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Registration open for Mississippi Summer Arts Institute

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The 2017 Janice Wyatt Mississippi Summer Arts Institute at the Bologna Performing Arts Center is gearing up for its annual summer programs.

This year marks its 20th summer of operation, impacting the lives of countless emerging artists by providing a unique opportunity for students to gain broad exposure in all artistic disciplines.

Core Arts, occurring June 4-17, is an exciting two-week arts intensive residential camp for ages 12-18. Core Arts provides a positive and supportive environment for students who wish to gain exposure to the arts or aim to further develop their creative abilities. Students stay on the Delta State campus, take classes in a wide range of art forms with highly qualified professional teaching artists during the day, and participate in fun activities at night. Courses are offered in dance, digital arts, music, theater and visual arts. Core Arts culminates with a visual arts exhibition June 16, as well as a final performance which demonstrates the talents of the performing arts campers on June 17. An optional non-residential track is also available for campers ages 12-13.

Young artists ages 5-11 are invited to attend PLUS Camp on July 17-22, a high-energy, performance-oriented day camp where students take classes and prepare for their final performance — a choreographed medley of songs that revolve around a central theme. MSAI is excited to welcome back beloved faculty from previous summers and newer additions like Chuck Galey, a Jackson illustrator and an accredited Mississippi Arts Commission teaching artist.

Applications are being accepted now and are available at the Bologna Performing Arts Center or for download online: bolognapac.com/education/mississippi-summer-arts-institute. For more information, stop by the BPAC, or call Cade Holder, Arts Education coordinator, at 662-846-4844.

Incoming freshmen receive awards at Statesman Scholarship Day

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The Office of Admissions at Delta State University awarded the most prestigious scholarships to incoming freshmen during the inaugural Statesman Scholarship Day held on Jan. 27.

Students were selected to attend the event based on ACT scores, high school GPA, academic leadership and service demonstration. They participated in two rounds of interviews, one of which focused on academic achievements, and the other on student involvement and leadership.

The event provided an exciting opportunity for students to compete for the high-awarding scholarships, some of which are new for the fall of 2017.

Delta State recruiter Rebekah Arant assisted in the event’s preparation.

“Activities during the day included an enhanced tour, an interactive session with financial aid and student life representatives, an information session with academic leadership, lunch and an awards reception,” said Arant.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Charles McAdams, served as the keynote speaker during the academic information sessions, and President William N. LaForge delivered the congratulatory address during the awards program.

The scholarships offer an attractive aid package to the selected prospective students, explained Caitlyn Thompson, director of recruiting.

“Many of these scholarships cover a very large portion of tuition, if not all, and several awards include a four-year full ride to Delta State which includes tuition, room, board, books and the campus improvement fee,” said Thompson. “Scholarship dollars are a strong recruiting tool, and we are glad to be able to offer these awards to top-notch individuals.”

The scholarships awarded to 28 students included the Maurice & Mary Hartley Scholarship, William Doc Griffin Scholarship, Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni Scholarship, Kyle Education Trust Scholarship, Marietta Crear Scholarship, Foundation Executive Board Scholarship, Robert Allen Arnold Memorial Scholarship and the new Statesman Scholarship.

The scholars include: Catheryne Booth-Sanders (Grenada, MS), Cody Bowlin (Merigold, MS), Hunter Chandler (Canton, MS), John Coker (Hernando, MS), Amaya Colbert (Greenville, MS), Jordan Curry (Byram, MS), Evelyn Dover (Pope, MS), Hannah Duley (New Albany, MS), William Farmer (Oxford, MS), Grant Foley (Southaven, MS), Lucy George (Kingsport, TN), Olivia Herring (Pearl, MS), Kyle Hulett (Gulfport, MS), Lauryn Kidd (Bay St. Louis, MS), Ashlyn Kinman (Olive Branch, MS), Logan Krick (Hernando, MS.), Tristan Moseley (Cleveland, MS), Megan Price (Ellisville, MO), Mary Rackley (Gulfport, MS), Clayton Roberts (Bogue Chitto, MS), Taylor Street (Greenville, MS), Elizabeth Switzer (Gulfport, MS), Parker Tomlinson (Olive Branch, MS), Robert Wahl (Kenner, LA), Carson Wiseman (Olive Branch, MS.), Carl Failing (Indianola, MS), Alison Fullilove (Clarksdale, MS) and Ryan Raburn (Shreveport, LA).

For more information on scholarships or the application process, visit www.deltastate.edu/admissions, or contact 662-846-4020.

Chemical Society receives national recognition

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The Delta State University American Chemical Society (DSU ACS) recently received a commendable award for its activities conducted during the 2015-16 academic year.

During the 2015-16 academic year, over 400 chapter activity reports were submitted, and The Society Committee on Education presented 46 outstanding, 93 commendable, and 145 honorable mention awards.

A full list of the award winners is available in the November/December 2016 issue of “inChemistry,” the student member magazine. The winning chapters will also be honored at the 253rd ACS National Meeting in San Francisco, California on April 2.

Professor Sharon Hamilton, faculty advisor of the chapter, was also recognized for her leadership.

