10 reasons to give thanks

This year, President William N. LaForge’s State of the University address was titled “With Gratitude,” and Thanksgiving week provides a special opportunity to pause and reflect on why we should be thankful. So, in recognition of this Thanksgiving season, President LaForge offers you ten reasons we — as a university — are thankful.

As a reminder, classes will not meet this week so that students can travel home for the Thanksgiving holidays. Administrative offices will remain open through Wednesday, and will be closed on Thursday and Friday.

You can keep up with all of our news, events and activities by visiting our web site www.deltastate.edu.

Student produces documentary

Joining President LaForge is junior psychology major Matteo Zengaro.

It’s always special to feature stories about our students at Delta State.

Last week, Delta State hosted a screening of a new documentary produced by student Matteo Zengaro.

Matteo, a Cleveland native, produced the film to highlight Italian Americans living in the Delta. The film was funded by a grant from the Russo Brothers Italian American Film Forum. Anthony and Joe Russo are Italian American film and television directors known for directing the popular Marvel franchise movies “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Captain America: Civil War,” and “Avengers: Infinity War.” The grant provided $7,500 to fund film projects documenting the Italian American experience in order to maintain its preservation for future generations.

Matteo’s film highlights a culture that has been ingrained within the Delta community, but largely ignored in overall Italian American history. His goal was to tell the story of the sons and daughters of Italians who immigrated to the Delta and how present day Italian Americans keep their ancestors’ culture flowing within their community.

Applicants from around the United States and Italy submitted proposals for the Russo brothers grants. Matteo was one of seven applicants chosen in 2017. This honor is the first for Delta State University, and Matteo will submit a copy of the completed film to the Delta State University Archives to preserve the oral stories of Italian history in the Delta.

In other news on campus, Phi Beta Sigma is hosting a Helping Hands Food Drive in the Union today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and people are encouraged to drop off non-perishable items. Also, the Art Department’s art fair is open at the Wright Art Center. This fair offers a variety of items created by Delta State students, faculty, and members of the Cleveland community, and is a great opportunity to get an early start on Christmas shopping. The fair is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In athletic news, the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will compete this Friday and Saturday at home, and the men’s basketball team will take on Cumberland University at home this Saturday at 4 p.m.

Homecoming Week at Delta State

Joining President LaForge is Ashley Griffin, President of Delta State’s Student Government Association.

This week is an exciting week on the Delta State campus as we prepare to host our annual Homecoming football game on Saturday. There are a multitude of events planned for the week including events for students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Events kickoff today with Catfish on the Quad at 4 p.m. and will continue with events each day including the Alumni Awards Gala at 7 p.m. on Friday, the Lady Statesmen Basketball Reunion and Black Alumni reunion on Saturday as well as the 40th year celebration of the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing.

The Homecoming game is set to kickoff at 2 p.m. on Saturday at Parker-McCool Stadium, and the Delta State Alumni Association will host a tailgating party beginning at noon on Saturday in Statesmen Park.

In other news on campus, the Wiley Planetarium will host a show on Wednesday, November 8, at 6 p.m. that will explore the November sky. And, in athletic news, the women’s and men’s swimming and diving teams will compete on Friday at Ouachita Baptist University and Henderson State University this weekend. And, the women’s and men’s basketball teams are in action this weekend, with the women’s team playing at Barry University at 2 p.m. Saturday and the men’s team playing Florida Southern College at home at 7 p.m Saturday.

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