Simmons Room

Event rental space available at Alumni House

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The Delta State University Alumni Association, housed in the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni-Foundation House, offers a variety of services to the Cleveland and Delta State community. One such service is rental space in the Simmons Room.

The Simmons Room is available seven days a week as an event rental space. Along with the large conference/event space, facilities includes a full kitchen and an outdoor patio overlooking GRAMMY Museum Mississippi. The Simmons Room has been used for a variety of events such as wedding receptions and rehearsals, board meetings, training sessions and reunions.

“Reserving the Simmons Room is always quick and easy,” said Amanda Whitehead, senior executive assistant at Baxter Healthcare in Cleveland. “Setting up the room is painless because it’s already done for you. The staff at the Alumni House is courteous and always willing to help. Parking is great, and access to the kitchenette is awesome. When looking for a place to host my meeting events, the Simmons Room is always my first option.”

The room may be set up anyway that suits the renter’s needs. Catering is also available through Aramark on campus. The room is handicap accessible.

The rental cost is $200 during the week and $400 for the weekend. For an additional cost, audio and visual services may be provided on request.

To reserve the space, contact the Alumni Association at 662-846-4660 or visit To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), Tumblr (, LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1).

Documenting the Blues

Students to document the Delta behind the lens

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Students in photography instructor Will Jacks’ class have kicked off a unique interactive photojournalism project called “Documenting the Blues.”

Throughout the semester, the class will be using the Medium blogging platform to create a publication that shines light on the student experience while they document the region.

“Each week they will have a short assignment designed to get them into the Delta exploring, asking questions and learning more about this place, while also developing their skills with the tools required to tell these stories,” said Jacks. “My hope is that this blog will serve as a living example from start to finish of their improvement in technical skills and thoughts about what it means to live in the Delta.”

Jacks is encouraging the campus and community to follow along by signing up for a free account with Medium. Account holders can even comment on posts and interact with the students.

To learn more about the project and sign up for an account, visit

“I hope this will encourage and inspire the student to continue to develop their creative voices and recognize that some of the best stories they can tell are found right outside their doors,” added Jacks.

For more information on the Delta State University Department of Art, visit, or contact 662-846-4720. For updates and announcements of upcoming events, follow Delta State Art Department on Facebook, or join the email list.


GRAMMY Museum® to present Beatles exhibit

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GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi has announced “Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles!” as its first official featured exhibit when the museum opens March 5 in Cleveland.

This one-of-a-kind exhibit will offer visitors an in-depth look at the phenomenal British group that made a huge impact on American culture and created the fan frenzy known as “Beatlemania.” 

“Ladies and Gentlemen…The Beatles!” will be on display from March 5 through June 12, 2016, and will feature artifacts and interactives that focus on:
        the backstory of the band’s origins in Liverpool, England
        the Beatles’ first American live television performance on “The Ed Sullivan Show”
        the group’s groundbreaking first United States tour in August 1964.

The traveling exhibit, curated by the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE and Fab Four Exhibits, will allow visitors to explore The Beatles’ social and musical impact on the world, and experience the intense excitement that was generated by their historic visit to the U.S. more than 50 years ago.  

“This exhibit celebrates the Fab Four landing in America and changing pop culture forever,” said Emily Havens, executive director of GRAMMY Museum Mississippi. “The exhibit has visited New York, Minneapolis, Miami, Tulsa, and Austin prior to landing in Mississippi, and we are thrilled to bring The Beatles to this region.” 

In conjunction with this exhibition, the museum will present a variety of educational and public programs that explore the musical and cultural influence of The Beatles, including Beatles Symposium 2016: From The Cavern To Candlestick, scheduled for April 1–2. Presented by GRAMMY Museum Mississippi and Delta State University, the symposium is a must-attend event for all Beatles fans and will feature discussions with noted Beatles historians, live music, film screenings and more. 

