DSU Family gives back

Joining President LaForge is Rhonda Loper, who has served as chair of the special projects committee within Staff Council since 2014.

Each year the Delta State family bands together to help families throughout our campus and community through the “Feed-A-Family” and Toy Drive programs. These programs are sponsored by our Administrative Staff Council.

The primary role of Delta State’s Staff Council organization is to serve as a liaison for staff to discuss issues involving university policies and procedures, but they also serve many other functions on campus. They provide support for members of our Delta State family who experience the death of a loved one, help to celebrate the joys of new accomplishments, and serve as hospitality representatives for the entire university.

Each year, throughout the month of November, members of our staff and faculty donate canned goods and miscellaneous foods that go toward creating a traditional Thanksgiving meal for families in need. This program is the kickoff for a season of giving for Delta State and it continues into December with our annual Delta State Holiday Toy Drive, which collects toys for needy children who are identified by the Bolivar County Family and Children’s Services Offices.

In other news on campus, the Wiley Planetarium will host a screening of “Ice Worlds,” which focuses on the delicate balance between ice, water, and the existence of life. The show is set for Thursday, November 30 at 6 p.m. In athletic news, the men’s and women’s basketball teams will host Christian Brothers on Thursday beginning at 5:30 p.m., and then both teams will host Union University on Saturday beginning at 2 p.m.

Keep up with all of the events and activities taking place at Delta State by visiting our website www.deltastate.edu.

10 reasons to give thanks

This year, President William N. LaForge’s State of the University address was titled “With Gratitude,” and Thanksgiving week provides a special opportunity to pause and reflect on why we should be thankful. So, in recognition of this Thanksgiving season, President LaForge offers you ten reasons we — as a university — are thankful.

As a reminder, classes will not meet this week so that students can travel home for the Thanksgiving holidays. Administrative offices will remain open through Wednesday, and will be closed on Thursday and Friday.

You can keep up with all of our news, events and activities by visiting our web site www.deltastate.edu.

Student produces documentary

Joining President LaForge is junior psychology major Matteo Zengaro.

It’s always special to feature stories about our students at Delta State.

Last week, Delta State hosted a screening of a new documentary produced by student Matteo Zengaro.

Matteo, a Cleveland native, produced the film to highlight Italian Americans living in the Delta. The film was funded by a grant from the Russo Brothers Italian American Film Forum. Anthony and Joe Russo are Italian American film and television directors known for directing the popular Marvel franchise movies “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” “Captain America: Civil War,” and “Avengers: Infinity War.” The grant provided $7,500 to fund film projects documenting the Italian American experience in order to maintain its preservation for future generations.

Matteo’s film highlights a culture that has been ingrained within the Delta community, but largely ignored in overall Italian American history. His goal was to tell the story of the sons and daughters of Italians who immigrated to the Delta and how present day Italian Americans keep their ancestors’ culture flowing within their community.

Applicants from around the United States and Italy submitted proposals for the Russo brothers grants. Matteo was one of seven applicants chosen in 2017. This honor is the first for Delta State University, and Matteo will submit a copy of the completed film to the Delta State University Archives to preserve the oral stories of Italian history in the Delta.

In other news on campus, Phi Beta Sigma is hosting a Helping Hands Food Drive in the Union today from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and people are encouraged to drop off non-perishable items. Also, the Art Department’s art fair is open at the Wright Art Center. This fair offers a variety of items created by Delta State students, faculty, and members of the Cleveland community, and is a great opportunity to get an early start on Christmas shopping. The fair is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In athletic news, the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will compete this Friday and Saturday at home, and the men’s basketball team will take on Cumberland University at home this Saturday at 4 p.m.