DSU Opens Women in Aviation International Chapter

By Rebecca McCracking
Assistant Professor of Practice, Commercial Aviation
Delta State University

WAI Magnolia Chapter President Megan Lindsey

Delta State University has introduced Women in Aviation International (WAI) to the Mississippi Delta.  Everyone is welcome to the recently created Magnolia Chapter.  It is open to Delta State students and community members.  The university has had WAI chapters throughout the years.  The goal is to keep the Magnolia Chapter successful and begin new traditions.

“Delta State University has proudly founded the 2020 Women in Aviation International Chapter in Cleveland, MS,” says chapter President Megan Lindsey.  “Inspired by the beautiful state flower, we elected to call this organization the Magnolia Chapter.  Already, we have been striving to bring together our community by local volunteering and mentorship programs.  Our chapter is looking forward to spreading the love and support of aviation in Mississippi.”

The Magnolia Chapter is new, but the members have hit the ground running.  Several projects are underway including student-to-students mentorship, professional mentorship and community outreach.  Many more ideas are in the making.

Chapter logo, developed by Kris Prewitt

“We are proud to share with you our Aviation Management and Flight Operations mentorship program,” says Sean Gage, Treasurer.  “This program is personally tailored toward helping Delta State students prepare for their academics, flight training, interviews and entries into the careers they want to explore.”

Adds Outreach Chair Noah Harmon, “Here at Delta State, we love giving back to our community and supporting those living around us.  During the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays, the Magnolia Chapter is doing a project called Cards for Community.  Women in Aviation officers, along with Rebecca McCracking and myself, will be delivering cards to residents at the Walter B. Cook Nursing Facility in Ruleville, MS, during this holiday season.”

If you are a student or professional interested in the Magnolia Chapter of Women in Aviation International, please reach out to faculty advisor Rebecca McCracking at rmccracking@deltastate.edu.