Fighting Okra Records

Joining President LaForge is Cody Upchurch, who serves as the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Fighting Okra Records.

Earlier this semester, Fighting Okra Records, a student-run record label housed in the Delta Music Institute entertainment industry program, released its third compilation CD project. The new CD titled “Fighting Okra: Round 3” features 17 tracks of original music either written, produced, or recorded by DMI students.

The project was the culmination of a senior project by DMI graduate Jarrick Finkley during the fall of 2015. In a continuing effort to expose the music of DMI students to the campus and community, Jarrick decided to assemble a third compilation CD to highlight the depth of talent of DMI students. This semester, students from Delta Music Institute have been promoting the new album through a variety of public relations efforts including press releases and an official launch party that was held on the Quad.

In other news on campus, the Office of Student Affairs is hosting a Halloween party for Delta State students tomorrow at 9 p.m. in Wyatt Gym. And, the world-renowned dance group Ailey II will be performing at the Bologna Performing Arts Center this Thursday, November 2 at 7:30 p.m. In athletic news, the Statesmen football team will compete at North Greenville University this Saturday with kickoff set for 1:30 p.m.

Laws-Elliott lab dedication

Joining President LaForge are Dr. Robert Elliott and Dr. Mary Elliott.

Delta State has many distinguished and devoted alumni and Drs. Robert and Mary Elliott are without a doubt among them. The Elliotts have mentored numerous students and provided a forum — through the annual Elliott Symposium — for students to learn more about what it means to be a health professional. Delta State recently hosted the 24th annual Elliott symposium on campus. Through this event, more than 100 Delta State students each year have had an opportunity to either share papers or posters or to participate in the symposium sessions.

This year’s event was capped off with a special dedication of the Laws-Elliott Professional Prep Laboratory in Walters Hall. The laboratory is a small computer lab seating 12 students, and its major emphasis is to provide an area dedicated for students who are taking professional school preparation courses that will prepare them for professional school exams such as the MCAT. The laboratory also will house a reference library that will be available to students.

The Elliotts also sponsor the Elliott Fellowship program, which gives Delta State students an opportunity to conduct research with them in their Mastology Laboratory in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. And, the Elliott Scholarship Fund has supported 69 Delta State students with scholarships totaling more than $267,500.

In other news on campus, the university will host a “Fill the Trail” walk today at 5:30 p.m. at the DSU walking trail, and this weekend, hundreds of people will be on campus for the Mississippi Delta Chinese Heritage Museum annual reunion. In athletic news, the Statesmen football team will travel to play the University of North Alabama on Saturday with kickoff set for 6 p.m., and the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will be competing at Georgia Tech University beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday.

Colloquia speaker Dr. Rod Paige

Joining President LaForge is Dr. Rod Paige, former United States Secretary of Education.

The Delta State University Colloquia Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series continued last week with special guest Dr. Rod Paige, who spoke on the topic of “The Future of Higher Education in America.”

Dr. Paige served as the United States Secretary of Education under President George W. Bush from 2001 to 2005.  During his tenure, he helped create the No Child Left Behind Act, which was based in part on his work as a superintendent in the Houston Independent School District. The son of public school educators, Dr. Paige earned his bachelor’s degree from Jackson State University and his master’s and doctoral degrees from Indiana University. He was the first African American and the first school superintendent to serve as U.S. Secretary of Education, and he recently served as the interim president at Jackson State University.

In other news on campus, the Office of Student Affairs is hosting a dodgeball tournament on the Quad from 3 to 8 p.m. tomorrow, October 17. And, the Bologna Performing Arts Center presents Brothers Osborne, an up-and-coming country music group, on Thursday, October 19, beginning at 7:30 p.m. In athletic news, the Statesmen football team will play at home against Valdosta State this Saturday, October 21 with kickoff set for 2 p.m.

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