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Students prep trees for Arbor Day

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To help celebrate Arbor Day each year, the Natural Resource Conservation Service in Cleveland gives trees to local residents to plant at their residences or throughout the community.

On Feb. 7, Teressa Oakes with the NRCS in Cleveland, allowed Dr. Baghai-Riding’s Foundation of Environmental Science class to help with this year’s effort. Oakes brought several hundred tree saplings to the loading dock area of Caylor Hall where students dipped the tree roots in water to keep them moist, then placed them into plastic bags for distribution. Several students also took a few trees to plant in their yards.

Specimens included river birch, sawtooth oak, water oak, crepe myrtle, flowering dogwood and bald cypress.

The trees were given out at the NRCS office on Feb. 10. Oakes thanked Baghai-Riding’s class for making fast work of this task and is making plans for Delta State students to help with next year’s event.

Contact Baghai-Riding at nbaghai@deltastate.edu to learn more about the environmental science program at Delta State University.

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Music department presents guest recital Feb. 27

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The Department of Music will present a guest artist recital in the recital hall of the Bologna Performing Arts Center Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m.

The guest artists, Dr. Jacob Coleman (piano) and Elise Blatchford (flute), will share the musical works of Frank Martin, Darius Milhaud, Randall Woolf, and Carl Vine.

A native of Athens, Georgia, Coleman keeps a busy schedule collaborating with a broad range of performers throughout the U.S. He is currently on faculty at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he directs the Collaborative Piano Program. From 2014-16 Coleman served as a visiting assistant professor of collaborative piano at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music. During the summer, he is a member of the piano staff at Meadowmount School of Music founded by Ivan Galamian.

As a collaborator, Coleman has performed with artists such as Cleveland Orchestra principal clarinetist Franklin Cohen, bassoonist William Ludwig, St. Louis Brass member Jeff Nelsen, flutist Leone Buyse, Oregon Symphony principal cellist Nancy Ives, Metropolitan Opera baritone Frederick Burchinal, as well as the Kenari Quartet. He has also performed for a number of master class clinicians including Gil Shaham, Angela Hewitt, Donald McInnes, Warren Jones, Ransom Wilson, Mark Nuccio, Julianne Baird and Cho Liang Lin. As a vocal coach, he has held staff positions at the University of Georgia Opera Theater and the Astoria Music Festival. Additionally, Coleman has served as the principal keyboardist for the Brazos Valley Symphony Orchestra and The University of Texas Wind Ensemble under the direction of Jerry Junkin. In 2012, he was a collaborative piano fellow at the Music Academy of the West, where he worked with Jonathan Feldman. In 2016, he served as the official pianist for the MidSouth Flute Festival in Memphis, Tennessee. Coleman has also performed at the North American Saxophone Alliance and International Double Reeds Society conferences.

Coleman is an avid performer of new music. As a soloist, he gave the Georgia premiere of Augusta Read Thomas’s “Two New Etudes” in 2003. In April of 2016, he premiered a new work by Lansing McLoskey for oboe and piano with ToniMarie Marchioni at Spectrum. Coleman holds degrees from The University of Texas at Austin (DMA, collaborative piano), University of Oregon (MM, collaborative piano), and the University of Georgia (BM, piano performance). His primary teachers were Richard Zimdars, David Riley and Anne Epperson.

A flutist who embraces the independent, experimental and the DIY, Elise Blatchford is a professor, a member of the City of Tomorrow wind quintet, and a frequent soloist and recitalist. Her solo playing has been hailed for its “superb command of color and nuance,” by the Cleveland Plain Dealer. Blatchford is the assistant professor of flute at the University of Memphis Scheidt School of Music. With the contemporary music wind quintet the City of Tomorrow, she has won a gold medal at the Fischoff National Chamber Music Competition and toured across the U.S.

Blatchford’s willingness to take risks has extended to multidisciplinary performance art at the Next Wave Festival at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), touring with the amplified cello rock band Portland Cello Project, and arranging and performing an entire album by singer-songwriter Mirah with her partner Leander Star.

Also at home in the traditional orchestra world, Blatchford has performed with the Oregon Symphony, the Memphis Symphony, the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and the YOA Orchestra of the Americas. With YOA, she toured extensively throughout South America, the Caribbean and mainland China, made an appearance at Carnegie Hall with Valery Gergiev, and recorded with Philip Glass.

A dedicated and inventive pedagogue, Blatchford has given master classes at New England Conservatory, San Francisco Conservatory, Williams College, Longy School of Music and Skidmore College, among many others. She completed degrees in flute performance at the Oberlin Conservatory of Music and the San Francisco Conservatory.

The recital is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Department of Music at 662-846-4615.

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Wired For Sound offers live music in Cleveland

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In a continuing effort to develop regular live music opportunities in the area, the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with students in the Delta Music Institute entertainment industry studies program at Delta State University, have launched a “Wired For Sound” 12-week series of live music events.

For 12 consecutive weeks, local venues will will feature local talent performing a well-known repertoire of popular music, plus original songs in several acoustic-based genres, including Americana, blues, country, folk, R&B, and singer/songwriter.

The DMI performers will be scheduled on a rotating basis in the early evening or midday hours for the enjoyment of local patrons and visitors of the Delta. Participating restaurants include Mississippi Grounds, The Warehouse, Crawdad’s, Airport Grocery and Hey Joe’s.

