Category

International

Inaugural international festival Culture on the Quad set for April 24

By | Community, Faculty/Staff, International, Student Affairs, Students | No Comments

Delta State University’s Office of Student Affairs presents the first annual international festival “Culture on the Quad” on the university quadrangle April 24 starting at 12 p.m.

Students, faculty, staff and the community are welcome to congregate for an afternoon of food, fun, entertainment and enlightenment. This year’s theme is “The Global Statesmen.” The event is free and open to the public.

A panel discussion, dance lessons, a featured speaker and fashion show will also be highlighted at the festival.

Dr. Vernell Bennett, vice president for Student Affairs, said there is a lot of buzz around the event, which is scheduled to be an annual affair.

“We worked with an advisory panel of international students and the International Faculty Association to plan this occasion,” said Bennett. “Everything from the cuisine, to the entertainment, will spotlight the international culture that our students bring to the Delta. The large tent will house food and exhibits manned by international students and faculty, who will speak to their countries of origin.”

“The main stage will have programming from 12-5 p.m.,” added Bennett. “Our featured act will be the professional dance troupe Bollywood Touch at 4 p.m. The troupe will also give the audience a lesson at the conclusion of their main stage performance.”

Marwa Cherraf, an international student originally from Morocco, and a senior international business major, is a vice presidential intern for the Office of Student Affairs.

“This is the first university-wide event that highlights how global our campus actually is,” said Cherraf, also a member of the International Student Association. “We want to include the community, faculty and students in the celebration of multiculturalism at DSU. This is a great opportunity for American and international students to come together to have fun.”

More event details are available on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/374532989689520/?notif_t=plan_user_invited&notif_id=1523384589369394.

For more information, contact 662-846-4150.

Music students and faculty fundraising to support Korea exchange

By | Academics, College of Arts and Sciences, Faculty/Staff, International, Students | No Comments

This summer, a group of Delta State University music students and faculty will have the unique opportunity to complete an international exchange in Busan and Gyeongju, South Korea.

From May 28 to June 4, a group of 11 students and four faculty members of the DSU Department of Music will visit Korea to present recitals in collaboration with musicians of Korean traditional music, visit arts schools and cultural heritage sites, and experience traditional Korean music. The music exchange program will be hosted by CloudPoseidon, a performance group in Busan.

In support of the trip, the student participants will present a benefit concert at All Saints’ Episcopal Church in Grenada, Mississippi on April 22 at 3 p.m. The concert is open to the public and donations are accepted. All donations will support costs of the trip.

Those wishing to make contributions in support of the students are asked to mail donations to: DSU BOX 3256, Delta State University, Cleveland, MS 38733, indicating the donations are for “2018 Trip to Korea.”

For more information on making donations, contact the Department of Music at 662-846-4615.

Dr. Jung-Won Shin, associate professor of music at Delta State, is organizing the trip.

“Our students will benefit from the music and cultural exchange with CloudPoseidon musicians, the contemporary repertoire for Western and Korean traditional instruments, and the history and instruments of Korean traditional music, comparing them with the ones of Western music,” said Shin. “I believe that this musical and cultural exchange opportunity will enable our students to broaden their knowledge and perspective on diverse music, culture and people.”

Dr. Karen Fosheim, chair of the Department of Music, is thrilled to send the Delta State delegation to Korea.

“I am so proud to have this talented group of students and faculty representing Delta State and the Department of Music in South Korea,” said Fosheim. “The opportunity to interact and make music with colleagues from across the world is an experience that enriches the lives of all involved. I am grateful to Dr. Shin for the work she has done to organize the ongoing Korean partnerships and exchanges.”

Amanda Lutz, a flute player and music major from Horn Lake, Mississippi, is looking forward to the international exchange.

“I am thrilled with this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel and perform, and to experience a wonderful culture,” said Lutz. “We will have the privilege to collaborate with fantastic musicians from around the world.”

“I am expecting to learn a lot about the Korean people and their culture,” she added. “This will benefit us as teachers. The more insight we have on different cultures will help us as teachers in our future classrooms.”

