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DSU Day brought in 170 future Statesmen prior to this year's Pig Pickin' festivities.

DSU Day attracts large number of recruits

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The recruiting staff at Delta State University continues to work hard at shining light on the institution’s top-notch opportunities.

Their efforts were on display at DSU Day, a major recruiting event on campus that kicked off prior to this year’s Pig Pickin’ festivities.

On the heels of a three-year enrollment increase at Delta State, campus representatives welcomed 170 future Statesmen, along with over 130 additional guests to the first campus preview day of the year.

To begin DSU Day, faculty and staff from approximately 30 academic and student-related departments spoke with guests at an academic fair.

In the courtyard next to the legendary Margaret Wade statue, students heard from campus leaders including President William N. LaForge, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Charles McAdams, Chief of Police Lynn Buford and Student Government President Allie Rose Parker.

A group of student recruiters known as the Delta Diplomats and faculty members guided tours around campus. Stops included the H.L. Nowell Student Union, Roberts-LaForge Library, Foundation Hall, Wyatt Gymnasium and the recently remodeled Roy L. and Clara Belle Wiley Planetarium.

Students were informed about the admissions process and financial opportunities before participating in Pig Pickin’ activities and attending the Statesmen football game.

According to Caitlyn Thompson, director of recruiting, feedback from participants has been positive, and the staff is looking forward to working with each student on enrollment.

“DSU Day provides an opportunity for the students to see themselves as a Statesman. They get to breathe Delta State air and experience campus first-hand,” said Thompson. “The attendance numbers for this year are encouraging and exciting. The more students that we can bring to campus, the better. The personal connections that incoming students will make with students, staff and faculty are will help make their transition to Delta State easy. Our green and white community guides students on a daily basis to a successful life after college completion. Excellent programming coupled with affordability make up the duo of diligence that Delta State maintains.”

Among many other efforts to attract future Statesmen, recruiters are attending college fairs, holding campus visits at high schools and community colleges, meeting with counselors, and communicating with prospective students. Delta Diplomats are guiding multiple tours of campus on a daily basis.

Like previous years, President LaForge is visiting students in their schools to speak about opportunities at Delta State. This effort continues as part of the recently-branded Student To Statesman tour.

The Delta State community continues to provide support throughout the year to recruit new students through many methods, including academic representation, communication with prospective students and quality programming.

For more information on the admission process, scholarships, or to get in touch with a recruiter, visit www.deltastate.edu/admissions, or call 662-846-4020.

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Wiley named Employee of the Month

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The Delta State University Staff Council recently honored Bobbi Wiley, Admissions clerk, as the August 2016 Employee of the Month.

Wiley, a Rosedale native, has been working in the Office of Admissions since 2013. She is a 2004 Delta State graduate majoring in management.

“I’m very honored to be selected by my peers as Employee of the Month,” said Wiley. “It was definitely a big surprise.”

Outside of work, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Jamie, and their two children, Karlie Grace and Parker.

Each Employee of the Month winner receives a plaque, monetary award, 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.

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Campus prepares for Go Green Weekend

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The Delta State family is gearing up for the third annual Go Green Weekend, scheduled on campus March 31 through April 3. Events include live entertainment, tailgating, a cooking competition, sporting events and a spring visit day.

The weekend will kick off on Thursday with performances by the Delta Music Institute bands at 5:30 p.m. in Statesmen Park. A jambalaya cook-off, sponsored by the Alumni Association, will kick off at 6 p.m. on Friday, along with tailgating in Statesmen Park and a women’s soccer showcase at Parker Field-McCool Stadium. At 7:30 p.m., a men’s soccer showcase will take place followed by live entertainment at 9 p.m. on the main stage in Statesmen Park.

The student community is excited about the entertainment and weekend events. Mykel Syles, president of the Student Government Association, said students are looking forward to the event.

“Go Green Weekend is a time for students to come together in what is our first big event of the calendar year,” he said. “It’s a time for students to relax, enjoy the spring season and show our DSU pride. G’okra.”

Saturday’s events begin with a Statesmen football scrimmage at 10 a.m. at Parker Field-McCool Stadium. Statesmen Park will open for tailgating, and the cooking competition will continue. Vendors that will be on site include Domino’s Pizza, Shorlone’s Southern Snow and more. The Delta Allstars Cheerleaders will perform at 11 a.m., followed by a women’s soccer alumni game at noon. The cooking competition awards will take place at 1 p.m., and both baseball and softball teams will begin a doubleheader match against Christian Brothers at 2 p.m., along with a men’s soccer alumni game.

