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The Department of Art presents Resa Blatman’s "Gaia Series" Nov. 3 from 5-7 p.m. in the Fielding Wright Art Center Gallery.

Art gallery presents Resa Blatman exhibition

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Delta State University’s Fielding Wright Art Center Gallery presents an exhibition of Resa Blatman’s “Gaia Series,” a multimedia installation that addresses the causes and effects of climate change.

An opening reception to launch the exhibit will take place Nov. 3 from 5-7 p.m.in the gallery. Blatman will discuss the exhibit before the reception at 4 p.m.

Blatman’s exuberant, multi-layered paintings have always been inspired by nature, but in recent years, her attention has turned to the alarming signs of climate change – global warming, shrinking arctic icecaps, rising water levels, extreme weather conditions, extinction of animal species, migration of species and the growing scarcity of natural resources.

The title of Blatman’s series derives from the Gaia hypothesis developed by James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis which provides a model for understanding the threats caused by environmental pollution, industrial exploitation of natural resources, and the growing world population. The theory sees our planet as a complex, synergistic, self-regulating system that helps to sustain conditions for life on Earth. 

Blatman recently completed a residency in the Arctic, where she could observe the effects of climate change firsthand. Many of the works in the exhibition were directly impacted by her experiences there. She does not claim to be a scientist but speaks from the perspective of a concerned citizen. She hopes her work inspires discussion and raises awareness of the issues while also providing her audience with an engaging visual experience.

Blatman is an independent artist from Somerville, Massachusetts. She earned a MFA from Boston University and a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has had one-person exhibitions at the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Macon, Georgia; Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts; Hartnett Gallery at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York; and other places. Additionally, she has been included in numerous group exhibitions, most recently at the Spartanburg Art Museum in Spartanburg, South Carolina . Her work is in public and private collections across the United States, Europe and South Africa.

The exhibition will run until Dec. 8.

Gallery hours are Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery is closed on weekends, holidays and during semester breaks.

For more information, visit the Department of Art’s website at http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-arts-and-sciences/art/, or contact 662-846-4720. For updates and announcements of upcoming events, follow Delta State Art Department on Facebook, or join the email list.

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Student to Statesman tour heading to Southaven

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The next stop on the Student to Statesman tour will be at the Bank Plus Training Center in Southaven on Nov. 2 from 4-6 p.m.

All North Mississippi and greater Memphis area students, parents, counselors, alumni and friends are invited to the college fair that will showcase academic departments and student services offices.

President William N. LaForge, campus representatives and current students will be on hand to talk one-on-one about the university’s undergraduate and graduate degree programs, financial aid, scholarships, campus life and more.

The goal behind the on-site college fair is convenience and accessibility for those interested in Delta State. Admissions recruiter Katie Shoemaker works with students in the area and is eager to introduce them to the Delta State family.

“I am excited that students will have the opportunity to meet President LaForge and our academic representatives,” she said. “It will leave a lasting impression on juniors and seniors looking for a college home.”

In addition to academic departments and admissions representatives, the Office of Financial Aid, Office of Student Life and the Student Success Center will be on site.

For more information, visit www.deltastate.edu/collegefair, call 662-846-4020, or email kshoemaker@deltastate.edu.

Winners of the third annual DSU B.E.E.P. Breast Cancer Awareness Golf Tournament were  Johnny (left) and James Glorioso.

B.E.E.P. golf tournament raises funds for mammograms

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The Breast Education and Early-detection Project (B.E.E.P.) at Delta State partnered with the DSU Golf Course to sponsor the third annual DSU B.E.E.P. Breast Cancer Awareness Golf Tournament on Oct. 22. The tournament, organized by David Williams and Cecil Barnett of the golf course, and Gail Bailey, B.E.E.P. project director, raised over $1,500 to support the B.E.E.P. program.

Eleven teams participated in the two-person 18-hole scramble tournament held on the Darrell Foreman Golf Course. A fish fry was held at the conclusion of the event.

The team of Johnny Glorioso and James Glorioso won the championship flight finishing ahead of second place winners Gary Cooper and Randy Medders, and third place winners, Parker Dilworth and Kirkham Povall.

Sponsors of the tournament included Backyard Burgers, Barnes & Noble (DSU Bookstore), Catfish Cabin, Cleveland State Bank, Delta Remodeling (Gary Cooper), Domino’s Pizza, Farm Bureau, Ferguson Grease (Buddy Ferguson), GRAMMY Museum Mississippi, Julian Hardy, Wylie Hilburn, Lampard’s Wholesale Meats, Nancy Chiz and Nehi Bottling Company.

David Williams and Gail Bailey.

