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A Year With Frog and Toad comes to BPAC

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Watch the seasons unfold with the lovable Frog and Toad, two beloved characters from Arnold Lobel’s wildly-popular children’s book series, one of the Honor Book finalists for the prestigious Newbery Medal in children’s literature.

Produced by Casa Mañana Theatre, “A Year With Frog and Toad” hops onto the stage at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on Oct. 25. Come see the amphibious dynamic duo participate in activities for all seasons — leaf raking, snow sledding, garden planting and summer swimming —during the BPAC’s School-Time Matinee Series opening show.

Boasting a jazzy score with a host of entertaining and amiable forest creature friends, this three-time Tony Award nominated musical follows Frog and Toad as the seasons progress, relaying a tale of enduring friendship sure to excite and educate.

Tickets are still available for the 11:30 a.m. performance. The suggested grade levels for this performance are pre-K through fifth grade. Teachers are encouraged to download the free study guide compiled by Casa Mañana Performing Arts Conservatory from the BPAC’s website, www.bolognapac.com.

Tickets are $6 for adults and students, and are available for purchase by stopping by the BPAC or calling 662-846-4844.

“A Year With Frog and Toad” is sponsored locally by Monsanto.

The Shanghai Acrobats present “Shanghai Nights!”  Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

Shanghai Acrobats to perform at BPAC

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Direct from Shanghai, the People’s Republic of China, the Shanghai Acrobats present “Shanghai Nights!” Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. at the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

Founded in 1959, the award-winning company of more than 40 performers epitomizes the thrilling combination of strength, agility and balance that forces an audience to hold its breath, sit up straight, then break into spontaneous applause.

Renowned as an award-winning troupe in both acrobatic and circus competitions at home and abroad, the Shanghai Acrobats have become one of the most influential and competitive acrobatic companies in China.

Share the thrills with the whole family as trampoline artists and aerial acrobats fly through the air with the greatest of ease, while jugglers, contortionists and martial artists demonstrate the exacting precision of their skills. Through jaw-dropping feats of acrobatics, impeccable timed stunts and beautiful costumes, Shanghai Acrobats merge the hustle and bustle of contemporary Shanghai with China’s rich cultural heritage to produce this celebration of their country. From hoop diving to performances on the aerial rings, this world class acrobatic performance is guided by a gentle narrative and performed with beautiful costumes, wonderful lighting and lovely music.

Tickets to see the Shanghai Acrobats are $15-20 and are available at the BPAC Ticket Office Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by phone at 662-846-4626, or online www.bolognapac.com.

The show is part of the BPAC’s new Family Series, featuring performances for audiences of all ages. Additional shows in the series include “Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Other Treasured Stories by Eric Carle” on Nov. 6, and “Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE!” on Jan. 24, 2017.

Patrons can save $10 per person when buying the Family Series Package, which includes tickets to all three Family Series performances.

Dr. Jeff Passe

Passe to present at Kent Wyatt Distinguished Lecture

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The College of Education and Human Sciences will host the third annual Kent Wyatt Distinguished Lecture at Delta State University on Oct. 10 at noon in the Jacob Conference Center.

This year’s guest lecturer is Dr. Jeff Passe, dean of the School of Education at the College of New Jersey. A former elementary school teacher, Passe received a doctorate from the University of Florida before serving as a teacher educator at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and Towson University in Maryland.

Passe has taught courses in instructional design, classroom management, curriculum development and teaching strategies. He has provided evaluation services for dozens of educational and arts organizations. His leadership experiences include president of the National Council for the Social Studies, chair of the 16-campus University of North Carolina Faculty Assembly, and he has served on the board of directors for multiple organizations. Additionally, Passe has extensive experience in building viable partnerships between university educator/school professional preparation programs and their surrounding K-12 schools.

“We are very pleased to have Dr. Passe share his expertise with our faculty and students as we reach out to local schools to understand how we can better serve them through the preparation of quality teachers, leaders and other school professionals,” said Dr. Leslie Griffin, dean of the College of Education and Humans Sciences at Delta State. “This is an ongoing and chief focus in our college.”

