Fireside Chat


This week’s edition of fireside chat focuses on arts and entertainment.

“The semester is in full swing now, and the campus is full of energy and activities. While Delta State places its greatest emphasis on excellence in instruction, we also strive to provide programs and services that promote cultural development,” said LaForge.

One of the ways Delta State provides this development is through its state-of-the-art Bologna Performing Arts Center, which offers a rich tapestry of cultural and educational programs to serve the entire Mississippi Delta. The BPAC has been open for 20 years and has earned recognition as one of the premier houses for entertainment and arts in Mississippi and the Southeast. It was voted the Best Performing Arts Venue in Mississippi by Mississippi Magazine. The Bologna Performing Arts Center offers many forms of entertainment throughout the year, including Main Stage performances and School-Time Matinee Series as well as the Janice Wyatt Mississippi Summer Arts Institute.

Director Laura Howell joined the talk to discuss the variety of cultural and educational programming

Howell speaks about the next big show — The Great Gatsby. In addition to the 7:30 p.m. Main Stage performance on Thursday, February 26, the BPAC will hold a special high school production at 10:00 a.m.

The Center recently announced the Spring Movie Series—three PG titles shown on Sunday afternoons in February, March, and April. There are also two Main Stage performances and two matinees remaining this season.

LaForge announced that the week is full of on-campus entertainment. On Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., there will be a guest recital featuring Ellen Elder in the BPAC recital hall. This event is sponsored by the Department of Music. On Wednesday, Delta State’s annual Most Beautiful Pageant will be hosted at 7:30 p.m. in the BPAC’s Delta and Pine Land Theater. Also taking place this week is a performance of South of Gold Mountain by H.T. Chen Dance Company, the nation’s largest Asian-American dance institution. It is a historical tale told through song and dance and will take place on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Jobe Auditorium. Save the date for the second annual Go Green Weekend taking place March 27-29. It is sure to be a fun event as areas across campus join forces to create a spring extravaganza for alumni, students, fans and the Delta community. For more information on any of these events, please visit the university calendar at www.deltastate.edu.

“Thank you for joining me, and I will see you here next week for another edition of fireside chat.”

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