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Travis Tritt Begins New BPAC Season

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Country music legend Travis Tritt and special guest Luke Combs will kick off the 2016-2017 Season at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on Thursday, Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m. The concert is sponsored by Bolivar Medical Center. There will also be a pre-show dinner in the Sculpture Garden.

More than 27 years after Travis Tritt launched his music career, the Grammy award-winning artist continues to sell-out shows, top sales charts, and stay true and relevant to Country music fans across the globe. A Marietta, Georgia native, Travis Tritt is dubbed one of “The Class of ‘89,” which included Country music superstars Garth Brooks, Clint Black and Alan Jackson, all of whom dominated the charts in the early ‘90s.

Among his 11 studio albums and numerous charted singles are 19 Top 10 hits, including “Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde,” “Love Of A Woman” and “T-R-O-U-B-L-E.” His over 25-year career has produced millions in album sales, two Grammy award wins and multiple No. 1 singles on the Country radio charts. Most recently, Tritt formed Post Oak Recordings in 2012 and released his album “The Calm After…” through his own record label. Continuously performing shows and holding a heavy appearance schedule, Tritt is proving to be unstoppable.

Joining Travis Tritt is special guest Luke Combs.

Don’t call country music newcomer Luke Combs an “outlaw.” The word doesn’t really fit, though he does have an undeniable independent streak. “Outsider” doesn’t really work anymore either, since he’s come to Nashville and quickly won himself a record deal and quite a bit of attention. “Outlier” is a better fit for Combs. The 26-year-old has built an already enviable following, with his first single “Hurricane” making the iTunes Top 10 Country as well as Billboard Hot Country Top 40 charts.

Combs has been touring throughout the summer with Tritt, and has shared the stage with other artists such as the Eli Young Band, Corey Smith, and Chace Rice.

Prior to the show, weather permitting, there will be a picnic-style dinner in the Sanders Sculpture Garden located in front of the Bologna Performing Arts Center. Delta Dairy, Delta Meat Market, and Nehi Bottling Co. will have food and beverages available for purchase. Dinner in the garden will last from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., and the Travis Tritt performance begins at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $30-60 and are available at the Bologna Performing Arts Center Ticket Office, open Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by phone 662-846-4626 or online www.bolognapac.com. Tickets to the performance are not required to attend the dinner in the Sculpture Garden; food purchases may be made directly from vendors on-site.

President of the Delta State Leflore County Chapter Miller Arant '99 introducing a future Delta State alum to the crowd.

Leflore County Alumni Chapter host alumni gathering and new student sendoff party

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association recently hosted an event at the Museum of the Mississippi Delta in Greenwood.

This year’s program featured Head Football Coach Todd Cooley; University Archivist, Emily Jones; Band Director, Dr. Erik Richards; and Jeffrey Farris, Director of Alumni Affairs. Other faculty and staff in attendance were Ann Giger, Executive Assistant to the President; Matt Jones, Senior Associate Athletic Director of Communications & Marketing; Dr. Karen Fosheim, Chair of the Department of Music; Dr. Josh Armstrong, Assistant Band Director; Diana McDowell, Admissions Recruiter; Rebekah Arant, Admissions Recruiter; Katherine Shoemaker, Admissions Recruiter; Keith Fulcher, Executive Director Alumni-Foundation; and Gary Bouse, Chief Development Officer

The program consisted of an updated from Cheryl Taylor Thornhill, Executive Director of the Museum, Delta State University Campus video, and updates from Delta State University.  President of the Leflore County Chapter Miller Arant also recognized all Delta State students in attendance and their families while encouraging alumni to make plans to visit campus this fall.greenwood-2

Over 50 alumni and friends attended the event as well as students who are now enrolled at Delta State University for the Fall Semester.

To view photos from the LeFlore County Alumni Chapter meeting, Click Here. (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dsualumni/albums/72157671333752131)

To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), Tumblr (http://www.dsualumni.tumblr.com), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Save the date for Pig Pickin’ (Sept. 24) and Homecoming (Oct. 15).

A Letter from President William N. LaForge

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Dear Campus Colleagues and Students:

Welcome to the new academic year!

As I shared with the faculty and staff at Convocation, this promises to be a terrific year, filled with exciting programs, intercollegiate athletics, campus changes, and the first steps toward realizing the university’s vision for a successful future.

We recently rolled out ten building-block visioning principles that will help guide us to that future success.  Many of the ideas and strategies that will pave that pathway are already in place or in the development stages.  All of us in the Delta State family have a huge stake in this vision, and I invite you to join in as we plan and shape that future.  I have attached the full list of visioning principles.

Delta State’s highest priorities are academic excellence and student success.  As a student-centric university, our mission is to help guide each student on the path to success, and to provide our students with the very best experience possible in and out of the classroom.  College is a time for exploration and discovery for our students, and this university is committed to providing an outstanding platform for student engagement.

Students…I encourage all of you to get involved with student government, intramurals, religious life, cultural and service organizations and projects, and fraternities and sororities.  Doing so is an important part of a college experience, and your involvement will make you a more versatile person as you prepare for your career.  As our tagline says, “Join In.  Stand Out!”

