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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LaForge and Keenum Announce Partnership

Joining President LaForge is Dr. Mark Keenum, president of Mississippi State University.

In conjunction with Delta State University’s fifth annual Mayors’ Summit, held on June 19, Dr. Mark Keenum and I held a press conference to announce a partnership between our two universities that will benefit local government leaders.

The focus of this new program, titled the Local Government Leadership Institute, is to assist Delta communities in addressing governance challenges by providing local officials with the knowledge and tools needed to run their municipalities effectively and efficiently.  Well‐managed local governments are important not only to the citizens they serve, but to the businesses, industries, and other institutions that are located in those communities. The leadership, management, and infrastructure provided by local governments are key elements in a community’s delivery of services and quality of life efforts.

Delta State hosts the Local Government Leadership Institute in partnership with the John C. Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development at Mississippi State University and the Mississippi Municipal League.

Mississippi State’s Stennis Institute of Government and Community Development brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to bear on real-world issues, and they have been a valuable partner in developing the curriculum for the program as well as delivering the workshop sessions. The Mississippi Municipal League, which comprises a voluntary group of elected officials from Mississippi cities and towns, has been a key partner in allowing its members to earn credits in their Certified Municipal Officials Program by participating in the Local Government Leadership Institute.

Since November 2017, the Local Government Leadership Institute has provided training for more than 130 elected leaders across the Mississippi Delta. These leaders represent nearly 35 Delta area cities and towns. Through the Leadership Institute, participants have collectively earned more than 225 Certified Municipal Officer elective hours offered by the Mississippi Municipal League.

In other news on campus, final exams are taking place this week for the Summer I session. If you are interested in taking classes this summer, registration for second term summer school is open until July 3. On Thursday, June 28, we will host the second orientation session for new students. We look forward to having the newest members of the Delta State family on campus for this exciting event. If you plan to enroll at Delta State in the fall, there’s still time to register for the last orientation session, which is scheduled for July 16.

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