Thacker Mountain Radio Show comes to campus

Joining President LaForge is Tricia Walker, Director of the Delta Music Institute.

This Saturday, the Delta Music Institute will host the award-winning Thacker Mountain Radio Show Delta Edition in DMI Studio A in the Whitfield Building on campus.

This is the ninth consecutive year for the DMI to host the event, which serves as a fundraiser to support the Duff Dorrough Memorial Scholarship fund. This year’s guests will be Susan Puckett, an accomplished food writer and native of Jackson, and Buddy Greene, award-winning singer/songwriter from Nashville. Susan was the food editor for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution for nearly 20 years before leaving that position to write independently. Buddy has performed with some notable names in the music industry and is the author of the Christmas classic “Mary, Did You Know?,” a song that has been recorded by everyone from Natalie Cole to Kenny Rogers.

The event, which will begin at 3 p.m., is open to the public at no charge, but donations to the DMI Duff Dorrough Memorial Scholarship fund are encouraged. Guests will also have the opportunity to sign up for an annual membership with the Friends of DMI.

In other news on campus, tomorrow at 12:15 p.m., a panel of Fulbright Fellows will discuss their experience as participants in the Fulbright program. That event will take place in the Baioni Conference Center in Broom Hall. And, on Thursday, the two-day Women’s Conference 2017 will begin. This event is being presented by the Office of Student Affairs as a way to increase student engagement and foster a culture of students who support one another.

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DMI bands visit Los Angeles for GRAMMY Week

Joining President LaForge to discuss the recent Delta Music Institute performance in Los Angeles is Cleveland native Ty Nash, one of the students who made the trip.

This is the fifth year in a row that the DMI All Stars, a student band that covers songs of Mississippi GRAMMY-winning music, has taken the stage during the annual Mississippi Night at GRAMMY Week. The All Stars were first invited to perform at Mississippi Night in 2013 by the Cleveland Music Foundation, the community-based organization that partnered with GRAMMY to establish the GRAMMY Museum in Cleveland.

This year, 12 students made the trip after being selected through an audition process this past fall. Eight of the students performed, and four of the students served as part of the support crew including a tour manager, a road manager, a sound technician and a social media manager. The students rehearsed three to four nights a week leading up to the show.

The venue for the performance was the Target Terrace on the roof of the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live. The show as directed and arranged by DMI instructor Charly Abraham and assisted by DMI instructor Barry Bays.

In other news on campus, the Statesmen baseball team will take on Southern Arkansas this Wednesday at 5 p.m. at Ferriss Field. Come out and support the Green and White! And, next Monday, February 27, the Departments of Art and Music, along with the Delta Music Institute, will host an Academic Day for the Fine Arts with open houses at each of those departments from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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New Dave Helflin outdoor lab opens

Joining President LaForge is Todd Davis, who holds the Dave Heflin Professorship in Delta State’s College of Education and Human Sciences. Through this professorship, numerous outdoor recreational programs are offered to Delta State students with the goal of promoting active and healthy lifestyles that will last throughout their lives.

This past Saturday, the division of Health, Physical Education and Recreation held a ribbon cutting for its new Dave Heflin Outdoor Recreation Education Laboratory. The event featured an opportunity for the community to view the lab and participate in a social and lunch. This lab is an exciting new addition to campus that will further expand the excellent education available for HPER students and to enhance recreational opportunities for campus as a whole.

The lab is named for Dave Heflin, Assistant Professor Emeritus of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation at Delta State and the founder of the Outback and Kayak Club. His contributions to the field of educational recreation are legend among the generations of students whose lives he influenced while on faculty at Delta State. Mr. Heflin’s family provided funding and support to enable the program to continue in that tradition, making it possible for future generations of students to experience a range of outdoor education experiences that lead to lifelong recreational habits.

In recent years, the Outdoor Recreation Education Program has expanded to include a viable Health, Physical Education, and Recreation concentration in Recreation Leadership and an array of outdoor recreation courses that expose students to a variety of experiences. The rigor of trip courses has increased through curriculum development, and enrollment trends are positive. A total of 637 students have enrolled in outdoor recreation trip courses during the past 12 years.

In other news on campus, today at 5:30 p.m. SGA President Allie Rose Parker will present the State of the Student Union address, which is an opportunity for students to learn about SGA’s accomplishments and goals for the semester. That event will be held in the State Room of the H.L. Nowell Student Union. And, tomorrow, February 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mississippi Blood Services is partnering with Kappa Alpha fraternity to host a Valentine’s Day blood drive in front of the Student Union.

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