Go Green Weekend cooking competition announced

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The Delta State University community eagerly awaits the third annual Go Green Weekend, scheduled on campus April 1-3.

The exciting program of activities is sponsored by Delta State’s Office of Admissions, National Alumni Association, Athletics and Student Government Association.

The weekend serves as a get-together for current students, alumni, friends, faculty and staff on campus. Events include live entertainment Friday night, Admissions Day for prospective students, and a Cook Team Competition on Saturday. There will also be a number of athletic events going on throughout the weekend.

Applications and rules are now available for cook teams at:


Categories include Jambalaya Any Way and Sausage Any Way.

“This is a time for Delta State’s past, present, and future students to come together and enjoy a fun atmosphere at their alma mater,” said Jeffrey Farris. “The full schedule is available on the Delta State website.”

The full athletics schedule can be found here. Follow Go Green Weekend schedule updates at http://www.deltastate.edu/undergraduate-admissions/visiting-campus/go-green-weekend/.

Diana McLemore, admissions recruiter, is the February 2016 Employee of the Month.

McLemore named Employee of the Month

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The Delta State University Staff Council recently honored Diana McLemore, admissions recruiter, as the February 2016 Employee of the Month.

McLemore, a Grenada native, has been on staff as a recruiter for nearly three years. Her recruiting area is the Mississippi Delta region.

She is a 2012 Delta State graduate who majored in marketing, and she also received her MBA from Delta State in 2014. As a student, she was involved with Delta Mu Delta, Phi Mu fraternity, Diamond Girl, Pageant Board and Union Program Council.

McLemore grew up coming to Cleveland to visit family and attend Delta State games, where her grandfather, Cary Sandifer, drove the athletic bus for the university. She is engaged to Loyd McDowell, a staff member at the Bologna Performing Arts Center. The couple will marry in April.

Each Employee of the Month winner receives a plaque, monetary award, WalMart gift card from the Student Government Association, an engraved insulated coffee mug, a free parking decal courtesy of the Campus Police Department, a box of treats from The Sweetery, a parking spot of their choice, marquee announcement and website recognition.

For an archived list of previous winners, visit http://www.deltastate.edu/about-dsu/administration/staff-council/staff-council-employee-of-the-month/employee-of-the-month-archives/

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 opinions to the president.

Delta State University recently hosted the third annual Tech Savvy STEM Conference featuring programming for local sixth through ninth grade girls.

Tech Savvy hosts successful STEM conference

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Delta State University, in partnership with American Association of University Women (Cleveland, Mississippi branch) hosted another successful Tech Savvy STEM Conference on campus Feb. 27.

The third annual conference was a one-day event that taught sixth through ninth grade girls across Mississippi about careers in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). This year, Delta State hosted 172 students and 23 parents.

Conference participants were given the opportunity to select up to three educational and hands-on workshops to attend. One workshop, “Pharmacist for a Day!,” provided training for the day-to-day activities of pharmacists. Another workshop, “Girl Code,” allowed students to code programs using technology. Adult workshops were available for parents to learn about financial preparedness and college readiness for students.

Tech Savvy began as a program under the Buffalo, New York AAUW branch. Thanks to the program’s success, more AAUW branches across the country began to adopt Tech Savvy as an annual program for girls in their states.

Local AAUW members, along with university e-affiliates, planned, coordinated and implemented conference programming. Partnerships were established with several Delta State departments and community organizations to conduct workshops. All of the workshops pertaining to STEM career fields and skills were presented by STEM practitioners and educators.

The 2016 conference coordinators were: Dr. Glendscene Williams, conference chair; Dr. Phyllis Bunn, fundraising coordinator; Lynn Byrd, curriculum coordinator; Joi Phillips, marketing and outreach coordinator; Wilnessa Foster, media coordinator; and Jeanna Wilkes, volunteer coordinator.

“This event teaches girls that it is possible for women to have leadership roles and successful careers in STEM fields,” said Williams.

“We’re so happy to offer this learning experience to middle school girls, and we hope all of them will consider pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering and math,” said Phillips.

Sponsors for the event included the American Association of University Women, Delta State University, Office of Academic Affairs, College of Business, Graduate and Continuing Studies, The Delta Regional Foundation, and The American Legion, Mississippi Post 1776.

For more information, visit http://cleveland-ms.aauw.net/.


Aviation department receives accreditation renewal

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Delta State University’s Department of Commercial Aviation recently received news that the Aviation Accreditation Board International voted to approve the department’s AABI accreditation until 2020.

The next self-study is due in 2018, followed by a AABI visit in 2019.

“AABI accreditation standards cover a variety of areas ensuring the highest standards in faculty, staff, curriculum, facilities and services, institutional support, and assessment,” said Dr. Julie Speaks, chair of the department. “There are over 100 institutions across the country that offer aviation degree programs, and DSU is one of 38 institutions with AABI accreditation.

“We are glad to have the validation of a job well done, not only from AABI, but also from constituencies, alumni and in the industry.”

For more information about Aviation Accreditation Board International, visit http://www.aabi.aero.

Delta State’s aviation curriculum provides the state university system’s only undergraduate and graduate aviation programs.

“Our students are prepared for a variety of opportunities in the aviation industry, including the airlines, aircraft manufacturing, airport management, air traffic control and military aviation,” added Speakes.

Graduates can serve as members of flight crews, air traffic control specialists, and executives with supervisory and managerial responsibilities at all levels. The department offers a Bachelor of Commercial Aviation, with concentrations in aviation management and flight operations, and a Master of Commercial Aviation.

“Delta State University is one of the premier choices for students who desire a career as a professional pilot,” said Speakes. “Industry professionals agree that our graduates display the highest levels of proficiency and professionalism, which make them prime candidates for positions in today’s aviation marketplace. Virtually all of our graduates advance to excellent positions with professional, corporate, charter, regional, and major airlines, as well as the military.”

For more information on the department, visit http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-business/commercial-aviation/, call 662-846-4205, or email cavinfo@deltastate.edu.