BPAC announces 2016 Summer Movie Series

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Now in its fourth year, the Bologna Performing Arts Center plans to screen major motion pictures on its big screen in the Delta & Pine Land Theatre through the annual Summer Movie Series. All tickets are $5 for general admission seating. Popcorn and other movie-style concessions will be available to complement the experience. Sales will be cash only.

The first film of the summer will be “Zootopia,” rated PG, on June 7 at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. The film is the latest from Walt Disney Animation Studios.

On June 14, DC Comics and Warner Bros. Studio’s “Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice” will be shown at 7 p.m. The film is rated PG-13 and stars Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Gal Gadot, Jesse Eisenberg, and Amy Adams.

On June 21, the 2016 release of “Miracles From Heaven” will be screened at 7 p.m. Based on the incredible true story of a young girl’s miraculous cure from a disorder, this faith-based drama stars Jennifer Garner and is rated PG.

Tom Hank’s latest film, “A Hologram for the King,” will be shown June 28 at 7 p.m. The film is rated R and is based on the book by the same title, in which an American businessman tries to close the deal of a lifetime in Saudi Arabia.

Finally, on July 19, the BPAC will feature Disney’s all-new, live-action epic adventure “The Jungle Book” at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. The PG-rated film is inspired by Rudyard Kipling’s works and the 1967 Walt Disney animated classic of the young orphan boy Mowgli who is raised by animals.

For more information, tickets, and to see film trailers, visit www.bolognapac.com, or call the ticket office at 662-846-4626.

After learning about the new blues studies program at Delta State, a group of Swedish music enthusiasts gathered at the Cast of Blues exhibit at The Delta Center for Culture and Learning.

DCCL immerses Swedish tour group in Mississippi Delta’s culture

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The Delta Center for Culture and Learning’s experiential learning component continues to introduce diverse groups of visitors to the vibrant cultural heritage of the 18-county Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area.

Recently, The Delta Center hosted a Swedish tour group visiting the Mississippi Delta during Juke Joint Festival. This is the third year the center has hosted this international group of traveling music enthusiasts.

Organized and led by Anders Roddar and Klaus Engstrom, the group came to the Mississippi Delta to be immersed in the “Birthplace of the Blues.” During this particular visit, the group also learned about and experienced more of the Delta region’s various cultural heritage assets, including African American worship practices, civil rights landmarks and soul food.

“We try to vary our trips each year. This year’s trip is called ‘Rock Your Blues’ and we started in Woodstock, New York before making our way down here,” said Engstrom. “We have been in Clarksdale several times before, but this is our first time here for the Juke Joint festival.”

“The culture here in the Delta is so rich and so real. We love the music, the food, the places, and most of all, the people,” said Roddar. “This time, we wanted to do something that we had not done before, so I said let’s see if we can go to an African American church service. We are so happy that The Delta Center did this for us. The church was so welcoming and the members there embraced us. It felt like coming home.”

During the week, the group visited the “Cast of Blues” exhibit at The Delta Center, Dockery Farms, GRAMMY Museum Mississippi and Po Monkey’s Lounge, the world famous rural juke joint in Merigold. They crossed the Emmett Till Memorial Highway to gather at Robert Johnson’s gravesite at Little Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Greenwood. The group dined on fried catfish and BBQ at The Senator’s Place and Airport Grocery in Cleveland. And they attended worship service at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Clarksdale.

Attending a worship service at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Clarksdale.

Attending a worship service at New Bethel Missionary Baptist Church in Clarksdale.

For many on the trip, this was their first visit to Mississippi. Peggy Sempler-Boccalini now makes her home in the south of France and attends music festivals regularly. For her, Clarksdale’s festival was one of the best she has attended.

“The feeling is all about the festival. I’ve never seen anything like it,” she said. “I live in France now, and we have a lot of festivals and they’re very nice, but there’s something different here. The communication, the being together. You speak with everyone. You are friends. It’s just a very nice feeling here.”

Several of The Delta Center’s experiential learning sites are included on the Top 40 Places to Visit in the Mississippi Delta website. The website was launched recently by GRAMMY Museum Mississippi in partnership with the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area to promote the entire Mississippi Delta as a cultural heritage tourism destination. To learn more, visit http://msdeltatop40.com/.

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 center serves as the management entity of the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area and is the home of the National Endowment for the Humanities “Most Southern Place on Earth” workshop and the International Delta Blues Project.

