Labor Day Special

President LaForge is joined by two members of Delta State’s facilities management team, Cecil Barnett and Michael Kemp.

Yesterday was Labor Day, a national holiday to pay tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.  Today, I want to recognize our hard working faculty and staff at this great university — particularly our facilities management department.

The Department of Facilities Management is responsible for ensuring that effective and efficient services in planning, design, construction, operation, and maintenance of all University facilities and grounds support the academic, research, and administrative functions, while balancing financial and technical constraints with aesthetic and historical concerns. They are dedicated to providing an attractive, clean, accessible, safe, and well-planned educational environment to facilitate campus activities, and support the mission and goals of the university. All efforts of the department are service-based, and satisfactory customer service is an essential component and goal of all departmental undertakings.

In other news on campus, there will be a screening of “Eyes on Mississippi’ on Thursday, September 6 from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. in the Baioni Conference Center in Broom. This documentary chronicles the life and work of journalist Bill Minor, who covered state and national politics for over 50 years, through his newspaper columns reporting race during the civil rights era. A panel discussion with author and documentary filmmaker Ellen Ann Fentress and invited professionals and DSU student journalists will follow. This event is free and open to the public.

On Saturday, the Delta State football team will host their first home game against Grand Valley State University at 6:00 p.m. Please come out and help cheer on the Statesmen to their first home field victory of the year.

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Miss DSU Gillian Oakley Competes in Miss Mississippi

President LaForge is joined by Miss Gillian Oakley, a senior, music education major from Southaven, Mississippi.

Gillian is very involved on campus, including serving on the Student Alumni Association and Student Government Association, as well as being a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, Mu Phi Epsilon, Delta Delta Delta sorority, Students Against Destructive Decisions, and participating in three of the Delta State choirs. Gillian is the reigning Miss Delta State University, a title that she also held in in 2016, making her only the second person to hold the title twice — the first being Ann-Marie Webber Collins, who won the inaugural pageant in 1959 and again in 1961.

In June, Gillian competed in the Miss Mississippi pageant in Vicksburg, Mississippi where she promoted her platform of suicide awareness and prevention.

In other news on campus, Boz Scaggs is performing at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. On Wednesday, the Office of Career Services is hosting the OkraWorks part-time job fair for current DSU students from 1:30-4 p.m. on the Quad. Local employers, who have positions available, will attend in order to recruit employees for their organizations.

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State of the University

In this special edition of Fireside Chat, President LaForge shares some highlights from the 2018 State of the University address.

In other news on campus, classes for the fall semester began today, but it’s not too late to register. If you are interested in enrolling at Delta State, contact our Admissions office at 662-846-4020.

On Thursday, IHL Commissioner Dr. Al Rankins will be on campus as part of his listening tour, which includes visiting all eight public universities during his first 100 days in office. Delta State faculty, staff, and students, as well as community members, are invited to an Open Forum with Dr. Rankins on Thursday at 2:00 p.m. in Room 302A of the H.L. Nowell Student Union. I encourage everyone to come out and share your thoughts and ideas for higher education with Commissioner Rankins. And it’s Welcome Week on campus. For all the information on that and to keep up with all of our news, events and activities, please visit our website at

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