New stereomicroscope is enhancing the Delta State Herbarium and Environmental Science Programs

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During the Fall 2016 semester, the Department of Biological Sciences acquired a new Meji trinocular zoom stereo-microscope on a boom stand with high definition capabilities.

Other features associated with this particular microscope are a LED (Light-emitting diode) ring illuminator, a HD Video Camera, and a widefield, high-eyepoint eyepiece. The instrument was purchased from Miller Microscope and paid for with funds from the National Science Foundation herbarium grant that is associated with the Mississippi Herbarium consortium and participating institutions.

One main goal of this grant is to digitize the entire 17,000 plus herbarium collection that Delta State University possesses.

Mississippi ranks in the top third of U.S. states for the predicted numbers of plant taxa, species, genera, and families per unit area. The documentation of most species is sparse so fulfilling this gap will make an important contribution to the Flora of North America.

Mississippi specimens contained in Delta State University herbarium collection as well as specimens contained in other local herbarium throughout the state (Mississippi State University, the University of Southern Mississippi, The University of Mississippi, and the Mississippi Museum of Natural Science) are being used to compile a checklist of all plant species that occur in Mississippi.

Dr. Nina Baghai-Riding said that the versatility of this microscope is helping with the identification of many problematic herbarium specimens.

“Minute details of flower, stem, and leaf parts can be easily analyzed and photographed and sent to other curators for identification if needed,” she said. “In addition, this microscope has been useful in photographing specimens associated with other undergraduate environmental science projects that will be presented at the upcoming Mississippi Academy of Sciences in Hattiesburg on Feb. 23-24, including prey remains contained in Carolina Biological owl pellets and teeth of a monitor lizard.”

To learn more about the Environmental Science program at Delta State University, contact Baghai-Riding @662-846-4797 or

Fulbright discussion panel set for Feb. 28

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On Feb. 28 in the Baioni Conference Center located in Broom Hall, Fulbright Alumni and Delta State University President William N. LaForge will join Dr. Carolyn Casale, Dr. David Baylis and Dr. Jamie Dahman in a panel discussion about their time as Fulbright Fellows. Topics will include where they studied, what their research topics were, why they chose their countries, as well as how their time as a Fulbright Fellow changed them and how they encounter the world around them. Students (particularly 2017 and 2018 graduates), faculty, and alumni are invited to attend.

“I studied voice and Bulgarian Art Song at the Academy of Music, Dance, and Fine Art in the city of Plovidv, Bulgaria,” said Dr. Jamie Dahman, assistant professor in the Department of Music. “My Fulbright Fellowship allowed me to live outside the United States for the first time, and made me not only a better singer, teacher, and musician, but I discovered a treasure trove of vocal music that is virtually inaccessible in the United States. I also experienced for the first time a different culture, a different of living day-to-day, and was able to immerse myself in a language and way of being that I otherwise would never have been able to do. I wouldn’t trade this for the world.”

Give Experiences this Holiday Season

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Still shopping for the holidays? Looking for a perfect gift? Why not give an experience they will never forget! Tickets to see a live performance can provide a fun night out with friends, an educational experience for youngsters, or a special evening for your loved one. The Spring 2017 line-up at the Bologna Performing Arts Center features a wide variety of national touring performances, include ballet, Broadway musicals, family programming, and a country music concert. If you want to let the recipient choose, gift certificates are also available in increments of $25.

The Bologna Center Ticket Office is open Monday-Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Dec. 22 before closing over the holidays. Tickets can be purchased online 24/7 through the BPAC Facebook page or website,

2017 Performances Include:

Tuesday, 1/24/2017 at 6:30pm
Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE! – FAMILY SERIES

Tuesday, 1/31/2017 at 7:30pm
Alonzo King LINES Ballet – MAIN STAGE
Sponsored by the USA International Ballet Competition
Funded in part by a grant from South Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts

Wednesday, 2/1/2017 at 11:00am
Funded in part by a grant from South Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts

Thursday, 2/23/2017 at 9:30am & 11:30am
Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live! – SCHOOL MATINEE
Sponsored by Walmart

Tuesday, 2/28/2017 at 7:30pm

Monday, 3/20/2017 at 7:30pm
42nd Street – MAIN STAGE

Tuesday, 3/21/2017 at 7:30pm

Thursday, 3/30/2017 at 7:30pm
The Illusionists – Live From Broadway- MAIN STAGE

Wednesday, 4/12/2017 at 9:30am & 11:30am
Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters– SCHOOL MATINEE
Sponsored by AT&T

Thursday, 4/27/2017 at 7:30pm
Sponsored by Robinson Electric Company 

Delta State celebrates fall commencement

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Delta State University celebrated 2016 Fall Commencement ceremonies at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on Saturday.

The keynote address was provided by Dr. John Tiftickjian, professor emeritus of biology. Tiftickjian was presented with the Kossman Outstanding Faculty Award during spring commencement ceremonies on May 7, 2016.

The institution, family, friends and graduates came together to recognize the accomplishments of over 360 undergraduate and graduate students.