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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.

 

 

Audrianna Johnson is the 2015-16 Fighting Okra Records label artist.

Johnson named new Fighting Okra Records artist

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Fighting Okra Records, the Delta Music Institute’s student-run record label at Delta State University, recently signed junior Audrianna Johnson, a native of Grenada as the 2015-16 label artist.

After a three-step audition process that included an interview and live performance audition, the label chose Johnson as this year’s featured artist. Johson is a Delta State student majoring in entertainment industry studies at the DMI. Her music ranges from R&B to rap and includes lyrics that tell stories about her life.

“A lot of situations with church have impacted me,” said Johnson, referencing her musical influences. “Especially when I got out of high school and started to be more open-minded about things, going away from religious stuff. Still being godly, but not religious.”

Since signing to the label, she has worked with the staff to plan her upcoming recordings, completed a photo session, and has been performing throughout the region. Her debut CD will be released in late spring of 2016.

Fighting Okra Records is the driving component of the DMI’s Record Label Practicum course. The mission of FOR is to provide a practical, real-world music industry experience to the students, and to provide a variety of independent artists with professional quality music industry services in an effort to expose their name in recordings to the broadest possible audience.

The Delta Music Institute is an independent center of study under the College of Arts & Sciences of Delta State University. 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 more information, contact Fighting Okra Records at 662-846-4579 or dmi.deltastate.edu.

 

 

 

Delta Music Institute students recently visiting the White House included: (left to right)  Rhett McCormick (Bruce, MS); Anna Katherine McKay (Canton, MS); Kailey Mathis (Madison, MS); Audrianna Johnson (Grenada, MS); Katye Mangialardi (Olive Branch, MS); Brandon Evans (Greenwood, MS); Jacob Lifsey (Lexington, TN); Cody Upchurch (Grenada, MS); Joshua Stubbs (Meridian, MS); and Thomas Walker, Jr. (West Point, MS).

DMI students visit White House

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The GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live, in cooperation with the White House and WETA (a non-commercial, public radio station in Washington, D.C.), invited Delta Music Institute students to the White House on Feb. 24 for an education program to celebrate the musical legacy of Ray Charles. The interactive workshop featured gospel legend Yolanda Adams, R&B singer Leon Bridges, singers Audra Day and Demi Lovato, and actor Jussie Smollett talking about, and performing, Charles’ soulful classics for 130 youth from across the country.

These annual education programs are part of the “In Performance at the White House” concert series and is a follow-up to 2010’s “Music that Inspired the Movement,” 2011’s “The Sound of Young America: The History of Motown” and “The History of Country Music: From Barn Dances to Pop Charts,” 2012’s “At the Crossroads: A History of the Blues in America,” 2013’s “Soulsville, USA: The History of Memphis Soul,” “Celebrando el Ritmo Latino: The History of Latin Music,” 2014’s “I’m Every Woman: The History of Women in Soul,” and “The Stars and Stripes Forever: A History of Music and the Military,” and 2015’s “The History of Gospel Music” and “A Celebration of Song.”

This program was supplemented with curriculum and additional educational materials from The GRAMMY Museum education department as well as streamed live for students from around the country to watch in their classrooms.

Joshua Stubbs, entertainment industry major from Meridian, said, “It was awesome that we learned from the experts in D.C. exactly what we’re learning in our DMI classes.”

“I had a great time being able to experience the heart of America in such a meaningful way,” siad EIS major Cody Upchurch from Grenada. “ It was an exceptional trip that opened my eyes to what America truly is.”

Along with the GRAMMY Museum educational program, the students also had the opportunity to tour the Museum of American History and monuments along the National Mall.

“What I hope our students get out of this is the connection between Mississippi and all the great genres of America music,” said DMI director Tricia Walker. “I want them to be proud of the musical legacy that Mississippi has.”

The DMI is an independent center of study under the College of Arts & 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.

The Delta Student University African American Student Council held its spring induction ceremony  Wednesday by welcoming 45 new members.

African American Student Council hosts induction

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The Delta Student University African American Student Council held its spring induction ceremony Wednesday in the Lena Roberts Sillers Chapel.

Lead by the executive board members and advisors, the organization inducted and welcomed 45 new members. The ceremony included the origin and significance of the organization’s colors red, black and green, the reciting and signing of the African American Student Council Pledge, and the motivational words of Judge Jaribu Hill.

Hill is the founder and executive director of the Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights. She serves as municipal judge for the city of Moorhead, Mississippi, and she is a human rights attorney and a veteran community organizer.

Hill is an international human rights spokesperson and a frequent writer and commentator on human rights themes. Speaking about the past struggles of African Americans throughout history, Hill reflected on the legacy of many students and activists who have taken a similar vow, such as Congressman John Lewis when he served as chairperson of Student Nonviolence Coordinator Committee from 1963-1966. She also referenced the host of men and women who suffered great trials in Selma, Alabama to gain the right to vote in 1965.

“It is an honor to congratulate you amazing young men and women of such a momentous and important celebration of culture and unity,” she said.

The students of the African American Student Council have been extremely active in celebrating Black History Month throughout February.

“There have been several displays noting African American historical figures, statistics, Greek organizations, cultural traditions, clothing and music,” said advisor Stedmond Ware. “This will climax as the AASC students, joined by God’s Anointed Voice, gather to sing ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing’ Friday, February 26 on the quad at noon. Everyone is welcome, so please come out and join us.”