Fireside Chat

Joining President LaForge are Brittany McGhee and Brennan Barham, two of the DMI students who have spearheaded the promotions aspect of the Levitt concert series this year.

Earlier this year, Delta State University received one of the Levitt AMP Grant Awards, which is used to produce a 10-week series of free outdoor concerts in downtown Cleveland. This is the second year Delta State has received the matching grant, and the resulting concerts further both the university’s and the community’s commitment to music.

This week marks the eighth week of concerts, and Kate Campbell, a celebrated folk singer and songwriter, will perform tomorrow night at 7 p.m. The Latin dance band Latinismo will perform on Thursday, October 27 at 7 p.m., and the concert series will conclude on November 3 with a performance by the popular band Blackwater Trio, which is based in Clarksdale.

One unique aspect of the grant is that students from Delta State’s Delta Music Institute take on the majority of work surrounding setting up, promoting, and producing the concerts—all of which are important real-world experiences for these future leaders of the entertainment industry.

In other news on campus, be sure to add the next Colloquia Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series event to your calendars. Congressman Bennie Thompson will join us on November 9 to discuss the results of the November 8 national elections. This promises to be a timely and unique opportunity for all of our students, faculty and staff members. The event is set for 6 p.m. at Jobe Hall Auditorium. This Thursday, Delta State is pleased to have Mavis Staples and the Blind Boys of Alabama performing at the Bologna Performing Arts Center. It is sure to be another great night of music in Cleveland, and you can get your ticket by visiting

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Fireside Chat

Joining President LaForge is Dr. Adam Johanson, assistant professor of physics at Delta State.

It’s another exciting week at Delta State as we announce the re-opening of the Roy L. and Clara Belle Wiley Planetarium in the Caylor-White/Walters complex. This comes after extensive renovations and updates to the Planetarium’s technology and facility, which originally opened in 1976.

The facility is the only one of its kind at a Mississippi public university, and it will open to the public on Wednesday, October 12 with a showing at 4 p.m., followed by a 6 p.m. showing on Friday, October 14. Then, there will be a special 1 p.m. showing on Saturday in association with the Delta State Homecoming game. Admission tickets are $5 and can be purchased at the door with checks or cash.

In other news on campus, it’s Homecoming Week at Delta State, and we invite everyone on campus, in the community, and out of town visitors to the Homecoming Parade set for 10 a.m. on Saturday. The parade route will begin at the H.L. Nowell Student Union on campus, makes its way to Fifth Avenue, to Court Street, then to Sharpe Street and West Sunflower Road, before ending at the Walter Sillers Coliseum. And, be sure to join us that evening for the game. Kickoff is at 4 p.m. against the University of West Florida.

You can keep up with all of our news, events and activities by visiting our website

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Joining President LaForge is Dr. Rolando Herts, director of the Delta Center for Culture and Learning.

Yesterday, Delta State University kicked off its highly-anticipated third annual International Conference on the Blues which is packed with outstanding entertainment and academic events and continues through tomorrow afternoon. Among the exciting guests on campus for this year’s conference are GRAMMY award-winner and Royal Studios owner Lawrence “Boo” Mitchell and GRAMMY nominee and four-time Blues Music Award winner Cedric Burnside.

Each year, the conference brings together Blues scholars, historians, musicians and fans from all over the country in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, a place known as the epicenter of Blues music and history. The conference is part of the International Delta Blues Project, which is funded by the Robert M. Hearin Foundation and is based at the Delta Center for Culture and Learning here at Delta State.

In other news on campus, the Center for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Information Technologies (GIT) program is hosting its second annual conference on disaster relief, bringing in panelists from across the country. That event is open to the public and will take place on Wednesday from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Baioni Conference Center in Broom Hall. And, the annual art faculty exhibition is currently open at the Fielding Wright Art Center. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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