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Employee of the Month winners for 2013 honored at the Staff Council luncheon included: (front, l to r) Officer Donald Bradshaw, July; Laura Walker, October; Dianne Serio, April; De’Andrea Eason, November; (back): Michael Kemp, May; Kirk Mansell, March; Chris Gaines, February; Gloria Hudson, September; Patsy Burchfield, December; and Justin Chandler, August. Not pictured include: Kimberly Cooley, January; and Lee Rowland, June.

Staff Council hosts Employee of the Month luncheon

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The Staff Council Incentives and Recognition Committee hosted a successful luncheon today to honor the Employee of the Month (EOM) recipients for 2013. The annual event takes place each January in the Simmons Room of the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni-Foundation House.

The Staff Council of Delta State University takes great pride in recognizing the exceptional service among its staff, and the EOM program continues to see growth thanks to the support of the campus community.

EOM distinction is given to a staff member who has provided service that is considered over and beyond those duties outlined in his or her job description. Nominations are submitted by colleagues on campus.

2013 winners include: Kimberly Cooley, January; Chris Gaines, February; Kirk Mansell, March; Dianne Serio, April; Michael Kemp, May; Lee Rowland, June; Donald Bradshaw, July; Justin Chandler, August; Gloria Hudson, September; Laura Walker, October; De’Andrea Eason, November; and Patsy Burchfield, December.

Each winner receives a plaque; monetary award; Wal-Mart 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; two Okra gift cards (one from Athletics and one from a private donor); marquee announcement; and website recognition.

Dr. James Robinson and Bert Herbison

Dr. James Robinson, a semi-retired professor in the history department, also sends flowers to all the ladies who receive EOM recognition.

The program has developed greatly for more than a decade thanks to ongoing financial donations from Robinson. Through his support, the luncheon is made possible each year.

Robinson, who graduated from Delta State in 1966, never stops brainstorming ways to give back to his beloved university.

“The program was already in place when I first donated, but it was something I wanted to contribute to as a way to say thanks to all the wonderful people we have at Delta State,” said Robinson. “I’m happy to see how much it’s grown and that the staff continue to be recognized.

“This shows that Delta State truly is a family.”

Also honored at this year’s luncheon was Bert Herbison, chair of the Incentives and Recognition Committee for the past nine years. Herbison has worked at the university for 24 years and will be retiring at the end of the year.

“The Employee of the Month program has been my ‘baby’ while at Delta State,” said Herbison. “It’s bittersweet attending my last luncheon, and I’m going to have a hard time giving it up when I retire.”

Herbison said working with Robinson to develop the program has been a true privilege.

“Words can’t describe what an honor it has been to work with a man who is so hardworking, caring and selfless when it comes to others — staff in particular,” said Herbison. “He constantly is looking for ways that we can honor our staff.”

Robinson’s support has also made other programs from the Incentives and Recognition Committee possible — such as the Smile On You award, which is a $25 gift certificate to a local restaurant that a staff member unexpectedly receives in the mail, and the “Take A Break” gift card from Aramark that can be used on campus at one of their facilities for a coffee, smoothie or snack. Quarterly birthday parties are also held for staff along with mailed birthday cards.

In October of 2013, Robin Boyles, Staff Council chair, and fellow council members attended the Mississippi Association of Staff Council Organizations meetings in Hattiesburg. Boyles quickly learned Delta State’s EOM program stands superior against the other Mississippi institutions in the Institutions of Higher Learning system.

“Meeting with other Staff Council officers affirmed for me that our Staff Council here at Delta State is an active and integral part of our campus,” said Boyles. “We clearly have the most structured and comprehensive Employee of the Month program in Mississippi and that is primarily due to the contributions of Dr. James Robinson and the dedication of Bert Herbison and the Incentives and Recognition committee.”

For an archived list of previous EOM winners, visit 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.

Patsy Burchfield, assistant Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs, was named the Employee of the Month for Dec. of 2013.

Burchfield honored as Employee of the Month

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Patsy Burchfield, assistant to Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs at Delta State, was recently honored as Delta State’s December 2013 Employee of the Month.

Originally from French Camp, Miss., Burchfield graduated from French Camp Academy, Holmes Junior College and Mississippi State University with a degree in business education before moving to the Delta.

“I started working at Delta State in 1988 and I just completed my 25th year of service,” she said. “My husband, Mike, and I have two sons, John and Jay, who graduated from Delta State. We also enjoy visiting and spending time with our three grandchildren.”

Outside of her job, she is active at First Baptist Church-Cleveland, and enjoys shopping with her twin sister, working in her flower garden, collecting cook books and cooking new recipes.

Employee of the Month distinction is given to a staff member who has provided service at Delta State that is considered over and beyond those duties outlined in his or her job description. Nominations are submitted by colleagues on campus.

Each 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, two Okra gift cards (one from Athletics and one from a private donor), marquee announcement and website recognition.
 
For an archived list of previous Employee of the Month 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.

 

The Staff Council at Delta State University is sponsoring the DSU Toy Drive to benefit children in Bolivar County.

Staff Council hosts DSU Toy Drive

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The Staff Council at Delta State University continues to work hard at helping others this holiday season. The Staff Council Projects Committee is sponsoring the DSU Toy Drive to benefit children in Bolivar County.

