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TFA Graduate Fellows Program hosts Ballot & Brunch

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The Teach For America Graduate Fellows Program at Delta State University hosted “Ballot & Brunch” Nov. 11 at the Delta Meat Market in Cleveland.

Guests were invited to become active participants in re-imagining Mississippi with the TFA Graduate Fellows.

The program is a collaboration between Delta State and TFA. The fellowship’s role is to retain TFA alumni in Mississippi by offering the opportunity to continue their education in graduate school at DSU and to nurture their passion for enhancing the state.

The fellowship is a two-year program that currently has two cohorts for a total of 19 TFA alumni. Each fellow is pursuing their individualized social entrepreneurship project (SE) that addresses local issues.

“These folks are actively using their unique skills and passion, and applying it to the betterment of Mississippi through their social entrepreneurship projects,” said Harrison Wood, program coordinator for the fellowship.

Each fellow had the opportunity to invite individuals to the Ballot & Brunch who they consider to be mentors, collaborators or stakeholders in their SE project. TFA staff, DSU coordinators and potential future TFA fellows were also in attendance.

“It was a powerful event to experience,” Wood said. “Everyone in the space was invited because our fellowship believes that they are actively using their passions and work to better our wonderful Mississippi. In the room, we had people who were responsible for the creation of this opportunity. There were many folks representing TFA and DSU, and many were considered to be mentors and stakeholders to our TFA Fellows.”

The brunch was a brainstorming opportunity for attendees to propose ideas for advancing Mississippi followed by a pitch/networking competition among the fellows and their projects.

After brunch, each fellow presented a powerful one-minute pitch about their SE project. During the pitch, they addressed the Mississippi community that is being served, the need the project is meeting, and how they plan to execute their project. Participants then provided visuals of their projects set up in the space.

Once guests were able to network with the fellows, everyone had the opportunity to vote on the SE project they would support and like to see come to fruition.

The top-three presenters received a scholarship stipend to bring their projects to reality:

1st Place ($500)– Jeremiah Smith, Rosedale with Rosedale Freedom Project
2nd Place ($400) – Charlotte Arrowsmith, Greenwood with Open Minds
3rd Place ($300) – Lucas Rapisarda, Rosedale with Rosedale Freedom Project Outdoor Program

In addition to the Ballot & Brunch winners, the program able to award nine fellows with the Supply Stipend Award. The fellows were given the opportunity to apply for up to $3,000 of awards that will be dedicated to the advancement of their project.

“The TFA Graduate Fellows Program is thrilled to be able to support the TFA Fellows social entrepreneurship projects outside of providing university resources, formal mentorship, cohort collaboration, and community service opportunities,” said Wood. “Supporting them financially with the Supply Stipend Award is evidence that the fellowship actively supports the changemaking efforts they are working towards in a real tangible way.”

The project is funded through a grant from the Robert M. Hearin Foundation. The principal goal of the foundation is to contribute to the overall economic advancement of the state of Mississippi by making funds available to four-year colleges and universities and graduate professional schools located in the state.

For more information on the program, visit www.tfafellows.com.

Delta State honored as 2018 Military Friendly® School

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In advance of Veterans Day, Delta State University is honored to announce it has earned 2018 Military Friendly® School designation.

The Military Friendly rating program was started in 2003 as an advocacy vehicle to encourage civilian organizations to invest in programs to recruit, retain and advance veterans as employees, entrepreneurs and students.

The list of Military Friendly Schools and Military Friendly Schools ratings are assessed through the evaluation of both public data about the institutions and proprietary data gathered through the free Military Friendly Schools survey. The annual, data-driven survey assessment is offered at no cost to more than 8,800 institutions nationwide.

Dr. Charles McAdams, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Delta State, said the institution has always made the effort to assist active military members and veterans.

“There are specific standards Delta State must meet to maintain our designation as a Military Friendly School,” said McAdams. “Each year, we report on our activities and types of support for our veterans. We are very committed to supporting active military and veterans. Veterans made the effort and sacrifice to serve our country, and Delta State honors their service by supporting them in their efforts to obtain a degree.”

