Fireside Chat today recaps a 2014 Homecoming Weekend. A number of exciting events were held this weekend — from the dedication of the statue honoring legendary women’s basketball coach Margaret Wade, to the Alumni Hall of Fame Awards and Athletic Hall of Fame Awards Gala. Also honored was Dr. and Mrs. Kent Wyatt for their 50 years of service to Delta State.
Every year, the Alumni Association holds an award ceremony recognizing distinguished alumni for their outstanding support and contributions to the university.
This year, Anthony Garcia ‘86 was named the 2014 Outstanding Alumnus of the year, as well as one of the three Hall of Fame Award recipients — along with Gary Gainspoletti ‘74 and Dr. Dwaun Warmack, ‘99.
Other alumni awards distributed throughout the evening went to Patrick Davis ’96 for the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni Service Award; Will Bradham ’01 for the Kent Wyatt Young Alumnus Service Award; the Left Field Crew (a group of Delta State athletic supporters and volunteer cookers for Pig Pickin’) for the Gladys Castle Friend of Delta State Service award; Mary Ellen Leftwich ’39 for The Legacy Award; and Dr. Henry Outlaw received the inaugural Henry Outlaw Faculty/ Staff Alumni Service Award, which was named and created in his honor.
Saturday’s event highlighting the 50th anniversary of Dr. Kent Wyatt beginning his employment at Delta State was a special moment for the university.
To recognize the Wyatt’s service over the years, a scholarship was created in their name — the Kent and Janice Wyatt Retention Scholarship — which will give students a chance to complete their degree.
“We proudly announced that over $110,000 has been contributed to this fund in only six months,” said LaForge. “The amount of money that has been donated to this scholarship speaks volumes about the impact that Kent and Janice have had on Delta State and its faculty, staff, students and friends.”
Special guest for the filming was Matt Jones, senior associate athletic director for external operations. Jones was invited to talk about the Wade statue and dedication ceremony held this past Friday.
Jones discusses some of Wade’s career achievements and the path she took to becoming a legendary NCAA coach.
“Margaret Wade, along with many others, have left a lasting impact on Delta State University, and she has definitely earned her place here on our campus grounds,” added LaForge.
Other Events/Important Dates:
· Starting tonight and running through Thursday, The Delta Players will present their main stage Fall 2014 production of Lonesco’s Absurdist classic “The Bald Soprano.” All performances begin at 7 p.m. in Jobe Auditorium. For more information, contact Michael Ewing at 662-846-4075.
· The “Vietnam: Tour 365” exhibit begins tomorrow in the University Archives & Museum and features memorabilia and stories related to the Vietnam War. The exhibit will run until Jan.15. For more information, call the University Archives at 662-846-4780
· Also on Tuesday, at 7:30 p.m., the DSU Brass Ensemble will perform at the BPAC in the recital hall. For more information, call the Music Department at 662-846-4615.
· On Thursday, Nov. 20th, also at the BPAC, the “Fashion Rules. Music Rocks” fashion show and scholarship fundraiser will take place at 8 p.m. For more information, call 662-846-4844.
·NCAA football playoffs begin on Saturday, Nov. 22. Go to gostatesmen.com for information on the playoff schedule and lineup.