Herts selected for Delta Leadership Institute program

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The Delta Regional Authority is continuing its partnership with the Harvard Kennedy School to offer an advanced education opportunity exclusively to members of the Delta Leadership Network. The
Delta Leadership Institute program, designed and led by Harvard faculty, focuses on cultivating authentic leadership to move Delta communities forward.

The program sends 41 representatives from across the eight states of the DRA footprint, including Dr. Rolando Herts, director of The Delta Center for Culture and Learning at Delta State University.

This year’s four day-session, from Nov. 27-30, will be led by retired Air Force Brigadier General Dana Born, co-director of the Center for Public Leadership at HKS.

“This executive training will equip regional leaders across the Delta with the latest advancements in leadership skills and will prepare them to make positive changes in their local communities,” said Peter Kinder, DRA’s alternate federal co-chairman. “These participants are alumni of the Delta Leadership Institute’s Executive Academy and were selected due to the leadership they have exemplified in their communities and their ability to translate these experiences to actionable solutions for the region.”

The class includes six members from Alabama; seven from Arkansas; six from Illinois; two from Kentucky; four from Louisiana; four from Mississippi; six from Missouri; and six from Tennessee. The group reflects the diversity of the Delta region and includes public, private and non-profit leaders that have graduated from the DLI’s Executive Academy. Chairman Kinder, DLI director Spencer Lucker, and select DLI staff will participate with the delegation of Delta leaders in the continuing education session.

“Being selected to participate in DLI’s Authentic Leadership program at Harvard is quite an honor,” said Herts. “The Delta Center has provided educational and professional development opportunities to DLI alumni and people they serve, including the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area, the International Delta Blues Project, and our NEH Most Southern Place on Earth workshops. I look forward to learning ways to enhance this trend through collaborative regional leadership.”

The 2017 Authentic Leadership participants are:

Susan Keith of Selma | City of Selma
Teresa McCall of Montgomery | Alabama Department of Mental Health
Donald Mills of Livingston | The University of West Alabama Small Business Development Center
Chad Nichols of Hoover | Sight Savers America
Gena Robbins of York | City of York & The University of West Alabama
Max Snyder of Northport | City of Northport

Mellie Bridewell of Lake Village | Arkansas Rural Health Partnership
Jennifer Conner of Lake Village | University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service
Lynn Hawkins-Caldwell of Lexa | Arkansas Rural Health Partnership
Bevin Hunter of Wilson | Lawrence Group
Karen McDaniel of Jonesboro | Arkansas State University
Trudy Redus of Pine Bluff | City of Pine Bluff Parks and Recreation
Peggy Wright of Jonesboro | Arkansas State University

Brandi Bradley of Marion | Office of U.S. Senator Dick Durbin
Lynne Chambers of Grand Chain | Bigler Law Office
Brian Chapman of Ava | Southern Illinois University System
Tracey Glenn of Herrin | Peoples National Bank
Jennifer Olson of Carterville | The Lookout at the Lake
Woody Thorne of Makanda | Southern Illinois Healthcare

Brandi Harless of Paducah | City of Paducah
Mark Lee of Madisonville | Paragon Development Consultants, LLC

Cole Avery of Jonesboro | Office of U.S. Representative Ralph Abraham
Leslie Durham of St. Joseph | Office of Governor John Bel Edwards
Adam Holland of Oak Grove | Town of Oak Grove
Heather Malone of Vidalia | City of Vidalia

Josh Bower of Jackson | Hinds Community College
Rolando Herts of Cleveland | Delta State University – The Delta Center for Culture and Learning
Tim Lampkin of Clarksdale | Higher Purpose Co.
Lane Riley of Cleveland | Delta Hands for Hope

TR Dudley of Potosi | City of Potosi
Steve Halter of Poplar Bluff | Greater Poplar Bluff Chamber of Commerce
Maude Harris of Sikeston | University of Missouri Extension
Kris Klaus of Perryville | Klaus Construction
Scott Sattler of Perryville | Perry County Economic Development Authority
Christina Wade of Caruthersville | Delta Regional Authority

Minnie Bommer of Covington | City of Covington
Julie Allen Burke of Milan | Milan Chamber of Commerce
Landy Fuqua of Martin | University of Tennessee at Martin REED Center
Travis Martin of Jackson | TLM Associates, Inc.
Bill Rawls of Brownsville | City of Brownsville
Kayla Taylor of Jackson | Younger Associates

DLI Staff
Andrea Allen | Arkansas State University
Shawnie Carrier | Arkansas State University
Leigh Hersey | University of Louisiana Monroe
Lauren Lewis | The University of Alabama

Since 2005, the Delta Leadership Institute has worked to strengthen the knowledge and skills of community leaders across the Delta by broadening their understanding of regional issues and building a corps of alumni that have a regional and national perspective. DLI is a program of the Delta Regional Authority in partnership with three institutions of higher education from the DRA’s states: The University of Alabama, Arkansas State University and the University of Louisiana Monroe.