David Williams and Gail Bailey.

“B.E.E.P. would like to thank David Williams, Cecil Barnett, John Waller, Richard Mun and Hunter Walls of the DSU Golf Course for their assistance in making this tournament such a fun experience for everyone while raising funds for such a worthy cause,” said Bailey. “I would like to thank Wylie Hilburn for providing the delicious fish fry. The tournament would also not have been possible without the assistance from the sponsors and the people participating in the tournament. DSU is very fortunate to have such a wonderful facility as the Darrell Foreman Golf Course to serve the college and the community.”

B.E.E.P. is funded through a grant from the Central Mississippi Steel Magnolias affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. B.E.E.P. participates in Breast Cancer Awareness events and provides breast health education throughout Bolivar, Sunflower, Washington and surrounding counties. The project also provides funding for clinical exams, mammograms and ultrasounds for women who have limited income, are uninsured or underinsured, and have limited access to preventative healthcare.

All proceeds from the tournament will go to support B.E.E.P. and will provide breast cancer screenings for project participants.

More pictures from the golf tournament can be found at http://www.deltastate.edu/academics/graduate-and-continuing-studies/center-for-community-economic-development/beep/

Allie Rose Parker, SGA president at Delta State, recently became the first student appointed to the board of directors for the Cleveland-Bolivar County  Chamber of Commerce.

Parker named to Chamber Board of Directors

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Allie Rose Parker, Student Government Association president at Delta State, recently became the first student member of the Board of Directors for the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce.

Parker was appointed to the position at the recommendation of Board President Heather Robinson ’01, ’03. She will begin her duties next month.

“This is a special opportunity for me because I have the chance to interact with some of the people who work so hard to make Cleveland the awesome city that it is,” said Parker. “As a student, I feel that I’ll be able to learn from these men and women and gain experiences and knowledge for the future.”

“Cleveland is a unique city because the residents here care so deeply about DSU,” she added. “With this position, I hope to involve the city even more with events happening on our campus. Community events are such a big thing in Cleveland, and with the city and Delta State working together, I think we will see some really great things accomplished.”

Chamber Executive Director Judson Thigpen ’78 said he’s thrilled to bring a student voice on board.

“We feel a strong bond with Delta State, especially with the faculty and staff, and we wanted to become more mindful of the things students would like to see,” said Thigpen ’78. “We really value Allie Rose’s input as she represents the student body, and we expect that each year the SGA president would serve this role for the Chamber.”

Dr. Vernell Bennett, Delta State’s vice president of Student Affairs, said this is the perfect opportunity for Parker to strengthen the university’s bond with the community.

“This is a great opportunity for Allie Rose and very insightful of the Chamber to include the student voice on its board,” said Bennett. “In doing so, I believe they’ll see a marked increase in DSU students being engaged in their programming and activities. I think it’s mutually beneficial because it allows both entities to capitalize off of the strengths of the other. DSU students will benefit from the Chamber’s programming, services, networking opportunities and possible merchant mentorships.”

Bennett noted that this has become a semester of firsts for Parker. She also became the first Delta State student to have voting privileges on the President’s Cabinet.

Delta State President William N. LaForge echoed Bennett’s praise for this opportunity.

“We’re very moved that the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber invited our SGA president to be on the board,” said LaForge. “Just as Allie Rose will serve on the President’s Cabinet, now the Chamber has the benefit of student input for the community. It’s a wonderful illustration of town-gown relations and the engagement of students who have very important perspectives. She will be a great member of their board.”

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

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Open auditions for musical “Rock of Ages”

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Open call auditions for Delta State’s February show, “Rock of Ages,” will take place in room 302A located in the Student Union on Nov. 2 from 7-10 p.m.

Director Charly Abraham aims to recreate a stark, Hollywood feel with a full band and a cast that can demonstrate what rock theater is all about.

Auditions will consist of performing one of the four songs listed below and a cold reading from the script. All parts require singing and stage movement. Headshots are requested but not required.

Tracks will be provided to the following audition songs (pick one):

  1. Don’t Stop Believin’ – Journey
  2. I Want to Know What Love Is – Foreigner
  3. Hit Me with Your Best Shot – Pat Benatar
  4. I Hate Myself for Loving You – Joan Jett & the Blackhearts

Roles are open to everyone between the ages 18-60. Callbacks, if necessary, will be announced on Nov. 4. Character descriptions can be found at http://www.samuelfrench.com/p/35180/rock-of-ages. Performances will run Feb. 20-22, 2017 in Jobe Hall Auditorium on Delta State’s campus.

For more information, contact Carrie Lynn Stanford at rockofagesdsu@gmail.com.