Alex Mauney (left to right), Paxton Stratton and Marshal Salley were inducted into the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society today.

Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society members inducted

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The Delta State University College of Arts and Sciences inducted 16 members into the Phi Eta Sigma National Honor Society today.

This year’s inductees include: Emilee Boldon, Tristin Crockett, Samantha Few, Jordan Galtelli, Ashley Griffin, Emma Jeffries, Katherine Lott, Alex Mauney, Destiny McClain, Carter McNeer, Marshal Salley, Lllana Schaeder, Sawyer Smith, Paxton Stratton, Syed Mohammed Amanuddin and Mary Waldrop.

Founded in 1923 at the University of Illinois, Phi Eta Sigma is the nation’s oldest and largest honor society for first-year college and university students in all disciplines. Inspired by the past and dedicated to the future, the society’s mission is to encourage and reward academic excellence among freshmen in institutions of higher learning.

The Delta State University College of Arts & Sciences hosted Honors Day on April 25.

COAS hosts Honors Day

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The Delta State University College of Arts & Sciences hosted Honors Day on April 25 to recognize the best students in the liberal arts and humanities, as well as the sciences.

“We had a new location this year and a great turnout,” said Dr. David Breaux, dean of the COAS. “It is an honor to be associated with Delta State’s College of Arts & Sciences, as I am so impressed by our diverse and multi-talented students and faculty. Nobel Laureate poet William Butler Yeats once said, ‘Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.’ The fires of this year’s winners burn particularly bright. 

“I especially enjoyed meeting the loved ones, families and parents of our students, many of whom took off time from work to be here. I would also like to thank Liz Schmidt and Larkin Chapman for taking the time to honor the winners of the first annual Ethan Schmidt Memorial Scholarships, as the late Dr. Ethan Schmidt’s life exemplified Delta State University at its very best.”  

Breaux also extended thanks to the Delta State University Alumni Foundation for its sponsorship of the reception.

This year’s scholarship and award winners included:

Kristina Rae Hong & Jessica Faith Wishard

Chris Pecou, the Smith Patterson Art Scholarship
Samantha Plunk, the Maxine Boggan Holcombe Art Scholarship
Sandra Burt, the Kelly Clare Belenchia Scholarship
Hannah Kistemaker, the Ferretti-Karnstedt Art Scholarship
Jimmiera Chillis, the Vivian Brown Hannah Art Scholarship
Lawson King, the Melanie Tyler Owen Memorial Art Scholarship & the Norwood Art Scholarship
Jake Black, the Duff Dorrough Memorial Scholarship

Syed Amanuddin, Melvin F. Cohen Memorial Scholarship
Jacob Mercier & Kara Nowell, the Dr. Robert L. Elliott & Dr. Mary C. Elliott Scholarships
Kara Lane Nowell, the Jessie White Biology Scholarship
Emilee Ann Bolden, the Ferretti-Karnstedt Premedical Scholarship
Christine Beck, the Johnny Drew Ouzts Memorial Scholarship
Shelby Holcomb, the District II Dental Society Scholarship
Ashlyn Spell, the Greg Tharp Pre-Dental Scholarship
Tyler Sullivan, the Dr. R. T. and Kathryn M. Hollingsworth Scholarship

J. C. Blackmon, the Jessie White Scholarship
Ashley Griffin, The Chemistry Award
Zac Kinler, the Joe Greever Organic Chemistry Award
Katie Penton, The Ben Branch Memorial Chemistry Award
Ana Daisy Camerillo, the James Anthony Scarborough Memorial Scholarship
Kelby Flemons, the Josh & Orena Adams Memorial Scholarship

Zach Dickerson, the Dr. Bennie Wright and Family Scholarship
Ryan Bridges, the Duff Dorrough Memorial Scholarship
Kelsey Buquet, Karnstedt-Ferretti Scholarship
Kailey Mathis, the Morris Scholar
Schaefer Llana, Karlee Ponder, Zach Dickerson, & Tyan Nash the Morris Band Scholarships
Kathryn Mangialardi, Rhett McCormick, & Jessica Faith Wishard, the Steve Azar St. Cecilia Foundation Scholarships
Justin Boatman & Jessica Faith Wishard, the DMI Director’s Award

