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Workshop participants visit Hebrew Union Temple in Greenville

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Participants in the July workshop titled “The Most Southern Place:  Music, Culture and History of the Mississippi Delta” recently visited the Hebrew Union Temple in Greenville as part of their exploration of the Delta’s religious heritage. 

 

The group was welcomed by Temple congregation members Ben Nelkin, Richard Dattel, and Julia Levingston.

 

The workshop, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Humanities,  was presented by Delta State University Delta Center for Culture and Learning. 

 

Workshop participants came from 19 states plus Saipan, a US territory.  The US State Department also sent three international participants from Bangladesh, Turkey and Brazil. 

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Janice Wyatt Mississippi Summer Arts Institutes PLUS Camp presents performance

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Campers attending the 12th annual MSAI PLUS Camp at Delta State University will present a free performance for the public at 10 a.m., July 17, in the Bologna Performing Arts Center (BPAC) on the campus. 

 

The performance will include a choreographed medley of songs from the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, and 90’s. Campers will also sing “Hoe-Down Throw-Down,” and a Miley Cyrus favorite, “Party in the USA.”

 

A total of 100 campers ages 5-12 are participating in the 2010 PLUS camp. These campers come from the Delta, from other regions in Mississippi, and from other states in the United States. The camp even has two campers from Belgium who attended last year and, as many of the campers do, timed their visits to their grandparents to be able to return to the 2010 camp.

 

The MSAI PLUS camp for elementary aged children was established in 1999 to encourage participation in the art of performance. Over the years the content of the camp has grown to include classes in props; puppetry; storytelling; and writing, as well as musical and choreography rehearsals to learn the performance elements. The camp strives to give opportunities to develop and learn about several artistic disciplines related to the performing arts and to give these young people an opportunity to sing and dance on the “big stage” of the BPAC.

 

“Through the experience of this camp, we are hoping to build on the natural creativity of children.  We are giving them an outlet for their musical talents, while also encouraging them to use their imaginations as they create puppets and learn how to develop stories and plays,” says Tennie Lester, camp director.  “These children are developing an appreciation for live theatre, and they will become the future audience of the BPAC.  Perhaps someday, we might even see some of these campers performing as adults on the BPAC stage.”

 

Faculty members include Kathy Mills–Hull from Nashville, Tenn., musical director; Mandy Bell from Grenada, choreographer; Terry Baird from Cleveland, props; Doris Jones from Madison, storytelling; Celeste Aguzzi from Cleveland, puppetry; and McLeod Satterfield from Sugar Land, Tex., writing. The camp also employs several area young adults as teacher assistants and counselors.

 

For more information, call the BPAC at (662) 846-4625 or (662) 846-4844.

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Delta State’s Robert E. Smith School of Nursing expecting important visitors

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Delta State University’s Robert E. Smith School of Nursing is expecting important visitors when the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE) team calls for a reaccreditation review of their baccalaureate and graduate programs on October 6-8.

 

“Delta State University was the first nursing program in Mississippi to be accredited by CCNE and we have since maintained that accreditation,” said Dr. Lizabeth L. Carlson, Dean of the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing. “The CCNE accredits baccalaureate and graduate nursing programs by evaluating and making judgments about the quality of these nursing programs. The commission serves the public interest by assessing and identifying programs that engage in effective educational practices in the preparation of nurses. Accreditation by the CCNE indicates that the public can have confidence in the quality of the nursing program.”

 

The Robert E. Smith School of Nursing has also maintained state accreditation through the State Board of Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) since the start of both the undergraduate (1977) and graduate (1995) programs.

 

Interested parties are encouraged to submit comments to the CCNE about the Delta State University Robert E. Smith School of Nursing Baccalaureate and Graduate Programs. CCNE will accept “written and signed third-party comments until 30 days before the visit or September 6, 2010,” Dean Carlson quoted from the CCNE directives. These written and signed comments are to be sent to Ms. Amanda Brownbridge, Accreditation Assistant; One Dupont Circle, NW; Suite 530; Washington, DC 20034-1120.

 

For more information, call the Delta State Robert E. Smith School of Nursing at 662-846-4255.

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Delta State to offer First Steps to Starting a Business workshop

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Delta State University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will host First Steps to Starting a Business workshop from 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, July 22, at the Henry M. Seymour Library, 201 Cypress Drive in Indianola.

 

Christie Sledge, director of the Small Business Development Center at Delta State, will be the featured speaker.

 

Are you interested in starting your own business, but dont know where to begin? This seminar outlines the basic steps to start a business. Topics include: regulations such as licenses and permits; legal forms of business ownership; basic marketing concepts to help analyze the revenue potential; lending terminology; outline for a business plan and other resources to assist in starting a business.

 

Registration is required for all workshops.

 

Delta State Universitys SBDC is a member of the Mississippi Small Business Development Centers (MSBDC) network and is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. MSBDC has assisted Mississippi businesses since 1981. 

 

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance by calling (662) 846-4236 or by mail to the Delta State University MSBDC at P.O. Box 3235, Cleveland, MS 38733.

 

The workshop is free and open to the public. If you would like to attend and to reserve a seat, contact the Delta State SBDC at (662) 846-4236 or e-mail dsusbdc@deltastate.edu.

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Delta State to offer ‛Money Sources For Your Small Business workshop

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Delta State University’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will offer a “Money Sources For Your Small Business” workshop from 2- 4 p.m., Tuesday, July 20, in Room 271 of Broom Hall on the campus.

 

Christie Sledge, director of the Small Business Development Center at Delta State, will be the featured speaker.

 

This seminar explores ways to finance a business. Topics include steps in securing a bank loan, SBA Guaranty Loan Programs, Planning and Development District financing, how to compare financing sources, what the lender wants in a proposal and how your credit score impacts your ability to secure financing.

 

Delta State University’s SBDC is a member of the Mississippi Small Business Development Centers (MSBDC) network and is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. MSBDC has assisted Mississippi businesses since 1981. 

 

Registration is required for all workshops.

 

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance by calling (662) 846-4236 or by mail to the Delta State University MSBDC at P.O. Box 3235, Cleveland, MS 38733.

 

The workshop is free and open to the public. If you would like to attend and to reserve a seat, contact the Delta State SBDC at (662) 846-4236 or e-mail dsusbdc@deltastate.edu.