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The Delta State University College of Arts & Sciences hosted Honors Day on April 25.

COAS hosts Honors Day

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The Delta State University College of Arts & Sciences hosted Honors Day on April 25 to recognize the best students in the liberal arts and humanities, as well as the sciences.

“We had a new location this year and a great turnout,” said Dr. David Breaux, dean of the COAS. “It is an honor to be associated with Delta State’s College of Arts & Sciences, as I am so impressed by our diverse and multi-talented students and faculty. Nobel Laureate poet William Butler Yeats once said, ‘Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.’ The fires of this year’s winners burn particularly bright. 

“I especially enjoyed meeting the loved ones, families and parents of our students, many of whom took off time from work to be here. I would also like to thank Liz Schmidt and Larkin Chapman for taking the time to honor the winners of the first annual Ethan Schmidt Memorial Scholarships, as the late Dr. Ethan Schmidt’s life exemplified Delta State University at its very best.”  

Breaux also extended thanks to the Delta State University Alumni Foundation for its sponsorship of the reception.

This year’s scholarship and award winners included:

THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN DOROTHY SHAWHAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS:
Kristina Rae Hong & Jessica Faith Wishard

ART DEPARTMENT SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS:
Chris Pecou, the Smith Patterson Art Scholarship
Samantha Plunk, the Maxine Boggan Holcombe Art Scholarship
Sandra Burt, the Kelly Clare Belenchia Scholarship
Hannah Kistemaker, the Ferretti-Karnstedt Art Scholarship
Jimmiera Chillis, the Vivian Brown Hannah Art Scholarship
Lawson King, the Melanie Tyler Owen Memorial Art Scholarship & the Norwood Art Scholarship
Jake Black, the Duff Dorrough Memorial Scholarship

DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS:
Syed Amanuddin, Melvin F. Cohen Memorial Scholarship
Jacob Mercier & Kara Nowell, the Dr. Robert L. Elliott & Dr. Mary C. Elliott Scholarships
Kara Lane Nowell, the Jessie White Biology Scholarship
Emilee Ann Bolden, the Ferretti-Karnstedt Premedical Scholarship
Christine Beck, the Johnny Drew Ouzts Memorial Scholarship
Shelby Holcomb, the District II Dental Society Scholarship
Ashlyn Spell, the Greg Tharp Pre-Dental Scholarship
Tyler Sullivan, the Dr. R. T. and Kathryn M. Hollingsworth Scholarship

DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY & PHYSICS SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS:
J. C. Blackmon, the Jessie White Scholarship
Ashley Griffin, The Chemistry Award
Zac Kinler, the Joe Greever Organic Chemistry Award
Katie Penton, The Ben Branch Memorial Chemistry Award
Ana Daisy Camerillo, the James Anthony Scarborough Memorial Scholarship
Kelby Flemons, the Josh & Orena Adams Memorial Scholarship

DELTA MUSIC INSTITUTE SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS:
Zach Dickerson, the Dr. Bennie Wright and Family Scholarship
Ryan Bridges, the Duff Dorrough Memorial Scholarship
Kelsey Buquet, Karnstedt-Ferretti Scholarship
Kailey Mathis, the Morris Scholar
Schaefer Llana, Karlee Ponder, Zach Dickerson, & Tyan Nash the Morris Band Scholarships
Kathryn Mangialardi, Rhett McCormick, & Jessica Faith Wishard, the Steve Azar St. Cecilia Foundation Scholarships
Justin Boatman & Jessica Faith Wishard, the DMI Director’s Award

GEOSPATIAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS:
Bryan Cosme and James Christianson, winners of the Meek Scholarship

