TFA Delta Institute at Delta State

Joining President LaForge is Rachel Brainerd, Senior Managing Director for Teach for America.

Eight years ago, Delta State entered into a partnership with Teach For America, a program that started in 1989 as a senior thesis project for Wendy Kopp, a Princeton University student. At the time, school districts across the nation were facing teacher shortages, and Ms. Kopp had the idea of recruiting high-performing college graduates to teach in high-need urban and rural schools. In June, Delta State welcomed the eighth group of corps members and staff members from Teach For America to campus for the 2017 TFA Delta Institute. Following their six-week training program, participants will spend two years teaching in regions such as Appalachia, Arkansas, Louisiana Delta, Mississippi, and South Louisiana.

In other news on campus, the Bologna Performing Arts Center continues its Summer Movie Series with a showing of “Born in China” on Tuesday, July 11 at 7 p.m., and tickets are $5. The Wiley Planetarium will host a showing of “Robot Explorers 3D”on Wednesday, July 12, at 6 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for anyone with an Okra card, children under the age of 12, and senior adults.

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Summer Camps at Delta State



Joining President LaForge is Elizabeth Joel, Delta State’s Coordinator of Continuing Education.

Each summer, the Delta State campus is filled with young students of all ages attending  our many summer camps. From athletic camps to camps focusing on music and the arts, there is something for everyone.

Each year, the Bologna Performing Arts Center hosts the Janice Wyatt Mississippi Summer Arts Institute, a camp focusing on dance, literary arts, music, theatre, and visual arts. The Department of Athletics offers camps in a variety of sports  including football, basketball, and swimming. And, our Office of Continuing Education  offers additional  camps including Kid’s College and Lego Camp. Kid’s College gives kindergarten through sixth grade students a taste of the college experience. This year, children were offered classes in Art, Cooking, Nursing and First Aid, Physics, Science and Reading. Lego Camp is an annual offering in which students use unique Lego kits to build a variety of projects and learn engineering principles.

In other news on campus, registration for the second term of summer school classes is still open, and there are an array of courses available. For more information, visit Tomorrow, the Bologna Performing Arts Center will continue its Summer Movie Series with a showing of “Smurfs: The Lost Village.” Show time is 7 p.m., and tickets are $5.

BPAC announces new season

Joining President LaForge is Laura Howell, executive director of the Bologna Performing Arts Center at Delta State.

Delta State University is proud of the stellar entertainment and cultural options brought to the community by the Bologna Performing Arts Center, a 1,200-seat state-of-the-art theater that features everything from Broadway musicals to GRAMMY-winning musicians. The BPAC recently announced its 2017-2018 Season, which will include concerts, Broadway tours, family programming, and school-time matinees.

The schedule will feature four different series: The Main Stage, consisting of evening public performances; the School-Time Matinee Series, which provides educational programs for school groups; the Recital Hall Series; and, the Family Series.

In other news on campus, to celebrate Mississippi’s bicentennial, the Mississippi Museum of Art has partnered with communities across the state to showcase Mississippi artists. Art Across Mississippi: Twelve Exhibitions – Twelve Communities includes an exhibition here at Delta State. The exhibit of work from artist Marie Hull opened on June 8 in the Fielding Wright Center Art Gallery and will remain open through July 27. Gallery hours are Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.