RESSON ranks among most affordable master’s options nationally

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Best College Values recently ranked the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing program in its national list for Top 10 Most Affordable online Master’s Degrees in Nursing.

Delta State University came in at No. 5 on this list and the only program from Mississippi to make the ranking.

Best College Values is an online resource for prospective undergraduate and graduate students seeking an education worth its cost. BCV strives to provide the most comprehensive and rigorously researched set of online resources on the intersections of college affordability, educational quality, and educational outcomes so that individuals pursuing higher education can make informed decisions about what to study and where to study it.

View the entire Top 10 list at http://www.bestcollegevalues.com/rankings/online/cheapest-msn-programs/.

Learn more about RESSON at http://www.deltastate.edu/school-of-nursing/.

Master’s in Education ranks high in national affordability poll

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Delta State University has been identified as one of the 50 Most Affordable Small Colleges for a Master’s in Education in a recent national ranking.

Using the National Center for Education Statistics’ College Navigator, the organization Top Education Degrees selected schools offering a Master’s in Education degree with an undergraduate enrollment of less than 5,000.

Delta State came in at No. 14 across the nation.

Top Education Degrees’ mission is to provide high-quality, well-researched education and career resources for individuals in the education field.

See the full top 50 list at http://www.topeducationdegrees.org/rankings/affordable-small-colleges-masters-in-education-2016/.

 

Students present at Posters in the Rotunda

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Three undergraduate students recently represented Delta State in the inaugural Posters in the Rotunda event at the State Capitol in Jackson.

Students from all eight of Mississippi’s public universities shared their research and creative activities on a wide variety of topics with legislators and state leaders. The event allowed students to show how their research solves some of Mississippi’s most pressing problems and benefits the citizens of the state.

Participating Delta State students and their topics included:
– Brian Barnett of Winchester, Virginia — Blood Flow Occlusion Pressure at Rest and Post Low Load Exercise
– Christine Beck of Crystal Springs — Role of Tick Antioxidants in Rickettsia Parkeri Colonization in the Gulf
– Rebekah Napier-Johnson of Johannesburg, South Africa — The Gut Microbial Fauna of the Hardwood Stump Borer, Mallodon dasystomus (Coleoptera: Cerambycidae)

The faculty sponsor for the affair was Dr. Ellen Green.

Modeled after the Posters on the Hill event in which students from across the country share their work in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., Mississippi’s event is similar to ones held in 17 other states.

GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi And Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area Launch New Website Featuring Top 40 Mississippi Delta Attractions

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CLEVELAND — To recognize their commitment to promoting educational and cultural quality of life in the Mississippi Delta region, GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi and the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area (MDNHA) have partnered to develop a new website showcasing the Top 40 places to visit in the Mississippi Delta. Delta residents and visitors can discover 40 of the most celebrated locations in the Mississippi Delta beginning today by visiting GRAMMYMuseumMS.org and clicking on the Explore tab.

The Top 40 features cultural heritage attractions throughout the Mississippi Delta that tell the region’s diverse stories. The website underscores the Museum and MDNHA’s shared interest in promoting the entire 18-county Mississippi Delta region as an educational cultural heritage destination of which its residents should be proud.

“As GRAMMY Museum Mississippi, we explore and celebrate the enduring legacies of all forms of music, and we’re also telling the story of the cradle of America’s music right here in Cleveland, the heart of the Mississippi Delta,” said Emily Havens, Executive Director of GRAMMY Museum Mississippi. “Our area’s rich musical legacy is a source of pride for Delta residents. We want to encourage everyone to explore and learn about our entire region, from local school groups to travelers from around the globe.”

The Top 40 features panoramic images of some must-see destinations and attractions throughout the Delta. Among the featured attractions are Tunica River Park, the birthplace of internationally renowned actor James Earl Jones; Baptist Town in Greenwood; Vicksburg National Military Park; Cotesworth Mansion in North Carrollton; St. Paul Church of God in Christ in Lexington; and unique local eateries like Blue Front Café in Bentonia and Farmer’s Grocery in Grace.

