Anderson named Employee of the Month

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The Delta State University Staff Council recently honored Charlie Anderson, housekeeper, as the April 2017 Employee of the Month.

Anderson, a native of Winstonville, has been working as a housekeeper at Delta State for six years. Last year, he was promoted to a Level 2 employee after being recognized for his hard work.

“I was very surprised to receive this award, and it really feels good,” said Anderson. “This motivates me to do my job even better, and it feels good to know other people see me working hard and that I care. This will push me to work even harder.”

Outside of work, Anderson enjoy spending time with his family and practicing his mechanical skills on vehicles.

Each Employee of the Month winner receives a plaque, monetary award, an engraved insulated coffee mug, a free parking decal courtesy of the campus police department, a box of treats from The Sweetery, a parking spot of their choice, marquee announcement and website recognition.

Delta State’s Staff Council serves as a liaison between the administration and the staff to provide a formal process for staff to discuss issues involving university policies and procedures and to forward ideas, recommendations and opinions to the president.

GRAMMY Museum® to celebrate Blues legend John Lee Hooker

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The GRAMMY Museum®, in conjunction with the John Lee Hooker Estate, Craft Recordings and the Catalog Division of Concord Music Group, will celebrate the centennial of the legendary GRAMMY®-winning bluesman with the opening of a new exhibit titled “John Lee Hooker: King of the Boogie,” on Aug. 22 at GRAMMY Museum Mississippi in Cleveland, Mississippi, Hooker’s home state.

The exhibit will open on what would have been the late blues icon’s 100th birthday and will celebrate Hooker’s lasting legacy through rare recordings, photos and one-of-a-kind artifacts.

The exhibit is part of a year-long celebration of Hooker’s musical legacy that features special releases from Craft Recordings, a conference at Delta State University and special exhibits at the Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, Mississippi, and the Memphis-based Blues Foundation. The exhibit’s official media partners are Oxford American and Living Blues.

“John Lee Hooker was truly a seminal blues artist. Many of his songs are part of America’s blues music treasury,” saidBob Santelli, blues historian and founding executive director of the GRAMMY Museum. “In addition to impacting blues history, Hooker’s music influenced great rock bands like the Rolling Stones, the Animals, the Yardbirds and ZZ Top. We’re thrilled to honor the King of the Boogie’s legacy and tell the story of his incredible career in his own home state.”

On display at GRAMMY Museum Mississippi throughout the fall of 2017, the exhibit will feature:

  • Rare and never-before-heard recordings from Hooker
  • Instruments such as Hooker’s Gibson ES-335
  • Hooker’s “Best Traditional Blues Album GRAMMY for 1997’s Don’t Look Back,” which was co-produced by Van Morrison and Mike Kappus
  • Rare photos, performance outfits and more

The exhibit will travel to Los Angeles at GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE following its instillation in Mississippi.

“John Lee Hooker is gone but not forgotten. In collaboration with the GRAMMY Museum and our partners, the John Lee Hooker family is pleased and honored to be able to bring to the public the artifacts in this exhibit, donated not just by family but by his very dear friends and associates,” said Diane Roan-Hooker and Zakiya Hooker, daughters of the legendary blues artist. “This centennial is a celebration of John Lee Hooker’s amazing life and his love of the music that he shared with the world.”

To celebrate 100 years of Hooker’s music, Craft Recordings will issue a series of titles throughout 2017, culminating with a centennial CD box set, offering 100 career-spanning hits and rarities, plus previously unreleased material. Concord will also reissue several classic Hooker titles on 180-gram vinyl, as well as digitally, in hi-res and MFiT formats. To kick off the centennial celebrations, the label issued a 16-track collection of songs from the prime of Hooker’s career on its Vee-Jay imprint. “Whiskey & Wimmen: John Lee Hooker’s Finest” was released March 31 on vinyl and CD, offering classic tracks from the ’50s and ’60s, including “Boom Boom” and “Dimples.”

Other organizations celebrating the centennial include the Delta Blues Museum, which will host a special exhibit about Hooker featuring clothing, guitars, recordings and more, opening in July. The celebration will continue through August as the museum celebrates its annual “John Lee Hooker Month.” The Delta Blues Museum Band will perform Hooker’s songs when they open the 30th annual Sunflower River Blues and Gospel Festival on Aug. 11. The festival will run through Aug. 13. More information about celebratory activities at the Delta Blues Museum can be found at www.deltabluesmuseum.org.

