Fireside Chat


Joining President LaForge is U.S. District Judge Gustavo Gelpi, the first speaker in this year’s Colloquia Distinguished Speakers Series.

Judge Gelpi was on campus to discuss police reform in the United States from his perspective as a judge in the District of Puerto Rico. Judge Gelpi was appointed to the federal court in 2006 and holds life tenure. He currently is presiding over the nation’s largest police department reform case, which was filed by the United States Attorney General in 2012 as a result of systemic police practices.

During his judicial tenure, Judge Gelpi has presided over hundreds of prosecutions for narcotics, firearms, child exploitation, immigration, government corruption and other federal crimes. With a career spanning 25 years of public service, his lecture this past week was an important opportunity for Delta State students, faculty and staff to hear from someone with extensive knowledge of the police reform issue.

Our next Colloquia speakers event is set for Nov. 9 when Congressman Bennie Thompson will join us the day after the national elections to discuss this election year and the results of the election. It is set for 6 p.m. in Job Hall Auditorium, and we hope that you can join us. In other news on campus, the Delta State football team will host Mississippi College on Thursday for the annual Heritage Bell Classic. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m., and we need the Statesmen Nation there cheering on the Green and White.

Fireside Chat


Joining President LaForge is Jeffrey Farris, Director of the DSU Alumni Association, to discuss this year’s Pig Pickin’ events.

Delta State’s annual Pig Pickin’ event has become a major draw for everyone from barbeque aficionados to alumni to prospective students. The event was started 31 years ago by the Delta State Alumni Association, and is one of the biggest events hosted by Delta State each year. The event includes two days of entertainment, cooking competitions and, of course, tailgating and football. This year’s event will take place this Friday and Saturday (Sept. 23-24).

Saturday also is DSU Day, a day hosted by the Admissions office that offers prospective students an opportunity to tour campus and meet DSU students, faculty and staff. There is still time to register if you or someone you know is interested in attending Delta State. You can find out more about DSU Day by clicking on the DSU Day slide on our web site www.deltastate.edu.

In other news on campus, next weekend marks the opening of the Smithsonian “Hometown Teams” exhibit, which 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. And on Wednesday, the Delta Chorale, the Delta Singers Women’s Chorale, and the Delta Singers Singing Statesmen will join with choirs from around the world in a world-wide peace awareness project. That event is set for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Jobe Hall Auditorium.

Fireside Chat


Joining President LaForge is Emily Jones, university archivist and campus liaison for the Dedicated Statesmen Association, a committee of retired Delta State faculty and staff overseeing the university’s 91st anniversary celebration on Sept. 15.

In 1924, two Mississippi senators introduced a bill to create Delta State Teachers College, which was signed by the Governor on April 9. Just under a year later, James Wesley Broom was appointed the first president of the college, and the college formally opened on September 15, 1925, with 11 faculty members and a fall enrollment of 97 students. This Thursday, the university will celebrate that monumental day in its history with a special program commemorating Delta State’s 91st academic year.

The program will begin at noon at the Alumni Clock Plaza in front of Ward Hall and will include speakers and complimentary lunch for everyone. This is the second of a series of yearly programs leading up to the centennial celebration set for 2025.

In other news on campus, our Student Government Association will host a Meet and Greet reception for Dr. Vernell Bennett, Delta State’s new Vice President for Student Affairs, tomorrow from 2 to 3 p.m. in the second floor lobby of the H.L. Nowell Student Union. On Friday, Delta State will host the 26th Annual Rice Tasting Luncheon at the Walter Sillers Coliseum. To stay up to date with all of Delta State’s activities, events and news visit www.deltastate.edu.