Fireside Chat

Joining President LaForge are Dr. Jan Haynes, a professor in our Family and Consumer Sciences program, and Dee Dee Jones a student in the program.

Each year, students in the Delta State Fashion Merchandising program put together a fashion show to showcase some of their outstanding work throughout the semester. This year’s show, “Behind the Seams,” is set for 7 p.m. this Wednesday, November 2, at the Bologna Performing Arts Center. It promises to be an exciting event with music from Cleveland’s own musical group Southern Halo. This year’s show is dedicated to Pat Kerr Tigrett, a well-known Memphis fashion designer and long-time supporter of Delta State.

The event is made possible by a partnership between Delta State’s Fashion Merchandising program and the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce. It will include a silent auction prior to the event, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

In other news on campus, on Wednesday at noon in the Capps Archives and Museum seminar room, Dr. Julie Weise will speak about Mexican immigration into the Mississippi Delta since 1910. Dr. Weise, who is an assistant professor at the University of Oregon, is an expert on immigration, Latino immigration, race, and identity. That event is free and open to the public. And, on Thursday, the Wright Art Gallery will open a new exhibit by Resa Blatman, an artist from Massachusetts, whose paintings and installations are based in environmental issues and observations. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Fireside Chat

Joining President LaForge is Caitlyn Thompson, Director of Recruiting, to talk about the College Countdown initiative and some of the events Delta State has planned for the rest of this month and early November.

Delta State will host a College Fair in the Jackson area on Oct. 25 and in Desoto County on Nov. 2. To find out more, visit

October is College Application Month, and in conjunction with the statewide College Countdown Mississippi initiative, our Admissions staff is out on the road encouraging high school students to apply for college and to consider Delta State.

College Countdown Mississippi is part of a national effort — the American College Application Campaign — that shares the goal of easing the admissions and enrollment process for students, particularly first-generation and low-income students, and ensure that they apply to at least one postsecondary institution. School districts from across the state have committed to participate in College Countdown Mississippi, including Jackson Public Schools, Delta area districts, districts in the coastal region, and the Meridian Public School District.

Some of the activities planned for students include Application Day, Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) Days, and College Signing Day, which is designed to replicate the excitement of athletic signing days. Many of the activities will occur during the school day and will focus on students who might not otherwise apply to college.

In other news on campus, the Miss DSU pageant is set for 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Bologna Performing Arts Center. The emcee for the evening will be Dr. Vernell Bennett, vice president of Student Affairs, and tickets to the event are $6 for general admission and $3 for students. On Friday at 7 pm, the Planetarium will host a special Halloween show exploring the stars and cosmos. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children, senior citizens and DSU students, faculty, and staff who have an Okra card. To find out more visit

Fireside Chat

Joining President LaForge are Brittany McGhee and Brennan Barham, two of the DMI students who have spearheaded the promotions aspect of the Levitt concert series this year.

Earlier this year, Delta State University received one of the Levitt AMP Grant Awards, which is used to produce a 10-week series of free outdoor concerts in downtown Cleveland. This is the second year Delta State has received the matching grant, and the resulting concerts further both the university’s and the community’s commitment to music.

This week marks the eighth week of concerts, and Kate Campbell, a celebrated folk singer and songwriter, will perform tomorrow night at 7 p.m. The Latin dance band Latinismo will perform on Thursday, October 27 at 7 p.m., and the concert series will conclude on November 3 with a performance by the popular band Blackwater Trio, which is based in Clarksdale.

One unique aspect of the grant is that students from Delta State’s Delta Music Institute take on the majority of work surrounding setting up, promoting, and producing the concerts—all of which are important real-world experiences for these future leaders of the entertainment industry.

In other news on campus, be sure to add the next Colloquia Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series event to your calendars. Congressman Bennie Thompson will join us on November 9 to discuss the results of the November 8 national elections. This promises to be a timely and unique opportunity for all of our students, faculty and staff members. The event is set for 6 p.m. at Jobe Hall Auditorium. This Thursday, Delta State is pleased to have Mavis Staples and the Blind Boys of Alabama performing at the Bologna Performing Arts Center. It is sure to be another great night of music in Cleveland, and you can get your ticket by visiting