Discount tickets to Josh Turner on April 27

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Josh Turner

Josh Turner

The Bologna Performing Arts Center presents JOSH TURNER live in concert on Thursday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m.! DSU faculty and staff receive 10% off ticket prices, up to four tickets each, with valid Okra ID at the BPAC Ticket Office. DSU students receive up to 20% off ticket prices, limit one ticket per student, with valid OKRA ID at the BPAC Ticket Office.

Josh Turner just debuted a new album last month, Deep South, and its first single “Hometown Girl” just reached number one.

Before the concert, there will be a dinner in the Sanders Sculpture Garden with food trucks and live music beginning at 5:30 p.m. Concert tickets are not necessary to attend the pre-show dinner; purchases can be made directly from food vendors.


Services for James Donald Cooper set for today

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Services for long-time Delta State University employee James Donald Cooper have been set for today (April 21).

Visitation will be held from noon to 2 p.m., with services following at 2 p.m. Both will take place at Cleveland Funeral Home.

Cooper, 75, of Boyle, died Saturday, April 15, at Indywood Estates in Cleveland. He attended Delta State College and graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education in 1963 and a Master of Education in 1968. While at Delta State, Cooper was a charter member of Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity and the Phi Mu Alpha music fraternity.

He began his career at Delta State in 1969 and served in many roles including Admissions Counselor, Registrar and Director of Admissions. He retired from Delta State in 2001 and was given the title of Registrar Emeritus for his many years of service. He remained active at Delta State by attending every home football game, not missing a single game from 1970 to 2016. He also attended every commencement ceremony from 1968 until December of 2016. In 2014, Delta State named the Registrar’s office in his name.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38501, or to the James Donald Cooper Band Fund, 1003 West Sunflower/ DSU-Box 3141, Cleveland, MS 38733.

President LaForge to host three campus forums April 27

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Delta State University President William N. LaForge will host three campus forums on April 27 to provide updates on the university’s budget situation, plans for addressing the cuts imposed by the state, tuition increases, and campus renovations, improvements, programs and plans.

The sessions will be scheduled as follows:

  • Staff — 10 a.m. in the Baioni Conference Center in Broom Hall
  • Students — 12:15 p.m. on the second floor west lobby of the H. L. Nowell Union. Lunch will be provided to students.
  • Faculty — 2 p.m. in the Baioni Conference Center

In each session, LaForge will present an overview of the topics noted above, and the president’s Executive Committee will join him in responding to questions. Administrative Staff Council Chair Christie Rocconi will moderate the staff session. SGA President Allie Rose Parker will moderate the student session. And, Faculty Senate President Dr. Chris Jurgenson will moderate the faculty forum.

Jazz Ensemble and Dahman to perform April 17

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The Delta State University Jazz Ensemble and Dr. Jamie Dahman, assistant professor of music.

The Delta State University Jazz Ensemble and Dr. Jamie Dahman, assistant professor of music.

The Delta State University Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Associate Professor of Music Dr. Bret Pimentel, will present its annual spring concert at 7:30 p.m. on April 17 in the Delta and Pine Land Theatre of the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

The ensemble is an 18-piece “big band” made up of music majors and non-music majors selected by competitive audition. The band is known in the community for its annual Big Band Bash fundraiser, an evening of dining, dancing and classic swing era music.

Big band jazz is characterized by tightly coordinated, high-energy playing from a large horn section made up of trumpets, trombones and saxophones, working in partnership with a powerful, driving rhythm section of keyboards, bass and drums. Individual group members often perform solos that are improvised —composed spontaneously in live performance.

The DSU Jazz Ensemble’s repertoire includes favorites from the swing era of the 1930s and 1940s, as well as more contemporary jazz styles from the 1950s to the present. This year’s concert lineup includes new and classic jazz music by great composers and arrangers like Sammy Nestico, Cole Porter, Frank Loesser, Wayne Shorter and Louis Prima.

The performance will feature special guest vocalist Dr. Jamie Dahman, assistant professor of music, singing the music of Frank Sinatra.

The concert is free and open to the public.