Ways for students to get involved

Joining President LaForge is Emilee Ann Boldon, Chief Justice of the Delta State Student Government Association.

While academics is the top priority at Delta State, the activities in which students participate outside of the classroom expose them to new experiences and people and help shape them into well-rounded individuals who have an advantage when they enter the work force and start their professional lives. Whether through student government, intramurals, religious life, cultural and service organizations and projects or Greek organizations, we want our students to get the most out of their college experience.

In other news on campus, the 2017 Academic Research Showcase will be held next Tuesday, Feb. 7, from noon to 5 p.m. in the Second Floor Lobby of the H. L. Nowell Union. This event provides an opportunity for undergraduate and graduate students to present individual research in a poster session format. The top three undergraduate and graduate winners will represent Delta State in a statewide event entitled “Posters in the Rotunda” to be held at the State Capitol on March 27.

On Thursday night, our men’s and women’s basketball teams will take on the University of West Florida at Walter Sillers Coliseum. Game times are 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

A complete list of athletic events can be viewed at www.gostatesmen.com. You can keep up with all of our news, events and activities by visiting our web site www.deltastate.edu.



International student enrollment increasing

Joining President LaForge is Dr. Christy Riddle, Director of Delta State’s Student Success Center, which hosts the International Student Services office.

Delta State University has seen a dramatic increase in the enrollment of international students during the last three years. This past fall, 129 international students enrolled at Delta State—doubling the number of international students enrolled just three years ago. In addition, Delta State is sponsoring 14 post-graduate internships, bringing international student enrollment to nearly 150 students.

Another mark of success is a retention rate of 96 percent for international students. The inclusion of international students on campus is a benefit not only to the institution as a whole but also to the Delta State student body. Many Delta State students will never have an opportunity to travel to other countries, so having the opportunity to meet, study, and interact with international students gives them an opportunity to learn about different cultures and perspectives.

In other news on campus, students interested in becoming more involved on campus will have an opportunity to learn about all of Delta State’s student organizations during an Involvement Fair on Wednesday, January 18 from 2 to 4 p.m. in the Second Floor Lobby of the H.L. Nowell Student Union. On Friday, January 20, at 7 p.m., the Wiley Planetarium will host a show titled “Cosmic Safari,” which shows what living creatures might look like on other planets. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children under the age of 12, senior citizens, and Delta State students, faculty and staff who present a valid Okra card.

Keep up with all of our news, events and activities by visiting our web site www.deltastate.edu.

New Military Services Office open on campus

Joining President LaForge is Registrar Becky Finley to discuss the new Military Services Office at Delta State University.

In November, Delta State University earned the 2017 Military Friendly School designation by Victory Media — a cutting edge, civilian-produced resource for the 400,000 people who leave military service each year — and an outlet that creates a more efficient way for schools and employers to reach this group of talented veterans. This designation is an example of the commitment Delta State has to veterans at our university and in the Delta as a whole.

Delta State’s Registrar’s Office recently announced the addition of two new Military Service Office representatives who will be available to provide support to veterans, their families, and specifically veteran students seeking information and assistance.

Staffing the office will be Sergeant Larry Harris and Delta State graduate Sarah Shepherd. Sergeant Harris is a state employee hired by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and Delta State has partnered with the VA to provide him office space in the Registrar’s Office. Additionally, Ms. Shepherd will serve in Delta State’s new part-time VA certified position.

If you have any questions about the Military Services Office, please contact Sgt. Harris or Sarah Shepherd at 662-846-4040. In other news on campus, classes resumed today, and we welcome all of our students back for an exciting spring semester. And, go ahead and mark your calendars for our annual Winning the Race conference, which is scheduled for March 27 and 28. The committee overseeing the conference has some great things planned this year.

You can keep up with all of our news, events and activities by visiting our web site deltastate.edu.