Fireside Chat

President LaForge delivers this edition of fireside chat from the lobby of Delta State’s newest residence hall, Foundation Hall. This residence hall is located near the center of campus on the site of two former buildings, Bond-Carpenter Hall and Whittington-Williams Hall.

This past week, the Delta State family hosted a commemorative dedication and installed a plaque in the lobby of Foundation Hall to recognize the namesakes of those buildings that were razed to prepare for a new hall.

The individuals whose names were on the buildings are: William Faroe Bond, member of the first Board of Trustees of Delta State; Harry Gordon Carpenter, member of the constitutional Board of Trustees of Institutions of Higher Learning for the State of Mississippi; William Madison Whittington, State Senator and Congressman; and Wirt Alfred Williams, Professor of History and Head of the Department of Social Sciences at Delta State.

Joining LaForge are family members of Dr. Willard Bond—his grandson, Willard Bond, and his great-granddaughter, Barbara Farley.

“Delta State strives to foster a strong family atmosphere and therefore it is important to the history and culture of our university to create a lasting memory for Bond-Carpenter Hall and Whittington-Williams Hall,” said LaForge.

Participants in Teach For America’s Delta Institute arrived on campus yesterday and will take part in the training institute through mid-July.

“We are excited to have this group of talented young people, who are from all over the country, on our campus and in our community.  Please help us roll out the green carpet for them and show them what Delta hospitality is all about.”

“The first term of Summer school is underway, and registration is still open for the second summer session. If you have not looked at summer course offerings, I encourage you to do so by visiting Summer courses are a great way to earn credit hours in a short period of time and to help you receive your degree as quickly as possible.”

Also taking place this summer are a variety of camps for all ages. Check out what is offered–from sports and science to arts and recreation–at

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

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