Delta State University Choirs to hold holiday concert

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Delta State University Choirs will be performing its annual “Deck the Halls” concert Dec. 7. The event will be held at Covenant Presbyterian Church at 3 p.m.

For the third straight year, guest choirs have been invited to perform. This year, Delta State University Choirs will be hosting the Delta Youth Chorale, Lewisburg High School Capriccio and Bolton High School Concert Choirs.

All of the Delta State University Choirs and guest choirs will perform.

“This is a huge recruitment event for the Department of Music as around 80 high school students from Mississippi and Tennessee will perform,” said Dr. Nicholaus Cummins, director of Choral Activities. “Each year has been a huge success.”

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Cummins at 662-846-4115 or



“Sister Act” opens at the BPAC for one night only

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Direct from Broadway, the hilarious five-time Tony-nominated musical smash “Sister Act” is coming to Delta State. “Sister Act” opens at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on Nov. 11.

Produced by Whoopi Goldberg, TROIKA Entertainment and Sister Act On Tour, LLC, the show features an original score with music by multi-Academy, Grammy and Golden Globe Award-winning composer Alan Menken, lyrics by Tony and Academy Award-nominee Glenn Slater and a book by multi-Emmy Award winners Cheri and Bill Steinkellner. Additional book material by Tony and Olivier Award nominee Douglas Carter Beane is also featured.

Directed on Broadway by four-time Tony Award-winner Jerry Zaks, the production features choreography by Tony and Olivier Award-nominee Anthony Van Laast and is based on the Touchstone Pictures motion picture “Sister Act” written by Joseph Howard.

“To hear people laugh and cheer the way they do at “Sister Act” — a show people think they know but are pleasantly surprised to discover is not what they are expecting — is a magical experience for a producer,” said producer Whoopi Goldberg. “Happily, audiences across the country are able to get in on the fun as Deloris and her fabulous sisters spread the love nationwide.”

“Sister Act” tell the story of when disco diva Deloris Van Cartier witnesses a murder, and is then put into protective custody in the one place cops are sure she won’t be found — a convent. Disguised as a nun, she finds herself at odds with both the rigid lifestyle and an uptight Mother Superior. Using her fabulous “disco-ness” and killer voice to inspire the choir, Deloris breathes new life into the church, but in doing so blows her cover. Soon it’s “nun-on-the-run” time but she finds salvation in the heavenly power of her newly found sisterhood.

Based on the mega-hit film, “Sister Act” features an original Alan Menken/Glenn Slater score with a vast inspiration of musical styles from Motown, soul and funk, to great big disco anthems and Barry White inspired musical comedy.

For tickets, stop by or call the Bologna Center 662-846-4626, or go online to Tickets start at $35 and special rates are available for groups of 10 or more. For more information, visit

Delta Center to host workshops

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The Delta Center for Culture and Learning is conducting two week-long workshops celebrating the heritage of the Mississippi Delta, through its Landmarks in American History and Culture Program again this year.

The workshop is sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities and is titled “The Most Southern Place on Earth:  Music, History and Culture of the Mississippi Delta.” The workshops will explore the region’s impact on America’s music, food ways, civil rights, literary heritage, and political landscape.

Workshops will be offered to thirty-seven participants each between June 21-17 and July 12-18, 2015. They are open to K-12 teachers, including public, private, and home school, and librarians. Five graduate credit hours may be earned. This will be the sixth year of NEH support for this exciting workshop.

The directors of the workshop are Dr. Luther Brown and Lee Aylward and a special participant will be Dr. Rolando Herts, the new director of the Delta Center for Culture and Learning.

Stipends of $1,200 are available for participants.  To apply for the stipend and to learn more about the workshop go visit the the Delta Center for Culture and Learning webpage at

Delta State begins organ donor challenge

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The Delta State University Student Nurses Association is participating in the annual Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency’s Donor Challenge, a statewide outreach effort to increase awareness of the need for organ and tissue donations on college campuses. It also serves as an opportunity to secure donor designations.

This year, the campaign will expand to a record seven Mississippi campuses. Delta State’s participation in the challenge is scheduled for Oct. 13-Nov. 7 versus Mississippi College.

Students, fans, alumni, and faculty and staff of each university can register to be organ donors at any Donor Challenge registration event, or participants can sign up online at under the Donor Challenge banner.

Since the inaugural 2012 event, participation has continued to grow from only two rival universities in the first year. In 2014, Delta State, Alcorn State, Jackson State, University of Mississippi, Mississippi College, Mississippi State and the University of Southern Mississippi will all participate in the competition.

“Last year, when we expanded the Donor Challenge to four schools, we saw an incredible 300 percent increase in donor designations,” said Charlotte Mullinnix, director of MORA Outreach Services. “We are thrilled about the expansion of participating schools in the 2014 Donor Challenge and once again, we’re expecting another tremendous spike in people registering to be organ, eye and tissue donors.

“It’s an exciting way to increase awareness, designations and bring hope to those in need of lifesaving transplants. The Delta State University Student Nurses Association is very excited to be involved in this challenge.”

The 2014 Donor Challenge will be a three-tier competition, with rival schools going head-to-head. The schedule is as follows:

* Ole Miss, Mississippi State and Southern Miss — Sept. 15-Oct. 17
* Delta State, Mississippi College — Oct. 13Nov. 7
* Alcorn State, Jackson State — Oct. 20-Nov. 14

The schools’ overall totals this year will reflect students and fans already registered as organ and tissue donors, if they show donor designation on licenses or donor cards at any registration event. Existing donor registrations will account for 25 percent of the total.

Additionally, MORA will donate $500 to each school for distribution among the student organization hosting the Donor Challenge, as long as the school meets the set criteria — including a minimum of one volunteer training session, four registration events and a secured minimum of 150 new donor designations.

Currently, over 1,400 Mississippians and more than 123,000 Americans are in need of a lifesaving transplant. A new patient is added to the national transplant waiting list every 10 minutes, and an average of 18 people die each day waiting for a lifesaving transplant that never arrives.

To register as an organ and tissue donor, visit

Additional organ donation facts:
*One organ donor can save eight lives.
*One tissue donor can enhance the lives of more than 50 people.

For more information, contact Debra Allen, faculty advisor, at or 662-846-4261.


Delta State alumni to meet in Natchez

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The Delta State University Alumni Association has announced the Southwest MS Alumni Chapter event Sept.29 at Roux 61 Restaurant in Natchez.

The registration and social will begin at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and the program at 6:30 p.m.

This year’s event features Delta State alumnus Barry Lyons ‘84. Lyons was a NCAA All-American catcher for the Statesmen and went on to play for the New York Mets. Other speakers include President William N. LaForge, Delta State athletics staff, Alumni-Foundation staff and other guests from campus.

There is no cost for the meeting — attendees only need to pay for dinner. Dress is Delta casual. Attendees can register online at or contact the Alumni Association at 662-846-4660.

Join the Facebook event page at Statesmen Graduates: Southwest MS Area Alumni Chapter Meeting. To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), Tumblr (, LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1).