The South Central MS Alumni Chapter will host its annual meeting Feb. 2 at Mitchell’s Steak & Seafood in Brookhaven, Mississippi beginning at 6 p.m.

Alumni Association sets South Central event

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The Delta State University Alumni Association announced plans for the annual South Central Mississippi Alumni Chapter Meeting. This year’s event will be held Feb. 2 at Mitchell’s Steak & Seafood in Brookhaven. The registration and social will begin at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and the program at 6:30 p.m.

“The Alumni Office always looks forward to visiting the South Central chapter,” said Jeffrey Farris, director of Alumni Affairs. “There is a rich tradition of Delta State spirit in that area, and their chapter is always eager to come together in the name of their alma mater.”

The event will feature guests from campus including Todd Cooley, head football coach; Tricia Walker, director of the Delta Music Institute; and the Delta State Alumni-Foundation staff. Dr. Bob Watson’ 89 will be recognized as the South Central MS Chapter Alumnus of the Year.

The cost for the meeting is $15 per person. Prospective students are invited to attend as guests of the Alumni Association. To RSVP, contact the association at 662-846-4660 or visit www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/southcentralevent.

The event would not be possible without the help of the planning committee and the generous sponsorships provided by: WGK Engineers and Surveyors, Inc.; Nena Smith School of Dance; Trustmark Bank; and Magnolia Electric.

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).

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Benefit concert for DMI to D.C.

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A Mardi Gras themed fundraising music show will be held at the Cleveland Country Club Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. The DMI All-Stars, a select group of DMI entertainment industry majors, will perform music in a variety of genres as they prepare to perform at Mississippi Night during GRAMMY Week in Los Angeles the following week. Also appearing will be DMI bands Ol’ Skool Revue, DeltaRoX, B4Y2K, Americana trio Fairley Road, and soul/hip-hop artist Audri.

The event is a fundraiser to benefit 10 DMI students who have been offered the opportunity to travel to Washington, D.C. next month to attend the educational program “The Music of Ray Charles.” The program, which will be held Feb. 24 at the White House, is sponsored by the GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. Live. The students’ trip to the nation’s capital will also include several tours around Washington.

Funds raised from the evening of performances will help cover the students’ travel expenses. A suggested minimum donation of $20 will be accepted at the door.

“Everyone is invited to come out and support the DMI program by enjoying great music, food, beverages and time with friends,” said Tricia Walker, DMI director. “The chef of the Cleveland Country Club will prepare complimentary hors d’oeuvres and there will be a cash bar.”

For more information, contact the DMI at 662-846-4579.

The DMI is an independent center of study under the College of Arts & Sciences at Delta State University, offering a bachelor’s degree in entertainment industry studies. The focus of the DMI is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, creative and business areas of the music and entertainment industry. For information, visit http://dmi.deltastate.edu.

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Reza to lead python workshop

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Dr. A.H.M. Ali Reza, assistant professor of biology at Delta State, will be one of just a handful of instructors at the Bangladesh Python Project Workshop beginning this July.

Reza, a native of Bangladesh, is looking forward to working with fellow academics to shed light on a significant snake species and other important vertebrate animals from his homeland.

“This is a very exciting opportunity open to all students,” said Reza. “We are doing some important work radio-tracking these snakes, the same species that we seeing as an invasive problem in Florida. I would strongly encourage students to consider this workshop. They will get some great hands-on experience with animals from a very different part of the world.”

Reza has returned to Bangladesh a number of times in recent years after previously publishing his book “Diversity of Amphibians and Reptiles in Bangladesh.” His trips focus on ecological and conservation efforts, and he has worked with many snake species and other vertebrates for his scientific research.

The workshop cost is $2,000 but does not include airfare to Bangladesh. For more information, contact Reza at areza@deltastate.edu.

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Art department to host portfolio day

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The Delta State University Department of Art will host its annual Portfolio Day on Jan. 29 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Interested high school juniors and seniors are encouraged to bring a portfolio of six to eight original art pieces for review. The purpose of the review is to guide and encourage the development of promising area artists in their pursuit of an art career.

Works should display the artist’s interests, artistic abilities, and reflect strong, creative conceptual skills. Works should be matted, and neat in appearance. Top mounting is acceptable. Three dimensional work may also be submitted. Photographs of pieces too large to bring may be included in the portfolio.

Submissions should be labeled with name, title and media. Applicants are asked to include a transcript with ACT or SAT score.

Art faculty will review the artwork, discuss educational and professional goals and share information on art programs, careers, admissions, financial aid and scholarships.

Up to $9,500 will be awarded in scholarships.

The schedule of events includes a campus tour and a cookout. Pre-register online at www.deltastate.edu/coll-of-arts-and-sciences/art/portfolio-day-form/, or call 662-846-4720.

Christine Beck, an environmental science major concentrating on wildlife management, is the recipient of the 2016 Mississippi Association of Conservation Districts Scholarship.

Beck wins conservation districts scholarship

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Christine Beck, an environmental science major concentrating on wildlife management, was recently awarded the 2016 Mississippi Association of Conservation Districts scholarship in the amount of $5,000.

The scholarship is available to any sophomore, junior, senior or graduate student enrolled in a college or university in the state of Mississippi. Beck, a senior from Crystal Springs, Mississippi, stood a notch above the competition and received the first place scholarship.

MACD, established in 1945, is a nonprofit, non-governmental organization composed of the 82 Soil & Water Conservation Districts in Mississippi. MACD is governed by a 31-member board of directors and represents more than 400 district commissioners who promote the conservation of Mississippi’s natural resources through education and outreach.

“I’m so thankful to the Mississippi Association of Conservation Districts and the encouragement of my professors to pursue this opportunity,” said Beck. “The MACD Endowment Fund scholarship will be a big help throughout my remaining time here at Delta State.”

Applications for the scholarship were evaluated based on the student’s GPA, activities and leadership qualities, financial need and supporting materials. All majors were encouraged to apply, but conservation related fields of study were given priority.

Beck credited her unique educational opportunities at Delta State.

“The environmental science program at Delta State provides students with numerous opportunities to go out into the field to learn about and interact with plants and animals. These field trips provide great hands-on experiences to those considering a career working outdoors.”

Dr. Ellen Green, chair of the Department of Biological sciences, was thrilled with Beck’s recognition.

We’re extremely proud of Christine,” said Green. “She was one of only three winners of the first place award in the state of Mississippi. We are growing our environmental science program and it is gratifying to see that our students are competitive at the highest levels.”

To learn more about environmental science and biological sciences at Delta State, visit http://www.deltastate.edu/college-of-arts-and-sciences/biological-and-physical-sciences.