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Delta State National Alumni Association announces new app

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association recently announced its new free app, now available for download.

Find the app by searching Delta State Alumni in the iTunes App Store for Apple devices and Google Play for Android devices.IMG_0624 copy

The app will display event schedules and provide Statesmen graduates and friends with multiple ways to interact and communicate with Alumni staff.

The user-friendly app makes it easy to join the Alumni Association, call or email the Alumni staff, get directions to the office, or make a gift. Sharing memories, photos, and providing current information has never been easier – from the convenience of a mobile device.

“The new app is a great way to keep up with upcoming events on campus as well as chapter events planned throughout our alumni footprint,” said Sayward Fortner, National Alumni Association president. “We look forward to connecting with our alums and friends, and encourage everyone to enjoy its features — for example, submit photos showing their school spirit.”

Delta State University Alumni Association’s mission is to perpetuate the memories of university life; provide a medium through which interest in Delta State University may be promoted; assist in establishing alumni chapters; bind the alumni into a united fellowship working together for the advancement of the university; serve as a link between the university and its alumni; and to act as a service organization for former Delta State students.

Learn more at http://www.deltastate.edu/alumni-and-foundation.

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GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi presents Taylor Swift Experience

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The GRAMMY Museum®‘s most popular exhibit to date, The Taylor Swift Experience™ will open at GRAMMY Museum Mississippi in Cleveland on March 3, two days before the Mississippi museum celebrates its one-year anniversary.

AT&T is the official sponsor of The Taylor Swift Experience in Mississippi. Most recently, AT&T unveiled Taylor Swift NOW, a new video experience created exclusively by AT&T and Swift.

Curated by the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE, The Taylor Swift Experience gives visitors and fans an in-depth look at the 10-time GRAMMY-winning artist as a singer, songwriter, musician and producer through personal photographs and home videos, interactive experiences, handwritten lyrics of Taylor’s top-charting hits, and iconic performance outfits including her custom-made Atelier Versace romper worn earlier this month at the DIRECTV NOW Super Saturday Night concert in Houston, Texas.

“We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate our one-year anniversary than by hosting this incredible exhibit paying tribute to one of the most legendary artists of today,” said Emily Havens, executive director of GRAMMY Museum Mississippi. “After showings in Los Angeles and New York, we are thrilled to bring her story to Cleveland, Mississippi, only a few hours away from her hometown of Nashville, where Taylor began her recording career.”

On display through Aug. 13, 2017, the exhibit will feature:
·         clips from AT&T’s Taylor Swift NOW video channel, featuring unique and never-before-seen content and behind-the-scenes footage
·         custom-made Atelier Versace romper worn at DIRECTV NOW’s Super Saturday Night concert
·         personal family photos, early childhood reading books and clothing, including the sweater gown Taylor wore home from the hospital just days after her birth
·         tour costumes from Taylor’s “The RED Tour” and “The 1989 World Tour”
·         items from the GRAMMY-winning Album Of The Year “1989,” which include iconic outfits from the GRAMMY-winning Best Music Video “Bad Blood”
·         pre-Met Gala Louis Vuitton dress
·         handwritten lyrics for Taylor’s smash hits “Teardrops On My Guitar,” “White Horse,” “22” and “Welcome To New York”
·         Taylor’s 2009 GRAMMY Award for Best Female Country Vocal Performance for “White Horse”
·         the dress Taylor wore in her music video for “Mean,” as well as the banjo used during her performance at the 54th GRAMMY Awards in 2012
·         a one-of-a-kind custom-built piano used during “The 1989 World Tour”
·        and more, including additional interactive elements

Having originally debuted at the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles on Dec. 13, 2014, Swift’s 25th birthday, the exhibit was expected to close in May 2015, but due to overwhelming response, was extended through Oct. 4, 2015. The exhibit made its East Coast premiere on Nov. 18, 2016, in New York’s Seaport District, where it remained on display through Feb. 19, 2017.

The Taylor Swift Experience will be on display in GRAMMY Museum Mississippi’s Special Exhibits Gallery through Aug. 13, 2017. GRAMMY Museum Mississippi is located at 800 W. Sunflower Road, Cleveland, Mississippi 38732.

GRAMMY Museum Mississippi is the first GRAMMY Museum to be built outside of Los Angeles. Its grand opening was held on March 5, 2016.

About Taylor Swift
In the fall of 2014, when Taylor Swift released her critically acclaimed fifth album, “1989,” she astounded the world by selling almost 1.3 million albums in its debut week — a feat that had been called impossible. She is the only artist in history to have three albums selling over one million copies in their first week of release (2010’s “Speak Now,” 2012’s “RED” and 2014’s “1989”. Swift, a 10-time GRAMMY winner, is a singer, songwriter, musician and producer, and not only the youngest winner in history, she is the first female solo artist to win the music industry’s highest honor, the GRAMMY Award for Album of the Year twice. Swift has an album on Rolling Stone’s prestigious “The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time (by women)” list, she is Billboard’s youngest ever Woman of the Year, and the only artist to have been awarded this honor twice. Time magazine has named her one the of the 100 Most Influential People in the world, and one of only eight candidates for their most prestigious honor, 2014 Person of the Year. She is the inaugural recipient of AMA’s Dick Clark Award for Excellence. The number of awards she has won and the sales figures only tell part of Swift’s story. It’s the intangibles that elevate her into the stratosphere of our pop culture planet, allowing the 27-year-old singer-songwriter to orbit in a more rarified air. Her large-scale charitable contributions are one thing, but it’s in the small gestures – the notes of compassion she posts on the Instagram photos of lovelorn fans, the genuine hugs she distributes without discretion – where Swift proves time and time again that platinum-selling, record-setting success has not changed her inherent nature. She is awkwardly honest and powerfully empathetic; a brazen superfan, loyal friend, fierce protector of hearts; and one of the world’s greatest ambassadors for the power of just being yourself.

