Joining President LaForge is Emily Jones, University Archivist.
This Wednesday, members of the Delta State family will come together to celebrate the university’s 92nd anniversary. Two years ago, we began hosting annual anniversary celebrations, and we will continue to do so as we prepare for the centennial celebration in 2025. Each year’s celebration has focused on a specific decade of the university’s history, and this year’s events will highlight the 1940s. For that reason, the celebration will be held in Whitfield gym, which is named for Governor Henry L. Whitfield, the governor who signed the bill creating the university in 1924.
Whitfield Gym, which was one of five buildings constructed with “Works Progress Administration” funding, was completed in time for classes to be held there for the winter quarter session. The outdoor pool, located beside the gym, had also been constructed with supplements from the WPA during World War II. While the university had suspended all of its formal athletic programs, students were encouraged to remain active, and so the gym was the site for many war-year dances, intramural activities, and exercise classes, of which shuffleboard and table tennis were favorites.
In other news on campus, Wednesday is also the kickoff of the annual Chick-fil-A Leadership Academy on campus, which brings high school students from across the state to Delta State to learn skills that will expand their leadership abilities. And, on Friday, rice farmers and agriculturists from around the state will be on campus for the 27th Annual Rice Tasting Luncheon, and we are pleased to once again host this event and to honor all of the rice farmers in Mississippi.
To keep up with all of our news, activities and events, visit our website at deltastate.edu.