Left photo - Level 3: (left to right) Ava Cosue, Macie Young, Sara Beth Mullins (back), Emma Grace Putnam, Sarah Grace Beck, Avery Carter Howarth, Maggie Marble-Barrett (back), and Merry Elizabeth Williamson.

Right photo - Xcel gold:  (l to r) Anna Graden Jones, Ladye Scurlark, Kailyn Byas, Taylor Hayes, Yazmin Jackson, Anna Scott Gant and Destiny White.

Fusion Gymnastics opens season with wins

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Fusion Gymnastics Competition Team, sponsored by Delta State Continuing Education, began the 2016-17 season at the Latin Fest Invitational in Flowood on Oct. 15. The 23 team members, coached by Amanda McCall and assistant Kylie Morton, competed against teams from Ocean Springs, Starkville, Greenwood, Brookhaven and Flowood.

The first-year Xcel Gold squad returned to Cleveland with a first place team finish. The Level 2 squad received second place, and the Level 3 squad received third place.

First place in events went to Addie Jane Reed (Level 2) in beam and floor; Libba Lott (Level 2) in vault with a score of 9.7; Sara Beth Mullins (Level 3) in vault with a score of 9.5, uneven bars and beam; Taylor Hayes (Xcel Gold) in uneven bars, beam and floor with a score of 9.6; Destiny White (Xcel Gold) in vault; and Anna Graden Jones (Xcel Gold) in vault and uneven bars with a score of 9.65.

Taking second, third and fourth place in the events were Emma Grace Mullins (Level 2) second in vault, third in uneven bars, beam and floor; Addie Jane Reed (Level 2) fourth in vault; Morgan Catt (Level 2) fourth in beam; Catherine Sanders (Level 2) second in floor and third in beam; Sarah Grace Beck (Level 3) second place in beam; Ava Cosue (Level 3) second place in uneven bars; Avery Carter Howarth (Level 3) fourth in uneven bars, beam and floor; Macie Young (Level 3) fourth in vault; Taylor Hayes (Xcel Gold) third in vault; Destiny White (Xcel Gold) third in floor and fourth in beam; Yazmin Jackson (Xcel Gold) third in floor; Anna Scott Gant (Xcel Gold) second in floor and fourth in uneven bars; Ladye Scurlark (Xcel Gold) third in uneven bars; Kailyn Byas (Xcel Gold) fourth in vault; Anna Graden Jones (Xcel Gold) fourth in floor.

In the All-Around Champion category, Taylor Hayes was awarded first place all-around in Xcel Gold. Destiny White, Anna Graden Jones and Emma Grace Mullins earned second place all-around in their levels. Yazmin Jackson and Sara Beth Mullins earned third place all-around in their levels. Addie Jane Reed and Catherine Sanders both earned fourth place all-around in their levels.

“We started the season strong and will continue to improve our weak areas,” said McCall. “Focus and hard work are the keys to a successful season. Winning is measured by personal effort and improvement, not by your position on the podium.”

Fusion Gymnastics team members invlude: Level 2 – Hailey Wilburn, Catherine Sanders, Emma Grace Mullins, Libba Lott, Jaide Lillian Brown, Ashlin Hill, Morgan Catt and Addie Jane Reed. Level 3 – Maggie Marble Barrett, Macie Young, Sara Beth Mullins, Ava Cosue, Avery Carter Howarth, Merry Elizabeth Williamson, Emma Grace Putnam and Sara Grace Beck. Excel Gold – Yazmin Jackson, Destiny White, Ladye Scurlark, Anna Scott Gant, Anna Graden Jones, Kailyn Byas and Taylor Hayes.

The competition team will head to Starkville this weekend, Oct. 21-23, for their second meet of the season.

Fusion Gymnastics is organized through Delta State Continuing Education. Multiple level classes are offered for ages three and up. If you are interested in your child taking gymnastics classes, contact coordinator Elizabeth Joel at 662-846-4700.

Dr. Brian Becker, assistant professor of history

Becker honored with Humanities Teacher Award

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The time has come again to recognize arts and humanities across Mississippi colleges and universities.

The Mississippi Humanities Council celebrates each October by awarding one humanities faculty member at each state institution with the Humanities Teacher Award.

Dr. Brian Becker, assistant professor of history, is the 2016 award recipient for Delta State.

“It is indeed a true honor to be this year’s recipient of the Mississippi Humanities Council Humanities Teacher Award for Delta State,” said Becker. “It is humbling, yet also gratifying, to receive an award from an organization such as the MHC, with which I share the goals of promoting humanities programs and also an understanding of cultural heritage through public discourse in particular, as well as working to improve said programs however I am able. The MHC provides a wonderful service to the state of Mississippi, and I could not be prouder to be associated with it.”

