Fireside Chat


“Giving Tuesday” has gained momentum in recent years as a global day dedicated to giving back. On Dec. 1, charities, families, businesses, community centers and students around the world will come together for the common purpose of giving and celebrating generosity. This year, Delta State will launch the Centennial Fund as part of “Giving Tuesday.”

Delta State’s Centennial Fund was created by providing the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Education and the School of Nursing with an initial gift of $5,000. Every dollar contributed to this important campaign will be matched with a dollar from the Gertrude Ford Foundation gift — up to $5,000 for each College/School. There is also an option of giving to the General Academic Fund, where every penny received will go to support important academic initiatives. You can give online at www.deltastategiving.org/academics/cente­nnialfunds, and each Dean will receive a notice of every gift received.

One unique aspect of this Centennial Fund campaign is that the Academic Deans will have discretion over how the funding is used, enabling them to direct funding to the specific areas in which they have needs.

This effort is one that is personally important to President LaForge, and Delta State appreciates the Foundation staff and assistance of Provost Charles McAdams in creating this important tool to support Academic giving.

Everyone is encouraged to take a minute to visit deltastategiving.org and click on the Centennial Fund link. You will be able to designate which College or School you wish to support or to donate to the General Academic Fund.

Classes resumed today following the Thanksgiving break, and students will begin preparing for semester exams and the start of the holiday season. All students and faculty/staff are invited to take a study break this Friday between 6 and 10 p.m. at the First Year Seminar Finals Bash in the H.L. Nowell Union State Room. Free pizza and refreshments will be served.

Be sure to keep up with all of the events and activities taking place at Delta State by visiting the website www.deltastate.edu.

Fireside Chat


Joining President LaForge is Rhonda Loper, who chaired the committee over the Delta State “Feed A Family” program this year.

Each year the Delta State family comes together to help numerous families throughout campus and the community through the “Feed-A-Family” program sponsored by the university’s Administrative Staff Council. Delta State’s Staff Council serves as a liaison for staff to discuss issues involving university policies and procedures, but they also do so much more. The group provides support for members of the Delta State family who experience the death of a loved one, the joys of new accomplishments, and they also serve as hospitality representatives for the entire university.

In 2014, faculty and staff members pulled together to donate a record number of non-perishable items to help members of our community experience a happy Thanksgiving holiday, and this year they are continuing this tradition of going “above and beyond” in the true Delta State way.

Each year throughout the month of November, members of Delta State staff and faculty gather donated canned and miscellaneous foods to create a traditional Thanksgiving meal for families in need. Last year, one hundred families within the Delta State community and in the larger Cleveland/Bolivar County community received Thanksgiving meals as a result of this program.

This is the kickoff for a season of giving for Delta State that continues in December with the annual Delta State Holiday Toy Drive which collects toys for children identified by the Bolivar County Family and Children’s Services Offices.

A reminder that Delta State’s offices will be closed Thursday and Friday to allow faculty and staff members to celebrate Thanksgiving with their families and friends. Classes will resume next Monday as students prepare for semester exams and the start of the Christmas season. As you take time to enjoy this holiday, please remember to share with those who are not as fortunate and to extend a hand to anyone in need. To everyone within the Delta State family and our extended international community, we wish you a very happy Thanksgiving.

Be sure to keep up with all of the events and activities taking place at Delta State by visiting our website www.deltastate.edu.

Fireside Chat


President LaForge is joined by Tricia Walker, executive director of the Delta Music Institute, to talk about the future of Delta State Radio – WDSW-LP 88.1 FM

The discussion is set in the newly-opened station for WDSW-LP 88.1 FM – Delta State Radio – which was officially launched on Delta State’s campus Nov. 6. WDSW-LP 88.1 FM was created with the mission of offering engaging programming that celebrates the diversity of the University and the Mississippi Delta, and promotes Delta State’s focus on music and culture. 

The letters “LP” in the call letters, mean the station is operating a low-power 250-watt station, designed to broadcast clearly on campus and around the Cleveland area, even though I have heard it as far away as Ruleville and Rosedale. The station is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run media outlet offering broadcast learning opportunities for our campus community.

The “soft launch” of this station is just the beginning. The university plans to offer this incredible and new opportunity for the university to expand to include more local programming and shows created by Delta State students, faculty and staff, and the community.

The station itself is the byproduct of the commitment of a number of people on campus and the generosity of people who love Delta State and wanted to see this radio station become a reality. 

For more information on providing financial support or to sign up to volunteer, visit the website at deltastateradio.com or contact the Communications and Marketing office at 662.846-4675.

In other news on campus, make plans to join us Nov. 19 for A Very Electric Christmas show at the Bologna Performing Arts Center. It will be an entertaining start to the holiday season. And, don’t forget that we will close our offices next Thursday and Friday to allow our faculty and staff to enjoy the Thanksgiving holidays with their families and friends. We wish you all a very safe and happy holiday season, and be sure to keep up with all of the events and activities taking place at Delta State by visiting our website www.deltastate.edu.