Delta State University President William N. LaForge held a series of open discussion forums in the H. L. Nowell Union on campus. Separate forums were held for the groups of faculty, staff, and students, allowing the focus to be on the different interests of each sector.
LaForge welcomed participants and encouraged their questions during each event. At the staff forum, LaForge said, “I look forward to a free and open discussion with you, with all the issues on the table. All questions are invited.”
Topics of discussion ranged from marketing and budgeting to alumni support and campus facilities. LaForge also answered questions about upcoming plans, academic standards, and campus mascots.
Delta State President William N. LaForge addresses the Class of 2013
Delta State University celebrated its 2013 Spring Commencement Saturday, May 4, inside Walter Sillers Coliseum. Friends and family gathered with Delta State faculty and staff to honor the accomplishments of 422 graduates.
On the day, one doctoral degree and 21 educational specialist degrees were conferred, while 104 master’s degrees and 296 bachelor’s degrees were awarded through the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, the College of Education and Human Sciences, and the Robert E. Smith School of Nursing.
President William N. LaForge presents documents to the Center’s Director, Rev. Piotr Drozd.
President William N. LaForge with students from the Center and the Center’s Director, Rev. Piotr Drozd.
Even before his first day in office, Delta State University President William N. LaForge reached out to universities in Poland to discuss student and faculty exchange possibilities. In March, LaForge taught at the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin (KUL) in Poland, and had the unique opportunity to make a special presentation at the city’s John Paul II Center. The Center, located in the Bishop’s Palace in Lublin, is dedicated to the memory of the famous Pope who began his academic career at KUL, and houses archives and a library about the Pope and his life.
LaForge presented copies of the program from a White House reception that was held for Pope John Paul II during his first visit to the United States in 1979. LaForge and his wife, Nancy, attended the event which was staged on the south lawn of the White House and featured remarks by the Pope and President Jimmy Carter. Mississippi’s own Leontyne Price sang a beautiful rendition of the Lord’s Prayer.