For more information, call 662-846-4400.

 

 

Aaliyah Jones, Rex Bingham and Katlyn Dickerson are the 2016-17 B.F. Smith Scholars.

Office of Graduate Studies presents 2016-17 B.F. Smith Scholars

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The Office of Graduate Studies recently announced the 2016-17 recipients of the B.F. Smith Scholars graduate assistantships.

The B.F. Smith Scholars Program provides funding for qualified entering graduate students. The highly competitive GA position, which awards $5,000 plus tuition per semester, is awarded to a limited number of students with a proven record of undergraduate achievement. The successful applicant will demonstrate a commitment to the Delta region in pursuit of a degree related to community and economic development.

This year’s recipients include Aaliyah Jones, Rex Bingham and Katlyn Dickerson.

Aaliyah Jones is a Greenwood, Mississippi native and is the daughter of Cassandra Jones and the late Tracy King. Jones completed her undergraduate degree in social justice and criminology in May of 2016.  She is now pursuing her master’s in mental health counseling. For her work with B.F. Smith, Jones is assisting Dr. Garry Jennings in the social sciences office at Delta State. After graduation, she plans to help youth stay out of trouble by getting them involved in sports and community activities. Her longterm goal is to open a community center that allows youth to have a safe place to prosper and learn how to give back to their community.

Rex Bingham is a native of Kilmichael, Mississippi and is the son of Jeff and Debbie Stafford. Bingham completed his undergraduate degree in kinesiology at Mississippi State University. He is currently pursuing his MBA at Delta State. For his work with B.F. Smith, he is working with Delta State’s Quality Enhancement Plan. He is also involved with Delta State’s Baptist Student Union, the Financial Management Club and Phi Kappa Phi honor Society. In his free time, Bingham enjoys golfing and fishing.

Katlyn Dickerson a native of Senatobia, Mississippi and is the daughter of Stefan and Mary Helen Dickerson. She completed her undergraduate degree in family and consumer sciences with a concentration in child development at Delta State in June of 2016. She is currently pursuing a master’s in clinical and mental health counseling. For her work with B.F. Smith, she was placed with the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce. Upon graduation, Katlyn will pursue a career that allows her to help others through counseling or some type of community development initiatives.

To learn more about the B.F. Smith Scholars Program, contact Sarah Lee at 662-846-4878 or slee@deltastate.edu.

Jessica Faith Wishard (left to right), Kailey Mathis and Brittany McGee are the 2016-17 GRAMMY U officers.

GRAMMY U officers elected for 2016-17

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Officers for the GRAMMY U chapter at Delta State University have been elected for the 2016-17 year.

Kailey Mathis, a junior entertainment industry studies major from Madison, Mississippi, was elected as this year’s president. Jessica Faith Wishard of Monticello, Arkansas will serve as vice president. Brittany McGee of Ecru, Mississippi will serve as secretary/treasurer.

GRAMMY U is a unique and fast-growing community of college students, primarily between the ages of 17-25, who are pursuing a career in the recording industry. GRAMMY U events and special programs touch on all aspects of the music industry, from the technology to the tracks themselves. Events are scheduled throughout the semester to give members a wide variety of experiences and professional development. Because GRAMMY U is part of The Recording Academy, members have extraordinary access to the industry and its artists.

In setting the vision for this year’s group, Mathis said, “ I hope to see our current and new members participate more within our chapter and in our community. A big thing we want to implement this year is group service projects around the community. We are planning some projects to help local charities, sing at the nursing homes, and also make efforts to help clean the Delta State campus and some streets in Cleveland.”

The Delta Music Institute is an independent center of study under the College of Arts and Sciences at Delta State University, offering a bachelor’s degree in Entertainment Industry Studies. The focus of the DMI is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, creative and business areas of the music and entertainment industry. For information, contact 662-846-4579 or visit http://dmi.deltastate.edu.