Staff Council sponsoring program on communication in the workplace

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Delta State University’s Administrative Staff Council is sponsoring a professional development session the focuses on communication in the workplace. Carolyn Ann Sledge, instructor in communication studies, will be the featured presenter.

Sledge specializes in public speaking and interpersonal communication. She is an experienced public relations practitioner having worked in sales and marketing for over 15 years.

Attendees will have the opportunity to learn communication skills that will increase their customer service skills as well improve their ability to communicate effectively in the workplace and in their personal life.

The session is open to all Delta State employees and will be offered during two sessions. The first will be held on Nov. 20 at 10 a.m. in the second floor east lobby of the H.L. Nowell Student Union. The second session will take place Nov. 29 2 p.m. in the Simmons Room of the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni House.

Staff Council’s Staff Development Committee is organizing the event. The committee oversees and organizes professional development opportunities for all staff, included, but not limited to, various workshops and staff development day.

For more information about the event, contact Emily Dabney, committee chair,  at, or Caitlyn Thompson, Staff Council chair, at


Jazz Ensemble Concert set for Nov. 29

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The Delta State University Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Bret Pimentel, associate professor of music, will present its annual fall concert at 7:30 p.m. on  Nov. 29 in the Jobe Auditorium. The concert is free and open to the public.

The DSU Jazz Ensemble is a 17-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 Duke Ellington, Herbie Hancock, Bob Mintzer, Louie Bellson, and Frank Mantooth.