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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.

Kappa Mu Epsilon initiates honored

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The 2017 initiates of Kappa Mu Epsilon are (left to right) Shawn Sanks, Chelsea Townsend, Kaitlyn Bryant and Bryant McDuffie.

Delta State University recently honored four new members of the Mississippi Epsilon Chapter of Kappa Mu Epsilon, a specialized honor society in mathematics.

This year’s initiates are students Shawn Sanks, of Foley, Alabama; Kaitlyn Bryant, of Southaven; Bryant McDuffie, of Petal; and Chelsea Townsend, instructor of mathematics.

“It is exciting each year to identify honor students in the Department of Mathematics and to induct them into the honor society of Kappa Mu Epsilon,” said Dr. Clifton Wingard, chair of the department. “We, as a department, are proud of the academic accomplishments of these students and encourage them to continue their educational pursuits in mathematics and related fields.”

Kappa Mu Epsilon was founded in 1931 to promote the interest of mathematics among undergraduate students. Its chapters are located in colleges and universities of recognized standing which offer a strong mathematics major. The chapters’ members are selected from students of mathematics and other closely related fields who have maintained standards of scholarship, have professional merit and have attained academic distinction.

Learn more at http://www.kappamuepsilon.org.

Students attend American Chemical Society National Meeting

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First row, left to right: (holding award) Bonita Nuon (holding award), Tia Brown. Second row (l to R): Dr. Sharon K. Hamilton, Kierstin Page, Daisy Camarillo, Ashley Griffin. Third row (l to r): Will Weeks, Scarlett Salter, Katie Penton.

In early April, the Delta State University American Chemical Society (DSU ACS) attended the 253rd American Chemical Society National Meeting & Exposition in San Francisco, Califronia.

Two members, Will Weeks and Kierstin Page, presented their research projects. Additionally, Daisy Camarillo, Ashley Griffin, Zach Odoms, Tia Brown, Bonita Nuon and Scarlett Salter presented a DSU ACS Chapter poster in the Division of Chemical Education for the Undergraduate Research Poster Session and the Successful Student Chapters Session.

Page’s poster was selected for the Sci-Mix, a large meeting-wide event that combines a social event with poster presentations contributed by each participating division. Divisions participate in Sci-Mix by contributing posters. The number of posters may not exceed 20 posters or 10 percent of the total number of papers in a division, whichever is larger. Her selection for a poster is a distinction as she represents the best of what the Division of Chemical Education has to offer in terms of the science and presentation.

Graduate student Katie Penton presented a research poster in the joint Polymeric Materials: Science and Engineering/Polymer Poster Session.

The DSU ACS chapter also attended the undergraduate awards ceremony where Penton, the chapter’s president, accepted the Commendable Student Chapter Award on behalf of the chapter.

“The ACS national meeting is a wonderful opportunity for students to meet chemists from around the world, hone networking and communication skills, and gain information regarding graduate schools, the interview process, and professional opportunities,” said Dr. Sharon Hamilton, assistant professor of chemistry at Delta State. “The DSU ACS students who attended the conference in San Francisco were exposed to cutting-edge research in oral and poster presentations. They were also able to explore San Francisco, gaining valuable exposure to cultures outside of the Delta.”

“Presentations at a national meeting are highly competitive, and it speaks highly of the DSU ACS chapter and the research being done in the Department of Chemistry and Physics that our students were able to present four different posters at the meeting,” added Hamilton. “It is truly a great honor for Kierstin Page to be selected to present her research at the Sci-Mix. Kierstin has worked hard on her chemistry education project and has continued to network with other departments at Delta State in the hopes of expanding the project next year. She always has quite a bit of traffic at her poster presentation which is a good sign that the research she is doing at Delta State is pertinent and of interest to other researchers and educators in America.”

For more than 140 years the American Chemical Society has been improving people’s lives through the transforming power of chemistry. Learn more at https://www.acs.org.

Delta Music Institute presents Senior Showcase

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The Delta Music Institute entertainment industry studies program at Delta State University will host its first Senior Showcase on April 24 at 7 p.m. downtown on the Green Space in Cleveland to showcase the range of talent coming out of the DMI.

The Senior Showcase will promote original music by DMI students in the DMI Senior Project class by featuring performances from a diverse group of entertainers.

Included in the line-up are: Jessica Faith, Scott’s House, Deering, Carrie Lynn, Mic Hargrove, From the Pier, Thomas Walker & the Garment of Praise Choir, and the DMI All-Stars, a select group of Delta State students who performed for Mississippi Night during GRAMMY® week in Los Angeles.

“This is the first semester that DMI has showcased all the students in the senior project class on one show, and I think the public will be really impressed with the depth and diversity of talent on the show,” said DMI Director Tricia Walker. “And in the collaborative nature of the DMI, students in the Live Event practicum course, under the direction of Charly Abraham, will be managing the event and handling all production for the show.”

Kacee Russell, lead singer and songwriter for the band Scott’s House, said, “I’m excited to show everybody a few of the songs Scott’s House has been working on, and it’s cool that the DMI seniors will get to show off their hard work to people who might not normally come out to a show. It’s going to be a good ole time.”

The showcase is free and open to the public, and concessions will be available for purchase from the Levee Break Grill and Delta Dairy. Attendees are advised to bring a lawn chair or blanket for seating.

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.

World-class heavy metal artists to perform at Delta State

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Professor Velvet Brown and Dr. Neal Corwell will perform at Tuba-Euphonium Day 2017 on April 1.

The Department of Music is proud to announce Tuba-Euphonium Day 2017, Delta Tuba-Euph Fest.

The day-long event will be held on the Delta State campus on April 1, and the schedule includes two free concert performances by world-renowned guest artists.

Featured guests include Professor Velvet Brown, professor of tuba and euphonium at Penn State University, and euphonium soloist, Dr. Neal Corwell, recently retired master sergeant and euphonium section leader with the United States Army Band “Pershing’s Own.”

As part of the festival, both guest artists will be performing solo recitals. Corwell will be performing a euphonium recital at 11:30 a.m., and Brown will perform a tuba recital at 3:30 p.m. Corwell’s performance will feature works with computer-assisted accompaniment as well as solo repertoire. Brown will be assisted by Delta State’s Dr. Jung-Won Shin, associate professor of music, on piano. Both performances will take place in the Recital Hall of the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

Corwell will perform works by Albeniz, Chopin, Liszt, Arbans and Saint-Seans, among others. He will also be performing several of his own compositions. Brown’s performance will feature selections by Stevens, York, Ionel, Grant Still, Bonner and Mozart.

For more information, contact 662-846-4606.