In September 2017, the DSU Department of Music hosted an exchange program with three musicians of Art & Culture Agency CloudPoseidon and Sori Soop, a performance group in Korea, on Delta State’s campus.

The exchange program included a student joint recital in collaboration with Young Hye Min, who is a Delta State piano student, and a guest artist recital by Dr. Jiyoon Kim, a certified apprentice of Korean National Intangible Cultural Heritage 46 Piri Jeongak & Daechwita. This was in collaboration with Delta State music faculty members. Other activities included a workshop for the DSU Woodwind Ensemble, a lecture on Korean traditional music and instruments at music convocation, and a class taught by professor Michelle Johansen, Woman & Gender.

Delta State students, faculty and the local community were able to experience the unique sounds and structures of the Korean traditional instruments and music, and learn the history of Korean traditional music through the exchange program.

In return, the Delta State delegation traveling to Korea in May has been invited to perform and participate in the music exchange program hosted by CloudPoseidon in Busan. This Delta State group will present recitals in collaboration with musicians of Korean traditional instruments and participate in a Korean instrument workshop by Dr. Kim, and visit arts schools in Busan, Korea.

They will also experience Korean traditional arts and culture through concerts and tours during their visit, and will share this cultural learning experience with the Delta State faculty, students and community through presentations and further exchange activities with CloudPoseidon on Delta State’s campus.

The exchange program with musicians of CloudPoseidon and Sori Soop is sponsored by the Delta State Department of Music, College of Arts and Sciences, Quality Enhancement Plan, Graduate and Continuing Studies, and International Student Services at Delta State.

Delta State’s Department of Music has developed multiple relationships with Korean institutions in recent years. The department initiated a partnership with Sungkyul University (SKU) in Anyang, Korea, by co-organizing the Piano Exchange Program with the piano department of SKU, both on the Delta State campus in January 2017, and on the SKU campus in Korea in May 2017.

The department also initiated a partnership with Korea International Christian School (KICS) in Bucheon and Incheon, Korea, in the summer 2016. Currently, five students from KICS are enrolled in bachelor degree programs at Delta State. More students from KICS will join Delta State this fall.

For more information about the trip, contact 662-846-4615.

Aviation student spanning the globe

By | Academics, Aviation, College of Business and Aviation, International, Students | No Comments

One Delta State University aviation student is literally soaring to new heights this spring break.

Malik Sinegal, a junior commercial aviation major and Biloxi native, is currently flying around the world in an ambassador role for Republic Airline. And joining him for the trip — the mini Fighting Okra doll available at the university bookstore.

For 16 days of fun and adventure, Sinegal will be flying aboard Republic flights as an ambassador. Fulfilling a lifelong goal, he will completely span the globe, with stops in Egypt and its pyramids, the mammoth skyscrapers of Dubai, the iconic Sydney Opera House in Australia, the busy streets of Tokyo, and more.

Sinegal is dedicating the trip to his grandmother, who had always dreamed of traveling the world before passing away in 2017.

“I thought that it would put my heart finally at rest if I did this for her,” he said.

Headquartered in Indianapolis, Republic Airline employs 5,500 talented professionals to support its operations in partnership with American Airlines, Delta Air Lines and United Airlines. The company operates 950 daily departures to over 100 U.S. cities, Canada, Central America and the Caribbean.

Thanks to Sinegal’s private pilot certificate, instrument rating, RJet Cadet training, and education through Delta State’s Department of Commercial Aviation, he was a perfect fit for the ambassador position. Sinegal will serve in this capacity for about a year and a half, after which, he aims to stay with Republic as a first officer.

“My role as an ambassador is to recruit the best people for our award-winning environment — flight attendants, pilots and business majors,” said Sinegal. “At Republic, we want people who use our company’s motto to strive for excellence in their everyday lives.”

And Sinegal’s effort has already paid off for his fellow Delta State aviation peers. A couple of his classmates recently passed their cadet interviews with Republic.

“It’s always fun to come back to school and tell fellow students about the trips that I’ve been on,” Sinegal said. “Many students think that school will be for the rest of their lives, and they tend to get distracted and lazy. However, what they don’t realize is that their dream jobs are just around the corner.”