The DRA is a federal-state partnership created by Congress in 2000 to help create jobs, build communities, and improve lives through strategic investments in economic development and infrastructure projects in 252 counties and parishes across eight states. DRA has provided leadership development to nearly 500 community leaders over twelve years and strengthened regional collaboration through the Delta Leadership Institute. Learn more at http://dra.gov/leadership.

Harvard Kennedy School aims to improve public policy and public leadership in the United States and around the world through research, teaching and direct engagement with policymakers and public leaders. Nearly 20,000 alumni of the school’s degree programs and 44,000 people who have taken executive education courses at the school work in more than 200 countries. In addition, faculty, staff and students of the school are currently undertaking projects to advance knowledge and strengthen public policy and leadership in dozens of countries. Around the world, the skills and energy of the HKS community are dedicated to helping make people’s lives safer, more prosperous and more fulfilling.

The mission of The Delta Center at Delta State is to promote greater understanding of Mississippi Delta culture and history and its significance to the world through education, partnerships and community engagement. The Delta Center serves as the management entity of the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area and is the home of the International Delta Blues Project and the National Endowment for the Humanities “Most Southern Place on Earth” workshops. For more information, visit http://deltacenterdsu.com/.

DMI to offer Pro Tools training

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The Delta Music Institute’s entertainment industry program at Delta State University will offer two weekends of professional instruction and certification in Pro Tools, the recording industry standard for audio recording software.

The workshops, which are open to all interested parties, are scheduled for Jan. 13-15 and Jan. 20-21, 2018 and will be held in Studio B at the DMI on the campus of Delta State. Seating is limited to 10 registrants.

As the sole AVID Learning Partner in the state of Mississippi, Delta State’s DMI program is credentialed to offer training and professional certification in audio production, recording, mixing and related multimedia training.

The Pro Tools training sessions will be offered in two separate courses over two weekends with a daily schedule from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Pro Tools Fundamentals I (PT101) course introduces fundamental Pro Tools concepts and principles during a three-day workshop at a cost of $650. The Pro Tools Fundamentals II (PT110) course, covered during a two-day workshop, expands upon the basic principles taught in the PT101 course and introduces the core concepts and techniques needed to competently operate a Pro Tools system running mid-sized recording sessions. The cost for Pro PT 110 is $550. Together with PT 101, PT 110 provides the training required to prepare for the Avid Certified User certification exam. If the two courses are taken together, the registration fee is $950 for both classes. Discount pricing is available for students.

The workshops at the DMI will be taught by Travis Calvin, instructor in entertainment industry studies at Delta State. Calvin teaches multiple audio courses in the DMI program and is an AVID Certified Instructor.

Avid certification helps professionals attain and demonstrate the skills and credentials they need to increase their value, competency and efficiency in the highly competitive media industry.

For more information about the workshops or to register, call 662-846-4579 or email dmi@deltastate.edu.

The Delta Music Institute is an independent center of study under the College of Arts and Sciences at Delta State University, offering a bachelors 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.

Alumni Association awards scholarships to Washington County Students

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With the help of many local sponsors and supporters, the Delta State University National Alumni Association recently hosted an event in Greenville for all area alumni and friends.

On Nov. 14, the Delta’s first and only tap room, Mighty Miss Brewing Company, saw over 75 people gather in the name of the Green and White Nation.

As guests arrived, they enjoyed the sounds of ‘BKZ,’ a very talented independent musical group, comprised of current Delta Music Institute students. Alumni and friends enjoyed brewery tours and sampled the Mighty Miss Brewing Co. selections, all crafted on site.

Delta State President William N. LaForge gave the crowd an update from campus, and some insight to future projects. Alumni Director Jeffrey Farris and Athletic Director Ronnie Mayers also gave updates.

