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Delta State to host Smithsonian’s Hometown Teams exhibit

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Among the four commonly recognized seasons of the year, most in the Delta would agree that sports have their own seasons as well. Major decisions are made after consulting football, baseball and basketball schedules. Right behind family devotion is our appreciation and dedication to sports, especially here at Delta State University. Whether we’re competing in organized leagues, in high school athletics, or on a larger stage, sports play a role in our every day lives.

“We’re very excited to be able to host the Smithsonian Institute’s ‘Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America’ at Delta State,” said Emily Jones, university archivist. “Sports play a large role in our cultural landscape and this exhibit focuses on the direct connections they play within our communities.”

After a competitive application process, the Delta State University Archives & Museum won a bid to host the newest Smithsonian traveling exhibit. Administered through a partnership with the Mississippi Humanities Council, the exhibit has already toured at four locations in the state. On Sept. 29, the public is invited to tour the exhibit in conjunction with the Heritage Bell Classic against in-state rival, Mississippi College.

On display inside the Chadwick-Dickson Field House, the exhibit will run through Nov. 11, 2016. To schedule a tour for your school or organization, contact University Archives at 662-846-4781.

Delta Regional Foundation, a non-profit organization founded to enhance educational opportunities in Mississippi, is sponsoring the exhibit programming on display in the Capps Archives & Museum building, “Play Ball: A History of Sports in the Delta.” DRF board president Charlie McGuffee is a former member of the Statesmen baseball team and native of Drew, where he was a multi-sport standout at Drew High School.

Earlier this year, DSU representatives traveled to Jackson for the unveiling of the exhibit at the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and Museum.

“Few aspects of American culture so colorfully and passionately celebrate the American experience as sports,” said Bob Santelli, curator of Hometown Teams.

This project was made possible by a grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council, through support from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in the exhibition do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities or the Mississippi Humanities Council.

Pictured, left to right: Dr. Nicole House, OIT; Judy Haney, RESSON; Amanda Robinson, Family & Consumer Sciences; Phyllis Thornton, Health Services; Shander Gund, Social Work; Elizabeth Ogle, Language & Literature; and Kelly Kirkland, OIT.

Staff members complete P.A.T.H.S.

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Five Delta State staff members recently completed the P.A.T.H.S. (Partnership for Applying Technology to Help Students) Program sponsored by the Office of Information Technology.

The first cohort of the 2016 academic year graduated Thursday after participating in the professional development program over a three-day period.

“As a new employee at DSU, this training introduced me to the OIT staff, their responsibilities and an overview of the resources available to make my job a little easier,” said Shander Gund, senior secretary in the Department of Social Work. “These tools will also allow me to be more resourceful to my team.”

Over the course of three days, participants had hands-on experiences and workshops on OIT supported technologies including Canvas LMS, Banner XE, DSU network services, cybersecurity and Sway.

OIT presenters included Kelly Kirkland, senior instructional designer; Dr. Nicole House, director of instructional technology; Chris Giger, director of enterprise services; and Murat Gur, manager of network services.

“All the information was so useful and the instructors were great,” said Phyllis Thornton, senior secretary in Health Services. “I look forward to using what we learned in my department this year.”

P.A.T.H.S. was designed to empower staff with resources to contribute to student success with campus technologies and services. At the conclusion of the program, participants received a certificate of completion with recognition as OIT Certified Strategic Partners in promoting student success with technology on campus.

Along with Gund and Thorton, fellow graduates included: Judy Haney, senior secretary for RESSON; Elizabeth Ogle, senior secretary in Language & Literature; and Amanda Robinson, senior secretary in Family & Consumer Sciences.

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College of Business ranked nationally among most affordable

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College Choice recently ranked Delta State University’s College of Business at No. 4 on it 2016 national list of Most Affordable Undergraduate Business Schools.

The College of Business was recognized not only for its outstanding affordability, but also its student-centered programming, small class sizes, and as an institution where faculty know their students by name.

Learn more about College Choice’s ranking at http://www.collegechoice.net/rankings/cheapest-undergraduate-business-schools/.

College Choice is an independent online publication dedicated to helping students and their families find the right college. The organization publishes rankings and reviews that make choosing the best college easier, as well as resources to help students get into, pay for, and thrive at the college of their choice.

For information on Delta State University’s College of Business, visit http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-business.

Women in the Round 2

DMI fundraiser features award-winning singer-songwriters

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Award-winning singer-songwriters Ashley Cleveland, Pam Tillis, Karen Staley and Tricia Walker will be joining forces in downtown Cleveland for a unique evening of songs and stories to benefit the Delta Music Institute entertainment industry program at Delta State University.

The original Women in the Round will be performing two shows “Bluebird Café style” on August 23 at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Both performances will take place at the Delta Meat Market in Cleveland.

