Fireside Chat


Joining President LaForge is Greg Korb, Director of Facilities Management for Delta State, to discuss the repaving project and other campus improvements underway.

At the President’s Cabinet Advance this past July, Delta State leaders began a discussion of ‘big-think’ issues that will lay the foundation for the collective vision and the next steps on the path of excellence for the university. The group focused on increasing academic distinction and a myriad of future projects and programs that will help determine what Delta State looks like five and ten years down the road.

Those discussions are broadening, and the Vice Presidents and those Cabinet members who report directly to the President are in the process of consulting with their respective departments to help determine how to move all of Delta State’s programs to the next level of success. Just as these ideas and programs will guide how Delta State’s academic and cultural programs evolve in the years to come, the university is also looking at how the campus itself will look in the next five to ten years. And, already a number of construction and improvement projects have been launched to enhance the campus.

The most significant projects underway right now are efforts to complete the renovation of Caylor/White-Walters Hall and a massive repaving project to repair the streets on campus. The university is also planning some renovations and repairs to the Coliseum, the renovation of Young-Mauldin Dining Hall and Zeigel Hall in the near future, and all of these projects are supported by funds that are specifically designated for renovation, repair and construction work.

In other news and events, fall exams began today on the Delta State campus, and we wish our students the best as they wrap up this semester and take a break for the holidays before returning to campus in the fall. And, make plans to join us Saturday to cheer on our men’s Statesmen swimming and diving team at the Delta State Aquatics Center for the Delta State Swimming and Diving Christmas Invitational.

Be sure to keep up with all of the events and activities taking place at Delta State by visiting our website www.deltastate.edu.

Fireside Chat


“Giving Tuesday” has gained momentum in recent years as a global day dedicated to giving back. On Dec. 1, charities, families, businesses, community centers and students around the world will come together for the common purpose of giving and celebrating generosity. This year, Delta State will launch the Centennial Fund as part of “Giving Tuesday.”

Delta State’s Centennial Fund was created by providing the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Education and the School of Nursing with an initial gift of $5,000. Every dollar contributed to this important campaign will be matched with a dollar from the Gertrude Ford Foundation gift — up to $5,000 for each College/School. There is also an option of giving to the General Academic Fund, where every penny received will go to support important academic initiatives. You can give online at www.deltastategiving.org/academics/cente­nnialfunds, and each Dean will receive a notice of every gift received.

One unique aspect of this Centennial Fund campaign is that the Academic Deans will have discretion over how the funding is used, enabling them to direct funding to the specific areas in which they have needs.

This effort is one that is personally important to President LaForge, and Delta State appreciates the Foundation staff and assistance of Provost Charles McAdams in creating this important tool to support Academic giving.

Everyone is encouraged to take a minute to visit deltastategiving.org and click on the Centennial Fund link. You will be able to designate which College or School you wish to support or to donate to the General Academic Fund.

Classes resumed today following the Thanksgiving break, and students will begin preparing for semester exams and the start of the holiday season. All students and faculty/staff are invited to take a study break this Friday between 6 and 10 p.m. at the First Year Seminar Finals Bash in the H.L. Nowell Union State Room. Free pizza and refreshments will be served.

Be sure to keep up with all of the events and activities taking place at Delta State by visiting the website www.deltastate.edu.

Fireside Chat


Joining President LaForge is Rhonda Loper, who chaired the committee over the Delta State “Feed A Family” program this year.

Each year the Delta State family comes together to help numerous families throughout campus and the community through the “Feed-A-Family” program sponsored by the university’s Administrative Staff Council. Delta State’s Staff Council serves as a liaison for staff to discuss issues involving university policies and procedures, but they also do so much more. The group provides support for members of the Delta State family who experience the death of a loved one, the joys of new accomplishments, and they also serve as hospitality representatives for the entire university.

In 2014, faculty and staff members pulled together to donate a record number of non-perishable items to help members of our community experience a happy Thanksgiving holiday, and this year they are continuing this tradition of going “above and beyond” in the true Delta State way.

Each year throughout the month of November, members of Delta State staff and faculty gather donated canned and miscellaneous foods to create a traditional Thanksgiving meal for families in need. Last year, one hundred families within the Delta State community and in the larger Cleveland/Bolivar County community received Thanksgiving meals as a result of this program.

This is the kickoff for a season of giving for Delta State that continues in December with the annual Delta State Holiday Toy Drive which collects toys for children identified by the Bolivar County Family and Children’s Services Offices.

A reminder that Delta State’s offices will be closed Thursday and Friday to allow faculty and staff members to celebrate Thanksgiving with their families and friends. Classes will resume next Monday as students prepare for semester exams and the start of the Christmas season. As you take time to enjoy this holiday, please remember to share with those who are not as fortunate and to extend a hand to anyone in need. To everyone within the Delta State family and our extended international community, we wish you a very happy Thanksgiving.

Be sure to keep up with all of the events and activities taking place at Delta State by visiting our website www.deltastate.edu.