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 gostatesmen.com for game times. To keep up with all of our news, events and activities, please visit our website at deltastate.edu.

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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, www.bolognapac.com. 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.

To keep up with all of our news, events and activities, please visit our website at deltastate.edu.

out gostatesmen.com for tipoff times.

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Statesmen Scholarship Day

Joining President LaForge is Rebekah Arant, a Delta State admissions recruiter, to discuss the annual Statesmen Scholarship program.

At Delta State, we take great pride in academic excellence — which is at the root of the Statesmen Scholarship Day.

Students from across the state and region are selected to attend this prestigious event based on their ACT score, high school GPA, leadership, and service activities.

Securing a scholarship is no easy task, as more than 100 invitations were sent to prospective DSU students, and the competition will be at a high level — but for a high reward.

Ten high-achieving students will be selected for the Statesmen Scholarship, which covers tuition, room and board, fees, and up to $300 for books. In the academic world, this is referred to as a “full ride” scholarship.

Participants will take part in two sets of interviews, one focusing on academics, and one focusing on student life. Adding excitement to the event, recipients of the scholarships will be announced in a reception at the culmination of the day’s activities.

In other campus news, the DSU Diversity Committee presents “From the Heart of a King,” a one-man play performed by Phil Darius Wallace on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Thursday at Jobe Auditorium. The play includes song, dance, speeches and poetry. This free event is open to the public and starts at 6:30 p.m.

In athletic news, the men’s and women’s basketball teams take on West Georgia and Auburn University-Montgomery at Walter Sillers Coliseum on Thursday and Saturday, respectively. Check out gostatesmen.com for tipoff times.

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