Zack Shannon Completes Stellar Career with DSU Baseball

Joining President LaForge is Zack Shannon, who just wrapped up a stellar career as the first baseman with the Statesmen baseball team.

The Cincinnati, Ohio native racked up numerous awards over the course of two years with the Green-and-White, including Gulf South Conference Player of the Year, South Region Player of the Year, National Player of the Year, Tino Martinez Award, a finalist for the C-Spire Ferriss Trophy, and being named to the American Baseball Coaches Association All-American First-Team.

Zach made history recently when it was announced that he was a semifinalist for USA Baseball’s Golden Spikes Award. While Zack would not be the first non-Division I player to win the award, he is the first DII baseball player to be named a semifinalist since the final 25 list was added in 2007. The 41st Golden Spikes Award will be presented on June 28 in Los Angeles.

Zack finished his career with a .420 batting average with 50 homeruns, including 31 this season, which set a new record for the most homeruns in the state of Mississippi— passing Mississippi State University’s Rafael Palmeiro and Bruce Castoria.

In other news on campus, registration for second term summer school closes on July 3. Also, if you plan to enroll as a new student in the fall, be sure to attend one of the summer orientation sessions so that you can get registered for your classes. There are two remaining sessions, June 28 and July 16. For more information on orientation or to register, please visit our website.

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Rick Munroe, VP for University Advancement and External Relations

Joining President LaForge is Mr. Rick Munroe, Delta State’s new Vice President for University Advancement and External Relations.

Rick comes to Delta State with an impressive background in institutional advancement with more than 30 years of experience in administration, management, public relations, marketing, and fundraising.

His areas of expertise include planned giving, major gifts, annual funds, endowment fundraising, capital campaigns, and strategic planning.

He joins Delta State from his most recent position of Vice President for Alumni and Development at Trine University in Angola, Indiana. Prior to his role at Trine, Rick served as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Bethel College in Mishawaka, Indiana from 2014 – 2017.

In other news on campus, the summer orientation sessions start today, which marks one of three sessions for incoming freshmen and transfer students. The other dates are June 28 and July 16. If you are joining the DSU Family as a student in the fall and haven’t registered for orientation, you can still do so by visiting Just follow the link located on the homepage slider.

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International Programs

Joining President LaForge are Christy Riddle, the Executive Director of the Student Success Center, and Michelle Johansen, Coordinator of the Quality Enhancement Plan and Study Abroad Program.

Study Abroad, the newest division of the DSU Student Success Center, provides students and faculty with opportunities to participate in academic and cultural programs around the world.

Many of our professors find that the most successful graduates are those who have international experience, cross-cultural communication skills, and the ability to discuss cultural issues from multiple informed perspectives. Study abroad makes our students more career-ready and competitive on a global scale, in that they are internationally savvy, adaptable within culturally diverse environments, and are able to communicate with varying populations.

In other news on campus, Delta State’s photographer and news writer, Rory Doyle a 2011 graduate, will exhibit his ongoing documentary photography project on Mississippi Delta African-American cowboys and cowgirls at two New York City galleries in June.

Our summer camps are in full swing. There are still many more chances to take part in a Delta State summer camp. Just visit our website for a listing of summer camps available.

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