DIVISION OF LANGUAGES AND LITERATURE SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS:
Kendall Morrow, The Evelyn Hammett Scholarship
Jess Bennett & Marshal Salley, The Leola Gregory Williams Scholarships
Amber Swindle, The Anne Caulfield Winston Award
Christina Camerota, The Weaver Betts Cotton Scholarship
Cecilia Nieves, The John Hargrove Tatum Scholarship
Victoria Burton, The Robert “Buzzy” D. Wright Award
Victoria McDonald, J’Nell Posey Coffman Scholarship
Lauryn Hancock, the Hazel & Grover Thornell Award for Creative Writing
Aallyah Wright, the John and Dorothy Merrill Journalism Scholarship
Laura Strong, Dr. William Arthur Pennington Award
Nichole Smyly, the Joseph Correro Foreign Language Award
Hannah Kistemaker, Avery Wall, Gared Watkins, Conor Bell, Rebecca Carroll, Jamarrez Davis, Florian Mondoloni, Laura Orsborn, Aaron Payne, Alecia Wilson, Najawon Wilson, Aallyah Wright, & Matteo Zengaro are the winners of the Silas Wayne & Lula Wilson Thompson Scholarships.
Aaron Payne, the Clifton Langford Scholarship
Callie Musselwhite, John R. Ford Shakespeare Award
Myers Taylor, the Dr. Maria Butler Retention Scholarship

DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS:
Jennifer Duke, the Eleanor Walters Mathematics Scholarship
Rebecca Hudson, the Ray and Jo Wilson Mathematics Scholarship
Davida White, William D. Conner Mathematics Scholarship
Erice Henry, Wilson and Eloise Davis Mathematics Scholarship
Mary Scott Waldrop, the Freshman Mathematics Award

DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS:
Sara Crider, Tirzah Simmons, Daniel Christy, & Colby Kee, The Jeff Ross Capwell Scholarships
M. J. Britton, the Maggie Flowers Ewing Scholarship
Basia Thomas & Jaireus McClain, the Langford Scholarships
Michael Sparks, the Theresa Antoon Music Scholarship

DIVISION OF SOCIAL SCIENCES & HISTORY SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS:
Devin C. White, the Jim Armishaw Award
DeAndra Smith, the Howorth Award
Alex Cochran & Will Collum, the William Bryant and Madge Moore Scholarships
Catherine Carver, The Albert Nylander Award
Mikel Sykes & Katherine Jackson, the Ethan Schmidt Memorial Scholarships
Paxton Stratton, Biles History Award
Matteo Zengaro, the Cash U. S. History Award
Carrie Webster, the Cranford History Teacher Award
Alexis Danielle Banks, the LaForge Memorial Scholarship
Erin Newman, the Lamar Phi Alpha Theta History Scholarship
Alexander Bucklew, the Cash History Scholar
Laura Kate Fortner, the Judge Ed & Margaret Green Scholarship
Jonathan Harwood, the Burrell Scholarship

DEPARTMENT OF SPEECH & HEARING SCIENCES SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS:
Adrian Rose Dill & Samantha Lejeune, the Fugler-Hafter Scholarships

The 2016 inductees for the Phi Alpha Theta International Honor Society include (left to right): Brenton King, Katherine Jackson, Laura Kate Fortner and Matt Riggins. Missing from the photo: are Alexis Danielle Banks, Dylan Garrett, Wesley Rippee and Kaelin Kneeland.

Phi Alpha Theta welcomes new members

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The College of Arts and Sciences at Delta State University inducted eight new members to the Phi Alpha Theta International Honor Society today.

This year’s inductees included: Alexis Danielle Banks, Laura Kate Fortner, Dylan Garrett, Wesley Rippee, Matthew Riggins, Kaelin Kneeland, Brenton King, and Katherine Jackson.

Dr. Charles Westmoreland, assistant professor of history and Phi Alpha Theta advisor, inducted the new members and award certificates.

Phi Alpha Theta is an American honor society for undergraduate and graduate students and professors of history. The society has over 350,000 members, with about 9,500 new members joining each year through 860 local chapters.

The organization was established on March 17, 1921 at the University of Arkansas by professor Nels Cleven. Cleven had become convinced in his time at the university that a fraternity of scholars (which would accept men or women) was important for the study of history.

Alpha Epsilon Delta recently held its annual initiation ceremony at Delta State University. This year's initiates included: (front row, left to right) Kimberly Austin, Skylar Kuehn, Dana Rico, Lavenus Dudley, Christin Manor, Sara Barrett (back, l to r) Zachary Kinler, Kelby Flemons, Jean Blackmon, Parker Pearson, Anthony Tate and Tyler Sullivan

AED initiates 2016 members

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Alpha Epsilon Delta recently held its annual initiation ceremony at Delta State University.

