Bicentennial events at Delta State

Joining President LaForge is Laurissa Backlin, assistant professor of music.

On December 10, 1817, the State of Mississippi joined the Union as the 20th state. During the past several months, the state has celebrated its 200th year of the statehood with a number of events that honor Mississippi’s people, places, music, food, agriculture, industry, sports legends and literary greats. On October 4 and 5, Delta State University will join the statewide celebration of Mississippi’s bicentennial.

Programming for the events is sponsored by the Mississippi Humanities Council, the Delta Center for Culture and Learning, Winning the Race and the Quality Enhancement Plan at Delta State. Some of the events planned include a juried art show at the Bologna Performing Arts Center that will run from October 4th until the end of the month, and an evening poetry slam, featuring student submissions, that is set for 8 p.m. on October 5th at Mississippi Grounds coffee shop.

In other news on campus, the annual Mississippi Blood Services Drive competition between Delta State and Mississippi College is set for tomorrow, September 26, and Wednesday, September 27, from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in front of the H.L. Nowell Student Union. And, the Wired for Sound concert series, hosted by our Delta Music Institute, is set for Wednesday from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. in downtown Cleveland. On Friday at 7 p.m., the women’s and men’s swimming and diving teams will host Rhodes College, and the Statesmen football team will travel to Clinton on Saturday to play rival Mississippi College at 7 p.m.

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