To verify as a Military Friendly school, the university must provide three of more of the following federal programs:

  • Yellow Ribbon GI Education Enhancement Program (provision of the Post-9/11 GI Bill)
  • Official commitment to the Eight Keys to Veterans’ Success
  • VA’s Principles of Excellence
  • Federal Financial Aid Shopping Sheet
  • Armed Forces Tuition Assistance (TA) Funding
  • DoD Voluntary Education Partnership Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Tuition Assistance
  • Veteran Success on Campus (VSOC) Program
  • Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges Network

“Delta State University is very proud of this designation, and we want veterans to know that they are welcome and supported here,” added McAdams.

Learn more about the rankings at http://militaryfriendly.com.

“B-The Underwater Bubble Show” to wow BPAC

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 Don’t miss “B-The Underwater Bubble Show” at the Bologna Performing Arts Center Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.

Following your dreams and allowing your inner child to take over for a while is the premise of “B-The Underwater Bubble Show,” performing at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on the campus of Delta State University Nov. 16 at 7 p.m.

Inspired by childhood classics like “Alice in Wonderland,” “The Little Mermaid,” and “Peter Pan,” “B-The Underwater Bubble Show” is a modern day fairy tale with one major twist.

“Each classic tale represents a journey of a kid who grows up and learns something,” said co-creator and director Enrico Pezzoli. “We wanted a story about an adult character who discovers that he can still go back and enjoy life. We don’t always need to grow up. Sometimes we need to step backwards for a bit and restart.”

The story follows Mr. B, a creature of modern habits who always feels pressured by a thousand things to do in a world that seems to be moving too fast. The office worker discovers a little aquarium that appears like magic inside his briefcase and gradually becomes enchanted by the wondrous underwater world of Bubblelandia.

“Mr. B represents each of us,” Pezzoli notes. “His transformation is a journey which each of us could take.”

Taking cues from Cirque du Soleil, the visually spectacular show incorporates the latest in stage technology. Lasers, low-ground smoke, and flying foam simulate waves and the underwater atmosphere. A juggler in a huge plastic ball is the performer that immediately attracts Mr. B and the audience into Bubbleandia’s wondrous world, while dancers and acrobats serve as small colorful fish chasing Mr. B and each other inside the aquarium. The biggest attraction of the show is the spectacular use of soap bubbles in multiple artistic ways.

“The biggest challenge was to make everyone understand that the show is for everyone. Many people relate it to kids, but everyone loves bubbles. After performing in so many countries around the world, we have seen adults enjoying the show as much as kids, sometimes with even bigger reactions,” said Pezzoli.

Tickets to see the “B- The Underwater Bubble Show” are $15-$20, and discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Tickets are on sale now at www.bolognapac.com or at the BPAC Ticket Office at 662-846-4626.

 

DSU Homecoming: A Statesman Stroll Down Memory Lane

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Delta State University is gearing up for its biggest Homecoming in years. Join the celebration of Statesmen pride with Homecoming festivities beginning Nov. 6 at 4 p.m. with Catfish on the Quad sponsored by the Student Government Association.

While the official kickoff for the Homecoming football game is Nov. 11 at 2 p.m., an amped up schedule of activities will lead up to the game. This year’s theme is “A Statesman Stroll Down Memory Lane.”

Dr. Vernell Bennett, vice president for Student Affairs, has spearheaded the event schedule.

“Student Affairs and the Homecoming Committee are really focused on engaging more students, alumni and community members in Homecoming this year,” said Bennett. “Some of our new initiatives include a Homecoming webpage with links to the various events, various college open houses, a bonfire/pep rally at Statesman Park, and the Statesman Stroll.”

The stroll, beginning at the Student Union on Nov. 11, features 12 campus locations that include the open houses and various historic venues. The back of each stroll card has facts about each stop, and each “stroller” is entered into a drawing to win a Visa gift card. This activity begins at 9 a.m. and runs until 11 a.m. For more information on the stroll, visit http://www.deltastate.edu/student-life/homecoming-statesman-stroll.