Each Delta State department is being asked to provide three unwrapped gifts appropriate for newborn children all the way up to 12 years old. The toys will be provided to the Bolivar County Family and Children’s Services for distribution.

Recommended gifts include games, books, dolls, trucks, educational items, school supplies, action figures and play sets.

Robin Boyles, chair of the Staff Council, said this is a fitting way to spread holiday cheer.

“By holding a toy drive, we feel this will give more departments and groups across campus an opportunity to participate,” she said. “If you are looking for a way to help others during this season of giving, this is your chance. We will wrap the gifts before taking them.”

Last year, the Staff Council collected Christmas gifts for 15 children through the Department of Human Services with a program called Adopt a Child Toy Drive.

“By altering the program this year, we hope to provide gifts to many more families and children than we have before,” said Just Chandler, chair of the Projects Committee. “This way the university will be able to impact a greater number of people throughout our community beyond just the 15 we sponsored last year.”

Departments are asked to deliver their unwrapped donations to office 234 in Kent Wyatt Hall by noon on Dec. 6.

For questions or more information, contact Chandler at 662-846-4052 or jchandler@deltastate.edu.

 

DSU Day at Bayou Academy

Bayou Academy to host DSU DAY

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Thanks to the Delta State University Staff Council Projects Committee, students at Bayou Academy will be presented with a DSU Day on Nov. 21 from 9 a.m. to noon in the school’s gymnasium. The special program will serve as an awareness and recruitment event.

The administrative Staff Council is considering this type of platform at other local schools depending on the outcome at Bayou Academy. This is the kickoff attempt for the program.

The visit will cater mainly to students in grades 9-12 and will provide information from a number of Delta State academic and service departments.

Justin Chandler, chair of the Projects Committee, said this program would benefit all high school grades, not just the juniors and seniors.

“We’re seeing that students are figuring out where they want to go to college earlier and earlier,” said Chandler. “We want to target ninth and tenth graders too and make them aware of some of the programs and what’s available to them.”

Robin Boyles, chair of the Staff Council, said this is another effort from the staff to boost Delta State’s presence.

“President LaForge has stated that recruitment is everyone’s responsibility,” she said. “The Staff Council Projects Committee saw an opportunity to support recruitment by bringing awareness of Delta State’s programs and activities to area students.”

Chandler added that it’s ever important to expand the educational careers of talented local students.

“Many of the students here have an emotional attachment to the Delta,” he said. “And we want to educate these students and help them stay in the Delta. Once they come to school here, we know they’ll fall in love with the university and the entire region.”

The mission of Delta State University’s Staff Council is to serve as a liaison between the administration and the staff of Delta State University to provide a formal process for staff to discuss issues involving University policies and procedures and to present ideas, recommendations, and opinions to the President; to institute programs to provide individual and university-wide staff development; to promote increased communication among departments and employees; to enhance job satisfaction and motivation; and to recognize outstanding achievement and work performance by members of Delta State University.

Delta State’s Staff Council is dedicated to excellence in service and the continued growth and development of the university.

For more information or to discuss a visit day at your school, contact Chandler at 662-846-4052 or jchandler@deltastate.edu.

 

 

MASCO

Staff Council participates in statewide meetings

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Four members of Delta State’s Administrative Staff Council’s Executive Committee traveled to Hattiesburg to participate in MASCO Day on Oct. 30.

The Mississippi Association of Staff Council Organizations (MASCO) is a statewide group representing staff from the eight institutions in the Institutions of Higher Learning system.

Held at the University of Southern Mississippi, the meeting was attended by 25 staff members representing seven of the eight universities; Alcorn State University, Delta State University, Jackson State University, Mississippi State University, Mississippi University for Women, the University of Mississippi and the University of Southern Mississippi.

Representing Delta State University’s Staff Council was Robin Boyles, chair; Marilyn Read, chair-elect; Vickie Williams, secretary/treasurer; and Suzanne Simpson, public relations coordinator. The trip was made possible through a Bryce Griffis grant.

“Meeting with other Staff Council officers affirmed for me that our Staff Council here at Delta State is an active and integral part of our campus,” said Boyles. “We clearly have the most structured and comprehensive Employee of the Month program in Mississippi and that is primarily due to the contributions of Dr. James Robinson and the dedication of Bert Herbison and the Incentives and Recognition committee.

“Our community outreach that is led by our Projects Committee is second to none.”

The event began with a dinner at the home of President and Mrs. Rodney Bennett on Tuesday evening. Wednesday’s schedule consisted of sharing activities that each council engages in, a discussion of challenges and issues facing university staff, and an open forum with Toby Barker, State Representative and State Senator Billy Hudson.

The mission of Delta State University’s Staff Council is to serve as a liaison between the administration and the staff of Delta State University to provide a formal process for staff to discuss issues involving University policies and procedures and to present ideas, recommendations, and opinions to the President; to institute programs to provide individual and university-wide staff development; to promote increased communication among departments and employees; to enhance job satisfaction and motivation; and to recognize outstanding achievement and work performance by members of Delta State University.

Delta State’s Staff Council is dedicated to excellence in service and the continued growth and development of the university.