“The Top 40 celebrates the Mississippi Delta’s rich, diverse culture,” said Dr. Rolando Herts, director of The Delta Center for Culture and Learning, which is the management entity for the MDNHA. “GRAMMY Museum Mississippi and the Heritage Area both are committed to promoting the entire Delta. Yes, the Delta is the birthplace of the Blues, and music is a big part of our story, but there is so much more to discover and experience here, such as civil rights, culinary, and nature-based heritage sites. The Top 40 website highlights examples of these diverse cultural heritage attractions across the Delta region.”

Top 40 attractions were identified in collaboration with the Mississippi Delta Tourism Association and various county boards of supervisors throughout the region. Each of the 18 Delta counties has two attractions represented on the list. Four of the attractions are region-wide, including Bridging the Blues music heritage festival and the Mississippi Freedom Trail for civil rights heritage.

“We appreciate GRAMMY Museum Mississippi and the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area for coordinating the Top 40 list,” said Webster Franklin, President and CEO of the Tunica Convention and Visitors Bureau and member of the Mississippi Delta Tourism Association. “This is a great program that will bring positive attention to the entire region.”

There are plans to develop the Top 40 even further during a second phase that would make the website even more interactive and participatory.

About GRAMMY Museum Mississippi
Built and operated by the Cleveland Music Foundation — a non-profit organization developed in 2011 — the 28,000-square-foot GRAMMY Museum Mississippi is housed near the campus of Delta State University, home of the Delta Music Institute’s Entertainment Industry Studies program, which features the most unique audio recording facilities in the South. Similar to its sister Museum — the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE — GRAMMY Museum Mississippi is dedicated to exploring the past, present and future of music, and the cultural context from which it emerges, while casting a focused spotlight on the deep musical roots of Mississippi. The Museum features a dynamic combination of public events, educational programming, engaging multimedia presentations, and interactive permanent and traveling exhibits, including a Mississippi-centric area that introduces visitors to the impact of Mississippi’s songwriters, producers and musicians on the traditional and modern music landscape. For more information about GRAMMY Museum Mississippi, visit www.grammymuseumms.org. For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @GRAMMYMuseumMS on Twitter and Instagram, and like “GRAMMY Museum Mississippi” on Facebook.

About the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area and The Delta Center
The Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area is a partnership between the people of the Mississippi Delta and the National Park Service. The MDNHA was designated by U.S. Congress in 2009 and is governed by a board of directors representing agencies and organizations defined in the congressional legislation. More information about the MDNHA, including the complete approved management plan, is available at www.msdeltaheritage.com.

The Delta Center for Culture and Learning at Delta State University is the management entity for the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area. The mission of The Delta Center is to promote greater understanding of Mississippi Delta culture and history and its significance to the world through education, partnerships and community engagement. For more information, visit www.deltacenterdsu.com.

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MEDIA CONTACT:

Vickie Jackson
GRAMMY Museum Mississippi
vjackson@grammymuseumms.org

BPAC to host children’s book author

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Award-winning children’s book author Chuck Galey will present his Illustrator As Storyteller workshop April 8 at 10 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. at the Bologna Performing Arts Center. The event will run in conjunction with the production of Junie B’s Essential Survival Guide on the same day.

Reservations are required to attend the free workshop. To reserve a spot, email Joannah Taylor, BPAC Arts Education coordinator, at jtaylor@deltastate.edu.

Galey, a Greenwood, Mississippi native, has been working in children’s book publishing for 22 years. He will discuss visual storytelling from a child’s point of view. Some of the books he has illustrated include “Jazz Cats,” “Rock’N’Roll Dogs,” “Jay And The Bounty of Books,” and “A Special Visitor Comes To Possum Ridge.”

His workshop will cover character development, drawing the main character, storyboarding and executing the finished art for publication. He will also show samples of the creative process from a few of the 15 picture books he has illustrated.

Galey’s original illustrations for his books will be on display April 4-15 in the BPAC atrium. The exhibit hours are 8 a.m. to noon and 1-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

The workshop and exhibit are sponsored by the Bologna Performing Arts Center, The Delta Arts Alliance and the Mississippi Arts Commission.

Visit Galey’s website for more information, www.chuckgaley.com, or contact Taylor at jtaylor@deltastate.edu.