Fireside Chat – June 18, 2018 – Zack Shannon Completes Stellar Career with DSU Baseball

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Joining President LaForge is Zack Shannon, who just wrapped up a stellar career as the first baseman with the Statesmen baseball team.

The Cincinnati, Ohio native racked up numerous awards over the course of two years with the Green-and-White, including Gulf South Conference Player of the Year, South Region Player of the Year, National Player of the Year, Tino Martinez Award, a finalist for the C-Spire Ferriss Trophy, and being named to the American Baseball Coaches Association All-American First-Team.

Zach made history recently when it was announced that he was a semifinalist for USA Baseball’s Golden Spikes Award. While Zack would not be the first non-Division I player to win the award, he is the first DII baseball player to be named a semifinalist since the final 25 list was added in 2007. The 41st Golden Spikes Award will be presented on June 28 in Los Angeles.

Zack finished his career with a .420 batting average with 50 homeruns, including 31 this season, which set a new record for the most homeruns in the state of Mississippi— passing Mississippi State University’s Rafael Palmeiro and Bruce Castoria.

In other news on campus, registration for second term summer school closes on July 3. Also, if you plan to enroll as a new student in the fall, be sure to attend one of the summer orientation sessions so that you can get registered for your classes. There are two remaining sessions, June 28 and July 16. For more information on orientation or to register, please visit our website.

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Fireside Chat – June 11, 2018 – Rick Munroe named VP for University Advancement and External Relations

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Joining President LaForge is Mr. Rick Munroe, Delta State’s new Vice President for University Advancement and External Relations.

Rick comes to Delta State with an impressive background in institutional advancement with more than 30 years of experience in administration, management, public relations, marketing, and fundraising.

His areas of expertise include planned giving, major gifts, annual funds, endowment fundraising, capital campaigns, and strategic planning.

He joins Delta State from his most recent position of Vice President for Alumni and Development at Trine University in Angola, Indiana. Prior to his role at Trine, Rick served as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana from 2014 – 2017.

In other news on campus, the summer orientation sessions start today, which marks one of three sessions for incoming freshmen and transfer students. The other dates are June 28 and July 16. If you are joining the DSU Family as a student in the fall and haven’t registered for orientation, you can still do so by visiting Just follow the link located on the homepage slider.

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Fireside Chat – June 4, 2018 – International Programs

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Joining President LaForge are Christy Riddle, the Executive Director of the Student Success Center, and Michelle Johansen, Coordinator of the Quality Enhancement Plan and Study Abroad Program.

Study Abroad, the newest division of the DSU Student Success Center, provides students and faculty with opportunities to participate in academic and cultural programs around the world.

Many of our professors find that the most successful graduates are those who have international experience, cross-cultural communication skills, and the ability to discuss cultural issues from multiple informed perspectives. Study abroad makes our students more career-ready and competitive on a global scale, in that they are internationally savvy, adaptable within culturally diverse environments, and are able to communicate with varying populations.

In other news on campus, Delta State’s photographer and news writer, Rory Doyle a 2011 graduate, will exhibit his ongoing documentary photography project on Mississippi Delta African-American cowboys and cowgirls at two New York City galleries in June.

Our summer camps are in full swing. There are still many more chances to take part in a Delta State summer camp. Just visit our website for a listing of summer camps available.

Planters Bank receives President’s Award

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Planters Bank received the 2018 President’s Award, given for outstanding service to the Bologna Performing Arts Center.


The Bologna Performing Arts Center recently announced Planters Bank and Trust Company as the 2018 recipient of the President’s Award, the highest honor given for outstanding service to the BPAC.

Delta State University President William N. LaForge presented the award May 22 at a special event on the theater’s stage.

“Our good friends at Planters Bank have been staunch supporters of the Bologna Performing Arts Center since its inception,” said LaForge. “Over the years, the bank’s engagement and generosity have helped the BPAC develop a strong programming component that adds so much to the culture of the Delta. Planters Bank is a remarkable exemplar of what it means to be a strong corporate supporter of the arts and community activities. Delta State is very grateful to Planters Bank for its unwavering support, and it is our pleasure to recognize the bank with the 2018 President’s Award.”

The award is given by Delta State’s president to those who have contributed their expertise, insights and energy to promote the arts for the enrichment of the Delta in special ways. The award is the BPAC’s highest honor. Acknowledgement is made through a unique award modeled after architectural details of the BPAC façade, which are covered in gold leaf.

Planters Bank is the first business to receive the award.

Founded almost 100 years ago in Ruleville and headquartered in Indianola, and with branches across the region, Planters Bank is an independent community bank with a strong focus on the Delta. The bank has been a strong supporter of Delta State, including the athletics program and various departments across campus.

Particularly notable is their consistent and continued support to the BPAC. Since the center’s construction in 1995, Planters Bank has supported the BPAC’s performances, the Janice Wyatt Mississippi Summer Arts Program, and year-round education programs such as the Juliet Kossman Arts Pass.

A multidisciplinary facility, the BPAC presents an annual season of national and international touring productions in addition to hosting university and community events. The new 2018-19 lineup will be announced June 1.

To learn more about the BPAC, visit or stop by the center.

Fireside Chat – May 29, 2018 – Orientation

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Joining President LaForge is China Lewis, a senior, elementary education major and Assistant Student Director of the orientation program for new students.

The university offers an extensive orientation program each summer for new students enrolling for the fall semester. Three sessions will be offered in June and July, and there are sessions for both incoming freshmen as well as transfer students. The programs provide information on housing, academics, and student life, as well as entertainment activities that provide an opportunity for new students to meet the DSU Family, including current Delta State students as well as other new students. Students also have the opportunity to meet with academic advisors to create their class schedule for the upcoming semester.

Delta State also offers a number of sessions for parents of first-time students. Parents are encouraged to attend the same session as their student, and the sessions include information on meal plans, housing options for students, and many other topics.

In other news on campus, today marks the start of Summer I session. Registration will close tomorrow, Wednesday, May 30. If you’re thinking about taking a summer course, register before the deadline. And, there’s an opportunity to take classes during the Summer II session that begins July 2. The deadline for Summer II registration is Tuesday, July 3.

We kicked off our full slate of Summer camps off last week with Okra Kids Camp. If you’re interested in any of our summer camps, visit for a complete list of the opportunities.

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