GRAMMY Museum Mississippi has unveiled a new exhibit devoted to the life and music of Stevie Ray Vaughan.

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Joining President William N. LaForge is Emily Havens, executive director of GRAMMY Museum Mississippi.

On June 30, GRAMMY Museum Mississippi unveiled its second special exhibit, which follows the success of its first exhibit devoted to the Beatles. This new exhibit focuses on the life and music of blues musician Stevie Ray Vaughan and is a traveling exhibit curated by the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE. The exhibit offers visitors an in-depth look at Stevie Ray Vaughan’s iconic career, and the Museum hosted at the exhibit’s opening Stevie’s brother, Jimmie Vaughan, who is serving as a guest curator.

The exhibit features numerous items from Stevie Ray’s career including guitars, personal photographs, and outfits worn by the performer on stage. The Museum kicked off the exhibit with a concert on its front lawn, headlined by Wes Sheffield and the Slowburners, along with 17-year-old blues musician Christone “Kingfish” Ingram from Clarksdale. It was another example of the growing environment of music and culture here at Delta State, and the university is proud of the partnership with GRAMMY Museum Mississippi and the wealth of opportunities it provides not only Delta State students but also the state and region.


Tickets will be on Sale July 18 for 2016-2017 BPAC Season

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Tickets to the 2016-2017 Season at the Bologna Performing Arts Center (BPAC) at Delta State University will go on sale Monday, July 18, at 9:30 a.m. at the BPAC Ticket Office.

Tickets can be purchased by phone at 662-846-4626, online via the BPAC’s website, and Facebook page

The BPAC announced its 2016-2017 Season last month to much excitement. The line-up features a total of 23 performances across four series: Main Stage, featuring evening public performances; Family Series, geared at theatergoers of all ages; Recital Hall Series, featuring classical music; School-Time Matinee Series, providing educational opportunities for preK-12 students; and two free community performances. Additional information on all performances, including videos, can be found online.

There are 10 performances on the Main Stage lineup: Travis Tritt with special guest Luke Combs on September 15, sponsored by Bolivar Medical Center; The Avett Brothers on October 4, sponsored by Guaranty Bank; Mavis Staples and the Blind Boys of Alabama on October 20, sponsored by Cannon Motors of Mississippi; Parsons Dance Company on November 10, funded in part by South Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA); Elf The Musical on December 2, sponsored by Planters Bank. In 2017: Alonzo King LINES Ballet on January 31, presented in conjunction with the USA International Ballet Competition and funded in part by South Arts and the NEA; STOMP on February 28; 42nd Street on March 20; THE ILLUSIONISTS on March 30; and Josh Turner on April 27, sponsored by Robinson Electric.

There are three performances in the new Family Series, geared towards theatregoers of all ages: Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China on October 11; “Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Other Treasured Stories by Eric Carle” on November 6, sponsored by Heidi’s; and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! on January 24.

The new Recital Hall Series features 2 classical music performances: Los Angeles Guitar Quartet on October 6, and Sybarite5 on March 21. Tickets to the Recital Hall series include a complimentary social hour with hors d’oeuvres before the performance.

The School-Time Matinee Series will feature “A Year with Frog and Toad” sponsored by Monsanto on October 25; a matinee performance by Parsons Dance Company on November 9; “Pete the Cat” sponsored by Entergy on November 18; a matinee performance by Alonzo King LINES Ballet on February 1; Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live! sponsored by Walmart on February 23; and Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters on April 12 sponsored by AT&T.

There is also two free community performances planned for April 2017. “Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till” that is presented in partnership with Delta State University’s Winning the Race initiative and sponsored by the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area. On April 5, the U.S. Army Field Band’s Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus will perform a free concert presented by the BPAC. Tickets for both events will be free, but required, and will be available beginning March 1.

The 2016-2017 Season is the 22nd Season of performances at the BPAC. For information on group tickets or any other questions, please call the Main Offices at 662.846.4625.

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Cleveland Rotary gives support to DMI

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This week, the Cleveland Rotary presented the Delta Music Institute (DMI) with a check in support of the many projects and services faculty and staff in the DMI provide to Rotary and the entire Cleveland community throughout the year.

DMI Director Tricia Walker accepted the check on behalf of the program. The DMI is an independent center under the College of Arts & Sciences at Delta State University. Its mission is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, creative, and business areas of the entertainment industries.

“Not only does Tricia Walker, her faculty/staff, and students make themselves available to educate Rotary about their programs, they provide a range of services—from performances to partnering with local schools and the entertainment industry—that make Cleveland a more viable and quality place to live,” said Rotarian Leslie Griffin, who also is Dean of the College of Education and Human Sciences.

The Rotary Club is an international service club that promotes good will and partnerships that provide services to the community.

For more information on the DMI, visit


Parker represents Delta State at Train-the-Trainer sessions

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Dr. Janet-Parker_NewsJanet Parker represented Delta State in the Train-the-Trainer sessions for LETRS, a literacy foundational skills and research-based approach, to be used in early literacy courses.

As Mississippi continues to strive to develop the literacy skills of all students, efforts are underway to redesign teacher preparation courses in early literacy throughout the state. In support of this endeavor, a professional learning opportunity was provided by the Barksdale Reading Institute, the Center for Excellence in Literacy Instruction, and Voyager Sopris Learning. Professors from most Mississippi universities and colleges attended the session at the Insight Park facility on the University of Mississippi campus.


Admissions sponsors Express Registration Day on July 29th

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The Office of Admissions at Delta State University is sponsoring Express Registration Day on July 29 beginning at 8:00 a.m. Students planning to attend in the fall that have not registered for classes are encouraged to check-in at Kent Wyatt Hall to take advantage of expanded student services.

Representatives from the Offices of Admissions, Financial Assistance, Student Business Services, Registrar, Housing, Graduate Studies and Student Life as well as the Student Success Center and academic advisors will be available to assist students throughout the day.

Express Registration Day is being held to benefit those students with outstanding business, according to Caitlyn Thompson, director of recruiting.

“The goal of the event is to provide incoming and returning students with the opportunity to take care of any loose ends before the fall rush,” said Thompson. “With campus-wide support, it will be a celebratory event with music, refreshments, prizes and most importantly, productivity.”

Event registration is not required. Students may come-and-go at their convenience, but advising is only guaranteed through 3:00 p.m.

For details about Express Registration Day, visit, call Admissions at 662-846-4020, or email

The staff in the Office of Admissions works with students to complete the undergraduate admission process, provides campus visits to prospective students, hosts and attends recruiting events, oversees new student scholarships and communicates with students individually. To complete an application or check your admission status, please visit