Hooker’s 1996 album, “Real Folk Blues,” is being inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame at a ceremony coordinated by The Blues Foundation on May 10 in Memphis. In addition, The Blues Foundation will be opening a new exhibit, “The Rosebud Agency and Mike Kappus: 45+ Years Sharing the Music,” which will include a special display of Hooker artifacts, curated by Mike Kappus, long-time manager for Hooker. The exhibit will open on May 10, in conjunction with the Blues Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, and will run through October 2017.

In addition, the fourth annual International Conference on the Blues at Delta State University is scheduled for Oct. 1-3. With an established record of attracting internationally renowned blues scholars and GRAMMY Award-winning talent, the upcoming conference promises to deliver an extra dose of educational and celebratory flair. In partnership with GRAMMY Museum Mississippi, the conference will commemorate the John Lee Hooker Centennial this year. To stay abreast of developments with the conference, visit www.deltastate.edu/bluesconference/.

About John Lee Hooker:
With a prolific career that spanned over five decades, legendary bluesman John Lee Hooker remains a foundational figure in the development of modern music, having influenced countless artists around the globe with his simple, yet deeply effective style. Known to music fans around the world as the “King of the Boogie,” Hooker endures as one of the true superstars of the blues — the ultimate beholder of cool. His work is widely recognized for its impact on modern music — his simple, yet deeply effective songs transcend borders and languages around the globe.

Born near Clarksdale, Mississippi, on Aug. 22, 1917, to a sharecropping family, Hooker’s earliest musical influence came from his stepfather, William Moore, a blues musician who taught his young stepson to play guitar, and whom Hooker later credited for his unique style on the instrument. By the early ‘40s, Hooker had moved north to Detroit by way of Memphis and Cincinnati.

By day, he was a janitor in the auto factories, but by night, like many other transplants from the rural Delta, he entertained friends and neighbors by playing at house parties. “The Hook” gained fans around town from these shows, including local record store owner Elmer Barbee. Barbee was so impressed by the young musician that he introduced him to Bernard Besman, a producer, record distributor and the owner of Sensation Records.

By 1948, Hooker—now honing his style on an electric guitar, had recorded several songs for Besman, who, in turn, leased the tracks to nationally distributed Modern Records. Among these first recordings was “Boogie Chillun,” (soon after appearing as “Boogie Chillen”) which became a No.1 jukebox hit, selling over one million copies. This success was soon followed by a string of hits, including “I’m in the Mood,” “Crawling Kingsnake” and “Hobo Blues.” Over the next 15 years, Hooker signed to a new label, Vee-Jay Records, and maintained a prolific recording schedule, releasing over 100 songs on the imprint.

When the young bohemian artists of the ‘60s discovered Hooker, among other notable blues originators, he found his career taking on a new direction. With the folk movement in high gear, Hooker returned to his solo, acoustic roots, and was in strong demand to perform at colleges and folk festivals around the country. Across the Atlantic, emerging British bands were idolizing Hooker’s work. Artists like the Rolling Stones, the Animals and the Yardbirds introduced Hooker’s sound to new and eager audiences, whose admiration and influence helped build Hooker up to superstar status. By 1970, Hooker had relocated to California and was busy collaborating on several projects with rock acts. One such collaboration was with rock band Canned Heat, which resulted in 1971’s hit record “Hooker ‘n’ Heat.” The double LP became Hooker’s first charting album.

Throughout the late ‘70s and ‘80s, Hooker toured the United States and Europe steadily. His appearance in the legendary “Blues Brothers” movie resulted in a heightened profile once again. Then, at age 72, Hooker released the biggest album of his career, “The Healer.” The GRAMMY Award-winning 1989 LP featured contemporary artists such as Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana, Los Lobos and George Thorogood. “The Healer” was released to critical acclaim and sold over 1 million copies.

In the 1990s Hooker released five studio albums, including “Mr. Lucky,” which once again teamed Hooker with an array of artists; “Boom Boom,” which aimed to introduce new fans to his classic material; the GRAMMY-winning “Chill Out;” and a collaboration with Van Morrison, “Don’t Look Back,” which also garnered two GRAMMYs. Throughout the decade, Hooker’s great body of work and contributions to modern music were being recognized not only by his peers, but also by a younger generation. He became a familiar face in popular culture, with appearances on “The Tonight Show” and “Late Night with David Letterman.”

In 1990, a massive tribute concert took place at New York’s Madison Square Garden, featuring Hooker and an all-star lineup of guest artists. One year later, Hooker was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and in 1997 he was presented with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. In 2000, shortly before his death, Hooker was recognized with a Recording Academy® Lifetime Achievement Award, and just one week before his passing, ever true to form, the bluesman spent his final Saturday night playing a now-legendary show to a packed house at the Luther Burbank Center for the Arts in Santa Rosa, California.

