Staff Council’s Employee of the Month for 2010


January 2010
The Incentives and Recognition Committee of Delta State University Administrative Staff Council is pleased to announce that Dianne Schattner is January’s Employee of the Month.  Dianne moved to Cleveland twenty years ago and she quickly became involved in the community with her son’s education, DSU sporting events, tutoring students, repairing electronic items, going to Park Commission games, and participating in the Faculty Wives Group at Delta State University. Cleveland really became her home quickly. Dianne is proud to be a Delta State employee and started working at Delta State as a Library Assistant in the Circulation Department about 15 years ago and was promoted to Library Technology Associate a few years later, a title she still has today. Dianne enjoys the challenges in her job and enjoys serving on campus committees. Dianne also teaches water aerobic classes at Delta State and isn’t timid to tell you the physical benefits one gets by attending the class. Dianne has been married to Ralph over 37 years, has a son Thomas, daughter-in-law Caroline, and two ‘perfect’ grand-daughters: Mary Anne and Ashley. Spending time with her family is one of her favorite past times. Knitting, sewing, crafts, baking, cooking, playing bridge, golfing, shopping, quilting, and helping others are a few things she does to relax and not necessarily in that order.

February 2010

Delta State University’s Administrative Staff Council is proud to annouce Bill Moses as February’s Employee of the Month.   Bill is a Cleveland native, growing up in Boyle and graduating from Cleveland High School.  He is an alumnus of Delta State University, earning an undergraduate and graduate from the institution which is also part of his family history.  He has a degree in photography from Sam Houston State University.  Bill took the job as photographer for Public Information at Delta State in September 1998, and was soon awarde news writer title.  He has served as advisor for "The Broom", Delta State University’s annual and teaches photojournalism for journalism of the Division of Languages and Literature. Bill is married to Teresa Bruce.  They have two daughters, five grandchildren, and two dogs.  They both enjoy country life. Bill is honored and appreciative to receive Employee of the Month and wishes to thank everyone, including the Incentives and Recognition Committee and Dr. James Robinson for his support of Delta State staff.

 March 2010

Staff Council’s Incentives and Recognition commmittee is proud to announce that Aaron Williams was named Employee of the Month for 2010.  Aaron was born in Shelby, MS.  He graduated from Broadstreet High School and attended Coahoma Junior College.  Aaron is married and has two children.  He joined Delta State University Facilities Management in 2000 as a Groundsman and has worked in grounds maintenance and landscape services for the past nine years.  Aaron presently serves as Grounds Crew Leader, a positoin he has earned through hard work and dedication.  He is a certified Inmate Supervisor.  Aaron is clearly a leader and has demonstrated as excellent work ethic.  He enjoys spending time with his family and fishing. Congratulation, Aaron on earning this honor!


 April 2010

Staff Council is proud to announce Barbara Latham as April’s Employee of the Month.  Barbara moved to Cleveland from Grenada, Mississippi, on June 17, 1991.  Soon after that her arrival she joined First Baptist Church and was active in the choir.  Through Barbara’s children she was active in Girl Scouts, park commission sports, band boosters, and PTA.  Barbara worked as a teacher’s assistant at Parks Elementary before joining the DSU staff.  After spending a year and a half in the laundry on campus she applied for a position in the Roberts-LaForge Library as Library Assistant I.  Several years later she was promoted to Library Assistant II, a position she still holds today. Barbara loves working in the Circulation department.   In her spare time she loves reading, writing books, and visiting with people.  This year Barbara invited an International student from Dominica to move in with her so that she would be able complete her degree at DSU.  Barbara and Mike have one son Geoffrey Michael Latham, a DSU graduate, who teaches art; and a daughter Melody Leigh-Young Latham, a University of Southern Mississippi graduate, who is an actress in Chicago.

 May 2010

Staff Council is proud to announce Melissa Marshall as May’s Employee of the Month.  A life long Delta resident, Melissa was born and raised in Pace, Mississippi and graduated from Rosedale High School where she played softball in her spare time.  For over fourteen years, Melissa has been a proud member of the Delta State Staff diligently serving as the Custodian for the Charles W. Capps, Jr. Archives & Museum building and the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni & Foundation building.  Melissa has one son, Dominique Simpson, a senior at Rosedale High School.  Melissa was a member of the congregation at Pleasant Grove MB Church in Pace before it closed.  Those who work with Melissa appreciate her quiet, steady dedication to her job and in the extra things she does for others outside of her regular responsibilities.  We appreciate everything you do for the faculty, staff, and students in the Capps and Alumni buildings.  Congratulations Mellisa!


 June 2010

We’re proud to announce Delisa Parker as one of this month’s Employees of the Month. She was born in Sarah, Mississippi; went to high school in Coldwater; graduated with an Associate Degree at North West Junior College before earning her Bachelor of Social Work at Delta State University. After working in the Purchasing Department for 5 years, Delisa started working in the President’s Office as an Administrative Secretary and has been there over 17 years.  Delisa is in her 17th year married to Donny Parker.  She has one daughter, Allyson; one step-daughter, Priscilla Parker Clark; and one granddaughter, Parker Grace Clark.  Delisa is Baptist and attends Morrison Chapel Baptist Church.  Congratulations, Delisa and thanks for all that you do for Delta State!

