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Environmental science program highlights for 2016-17

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The environmental science program in Delta State’s College of Arts and Sciences completed a successful curriculum in the 2016-17 academic year.

“Opportunities this past academic year for Delta State University environmental science students were numerous,” said Dr. Nina Baghai-Riding. “For example, many students were co-authors on at least one scientific oral and poster presentation given at state, national and international meetings.”

Their presentations resulted from research investigations conducted in courses such as Materials and Methods in Environmental Science, Conservation Biology, Problems in Biology, wildlife management classes, and more.

Projects included Mississippi Delta ice age fossils, wild hogs at Dahomey National Wildlife Refuge, prey elements associated with Carolina Biological owl pellets, palynomorphs from the Bucatunna, Hattiesburg, and Morrison Formations, bird surveys conducted at Bear Pen Park in Cleveland, MS from 2008-2016, carbon dioxide and stomatal density patterns associated with four woody plants from the Mississippi Delta, ontogenetic dentition patterns pertaining to monitor lizards and more.

Baghai-Riding said these research opportunities have helped students get admitted to graduate school programs throughout the country.

“Other students preferred to acquire full-time positions after completing their degree in environmental science,” she said. “Many employers seek out our students because of their training. They mention that DSU students can think critically, possess hands-on and writing skills, and have good work ethics.

Upgraded laboratories and recent acquisitions were also a highlight of the previous year. Acquired equipment included a scanning electron microscope, a trinocular zoom stereomicroscope on a boom stand with HD video camera, and a $3,000 rock and mineral collection from Ron Brister, former curator at the Memphis Pink Palace Museum.

Students considering a degree option in environment science may choose from three concentrations areas: general, wildlife management and geospatial science.

For more information about the program, contact Baghai-Riding at 662-846-4797 or nbaghai@deltastate.edu.

Gallery hosts “Home and Away: On the Road with Marie Hull”

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To celebrate Mississippi’s bicentennial year, the Mississippi Museum of Art is curating “Art Across Mississippi: Twelve Exhibitions, Twelve Communities,” creating exhibitions from its collection for a dozen host venues across the state.

Delta State University is taking part by hosting “Home and Away: On the Road with Marie Hull,” a selection of work by famed Mississippi artist Marie Hull.

Hull had a special connection to Delta State’s art department and its former chair, Malcolm Norwood. She donated 75 works of art to the university, including a number of her own paintings and pieces from her personal collection, which became the foundation for the department’s permanent art collection.

“Home and Away: On the Road with Marie Hull” brings together a series of paintings created during Hull’s travels. The artist traveled widely throughout North America, as well as France, Spain and Morocco. She recorded her delightful impressions of the places she visited in her sketches, 67 of which she left to the MMA.

From this trove of private treasures, the museum has selected 30 sketches for the exhibition. The work provides a unique glimpse into the creative process of one of Mississippi’s greatest artists.

Representatives from the MMA will be present to answer questions about the artist, as well as the bicentennial program. The exhibition will remain on view until July 27. Summer gallery hours are Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For more information, visit http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-arts-and-sciences/art/, or contact 662-846-4720. For updates and announcements of upcoming events, follow Delta State Art Department on Facebook or join the email list.

Delta State to host “Art Across Mississippi” celebrating bicentennial

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Marie Hull (1890-1980), “Gulls in Flight,” not dated. Oil on wood. Collection of the Mississippi Museum of Art, Jackson. Gift of the artist.

 

To celebrate Mississippi’s bicentennial year, the Mississippi Museum of Art is curating “Art Across Mississippi: Twelve Exhibitions, Twelve Communities,” creating exhibitions from its collection for a dozen host venues across the state.

The statewide program provides residents with an opportunity to enjoy high-quality exhibitions from the museum’s permanent collection in their home communities, to reflect on the rich heritage of Mississippi’s visual arts, and to contemplate the meaning of the bicentennial moment.

Delta State’s Fielding L. Wright Art Center will partake by hosting “Home and Away: On the Road with Marie Hull,” from June 8 to July 27.

Beloved Mississippi artist Marie Hull traveled far and wide throughout North America as well as France, Spain and Morocco. The artist left 67 of her sketchbooks to the MMA, which are filled with drawings and remarkable paintings from her travels. From this unique trove of private treasures, the museum has selected individual sheets for a behind-the-scenes glimpse into the creative process of one of Mississippi’s master artists. Several of her masterful oil paintings will accompany the exhibition.

Other exhibitions feature artworks by regionally acclaimed artists — past and present — including Walter Anderson, William Dunlap, William Ferris, Ke Francis, Hystercine Rankin, Sulton Rogers and many others.

“Art Across Mississippi” exhibitions are organized by the MMA, from its permanent collection, as companions to “Picturing Mississippi, 1817-2017: Land of Plenty, Pain, and Promise,” the latest in The Annie Laurie Swaim Hearin Memorial Exhibition Series. “Picturing Mississippi” will be on view Dec. 9, 2017 through July 8, 2018 at the MMA.

Bicentennial exhibitions created by the MMA are supported by the Robert M. Hearin Support Foundation and the state of Mississippi, through the Mississippi Department of Archives and History. Additional support for “Art Across Mississippi” is provided by Ross & Yerger, Trustmark, Entergy, Mississippi Media and Mississippi Power.

For more information on Art Across Mississippi and Picturing Mississippi, visit www.msmuseumart.org.

