New Food Service Vendor, Sodexo

Joining President LaForge is Jamie Rutledge, vice president for finance and administration.

What’s the way to a college student’s heart? Food. We recently announced the transition to a new food service vendor, Sodexo. And, with that comes a full-service Chick-fil-A, a Firehouse Subs shop, and a Starbucks — all to be located in the student union. Renovations will take place this summer, will cost about $2 million, and should be completed in time for the fall semester. Here are some other numbers to munch on about these delicious developments:

  • Chick-fil-A reported more than $10 billion in revenue in 2018.
  • In 2017, Firehouse Subs generated sales of more than $715 million in the United States.
  • There are 29,865 Starbucks in the world.
  • Starbucks’ annual revenue for fiscal year 2018 reached $24.7 billion.

In other news on campus, final exams are this week, and spring commencement will take place on Friday, May 3 at the Bologna Performing Arts Center. There will be two ceremonies. The 10 a.m. ceremony will feature all graduate students, as well as undergraduate students from the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing and the College of Business and Aviation. The 2 p.m. ceremony will recognize undergraduates from the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Education and Human Sciences.

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Culture on the Quad

Joining President LaForge is Dr. Vernell Bennett, vice president for student affairs.

Last year, Delta State ate up our inaugural Culture on the Quad international festival. Literally. Participants sampled more than 30 dishes from around the world, prepared by some of our international faculty, staff, and students. There also was a feast for the eyes—because the event included a fashion show, student dance troupes, and Bollywood Touch, a professional dance troupe.

Here are some other numbers about Culture on the Quad, which is produced by the Office of Student Affairs and will take place on April 25 from 12 to 5 p.m. on the Quad.

  • This year, the event will draw on the talents of nearly 150 international students.
  • Our international students represent 47 countries across the world.
  • Their majors range from biology/pre-med to music to business to psychology.

In other news on campus, the rock band 38 Special will perform live at the BPAC at 7:30 PM on Thursday. The Retirement and Service Awards Ceremony will be held on April 26 on the second floor of the H.L. Nowell Student Union at 2 p.m. The Delta Players, our theatrical student organization, will perform Outside Influencers, a play written by DMI student Layla Young. This event is free and open to the public and will take place at Jobe Auditorium on Friday at 6:30 PM and on Saturday at 12:30 PM.

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Opportunities with Career Services

Joining President LaForge is Nakikke Johnson, Director of Career Services.

At this time of the semester, our graduating students are figuring out what they’ll do after commencement, while all of our other students are making summer plans. From August 2018 to March 2019, Delta State’s Office of Career Services assisted approximately 500 students with preparing their resumes and cover letters, coaching them on professionalism and the interview process, and serving as a liaison between them and employers through the Statesmen Connect job portal, career events, and internships. Here are other numbers about Delta State’s Office of Career Services:

  • 10 DSU students a day get help from the Office of Career Services, on average.
  • 9,804 DSU students and alumni are registered on the Statesmen Connect online job-posting portal.
  • There are 1,537 registered employers in Statesmen Connect and 1,995 registered employer contacts.

In other news on campus, President LaForge will host the Spring 2019 campus forums on Tuesday, with the staff forum at 10 AM and the faculty forum at 3 PM.  Both forums will be held in room 302A of the Union. The student forum will be held at 12:15 PM on the second floor of the Union, West Lobby. On Wednesday, April 17, the DSU Brass Chamber Ensembles will perform a concert in the BPAC recital hall at 7:30 PM.  Campus offices will be closed on Friday in observance of Good Friday. Offices will return to regular business operation on Monday, April 22.

In athletic news, baseball will host the University of Arkansas-Monticello on Tuesday at 6 PM.

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