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.

Fireside Chat

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

LaForge in Left Field

President LaForge visited with Delta State’s Left Field Crew in the Left Field Lounge during the match-up between Union University and the Statesmen baseball team on Sunday, March 15, at Dave “Boo” Ferriss Field. The Left Field Crew is a dedicated group of alumni and friends that support the Statesmen throughout the year by volunteering for events and attending athletic games.