This year’s initiates included: Kimberly Austin, Skylar Kuehn, Dana Rico, Lavenus Dudley, Christin Manor, Sara Barrett, Zachary Kinler, Kelby Flemons, Jean Blackmon, Parker Pearson, Anthony Tate and Tyler Sullivan.

AED is the world’s largest honor society exclusively serving premedical education. The mission of the society is to encourage and recognize excellence in premedical scholarship; to stimulate an appreciation of the importance of premedical education; to promote communication between medical and premedical students and educators; to provide a forum for students with common interests; and to use its resources to benefit health organizations, charities and the community.

The Mississippi Eta Chapter seeks to provide its members with the opportunity to meet with various professionals within the medical community, pre-health advisors, and admissions officers from various professional schools. Additionally, it works to provide its members with the necessary information (such as application deadlines, course requirements, and interview strategies) that is vital to successfully gaining admission to professional school and for succeeding once arriving. Its members are also encouraged to participate in community service.

For more information, visit http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-arts-and-sciences/biological-and-physical-sciences/aed.

 

Guest artist Sandra Saathoff (left) will join Delta State's Dr. Shelley Collins for Flute Day April 23.

Department of Music presents Flute Day

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The Delta State University Department of Music presents Flute Day on April 23.

High school and community college flutists will be on campus to join the DSU Flute Studio for a day of flute clinics and performances, culminating in a final group flute choir concert. The guest artist will be Sandra Saathoff, professor of flute at Seattle Pacific University and principal flutist of the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra.

At 2 p.m., Saathoff will be joined by Delta State faculty Dr. Shelley Collins (flute), Dr. Kumiko Shimizu (piano), and Don Allan Mitchell (narrator) for a faculty recital at the Bologna Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. The recital will feature duet and solo works, including the famous “Flower Duet” by Delibes, a piece for flute and narrator, Doppler’s crowd-pleasing “Andante and Rondo,” and a work for piccolo and alarm clock.

At 5:30 p.m., Collins and Saathoff will conduct the students in a final concert. Both concerts are free and open to the public.

This event is sponsored in part by the Bryce Griffis President’s Endowment Fund. For more information about the recital, contact the Department of Music at 662-846-4615 or visit shelleycollins.com/fluteday.

DMI students Brennan Barham (left) and Brittany McGee  will lead this year's  Levitt AMP Grant Awards concert series.

DMI students to produce second Levitt AMP Cleveland Music Series

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For the second year in a row, Delta State University has been selected to host the Levitt AMP Grant Awards, a 10-week series of concerts created in 2014 by Levitt Pavilions and the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation.

Leading the organization and production of this year’s series will be two entertainment industry studies majors from the Delta Music Institute program at Delta State University. Brittany McGee from Ecru, Mississippi and Brennan Barham from Clinton, Mississippi will oversee the music series as part of their senior project requirement.

“I chose the Levitt Amp Series as my senior project because I thought it was a rare opportunity that would give me a real life experience in the entertainment industry,” said Barham. “The thing I am most excited about for Levitt AMP is seeing hard work pay off and the community coming together.”

After graduation, Brennan hopes to pursue a career as a manager/producer in the music industry.

Levitt AMP brings the joy of free, live music to people of all ages and backgrounds living in small to mid-sized towns and cities, transforming neglected public spaces into thriving community destinations.

DMI Director Tricia Walker and fellow DMI instructors are credited with guiding their students in making last year’s lineup a success. DMI students will once again play a major role in the production process — from securing talent, to providing sound and lighting at the concerts.

Amber Foster, a DMI entertainment industry studies graduate from DSU, produced the 2015 series lineup for her senior project. In the role, she booked, organized and managed all 10 concerts.

“It’s so exciting as a senior to be able to take on a project like this,” said Foster. “For an entertainment industry student, this is the kind of experience we dream of and hope to have. It was so much fun.”

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The DMI is an independent center of study under the College of Arts & 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. For information about this year’s Levitt AMP Cleveland Music Series, email levittamp@deltastate.edu.