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Go Green Weekend returns

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Delta State University is gearing up for its fourth annual Go Green Weekend on campus April 7-9.

Each spring, students, faculty, staff, alumni and Delta State supporters gather for a full schedule of live entertainment, tailgating, a cooking competition, sporting events and a Spring Preview Day on April 8 from the Office of Admissions.

The family friendly affair is a way for the Delta State community to celebrate all things green and white.

View the full schedule at www.deltastate.edu/gogreenweekend.

Spring Preview Day continues to grow each Go Green Weekend, as potential students have the opportunity to hear from campus leaders, meet faculty and staff, interact with current students and student organizations, enjoy campus tours, and be a first-hand fan at Delta State athletic events.

“We are focusing on high school juniors and seniors, as well as transfer students,” said Caitlyn Thompson, director of recruiting. “This year, we want our visitors to get the full experience of being a Statesman student. The Office of Admissions will provide information and answer questions, but these incoming students will also be able to engage with the broader Delta State community.”

Those interested in registering for Spring Visit Day are encouraged to sign up at www.deltastate.edu/gogreenweekend.

Go Green Weekend activities are open to the public, but tickets are required for entry into the baseball and softball games.

The schedule of events is coordinated by Delta State’s Office of Admissions, National Alumni Association, Department of Athletics and Office of Student Life.

 

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42nd Street performance set for March 20

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The quintessential backstage musical comedy classic 42nd STREET will celebrate a one-night engagement at the Bologna Performing Arts Center with a sparkling new production on Monday, March 20, at 7:30 p.m.

42nd STREET will be directed by co-author Mark Bramble and choreographed by Randy Skinner, the team who staged the 2001 Tony Award® winning Best Revival.

Tickets to 42nd STREET are available at the Bologna Performing Arts Center Ticket Office, open Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by calling 662-846-4626 or going online to www.bolognapac.com.

42nd STREET is the song and dance fable of Broadway, with an American Dream story and some of the greatest songs ever written, including “We’re In The Money,” “Lullaby of Broadway,” “Shuffle Off To Buffalo,” “Dames,” “I Only Have Eyes For You” and of course “42nd Street.”

With book by Michael Stewart and Mark Bramble, music by Harry Warren and lyrics by Al Dubin, 42nd STREET is based on a novel by Bradford Ropes and Busby Berkeley’s 1933 movie and tells the story of a starry-eyed young dancer named Peggy Sawyer who leaves her Allentown home and comes to New York to audition for the new Broadway musical Pretty Lady. When the leading lady breaks her ankle, Peggy takes over and becomes a star.

The original production of 42nd STREET was produced in 1980 on Broadway by David Merrick and featured direction and dances by Gower Champion. It played on Broadway for 3,486 performances, winning 1981 Tony Awards® for Best Musical and Best Choreography. The Broadway revival, which opened in 2001, played for 1,524 performances and earned two Tony Awards® including Best Revival of a Musical.

Mark Bramble (director/co-author) began his theatrical career working for legendary producer David Merrick on many Broadway productions. He directed the 2001 Tony Award® winning Best Revival of 42nd STREET on Broadway for which he received a Tony Award® nomination and has staged productions of the show in London, Sydney, Tokyo, Berlin, Amsterdam, Shanghai, and Vienna. Randy Skinner (choreographer) choreographed the 2001 Tony Award® winning Best Revival of 42nd STREET on Broadway for which he received a Tony Award® nomination. He also received Tony Award® nominations for his choreography of Irving Berlin’s White Christmas and Ain’t Broadway Grand.

The design team includes scenic design by Tony Award® winner Beowulf Boritt (Act One, The Scottsboro Boys, Annie), costume design by Tony Award® winner Roger Kirk (The King and I, 42nd Street, Jesus Christ Superstar), lighting design by Tony Award® winner Ken Billington (Chicago, Annie, White Christmas) and sound design by Peter Fitzgerald (Movin’ Out, Will Rogers Follies, 42nd Street). Musical supervision is by Todd Ellison (American in Paris, La Cage Aux Folles, 42nd Street). Casting is by Joy Dewing CSA, Joy Dewing Casting (Annie, Wonderland, 42nd Street). The tour is produced by TROIKA Entertainment, LLC.

For more information, visit www.42ndstmusical.com or www.bolognapac.com.

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Winning the Race returns March 27-28

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2017 Winning The Race Committee member include: (front, left to right) Dr. Rolando Herts, Dr. Billy Moore, Dr. Lekeitha Morris, Tricia Walker, Georgene Clarke, Jeanna Wilkes and Dr. Temika Simmons. Back (l to r): Dr. Charles Westmoreland, Dr. David Breaux, Sam Washington, Michelle Johansen and Davlon Miller. Members not pictured: Bryce Anderson, Dr. David Baylis, Dr. George Beals, Travis Calvin, Jondelyn Catlette, Dr. Edwin Craft, Dr. Ellen Green, Dr. Leslie Griffin, Matthew Harris, Dr. Garry Jennings, Elizabeth Joel, Paula Lindsey, Michael Lipford, Don Allan Mitchell, Cleveland Phinisee, Arlene Sanders, Jeremiah Smith, Dr. Myrtis Tabb (ex-officio), Jenn Keathley and Chante Willis.

