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Taylor Henry to perform Levitt concert

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Taylor Henry will perform a free concert in downtown Cleveland on Sept. 8 at 7:45 p.m. as part of the Levitt AMP Cleveland Music Series. Jessica Faith of the Delta Music Institute will open for Henry at 7 p.m.

Henry, a pop-rock craftsman, pairs his pure tenor voice with rhythmic, soulful guitar. His upbeat, original sound is marked by lyrical simplicity and warm authenticity. This up-and-coming singer-songwriter lives in Nashville and has shared the stage with country singer Blake Shelton, American Idol runner-up Bo Bice and The Charlie Daniels Band.

The concert will take place on the downtown Green Space near College Avenue.

Airport Grocery will sell food and Delta Dairy will sell frozen treats. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs, blankets, ice chests and bug repellant. Glass bottles are not allowed.

The Levitt AMP Cleveland Music Series is supported in part by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a private family foundation that empowers towns and cities across America to transform neglected public spaces into thriving destinations through the power of free, live music. In 2016, more than 450 free Levitt concerts will take place in 21 towns and cities, all featuring a rich array of music genres and high caliber talent. Within the region is the Levitt Shell in Memphis with concerts taking place this May, June, July, September and October. Learn more at levitt.org and levittshell.org.

The Levitt AMP Cleveland Music Series is also sponsored by the Delta Music Institute, Delta State University, Delta State Student Government Association, the city of Cleveland, Quality Steel, Alan Morgan, DSU Quality Enhancement Program, Automark, Cleveland Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce, and Team Cleveland.

For more information about series, visit http://concerts.levittamp.org/cleveland or call the Chamber of Commerce at 662-843-2712.

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Delta State ranks high for two MBA programs

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Delta State University scored high in two recent rankings that highlight the most affordable colleges for various MBA degree programs.

Best Value MBA ranked Delta State as No. 2 in the nation for the most affordable online MBA programs in technology.  

BVM noted Delta State’s superior information systems management emphasis, which includes courses in enterprise data warehousing, global supply chain management, business intelligence and enterprise resource planning.

Delta State also ranked as the 13th most affordable online MBA program. The numerous MBA concentrations offered at Delta State contributed to its inclusion in the ranking.

To see the complete ranking, visit http://www.bestvaluemba.net/rankings/most-affordable-online-mba-programs/.

The Top 50 programs were selected for their affordability out of over 500 MBA programs offered online. The market for MBA programs offered online has responded to the demand with an explosion in the number of programs offered 100 percent online. All of the programs ranked are offered by regionally accredited public or private nonprofit universities.

Best Value MBA’s mission is to provide master of finance students with up-to-date assistance in selecting the best MBA program that offers both high value and affordability by providing rankings of affordable business schools and lists of MBA programs by state.

Learn more about MBA options at Delta State at http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-business.

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Travis Tritt Begins New BPAC Season

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Country music legend Travis Tritt and special guest Luke Combs will kick off the 2016-2017 Season at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on Thursday, Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m. The concert is sponsored by Bolivar Medical Center. There will also be a pre-show dinner in the Sculpture Garden.

More than 27 years after Travis Tritt launched his music career, the Grammy award-winning artist continues to sell-out shows, top sales charts, and stay true and relevant to Country music fans across the globe. A Marietta, Georgia native, Travis Tritt is dubbed one of “The Class of ‘89,” which included Country music superstars Garth Brooks, Clint Black and Alan Jackson, all of whom dominated the charts in the early ‘90s.

Among his 11 studio albums and numerous charted singles are 19 Top 10 hits, including “Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde,” “Love Of A Woman” and “T-R-O-U-B-L-E.” His over 25-year career has produced millions in album sales, two Grammy award wins and multiple No. 1 singles on the Country radio charts. Most recently, Tritt formed Post Oak Recordings in 2012 and released his album “The Calm After…” through his own record label. Continuously performing shows and holding a heavy appearance schedule, Tritt is proving to be unstoppable.

Joining Travis Tritt is special guest Luke Combs.

Don’t call country music newcomer Luke Combs an “outlaw.” The word doesn’t really fit, though he does have an undeniable independent streak. “Outsider” doesn’t really work anymore either, since he’s come to Nashville and quickly won himself a record deal and quite a bit of attention. “Outlier” is a better fit for Combs. The 26-year-old has built an already enviable following, with his first single “Hurricane” making the iTunes Top 10 Country as well as Billboard Hot Country Top 40 charts.

Combs has been touring throughout the summer with Tritt, and has shared the stage with other artists such as the Eli Young Band, Corey Smith, and Chace Rice.

