Photos from April 27 Presidential Forums

New Student-Athlete Academic Program at Delta State

Delta State recently announced the launch of a new Student-Athlete Academic Support Services program in partnership with the Mississippi Department of Human Services. The program will offer academic labs, academic coaching, and programs aimed at increasing student-athlete retention rates. MDHS has generously contributed funding for the partnership this year with the possibility of renewed funding in coming years.

The program will work with units across campus to create academic workshops, community service opportunities, and leadership opportunities. In addition, student-athletes will have access to a state-of-the-art learning lab equipped with tutors and instructors, as well as collaborative learning spaces, interactive study tables, and opportunities for career planning and personal development.

Tricia Killebrew, a three-time Delta State graduate, has been named the Project Director for the program, and is joining us today to tell us more about the program.

For more information regarding the Student-Athlete Academic Support Services program, contact Tricia at (662) 846-4654 or

In other news on campus, multi-platinum Nashville recording artist Josh Turner will perform at the Bologna Performing Arts Center this Thursday, April 27, at 7:30 p.m. For tickets, call 662-846-4626 or visit the BPAC website at And, next week is finals week on campus. We wish all of our students luck as they prepare to wrap up another semester. Commencement ceremonies for our 2017 spring graduates will be held May 6 in the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

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President LaForge to host three forums on April 27

President LaForge will host three campus forums on April 27 to provide updates on the university’s budget situation, plans for addressing the cuts imposed by the state, tuition increases, and campus renovations, improvements, programs and plans.

The sessions will be scheduled as follows:

  • Staff — 10 a.m. in the Baioni Conference Center in Broom Hall
  • Students — 12:15 p.m. on the second floor west lobby of the H. L. Nowell Union. Lunch will be provided to students.
  • Faculty — 2 p.m. in the Baioni Conference Center

In each session, LaForge will present an overview of the topics noted above, and the president’s Executive Committee will join him in responding to questions. Administrative Staff Council Chair Christie Rocconi will moderate the staff session. SGA President Allie Rose Parker will moderate the student session. And, Faculty Senate President Dr. Chris Jurgenson will moderate the faculty forum.