The Department of Art presents Resa Blatman’s "Gaia Series" Nov. 3 from 5-7 p.m. in the Fielding Wright Art Center Gallery.

Art gallery presents Resa Blatman exhibition

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Delta State University’s Fielding Wright Art Center Gallery presents an exhibition of Resa Blatman’s “Gaia Series,” a multimedia installation that addresses the causes and effects of climate change.

An opening reception to launch the exhibit will take place Nov. 3 from 5-7 p.m.in the gallery. Blatman will discuss the exhibit before the reception at 4 p.m.

Blatman’s exuberant, multi-layered paintings have always been inspired by nature, but in recent years, her attention has turned to the alarming signs of climate change – global warming, shrinking arctic icecaps, rising water levels, extreme weather conditions, extinction of animal species, migration of species and the growing scarcity of natural resources.

The title of Blatman’s series derives from the Gaia hypothesis developed by James Lovelock and Lynn Margulis which provides a model for understanding the threats caused by environmental pollution, industrial exploitation of natural resources, and the growing world population. The theory sees our planet as a complex, synergistic, self-regulating system that helps to sustain conditions for life on Earth. 

Blatman recently completed a residency in the Arctic, where she could observe the effects of climate change firsthand. Many of the works in the exhibition were directly impacted by her experiences there. She does not claim to be a scientist but speaks from the perspective of a concerned citizen. She hopes her work inspires discussion and raises awareness of the issues while also providing her audience with an engaging visual experience.

Blatman is an independent artist from Somerville, Massachusetts. She earned a MFA from Boston University and a BFA from the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has had one-person exhibitions at the Museum of Arts and Sciences in Macon, Georgia; Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts; Hartnett Gallery at the University of Rochester in Rochester, New York; and other places. Additionally, she has been included in numerous group exhibitions, most recently at the Spartanburg Art Museum in Spartanburg, South Carolina . Her work is in public and private collections across the United States, Europe and South Africa.

The exhibition will run until Dec. 8.

Gallery hours are Mondays through Thursdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The gallery is closed on weekends, holidays and during semester breaks.

For more information, visit the Department of Art’s website at http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-arts-and-sciences/art/, or contact 662-846-4720. For updates and announcements of upcoming events, follow Delta State Art Department on Facebook, or join the email list.

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Student to Statesman tour heading to Southaven

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The next stop on the Student to Statesman tour will be at the Bank Plus Training Center in Southaven on Nov. 2 from 4-6 p.m.

All North Mississippi and greater Memphis area students, parents, counselors, alumni and friends are invited to the college fair that will showcase academic departments and student services offices.

President William N. LaForge, campus representatives and current students will be on hand to talk one-on-one about the university’s undergraduate and graduate degree programs, financial aid, scholarships, campus life and more.

The goal behind the on-site college fair is convenience and accessibility for those interested in Delta State. Admissions recruiter Katie Shoemaker works with students in the area and is eager to introduce them to the Delta State family.

“I am excited that students will have the opportunity to meet President LaForge and our academic representatives,” she said. “It will leave a lasting impression on juniors and seniors looking for a college home.”

In addition to academic departments and admissions representatives, the Office of Financial Aid, Office of Student Life and the Student Success Center will be on site.

For more information, visit www.deltastate.edu/collegefair, call 662-846-4020, or email kshoemaker@deltastate.edu.

Winners of the third annual DSU B.E.E.P. Breast Cancer Awareness Golf Tournament were  Johnny (left) and James Glorioso.

B.E.E.P. golf tournament raises funds for mammograms

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The Breast Education and Early-detection Project (B.E.E.P.) at Delta State partnered with the DSU Golf Course to sponsor the third annual DSU B.E.E.P. Breast Cancer Awareness Golf Tournament on Oct. 22. The tournament, organized by David Williams and Cecil Barnett of the golf course, and Gail Bailey, B.E.E.P. project director, raised over $1,500 to support the B.E.E.P. program.

Eleven teams participated in the two-person 18-hole scramble tournament held on the Darrell Foreman Golf Course. A fish fry was held at the conclusion of the event.

The team of Johnny Glorioso and James Glorioso won the championship flight finishing ahead of second place winners Gary Cooper and Randy Medders, and third place winners, Parker Dilworth and Kirkham Povall.

