Fireside Chat

This edition of Fireside Chat discusses The Blueprint Mississippi Social Business Challenge. The challenge was recently announced by Governor Phil Bryant; Blake Wilson, Mississippi Economic Council president and CEO; and Hank Bounds, Commissioner of Higher Education.

“These men know that our state’s students possess the creativity and ingenuity necessary to provide a creative solution and develop a business plan to address some of Mississippi’s most pressing problems,” said Delta State President William N. LaForge. “Because of these student’s capabilities, they have invited teams of students from Mississippi’s public universities to put their heads together and come up with a plan.”

Students were asked to focus their efforts in support of one of the nine goals identified by Blueprint Mississippi. The challenge requires students to work in teams of no more than six with at least one faculty advisor.

The nine areas include: Educational Achievement; Robust Workforce; Strengthened Economy; Health Care; Creative Economy; Competitive Economy; Financial Capital; Diversity; and Coordination Among Leaders.

This featured video guest is Dr. Melody Fortune, assistant professor in Healthcare Administration and advisor of four-of-the-five Delta State teams.

Fortune discusses the four teams she is advising and what they hope to achieve. She explains in more detail what the students will learn from participating in this challenge.

The challenge will serve as an opportunity to showcase the talent and skill level of students at Delta State.

Other Events/Important Dates:

· Tonight, the Woodwind Chamber Ensembles Concert will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the BPAC Recital Hall. For more information, contact the Music Department at 846-4615.
· Following the Veterans program hosted at the Cleveland courthouse tomorrow, Nov. 11, the public is invited to attend a reception in the University Archives & Museum and explore an exhibit featuring memorabilia and stories related to the Vietnam War. For more information, call the University Archives at 662-846-4780.
· Also on Tuesday, at 7:30 p.m., Broadway’s musical comedy hit “Sister Act” will take place at the BPAC. For more information about purchasing tickets, go online to or call 662-846-4844.
· Also at the BPAC, “The Jazz Ambassadors” will perform Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. This group is the official touring Big Band of the United States Army. Admission is free. For more information call 662-846-4844.
· Homecoming Weekend begins Nov. 14. at 2 p.m. with the Margaret Wade Statue Dedication being held on the west plaza of Kent Wyatt Hall. At 6 p.m., the Alumni Awards and Gala Dinner will be held at the BPAC. The DSU Sports and Coaches Hall of Fame Inductees, Alumni Service Awards and Hall of Fame Recipients, along with the 1954 Undefeated Football Team and the Class of 1664 will be recognized. For more information about the Gala, contact the Alumni Office at 662-846-4704.
· On Nov. 15, the Statesmen football team will take on Mississippi College at 4 p.m. The Homecoming queen and court will be presented at the half time show. Come on out to Parker field/McCool Stadium and support the green and white as we renew our rivalry with MC, or listen at!

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