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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.

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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 Distinguished Black Alumnus of the Year is presented to a graduate distinguished in his or her chosen field. This year, the honor goes to Tara Dunn ‘10.

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.

Art faculty exhibit to open Sept. 28

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Delta State University’s Department of Art invites the public to a reception celebrating the opening of its annual faculty exhibition on Sept. 28 from 5-7 p.m.

Delta State’s art faculty are practicing artists, designers and filmmakers who regularly exhibit in venues across the nation. The annual faculty exhibition, held at the Fielding Wright Art Center, offers the campus and community an opportunity to view new work created by these artists.

This year, the department welcomed four new faculty members — Nathan Pietrykowsky, Kayla Selby, John Stiles and Robyn Wall — as well as the return of Sammy Britt, a Delta State retiree.

Britt is represented by a series of landscape paintings that explore the language of light and color to distinguish the different light keys in which they are seen.

Pietrykowsky will show part of a series that chronicles the history of a surreal cosmos called Too Dee. Pietrokowsky draws images from his unconscious, theories of cosmology and various mythologies in the creation of this imaginary universe.

Selby’s work is part of an ongoing exploration in utilizing science and research as artistic media while reinterpreting scientific data. Her interest in the possibilities of using scientific data began with a collaboration with a St. Jude scientist who began re-contextualizing human samples in Petri dishes as literal human portraits.

Stiles, who teaches graphic design, works in a variety of media and will present examples of his collages, paintings and digital work. He approaches collage in a manner similar to painting, considering each piece of paper a stroke of his brush. The subject matter of the collages was inspired by his love of skateboarding and surfing. Stiles’s paintings are inspired by hurricanes which he experienced while living in Florida. Although awe-inspiring, Stiles also sees a certain beauty in hurricanes, especially when viewed from space. With their swirling motion, they remind him of paintings such as Vincent Van Gough’s “Starry Night,” and he approach them with an Impressionist’s brush.

Wall has been involved in examining her personal history of homes. She reconstructs these homes as they exist in her memory. While reconstructing real and imagined spaces, her work acknowledges the fluidity of memories.

Music plays an important role in lives and work of faculty members Ky Johnston and Michael Stanley. Johnston is a practicing musician, and Stanley has created a number of sculptures inspired by music, including the “Blues Man” that is featured in the Sculpture Garden at the GRAMMY Museum Mississippi. Stanley, who is a woodworker and sculptor, took on the challenge of making a guitar from scratch, along with Johnston, a potter. Over the last two years, the two have experimented and perfected their designs of electric guitars, a series of which will be on exhibit.

Filmmaker Jon Mark Nail has a simple and effective recipe for making a successful film. “ Step one — place the audience into the characters’ immediate dilemma. Step two —complicate further. Step three — repeat step two until you reach the conclusion, i.e. somebody gets kissed, somebody gets killed, beautiful sunset, etc. Step  fours — fade to black. Cue the music. Hit the lights. Clean up the popcorn,” said Nail. His work will also be projected at the show.

Michaela Merryday has been taking furniture making classes the past two years. The amount of wood waste produced in the process inspired Merryday to recycle the material into small functional objects such as lamps and jewelry. The work presented combines her interest in minimalist design and sustainability.

Mollie Rushing is a textile artist whose quilts use pattern and color to create the illusion of texture and space. A selection of her textiles will be included in the exhibit.

Over the past year, Kim Rushing has been testing his personal limits with a photographic tool that is accessible to almost everyone — a cell phone camera. While the cell phone camera has its limits, especially compared to the sophisticated equipment Rushing usually works with, he has been exploring its unique possibilities.

The exhibit will be viewable until Oct. 26. The gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information, contact the Department of Art at 662-846-4720. Join the department email list to receive regular updates on upcoming events, or follow the department on Facebook.

Dept. of Music to host traditional Korean musicians

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Left to right, Dr. Jiyoon Kim, Yoon Jeong Bae and Eunhye Jang

The Delta State Department of Music will host “In the Beauty of Gugak: Korean Traditional Music,” Sept. 26-28, featuring three performers of Korean traditional music, Dr. Jiyoon Kim, Yoon Jeong Bae and Eunhye Jang.

The program will include a workshop for Delta State woodwind students on Sept. 26, a lecture on Korean traditional music and instruments on Sept. 28, and evening recitals on Sep. 26 and Sept. 28 at 7:30 p.m. These lecture and recitals, all held at the Bologna Performing Arts Center Recital Hall, are free and open to the public.

“In the Beauty of Gugak” is sponsored by the Department of Music and the DSU Quality Enhancement Plan.

Dr. Jiyoon Kim is a Certified Apprentice of Korean National Intangible Cultural Heritage 46 Piri Jeongak & Daechwita, and the first Ph.D. in the field of Piri, a Korean traditional woodwind instrument. She distinguished herself as a performer by winning awards in various competitions such as the Dong-A Korean Traditional Music Concours and the Chun-Hyang Korean Traditional Music Contest. As an artist from Art & Culture Management CloudPoseidon, she has received both critical and public acclaim through solo performances such as “Cloud Way,” “Scent of gratitude,” “Wind blowing from the East,” and “Harmony.” She has also been invited to perform at concerts organized by the National Gugak Center in Seoul, Busan and Jeollanam-do. Since she won the Korean Association of Critics Special Award in 2015, she has internationally publicized Korean Traditional Music by performing in Yakutia White Night International Music Festival; TNB International Music Festival in Brno, Czech Republic; the Composers Festival of Krokow, Poland; and Dolby Concert in USA. She is CEO of Sound Research Association Sori Soop and Music Director of Hecabe SE Company. She has earned her bachelor’s, master’s,and docroral degrees at the Department of Music of Seoul National University. A former lecturer at Seoul National University and Ehwa Womans University, she currently teaches at Dankook University and Chugye University for the Arts in South Korea. She will present solo works for piri and collaborate with DSU music faculty members at the recital.

Yoonjeong Bae, who will present a Gayageum performance at the Tuesday recital, graduated from Korean Traditional Cultural High School in Busan. She is currently attending Busan National University. She has performed with the Youth Orchestra of the Busan National Gugak Center and has been selected as Young Artist by Art & Management CloudPoseidon to perform ‘Tradition n Trend.’

Also featured in the Tuesday recital, Eunhye Jang, has played Haegeum, a Korean traditional string instrument, since 2012 when she was 13 years old. She graduated from the National High School of Traditional Arts in Korea and currently attends the Korea National University of Arts (K’Arts). She participated in Korea-Germany Electromobility Forum (2015), and K’Arts’ ‘2017 Sound from Spring’ and ‘Soul.’ She has also been selected as Young Artist by Art & Management CloudPoseidon to perform ‘Tradition n Trend.’

For more information about the program, contact the Department of Music at 662-846-4615 or visit http://www.deltastate.edu/artsandsciences/music/events/ .