Meet the Beatles class

Joining President LaForge is Charly Abraham, an instructor at the Delta Music Institute.

For the first time in Delta State’s history, we are offering a “Meet the Beatles!” course as part of the curriculum in our Delta Music Institute.

The class is being taught this Spring, and is an overview of the Beatles, both individually and collectively, as well a study of their music and influence on the society of the 1960s. The course is being taught by Mr. Charly Abraham, instructor of entertainment industry studies, and will include guest lectures by additional Delta State faculty and staff, including myself.

“Meet the Beatles!” is open to all students, regardless of major. The syllabus has been reviewed and approved by John Lennon’s half-sister, Julia Baird, and by personnel at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England.

Both Charly and President LaForge saw the Beatles perform in concert in 1966.  Charly saw them perform in Memphis for the famous “Cherry Bomb” show. Ten days later, President LaForge saw them perform in San Francisco at the final Beatles concert in history.

The course number is DMI 492, and the course counts for three academic credit hours.

In other news on campus, Career Services will host on Wednesday a seminar on the topic of How To Get a Job.  The session will take place in the H.L. Nowell Union, Room 302A. Later that evening, from 6-10 p.m. in the Jacob Conference Center, the African American Student Council will hosts Open Mic night, and all students are invited to come out and showcase their talent. In athletic news, the men’s and women’s swimming and diving and men’s and women’s basketball teams wrap up regular season competition this week. Swimming and diving hosts the NSISC meet at the DSU Aquatic Center starting Wednesday, while Statesmen and Lady Statesmen hoops host in-state rival Mississippi College on Thursday. has all the information you need for those events.

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Local Government Leadership Institute

Joining President LaForge is Dr. Temika Simmons, director of the Local Government Leadership Institute.

Delta State is pleased to share with you the opening of a new community outreach initiative called the Local Government Leadership Institute.

At Delta State, one of our visioning principles includes embracing community engagement and programs that address educational deficiencies and poverty, support economic growth, and promote civility and racial harmony. Well-managed local governments are important not only to the citizens they serve, but also to the businesses, industries, and other entities that are located in those communities.

The focus of 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. The Institute offers basic, hands-on, governance training on a variety of municipal topics and provides participants with the knowledge and skills needed to:

  • Improve and sustain the communities in which they live and work
  • Develop a regional approach to economic success
  • Enhance community relations
  • Increase public trust in local government
  • Advance public civility and racial harmony
  • Improve the community’s economy and quality of life

A special thanks to the Robert M. Hearin Foundation and Casey Family Programs for their financial support in helping to make this valuable program a reality.

In other campus news, the office of Career Services is hosting an event, Which Fork Do I Use? on February 15 from 12-2 p.m. where they will assist Delta State students in learning dining etiquette and network training. The event will be held in the east lobby on the second floor of the Union. In athletic news, the men’s and women’s basketball teams host Lee University on Saturday with tipoff at 2 and 4 p.m. And the Statesmen baseball team opens its home schedule this weekend at Harvey Stadium-Ferriss Field with games against Southern Indiana and Quincy University. Check out for game times. To keep up with all of our news, events and activities, please visit our website at

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BPAC Spring Schedule

Joining President LaForge is Laura Howell, executive director of the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

Today, we’re discussing the exciting spring 2018 performance schedule at the Bologna Performing Arts Center — or as we like to call it, the BPAC.

At Delta State, we take great pride knowing that BPAC programming boosts the cultural and entertainment experience for those on campus and within the Delta region.

Our 1,200-seat state-of-the-art theater features everything from Broadway musicals to GRAMMY-winning musicians — and we feel fortunate to host these events on the Delta State campus.

Highlights for the spring schedule include National Broadway Tours of The Sound of Music, RENT, and Cinderella. Concerts featuring Michael McDonald as well as the legendary Gladys Knight. And, the performance of arguably Shakespeare’s greatest play, “Hamlet” along with other performances such as “TAO: Drum Heart”, which is a show of contemporary costumes combined with explosive Taiko drumming and innovative choreography.

In other campus news the BPAC presents Hamlet on Tuesday, February 6 at 7:30 p.m. There’s still time to get tickets by calling (662) 846-4626 or by visiting the BPAC website, On Wednesday, Career Services will host an event for students How To: Dress Professionally in Union 302 from 4-5 p.m. And on Wednesday night, the Union Program Council will host Casino Night for students from 7-10 p.m. in the Jacob Conference Center.

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out for tipoff times.

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