Margaret Tullos Field Symposium

Joining President LaForge is Cora Jackson, Chair of the Social Work Department.

On March 2, Delta State University’s Department of Social Work will present the annual Margaret Tullos Field Symposium from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Caylor-White Hall.

This year’s theme is “Awareness, Advocacy, Action: What Will You Do with Your Seat at the Table?”

Active and retired social work practitioners, social work students, mental health therapists, and school counselors from across Mississippi are encouraged to attend.

This annual conference is named in honor of Professor Emeritus Margaret Tullos, who served as a field education instructor during her long tenure at Delta State. The event is sponsored by the Department of Social Work to offer continuing education credits to social work practitioners throughout Mississippi and to enhance their professional growth and development.

In other campus news, Delta State will host an Academic Day for the College of Arts and Sciences today at 11 a.m. in the second floor of the H.L. Nowell Student Union. In athletic news, the baseball team will play Harding University tomorrow at 3 p.m. On Saturday, the softball team will host Auburn University – Montgomery at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., and on Sunday at noon. The baseball team will also host Auburn University – Montgomery, Alabama, at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. on Saturday, and on Sunday at 2:00 p.m.

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Meet the Beatles class

Joining President LaForge is Charly Abraham, an instructor at the Delta Music Institute.

For the first time in Delta State’s history, we are offering a “Meet the Beatles!” course as part of the curriculum in our Delta Music Institute.

The class is being taught this Spring, and is an overview of the Beatles, both individually and collectively, as well a study of their music and influence on the society of the 1960s. The course is being taught by Mr. Charly Abraham, instructor of entertainment industry studies, and will include guest lectures by additional Delta State faculty and staff, including myself.

“Meet the Beatles!” is open to all students, regardless of major. The syllabus has been reviewed and approved by John Lennon’s half-sister, Julia Baird, and by personnel at the Cavern Club in Liverpool, England.

Both Charly and President LaForge saw the Beatles perform in concert in 1966.  Charly saw them perform in Memphis for the famous “Cherry Bomb” show. Ten days later, President LaForge saw them perform in San Francisco at the final Beatles concert in history.

The course number is DMI 492, and the course counts for three academic credit hours.

In other news on campus, Career Services will host on Wednesday a seminar on the topic of How To Get a Job.  The session will take place in the H.L. Nowell Union, Room 302A. Later that evening, from 6-10 p.m. in the Jacob Conference Center, the African American Student Council will hosts Open Mic night, and all students are invited to come out and showcase their talent. In athletic news, the men’s and women’s swimming and diving and men’s and women’s basketball teams wrap up regular season competition this week. Swimming and diving hosts the NSISC meet at the DSU Aquatic Center starting Wednesday, while Statesmen and Lady Statesmen hoops host in-state rival Mississippi College on Thursday. has all the information you need for those events.

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Local Government Leadership Institute

Joining President LaForge is Dr. Temika Simmons, director of the Local Government Leadership Institute.

Delta State is pleased to share with you the opening of a new community outreach initiative called the Local Government Leadership Institute.

At Delta State, one of our visioning principles includes embracing community engagement and programs that address educational deficiencies and poverty, support economic growth, and promote civility and racial harmony. Well-managed local governments are important not only to the citizens they serve, but also to the businesses, industries, and other entities that are located in those communities.

The focus of the Local Government Leadership Institute is to assist Delta communities in addressing governance challenges by providing local officials with the knowledge and tools needed to run their municipalities effectively and efficiently. The Institute offers basic, hands-on, governance training on a variety of municipal topics and provides participants with the knowledge and skills needed to:

  • Improve and sustain the communities in which they live and work
  • Develop a regional approach to economic success
  • Enhance community relations
  • Increase public trust in local government
  • Advance public civility and racial harmony
  • Improve the community’s economy and quality of life

A special thanks to the Robert M. Hearin Foundation and Casey Family Programs for their financial support in helping to make this valuable program a reality.

In other campus news, the office of Career Services is hosting an event, Which Fork Do I Use? on February 15 from 12-2 p.m. where they will assist Delta State students in learning dining etiquette and network training. The event will be held in the east lobby on the second floor of the Union. In athletic news, the men’s and women’s basketball teams host Lee University on Saturday with tipoff at 2 and 4 p.m. And the Statesmen baseball team opens its home schedule this weekend at Harvey Stadium-Ferriss Field with games against Southern Indiana and Quincy University. Check out for game times. To keep up with all of our news, events and activities, please visit our website at