Fireside Chat

Before becoming President at Delta State, President LaForge traveled to Poland to teach short courses at John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin — or KUL as it is widely known. It is the home university of the late Pope John Paul II and a source of great pride for both Catholics and the people of Poland. It is a great partnership for Delta State University.

Delta State is collaborating with KUL in an international exchange program that promises to broaden the university’s reach and opportunities globally. Delta State had the privilege of hosting guests from John Paul II University on campus to share with them some of the university’s unique programs and to introduce them to the outstanding students, faculty and staff at Delta State.

Joining President LaForge are Paulina Liszka, member of the Law faculty, and students Julia Dabek, Monika Jurek, Magdalena Kaczorowska, and Alicja Wozniak.

To learn more about the international exchange programs at Delta State, contact Christy Riddle, executive director of the Student Success Center, at 662-846-4574.

Also on campus this week, Delta State will honor two long-time employees of Delta State. On Friday, there will be a retirement reception for Dr. Myrtis Tabb, who has served the university for nearly 20 years, most recently as the Associate Vice President of Finance and Administration. This special reception is set for 2 p.m. at the BPAC. On Saturday, the university will dedicate Blansett Hall in honor of Dr. Wayne Blansett, Vice President Emeritus of Student Affairs, who served the university 40 years before retiring earlier this year.

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Fireside Chat

Today and tomorrow, Delta State is hosting its second annual International Conference on the Blues, an innovative conference that promises to build on the university’s presence as the academic center of blues studies. The Delta State campus is located in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, a place known as the epicenter of blues music and history, and hosts a unique gathering of blues scholars, historians and fans from all over the United States and abroad.

The event brings legendary entertainment and academics to Delta State University. Some of the highlights of this year’s conference include:
• an opening session with updates on GRAMMY Museum Mississippi from Emily Havens, executive director of GRAMMY Museum Mississippi, and Rita George, deputy director of GRAMMY Museum at L.A. Live
* the bestowing of a statewide proclamation signed by all five living Mississippi governors designating B.B. King as the “Mississippi’s Secretary of State of the Blues”;
• a keynote address by Blues scholar and Southern culture historian Dr. William Ferris of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill;
• a master class and performance from GRAMMY winner Dom Flemons, known as the “American Songster”;
• events highlighting Blues music songwriters and performers including ‘Blues in the Round’ sponsored by Visit Mississippi;
• and “The Storytellers featuring Bobby Rush and Super Chikan: Up Close and Personal”, a free public concert sponsored by the International Delta Blues Project and the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

Joining President LaForge is Don Allan Mitchell, conference co-chair and interim chair of the Division of Languages & Literature.

A huge thank you to the Robert M. Hearin Foundation who has graciously funded the International Delta Blues Project and to the faculty and staff on the blues committee, as well as the folks at The Delta Center for Culture and Learning. Their hard work makes stellar programs like this a reality.