Two local high school students were also surprised with scholarships to attend Delta State in the fall of 2018. Alexandra Glasco & Mollie Pinion, both seniors at Washington School, each received a $1,000 scholarship, courtesy of the Washington County Alumni Scholarship fund.

“We had a great time visiting and sharing stories with our alumni and friends from the Washington County area,” said Alumni Director, Jeffrey Farris. “Mighty Miss Brewing Company provided a unique atmosphere, and, thanks to the dedication of our local alumni and sponsors, we are excited and proud to see two future students receive scholarships.”

To learn more about the Mighty Miss Brewing Co., Click here. (https://www.mightymissbeer.com/)  Save the dates for upcoming alumni events: Onward Store (Rolling Fork Area) (Nov. 7), Brookhaven (Feb. 8, 2018), and Delta State University Pig Pickin’ (Sept. 8, 2018).

BPAC turns Red and Green with new holiday show

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Rhythmic Circus will present a brand new holiday experience with their show Red and Green at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on the campus of Delta State University on Thursday, Nov. 30 at 7:30 p.m.

A performance for all ages, Red and Green will leave audiences excited with the joy of the holidays. The four world-renowned tap dancers and a swinging, seven-piece band fuse their signature style into holiday classics with a groovy twist. Red and Green is a song and dance celebration of the holiday season the entire family can enjoy.

Combining Rhythmic Circus’s signature style of rapid-fire tap with well-known music, Red and Green is a holiday spectacular packed full with memorable, genre-hopping holiday melodies to set the festive mood of the season. Red and Green captures the spirit of the holidays with a wildly imaginative beatboxing rendition of “The Grinch,” a full-cast performance of “Linus and Lucy” (A Charlie Brown Christmas), five new originals and a bright mash-up medley entitled “Toy Soldier March” in which the dancers and musicians are adorned in colorful soldier attire, performing a syncopated percussive dance sequence at eye-popping speeds.

Imaginations will be inspired to rediscover everything they love about the holiday season in this new holiday spectacular. Prior to the performance, kids can enjoy cookies with Santa in the Bologna Performing Arts Center lobby.

Don’t miss what the New York Times says is “Fast, furious footwork!”

Tickets to see Red and Green are $25-35, and discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Tickets are on sale now at www.bolognapac.com or at the BPAC Ticket Office at (662) 846-4626.

Delta State University Herbarium pays tribute to Dr. Henry J. Jacob

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Delta State University has announced a new display that honors the scientific contributions of Dr. Henry J. Jacob, former dean of education, who collected more than 2,000 plant specimens for the Delta State University Herbarium during the late 1940s to mid 1970s.

The specimens he collected are from many parts of Mississippi including Bolivar, Harrison, Oktibbeha and Tishomingo counties. Beyond state lines, Jacobs also collected plants from Alabama, Louisiana, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, West Virginia, and more. Plant specimens include basal angiosperms; monocots (orchids, grasses, sedges), ferns; eudicots (legumes, mints, yarrows, hickories, and hawthornes) and lichens.

Many of the specimens he collected remained in the newspapers he used on upon collecting; often these newspapers only contained the date and location. The majority of Jacob’s specimens were ignored until Dr. Nina Baghai-Riding and some Delta State students discovered their importance and started work on them.

Countless numbers of laboratory hours have been dedicated to mounting them on herbarium paper, identifying them, and updating information so that they could be digitized and incorporated  into herbarium databases including SERNEC – Southeast Regional Network of Expertise and Collections (http://sernecportal.org/portal/) as well as the Delta State University Herbarium website (http://ntweb.deltastate.edu/jtift/dsuherbarium/).

Dr. Mac Alford, botanist at the University of Southern Mississippi, has helped Baghai-Riding identify many of Jacob’s specimens. Many of Jacob’s specimens are being used in constructing a Plant Atlas on Mississippi Plants that will possess more than 8,000 species. According to Alford, some of the species that Dr. Jacob collected from the Mississippi Gulf Coast are rare or endangered.

The display, designed by University Archivist Emily Jones, honors Jacob’s scientific contribution to the Delta State University Herbarium.  The display is located by the Jacob Conference Center in Ewing. The display will be up through Dec. 15. Contact Baghai-Riding at nbaghai@deltastate.edu for more information about the Delta State University Herbarium and environmental science program.