Marker honoring Capps unveiled on Delta State’s campus

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Retired State Representative Charlie Capps, Jr. (center) is congratulated by Delta State University President John M. Hilpert (at left) on the occasion of a granite marker being placed by the oak tree that was planted on the DSU Quadrangle in 2003. Hugh Long (right) represented the Mississippi Council of Veterans’ Organizations at the event.


A gray granite marker now adorns the Delta State University quadrangle in honor of long-time Mississippi legislator, Charlie Capps, Jr. The marker sits in front of an oak tree originally planted in July 2003 by the Mississippi Council of Veterans’ Organizations.

“Today concludes what we started in 2003,” Hugh Long, Chairman of the Mississippi Council of Veterans’ Organizations explained. “And, today offers us another opportunity to recognize and honor the many contributions of Mr. Charlie Capps. We hope that in 150, 200 years, students and passer-bys will see this marker and wonder who Charlie Capps was and what he did. Perhaps, they’ll go the library and look him up.
“What they’ll find is Mr. Capps served his country honorably, both in military service and public service. They’ll find he is a friend to this state, a true ‘Statesman’ personified and a fellow veteran. We are proud to recognize him today,” Long concluded.
In response Capps humbly offered, “I thank you for today. I am honored to see all of you here.
“I was a soldier and an officer in World War II, and I am proud of my service. I am proud to be a veteran. The Mississippi Council of Veterans’ Organizations is important to me. It has represented a big part of my life, and I am so thankful for this honor,” he continued.
“In closing, I just ask all of you to continue to support all of our veterans and to continue to support our troops out there battling now. They deserve our support,” Capps finished.
Capps served as a legislator from House District 28 for 33 years, after first being elected in 1971. A former sheriff, he served as chairman of the Constitution Committee, Chairman of the Appropriations Committee (1983-2003) and as a member of the Military Affairs committee among others. He retired from the Legislature in 2005.
Delta State President, Dr. John M. Hilpert, commented, “Dr. Capps as he is known to us after receiving an honorary degree – the first honorary degree ever bestowed by Delta State – has always been a friend to us. It is an honor for Delta State to have this tree dedicated to him on our campus.”
Also represented on the day included members of American Legion, National Guard and Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW).

Yoga, Ballroom Dancing to highlight Con-Ed offerings at Delta State

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Delta State University’s Graduate and Continuing Studies will offer a trio of new and exciting classes as part of its early fall line-up. A Hatha Yoga class, an instant piano class and a ballroom dancing class will offer participants a diverse selection in August – September.

Under the instruction of Conner Burnham, the Hatha Yoga class is scheduled to meet once a week (Tuesday evenings) for six weeks starting Aug. 7 – Sept. 11 from 6-7:15 p.m. in Room 302B of the H.L. Nowell Union on the campus.

Hatha Yoga provides the means for many people of any age not only to get and stay in shape but also to develop balance, coordination and a sense of centeredness. Unlike conventional forms of exercise, Hatha yoga stresses quality of movement over quantity. Yoga improves strength and flexibility in the mind as well as the body, and aids in relaxation.

Registration fee is $80 which includes all six sessions. Deadline to register is Friday, Aug. 3.

Participants must bring a yoga mat to class.

Also slated for August is an instant piano class under the instruction of David Haynes.

Participants will cover fundamentals so that they will be able to play virtually any pop tune with both hands. Participants will also take home a specially prepared CD and workbook to continue the learning process at their own pace.

This class will meet on Tuesday, Aug. 28 from 6-9 p.m. in the Henry J. Jacob Conference Center of James M. Ewing Hall on the Campus.

Registration fee is $45 and materials fee is $25. Deadline to register is Friday, Aug. 24.

The last offering in this series is a ballroom dancing class under the instruction of Leslie Shive.

Experiencing a tremendous rebirth and spike in popularity, this ballroom dancing class will allow participants to master the basic techniques of dance. This introductory class will include elements of dance, leading and following techniques, dance positions, dance etiquette and four dance patterns – the waltz, tango, cha-cha and fox trot. 

The class will meet Tuesday evenings for six weeks starting Sept. 18 – Oct. 23 from 6-7 p.m. in the State Room of the H.L. Nowell Union on the campus.

Registration fee is $60 per person or $110 per couple, which includes all six sessions.

Deadline to register is Wednesday, Sept. 5.

