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BPAC’s Highest Honor Given to Gresham, McPherson Families

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The Bologna Performing Arts Center (BPAC) proudly announces that the Gresham and McPherson families of Indianola are the latest recipients of the President’s Award.

Delta State University President William N. LaForge presented the award Tuesday, Feb. 7 at a special event on the theater’s stage. The President’s Award is given in recognition of outstanding service to the BPAC.

“Since the Bologna Performing Art Center’s beginnings, the Gresham and McPherson families have been ardent supporters, as they are of so many aspects of the arts and Delta culture,” remarked LaForge. “They are shining examples of community support and engagement.”

This award is given by Delta State’s president to those who have contributed their expertise, insights and energy to promote the arts for the enrichment of the Delta in special ways. The award is the BPAC’s highest honor. Acknowledgement is made through a unique award modeled after architectural details of the BPAC façade, which are covered in gold leaf.

The Gresham and McPherson families were original supporters of the BPAC when it was first built in 1994 through state funding through the Mississippi legislature. Gresham Petroleum Company and Double Quick, Inc. provided the lead gift for the BPAC’s Recital Hall stage. Over the last 20 years, the Gresham and McPherson families have provided scholarship ticket programs for school-age students to attend matinee performances and youth scholarships for children to the Mississippi Summer Arts Institute, in addition to annual support for the facility’s programs.

A multidisciplinary facility, the BPAC presents an annual season of national and international touring productions in addition to its university commitments. To learn more about the BPAC or to get tickets to an upcoming performance, visit www.bolognapac.com or stop by the center.

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Delta State Alumni Association announces 2017 event dates

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association recently announced the following 2017 event dates for three of the largest events held on campus — Go Green Weekend, Pig Pickin’ and Homecoming.

On April 7-8, join the Green and White Nation for the 4th annual Go Green Weekend at Delta State. Celebrate the spring season with live entertainment, tailgating, a jambalaya cook-off, athletic games, activities for the family and more! Come out to support the Statesmen and Fighting Okra for a weekend of food, fun and sports.

The 32st annual Pig Pickin’ will be held this year on Oct. 7-8, as the Statesmen football team hosts the University of West Alabama. The full schedule of events will be announced at a later date. Make plans now to tailgate in Statesmen Park with friends and fellow alumni.

Homecoming has been set for Nov. 10-11, and the Statesmen football team is scheduled to compete against Florida Tech. Throughout the weekend, the Alumni Association has a variety of activities planned. The class of 1967 will be featured and honored, as they’ll be celebrating 50 years since graduating from Delta State. They will also be inducted into the prestigious Golden Circle, which is a constituency group of the Alumni Association that honors alumni who graduated at least 50 years ago. The National Alumni Association will recognize the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year, Alumni Hall of Fame, and other service awards. The award winners along with the Delta State Athletics Hall of Fame will be recognized at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on Nov. 10.

“Make plans now to return to campus! The Alumni Office has mailed 15,000 save-the-date postcards to our alumni and friends promoting these signature annual events. We also just released 28,000 Alumni and Foundation magazines which feature these dates, so keep them handy as a reminder,” said Jeffrey Farris, alumni director. “The Alumni Office wants to help you get back to campus to enjoy Cleveland and your alma mater.”

Email alumni@deltastate.edu with questions, and for travel info and local accommodations, go to www.visitclevelandms.com.

More details on events will be released at a later date. The official hashtag for Go Green Weekend is #GGW, Pig Pickin’ is #DSUPigPickin and for Homecoming is #DSUHC.

To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1).

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DMI Students Complete Stage Performance Workshop

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The Delta Music Institute, an entertainment industry studies program at Delta State University, recently presented a stagecraft workshop on “Making Your Live Music Performance Effective,” a two-day event featuring lectures, discussions and hands-on demonstrations facilitated by Lang Bliss, live show producer with Diff’rent Wirld Productions in Nashville.

The event was held Feb. 3-4 at the DMI studios on the campus of Delta State.

According to Bliss, “DMI students and other talented young people are facing a different music industry than those seven, 10 and 15 years ago. The old record label based model doesn’t exist for most aspiring artists these days. A new model exists and is continuing to develop, where the main source of income for the vast majority of artists is centered around that artist’s live performance and their ability to gain and expand their audience with each and every show.”

Lang Bliss has over 30 years of experience in the music industry, in addition to his live music production work with Diff’rent Wirld Productions. His work as a live music producer includes everyone from weekend warrior artists to the Armed Services to those who have sold millions of records and written numerous number one hits, including The TeLang-Blissnors, Sidewalk Prophets, The Henningsens, and Francesca Battistelli.

As a performer, Bliss has been involved in the rock, country and CCM music industries as a songwriter for BMG publishing, an artist with BlissBliss, and he was signed to REX records with label mates Sixpence None the Richer. As a musician he’s played and sung with artists such as GRAMMY® and Dove award winners Michael W. Smith, Rich Mullins, and Michael McDonald.

Participants in the workshop included members of the DMI All Stars, B4Y2K, singer/songwriter Kelsey Buquet and other selected students.

The DMI is an independent center of study under the College of Arts & Sciences at Delta State University offering a B.S. degree in Entertainment Industry Studies degree. 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. For information about the DMI program, call (662) 846-4579 or email dmi@deltastate.edu.

