Fireside Chat

In this edition of Fireside Chat, President LaForge discusses planning and preparation for the celebration of Delta State’s 90th birthday.

In 1924, two Mississippi senators introduced a bill to create Delta State Teachers College, which was signed by the Governor on April 9. Just under a year later, James Wesley Broom was appointed the first president of the college, and the college formally opened on Sept. 15, 1925 with 11 faculty members and a fall enrollment of 97 students. Ninety years later, the university has grown into a noted four-year institution that continues to educate some of the brightest students in the state. And, we have grown into a center of excellence in areas such as aviation, nursing, music and culture and many other areas.

The guest this week is Emily Jones, university archivist and a member of a committee of retired and current Delta State faculty and staff who have put many hours into planning the first of several celebrations of the university’s history and legacy.

Also this week, our School of Nursing will host two important events. First is Nursing Recruitment Day, which will kick off with an Air-Evac helicopter landing on the Quad, sponsored by Career Services and School of Nursing. That event on Thursday will lead into Delta State hosting a celebrity visitor — “The Human Highlight Reel” and NBA Hall of Fame inductee Dominique Wilkins will be on campus Thursday to speak to students about the importance of healthy living. The event will begin at noon in the Quad, and everyone is invited to attend.

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