University installs chapter of Phi Lambda Upsilon

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Front row: (left to right): Dr. Chris Jurgenson, Dr. Sharon K. Hamilton (faculty councilor), Zachary Kinler, Katie Penton, Emily Grossi (president), Ana Daisy Camarillo (treasurer), Amber Wilson, JC Blackmon (secretary), Jill Harper, Dr. Gene Grimley, Dr. Gene Grimley ( National PLU President). Back row (l to r): Dr. Joe Bentley (departmental chair), Will Weeks, Dalvin Williams, Kelby Flemons, Tyler Daniels (vice president), Taylor Worsham, Dr. Chuck Smithhart.

 

Delta State University recently installed a new chapter of Phi Lambda Upsilon on campus, the Gamma Delta chapter.

The aims and purposes of Phi Lambda Upsilon are the promotion of high scholarship and original investigation in all branches of pure and applied chemistry. The organization was founded as an honorary chemical society in 1899.

The Gamma Delta chapter inducted 11 student charter members and five charter faculty members. A total of 10 undergraduate students were initiated during the ceremony on April 21.

The inductees include: JC Blackmon, of Byhalia; Daisy Camarillo, of Gilcrest, Colorado; Tyler Daniels, of Hattiesburg; Kelby Flemons, of Big Creek; Emily Grossi, of Marks; Zach Kinler, of Picayune; Will Weeks, of Boyle; Dalvin Williams, of Vaiden; Amber Wilson, of French Camp; and Taylor Worsham, of Grenada. Previously inducted to PLU as a member-at-large, Katie Penton, also became a charter member of the DSU Chapter of PLU.

Other charter members included chemistry faculty members Dr. Joe Bentley, Dr. Sharon K. Hamilton, Jill Harper, Dr. Chris Jurgenson, and Dr. Charles Smithhart.

“Establishing the Delta Gamma chapter of Phi Lambda Upsilon is a hallmark in the history of the chemistry program at Delta State,” said Hamilton, faculty counselor for the group. “It recognizes the quality of our department and our students. I’m extremely proud of all the work that went in to establishing this chapter, and I am proud of our first group of initiates. Our chemistry students work very hard and I am pleased to have them associated with such a prestigious society that recognizes their achievements.”

Bentley, chair of the Department of Chemistry and Physics at Delta State, was also thrilled to institute PLU on campus.

“Establishing a chapter of Phi Lambda Upsilon at Delta State is a terrific opportunity for both students and faculty alike,” he said. “As our students apply to professional schools and graduate schools, or for industrial or education jobs, they will be able to highlight their academic achievements in their major field by listing their membership in PLU on their resume. The Department of Chemistry and Physics is honored to have this chapter at Delta State.”

Phi Lambda Upsilon was the first honor society dedicated to a single scientific discipline. In the span 113 years, it has grown into an organization comprising 73 chapters and more than 60,000 members. Learn more at http://philambdaupsilon.org/.

Hit songwriters to make Delta return for DMI benefit

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The Delta Music Institute Entertainment Industry Studies program at Delta State University will host its second “Writers in the Round” show on May 18 at the Delta Meat Market in downtown Cleveland.

The show will be held at 6 p.m. and will feature three-time GRAMMY® winner Ashley Cleveland, Dove award winner and writer of “Mary, Did You Know?,” Buddy Greene, A-Team Nashville session player Jeff Taylor, and DMI Director Tricia Walker.

The event serves as a fundraiser for DMI scholarships and programming.

“An ‘in the round’ songwriter show features professional songwriters in an intimate circular setting made famous at the Bluebird Café in Nashville, Tennessee,” said Walker, who was one of the mainstays of the venue during her years as a singer-songwriter in Music City. “It’s a wonderful way to experience the power and emotion of great songs sung by the writers themselves.”

Ashley Cleveland is a GRAMMY and Dove Award winner who has released eight critically acclaimed albums. “God Don’t Never Change” features songs rooted firmly in a host of traditions — black spirituals, folk songs, 18th century hymns, gospel blues and jubilee. The disc was nominated for a GRAMMY Award for Best Traditional Gospel Album.

Buddy Greene has worked with the most celebrated names in the music industry, among them Bill and Gloria Gaither, the late Jerry Reed, and Mark Lowry, with whom he wrote the Christmas classic “Mary, Did You Know?”  The song has been recorded numerous times, including covers by Kenny Rogers, Wynonna, Natalie Cole, Glen Campbell, Kathy Mattea, CeeLo Green, Clay Aiken and Pentatonix. Greene has performed for more than a quarter of a million people in New York’s Central Park and has been a part of Praise Gatherings for more than two decades and toured all over the world.

Jeff Taylor grew up in Batavia, New York, and studied classical piano at the Eastman School of Music. He has lived in Nashville since 1990 and counts among his performing highlights his two years as bandleader at the Ryman Auditorium for the musical production “Always, Patsy Cline,” the Skaggs Family Christmas Tour, and many appearances on the Grand Ole Opry backing numerous artists. He has recorded with Elvis Costello, Paul Simon, Harry Connick Jr., Amy Grant, George Strait, Vince Gill and The Chieftains. He was a featured artist on the 2007 GRAMMY-winning Best Bluegrass Album, Ricky Skaggs “Instrumentals”. In addition to excelling on accordion and piano, he also shines on the concertina, penny whistle, mandolin and bouzouki.

Seating is limited to 85 seats. Tickets may be purchased by calling the Delta Music Institute office at 662-846-4579 between 8 a.m. and noon Monday-Thursday.

The DMI is an independent center of study under the College of Arts and Sciences at Delta State University, offering a bachelor’s degree in entertainment industry studies. 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, visit http://dmi.deltastate.edu.