Fireside Chat


Joining President LaForge is Dr. Glenn Boyce, who assumed the role of IHL Commissioner in April of 2015.

This past week, Delta State had a once-in-a-six-year opportunity to host the monthly meeting of the Mississippi Board of Trustees of Institutions of Higher Learning—the university’s governing entity.  Board members, Commissioner Glenn Boyce and IHL staff, and the leaders from the other state universities, and their top staff were on campus to meet on issues related to the operation and objectives of the public four-year universities in Mississippi.

The twelve board members, who make policy, establish programs, and determine priorities and funding allocations for the state’s eight state-supported universities, convened on Thursday, providing a rare opportunity for many to see the governing board in action. Dr. Boyce served previously as the Associate Commissioner of Academic Affairs at the Institutions of Higher Learning and as President of Holmes Community College for more than nine years before joining IHL.

In other news on campus, The Delta State University Community Blood Drive, sponsored by Omicron Delta Kappa, is set for 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday in front of the H.L. Nowell Student Union. And on Wednesday, the Delta Music Institute will host the first Okrafest. Open to all students, the event will feature food, games, and great music. It’ll be held on the Quad starting at 5:30 p.m. Information on all of these events and many others can be found on our website at www.deltastate.edu.

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Fireside Chat


Delta State is distinguishing itself as a center for music and culture within the state of Mississippi and across the nation. At the cornerstone of this emphasis is the Delta Music Institute, an independent center of study under the College of Arts and Sciences. The DMI offers students a broad and thorough education in the technological, creative, and business areas of the music and entertainment industry. One of those practical and valuable learning experiences is provided through Fighting Okra Records, a student-run record label housed within DMI.

Each year, the students who operate the label host a three-step audition process that includes an interview and live performance in order to select the Fighting Okra Records artist of the year. Students who operate the label then work with the artist to plan recordings, complete a photo session and schedule performances across the region. The record label is the driving component of the DMI’s Record Label Practicum course, and its mission is to provide a variety of independent artists with professional quality music industry services.

In other news on campus, we are beginning to wind down the spring semester and will soon be preparing for May commencement ceremonies. Commencement is set for 10 a.m. on May 7 in Walter Sillers Coliseum, and this event is always a particularly exciting time for the university. This week, the university will host a meeting of the Institutions of Higher Learning board, the governing board for all of the state’s public universities. The Board oversees degree-credit courses, research, public service activities and programs at the universities. The meeting also will be attended by university leaders from across the state, and we look forward to welcoming them to our campus. To stay up to date with all of our news, events and activities, visit our website at www.deltastate.edu.

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Joining President LaForge is Dr. Gary Bouse, Delta State Chief Development Officer and liaison to the Dedicated Statesmen Association.

This past fall, we celebrated the 90th birthday of Delta State University with a series of programs observing its accomplished history. As part of the continued celebration, a number of student groups will come together on April 19 to repaint Delta State’s Green Mile fitness trail, which weaves its way through campus. The project is being led by members of the Dedicated Statesmen Association, a group of retirees and alumni who continue to stay involved with Delta State and assist with various activities. This group oversaw the restoration of the Alumni Plaza clock as part of the 90th anniversary, and will continue to identify and spearhead projects on campus in the coming years.

The repainting of the Green Mile will kick off at the Alumni Plaza clock, next to the Student Union, at 1:30 p.m. on April 19, with members of several different student groups, athletic teams, and Greek organizations competing in teams. The goal is to give new life to the Green Mile, which was created in 2010 to promote overall health and wellness at Delta State. The one-mile trail enables walkers and joggers to start at any set of green footprints on campus and to follow the trail of footprints until they are back at their starting point, thus completing one mile of exercise. The work of the student teams will be judged on neatness and completion, and the winners will receive trophies and prizes for their efforts. Fitness and health are important components of education at Delta State, and the university is proud that the Green Mile is available to anyone from the campus or community.

In other news on campus, the Delta State University Jazz Ensemble will present its spring concert tonight at 7:30. At 7:30 tomorrow night, Delta State’s three choral groups will present “Carmina Burana,” a cantata which uses the text of 24 medieval poems. And, rounding out three nights of music will be a free concert featuring the U.S. Air Force Concert Band. That performance is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday night. All three performances will take place in our Bologna Performing Arts Center.

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