BPAC to welcome ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’

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In 2002, “Thoroughly Modern Millie,” was the most awarded new show on Broadway, taking home six Tony Awards including Best Musical. On Thursday, March 30 at 7:30 p.m., the Bologna Performing Arts Center on the campus of Delta State University will play host to this “thoroughly” entertaining musical. One of the most sought after touring productions of the year, this show will be fun for the entire family.

Based on the Oscar winning film starring Julie Andrews, “Millie” is the story of a small-town girl who turns a big-time town upside down. The production takes audiences on a fun-filled ride back in time and drops them off in the midst of the Roaring Twenties. From vivacious flappers to the intrigue of white-slavery, the musical takes place in Manhattan, 1922, with all the jazz-age razzmatazz you want in a big, bright, Broadway blockbuster.

“We’re very fortunate to have this tour of ‘Thoroughly Modern Millie’ come to the BPAC,” David Dallas, Executive Director of the Bologna Performing Arts Center contends. “It’s a funny story that audiences of all ages will enjoy and from the production requirements, it looks like it is going to be a real extravaganza. Our hall will be an incredible venue for a show this style and I’m just hopeful everyone will be able to come, see it and enjoy the night.”

For ticket reservations, please contact the Bologna Performing Arts Center Box Office at (662) 846-4626.



Delta State’s Moore recognized by IHL

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Bob Owens, Member of Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning and Chair of the Board’s Black History Month Committee, presents Deborah Moore, Director of the Center for Community and Economic Development at Delta State with a certificate of achievement, as DSU President, Dr. John M. Hilpert looks on.


Deborah Moore, Director of the Center for Community and Economic Development at Delta State University, was recently recognized by the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL), as in its regular monthly meeting, the Board honored African-American educators from each of the universities in recognition of February as Black History Month.

Moore was promoted to the director’s post this past July, and has worked tirelessly and diligently to promote the Center’s many various programs, which include America Reads Mississippi, Delta Reads Partnership, Mississippi Delta Service Corps, AmeriCorps*VISTA, Delta Rural Poll and the Institute for Community-Based Research.

First established in 1994, the Center for Community and Economic Development at Delta State has partnered to present Delta Health and Wellness Day for the past two years, while also providing a leadership role in Cleveland’s annual multiple sclerosis walk. Most recently, the CCED hosted an open house for Delta area mayors, enabling the local government officials to know what resources are available to their respective communities.

Moore’s association with the Center first began in 1998 as a program coordinator. She climbed to program leader/state director in January 2000 and later was promoted to project director in October 2003, where she would stay until her most recent advancement.

A graduate of Delta State, Moore earned her bachelor’s degree in 1981 and master’s degree in 1996, both in business administration. A Cleveland native, Moore is married to Dr. Billy C. Moore, Dean of the College of Business at Delta State. The couple has two daughters, Andrea and Alicia.



Delta State to host collegiate art show

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“Peace of Mind,” a woodcut print created by Delta State senior art education major Charles Daniel of Greenville, will be just one of the many pieces on display at the 2006 Mississippi Collegiate Art Show in the Wright Art Center Gallery on the campus.


Delta State University will welcome the prestigious Mississippi Collegiate Art Competition to its campus, Saturday, April 1 with an opening reception and award ceremony to be held from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the Wright Art Center Gallery.


Designed to highlight and showcase the best work created by students in the year, the Mississippi Collegiate Art Competition is an annual event that typically alternates among universities and museums across the state. With Delta State University serving as this year’s host, the 2006 competition, again, strives to recognize exemplary artistic achievement by students attending four-year colleges and universities in Mississippi in one of 12 categories: clay, computer imaging, design, drawing, fiber, glass, metal, mixed media, painting, photography, printmaking, sculpture. 


In total, 92 works out of hundreds submitted will be on display.  Marcia Cohen, Atlanta-based painter and professor of art at the Atlanta College of Art served as juror for the competition. A Best in Show, three Awards of Excellence and Superior Achievement Awards in each medium will be given at 2:30 p.m. during the reception, with Cohen to be on hand to make remarks at the opening. 


The public is cordially invited to attend the reception and ceremony and to view the art which will be on display through Friday, April 28.  For more information, please call the Delta State art department at (662) 846-4720.



‘Arts in April’ to celebrate students’ artistic talent at Delta State

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Arts al Fresco

Born from the idea to spotlight students’ artistic talent, “Arts in April” will make its inaugural debut on the Delta State University campus this spring. The Delta State Special Programs Committee will sponsor a month-long festival of events, all specifically focused to showcase student soloists, ensembles, artists and writers.

“Arts in April” will launch, Monday, April 3 at noon with “Arts al Fresco.” To take place outside Holcomb-Norwood Hall, weather permitting, “Arts al Fresco” will feature spontaneous painting and musical improvisation by students in reaction to an original student poem. The public is invited to bring a lunch and watch the artists’ work evolve as they interact and inspire each other.

The event’s calendar also includes a duo of lunchtime lectures, beginning Monday, April 10 at noon on the second floor of the H.L. Nowell Union on campus. Malcolm White, Director of the Mississippi Arts Commission, will keynote an arts forum, with presentations and performances to be made by Delta State students.

On Tuesday, April 18 at 12:15 p.m. in the art history lecture room of Holcomb-Norwood Hall, Dr. Douglas Lewis, distinguished art historian and curator for Sculpture and Decorative Arts at the National Gallery in Washington DC for over 30 years, will present, “Mississippi’s ‘Surprising’ Architecture,” detailing the architectural legacy of the Magnolia State. 
“Arts in April” will also include a reading of student authors whose works will be published in this year’s student literary anthology, “The Confidante.” The event is scheduled for Monday, April 24 at 7 p.m. on the second floor lobby of the H.L. Nowell Union.

The month-long festival will culminate, Sunday, April 30 at 3 p.m. in the Bologna Performing Arts Center on campus with a musical extravaganza featuring the choirs of Delta State, the University of Southern Mississippi and the University of Mississippi. The three choirs along with the orchestra from USM will perform three masterworks for choir and orchestra. This concert will be followed by a gala reception sponsored by the Special Programs Committee.

All events are open to the public and many are free of charge, with a complimentary coffee bar and light desserts to be provided at all indoor events.

For more information or a complete schedule of events, please contact Special Programs Committee Chair, Dr. Mark Butler in the Delta State music department at (662) 846-4619 or  




Trace your family tree in Delta State sponsored workshop

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Mike Brubaker


Have you always been curious to map your family tree, but just weren’t sure how to begin? Help has arrived, as Delta State University’s Charles W. Capps, Jr. Archives and Museum has partnered with the Clarksdale Carnegie Library to present “A Genealogy Workshop,” under the direction of visiting professor Mike Brubaker, Research Manager for the Kenan Research Center at the Atlanta History Center.

Scheduled for Saturday, April 8, the workshop will be broken up into two sessions with participants encouraged to attend both the morning and afternoon lectures. The morning session, which will run from 10 a.m. – noon will be held in the Capps Archives and Museum’s Reading Room on the Delta State campus. The session will focus specifically on getting started in one’s genealogy research, as well as the types of materials most often found in library and archival repositories.

After a break for lunch (on your own), participants will move to the Roberts-LaForge Library’s Bibliographic Room on the Delta State campus for the afternoon session, scheduled from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. Professor Brubaker will demonstrate how to access and locate online resources, as well as answer any specific questions attendees may have.

The workshop is free and open to public. For more information or to reserve your seat, please call the Delta State Capps Archives and Museum Building at (662) 846-4780.