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Spring Movie Series returning to BPAC

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Returning for its sixth year, the Bologna Performing Arts Center at Delta State will show new releases of major motion pictures on its big screen in the Delta & Pine Land Theatre. All tickets are $5 for general admission seating and are available at the BPAC Ticket Office by phone at 662-846-4626 or online www.bolognapac.com.

All three films are rated PG and will be shown on Tuesday evenings at 6:30 p.m. Popcorn and candy concessions will be available for purchase to enhance the movie experience.

The series begins Feb. 13 with the film “Wonder.” Based on the New York Times bestseller, “Wonder” tells the inspiring and heartwarming story of August Pullman. Born with facial differences that, up until now, have prevented him from going to a mainstream school, Auggie becomes the most unlikely of heroes when he enters the local fifth grade. As his family, his new classmates and the larger community all struggle to find their compassion and acceptance, Auggie’s extraordinary journey will unite them all and prove you can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.

Disney Pixar’s film “Coco” will be shown March 13. Despite his family’s generations-old ban on music, young Miguel dreams of becoming an accomplished musician like his idol Ernesto de la Cruz. Desperate to prove his talent, Miguel finds himself in the stunning and colorful Land of the Dead. After meeting a charming trickster named Héctor, the two new friends embark on an extraordinary journey to unlock the real story behind Miguel’s family history.

On May 1, “Peter Rabbit” makes the jump from beloved storybook character to the big screen in this irreverent, contemporary comedy with attitude. James Corden voices the character of Peter. Peter Rabbit’s feud with Mr. McGregor reaches new heights as both compete for the affections of a kind animal lover who lives next door.

Wallace to perform “Martin Luther King Jr. — From the Heart of a King”

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Phil Darius Wallace will perform his one-man play “Martin Luther King Jr. — From the Heart of a King” on the life of the late civil rights leader Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Jobe Hall Auditorium. The show is free and open to the public.

“Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — From The Heart of A King” takes the audience on a journey with Dr. King. Wallace shares moments from King’s life through song, dance, speeches and poetry. The performance helps to convey the power of the spoken word as well as the power of nonviolence to promote positive change.

Wallace is a native of Flint, Michigan. He began his acting career with the Michigan Shakespeare festival as Caliban in “The Tempest.” He has traveled around the country performing as a solo performer as Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Langston Hughes. He is currently with the Tennessee Shakespeare Company and the Orpheum Theater in Memphis. His television credits include ABC’s “Nashville.” His film credits include “Nothing But The Truth.” Additionally, Wallace is the voice of the documentary “The Invaders.”

The performance is sponsored by the DSU Diversity Committee. For more information contact Arlene Sanders, chair of the DSU Diversity Committee and instructor of political science at Delta State, at 662-846-4095 or asanders@deltastate.edu.

GIT Center highlighted in Trajectory Magazine

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Talbot Brooks, director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies at Delta State University, recently helped publish a special edition of Trajectory Magazine, the official magazine of the Unites States Geospatial Foundation.

Circulation for the major publication is about 100,000, and work from Delta State students is also highlighted in the magazine.

Brooks served as a contributor and subject matter expert for the magazine. Many of the articles published in the edition were the brainchildren of Brooks and Keith Masback, USGIF executive director.

“Trajectory Magazine is the leading trade journal in our industry,” said Brooks. “It’s distribution has soared to well over 100,000 readers in the defense, intelligence and geospatial industries.”

Delta State’s unique GIT center is mentioned throughout the magazine for its efforts of strengthening community resilience and situational awareness. A review of the center’s book, “GIS for Critical Infrastructure Protection,” is also part of the special issue.

“We’re really one of a very select few working in this domain and mentioned in the special issue,” said Brooks. “We’re keeping company with George Mason, University of Chicago, UT Dallas and the University of Pittsburg. Further, the latter focus on research and development, whereas we focus on application and implementation. All the technology in the world is of no value if you cannot integrate its use into existing workflows.”

Brooks said this sort of work is only possible thanks to administrative support with a vision for growing signature Delta State programs.

“They’ve been very flexible and accommodating, and I hope that our accomplishments will continue to not only help build Delta State’s reputation for excellence in this arena, but attract talented new students to campus as well,” added Brooks.

To view the digital edition of the magazine, visit http://trajectorymagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/Trajectory_2017_Special_Edition.pdf.

Learn more about opportunities at Delta State’s Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies at http://www.deltastate.edu/artsandsciences/geospatial-information-technologies.

The mission of the center is to provide geospatial services, accessible education and training, and institutional knowledge for geospatial information technologies to the widest possible audience, and particularly, the mid-Delta region.

Classes cancelled on Wednesday, Jan. 17

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Due to weather conditions and in the interest of safety and an abundance of caution, Delta State University is cancelling all classes, including night classes, on Wednesday (Jan. 17). University employees should report to campus from noon to 4 p.m. on Wednesday. Everyone is encouraged to use caution if traveling. Employees who commute and are not able to travel should notify their supervisor.

Please report any problems to the Campus Police Department by calling 662-846-4155. For students living in the residence halls, the Hall Directors will issue information/updates from time to time. Please contact your Hall Director with any questions or problems. The Dining Hall will be open for its normal operating hours.

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.

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.

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).