Volunteering opportunities at the Bologna Performing Arts Center

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Over 50 volunteers in Cleveland and across the Delta gathered at the Bologna Performing Arts Center August 8-10 for annual volunteer trainings.

Each volunteer received training for the various positions in the theater, as well as emergency procedures for the center.

“Volunteerism at the Bologna Performing Arts Center is a great opportunity to get involved with the community, meet new people, and work in a fun, entertaining environment,” said Amber Foster with the BPAC.

Each season, the dedicated volunteers provide services at performances. These volunteers are known as “Ambassadors,” and they serve as greeters, ticket-takers, door captains and ushers.

“Our Ambassadors help ensure that every patron attending has a wonderful, enriching experience from beginning to end,” added Foster. “From community members to DSU students, the Bologna Ambassadors make the show go on.”

Positions are always open to join the Ambassador Program for this season’s performances. Upcoming trainings will be held at the following times:
-Aug. 23 from 10-11:30 a.m.
-Aug. 31 from 5-6:30 p.m.

To register for one of the training times, contact Foster at 662-846-4625 or email afoster@deltastate.edu.

The Bologna Performing Arts Center on the campus of Delta State University is a multidisciplinary facility that presents an annual performing arts season featuring top touring productions and concerts. Learn more at http://bolognapac.com/.

DSU Archives highlighted in Delta Chinese film

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Delta State University’s Mississippi Delta Chinese Heritage Museum was recently featured in a film produced by international media outlet Al Jazeera.

The museum is housed in the Charles W. Capps Jr. Archives and promotes local heritage preservation by actively collecting oral histories, memorabilia, photographs and other artifacts that document the history of Mississippi Delta Chinese immigration and settlement.

Among those featured in the film was Frieda Quon, a retiree from Delta State’s library. Quon played a major role in establishing the museum at Delta State.

“The Untold Story Of America’s Southern Chinese” was a three-part film series by Al Jazeera that also explored Chinese immigration in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

View the Delta feature at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NMrqGHr5zE.

Funding for the Mississippi Delta Chinese Heritage Museum has been provided in part through the Mississippi Humanities Council, Kings Daughters and Sons Circle #2, the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area and the Mississippi Delta Chinese Heritage Museum board.

Learn more at http://www.deltastate.edu/library/departments/archives-museum/guides-to-the-collection/ms-delta-chinese-heritage-museum/.

Reza leads field course in Bangladesh

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Dr. A.H.M. Ali Reza, associate professor of biology at Delta State, recently returned from leading another international field course in his homeland of Bangladesh.

The two-week tropical field biology study abroad course, which took place in July, was in partnership with the Creative Conservation Alliance (CCA), an NGO that works tirelessly to conserve Bangladesh’s imperiled wildlife.

“This was a special opportunity for students to get direct access to one of the most diverse environments in the world — the jungles of Lawachara National Park,” said Reza. “Students were provided with some of the best résumé-boosting conservation field experience you could imagine.”

Dr. A.H.M. Ali Reza

Open to university students around the world, the curriculum focused on biology, natural resources management, conservation biology, wildlife ecology, management, veterinary sciences and related fields.

Thanks to the partnership with CCA, course fees directly contributed to the conservation of the endangered flora and fauna of Bangladesh.

Reza also led a shorter-term outdoor adventure education workshop from July 13-16 open to local participants. The workshop was sponsored by Delta State University, the DSU Quality Enhancement Plan and the CCA. Participants learned about environmental policies and issues, research and study practices, and wildlife photography techniques.

A group of 45 students from local universities participated in the workshop and received a certificate issued by Delta State and CCA. Reza was joined by a team of experts to manage the large group of students. Colleagues included: Ceasar Shahirar Rahman, CEO of CCA; Dr. Kamrul Hasan, professor of zoology at Jahangirnagar University; Scott Trageser, director of CCA; Dr. Samia Saif, biologist of BCAS; and Tania Khan, a freelance naturalist.

Reza said hands-on field courses often help students get recognized in the scientific field.

“You have a great chance of getting your name on a scientific publication by making a range extension, or even discovering a new species,” he said. “Our 2014 and 2015 trips recognized multiple potentially new species and made several range extensions. In 2016, our group discovered a new species of a Takydromus lizard.”

During his trip to Bangladesh, Reza also organized two seminars at Jahangirnagar University and Independent University of Bangladesh, where he discussed the environmental policy issues related to U.S. and Bangladesh perspectives. Both seminars had high attendance and wide covered by the local media.

At the end of the trip, Reza participated in a live — online as well as on a local television — panel discussion on river conservation and aquatic biodiversity in Bangladesh. The small country, slightly bigger than the state Mississippi, has more than 700 major rivers.

