Outdoor Recreation

Joining President LaForge to talk about the outdoor recreation program is Dr. Todd Davis, assistant professor in the Health, Physical Education, and Recreation department and director of the outdoor recreation program.

It’s been two years since we dedicated the Dave Heflin Outdoor Recreation Education Lab. Here are some numbers on how the lab and the outdoor recreation program have been utilized since that time.

  • The lab serves as a classroom for all outdoor recreation education courses. So far, 168 students have enrolled.
  • The rock wall is used for weekly bouldering clinics. So far, 87 students have participated in them.
  • 288 Okra Camp youth, ages 6 to 11, used the rock wall for bouldering last summer.
  • The one-year-old outdoor recreation van has 14, 800 miles on it and has taken 112 Delta State students to multiple destinations, including the Ocoee River, Grand Canyon National Park, Big Bend National Park, and the Rio Grande River.

In other news on campus, The Wizard of Oz musical performance will take place at the BPAC tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, the Thacker Mountain Radio Show will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. in DMI’s Studio A. It features singer/songwriter Beth McKee, writer William Boyle, DMI Director Tricia Walker, and DMI’s ’90s band B4Y2K, among others. This event, which is a fundraiser for DMI and the Duff Dorrough Memorial Scholarship fund, is free and open to the public; however, donations are encouraged.

In athletic news, Statesmen baseball will host Arkansas Tech on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively.

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


Joining President LaForge to talk about Erasmus+ and their experiences with the program are Dr. Gabriel Scala, Assistant Professor of English at Delta State, who taught at KUL last year, and Dr. Urszula Niewiadomska-Flis, who is visiting from KUL and taught on our campus last week.

Since 2014, DSU and John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin (KUL) in Poland have partnered to provide academic exchange opportunities for students, faculty, and staff. Here are some numbers about our partnership with both KUL and Erasmus+, the European community’s exchange program.

  • In 2015, DSU hosted one faculty member and four students from KUL during a 10-day visit.
  • In 2016, four students, one faculty, and one staff member from DSU went to KUL for a 10-day exchange.
  • Since 2008, I have had the opportunity to be a visiting professor at KUL on five occasions, including just last year.
  • In 2018, DSU and KUL completed their first Erasmus+ exchanges. Dr. Gabriel Scala, DSU professor of English, went to KUL to teach for one week, and Dr. Anna Antonowicz, KUL professor of English Studies, came to DSU to teach.
  • Under the Erasmus+ program, more than 4 million people will be able to participate in learning opportunities in Europe and beyond between 2014 and 2020, including around 2 million higher education students.

In other news on campus, in honor of Black History Month, Delta State’s Quality Enhancement Plan program will present “Delta Hill Riders: African American Cowboys of the Mississippi Delta” as its February IDEA Lunch today from noon until 1 p.m. at the Capps Archives. Also, folk and pop singer and songwriter Sarah McLachlan hits the BPAC stage tomorrow night at 8 p.m. for an intimate evening of songs and storytelling.

In athletic news, the swim/dive teams compete in their conference championship meet, starting Wednesday at the Aquatics Center on campus. Baseball and softball host Union University this weekend, and men’s and women’s basketball host in-state rival Mississippi College on Saturday. For event times, check out gostatesmen.com.

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

Special Edition: GRAMMY Week in LA

President LaForge is joined by two DMI students, Libby Switzer, a performer, and Kelsey Picolo, tour manager.

Today’s special edition segment comes to you from Los Angeles, Calif., where I joined the DMI All Stars for GRAMMY week. Here are some numbers about DMI and Grammy Award winners from Mississippi.

  • The DMI All Stars have made the trip to Los Angeles for GRAMMY week six times.
  • Nearly 8 percent of Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award winners have Mississippi roots.
  • This year marks the 10th anniversary of Mississippi Night during GRAMMY week.
  • Indianola native B.B. King is a 15-time Grammy winner.

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