Fulbright discussion panel set for Feb. 28

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On Feb. 28 in the Baioni Conference Center located in Broom Hall, Fulbright Alumni and Delta State University President William N. LaForge will join Dr. Carolyn Casale, Dr. David Baylis and Dr. Jamie Dahman in a panel discussion about their time as Fulbright Fellows. Topics will include where they studied, what their research topics were, why they chose their countries, as well as how their time as a Fulbright Fellow changed them and how they encounter the world around them. Students (particularly 2017 and 2018 graduates), faculty, and alumni are invited to attend.

“I studied voice and Bulgarian Art Song at the Academy of Music, Dance, and Fine Art in the city of Plovidv, Bulgaria,” said Dr. Jamie Dahman, assistant professor in the Department of Music. “My Fulbright Fellowship allowed me to live outside the United States for the first time, and made me not only a better singer, teacher, and musician, but I discovered a treasure trove of vocal music that is virtually inaccessible in the United States. I also experienced for the first time a different culture, a different of living day-to-day, and was able to immerse myself in a language and way of being that I otherwise would never have been able to do. I wouldn’t trade this for the world.”

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Give Experiences this Holiday Season

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Still shopping for the holidays? Looking for a perfect gift? Why not give an experience they will never forget! Tickets to see a live performance can provide a fun night out with friends, an educational experience for youngsters, or a special evening for your loved one. The Spring 2017 line-up at the Bologna Performing Arts Center features a wide variety of national touring performances, include ballet, Broadway musicals, family programming, and a country music concert. If you want to let the recipient choose, gift certificates are also available in increments of $25.

The Bologna Center Ticket Office is open Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Dec. 22 before closing over the holidays. Tickets can be purchased online 24/7 through the BPAC Facebook page or website, www.bolognapac.com

2017 Performances Include:

Tuesday, 1/24/2017 at 6:30pm
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE! – FAMILY SERIES

Tuesday, 1/31/2017 at 7:30pm
Alonzo King LINES Ballet – MAIN STAGE
Sponsored by the USA International Ballet Competition
Funded in part by a grant from South Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts

Wednesday, 2/1/2017 at 11:00am
Alonzo King LINES Ballet – SCHOOL MATINEE
Funded in part by a grant from South Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts

Thursday, 2/23/2017 at 9:30am & 11:30am
Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live! – SCHOOL MATINEE
Sponsored by Walmart

Tuesday, 2/28/2017 at 7:30pm
STOMP – MAIN STAGE

Monday, 3/20/2017 at 7:30pm
42nd Street – MAIN STAGE

Tuesday, 3/21/2017 at 7:30pm
Sybarite5 – RECITAL HALL SERIES

Thursday, 3/30/2017 at 7:30pm
The Illusionists – Live From Broadway- MAIN STAGE

Wednesday, 4/12/2017 at 9:30am & 11:30am
Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters– SCHOOL MATINEE
Sponsored by AT&T

Thursday, 4/27/2017 at 7:30pm
JOSH TURNER – MAIN STAGE
Sponsored by Robinson Electric Company 

Delta State celebrates fall commencement

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Delta State University celebrated 2016 Fall Commencement ceremonies at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on Saturday.

The keynote address was provided by Dr. John Tiftickjian, professor emeritus of biology. Tiftickjian was presented with the Kossman Outstanding Faculty Award during spring commencement ceremonies on May 7, 2016.

The institution, family, friends and graduates came together to recognize the accomplishments of over 360 undergraduate and graduate students.

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Falkner honored as Employee of the Month

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The Delta State University Staff Council recently honored Barkley Falkner, compliance and operations coordinator for DSU Athletics, as the November 2016 Employee of the Month.

Barkley, an Oxford native, is entering his third year in the position. He is a 2009 graduate of Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in accounting. He obtained his Master of Science degree in sports administration from Delta State this past May.

“I would like to thank whoever nominated me for this award and everyone I would work with — because it is truly a team effort on a day-to-day basis,” said Falkner. 

Before coming to Delta State, Falkner spent five seasons playing professional basketball abroad in Denmark, Germany, Slovakia and Uruguay. In his spare time, he loves being active in the outdoors and helping run the family-owned business Falkner Farms.

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.