Fireside Chat


President LaForge shares highlights from his State of the University address, which he presented this past Friday to Delta State faculty and staff members.

Watch the video to find out about what lies ahead for Delta State in the coming year and in the years to come, including long-term plans that will greatly enhance the university’s influence and future.

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Fireside Chat


Joining President LaForge is Emily Jones, university archivist who heads the Delta State University Museum and Archives, to discuss a new exhibit coming to Delta State.

On September 29, a special traveling exhibit sponsored by the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. will open at Delta State. The exhibit is devoted to the role that sports play in the culture and history of America, and it will be on display at the Chadwick-Dickson Field House. Delta State was selected as one of the locations to host the exhibit following a competitive application process spearheaded by our University Archives and Museum staff.

The exhibit is administered through a partnership with the Mississippi Humanities Council and is titled “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America.” It has been on display at four locations in the state and will open here on campus in conjunction with the Heritage Bell Classic football game against in state rival Mississippi College. This exhibit has been curated by Bob Santelli, who is no stranger to Delta State. Mr. Santelli has been on campus a number of times over the past year in his role as the Executive Director of GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE, and he received an honorary doctorate from Delta State at our spring commencement ceremony this past May. The “Hometown Teams” exhibit will be open through November 11. At the same time, there will be a new exhibit in our Capps Archives and Museum building titled “Play Ball: A History of Sports in the Delta.” That exhibit is sponsored by the Delta Regional Foundation.

In other news on campus, the fall semester begins next week, and members of our Panhellenic groups are already on campus for new member recruitment. This Friday, faculty and staff at the university will gather for our annual Fall Convocation, a time in which we come together to focus on goals that will guide our actions and mission over the coming academic year. This is always an exciting time at the university, and we look forward to welcoming our returning students and our new students to campus this Sunday, August 21.

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Joining President LaForge is Dr. Glendscene Williams, a professor in the Delta State business school who developed the curriculum for the Summer Youth Entrepreneurship Program.

Delta State continues to be a leader in the Delta region in a large number of outreach efforts that range from nursing and music to business and science. One such program is the Summer Youth Entrepreneurship Program, which teaches young men in our region the opportunities and risks of running their own business. Sponsored by the College of Business’ Center for Business and Entrepreneurial Research and the Delta Health Alliance’s Indianola Promise Community, the program enrolled 40 participants this year, and is looking to expand its reach even further in the coming year.

The curriculum for the program is designed to encourage the development of business plans based on the participants’ ideas, and to give them opportunities to “job shadow” at community businesses for two weeks. Participants engage in discussions on economic conditions and business related topics, and learn the importance of networking, communication skills, community involvement, and strategies for being accepted to college. Following the program, some of the young men obtained after-school jobs in the businesses in which they spent time, while others continue to volunteer in their community. And, there has been an increased interest in college attendance by most of the participants, which is always a goal for us here at Delta State.

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