Chinese Heritage Museum to celebrate Chinese New Year

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The University Archives & Museum, in partnership with the Mississippi Delta Chinese Heritage Museum, will present a series of events to celebrate Chinese New Year.

The public is invited to attend variety of programs on Feb. 18. First, a cooking demonstration and tasting will begin at 1:30 p.m. inside Ewing Hall’s Ada Swindle Mitchell Food Lab. To reserve a ticket for the cooking event, contact University Archives ( or 662-846-4780. Each ticket is $8.

Also on Feb. 18, the Mississippi Delta Chinese Heritage Museum will host an open house beginning at 2 p.m. inside the Capps Archives & Museum building. On the first floor, visit the temporary exhibit of photographs selected from the museum’s permanent collection featuring ‘man’s best friend,’ curated to support 2018’s Year of the Dog.

Enjoy complementary hot teas and almond cookies and try your hand at drawing some of the more popular Chinese characters. Stop on the second floor to tour the museum’s newest traveling exhibit, “Grocery Stor[i]es.” Supported by a major grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council, the exhibit tells the stories of the lives lived behind the counters in many of the Delta’s grocery stores. The exhibit will travel to Boston, Chicago, Seattle, New Orleans, Houston and San Fransisco throughout 2018. For information on how to host the exhibit in your town, contact University Archives.

Throughout the month, in honor of the Chinese men and women who made the Mississippi Delta their homes, and in memory of the strong commitment to community engagement they instilled in their children, the museum will collect food, supplies and toys to be donated to the Cleveland Animal Shelter and Paw Prints Rescue. All collected donations will be evenly shared with these two local organizations.

“The University Archives and Museum, along with the Mississippi Delta Chinese Heritage Museum, appreciate the generosity of Delta State’s QEP program and the Mississippi Humanities Council in their support of these programs and projects,” said Emily Jones, university archives. “On behalf of the MHC, these events are made possible by a grant from the MS Humanities Council, through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.”

Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this exhibit and program do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the MS Humanities Council.

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Delta State continues overhaul of campus lighting

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Delta State University continues to make cost-effective and safety-boosting improvements to campus lighting.

James Rutledge, vice president for finance and administration at Delta State, said the campus lighting project would take place in two phases — first, all exterior lights, followed by phase two to replace interior lights. The former lights are being replaced with the more efficient LED bulbs.

“The new LED lights improve the amount of illumination around our campus tremendously,” said Rutledge. “This not only helps with safety issues, the new lights use less energy to do a better job. This will lower our utility usage by 60 percent and make our campus more inviting to our students and community.”

Through a rebate program with Entergy, 50 percent of the costs will be refunded. Rutledge said the LED lights will save 60 percent in usage, and the program will fund itself through rebates and energy savings within six months.

Currently, all of the lights around the quadrangle and Foundation Hall have been replaced, and the project is ongoing.

Jeff Barkman, director of Facilities Management, said the new lighting will significantly improve vision across campus at night, particularly around housing units..

“The new lights are three times brighter than the lights they are replacing,” said Barkman. “The new lights reflect more downward light, which minimizes light pollution making nighttime visibility much clearer.”

The next lights to be replaced will be behind the Student Union and both interior and exterior lighting at the Roberts-LaForge Library.

In all, there are around 6,000 lights, and without rebates, it is a $90,000 project.

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Delta State named to Phi Theta Kappa 2018 Transfer Honor Roll

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Delta State University recently received the prestigious designation of being named to the Phi Theta Kappa 2018 Transfer Honor Roll, which identifies the top four-year colleges and universities creating dynamic pathways to support transfer students.

Delta State is one of just 112 institutions nationwide selected to receive this honor.

Open to all regionally accredited baccalaureate degree-granting institutions, Phi Theta Kappa’s Transfer Honor Roll recognizes excellence and success in community college transfer pathway development.

To be considered, participating institutions complete an application detailing their community college transfer programs. Applications are evaluated in the areas of scholarship and financial aid, admissions outreach, student support services, and student engagement opportunities.

Dr. Charles McAdams, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, said Delta State would continue its efforts to welcome transfer students.

“Delta State is proud to be recognized for our work in making DSU an easy choice for Phi Theta Kappa students,” said McAdams. “These honor students help make our campus in part because of their engagement on campus and because of their drive for excellence. We work hard to make sure the transition for transfer students is as smooth as possible and help put transfer students on a path to completing their bachelor’s degree.”

McAdams said that each academic program at Delta State has developed an academic map to help students navigate through their degree requirements.

“Our academic advisors stand ready to work with students to help them determine how to complete their degree in the most efficient manner,” he said.

Phi Theta Kappa President and CEO, Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, said the recognition program reflects the growing importance of recognizing and responding to the needs of community college transfers and promoting and sharing best practices for transfer success.

“Increasingly, students of all ages and achievement levels are choosing the community college, not only as their first step, but also their first choice in the pursuit of a quality, affordable bachelor’s degree,” Tincher-Ladner said. “These students are scholars, leaders, and global citizens, and it has been shown over and over that they do as well as students beginning college at a four-year college or university.”

Transfer Honor Roll colleges will be recognized at PTK Catalyst 2018, Phi Theta Kappa’s annual convention, in Kansas City, Missouri, on April 19-21, 2018.

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