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Fighting Okra Records to host album release party

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Fighting Okra Records, the student-run record label within the Delta Music Institute’s entertainment industry program at Delta State University, is hosting an album release party to celebrate the newest addition to its ongoing compilation series, “Fighting Okra, Round 3.”

The event will feature live performances from artists featured on the album and take place on the campus Quadrangle on Oct. 12 at 5 p.m.

Six student artists will perform at the event, each providing a different style of music, including hip-hop, electronic, alternative and soul. All artists are featured on the CD and will be performing their contributions to the album, as well as some of their solo material. Free refreshments will be provided, and entry to the event is free.

In addition to the musical performances, the release party will include raffles, contests and a photo booth for attendees.

“Fighting Okra, Round 3″ is the third entry in FOR’s compilation series, and fifth release for the student-run record label.

“I’m excited about a new release on the Fighting Okra Records label,” said Tricia Walker, DMI director. “This release marks the beginning of the search for the label’s next artist to be signed and produced in the DMI studios. There is so much great young talent here at Delta State, and this current release showcases a lot of that talent.”

The Delta Music Institute 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 about the DMI or Fighting Okra Records, contact 662-846-4579 or visit http://dmi.deltastate.edu.

LaForge named Mississippi Top 50

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Delta State University President William N. LaForge recently received the distinct honor of being named to the Mississippi Top 50 list for 2017.

The annual awards, which started in 2016, recognize those who are judged to be the most influential leaders in the state. Additionally, the awards recognize those who help, by virtue of their position and talent, to move the conversation in Mississippi forward.

This bipartisan selection of leaders comes from the ranks of elected and appointed officials, economic development professionals, business, media and government affairs. The program is sponsored by Y’all Politics and Supertalk Mississippi, and awardees are nominated through an open process.

“I’m very grateful to Y’all Politics and Supertalk Mississippi for this recognition,” said LaForge. “If there is anything to the issue of influence, I owe it to, and share it with, my colleagues at Delta State who make up a super team of faculty, staff and administrators who are devoted to our students.”

LaForge and other awardees will be honored at a ceremony a The Old Capitol Inn in Jackson, Mississippi on Oct. 17.

To view award winners for the previous two years, visit http://mstop50.com/winners. Follow MSTop50 on Twitter @MSTop50 or on Facebook to keep up with news and updates about MSTop50 winners and events.

 

Faculty to be recognized for new books

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Delta State University Provost Dr. Charles McAdams invites the public to a faculty book signing and celebration Oct. 11 at 3 p.m. in the Student Union room 302A.

Faculty to be recognized include Dr. Brent Pimentel, Mike Smith and Andrew Wegmann.

McAdams started the recognition program in the spring of 2015 to recognize faculty authors from the previous academic year. The first recipient of this recognition was Dr. Ethan Schmidt for his book, “The Divided Dominion: Social Conflict and Indian Hatred in Early Virginia.”

“Publication of a book represents a milestone in an academic’s career,” said McAdams. “Writing and publishing a book takes a considerable amount of time and effort. Celebrating this achievement is a way to recognize faculty for this work and achievement, and it sends a message to students that scholarship in one’s chosen field is valued. All research conducted by faculty demonstrates for our students what it means to be engaged in our discipline, and it underscores the expertise of our outstanding faculty.”

Pimentel, associate professor of music, published “Woodwind Basics: Core Concepts for Playing and Teaching Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Bassoon, and Saxophone.” The book is a fresh, no-nonsense approach to woodwind technique. It outlines the principles common to playing all of the woodwind instruments and explains their application to each one.

Mike Smith, associate professor of English, published “And There Was Evening and There Was Morning.” The work tracks the loss of Smith’s first wife to cancer after the birth of their second child, offering a portrait of marriage, family and tragedy. In honest and at times darkly comic terms, Smith documents the strange set of coincidences between his first wife’s illness and his stepdaughter’s similar battle the year his second marriage began, and examines blended families, remarriage, helping children find ways to cope with the loss of a parent, and the influence of spirituality upon loss.

Andrew Wegmann, assistant professor of history, published “U.S. History: A Top Hat Interactive Text.” The work is the first and only full-length, truly interactive textbook on the market. It combines a detailed, peer-reviewed narrative history of the United States with interactive maps, videos, images and review questions based on Bloom’s Taxonomy. It provides students different ways to engage the material, all of which was written using the most up-to-date scholarship as well as original research. As a result, the book exposes students to active and evolving scholarship in a form that targets understanding rather than memorization.

Follow all Delta State news at www.deltastate.edu.

 

Alumni announces 2017 award recipients

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association recently announced the 2017 alumni award recipients, who will be honored during the 85th Delta State University Homecoming weekend. The award winners will be recognized Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Cleveland Country Club.

Awards will be given out for the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year, Alumni Hall of Fame inductees and Service Awards winners.