The Hook continues to live on. His music can regularly be heard in TV shows, commercials and films, and many of his tracks have also found a second life sampled in new songs — by the likes of R&B star Brandy, hip-hop legend Chuck D and French electronic musician St Germain, among many others. Most recently, in 2016 his iconic recording, the 1962 Vee-Jay Records single “Boom Boom,” was inducted into the GRAMMY Hall of Fame.

Summer Movie Series returning to BPAC

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For the fifth year, the Bologna Performing Arts Center at Delta State University will screen new releases of major motion pictures on its big screen in the Delta & Pine Land Theatre.

All tickets are $5 for general admission seating. Popcorn and candy concessions are available for purchase with cash only.

First up in the series is Disney’s 2017 hit film “Beauty and the Beast” on June 6. There will be two showtimes at 10 a.m. and 7  p.m. The live adaptation of the fairy tale stars Emma Watson as Belle and Dan Stevens as the Beast, and is rated PG.

The new “Power Rangers” will play at 7 p.m. on June 13. “Power Rangers” tells the story of five ordinary teens who must become something extraordinary to save the day. Based on the hit TV series “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers,” the superhero film is rated PG-13.

On June 27, “Smurfs: The Lost Village” will play at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. The animated feature film finds the Smurfs in a new adventure through the Forbidden Forest leading to the discovery of the biggest secret in Smurf history. “Smurfs: The Lost Village” stars the voice talents of Demi Lovato, Rainn Wilson, Jack McBrayer, Julia Roberts, and many others.

Finally, Disneynature’s “Born in China,” rated PG, will be shown on July 11 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. From the frigid mountains to the heart of the bamboo forest, follow the adventures of three animal families in China — the majestic panda, the savvy golden monkey and the elusive snow leopard. Featuring stunning imagery, Disneynature brings the natural world to the big screen as never before, taking moviegoers on a grand journey into the wilds of China.

For more information, to see film trailers or buy tickets, visit www.bolognapac.com, or call the ticket office at 662-846-4626.

Kappa Mu Epsilon initiates honored

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The 2017 initiates of Kappa Mu Epsilon are (left to right) Shawn Sanks, Chelsea Townsend, Kaitlyn Bryant and Bryant McDuffie.

Delta State University recently honored four new members of the Mississippi Epsilon Chapter of Kappa Mu Epsilon, a specialized honor society in mathematics.

This year’s initiates are students Shawn Sanks, of Foley, Alabama; Kaitlyn Bryant, of Southaven; Bryant McDuffie, of Petal; and Chelsea Townsend, instructor of mathematics.

“It is exciting each year to identify honor students in the Department of Mathematics and to induct them into the honor society of Kappa Mu Epsilon,” said Dr. Clifton Wingard, chair of the department. “We, as a department, are proud of the academic accomplishments of these students and encourage them to continue their educational pursuits in mathematics and related fields.”

Kappa Mu Epsilon was founded in 1931 to promote the interest of mathematics among undergraduate students. Its chapters are located in colleges and universities of recognized standing which offer a strong mathematics major. The chapters’ members are selected from students of mathematics and other closely related fields who have maintained standards of scholarship, have professional merit and have attained academic distinction.

Learn more at http://www.kappamuepsilon.org.

RESSON ranks No. 1 nationally for online Doctor of Nursing Practice degree

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Delta State University’s Robert E. Smith School of Nursing has been identified as the No. 1 value nursing school for an online Doctor of Nursing Practice degree in a recent ranking from http://www.collegevaluesonline.com.

Editors of the ranking noted that RESSON provides the best value in the nation.

Dr. Vicki Bingham, dean of RESSON, was thrilled with the top ranking.

“This ranking from an external source validates to others our desire and ability to provide students with a quality nursing education from an online platform,” said Bingham. “The Robert E. Smith School of Nursing is very honored and excited with all of our rankings to know that we continue to provide the best choice and value for nursing education.”

To view the Top 50 list, visit http://www.collegevaluesonline.com/rankings/graduate/online-doctor-nursing-practice-online-dnp.

College Values Online’s mission is to provide assistance in selecting the best college for each individual situation by offering rankings of schools and various degree programs, in addition to information on numerous career options from a value perspective.

Learn more about RESSON’s programming at http://www.deltastate.edu/school-of-nursing.