Delta States School of Nursing hosts camp

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Delta State University’s School of Nursing 2007 K-NEC Knowledge for Nursing Enrichment Camp. Participants included: (l. to r.) Front Row: Angelica Williams, Panther Burn; Kristina Robinson, Cleveland; Second Row: X’Zanthea Plunkett, Yazoo City; Joylyn Smith, Nesbit; Nakia Kimble, Coffeeville; and Angela Robinson; Mount Bayou.

Delta State University’s School of Nursing recently hosted its 2007 Knowledge for Nursing Enrichment (K-NEC) camp on the campus.

Participants were provided various methods and tips for success in their college experience with the ultimate goal of success in Nursing School. They participated in activities on time management, study skills, test taking tips, organization techniques and stress management.
They were also provided instruction in CPR, first aid and general nursing skills such as vital signs. Campers also took field trips to the Delta Blues Museum and Ground Zero in Clarksdale, North Sunflower Hospital in Ruleville and Bolivar Medical Center in Cleveland, during which time they shadowed a BMC nurse.
The camp participants also completed a service project in which they provided toys and activity items to the pediatric unit at Bolivar Medical Center. In addition, they researched, completed and presented a poster and presentation on an assigned disease. The project challenged the students to use the internet, e-mail, word processing, PowerPoint, save to a jump drive and burn to a CD – all valuable skills in their college preparedness.

Coach Boo Ferriss leads tour through baseball museum

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Coach Dave “Boo” Ferriss (center) gives detailed information about items on display in The Dave “Boo” Ferriss Museum to (from left) Weldon Aultman, president of Planters Bank of Indianola; Gene Van Cleve of Indianola’s Van Cleve Insurance Agency; Frank Crosthwait, attorney of Indianola (4th from left); and Mark Hargett, president of Planters Bank of Cleveland (at right). Also attending were Vernon Beard of Indianola and Bubba Ely of Shaw.

As part of the recent Cellular South Ferriss Trophy presentation held in Cleveland, Delta State sponsored a drawing for all those purchasing tickets to the event. Three winners were selected at random, with each winning a guided tour of the Dave “Boo” Ferriss Museum by the legendary coach, himself. Jimmy Clayton of Indianola was the announced winner of this tour, but flight delays prevented his attendance.
Winners were able to invite five other people to join them for the tour and lunch, which was also included. Other winners include Mark Hamlin of Jackson and Eddie Joe Alias of Yazoo City.
On the campus of Delta State,  “Inning by Inning: A Life in Baseball” chronicles Ferriss’ illustrious career from his early days at Shaw High School, to a young man at Mississippi State, to the height of his career with the Boston Red Sox, to his days at the helm of the Delta State baseball program.
The Dave “Boo” Ferriss Museum is housed in the Crawford Center located at the entrance of Ferriss Field, home of the Delta State baseball team.

Delta States Delta Music Institute Hosts Preview Party

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Viking Range Corporation’s founder Fred Carl (center) holds a vintage Peavey electric guitar with a Viking Range scene painted on the front. The instrument was hand painted with oils by Delta State University Dean of the College of Arts & Sciences Collier Parker (at left). Pictured are: (from left) Parker, Mrs. Mary Peavey, Fred Carl, Margaret Carl, and Hartley Peavey, founder and CEO of Peavey, one of the largest, most diversified, independently owned suppliers of musical instruments and professional sound equipment in the world.
The Carls and Peaveys were special guests at Delta State’s Delta Music Institute Preview Party and Luncheon. The preview party was held to show how the old Whitfield Gymnasium will look once transformed into two state-of-the-art recording studios. Construction is scheduled to begin in August 2007. The Delta Music Institute is a first step towards a broad program in media arts production. It was launched with a generous donation by Fred Carl in 2003.

The Delta Music Institute (DMI) is a center for recording arts and music industry studies at Delta State University, one of eight state-supported institutions of higher learning in Mississippi. The focus of the DMI is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, business, and creative areas of the music and recording industry.


Mississippi Janice Wyatt Summer Arts Institute performances scheduled

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Broadway Musical

Core Arts

June 29th and June 30th come support your community’s own local talent, as they present Once on this Island at the Bologna Performing Arts Center. The Broadway Musical is as a part of the Mississippi Janice Wyatt Summer Arts Institute.

Delta State University and Bologna Performing Arts Center team up each year to offer a variety of artistic activities for youth during the summer through the Mississippi Janice Wyatt Summer Arts Institute that was established in 1998. Summer Arts offers opportunity in dance, theatre, music-instrumental and vocal, visual, and literary arts and boasts a distinguished body of faculty with international recognition. MSAI serves participants 12-18 years of age who are interested in attending an arts-based summer camp. 
The Broadway Musical offers dedicated, talented young actors the opportunity to engage in professional, focused training for four intense weeks realizing their success in a first-class Broadway production. With a strong focus on teamwork, the program emphasizes personal growth through the acquisition of foundational skills in acting, scene study, voice, movement and musicality.
This year’s Broadway musical production, Once on this Island, is a musical based on the novel by Rosa Guy, My Love, My Love. This Caribbean-flavored multicultural fest for the heart, mind and soul tells the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a young man from a wealthy family. When Daniel is returned to his people; the gods who rule the island guide Ti Moune on a quest to test the strength of her love against the powerful forces of prejudice, hatred and death. 
The Broadway Director is Danielle Skraastad, an actor, director, teacher and playwright who received her MFA from the NYU Graduate Acting Program. Skraastad directed last year’s Shakespeare production and returns to direct for another term. Working with Skraastad as co-director is Michael Ewing, a professional actor based out of New York.   
The Broadway Musical will be presented Friday, June 29 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 30 at 2:00 p.m. Admission is FREE to the public, so come and enjoy a night of the arts! 

Core Arts participants receive wide-ranging and intensive instruction in a variety of art forms.  MSAI courses offer a tremendous opportunity for individual instruction, with a teacher-student ration of approximately 1:10.  Core Arts exist to promote the artistic and creative abilities of individuals.  Opportunities to take dance, vocal and instrumental music, visual and literary arts, and acting classes are offered in a six-period per day format.  Core Arts aims to create a space in which people can realize their dreams and unleash their imagination to discover and develop their talents. 

There will be a poetry reading/visual arts exhibit and reception Friday, June 22, at 6:00 p.m. in the BPAC Recital Hall and Tims Gallery.  The Core Arts Presentation will be Saturday, June 23, at 10:00 a.m. where students will showcase what they have learned during the camp.