To purchase tickets to the awards gala, visit www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/homecoming2017.

The Outstanding Alumnus of the Year award is presented to a graduate who has made significant contributions to human or institutional programs in which a situation, an institution or a movement has been materially changed for the better due to that individual’s personal participation. This year’s recipient is Percy Malone of Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

Click here to view former Delta State Outstanding Alumnus of the Year recipients.

Induction into the Delta State University Alumni Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed upon an individual by the DSU Alumni Association. Established in 2007, the Alumni Hall of Fame is extended to alumni and friends who have achieved professional distinction and made significant community service contributions at the local, national and/or international level, and who have thus brought honor and distinction to Delta State. This year, three distinguished alumni, along with Malone, will be inducted into the hall: Becky Nowell ’81, Dr. William Morehead ’84, and Richard Fulwood ’72.

Click here to view Alumni Hall of Fame members.

The Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni Service Award recognizes outstanding service and contributions to Delta State by an alumnus. Katerine Keller Batenhorst ’96 and Kelly Hunter ’00 will receive the award this year.

Click here to view past Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni Service Award recipients.

The Kent Wyatt “Young Alumnus” Service Award recognizes outstanding service and contributions to Delta State by a graduate 36-years-old or younger. The 2017 recipient is William Crump.

Click here to view past Kent Wyatt “Young Alumnus” Service Award recipients.

The Gladys Castle “Friend” of Delta State Service Award recognizes outstanding service and contributions to Delta State by a non-alumnus or institution. This year’s winner is Neal Anderson.

Click here to view past Gladys Castle “Friend” of Delta State Service Award recipients.

The Legacy Award is presented to an alumnus or Delta State affiliated organization who made an institutional changing impact at the university. This year, the honor goes to Anne Weissinger ’15, the first female Foundation Board president.

Click here to view past Legacy Award recipients.

The Dr. Henry Outlaw Faculty/Staff Service Award was established in 2014 as a way to recognize former Delta State faculty or staff members who have had a significant influence in the life of the university and/or the National Alumni Association. Established by the National Alumni Association Board of Directors, and inspired by the Dedicated Statesmen Association, the award will be given this year to Dr. Everett Eugene Caston ’66.

Click here to view past Dr. Henry Outlaw Facutly/Staff Service Award recipients.

To view the most recent issue of the Delta State Alumni magazine online, visit https://issuu.com/deltastateuniversity/docs/sumfall_mag17_issu.

To update your alumni information, visit www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/updateyourpersonalinformation.

To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Make plans for this year’s Pig Pickin’ (Oct. 7) and Homecoming (Nov. 11).

First Hog Run to support veteran organizations

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Kappa Sigma Fraternity and the Delta State Office of Student Affairs will host the 2017 Hog Run 5K on Oct. 7 during Pig Pickin’ weekend at Delta State University.

The event will raise money to help veterans’ organizations through Kappa Sigma’s national philanthropy, the Military Heroes Campaign. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. at the gazebo in downtown Cleveland. The run is slated to be an annual event.

Participating businesses include: Q102 WIQQ, KIX92.1 WKXY, Baxter, North Sunflower Medical Center, Planters Bank, Barnes Paper & Supply, Advance Physical Therapy, and Andy’s Fifth Ave. Quick Stop.

“These sponsors have been generous in their assistance, and through their sponsorships we have been able to cover all expenses associated with the event, which will allow all proceeds from registration and individual donations to the Military Heroes Campaign,” said Christopher Johnson, assistant alumni advisor. “Some of the organizations funded through the Military Heroes Campaign include The SEAL Legacy Foundation, Veterans Moving Forward, Healing Our Heroes Homes and Veterans Success Resources Group.”

The day begins with a remote radio broadcast from the event, after which the run begins at 8:30 a.m. From there, participants are invited to the annual Pig Pickin’ festivities at Statesmen Park. Pig Pickin’ will be celebrating its 32nd year and its first year as a Memphis Barbecue Network sanctioned competition.

Individuals can register at the RacesOnline website at https://racesonline.com/events/hog-run. The cost of registration is $25 per person. Individuals can also make donations in any amount at the RacesOnline website, and will be accepted through Veterans Day on Nov. 11, which is also Delta State’s Homecoming weekend.

In an effort to increase participation and add a little fun to the campaign, registrants and donors are encouraged to make their registration or donation as part of a team. Participants will notice that all Greek organizations on campus have a team, as well as other student organizations. Local businesses and organizations are encouraged to create their own teams as well.

The course for the race will follow the walking and biking trail ways throughout downtown Cleveland.

“The Kappa Sigma Fraternity would again like to take the time to celebrate all the amazing efforts that have been put into making the first Hog Run to Support Military Heroes a reality. Our incredible sponsors have done so much to help us bring this cause to life, and we are extremely grateful for everyone who has pushed to help us spread the word and make this event possible,” said Turner Davis, event director.