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

Schultz receives Humanities Award

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Dr. Marilyn Schultz, assistant professor of Languages and Literature and coordinator of English education, will be awarded The Mississippi Humanities Council’s 2007 Teacher Award for Delta State University 7:00 p.m., Tues., Nov. 13 in the Lucy Howorth Seminar Room of the Capps Archives. 

Schultz will present a lecture entitled, “From Bare Feet to the Space Age: The Evolution of Literacy.” The lecture focuses on how at one time reading and writing proficiency were adequate for defining literacy competency. These reading and writing capabilities still form the bedrock for the emerging technological literacy expected in the 21st Century. In fact, many language theorists believe that reading and writing skills are essential to acquiring more than superficial knowledge. In addition, others believe that integrating these multimodal forms (music, videos, photos, and sound) into school and business communications acknowledges that language is only partial, so we need to become literate in framing and designing multiple arts into presentations.
For those who have been in education for decades, the new technology sometimes seems intimidating. Nevertheless, technology will not disguise lack of proficiency in reading and writing, so those skills remain essential to an educated person. Technology brings the arts and traditional communications skills closer together.
The presentation is made possible through a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to the Mississippi Humanities Council. The award, funded by the MHC every October to commemorate Arts and Humanities Month, is presented to one educator from each institution of higher learning in the state of Mississippi. Winners of the award receive $500 and will be recognized at the MHC’s annual awards dinner in February 2008.
Schultz, active in state and national associations dealing with English education, joined the Delta State University Languages and Literature faculty in 2003.
The lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, call University Relations at 846-4675.

Delta State art faculty to present show

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Pictured are: Delta State Art Department faculty (front row, from left) Mollie Rushing, Catherine Koehler, Ron Koehler, Robyn Moore, Bill Lester, Pat Brown, (standing, from left) Duncan Baird, Kim Rushing, Cetin Oguz, Ky Johnston, Joe Abide, and Collier Parker. Not pictured: Allison Melton.

The Delta State University art faculty will present work produced during the past year in the annual Faculty Art Exhibition to be held in the Wright Art Center Gallery on campus.Opening with a public reception Sunday, Nov. 4, from 4-6 p.m., the show will remain in the gallery through Friday, Dec. 7.
Duncan Baird’s sculptural work is derived from playing with simple forms in different materials from his interest in Native-American artifacts of the Mississippian Period. Also working in sculpture, Ron Koehler has produced a series of work in wood titled “Balanced Diet”, teetering trompe l’oeil sculptures dealing with surface texture and coloration of food.  

Collier Parker painted local landscapes focusing almost exclusively on capturing the elusive color of an ancient crepe myrtle tree in full bloom in morning and afternoon light.He also presents a full-figure portrait and a sketch from memory of the Tuscan countryside.

Pat Brown has experimented with singular and clusters of made, found and collected objects entitled “50 Somethings: Autobiography” which will be displayed next to tiny wetplate collodion photographs, a 19th century process, of those same objects.
Ky Johnston’s functional ceramic pieces are created with attention to form and surface alterations and this year, plans to include cyanotypes in his part of the exhibit.

Catherine Koehler’s mixed media pieces are based on the seven sacraments of Catholicism and incorporate her love of materials and collected objects which convey symbolism.

Painting faculty member Cetin Oguz’s works disclose biomorphic and figurative qualities within them and speak to cultural and religious discourse with history, beliefs and perceptions intertwined.

Robyn Moore will be exhibiting color pinhole photographs and photopolymer etchings—Moore’s work asks questions about consciousness, extinction, survival, the body, and memory.  

Joe Abide continues to explore small wood and acrylic pieces that pick away at the repetition, ritual, and habit that are woven into everyone’s lives; he comments that he is interested in the visual deconstruction of objects to reveal threads that run through all of our visual experiences in life.

Bill Lester has a body of oil paintings of Dockery and surrounds, bronze sculpture, hand-colored block prints and also his handmade turkey trumpets and duck calls.  

R. Kim Rushing combines new technology in conjunction with an antique printing process, enlarging negatives with a computer to make handcrafted platinum/palladium photographic prints.  

Allison Melton states that graphic design is rooted in the art of poster-making and in keeping with that tradition, will be showing a self-promotional series of posters that reference a vintage/art nouveau style.  

Mollie Rushing, in looking through her journals from several years back, found she had drawn many quilt block designs and so with her love of color, texture and order, creating quilts was the outcome of that self-reflection.

The public is cordially invited to the opening reception and to view the artists’ work throughout the exhibition period. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. – 8:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on Friday, closed on weekends and holidays.For more information, please call the art department at (662) 846-4720.