Joining President LaForge are Dr. Robert Elliott and Dr. Mary Elliott.
Delta State has many distinguished and devoted alumni and Drs. Robert and Mary Elliott are without a doubt among them. The Elliotts have mentored numerous students and provided a forum — through the annual Elliott Symposium — for students to learn more about what it means to be a health professional. Delta State recently hosted the 24th annual Elliott symposium on campus. Through this event, more than 100 Delta State students each year have had an opportunity to either share papers or posters or to participate in the symposium sessions.
This year’s event was capped off with a special dedication of the Laws-Elliott Professional Prep Laboratory in Walters Hall. The laboratory is a small computer lab seating 12 students, and its major emphasis is to provide an area dedicated for students who are taking professional school preparation courses that will prepare them for professional school exams such as the MCAT. The laboratory also will house a reference library that will be available to students.
The Elliotts also sponsor the Elliott Fellowship program, which gives Delta State students an opportunity to conduct research with them in their Mastology Laboratory in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. And, the Elliott Scholarship Fund has supported 69 Delta State students with scholarships totaling more than $267,500.
In other news on campus, the university will host a “Fill the Trail” walk today at 5:30 p.m. at the DSU walking trail, and this weekend, hundreds of people will be on campus for the Mississippi Delta Chinese Heritage Museum annual reunion. In athletic news, the Statesmen football team will travel to play the University of North Alabama on Saturday with kickoff set for 6 p.m., and the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will be competing at Georgia Tech University beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday.