This year's DMI Summer Camp final showcase will be held July 16 at 6 p.m. in the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

DMI Summer Camp celebrates tenth year of showcasing talent

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The Delta Music Institute Entertainment Industry Studies program at Delta State University is celebrating its tenth year of developing and showcasing young talent through a summer camp for high school students.

This year’s student campers at the DMI Summer Camp will present a showcase of original songs and commercial music on July 16 at 6 p.m. in the Bologna Performing Arts Center on the campus of Delta State. The concert will include material from various commercial music genres, along with several original songs created by the camp’s songwriting students. The show will also include a performance by select DMI Summer Camp alumni.

Over 20 students ages 15-18 from Mississippi and Alabama are participating in the 2016 program. The intensive six-day residential camp experience explores three integrated music industry tracks, including audio engineering, band performance and songwriting. The camp culminates with a recording session at the DMI studios followed by the showcase.

Instructors for the camp are DMI faculty members along with entertainment industry professionals.

“For the past 10 summers, it has been amazing to see talented young people write original music, rehearse, and put together such a great show in only a week’s time,” said DMI Director Tricia Walker. “It’s also fun to watch them form friendships with other like-minded campers from all over the state.”

The July 16 showcase is free and open to the public. Supporters of these talented young musicians are encouraged to attend and enjoy the show.

The DMI Summer Camp is supported by grant funds from the Mississippi Arts Commission and Entergy Mississippi.

The Delta Music Institute offers a Bachelor of Science degree in Entertainment Industry Studies at Delta State University. The focus of the DMI is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, business and creative areas of the entertainment industry. For more information, call the DMI office at 662-846-4579 or visit www.deltastate.edu/dmi.

A group of faculty from Anyang Institute of Technology in China recently arrived at Delta State for a two-week exchange program.

Delta State welcomes Chinese delegation

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A group of nine faculty members from Anyang Institute of Technology in Anyang, China are visiting Delta State for an intensive two-week exchange program, as both universities will explore future international exchanges.

The trip, being coined as China Summer Camp, is the result of a partnership that Dr. Charles McAdams, Delta State provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, helped form after visiting AIT earlier this year.

The AIT delegation, which arrived July 3, will be on campus until July 16, and their visit will focus on exploring U.S. higher education, Southern culture and study abroad opportunities for students.

The first week has focused on specific aspects of Delta State and Mississippi Delta Chinese heritage. The second week will mainly pertain to U.S. business practices, community tours and events.

“I am very excited for Delta State to hold its first summer camp for Chinese faculty,” said McAdams. “This training workshop is another result of the partnership agreement we established with AIT this past spring during my recent trip to China. We are partnering with AIT in order to attract their students who wish to finish their degree at an American university.

“We also provide summer training workshops for faculty to help them understand our educational system in hopes that they will send their students here to study. Our plan is to have a camp next summer for students to help them prepare for studying in an American university. These camps are a benefit to their students and to DSU.”

McAdams added that not only is there a potential for increasing enrollment, but Delta State is also providing the opportunity for its students and faculty to learn about other cultures though direct contact with Chinese faculty and students.

“Dr. Christy Riddle and the Office of International Student Services in the Student Success Center, along with faculty in the College of Business, have done a fantastic job of planning and administering this workshop,” said McAdams.

Riddle is thrilled to host a new group of foreign visitors on campus, as Delta State continues to build its international relations.

“This visit is another opportunity for DSU to expand its international efforts to establish partnerships that will allow our students to study abroad,” said Riddle. “We hope this is the beginning of continued collaboration. We are designing a summer camp for next summer to host students from China who are interested in studying abroad at DSU in the fall of 2017. Additionally, we plan to formalize the partnership to encourage international exchange opportunities for DSU faculty, students and staff.”

This is the first trip to the U.S. for all of the AIT faculty participants, all of whom are business faculty. Their fields include: management, marketing, logistics management, accounting, finance, business negotiations, international trade, and electronic commerce.

Yupeng Li, an AIT participant in the camp, has enjoyed the experience thus far.

“Our city in China is actually very similar,” said Li. “And I find many things in common with our universities too. We see that everything is about agriculture in Mississippi, and our province is the same. The people here are very friendly and generous. I really like it.”

Anyang is one of China’s most historic cities, and is considered one of China’s seven ancient capitals. Similar to the Mississippi Delta, Anyang has been a long-time regional agricultural center.

AIT was founded in 1983, and is a non-profit public higher education institution. The university offers bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees in arts and humanities, business and social sciences, language and culture, medicine and health, engineering, and science and technology.

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Counseling master’s program ranked top value

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A new ranking from www.topcounselingschools.org placed Delta State’s master’s counseling program as the top value in Mississippi.

The ranking was created using the online directory of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling & Related Educational Programs to find the accredited counseling programs across the state. TCS ranked the schools based on their program completion rate, job placement rate, licensing exam pass rate, accreditation length, research productivity, and tuition and fees.

According to TCS, Delta State was worthy of the top spot based on the university’s unbeatable tuition rates. Additionally, superior student performance was highlighted, with the most recent round of data showing DSU students passing the national licensing exam and landing jobs with 100 percent success rates.

Small class sizes and a friendly environment have led some industry professionals to label the program “a little jewel among counseling education programs,” the ranking stated.

Also mentioned was the annual F.E. Woodall Spring Conference for Helping Professions, which offers experiential workshops, information sessions and networking opportunities.

Top Counseling Schools’ purpose is to contribute to the academic mission of higher learning institutions by providing pertinent and objective information that counseling students and professionals find relevant to the field of counseling.

See the full list at http://www.topcounselingschools.org/masters/in/mississippi.

Delta State junior Tristan Ainsworth recently helped rescue a pilot who crashed his plane near Ainsworth's Moon Lake home.

Delta State student rescues pilot

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It’s already been an eventful for summer for one Delta State student.

Tristan Ainsworth, who will be a junior this fall, responded to an accident scene on June 9 like any criminal justice major would.

Ainsworth was watching TV at his Moon Lake home when he heard a loud bang just before his power went out. The ruckus was the sound of a local pilot who had crashed his plane in the lake just beside his house.

“I walked outside and saw my neighbor sprinting toward the lake,” said Ainsworth. “I jogged down to the lake the best I could and jumped in to help. I didn’t stop and think about it. I saw the plane and just realized I needed to help.”

Ainsworth put on his good Samaritan hat without much thought, despite being in recovery from a recent car crash that broke his back.

“It was a straight gut reaction. I think anybody in the situation I was in at the time would have done the same thing,” he said.

Ainsworth’s humble actions were crucial as he and his neighbor helped pull the pilot out of the plane safely back to shore. According to Ainsworth, the pilot was slipping in and out of consciousness.

Ainsworth added that his training as an Eagle Scout helped prepare him for the rescue situation.

According to news reports, the pilot was flown to the hospital and was released the next day.

“I knew he needed help, and I knew that’s what I needed to do,” he added. “It’s the same type of helping hands we see on campus.”

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Welcoming Delta State’s new VP for Student Affairs

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Joining President LaForge is Dr. Vernell Bennett, Delta State University’s new Vice President for Student Affairs.

Dr. Bennett officially began her role this past week, but has been on campus for several weeks meeting with staff and officials. She will be responsible for providing leadership and administrative direction to a comprehensive Student Affairs Division.
Dr. Bennett comes to Delta State after previously serving in the same role at Kentucky State University in Frankfort, Kentucky. Her extensive experience at KSU enabled her to foster collaborations between Student Affairs and Academic Affairs, faculty, staff, students, the administration and community. She holds a doctorate in administration from the University of Kentucky, received her master’s from Eastern Michigan University, and her bachelor degree from Fisk University. Additionally, she has a background in teaching music courses, including voice instruction, elements of music, phonetics and diction.