Sinegal added that he was prepared to work with Republic thanks to the quality instruction at Delta State.

“They have blessed me,” he said. “We have the best teachers and instructors. Dr. Speakes, Sam Washington, Chip Cooper, Rogel Campbell and Brett Oleis definitely need more credit for their hard work on campus.”

Dr. Julie Speakes, chair of the department, said Sinegal is a prime example of an aviation student making the most of his training.

“What an exciting opportunity Malik has to see the world and promote DSU Aviation,” said Speakes. “There are many unique prospects in the aviation sector, and our students are linked with some of the best opportunities at the university level.”

With his loyal mini Fighting Okra by his side, Sinegal continues to rack up miles in the sky, setting the foundation for a lengthy aviation career ahead of him.

“I have been blessed enough to see all of the amazing opportunities that this world is ready to offer us,” he said. “What you do today will set you in the right path for the rest of your life.”

Learn more about Delta State’s Department of Commercial Aviation at http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-business/commercial-aviation.

Reza selected for prestigious Australian fellowship

By | Academics, College of Arts and Sciences, Faculty/Staff, International | No Comments

Dr. AHM Ali Reza, associate professor of biology and environmental sciences, was recently selected for a highly competitive fellowship spearheaded by the government of Australia.

The program, Australia Awards–Endeavour Scholarships and Fellowships, is a merit-based fellowship providing opportunities for Australians to undertake study, research or professional development overseas, and for overseas citizens to do the same in Australia.

The fellow selection process of the Endeavor program is conducted through a global competition open to all nations.

“This is an absolute honor to be selected as a recipient of the Endeavour executive fellowship,” said Reza. “Selection of this program goes worldwide, and it’s extremely competitive and merit-based. Being selected for this program brings enormous credit to anyone, and I feel no exception. I feel like even though I am from a small regional school in the Mississippi Delta, we are strong enough to compete on a global stage.”

Through the program, he will be in Australia from mid-May to early August, and he’ll be utilizing the fellowship for both research and teaching.

Reza will be based at the Australian Museum in Sydney, the country’s oldest museum, which also holds international distinction in the fields of natural history and anthropology.

His host will be Dr. Jodi Rowley, a scientific officer at the museum who also holds a position at University of New South Wales. Working as a lab partner with Rowley, Reza’s time will be divided between the museum and UNSW conducting research on frogs and teaching classes on wildlife ecology.

“My goal is to learn the latest techniques used in conservation genetics,” added Reza. “The Australian Museum houses the Australian Centre for Wildlife Genomics, and I will be learning conservation genetics there under the supervision of Dr. Rowley.”

In addition, Reza said the experience would help him develop and revise his coursework at Delta State to the benefit of his students.

Reza has taken part in and organized a number of international educational experiences in the past few years. Most recently, he led a field course in December 2017 in his homeland of Bangladesh.

The two-week field experience provided hands-on practice in the ecology and conservation of unique wildlife species in two highly biodiverse ecosystems — Lawachara National Park, a tropical evergreen forest in northeastern Bangladesh, and the Sundarbans Reserved Forest, the world’s largest mangrove forest in southwestern Bangladesh.

The overall objective of the course was to introduce students to tropical wildlife and their habitats, taxonomy, natural history and biogeography, with an emphasis on the conservation challenges and prospects faced by animals within the region.

James Allen, a student at Delta State, had the privilege of attending this exclusive outdoor course.

“The course in Bangladesh was truly one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences,” said Allen. “I was able to visit ecologically unique places with a group of people who have a passion for ecology and conservation. Having Dr. Reza leading the course, joined with local naturalists and students, gave me a perspective that I wouldn’t have received visiting these places alone. It went far beyond anything one could get from a traditional classroom setting. I lived and worked with folks from Bangladesh, India, and the U.S., learned a great deal, and made great friendships.”

Learn more about opportunities within Delta State’s Department of Biological Sciences at http://www.deltastate.edu/artsandsciences/biological-sciences/programs/.