Grammy winner Linda Davis joins DMI Summer Camp faculty

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Grammy award winning artist Linda Davis will be joining the faculty of the upcoming Delta Music Institute (DMI) Summer Camp on the campus of Delta State University, Sunday, July 15 through Saturday, July 21.

A Grammy and CMA award winning vocalist for her hit duet with Reba McEntire, “Does He Love You?” Davis has seven studio CDs and 14 videos to her credit. In addition to maintaining a regular touring schedule, she has developed “Song/Performance 101,” offering performance coaching to aspiring young artists. She will be working with DMI summer campers to hone their stage skills.
DMI Summer Camp faculty will also include Vaughn Skow, who will be directing the audio engineering track of the camp. Skow has won Emmy awards for his work in audio for television for the “Live at the Bluebird Café” series on Turner Broadcasting. He owns and operates Sunset Trail Studios in Nashville, Tenn., and has worked with clients such as Tracy Lawrence, Marie Osmond and Tom T. Hall.
Also instructing within the audio track will be Dr. Mark Snyder. Snyder is a composer who has written over 100 musical pieces for various ensembles, film and multi-media projects, and has released his music on nine independent recordings.
Directing the camp’s instrumental performance band will be Mississippi native Vince Barranco. Barranco has been a professional studio drummer, musician, songwriter and singer for over 25 years, having spent career time in New York and Nashville. He recently served as Music Director for the Peavey Awards and the Southern Governor’s Conference.
DMI instructor Barry Bays will be working with camp band members offering instruction in bass and guitar as well as musicianship. Bays directs the DMI Ol’ Skool Revue ensemble which plays the hits from R&B, Soul, Funk and the Blues.
DMI Director Tricia Walker will be leading the singer/songwriter track of the DMI Summer Camp. Walker spent over 25 years in Nashville as a writer, performer, producer, and publisher before returning to Delta State last summer to head the DMI program.
The DMI Summer Camp will explore three exciting music career tracks to encourage talented young musicians to follow their passion. Workshops, lectures and hands-on instruction will help encourage musical creativity in a residential camp setting.
The week-long camp offers unique tracks specifically tailored for singer/songwriters, instrumentalists and audio engineers. Fifteen campers from across the state auditioned and were accepted into this year’s inaugural camp.
The camp will culminate with a free live performance on Saturday, July 21 at 7 p.min the Bologna Performing Arts Center on the campus. The public is invited to attend and show support for these young musicians. For more information, please contact the DMI office at (662) 846-5270.

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.