Fireside Chat


Joining President LaForge is Dr. Gary Bouse, Delta State Chief Development Officer and liaison to the Dedicated Statesmen Association.

This past fall, we celebrated the 90th birthday of Delta State University with a series of programs observing its accomplished history. As part of the continued celebration, a number of student groups will come together on April 19 to repaint Delta State’s Green Mile fitness trail, which weaves its way through campus. The project is being led by members of the Dedicated Statesmen Association, a group of retirees and alumni who continue to stay involved with Delta State and assist with various activities. This group oversaw the restoration of the Alumni Plaza clock as part of the 90th anniversary, and will continue to identify and spearhead projects on campus in the coming years.

The repainting of the Green Mile will kick off at the Alumni Plaza clock, next to the Student Union, at 1:30 p.m. on April 19, with members of several different student groups, athletic teams, and Greek organizations competing in teams. The goal is to give new life to the Green Mile, which was created in 2010 to promote overall health and wellness at Delta State. The one-mile trail enables walkers and joggers to start at any set of green footprints on campus and to follow the trail of footprints until they are back at their starting point, thus completing one mile of exercise. The work of the student teams will be judged on neatness and completion, and the winners will receive trophies and prizes for their efforts. Fitness and health are important components of education at Delta State, and the university is proud that the Green Mile is available to anyone from the campus or community.

In other news on campus, the Delta State University Jazz Ensemble will present its spring concert tonight at 7:30. At 7:30 tomorrow night, Delta State’s three choral groups will present “Carmina Burana,” a cantata which uses the text of 24 medieval poems. And, rounding out three nights of music will be a free concert featuring the U.S. Air Force Concert Band. That performance is set for 7 p.m. Wednesday night. All three performances will take place in our Bologna Performing Arts Center.

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