Fireside Chat


Joining President LaForge is Emily Jones, university archivist and campus liaison for the Dedicated Statesmen Association, a committee of retired Delta State faculty and staff overseeing the university’s 91st anniversary celebration on Sept. 15.

In 1924, two Mississippi senators introduced a bill to create Delta State Teachers College, which was signed by the Governor on April 9. Just under a year later, James Wesley Broom was appointed the first president of the college, and the college formally opened on September 15, 1925, with 11 faculty members and a fall enrollment of 97 students. This Thursday, the university will celebrate that monumental day in its history with a special program commemorating Delta State’s 91st academic year.

The program will begin at noon at the Alumni Clock Plaza in front of Ward Hall and will include speakers and complimentary lunch for everyone. This is the second of a series of yearly programs leading up to the centennial celebration set for 2025.

In other news on campus, our Student Government Association will host a Meet and Greet reception for Dr. Vernell Bennett, Delta State’s new Vice President for Student Affairs, tomorrow from 2 to 3 p.m. in the second floor lobby of the H.L. Nowell Student Union. On Friday, Delta State will host the 26th Annual Rice Tasting Luncheon at the Walter Sillers Coliseum. To stay up to date with all of Delta State’s activities, events and news visit www.deltastate.edu.

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Joining President LaForge is Jeremiah Berry, a Delta State student and director of the Union Program Council.

At the beginning of each academic year, Delta State offers students a week of special activities to welcome them to campus and to provide information and opportunities for them to get involved in student organizations and groups. This annual Welcome Week is always filled with fun activities that give students the opportunity to get to know one another and to make new friends.

Welcome Week activities begin today with Welcome Week promotions from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Union and then a special outdoor movie tonight at 9 p.m. on the Quad with a screening of “The Legend of Tarzan.” For this event, students are encouraged to bring chairs or blankets. The festivities will continue throughout the week with water sports and games, the President’s Ice Cream Social, and a Foam Party with live music, which is always a popular event.

Thursday night, students are invited to the second Levitt Amp concert in downtown Cleveland, with Taylor Henry, Pop-rock craftsman Taylor Henry pairs his pure tenor voice with rhythmic, soulful guitar.The first 200 students to get there will receive a free “Throwback” t-shirt from the Union Program Council.

The Delta State football team will play Texas A&M Commerce at home this weekend. The game begins at 6 p.m. Saturday at Parker Field-McCool Stadium, and everyone is encouraged to show up to cheer on the Green and White. September 20 will mark start of the annual Colloquia Distinguished Speakers Series. The first guest will be Federal District Judge Gustavo Gelpi of Puerto Rico who will speak on the topic of police reform in the United States. To stay up to date on all of the news, activities and events on campus, visit the Delta State website at deltastate.edu.

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Joining President LaForge is Allie Rose Parker, 2016-17 Student Government Association President at Delta State.

Allie Rose is a senior biology major from Olive Branch. As SGA President, Allie Rose serves on the President’s Cabinet – a team that includes the university’s four vice presidents, as well as the Athletic Director, Executive Director of Alumni-Foundation, Faculty Senate President, an Academic Council representative and the Administrative Staff Council chair. President LaForge announced the addition of the Staff Council chair and SGA President to the President’s Cabinet in his first State of the University address in 2013, and at that time the SGA President served as a non-voting member.

At Delta State’s recent Opening Convocation, he announced that the Student Government President will now have full voting membership on my Cabinet. Last Monday, Allie Rose became the first student to cast a student vote on the President’s Cabinet.

In other news on campus, the fall semester has begun, and there are many activities and events planned in the coming months. September 15 marks the 91st anniversary of Delta State’s opening, and the university will celebrate with lunch and a special program outside the Union at the Alumni Clock Plaza. And, on Wednesday, Delta State will host a Mississippi Today Conversation Event with Andrew Lack, Chairman of NBC News and founder of Mississippi Today, and Walter Issacson, a noted author and President and CEO of the Apsen Institute. The conversation will be moderated by Jim Barksdale, CEO of Barksdale Management. That event will begin at 9:00 a.m. at Jobe Hall. Students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to attend. To find out more about these events and to keep up with university news, events and activities, visit deltastate.edu.

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