“Many of them have issues related to pollution, encroachment, building unplanned dams, etc.,” said Reza. “During the panel discussions, experts and managers discussed ways to mitigate the issues.”

Reza, who also serves as Delta State’s international partnership liaison, is planning to offer another field course in December. For more information about fieldwork and other opportunities with Delta State’ environmental science program, contact Reza at areza@deltastate.edu.

Alumni prepping for 2017 Pig Pickin’

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association is gearing up for the 32nd annual Pig Pickin’ scheduled for Oct. 6-7 at Statesmen Park.

The Alumni staff is proud to announce Pig Pickin’ is now a member of the Memphis BBQ Network.

The mission of the Memphis BBQ Network is to promote, educate and enhance the aspects of pork barbecue cooking and competitions that are associated with the unique style of Memphis barbecue. The MBN was formed to provide organization and support for new and existing contests; to provide the contest network with knowledgeable and experienced judges; and to maintain the integrity of judging procedures.

“The National Alumni Association is pleased to announce the 32nd annual Delta State University Pig Pickin’,” said Jeffrey Farris, director of Alumni Affairs. “The growth of Pig Pickin’ over the past 30 years is a testament to the support of the local businesses and greater Mississippi Delta region. Pig Pickin’s deep rooted tradition is evident with the thousands of alumni who attend and the hundreds of volunteers involved. This year we are excited to join the Memphis Barbeque Network.”

According to Melissa Love, assistant Alumni director, Pig Pickin’ will likely double in size thanks to the MBN sanctioning.

“We look forward to seeing our alumni and friends return to campus for this wonderful tradition,” said Love.

Supporters are invited to become an official sponsor of this university event, which now promises an even larger audience. Sponsorship opportunities range from $150-$1,000+, and donations help support the event. The deadline to become a sponsor is Sept. 29.

The success of Pig Pickin’ 2017 is largely dependent on the financial and in-kind support of the community, Delta region, state and national business partners. Businesses can benefit by:
• business exposure to over 8,000 attendees at Statesmen Park
• business exposure to over 30,000 alumni and friends of Delta State University (local, state, national, international)
• over 15,000 email addresses (all email blasts for the event)
• social media outlets (sponsored Facebook posts/Twitter/LinkedIn/Instagram)
• association with the premier cultural event in the Mississippi Delta
• tax benefits of supporting a 501©3 organization
• website exposure (www.deltastate.edu – www.gostatesmen.com – www.deltastategiving.org – www.dsupigpickin.com)

To become a sponsor, complete and return the official form here: pigPickn_sponsor_2017.

For more information on becoming a sponsor contact the Alumni Association at 662-846-4660, or visit the Delta State University Foundation website at www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/pigpickin.

The 32st Annual Pig Pickin’ official Facebook event page can be found at http://bit.ly/2ielhZn

To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Save the date for Pig Pickin’ (Oct. 6-7) and Homecoming (Nov. 10-11).


SAA planning for academic year

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Pictured, left to right: Alyssa Johnson, projects chair; Abbey Ray Gordon, vice president; Kaylie Carpenter, social chair; Jessi Massey, secretary; Batesville, Callie Blake Masterson, treasurer; and Brittany Earls, president.


Delta State’s Student Alumni Association is hard at work making plans for the 2017-18 academic year.

The SAA, which acts as a bridge between the Delta State student body and the Delta State University Alumni Association, helps with events such as Pig Pickin’, Homecoming and community service projects.

SAA officers for the 2017-18 academic year:
— Brittany Earls — president
Cleveland, Mississippi
— Abbey Gordon — vice president
Senatobia, Mississippi
— Jessi Massey— secretary
Batesville, Mississippi
— Callie Blake Masterson — treasurer
Batesville, Mississippi
— Kaylie Carpenter — social chair
Crystal Springs, Mississippi
— Alyssa Johnson — projects chairman
Lake Village, Arkansas

The Alumni Association recently awarded Hannah Goudy with the H.L. Nowell Student Alumni Association Service Award at the annual 2017 Student Hall of Fame Banquet.

The award is named for Henry Lee “H.L.” Nowell Jr., who worked at Delta State from 1948-1987. During his 40-year tenure, Nowell served in numerous capacities including dean of men, dean of students, director of student activities, director of public relations, Delta State’s first director of the Student Union, and he was the first paid alumni secretary.

The award is given each year to the Student Alumni Association member that has given tireless effort and generosity throughout the academic school year. Goudy will graduate in December with her nursing degree and has been a Student Alumni Association member since her freshmen year.

Follow the SAA on Twitter @DSU_SAA. View SAA photos from 2007 to present at https://www.flickr.com/photos/dsualumni/albums/72157672291991031.

For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 662-846-4660. To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Save the date for this year’s Pig Pickin’ (Oct. 7) and Homecoming (Nov. 11).