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River Kings 2 Tour coming to campus

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The Office of Student Life, Quality Enhancement Plan, the International Delta Blues Project, the Delta Center for Culture and Learning, and the Delta Music Institute are partnering to host Southern hip-hop artists and social activists Marco Pavé and Alfred Banks on April 11 for two events open to the Delta State community and public.

These events are part of the sustainability mission of Delta State’s annual Winning the Race Conference.

Event #1 – 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. in Baioni Conference Center:
Scott Barretta from the International Delta Blues Project will moderate a lunch panel featuring Pavé and Alfred Banks. The discussion will center on the intersections of music, social justice and activism, as well as discussing music entrepreneurship, the creative economy and regional musical influences. Lunch will be provided for attendees. The event will be in the Baioni Conference Center in Broom Hall from 12:15-1:30 pm.

Event #2 – Union First Floor Lounge from 4-6 p.m.:
Pavé and Banks will perform a casual, lounge-style concert in the Union. Refreshments will be available. This interactive event is an opportunity to hear the duo perform, as well aa ask questions about their music, influences and activism.

Pavé, a Memphis native, and Banks, from New Orleans, have built solid followings in and around their respective cities and beyond. Pavé has been featured on Apple music, MTV, The Root and has delivered a Ted Talk on arts entrepreneurship. Banks has been featured on RevoltTv, BBC Russia, on several national tours, and has a song featured in a Volkswagen commercial. On their own, they both have viable careers, but in the summer of 2016 they decided to join forces and tour together through the River Kings Tour. Their 2016 efforts were so successful that round two will be an 18-city tour.

Delta Players present “Speech & Debate”

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The Delta Players will present “Speech & Debate,” March 22-25 at 7 p.m. in Jobe Hall Auditorium on the Delta State University campus.

The play was written by Stephen Karam, who recently won a Tony Award for his play “The Humans.”

Co-sponsors for the play include the Delta Music Institute and DSU’s Quality Enhancement Plan. Voluntary monetary donations for Delta State University’s Gay-Straight Alliance will be collected after the show.

“Dr. Kilby Allen, the director, has done a terrific job of balancing the play’s humor with the core drama of three socially awkward teenagers struggling with their emerging sexual identities in modern America,” said Don Allan Mitchell of the Division of Languages & Literature, which is producing the play.

“The darkly-comic play is definitely not a play for younger audiences. The film based on the play is rated PG-13,” added Mitchell. “There are interweaving sex scandals, dancing actors in flesh-colored body stockings and purple underwear, and a Broadway musical presentation of alternative facts concerning Abraham Lincoln’s sexual orientation. In short, it is precisely the type of challenging material that college drama groups should be presenting to audiences.”

Cast members include Delta State students Layla Young as Diwata, Logan Swain as Howie, Jess Bennett as Solomon, and future Cleveland Central High School student Ginny Smith playing the double role of the teacher/reporter. The stage manager is Delta State staff member Mallory Shemwell. The technical director is Amber Wolfe, who earned two degrees at Delta State and is the drama sponsor at Cleveland High School.

“Over the last few semesters, Ms. Wolfe has been very supportive of the Delta Players, and the Division of Languages & Literature will continue to collaborate with her and her student productions in the very near feature,” staid Mitchell.

The play is free and open to the public, with the condition that audience members acknowledge the play’s challenging content at the sign-in and information table in the lobby.

For more information, contact the Division of Languages & Literature at 662-846-4060 or Mitchell at amitchell@deltastate.edu.

Students tour Cochran Aquaculture facility

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Students from Delta State University recently toured the Thad Cochran National Warm Water Aquaculture Research Unit in Stoneville.

The tour has become an annual event for students in Dr. Nina Baghai-Riding’s Biology 123 (Foundation in Environmental Science) class.

This year’s tour was led by Daniel Oberle, a fisheries biologist, associated with the USDA-ARS. He showed the students the 300-acre facility and explained how catfish are grown, monitored and processed for distribution.

Thousands of catfish are raised at this environmental site. It takes three to five years for channel catfish to reach maturity, and some of the large catfish at the site were more than 10 years old.

