Delta State student Zack Odoms recently completed a semester-long internship for U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.).

Odoms completes Senate internship with Cochran

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U.S. Senator Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) recently commended Zack Odoms, a senior at Delta State University, for successfully completing a semester-long internship in his Washington, D.C. office.

“I appreciate the good assistance that Zack provided my office this semester, and hope that his experience on Capitol Hill will serve him well in the future,” said Cochran.

A native of Pascagoula, Mississippi, Odoms is a biology major and enlisted in the Mississippi Army National Guard. He served in Washington as the 2016 Congressional Fellow sponsored by Delta State, the Delta Council and the Staple Cotton Cooperative Association. He is the son of Clifford Odoms of Jackson and Janretta Odoms of Crystal Springs. 

During his internship, which began in January, Odoms assisted Cochran’s staff in different capacities, including constituent service, correspondence and tracking veterans’ health and defense issues. 

The Cochran internship program is designed to give young Mississippi students a first-hand opportunity to experience the federal legislative process and the operation of a U.S. Senate office.

 

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BPAC announces 2016 Summer Movie Series

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Now in its fourth year, the Bologna Performing Arts Center plans to screen major motion pictures on its big screen in the Delta & Pine Land Theatre through the annual Summer Movie Series. All tickets are $5 for general admission seating. Popcorn and other movie-style concessions will be available to complement the experience. Sales will be cash only.

The first film of the summer will be “Zootopia,” rated PG, on June 7 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. The film is the latest from Walt Disney Animation Studios.

On June 14, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Studio’s “Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice” will be shown at 7 p.m. The film is rated PG-13 and stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, and Amy Adams.

On June 21, the 2016 release of “Miracles From Heaven” will be screened at 7 p.m. Based on the incredible true story of a young girl’s miraculous cure from a disorder, this faith-based drama stars Jennifer Garner and is rated PG.

Tom Hank’s latest film, “A Hologram for the King,” will be shown June 28 at 7 p.m. The film is rated R and is based on the book by the same title, in which an American businessman tries to close the deal of a lifetime in Saudi Arabia.

Finally, on July 19, the BPAC will feature Disney’s all-new, live-action epic adventure “The Jungle Book” at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. The PG-rated film is inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s works and the 1967 Walt Disney animated classic of the young orphan boy Mowgli who is raised by animals.

For more information, tickets, and to see film trailers, visit www.bolognapac.com, or call the ticket office at 662-846-4626.

After learning about the new blues studies program at Delta State, a group of Swedish music enthusiasts gathered at the Cast of Blues exhibit at The Delta Center for Culture and Learning.

DCCL immerses Swedish tour group in Mississippi Delta’s culture

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The Delta Center for Culture and Learning’s experiential learning component continues to introduce diverse groups of visitors to the vibrant cultural heritage of the 18-county Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area.

Recently, The Delta Center hosted a Swedish tour group visiting the Mississippi Delta during Juke Joint Festival. This is the third year the center has hosted this international group of traveling music enthusiasts.

Organized and led by Anders Roddar and Klaus Engstrom, the group came to the Mississippi Delta to be immersed in the “Birthplace of the Blues.” During this particular visit, the group also learned about and experienced more of the Delta region’s various cultural heritage assets, including African American worship practices, civil rights landmarks and soul food.

“We try to vary our trips each year. This year’s trip is called ‘Rock Your Blues’ and we started in Woodstock, New York before making our way down here,” said Engstrom. “We have been in Clarksdale several times before, but this is our first time here for the Juke Joint festival.”

“The culture here in the Delta is so rich and so real. We love the music, the food, the places, and most of all, the people,” said Roddar. “This time, we wanted to do something that we had not done before, so I said let’s see if we can go to an African American church service. We are so happy that The Delta Center did this for us. The church was so welcoming and the members there embraced us. It felt like coming home.”

During the week, the group visited the “Cast of Blues” exhibit at The Delta Center, Dockery Farms, GRAMMY Museum Mississippi and Po Monkey’s Lounge, the world famous rural juke joint in Merigold. They crossed the Emmett Till Memorial Highway to gather at Robert Johnson’s gravesite at Little Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Greenwood. The group dined on fried catfish and BBQ at The Senator’s Place and Airport Grocery in Cleveland. And they attended worship service at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Clarksdale.

Attending a worship service at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Clarksdale.

Attending a worship service at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Clarksdale.

