Fireside Chat


Joining President LaForge is the 2015 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year, Lucy Janoush, a 1978 graduate who has shown unparalleled support for Delta State and the Cleveland community.

Each year, the Delta State University National Alumni Association presents the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year award to a graduate who has made significant contributions to human or institutional programs in which a situation, an institution, or a movement has been materially changed for the better due to that individual’s personal participation. Lucy has certainly done that for many years, and is undoubtedly worthy of the Alumnus of the Year distinction.

Take a look at what used to be the southeast corner of the Delta State golf course, and you’ll notice the latest of Lucy’s many civic contributions. Since 2011, she has served as president of the Cleveland Music Foundation Board of Directors, the group responsible for planning, funding, constructing, and operating GRAMMY Museum Mississippi. The $19 million-dollar facility opens on the Delta State campus in March of 2016.

Doubling with her Alumnus of the Year award this year, Lucy was also inducted into the Delta State University Alumni Hall of Fame — the highest honor bestowed upon an individual by the Alumni Association. Established in 2007, the recognition is extended to alumni and friends who have achieved professional distinction and made significant community service contributions at the local, national, and/or international level, and who have brought honor and distinction to Delta State.

Lucy has given back to Delta State — the institution that provided her academic foundation — in countless ways over the years. She started at Delta State in 1974 and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

Lucy’s mother, Alyce Richardson, was also a star at Delta State, having finished with a 4.0 grade point average in business. And amazingly, it all comes full circle; Lucy’s mother was also recognized as the Alumnus of the Year in 1972.

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