Director of Alumni Affairs

President LaForge is joined by Jeffrey Farris, director of Alumni Affairs at Delta State.

The Delta State Alumni Association has been busy planning events for Statesmen Nation. This Thursday, they will host the Bolivar County Alumni Crawfish Boil, which is always a fun time for food, music, and community. Each year, a silent auction is held to raise money for the Liza Vaughn Memorial Scholarship for incoming Delta State students from Bolivar County. The scholarship was named for former assistant alumni director Liza Vaughn who passed away in April of 2012.

This summer, our Alumni Association will participate in Atlanta’s Mississippi in the Park, which is hosted by the Mississippi Society of Georgia. That group’s mission is to promote the cultural, academic, business, and economic development opportunities between Georgia and Mississippi. One of their purposes is to support the annual Mississippi in the Park event and provide an opportunity for fellow Mississippians to reunite and network personally and professionally.  This event features live music and authentic Mississippi food. So, if you are in the Atlanta area on June 23, stop in.

In other campus news, it’s finals week on campus, which means the semester is coming to a close. Spring Commencement is Saturday at the Bologna Performing Arts Center at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Graduating students can pick up their admission tickets at the Registrar’s Office from Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. If additional tickets become available, they will be available for pickup at the Registrar’s Office starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 4, on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs

Delta State recently announced two new programs developed through a university-wide visioning process to promote academic excellence and student success at the institution.

These initiatives include the Capstone Project and the Writing Skills Enhancement Initiative. Both initiatives aim to increase academic excellence at the university. The Capstone Project will increase student learning by providing a Capstone experience for every student in every degree program. Departments across campus have identified a Capstone experience for each of its major programs with the desired outcome being to promote reflection and synthesis of key concepts within their major. The Writing Skills Enhancement Initiative serves to improve written communication in students with an emphasis on the style appropriate to their major discipline. By replacing the Writing Proficiency Requirement exam, the focus is now placed on enhancing academic writing experiences and expectations of writing in the discipline.

These initiatives underscore and enhance the academic rigor and reputation of the university and its programs. Students will be better prepared for a more productive and successful professional life.

In other campus news, the Office of Student Affairs is hosting Culture on the Quad on Tuesday, April 24 on the Quadrangle. This event will give the student body and Cleveland community members an idea of the diverse culture here at Delta State. There will be a fashion show, food tasting and much more. The Wiley Planetarium will have a showing of We Are Stars on Friday, April 27 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children, seniors and anyone with an Okra Card.

In athletic news, the Statesmen baseball team is in action at home Tuesday at 6 p.m. against Ouachita Baptist. The baseball and softball teams host in-state rival Mississippi College in GSC action this weekend. Visit for all of those game times.

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Student Hall of Fame Inductees

President LaForge is joined by Marwa Cherraf and Abul Hajizada, the first international students to be inducted into Delta State University’s Student Hall of Fame.

The DSU Student Hall of Fame began in 1972 as a way to recognize outstanding students. It is the single highest honor bestowed upon any Delta State student based on outstanding accomplishments in all phases of college life.

Abul, a senior, computer information systems major from Azerbaijan, serves as president of the International Student Association and is a Student Government Association Senate member. Marwa, a senior, international business major from Morocco, is a member of Phi Beta Lambda and has served as an intern for the Office of Student Affairs.

Both of these students will be inducted into the Student Hall of Fame on May 4 and will graduate from Delta State the next day.

In other campus news, a production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella will be on stage at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., and the Wiley Planetarium’s Stars of the Pharaohs will show on Friday, April 20 at 6 p.m.

In athletic news, the golf team is competing at the Natural State Classic in Searcy, Arkansas today and tomorrow. And, the Statesmen baseball team will travel to Arkansas Tech for a two-game series on Tuesday and Wednesday with game times at 7 p.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.

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