Fireside Chat: BPAC adds new series in upcoming season

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Joining President LaForge is Laura Howell, Executive Director of the Bologna Performing Arts Center, to discuss the 2016-17 season.
Delta State University is proud of the stellar entertainment and cultural options brought to the community by the Bologna Performing Arts Center, a 1,200-seat state-of-the-art theater that features everything from Broadway musicals to GRAMMY-winning musicians. The BPAC recently announced its 2016-2017 Season, which promises to be one of the best seasons in the center’s history and will include concerts, Broadway tours, family programming and school-time matinees.
The new schedule will feature four different series: The Main Stage, consisting of evening public performances; the School-Time Matinee Series, which provides educational programs for school groups; and two new series, the Recital Hall and Family Series. For more information, visit
In other news on campus, the BPAC also is hosting a Summer Movie Series for the community. All tickets are $5 for general admission seating, and popcorn and other movie-style concessions will be available. The movie series continues tomorrow, June 14, with “Batman versus Superman”. Other movies set for the summer include “Miracles from Heaven,” “A Hologram for the King” and “The Jungle Book”. For other news, events and activities, visit our web site

BPAC recognizes Ambassadors

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At each performance held at the Bologna Performing Arts Center, some of the first people patrons meet are the dedicated BPAC Ambassadors. From ticket takers and door captains, to greeters and ushers, these volunteers play a huge role in making the performances a great experience for everyone in attendance.

The BPAC recently paid tribute to these volunteers by hosting its annual Ambassadors Luncheon.

Over 70 dedicated volunteers from across the Delta work performances throughout the year. Sally Young, who has been an Ambassador for over a year, expressed the enjoyment of volunteering at the BPAC.

“I am a people person, and I look forward to interacting with all the patrons who come performances at the Bologna Performing Arts Center,” said Young. “I especially love to work the school matinee programs. Seeing the excitement on children’s’ faces really brings joy to being an Ambassador.”

Positions are open to join the BPAC Ambassadors for the 2016-17 season, and training will be held in August. For more information or to sign up, contact Amber Foster at 662-846-4625.

BPAC unveils 2016-17 season

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The Bologna Performing Arts Center at Delta State University released its 2016-17 season today. The new lineup features a total of 22 performances across four series: the Main Stage, featuring evening public performances; Family Series, geared at theatergoers of all ages; Recital Hall Series, featuring classical music; and the School-Time Matinee Series, providing educational opportunities for preK-12 students and educators.

There are 10 performances on the Main Stage lineup. Kicking off the season will be GRAMMY award-winning country music artist Travis Tritt with special guest Luke Combs on Sept.15, sponsored by Bolivar Medical Center. Americana-folk rock band The Avett Brothers will play on Oct. 4, sponsored by Guaranty Bank. On Oct. 20, two powerful acts will unite when Mavis Staples performs along with the Blind Boys of Alabama, sponsored by Cannon Motors of Mississippi. On Nov. 10, contemporary dance company Parsons Dance will take the stage in a performance funded in part by South Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts. The national Broadway tour of Elf The Musical will play the Mississippi Delta on Dec. 2, sponsored by Planters Bank. In 2017, the USA International Ballet Competition will sponsor a dance performance by Alonzo King LINES Ballet on Jan. 31, funded in part by South Arts and the NEA, as well as Southern Company. On Feb. 28, the international percussion sensation STOMP will come to the Delta. Next, the national Broadway tour of the quintessential backstage musical comedy classic 42nd Street will play on March 20. Direct from Broadway, the mind-blowing spectacular THE ILLUSIONISTS will showcases the jaw-dropping talents of some of the most incredible illusionists on Earth on March 30. The Main Stage season will conclude with a performance on April 27 by Josh Turner, double-platinum-selling singer-songwriter and one of the youngest members of the Grand Ole Opry, sponsored by Robinson Electric.

The new Family Series features three productions geared towards the young at heart. The Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China will perform on Oct. 11. On Nov.6, the Mermaid Theatre of Novia Scotia will perform Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Other Treasured Stories by Eric Carle, sponsored by Heidi’s. Based on the hit TV show, Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live! is coming to the BPAC on Jan. 24. Performance times are designed to accommodate younger theatergoers.