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Thacker Mountain Radio Show returning to DMI

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Thacker Mountain Radio Show returns to the Delta Music Institute at Delta State with special guests Susan Puckett and Buddy Greene.

The Delta Music Institute entertainment industry program at Delta State University will host the award-winning Thacker Mountain Radio Show on March 4 at 3 p.m. in DMI Studio A in the Whitfield Building on campus.

This marks the ninth year for the Thacker Mountain Delta Edition event, which celebrates DMI’s innovative program and serves as a fundraising event to support the Duff Dorrough Memorial Scholarship fund.

Susan Puckett, this year’s featured author, is a native of Jackson. She was the food editor for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution for nearly 19 years before leaving in 2008 to pursue independent projects. Her forte throughout her career has been finding and telling food stories with a sense of place. After leaving the paper, she traveled extensively through the Mississippi Delta to explore its unique foodways, and produced a travelogue with recipes called “Eat Drink Delta: A Hungry Traveler’s Journey Through the Soul of the South.” 

Puckett is currently working on a book with chef Eddie Hernandez of the Atlanta-based Taqueria del Sol restaurants (and winner of the 2013 Delta Hot Tamale Festival celebrity chef competition), to be published by Houghton-Mifflin in 2018. Her work has also appeared in Atlanta Magazine, The Local Palate, Better Homes and Gardens, Eating Well, National Geographic Traveler, and many other publications. Puckett lives in downtown Decatur, Georgia, with her journalist husband, Ralph Ellis, and their greyhound, Rita.

Award-winning singer-songwriter Buddy Greene will be this year’s featured musician for the Delta Edition show. A native of Macon, Georgia, Greene graduated to the national stage when he landed a gig playing guitar and harmonica for country entertainer Jerry Reed and serving as his opening act. After four years performing with Reed, Greene took up residence in Nashville, where he developed a reputation as an insightful songwriter, compelling vocalist and musician of considerable skill.

In addition to being in the creative trenches with some of the industry’s unsung heroes, Greene has also 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 Judd, 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 as part of a Billy Graham Crusade, and has been a part of praise gatherings for more than two decades, touring all over the world.

In addition to this year’s featured guests, DMI Director Tricia Walker will offer up a song and DMI’s Ol’ Skool Revue band will perform a few R&B, soul and blues hits. Thacker Mountain Radio is hosted by Jim Dees and features the show’s talented house band, The Yalobushwhackers.

Thacker in the Delta is open to the public at no charge, but donations to the DMI Duff Dorrough Memorial Scholarship fund are encouraged along with signing up for an annual membership with the Friends of DMI. For online giving, visit www.deltastategiving.org and search for Delta Music Institute.

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, contact 662- 846-4579 or visit http://dmi.deltastate.edu.

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STOMP to take BPAC stage Feb. 28

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STOMP, the international percussion sensation, makes its Mississippi Delta premiere at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m.

From its beginnings as a street performance in the United Kingdom, STOMP has grown into an international sensation over the past 20 years, having performed in more than 50 countries and in front of more than 24 million people.

A unique combination of percussion, movement and visual comedy, STOMP has created its own inimitable, contemporary form of rhythmic expression. Both household and industrial objects find new life as musical instruments in the hands of an idiosyncratic band of body percussionists. It is a journey through sound, a celebration of the everyday, and a comic interplay of characters wordlessly communicating through dance and drum.

Created by Luke Cresswell and Steve McNicholas, STOMP continues its phenomenal run with four global productions: the ongoing sell-out production at New York’s Orpheum Theatre, a permanent London company, and North American and European tours. Throughout its life, the show has continued to change by creating new material. This year, it will incorporate two new pieces.

An overwhelming success marked by rave reviews, the production has won numerous awards and sell-out engagements. It is the winner of an Olivier Award for Best Choreography (London’s Tony Award), a New York Obie Award, a Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatre Experience, and a Special Citation from Best Plays.

In addition to the stage shows, STOMP has been an overwhelming success marked by an Academy Award nomination, four Emmy nominations and one Emmy Award for their acclaimed HBO special “Stomp Out Loud,” noteworthy TV appearances including the London 2012 Olympic Games closing ceremony, The Academy Awards (produced by Quincy Jones), Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, and a series of award-winning international commercials.

“The performers make a rhythm out of anything we can get our hands on that makes a sound,” said Cresswell, co-founder and director.

Synchronized stiff-bristle brooms become a sweeping orchestra; eight Zippo lighters flip open and closed to create a fiery fugue; and wooden poles thump and clack in a rhythmic explosion. STOMP uses everything but conventional percussion instruments — dustbins, tea chests, radiator hoses, boots, hub caps — to fill the stage with a compelling and unique act that is often imitated but never duplicated.

Tickets are available at the Bologna Performing Arts Center Ticket Office, open Monday–Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by calling 662-846-4626, or going online to www.bolognapac.com.

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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.