Department of Music presents Flute Day

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The Delta State University Department of Music presents Flute Day on April 23.

High school and community college flutists will be on campus to join the DSU Flute Studio for a day of flute clinics and performances, culminating in a final group flute choir concert. The guest artist will be Sandra Saathoff, professor of flute at Seattle Pacific University and principal flutist of the Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra.

At 2 p.m., Saathoff will be joined by Delta State faculty Dr. Shelley Collins (flute), Dr. Kumiko Shimizu (piano), and Don Allan Mitchell (narrator) for a faculty recital at the Bologna Performing Arts Center Recital Hall. The recital will feature duet and solo works, including the famous “Flower Duet” by Delibes, a piece for flute and narrator, Doppler’s crowd-pleasing “Andante and Rondo,” and a work for piccolo and alarm clock.

At 5:30 p.m., Collins and Saathoff will conduct the students in a final concert. Both concerts are free and open to the public.

This event is sponsored in part by the Bryce Griffis President’s Endowment Fund. For more information about the recital, contact the Department of Music at 662-846-4615 or visit

Orientation registration goes live

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Orientation session registration is live for any incoming students. Students can sign up at:

Delta State University offers an extensive Orientation program each summer for new students enrolling for the fall semester. Sessions for entering freshmen and transfer students who have been admitted to the university, and parents of first-time students, will be held in April, May, June and July. Freshmen and parents attend a two-day program, while transfer students and parents attend for one day only.

  • April 29th  Transfer I/PTK Day (PTK Scholarship Recipients only)
  • May 26-27th  Freshmen I
  • May 31st  Transfer II
  • June 2-3rd  Freshmen II
  • June 23rd  Transfer III
  • June 27-28th  Freshmen III
  • July 1st  Transfer IV
  • July 7-8th  Freshmen IV

The cost to attend the freshmen session is $65 per student and $25 for each additional guest. The cost to attend the transfer session is $40 per student and $20 per additional guest. Guests are limited to two per student.

Attendees are asked not to mail a check or bring cash upon arrival. The student’s account will be charged in Fall 2016.

For more information, contact the Office of Student Life (H. L. Nowell Union, Room 200) by phone at 662-846-4666, or by email at

GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi presents inaugural public program featuring Geoff Emerick

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GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi recently announced its first public program in the Sanders Sound Stage featuring one of the most innovative and influential GRAMMY®-winning audio engineers of all time — the legendary Geoff Emerick. The event, April 30 at 7:30 p.m., is in conjunction with the museum’s current exhibit, “Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles!”

Emerick is an English audio engineer who is best known for his work at Abbey Road Studios in London and with The Beatles on their albums “Revolver,” “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “The Beatles,” and “Abbey Road.” 

The evening will feature an intimate discussion with Emerick surrounding his work with The Beatles and his illustrious career, and will be moderated by Jon Hornyak, senior executive director of The Recording Academy® Memphis Chapter.  The discussion will be followed by an audience Q&A.

“We are thrilled to have a hand in bringing The Beatles’ legendary recording engineer and GRAMMY winner Geoff Emerick to GRAMMY Museum Mississippi for his first visit to the Mississippi Delta,” said Hornyak. “Geoff played a crucial role in helping The Beatles realize their musical visions and create some of the most important rock and roll albums ever made.”

Tickets are available and can be purchased online at, by calling the museum box office at 662-441-0100, or in person at the museum at 800 West Sunflower Road in Cleveland.  

“We’re excited to have an audio engineer of Emerick’s stature share his experiences with our community,” said Emily Havens, executive director of GRAMMY Museum Mississippi. “This is our first public program and we look forward to hosting a great evening with Geoff in conjunction with our first special exhibit, ‘Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles!’”


About GRAMMY Museum Mississippi

Built and operated by the Cleveland Music Foundation — a non-profit organization developed in 2011 — the 28,000-square-foot GRAMMY Museum Mississippi is housed near the campus of Delta State University, home of the Delta Music Institute’s Entertainment Industry Studies program, which features the most unique audio recording facilities in the South. Similar to its sister museum — the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE — GRAMMY Museum Mississippi is dedicated to exploring the past, present and future of music, and the cultural context from which it emerges, while casting a focused spotlight on the deep musical roots of Mississippi. The museum features a dynamic combination of public events, educational programming, engaging multimedia presentations, and interactive permanent and traveling exhibits, including a Mississippi-centric area that introduces visitors to the impact of Mississippi’s songwriters, producers and musicians on the traditional and modern music landscape. For more information about GRAMMY Museum Mississippi, visit For breaking news and exclusive content, follow @GRAMMYMuseumMS on Twitter and Instagram, and like “GRAMMY Museum Mississippi” on Facebook.

Delta Center organizes museum tours for architecture students

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During the spring 2016 semester, The Delta Center For Culture and Learning has hosted several student groups visiting the region from a variety of higher education institutions, including Mississippi State University, Harvard Law School, Yale University and Emory University.

Most recently, The Delta Center arranged two museum architectural tours for members of the National Organization of Minority Architecture Students (NOMAS) from the University of Memphis. The students visited GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi on Delta State’s campus and the B.B. King Museum and Delta Interpretive Center in Indianola.

The NOMAS design competition team is developing a cultural heritage museum concept for Los Angeles’ historic Crenshaw district. The group of students was sponsored by Jimmie Tucker of Self and Tucker Architects, a Memphis-based firm that has designed the National Civil Rights Museum, STAX Museum and FedExForum.

