Panel and book signing to honor Margaret Block

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The Delta State University Quality Enhancement Plan, and the DSU Diversity Committee invites the public to a special panel and book signing Sept. 8 at 6:30 p.m. in the Charles W. Capps, Jr. Archives and Museum Building. The event is titled “In Remembrance of Margaret Block, Civil Rights Movement Organizer: Voting Rights, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.”

During the week of Sept. 6-11, the Samuel Proctor Oral History Program (SPOHP) at the University of Florida, returns to the Mississippi Delta to conduct oral history research on the civil rights movement in Mississippi and the American South. A highlight of this year’s trip will be the public panel. The event is co-sponsored by Delta State University and the University of Florida.

The panel will focus on “Voting Rights, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow,” and the event will honor the memory of Margaret Block, an organizer of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) in Bolivar County in the 1960s. Block was a life-long human rights activist.

The panel will begin with the world premier screening of a new documentary titled “Celebrating the Life of Margaret Block, Civil Rights Activist.” The first 50 audience members and educators who attend the event will receive a free copy of the Margaret Block Remembrance DVD, as well as a booklet copy of SPOHP’s award-winning “I Will Never Forget: Memories from Mississippi Freedom Summer,” which contains first-hand accounts from SNCC veterans on the Freedom Movement in the 1960s.

This year’s panel will feature Mississippi State University’s Jason Ward, who will discuss his new book, “Hanging Bridge: Racial Violence, and America’s Civil Right Century.” The book was recently published by Oxford University Press. Ward will be signing copies of his book after the discussion.

Delta State instructor of political science, Arlene Story Sanders, will discuss voting restrictions in Mississippi. Sanders is chair of the DSU Diversity Advisory Committee.

Rounding out the panel will be Paul Ortiz, author of the award-winning books “Emancipation Betrayed” and “Remembering Jim Crow.” Ortiz will speak about voting rights and democracy in the United States.

Since 2008, SPOHP has worked under the guidance of a number of organizations during this annual civil rights history field work trip. These include the Sunflower County Civil Rights Organization, the Sam Block Civil Rights Organization, the Natchez Museum of African American History and Culture, Veterans for Peace, United Food & Commercial Workers, as well as the Equal Justice Initiative and the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery, Alabama. Each of the interviews collected during the history of the project are publicly accessible to all at the University of Florida’s Mississippi Delta Freedom Project Digital Collection, which can be accessed at http://ufdc.ufl.edu/freedom

Panel co-sponsors include: the Delta State University Quality Enhancement Plan, the DSU Diversity Committee, the University of Florida Office Of Research, the Robert and Gay Zieger Social Justice Scholarship Fund, William De Grove and Mark Proctor.

For more information about the panel, contact Sanders at asanders@deltastate.edu or Ortiz at portiz@ufl.edu.

Levitt AMP Cleveland Music Series begins tonight

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The Levitt AMP Cleveland Music Series launches tonight at 7 p.m. with the Southern Komfort Brass Band, bringing the joy of free, live music to downtown Cleveland’s Green Space for the next 10 weeks.

Thanks to a $25,000 matching grant from the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a private family foundation supporting the largest free outdoor concert series in America, the Levitt AMP Cleveland Music Series promises high quality entertainment and good times for everyone.

Taylor Henry

Taylor Henry

Those attending are encouraged to bring family and friends, along with picnic blankets and lawn chairs to enjoy the open lawn setting of the Green Space.

All Levitt AMP concerts are free and open to the public.

Visit www.levittamp.org/cleveland for the full concert series and location information.

Nashville’s Taylor Henry, a pop-rock craftsman pairing his pure tenor voice with rhythmic, soulful guitar, is slated for Sept. 8, and the music of Scotland, Ireland, and early America with Chambless & Muse on Sept. 13.

chambless & muse

Chambless & Muse

 

Parker casts historic first student vote on President’s Cabinet

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For the first time in Delta State University’s storied history, a student has earned an active voting role in the President’s Cabinet.

On Aug. 22, Allie Rose Parker, president of the Student Government Association, casted her first vote at President William N. LaForge’s weekly cabinet meeting.

“It’s a huge honor for me, and I’m very thankful to be part of a university that places so much responsibility with the student body. I know that’s not something you see every day,” said Parker. “It’s very humbling to have this opportunity, and I’m extremely thankful it’s happening during my years.”