Bryan Cosme and James Christianson, winners of the Meek Scholarship

Kendall Morrow, The Evelyn Hammett Scholarship
Jess Bennett & Marshal Salley, The Leola Gregory Williams Scholarships
Amber Swindle, The Anne Caulfield Winston Award
Christina Camerota, The Weaver Betts Cotton Scholarship
Cecilia Nieves, The John Hargrove Tatum Scholarship
Victoria Burton, The Robert “Buzzy” D. Wright Award
Victoria McDonald, J’Nell Posey Coffman Scholarship
Lauryn Hancock, the Hazel & Grover Thornell Award for Creative Writing
Aallyah Wright, the John and Dorothy Merrill Journalism Scholarship
Laura Strong, Dr. William Arthur Pennington Award
Nichole Smyly, the Joseph Correro Foreign Language Award
Hannah Kistemaker, Avery Wall, Gared Watkins, Conor Bell, Rebecca Carroll, Jamarrez Davis, Florian Mondoloni, Laura Orsborn, Aaron Payne, Alecia Wilson, Najawon Wilson, Aallyah Wright, & Matteo Zengaro are the winners of the Silas Wayne & Lula Wilson Thompson Scholarships.
Aaron Payne, the Clifton Langford Scholarship
Callie Musselwhite, John R. Ford Shakespeare Award
Myers Taylor, the Dr. Maria Butler Retention Scholarship

Jennifer Duke, the Eleanor Walters Mathematics Scholarship
Rebecca Hudson, the Ray and Jo Wilson Mathematics Scholarship
Davida White, William D. Conner Mathematics Scholarship
Erice Henry, Wilson and Eloise Davis Mathematics Scholarship
Mary Scott Waldrop, the Freshman Mathematics Award

Sara Crider, Tirzah Simmons, Daniel Christy, & Colby Kee, The Jeff Ross Capwell Scholarships
M. J. Britton, the Maggie Flowers Ewing Scholarship
Basia Thomas & Jaireus McClain, the Langford Scholarships
Michael Sparks, the Theresa Antoon Music Scholarship

Devin C. White, the Jim Armishaw Award
DeAndra Smith, the Howorth Award
Alex Cochran & Will Collum, the William Bryant and Madge Moore Scholarships
Catherine Carver, The Albert Nylander Award
Mikel Sykes & Katherine Jackson, the Ethan Schmidt Memorial Scholarships
Paxton Stratton, Biles History Award
Matteo Zengaro, the Cash U. S. History Award
Carrie Webster, the Cranford History Teacher Award
Alexis Danielle Banks, the LaForge Memorial Scholarship
Erin Newman, the Lamar Phi Alpha Theta History Scholarship
Alexander Bucklew, the Cash History Scholar
Laura Kate Fortner, the Judge Ed & Margaret Green Scholarship
Jonathan Harwood, the Burrell Scholarship

Adrian Rose Dill & Samantha Lejeune, the Fugler-Hafter Scholarships


Delta Dollars helps with asset-building

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Delta State University and the Center for Community and Economic Development recently announced the successful completion of the asset-building program Delta Dollars.

Delta Dollars is an 8:1 matched individual development account program that focuses on financial literacy and post-secondary education. Since the spring of 2015, 19 participants have utilized Delta Dollars to accumulate a combined savings total of $9,730 — money students use to build financial assets needed to pursue their college education. A total of $66,641.55 has been disbursed for their post-secondary expenses at Delta State.

“Without the funding provided by this program, I would not have been able to graduate this semester,” said student Jammie Marquez. “I have been beset by difficulties that have required me to take extra classes. Knowing that I would be able to rely on my savings and funding from Delta Dollars made me confident that I could overcome those difficulties and add the courses without worrying about the added cost.”

Nursing student Gabrielle Windless shared the same appreciation for Delta Dollars.

“This is a great program,” she said. “I was able to stay on track towards graduation by attending summer school with the funds. I learned a lot from the self-paced financial literacy modules.”

A grant from Assets for Independence, a program of the U.S. Department of Health and Humans Services, funds approximately 50 percent of program costs. The remaining half is funded through non-federal sources. Other partners and contributors included Delta State University Foundation and Renasant Bank.

Learn more about the program and at http://www.deltastate.edu/academics/graduate-and-continuing-studies/center-for-community-economic-development/developing-personal-weath-program-dpw.