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.
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.
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.
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.
- 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)
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 www.bolognapac.com.