To register for one or more of these classes or for more information, please contact Graduate & Continuing Studies at (662) 846-4871 or email

Students Gear Up for College at Delta State

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DSU Professor of Art Pat Brown looks on as Fred Aldridge, John Frieson, and Robert Brenson, all of Drew, make mojos during a recent Gear Up camp held on the campus of Delta State University.

This summer students from all over Mississippi stayed on the campus of Delta State University during a weeklong residential camps entitled “The Mississippi Delta Arts & Heritage Summer Experience.” 

The students, all who will be entering their senior year of high school in August, focused on college preparatory workshops, art and a heritage issue relating to the Mississippi Delta.  The first camp studied on the geography of the Delta, the second camp learned about the Blues, and the last camp looked at the Civil Rights Movement through the lens of the Delta.  The camps, which are in their fourth year at Delta State, were made possible by a generous grant from Gear Up Mississippi.  They were run by Delta State University’s Delta Center for Culture and Learning.

The college preparatory exercises included essay writing workshops, an ACT prep workshop, meetings with financial aid officers and admissions officers, and a career assessment with the Director of Career Services.  The students also had the opportunity to stay on campus and interact with current college students, better preparing them for their own college careers.

The art component was led by Pat Brown, a Delta State art professor with more than 15 years of teaching experience.  Students had several hours each day of the camp to work on art projects.  Art projects included basket making, the creation of African dance costumes using different textiles and dyes, journals, handmade paper, diddley bows (a type of one-string guitar) and mojos. 

The Geography session focused on both the physical and human aspects of Delta geography.  The students learned about the Mississippi River, rode the Tunica Queen River Boat, saw where the levee broke in 1927 and learned about the consequences of the resulting flood.  The students also learned about the many immigrant groups which have peopled the Delta and contribute to its unique heritage.

The Blues session gave the students many opportunities to learn about the Blues in its birthplace, the Delta.  They heard a performance by Bluesman Terry “Big T” Williams.  A dinner and harmonica workshop was held at Dockery Farms, an important site in the development of the Blues and home to, among others, Charley Patton, the father of the Delta Blues.  They toured the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale and the Highway 61 Blues Museum in Leland.  Don Mitchell and Dr. Shelley Collins, both professors at Delta State, talked to the students about how the Blues developed and how it influenced and was influenced by other genres of music.  Tricia Walker, a veteran of the music industry who has returned to Delta State to head the Delta Music Institute, gave a song writing workshop.  The students then had the opportunity to record their songs.

 The Civil Rights session included trips to Ruleville to visit the Fannie Lou Hamer Memorial Gravesite, to Memphis, where the students toured the National Civil Rights Museum, and to Mound Bayou, where the students were given a tour and told the history of the town.  Charles McLaurin, a Civil Rights activist, spoke to the students about his memories and experiences with the Civil Rights Movement, in particular his work with Fannie Lou Hamer.

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Delta State to host marker unveiling in honor of Capps, public invited

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Charlie Capps, Jr. poses in front of tree dedicated in his honor in 2003. This Friday, members of the American Legion, National Guard and VFW will unveil a marker for that tree on the campus of Delta State University. The ceremony is open to the public and will begin at 10 a.m.

Delta State University will play host to a special ceremony Friday, July 27 at 10 a.m. on the quadrangle of the campus, as members of the National Guard, Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) and American Legion honor long-time Mississippi legislator, Charlie Capps, Jr.

The group will unveil a marker for the tree dedicated to Representative Capps in July 2003.
Capps, whose legislative career spanned four decades, retired from the Legislature in 2005. He was elected in 1971 and served as chair of the House Appropriations Committee for 16 years (1988-2003). A former sheriff, Capps also chaired the House Constitution Committee.
Delta State President, Dr. John M. Hilpert, commented at “Charlie Capps Day” in 2005, “Delta State has had no greater friend in the House of Representativethan Charlie Capps. A true ‘Statesman,’ Mr. Capps always had the best interest of this University and the Mississippi Delta in mind.”
The ceremony is free and open to public. For more information, please call University Relations at (662) 846-4675.

Delta State to host Express Registration

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Delta State will host an "Express Registration," Thursday, July 26 inside Kent Wyatt Hall. Check-in will begin at 8 a.m. with the day concluding at 4 p.m. Advisors will be on-site to aid students in course selection. For more information, please contact Admissions & Recruiting at 846-4020.