Members of the Ford Foundation

Joining President LaForge are members of the Ford Foundation, Ms. Cheryle M. Sims, Ms. Gayle Papa, Mr. Tom Papa, and Mr. John C. Lewis.

Delta State University hosted a special grant announcement ceremony earlier this month in honor of The Gertrude C. Ford Foundation, a longtime Delta State supporter, for providing one of the largest gifts in the university’s history. The Gertrude C. Ford Foundation, based in Jackson, Mississippi, recently pledged $3 million to the university to support the newly established Center for Teaching and Learning at Delta State.

The foundation, founded in 1991 by Gertrude Castellow Ford, gives to educational and philanthropic projects primarily relating to higher education, children and youth services, and also health and human service organizations. Thanks to the foundation’s commitment, the Center for Teaching and Learning at Delta State will be funded well into the future. As a way to honor Ford’s legacy, the center is named the Gertrude C. Ford Center for Teaching and Learning. The facility provides Delta State with an opportunity to support the faculty in their efforts to improve student success. It is essentially an “in-house” professional development program for our faculty.

Dr. Gray Kane, director of the Gertrude C. Ford Center for Teaching and Learning, said the center is an essential facility to improve overall learning at Delta State, and provides faculty and chairs with much needed resources, workshops, programs, networking opportunities, and individual consultations centered on topics such as advising, mentoring, leadership, and scholarship.

In other campus news, it’s Spring Break at Delta State. The Bologna Performing Arts Center is hosting a Spring Break Arts Camp this week with visual and performing arts classes. The camp is open to 5-8 year olds. The Environmental Science program at Delta State, along with the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks, is hosting a Spring Outdoor Camp for Youth this week. The outdoor camp promises to educate and train members of the community to be responsible citizens with a deep love for the outdoors while encouraging them to hunt and fish responsibly. In athletics, the men’s golf team participates in the Skyhawk Spring Classic at the University of Tennessee – Martin today. Statesmen baseball hosts Harding University on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. and the men and women’s tennis teams host Alcorn State University on Thursday beginning at 2:00 p.m. The Statesmen baseball and Lady Statesmen softball teams travel to Livingston, AL this week to play the University of West Alabama. As a reminder, classes will resume on Monday, March 19.

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