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Stump and Parker recognized by HEADWAE

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Sheryl Stump of the library (left) and student Allie Rose Parker were recently honored by the annual HEADWAE program.

Higher education in Mississippi celebrated the 30th annual HEADWAE program recently, honoring outstanding students and faculty members from 34 Mississippi public and private universities and colleges.

Higher Education Appreciation Day—Working for Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) was established by legislative resolution to honor individual academic achievement and the overall contribution of the state’s public and private institutions of higher learning.

Honorees from across the state gathered at the State Capitol for their recognition in late Febrary. The group was welcomed by Governor Phil Bryant, recognized by the Senate and House of Representatives and given a tour of the Capitol. The day continued with an award ceremony and luncheon.

2016-17 Delta State honorees included Sheryl Stump, cataloger/professor at Delta State’s Roberts-LaForge Library, and student Allie Rose Parker, a biology major, SGA president and Olive Branch, Mississippi native.

Stump has been working at Delta State for 28 years.

“I’m very honored to be recognized by HEADWAE,” said Stump. “I have endeavored to bring quality to my cataloging work, which enables students, faculty and staff to access the library materials they need. It’s nice to know that my work is recognized as part of the larger educational mission of both Delta State University as well as the state of Mississippi. I’d like to thank Jeff Slagell, the dean of Library Services, for nominating me for this honor.”

Parker, who is also the first voting student member of the President’s Cabinet, was thrilled with the nomination.

“I was so honored to be recognized by HEADWAE because higher education plays such an important role in my life,” said Paker. “I am so thankful to go to such a great school that works with students on succeeding in both the classroom and extracurricular realms. It was such a fun experience to get together with the students from Mississippi schools, the faculty members who were honored, and the members of the legislature who joined us.”

Corporate sponsors for the HEADWAE program include: Atmos Energy, Jackson; AT&T, Jackson; BancorpSouth, Tupelo; Chevron Products, Pascagoula; ERGON, Flowood; Georgia-Pacific (KOCH Companies), Baton Rouge, LA;  Ingalls Shipbuilding, Pascagoula; Mississippi Power Company, Gulfport; Sanderson Farms, Laurel; Trustmark Bank, Jackson; and Valley Services, Inc., Flowood.

Click here http://www.mississippi.edu/headwae/downloads/headwaehonorees2017.pdf for a full list of 2016-17 HEADWAE honorees.

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The Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning governs the public universities in Mississippi, including Alcorn State University; Delta State University; Jackson State University; Mississippi State University including the Mississippi State University Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine; Mississippi University for Women; Mississippi Valley State University; the University of Mississippi including the University of Mississippi Medical Center; and the University of Southern Mississippi.

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River Kings 2 Tour coming to campus

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The Office of Student Life, Quality Enhancement Plan, the International Delta Blues Project, the Delta Center for Culture and Learning, and the Delta Music Institute are partnering to host Southern hip-hop artists and social activists Marco Pavé and Alfred Banks on April 11 for two events open to the Delta State community and public.

These events are part of the sustainability mission of Delta State’s annual Winning the Race Conference.

Event #1 – 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. in Baioni Conference Center:
Scott Barretta from the International Delta Blues Project will moderate a lunch panel featuring Pavé and Alfred Banks. The discussion will center on the intersections of music, social justice and activism, as well as discussing music entrepreneurship, the creative economy and regional musical influences. Lunch will be provided for attendees. The event will be in the Baioni Conference Center in Broom Hall from 12:15-1:30 pm.

Event #2 – Union First Floor Lounge from 4-6 p.m.:
Pavé and Banks will perform a casual, lounge-style concert in the Union. Refreshments will be available. This interactive event is an opportunity to hear the duo perform, as well aa ask questions about their music, influences and activism.

Pavé, a Memphis native, and Banks, from New Orleans, have built solid followings in and around their respective cities and beyond. Pavé has been featured on Apple music, MTV, The Root and has delivered a Ted Talk on arts entrepreneurship. Banks has been featured on RevoltTv, BBC Russia, on several national tours, and has a song featured in a Volkswagen commercial. On their own, they both have viable careers, but in the summer of 2016 they decided to join forces and tour together through the River Kings Tour. Their 2016 efforts were so successful that round two will be an 18-city tour.

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Delta Players present “Speech & Debate”

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The Delta Players will present “Speech & Debate,” March 22-25 at 7 p.m. in Jobe Hall Auditorium on the Delta State University campus.

The play was written by Stephen Karam, who recently won a Tony Award for his play “The Humans.”

Co-sponsors for the play include the Delta Music Institute and DSU’s Quality Enhancement Plan. Voluntary monetary donations for Delta State University’s Gay-Straight Alliance will be collected after the show.

“Dr. Kilby Allen, the director, has done a terrific job of balancing the play’s humor with the core drama of three socially awkward teenagers struggling with their emerging sexual identities in modern America,” said Don Allan Mitchell of the Division of Languages & Literature, which is producing the play.

“The darkly-comic play is definitely not a play for younger audiences. The film based on the play is rated PG-13,” added Mitchell. “There are interweaving sex scandals, dancing actors in flesh-colored body stockings and purple underwear, and a Broadway musical presentation of alternative facts concerning Abraham Lincoln’s sexual orientation. In short, it is precisely the type of challenging material that college drama groups should be presenting to audiences.”

