Fireside Chat


Today is an extra special edition as we recognize and honor one of our own, Dr. E.E. “Butch” Caston, for his service and dedication to Delta State. Dr. Caston has been serving as interim Vice President for Student Affairs since July of last year, and he has come out of retirement twice to serve his university. A graduate of Delta State, Dr. Caston served the university faithfully as the Dean of the College of Education from 1989 to 2002. He returned to the university in 2013 to serve as interim Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs. Then, he returned again last year following the retirement of Dr. Wayne Blansett, the former long-time Vice President of Student Affairs, to serve as interim.

Dr. Caston has been incredibly successful in all of his roles at the university, and the service he has provided our university has been extraordinary. The Delta State family is thankful to him for his dedication and loyalty, and for his willingness to come back and fill such important roles.

Fireside Chat


Joining President LaForge is Joannah Taylor, Arts Education Coordinator for the BPAC, along with a few of the MSAI students.

The Delta State University campus is filled with hundreds of elementary and secondary students from across the state and region who are participating in one of Delta State’s many outstanding summer camp programs. From recording industry camps at the Delta Music Institute to the annual Okra Camp and a wide variety of Athletic camps, Delta State offers many options available to keep young minds and bodies active over the summer months.

One of the longest running summer camps is the Janice Wyatt Mississippi Summer Arts Institute, now in its 18th year. The summer program, operated by staff at the Bologna Performing Arts Center, has impacted the lives of countless emerging artists by providing opportunities for them to gain broad exposure to all types of artistic disciplines. Participants range in age from five years old to high school seniors.

Fireside Chat


Joining President LaForge is Laura Howell, Executive Director of the Bologna Performing Arts Center, to discuss the new 2016-17 season.

Delta State University is proud of the stellar entertainment and cultural options brought to the community by the Bologna Performing Arts Center, a 1,200-seat state-of-the-art theater that features everything from Broadway musicals to GRAMMY-winning musicians. The BPAC recently announced its 2016-2017 Season, which promises to be one of the best seasons in the center’s history and will include concerts, Broadway tours, family programming and school-time matinees.

The new schedule will feature four different series: The Main Stage, consisting of evening public performances; the School-Time Matinee Series, which provides educational programs for school groups; and two new series, the Recital Hall and Family Series.

In other news on campus, the BPAC also is hosting a Summer Movie Series for the community. All tickets are $5 for general admission seating, and popcorn and other movie-style concessions will be available. The movie series continues tomorrow, June 14, with “Batman versus Superman”. Other movies set for the summer include “Miracles from Heaven,” “A Hologram for the King” and “The Jungle Book”. For other news, events and activities, visit our web site www.deltastate.edu.