Fireside Chat


Dr. Trethewey graciously took part recently in Delta State’s ongoing Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series, which is a series of top-flight lectures and addresses that features prominent speakers and is a meaningful program for students and the community.

Natasha is a Mississippi native and received an honorary Doctor of Arts and Letters degree during Delta State’s 2007 fall commencement ceremony. She was last on campus in 2012 to launch her new book of poetry “Thrall.”

“Thrall” was her poetic follow-up to her Pulitzer Prize-winning book “Native Guard,” which also won the 2007 Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters Book Prize. 

Her 2012 visit was also her first Mississippi reading as U.S. Poet Laureate and her first reading after she was officially introduced for the position at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C.

Additionally, Natasha was the 2008 winner of the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts from the Mississippi Arts Commission. Her Pulitzer-winning poems feature elements of her personal history as the daughter of interracial parents — and the story of her mother, who died at the age of 40.

In other news on campus, the 5th annual Athletics Trunk-or-Treat event will take place Oct. 27 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. at Statesmen Park. Each of the sports programs, along with some of Delta State’s student organizations, will host trick-or-treating areas inside the parking lot next to Ferriss Field. The celebration of Delta State’s 90th birthday is coming up with daylong events set for Nov. 3, and the annual Homecoming festivities kick off on Friday, Nov. 6, and culminate with the Homecoming football game at 4 p.m. Saturday against Valdosta State University. Be sure to stay up-to-date with campus news, events and activities by visiting our website www.deltatstate.edu.

Visiting the Indianola Lion’s Club on Oct. 21

 

 

President LaForge had the pleasure of visiting with the Indianola Lion’s Club today to discuss his September trip to Cuba with 17 other American university presidents.

Delta State was the only Mississippi university to participate in this effort to strengthen ties with Cuba as we visited the island nation to participate in relationship-building discussions with higher education leaders from Cuba.

The trip was made possible by the annual Presidential Mission led by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Each year, AASCU organizes a Presidential Mission to a country or region where member presidents and chancellors have opportunities to explore potential linkages with institutions of higher education.

 For more information, view the Fireside Chat video released Monday in which President LaForge explains the groundbreaking progress for Delta State achieved during his time in Cuba: https://youtu.be/b-6b_VUwwVw

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Fireside Chat


Today’s Fireside Chat focuses on a groundbreaking opportunity for Delta State made possible by a recent trip President LaForge took to Cuba with 17 other American university presidents.

Delta State was the only Mississippi university to participate this effort to strengthen ties with Cuba as President LaForge and other university presidents visited the island nation to participate in relationship-building discussions with higher education leaders from Cuba.

The trip was made possible by the annual Presidential Mission led by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities. Each year, AASCU organizes a Presidential Mission to a country or region where member presidents and chancellors have opportunities to explore potential linkages with institutions of higher education.

Perhaps most notable for Delta State is that the trip concluded with the signing of an agreement between AASCU and the higher education community of Cuba. This agreement provides the foundation for future program collaboration and student exchanges.

During the program, the United States delegation met with a network of 34 Cuban rectors, or university presidents — including the leaders of the University of Havana, Medical University of Havana, Polytechnic University and the University of Information Sciences.

Also included in these discussions were Cuba’s minister of education, deputy minister of higher education, director of international relations, and deputy minister of health and welfare. A number of them showed interest in Delta State’s academic opportunities, particularly in the areas of entertainment industry studies, geospatial information technologies, nursing and aviation.

Additionally, the program toured the local area and met with artists and musicians and learned that Cuba is very music-oriented. Cuban education leaders showed great interest in Delta State’s departments of music and art, Delta Music Institute, Bologna Performing Arts Center, and the university’s connections to GRAMMY Museum Mississippi.

In other news, on October 24, Delta State will honor the many different law enforcement agencies who responded so quickly and thoroughly following the campus tragedy on September 14. The university has asked members of each agency to be part of a special recognition ceremony on the football field at halftime during the 6 p.m. game against the University of West Alabama.