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DSU, BMC host ribbon cutting at Student Health Center

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Delta State University and the Bolivar Medical Center hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony on Tuesday (Jan. 31) to celebrate a new collaboration that will benefit students, faculty, staff and the community.
In addition to serving the Delta State student body, the O.W. Reily Student Health Center now offers comprehensive health care and wellness services to any Delta State employee or community member who has insurance coverage.

The center is being managed and staffed by BMC personnel and maintains the current staff while adding new positions.

“We’re very excited to partner with Delta State University,” said Rob Marshall, CEO of Bolivar Medical Center. “We believe this agreement can pave the way for a much broader relationship to serve the campus and the DSU community. One of the benefits of working together is that students have easier access to all the services available within our hospital.”

Delta State University President William N. LaForge is also thrilled to bring expanded health care options directly to campus.

“This partnership with Bolivar Medical Center is a great example of town-gown relations,” said LaForge. “We are not only ratcheting up our level of health services for our students, first and foremost, but we are also providing services for our faculty and staff as well as members of the community. I’m thrilled that Rob Marshall and everyone on his team have worked so diligently with our team to make this day come true.”

Services at the O.W. Reily Center include:
-Flu Clinics
-Tobacco Cessation
-Immunization and Travel Clinics
-TB Skin Testing
-Physical and Occupational Therapy
-Sports Medicine
-Diabetes Management
-Laboratory Services
-X-Ray and Imaging Services
-Asthma and Allergy Clinics
-Federal Aviation Administration Physicals

Other services include an after-hours University Health Center Nurse Advice Hotline, access to the Health Care Portal and Worker’s Compensation assistance.

Additionally, the BMC will be the primary caregiver for Delta State Athletics, offering services that include orthopedic physician coverage at home and away games, physicals, and wellness and preventive education programming.

Jamie Rutledge, vice president for Finance & Administration at Delta State, said the partnership will provide a strong financial benefit to the university.

“Transferring this important service to the folks who are in the day-to-day business of healthcare management provides cost savings to Delta State while delivering services to our students, and others, in an enhanced fashion,” he said. “This is a win-win for everybody. In addition, Bolivar Medical Center will offer an extended array of services that were not offered previously, and will also develop specialized programs and services to meet the needs of Delta State students, faculty, staff, and the community.”

The clinic is open Mondays through Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Additionally, the BMC has an after-hours clinic at the Cleveland Medical Mall that is open from 5 p.m. until midnight.

Dr. Alan Huckleberry

8th Annual Art of the Piano set for Jan. 27

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The Delta State University Department of Music will present the 8th Annual Art of the Piano on Jan. 27-28 at the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

Dr. Alan Huckleberry, associate professor of piano pedagogy and collaborative arts at the University of Iowa, will be the Guest Artist of the event this year. On Friday, Jan.27, at 7:30 p.m., Huckleberry will present a recital, featuring piano solo works by J. S. Bach, Hindemith, and Mussorgsky. The recital will be free and open to the public.

On Saturday, Jan. 28, students and teachers will participate in the many performance events held throughout the day. Huckleberry will provide comments on the performance of each student and give a lecture for teachers. The Art of the Piano is sponsored by the Dulce Fund and the Department of Music.

For registration information and schedule details, please contact the DSU Music Office at (662) 846-4615 or visit http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-arts-and-sciences/music/piano-studies/the-art-of-the-piano/.

Praised for his “impeccable musicianship, exhilarating technique, and panache” (American Record Guide), Huckleberry is recognized as a multi-faceted artist on the classical music scene. He has performed both in recitals and as a soloist with orchestras in Germany, England, Czech Republic, Italy, Austria, Spain, France, Costa Rica, Colombia, and across the United States.
Huckleberry is also in demand as a chamber musician, with recitals across the United States, Australia, and Europe. He can be heard on five compact disc recordings on the Crystal Record, MSR and Albany Record labels. Two further CDs will be released in the fall of 2014.

In addition to his performing career, Huckleberry is equally passionate about his role as an educator. At the University of Iowa, he heads the piano pedagogy program, which is now recognized as one of the leading programs in the nation. He is a sought-after speaker on pedagogical topics, including talks at the World Piano Pedagogy Conference, the National Conference on Keyboard Pedagogy, and the Music Teachers National Conference. He also maintains a studio of national and international students at UI, who themselves are beginning to leave their mark in their field. In fact, all DMA graduates from his piano pedagogy program are now teaching at academic institutions across the country and abroad.

A native of Indiana, Huckleberry began serious studies at the piano in Germany with Polish pianist Barbara Szczepanska. Further studies at the conservatories of Karlsruhe and Cologne with Japanese pedagogue Naoyuki Taneda and German pianist Josef A. Scherrer solidified a diverse and international musical background. He then returned to the United States where he received his doctorate at the University of Michigan under the guidance of Arthur Greene (performance) and John Ellis (pedagogy).

Huckleberry’s repertoire not only includes the standard works of the piano literature, but he is an ardent supporter of new music and young composers, as seen by a long list of compositions which were written for him. Among the many 20th and 21st century styles he enjoys, he is particularly interested in contemporary rags and other crossover genres.

Huckleberry has recently embarked upon a massive video recording project. Together with Dr. Jason Sifford, he is creating the largest known database of performances of piano pedagogical literature. In the end, it will encompass some 9000 videos of beginning to intermediate repertoire. The videos are available to all, free of charge, at YouTube. To go along with his video project, Huckleberry has created a Wiki style website, which includes piano pedagogical information on each recorded piece, as well as composer and publisher information. To visit this site, please click here: http://www.uipianoped.wikia.com.