DSU Wright Art Gallery opens new academic year with solo show

By | General | No Comments


                           “Y”, relief print by Sheri Fleck Rieth


The Wright Art Center Gallery at Delta State University will open the exhibition calendar for academic year 2005-06 with a solo show by Sheri Fleck Rieth. Entitled “TURN,” Rieth will present printmaking and mixed media forms which reference paths taken or not taken, memories and the layered meanings of language through her use of images and letters.

“Our memory, like computer files, corrupts over time and colors what we remember about why we turned in one direction or another,” she offered. “The images are metaphors for those turns.” A Coldwater resident, Rieth is on faculty at the University of Mississippi as an Associate Professor of Art.

The public is cordially invited to attend the exhibit’s opening reception on Sunday, Sept. 11 from 4 p.m. – 6 p.m., where Rieth will be available to answer questions about her work. The exhibit will be on display until Oct. 7 between the hours of 8 a.m. – 8:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on Friday at the Wright Art Center on campus.

For more information, please call the DSU art department at 662-846-4720.


Delta State’s Renaissance to host spaghetti supper

By | General | No Comments



Renaissance, Delta State University’s popular music ensemble, will sponsor its fall Chicken Spaghetti Supper on Sept. 13, from 4:30-7 p.m. in the State Room of the H.L. Nowell Union on campus.  

Tickets are $7 for dine-in or carry-out and $8 for all-you-can-eat. The menu includes chicken spaghetti, salad, homemade rolls, buttermilk chocolate cake and iced tea.  

Renaissance students will be selling tickets to the biannual event by going (door-to-door) in the community close to Delta State University, as well as to the local businesses.  

 “It’s a difficult task going to houses in Cleveland like we do, but we think it’s much more personable. Cleveland residents have an opportunity to enjoy a nice meal and the chance to meet the new performers in Renaissance each year. Please welcome these hard working students to you door,” Gene Ayers, Director of Renaissance and Assistant Professor of Music maintained.  

Renaissance is celebrating its 32nd year of performing throughout the Southeastern United States, Europe, and the Caribbean.  

“We appreciate the community supporting all of our activities during the academic year. Renaissance has been very fortunate through these 32 years to perform 21 times outside the United States,” Ayers added.  

Chicken spaghetti supper tickets may be purchased at the door or by calling the Renaissance office at (662) 846-4610.


Dorgan Center ribbon-cutting marks ‘Year of Cleveland’ commencement

By | General | No Comments


Photo at left: Ned Mitchell, chair of the “Year of Cleveland” committee, left; Dr. John M. Hilpert, Delta State University President, middle; and David Work, Mayor of Cleveland, right; gather before the State of the University to discuss “Year of Cleveland” plans.

Photo at right: Front row, from left, Billy Dorgan Sr. , his wife Patty, Billy Dorgan Jr., his wife Rebekah, Maureen Dorgan, (back, from left) Delta State University Athletic Director Brad Teague, Pat Hilpert and Delta State President John M. Hilpert  participate in a ceremonial ribbon cutting to open the Billy Dorgan, Jr. Student Performance Center.



In conjunction with Delta State University’s 80th academic year and in recognition of a positive town and gown relationship for the past eight decades, the 2005-2006 university term has been designated, “The Year of Cleveland.”  

In his recent State of the University address, Dr. John M. Hilpert, Delta State’s President, reported, “As a university, we will pay tribute to our host community with a series of events designed to focus on Cleveland’s leadership, its strengths, and its support for this institution.  During this year, we will ask and answer a question, ‘How can Delta State University make significant and positive contributions to the development of 21st century Cleveland, Mississippi?’”  

Ned Mitchell, who Hilpert acknowledged as “one our community’s prominent citizens” and “one of our most committed alumni,” has agreed to chair “The Year of Cleveland” committee, and is excited about the opportunity. “I think this a wonderful thing for Delta State to do. The community and the University have always been so intertwined and worked so beautifully together. We’ve gained synergy from one another, and I think “The Year of Cleveland” will be just another shining example of that. We hope to have a number of activities planned and encourage as much community and university participation as possible.”

And if the inaugural “Year of Cleveland” event is any indication, community and university participation will be copious. As part of the Pig Pickin’ festivities this past weekend, the community leadership, along with the Delta State community, was invited to a ribbon-cutting reception for the Billy Dorgan, Jr. Student Performance Center.  

The Billy Dorgan, Jr. Student Performance Center became a reality thanks to a $1.5 million donation by Billy and Patty Dorgan, Sr., in the spring of 2002. The Center was completed on Feb. 18, 2005 and is currently online and in use by all 13 Delta State athletic programs and many members of the Cleveland community.  

The 15,605 square feet, state-of-the-art complex houses a free-weight area, a general exercise area and storage on the first floor, while the second floor features two academic labs, a conference room,  as well the athletic director’s and other administration offices.  

The second annual community recognition luncheon is set to serve as another event in “The Year of Cleveland” itinerary later this fall, with more details to be released as they become available.  

For more information on “The Year of Cleveland,” please contact the Delta State Office of University Relations at (662) 846-4675.  


Delta State Music Department celebrates Star Spangled Banner

By | General | No Comments


The Delta State University Marching Band and choirs along with students, faculty and staff joined on the Delta State quadrangle for the singing the National Anthem as the DSU Police Dept. raised the American flag. The DSU Department of Music sponsored the public singing of the Star Spangled Banner, the U.S. National Anthem, to coincide with a celebration of the anniversary of the writing of the text to this song.

The event was held in conjunction with a national awareness campaign sponsored by The National Association for Music Education, a national professional organization, of which Delta State has a student chapter and several faculty are national members.  The event was held at the flag plaza located at the north end of the Delta State Quad.

Several other communities and schools across the country also participated with a public singing of our National Anthem. For more information on this public awareness project, please visit