Prior to the show, weather permitting, there will be a picnic-style dinner in the Sanders Sculpture Garden located in front of the Bologna Performing Arts Center. Delta Dairy, Delta Meat Market, and Nehi Bottling Co. will have food and beverages available for purchase. Dinner in the garden will last from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m., and the Travis Tritt performance begins at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $30-60 and are available at the Bologna Performing Arts Center Ticket Office, open Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by phone 662-846-4626 or online www.bolognapac.com. Tickets to the performance are not required to attend the dinner in the Sculpture Garden; food purchases may be made directly from vendors on-site.

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Leflore County Alumni Chapter host alumni gathering and new student sendoff party

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association recently hosted an event at the Museum of the Mississippi Delta in Greenwood.

This year’s program featured Head Football Coach Todd Cooley; University Archivist, Emily Jones; Band Director, Dr. Erik Richards; and Jeffrey Farris, Director of Alumni Affairs. Other faculty and staff in attendance were Ann Giger, Executive Assistant to the President; Matt Jones, Senior Associate Athletic Director of Communications & Marketing; Dr. Karen Fosheim, Chair of the Department of Music; Dr. Josh Armstrong, Assistant Band Director; Diana McDowell, Admissions Recruiter; Rebekah Arant, Admissions Recruiter; Katherine Shoemaker, Admissions Recruiter; Keith Fulcher, Executive Director Alumni-Foundation; and Gary Bouse, Chief Development Officer

The program consisted of an updated from Cheryl Taylor Thornhill, Executive Director of the Museum, Delta State University Campus video, and updates from Delta State University.  President of the Leflore County Chapter Miller Arant also recognized all Delta State students in attendance and their families while encouraging alumni to make plans to visit campus this fall.greenwood-2

Over 50 alumni and friends attended the event as well as students who are now enrolled at Delta State University for the Fall Semester.

To view photos from the LeFlore County Alumni Chapter meeting, Click Here. (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dsualumni/albums/72157671333752131)

To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), Tumblr (http://www.dsualumni.tumblr.com), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Save the date for Pig Pickin’ (Sept. 24) and Homecoming (Oct. 15).

A Letter from President William N. LaForge

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Dear Campus Colleagues and Students:

Welcome to the new academic year!

As I shared with the faculty and staff at Convocation, this promises to be a terrific year, filled with exciting programs, intercollegiate athletics, campus changes, and the first steps toward realizing the university’s vision for a successful future.

We recently rolled out ten building-block visioning principles that will help guide us to that future success.  Many of the ideas and strategies that will pave that pathway are already in place or in the development stages.  All of us in the Delta State family have a huge stake in this vision, and I invite you to join in as we plan and shape that future.  I have attached the full list of visioning principles.

Delta State’s highest priorities are academic excellence and student success.  As a student-centric university, our mission is to help guide each student on the path to success, and to provide our students with the very best experience possible in and out of the classroom.  College is a time for exploration and discovery for our students, and this university is committed to providing an outstanding platform for student engagement.

Students…I encourage all of you to get involved with student government, intramurals, religious life, cultural and service organizations and projects, and fraternities and sororities.  Doing so is an important part of a college experience, and your involvement will make you a more versatile person as you prepare for your career.  As our tagline says, “Join In.  Stand Out!”

We have just rolled out a new and expanded healthcare service plan for all students, and this plan will also be available for faculty, staff, and the community.  In partnership with Bolivar Medical Center, we will have a more modern healthcare delivery system—in the same facility on campus, the Reily Health Center—that will provide enhanced medical care.  Please take advantage of these new services.

I call your attention to a full slate of entertainment and activities that will fill the calendar this fall and beyond.  Be sure to keep up with all university events and activities by checking out the Delta State home page and announcements.  For example, superb BPAC programming is scheduled for this year, including music, dance, and Broadway shows.   Statesmen football offers six home games.  Our annual International Conference on the Blues is slated for October 2-4, and our signature Race Relations Conference will be held again in the spring.  I am pleased to announce two University Colloquia Distinguished Speakers Programs for the Fall—Federal District Judge Gustavo Gelpi of Puerto Rico on September 20th on the topic of police reform in the United States, and U.S. Congressman Bennie Thompson on November 9th for a unique and timely “next day look-back” at the 2016 national election.  Both will take place in Jobe auditorium at 6:00 pm on those respective dates.

Finally, Delta State is a special place for many reasons, and this university strives to provide a warm, inviting environment that is conducive for teaching and learning.  Imbedded in our culture are a number of core values that speak to who we are as a university community.  I ask that you review this element of our visioning principles, and embrace our core values as we continue to make Delta State a university of distinction.

I wish for each of you a prosperous and successful 2016-17 academic year!

All the best,

Bill LaForge

President