The Bologna Performing Arts Center will announce its new 2015-2016 lineup in the BPAC lobby this Friday.

Bologna Center season announcement

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The Bologna Performing Arts Center will reveal the 2015-2016 season Friday, June 5 in the lobby at 4:30 p.m.

This will mark the 21st season of presenting performing arts for the Center. The new lineup will consist of two series, the Main Stage events that happen at night and the School Time Matinee Series which consists of educational performances offered during the school day. There are 15 performances planned for the season, spanning from Broadway favorites to music concerts.

The public is invited to this announcement. Live entertainment and light refreshments will also be served at the season reveal. For additional questions, contact the BPAC office at 662-846-4625.

Delta State will host the 11th Literacy Across the Curriculum Institute for teachers across the state of Mississippi.

Literacy Institute hosted on campus

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Delta State University’s College of Education and Human Sciences is hosting the 11th Literacy Across the Curriculum: Institute for Teachers of Grades 6-12 (LACI) June 1-26 this year. The Institute is designed to enable teachers in middle and secondary schools to effectively incorporate the teaching of literacy skills in their respective content areas.

LACI’s curriculum will be rigorous and broad in scope to enable both new and experienced teachers to attain highly qualified status according to the No Child Left Behind Act of 2001. Participants will gain skills regarding the Mississippi Curriculum Frameworks, test blueprints provided by the Mississippi Department of Education, College and Career Readiness Standards, national standards, MSTAR, data driven instruction and performance based assessments.

Teachers from across the state of Mississippi will attend the 22-day institute, which is provided through the support of the No Child Left Behind Act: Improving Teacher Quality State Grant.

The administrative staff for 2015-2016 includes Dr. Merideth Van Namen, director, Dr. Levenia Barnes, instructor, and Pat Kirkpatrick, instructor. Please contact Namen at or 846-4412 for more information.

Technology program for student success

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The Office of Information Technology is offering the Partnership for Applying Technology to Help Students (PATHS) Program to empower university staff with information on campus technology services and resources.

The program will enable staff to better assist students and faculty with general questions regarding technology. The goal of the program is to bridge the gap between knowledge and need in order to promote student success with technology.

PATHS is designed for staff that work with faculty and students on a regular basis. They are often the first-responders that advise students on IT services, assist faculty with course content management and answer adjunct calls about access to IT support and services.

The program offers three days of workshops in a lunch-and-learn environment. Staff will participate 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. in sessions on the topics including the learning management system, Banner software, security and mail merge. Lunch will be provided for the participants. The program will have three cohorts with groups of five in June, September and February.

For more information, contact Dr. Nicole House, director of Instructional Technology, at or visit

Family and friends gather in the Howorth Seminar Room to honor Dorothy Shawhan with the Woman of Achievement Award for 2015.

Shawhan honored with achievement award

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Professor Emeritus Dorothy Shawhan was posthumously awarded the Lucy Somerville Howorth Woman of Achievement Award.

The award was initiated in 2000 with the 75th anniversary of Delta State to celebrate the achievement of Delta women. Judge Lucy Howorth endowed a program whereby women who have made significant contributions to life in the Delta and have served as ambassadors of the Delta to the world can be honored. University Archivist Emily Jones coordinates the selection and recognition of each recipient.

“Dorothy was the one who sent the first letters out asking for help in organizing the Howorth Woman of Achievement award in 2000. She was always working to encourage her students and peers and especially the women around her,” said Jones.

Shawhan served the Delta State community beginning in 1981 as an instructor in English and moved on to chair the Division of Languages and Literature in 1992.  Shawhan was the recipient of the Mississippi Humanities Council Teacher Award in 2004 and the S. E. Kossman Outstanding Faculty Award in 2006. She presented the keynote address at Delta State’s 2006 Fall Commencement. After retiring, Shawhan continued teaching part time as Professor Emeritus of English.

Shawhan’s family plans to donate her book collection, manuscripts, photographs and audio recordings to the University.

“This is a wonderful collection and what makes it even better is their desire to have Dorothy’s books installed in the Roberts-LaForge library collection so that the students will have easy access to these resources,” said Jones. “We have an exhibit of her memorabilia on display in the Archives, and there is a slide show created from a lifetime of photographs that runs daily. The exhibit and show will be available until July 30.”

A reception and portrait unveiling was held in the Lucy Somerville Howorth Seminar Room. The Timshel Book Club orchestrated and financed the renovation the seminar room in May to honor Shawhan, their friend and club member.

“It’s beautiful and a real tribute to all the women who have been inducted into this dedicated group of women since 2000,” said Jones.

For more information, contact the Archives at 662-846-4780 or email


Alumni Association summer picnic schedule released

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The Delta State University Alumni Association announced its summer picnic travel schedule. The Alumni Association staff will visit New York City, Atlanta and Washington D.C. for the annual Mississippi picnics this June.

The Mississippi Society of Georgia’s annual Mississippi in the Park is June 6 at Chastain Park. The picnic is from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There are a variety of activities planned this year, including a golf tournament and an Atlanta Braves game. The group will also award a scholarship for a Georgia resident who will be attending a Mississippi school in the fall. For more information on this event, visit the society’s website

“The annual Atlanta’s Mississippi in the Park provides an opportunity for Mississippians who now reside in the Greater Atlanta area to identify back with their home state,” said Jeffrey Farris, director of Alumni Affairs. “The event provides an opportunity for colleges and universities to connect with their alumni and friends who live in the area. Delta State alumni come out in droves each year to enjoy live entertainment, catfish, artwork and fellowship with one another.”

The 36th annual New York-Mississippi picnic in Central Park is June 13 from noon to 6 p.m. This year’s event will be held at Center Road at the 72nd Street and 5th Avenue entrance, which is between the Naumberg Bandshell and Sheeps Meadow. This year’s theme is Elvis in the Park, Celebrating 80 Years of The King of Rock & Roll. For a full schedule of events, visit the group’s website

The 25th annual Mississippi on the Mall will be held June 20 in Washington D.C. at Henry Bacon Ball Field, located at 23rd Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Live music will be provided, and fried catfish will be served. For more information, visit

“The annual New York Picnic in the Park continues to grow each year, bringing out more and more of our Delta State alumni and friends living or visiting the area,” said Jordan Thomas, assistant alumni director. “I always enjoy meeting and visiting with everyone who has a connection to Delta State, and I am looking forward to seeing what the D.C. picnic has to offer.”

Scholarship funds have been established for all three areas. To donate to the scholarship funds, or to RSVP for the events, visit The picnics also have a Facebook event page under Statesmen Graduates.

Each picnic will have representatives from Mississippi including the majority of the state’s public and private institutions of higher learning. Delta State will have representatives from campus to provide updates, promotional items, information from admissions and other campus departments and much more. This also provides an opportunity for alumni to connect with their alma mater and refer a student to attend Delta State.

In true Magnolia State fashion, fried catfish and sweet tea will be served at all three events. The picnics celebrate all things Mississippi and give native Mississippians in the area a chance to get a little piece of home in the big city.

For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 662-846-4660 To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), Tumblr (, LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1).