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Okra Spotlight: Jessica Byrd

Okra Spotlight: Jessica Byrd

April 6, 2017

Jessica Byrd is an artistic and proud alumnus of Delta State University. Byrd graduated in 2004 with a BA in Art. Her favorite artists are Vincent van Gogh and Georgia O’Keeffe. Byrd loves experimenting with color, texture, movement, and different media, which is evident in her wonderful masterpieces. “Delta State ...

The Okra Spotlight is on Ace

The Okra Spotlight is on Ace

October 13, 2016

Aspriona “Ace” Gilbert is a junior red shirt for the Lady Statesmen basketball squad. After transferring from her successful career at Northwest Community College, she received the newcomer award for the 2015-2016 basketball season.  The Delta State news crew was able to catch up with Ace and ask her some questions:  ...

The Okra Spotlight Is On Eric Jamal

The Okra Spotlight Is On Eric Jamal

Penny Bedford, Staff Writer

September 14, 2016

Filed under Fall 2016, Okra Spotlight

“I’ll give you my heart. I’m a proud organ donor/ I’m living in the present, I consider it a gift.” The above sentences, or shall I say verses, were from Christian rapper, Eric Jamal Johnson. Johnson is currently a junior at Delta State University and is a Delta Music Institute major. Johnson began rapping at th...

Green Light: Jill Cabrera

Green Light: Jill Cabrera

Rebecca Carroll, Staff Writer

March 30, 2016

Filed under Okra Spotlight, Spring 2016

Dr. Jill Cabrera is an associate professor for the College of Education Department. “I teach graduate-level courses at DSU for students who are pursuing a Master of Education degree (M.Ed.) or Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in Educational Administration and Supervision as well as those who are pursuing a Doctor of Educatio...

Green Light: Stephanie Messer is Fashion Forward

Green Light: Stephanie Messer is Fashion Forward

Aallyah Wright, Editor

March 25, 2016

Filed under Okra Spotlight, Spring 2016

  "Three words!" Stephanie Messer said while laughing. "Just three? You're asking the wrong thing of an English major!" Anyone who knows Messer knows that she is a very flamboyant person - based on her personality and her sense of fashion. Messer is no stranger when it comes  to rocking elaborate hats and ...

Green Light: #UniteToFight

Green Light: #UniteToFight

Aallyah Wright, Editor

March 25, 2016

Filed under Okra Spotlight, Spring 2016

Delta State University junior, Stephon Jackson, has been battling with sickle cell anemia since birth. To help bring awareness to the disease, Jackson is starting an organization called United Sickle Cell Anemia Association. "I started this organization for the sake of people along with myself, with the genetic disease of ...

Green Light: Keith Johnson, Prince of the Blues

Green Light: Keith Johnson, Prince of the Blues

Aallyah Wright, Editor

March 3, 2016

Filed under Okra Spotlight, Spring 2016

Keith Johnson is a senior Delta Music Institute audio engineering major at Delta State University and is taking the blues world by storm as the Prince of the Blues. A native of Glen Allan, Miss., Johnson has two brothers and three sisters. In his immediate family, there are no musicians, but there are others in his family tha...

Greenlight: Jonathan Westfall

Greenlight: Jonathan Westfall

Rebecca Carroll, Staff Writer

March 3, 2016

Filed under Okra Spotlight, Spring 2016

Dr. Jonathan Westfall, is an assistant professor for Psychology and Coordinator for First Year Seminar at Delta State University. Westfall joined the DSU psychology faculty in Fall 2014. “I chose Delta State because I could tell it was a school where teaching and interacting with students was the number one priority,"...

Green Light: Janie Magee

Green Light: Janie Magee

Rebecca Carroll, Staff Writer

February 24, 2016

Filed under Okra Spotlight, Spring 2016

Janie Magee is an instructor and the clinical director for the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at Delta State. Magee came to work at DSU in the fall of 2011. She was a rehab director at a long term care facility before coming to teach at DSU. She said she was a little hesitant to become an instructor because she...

Green Light: Todd Davis

Green Light: Todd Davis

February 22, 2016

Todd Davis is part of the Health, Physical Education, and Recreation Department at Delta State University. He runs the OKRA Camp and is Director of Outdoor Recreation. Davis has been a teacher at DSU for eight years and is teaching courses in both undergraduate and graduate levels. While Todd has directed the outdoor recreation...

Chocolate Lovers Month

Chocolate Lovers Month

February 15, 2016

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and many different types of chocolate can be seen on the shelves at just about every store around. According to The Statistical Portal website, chocolate sales in the United States have increased from twenty billion in 2013 to twenty-one billion in 2016. Ladarrius Cole, a physical education majo...

Green Light: Amber Dodge

Green Light: Amber Dodge

February 11, 2016

Amber Dodge is a junior majoring in wildlife management from Goldsboro, N.C. Dodge wants to work in a rehabilitation center for animals but is still unsure what kind of animals she would like to work with. She has time to figure this out. She said that she chose Delta State because it offered a decent price for tuition,...