Bolivar County Alumni Night a success

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Fans and alumni ‘packed the house’ during Bolivar County Alumni Night at Walter Sillers Coliseum on Jan. 12.

The Delta State University Alumni Association, along with the Bolivar County Alumni Chapter, hosted the annual alumni event. The event began prior to the Lady Statesmen and Statesmen home basketball games.

All alumni who updated their information with the Alumni Association were entered into a drawing for a DSU gear prize pack or a YETI Hopper cooler. Active alumni members had their names put in the drawing twice. Jeff Lusk was the winning name drawn for the DSU gear, and Holly McKee was the winner of the YETI. The Alumni Association would like to thank everyone for attending.

The Lady Statesmen suffered their first home loss, while the Statesmen prevailed over the University of North Alabama.

To stay up to date with Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), Tumblr (www.dsualumni.tumblr.com), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Save the date for this year’s Go Green Weekend (April 8), Pig Pickin’ (Oct. 7) and Homecoming (Nov. 11).

Dead trees to be removed from campus

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Three large trees that have begun to rot significantly will be removed from campus this weekend.

The trees, located along Fifth Avenue, pose a safety hazard to both people and buildings on campus, said Jeff Barkman, director of Facilities Management at Delta State University.

One tree, located at the corner of Maple Street and Fifth Avenue, has begun to drop very large limbs during strong winds due to rotting at the top of the tree, he said.IMG_1399

The other two trees, located outside of the Library, have rotted to the point that the wood has become like sawdust.

“If we get some more bad storms or high winds, those trees could come down easily,” Barkman said.

To replace the trees, Delta State will hold a ceremony on Earth Day in April to plant new trees on campus.

For more information, contact Jennifer Farish, director of Communications and Marketing, at 662-846-4675 or jfarish@deltastate.edu.

University of Nebraska-Lincoln students visit The Delta Center

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The Delta Center For Culture and Learning at Delta State University recently hosted a group of 25 students from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Service-Study ASB during their “Civil Rights: Past, Present, & Future” experiential learning tour of the South.

The group was treated to a cultural immersion experience led by Lee Aylward and Dr. Rolando Herts of The Delta Center. Their experiential learning day included a historical and programmatic overview of The Delta Center, Delta State and the Mississippi Delta region.

The group started their day at Ewing Hall and visited culturally significant landmarks including Dockery Farms, the Fannie Lou Hamer Memorial Garden in Ruleville, the historic black town of Mound Bayou, the home of civil rights activist Amzie Moore, and the legendary rural juke joint Po Monkey’s Lounge.

Dr. Linda Moody, director of service learning in the University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s Center for Civic Engagement, brought the group of students to the Delta based on the reputation of The Delta Center’s “Most Southern Place on Earth” workshop funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

“We were referred by a faculty member at Nebraska whose spouse attended the workshop a few years ago,” said Moody. “Their experience was so positive, so impactful. That referral has resulted in our program bringing students to The Delta Center and the Mississippi Delta for the past four years.”

Service-Study ASB places teams of college students in communities to engage in service and experiential learning during their summer, fall, winter or spring breaks. Through this program, University of Nebraska-Lincoln students learn about issues relevant to their local communities, such as poverty, civil rights, racism, immigration, literacy, hunger, homelessness, and the environment. Service projects have included Habitat For Humanity and disaster relief.

In addition to Cleveland, the group also spent time in the lower Mississippi Delta touring Vicksburg Military Park. After departing the Delta, the students traveled to Alabama to visit the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, and the Edmond Pettus Bridge in Selma where voting rights activists marched in 1965, leading to the passage of the Voting Rights Act.

“Our civil rights tour of the South is not complete without visiting the Mississippi Delta,” added Moody. “The Emmett Till tragedy launched the modern Civil Rights Movement, and Fannie Lou Hamer is a voting rights icon. The Mississippi Delta is ground zero and provides such a meaningful place-based context for this experiential learning program.”

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 www.deltacenterdsu.com.

Grant-funded tickets available for LINES Ballet and Experience DSU Day

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Delta State University’s Office of Admissions and the Bologna Performing Arts Center will team up Feb. 1 for Experience DSU Day, a recruiting event and arts showcase that will highlight the best of what Delta State has to offer.

Experience DSU Day begins with check-in at the BPAC at 10 a.m. Potential Delta State students will have the opportunity to watch a performance piece from Alonzo King LINES Ballet, a company that redefines traditional ballet with their athleticism and culturally charged performances. The performance has been described as “stunning, fierce and evocative.”

Grant funding for free tickets for Delta area schools is available, but reservations are required. Call the BPAC’s Arts Education Office at 662-846-4844 to reserve your class’s free tickets today. Delta State students may also attend the Alonzo King LINES Ballet matinee for free by presenting their Okra Card at the door.

Guests will receive a welcome packet and brief address from the Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Charles McAdams followed by the Alonzo King LINES Ballet’s performance at 10:30 a.m. Guided campus tours will take place prior to lunch. Please contact the Office of Admissions at 662-846-4020 or admissions@deltastate.edu to reserve a campus tour guide.

For more information on Experience DSU Day, check out the Facebook event, or contact the BPAC at 662-846-4844 or Admissions at 662-846-4020.

MDNHA to provide grant workshops with statewide funders

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The Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area will hold a series of workshops across the Delta to present information about grants available in 2017 to support local projects and activities that further MDNHA’s mission of fostering preservation, perpetuation and celebration of the Delta’s heritage through a climate of collaboration and sustainable economic development.

This is the second year the MDNHA has offered the workshops in conjunction with its grant program. Last year, 14 grants were funded, totaling over $185,000. Up to $200,000 will be available from MDNHA for grants in 2017. Nonprofits, educational institutions, schools, units of local government and others are eligible for the grants and encouraged to attend one of the three workshops.

In addition to the funding available from the MDNHA grants program, several state agencies will participate in the workshops to discuss their respective grant opportunities. This partnership is part of the mission of the MDNHA, which is not only to create a grants resource itself, but also to help the citizens of the Mississippi Delta connect to as many grants opportunities as possible. Representatives from the MS Arts Commission, MS Humanities Council and MS Department of Archives and History will also be present at each workshop to discuss funding opportunities that may complement the work funded by MDNHA.

The workshops are scheduled for:

*Jan. 31 – 1-4 p.m.
The Haraway Center, Northwest MS Community College
4975 Highway 51 North, Senatobia, MS
(campus map available at http://www.northwestms.edu/index.php/?page_id=1128)

*Feb. 2 – 1-4 p.m.
The Capps Center, Room 101 (Seminar Room)
920 US Highway 82 West, Indianola, MS

*Feb. 7 – 1-4 p.m.
MSU Extension Service (Warren County)
1100 C Grove Street, Vicksburg, MS

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 hmiller@deltastate.edu or 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://www.deltastate.edu/academics/delta-center-for-culture-and-learning/.