Fireside Chat


In this edition of fireside chat, President William LaForge discusses the second-annual Winning The Race conference with Dr. Myrtis Tabb, associate vice president of finance and administration, Dr. Paulette Meikle, chair and associate professor of sociology and community development, and Dr. Chuck Westmoreland, assistant professor of history and coordinator of our Mississippi Delta Studies program.

Before talking about the conference, LaForge shares with the audience that the Delta Music Institute represented the student talent in the Mal’s St. Paddy Parade in Jackson. This year’s theme was Bringing Home the Grammyphone, which is quite fitting for the soon-to-be GRAMMY Museum Mississippi opening right here in Cleveland this fall.

This next week holds an exciting event for the campus and community. Winning the Race is scheduled for March 30-31. Dr. Tabb tells the audience about the event and what attendees can expect from it. Dr. Westmoreland announces some of the speakers that will be on campus, and Dr. Meikle provides insight into the preparation process for this big event.

“Thank you for your hard work and dedication to this very important conference. We look forward to the valuable conversations that will take place,” said LaForge.

The President announces another big event is taking place on campus this weekend. Go Green Weekend is scheduled for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday and promises to be fun for the Green and White Nation. There will be live music, vendors, a kids zone and athletic events all weekend. The National Alumni Association will host a cooking competition and tailgate area in Statesmen Park. And, the admissions team will host a spring visit day on Saturday.

“Please join us in welcoming our guests and prospective students to campus. Come out to support the Statesmen and Okra while enjoying great food, fun and sports. Thank you for joining me, and I will see you next time on fireside chat.”

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