LaForge welcomes DEBTS

President LaForge welcomed participants of the DEBTS program at Delta State today. Learn more about the small business program at

President LaForge welcomed participants of the DEBTS program at Delta State today. Learn more about the small business program at

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Fireside Chat

President LaForge hosts another Fireside Chat to discuss U.S. military active duty members and veterans. Currently at Delta State, there are 113 students using the GI Bill to pay for tuition.

“We take pride in supporting our military and encouraging them to earn their degree,” said LaForge. “In fact, we have a bronze, tree-shaped plaque located in the atrium of Jobe Hall that bears the names of veterans — which include alumni, faculty, staff, students and friends of Delta State University — who have served in any branch of the military.”

LaForge hosts Delta State alumnus Major General Thomas Moore, a native of Scott, Miss., and a 1982 graduate under the Degree Completion Program.

Moore was inducted into the Delta State University Alumni Association Hall of Fame and named the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year in 2010. His illustrious career with the United States Marines began in October of 1972.

Toward the end of his tour he was selected for the rank of Brigadier General and served multiple tours as a general officer. After retiring as Acting Deputy Commander of the U.S. Central Command, and amassing an impressive collection of personal decorations, Moore and his wife Lee Ann, also a Delta State alumnus, relocated to Columbus, where he is vice president of marketing, working unmanned aerial systems for Stark Aerospace.

General Moore speaks about his experiences at Delta State and how it has been influential in his life. He discusses how Delta State prepared him for leadership duties with the Marines.

There are many programs that provide financial support to active duty members of the military and veterans who are interested in attending Delta State. Some of these programs include: The Montgomery GI Bill, Post 9/11 GI Bill, REAP program, VEAP program and Top Up.

For more information about these resources, go online to and click on the Education and Training tab to the left of the page, or contact the Delta State registrar’s office at 662-846-4040 to receive more information.

Other Events/Important Dates:

· Today from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. on the first floor of the Student Union, the Student Nurses Association is signing people up for the Mississippi Organ Recovery Agency’s (MORA) Donor Challenge, an annual statewide outreach effort to increase awareness of the need for organ and tissue donation on college campuses, while securing donor designations.

· Oct. 21 from 7-9 p.m. the “Mississippi Humanities Council: Teach Award Lecture” will be held in the Wright Art Gallery. For more information, contact Dr. Paul Hankins at 662-846-4615.

· The Miss DSU Pageant will be held on Oct. 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the BPAC. For more information about this event, contact Linda Ross at 662-846-4669.

· On Oct. 24-25 the Archives Department will host the MS Delta Chinese Heritage Museum Homecoming. This program, entitled “Delta Chinese: Reflections & Reunion,” will feature a day of lectures led by such scholars as Dr. Gwen Gong, Susie Tonymon, Adrienne Berard (Archives Scholar in Residence), Ted Gong and Dr. John Jung. For more information, contact Archives at 662-846-4780.

· The Statesmen football team will travel to Livingston, Ala. to play the University of West Alabama at 6 p.m. on Oc. 25. Tune in to to listen to the game and cheer on the green and white.

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Fireside Chat

President LaForge hosts Fireside Chat today from the Delta Music Institute for the inaugural International Conference on the Blues, where topics of general interest to blues scholars and enthusiasts alike were being presented.

Scholars from five countries attended this event and more than 35 universities were represented.

The keynote speaker for the conference was Bob Santelli, executive director of the GRAMMY Museum in Los Angeles. Santelli has been working closely with another guest, Lucy Janoush, chair of the Cleveland Music Foundation, on the establishment of Grammy Museum Mississippi, which will be located on the Delta State campus.

Santelli explains this conference, as well as GRAMMY Museum Mississippi, are great opportunities for Mississippi and the Delta. He also expressed the significance of Delta State hosting this event.

Other featured video guests include GRAMMY winner Alvin Youngblood Hart and radio producer Scott Barretta. Barretta is a writer and researcher for the Mississippi Blues Trail and the host of the Highway 61 radio program on Mississippi Public Broadcasting.

One of the goals of Delta State’s new Blues program is to establish partnerships with other Delta communities to promote this region as the blues mecca.

With conferences such as this, and the opening of GRAMMY Museum Mississippi next fall, Delta State is positioned to become the academic center for the blues.

Other Events/Important Dates

*Fall break begins this week — Oct. 16-17.

*Oct. 17-18, the Hill Demonstration School Reunion will be held at the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni House. Contact Jeffrey Farris at 662-846-4612 for more information.

*The Statesmen football team will play at University of West Georgia Oct. 18 at 2 p.m. Tune in to to listen to the game.

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