Fireside Chat

Joining President LaForge are Jeanna Wilkes, Delta State Director of Student Life, Ashley Blackburn student orientation director, and Madison Ennis, assistant student director.

This past week marked the beginning of Orientation sessions on campus as the university welcomes new Delta State students to campus. The university offers an extensive orientation program each summer for new students enrolling for the fall semester, and sessions are broken out for incoming freshmen and transfer students. Delta State also has a number of opportunities for parents of first-time students. The two-day programs feature informational sessions on housing, academics, student life and many other topics.

Parents are encouraged to attend the same session as their student, and the sessions include meals, housing for students and entertainment activities to enable new students to meet current Delta State students and spend time with other new students. Upcoming sessions for freshmen are set for June 2nd and 3rd, June 27th and 28th, and July 7th and 8th. There is a transfer student session today, and upcoming sessions set for June 23rd and July 1st. You can sign up on the Orientation web site, and there is a direct link on our home page

In other news on campus, today marked the beginning of our first summer school term, and we are pleased to welcome students back to campus. And, in late June, GRAMMY Museum Mississippi will unveil a new exhibit centered on the life of blues musician Stevie Ray Vaughn. We hope that you will make plans to come check it out. For other news, events and activities, visit our web site at

Fireside Chat

Joining President LaForge are four students visiting Poland as part a cultural exchange program between Delta State University and John Paul II Catholic University in Lublin, Poland—commonly referred to as KUL.

The group left on May 9 for a two-week trip that has been under the direction of faculty members at KUL. The trip was coordinated by Delta State’s International Student Services office and marks the first opportunity for Delta State students to visit the KUL campus. During their trip, our students have been observing classes, learning about college life in Poland, and gaining hands-on knowledge of the Polish culture. KUL is one of several universities abroad with which Delta State has signed a memorandum of understanding to further develop international exchanges, and we hosted a group of KUL faculty and students on our campus in October of this past year.

In other news on campus, Teach for America corps members will arrive on campus soon, and we hope everyone at Delta State and the Bolivar/Cleveland community will extend a warm welcome to this bright and dedicated group. Next week, the first summer session term will begin on campus, and the residence halls will open to students this Sunday, May 29.

Fireside Chat

Joining President LaForge is Dr. Jivko Draganov, who serves as the Director of the Regional Center for Distance Learning and the Dean of the law faculty at the University for National and World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria.

The University for National and World Economy is celebrating its 25th anniversary, and President LaForge was honored to join them for the program marking that occasion. President LaForge served as a visiting professor of law here in 2006, and this year, he participated in a round table discussion on the challenges of legal education from my perspective as someone who has taught law to students at American universities and three European universities.

One of the goals President LaForge set when he became President at Delta State was to build its international partnerships and exchange opportunities for Delta State students. Already, Delta State has growing exchange programs with universities in Poland and Russia, and part of his trip to Bulgaria has included conversations about establishing a similar program here.

In other news on campus, Delta State will host the 81st annual Delta Council meeting on Friday. The keynote speaker will be U.S. Senator Jerry Moran from Kansas, and the meeting will be followed by the annual catfish lunch on the Quad. The Delta Council plays an important role in our region, and the university is pleased to be their host. For information on other news, events and activities, visit our web site at