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BPAC’s Highest Honor Given to Gresham, McPherson Families

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The Bologna Performing Arts Center (BPAC) proudly announces that the Gresham and McPherson families of Indianola are the latest recipients of the President’s Award.

Delta State University President William N. LaForge presented the award Tuesday, Feb. 7 at a special event on the theater’s stage. The President’s Award is given in recognition of outstanding service to the BPAC.

“Since the Bologna Performing Art Center’s beginnings, the Gresham and McPherson families have been ardent supporters, as they are of so many aspects of the arts and Delta culture,” remarked LaForge. “They are shining examples of community support and engagement.”

This award is given by Delta State’s president to those who have contributed their expertise, insights and energy to promote the arts for the enrichment of the Delta in special ways. The award is the BPAC’s highest honor. Acknowledgement is made through a unique award modeled after architectural details of the BPAC façade, which are covered in gold leaf.

The Gresham and McPherson families were original supporters of the BPAC when it was first built in 1994 through state funding through the Mississippi legislature. Gresham Petroleum Company and Double Quick, Inc. provided the lead gift for the BPAC’s Recital Hall stage. Over the last 20 years, the Gresham and McPherson families have provided scholarship ticket programs for school-age students to attend matinee performances and youth scholarships for children to the Mississippi Summer Arts Institute, in addition to annual support for the facility’s programs.

A multidisciplinary facility, the BPAC presents an annual season of national and international touring productions in addition to its university commitments. To learn more about the BPAC or to get tickets to an upcoming performance, visit www.bolognapac.com or stop by the center.

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Delta State Alumni Association announces 2017 event dates

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association recently announced the following 2017 event dates for three of the largest events held on campus — Go Green Weekend, Pig Pickin’ and Homecoming.

On April 7-8, join the Green and White Nation for the 4th annual Go Green Weekend at Delta State. Celebrate the spring season with live entertainment, tailgating, a jambalaya cook-off, athletic games, activities for the family and more! Come out to support the Statesmen and Fighting Okra for a weekend of food, fun and sports.

The 32st annual Pig Pickin’ will be held this year on Oct. 7-8, as the Statesmen football team hosts the University of West Alabama. The full schedule of events will be announced at a later date. Make plans now to tailgate in Statesmen Park with friends and fellow alumni.

Homecoming has been set for Nov. 10-11, and the Statesmen football team is scheduled to compete against Florida Tech. Throughout the weekend, the Alumni Association has a variety of activities planned. The class of 1967 will be featured and honored, as they’ll be celebrating 50 years since graduating from Delta State. They will also be inducted into the prestigious Golden Circle, which is a constituency group of the Alumni Association that honors alumni who graduated at least 50 years ago. The National Alumni Association will recognize the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year, Alumni Hall of Fame, and other service awards. The award winners along with the Delta State Athletics Hall of Fame will be recognized at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on Nov. 10.

“Make plans now to return to campus! The Alumni Office has mailed 15,000 save-the-date postcards to our alumni and friends promoting these signature annual events. We also just released 28,000 Alumni and Foundation magazines which feature these dates, so keep them handy as a reminder,” said Jeffrey Farris, alumni director. “The Alumni Office wants to help you get back to campus to enjoy Cleveland and your alma mater.”

Email alumni@deltastate.edu with questions, and for travel info and local accommodations, go to www.visitclevelandms.com.

More details on events will be released at a later date. The official hashtag for Go Green Weekend is #GGW, Pig Pickin’ is #DSUPigPickin and for Homecoming is #DSUHC.

To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1).

Stagecraft-Workshop

DMI Students Complete Stage Performance Workshop

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The Delta Music Institute, an entertainment industry studies program at Delta State University, recently presented a stagecraft workshop on “Making Your Live Music Performance Effective,” a two-day event featuring lectures, discussions and hands-on demonstrations facilitated by Lang Bliss, live show producer with Diff’rent Wirld Productions in Nashville.

The event was held Feb. 3-4 at the DMI studios on the campus of Delta State.

