Fireside Chat

Commencement is always one of the happiest and most rewarding times at the university. On Saturday, Delta State awarded degrees to more than 360 graduates who leave Delta State prepared to become leaders in a wide array of careers. We extend our congratulations to them for their contributions to the Green and White and know they will continue on a path of greatness.

In other news on campus, Intersession classes begin today and run from December 12 through January 12. And, the Mississippi Delta Chinese Heritage Museum, located at the Capps Archives building, will host an open house this Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. The public is invited, and there is no cost to attend.

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Fireside Chat

Each year, one Delta State University student is selected to serve as a Congressional Fellow for U.S. Senator Thad Cochran of Mississippi. The student spends the spring semester in Washington D.C. gaining firsthand experience while working with one of the state’s most respected leaders.

This year, Delta State senior Tyler Sullivan, who also is the quarterback of the Statesmen football team, has been selected for this special honor. Tyler will head to D.C. in January to participate in this program that aims to provide students with a better understanding of the legislative process by serving on Senator Cochran’s staff. The program is sponsored by Delta State in collaboration with the Delta Council and Staplcotn.

Tyler is a graduate of Winston Academy and attended Northwest Mississippi Community College before coming to Delta State. He is majoring in biology and was recently named a finalist for the 2016 William V. Campbell Trophy, which is presented to the best football scholar-athlete in the country. Tyler was one of only 12 athletes to make the final list and will travel to New York tomorrow, December 6, for the awards ceremony.

In other news on campus, there will be a poetry reading tomorrow at noon by students who are taking creative writing this semester. That event will take place in the Second Floor Lobby of the H.L. Nowell Student Union. Also, it’s exam week, and we wish the best for all of our students as they wrap up this fall semester and get ready to head home for the winter break.

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Joining President LaForge is Dr. Adam Potter, Director of Choral Activity.

Delta State’s Music Department is hosting an event tonight at 7 p.m. that marks a very special opening to the holiday season as choirs from across campus and the community will join together to present Handel’s “Messiah” in the Bologna Performing Arts Center. Choirs participating include The Delta Chorale, Delta Singers Okramen, Delta Singers Women’s Chorale, and the community choir called the Delta Choral Union.

Making the event even more exciting is the inclusion of a full roster of professional string players from the Memphis Symphony Orchestra, as well as members of the Delta State Music Department faculty who will accompany the performance. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for DSU faculty and staff, and $5 for students and senior citizens.

In other news on campus, we are entering the final few weeks of the fall semester, and students will begin finals next week. To help students get through the stress of the end-of-semester crunch time, several campus departments are coming together this week to offer students some fun activities. On Wednesday through Friday, the DSU De-Stress Fest will provide students with games, food and other stress relievers from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day in the H.L. Nowell Student Union First Floor Lobby. We encourage students to stop by, take a break from studying and enjoy spending time with one another.

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