For many on the trip, this was their first visit to Mississippi. Peggy Sempler-Boccalini now makes her home in the south of France and attends music festivals regularly. For her, Clarksdale’s festival was one of the best she has attended.

“The feeling is all about the festival. I’ve never seen anything like it,” she said. “I live in France now, and we have a lot of festivals and they’re very nice, but there’s something different here. The communication, the being together. You speak with everyone. You are friends. It’s just a very nice feeling here.”

Several of The Delta Center’s experiential learning sites are included on the Top 40 Places to Visit in the Mississippi Delta website. The website was launched recently by GRAMMY Museum Mississippi in partnership with the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area to promote the entire Mississippi Delta as a cultural heritage tourism destination. To learn more, visit http://msdeltatop40.com/.

The mission of The Delta Center is to promote greater understanding of Mississippi Delta culture and history and its significance to the world through education, partnerships and community engagement. The center serves as the management entity of the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area and is the home of the National Endowment for the Humanities “Most Southern Place on Earth” workshop and the International Delta Blues Project.

Alex Mauney (left to right), Paxton Stratton and Marshal Salley were inducted into the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society today.

Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society members inducted

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The Delta State University College of Arts and Sciences inducted 16 members into the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society today.

This year’s inductees include: Emilee Boldon, Tristin Crockett, Samantha Few, Jordan Galtelli, Ashley Griffin, Emma Jeffries, Katherine Lott, Alex Mauney, Destiny McClain, Carter McNeer, Marshal Salley, Lllana Schaeder, Sawyer Smith, Paxton Stratton, Syed Mohammed Amanuddin and Mary Waldrop.

Founded in 1923 at the University of Illinois, Phi Eta Sigma is the nation’s oldest and largest honor society for first-year college and university students in all disciplines. Inspired by the past and dedicated to the future, the society’s mission is to encourage and reward academic excellence among freshmen in institutions of higher learning.

The Delta State University College of Arts & Sciences hosted Honors Day on April 25.

COAS hosts Honors Day

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The Delta State University College of Arts & Sciences hosted Honors Day on April 25 to recognize the best students in the liberal arts and humanities, as well as the sciences.

“We had a new location this year and a great turnout,” said Dr. David Breaux, dean of the COAS. “It is an honor to be associated with Delta State’s College of Arts & Sciences, as I am so impressed by our diverse and multi-talented students and faculty. Nobel Laureate poet William Butler Yeats once said, ‘Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.’ The fires of this year’s winners burn particularly bright. 

“I especially enjoyed meeting the loved ones, families and parents of our students, many of whom took off time from work to be here. I would also like to thank Liz Schmidt and Larkin Chapman for taking the time to honor the winners of the first annual Ethan Schmidt Memorial Scholarships, as the late Dr. Ethan Schmidt’s life exemplified Delta State University at its very best.”  

Breaux also extended thanks to the Delta State University Alumni Foundation for its sponsorship of the reception.

This year’s scholarship and award winners included:

THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF UNIVERSITY WOMEN DOROTHY SHAWHAN MEMORIAL SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS:
Kristina Rae Hong & Jessica Faith Wishard

ART DEPARTMENT SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS:
Chris Pecou, the Smith Patterson Art Scholarship
Samantha Plunk, the Maxine Boggan Holcombe Art Scholarship
Sandra Burt, the Kelly Clare Belenchia Scholarship
Hannah Kistemaker, the Ferretti-Karnstedt Art Scholarship
Jimmiera Chillis, the Vivian Brown Hannah Art Scholarship
Lawson King, the Melanie Tyler Owen Memorial Art Scholarship & the Norwood Art Scholarship
Jake Black, the Duff Dorrough Memorial Scholarship

DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGY SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS:
Syed Amanuddin, Melvin F. Cohen Memorial Scholarship
Jacob Mercier & Kara Nowell, the Dr. Robert L. Elliott & Dr. Mary C. Elliott Scholarships
Kara Lane Nowell, the Jessie White Biology Scholarship
Emilee Ann Bolden, the Ferretti-Karnstedt Premedical Scholarship
Christine Beck, the Johnny Drew Ouzts Memorial Scholarship
Shelby Holcomb, the District II Dental Society Scholarship
Ashlyn Spell, the Greg Tharp Pre-Dental Scholarship
Tyler Sullivan, the Dr. R. T. and Kathryn M. Hollingsworth Scholarship

