Fireside Chat

President LaForge welcomes his guests to this edition of fireside chat.

“Each summer, groups of new students visit campus to take part in our Orientation program. This program provides recent high school graduates, as well as students transferring to Delta State from other colleges, a good opportunity to explore the campus, meet with faculty and staff, register for Fall classes, and learn about all of the services Delta State has to offer.”

Orientation also gives the parents and families of these new students the chance to see what life will be like for their sons and daughters.

LaForge is joined by two special guests, Kyla and Shelby Holcomb. Kyla and her husband Neal are Delta State alumni and strong supporters of the University, and their daughter, Shelby, plans to attend Delta State as a freshman this Fall.

Kyla tells the audience what it is like to see her relationship with Delta State come full circle–first as a student and now as a parent of a student. Shelby shares some of the things she is most excited about for this fall at Delta State.

Another exciting event is happening on campus tonight. Delta State is hosting The Band Perry through a partnership with GRAMMY Museum Mississippi at McCool Stadium at 7:30, and there’s still time to get tickets. Check our Facebook page for more information on the concert and campus announcements.

“Thank you for joining me today. I will see you next time for another edition of fireside chat.”

Fireside Chat

On this edition of fireside chat, President LaForge discusses this year’s exciting season lineup for the Bologna Performing Arts Center with Executive Director Laura Howell.

“Delta State places its greatest emphasis on excellence in instruction, but we also strive to provide programs and services that promote cultural development,” said LaForge.

One of the ways Delta State provides this development is through its state-of-the-art Bologna Performing Arts Center, which offers a rich tapestry of cultural and educational programs to serve the entire Mississippi Delta. The BPAC has been open for 20 years and has earned recognition as one of the premier houses for entertainment and arts in Mississippi and the Southeast. It was voted the Best Performing Arts Venue in Mississippi by Mississippi Magazine. The Bologna Performing Arts Center offers many forms of entertainment throughout the year, including Main Stage performances and School-Time Matinee Series as well as the Janice Wyatt Mississippi Summer Arts Institute.

Howell tells the audience what they have to look forward to at the BPAC this upcoming year, and how the public can purchase tickets to the shows. The patrons look forward to a fantastic season.

LaForge briefly discusses announcements for the week.

The first term of Summer School is coming to a close this week, and the second summer term will kick off next Monday. There is still time to register for classes if you want to make your summer count. Delta State is offering both general education courses as well as major specific courses. Check out for more information.

Through a partnership with GRAMMY Museum Mississippi, The Band Perry will perform next Monday at McCool Stadium on the Delta State campus. Tickets are still available. Check out Delta State’s Facebook page for more information on the concert and campus announcements.

“Thank you for joining me today. I will see you next time for another edition of fireside chat.”

Fireside Chat

This week on fireside chat, President LaForge welcomes one of the newest members of the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning, Chip Morgan.

Morgan was appointed by Governor Phil Bryant in February to serve a nine-year term on the board. The Board of Trustees is the constitutional governing body of IHL and is responsible for policy and financial oversight of the eight public institutions of higher learning in Mississippi. Morgan also serves as executive vice president of Delta Council, a position he has held since 1982. In this role, he has developed strategies and led efforts dealing with national farm policy, state four-lane highway legislation, flood control and the Delta Health Alliance.

LaForge and Morgan discuss his role with Delta Council and efforts to assist and promote our state’s education system. As a governing board member, Morgan shares his vision for higher education.

Delta State’s alumni association stays very busy heading up several programs on campus, such as the legacy program, the life member program, the alumni magazine, and other affinity programs like the Delta State license plate.

“If you have not done so, enroll your children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews in the Alumni Legacy Program. This program is a way to involve them with the Statesmen family at an early age. Special messages, gifts and a possible scholarship are just a few of the things involved with the Legacy Program,” said LaForge.

The Alumni Association recently visited Atlanta and New York for the annual Mississippi in the Park picnic program and will attend a similar program in Washington, D.C. later this month. If you would like more information about these programs and events, contact the Alumni Office at 662.846.4704

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“Thank you for joining me today, and I will see you next time for another edition of fireside chat.”