Fireside Chat


In this week’s edition of Fireside Chat, President LaForge talks to a true legend of Delta State University, Hall of Fame baseball coach Dave “Boo” Ferriss.

The university and the Department of Athletics are erecting a statue in his honor to recognize his decades of commitment to the Green and White. This special occasion will take place on Oct. 3 at 2 p.m. at Ferriss Field, home of the Statesmen baseball team. We encourage you to join us for this very special ceremony.

The life-size statue, created by renowned Mississippi artist Kim Sessums, will feature Coach Ferriss in his Delta State uniform and will be placed behind the grandstand. This promises to bring an exciting addition to the complex, especially since renovations at the facility will be completed this fall.

When Coach Ferriss took over the DSU baseball program in 1960, he started it from the ground level. He directed teams to the NCAA Division II Playoffs in eight of his last 12 years, including three trips to the NCAA Division II championships, where the Statesmen finished third, second and third respectively in 1977, 1978 and 1982.

Along with developing our baseball program, Coach Ferriss has been a friend and supporter of our university and its athletics programs for years. Even though he hung up his uniform in the 80s, Coach Ferriss has had a monumental impact on our institution.

While he is known locally as the legendary Statesmen baseball coach, Ferriss also became a Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer. And in 1988, Ferriss was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in Atlanta, Ga.

This week, our campus will host the College of Business Career Fair which will begin tomorrow at 8 a.m. in Broom Hall. It is also time for Homecoming elections, and we encourage all of our students to be involved as we get ready for Delta State Homecoming Nov. 7. It’s always a special time for our campus community, alumni and friends. Check out more events and activities taking place on campus by visiting our website www.deltatstate.edu.

Fireside Chat


In this week’s Fireside Chat, President LaForge talks with Joe Turner, a business giant and the first speaker in the President’s Colloquia Distinguished Lecture Series.

One of the President’s goals has been to establish a way to bring top-notch speakers to Delta State to share their knowledge with students and faculty. In September of 2013, Delta State hosted the first Colloquia Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series with former Mississippi Governor William Winter, and the series continues to attracts marquee speakers from across the country.

This week, Joe Turner, the first Colloquia guest of the 2015-16 academic year, shares his knowledge on establishing a successful business venture. Mr. Turner is a business giant, leading a 50-store Wendy’s franchise located in the Southeast. His lecture, “Just the Right Amount of Ketchup…Life Lessons from an Entrepreneur,” took place September 1, and he shared some of the tips he has learned throughout his distinguished career as a businessman and entrepreneur.

The next Colloquia Series event is scheduled for October 22. The speaker will be Dr. Natasha Trethewey, who holds an honor doctorate from Delta State, and was the Poet Laureate of the United States in 2012 and 2013. Her third book of poems, Native Guard, won the 2007 Pulitzer Prize in poetry.

Also, a reminder that the International Student Association’s monthly meeting is set for Wednesday (Sept. 23) in the Union second floor lobby. It’s a great way for the international student population to connect with other students and to find out about available resources and activities. For more information, contact Elise Mallette at 662-846-4574.

Please be sure to keep in touch with the numerous events and activities taking place on campus by visiting the website www.deltastate.edu.

Fireside Chat


In this edition of Fireside Chat, President LaForge talks to Jeffrey Farris, executive director of the Alumni Association, who shares all of the exciting plans in place for this weekend’s annual Pig Pickin’ event.

This week is an exciting week at Delta State as we have two very special activities planned. First, we will celebrate the 90th birthday of the university tomorrow with a series of special events. Second, we are looking forward to our annual Pig Pickin’ event, which will take place this Friday and Saturday. Pig Pickin’ was started 30 years ago by the Alumni Association and has become one of the biggest events hosted on campus each year. The annual cooking competition includes a schedule of entertainment and, of course, tailgating and football.

This year’s events include a 3 p.m. Pep Rally on Saturday leading up to the Delta State football game against Kentucky Wesleyan at 6 p.m. Saturday is also DSU Day, a day hosted by our Admissions office offering prospective students an opportunity to tour campus and meet our students, faculty and staff. 

A reminder that tomorrow’s 90th birthday celebration is open to anyone. Details can be found at www.deltastate.edu/90years. 

Also, our Second International Conference on the Blues is scheduled for Oct. 5-6 and will feature well-known blues scholars and musicians. The conference is hosted by the Delta Center for Culture and Learning and offers an opportunity to learn about Delta blues music in the place it was created. For more information, visit the conference web site at www.deltastate.edu/blues. Registration is still open for the event.

Please be sure to keep in touch with the numerous events and activities taking place on campus by visiting our website www.deltastate.edu.