Becker will be officially recognized Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. in the Howorth Room of the Capps Archives and Museum. That night, he will also give a presentation entitled, “Going ‘Viral’ is Nothing New: Martin Luther and the Use of Propaganda during the Reformations.”

Becker’s presentation will examine how Protestant reformers and Catholic counter-reformers in the 16th century used the “social media” of their day to communicate powerful ideas that still resonate with us.

A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Becker earned his masters and doctorate in medieval history from Western Michigan University. He graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a bachelors in history.

Becker has been a member of the Delta State faculty since 2011. He specializes in the study of medieval Mediterranean history, Byzantium, the Latin language and paleography.

Becker’s Nov. 7 presentation is free and open to the public. The event is made possible through a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities to the Mississippi Humanities Council. Learn more about council at www.mshumanities.org.

“Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Other Treasured Stories by Eric Carle” takes the BPAC stage Nov. 6 at 3 p.m.

Eric Carle’s stories come to life at BPAC

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Storybook favorites will come to life when “Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Other Treasured Stories by Eric Carle” takes the Bologna Performing Arts stage Nov. 6 at 3 p.m.

The show is locally sponsored by Heidi’s, and is part of the BPAC’s new Family Series, featuring performances appropriate for all ages.

This production will bring together old favorites and new friends. “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” is joined by a whimsical cast of adventurous animals drawn from the pages of “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?” and the poignant story of a young girl’s unusual quest, “Papa Please Get the Moon for Me.”

First published in 1967, “Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You see?” was written by Bill Martin Jr. and illustrated by Carle. The book has served to help hundreds of thousands of toddlers to associate colors and meanings to objects. Capturing the rhythmic text and beautiful tissue paper collage illustrations of the classic picture book, Mermaid Theatre’s adaptation generates fresh appreciation of the endearing cast of characters.

Another favorite, “Pappa, Please Get the Moon For Me,” has been delighting young audiences since its publication in 1986. Rounding out the three-story performance, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar,” eats his way through the week on his path to becoming a beautiful butterfly.

The Mermaid Theatre of Novia Scotia creates an experience like no other as they introduce youngsters to the magic of live theatre. Featuring evocative music, stunning visual effects and innovative puppetry, the triple-bill highlights three of Carle’s most beloved tales. The use of black light for some aspects of the show will enable puppets and props to make their appearances as if they are animated on their own. Children and adults alike will giggle with delight at this spectacular visual production.

The performance lasts approximately 60 minutes. Immediately following, in partnership with the Delta Arts Alliance, children will be able to participate in free, hands-on arts activities related to the performance.

Tickets are $15-$20 and are available 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 www.bolognapac.com. Children must be at least one to attend the performance, and every person must have their own ticket.

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DSU fashion show scheduled for Nov. 2

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This year’s Delta State fashion show, “Behind the Seams,” will take place at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on Nov. 2 at 7 p.m.

The event is made possible by a partnership between the Delta State fashion promotion course and the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce.

Designs from fashion merchandising students will be showcased on stage, as well as clothing for the whole family from area merchants.

A silent auction featuring products from local artists, artisans and businesses kicks off before the event from from 5-6:30 p.m. Cleveland’s own musical group, Southern Halo, will open the affair. Exciting door prizes from Chamber merchants will be given away during the show.

This year’s event is dedicated to Pat Kerr Tigrett, a well known Memphis fashion designer and longtime Delta State supporter.

Admission is free for all Delta State Okra Card holders, $15 for general admission, and free for children ages five and under.

All proceeds will benefit the DSU Fashion Merchandising program.

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Miss DSU 2017 coming to BPAC

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Five Delta State students will compete for the crown of Miss DSU 2017 at the Bologna Performing Arts Center Oct. 27 at 7:30 p.m.

This year’s contestants include:
* Amber Stone of Olive Branch. Rose is a sophmore majoring in exercise science. Her talent will be singing.
* Madison Wahlstrom of Horn Lake. Wahlstrom is a junior majoring in psychology. Her talent will be dancing.
* Amelie Goss of Rolling Fork. Goss is a senior majoring in child development. Her talent will be dancing.
* Haley Scalzo of Marion, Arkansas. Scalzo is a freshman majoring in pre-nursing. Her talent will be singing.
* Hannah Leflore of Greenwood. Leflore is a junior majoring in speech and hearing sciences. Her talent will be singing.

The emcee for the evening will be Dr. Vernell Bennett, vice president of Student Affairs. The judges are Patrick Davis of Cleveland, Brad Hill of Starkville, Lynn Baker of Vicksburg, Terri Frazier of Vicksburg and Othor Cain of Jackson. The auditors are Jaime VanVulpen and Josh Morgan with Hardy and Associates in Cleveland.

Tickets to the event are $6 for general admission and $3 for students.