MDNHA Provides Grant Information to Delta Communities

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The Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area recently hosted a series of grant workshops throughout the region in collaboration with Mississippi Arts Commission, Mississippi Humanities Council, and Mississippi Department of Archives & History.

The workshops were held in Senatobia, Indianola and Vicksburg and engaged over 60 individuals representing 48 organizations from 12 MDNHA counties, as well as Hinds County (Jackson) and Jefferson County (Alcorn State University).

The MDNHA grant program supports projects that provide a deeper understanding of the culture and heritage of the Mississippi Delta. The workshops provided proposal writing tips for the MDNHA grant program. For those unable to attend, video segments of the workshops and other helpful information can be found on the MDNHA website at https://www.msdeltaheritage.com/grants.

“One of the things I was most impressed with was how adamant all of the organizations were to help everyone that showed interest in the process,” said Adrienne Hudson, Executive Director of RISE, Inc. “It didn’t matter if you were a corporate entity, a long standing non-profit, an education-based group, or just a community member looking to make things better – the goal was clearly to help as many people as possible understand the resources that are available to them. I’m excited to know I can revisit this information on the MDNHA website, just in case I still have questions moving forward.”

In addition to information about the MDNHA’s grant program, representatives from Mississippi Arts Commission, Mississippi Humanities Council, and Mississippi Department of Archives & History were on hand to discuss their grant opportunities.

Brenda Outlaw attended the Indianola workshop in hopes of getting a better understanding of possible projects that could be implemented in her hometown of Merigold.

“It was so helpful to have these four agencies in the same place at the same time,” she said. “I went in thinking there were only a few possibilities for different things we could do in Merigold and came away realizing there is support for lots of ideas that can help us in our little town.”

This is the second year the MDNHA has offered grants. Last year over $180,000 was awarded to 14 organizations throughout the MDNHA. Projects ranged from arts-based projects and oral histories to cultural signage and infrastructure.

Applications must be received by 4 p.m. on Monday, March 20, at The Delta Center for Culture and Learning in order to be considered for this funding cycle.

The MDNHA is a cultural heritage partnership between the people of the Mississippi Delta and the National Park Service. Led by Dr. Rolando Herts, director of The Delta Center for Culture and Learning at Delta State University, the MDNHA includes 18 counties that contain land located in the alluvial floodplain of the Mississippi Delta: Bolivar, Carroll, Coahoma, DeSoto, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Leflore, Panola, Quitman, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tunica, Warren, Washington and Yazoo.

The MDNHA was designated by U.S. Congress in 2009 and is governed by a board of directors representing agencies and organizations defined in the congressional legislation. More information about the MDNHA, including the complete approved management plan, is available at www.msdeltaheritage.com. Information about the grants program is also available at this website.

For more information, contact The Delta Center for Culture and Learning at 662-846-4311, or email grants@msdeltaheritage.com.

The mission of The Delta Center 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 MDNHA and is the home of the International Delta Blues Project. For more information, visit http://deltacenterdsu.com/

Go Green Weekend cooking competition announced 

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Delta State University looks forward to hosting the fourth annual Go Green Weekend, scheduled on campus April 7-9.

Celebrate the spring season with live entertainment, tailgating, a jambalaya cook-off, athletic games, activities for the family and more. Come out to support the Statesmen and Okra for a weekend of food, fun and sports.

The exciting program of activities is sponsored by Delta State’s Office of Admissions, National Alumni Association, Athletics and Student Life.

The weekend serves as a get-together for current students, alumni, friends, faculty and staff on campus. Events include live entertainment Friday night, Admissions Day for prospective students and a Cook Team Competition on Saturday. There will also be a number of athletic events going on throughout the weekend.

Applications and rules are now available for cook teams at:

http://www.deltastate.edu/PDFFiles/Alumni/CookTeamApplication2017.pdf

Categories include Jambalaya Any Way and Sausage Any Way.

“Go Green Weekend brings fellowship among alumni and friends of Delta State University,” said Jeffrey Farris. “The full schedule is available on the Delta State website.”

The full athletics schedule can be found at www.gostatesmen.com.

Follow Go Green Weekend schedule updates.

Join the official Facebook Event page at Go Green Weekend (https://www.facebook.com/events/675655362605284/.)

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 this year’s Pig Pickin’ (Oct. 7) and Homecoming (Nov. 11).

Delta State named to 2017 Transfer Honor Roll

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Delta State University recently received the prestigious designation of being named to the Phi Theta Kappa 2017 Transfer Honor Roll, which recognizes excellence in community college transfer pathways.

Delta State is one of only 63 institutions nationwide selected to receive this honor.

The selection was based on the university’s score earned on the Transfer Honor Roll application. Scores were determined based on institutional partnerships, community college collaboration, pre and post transfer institutional support, data tracking, and transfer pathway innovations.

Dr. Charles McAdams, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, said Delta State will continue its efforts to welcome transfer students.

