Fireside Chat – July 2, 2018 – DSU hosts Ninth TFA Delta Institute

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Joining President LaForge is Brianna Conley, Director of Institute Operations for TFA’s Delta Institute.

Teach For America was 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 1991, two years after its founding, Teach For America began placing teachers in the Mississippi Delta. In 2009, Delta State University was selected as the eighth national training location for the organization and the first in a rural area, joining Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York City, Philadelphia, and Phoenix.

Earlier this month, Delta State welcomed the ninth group of corps members and staff members from Teach For America to campus for the 2018 TFA Delta Institute. Following the completion of their six-week training program, participants will spend two years teaching in regions such as Appalachia, Arkansas, Louisiana Delta, Mississippi, and South Carolina.

In other news on campus, the second term Summer school session begins today, and tomorrow, July 3 is the last day to register for the summer program. If you are interested in registering for summer school classes, visit our website at

All campus offices will be closed on Wednesday, July 4 in recognition of Independence Day. We hope members of the DSU family will enjoy their day off work to celebrate this important holiday.

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Fireside Chat – May 21, 2018 – Dr. Glen Jones

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Joining President LaForge is Dr. Glen Jones, who served as the keynote speaker at Spring Commencement.

Dr. Jones was introduced as the 17th president of Henderson State on March 6, 2012, making him the first African American to serve as president or chancellor of a majority white institution in the history of Arkansas higher education. And, he was recently selected as chair of the NCAA Division II Presidents Council, which comprises 16 presidents or chancellors from active Division II members from around the nation.

The Presidents Council is the highest-ranking governing body in NCAA Division II, and it helps shape policy and the future direction of NCAA Division II. Its members are charged with setting the strategic direction for the division in all areas, including the division’s financial affairs and championships administration.

In other news on campus, Summer I session begins next week, but there’s still time to register for courses if you wish to get ahead in your degree or simply wish to take an elective. We offer a multitude of classes, ranging from the general education requirements to electives to upper level courses. Summer School allows you to devote more time to a course or two without the pressure of a full class load. Registration for Summer I closes next Wednesday, May 30.

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Fireside Chat – April 30, 2018 – Upcoming Alumni Events

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President LaForge is joined by Jeffrey Farris, director of Alumni Affairs at Delta State.

The Delta State Alumni Association has been busy planning events for Statesmen Nation. This Thursday, they will host the Bolivar County Alumni Crawfish Boil, which is always a fun time for food, music, and community. Each year, a silent auction is held to raise money for the Liza Vaughn Memorial Scholarship for incoming Delta State students from Bolivar County. The scholarship was named for former assistant alumni director Liza Vaughn who passed away in April of 2012.

This summer, our Alumni Association will participate in Atlanta’s Mississippi in the Park, which is hosted by the Mississippi Society of Georgia. That group’s mission is to promote the cultural, academic, business, and economic development opportunities between Georgia and Mississippi. One of their purposes is to support the annual Mississippi in the Park event and provide an opportunity for fellow Mississippians to reunite and network personally and professionally.  This event features live music and authentic Mississippi food. So, if you are in the Atlanta area on June 23, stop in.

In other campus news, it’s finals week on campus, which means the semester is coming to a close. Spring Commencement is Saturday at the Bologna Performing Arts Center at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Graduating students can pick up their admission tickets at the Registrar’s Office from Wednesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. If additional tickets become available, they will be available for pickup at the Registrar’s Office starting at 10 a.m. on Friday, May 4, on a first-come-first-serve basis.

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Fireside Chat – April 23, 2018 – Capstone Experience and Writing Skills Enhancement Initiative

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Joining President LaForge is Dr. Charles McAdams, provost and vice president of Academic Affairs.

Delta State recently announced two new programs developed through a university-wide visioning process to promote academic excellence and student success at the institution.

These initiatives include the Capstone Project and the Writing Skills Enhancement Initiative. Both initiatives aim to increase academic excellence at the university. The Capstone Project will increase student learning by providing a Capstone experience for every student in every degree program. Departments across campus have identified a Capstone experience for each of its major programs with the desired outcome being to promote reflection and synthesis of key concepts within their major. The Writing Skills Enhancement Initiative serves to improve written communication in students with an emphasis on the style appropriate to their major discipline. By replacing the Writing Proficiency Requirement exam, the focus is now placed on enhancing academic writing experiences and expectations of writing in the discipline.

These initiatives underscore and enhance the academic rigor and reputation of the university and its programs. Students will be better prepared for a more productive and successful professional life.

In other campus news, the Office of Student Affairs is hosting Culture on the Quad on Tuesday, April 24 on the Quadrangle. This event will give the student body and Cleveland community members an idea of the diverse culture here at Delta State. There will be a fashion show, food tasting and much more. The Wiley Planetarium will have a showing of We Are Stars on Friday, April 27 at 6 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for children, seniors and anyone with an Okra Card.

In athletic news, the Statesmen baseball team is in action at home Tuesday at 6 p.m. against Ouachita Baptist. The baseball and softball teams host in-state rival Mississippi College in GSC action this weekend. Visit for all of those game times.

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Bolivar County Crawfish Boil scheduled for May 3

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The Delta State University Bolivar County Alumni Chapter will host its annual Bolivar County Crawfish Boil on May 3 starting at 5:30 p.m. on the lawn at Walter Sillers Coliseum.

The Delta State University National Alumni Association, along with the Bolivar County Alumni Chapter officers, hosts the event each spring for local alumni to congregate and raise funds for the Liza Vaughn Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Tickets for crawfish are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. BBQ tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Free Domino’s pizza will be available to children 12 and under with the purchase of an adult ticket.

Tickets can be purchased at the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni-Foundation House, online at, or at the door.

The annual affair features live entertainment, a kids zone area, exceptional food and a silent auction to raise money for the Liza Vaughn Memorial Scholarship fund. The scholarship is given to students who attend Delta State as freshmen and are Bolivar County residents.

The scholarship was established in 2011 and was named for past assistant director of Alumni Affairs, Liza Vaughn, who lost her battle with cancer in April of 2012. To donate to the scholarship, visit

“This event is always filled with great food, entertainment and our amazing alumni from Bolivar county,” said Amanda Robinson, assistant director of Alumni Affairs. “This would not be possible without help from our many volunteers and sponsors. Our main goal with this event is to raise scholarship funding to support the Liza Vaughn Memorial Scholarship fund. We are looking forward to another great event here in Bolivar County.”

This year’s sponsors include: Advance Physical Therapy, Anytime Fitness/Studio S, Backdraft Inc., Boyle Lumber, Cleveland Rentall Outdoors, Cleveland State Bank, Crustaceans Crawfish, Delta Radio, Denton’s Dairy, DSU University Advancement of External Relations, Eley Barkley, P.A., Guaranty Bank, Joe Reed and Company Inc., McNeer Mini Storage, Mid South Water, LLC, Mississippi Grounds, Monsanto, Needle Specialty Products, Peters Pottery, Planters Bank, Right at Home/ Delta Maids, Robinson Electric, Rogers Entomological Services, Inc., South Street Pharmacy, The Bolivar Commercial, The Childrens Dental Clinic, The Image Specialist, and Williams Equipment & Supply Company.

The 2018 Bolivar County officers are: Gary Crews, president; Shane Howell, vice president; and Tricia Killebrew, secretary/treasurer.

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To stay up to date with Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media outlets: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), LinkedIn Group (Delta State University National Alumni Association), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Save the dates for the 33rd Annual Pig Pickin’ (Sept. 22) and Homecoming (Nov. 10).