New Dave Helflin outdoor lab opens

Joining President LaForge is Todd Davis, who holds the Dave Heflin Professorship in Delta State’s College of Education and Human Sciences. Through this professorship, numerous outdoor recreational programs are offered to Delta State students with the goal of promoting active and healthy lifestyles that will last throughout their lives.

This past Saturday, the division of Health, Physical Education and Recreation held a ribbon cutting for its new Dave Heflin Outdoor Recreation Education Laboratory. The event featured an opportunity for the community to view the lab and participate in a social and lunch. This lab is an exciting new addition to campus that will further expand the excellent education available for HPER students and to enhance recreational opportunities for campus as a whole.

The lab is named for Dave Heflin, Assistant Professor Emeritus of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation at Delta State and the founder of the Outback and Kayak Club. His contributions to the field of educational recreation are legend among the generations of students whose lives he influenced while on faculty at Delta State. Mr. Heflin’s family provided funding and support to enable the program to continue in that tradition, making it possible for future generations of students to experience a range of outdoor education experiences that lead to lifelong recreational habits.

In recent years, the Outdoor Recreation Education Program has expanded to include a viable Health, Physical Education, and Recreation concentration in Recreation Leadership and an array of outdoor recreation courses that expose students to a variety of experiences. The rigor of trip courses has increased through curriculum development, and enrollment trends are positive. A total of 637 students have enrolled in outdoor recreation trip courses during the past 12 years.

In other news on campus, today at 5:30 p.m. SGA President Allie Rose Parker will present the State of the Student Union address, which is an opportunity for students to learn about SGA’s accomplishments and goals for the semester. That event will be held in the State Room of the H.L. Nowell Student Union. And, tomorrow, February 14, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Mississippi Blood Services is partnering with Kappa Alpha fraternity to host a Valentine’s Day blood drive in front of the Student Union.

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