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Delta State hosts Leader Academy for high school students

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Delta State University hosted the Chick fil A Leader Academy Kickoff event on Oct. 27, a program that brought over 400 Mississippi high school students and administrators to campus.

The event kicked off the year-long academy, a platform that will be held in 18 Mississippi high schools that teaches leadership skills and empowers students to put those skills to action. A major goal of the Leader Academy is to inspire students to remain in school and become leaders within their community.

Students will take part in monthly leadership labs at their schools and complete several service projects in their communities throughout the year.

The kickoff included multiple events and was an integral aspect of the students’ initiation into the academy. Students began the day at the Bologna Performing Arts Center where they received detailed information on expectations and goals and heard direct testimonies from schools that have participated in the program.

The assembly was followed by their first Impact Project of the program with Feeding Children Everywhere, packing meals to feed needy children across the state of Mississippi. The project is part of a national effort spanning 325 schools and 10,000 students to feed 1 million children across the United States. The students and administrators came together and packed 101,466 non-perishable meals for children in the state.

Elizabeth Joel, coordinator of Continuing Education at Delta State, has worked closely with Chick fil A over the past few months to plan the event.

“We are very excited about the partnership between Delta State and Chick fil A for this project,” said Joel. “It is a wonderful opportunity for our campus to host over 400 students who are future leaders of our community. We want to demonstrate how important community involvement is at Delta State, in hopes that these students will bring their development, compassionate leadership skills back to our campus when they attend college.”

In addition to hosting the kickoff event, Delta State departments and student organizations have received an open invitation to attend the leadership labs in several high schools over the next year to serve as mentors.

The Leader Academy is funded completely by Chick fil A branches throughout Mississippi. Lance Read, operator of Chick fil A in Oxford, and a team of nine other state-wide operators are spearheading the project. They will work closely with the 18 high schools registered in the program as they complete their monthly leadership labs and service projects for their communities.

Continuing Education to offer community classes in October

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Delta State University Continuing Education has scheduled several non-credit workshops for adults during the month of October.

Grant Writing 101, Not your Granny’s Granny Square Crochet and Adult Swimming will be the three available classes.

Grant Writing 101:
Continuing Education has partnered with Robin Boyles from the Office of Institutional Grants on campus to offer a grant writing workshop. The topics of justifying your need; developing goals, objectives, and timelines: program development and evaluation; and building collaborations /partnerships will be discussed during the workshop. It is open to non profit organizations, school administrators, program directors, healthcare providers, teachers and any anyone else interested. The workshop will be on Oct. 8 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Simmons Room of the Delta State Alumni House. The cost of the class is $50 and CEU credits are available for an extra charge of $15.

Not your Granny’s Granny Square:
This workshop will teach crochet for all skill levels. Beginners will learn the basic crochet stitches and will make a granny square scarf. Intermediate and advanced participants will learn new stitches, how to follow a pattern and how to use granny squares for larger projects such as a purses, hats or blankets. The workshop will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Oct. 6-29 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The fee to attend is $35 to covers all supplies needed.

Adult Swimming Lessons:
It’s never too late to learn how to swim. Join several Delta State swimmers as they teach the basics of swimming. Participants will learn to enjoy the water and feel comfortable jumping in the university pool. Lessons will be taught on Mondays and Wednesdays, Oct.12 to Nov. 4. The fee for the class is $75. Lessons will extend through the month of November for an additional cost, pending interest.

*** Early registration is required due to limited space in each class. To register, or for more information, contact Elizabeth Joel in the Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies at 662-846-4871 or ejoel@deltastate.edu.

Pinterest workshop offered by Continuing Education

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Delta State University’s Department of Continuing Education is offering the “Pinterest Inspired Crafty Creations” workshop Oct. 14 from 6-8 p.m. in the Simmons Room of the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni House. Community members are welcome to register for the event in advance.

Local crafting community member, Leah Carlson Ferretti, will be the instructor for the workshops.

“Leah has taught several of these fun and creative workshops for us in the past, and we are looking forward to bringing another one to our community,” said says Elizabeth Joel, coordinator of Continuing Education. “Each class is always full of laughter and creativity. Our participants have always been good about sharing additional techniques that they learned once practicing these crafts at home.”

Participants who attend this hands-on creative workshop will leave with five unique handmade gifts, along with instructions on how to recreate them at home for this holiday gift-giving season. Items to be made include: picture perfect coasters, monogrammed and hand-painted bags, decorative monogrammed mugs, homemade body butter and decoupage plates.

The deadline to register is noon on Oct. 11. Space is limited and early registration is required. To sign up or for more information, contact Joel in the Office of Graduate and Continuing Studies at 662-846-4871 or e-mail ejoel@deltastate.edu.

CPR/Basic Life Support certification course offered

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Delta State University’s Office of Continuing Education is offering a CPR/Basic Life Support (BLS) certification course. In this classroom-based course, participants will learn to recognize several life-threatening emergencies, provide CPR to victims of all ages, use an AED and relieve choking in a safe, timely and effective manner.

The course is designed for community members, certified or non-certified healthcare professionals and first responders seeking first time certification or re-certification. Adult and Infant/Child CPR will be covered in this certification course. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn the key changes in CPR/BLS under the 2010 American Heart Association guidelines for CPR and Emergency Cardiovascular Care.

This class will be held Aug. 27 at 5 p.m. in the Simmons Room of the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni Building. The cost is $35 per person. Certification cards will be issued for participants who successfully complete requirements.

Preregistration is required for this course, and the deadline to register is August 22. Interested applicants must contact Marilyn Read in the Office of Continuing Education at 662-846-4874 or e-mail mread@deltastate.edu.

Continuing education in theology

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Delta State will offer a theology course in the fall to the general public under the Non-Credit Continuing Education Program. The class will meet throughout the semester on Mondays from 6-9 p.m. in Kethley Hall Room 231 and will also be available to graduate students and undergraduates with special permission.

Theology, which has a deep tradition in Western culture and has been defined as faith seeking understanding, uses the tools of science — such as history and research — to help understand the nature of faith, which itself can be defined as the human encounter with the mystery of God. The course is part of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program (MALS), an interdisciplinary program intended for adult learners interested in perfecting reading, writing and research skills.

James Tomek will preside over the course, assisted at times by Clint Tibbs. Tomek received his doctorate in French from Duke University and two master’s degrees in theology from Spring Hill College in a similar MALS program. Tibbs earned a doctorate in biblical studies and philosophy from Catholic University, a renowned center for theological studies in America.

Areas of study for the course will include biblical, church, systematic and moral theology. Those taking the course will be allowed to explore areas of special interest so they can take their theological education to higher levels, whether it be in church ministry or scholarly areas. The course will be focused on Judeo Christian aspects of theology, but there will also be sessions on world religions.

The course will include readings and a research paper but not examinations. Attendance, reading the material and writing a paper on a specific interest will be the requirements. A reading list of essays is already available for those who want to start reading ahead of time. Those taking the course under the Non-Credit Continuing Education Program are not required to do a research project and can read the material to their individual desires. Regular university prices apply to students taking the course for academic credit while the Non-Credit Continuing Education price is listed as $300.

For more information about the credit course and the MALS Program, contact Tomek (jtomek@deltastate.edu 662-846-4077), Bill Hays (whays@deltastate.edu  662-846-4060), Clint Tibbs (ctibbs@deltastate.edu 662-846-4071) or Chuck Westmoreland (cwestmoreland@deltastate.edu 662-846-4173).

Those looking to register as a non-credit seeking community member, contact Elizabeth Joel in Continuing Education (ejoel@deltastate.edu 662-846-4871).