Fall 2018 Graduation

Joining President LaForge are two proud graduates, Porsche Chambers of Morehead, Mississippi and Benji Galbraith of Olive Branch, Mississippi.

Commencement is one of President LaForge’s favorite events on campus, as it represents the culmination of our students’ dedication and hard work during their time at Delta State. This fall, we awarded degrees to 332 students. Dr. Clifton Wingard, long-time professor in the math department at Delta State and the 2018 Kossman Award winner, presented the keynote address.

In other news on campus, offices will be closed from Friday, December 21 through Tuesday, January 1 for winter break. In athletic news, men’s basketball will host Bethel University tonight at 7 p.m., and women’s basketball will host LeMoyne-Owen College on Wednesday at 6 p.m. And, the swim and dive team’s annual Christmas Invitational will take place at the DSU Aquatics Center from Saturday, December 15 through Tuesday, December 18. Check out Gostatesmen.com for more information on all of those events.

To keep up with all of our news, events and activities, please visit our website at deltastate.edu.

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Business Students Earn FedEx Internship

Joining President LaForge are Shelby Irby, a senior business management major, and Ryan Hudkins, a senior accounting major.

Delta State University prepares its students not only in the classroom but also with real-world experiences through internships. Recently, Shelby Irby and Ryan Hudkins were selected as junior audit associate interns for FedEx for spring 2019. Working with staff and management on financial, operational, and information systems audits, they will prepare formal reports and conduct presentations, among other responsibilities, and, in the process, learn important skills about project management, action plans, and problem-solving. Here are some impressive numbers about FedEx internships as well as other internships.

  • Two of the four FedEx internships went to Delta State students who competed against 12 other applicants from around the Southeast during on-site interviews at FedEx facilities in Memphis.
  • FedEx has 400,000 worldwide team members who handle more than 12 million shipments each business day. FedEx recently awarded Delta State $500,000 for commercial aviation scholarships over the next five years.
  • According to the 2017 Internship & Co-op Survey Report, 67.1 percent of internships are converted into full-time offers, and 76.4 percent of interns accept these full-time positions.
  • Employers report that 65.5% of their interns, who were subsequently employed full-time at the company, still worked there at the one-year mark, compared to a 46.2% retention rate for those who did not participate in an internship.
  • Since summer 2018, Delta State’s Office of Career Services has posted 62 internship opportunities.

In other news on campus, final exams are this week, culminating with Fall Commencement on Friday. Commencement will be divided into two ceremonies. The 10 a.m. ceremony will honor all graduate students and the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing undergraduate students. And at the 2 p.m. ceremony, the undergraduate students from the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business and Aviation, and College of Education and Human Sciences will be recognized.

In athletic news, Statesmen hoops will host Selma University on Saturday at 4 p.m.

To keep up with all of our news, events, and activities, please visit our website at deltastate.edu.

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Robert E. Smith School of Nursing

Joining President LaForge are Tad Barrington, a nursing major who will graduate in December 2018, and Debbie Allen, an instructor in nursing.

According to the American Association of Colleges of Nursing, there are approximately 675 baccalaureate nursing programs in the U.S. The position of Registered Nurse is among the top occupations for job growth, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics — with projections of 439,000 jobs to be added to the workforce through 2024. The position of Nurse Practitioner is also a fast-growing occupation—forecasted to increase by 35 percent through 2024.

Delta State’s School of Nursing is producing nurses who not only contribute to the profession, but also help to address the nursing shortage in the Delta and throughout the state. Here are some impressive numbers about one of Delta State’s signature programs, our School of Nursing.

  • No. 2 most affordable online DNP-NP program, per NursePractictionerSchools.com and No. 2 most affordable online master’s nursing degree programs, per BestMastersDegrees.com and AffordableSchools.net.
  • The Robert E. Smith School of Nursing ranked third as most affordable for online doctorate in nursing programs, according to Best Value Schools.
  • Our program boasts a 14:1 student to faculty ratio.
  • 92% of graduates from our Master of Science in Nursing and Doctor of Nursing Practice programs have passed the Family Nurse Practitioner Certification exam.
  • 95% of our Bachelor of Science in Nursing graduates have passed the NCLEX-RN exam, which is the national exam used by state boards of nursing to determine whether or not a candidate is prepared for entry-level nursing practice.

In other news on campus, the music department will host a jazz ensemble concert on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. in Zeigel Hall, room 109A. In athletic news, Lady Statesmen basketball begins a four-game home stand on Tuesday, November 27 at 5:30 p.m. against Spring Hill College. Both the women’s and men’s basketball teams will open conference play on Thursday against West Alabama. The doubleheader will tip off at 5:30 p.m. For the full slate of athletic events, visit gostatesmen.com.

To keep up with all of our news, events and activities, please visit our website at deltastate.edu.

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