The series is funded by a partnership between Chamber member venues and the Chamber itself, and through proceeds from the Chamber’s Restaurant Week.

This week’s live music offerings include:
*Feb. 1 — Kacee Russell —11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Mississippi Grounds
*Feb. 2 — Spencer Day — 6-8:00 p.m. at Airport Grocery
*Feb. 3 —Kailey Mathis  — 6-8:00 p.m. at The Warehouse

Musicians scheduled to be part of the initial “Wired For Sounds” series include: Carrie Lynn Stanford (singer/songwriter, Americana/folk), Brennan Barham (singer/songwriter), Jessica Faith (singer/songwriter, Americana, pop), Ty Nash (R&B), Long Time Coming (country/Americana/folk trio), Kailey Mathis (singer/songwriter), Zach Dickerson (guitar), Brittany McGee (singer/songwriter, country, Gospel), Landen Knowles (singer/songwriter, Americana, alternative rock), Kacee Russell (singer/songwriter) and Spencer Day (singer/songwriter, country).

The Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce encourages a strong local economy by creating the best environment for businesses to thrive, citizens to live, and the cultural heritage to flourish. For additional information, contact the Chamber at 662-843-2712, or on the web at http://www.clevelandmschamber.com.

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 more information, visit http://dmi.deltastate.edu.

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Chemical Society receives national recognition

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The Delta State University American Chemical Society (DSU ACS) recently received a commendable award for its activities conducted during the 2015-16 academic year.

During the 2015-16 academic year, over 400 chapter activity reports were submitted, and The Society Committee on Education presented 46 outstanding, 93 commendable, and 145 honorable mention awards.

A full list of the award winners is available in the November/December 2016 issue of “inChemistry,” the student member magazine. The winning chapters will also be honored at the 253rd ACS National Meeting in San Francisco, California on April 2.

Professor Sharon Hamilton, faculty advisor of the chapter, was also recognized for her leadership.

“Few faculty members are willing to make the great commitment of time and energy that a successful chapter requires. Professor Hamilton’s efforts certainly represent the best in undergraduate science education and mentoring around the country,” said The American Chemical Society in a press release. “The ACS extends its warmest congratulations to the students and Professor Hamilton for setting such a fine example for other chapters and being exemplary chemistry ambassadors.”

Hamilton said she was thrilled to help the group progress.

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DSU ACS received an honorable mention award for 2014-2015, and it’s wonderful that we were able to improve the quality of our chapter and receive a commendable for 2015-2016,” said Hamilton. “I believe it shows that we have a great group of students in DSU ACS and that they truly enjoy sharing chemistry with their classmates as well as the Cleveland community. It’s great to get such recognition from the national American Chemical Society and to know that they value the work of all chemists regardless of the size of your academic or industrial employer.”

DSU Chapter officers for the 2016-17 academic year include: Kathryn Penton – president; Will Weeks – vice president; Ashley Griffin – treasurer; Daisy Camarillo – secretary; Scarlett Salter – fundraising chair; and Gunner Sizemore and Bonita Nuon – public relations co-chairs.

In the last three years, Delta State has won two commendable awards (2014 and 2016) and honorable mention (2015).

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DMI to host Delta Night in Jackson

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Pictured in front row (from left to right): Kacee Russell – Jackson, TN; Carrie Lynn Stanford – Gautier, MS; Schaefer Llana – Batesville, MS; Middle row (l to r): Tyan Nash – Cleveland, MS; Lindsey Anna Pardue- Clinton, MS; Audrianna Johnson – Grenada, MS; Kelsey Collins – Caledonia, MS; Back row (l to r): Kailey Mathis – Madison, MS; Ryan Bridges – Batesville, MS; Clay Brown – Jackson, MS; Dalton Shipley – Batesville, MS; and Cody Upchurch – Grenada, MS.

The Delta Music Institute is set to host a night of live music provided by an assortment of solo acts and bands based out of the DMI entertainment industry studies program at Delta State University. The event will take place at Hal & Mal’s in Jackson on Jan. 28 with performances beginning at 5 p.m.

The DMI All Stars are the featured act, as they look to showcase their catalogue of Mississippi centric covers in preparation for their performance in Los Angeles on Mississippi Night during GRAMMY® Week. There will also be performances from three other DMI student bands and multiple solo performers. DeltaRoX brings some of the major chart toppers in the classic rock genre to life, while Ol’ Skool Revue revives the classic Motown sound with their R&B, funk and soul influences shining bright. The final performing DMI band, B4Y2K, covers the many feel-good tunes that the ‘90s produced.

There will also be a handful of solo performers playing ahead of the bands. From the southern-styled acoustic sound of Carrie Lynn Stanford, Brittany McGee and Chris James, to the more intimate singer-songwriter ballads of Kailey Mathis, Kelsey Buquet and Schaefer Llana, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

The solo performers begin playing at 5 p.m. in the dining room of Hal & Mal’s. The event is free, but a $5 donation is suggested to help support the travel costs of the student performers. The bands will begin playing at 7 p.m. in the Red Room, where a $5 cover charge is required to enter.

For more information regarding the event, contact Hal & Mal’s at 601-948-0888 or the Delta Music Institute at 662-846-4579.

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.