Throughout the tour, Oberle mentioned bacteria and virus infections (including herpesvirus disease) that are common to channel catfish and disease preventative measures. Students also learned about other environmental parameters that the facility uses to raise catfish: water temperature, quality and quantity of food, and breeding success strategies. They also were exposed to agricultural biotechnology and food costs that are required for this industry.

Students were able to see channel catfish, big blue catfish, and hybrid catfish and toured all of the outdoor ponds, handled catfish, and saw them being fed. In addition, students also met some former Delta State University biology and environmental science students who currently work at the facility.

Lahenric Phillips, one of Dr. Baghai-Riding’s students, said what he found most interesting was seeing the process as well as how many catfish occur in one small pond.

Overall, this tour tied well into the topic of agricultural food production that Baghai-Riding’s class had been exploring this semester. Commercial catfish production is a major aquaculture industry in the Mississippi Delta and in recent years there has been a lot of discussion to about the importance of eating locally-grown food.

To learn more about the Environmental Science program at Delta State University, contact Dr. Nina Baghai-Riding (nbaghai@deltastate.edu) or call the Department of Biological Sciences @ 662-846-4240.

Delta State named to 2017 Transfer Honor Roll

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Delta State University recently received the prestigious designation of being named to the Phi Theta Kappa 2017 Transfer Honor Roll, which recognizes excellence in community college transfer pathways.

Delta State is one of only 63 institutions nationwide selected to receive this honor.

The selection was based on the university’s score earned on the Transfer Honor Roll application. Scores were determined based on institutional partnerships, community college collaboration, pre and post transfer institutional support, data tracking, and transfer pathway innovations.

Dr. Charles McAdams, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, said Delta State will continue its efforts to welcome transfer students.

“Delta State prides itself on serving transfer students with the same enthusiasm as freshmen,” said McAdams. “Many students attend community colleges for a year or two, for a variety of reasons, and fully intend to complete a bachelor’s degree. We work hard to make sure the transition for transfer students is as smooth as possible and help put transfer students on a path to completing their bachelor’s degree.”

McAdams said that each academic program at Delta State has developed an “Academic Map” to help students navigate through their bachelor’s degree requirements.

“Our academic advisors stand ready to work with students to help them determine how to complete their degree in the most efficient manner,” he said.

Caitlyn Thompson, director of recruiting at Delta State, was thrilled with the designation.

“The recruiting team supports Delta State’s mission, programs, initiatives and people every day — and we truly believe that any student can benefit in their own way by attending our university,” said Thompson. “There is a great deal of time dedicated by staff and faculty to recruiting new students, so for Delta State to be recognized for these efforts is certainly an honor that makes the job that much more rewarding.”

Phi Theta Kappa’s Chief Student Support Services Officer Jennifer Blalock said the new recognition program reflects the growing importance of universities helping students achieve college completion goals.

“Increasingly, students of all ages and achievement levels are choosing the community college, not only as their first step, but also their first choice, in the pursuit of a quality, affordable baccalaureate degree,” Blalock said. “With this designation, we hope to connect community college students with institutions that value their unique transfer experience and prioritize their success.”

The mission of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize academic achievement of college students and to provide opportunities for them to grow as scholars and leaders. Learn more at www.ptk.org.

McAdams added urged those considering a transfer to Delta State to contact the Office of Admissions at 662-846-4020.

Annual juried student art show coming to gallery

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Delta State University’s Department of Art invites the public to the opening of its annual juried student exhibition on March 9 from 5-7 p.m. in the Fielding L. Wright Art Center gallery.

The annual exhibit allows the department to highlight the work art students have produced in the past year, and affords students an opportunity to gain professional experience by preparing work for exhibition and submitting it to a jury process. Students are also eligible to win monetary awards in a variety of categories. The awards are made possible through the generous support of art patrons from the Cleveland community.

This year’s juror is Joshua Vincent, a Delta State graduate who teaches at the Mississippi Delta Community College.

Vincent commended the quality of work submitted and said it reflects the diversity of the students’ aesthetics and interests.

Awards will be presented at 6 p.m. The exhibit will remain in the gallery from March 9 to April 20. The gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information, contact the Department of Art at 662-846-4720.