Alumni events set across the country

Joining President LaForge is Jeffrey Farris, director of Alumni Affairs at Delta State.

The Delta State Alumni Association has been busy visiting alumni and friends of the university this summer. In June, they participated in Atlanta’s Mississippi in the Park as well as the Mississippi on the Mall event in Washington, D.C. The Atlanta event was hosted by the Mississippi Society of Georgia and featured live music and a catfish lunch. The D.C. event was hosted by Mississippi Society of D.C. and was held at the Henry Bacon ballfield near the Lincoln Memorial.

The Alumni Association is in the process of planning and hosting alumni chapter meetings across the state. The Greater Jackson Alumni Chapter meeting took place July 13; the Leflore County/Greenwood chapter will meet on August 1 at the Museum of the Mississippi Delta, and the DeSoto County chapter will meet August 12.

In other news on campus, we will host the United for Children Education Summit this week on campus. The one-day workshop is designed for teachers, food service workers and parents. It is part of a partnership between our Continuing Education office and Sunflower County United for Children organization. To find out more, visit the calendar on the Delta State home page or call 662-846-4633.

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TFA Delta Institute at Delta State

Joining President LaForge is Rachel Brainerd, Senior Managing Director for Teach for America.

Eight years ago, Delta State entered into a partnership with Teach For America, a program that started in 1989 as a senior thesis project for Wendy Kopp, a Princeton University student. At the time, school districts across the nation were facing teacher shortages, and Ms. Kopp had the idea of recruiting high-performing college graduates to teach in high-need urban and rural schools. In June, Delta State welcomed the eighth group of corps members and staff members from Teach For America to campus for the 2017 TFA Delta Institute. Following their six-week training program, participants will spend two years teaching in regions such as Appalachia, Arkansas, Louisiana Delta, Mississippi, and South Louisiana.

In other news on campus, the Bologna Performing Arts Center continues its Summer Movie Series with a showing of “Born in China” on Tuesday, July 11 at 7 p.m., and tickets are $5. The Wiley Planetarium will host a showing of “Robot Explorers 3D”on Wednesday, July 12, at 6 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for anyone with an Okra card, children under the age of 12, and senior adults.

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