 June 2010

Delta State University Administrative Staff Council’s Incentives and Recognition Committee wishes to congratulate Vanlerbilt Dixon as one of this month’s Employees of the Month: a title held by two people for the first time.  Vanlerbilt came to Delta State from Mississippi Valley State University and started his career here in April 2009 as the Custodial and Support Service Supervisor in Facilities Management.  One of his best qualities that is enjoyed by his co-workers is his eagerness to lend a helping hand.  Vanlerbilt is a native of Greenwood, MS and graduate of Amanda Elzy High School. 

Congratulation, Vanlerbilt we’re really proud of you!



 July 2010

The Incentives &  Recognition Committee of Staff Council is proud to announce Mose Bailey as July’s Employee of the Month.  He was born in Shaw, Mississippi where he attended school at Mc Evans School and Shaw High School where he graduated in 1971. His first job after graduating was for D & L where he stayed for over twenty years.   Mose then worked for MTD (Modern Line Products) before coming to Delta State University to work in Facilities Management. Mose began as a grounds man until he was promoted to the stock room. He was promoted once again to Shipping and Receiving Clerk, a title he currently occupies. Mose is responsible for all mail and packages that go through Facilities Management to Kent Wyatt Hall and Library Services.  He also delivered many packages that arrived for Teach For America this summer.  Mose married Ruth Ann in 1973 and they have two children: one son, Daren; and one daughter, Jacquely. He is the proud grandfather of one boy, DJ and one girl, Alexander. Mose loves the outdoors so you may find him working in the yard or gardening in his spare time.  Congratulations Mose and thank you for all that you do for DSU!


 August 2010

Staff Council is proud to announce Becky Steed as this month’s Employee of the Month.  She was born and raised in Shelby, Mississippi where she lived until 1996 when she and her husband, Dwayne moved to Boyle. She attended and graduated high school from Bayou Academy. Becky has two grown children: Crystal and Billy. She also has one grandson, Carson who she is very proud of and enjoys every minute she spends with him. She worked at Merchants & Farmers Bank for ten years as a teller before coming to Delta State in January 2004 in the Telecommunications Department. Within about six months she transferred to the Financial Aid office, as senior secretary. Becky’s title was later changed to Records Manager/Receptionist. In her spare time she enjoys walking and spending time with her grandson, Carson.  Congratulations, Becky!



 September 2010

Staff Council’s Incentives and Recognition Committee is proud to announce Jim Ervin as September’s Employee of the Month.  Jim graduated from Bayou Academy in 1995 and enrolled at Delta State to pursue his education.  He graduated from Delta State University in 2000 with a Bachelor’s degree in Education.  After serving as a manager with Ervin’s Flying Service, Jim completed his master’s degree in Sports Administration in 2007.  While working on his masters, he also worked as a Graduate Assistant in the Media Relations office.  Four years ago Jim was hired as Assistant to Athletic Communications.  One of his responsibilities includes assisting the Athletic Director, Jeremy Mc Clain with Game Day Operations.  Jim’s also is in charge of athletic tickets office, sells radio and signage advertising, films certain athletic events, and assists with color commentary for baseball radio broadcasts.  Congratulations, Jim!


  October 2010

Delta State’s Staff Council Incentives and Recognition Committee is proud to announce Erma Sanders as October’s Employee of the Month.  Erma, more commonly known as Lulu or Blonde, was born in Marks, Mississippi and moved to Arkansas where she lived until the age of 9 when she returned to Mississippi.  Her last move was to Cleveland after she was married.  Lulu is the proud mother of 5 children: 3 boys and 2 girls.  Those lovely children have graced her with 14 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.  Lulu began working in the Laundry at Delta State in August of 1988 and has stayed there ever since the beginning.  She lives with her sister and assists her by cleaning her pool, doing yard work, and anything else that needs to be done.  In her spare time Lulu loves to read, work crossword puzzles, garden, and take care of the 14 cats and 14 kittens.  Congratulations Lulu!


 November 2010

Staff Council is proud to announce Carla Lewis as November’s Employee of the Month.  Carla started working at DSU in 1991 as faculty secretary for School of Nursing and have been the dean’s secretary since 1992. Before coming to DSU, she worked for a family physician in Ruleville for several years. Carla lives in Drew and has been married to Chris Lewis for 35 years. She enjoys starting off her work day by getting up early and walking 2 miles with Chris before coming to work. They are both extremely fond of squirrels and consider our back yard a squirrel haven. We once were foolish enough to try to keep them away from the bird feeder but have long been converted and are now squirrel advocates. Carla was honored to receive Delta State’s Employee of the Month this month. She says she really enjoys working with so many wonderful people at the School of Nursing and across our campus.  Congratulations and thanks for everything you do at Delta State.

December 2010
The Administrative Staff Council is proud to announce Edna Jefferson as December’s Employee of the Month.  Edna was born in Shaw, Mississippi and has one 35 year old son who makes her proud to be his mother.  She worked in the W.A.C. Women’s Army Corp, Jenning’s Cabinet Shop, Nehi Bottling Company, Delta Pride, Schwinn Manufacturing, Fruit of the Loom, Baxter Health Care, Boss Fox Estate Sales, and a few others before coming to Delta State.  Edna’s first position on campus was a part time position in Child Care.  After a brief time there she was offered a full time job by Facilities Management as a custodian in Roberts-LaForge Library.  In her spare time she enjoys resting, eating, cooking, and sewing.  Congratulations Edna!





























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