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Jazz Ensemble to present concert April 17

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The Delta State University Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of associate professor of music Dr. Bret Pimentel, will present a concert April 17 at 7:30 p.m. in the Jobe Hall Auditorium.

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 concert’s lineup includes new and classic jazz music by great composers and arrangers like Hoagy Carmichael, Woody Herman, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder and Neal Hefti.

The concert is free and open to the public.

New DMI scholarships to honor Nowell and Warrington

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Pictured (left to right): Desira Coleman Warrington, Paul Janoush and Becky Hawes Nowell.

 

Two new academic scholarships have been created to benefit rising sophomore students enrolled in the Delta Music Institute entertainment industry program at Delta State University.

Paul Janoush of Cleveland, recently gifted the DSU Foundation with funds to establish the Becky Hawes Nowell and Desira Coleman Warrington Scholarships to honor the love, service and friendship Nowell and Warrington provided to the late Lucy Richardson Janoush.

The Janoush family has given generously to the DMI over the years by funding student scholarships and enrichment opportunities.

“These scholarships are a wonderful way to remember Lucy and all that she did for DMI and the community,” said Warrington.

“She had a passion for music and the DMI,” added Nowell. “Music helped her fight her battle. One of the first things that she did was to make a playlist to listen to while she fought cancer. We are honored to have these scholarships given in our names to continue Lucy’s legacy, and give students an opportunity to pursue their dream in the music industry.”

DMI Director Tricia Walker added, “We are so grateful for the generosity of the Janoush family in supporting the DMI program since its inception. Our students’ lives continue to be enriched by the opportunities these types of awards provide.”

Gifts and donations to the Friends of DMI fund are encouraged. For online giving, please visit www.deltastategiving.org and search for Delta Music Institute.

The Delta Music Institute is an independent center of study under the College of Arts & Sciences at Delta State University, offering a B.S. degree in Entertainment Industry Studies degree. The focus of the DMI is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, creative, and business areas of the music and entertainment industry. For information, contact (662) 846-4579 or visit http://dmi.deltastate.edu.

University offers numerous summer school options

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Summer at Delta State University offers a number of opportunities for students to stay on track on their path to graduation.

“Summer school is a great to stay ahead of coursework at Delta State, catch up on credits, improve your GPA and get pre-requisites out of the way,” said Dr. Christy Riddle, executive director of the Student Success Center at Delta State. “Taking a couple classes each summer can set you up to graduate sooner and start your career earlier — which leads to earning a salary instead of paying college tuition.”

A full list of courses offered during Summer I and Summer II sessions is available online. View the large selection of summer classes at: http://www.deltastate.edu/academic-affairs/summer-school.

Instead of taking a course for four months during the fall or spring semesters, summer school courses are condensed to five weeks. The university offers online and on-campus courses in a variety of subjects that count towards general education requirements or for specific majors.

“Moving home for the summer? No problem,” said Riddle. “Delta State’s online courses let you take classes from anywhere on the planet.”

Students are encouraged to and register for summer courses during Pre-Registration Week from April 2-6. By meeting with academic advisors, students can register for both summer and fall classes.

Additionally, there are financial aid options available for summer school. Options range from federal aid, to state-based assistance, such as the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which helps students complete their degree and find employment.

Financial aid applications for the summer are due during fall pre-registration, with the priority deadline of April 6, and the final deadline of June 12. For information on financial aid, contact 662-846-4670, or visit http://www.deltastate.edu/student-life/financial-aid.

Students should also be aware of the general deadlines to enroll in summer course work. The deadline for the Summer I session is May 29, and the Summer II deadline is July 2.

Dr. Beverly Moon, dean of Graduate & Continuing Studies and Research at Delta State, added that summer coursework provides many opportunities for high school students and community members alike.

“So many courses we offer appeal to the wide community,” said Moon. “Those include HPER courses such as swimming, art courses, the blues curriculum, and many others such as personal finance, the history of rock ‘n’ roll, astronomy, karate, or even a computer course.”

Another benefit is that those signing up for courses don’t necessarily need to be degree-seeking students.

“Many students take a course or two for continuing education credits, or as a requirement for a job,” added Moon. “Some sign up for credit towards a degree somewhere else, to try a new subject, or just for self-gratification.”

Fashion merchandising students show well at state meeting

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Dr. Jan Haynes, professor of fashion merchandising (left), and a piece designed by Mallory McWhorter.

 

Delta State University fashion merchandising students recently took part in the Mississippi Association of Family and Consumer Sciences Conference at Mississippi State University.

Mallory McWhorter won third place in the Apparel Design competition. She is a senior fashion merchandising student in the College of Education and Human Science’s Division of Family and Consumer Sciences.

In total, five Delta State students participated in the conference.

