr. Jan Haynes, Division of Family and Consumer Sciences

o          Dr. Virginia Webb, Division of Family and Consumer Sciences

o          Dr. Mary Jones, Division of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

o          Mr. Todd Davis, Division of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

o          Dr. John Alvarez, Division of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

o          Ms. Amy McAdams, Division of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

o          Dr. Franco Zengaro, Division of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation

  • School of Nursing

o          Ms. Lacey Blessitt, School of Nursing

For more information, contact Sisney at 662-846-4577 or

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RESSON ranks among most affordable master’s options nationally

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Best College Values recently ranked the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing program in its national list for Top 10 Most Affordable online Master’s Degrees in Nursing.

Delta State University came in at No. 5 on this list and the only program from Mississippi to make the ranking.

Best College Values is an online resource for prospective undergraduate and graduate students seeking an education worth its cost. BCV strives to provide the most comprehensive and rigorously researched set of online resources on the intersections of college affordability, educational quality, and educational outcomes so that individuals pursuing higher education can make informed decisions about what to study and where to study it.

View the entire Top 10 list at

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Master’s in Education ranks high in national affordability poll

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Delta State University has been identified as one of the 50 Most Affordable Small Colleges for a Master’s in Education in a recent national ranking.

Using the National Center for Education Statistics’ College Navigator, the organization Top Education Degrees selected schools offering a Master’s in Education degree with an undergraduate enrollment of less than 5,000.

Delta State came in at No. 14 across the nation.

Top Education Degrees’ mission is to provide high-quality, well-researched education and career resources for individuals in the education field.

See the full top 50 list at