GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi to welcome Peter Frampton

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GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi will welcome Peter Frampton to the stage Nov. 3 for a conversation and intimate performance benefiting the museum’s education initiative.

Frampton remains one of the most celebrated artists and guitarists in rock history. At 16, he was a lead singer and guitarist for the British band the Herd. At 18, he co-founded one of the first super groups, seminal rock act Humble Pie. His session work includes collaborations with legendary artists such as George Harrison, Harry Nilsson, David Bowie, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ringo Starr, John Entwistle and many others. His fifth solo album, the electrifying “Frampton Comes Alive!” remains one of the top-selling live records of all time.

Frampton is a four-time GRAMMY® nominee and 2007 GRAMMY winner for Best Pop Instrumental Album. He will be accompanied by GRAMMY-winning songwriter, Gordon Kennedy, who wrote Eric Clapton’s hit “Change The World.”

The evening will include a cocktail reception beginning at 6:30 p.m. and performance starting at 8:00 p.m. in the Sanders Soundstage. Tickets include a complimentary bar and hors d’oeuvres by chef Cole Ellis.

This event sold out the week of Oct. 23.

Mississippi Moments to highlight Wyatt on radio Oct. 23-27

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Mississippi Moments, a program featured on Mississippi Public Broadcasting, is highlighting the tenure of Delta State University President Emeritus Dr. Kent Wyatt daily from Oct. 23-27 on MPB stations across the state.

In today’s discussion Wyatt will discuss highlights of his Delta State presidency between 1975-1999. He will also reflect on how the school has grown since he first moved to Cleveland in 1945.

To hear the interview, visit http://mississippimoments.libsyn.com.

Hosted by Bill Ellison, Mississippi Moments is produced by the Center for Oral History and Cultural Heritage at the University of Southern Mississippi and supported by the Mississippi Humanities Council.

“We are excited that Bill Ellison and Mississippi Moments have chosen to feature Dr. Kent Wyatt on this week’s program,” said Emily Jones, Delta State archivist. “Dr. Wyatt’s story is so special to Cleveland, Delta State and the Mississippi Delta, and Mississippi Moments will feature four shorts from his oral history recorded here at DSU.”

Mississippi Moments will share Wyatt’s journey to Cleveland as the son of Forest Wyatt, who became Delta State’s football coach in 1945, his eventual enrollment at Delta State, to Wyatt becoming the university’s longest serving President from 1975-1999.

“Rarely does a person experience such a profound opportunity to serve a city, institution and region in the way Dr. Wyatt was able to here at Delta State,” Jones added. “Mississippi Moments will offer a small glimpse into the life of a man who means so much to us all.”

To learn more about Mississippi Moments, visit MississippiMoments.org.

Delta State receives $1.15 million federal McNair award

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Delta State University recently received notice of a major $1.15 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education for the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program.

This coveted McNair award will provide funding over the next five years for Delta State to increase the number of advanced and doctoral degrees in typically underrepresented groups and from disadvantaged backgrounds. Each year, 25 undergraduate participants will be selected and designated as Delta State McNair Research Scholars, and their academic progress will be directly enhanced with support services and resources.

Emphasis will be placed on recruiting students from 10 STEM majors at Delta State and affiliated associate degree programs at Coahoma Community College and Mississippi Delta Community College. One of eight federal TRIO programs, the McNair funding prepares eligible participants for doctoral studies through research and other scholarly activities.

“We are excited to be a participant in the McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program,” said Dr. Charles McAdams, Delta State provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. “This federally funded program takes our retention efforts to the next level by focusing the students’ sights on completing a graduate degree while still on a path to complete their undergraduate degree. This program holds great promise for our students and for the state of Mississippi.”

Heather Kovarcik Miller, Delta State’s director of Institutional Grants, is thrilled with the grant.

“This award is highly competitive, and we at Delta State are elated to have this grant proposal funded, which is the first McNair award ever for our university,” she said.

Those who worked with Miller to secure the grant included: Wendy Stevens, graduate recruiter; Jon Delperdang. Hearin TFA Graduate Fellow; and Dr. Beverly Moon, dean of Graduate and Continuing Studies.

“The opportunities that open up for our students due to this funding are extraordinary,” said Moon. “Plus, we will be able to provide support to faculty members who will serve as mentors for these students. The faculty will help shepherd the selected students through junior and senior years at the university. The support for the McNair scholars will also continue on into their graduate programs as we track their successes.”

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Gadabout Film Festival set for Oct. 23

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The digital media arts program and QEP will host a Gadabout Film Festival on Oct. 23 at 6 p.m. in the Baioni Conference Center in Broom Hall.

The annual Gadabout Film Festival is an internationally-touring short film program with a unique style and energy.

A Gadabout screening is an experience accessible to everyone, from film aficionados to film novices, with a selection of high-quality, well-paced films diverse in genre, medium, and content. The program will include documentaries, animations, narratives, and just plain fun films.

Eric Ayotte festival founder and co-producer, said the program has grown significantly over the past 14 years.

“We have been fortunate enough to receive and share incredible short films from all around the world, screening them in 45 states, 15 different countries and over 100 cities during the past 14 years,” he said. “Over that time we’ve seen filmmaking and the way in which we watch films change and progress. We have gone from receiving VHS submissions in the mail to transferring digital files from filmmakers online that live thousands of miles away. From a time when YouTube didn’t exist to a world where people can watch anything they want at the click of a button. But the essence of the Gadabout hasn’t changed. Things have become even more exciting, especially now that filmmaking has become more accessible. We want to show that film making can be fun, and amazing content can come out of low-to-no budgets.”

Since its beginning, in 2002, the Gadabout had the idea of creating a film festival that operates more like a DIY punk band, an alternative to the money-focused, commercial film festivals. With a van, projector, screen, and speakers, the founders took a program of independent shorts films out on the road, screening in basements, art houses, music venues, collective spaces, warehouses, parking lots, and more. Every year since, the festival has grown and built connections globally, while continuing to create engaging and entertaining film programs to share with new audiences.

Delta State dietetic interns receive awards

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Delta State’s dietetic interns recently participated in a Wellness Day sponsored by Blue Cross & Blue Shield (BCBS) of Mississippi with other dietetic interns from Mississippi State University and the University of Southern Mississippi.

The morning sessions took place in Jackson and covered a variety of wellness topics and a tour of the BCBS campus. The afternoon was devoted to competitions.

“All four universities that have a dietetic internship programs in the state were invited to participate in the BCBS Day of Wellness,” said Ensley Howell, director of the coordinated program in Nutrition and Dietetics. “The Delta State interns worked hard on the articles as well as the pitch for the Shark Tank, and they won first place in both of these competitions. I’m so proud of our DSU interns.“

The primary competition was a Shark Tank business pitch with BCBS executives serving as judges.

Delta State interns won first place in the Shark Tank competition and were presented a trophy.  The Shark Tank pitch was made by interns Tyler Jones, Allison Weisz and Jenn Westmoreland. Lakon Alford, Peyton Dixon and Kaitlyn Hall were also on the team as co-writers and creators of a mock app called RD2Go that features diet and exercise tracking and planning, general education about nutrition topics, and in-app chat with a registered dietitian to receive personalized advice and answers to questions.

The second competition was a writing contest for an article to be published in the BCBS newsletter, Blue Lines. Delta State intern Beth Howard wrote the prize-winning article, Emotional Eating, and was presented a certificate for winning first place in this competition.

There was also a Chopped-style cooking contest.  Delta State intern, Jordan Simpson, captained the cooking team which won the first round with a unique hummus recipe, and came in second overall.