Delta State University’s award-winning conference Winning the Race returns to campus for the fourth year on March 27-28.

Conference updates, registration and additional information are available at http://www.deltastate.edu/winning-the-race/.

This year’s conference, “Winning the Race: Advancing Education in the Mississippi Delta,” is presented in partnership with the Casey Family Programs and the Mississippi Humanities Council and will focus on identifying educational inequities and strengthening educational opportunities in the Mississippi Delta.

The inaugural program, spearheaded by Delta State President William N. LaForge in 2014, was designed as an innovative academic conference with a focus on engaging, promoting and rekindling conversations in hopes that Delta-area communities can move toward greater equity, forward thinking and reduced racial tensions.

“I am very much looking forward to another outstanding race relations conference, with a program I’m advised will be top flight,” said LaForge. “From the special speakers, breakout sessions and general discussion topics, this conference promises to be another great success.”

“While our conference is not conducted in reaction to anything in the current political climate, it certainly comes at an appropriate time to contribute to the national, regional and local dialogue on how we get along in society,” added LaForge.

In recognition of this work, the university received the 2014 Civil Rights and Social Justice Award accepted by LaForge at the fourth National Civil Rights Conference in Philadelphia, Mississippi.

The 2017 schedule will continue the critical dialogue about current issues related to education, social justice and community healing, while highlighting opportunities for sustained community action, awareness and mobility.

“This year’s conference will provide attendees with the tools to engage in not only the dialogue, but the work of strengthening the educational community and infrastructure in and around the Mississippi Delta,” said Dr. Temika M. Simmons, assistant professor of psychology and conference chair. “Unique to the 2017 platform are opportunities for professional development credits for teachers and counselors, in addition to a special workshop track for high school students — further evidence of the university’s commitment to moving the conference initiative beyond the current dialogue to tangible action and outcomes.”

Highlight speakers for the 2017 conference include Dr. Ivory Toldson, president and CEO of the Quality Education for Minorities Network, and Dr. William C. Bell, a Delta State graduate and president and CEO of Casey Family Programs.

Toldson is a professor of counseling psychology at Howard University and editor-in-chief of The Journal of Negro Education. Toldson’s previous appointments include executive director of the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities, senior research analyst for the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation, and contributing education editor for The Root.

With more than 60 publications, four books, and over 150 research presentations in 36 states and numerous countries, Toldson’s work and research have focused on dismantling some of the most pervasive myths about African Americans. Instead, he highlights the talent and potential of students of color. Toldson has been featured on MSNBC, The New York Times, various radio stations, and has been dubbed one of “30 leaders in the fight for Black men,” by Newsweek Magazine. Former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said he is “a prolific young scholar and myth buster.”

William C. Bell, president and CEO of Casey Family Programs, is returning for another highly anticipated speech. With more than 35 years of experience in the field of human services, Bell chairs the executive team for CFP and is responsible for the vision, mission, strategies and objectives of the foundation.

Bell’s awards include Special Contribution to the Judiciary Award from the King County Washington Women Lawyers (2016), the Orgullo de la Comunidad (Pride of our Community) Award from the Coalition for Hispanic Family Services (2015), and the 2014 James A. Joseph Lecturer for The Association of Black Foundation Executives.

Additionally, he was named Delta State’s 2012 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year and was inducted into the university’s Alumni Hall of Fame and the Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership honor society.

Bell is nationally renowned for his contributions and lifelong commitment to improving the lives of children and families, his tireless work to prevent child abuse and neglect, his fight to make the judicial system more accessible to all, and his battle to improve the lives of children in foster care.

In addition to stellar speakers, conference breakout sessions will feature topics covering social justice, civil rights and law, economic opportunities, education and community, and culture and community. These sessions will be guided by leaders from around the state and nation.

Other featured activities include poster competitions for high school and college students, and performances by the ROOTS of Sunflower County and the Delta Blues Museum Band.

The university will kick off this year’s conference with an open house on March 26 from 2-6 p.m. at the Amzie Moore House Museum and Interpretive Center located at 614 South Chrisman Avenue in Cleveland. A press conference honoring the work of Mississippi civil rights veterans will take place at the house at 3 p.m.

Conference activities will begin on campus at 8 a.m. on March 27 in the Bologna Performing Arts Center at Delta State.

For more information, contact Simmons at tsimmons@deltastate.edu.

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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.