Registration for the parade is still available at http://www.deltastate.edu/student-life/homecoming-parade. This year’s parade will again feature approximately 10 bands from throughout the region, and campus, alumni and community participants. The parade’s theme is “Statesman Pride On Parade.”

View the full Homecoming schedule below:

For more information, visit the official 2017 Homecoming webpage at http://www.deltastate.edu/student-life/dsu-homecoming.

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DMI fundraiser features award-winning singer-songwriters

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Award-winning singer-songwriters Ashley Cleveland, Pam Tillis, Karen Staley and Tricia Walker will be joining forces in Cleveland for a unique evening of songs and stories to benefit the Delta Music Institute entertainment industry program at Delta State University.

The Original Women in the Round will be performing two shows “Bluebird Café style” on Nov. 28 at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. at the Delta Meat Market in downtown Cleveland.

This talented foursome was the first female “in the round” group at the Bluebird Café, one of the world’s preeminent listening rooms, located in Nashville, Tennessee. Their first show together was in 1988, and they have continued to perform together for selected dates over the years. This “in the round” performance will consist of the songwriters seated in the center of the room, taking turns playing their songs and accompanying each other instrumentally and with harmony vocals.

Ashley Cleveland is a three-time GRAMMY® and two-time Dove Award winner who has released eight critically acclaimed albums. “God Don’t Never Change” features songs rooted firmly in a host of traditions — black spirituals, folks songs, 18th century hymns, gospel blues, and jubilee. The disc was nominated for a 2010 GRAMMY® Award for Best Traditional Gospel Album. Cleveland resides in Nashville with her husband, Kenny Greenberg, and their three children, Rebecca, Henry and Lily.

As the child of Country Music Royalty, Pam Tillis was determined from a young age to find her own way in music as a singer and songwriter. Her album “Put Yourself In My Place” yielded two No. 1 and two Top 5 singles in its first year when the album was certified gold. Tillis followed with three platinum albums on Arista Records. Tillis achieved six No. 1 songs during this time, including “Shake the Sugar Tree,” “Mi Vida Loca,” “When You Walk In The Room,” “In Between Dances,” “Don’t Tell Me What To Do,” and “Maybe It Was Memphis.” Tillis is a two-time GRAMMY award winner, six-time GRAMMY nominee, and a three-time CMA award winner, including Female Vocalist Of The Year in 1994. She is also a proud member of The Grand Ole Opry.

Karen Staley was born in Weirton, West Virginia and was raised in nearby rural Hookstown, Pennsylvania in the Tri-State area of West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio. She is a 30-year veteran of the Nashville music industry and has been involved in every facet of the business, from songwriting and performing to touring, recording and producing. Staley’s songs have been nominated for GRAMMY, Dove and International Bluegrass Awards, and her song “Keeper Of The Stars” won the ACM Song of The Year award and was featured on CMT’s “100 Greatest Country Love Songs of All Time” TV special.

Tricia Walker is a singer and songwriter whose songs are steeped in the passion, pain and grace of the American South. Born and raised in Mississippi, Walker has become one of the clearest voices of her own time and place. Her music has been recorded by Faith Hill, Patty Loveless and Alison Krauss, whose performance of Tricia’s “Looking in the Eyes of Love” earned a GRAMMY award. A recording artist herself, Walker’s CD, “The Heart of Dixie,” thoughtfully captures the songwriter’s view of the South with well-placed lyrics and music reflecting her folk, R&B and storytelling influences.

Eighty-five tickets will be available for purchase for each of the two shows. Tickets are $100 (including DMM buffet-style dinner)  and may be purchased by calling the DMI office at 662-846-4579 between the hours of 8 a.m. to noon Monday-Thursday.

The DMI is an independent center of study under the College of Arts and Sciences at Delta State University, offering a bachelors 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, visit http://dmi.deltastate.edu.