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Josh Turner Live in Concert April 27

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Multi-platinum MCA Nashville recording artist Josh Turner is one of country music’s most recognizable hit-makers. He will perform live in concert on Thursday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. at the Bologna Performing Arts Center. The event is locally sponsored by Robinson Electric.

With a rich, deep voice and distinctive style, Turner a disciple of traditional country music and one of the youngest members of the Grand Ole Opry. From his 2003 Platinum-selling debut Long Black Train to his most recent 2012 Billboard No. 1 release Punching Bag, Turner has garnered multiple GRAMMY, CMA, and ACM nominations. Turner’s hits include “Your Man,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” “Firecracker,” “Would You Go with Me,” “All Over Me,” and “Time Is Love,” the most played country song of 2012.

Turner recently released his sixth studio album Deep South, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart. Turner wrote five of the 11 tracks on the well-crafted album and he is impressing fans and critics alike. Rolling Stone declares that Turner, with his “river deep baritone,” delivers an “eagerly-awaited album from a country purist.”

Prior to the show, weather permitting, there will be a picnic-style dinner with live music by Craig Adams in the Sanders Sculpture Garden located in front of the Bologna Performing Arts Center. Levee Break Grill, Nehi Bottling Co. and Sweetwater Bleu’z will have food and beverages available for purchase. Dinner and music in the garden will last from 5:30 – 7:15 p.m., and the Josh Turner concert begins in the Bologna Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets to see Josh Turner start at $30 and are available at the Bologna Performing Arts Center Ticket Office, open Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by phone 662-846-4626 or online www.bolognapac.com. Tickets to the concert are not required to attend the dinner in the Sculpture Garden; food purchases may be made directly from vendors on-site. For more information on Josh Turner, visit www.JoshTurner.com.

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Delta State launches new Student-Athlete Academic Support Services program

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Delta State University is launching a new Student-Athlete Academic Support Services program in partnership with the Mississippi Department of Human Services.

The program will offer academic labs, academic coaching and programs aimed at increasing student athlete retention rates. MDHS has contributed funding for the partnership through 2017 with the possibility of renewed funding in coming years.

Delta State President William N. LaForge said this is a big step for the university.

“Thanks to MDHS, Delta State will now be able to provide our student-athletes with enhanced academic support that will help them complete their studies and graduate,” LaForge said. “This is huge for Delta State and our student-athletes.”

The program will work with units across campus to create academic workshops, community service opportunities and leadership opportunities. In addition, student-athletes will have access to a state-of-the-art learning lab equipped with tutors and supplemental instructors, as well as academic counseling, collaborative learning spaces, tutors in general education and prerequisite subjects, interactive study tables, opportunities for career planning and personal development, assistance in monitoring athletic eligibility, opportunities for priority registration, and advisement on current NCAA, Gulf South Conference, and university rules and regulations.

Each athletic team will have its own academic coach to provide individualized attention and assistance as it relates to eligibility and procedures in compliance with NCAA academic standards. In addition to academic coaching, student-athletes will have access to a learning specialist and lifestyles coach who will mentor the students in the areas of overall health and wellness and academic skill building. Each student-athlete will be monitored for academic progress and have access to disability services, degree and career counseling, learning styles identification, and any other services which relate to academic success and degree attainment.

Dr. Charles McAdams, Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, said the program is part of a university-wide effort to increase retention and student success.

“I am very excited about this program as it will enable us to provided targeted efforts to increase the academic success of our student-athletes,” McAdams said. “Helping students stay in school and complete their degree is a major priority for us. Athletes often have challenges that non-athletes do not have. This initiative is designed to help student-athletes make good academic decisions and lifestyle choices.”

Tricia Killebrew, a three-time Delta State graduate (’02, ’08, ’13), has been named the Project Director for the program. Other members involved in creating and implementing the program include Dr. Charles McAdams, Provost/Vice President of Academic Affairs; Dr. Christy Riddle, Executive Director of Student Success Center; Ronnie Mayers, Athletic Director; Dana George, Senior Executive Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance, Academics, and Internal Operations; Matt Jones, Senior Associate Director of Athletics for External Relations; and Becky Finley, Registrar.

“I am excited to have the opportunity to work with my alma mater to help enrich the lives of our student-athletes,” Killebrew said. “It has always been a desire of mine to work with student-athletes to prepare them to balance their academic, athletic, and social lives while in college. I am eager to lead this effort to produce higher levels of achievement and create positive outcomes for student-athletes.”