The new Recital Hall series will feature the Los Angeles Guitar Quartet on Oct. 6, a GRAMMY award-winning classical guitar ensemble. On March 21, Sybarite5, a string quintet consisting of two violins, viola, cello and double bass, will perform their eclectic repertoire. Tickets to the Recital Hall series include a complimentary social hour with hors d’oeuvres before the performance.

The School-Time Matinee Series will feature A Year with Frog and Toad sponsored by Monsanto on Oct. 25; a matinee performance by Parsons Dance Company on Nov. 9; Pete the Cat sponsored by Entergy on Nov. 18; a matinee performance by Alonzo King LINES Ballet on Feb. 1; Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live! sponsored by Walmart on Feb.23; and Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters on April 12 sponsored by AT&T.

There is also a free community performance planned for April 4, 2017 titled Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till that is sponsored in part by Delta State University’s Winning the Race initiative.

Tickets are currently on pre-sale for BPAC Annual Members, individuals who make a tax deductible donation of $75 or more to the BPAC. Main Stage season ticket packages start at $285 and go on sale July 1. Main Stage Custom “Pick 3,” Family Series and Recital Hall Series ticket packages go on sale July 11. All individual tickets will be available for purchase on July 18. More information on all performances, including videos, can be found at To become an Annual Member and join the pre-sale, for information on group tickets, or any other questions, call the BPAC at 662-846-4625.

Accreditation for Delta State business programs reaffirmed

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The Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) Baccalaureate/Graduate Degree Board of Commissioners has reaffirmed accreditation of the business programs within Delta State University’s College of Business.

Established in 1988, ACBSP is the only organization offering specialized business accreditation for all degree levels, from associate to baccalaureate to doctoral degree programs. ACBSP accreditation certifies that the teaching and learning processes within the College of Business at Delta State University meet the rigorous educational standards established by ACBSP.
Delta State was first accredited by ACBSP in 1995. The college is required to go through the reaffirmation process every 10 years to maintain the accreditation.

“Delta State University has shown their commitment to teaching excellence and to the process of quality improvement by participating in the accreditation process,” said Dr. Steve Parscale, ACBSP chief accreditation officer, who will present the Certificate of Reaffirmation of Accreditation at ACBSP Conference 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia on June 19.

“This reaffirmation of accreditation is evidence that Delta State University is committed to maintaining the highest quality business education for their students for the next 10 years, just as they have done since 1995,” added Parscale.

Dr. Billy Moore, dean of Delta State’s College of Business, was thrilled with the reaffirmation and praise from ACBSP.

“Accreditation is a method of self-regulation and quality assurance in higher education. Reaffirmation of our ACBSP accreditation signifies that DSU’s College of Business programs continue to meet certain quality and integrity standards of management education,” said Moore. “Current and potential students, their parents, the business community, and other relevant constituents, can be assured that our college is offering current and relevant academic programs, has faculty that are highly qualified and experts in their disciplines, continues to hold itself to the highest standards of educational accountability, and are fully committed to continuous improvement. Our accreditation is good through 2026.”

“Congratulations to the faculty, staff and student body of the College of Business on accomplishing this significant milestone,” Moore added. “This reaffirmation is the result of their teamwork and commitment to providing a high-quality educational experience for our students.”

Delta State’s Dr. Charles McAdams, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs, was also pleased with the reaffirmation.

“I thank the College of Business faculty and staff for their ongoing commitment to excellence and the concept of continuous improvement,” said McAdams. “Reaccreditation by the ACBSP provides an external validation of the quality of the programs in that college. The process used to obtain this reaffirmation is arduous, and I congratulate Dean Moore and his faculty for their work on this significant accomplishment.”

The mission of the College of Business is to prepare students for the marketplace by providing challenging educational opportunities. Service to the community, the profession and the university is a vital aspect of the college’s mission. By nurturing cooperative relationships with business and industry, service organizations, and other institutions, the college will remain dynamic and its activities relevant.

ACBSP’s mission is to promote continuous improvement and recognize excellence in the accreditation of business education programs around the world. ACBSP,, is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as a specialized accreditation agency for business education. ACBSP currently has 1,215 member campuses, 235 of which are located outside of the U.S. Of those campuses, 951 have achieved accreditation and 167 are in candidacy for accreditation. Individual members on these campuses now exceed 13,000.

For more information about Delta State University’s College of Business, visit