Ross Barkley discusses Mississippi Delta cultural heritage elements used in designing GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi.

Ross Barkley discusses Mississippi Delta cultural heritage elements used in designing GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi.

“This national student competition is requiring our architecture students to incorporate design elements that reflect local cultural heritage,” said Tucker. “These tours provided insights and a back story that we would never have been aware of just by visiting these museums by ourselves.”

“The Delta Center continues to fulfill its mission by providing place-based learning opportunities for students and visitors from around the state, the nation and the world,” said Dr. Rolando Herts, director of The Delta Center. “These customized educational experiences about the Mississippi Delta can only happen when groups come to visit us here in the Mississippi Delta.”

Lee Aylward of The Delta Center made arrangements for the students to experience a personalized tour of the GRAMMY Museum with Ross Barkley of Eley Barkley P.A. Engineering and Architecture. Barkley was one of the lead architects for the museum. The Eley Barkley firm is based in Cleveland.

“Mr. Barkley showed us program, concept and schematic design documents,” said Tucker. “These are excellent examples that our students will be able to use to ignite and inform their design process.” 

“Ross Barkley’s expertise in bringing projects like this to completion was invaluable to its final outcome,” added Aylward. “The GRAMMY Museum will stand as a testament to his talent and ability.”

During their visit to the B.B. King Museum, the students toured the existing museum structure and discussed plans for the museum’s expansion with Robert Terrell, director of operations. The expansion includes a memorial courtyard for the late B.B. King, known as the King of the Blues and Mississippi’s Secretary of the State of the Blues.

Robert Terrell talks with NOMAS members about plans for the B.B. King Memorial Courtyard.

Robert Terrell talks with NOMAS members about plans for the B.B. King Memorial Courtyard.


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. For more information, visit

Students to visit Poland for cultural exchange

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A select group of Delta State students are gearing up for an exciting cultural exchange with one of the university’s international partners, John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin (KUL) in Lublin, Poland.

Leaving May 9, the group will travel for two weeks under the direction KUL faculty. The trip, coordinated by DSU International Student Services, will mark the first opportunity for Delta State students to visit KUL’s campus, observe classes, learn about college life in Poland, and gain hands-on knowledge of Polish culture.

Delta State President William N. LaForge continues to strengthen the university’s ties with international institutions, an effort he has made a priority since taking office in 2013.

In 2014, LaForge returned to KUL for the fourth time as a visiting professor, each time focusing on various aspects of law and public policy advocacy in America. KUL’s law school is well known for its quality programming.

“Delta State’s exchange partnership with KUL is a wonderful opportunity for our students to become acquainted with another educational system, with programs at another university and with the people of Poland,” said LaForge. “International partnerships like this afford our students an opportunity to broaden their horizons, see the world, and be better prepared for the global economy, which will greet them upon graduation.”

President LaForge discusses Poland with students.

President LaForge discusses Poland with students.

KUL is one of several universities abroad with which Delta State has signed a memorandum of understanding to further develop international exchanges. Delta State hosted a group of KUL faculty and students in October 2015.

Students attending the trip include: Scottie Willis, a senior from Byram, Mississippi; Katherine Jackson, a junior from Cleveland, Mississippi; Maria Clara Belisário, a junior from Belo Horizonte, Brazil; and Paxton Stratton, a freshman from Fort Worth, Texas. The students recently had the opportunity to meet with President LaForge to discuss expectations for the exchange.

Willis is looking forward to his first experience abroad — a trip he knows will be full of opportunities.

“I’m entering my last semester at DSU this fall, and as President LaForge put it to me recently, ‘You’ve had a good run here.’ But my run isn’t quite over yet,” said Willis. “I plan to go into education after graduation, and I know that going to Europe will definitely give me a ‘real life’ perspective when teaching about it. I hope that my participation in this cultural exchange will encourage current and future students to see that there are life-changing opportunities here at Delta State, and they just have to take advantage of them.”

Belisário, an international student at Delta State, is also looking forward to experiencing Polish education and culture.

“I will be in contact with different students and teachers who are in the same area as me, and I’ll be expanding my knowledge and vision,” said Belisário. “I will be able to interact and learn in some of their classes, and see perspectives and ideas about different issues that can help me in my major. I will use and share all of that when I return to DSU. Contact with another part of the world is one of the best opportunities as an international business major. I am really proud to have this opportunity.”

Dr. A.H.M. Ali Reza, assistant professor of biology at Delta State, will lead the group as the university’s international partnership liaison.

“I’m thrilled that we are bringing such a strong group of students to KUL,” said Reza. “This will be a great opportunity for us to get an understanding of Polish culture and KUL’s university environment. KUL faculty members have gone above and beyond to help us plan this trip.”

Dr. Christy Riddle, executive director of International Student Services and the Student Success Center at Delta State, added that the university will continue to strengthen ties with its partner schools.

“We are very excited to offer the Poland trip,” said Riddle. “These international partnerships offer the opportunity for our Delta State faculty and students and their faculty and students to travel, teach and study abroad through various exchange programs. It’s is a win-win for Delta State because the students traveling abroad gain a greater understanding of global issues, and it also exposes our on-campus students to other cultures.”

Along with KUL, Delta State has been developing exchange programs with Perm State University in Perm, Russia and The University of National World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria, both schools at which LaForge has taught. Delta State is also in the process of developing partnerships with two additional international universities.

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