Winning the Race conference set for March 27-28

Joining President LaForge to discuss this year’s Winning the Race conference is Dr. Temika Simmons, assistant professor of psychology and chair of the conference planning committee.

Next week on campus, the university will welcome scholars and community members from across the Delta, who will gather for the fourth annual Winning the Race conference. This year’s conference is focused on advancing education in the Mississippi Delta and is presented in partnership with the Casey Family Programs. The conference will seek to identify educational inequities and strengthen educational opportunities across the Delta region.

When this conference was started in 2014, the goal was to create an innovative academic conference with a focus on engaging, promoting and rekindling conversations among Delta-area communities in order to move toward greater equity and reduced racial tensions. To learn more about the conference, visit

In other news on campus, the Union Program Board will host a Casino Night for students on Wednesday, March 22, beginning at 7 p.m. in the State Room of the H.L. Nowell Student Union. And, tomorrow, the Statesmen baseball team will take on Henderson State in a double header. The first game is set to start at 3 p.m. followed by a second game at 6 p.m.

Congressional Fellow Tyler Sullivan

Joining President LaForge is Tyler Sullivan, the 2017 Congressional Fellow from Delta State University.

This edition of Fireside Chat was filmed in the nation’s capital city – Washington D.C. – during an annual trip President LaForge makes to visit Mississippi’s Congressional leaders to share with them the good things happening at Delta State.

Each year, President LaForge also takes some time to visit Delta State’s Congressional Fellow – a Delta State student who has been selected for a unique opportunity to intern with Mississippi Senator Thad Cochran. The program is sponsored by Delta State and the Delta Council, and it is a long-standing tradition for students. The program is designed to give each student an opportunity to enrich his or her academic experience, while learning the legislative process through serving on the Senator’s staff.

This year’s Congressional Fellow is Tyler Sullivan, a distinguished Delta State student who also led the Statesmen football team as quarterback over the past three seasons. Tyler moved to D.C. in early January to begin this experience and to be a part of our nation’s political process.

It’s Spring Break week at Delta State, but that doesn’t mean the campus is quiet. Today, the inaugural STEAM camp, which stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics, begins on campus. This project is funded through a grant from Monsanto and offers project-based learning with arts integration for 30 fourth through sixth graders from the Cleveland School District.

And, don’t forget to register for our annual Winning the Race conference set for March 27 and 28. This year’s conference will focus on advancing education in the Mississippi Delta. You can register at



Students visit State Capitol

This past month, a delegation of Student Government Association students from Delta State University visited the Mississippi State Capitol to observe legislators in session and to host Delta State’s local members for lunch.

The group of students included Allie Rose Parker, SGA president; Hunter Webb, SGA attorney general; and Jordan Galtelli, philanthropic affairs chairman. The students had the opportunity to visit with Senators Derrick Simmons, Buck Clarke and Willie Simmons as well as with Representatives Abe Hudson and David Parker.

The students also took time to complete a recent philanthropy project by delivering Valentine’s Day cards created by students across the Delta State campus to children at the Blair Batson Children’s Hospital.

Later this week, another group of students will travel to Jackson for a longstanding tradition at Delta State – hosting a brown bag luncheon at the Capitol. This luncheon provides students with the opportunity to network and interact with elected officials and to discuss legislation related to higher education in Mississippi.

Joining me today is SGA President Allie Rose Parker, whose father David Parker was among the legislators participating in the recent visit.

In other news on campus, on Thursday, March 9, the Student Success Center will host a workshop for students on money management and financial responsibility. The event is set for 3 to 4 p.m. in the Jacob Conference Center in Ewing Hall. And, this Saturday, March 11, the Delta State softball and baseball teams will host West Georgia for doubleheaders here in Cleveland. The softball games begin at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., and baseball games are set for 1 p.m. and 4 p.m.

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