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Piano Exchange program set for Jan. 25-27

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The Piano Area of the Department of Music will host a piano exchange program with the piano students and faculty of Sungkyul University in Korea on the DSU campus on Jan. 25-27.

This exchange program is the joint academic, cultural, and performance activities between the piano students and faculty of Sungkyul University and Delta State University. These exchange activities will include master classes, student and faculty recitals, and other classes, as well as the participation in Delta State University’s annual piano festival, The Art of the Piano.

On Thursday, Jan. 26, the students from Sungkyul University and DSU piano students will perform at 1:40 p.m.., and the two piano faculty members from Sungkyul University, Drs. Hye-Young Suh and Heejung Nam, will present a recital at 7:30 p.m.., featuring piano solo and duet works by Jin Won La, W. A. Mozart, D. Scarlatti, Schubert, and Scriabin. Both performances on Jan. 26 will be free and open to the public and be held at the Recital Hall of the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

This piano exchange program is sponsored by the Dulce Fund, the Department of Music, the Quality Enhancement Plan, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Office of Academic Affairs, the Office of the President, and DSU International Student Services.

Dr. Heejung Nam

Dr. Heejung Nam

Korean-Canadian pianist Heejung Nam, a native of Seoul, South Korea, enjoys an active career as a solo performer, chamber musician, and a teacher. She has won numerous competitions and awards, including the prestigious Canada Council Grant for the Arts, Canadian Music Competition Stepping Stone (Ottawa, ON), Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra Concerto Competition (Rochester, NY), and the Orchestre Symphonique de Montréal Competition (Montreal), the Seattle International Competition, and most recently, the 2013 Artist Series Audition held by the Seoul Arts Center in Korea.

Dr. Nam has performed in both solo and collaborative recitals in South Korea, Japan, Canada, and the U.S., and she has been featured nationwide on the CBC Radio. She has appeared as soloist with Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra and the Eastman Philharmonia. She participated at the festivals such as the Hamamatsu International Piano Academy in Japan, and the Banff Festival in Canada. She has also performed in masterclasses by renowned pianists such as Angela Hewitt, Jacques Rouvier, Lee Kum Sing, Hiroko Nakamura, Ursula Oppens, etc.

Dr. Nam holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music (BM with distinction, and DMA) and the Juilliard School (MM). Her teachers include Thomas Schumacher, Julian Martin, and Jean Barr. In 2014, Dr. Nam joined the Faculty of Music at Sungkyul University in Anyang, South Korea, where she currently is Assistant Professor of Piano.

Pianist Hye-Young Suh, native of Seoul, Korea, is a graduate of Seoul National University (BM, MM) and the Cleveland Institute of Music (DMA). Over the years, Dr. Suh has given numerous solo recitals and appeared frequently in chamber ensembles at major concert halls in Korea. She was a soloist with Seoul Philharmonic orchestra, Global Symphony Orchestra, Kharkov Philharmonic orchestra (Ukrain).

Dr. Hye Young Suh

Dr. Hye Young Suh

Dr. Suh has been performed actively as a member of a piano project group “Soloists93” to explore wide range of piano repertoires focusing particularly on contemporary or rarely heard pieces. She is also dedicated to researching in many hidden piano works by women composers, and performed them in Seoul, Anyang, Korea; Glendale; Los Angeles; Nakasaki, Japan; Tienjin, China; Bangkok, Thailand; and Marion, Indiana. Recently Dr. Suh gave a lecture recital on Messiaen’s piano music in Seoul. She has served as a judge in numerous competitions including Piano Campus-Journées Internationales de Piano in France, and Korea-Asia Piano open competition in Seoul, Korea.

Dr. Suh is the author of Piano Music in the 20th Century published in Korea in 2004. She was a visiting scholar at California State University, Northridge(USA) and currently is a professor of piano, head of Division of Music, Sungkyul University in Anyang, Korea, where she teaches piano performance and music history.

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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.”