Fireside Chat


Joining President LaForge is Dr. Jivko Draganov, who serves as the Director of the Regional Center for Distance Learning and the Dean of the law faculty at the University for National and World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The University for National and World Economy is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and President LaForge was honored to join them for the program marking that occasion. President LaForge served as a visiting professor of law here in 2006, and this year, he participated in a round table discussion on the challenges of legal education from my perspective as someone who has taught law to students at American universities and three European universities.

One of the goals President LaForge set when he became President at Delta State was to build its international partnerships and exchange opportunities for Delta State students. Already, Delta State has growing exchange programs with universities in Poland and Russia, and part of his trip to Bulgaria has included conversations about establishing a similar program here.

In other news on campus, Delta State will host the 81st annual Delta Council meeting on Friday. The keynote speaker will be U.S. Senator Jerry Moran from Kansas, and the meeting will be followed by the annual catfish lunch on the Quad. The Delta Council plays an important role in our region, and the university is pleased to be their host. For information on other news, events and activities, visit our web site at www.deltastate.edu.

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Joining President LaForge are three graduating Delta State students and Bob Santelli, executive director of the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE.

Commencement is always one of the happiest and most rewarding days at Delta State University, and this year’s Spring Commencement ceremony featured keynote speaker Bob Santelli, executive director of the GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE, who also was awarded an honorary degree from Delta State. More than 450 graduates were awarded degrees Saturday and leave Delta State prepared to become leaders in a wide array of careers.

In other news on campus, Delta State is gearing up to welcome the newest class of Teach for America corps members to Delta State later this month, which is always an exciting time for campus. On Monday, a select group of Delta State students will leave on a trip to Poland to visit our international partners at John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin (KUL). Also, President LaForge will travel to Bulgaria next week to The University of National and World Economy Law School, where he served as a visiting professor of law in 2006. He will take part in a program celebrating their 25th anniversary, and will also talk with them about an exchange program Delta State is developing with that university. Stay tuned for more on these ventures in upcoming editions of Fireside Chat.

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Joining President LaForge is Congressional Fellow and Delta State student Zack Odoms.

Each year, a Delta State student is selected for a unique opportunity to intern with U.S. Senator Thad Cochran as part of the Congressional Fellow program, which is sponsored by Delta State and the Delta Council. A long-standing tradition, the program is designed to give each student an opportunity to enrich their academic experience while learning the legislative process through serving on the Senator’s staff.

Zack is a biology student and moved to D.C. in early January to begin this experience and to be a part of our nation’s political process. He is a native of Pascagoula and is currently enlisted in the U.S. Army.

In other news on campus, it’s commencement week at Delta State, an exciting time for all of our graduates, their families and the many faculty and staff who have been a part of their time at Delta State. Commencement is set for 10 a.m. at Walter Sillers Coliseum. And, for all of our students taking finals this week there will be a “Study Break” event tonight through Thursday night in the Union between 10 p.m. and 2 a.m. if you need to take a break from the books and unwind with some fun activities and food.

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