Miss DSU Gillian Oakley Competes in Miss Mississippi

President LaForge is joined by Miss Gillian Oakley, a senior, music education major from Southaven, Mississippi.

Gillian is very involved on campus, including serving on the Student Alumni Association and Student Government Association, as well as being a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Mu Phi Epsilon, Delta Delta Delta sorority, Students Against Destructive Decisions, and participating in three of the Delta State choirs. Gillian is the reigning Miss Delta State University, a title that she also held in in 2016, making her only the second person to hold the title twice — the first being Ann-Marie Webber Collins, who won the inaugural pageant in 1959 and again in 1961.

In June, Gillian competed in the Miss Mississippi pageant in Vicksburg, Mississippi where she promoted her platform of suicide awareness and prevention.

In other news on campus, Boz Scaggs is performing at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. On Wednesday, the Office of Career Services is hosting the OkraWorks part-time job fair for current DSU students from 1:30-4 p.m. on the Quad. Local employers, who have positions available, will attend in order to recruit employees for their organizations.

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

State of the University

In this special edition of Fireside Chat, President LaForge shares some highlights from the 2018 State of the University address.

In other news on campus, classes for the fall semester began today, but it’s not too late to register. If you are interested in enrolling at Delta State, contact our Admissions office at 662-846-4020.

On Thursday, IHL Commissioner Dr. Al Rankins will be on campus as part of his listening tour, which includes visiting all eight public universities during his first 100 days in office. Delta State faculty, staff, and students, as well as community members, are invited to an Open Forum with Dr. Rankins on Thursday at 2:00 p.m. in Room 302A of the H.L. Nowell Student Union. I encourage everyone to come out and share your thoughts and ideas for higher education with Commissioner Rankins. And it’s Welcome Week on campus. For all the information on that and to keep up with all of our news, events and activities, please visit our website at deltastate.edu.

Statesmen Football Preview

President LaForge is joined by Todd Cooley, Head Coach of the Statesmen football team.

Delta State’s football program distinguishes itself as one of the premier programs in Division II, with a national championship in 2000, a runner-up finish in 2010, seven Gulf South Conference titles, and nine playoff appearances.

Coach Cooley, the 19th coach of the Statesmen football team, has been instrumental in Delta State’s success since taking the job in 2013. Some of the highlights during his tenure include a stellar 9-2 record for the 2014 season ending with a Gulf South Conference Championship, two playoff appearances in 2014 and 2017, and numerous All-American selections including from last season’s squad, running back Chris Robinson and offensive lineman George Roberts.

Be sure to come out and support the Statesmen during their first home game against Grand Valley State University on Saturday, September 8 beginning at 6:00 p.m. at Parker Field-McCool Stadium.

In other news on campus, Fall Convocation will take place on Thursday at 3 p.m. at the Bologna Performing Arts Center, during which time I will deliver my annual State of the University address. Classes for the fall semester begin on Monday, and it’s not too late to register. If you are interested in enrolling at Delta State, contact our Admissions office at 662-846-4020.

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