Emily Adams, a freshmen from Boyle, Mississippi, took home the crown for Most Beautiful and was also selected Most Photogenic at the annual Most Beautiful Pageant on Tuesday.

Most Beautiful Pageant winners announced

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Delta State University held its annual Most Beautiful Pageant on Tuesday at the Bologna Performing Arts Center. Recognition was given to Most Beautiful, Most Photogenic, Four Beauties and Top 10.

Emily Adams, a freshmen from Boyle, Mississippi, took home the crown for Most Beautiful and was also selected Most Photogenic.

Four Beauties recognition went to Katie Stover, freshmen (Southaven); Briana Sturgis, senior (Jackson); Abby Ray Vance, sophomore (Grenada); and Leah Green, freshmen (Hernando).

Also included in the Top Ten category were: Brinkley Henry, junior (Greenville), Emily Grossi, junior (Marks); Hailey Ash, senior (Olive Branch); Breanna Bess, junior (Duck Hill); Haley King, junior (Holcomb); and Adams, Stover, Sturgis, Vance and Green.

“We are thrilled with the participation this year,” said Bevin Lamb, executive director of pageants. “We had 34 girls compete, and it was great to see such a large crowd from campus and the community come out and support them.”

The pageant was sponsored by the Delta State University Student Government Association and produced by the Pageant Board, a Delta State student organization.

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Moving from Talk to Action: Resource and Community Forum

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Join Delta State and the Center for Community and Economic Development March 16 at 9:30 a.m. for a free event called “Moving From Talk to Action: Resource and Community Forum.”

The forum, housed in the Jacob Conference Center on campus, will highlight resources and programs to assist Mississippi stakeholders make the move from talk to action to tackle current issues affecting the quality of life for Mississippi residents. It will also offer collaborative opportunities for stakeholders to work with other organizations to achieve results more effectively.

A panel discussion will explore information about education, health care, household financial stability and funding in the state.

Representatives from the following organizations will be available:

  • Center for Asset Development – CAD seeks to advance the transformation of the economic landscape of Mississippi, addressing issues such as health care, access to job opportunities, training, community involvement and policy change. They also assist partners on policy reform, developing new programs to target marginalized communities and actively engage more consumers.
  • Center for Household Financial Stability – The St. Louis Fed’s Center for Household Financial Stability was launched to research and strengthen the balance sheets of struggling American families. A basic premise of the center is that families improve their financial stability through broad-based economic growth, higher net household incomes and stronger balance sheets. Financially stable families face less economic risk and more economic mobility within and across generations. As financially healthy families spend, save and invest more, the national also economy grows.
  • Hope Policy Institute – Over a quarter of the nation’s persistent poverty counties and parishes are located in the Midsouth states of Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. In addition to high levels of poverty, residents also experience low levels of banking access, health outcomes, quality education and jobs. To support advocacy for investment in persistent poverty places, the HPI has published a series of maps that illustrate the relationship between persistent poverty and a number of other indicators of economic distress.

Participation in the event is free, but registration is required by March 11, as space is limited. Lunch will be provided. To register for the event, visit https://www.cvent.com/d/hfqqhj?lang=en&sms=7&cn=KZ4xUgZzO0WdIIBMNGjqRg

An event summary is available at http://www.cvent.com/events/moving-from-talk-to-action-resource-and-community-forum/event-summary-e569373835834b2a88ce260cd85560d0.aspx.

For more information, contact Teresa Cheeks Wilson at 901-531-5109 or teresa.cheeks.wilson@stls.frb.org.

Dr. Corlis Snow was recently recognized as Delta State's nominee for the IHL's 2016 Diversity Award for Excellence in honor of Black History Month.

Snow honored as diversity nominee

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The Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning gathered Feb. 18 to celebrate February’s Black History Month by honoring faculty and staff from Mississippi institutions.

The board has been commemorating Black History Month since 1992 with awards that recognize the achievements of university faculty and staff who work to promote diversity and academic excellence on campuses and communities.

Dr. Corlis Snow, associate professor of elementary education at Delta State, was selected as the university’s nominee for the 2016 Diversity Award for Excellence.

“It is an honor to be recognized for the efforts I’ve made to prepare teachers to ensure diverse learners in the K-12 setting receive effective instruction,” said Snow.

Snow serves as the Delta State team leader for the state’s CEEDAR Team (Collaboration for Effective Educator Development, Accountability and Reform), an initiative to inform policies about teacher licensure processes to ensure diverse students receive instruction from qualified teachers.

Previously, she helped conceptualize, develop and implement the Literacy Enhancement Clinic, a grant-funded effort included in Project 21 of the Delta Health Initiative. The LEC was a field-based training site for graduate and undergraduate teacher education majors and dietetics majors who diagnosed and remediated literacy difficulties and provided nutrition instruction for diverse K-12 students.

Snow received her Doctor of Education degree in elementary education from the University of Mississippi and her Master of Education degree in elementary education from Delta State. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in education with an emphasis in reading from Delta State.

She is a former registered nurse with several years of practice as a home health professional, and she began her career in education as a second grade teacher at Ray Brooks School in Benoit, Mississippi.

Her research interests include early literacy instruction, remediating reading difficulties, research-based approaches for informational text instruction, teacher leadership and best practices for online instruction.

Snow’s hobbies include reading, traveling with family and fishing. She is married to Willie J. Snow, Jr. and has two children, Alexia and Aasin.

The Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning governs the public universities in Mississippi, including Alcorn State University; Delta State University; Jackson State University; Mississippi State University including the Mississippi State University Division of Agriculture, Forestry and Veterinary Medicine; Mississippi University for Women; Mississippi Valley State University; the University of Mississippi including the University of Mississippi Medical Center; and the University of Southern Mississippi.

The DMI All-Stars — a student band that covers songs of Mississippi GRAMMY-winning music — rocked the stage during the annual Mississippi Night at GRAMMY Week in Los Angeles on Feb. 11.

DMI All-Stars rock Los Angeles

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The anticipation leading up to GRAMMY® Museum Mississippi in Cleveland continues to bring life-changing opportunities for students enrolled in the Delta Music Institute at Delta State University.

For the fourth year in a row, the DMI All-Stars — a student band that covers songs of Mississippi GRAMMY-winning music — rocked the stage during the annual Mississippi Night at GRAMMY Week in Los Angeles on Feb. 11.

This year’s group of students grew to eight performing band members and four non-members who assisted with road management, social media and tech support. According to DMI Director Tricia Walker, the entire group put on a stellar show at the Clive Davis Theater inside the GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. Live.

“This year the DMI All-Stars were given an opening slot for GRAMMY nominated artists Cedric Burnside and the legendary Bobby Rush,” said Walker. “The students, under the direction of instructor Charly Abraham, put together a 30-minute show and knocked it out of the park.”

The audience was filled with a number of dignitaries, tourism leaders, politicians and special guests who gathered to listen to talented aspiring musicians and to honor the history and culture associated with the birthplace of American music.

The Cleveland Music Foundation, the community-based organization partnering with GRAMMY to establish the new museum in Cleveland, first invited the All-Stars to perform at Mississippi Night in early 2013.

Scheduled for a March 5 grand opening, GRAMMY Museum Mississippi will become only the second museum of its kind in the world. This unique partnership is already reaping benefits for DMI students. Brittany McGee, entertainment industry major from Ecru, Mississippi served as the group’s tour manager and was responsible for all travel logistics and bookings.

“This trip helped me to realize how important it is to always be prepared because anything can happen,” said McGee.

Gregory Braggs, a senior at the DMI, travelled with the group as tech support.

“It was an awesome opportunity,” said Braggs. “I never guessed that I would get the chance to experience Los Angeles and to see where the GRAMMYs are held each year.”

Along with the group’s big performance, they also had the opportunity to tour the L.A. museum, explore the city and beach, and visit Disneyland.

“What I really hope our students get out of this is that it’s possible to come from a small town and succeed in this industry,” said Walker. “You can start anywhere, and after visiting Los Angeles, I think they’re beginning to believe that. The DMI All-Stars are great ambassadors for the DMI program and Delta State University. We look forward to developing intern partnerships with GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live through GRAMMY Museum Mississippi.”

Delta State President William N. LaForge, who also attended the trip, was blown away by the accomplishments of the students.

“I was so proud of our DMI students’ performance at the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles during GRAMMY Week,” he said. “The DMI All-Stars lit up the Clive Davis Theater with tunes that had everyone singing along and dancing in their seats. They were a huge hit and a grand addition to the talent showcase that evening.”

To learn more about the GRAMMY connection with the Delta Music Institute at Delta State, visit http://dmi.deltastate.edu.

Tickets to BODYTRAFFIC are on sale now at the BPAC Ticket Office and online at www.bolognapac.com.

BODYTRAFFIC dance company to make Mississippi debut

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Named “the company of the future” by the Joyce Theater Foundation, BODYTRAFFIC is leading the way for contemporary dance in Los Angeles and beyond.

BODYTRAFFIC will make its Mississippi debut March 1 at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on the campus of Delta State. The company will present a matinee for K-12 school audiences at 11 a.m., and a public performance will be held that evening at 7:30 p.m. There will be a complimentary pre-performance reception in the Bologna Center lobby beginning at 6:30 p.m. Immediately following the show, there will be a Q&A discussion inside the Delta & Pine Land Theater.

This performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Mississippi Arts Commission.

Praised by LA Weekly for its “confident, hard-hitting” execution in a wide range of styles, BODYTRAFFIC is known for their dynamic theatricality and contemporary approach to dance. The show’s growing repertory is vibrant, inspiring, accessible and challenging to both new audiences and experienced dance enthusiasts. Founded by Lillian Barbeito and Tina Finkelman Berkett in 2007, the company has surged to the forefront of the concert dance world commissioning new works from world-class contemporary choreographers, and was named one of Dance Magazine’s “25 to Watch” in 2013.

Prior to their performances, the company will spend time in the Cleveland community. First, dancers will work with Margaret Green Junior High and Cleveland High School students in a partnership with the Junior Auxiliary of Cleveland’s Exceptional Education project.

The company will also work with the Delta Arts Alliance School of Dance. DAA Executive Director Rori Herbison said the experience would be critical to the development of the young students.

BODYTRAFFIC’s debut is just one of many upcoming dance performances in the BPAC’s future through its participation in the Dance Touring Initiative.

“We are very excited to be working with South Arts to feature more contemporary dance and ballet programming at the Bologna Center” said BPAC executive director Laura Howell. “Dance is one of those great art forms where there are no right answers, and there can be a point of access for everyone.”

Tickets to see BODYTRAFFIC are now on sale at the BPAC Ticket Office, open Monday-Friday 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 662-846-4626, and online at www.bolognapac.com. Tickets are $25-39, and discounts are available for groups of 10 or more.