President William N. LaForge hosts another Fireside Chat to announce Delta State’s most distinguished and prestigious program recognizing lifetime achievement, service, excellence and success in serving the university. The new program is called “Legends of Delta State University.”
“It is the highest public honor which may be conferred by Delta State,” said LaForge. “Recipients of this recognition will have earned the individual and collective respect of people throughout the university.”
The Legends of Delta State University recognition is bestowed in a most selective manner. Awards are bestowed only to former employees of the university, living or deceased, who have long embodied the essence of the meaningful purpose of the award, and who have repeatedly demonstrated the high moral character so symbolized with the award.
There are five members of the inaugural class. Three of these initial honorees were announced this weekend during 2014 Homecoming festivities. The names of the remaining two members will be revealed at a later date.
“The establishment of this program is a great day for Delta State,” added LaForge. “This select group of heroes and all-stars from throughout Delta State’s storied history has a legendary record of success, excellence, achievement and distinction.”
The first Legend to be granted the award was the late coach Margaret Wade, who was also recognized Friday along with the dedication of her statue on the campus of Delta State.
Second to be granted Legend status was the late H.L. Nowell, who was honored at the Kappa Alpha Chapter Room on Saturday.
The third recipient honored during Homecoming weekend was one of Delta State’s most revered leaders — President Emeritus Kent Wyatt. The university had the opportunity to pay tribute to Wyatt and former First Lady Janice Wyatt on Saturday for their 50 years of service to Delta State.
Featured in today’s filming is Wyatt, who discusses more about this honor he received.
Wyatt relays how it feels to be the in the inaugural class of Legends of Delta State, and why the program is so important to Delta State’s past and future.
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“As the holiday season approaches, I want to take this opportunity to send a heartfelt message of thanks to the Delta State family,” said LaForge. “In my opinion, we have the best students, faculty, staff and alumni — and I appreciate your many contributions to our university. Thank you for making my job one that I enjoy, and I hope you and yours have a safe and Happy Thanksgiving holiday.”