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Delta Center to present First Tuesday Blues session

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The Delta Center for Culture and Learning at Delta State University will present a First Tuesday session focused on the International Delta Blues Project on March 15 at 12:10 p.m. in the Fielding Wright Art Center.

The session will have a special focus on the Blues Studies program that has launched at Delta State.

First Tuesday guests will be treated to a lecture from renowned Blues historian Scott Barretta, host of Highway 61 Radio and recipient of the 2016 Mississippi’s Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts for Mississippi heritage. Barretta will teach the Sociology of the Blues course for the International Blues Scholars Program, a new online undergraduate and graduate certificate in Blues Studies that is being offered during the 2016 summer session. The online program will be available to Blues students and aficionados around the world.

The Delta Center is the home of the International Delta Blues Project, an initiative aimed at advancing Delta State University as the academic home of the Blues. The project is funded by the Robert M. Hearin Foundation in Jackson and consists of the following components:

 The interdisciplinary Blues Studies program that includes courses offered through various academic units at Delta State including music, languages and literature, social sciences and history, and the Delta Music Institute.

 The International Conference on the Blues, an educational and cultural conference that has featured renowned and emerging Blues scholars, as well as award-winning Blues musicians.

 The Blues Leadership Incubator, a series of lectures and workshops for the public and business community aimed at providing a deeper understanding of economic opportunity related to Blues tourism and the creative economy.

First Tuesday is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and is a program by the Art Department and the First Tuesday Committee. The events are normally scheduled for the first Tuesday of each month during the fall and spring semesters. First Tuesday features lectures, readings and presentations representing diverse perspectives in the arts and humanities. All events are free and open to the public.

The mission of The Delta Center is to promote greater understanding of Mississippi Delta culture and history and its significance to the world through education, partnerships and community engagement. The Delta Center serves as the management entity of the MDNHA and is the home of the International Delta Blues Project and the National Endowment for the Humanities “Most Southern Place on Earth” workshops. For more information, visit www.deltacenterdsu.com.

Harry Lott Jr. ’81 talks with future Delta State students at a recent DSU Family Dinner in Grenada.

Alumni Association Participates in DSU Admissions Family Dinner

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The Office of Admissions recently held a DSU Family Dinner in Grenada for all local students admitted to Delta State for the fall of 2016. Over 30 students attended the event, held at the Mattox Center in Grenada. Alumnus and former baseball player Harry Lott Jr. ‘81 spoke to the group about his experiences at Delta State. Lott lives in Grenada.

Assistant Alumni Director and Grenada native Jordan Thomas also shared her experiences at Delta State with the group. Thomas was followed by current students Audrianna Johnson, Brennan Barham, Jordan Galtelli and Carrie Lynn Stanford. Tanya McKinney, Addie Herod and Lekeitha Morris, all faculty members, were in attendance to answer students’ questions. Derrick Bean, the admission recruiter for the area, led the program. Each student received an exclusive Delta State T-shirt and was entered into a drawing for a scholarship.

Similar events sponsored by the Office of Admissions have been held throughout the state. According to Caitlyn Thompson, director of recruiting, the DSU Family Dinner series was created to support engagement with admitted students.

“Delta State boasts its family-like atmosphere, so to show our family love, we wanted to dine with our future students and give them a taste of the green and white experience,” said Thompson.

To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), Tumblr (http://www.dsualumni.tumblr.com), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Save the date for this year’s Go Green Weekend (April 2), Pig Pickin’ (Sept. 24) and Homecoming (Oct. 15).

To schedule a campus visit or find out more about the application process, visit www.deltastate.edu/admissions.

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Go Green Weekend cooking competition announced

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The Delta State University community eagerly awaits the third annual Go Green Weekend, scheduled on campus April 1-3.

The exciting program of activities is sponsored by Delta State’s Office of Admissions, National Alumni Association, Athletics and Student Government Association.

The weekend serves as a get-together for current students, alumni, friends, faculty and staff on campus. Events include live entertainment Friday night, Admissions Day for prospective students, and a Cook Team Competition on Saturday. There will also be a number of athletic events going on throughout the weekend.

Applications and rules are now available for cook teams at:

http://www.deltastate.edu/university-relations/wp-content/uploads/sites/12/gravity_forms/4-09fb840ae69fd8815b92eccab41a538f/2016/03/CookTeamApplication2016.pdf.

Categories include Jambalaya Any Way and Sausage Any Way.

“This is a time for Delta State’s past, present, and future students to come together and enjoy a fun atmosphere at their alma mater,” said Jeffrey Farris. “The full schedule is available on the Delta State website.”

The full athletics schedule can be found here. Follow Go Green Weekend schedule updates at http://www.deltastate.edu/undergraduate-admissions/visiting-campus/go-green-weekend/.

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Aviation department receives accreditation renewal

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Delta State University’s Department of Commercial Aviation recently received news that the Aviation Accreditation Board International voted to approve the department’s AABI accreditation until 2020.

The next self-study is due in 2018, followed by a AABI visit in 2019.

“AABI accreditation standards cover a variety of areas ensuring the highest standards in faculty, staff, curriculum, facilities and services, institutional support, and assessment,” said Dr. Julie Speaks, chair of the department. “There are over 100 institutions across the country that offer aviation degree programs, and DSU is one of 38 institutions with AABI accreditation.

“We are glad to have the validation of a job well done, not only from AABI, but also from constituencies, alumni and in the industry.”

For more information about Aviation Accreditation Board International, visit http://www.aabi.aero.

Delta State’s aviation curriculum provides the state university system’s only undergraduate and graduate aviation programs.

“Our students are prepared for a variety of opportunities in the aviation industry, including the airlines, aircraft manufacturing, airport management, air traffic control and military aviation,” added Speakes.

Graduates can serve as members of flight crews, air traffic control specialists, and executives with supervisory and managerial responsibilities at all levels. The department offers a Bachelor of Commercial Aviation, with concentrations in aviation management and flight operations, and a Master of Commercial Aviation.

“Delta State University is one of the premier choices for students who desire a career as a professional pilot,” said Speakes. “Industry professionals agree that our graduates display the highest levels of proficiency and professionalism, which make them prime candidates for positions in today’s aviation marketplace. Virtually all of our graduates advance to excellent positions with professional, corporate, charter, regional, and major airlines, as well as the military.”

For more information on the department, visit http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-business/commercial-aviation/, call 662-846-4205, or email cavinfo@deltastate.edu.

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Delta State Dining Services announces operation hours for weekend

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In order to accommodate students who are remaining on campus for the opening of GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi and visitors in town for the opening, Delta State Dining Services will be open through the weekend.

Hours of operation for the Cafe at Young Mauldin Cafeteria will be:

Friday — 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Saturday — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Sunday — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Food Court in the Union will be open:

Friday — Chick-Fil-A open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Burrito Bowl open 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Java open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Burger Studio open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., POD open 7 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Saturday — Chick-Fil-A open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; POD open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Java open 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.