Fireside Chat

President LaForge discusses the exciting partnership with Russia’s Perm State University. Through a $100,000 grant awarded from the U.S. Department of State, Delta State is expanding its existing partnership with Russia.

The grant is through the U.S.-Russia “Peer-to-Peer Dialogue Program” and is titled “Rivers of Music — Rivers of Culture.” The platform utilizes music as the universal language, allowing students to explore the cultures, histories and heritages of the two countries.

There are three components specific to the “Rivers of Music — Rivers of Culture” program:
1) The Mississippi Delta Immersion Experience, in which faculty and students from Perm State University, located in Perm, Russia, traveled to Delta State to participate in the International Conference on the Blues, as well as other Bridging the Blues events;
2) The “Telebridge Project – Music of Two Rivers,” a series of webinars which will be held in the spring semester for both universities;
3) The “Permski Krai Immersion Experience,” in which faculty and students from Delta State will travel to Perm, Russia in June of 2015 to participate in their festival season and provide a Delta Music Institute mini-camp experience to students at Perm State University.

Welcomed guests for the video include Charly Abraham, project coordinator of the “Rivers of Music — Rivers of Culture” program and instructor of entertainment industry studies.

Abraham discusses how these opportunities benefit the Russian students as well as Delta State students.

These international partnerships offer the opportunity for Delta State faculty and students and Russia’s faculty and students to travel, teach, and study abroad through various exchange programs.

“This is a win-win for Delta State because the students traveling abroad will gain a greater understanding of global issues, and it will also expose our on-campus students to other cultures,” said Abraham.

A lifelong learning web-based education course will be launched using the music of the American South and the Perm region for replication and dissemination among American and Russian universities and communities.

“We also want to promote future exchanges between the two universities as well as to facilitate improved peer-to-peer understanding of the two cultures,” added Abraham.

Also featured in the video are a number of Russian students currently visiting Delta State to share their experiences so far in the Delta.

“This grant and the opportunities for our students and faculty are great examples of how we can foster excellent academic exchanges with foreign university partners,” said LaForge. “It allows students at both universities — 7,000 miles apart — to participate in common theme programming.”

Other events and important dates:

*Early registration begins today for students for the spring semester, and it is also the deadline for fall 2014 graduation applications. Logon to to find out more about early registration and graduation.
*The Statesmen football team will play at home this week against Concordia College, Nov. 8 at 2 p.m.
*The Music Department is sponsoring three concerts this week:
1) The Delta State Percussion Ensemble and Steel Drum Bands will hold a concert on Nov. 4 at 7:30 p.m. in the BPAC.
2) The Delta State Wind Ensemble Fall Concert will be held Nov. 5 at 7:30 p.m. in the BPAC.
3) The DSU Jazz Ensemble will perform on Nov. 6 at 7:30 in the BPAC.

For more information about any of these concerts, contact the Music Department at 662-846-4615.

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