Fireside Chat


Joining President LaForge are two of the ten faculty members from China who visited Delta State earlier this month.

This month, Delta State had the opportunity to host a group of ten faculty members from Anyang Institute of Technology in Anyang, China. These faculty members were on Delta State’s campus for two weeks taking part in an exchange program that is part of the university’s goal to broaden international exchange opportunities for students and faculty members. The trip, coined The China Summer Camp, is the result of a partnership that Dr. Charles McAdams, Delta State’s provost and vice president for Academic Affairs, helped to form after his trip to China earlier this year.

The visit focused on giving our guests opportunities to explore higher education in the United States, Southern culture, and study abroad opportunities for students. Delta State provided summer training workshops for faculty to help them understand our educational system in the hope that they will send their students here to study. The plan is to host a camp next summer for Chinese students to help them prepare to study in an American university. All ten of the faculty members experienced their first trip to the United States during this visit.

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Fireside Chat


On June 30, GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi unveiled its second special exhibit, which follows the success of its first exhibit devoted to the Beatles. This new exhibit focuses on the life and music of blues musician Stevie Ray Vaughan and is a traveling exhibit curated by the GRAMMY Museum® at L.A. LIVE. The exhibit offers visitors an in-depth look at Stevie Ray Vaughan’s iconic career, and the Museum hosted at the exhibit’s opening Stevie’s brother, Jimmie Vaughan, who is serving as a guest curator.

The exhibit features numerous items from Stevie Ray’s career including guitars, personal photographs, and outfits worn by the performer on stage. The Museum kicked off the exhibit with a concert on its front lawn, headlined by Wes Sheffield and the Slowburners, along with 17-year-old blues musician Christone “Kingfish” Ingram from Clarksdale. It was another example of the growing environment of music and culture here at Delta State, and the university is proud of the partnership with GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi and the wealth of opportunities it provides not only Delta State students but also the state and region.

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Joining President LaForge are Dr. Temika Simmons, a professor at Delta State and the co-chair of the annual Winning the Race conference, and her husband Errick Simmons, mayor of the city of Greenville.

Delta State takes seriously its commitment to providing support for not only the immediate community in Cleveland and Bolivar County, but also with the entire Delta region. As the regional university for this area, Delta State maintains a wide array of outreach and support programs to help Delta communities with everything from increasing the education level of its citizens to healthy lifestyle choices. The university knows that their success as thriving communities means success for the university, region, and state as a whole.

One of the major efforts in line with the university’s regional mission is the annual Winning the Race conference, which has sought to engage and strengthen dialogue about issues related to race in this region, and to provide opportunities for municipalities of the Mississippi Delta to collaborate and promote racial healing. This past year, the conference included a panel of mayors from the Delta who discussed challenges and solutions in their communities, and highlighted their community’s efforts to bridge racial divides.

Another event focused on serving our region is the Mayors’ Summit hosted by President LaForge each year, and includes bringing mayors from across the Delta to campus to discuss ways that all can work together for the betterment of the region. The annual meeting also provides the opportunity to engage local leaders in university activities, to focus on growing these partnerships, and to explore additional ways to support one another.

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