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Student exhibit and silent auction hosted by art department

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Delta State University’s Department of Art invites the public to the opening of its annual juried Student Exhibition on March 17 from 5-7 p.m at the Fielding Wright Art Center Gallery. The exhibit allows the department to highlight work produced by students in the past year and provides the students a professional opportunity to prepare and submit work for a juried exhibition.

Students submitting work are also eligible to win monetary awards in a variety of categories. The awards are made possible through the generous support of art patrons from the Cleveland community.

This year’s juror is Ashley Chavis, a ceramic artist and curator, who teaches at Northwest Mississippi Community College. Chavis also runs the college’s art gallery and is the faculty advisor of the student art club, Les Fauves.

Chavis’s creative energies are devoted to producing functional pottery that has a unique sense of tactility and surface design. His work has been exhibited regionally and nationally and can be found at Southside Gallery in Oxford. He is a member of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts, Southeastern College Art Conference, Southern Graphics Council International and Sycamore Arts Council.

Chavis commended the variety and quality of work submitted to this year’s show.

This year’s opening includes a silent auction of student and faculty work to benefit a Delta State art student who lost the use of her legs in a car accident.

“The student has been an inspiration for all in the art department,” said Dr. Michaela Merryday, associate professor of art. “She has never let her health issues limit her ambitions, nor cloud her optimism and sunny disposition. The student is in need of a new wheelchair and her colleagues and faculty are hoping to raise $1,000 through the sale of original works of art donated by them to help defray the costs of a new wheelchair.”

The silent auction will only take place on the opening night of the exhibit. Winning bids will be announced at the end of the day. Student awards will be presented at 6 p.m. The exhibition will remain on display from March 17 to April 22.

The Fielding Wright Art Center Gallery is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The gallery is closed weekends, holidays and during semester breaks.

For more information on the Department of Art, visit http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-arts-and-sciences/art/or contact 662-846-4720.

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Delta Center to present First Tuesday Blues session

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The Delta Center for Culture and Learning at Delta State University will present a First Tuesday session focused on the International Delta Blues Project on March 15 at 12:10 p.m. in the Fielding Wright Art Center.

The session will have a special focus on the Blues Studies program that has launched at Delta State.

First Tuesday guests will be treated to a lecture from renowned Blues historian Scott Barretta, host of Highway 61 Radio and recipient of the 2016 Mississippi’s Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts for Mississippi heritage. Barretta will teach the Sociology of the Blues course for the International Blues Scholars Program, a new online undergraduate and graduate certificate in Blues Studies that is being offered during the 2016 summer session. The online program will be available to Blues students and aficionados around the world.

The Delta Center is the home of the International Delta Blues Project, an initiative aimed at advancing Delta State University as the academic home of the Blues. The project is funded by the Robert M. Hearin Foundation in Jackson and consists of the following components:

 The interdisciplinary Blues Studies program that includes courses offered through various academic units at Delta State including music, languages and literature, social sciences and history, and the Delta Music Institute.

 The International Conference on the Blues, an educational and cultural conference that has featured renowned and emerging Blues scholars, as well as award-winning Blues musicians.

 The Blues Leadership Incubator, a series of lectures and workshops for the public and business community aimed at providing a deeper understanding of economic opportunity related to Blues tourism and the creative economy.

First Tuesday is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and is a program by the Art Department and the First Tuesday Committee. The events are normally scheduled for the first Tuesday of each month during the fall and spring semesters. First Tuesday features lectures, readings and presentations representing diverse perspectives in the arts and humanities. All events are free and open to the public.

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 Delta Center serves as the management entity of the MDNHA and is the home of the International Delta Blues Project and the National Endowment for the Humanities “Most Southern Place on Earth” workshops. For more information, visit www.deltacenterdsu.com.

Don’t miss the '80s pop culture phenomenon FLASHDANCE live on stage at the Bologna Performing Arts Center March 18 (Photo by Christopher Ash)

FLASHDANCE – THE MUSICAL now live on stage

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ALL NEW TOUR MAKES ITS MISSISSIPPI DELTA PREMIERE AT BOLOGNA PERFORMING ARTS CENTER MARCH 18

FLASHDANCE – THE MUSICAL, the stage adaptation of the 1983 hit film that defined a generation, will perform at the Bologna Performing Arts Center March 18 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are now on sale, and prices range from $35-$65, with discounts available for groups of 10 or more. Tickets are available at the BPAC box office, open Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by calling 662-846-4626, or online at www.bolognapac.com.

With electrifying dance at its core, FLASHDANCE tells the inspiring and unforgettable story of Alex Owens, a Pittsburgh steel mill welder by day and a bar dancer by night. Owens dreams of one day becoming a professional performer. When romance with her steel mill boss threatens to complicate her ambitions, she learns the meaning of love and its power to fuel the pursuit of her dream.

The original Paramount Pictures film was a worldwide smash hit that became a pop culture phenomenon, grossing over $150 million and featuring a Grammy Award-winning soundtrack. The performance features a score including the hit songs from the movie, all of which became Top 10 hits on the radio around the world. Songs include the Academy Award-winning title song “Flashdance – What a Feeling,” “Maniac,” “Gloria,” “Manhunt,” and “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll.” In addition to these hits, 16 new songs have been written for the stage with music by Robbie Roth and lyrics by Robert Cary and Roth. FLASHDANCE features a book by Cary and Tom Hedley, co-writer of the original screenplay with Joe Eszterhas.

For more information, visit online at www.bolognapac.com.

Harry Lott Jr. ’81 talks with future Delta State students at a recent DSU Family Dinner in Grenada.

Alumni Association Participates in DSU Admissions Family Dinner

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The Office of Admissions recently held a DSU Family Dinner in Grenada for all local students admitted to Delta State for the fall of 2016. Over 30 students attended the event, held at the Mattox Center in Grenada. Alumnus and former baseball player Harry Lott Jr. ‘81 spoke to the group about his experiences at Delta State. Lott lives in Grenada.

Assistant Alumni Director and Grenada native Jordan Thomas also shared her experiences at Delta State with the group. Thomas was followed by current students Audrianna Johnson, Brennan Barham, Jordan Galtelli and Carrie Lynn Stanford. Tanya McKinney, Addie Herod and Lekeitha Morris, all faculty members, were in attendance to answer students’ questions. Derrick Bean, the admission recruiter for the area, led the program. Each student received an exclusive Delta State T-shirt and was entered into a drawing for a scholarship.

Similar events sponsored by the Office of Admissions have been held throughout the state. According to Caitlyn Thompson, director of recruiting, the DSU Family Dinner series was created to support engagement with admitted students.

“Delta State boasts its family-like atmosphere, so to show our family love, we wanted to dine with our future students and give them a taste of the green and white experience,” said Thompson.

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 this year’s Go Green Weekend (April 2), Pig Pickin’ (Sept. 24) and Homecoming (Oct. 15).

To schedule a campus visit or find out more about the application process, visit www.deltastate.edu/admissions.

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Join Delta State University and the Alumni Association on Wednesday at the Mercedes Benz Club at MGM Park in Biloxi for a pregame party before the Statesmen baseball team faces off against William Carey University.

Stop by the Delta State registration table at the main entrance to receive a VIP wrist band for entrance to the social event.

RSVP at www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/dsubaseballevent. For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 662-846-4660. #DSUvsWCU #DSUAlums