Fireside Chat

President LaForge chats with Jeffrey Farris, director of Alumni Affairs and Chris Gaines, director of recruiting, to discuss the 29th annual Pig Pickin festivities, along with DSU Day happening during the weekend.

The Delta State University Alumni Association is gearing up for the Pig Pickin’ Sept. 26-27 at Statesmen Park. Pig Pickin’ has grown into one of Delta State’s largest and most popular weekend events.

Students, alumni, friends and family will gather for this fun filled weekend to enjoy the barbeque cooking competition, live entertainment and to cheer on the Statesmen Football team as they play Central State University at 6 p.m.

Jeffrey Farris discusses the exciting schedule how others can get involved. Each year the event has grown and new activities have been added. Farris explains why this is such an important event for alumni.

In conjunction with Pig Pickin’, the Admissions Office will host DSU Day on Sept. 27. Prospective students will have the opportunity to meet faculty, staff, current students and alumni.

LaForge thanks Gaines and the Admissions Office for their efforts to increase enrollment this year for the first time in eight years. Incoming freshmen and transfer students were a big part of these numbers.

Gaines discusses the increases and explains why DSU Day is an important opportunity for potential students. He talks about where to sign up for the affair and other events.

LaForge reminds everyone to visit campus for the Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series kicks Sept. 25 at 6 p.m. in Jobe Hall with Charles Bowsher, former Comptroller General of the United States.

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Fireside Chat

President LaForge chats with Suzette Matthews of the Cleveland-Bolivar County Young Professionals.

Delta State University and the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce have always worked closely together, and the partnership continues as the CBYP operates under the envelope of the chamber.

The group was created a few years ago for young business owners and professionals to connect and support each other. The CBYP and has been going strong hosting events allowing these connections to be made.

CBYP offers a wide spectrum of opportunities for young entrepreneurs and professionals for social networking, development and interaction, and is a great way for Delta State students to learn from young professionals in their career field of interest.

Suzette Matthews talks about the ways that employees and students can benefit from attending CBYP events. Suzette is a native of Perryton, Texas. She and her husband own Delta Dairy in downtown Cleveland, and she also works for Teach For America.

Matthews provides an overview of the young professionals group and benefits for employees and students. She describes how this organization has been beneficial to her and others involved.

LaForge discusses another networking opportunity for young professionals coming up this fall. The Distinguished Speaker Lecture Series kicks off this year on September 25 at 6 p.m. in Jobe Hall with Charles Bowsher.

Chuck is the former Comptroller General of the United States and has an impressive wealth of knowledge related to the nation’s finances. The public is invited to attend the lecture series.

Other events highlited include:

*The Honorable David Lammy of British Parliament visiting campus to speak about constitutions. That event will be at 7 p.m. in Jobe Auditorium and is sponsored by the Madison Center.

*The annual Rice Tasting Luncheon will be on Friday starting at 11 a.m. in the Coliseum. This event has been taking place for over 20 years and draws in an average of 2,000 people every year.

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