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Delta Blaze Competition Cheer Program racks up wins

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The Delta Blaze Competition Cheer Program, sponsored by Delta State Continuing Education, began the 2016-17 season at the Critique Kickoff Competition in Jackson on Nov. 12. The 32 team members, coached by Cheryl Turner and assistants, competed against teams from across the southern states.

The Junior Level 1 and Junior Level 2 squads returned to Cleveland with first place team banners from their wining routines.

Under the individual routine category, Bella Morgan received 2nd place in Mini Level 1, Madison Jefcoat received 1st place in Senior Level 3, Lily Naron received 2nd place in Youth Level 3, Caitlyn Smith received 4th place in Youth Level 3, Carlie Rogers received 2nd place in Junior Level 2, Haley Bassie received 3rd 4th place in Junior Level 3, and Machia Franklin received 2nd place in Youth Level 2.

All Delta Blaze squads and individual routines earned bids for the Emerald Coast Nationals that will be held in Florida in April of 2017.

“This is a great start to the new season. Dedication and hard word do pay off, and this is only the beginning for these girls,” said Turner. “The judges expect teams to get better through the season. Now it’s time to practice even harder, make our stunts and tumbling harder, and work on technique in all elements of our routine.”

Delta Blaze members include: Junior Level 1 – Kamiyah Burchfield, Mia Delahoussaye, Sara Peyton Edwards, Virginia Harris, Sarah Hendon, Carter Kittle, Daylen Kittrell, Rivers Langston, Ryley Massey, Katelyn Massey, Ann Gerard Mohamed, Emma Oswalt. Junior Level 2 – Amber Kirsten Allen, Gracie Day Bishop, Mary Ella Chicorelli, Sara Peyton Edwards, Jordan Ferrell, Mary Michael Fioranelli, Ella Fioranelli, Machia Franlin, Virginia Harris, Sophie Hays, Sarah Hendon, Daylen Kittrell, Rivers Langston, Mary Cambre Lee, Kirstin Lucas, Carrie Maggio, Bylar Malloy, Ryley Massey, Katelyn Massey, Ann Gerard Mohamed, Peyton Murry, Emma Oswalt, Elizabeth James Sanders, Caitlyn Smith. Individual routine participants – Caitlyn Smith, Machia Franklin, Lily Naron, Madison Jefcoat, Bella Morgan, Carlie Rogers, Haley Bassie.

Delta Blaze, a competition program from Delta AllStars Cheer, is organized through Delta State Continuing Education. Multiple level cheer and tumbling technique classes are offered for ages four and up throughout the year. For those interested signing your child up for cheer and tumbling classes, contact Elizabeth Joel, coordinator, at 662-846-4700.

Svetlana Polyakova (center), an English professor at Perm State University in Russia, hosted Dr. Beverly Moon (l to r), Dr. Charles McAdams, Dr. Christy Riddle and Michelle Johansen, during Perm State's recent centennial celebrations.

Delta State celebrates Perm State centennial in Perm, Russia

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Earlier this month, a Delta State University delegation traveled to Perm State University in Perm, Russia to strengthen ongoing relations between the two institutions.

The Delta State group had the honor of visiting during Perm State’s historic centennial celebrations.

“I was privileged to represent Delta State University at the centennial celebrations of our partner school Perm State University,” said Dr. Charles McAdams, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Delta State. “They had several ceremonial activities and functions celebrating this significant event, and it was important for Delta State to show support for our partner.”

In addition to the celebrations, Perm State held two academic symposia. McAdams presented a session on academic leadership. Dr. Beverly Moon, dean of Graduate & Continuing Studies & Research at Delta State, Dr. Christy Riddle, executive director of International Student Services and the Student Success Center, and Michelle Johansen, coordinator of the Quality Enhancement Plan, presented on the topic of Delta State’s “Quality Enhancement Plan: Intercultural Competence.”

The group was hosted by Perm State professor Svetlana Polyakova, who also orchestrated Delta State’s student exchange at Perm State in 2015.

Delta State provided a customized glass award honoring Perm State on their centennial, and in exchange, Perm State gave Delta State a slice of a branch from a birch tree, encased in glass and wood. The tree was a young sapling when the school was founded in 1916.

Moon said the trip was the next step in developing future exchanges at both universities.

“Developing partnerships such as the one between Perm State and Delta State will greatly benefit our students and faculty,” said Moon. “We hope to work up some exchanges and research opportunities that improve our students’ global understanding and their intercultural competencies — and provide meaningful faculty development.”

The group was also fortunate to be part of a celebration during the centennial week attended by the U.S. Consul General from Yekaterinburg, Marcus Micheli. The consulate in Yekaterinburg has been providing consular services to U.S. and Russian citizens since 1994. Its activities include the issuance of U.S. passports, reports of birth of a U.S. citizen abroad, and adjudication of nonimmigrant visas.

“One of my big takeaways from the trip was the importance of putting aside media perceptions about international relations,” said Johansen. “Every interaction I had with people in Russia was positive and enlightening, even when discussing difficult topics like politics. I feel fortunate to have had this incredible experience and will use these connections to Perm State as part of QEP programming and the courses I teach.”

President LaForge (left) and Dr. McAdams with the centennial gift from Perm State University.