Cast members include Delta State students Layla Young as Diwata, Logan Swain as Howie, Jess Bennett as Solomon, and future Cleveland Central High School student Ginny Smith playing the double role of the teacher/reporter. The stage manager is Delta State staff member Mallory Shemwell. The technical director is Amber Wolfe, who earned two degrees at Delta State and is the drama sponsor at Cleveland High School.

“Over the last few semesters, Ms. Wolfe has been very supportive of the Delta Players, and the Division of Languages & Literature will continue to collaborate with her and her student productions in the very near feature,” staid Mitchell.

The play is free and open to the public, with the condition that audience members acknowledge the play’s challenging content at the sign-in and information table in the lobby.

For more information, contact the Division of Languages & Literature at 662-846-4060 or Mitchell at amitchell@deltastate.edu.

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String Quintet SYBARITE5 to play BPAC March 21

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The Bologna Performing Arts Center presents the string quintet SYBARITE5 on March 21 at 7:30 p.m. The group will be performing to a limited capacity audience on the McPherson Stage of the BPAC’s Recital Hall.

Comprised of Sami Merdinian and Sarah Whitney on violins, Angela Pickett on viola, Laura Metcalf on cello, and Louis Levitt on bass, SYBARITE5 has taken audiences by storm all across the U.S., forever changing the perception of chamber music performance.

“Their rock star status…is well deserved. Their classically honed technique mixed with grit and all out passionate attack transfixes the audience,” described The Sarasota Herald Tribune.

The concert is part of the BPAC’s new Recital Hall Series, which features a pre-show social hour beginning at 6:30 p.m. including heavy hors d’oeuvres followed by classical music performances. The first series performance was the GRAMMY award-winning Los Angeles Guitar Quartet in October 2016. SYBARITE5 marks the second show in the series. The evening will be catered by Delta Meat Market.

“We heard feedback that audience members wanted more music offerings. We also wanted to change how we presented programming,” said Laura Howell, BPAC executive director. “By pairing the concert with a social hour in our more intimate Recital Hall, we hope to provide a space for audience members to visit together, eat together and enjoy the music together — making it a more social experience.”

SYBARITE5 has a far ranging repertoire. Strings Magazine says they “have gained a reputation for juxtaposing the likes of Stravinsky with Radiohead, or Dvorák with Led Zeppelin. But that doesn’t even begin to describe the range of their eclecticism or the depth of their repertoire.” The Arizona Daily Star tells audience members to “expect an experience that will satisfy your inner rock star and your secret Mozart.”

Tickets are $50 each and include the heavy hors d’oeuvres and concert admission. There are less than 80 tickets available for purchase. For more information, visit www.bolognapac.com or call the BPAC Ticket Office at 662-846-4626.

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Environmental science presents at Mississippi Academy of Sciences

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Four Delta State environmental science students and two professors presented at the 81st annual meeting of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences (MAS) in Hattiesburg on Feb. 23-24.

Two presentations were given during the oral session as a part of the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Division of MAS.

Heather Brewer, a senior at Delta State, received the first place graduate and undergraduate award for her presentation entitled, “Impact of urbanization on bird nest materials in the Mississippi Delta,” co-authored by herself, Alexis Patterson and Dr. AHM Reza, assistant professor of biology at Delta State. 

In absence of undergraduate student Christian Frew, Reza presented, “What can affect the movement patterns of white-tailed deer in central Mississippi,” co-authored by the duo. Both of these presentations were a product of Reza’s vertebrate biology courses, ornithology and mammalogy.

Four poster presentations were also given at the division’s poster session.

Patterson and Brewer received a second place award for their poster entitled, “Prey remains found in 24 owl pellets from Carolina Biological Science,” co-authored by Patterson, Brewer, Karoline Lambert, Madison Zoeller, Roxy Kimes, Dr. Eric Blackwell and Dr. Baghai-Riding.

Student Brittany Husley gave her presentation, “Comparison of dental changes in Varans exanthematicus to ontogenetics shifts in diet,” co-authored by herself, Christine Beck, Baghai-Riding and Blackwell.

Baghai-Riding presented two poster presentations, “Effects of wild hogs at Dahomey National Wildlife Refuge, Mississippi,” co-authored by Matthew Galloway, Peyton Hamblin, Mitchel Coleman, Brady Chambley, Matt McGregor; and “Bird surveys conducted at Bear Pen Park, Cleveland, Mississippi,” c0-authored by Sheketra Bell, Jarrica Carey, DeAndra Felton, Monique Price and Kimberely Davis. The posters were a product of Baghai-Riding’s  conservation biology course.

This year’s MAS annual meeting had its largest attendance with over 1,000 attendees. Reza plans to establish a stronger Delta State presence for the 2018 event and seeks all appropriate disciplines to consider joining.

In addition, Reza chaired the EEB Division of MAS in 2016-17. Baghai-Riding and Reza served as judges for the zoology and entomology poster presentations. Also, Reza will serve as the chair of the EEB Division and Baghai-Riding will serve as the vice chair for 2017-18.

To learn more about the Delta State’s environmental science program, contact Baghai-Riding (nbaghai@deltastate.edu) or Reza (areza@deltastate.edu), or call the Department of Biological Sciences at 662-846-4240.