Fireside Chat


*Special thanks to Svetlana Polyakova and Rory Doyle for providing the video footage.


“Welcome to this edition of fireside chat. I am joining you from overseas in Russia as Delta State continues to bolster partnerships with international institutions.”

LaForge explains that through a grant from the U.S. Department of State, students from Delta State University and students from Perm State University in Russia have the opportunity to participate in an exchange program called “Rivers of Music — Rivers of Culture.”   The program utilizes music as the universal language, allowing students to explore the cultures, histories and heritages of the two countries.

“Last fall, five students and six faculty members from Perm visited Delta State as part of the Mississippi Delta Immersion Experience program.  This week, 6 students and 7 faculty and staff from Delta State are visiting Perm.”

Delta Music Institute students Jessica Faith Wishard and Jarrick Finkley respond to questions from President LaForge. Wishard tells the audience about the Permski Krai Immersion Experience and how  faculty and students will benefit from the trip. Both students share what they hope to learn from the trip to Russia.

“Thank you for representing Delta State so well here in Russia. This is a wonderful program that supports our international exchange goals and provides many opportunities for educational and experiential growth,”  said LaForge.

The president provides updates on campus events taking place this week. The Bologna Performing Arts Center is continuing its summer movie series this year with the showing of Paddington, which will be held tomorrow at 10 a.m. and 7 p.m. Teach For America guests will arrive on campus this week for the sixth consecutive year.

“Let’s roll out the green carpet once again, and help to make these visitors feel like a part of our DSU family. Thank you for joining me today, and I will see you next time for another edition of fireside chat.”

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