“Our students had the fortunate opportunity of competing at the state level, and we are very proud of Mallory’s award,” said Dr. Jan Haynes, professor of fashion merchandising. “Fashion merchandising students at Delta State are granted a number of opportunities to take part in design competitions, which is great training for their professional endeavors.”

To learn more about fashion merchandising at Delta State, visit http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-education/family-and-consumer-sciences/fashion-merchandising-family-and-consumer-sciences/.

Music students and faculty fundraising to support Korea exchange

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This summer, a group of Delta State University music students and faculty will have the unique opportunity to complete an international exchange in Busan and Gyeongju, South Korea.

From May 28 to June 4, a group of 11 students and four faculty members of the DSU Department of Music will visit Korea to present recitals in collaboration with musicians of Korean traditional music, visit arts schools and cultural heritage sites, and experience traditional Korean music. The music exchange program will be hosted by CloudPoseidon, a performance group in Busan.

In support of the trip, the student participants will present a benefit concert at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Grenada, Mississippi on April 22 at 3 p.m. The concert is open to the public and donations are accepted. All donations will support costs of the trip.

Those wishing to make contributions in support of the students are asked to mail donations to: DSU BOX 3256, Delta State University, Cleveland, MS 38733, indicating the donations are for “2018 Trip to Korea.”

For more information on making donations, contact the Department of Music at 662-846-4615.

Dr. Jung-Won Shin, associate professor of music at Delta State, is organizing the trip.

“Our students will benefit from the music and cultural exchange with CloudPoseidon musicians, the contemporary repertoire for Western and Korean traditional instruments, and the history and instruments of Korean traditional music, comparing them with the ones of Western music,” said Shin. “I believe that this musical and cultural exchange opportunity will enable our students to broaden their knowledge and perspective on diverse music, culture and people.”

Dr. Karen Fosheim, chair of the Department of Music, is thrilled to send the Delta State delegation to Korea.

“I am so proud to have this talented group of students and faculty representing Delta State and the Department of Music in South Korea,” said Fosheim. “The opportunity to interact and make music with colleagues from across the world is an experience that enriches the lives of all involved. I am grateful to Dr. Shin for the work she has done to organize the ongoing Korean partnerships and exchanges.”

Amanda Lutz, a flute player and music major from Horn Lake, Mississippi, is looking forward to the international exchange.

“I am thrilled with this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel and perform, and to experience a wonderful culture,” said Lutz. “We will have the privilege to collaborate with fantastic musicians from around the world.”

“I am expecting to learn a lot about the Korean people and their culture,” she added. “This will benefit us as teachers. The more insight we have on different cultures will help us as teachers in our future classrooms.”

In September 2017, the DSU Department of Music hosted an exchange program with three musicians of Art & Culture Agency CloudPoseidon and Sori Soop, a performance group in Korea, on Delta State’s campus.

The exchange program included a student joint recital in collaboration with Young Hye Min, who is a Delta State piano student, and a guest artist recital by Dr. Jiyoon Kim, a certified apprentice of Korean National Intangible Cultural Heritage 46 Piri Jeongak & Daechwita. This was in collaboration with Delta State music faculty members. Other activities included a workshop for the DSU Woodwind Ensemble, a lecture on Korean traditional music and instruments at music convocation, and a class taught by professor Michelle Johansen, Woman & Gender.

Delta State students, faculty and the local community were able to experience the unique sounds and structures of the Korean traditional instruments and music, and learn the history of Korean traditional music through the exchange program.

In return, the Delta State delegation traveling to Korea in May has been invited to perform and participate in the music exchange program hosted by CloudPoseidon in Busan. This Delta State group will present recitals in collaboration with musicians of Korean traditional instruments and participate in a Korean instrument workshop by Dr. Kim, and visit arts schools in Busan, Korea.

They will also experience Korean traditional arts and culture through concerts and tours during their visit, and will share this cultural learning experience with the Delta State faculty, students and community through presentations and further exchange activities with CloudPoseidon on Delta State’s campus.

The exchange program with musicians of CloudPoseidon and Sori Soop is sponsored by the Delta State Department of Music, College of Arts and Sciences, Quality Enhancement Plan, Graduate and Continuing Studies, and International Student Services at Delta State.

Delta State’s Department of Music has developed multiple relationships with Korean institutions in recent years. The department initiated a partnership with Sungkyul University (SKU) in Anyang, Korea, by co-organizing the Piano Exchange Program with the piano department of SKU, both on the Delta State campus in January 2017, and on the SKU campus in Korea in May 2017.

The department also initiated a partnership with Korea International Christian School (KICS) in Bucheon and Incheon, Korea, in the summer 2016. Currently, five students from KICS are enrolled in bachelor degree programs at Delta State. More students from KICS will join Delta State this fall.

For more information about the trip, contact 662-846-4615.