LaForge, who has sworn to an all-inclusive approach during his presidency, said it was a no-brainer to include the SGA president as a voting member of his cabinet. During his inaugural State of the University address in 2013, LaForge announced the first addition of the SGA president on his cabinet as a non-voting member.

“We decided that the student voice should become a student vote as well,” said LaForge. “I think it’s the right thing to do to make sure our students are fully engaged to share in decision making on campus. It’s also the result of a great track record of the SGA presidents who have served during my time at Delta State.

“We are proud to have Allie Rose on board, and we are excited to have her as a voting member,” said LaForge. “I think this will be a more complete way to share the authentic shared governance on campus. I encourage full student participation, and I think we’ll be better off for it.”

Parker first started attending cabinet meetings in June after her election as SGA president.

“It’s really interesting to be part of the meetings and hear ideas bounce off all the important people on campus,” said Rose. “I’m the youngest in the room, so I was a little intimated when I first started attending — but they absolutely include me in everything. They really make sure the students are represented well on the cabinet.”

Parker said having the voting right is a big plus for the student population.

“The cabinet really does try and make the best decisions for the student body, but it’s also really helpful for them to be able to turn to an active student and ask if the student body will like a particular decision,” she said. “I think it’s really helpful for me to provide an opinion reflective of the student body.

“I’m very thankful to the SGA presidents before me who paved the way and gave me this opportunity to vote.”

Delta State now joins Mississippi Valley State University and the University of Southern Mississippi to include student body presidents as voting members of the president’s cabinet.

Follow all Delta State University news at www.deltastate.edu.

 

RESSON ranks nationally among most affordable online master’s programs

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Delta State University’s Robert E. Smith School of Nursing was recently ranked nationally for having one of the most affordable online master’s degrees in nursing.

RESSON came in at No. 3 on the list compiled by GradSchoolHub.com.

Editors for the poll selected schools based on accreditation, ranking with major publications, and tuition rates as published by NCES College Navigator. RESSON was noted for having strong diversity in its programming.

View the entire Top 30 list at http://www.gradschoolhub.com/best/affordable-online-masters-nursing-msn/.

GradSchoolHub.com’s mission is to provide expert information on high-quality accredited graduate degree programs offered by the nation’s best universities. 

Learn more about RESSON at http://www.deltastate.edu/school-of-nursing/.

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King receives John S. and Jutta Karnstedt Ferretti Fellowship

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Delta State’s Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program (MA-LS) is proud to announce the 2016 John S. and Jutta Karnstedt Ferretti Fellow.

This year’s recipient of the Ferretti Fellowship is Brenton King, who earned his bachelor’s degree in Social Science Education from Delta State in 2016. King is a native of Inverness, Mississippi, and a very deserving recipient, according to Dr. Charles Westmoreland, assistant professor of history and coordinator of the MA-LS program.

“Brent King is a terrific young scholar with a great passion for education and a bright future,” said Westmoreland. “We are proud to recognize him as this year’s Ferretti Fellow. “Brent’s commitment to learning makes him a fitting recipient of the fellowship, which goes to an incoming MA-LS student and honors both Mrs. Jutta Ferretti and her husband, John. Nobody embodies a commitment to lifelong education and service better than Mrs. Ferretti. She is a Delta State treasure and her presence, energy and support is a true blessing to the university family. We in the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program want to thank her for her dedication to our students.”

The degree program is one of only a few in the South and provides graduate-level, interdisciplinary expertise in literature, history, gender and diversity studies, globalization studies, and the humanities in general.

The fellowship is made possible by a $10,000 gift from Ferretti and her late husband John. Ferretti graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies degree in 2010, becoming the oldest graduate in the history of Delta State at the age of 86.

“Education has always been very important to me and my late husband, John,” said Ferretti, in a previous Delta State release. “Learning in all fields affects the present and future as there is still so much to be discovered that we are not aware of today. Education also opens many doors to the students which impact lives locally, state-wide, nationally and internationally. You cannot help people in this life without being helped yourself.”

For more information about the MA-LS program and the John S. and Jutta Karnstedt Ferretti Fellowship, contact Westmoreland at 662-846-4174, or visit http://www.deltastate.edu/artsandsciences/languages-literature/master-of-arts-in-liberal-studies/.