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Delta State’s student Okra Kard set to receive fresh look following student elections

CLEVELAND, Miss.—Delta State University’s student id, the Okra Kard, will soon be sporting a fresh look following the results of a student-body vote.

During Delta State’s Spring 2022 Student Government Association elections, students were given the opportunity to choose from three card designs submitted by Delta State Graphic Design majors.

Photo of Lucia Chacon

Lucia Chacon, a senior Graphic Design major

Winning the election was a design submitted by Lucia Chacon, a senior graphic design major from Guatemala.

“I am very thankful for having my design chosen by the students to be the new Okra Kard,” said Chacon. “It feels great to know I am leaving a legacy for Delta State and students will carry my design everywhere they go.”

According to Director of Financial Reporting Kelvin Davis, the idea for an updated design came when the Office of Student Business Services began pursuing an upgrade to its current Okra Kard system.

“We decided that we wanted to make sure the students were involved in selecting a new design as we upgrade our card system to one that will give us the functionality to incorporate different designs,” said Davis. “We thought it would be the perfect opportunity to let our graphic design students put their skills to use.”

Director of Student Business Services Mikhail Collins formed a taskforce who helped to narrow down the seven submitted designs to the top 3 before allowing students to vote on their favorite.

“Everything we do is student-centered, so we wanted to give students the opportunity to participate in the process of developing our new card design,” explained Collins. “Since it’s something that they will be carrying around, we wanted to be sure they had a voice in the process.”

All of the students participating in the competition will receive prizes, with Chacon taking home the grand prize including a pair of AirPods, a $50 Barnes and Noble gift card, $25 Okra Green Anywhere, a Pepsi drawstring bag and a DSU Yeti cup.

The new design is set to become effective by the Fall 2022 semester.