Enrollment increases at Delta State

In this edition of Fireside Chat, Delta State University President William N. LaForge discusses this year’s enrollment increase.

Delta State has some exciting news. After several years of decreasing enrollment, the university has seen enrollment increase for the fourth straight year. This fall, enrollment at Delta State is 3,789 students, an increase of 201 students or 5.6 percent over last year. This percentage increase is the largest among the state’s eight public universities.

As funding from the state continues to decline, enrollment and the resulting tuition are more important than ever, and the university is very pleased and proud of all of the institutional efforts that have contributed to the enrollment increase and also to increased retention rates.

In this video, President LaForge outlines six reasons for the increase.

In other news on campus, the Office of Student Affairs is hosting the 2017 Men’s Conference this week, and country music legend Tracy Lawrence will be performing at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on Thursday, Sept. 21. To find out more about these events, and to keep up with all of our news, events and activities, visit our website at deltastate.edu.

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92nd Anniversary of Delta State

Joining President LaForge is Emily Jones, University Archivist.

This Wednesday, members of the Delta State family will come together to celebrate the university’s 92nd anniversary. Two years ago, we began hosting annual anniversary celebrations, and we will continue to do so as we prepare for the centennial celebration in 2025. Each year’s celebration has focused on a specific decade of the university’s history, and this year’s events will highlight the 1940s. For that reason, the celebration will be held in Whitfield gym, which is named for Governor Henry L. Whitfield, the governor who signed the bill creating the university in 1924.

Whitfield Gym, which was one of five buildings constructed with “Works Progress Administration” funding, was completed in time for classes to be held there for the winter quarter session. The outdoor pool, located beside the gym, had also been constructed with supplements from the WPA during World War II.  While the university had suspended all of its formal athletic programs, students were encouraged to remain active, and so the gym was the site for many war-year dances, intramural activities, and exercise classes, of which shuffleboard and table tennis were favorites.

In other news on campus, Wednesday is also the kickoff of the annual Chick-fil-A Leadership Academy on campus, which brings high school students from across the state to Delta State to learn skills that will expand their leadership abilities. And, on Friday, rice farmers and agriculturists from around the state will be on campus for the 27th Annual Rice Tasting Luncheon, and we are pleased to once again host this event and to honor all of the rice farmers in Mississippi.

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

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DSUnited events

Joining President LaForge is Ashley Griffin, president of the Delta State University Student Government Association.

Last week, representatives from several Delta State initiatives worked together to organize a campus event called DSUnited: A Day of Dialogue and Solidarity. The purpose was to reiterate the university’s commitment to diversity, inclusiveness, and a safe and welcoming learning environment.

The events included a speak-out on the main quadrangle of campus, a lunch panel with campus leaders, and a silent vigil for lives lost due to racial hatred and violence. Sponsoring groups included Delta State’s Quality Enhancement Program, Diversity Committee, Winning the Race, the Center for Social Justice and Civic Engagement, the Department of History, the Office of Student Affairs, the International Student Office, and the Student Government Association.

In other news on campus, the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing is hosting a Nurse Recruitment Day on September 7 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the School of Nursing. And, the women’s and men’s soccer teams will play the University of Alabama in Huntsville this Friday with game times at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., respectively. And, the Delta State football team will play Chowan University on Saturday at 2 p.m. Please come out and support our student-athletes as they represent the Green and White.

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

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