Fireside Chat


Joining President LaForge is U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, who spoke this past week at Delta State as part of the Delta State University Colloquia Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series.

Senator Wicker is a prominent figure in Mississippi politics and has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in state and federal government. He has represented Mississippi in the U.S. Senate since December 2007, and during that time, has worked to reduce spending, limit federal overreach and maintain a strong national defense. He has actively supported cancer survivorship programs and efforts to fight heart disease with the American Heart Association, as well as supporting research efforts related to diabetes and childhood obesity. In addition, he has been recognized as a champion of polio eradication and is the co-founder of the Senate Malaria Caucus.

Senator Wicker is also a veteran, having served active duty in the U.S. Air Force and then the Air Force Reserve, retiring in 2004 as a lieutenant colonel.

In other news on campus, the 11th annual International Business Symposium will kick off March 30 on campus and will feature a number of top business professionals including David Abney, CEO and Chairman of the Board at UPS, Delta State alumnus, and sponsor of the symposium. The Winning the Race conference kicks off today on campus, and a symposium on the Beatles, co-sponsored with GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi, will kick off this Friday. Also, Friday kicks off our third annual “Go Green Weekend.” Information on all of these events and many others can be found on our website at www.deltastate.edu.

Fireside Chat


Joining President LaForge are students who attended the Delta State University Legislative Day at the Mississippi State Capitol.

Each year, students from Delta State’s Student Government Association’s Governmental Affairs Committee host a luncheon at the State Capitol with members of the Mississippi State Legislature. The SGA Governmental Affairs Committee is responsible for informing the student body of state legislative proceedings that may impact the university, particularly our students.

DSU Legislative Day, held at the Mississippi Capitol building in Jackson, has become an exciting tradition for Delta State students, and the luncheon has grown in recent years from including about a dozen Delta State students in 2012 to more than 50 students in attendance this year. The university is proud of the way that these students represent the university and showcase the quality education and skills they are learning at Delta State.

In other news on campus, Delta State is gearing up for a busy few weeks as we host the third Delta State University Colloquia Distinguished Lecture of this academic year with U.S. Senator Roger Wicker, who will be on campus March 22 at 6 p.m. to share his thoughts and experiences with students, faculty and staff. Within the next two weeks, we are also hosting the 11th annual International Business Symposium, the Winning the Race conference, a symposium on the Beatles co-sponsored with GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi, and Go Green Weekend. Information on all of these events and many others can be found on our website at www.deltastate.edu.

Fireside Chat


Today we welcome our students and faculty back to campus following the Spring Break holiday, and we are getting ready for the remainder of an exciting spring semester on campus. Over the next few weeks, we will welcome scholars and guests from across Mississippi and the world for a slate of conferences and big events as we continue on a path of excellence and continue to “think big” in terms of academic programming and opportunities for our students, faculty and staff.

On Tuesday, March 22, we will host our third speaker this academic year as part of the Delta State University Colloquia Distinguished Lecture Series, United States Senator Roger Wicker. Senator Wicker has represented Mississippi in the United States Senate since December 2007. The lecture will take place at 6:00 p.m. in the auditorium of E. R. Jobe Hall on Delta State’s campus. There will be a reception in Senator Wicker’s honor immediately following the event.

March 28 and 29, Delta State will host the third annual Winning the Race conference, which will draw a number of national speakers and scholars focused on the topic of advancing social justice. Delta State is a cultural ‘mecca’ that champions and celebrates the multicultural identity of the Mississippi Delta, and this conference provides programming that is relevant to the community, region and nation. You can register for the conference by visiting our home page deltastate.edu and clicking on the link for the conference.

Then, on March 30 and 31, we will welcome distinguished alumni and scholars to campus for the 11th annual International Business Symposium, which is generously supported by Delta State’s own David Abney, CEO and Chairman of the Board at UPS, and his wife Sherry. In its eleventh year, the conference draws top-ranking international business professionals who provide our students, faculty and guests with a look at trends in the business world.

Following that conference is the first major collaboration between Delta State and GRAMMY Museum Mississippi with a Beatles symposium that will feature scholars of Beatles music from all around the world and a number of notable guests including Freda Kelly, secretary and friend of the Beatles, who worked for them throughout their rise to fame. Set for April 1 and 2, “Beatles 2016: From the Cavern to Candlestick Symposium,” will be headlined by distinguished Beatles authors Ivor Davis and Jude Southerland Kessler and will feature activities throughout the weekend that explore the Beatles’ musical and cultural influence. Register for the conference by visiting the GRAMMY Museum Mississippi web site at grammymuseumms.org.

That same weekend, the campus will be buzzing with activity as we celebrate the third annual “Go Green Weekend”, which promises to be fun for the entire Delta State family. The weekend will feature live entertainment, tailgating and vendors, a jambalaya cook-off, a football scrimmage, baseball and softball games and an alumni soccer game. On that Saturday, April 2, the admissions team will host a spring visit day for high school seniors, juniors, and sophomores. It will include an information session, academic and student organization fairs, campus tour, lunch, and much more. To learn more about all of the activities taking place or to register for the event, visit our web site or call 662-846-4020.