We have just rolled out a new and expanded healthcare service plan for all students, and this plan will also be available for faculty, staff, and the community.  In partnership with Bolivar Medical Center, we will have a more modern healthcare delivery system—in the same facility on campus, the Reily Health Center—that will provide enhanced medical care.  Please take advantage of these new services.

I call your attention to a full slate of entertainment and activities that will fill the calendar this fall and beyond.  Be sure to keep up with all university events and activities by checking out the Delta State home page and announcements.  For example, superb BPAC programming is scheduled for this year, including music, dance, and Broadway shows.   Statesmen football offers six home games.  Our annual International Conference on the Blues is slated for October 2-4, and our signature Race Relations Conference will be held again in the spring.  I am pleased to announce two University Colloquia Distinguished Speakers Programs for the Fall—Federal District Judge Gustavo Gelpi of Puerto Rico on September 20th on the topic of police reform in the United States, and U.S. Congressman Bennie Thompson on November 9th for a unique and timely “next day look-back” at the 2016 national election.  Both will take place in Jobe auditorium at 6:00 pm on those respective dates.

Finally, Delta State is a special place for many reasons, and this university strives to provide a warm, inviting environment that is conducive for teaching and learning.  Imbedded in our culture are a number of core values that speak to who we are as a university community.  I ask that you review this element of our visioning principles, and embrace our core values as we continue to make Delta State a university of distinction.

I wish for each of you a prosperous and successful 2016-17 academic year!

All the best,

Bill LaForge

President

The public is invited to a special panel and book signing Sept. 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Charles W. Capps, Jr. Archives and Museum Building. The event is titled “In Remembrance of Margaret Block, Civil Rights Movement Organizer: Voting Rights, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.” Photo from the Univ. of Florida.

Panel and book signing to honor Margaret Block

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The Delta State University Quality Enhancement Plan, and the DSU Diversity Committee invites the public to a special panel and book signing Sept. 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Charles W. Capps, Jr. Archives and Museum Building. The event is titled “In Remembrance of Margaret Block, Civil Rights Movement Organizer: Voting Rights, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.”

During the week of Sept. 6-11, the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program (SPOHP) at the University of Florida, returns to the Mississippi Delta to conduct oral history research on the civil rights movement in Mississippi and the American South. A highlight of this year’s trip will be the public panel. The event is co-sponsored by Delta State University and the University of Florida.

The panel will focus on “Voting Rights, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” and the event will honor the memory of Margaret Block, an organizer of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in Bolivar County in the 1960s. Block was a life-long human rights activist.

The panel will begin with the world premier screening of a new documentary titled “Celebrating the Life of Margaret Block, Civil Rights Activist.” The first 50 audience members and educators who attend the event will receive a free copy of the Margaret Block Remembrance DVD, as well as a booklet copy of SPOHP’s award-winning “I Will Never Forget: Memories from Mississippi Freedom Summer,” which contains first-hand accounts from SNCC veterans on the Freedom Movement in the 1960s.

This year’s panel will feature Mississippi State University’s Jason Ward, who will discuss his new book, “Hanging Bridge: Racial Violence, and America’s Civil Right Century.” The book was recently published by Oxford University Press. Ward will be signing copies of his book after the discussion.

Delta State instructor of political science, Arlene Story Sanders, will discuss voting restrictions in Mississippi. Sanders is chair of the DSU Diversity Advisory Committee.

Rounding out the panel will be Paul Ortiz, author of the award-winning books “Emancipation Betrayed” and “Remembering Jim Crow.” Ortiz will speak about voting rights and democracy in the United States.

Since 2008, SPOHP has worked under the guidance of a number of organizations during this annual civil rights history field work trip. These include the Sunflower County Civil Rights Organization, the Sam Block Civil Rights Organization, the Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture, Veterans for Peace, United Food & Commercial Workers, as well as the Equal Justice Initiative and the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama. Each of the interviews collected during the history of the project are publicly accessible to all at the University of Florida’s Mississippi Delta Freedom Project Digital Collection, which can be accessed at http://ufdc.ufl.edu/freedom

Panel co-sponsors include: the Delta State University Quality Enhancement Plan, the DSU Diversity Committee, the University of Florida Office Of Research, the Robert and Gay Zieger Social Justice Scholarship Fund, William De Grove and Mark Proctor.

For more information about the panel, contact Sanders at asanders@deltastate.edu or Ortiz at portiz@ufl.edu.

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Levitt AMP Cleveland Music Series begins tonight

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The Levitt AMP Cleveland Music Series launches tonight at 7 p.m. with the Southern Komfort Brass Band, bringing the joy of free, live music to downtown Cleveland’s Green Space for the next 10 weeks.

Thanks to a $25,000 matching grant from the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a private family foundation supporting the largest free outdoor concert series in America, the Levitt AMP Cleveland Music Series promises high quality entertainment and good times for everyone.

Taylor Henry

Taylor Henry

Those attending are encouraged to bring family and friends, along with picnic blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the open lawn setting of the Green Space.

All Levitt AMP concerts are free and open to the public.

Visit www.levittamp.org/cleveland for the full concert series and location information.

Nashville’s Taylor Henry, a pop-rock craftsman pairing his pure tenor voice with rhythmic, soulful guitar, is slated for Sept. 8, and the music of Scotland, Ireland, and early America with Chambless & Muse on Sept. 13.

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Chambless & Muse