Fireside Chat


President LaForge is joined by Dr. Christy Riddle, executive director of International Student Services and the Student Success Center at Delta State.

When President LaForge took office in 2013, one of his goals was to develop Delta State’s relationships with international institutions and to provide more exchange opportunities for our students. Over the past three years, Delta State has accomplished this goal by forming growing partnerships with Perm State University in Perm, Russia, The University of National World Economy in Sofia, Bulgaria, and with John Paul II Catholic University (KUL) in Lublin, Poland.

This past spring, students, and faculty members from KUL visited campus and attended the International Conference on the Blues. President LaForge had the opportunity to serve as a visiting professor at KUL four times, and the university is excited to announce that this May, students from Delta State will visit KUL’s campus for two weeks to learn more about that university and to experience the culture of Poland. KUL is one of several universities with which Delta State has signed a memorandum of understanding to further develop international exchanges.

Students for this upcoming trip will be selected through a competitive application process, and all academic majors are eligible to apply. Preference will be given to full-time,undergraduate students who are interested in pursuing advanced degrees in law, particularly business law, international business and environmental law. KUL’s law school is known for their programs in these areas, and students will gain experience and knowledge that will set them apart as they begin to apply for jobs and graduate programs.

In other news on campus, the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area will bring the Delta Jewels Oral History Partnership to campus on Wednesday at noon in the Jacob Conference Center in Ewing Hall. Sponsored by the Delta State Diversity Committee and the Delta Center for Culture and Learning, the event will feature a collection of oral histories and photographs of African American church mothers from the Mississippi Delta which has been collected by Pulitzer-Prize-winning photojournalist Alysia Burton Steele.

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