According to Bliss, “DMI students and other talented young people are facing a different music industry than those seven, 10 and 15 years ago. The old record label based model doesn’t exist for most aspiring artists these days. A new model exists and is continuing to develop, where the main source of income for the vast majority of artists is centered around that artist’s live performance and their ability to gain and expand their audience with each and every show.”

Lang Bliss has over 30 years of experience in the music industry, in addition to his live music production work with Diff’rent Wirld Productions. His work as a live music producer includes everyone from weekend warrior artists to the Armed Services to those who have sold millions of records and written numerous number one hits, including The TeLang-Blissnors, Sidewalk Prophets, The Henningsens, and Francesca Battistelli.

As a performer, Bliss has been involved in the rock, country and CCM music industries as a songwriter for BMG publishing, an artist with BlissBliss, and he was signed to REX records with label mates Sixpence None the Richer. As a musician he’s played and sung with artists such as GRAMMY® and Dove award winners Michael W. Smith, Rich Mullins, and Michael McDonald.

Participants in the workshop included members of the DMI All Stars, B4Y2K, singer/songwriter Kelsey Buquet and other selected students.

The DMI is an independent center of study under the College of Arts & Sciences at Delta State University offering a B.S. degree in Entertainment Industry Studies degree. 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, visit http://dmi.deltastate.edu. For information about the DMI program, call (662) 846-4579 or email dmi@deltastate.edu.

Best Online BSN Degrees

Delta State tabbed in Top 50 online BSN ranking

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Delta State University and the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing were recently ranked in College Choice’s 50 Best Online BSN Programs.

The ranking canvassed schools nationwide for the best options in online bachelor’s in nursing degree programs. Delta State came in at No. 26 overall and is the only school in Mississippi to make the list.

Delta State was recognized as the most affordable program on the list, with an average credit hour cost of around $104.

“Delta State University offers one of the most economical online BSN programs, in that students can complete the nursing requirements in two semesters,” said College Choice’s ranking.

The ranking methodology aggregates data from multiple, publicly-accessible sources. See the full ranking at http://www.collegechoice.net/rankings/online-nursing-programs/

College Choice is an independent online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college.

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

Chief Jeffrey Johns

Johns hired as Chief of Police

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Delta State University Chief of Police Jeffrey Johns

The Division of Student Affairs officially announced Jeffrey Johns as the Chief of Police for Delta State University.

Johns has served on an interim basis since November 2016 after Chief Lynn Buford, who served in the position nearly 25 years, announced his retirement.

“I am truly humbled to be chosen as Chief of Police for Delta State University,” said Johns. “I have enjoyed my time as interim and have learned so much about this unique institution. I’ve been exposed to the state’s only aviation program, the Delta Music Institute and our first-class athletics program. Additionally, each and every department I have visited exemplifies the high values of this institution and its mission to educate.”

Johns formerly served as the Chief of Police for Holmes Community College and has over 25 years of experience in law enforcement, security, and managing law enforcement in educational and government environments.

Johns said he was honored to take over after Buford’s successful career.

“Delta State has been fortunate to have only two police chiefs serve from 1969 until Chief Buford’s retirement,” said Johns. “I knew Chief Benton, and he was a widely respected lawman. Chief Buford not only served Delta State, but also on the board of the Mississippi Chiefs’ Association. He retires with a distinguished 23 years of service to this community. Those legacies are hard to surpass.”

Dr. Vernell Bennett, vice president of Student Affairs, was thrilled to announce Johns’ official hiring.

“Chief Johns comes with decades of executive level law enforcement experience and has spent almost a decade leading a college campus’s police department,” said Bennett. “His networking contacts within the state and region will serve the DSU Police Department and institution well as we continue to work towards DSU Police Department state accreditation.”

Bennett added her praise for Buford.

“Chief Buford’s love and dedication for Delta State, especially its students, is unparalleled,” she said. “I am most grateful for his service. Although we did not work together long, his commitment to student success was immediately evident upon my arrival. We wish him the best in his well-deserved retirement.”

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