Music Department Studies Abroad in South Korea

Joining President LaForge are Amanda Lutz and Catheryne Booth, two music majors who participated in the study abroad trip to South Korea.

Earlier this summer, Dr. Christy Riddle and Ms. Michelle Johansen joined President LaForge in a Fireside Chat segment to discuss Delta State’s international programs, including Study Abroad, the newest division of the DSU Student Success Center that provides students and faculty with opportunities to participate in academic and cultural programs around the world.

At the beginning of the summer, faculty and students from the music department traveled to South Korea for a week, which included attending classes, performances by faculty and students, as well as some sight-seeing.

At Delta State, we believe that opportunities, like the study abroad program, produce well-rounded graduates, and we encourage students to pursue these types of opportunities. By studying abroad, students have the chance to see a side of their major that they may not have been exposed to at home. Also, studying abroad is a great way to really experience and understand the host country and its people, its traditions, and its culture.

In other news on campus, the Lady Statesmen Individual Skills basketball camp is this Saturday, July 21 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Instruction will be given by the DSU coaching staff, as well as former and current DSU Lady Statesmen. To register, visit

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Key Leads Men’s Golf to Tremendous First Season

President LaForge is joined by Easton Key, head coach of the Delta State men’s golf team.

Coach Key has just completed his first season at the helm of the Statesmen golf team, and he earned Gulf South Conference Co-Coach of the Year honors along with the University of West Florida’s head coach Steve Fell.  He was instrumental in the Statesmen turn-around season that produced two team titles at the Reddie Classic and Grover Page Classic, and a runner-up finish at the 2018 GSC Men’s Golf Championship.

Sophomore Zach Zediker garnered several accolades that include being named All-GSC, Division II PING All-South Region and an NCAA All-American. One of the highlights of Zediker’s season was capturing the top medalist honor at the 2018 Gulf South Conference Men’s Golf Championships when he sank a birdie putt on the first hole of a sudden death play.

The Statesmen capped off their stellar season tying for an 11th place finish at the NCAA Championship in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, the highest finish for DSU since they finished 18th at the 2014 championships.

In other news on campus, the annual Delta Music Institute Summer Camp Final Showcase will take place Saturday, July 14 at noon in Jobe Auditorium. DMI Summer Campers, which is composed of approximately 20-25 high school students, along with DMI faculty, staff, and counselors will perform original and cover songs at the Showcase, which follows a week of songwriting, recording, rehearsals, and showmanship training. Community and family members are invited to attend the free showcase.

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DSU hosts Ninth TFA Delta Institute

Joining President LaForge is Brianna Conley, Director of Institute Operations for TFA’s Delta Institute.

Teach For America was started in 1989 as a senior thesis project for Wendy Kopp, a Princeton University student. At the time, school districts across the nation were facing teacher shortages, and Ms. Kopp had the idea of recruiting high-performing college graduates to teach in high-need urban and rural schools.

In 1991, two years after its founding, Teach For America began placing teachers in the Mississippi Delta. In 2009, Delta State University was selected as the eighth national training location for the organization and the first in a rural area, joining Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, and Phoenix.

Earlier this month, Delta State welcomed the ninth group of corps members and staff members from Teach For America to campus for the 2018 TFA Delta Institute. Following the completion of their six-week training program, participants will spend two years teaching in regions such as Appalachia, Arkansas, Louisiana Delta, Mississippi, and South Carolina.

In other news on campus, the second term Summer school session begins today, and tomorrow, July 3 is the last day to register for the summer program. If you are interested in registering for summer school classes, visit our website at

All campus offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 4 in recognition of Independence Day. We hope members of the DSU family will enjoy their day off work to celebrate this important holiday.

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