Lamensdorf named FedEx intern

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Delta State University management major Lindsey Lamensdorf was recently named a FedEx intern.

After a rigorous interview process competing against hundreds of students from institutions throughout the Southeast, Lamensdorf is one of just a handful of interns who will serve at FedEx, the global courier delivery services company headquartered in Memphis, Tennessee.

Lamensdorf, a senior from Rolling Fork, Mississippi, is thrilled to begin the position in June. She will specifically be working in FedEx’s freight division.

“It was really exciting to find out I was one of the selections,” she said. “It was very intimidating going through a series of interviews. I’m very honored to have this opportunity from FedEx.

“I think it’s important to get some real-world experience before you go out into a career. You can use that knowledge and actually apply it to the real-world.”

Every semester FedEx travels to universities throughout the region to recruit student interns in the internal auditing department. Applicants must meet certain academic criteria and go through several phases of interviews and callbacks before being selected.

FedEx’s internships offer students the opportunity to take on some of the same responsibilities of senior auditors and audit advisers. They are treated as staff accountants and are introduced to audit customers as associate auditors.

Interns work in teams on small projects, are provided opportunities for business travel and eventually work on larger individual projects. Participants have a significant chance of being hired by the company after graduating from college.

Lamensdorf is also active in a number of student organizations across campus, including the Student Government Association, Business Student Advisory Council, Union Program Council and Kappa Delta sorority.

She thanked Davlon Miller and Amy Cottrell with Delta State Career Services for prepping her before the interviews.

“We are honored that Lindsey will represent Delta State and the College of Business for this prestigious internship,” said Miller. “She is an excellent fit for the position. Our office is here to help students with career guidance, and we encourage all students to utilize our resources.”

Phi Kappa Phi honor new members

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The Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society recently held its annual initiation ceremony.

Initiates included (first row, left to right): J.C. Blackmon, Basia Thomas, Kristina Hong, Brittany Earls, Hope Rainey, Laura Strong, Ami Tipper, Coner Bell, (middle row, l to r) Tina Camerota, Meghan Johnson, Katlyn Dickerson, Katelyn Hardy, Emily Grossi, Hannah Register, Katherine Jackson, Arianna Hodges, (back row, l to r) Layne Goode, Adam Clayton, Karmeisha Hill, Caroline Bickley, Emily Bodin, David Upchurch, Claire Griffin, Laura Kate Fortner, Alexis Williams, Shujuan Smith.

Restoring the Green Mile – Fireside Chat – April 11, 2016

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Joining President LaForge is Dr. Gary Bouse, Delta State Chief Development Officer and liaison to the Dedicated Statesmen Association.

This past fall, Delta State celebrated its 90th birthday with a series of programs looking at its history. As part of the continued celebration, a number of student groups will come together on April 19 to repaint Delta State’s Green Mile fitness trail that works its way across campus. The project is being led by members of the Dedicated Statesmen Association, which oversaw the restoration of the Alumni Plaza clock as part of our 90th anniversary and will continue to identify and spearhead projects on campus in the coming years.

The repainting of the Green Mile will kick off at the Alumni clock next to the Student Union at 1:30 p.m. on April 19, with members of several different student groups, athletic teams and Greek organizations competing in teams. The goal is to give new life to the Green Mile, which was created in 2010 to promote overall health and wellness at the institution. The one-mile trail enables walkers and joggers to start at any set of green footprints on campus and to follow the trail of footprints until they are back at their starting point, thus completing one mile of exercise. The work of the student teams will be judged on neatness and completion, and the winners will receive trophies and prizes for their efforts. Fitness and health are important components of education at Delta State, and the university is proud that the Green Mile is available to anyone from the campus or community.

In other news on campus, the Delta State University Jazz Ensemble will present its spring concert tonight at 7:30, and the Delta State University Choirs will present “Carmina Burana,” a cantata at 7:30 tomorrow night. And rounding out three nights of music will be a free concert featuring the U.S. Air Force Concert Band. That performance is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday night. All three performances will take place in our Bologna Performing Arts Center.

Campus Update: Civility and Respect on Campus

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Dear Campus Colleagues and Students,

Last Tuesday, in the aftermath of Governor Phil Bryant’s signing House Bill 1523 (known as the “Protecting Freedom of Conscience from Government Discrimination Act”), I issued a statement to the media that incorporated information I am sharing with you below.

Over the last few days, conversations about civility and respect have ensued across the Delta State University campus.  Most recently, in meetings with students and faculty, I reinforced Delta State’s longstanding commitment to an open and inclusive university campus community—a theme I included in comments I made during the 2015 State of the University Address at the university’s annual convocation.

The signing of this legislation into law, coupled with some recent expressions of opinions on campus, present the university with yet another opportunity to restate our commitment to inclusiveness, fairness, and a safe and welcoming campus for all.

As stated in the guiding principles for the university, Delta State promotes mutual respect, teamwork, fairness, and integrity among all of our employees and students, and the university works diligently to create a climate in which students, employees, and constituents are valued and nurtured. Delta State strives to be a safe environment for all of our students, faculty, and staff, and we celebrate the many differences that make this university great. Those goals and principles are central to our mission and will not change.

Over the past few years, Delta State has hosted Safe Space training programs in which I, along with numerous faculty and staff members, have participated.  The goals of the national Safe Space program are to create campus spaces where LGBTQ students and employees feel safe, supported, and valued as members of the university community, and to reduce fear of reprisal and discrimination within the university community.  The university will continue to support that program and the work it does.

This week, Delta State is hosting a professional development webinar that is open to any faculty or staff member who wants to support the LGBTQ community on campus.  The program, “Beyond LGBTQ: Supporting the Spectrum of Sexual & Gender Identities of Your Students,” is scheduled for Wednesday, April 13 at 1:00 pm in the Baioni Conference Center in Broom Hall.

I ask for your continuing efforts to ensure Delta State remains a campus that embraces and demonstrates civility and respect.

Very best regards,

Bill LaForge