GRAMMY Museum Mississippi also announced the launch of its new website, The user-friendly website features detailed information on visiting the museum, including news on upcoming exhibits and events, planning group tours and details on hosting special events. The site features links that provide access to teacher curriculum and resources. Users can also purchase official GRAMMY Museum Mississippi merchandise and register to receive newsletter updates. In addition, visitors to the website can learn ways to support the museum, including information about becoming a member and the benefits of membership.

The museum is set to open March 5. Details on opening week events will be forthcoming. For questions regarding the museum’s grand opening, email Vickie Jackson, external affairs manager, at vjackson@grammymuseumms.orgFor more information about the exhibit of the symposium, call 662-441-0100 or visit

About GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi

Set to open on March 5, 2016, GRAMMY Museum Mississippi is affiliated with the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE and will share its mission to celebrate the enduring legacies of all forms of music, the creative process, the art and technology of the recording process, and the history of the premier recognition of excellence in recorded music — the GRAMMY® Award. In addition, GRAMMY Museum Mississippi will focus on continuing achievements of Mississippians. The museum will house interactive exhibits dedicated to its mission, as well as host educational programs for students of all ages. For more information about GRAMMY Museum Mississippi, please visit, follow @GRAMMYMuseumMS on Twitter and Instagram, and like “GRAMMY Museum Mississippi” on Facebook.


Media Contact: Vickie Jackson
GRAMMY Museum(R) Mississippi
800 W. Sunflower Rd./ P.O. Box 1449
Cleveland, MS 38732

Frederick Douglass performance coming to Jobe

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Join the Delta State University Diversity Committee for a free performance of “The Starry Road to Freedom,” a one-man show about Frederick Douglass, one of the most prominent civil rights figures and one of the most influential lecturers and authors in American history.

Actor Darius Wallace will perform the show Feb. 10 at 7 p.m. in Jobe Auditorium.

“The Starry Road to Freedom” takes the audience on a journey with Douglass, a legendary African American leader. Douglass was born a slave and ultimately found his true freedom in forgiveness. The performance reconstructs the complexity and radiance of Douglass’ spirit on his path to becoming the leader who inspired President Lincoln and countless thousands who thronged to hear him speak.

Wallace captures Douglass’ essence, humor, outrage and charisma, but the most powerful message delivered in the story is how education completely transformed Frederick Douglass’ life. The show includes singing, monologues and poetry.

Wallace is a native of Flint, Michigan. He began his acting career with the Michigan Shakespeare festival as Caliban in “The Tempest.” He has traveled the country performing as a solo performer as Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Langston Hughes. Wallace is currently with the Tennessee Shakespeare company and the Orpheum Theater in Memphis, Tennessee. His television credits include ABC’s “Nashville.” His Film credits include “Nothing But The Truth,” and he is the voice of the documentary “The Invaders.”

The performance is sponsored by the DSU Diversity Committee and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Arlene Sanders at 662-846-4095 or


Online elementary education ranks in Top 20 nationally

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Ranked alongside some of the nation’s largest and most recognizable institutions, Delta State University was recently included in‘s list of Top 20 Online Master’s of Elementary Education Degree Programs.

Online Schools Center strives to seek out the best university programs in order to guide potential students toward a unique and fulfilling college experience, and Delta State University’s program stood out among many.

Methodology for the list included program standouts, accreditation, tuition rates, financial aid availability, acceptance rate, admission requirements, program options, degree outcomes, and 100 percent online availability. In developing the list, chose not to list the schools in an ordered way, but instead highlighted 20 of the best programs, all of which have their own unique strengths.

Curricula for this degree stems from many disciplines, including but not limited to: teaching a curriculum, child psychology, elementary school ethics, current events, and more. According to Online Schools Center, Bureau of Labor statistics predict the job outlook for elementary school teachers at 12 percent over the next six years.

Learn more about Delta State’s distinguished College of Education and Human Sciences at