Fireside Chat


Joining President William N. LaForge for this week’s edition of Fireside Chat is Jeremiah Berry, a student at Delta State and a leader in the Union Program Council.

The fall semester is hitting full speed, and Delta State is excited to offer a week of special activities welcoming students back to campus and offering ways for them to be involved with student organizations and groups.

Welcome Week activities begin tonight at 9 p.m. with the always popular Foam Party at the BPAC Loading Dock. Events will continue throughout the week wrapping up with a Welcome Week Pre-Game Cookout on Thursday at Statesmen Park. All of the week’s events are sponsored by Omicron Delta Kappa, the Union Program Council and the Student Government Association.

Don’t forget that tomorrow is the first of our annual Colloquia Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series. Our guest is Joe Turner, an entrepreneur and one of the largest Wendy’s franchise owners, who has a lot of great information to share with students and faculty. The event is scheduled for 6 p.m. in Jobe Hall Auditorium. More information on the event is located on the Delta State web site.

Also this week, the annual back-to-school blood drive with Mississippi Blood Services kicks off tomorrow in front of the Student Union. The MBS Donor Coach will be open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. tomorrow and Wednesday, and we encourage all students and faculty to participate. For more information, call MBS at 1-888-90-BLOOD.

Please be sure to keep in touch with the numerous events and activities taking place on campus by visiting our website www.deltastate.edu. Thank you for joining me today. I will see you next time for another edition of Fireside Chat.

Fireside Chat


Welcome to this edition of Fireside Chat.

Our Delta State students are one of our largest and most valued assets – not only for the university but also for our state and nation. We have many students who are distinguishing themselves as leaders and powerful representatives of our campus.

My guest today is one of those students, Mikel Sykes. Mikel is serving his second term as president of the Delta State Student Government Association, and he is the first student in Delta State’s history to be elected as SGA President two times. He is a true ambassador for the good things going on at Delta State and recently spent some time in Washington honing his leadership skills and making connections that will help him in his time as SGA President and as he moves forward into what I am sure will be a successful and impactful career.

Mikel discusses what he learned during a summer in Washington, D.C., as well as his top objectives for his second year as SGA President and his advice for new students.

Tomorrow is the last day for Fall registration. If you are interested in furthering your education, Delta State has a lot of opportunities and options for you. Check out www.deltastate.edu/register for more information or contact our Admissions office at 662-846-4020.
The fraternities will host their recruitment sessions this week. If you are interested in getting to know more students or want to learn more about the Greek system, contact the Office of Student Life at 662.846.4666.

Please be sure to keep in touch with the numerous events and activities taking place on campus by visiting our website www.deltatstate.edu. Join us next week for another edition of Fireside Chat.

Fireside Chat


This edition of Fireside Chat focuses on the services available to students and all of the services offered by the Student Affairs office. 

Students moved back into campus over the weekend, and the campus is thriving with activity as we begin Delta State’s 91st year. Classes began today, and we are underway during what promises to be another monumental year for the Green and White.

Today’s guest is interim Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. E.E. “Butch” Caston. Delta State is eternally thankful to Dr. Caston, who served as a Delta State administrator for years, and has also stepped in on an interim basis multiple times.

Dr. Caston is well known to the Delta State family, and his devotion and commitment to the university are legendary. He served as Delta State’s dean of the College of Education from 1989 until his retirement in 2002.

He returned to the university in 2013 at the request of President LaForge to serve as interim vice president for Academic Affairs and provost, and he had a tremendous impact on the academy during that stint.

He previously served as the interim provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Mississippi University for Women in 2011-12.

Dr. Caston discusses his advice for new students, the role of Student Affairs in a student’s academic life, and his goals for his time as interim Vice President.

Please be sure to keep in touch with the endless list of events and activities taking place on campus by visiting our website www.deltatstate.edu.