Delta State to host Grant Training Center workshop, led by renowned grant expert

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Delta State University, through its Grants Office, will host a three-day, intensive grant training workshop conducted by the Grant Training Center (GTC) at the first of the new year.

Scheduled for Monday, Jan. 14, 2008 – Wednesday, Jan. 16 on the campus of Delta State, the three-day training will focus on identifying funding sources, developing proposals, communicating with program officers, writing winning proposals and submission practices.
Workshop participants will leave with a skill set that will enable them to be competitive grant writers. This is a key professional advancement opportunity. Each participant will have the opportunity to develop and fine tune a grant abstract, narrative and budget.
The workshop will be conducted by Dr. Matilda Harris, Director of the Grant Training Center located in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area. Harris holds a doctorate in Higher Education Administration from George Washington University (Washington, DC), a master’s in English Literature from the University of Portland (Oregon) and a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of California (Berkeley) and Portland State University.
During the past 17 years, she has assisted individuals and institutions nationally and internationally to successfully write and receive funding from federal, corporate and private foundations, as well as multi-lateral donors.
She has also conducted national workshops on grant writing, fund acquisition and implementation. Additionally, Harris has served as a reader and evaluator of grant competitions for the U.S. Department of Education, the Fund for the Improvement of Post-Secondary Education, the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
She has been a member of several national committees to review grant guidelines and propose changes to RFP’s for agencies such as the Organization of American States, the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Development. 
Workshop sessions will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will be held inside the Simmons Room of the Alumni-Foundation House on Delta State’s campus.  
Cost for the training is $595, which includes materials and breakfast daily.
To register, please visit and click on Delta State University in the right-hand column.
Or for more information, please contact Kay Stricklin, Delta State’s Director of Grants and Contract at (662) 846-4864 or email

REDEFINE Roundtable set for Tuesday, Nov. 27 at Delta State

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There is undeniable symbolism in the use of a roundtable and for the members of REDEFINE, that attached meaning was intentional and very purposeful.

“We immediately recognized the message we were sending in naming our dialogue series, ‘REDEFINE Roundtable.’ At a roundtable, there is no head position and all parts are equal, with an equal voice and position at the table,” Rori E. Herbison, Director of University Relations and REDEFINE member, explained. “It seemed to embody everything this group is working to be and hoping to be.”

A community group established through volunteerism, REDEFINE is dedicated to creating harmonized communities through embracing cooperative relationships, acknowledging similarities and differences, celebrating those similarities and differences, recognizing one’s gift(s), honoring self-expression and appreciating individualized perspectives.

The group firmly believes in the promotion of understanding and respect across diverse populations and champions for engagement and application. REDEFINE is currently working to provide dialogue, education, advocacy and awareness in safe, trusting environments.

The first of these scheduled dialogues will debut Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 3:30 p.m. in the east lobby of the H.L. Union on the Delta State campus. Entitled “REDEFINE Roundtable: Delta Communities and the Arts,” the panel will feature four leaders in the arts education field – Alphonso Sanders, Chair of Fine Arts and Director of the B.B. King Recording Studio at Mississippi Valley State University; Lenagene Waldrup, Delta Arts Alliance; Malcolm White, Executive Director of the Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC); and Diane Williams, Arts Industry Program Director/ADA Coordinator at MAC.

David Dallas, Executive Director of the Bologna Performing Arts Center and REDEFINE member, will serve as the moderator for the panel. The panelist will respond to several questions prepared by the REDEFINE committee, ranging from, “What strategies for programming do you believe might help arts education institutions and programming venues bring more diverse audiences together?” to “What are the benefits in having diverse audiences share in arts and culture programming together?”

Following the question and answer period, the floor will then be open to the audience. The program is not anticipated to go past an hour and a half.

The event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.

REDEFINE’s next panel discussion is planned for January. Topic possibilities include Health Care, Housing or Education.

For more information on REDEFINE or to become involved, please call the Office of University Relations at (662) 846-4675.


Delta State to host welcome reception for new Provost, Lotven

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Just two days removed from the announcement of her hiring, Dr. Ann Candler Lotven, Delta State University’s new Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, is wasting no time in returning to the Cleveland campus.

She and her husband, Dr. Brian Lotven, a consultant on education leadership, will return to the Delta next week to begin the initial stages of their January move. The Lotvens will be in Cleveland Tuesday, Nov. 27 – Thursday, Nov. 29.
On Wednesday, Nov. 28, Delta State will host a welcome reception for its newest hire and her family inside the Kent Wyatt Hall atrium from 3:30 p.m. – 5 p.m. The event is open to the public.
Delta State faculty, staff, students and the community are encouraged to come by and greet the Lotvens.
During their visit, the Lotvens will also take an extended tour of the community and campus, meet with faculty, staff and students; as well as attend the Bologna Performing Arts Center’s Tuesday evening performance, “A Viennese Christmas” at 7:30 p.m.
Lotven was announced as Delta State’s next Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs early Monday, following a four-month search that included over 30 candidates.
She comes to DSU from Texas A&M University – Texarkana, where she has served as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs since 2004. Previous positions include Dean of the College of Education at Oklahoma State University from 1995 to 2004,Associate Dean for Administration at Texas Tech University from 1990 to 1995 and Professor of Education at Texas Tech University from 1976 to 1995.
“We are fortunate to have Dr. Lotven as our new Provost,” Delta State President, Dr. John Hilpert said earlier in the week. “She brings breadth and depth of experience to the position. She has been outstanding wherever she has served, and we expect her to be a strong leader in our campus community."
Lotven is expected to take the position after the start of spring semester.
For more information on the welcome reception, please call the Office of University Relations at (662) 846-4675.