“Few faculty members are willing to make the great commitment of time and energy that a successful chapter requires. Professor Hamilton’s efforts certainly represent the best in undergraduate science education and mentoring around the country,” said The American Chemical Society in a press release. “The ACS extends its warmest congratulations to the students and Professor Hamilton for setting such a fine example for other chapters and being exemplary chemistry ambassadors.”

Hamilton said she was thrilled to help the group progress.

Dr. Sharon Hamilton

Dr. Sharon Hamilton

DSU ACS received an honorable mention award for 2014-2015, and it’s wonderful that we were able to improve the quality of our chapter and receive a commendable for 2015-2016,” said Hamilton. “I believe it shows that we have a great group of students in DSU ACS and that they truly enjoy sharing chemistry with their classmates as well as the Cleveland community. It’s great to get such recognition from the national American Chemical Society and to know that they value the work of all chemists regardless of the size of your academic or industrial employer.”

DSU Chapter officers for the 2016-17 academic year include: Kathryn Penton – president; Will Weeks – vice president; Ashley Griffin – treasurer; Daisy Camarillo – secretary; Scarlett Salter – fundraising chair; and Gunner Sizemore and Bonita Nuon – public relations co-chairs.

In the last three years, Delta State has won two commendable awards (2014 and 2016) and honorable mention (2015).

DMI to host Delta Night in Jackson

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Pictured in front row (from left to right): Kacee Russell – Jackson, TN; Carrie Lynn Stanford – Gautier, MS; Schaefer Llana – Batesville, MS; Middle row (l to r): Tyan Nash – Cleveland, MS; Lindsey Anna Pardue- Clinton, MS; Audrianna Johnson – Grenada, MS; Kelsey Collins – Caledonia, MS; Back row (l to r): Kailey Mathis – Madison, MS; Ryan Bridges – Batesville, MS; Clay Brown – Jackson, MS; Dalton Shipley – Batesville, MS; and Cody Upchurch – Grenada, MS.

The Delta Music Institute is set to host a night of live music provided by an assortment of solo acts and bands based out of the DMI entertainment industry studies program at Delta State University. The event will take place at Hal & Mal’s in Jackson on Jan. 28 with performances beginning at 5 p.m.

The DMI All Stars are the featured act, as they look to showcase their catalogue of Mississippi centric covers in preparation for their performance in Los Angeles on Mississippi Night during GRAMMY® Week. There will also be performances from three other DMI student bands and multiple solo performers. DeltaRoX brings some of the major chart toppers in the classic rock genre to life, while Ol’ Skool Revue revives the classic Motown sound with their R&B, funk and soul influences shining bright. The final performing DMI band, B4Y2K, covers the many feel-good tunes that the ‘90s produced.

There will also be a handful of solo performers playing ahead of the bands. From the southern-styled acoustic sound of Carrie Lynn Stanford, Brittany McGee and Chris James, to the more intimate singer-songwriter ballads of Kailey Mathis, Kelsey Buquet and Schaefer Llana, there is something for everyone to enjoy.

The solo performers begin playing at 5 p.m. in the dining room of Hal & Mal’s. The event is free, but a $5 donation is suggested to help support the travel costs of the student performers. The bands will begin playing at 7 p.m. in the Red Room, where a $5 cover charge is required to enter.

For more information regarding the event, contact Hal & Mal’s at 601-948-0888 or the Delta Music Institute at 662-846-4579.

The DMI is an independent center of study under the College of Arts and Sciences at Delta State University, offering a bachelor’s degree in entertainment industry studies. The focus of the DMI is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, creative and business areas of the music and entertainment industry. For information, visit http://dmi.deltastate.edu.

 

Taylor recognized for Pi Kappa Alpha role

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Senior accounting major Conner Taylor recently received national distinction after achieving Gold Level Certification from Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity for volunteerism and leadership.

Taylor, who is president of Delta State’s chapter, was one of only seven students across the nation to receive this distinction.

“It’s an unreal feeling, and it’s a sense of accomplishment that very few members of the fraternity all over the country get to experience,” said Taylor, a Cleveland native. “It is something that I didn’t think I would be able to achieve the first time I went to a Pike University event.”

Taylor said he is humbled to be recognized for volunteerism and leadership — traits he has always put at the forefront.

“I have always been involved with volunteering throughout my life, whether it be through church, RUF at Delta State or Pi Kappa Alpha,” he said. “We have a duty to help those in need. It doesn’t mean giving a handout to someone undeserving, but lending your time and talents to a worthy cause.”

“Leadership is an important quality because it molds young people into successful adults,” he added. “The most important thing about being a leader is that you don’t have to hold an official leadership title to be a leader. There are many leaders in my fraternity who have never held office but are influential members in the chapter.”

Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Vernell Bennett said she was also thrilled with Taylor’s recognition.

“This is great news because Conner has worked hard throughout his matriculation here at DSU,” said Bennett. “Scholarship, volunteerism and service are at the bedrock of his success as a Statesman.”

“Student Affairs is constantly striving to produce holistically well-rounded students,” she added. “We want students to be scholars and civic-minded with a social conscious. Conner is the epitome of just that.”

Learn more about Student Affairs at Delta State at http://www.deltastate.edu/student-life.