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Nov. 2022 Employee of the Month Cheryl Ballard

By December 13, 2022

Name:   Cheryl Ballard

Job title, department:  Assistant to the Provost

Employee of the month for what month/year: November 2022

If applicable, DSU degrees, years, majors: BBA-Management

What does this award mean to you?  This award is an honor for me to receive and quite humbling because I know all the great and talented people that I work with here at Delta State!

What do you like best about your job? I love that I can come to work every day and be around some people that I have known all my life and some new friends that I would not have met without this job. So, I would say the thing i like best about my job is the old and new friends that I get to work with every day.

What do you like best about Delta State? Always, family atmosphere. “Once you’re here, you’re ours”. I  love the hometown feel it has; the way the local community supports our school, and I love the way so many local kids stay and attend and graduate from their hometown university and then how some of them even stay to work here. It is a wonderful hometown feel to me.

What do you like best about living in the Mississippi Delta? Aside from the weather, there are so many things to love about the Mississippi delta I don’t know where to start! I love the deep roots that are everywhere in the delta! From the music to the churches to the family histories! I love the sunsets and the flat lands and how you can see for miles seems like sometimes! I love the night sky and the early morning sunrises and we have beautiful Hallmark quality little towns and shops. The food is amazing and the variety of restaurants is so nice to have! It is wonderful to walk into a store or a restaurant and have the owner greet you by name and know how you want your steak cook or how many hot tamales you want!!

Something most people don’t know about you? In my other life I used to barrel race and enjoy watching the NFR every year.

Something not asked you want to answer? My Family – I have a great husband, Ted, of 43 years and three children, Kedar (Gracie and Christopher), Cody (Katie Grace) and Katie (Eli). They are the reason I breathe!!