The Student-Athlete Academic Support Services program is a division of the Student Success Center, which was established in fall 2012 to address retention and the challenges many students face during their academic career. The Center includes six divisions focusing on specific aspects of retention: Academic Advising Services, Academic Support Services, First Year Seminar, International Student Services, Okra Scholars, and Student Athlete Support Services. Each division of the Student Success Center focuses on a targeted area of retention and will be involved in the implementation of the Student-Athlete Academic Support Services program.

For more information regarding the Student-Athlete Academic Support Services program, contact Tricia Killebrew at (662) 846-4654 or tkillebrew@deltastate.edu.

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UPS CEO David Abney discusses International Business Symposium – Fireside Chat

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Joining President LaForge is David Abney, CEO and Chairman of the Board for UPS.

Each year, Delta State alumnus David Abney and his wife Sherry generously donate their time and treasure to support and sponsor our annual International Business Symposium on campus. This marks the 12th year for the event, which was held this past week. It is a wonderful opportunity for our students to learn from, and interact with, top business leaders, and we appreciate everyone who gives their time to make it such a successful event.

David is the CEO and Chairman of UPS. He started his career in 1974 as a part-time package loader at UPS while he was an undergraduate student at Delta State. He has lived the American dream of working his way up from the package loader all the way to the top seat in the company. David held various operational positions at UPS along the way, including president of UPS International, where he led the expansion of the company’s global logistics capabilities. He was named Delta State’s Outstanding Alumnus of the Year in 2007, and received an honorary doctorate from Delta State in May 2015. Dr. Abney has been an active ambassador for the university throughout his career, and he serves as role model for ways an alumnus can give back to his alma mater and provide today’s students with greater opportunities for success.

 

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“Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till” coming to BPAC

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Mike Wiley will perform his one-actor drama in a free community performance on April 4.

The Bologna Performing Arts Center will host a special evening of theatre and conversation on April 4 at 7 p.m. when documentary theater playwright and actor Mike Wiley will bring his performance “Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till” to the stage.

The performance is co-presented by the BPAC and Delta State University’s Winning the Race Conference, and is funded in part by a grant from the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area.

This riveting play chronicles the murder, trial and unbelievable confession of the men accused of Till’s lynching. The one-actor, multiple-character original drama will be 90 minutes long, with a post performance discussion with Wiley.

The event is free and open to the public, and all advanced tickets have already sold out. All advanced ticketholders must be seated by 6:45 p.m. in order to have a guaranteed seat. At 6:50 p.m., all remaining seats will be made available to the public, first come, first serve.

For more information, contact the BPAC Ticket Office, open Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by phone at 662-846-4626, or online at www.bolognapac.com.

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Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus of the U.S. Army Field Band coming to BPAC

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The Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus of the U.S. Army Field Band will perform in concert on April 5 at 7 p.m. at the Bologna Performing Arts bc_capitolstepsCenter at Delta State University.

The event is free and open the public, and advanced free tickets can be claimed at the BPAC Ticket Office, open Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by phone at 662-846-4626, or online at www.bolognapac.com.

The event is locally sponsored by the Bolivar Commercial and Delta Magazine.

The Concert Band & Soldiers’ Chorus are the oldest and largest of The U.S. Army Field Band’s performing components. Founded in 1946 and 1957 respectively, these two ensembles combine to present joint concerts on their national tours. They have performed in all 50 states and 30 foreign countries for audiences totaling hundreds of millions.

The 65-member Concert Band and 29-member Soldiers’ Chorus perform regularly in some of the most famous concert halls in the world, and just as often in the humblest auditoriums in the smallest of communities. The joining of these two ensembles allows them to offer unparalleled versatility of programming, ranging from orchestral masterworks and operatic arias to Sousa marches, jazz classics and Broadway musicals.

The band and chorus also perform independently and have recently shared the stage with such ensembles as the Boston Pops, the Cincinnati Pops, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to their national tours, formal concerts, chamber recitals, and educational outreach, members of the Concert Band & Soldiers’ Chorus frequently represent the Army at formal and ceremonial functions, including the Presidential Inaugural Parade, presidential funerals, the Army AllAmerican Bowl and diplomatic efforts overseas.

For more information, visit www.bolognapac.com.