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Delta State University’s 92nd Anniversary
September 13, 2017 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
The Declaration of Independence made a mad dash to campus for a weekend. William Faulkner found himself spending a delightful afternoon sipping a cold Coke and enjoying a plate of BBQ chicken. Our quadrangle once sported a healthy crop of wheat which eventually became bread for resident students’ Sunday dinner. These events and much more are the threads that, woven together, create the some of the best stories in Delta State’s history.
“Delta State University President William N. LaForge, joined by members of the Dedicated Statesmen Association, will celebrate 92 years of Delta State’s history on Wednesday, September 13 with a program held in historic Whitfield Hall, named for the MS Governor who signed the bill creating Delta State Teachers College.
The program will include a brief history of Governor Whitfield, remarks on some of the historic events which took place in and around Whitfield Gym and musical entertainment provided by the University Band. Members of the Dedicated Statesmen invite students, faculty, staff, alumni and the community to enjoy a light lunch provided on the lawn outside of Whitfield Hall. Guests will have an opportunity to view some of the updates made to the Lena Roberts Sillers Chapel, a focus project for the DSA.
Dr. James Robinson, president of the DSA committee, is exited to once again celebrate the university’s founding.
“We should celebrate each year with growing excitement as the 100th birthday approaches,” said Robinson. “A yearly celebration allows more of our students to be on campus to learn about the school’s history and its exciting future. The Founders’ Day activities help our spirits and bring us closer as students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends.”
Emily Jones, university archivist, has been working closely with the DSA to bring the event together.
“We celebrate our anniversary not for our own benefit, but for those before us and those who will come after us,” said Jones. “I enjoy spotlighting our history, and I’m thankful that we have the platform of our anniversary to do that each year.”
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