“Delta State prides itself on serving transfer students with the same enthusiasm as freshmen,” said McAdams. “Many students attend community colleges for a year or two, for a variety of reasons, and fully intend to complete a bachelor’s degree. We work hard to make sure the transition for transfer students is as smooth as possible and help put transfer students on a path to completing their bachelor’s degree.”

McAdams said that each academic program at Delta State has developed an “Academic Map” to help students navigate through their bachelor’s degree requirements.

“Our academic advisors stand ready to work with students to help them determine how to complete their degree in the most efficient manner,” he said.

Caitlyn Thompson, director of recruiting at Delta State, was thrilled with the designation.

“The recruiting team supports Delta State’s mission, programs, initiatives and people every day — and we truly believe that any student can benefit in their own way by attending our university,” said Thompson. “There is a great deal of time dedicated by staff and faculty to recruiting new students, so for Delta State to be recognized for these efforts is certainly an honor that makes the job that much more rewarding.”

Phi Theta Kappa’s Chief Student Support Services Officer Jennifer Blalock said the new recognition program reflects the growing importance of universities helping students achieve college completion goals.

“Increasingly, students of all ages and achievement levels are choosing the community college, not only as their first step, but also their first choice, in the pursuit of a quality, affordable baccalaureate degree,” Blalock said. “With this designation, we hope to connect community college students with institutions that value their unique transfer experience and prioritize their success.”

The mission of Phi Theta Kappa is to recognize academic achievement of college students and to provide opportunities for them to grow as scholars and leaders. Learn more at www.ptk.org.

McAdams added urged those considering a transfer to Delta State to contact the Office of Admissions at 662-846-4020.

Annual juried student art show coming to gallery

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Delta State University’s Department of Art invites the public to the opening of its annual juried student exhibition on March 9 from 5-7 p.m. in the Fielding L. Wright Art Center gallery.

The annual exhibit allows the department to highlight the work art students have produced in the past year, and affords students an opportunity to gain professional experience by preparing work for exhibition and submitting it to a jury process. Students are also eligible to win monetary awards in a variety of categories. The awards are made possible through the generous support of art patrons from the Cleveland community.

This year’s juror is Joshua Vincent, a Delta State graduate who teaches at the Mississippi Delta Community College.

Vincent commended the quality of work submitted and said it reflects the diversity of the students’ aesthetics and interests.

Awards will be presented at 6 p.m. The exhibit will remain in the gallery from March 9 to April 20. The gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and on Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

For more information, contact the Department of Art at 662-846-4720.

Cranford lecture set for April 6

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Delta State University is gearing up for the 20th annual Sammy O. Cranford Memorial History Lecture on April 6 at 7 p.m. in Jobe Hall Auditorium.

The 2017 lecturer is Dr. Calvin White Jr., associate professor of history and chair of the history department at the University of Arkansas. White’s talk is entitled, “Standing at the Vanguard: Oscar Stanton De Priest, A Black Congressmen Amongst White Segregationists.”

The Cranford Lecture is sponsored by the Delta State Division of Social Sciences and History and is supported by a generous grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council. The DSU Quality Enhancement Plan is also providing support for the lecture, which honors the life of Dr. Sammy Orren Cranford, longtime history professor and archivist at Delta State. The event is free and open to the public.

White is a native of Stuttgart, Arkansas, and earned his doctorate in history from the University of Mississippi. He is the author of “The Rise to Respectability: Race, Religion, and the Church of God in Christ,” published in 2012 by the University of Arkansas Press.

“We are thrilled to have Dr. White deliver this year’s Cranford Lecture,” said Dr. Charles Westmoreland, Jr., Delta State assistant professor of history and coordinator of the Cranford Lecture. “He is a leading scholar in the fields of African American and southern religious history. His book on the Church of God in Christ provides tremendous insight into the connections between race, religion, and class in the Mississippi and Arkansas Delta.”

White’s current project and subject for this year’s lecture is Oscar De Priest, a civil rights advocate from Chicago and U.S. Representative from 1929-1935. According to Westmoreland, White’s lecture will explore Congressman De Priest’s story and the myriad ways race intersected with local and national politics in the age of Jim Crow.

“It will be a great time for learning and honoring Dr. Sammy Cranford, one of Delta State’s most distinguished faculty members,” said Westmoreland. “For 20 years, the Cranford Lecture has been a signature event at Delta State. We have been fortunate to feature many great historians and speakers over the years, and 2017 will be no exception.”

Previous lecturers include: 1998, John Marzalek; 1999, John Ray Skates; 2000, James Cobb; 2001, Martha Swain; 2002, Lawrence Nelson; 2003, Nan Woodruff; 2004, David Sansing; 2005, Charles Reagan Wilson; 2006, James Hollandsworth; 2007, Elbert Hilliard; 2008, Larry Griffin; 2009, William LaForge; 2010, Chris Myers Asch; 2011, Charles Eagles; 2012, George Rable; 2013, Jeannie Whayne; 2014, Tim Huebner; 2015, Alecia Long; 2016, Aram Goudsouzian.

For more information on the Sammy O. Cranford Memorial History Lecture, contact Westmoreland at cwestmoreland@deltastate.edu.