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Born to Read makes return to Delta State campus

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Born to Read, a program for babies and toddlers up to age three that debuted last year at Delta State University, is scheduled to make its return to campus next week. The program, scheduled to run each Wednesday from Oct. 5 through Nov. 30, will be held at 10 a.m. in the Instructional Resources Center (IRC), located on the first floor of the Roberts-LaForge Library.

Born to Read is armed with a mission to promote literacy, the love of language and to spotlight for parents and caregivers the value and necessity of singing, speaking and reading to babies.  Students from the DSU College of Education will provide the programs each week.  

Emergent or early literacy is what children know about reading and writing before they actually read or write.  Listening to language lays the ground work for reading.  During the enjoyable experience of listening, the child is immersed in language, which is how babies learn to understand words and then to speak them.  Sharing books with young children starts them on the path to language, reading, and writing well before they can understand the printed word.  

Additionally, a child’s brain develops at an incredible rate during the first three years of life.  A child’s early experiences with language contribute to healthy brain development and lay the foundation for learning to read.  Researchers agree that children are more likely to become good readers if they start school with these accomplishments: comprehend and express themselves with a wide range of words; name the letters of the alphabet; and exposure to a wide variety of literary experiences and appreciate books and stories.  

Parents and caregivers are invited to bring their child to participate in the Born to Read program.  Space is limited, so please call the Delta State Library/IRC at (662) 846-4347 or 846-4345 by Oct. 4 to reserve your place in the program.  Each child must be accompanied by a parent or an adult.    

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Delta State’s Bahr to present euphonium recital

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Dr. Edward Bahr, professor of music at Delta State University, will present a euphonium recital at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 11, in the recital hall of the Bologna Performing Arts Center on the campus.  

A euphonium is a brass wind instrument, similar to a tuba, but having a somewhat higher pitch and a mellower sound.  

Bahr will be accompanied on piano by Dr. Kumiko Shimizu, DSU staff accompanist.  

The recital will include Elizabeth Raum’s Duet for Flute and Euphonium which will include flutist Jane Ann Bahr, and Three Pieces for Solo Euphonium by Delta State University graduate Samuel Hollomon.  Other compositions included on the recital are Ernest Bloch’s Prayer, Etienne Ozi’s Adagio et Rondo, Vittorio Monti’s Csardas, as well as works by William Mac Davis, J. E. Barat, and Guillaume Balay.     

The recital is free and open to the public.  For more information, please contact the Department of Music at (662) 846-4615.   

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Delta State student government surprises Hilpert with birthday celebration

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Delta State University President Dr. John M. Hilpert (third from left) is presented a birthday gift by the Delta State University Student Government Association. The SGA hosted a lunch for the president and his wife, Pat Hilpert, in the Young-Mauldin Cafeteria on the DSU campus to celebrate the presidential birthday. Pictured are from left: Tracy Scott of Tupelo, vice president; Valerie Orcutt of Lorman, president; Hilpert; Robert Smart of Cleveland, attorney general; Emily Jennings of Clinton, chief justice; and Mary Claire Kinnison of Cleveland, secretary.

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Delta State conference promotes excellence in the classroom

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The keynote speaker, Dr. Jim Eison (at right) addresses Delta State University faculty and staff attending the ROMEA (Reaching Out to Mississippi, Education in Action) conference. Eison currently teaches in the doctoral program in Higher Education at the University of South Florida. The focus of the conference is on teaching excellence, student learning, technology integration, and issues which confront faculty in Mississippi. The ROMEA Conference on Teaching in Higher Education was held recently in Ewing Hall at Delta Sate University

 

The ROMEA conference is made possible by a grant from the Kent and Janice Wyatt Faculty Development Fund.

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Delta Room to be renamed in memory of long-time DSU faculty member Henry J. Jacob

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Despite his retirement on June 30, 1974, Dr. Henry Judson Jacob’s long and lasting impression can still be felt on campus today. In recognition of his committed service to Delta State University, the Delta Room in Ewing Hall will be renamed The Henry J. Jacob Conference Center, on Friday, Oct. 7 at 10 a.m.

A 28-year veteran of the Delta State faculty, Jacob served loyally in the College of Education for all of his years on the Cleveland campus. A professor, first, Jacob served as head of the Education and Psychology department in the late 1950’s, early 1960’s, until becoming the Director of Graduate Studies in 1965. Jacob would later be promoted to serve as the Dean of the School of Graduate Studies in 1971, where he stayed until his retirement.

In a recent letter, Delta State alumnus, Dr. Bob Ferguson, remembered Jacob’s contributions, offering, “We do not feel that Delta State would have the excellent reputation and quality graduate program in education that it has if Dr. Jacob had not been the driving force, leader and first Chairman of the Graduate School of Education.”

The renaming ceremony is free and open to the public. All are encouraged to attend. For more information, please contact the Delta State Office of University Relations at (662) 846-4675.