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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.

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.

World-class trombonists to perform at Delta State

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The Department of Music is proud to announce Slidin’ in the Delta 2018! — Delta State’s Trombone Day. The event will be held on campus April 7 beginning at 11:30 a.m., and includes two free concert performances by world-renowned guest artists.

The featured guests for the day-long event will be Scott Hartman, professor of trombone at Yale University, and the United States Military Academy Trombone Quartet, featuring members of the United States Army Band – West Point.

As part of the festival, both guest artists will be performing solo recitals. The trombone quartet will be performing a recital at 11:30 a.m. and Hartman will perform a trombone recital at 3:30 pm. Both performances will take place in the Recital Hall of the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

The quartet will perform works by Hornoff, Bach, Reifenberg, Rossini and Wilder, among others.

Hartman’s performance will feature selections by Hahn, Quilter, Jongen, Shewan, Piazzolla, Da Silva and Nestico.

The recitals are free and open to the public. For more information, contact 662-846-4615.

Wang receives INBRE research grant

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Delta State University’s newest faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences has hit the ground running with $50,000 Research Development Grant funded by Mississippi IDeA Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE).

A graduate of Iowa State University, Dr. Dafang Faith Wang brings a wealth of knowledge, a background of research and a love of teaching to Delta State University.

“Thanks to Mississippi INBRE funding [Wang] will continue her research on epigenetic silencing in maize here at Delta State, providing an opportunity for our students to learn the most up-to-date techniques in genetics, molecular biology and bioinformatics,” said Dr. Ellen Green, chair and associate professor of biology in the Department of Biological Sciences at Delta State.

Mississippi INBRE Research Development Grants are designed to support innovative basic or translational biomedical research. The grant will allow Wang to build effective lab space, continue her research and train students.

“Wang is a bright and promising scientist that adds to our pool of biomedical researchers in Mississippi,” said Dr. Mohamed Elasri, director of Mississippi INBRE. “This has been a great instance of our partnership between Mississippi INBRE and DSU. The overall goal of this partnership is to improve the competitiveness of Mississippi in health-related research.”

In only her second semester of teaching, she has taken on three courses, general biology, genetics and plant physiology. Her background and continued research will allow her to train students to work at the cutting edge of science.

“I love to teach and to communicate with students,” said Wang. “I get excited when I see the students understand the concept and solve a problem. That is my biggest motivation.”

Mississippi INBRE is a statewide program that is supported by an award from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences. Its mission is to enhance the biomedical foundation in Mississippi and to reach out to Mississippians in order to improve health throughout the state.

Mississippi INBRE seeks to engage talented researchers and students in biomedical research projects that will increase the state’s research competitiveness as well as impact the health of citizens of Mississippi.

For more information about Mississippi INBRE, visit msinbre.org.

Learn more about biology opportunities at Delta State at http://www.deltastate.edu/artsandsciences/biological-sciences.

Department of Biological Sciences attends Mississippi Academy of Sciences conference

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The Department of Biological Sciences at Delta State University recently attended the 82nd annual Mississippi Academy of Sciences conference at the Thad Cochran Center of the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg.

Environmental science and biology majors contributed oral and poster presentations. Four student presentations in ecology and evolutionary biology received awards from the open MAS competition.

Environmental science student, Bethany Walker, received a second place award for her presentation titled, “Population and behavioral study of feral cats (Felis catus) on Delta State University Campus, Cleveland, MS,” which was authored by Walker, Hope Edge and professor Dr. AHM Ali Reza. Aaron Sassenrath-Cole received a second runner-up award for his presentation “Use of a scanning electron microscope in wildlife research and management,” which was authored by Sassenrath-Cole and Reza. Karoline Lambert received a third place award for her presentation “Preliminary Analysis of population dynamics of Amphiuma tridactylum and Siren intermedia in the Mississippi Delta,” which was authored by Lambert, Hannah Taylor, Sara Barrett, Shelby Babb and Eric Blackwell. Mitchell Coleman gave his presentation on “Preliminary Evaluation of using trail cameras for surveying mammal species,” which was authored by Mitchell Coleman, Christian Frew, Peyton Hamblin, Joshua Glover, Matthew Galloway and Eric Blackwell.

Undergraduate students William Neal and Arnold Spiers received a second runner-up award for their poster presentation titled “Isolation and identification of antibiotic producing microbes from Malidon dasystomous (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae),” which was authored by Neal, Spiers, Tanya K. McKinney, Dr. Ellen S. Green, and Nathan M. Schiff.  Professor Dr. Nina Baghai-Riding presented a poster titled “Vernal Pools at Dahomey National Wildlife Refuge in Mississippi,” which was authored by Tyler Kitchings, Cade Francis, Maverick Harrison and Brady Chambley.

Another environmental science student, Raven Allison, presented a poster within the geology and geography section, which was rated as the best poster for the section. The poster was titled “Locally grown fruit retains its soil signature: an elemental study of regional variation in noncommercial jams and jellies,” and was authored by Allison, Callie Masterson, Dana Rico, William Whittington, Breana Randle, Gregory Peacock, Baghai-Riding and Charles Smithhart.

Reza chaired the MAS Ecology and Evolutionary Biology section, while Baghai-Riding served as the vice chair.

Attendees also visited the Lake Thoreau Environmental Center near USM’s campus. Participants learned about the habitat and ecology of the area.

To learn more about the environmental science program at Delta State University, contact Baghai-Riding (nbaghai@deltastate.edu) or Reza (areza@deltastate.edu).