Joining President LaForge is China Lewis, a senior, elementary education major and Assistant Student Director of the orientation program for new students.

The university offers an extensive orientation program each summer for new students enrolling for the fall semester. Three sessions will be offered in June and July, and there are sessions for both incoming freshmen as well as transfer students. The programs provide information on housing, academics, and student life, as well as entertainment activities that provide an opportunity for new students to meet the DSU Family, including current Delta State students as well as other new students. Students also have the opportunity to meet with academic advisors to create their class schedule for the upcoming semester.

Delta State also offers a number of sessions for parents of first-time students. Parents are encouraged to attend the same session as their student, and the sessions include information on meal plans, housing options for students, and many other topics.

In other news on campus, today marks the start of Summer I session. Registration will close tomorrow, Wednesday, May 30. If you’re thinking about taking a summer course, register before the deadline. And, there’s an opportunity to take classes during the Summer II session that begins July 2. The deadline for Summer II registration is Tuesday, July 3.

We kicked off our full slate of Summer camps off last week with Okra Kids Camp. If you’re interested in any of our summer camps, visit deltastate.edu/summercamps for a complete list of the opportunities.

To keep up with all of our news, events and activities, please visit our website at deltastate.edu.

Spring Commencement speaker Dr. Glen Jones

Joining President LaForge is Dr. Glen Jones, who served as the keynote speaker at Spring Commencement.

Dr. Jones was introduced as the 17th president of Henderson State on March 6, 2012, making him the first African American to serve as president or chancellor of a majority white institution in the history of Arkansas higher education. And, he was recently selected as chair of the NCAA Division II Presidents Council, which comprises 16 presidents or chancellors from active Division II members from around the nation.

The Presidents Council is the highest-ranking governing body in NCAA Division II, and it helps shape policy and the future direction of NCAA Division II. Its members are charged with setting the strategic direction for the division in all areas, including the division’s financial affairs and championships administration.

In other news on campus, Summer I session begins next week, but there’s still time to register for courses if you wish to get ahead in your degree or simply wish to take an elective. We offer a multitude of classes, ranging from the general education requirements to electives to upper level courses.  Summer School allows you to devote more time to a course or two without the pressure of a full class load. Registration for Summer I closes next Wednesday, May 30.

To keep up with all of our news, events and activities, please visit our website at deltastate.edu.

Mavis Staples-Honorary Doctoral Degree Recipient

Joining President LaForge is Mavis Staples, the honorary doctoral degree recipient for May Spring Commencement.

At Delta State, we take great pride in recognizing excellence by conferring honorary doctoral degrees to individuals who have made significant and meritorious contributions to the university, higher education generally, or other areas of society.

At our May Commencement Ceremony, we were pleased to bestow an honorary doctorate to Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, a GRAMMY Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Blues Hall of Fame inductee, Kennedy Center Honoree, and a National Heritage Fellowship Award recipient — the one and only Mavis Staples.

Since Ms. Staples’ first recording at age 13 in 1954, the musical world has learned from her and worked with her, and she has schooled countless legends. And, each and every time on stage, she has performed with timeless talent.

Ms. Staples’ stardom began with the Delta-influenced gospel sound she helped create in the 1950s with her father, Pops, and her brother and sisters as The Staple Singers.

The Staple Singers, inspired by Pops’ close friendship with Martin Luther King, Jr., became the spiritual and musical voices of the Civil Rights movement.

Ms. Staples then topped the radio charts during the Stax era with hits like “I’ll Take You There” and “Respect Yourself.” She served as muse to both Bob Dylan and Prince at the peak of their careers, and later formed collaborations with Van Morrison, Billy Preston, Zac Brown, Ry Cooder, Chuck D. and Willie Nelson.

Few can rival her impact in American music history, and her family’s impact on Civil Rights.  These are just a couple of the many reasons Delta State University chose to award Ms. Staples with an honorary doctoral degree.

In other news on campus, Okra Kids Camp begins next week, and we will welcome youth to our campus to take part in activities like kayaking, canoeing, disc golf, and many others. And, various athletic teams will host camps throughout the summer. Visit gostatesmen.com to learn more about the campus being offered and to sign up your children or grandchildren.

To keep up with all of our news, events and activities, please visit our website at deltastate.edu.