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Winter weather advisory issued for Bolivar County

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The National Weather Service in Jackson has issued a winter weather advisory for Bolivar County ending at midnight tonight.

According to the NWS statement, periods of light sleet and snow are expected. Accumulation of up to an inch of snow is possible. The conditions will create slick spots on roadways, mainly on bridges and overpasses. Be prepared for slippery roads, and use caution while driving.

Based on current weather predictions, the university will operate under normal business hours today. Updates and notifications of campus status will be available at www.deltastate.edu, the university’s Facebook page (facebook.com/deltastateuniversity), Twitter account (@deltastate), and through the Okra Alert Emergency System.  Or, you can call for an update at 662-846-4155.

Decisions regarding scheduled athletic events will be posted on the Delta State Athletics website (www.gostatesmen.com) and social media outlets.

For the status of other scheduled university events, contact the event sponsor.    

Anyone who has not yet registered his or her cell phone number for emergency text alerts is encouraged to do so now by completing the following steps:      

1. Login to your “My DSU” account: https://banapp2.deltastate.edu:9010/dsu/twbkwbis.P_GenMenu?name=homepage
2. Choose the “Personal Information” section and the “Enroll in Okra Alert” option.
3. Add your cell phone number (with area code).

Staff Council wraps up successful giving projects

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Delta State University staff fed more than 60 families and donated more than 400 toys for local families during two annual giving campaigns this year.

The Delta State Administrative Staff Council special projects committee sponsors both of the drives.

Rhonda Loper, special projects committee chair for DSU Administrative Staff Council, said that the campus donated 59 bags and nine boxes of food during the annual “Feed a Family” drive. Two members of Delta State’s staff received a bag each, and the remaining 57 bags were delivered to the Bolivar County Family and Children Services office. The nine boxes of food were donated to local churches for their food pantry programs.

For the annual Toy Drive,” more than 425 toys were donated, including two bicycles, nine scooters, and several other large toys. These gifts also were delivered to the Bolivar County Family & Children’s Services, who will distribute them to families in need across Bolivar County.

“Once again, the DSU family has come together to make this another successful ‘giving season,'” Loper said. “This act of selfless giving is what continues to help meet the needs of our community.”

She added, “This year, were once again happy to partner with area churches and members of the community, as the news continues to spread about our efforts. I want to personally thank everyone who participated. Until next year, when we get to do it all over again, richest blessings!”

For more information on how you can become a part of the DSU family, contact Loper at rloper@deltastate.edu or at 662-846-4504.

New stereomicroscope is enhancing the Delta State Herbarium and Environmental Science Programs

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During the Fall 2016 semester, the Department of Biological Sciences acquired a new Meji trinocular zoom stereo-microscope on a boom stand with high definition capabilities.

Other features associated with this particular microscope are a LED (Light-emitting diode) ring illuminator, a HD Video Camera, and a widefield, high-eyepoint eyepiece. The instrument was purchased from Miller Microscope and paid for with funds from the National Science Foundation herbarium grant that is associated with the Mississippi Herbarium consortium and participating institutions.

One main goal of this grant is to digitize the entire 17,000 plus herbarium collection that Delta State University possesses.

Mississippi ranks in the top third of U.S. states for the predicted numbers of plant taxa, species, genera, and families per unit area. The documentation of most species is sparse so fulfilling this gap will make an important contribution to the Flora of North America.

Mississippi specimens contained in Delta State University herbarium collection as well as specimens contained in other local herbarium throughout the state (Mississippi State University, the University of Southern Mississippi, The University of Mississippi, and the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science) are being used to compile a checklist of all plant species that occur in Mississippi.

Dr. Nina Baghai-Riding said that the versatility of this microscope is helping with the identification of many problematic herbarium specimens.

“Minute details of flower, stem, and leaf parts can be easily analyzed and photographed and sent to other curators for identification if needed,” she said. “In addition, this microscope has been useful in photographing specimens associated with other undergraduate environmental science projects that will be presented at the upcoming Mississippi Academy of Sciences in Hattiesburg on Feb. 23-24, including prey remains contained in Carolina Biological owl pellets and teeth of a monitor lizard.”

To learn more about the Environmental Science program at Delta State University, contact Baghai-Riding @662-846-4797 or nbaghai@deltastate.edu.

Fulbright discussion panel set for Feb. 28

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On Feb. 28 in the Baioni Conference Center located in Broom Hall, Fulbright Alumni and Delta State University President William N. LaForge will join Dr. Carolyn Casale, Dr. David Baylis and Dr. Jamie Dahman in a panel discussion about their time as Fulbright Fellows. Topics will include where they studied, what their research topics were, why they chose their countries, as well as how their time as a Fulbright Fellow changed them and how they encounter the world around them. Students (particularly 2017 and 2018 graduates), faculty, and alumni are invited to attend.

“I studied voice and Bulgarian Art Song at the Academy of Music, Dance, and Fine Art in the city of Plovidv, Bulgaria,” said Dr. Jamie Dahman, assistant professor in the Department of Music. “My Fulbright Fellowship allowed me to live outside the United States for the first time, and made me not only a better singer, teacher, and musician, but I discovered a treasure trove of vocal music that is virtually inaccessible in the United States. I also experienced for the first time a different culture, a different of living day-to-day, and was able to immerse myself in a language and way of being that I otherwise would never have been able to do. I wouldn’t trade this for the world.”

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Give Experiences this Holiday Season

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Still shopping for the holidays? Looking for a perfect gift? Why not give an experience they will never forget! Tickets to see a live performance can provide a fun night out with friends, an educational experience for youngsters, or a special evening for your loved one. The Spring 2017 line-up at the Bologna Performing Arts Center features a wide variety of national touring performances, include ballet, Broadway musicals, family programming, and a country music concert. If you want to let the recipient choose, gift certificates are also available in increments of $25.

The Bologna Center Ticket Office is open Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Dec. 22 before closing over the holidays. Tickets can be purchased online 24/7 through the BPAC Facebook page or website, www.bolognapac.com

2017 Performances Include:

Tuesday, 1/24/2017 at 6:30pm
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE! – FAMILY SERIES

Tuesday, 1/31/2017 at 7:30pm
Alonzo King LINES Ballet – MAIN STAGE
Sponsored by the USA International Ballet Competition
Funded in part by a grant from South Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts

Wednesday, 2/1/2017 at 11:00am
Alonzo King LINES Ballet – SCHOOL MATINEE
Funded in part by a grant from South Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts

Thursday, 2/23/2017 at 9:30am & 11:30am
Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live! – SCHOOL MATINEE
Sponsored by Walmart

Tuesday, 2/28/2017 at 7:30pm
STOMP – MAIN STAGE

Monday, 3/20/2017 at 7:30pm
42nd Street – MAIN STAGE

Tuesday, 3/21/2017 at 7:30pm
Sybarite5 – RECITAL HALL SERIES

Thursday, 3/30/2017 at 7:30pm
The Illusionists – Live From Broadway- MAIN STAGE

Wednesday, 4/12/2017 at 9:30am & 11:30am
Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters– SCHOOL MATINEE
Sponsored by AT&T

Thursday, 4/27/2017 at 7:30pm
JOSH TURNER – MAIN STAGE
Sponsored by Robinson Electric Company