Sponsors of the tournament included Backyard Burgers, Barnes & Noble (DSU Bookstore), Catfish Cabin, Cleveland State Bank, Delta Remodeling (Gary Cooper), Domino’s Pizza, Farm Bureau, Ferguson Grease (Buddy Ferguson), GRAMMY Museum Mississippi, Julian Hardy, Wylie Hilburn, Lampard’s Wholesale Meats, Nancy Chiz and Nehi Bottling Company.

David Williams and Gail Bailey.

David Williams and Gail Bailey.

“B.E.E.P. would like to thank David Williams, Cecil Barnett, John Waller, Richard Mun and Hunter Walls of the DSU Golf Course for their assistance in making this tournament such a fun experience for everyone while raising funds for such a worthy cause,” said Bailey. “I would like to thank Wylie Hilburn for providing the delicious fish fry. The tournament would also not have been possible without the assistance from the sponsors and the people participating in the tournament. DSU is very fortunate to have such a wonderful facility as the Darrell Foreman Golf Course to serve the college and the community.”

B.E.E.P. is funded through a grant from the Central Mississippi Steel Magnolias affiliate of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation. B.E.E.P. participates in Breast Cancer Awareness events and provides breast health education throughout Bolivar, Sunflower, Washington and surrounding counties. The project also provides funding for clinical exams, mammograms and ultrasounds for women who have limited income, are uninsured or underinsured, and have limited access to preventative healthcare.

All proceeds from the tournament will go to support B.E.E.P. and will provide breast cancer screenings for project participants.

More pictures from the golf tournament can be found at http://www.deltastate.edu/academics/graduate-and-continuing-studies/center-for-community-economic-development/beep/

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Delta State ranked for top doctoral options

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Delta State University was recently ranked in guidetoonlineschools.com‘s list of 2017 Top Online Colleges for Doctoral Degrees.

Delta State came in at No. 10 on the list.

The 2017 Top Online Colleges are based on value, using analyzed accredited online schools across the nation, taking into consideration academic strength factors along with annual tuition rates in order to provide a list of colleges offering the best value to students.

Making it on the list shows Delta State’s high academic standards and a commitment to affordability, two key factors important to prospective students.

Students won’t find a degree on the Top 25 ranking more expensive than $15,000, or with an academic strength score lower than 55 percent.

Guide to Online Schools has been helping prospective students find the right online college since 2004. Its free, easy-to-use tools allow prospective students to find schools based on degree, tuition, student recommendation rate, military benefits and other other important attributes.

To view the complete ranking, visit http://www.guidetoonlineschools.com/degrees/doctoral.

Aaron Francois, Christopher Phillips, Dr. Yongqin Zhang

MAS-GIT students and faculty represent DSU at state conference

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Dr. Yongqin Zhang, assistant professor and director of the MAS-GIT program in the Department of Biological Sciences, and three MAS-GIT students recently gave presentations at the fourth Mississippi Geospatial Conference held at Long Beach on Oct. 20 and 21.

MAS-GIT student Kory Iman received the student poster award.  His research, “A Geospatial Method to Develop Infrastructure of Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Stations,” demonstrated the geospatial applications in transportation analysis.  He used multi-factor analysis to identify optimal locations for installing EV charging stations for the walking public, and gave the government some spatial considerations and guidance for transportation planning.

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Kory Iman

Iman was not able to show up in the conference due to a training session in Washington D.C. Dr. Zhang brought the award of a $50 check back on behalf of Iman.

The other two MAS-GIT students Aaron Francois and Christopher Phillips gave presentations titled “Study of the Zika Virus using Disease Mapping and Ecological Niche Models” and “Determining Species of Greatest Conservation Need Occurrence in the Yazoo River Drainage, Mississippi,” respectively. Dr. Zhang gave a presentation titled “Investigating the Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing on Natural Gas Production and Vegetation Change through Remote Sensing.” Their research utilizes GIS and remote sensing technologies in vegetation and natural gas production analysis, mosquito disease mapping and modeling, and fish species and habitat analysis.

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Dr. Zhang

“As the advisor, I am so proud of these MAS-GIT students for their excellent research ability and motivation in applied research using GIT. All of them represented DSU so well. This brings up the reputation of our master’s program.” said Zhang.