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Dr. Rolando Herts (left to right) with Susie Surkamer, executive director of South Arts, and Malcolm White, executive director of the Mississippi Arts Commission, at "The Future of Arts and Creativity" convening in Washington, D.C.

The Delta Center represents Delta State at National Endowment for the Arts convening

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Dr. Rolando Herts (left to right) with Susie Surkamer, executive director of South Arts, and Malcolm White, executive director of the Mississippi Arts Commission, at “The Future of Arts and Creativity” convening in Washington, D.C.

By special invitation, Dr. Rolando Herts, director of The Delta Center for Culture and Learning at Delta State, recently attended “In Pursuit of the Creative Life: The Future of Arts and Creativity in America.” The event was hosted by the National Endowment for the Arts and The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.

Over 200 artists, industry leaders, educators, scientists, and civic leaders from across the country attended the day-long convening at The Kennedy Center. Participants developed ideas and strategies to enhance America’s creative infrastructure for the future toward making the arts and creative opportunities more accessible to all Americans.

“This event provided opportunities for interdisciplinary idea exchanges in strategic issue areas like economics, technology, and cultivating creative talent,” said Herts. “Our discussions will enhance The Delta Center’s community-engaged programs like the International Delta Blues Project and the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area that connect arts, culture, the creative economy, and people in our region.”

The convening featured keynote speaker Questlove, GRAMMY Award-winning founding member of The Roots and musical director for “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” in a moderated discussion with National Public Radio media critic, Eric Deggans. Facilitated working group discussions were framed by expert panel sessions on how to help creative people and communities thrive now and in the future.

Support for the event was provided by the Ford Foundation, Heinz Endowments, The Henry Luce Foundation, McKnight Foundation, The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation, and Walton Family Foundation.

Travel supplements for invited entities like The Delta Center were provided by South Arts. South Arts is a nine-state regional arts organization based in Atlanta that provides grants, programs and services to artists and arts organizations in the southern United States.

The mission of The Delta Center is to promote greater understanding of Mississippi Delta culture and history and its significance to the world through education, partnerships and community engagement. The Delta Center serves as the management entity of the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area and is the home of the International Delta Blues Project and the National Endowment for the Humanities “Most Southern Place On Earth” workshops. For more information, visit http://deltacenterdsu.com/.

The Delta State Department of Music presents an evening of chamber music featuring the DSU Woodwind Quintet, DSU Flute Quartet and the DSU Saxophone Duo in the Bologna Performing Arts Center Recital Hall Nov. 16 at 7:30 
p.m.

Chamber ensembles concert coming to BPAC

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The Delta State Department of Music presents an evening of chamber music featuring the DSU Woodwind Quintet, DSU Flute Quartet and the DSU Saxophone Duo in the Bologna Performing Arts Center Recital Hall on Nov. 16 at 7:30 p.m.

The concert is free and open to the public.

The chamber ensembles have just returned from a tour of northern Mississippi, where they delighted high school audiences with their performances.

Delta State’s newly-formed Woodwind Quintet is comprised of leading members of the DSU Wind Ensemble, including flute player Amanda Lutz of Horn Lake, oboe player Mollie Searcy of Grenada, clarinet player Emily Hercules of Ripley, bassoon player Tristan Crockett of Grenada, and horn player Jacob Jackson of Southaven. The quintet is coached by Dr. Shelley Collins and Dr. Bret Pimentel. The quintet will play works by Haydn and Persichetti.

The DSU Saxophone Duo, under the direction of Pimentel, will perform works by W. F. Bach, Arthur Mayeur, and Paul Hindemith. Members of the ensemble ainclude Sara Crider of Purvis and Dakota Young of Grenada.

The DSU Flute Quartet, under the direction of Collins, will perform Cathleen McMichael’s “Legends from the Greenwood,” a showpiece inspired by the poetry of Longfellow, and “Concerto in A Minor,” by French Baroque composer Boismortier. Members of the quartet include Savannah Cavalier of Brookhaven, Barbara Doorenbos of Meridian, Amanda Lutz of Horn Lake, and Caitelan Shelton of Ripley.

For more information, contact the Department of Music at 662-846-4615.

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Delta State ranks in top 50 for MBA program

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TopManagementDegrees.com recently ranked Delta State University in its annual ranking of the top 50 most affordable MBA programs.

