PLUS Campers listen to Carrie Sue Ayvar in one of their five arts classes.

BPAC hosts Janice Wyatt Mississippi Summer Arts Institute PLUS Camp for 19th summer

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Now in its 19th year, the Janice Wyatt Mississippi Summer Arts PLUS Camp is in full swing at the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

Over 100 children ages 5 to 11 are all smiles as they gear up for a week of singing, dancing, and creating.  Each July, the Bologna Performing Arts Center offers PLUS Camp to children who are interested in the arts. The camp is a one-week, performance-oriented day camp centered on learning a choreographed medley of songs.

Throughout the week, young artists take classes in painting, ceramics, music, storytelling, and musical. The week culminates with a public performance on Saturday.

This year’s theme is “Misfits of Broadway,” featuring music from the plays Annie, Peter Pan, Aladdin, and Newsies.  Kathy Hull has returned to PLUS Camp as Musical Director. Hull, of Nashville, has been with PLUS Camp’s every summer since it began. She was recently named a Music Teacher of Excellence by the Country Music Academy.

“We are so grateful to have Kathy and are thankful for her dedication to see this program grow and flourish each year. It’s amazing what she can do with these young people in such a short window of time,” said Joannah Taylor, arts education coordinator at the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

Carrie Sue Alvar, a bilingual storyteller from Miami Beach, Florida, and a Mississippi Arts Commission teaching artist, also has returned to participate in the camp.

“The campers have already been telling a story in Spanish, English, and American Sign Language. Even in this first day, they have been creating and telling their own stories. They have all learned to speak so they can be heard because they all have important things to say,” said Ayvar.

PLUS Camp will culminate with a free community performance in the Bologna Performing Arts Center’s Delta and Pine Land Theater on Saturday, July 16, at 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The public is invited to attend.

For more information about PLUS Camp, contact Joannah Taylor at 662-846-4844 or visit http://bolognapac.com/.

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Clifton Taulbert to lecture July 19 in Ewing Hall

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Delta State University College of Education and the Delta School Leadership Pipeline will host a lecture by Clifton Taulbert.

The lecture, titled Creating a Positive Organizational Culture in Schools, is set for Tuesday, July 19, from 9:30 a.m. until noon in the Jacob Center in Ewing Hall on the Delta State campus.

Clifton lecture July 19Taulbert is an American author, business consultant, and speaker. He has written books such as Eight Habits of the Heart: Embracing the Values that Build Strong Communities, and Eight Habits of the Heart for Educators. His belief is, “The culture we create and the way we think are essential for success within our workplaces. Building community is our commitment to an inclusive and collaborative culture. To think entrepreneurially, is to discover new and exciting pathways to workplace success. Together, they are transformative.”

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Donor’s legacy lives on at Delta State

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CLEVELAND, Miss. – Building one’s legacy is an inexact science. It begins with the people who shape our childhood and extends through the life experiences that determine our ultimate path. For Pershing Wong, one of America’s preeminent master architects, it all began in the Chinese Mission School here in Cleveland. Wong, who passed away on July 2 at the age of 90, was born in Rosedale in 1926.

His educational pursuits proved to be as varied as his professional experiences. Educated as a youth in the Chinese Mission School, he would study in New York, Nanjing (China), and Tennessee. He served his country in the United States Army as a drill sergeant, and used the G.I. Bill to earn bachelor’s degrees in architecture and engineering at the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta.

Receiving an appointment at Fountainebleau (France), Wong’s intellect led to his receiving the Premier Prix Architecture and ultimately his long-lasting relationship with renowned architect I.M. Pei. His career flourished at Pei & Partners, where he collaborated on some of the world’s most distinguished buildings.

His stunning architectural designs light up the skylines of major cities in America, Canada and Asia. His design credits include the National Bank/Mile High Center (Denver, CO), Royal Bank of Canada/Place Ville Marie (Montreal, CN), One and Two Dallas Centre (Dallas, TX), One Galleria Tower (Oklahoma City, OK), ARCO Tower (Dallas, TX), Texas Commerce Tower (Houston, TX), The Gateway (Singapore), Bank of China (Hong Kong) and 499 Park Tower (New York, NY).

Wong was committed to teaching, serving as a visiting instructor at Georgia Tech and mentoring young architects in the field. After his remarkable career, Wong returned to those childhood days at the Chinese Mission School of playing baseball, kick the can, and swimming in the lily pond. Taking those experiences and using them to mold the lives of young people as he coached swimming and diving for many years in Westchester County, New York.