This talented foursome was the first female “in the round” group at the Bluebird Café, one of the world’s preeminent listening rooms, located in Nashville. Their first show together was in 1988, and they have continued to perform together for selected dates over the years. This “in the round” performance will consist of the songwriters seated in the center of the room, taking turns playing their songs and accompanying each other instrumentally and with harmony vocals.

Ashley Cleveland is a three-time GRAMMY® and two-time Dove Award winner who has released eight critically-acclaimed albums. “God Don’t Never Change” features songs rooted firmly in a host of traditions — black spirituals, folks songs, 18th century hymns, gospel blues and jubilee. The disc was nominated for a 2010 GRAMMY Award for Best Traditional Gospel Album. Cleveland resides in Nashville with her husband, Kenny Greenberg, and their three children, Rebecca, Henry and Lily.

As the child of country music royalty, Pam Tillis was determined from a young age to find her own way in music as a singer and songwriter. Her album “Put Yourself In My Place” yielded two number one singles and two top five singles in its first year when the album was certified gold. Tillis followed with three platinum albums on Arista Records. Tillis achieved six number one songs during this time, including “Shake the Sugar Tree,” “Mi Vida Loca,” “When You Walk In The Room,” “In Between Dances,” “Don’t Tell Me What To Do,” and “Maybe It Was Memphis.” She is a two-time GRAMMY award winner, six-time GRAMMY nominee, and a three-time CMA award winner, including Female Vocalist Of The Year in 1994. She is also a proud member of The Grand Ole Opry.

Karen Staley was born in Weirton, West Virginia, and was raised in nearby rural Hookstown, Pennsylvania, in the tri-state area of West Virginia, Pennsylvania and Ohio. She is a 30-year veteran of the Nashville music industry and has been involved in every facet of the business from songwriting and performing, to touring, recording and producing. Staley’s songs have been nominated for GRAMMY, Dove and International Bluegrass Awards, and her song, “Keeper Of The Stars,” won the ACM Song of The Year award and was featured on CMT’s 100 Greatest Country Love Songs of All Time TV special.

Tricia Walker is a singer and songwriter whose songs are steeped in the passion, pain and grace of the American South. Born and raised in Mississippi, Walker has become one of the clearest voices of her own time and place. Her music has been recorded by Faith Hill, Patty Loveless and Alison Krauss, whose performance of Tricia’s “Looking in the Eyes of Love” earned a GRAMMY award. A recording artist herself, her CD, “The Heart of Dixie,” thoughtfully captures the songwriter’s view of the South with well-placed lyrics and music reflecting her folk, R&B and storytelling influences.

Only 100 tickets will be available for purchase for each of the two shows. Tickets are $100 and may be purchased by calling the DMI office at 662-846-4579 between 8:30 a.m. and noon Monday through Friday.

The DMI is an independent center of study under the College of Arts and Sciences at Delta State University, offering a bachelor’s degree in entertainment industry studies. The focus of the DMI is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, creative and business areas of the music and entertainment industry. For information, visit http://dmi.deltastate.edu.

Child Development Center staff (left to right): Brenda Dumas, Lezlie Taylor, Jervetta Bradley, Laura Abraham, Michelle Enriquez and Nikki Allen.

Child Development Center recognized for special needs care

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The Child Development Center in the Delta State University College of Education and Human Sciences has been identified by the Early Years Network (EYN) Special Needs Division as one of only two highly-qualified centers serving special needs in the state of Mississippi.

“The Child Development Center is honored to be considered a special needs endorsed center and looks forward to the partnership with the Early Years Network as we promote and improve inclusion,” said Laura Abraham, director of preschool programs.

The CDC was selected and recognized for this endorsement above others for their exemplary staff knowledge throughout the credential process and for the inclusion practices observed within the classrooms.

“We have been using a lot more visual aids to make sure every child is learning at the same level,” said Lezlie Taylor, an instructor for the CDC, while speaking about implementing specific educational techniques within the classrooms.

“I appreciate the work that the CDC staff put into this training and anticipate an excellent partnership with the Early Years Network as we attend to the special needs of children,” said Cheryl Cummins, director of field experiences and coordinator of child development programming. 

The CDC will now be considered a special needs endorsed center and will receive stipend funding through EYN to purchase materials and resources to promote inclusion. Additionally, EYN will invite other centers from around the state to tour the CDC as a model for special needs inclusion.

“I commend the CDC staff on accomplishing this milestone, which enables them to deliver specialized services to children and their families,” said Dr. Leslie Griffin, dean of the COEHS at Delta State.

Learn more about the center at http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-education/family-and-consumer-sciences/hamilton-white-child-development-center-2.