Lotven selected as new Provost, VP for Academic Affairs at Delta State

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Following four days of intensive on-campus visits last week, Delta State University President Dr. John M. Hilpert announced, this morning, the hiring of Dr. Ann Candler Lotven as the University’s next Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs this morning.

Lotven has served as the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Texas A&M University – Texarkana since 2004. Previous positions include Dean of the College of Education at Oklahoma State University from 1995 to 2004,Associate Dean for Administration at Texas Tech University from 1990 to 1995 and Professor of Education at Texas Tech University from 1976 to 1995.

“We are fortunate to have Dr. Lotven as our new Provost,” Hilpert said of Delta State’s hire. “She brings breadth and depth of experience to the position. She has been outstanding wherever she has served, and we expect her to be a strong leader in our campus community."
During her academic tenure, Lotven has also served as Executive Director of the South Plains Teacher Education Center, an organization that built university-school-community partnerships, as well as President of the Oklahoma Association of Colleges for Teacher Education from 1999 – 2000.
Her scholarly record lists over 50 publications and more than 70 conference presentations to her credit. Lotven received her doctoral and master’s degrees from the University of Houston and bachelor’s degree from Lamar University (Texas).
Lotven’s peers and other professional colleagues lauded her work and record, offering,” She is perhaps the most respected provost in the (Texas A&M) System.”
Another testament added, "People like and respect Dr. Lovten so much, they want to work with her.”
Other comments included, "She will be a first rate leader at whatever she does,” as well as "Dr. Lotven is dedicated and committed to higher education."
During the on-campus interview sessions last week the remaining four candidates had two open meetings with faculty, staff, students and community. Following those two sessions, evaluation forms were available to all. At week’s end, Lotven scored the highest overall average rating.
She and husband, Dr. Bryan Lotven, a consultant on education leadership, are expected to return to the Delta State campus prior to the Christmas holidays for a visit. She will then take office after the beginning of the second semester.
Hilpert added, “I can’t say enough good things about our search committee. They brought wonderful candidates to the campus. Any of the four finalists could have filled the position of provost with distinction."
The search, which first initiated in August, began with 35 applicants. From its initial 35, the committee reduced the list to 12, with 11 participating in off-campus interviews with the committee. The twelfth withdrew before the interviews.
After reference checks were made on seven of the remaining 11, four candidates – Lotven, Dr. Anthony Koyzis, Dean of the School of Education, Wayne State College, Wayne, Nebraska; Dr. Vagn Hansen, Dean, College of Arts & Sciences, University of North Alabama, Florence, Ala.; and Dr. Debbie Norris, Vice President for Planning & Assessment, Mississippi College, Clinton – were invited to participate in on-campus interviews.
Dr. Phyllis Bunn, President of the Faculty Senate for the 2007-08 academic term and long-time College of Business professor, chaired the Search Committee. She was joined in her work by:
  • Bill Hays – College of Arts & Sciences
  • Garry Jennings – College of Arts & Sciences
  • Tracy Mims – College of Arts & Sciences
  • Rie Somlai – College of Arts & Sciences
  • Darry Hardy – College of Business
  • Jenetta Waddell – College of Education
  • Scott Hutchens – College of Education
  • Vicki Bingham – School of Nursing
  • Jeff Slagell – President’s Cabinet/Academic Council
  • Dr. Tyrone Jackson – Academic Support Staff
  • Deborah Brick – Student Government Association
  • Rori Herbison – Administrative Staff Council
  • Dr. Jackie Thigpen – Community
  • Greg Redlin – Ex-Officio (Staffing to the Committee)

Celebrate the Holidays: BPAC to present A Viennese Christmas

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The New Sigmund Romberg Orchestra is set to provide a truly enchanting performance of “A Viennese Christmas,” Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 7:30 p.m. inside the Delta and Pine Land Theatre of the Bologna Performing Arts Center (BPAC) on the campus of Delta State University.

The New Sigmund Romberg Orchestra combines a full pops orchestra – complete with lush strings, brass, woodwinds and percussion – and four virtuoso vocal soloists to carry the audience through a charming winter wonderland. The event, sponsored in part by Coopwood Communications, is rich with good, traditional Christmas music, as well as songs from the brilliant era of Sigmund Romberg.

The orchestra’s namesake, Sigmund Romberg, was Hungary’s gift to melody-loving Americans. Befriended by the famous operetta composer Franz Lehar, Romberg decided to become a professional musician. With the advent of sound films, Romberg moved to Hollywood in 1929. More than a half dozen film adaptations of his operettas were released between 1929 and 1959, including the original “Viennese Nights.”

Throughout the ‘30s and ‘40s he hosted weekly radio programs that included his own songs and works by other popular composers. In early 1940, Romberg organized his first concert tour. The Sigmund Romberg Orchestra not only plays the music of Broadway, but also the “popular classics.” Today, the orchestra is conducted by Dr. Jason Altieri.

Altieri is an accomplished Conductor of Symphony, Opera and Pops programs. He currently holds the position of conductor of The New Sigmund Romberg Orchestra and Soloists and The Hollywood Concert Orchestra, as well as being the Associate Conductor of the Atlanta Pops Orchestra.  

He has recently been named Assistant Conductor of the Ohio Light Opera Company. This is Dr. Altieri’s fifth season conducting The New Sigmund Romberg Orchestra and Soloists in “A Viennese Christmas” in which he will conduct music ranging from Leroy Anderson’s medley “A Christmas Festival” to Victor Herbert’s march “Babes in Toyland.”

For ticket information, contact the box office at 662.846.4626 or visit online at