With all of his experiences, Wong never forgot his beginnings here in Cleveland. He and his brother, Kellogg, donated family photographs and memorabilia to the Mississippi Delta Chinese Heritage Museum at Delta State University, ensuring that their legacy would be preserved. Visit their collection here.(http://collections.msdiglib.org/cdm/search/collection/dsu/searchterm/M374%20Kellog%20Wong%20Collection./mode/exact/conn/or/order/nosort)

“Pershing Wong’s life is a brilliant illustration of what is possible,” said Gilroy Chow, President of MDCHM Board. “His desire to learn and his drive to succeed led to some of the world’s most beautiful architecture. Despite all of his travels, awards and prestige, Pershing never forgot his roots – roots cultivated and nourished by the caring teachers at the Chinese Mission School in Cleveland.”

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RESSON ranked nationally for RN to BSN

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Delta State University’s Robert E. Smith School of Nursing has once again received recognition for ranking high in a national poll.

RESSON came in at No. 2 on College Choice’s 2016 Top 10 list of Most Affordable Online RN to BSN Degree Programs.

According to College Choice, progressing from RN to BSN online allows for a great degree of flexibility, which is especially important for nurses hoping to earn their BSN while working full or part time.

Delta State’s program stood out nationally for its affordabilty and quality education. Besides being a pathway to further graduate study in the field of nursing, Delta State’s program is also focused on educating nurses who are seeking advancement into management level positions.

Learn more about College Choice’s ranking at http://www.collegechoice.net/rankings/most-affordable-online-rn-to-bsn-degree-programs.

College Choice is an independent online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college. The organization publishes rankings and reviews that make choosing the best college easier, as well as resources to help students get into, pay for, and thrive at the college of their choice.

For information on RESSON, visit http://www.deltastate.edu/school-of-nursing.

 

 

 

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CCED receives large grant to begin Delta Reads Plus

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Delta State University’s Center for Community and Economic Development recently confirmed it would be one of 11 Mississippi organizations receiving grant funding from a $3.3 million AmeriCorps campaign to support nonprofit and educational organizations across the state.

The grant will support the new the Delta Reads Plus (DRP) project, which will be housed at the CCED on campus. DRP has received $263,761 thanks to the grant.

Through DRP, 50 AmeriCorps members will tutor students one-on-one in grades K-8 five days a week for the 2016-17 academic term in school districts in Bolivar, Coahoma, Leflore, Washington and Sunflower counties.

The program will help reach 400 economically disadvantaged students. Focus areas will include reading and math. The AmeriCorps tutors will guide the students to program completion by participating in 30 or more tutoring sessions.

“Delta Reads Plus is great news for both DSU and the local schools because some schools in the Mississippi Delta are facing low student achievement due to a perpetual lack of support and the economic disadvantages persistent in the area,” said David Tanner with the CCED. “Having AmeriCorps serve as tutors in these areas is a great way of leveraging resources and enhancing student achievement. DSU has a longstanding partnership with K-12 schools throughout the Mississippi Delta region and is committed to helping those schools succeed.”

According to Robin Boyles, director of the Office of Institutional Grants at Delta State, DRP is currently seeking school districts interested in receiving certified tutoring services within the five target counties.

“Delta State, through its Center for Community and Economic Development, has a long history of partnering with the Mississippi Commission on Volunteer Service and the Corporation for National and Community Service, to provide programming that addresses the needs of the Mississippi Delta region,” said Boyles. “Through the Delta Reads Plus project, we are furthering our commitment to addressing the region’s educational outcomes by focusing on increasing student achievement in reading and math.”

Interested districts are encouraged to contact Tanner at contact Tanner at 662-846-4808 or dtanner@deltastate.edu.

Statewide, the federal investment of the 11 grants totaling $3.3 million will support 546 AmeriCorps members. Through these grants, AmeriCorps members will support youth development and education programs serving Mississippi students in grades K-12, and help expand economic opportunities in all 82 Mississippi counties.

The Corporation for National and Community Service will also provide up to $1.6 million in education scholarships for the AmeriCorps members funded by these grants to help pay for college, vocational training, or repay student loans. The federal investment is projected to generate an additional $2.2 million in local support to increase community impact and return on federal investment.

“AmeriCorps members make a powerful impact on the toughest challenges facing our nation,” said Wendy Spencer, CEO of the CNCS. “Building on Mississippi’s strong tradition of neighbor helping neighbor, AmeriCorps members will improve lives and strengthen communities across the hospitality state. While they serve others, AmeriCorps members will also expand opportunity for themselves — gaining skills and experience to jumpstart their careers. I salute AmeriCorps members for their dedication, and thank our outstanding partners who make their service possible.”

Learn more about Delta State’s CCED at http://www.deltastate.edu/academics/graduate-and-continuing-studies/center-for-community-economic-development/.