President LaForge (left) and Dr. McAdams with the centennial gift from Perm State University.

Johansen said after each presentation provided by the Delta State delegation, Perm State students and faculty wanted more information about studying at DSU, the Student Success Center’s programs, and cultural competency events.

“DSU students benefit from these international exchanges because they improve their intercultural communication skills and gain real world experience in navigating today’s globalized society,” added Johansen. “I kept thinking about how DSU and Perm State students have a lot in common as young people. I’m looking forward to more DSU students having amazing adventures through international travel.”

The two universities have already conducted numerous student and faculty exchanges in recent years.

Delta State President William N. LaForge first became affiliated with Perm State as a visiting professor in 2008. He returned to the university as a Fulbright Fellow in 2011 and in May of 2015. Additionally, he has continued to network with Perm colleagues since taking office at Delta State in 2013.

Thanks to a $100,000 grant from the U.S. Department of State, a group of Delta Music Institute students and faculty completed a two-week exchange at Perm State in May of 2015. Learn more about this trip at http://www.deltastate.edu/russia.

Polyakova and a number of Perm State students, faculty and staff have also made return trips to Delta State for exchanges.

To learn more about Quality Enhancement Plan at Delta State, visit http://www.deltastate.edu/academics/institutional-research-and-planning/sacs-2014-reaffirmation/quality-enhancement-plan-2014/.

Left photo - Level 3: (left to right) Ava Cosue, Macie Young, Sara Beth Mullins (back), Emma Grace Putnam, Sarah Grace Beck, Avery Carter Howarth, Maggie Marble-Barrett (back), and Merry Elizabeth Williamson.

Right photo - Xcel gold:  (l to r) Anna Graden Jones, Ladye Scurlark, Kailyn Byas, Taylor Hayes, Yazmin Jackson, Anna Scott Gant and Destiny White.

Fusion Gymnastics opens season with wins

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Fusion Gymnastics Competition Team, sponsored by Delta State Continuing Education, began the 2016-17 season at the Latin Fest Invitational in Flowood on Oct. 15. The 23 team members, coached by Amanda McCall and assistant Kylie Morton, competed against teams from Ocean Springs, Starkville, Greenwood, Brookhaven and Flowood.

The first-year Xcel Gold squad returned to Cleveland with a first place team finish. The Level 2 squad received second place, and the Level 3 squad received third place.

First place in events went to Addie Jane Reed (Level 2) in beam and floor; Libba Lott (Level 2) in vault with a score of 9.7; Sara Beth Mullins (Level 3) in vault with a score of 9.5, uneven bars and beam; Taylor Hayes (Xcel Gold) in uneven bars, beam and floor with a score of 9.6; Destiny White (Xcel Gold) in vault; and Anna Graden Jones (Xcel Gold) in vault and uneven bars with a score of 9.65.

Taking second, third and fourth place in the events were Emma Grace Mullins (Level 2) second in vault, third in uneven bars, beam and floor; Addie Jane Reed (Level 2) fourth in vault; Morgan Catt (Level 2) fourth in beam; Catherine Sanders (Level 2) second in floor and third in beam; Sarah Grace Beck (Level 3) second place in beam; Ava Cosue (Level 3) second place in uneven bars; Avery Carter Howarth (Level 3) fourth in uneven bars, beam and floor; Macie Young (Level 3) fourth in vault; Taylor Hayes (Xcel Gold) third in vault; Destiny White (Xcel Gold) third in floor and fourth in beam; Yazmin Jackson (Xcel Gold) third in floor; Anna Scott Gant (Xcel Gold) second in floor and fourth in uneven bars; Ladye Scurlark (Xcel Gold) third in uneven bars; Kailyn Byas (Xcel Gold) fourth in vault; Anna Graden Jones (Xcel Gold) fourth in floor.

In the All-Around Champion category, Taylor Hayes was awarded first place all-around in Xcel Gold. Destiny White, Anna Graden Jones and Emma Grace Mullins earned second place all-around in their levels. Yazmin Jackson and Sara Beth Mullins earned third place all-around in their levels. Addie Jane Reed and Catherine Sanders both earned fourth place all-around in their levels.

“We started the season strong and will continue to improve our weak areas,” said McCall. “Focus and hard work are the keys to a successful season. Winning is measured by personal effort and improvement, not by your position on the podium.”

Fusion Gymnastics team members invlude: Level 2 – Hailey Wilburn, Catherine Sanders, Emma Grace Mullins, Libba Lott, Jaide Lillian Brown, Ashlin Hill, Morgan Catt and Addie Jane Reed. Level 3 – Maggie Marble Barrett, Macie Young, Sara Beth Mullins, Ava Cosue, Avery Carter Howarth, Merry Elizabeth Williamson, Emma Grace Putnam and Sara Grace Beck. Excel Gold – Yazmin Jackson, Destiny White, Ladye Scurlark, Anna Scott Gant, Anna Graden Jones, Kailyn Byas and Taylor Hayes.

The competition team will head to Starkville this weekend, Oct. 21-23, for their second meet of the season.

Fusion Gymnastics is organized through Delta State Continuing Education. Multiple level classes are offered for ages three and up. If you are interested in your child taking gymnastics classes, contact coordinator Elizabeth Joel at 662-846-4700.