Delta State came in at No. 47 overall, and was the only school in Mississippi to receive recognition.

The ranking is designed to find the best and most affordable on-campus MBA degrees available nationwide. A list of over 1,000 MBA programs was obtained and then vetted based on accreditation and estimated tuition costs.

According to TMD, an MBA is one of the most sought after graduate business degrees in the world. It not only covers the most critical topics in business and management within its curriculum, but it can fast-track professionals into a management career.

To view the full rankings, visit http://www.topmanagementdegrees.com/rankings/most-affordable-mba-programs-2017/.

TopManagementDegrees.com education rankings are designed to help prospective students make a smart choice about where to invest their time and money. They are committed to connecting people to inspiring ideas and high quality educational opportunities.

Learn more about Delta State’s College of Business at http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-business.

The American Association of University Women recently held a self defense training on campus.

AAUW hosts self defense training

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The American Association of University Women recenlty sponsored a self defense training with the hope of giving college women access to additional safety tips while away from home.

Brandie Hudson of the Bolivar County Sheriff Department conducted the hands-on tactical training emphasizing the need for women to pay attention to their surroundings.

The class included proper usage of mace, tasers and other weapons. Students also received safety apps training from Antoinette Williams, a computer information systems graduate of Delta State. Williams provided instructions on downloading safety apps on personal cellphones, arming students with an additional sense of security during this holiday season.

The number of sexual assaults, dating violence, domestic violence and stalking cases on college campuses are required to be published as a part of the Campus SaVE Act, which addresses campus sexual assault policies within the Higher Education Act of 1965. The act also require schools to have prevention measures in place to include counseling, health services, school disciplinary proceedings and legal options.

“The AAUW sees this self defense training as a way of giving back to Delta State University for giving us an opportunity to promote our efforts of voting rights, domestic violence awareness, more women in STEM fields and pay equity,” said Dr. Glendscene Williams, president of the AAUW Cleveland branch.

Students are welcome to join AAUW for free. For more information, contact Williams at gwillims@deltastate.edu.

The Division of Teacher Education, Leadership and Research recently hosted hosted the first annual Educational Research Workshop.

Educational Research Workshop hosted

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The Division of Teacher Education, Leadership and Research within the College of Education and Human Sciences hosted the first annual Educational Research Workshop on Oct. 27.

The workshop provided a unique opportunity for graduate education students from online programs to meet with faculty members and to explore and collaborate in current graduate student research.

“The energy in the building was palpable,” said Dr. Tom Brady, chair of the division. “Interactions between our various students, community members and faculty created an atmosphere of learning that is so rewarding.”

Students from the doctoral, specialist’s and master’s programs in curriculum and instruction, educational leadership and higher education engaged in several events, including a doctoral orientation, a poster session, and a 3 Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition. The 3MT competition required doctoral students to present their research to a non-specialist audience in under three minutes.

Workshop attendees also had the opportunity to join in Dissertation Blind Reads, where each student met with a Delta State faculty member for a one-on-one conversation about his or her chosen research topic.

“Having a one-on-one conversation with a doctoral candidate early in the dissertation process is an easy but effective way to model the habits of a researcher,” said Dr. Vicki Hartley. “It is all about the research question — what do you want to know and what is the best way to find your answers?”

During the morning sessions, Delta State junior and senior K-12 teacher candidates were also invited to participate in round table discussions focused on classroom management, professionalism and data-driven instruction. Table leaders included current K-12 teachers, data coaches and administrators, as well as members of the current DSU Delta School Leadership Pipeline (DSLP) Educational Leadership Cohort.

Blaine Overby, a member of the DSLP cohort and a table leader, said of the morning sessions, “The round table discussion was extremely rich. It was great to talk with a range of educators, from education majors to doctoral students. As the facilitators, we just jumpstarted the conversations. The participants had a wealth of questions and knowledge that benefitted everyone at the table.”

Overby is from the Yazoo County School District and is currently interning at Germantown Middle School in Germantown, Mississippi.

Dr. Leslie Griffin, dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences, said of the workshop, “I commend Dr. Catherine Putnam for providing vision and organization in hosting this event. This focus on educational research speaks to the essence of educational leadership and practice in K-12 schools. Practical research results in informed answers related to issues in school improvement and best practices.”