Fireside Chat

Joining President LaForge is Allie Rose Parker, 2016-17 Student Government Association President at Delta State.

Allie Rose is a senior biology major from Olive Branch. As SGA President, Allie Rose serves on the President’s Cabinet – a team that includes the university’s four vice presidents, as well as the Athletic Director, Executive Director of Alumni-Foundation, Faculty Senate President, an Academic Council representative and the Administrative Staff Council chair. President LaForge announced the addition of the Staff Council chair and SGA President to the President’s Cabinet in his first State of the University address in 2013, and at that time the SGA President served as a non-voting member.

At Delta State’s recent Opening Convocation, he announced that the Student Government President will now have full voting membership on my Cabinet. Last Monday, Allie Rose became the first student to cast a student vote on the President’s Cabinet.

In other news on campus, the fall semester has begun, and there are many activities and events planned in the coming months. September 15 marks the 91st anniversary of Delta State’s opening, and the university will celebrate with lunch and a special program outside the Union at the Alumni Clock Plaza. And, on Wednesday, Delta State will host a Mississippi Today Conversation Event with Andrew Lack, Chairman of NBC News and founder of Mississippi Today, and Walter Issacson, a noted author and President and CEO of the Apsen Institute. The conversation will be moderated by Jim Barksdale, CEO of Barksdale Management. That event will begin at 9:00 a.m. at Jobe Hall. Students, faculty, staff and community members are encouraged to attend. To find out more about these events and to keep up with university news, events and activities, visit

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