Fireside Chat

President LaForge delivers this edition of fireside chat from the nation’s capital city Washington, D.C. with Kristin Swarek, a Delta State accounting student who was named the 2015 Congressional Fellow. She is participating in a long-running tradition with Mississippi Senators Thad Cochran. A limited number of intern positions are available each year in his office in D.C. as well as Mississippi. The Congressional Fellow program is designed to give each student an opportunity to enrich their academic experience while learning the legislative process by serving on his staff. Beginning in early January, Swarek packed her bags to get a taste of politics from inside the Washington, D.C. beltway.

LaForge welcomes the audience and Swarek before she shares her story of a day in the life of a Congressional Fellow with Senator Cochran. Swarek also talks about the lessons that she will bring home, which is that no job is too small. Students interested in applying for the internship program may visit

“This past weekend, the campus and community celebrated the retirement of our Vice President for Student Affairs, Dr. Wayne Blansett. A special announcement was made revealing that New Men’s residence hall would become Blansett Hall in honor of his outstanding service to the University. His contributions to Delta State and all the students who have attended are invaluable,” said LaForge. “He will be missed, but we celebrate and congratulate him on his next step in life.”

Coming up at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on Tuesday is the Tony award-winning Broadway musical, Million Dollar Quartet, which was inspired by the rock-n-roll icons Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins, and Johnny Cash. To purchase tickets call 662-846-4626. For more university and athletic events, visit our website, and remember to follow us on Twitter for updates and announcements.

Thank you for joining me today, and I will see you here for the next edition of fireside chat.

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