DEPARTMENT OF CHEMISTRY & PHYSICS SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS:
J. C. Blackmon, the Jessie White Scholarship
Ashley Griffin, The Chemistry Award
Zac Kinler, the Joe Greever Organic Chemistry Award
Katie Penton, The Ben Branch Memorial Chemistry Award
Ana Daisy Camerillo, the James Anthony Scarborough Memorial Scholarship
Kelby Flemons, the Josh & Orena Adams Memorial Scholarship

DELTA MUSIC INSTITUTE SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS:
Zach Dickerson, the Dr. Bennie Wright and Family Scholarship
Ryan Bridges, the Duff Dorrough Memorial Scholarship
Kelsey Buquet, Karnstedt-Ferretti Scholarship
Kailey Mathis, the Morris Scholar
Schaefer Llana, Karlee Ponder, Zach Dickerson, & Tyan Nash the Morris Band Scholarships
Kathryn Mangialardi, Rhett McCormick, & Jessica Faith Wishard, the Steve Azar St. Cecilia Foundation Scholarships
Justin Boatman & Jessica Faith Wishard, the DMI Director’s Award

GEOSPATIAL INFORMATION TECHNOLOGIES SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS:
Bryan Cosme and James Christianson, winners of the Meek Scholarship

DIVISION OF LANGUAGES AND LITERATURE SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS:
Kendall Morrow, The Evelyn Hammett Scholarship
Jess Bennett & Marshal Salley, The Leola Gregory Williams Scholarships
Amber Swindle, The Anne Caulfield Winston Award
Christina Camerota, The Weaver Betts Cotton Scholarship
Cecilia Nieves, The John Hargrove Tatum Scholarship
Victoria Burton, The Robert “Buzzy” D. Wright Award
Victoria McDonald, J’Nell Posey Coffman Scholarship
Lauryn Hancock, the Hazel & Grover Thornell Award for Creative Writing
Aallyah Wright, the John and Dorothy Merrill Journalism Scholarship
Laura Strong, Dr. William Arthur Pennington Award
Nichole Smyly, the Joseph Correro Foreign Language Award
Hannah Kistemaker, Avery Wall, Gared Watkins, Conor Bell, Rebecca Carroll, Jamarrez Davis, Florian Mondoloni, Laura Orsborn, Aaron Payne, Alecia Wilson, Najawon Wilson, Aallyah Wright, & Matteo Zengaro are the winners of the Silas Wayne & Lula Wilson Thompson Scholarships.
Aaron Payne, the Clifton Langford Scholarship
Callie Musselwhite, John R. Ford Shakespeare Award
Myers Taylor, the Dr. Maria Butler Retention Scholarship

DEPARTMENT OF MATHEMATICS SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS:
Jennifer Duke, the Eleanor Walters Mathematics Scholarship
Rebecca Hudson, the Ray and Jo Wilson Mathematics Scholarship
Davida White, William D. Conner Mathematics Scholarship
Erice Henry, Wilson and Eloise Davis Mathematics Scholarship
Mary Scott Waldrop, the Freshman Mathematics Award

DEPARTMENT OF MUSIC SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS:
Sara Crider, Tirzah Simmons, Daniel Christy, & Colby Kee, The Jeff Ross Capwell Scholarships
M. J. Britton, the Maggie Flowers Ewing Scholarship
Basia Thomas & Jaireus McClain, the Langford Scholarships
Michael Sparks, the Theresa Antoon Music Scholarship

DIVISION OF SOCIAL SCIENCES & HISTORY SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS:
Devin C. White, the Jim Armishaw Award
DeAndra Smith, the Howorth Award
Alex Cochran & Will Collum, the William Bryant and Madge Moore Scholarships
Catherine Carver, The Albert Nylander Award
Mikel Sykes & Katherine Jackson, the Ethan Schmidt Memorial Scholarships
Paxton Stratton, Biles History Award
Matteo Zengaro, the Cash U. S. History Award
Carrie Webster, the Cranford History Teacher Award
Alexis Danielle Banks, the LaForge Memorial Scholarship
Erin Newman, the Lamar Phi Alpha Theta History Scholarship
Alexander Bucklew, the Cash History Scholar
Laura Kate Fortner, the Judge Ed & Margaret Green Scholarship
Jonathan Harwood, the Burrell Scholarship

DEPARTMENT OF SPEECH & HEARING SCIENCES SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS:
Adrian Rose Dill & Samantha Lejeune, the Fugler-Hafter Scholarships