Visitors for Spring Preview Day will also be welcomed to campus on Saturday. High school juniors and sophomores have been invited to participate in Go Green Weekend activities including an information session, academic and student organization fairs, campus tour, lunch and athletic events. Caitlyn Thompson, director of recruiting, said the goal of the day is to showcase campus and life as a Statesmen while providing information on academics and the admission process.

“The staff in the Office of Admissions is working hard to reach potential students at a younger age,” said Thompson. “We want these juniors and sophomores to start considering Delta State as their college option at an earlier time in their high school career. We hope to provide an opportunity for them to get the full Delta State experience by tailoring the day to meet their interests.”

Students interested in attending Spring Preview Day are asked to register online at www.deltastate.edu/gogreenweekend.

Applications for the cooking competition sponsored by the National Alumni Association are available on the event website www.deltastate.edu/gogreenweekend. Jeffrey Farris, director of the Alumni Association, is looking forward to the family atmosphere.

“The weekend is designed to roll out the ‘green carpet’ for alumni, friends of the university, current student body and prospective students to enjoy Delta State University,” said Farris. “Go Green Weekend will focus on a family friendly environment that will appeal to all. Be sure to visit the National Alumni Association Tailgate Tent to register and pick up your official baseball or softball clapper.”

Sunday concludes Go Green Weekend with a Lady Statesmen softball game at 1 p.m. at University Field and a Statesmen baseball game at 2 p.m. at Harvey Stadium-Ferriss Field. A drawing for the winner of the “Saturdays at the Levee” raffle will take place during the baseball game. For more information or to purchase raffle tickets, call 662-846-4300. Events to benefit the Make-a-Wish foundation will also be held.

Go Green Weekend activities are open to the public, but tickets are required for entry into the baseball and softball games. Tickets can be purchased online at www.gostatesmen.com or at the gate if available.

Go Green Weekend is coordinated by Delta State’s Office of Admissions, Alumni and Foundation, Department of Athletics and Office of Student Life.

For more information on Go Green Weekend and Spring Visit day, visit www.deltastate.edu/gogreenweekend or search media outlets for #DSUGGW.

Harry Lott Jr. ’81 talks with future Delta State students at a recent DSU Family Dinner in Grenada.

Alumni Association Participates in DSU Admissions Family Dinner

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The Office of Admissions recently held a DSU Family Dinner in Grenada for all local students admitted to Delta State for the fall of 2016. Over 30 students attended the event, held at the Mattox Center in Grenada. Alumnus and former baseball player Harry Lott Jr. ‘81 spoke to the group about his experiences at Delta State. Lott lives in Grenada.

Assistant Alumni Director and Grenada native Jordan Thomas also shared her experiences at Delta State with the group. Thomas was followed by current students Audrianna Johnson, Brennan Barham, Jordan Galtelli and Carrie Lynn Stanford. Tanya McKinney, Addie Herod and Lekeitha Morris, all faculty members, were in attendance to answer students’ questions. Derrick Bean, the admission recruiter for the area, led the program. Each student received an exclusive Delta State T-shirt and was entered into a drawing for a scholarship.

Similar events sponsored by the Office 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 (http://www.dsualumni.tumblr.com), 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 www.deltastate.edu/admissions.

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Delta State Preview coming to Jackson

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Delta State University is hosting an event in the City With Soul April 7 called Preview in Jackson, an interactive college fair for potential students in the greater Jackson area.

Students, parents, counselors, alumni and friends local to Jackson are invited to the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum from 4:30-7 p.m. The center is located at 1152 Lakeland Dr. in Jackson.

President William N. LaForge, administrative and academic representatives, and current students will be on hand to talk one-on-one about the university’s undergraduate and graduate degree programs, financial aid, scholarships, campus life, admissions and more.

Southwest Mississippi Admissions Recruiter, Robyn Rouse, said the event is sure to be a beneficial experience for prospective students.

“I look forward to helping Delta State get its name out there,” said Rouse. “There are plenty of students in the Jackson area who don’t know a lot about Delta State, our affordable tuition and all the programs we have to offer.

“A lot of community college students think four-year colleges cost too much, but Delta State has such an inexpensive tuition rate compared to other universities. And the fact we can stack scholarships will also peak the interest of Jackson students and their parents.”

The goal behind Preview in Jackson is convenience and accessibility for those interested in Delta State. More than 20 academic departments will be available to answer questions about classes and career paths.

Door prizes will be given away throughout the event, and light refreshments will be served. The come-and-go atmosphere will include kid-friendly activities.

This is the second Preview for the institution following last month’s inaugural event in Memphis.

For more information, visit www.deltastate.edu/preview or contact Rouse at 662-402-0867.