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Songwriter showcase comes to the Delta

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Join some of the music industry’s best songwriters on March 24 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bologna Performing Arts Center. “The Heart Behind the Music” singer-songwriter showcase will feature performances and a behind-the-scenes look at some of the greatest music ever written.

The tour will include Deana Carter, whose career spans from her first GRAMMY-nominated big hit, “Strawberry Wine,” to 2012’s GRAMMY and CMA nominated song of the year, “You and Tequila”, co-written by Carter and recorded by Kenny Chesney. Carter is joined by two-time GRAMMY award winner Kim Carnes, known for “Bette Davis Eyes” and the numerous hits she has written for Barbra Streisand, Kenny Rogers, Tim McGra, and many other well-known singers.

Also along for the ride is John Ford Coley, half the GRAMMY nominated duo England Dan & John Ford Coley, and best known for the hit “I’d Really Love to See You Tonight.” Also taking the stage is Richie McDonald, lead singer of the hit country group Lonestar. McDonald is the voice behind songs like “Amazed,” “Smile” and “No News,” as well as the pen behind songs like “My Front Porch Looking In” and “Let Them Be Little.”

Special guest Greg Barnhill is also joining the tour. Barnhill has penned such hits as “House of Love” for Amy Grant and Vince Gill as well as “Walkaway Joe,” a duet by Trisha Yearwood and Don Henley.

Tickets start at $25 and are available online at www.bolognapac.com or at the BPAC Ticket Office, 662-846-4626.

Rushing offers senior recital

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The Delta State University Department of Music presents Joshua Mathew Rushing in his senior music recital April 2 at 1:40 p.m. in the Recital Hall of the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

Rushing, a music education major, is the son of John and Karen Rushing of Saucier, Miss. He is a euphonium student under Dr. Douglas Mark, associate professor of music. Rushing transferred to Delta State from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, and since coming to Delta State, he has performed with the DSU Wind Ensemble, the DSU Symphonic Band, the Pride of the Delta Marching Band, the DSU Pep Band, the DSU Low Brass Ensemble, the Delta Singers and the African Community Drumming Experience. He is an active member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia.

Rushing will be performing works by Franz Shubert, Kevin McKee and Walter Ross and will be accompanied by Dr. Kumiko Shimizu, faculty collaborative pianist and associate professor of music. The recital is free and open to the public.

For more information, please call (662) 846-4615.

 

Delta Center provides Emory University of Atlanta a learning tour

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The Delta Center for Culture and Learning at Delta State University hosted Emory University of Atlanta for an experiential learning tour of the Mississippi Delta region.

Lee Aylward, program associate for education and community outreach for The Delta Center, provided an introduction of Delta history to the group, and Director Dr. Rolando Herts provided an overview of the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area.

The group traveled throughout the week around the Delta experiencing cultural heritage sites. The mission of The Delta Center is to promote greater understanding of Mississippi Delta culture and history and its significance to the world through education, partnerships and community engagement. The Delta Center serves as the management entity of the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area and is the home of the International Delta Blues Project.

For more information, visit www.deltastate.edu/academics/delta-center-for-culture-and-learning.

National Alumni Association Board holds winter meeting

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association Board of Directors recently held the annual winter meeting Friday, Feb. 20, at the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni-Foundation House. The Executive Committee met that morning preceding a luncheon at noon. The lunch featured campus guests, including Dr. Wayne Blansett, and a university update from President William LaForge. The full board met that afternoon.

Rob Armour, a ‘95 Delta State graduate from Madison, Miss. is currently serving as president of the board.  Armour is the Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer at BankPlus. He is a graduate of Leadership Mississippi and graduated with honors from the American Bankers Association School of Bank Marketing. Armour serves as president of the Friends of Children’s Hospital Board of Directors. While at Delta State, he was a member of the Tennis Team, Student Government Association and Kappa Alpha Order. Armour was also a member of the Student Hall of Fame, and he received the Kent Wyatt Young Alumnus of the Year Award in 2009. He and his wife Tamyne have three children, Larisa (15), Patrick (12) and Nikolai (12). This is his third term on the Delta State University National Alumni Association Board of Directors.

Current board members include: Rob Armour (Madison), president; Sayward Fortner (Cleveland), president elect; Patrick Davis (Cleveland), secretary; John Fletcher (Jackson), treasurer; Richard Myers (Brentwood, TN), past president; George Miller (Southaven), District 1 Representative; Michael Ainsworth (Leland), District 2 Representative; Paul “Bubba” Mancini (Cleveland), District 2 Representative; Renee Selby Deweese (Madison), District 3 Representative; Chris Shivers (Hattiesburg), District 4 Representative; Bradley Smith (Wesson), Serena Clark (Madison), Hays Collins (Pearl), Chris Wilson (Southaven), Brad Evans (Southaven), Presidential Appointees; Tim Harvey (Germantown, TN), Foundation Board President; Ugboaja Ifeanyi (Lawrencville, GA), Non Mississippi Resident Representative; Davlon Miller (Cleveland), DSU Representative; Kelly Hunter (Austin, TX), Black Alumni Representative; Chrissy LaMastus (Cleveland), Athletics Representative; Parker Lipscomb (Greenville), Young Alumni Representative; Mikel Sykes (Winona), SGA President; Brooks Bishop (Clarksdale), SAA President; Karen Swain (Clarksdale), Accounting Representative; Lylla Joe (Madison), Family and Consumer Sciences Representative; Teresa Haynes (Cleveland), Nursing Representative.

“The National Alumni Association Board of Directors represents our alumni base at the national level,” said Director of Alumni Affairs Jeffrey Farris. “This distinguished group is essential to the life of the association.”

To contact the Alumni Association, call 662-846-4660 or visit the website www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation. To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), Tumblr (http://www.dsualumni.tumblr.com), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1).Save the date for Go Green Weekend (March 27 and 28), next year’s Pig Pickin’ (September 19, 2015) and Homecoming (November 7, 2015).

Delta Center provides two day tour

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The Delta Center for Culture and Learning at Delta State University recently provided a two-day experiential learning tour of the Mississippi Delta region to students from Minnesota State University at Mankato.

The group, led by Dr. Jill Cooley, was treated to an introduction of Delta history by the Delta Center’s Lee Aylward. Dr. Rolando Herts, director of the Center, provided an overview of the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area.

The group traveled throughout the week around the Delta experiencing cultural heritage sites before proceeding to Jackson for a civil rights visit to Tougaloo College and Medgar Evers’ home. The students spent their evenings watching movies about the Delta and reflecting on lessons learned throughout the day.

The mission of The Delta Center is to promote greater understanding of Mississippi Delta culture and history and its significance to the world through education, partnerships and community engagement. The Delta Center serves as the management entity of the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area and is the home of the International Delta Blues Project. For more information, visit http://www.deltastate.edu/academics/delta-center-for-culture-and-learning.