Fireside Chat

Joining President LaForge is Allie Rose Parker, 2016-17 Student Government Association President at Delta State.

Allie Rose is a senior biology major from Olive Branch. As SGA President, Allie Rose serves on the President’s Cabinet – a team that includes the university’s four vice presidents, as well as the Athletic Director, Executive Director of Alumni-Foundation, Faculty Senate President, an Academic Council representative and the Administrative Staff Council chair. President LaForge announced the addition of the Staff Council chair and SGA President to the President’s Cabinet in his first State of the University address in 2013, and at that time the SGA President served as a non-voting member.

At Delta State’s recent Opening Convocation, he announced that the Student Government President will now have full voting membership on my Cabinet. Last Monday, Allie Rose became the first student to cast a student vote on the President’s Cabinet.

In other news on campus, the fall semester has begun, and there are many activities and events planned in the coming months. September 15 marks the 91st anniversary of Delta State’s opening, and the university will celebrate with lunch and a special program outside the Union at the Alumni Clock Plaza. And, on Wednesday, Delta State will host a Mississippi Today Conversation Event with Andrew Lack, Chairman of NBC News and founder of Mississippi Today, and Walter Issacson, a noted author and President and CEO of the Apsen Institute. The conversation will be moderated by Jim Barksdale, CEO of Barksdale Management. That event will begin at 9:00 a.m. at Jobe Hall. Students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to attend. To find out more about these events and to keep up with university news, events and activities, visit

Fireside Chat

President LaForge shares highlights from his State of the University address, which he presented this past Friday to Delta State faculty and staff members.

Watch the video to find out about what lies ahead for Delta State in the coming year and in the years to come, including long-term plans that will greatly enhance the university’s influence and future.

Fireside Chat

Joining President LaForge is Emily Jones, university archivist who heads the Delta State University Museum and Archives, to discuss a new exhibit coming to Delta State.

On September 29, a special traveling exhibit sponsored by the Smithsonian Institute in Washington D.C. will open at Delta State. The exhibit is devoted to the role that sports play in the culture and history of America, and it will be on display at the Chadwick-Dickson Field House. Delta State was selected as one of the locations to host the exhibit following a competitive application process spearheaded by our University Archives and Museum staff.

The exhibit is administered through a partnership with the Mississippi Humanities Council and is titled “Hometown Teams: How Sports Shape America.” It has been on display at four locations in the state and will open here on campus in conjunction with the Heritage Bell Classic football game against in state rival Mississippi College. This exhibit has been curated by Bob Santelli, who is no stranger to Delta State. Mr. Santelli has been on campus a number of times over the past year in his role as the Executive Director of GRAMMY Museum at L.A. LIVE, and he received an honorary doctorate from Delta State at our spring commencement ceremony this past May. The “Hometown Teams” exhibit will be open through November 11. At the same time, there will be a new exhibit in our Capps Archives and Museum building titled “Play Ball: A History of Sports in the Delta.” That exhibit is sponsored by the Delta Regional Foundation.

In other news on campus, the fall semester begins next week, and members of our Panhellenic groups are already on campus for new member recruitment. This Friday, faculty and staff at the university will gather for our annual Fall Convocation, a time in which we come together to focus on goals that will guide our actions and mission over the coming academic year. This is always an exciting time at the university, and we look forward to welcoming our returning students and our new students to campus this Sunday, August 21.