President LaForge welcomes the audience to the first edition of Fireside Chat in 2015 and wished the Delta State Nation a Happy New Year.
“I hope everyone enjoyed the holiday break and is feeling invigorated for the semester ahead. 2014 was a successful year for Delta State, and the forecast for 2015 looks even brighter,” said LaForge.
The announcement of the university’s reaccreditation is a great way to begin the new year.
“In December, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges announced that Delta State’s accreditation would be reaffirmed for the next 10 years.
“This means that Delta State meets the high standards established by the higher education community, and we are programmed to address the needs of our students and society.”
The SACSCOC’s stamp of approval is vital to the integrity and rigor of our academic programs. It is critical to our reputation as a quality university, and we have upheld this standard since 1930.
“Thank you to the many professionals on campus who worked very hard to reach this goal.”
Another case of hard work and service regards former Delta State head women’s basketball coach Lloyd Clark who was honored this past Saturday with the dedication of the court at Walter Sillers Coliseum in his name.
Coach Clark guided the Lady Statesmen to the NCAA tournament 16 times out of the 19 years he coached. He led Delta State to becoming the first school in NCAA history to win a national title on its home floor court.
Lloyd Clark has been inducted into the Mississippi and Delta State Sports Hall of Fame, named Gulf South Conference Coach of the Year 5 times, and NCAA Region Coach of the Year 3 times.
Also this weekend, Coach Clark was inducted into the Legends of Delta State University program, which is our most distinguished and prestigious program recognizing lifetime achievements, service, excellence, and success in serving Delta State. He is a member of the inaugural class along with Coach Margaret Wade, H.L. Nowell Jr. and President Emeritus Dr. Kent Wyatt.
President LaForge reminds the audience of the basketball schedule, registration, and observance of the Martin Luther King Holiday.
“I will see you back here on Tuesday, January 20th for another edition of Fireside Chat.”