Fireside Chat

Delta State is distinguishing itself as a center for music and culture within the state of Mississippi and across the nation. At the cornerstone of this emphasis is the Delta Music Institute, an independent center of study under the College of Arts and Sciences. The DMI offers students a broad and thorough education in the technological, creative, and business areas of the music and entertainment industry. One of those practical and valuable learning experiences is provided through Fighting Okra Records, a student-run record label housed within DMI.

Each year, the students who operate the label host a three-step audition process that includes an interview and live performance in order to select the Fighting Okra Records artist of the year. Students who operate the label then work with the artist to plan recordings, complete a photo session and schedule performances across the region. The record label is the driving component of the DMI’s Record Label Practicum course, and its mission is to provide a variety of independent artists with professional quality music industry services.

In other news on campus, we are beginning to wind down the spring semester and will soon be preparing for May commencement ceremonies. Commencement is set for 10 a.m. on May 7 in Walter Sillers Coliseum, and this event is always a particularly exciting time for the university. This week, the university will host a meeting of the Institutions of Higher Learning board, the governing board for all of the state’s public universities. The Board oversees degree-credit courses, research, public service activities and programs at the universities. The meeting also will be attended by university leaders from across the state, and we look forward to welcoming them to our campus. To stay up to date with all of our news, events and activities, visit our website at

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