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Delta State grad serving in Peace Corps

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Dominique Rashad Warren, a Delta State University biology graduate in 2013, is making his mark in the world by serving in the Peace Corps. Warren has been with the organization since October of 2015.

Despite being based in a rural area of The Gambia, a small West African country, Delta State Communications and Marketing was able to communicate with the distinguished alumnus via email.

Warren will serve for 27 months as a health extension volunteer, which will allow him to provide malaria, malnutrition and sanitation education, as well as work hands-on and with the people of the country.

“I had no previous connection with The Gambia before applying, but I was interested in the health positions they had available in this country, and the culture looked very interesting,” said Warren. “I’m really glad I chose The Gambia as my first choice because this place has lots of history. Being here makes me want to know more about my family history. I feel a deep connection with this place.”

The Cleveland native first considered applying to the Peace Corps when his passion to make a global impact grew.

Dominique Rashad Warren '13.

Dominique Rashad Warren ’13

“I always wanted to travel the world, see new places and meet new people, but I couldn’t think of a way to do it,” he said. “I was very glad I stumbled across the Peace Corps website because it gave me the opportunity to combine my passions. I would be able to help people in need and explore the world at the same time, for free. I don’t think you could ever get a better deal than that.”

He has already experienced numerous life-changing moments, but his favorite thus far occurred during training in the village of Jalambere.

“My host family there was amazing,” said Warren. “Every day after language class I would walk home. As soon as the children saw me they would run full speed to the end of the road to meet me. Sometimes I would have as many as 10 kids holding each of my fingers and singing my name as we walked home. This is easily one of the best experiences of my life.”

Warren said the area is quite reminiscent of the Mississippi Delta, but pressing issues plague the region such as education, health care, infrastructure, poor water quality, and lack of electricity and air conditioning.

While at Delta State, he was known for being an active student who made an impact. He was inducted into Delta State University’s Hall of Fame in 2013, and was elected Mr. Delta State University the same year. Additionally, he served on the SGA, was a tenor in Delta Singers, was a founder of the Delta Sigma chapter of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and worked as a RA and hall director.

Dr. Ellen Green, department chair and associate professor of biology at Delta State, got to know Warren as his teacher.

“The first time I met Rashad in class, we were discussing prospecting for biofuels in various countries,” said Green. “In our very first conversation, he told me that he wanted to see the world. Rashad is a natural for the Peace Corps because he is curious, has great work ethic and amazing people skills. Coupled with his biology degree, he is well equipped to tackle the medical mission that he volunteered for as his Peace Corps service.

“Rashad was voted Mr. DSU in his senior year, in large part I think, because of his personality. He became friends with everybody. I expect him to be voted Mr. The Gambia any day now.”

Dr. Christy Riddle, executive director of the Student Success Center and International Student Services, said Warren would be a strong representative for Delta State while volunteering.

“While serving with the Peace Corps, Rashad is also a cultural ambassador for DSU,” said Riddle. “People say that DSU is the best kept secret in education, and we continuously search for ways to spread the word abroad about the benefits of attending DSU.”

While Internet access is extremely hard for Warren to come by, on the rare occasion he gets online, he is blogging about his experiences. Follow Warren’s journey at https://rashadinthegambia.wordpress.com.

To stay updated with Delta State news and events, visit www.deltastate.edu.

 

 

Alums honored in Coahoma County

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Two Delta State University graduates were inducted into the Clarksdale/Coahoma County Sports Hall of Fame April 2 at the Pinnacle Building of Coahoma Community College. George Crump Miller ’71 and James Washington Sr. ’86 were both a part of fifth Hall of Fame class.

Miller was a member of the Delta State tennis team from 1967-71, serving as the No. 4 singles player and the No. 3 doubles player. He earned his degree in accounting.

Washington coached basketball at Coahoma Agricultural High School and Coahoma Junior College for 32 years. He obtained his master’s in education.

The banquet is in honor of Aubrey Rozell, a member of the Delta State football team and a 1956 graduate. Rozell would go on to play in the NFL for the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Delta State Alumni Director and tennis coach Jeffrey Farris was the featured speaker for the event.

To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), Tumblr (http://www.dsualumni.tumblr.com), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Save the date for this year’s Pig Pickin’ (Sept. 24) and Homecoming (Oct. 15).

 

Green Mile to be repainted

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A number of student groups will unite April 19 to repaint Delta State’s Green Mile fitness trail that works its way across campus, a project introduced in 2010 to promote overall health and wellness at the institution.

The repainting, scheduled for 1:30-3:30 p.m., was originally planned during the university’s 90th anniversary celebration in 2015, but due to weather and schedule conflicts, the event will take place later this month. The event will kick off at the Alumni clock next to the Student Union.

Led by First Lady Nancy LaForge and members of the Dedicated Statesmen Association, student groups, athletic teams and Greek organizations will come together to brighten the trail markings with new paint.

LaForge thought the project would be a meaningful campus beautification component of the university’s anniversary celebration.

“I walk every day for exercise. It is good cardio, and I enjoy the routine, peaceful experience,” said LaForge. “The Green Mile is a Delta State tradition that deserves to be restored. You can begin at a set of footprints and end there knowing you have walked a mile. Hats off to Dianne Blansett, Elise Jenkins and the Dedicated Statesmen for coordinating this project.”

The event will be judged and trophies and prizes will be awarded to winning teams. Judging will be based on neatness and completion. All materials and supplies will be provided to the teams.

Jeanna Wilkes, director of Student Life, has helped organized the groups taking part.

“I believe this is an important project to complete because it allows student groups the opportunity to give back to the university by renewing the aesthetic look to the Green Mile,” said Wilkes. “Renewing the look of the Green Mile is vital to beautifying our campus’s appearance, and encouraging a healthy physique to those utilizing the mile.”

Student groups looking to sign up for the event are asked to contact Wilkes at jdwilkes@deltastate.edu or 662-846-6666. The deadline for signing up is April 14 at 5 p.m.

Follow all campus news at www.deltastate.edu.

Baseball alumni reunite on campus

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A group of Delta State University baseball alumni recently gathered for a weekend of fun reunion activities on campus.

The group enjoyed lunch downtown with their former coach, the legendary Boo Ferriss, and his wife Miriam.

Chris Burgess '83 of Ridgeland, and Barry Lyons '84 of Ocean Springs, with former Statesmen baseball coach Boo Ferriss at The Warehouse in downtown Cleveland.

Chris Burgess ’83 of Ridgeland, and Barry Lyons ’84 of Ocean Springs, with former Statesmen baseball coach Boo Ferriss at The Warehouse in downtown Cleveland.

In between ballgames at Tim and Nancy Harvey Stadium-Ferriss Field, the former Statesmen and their families met at the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni and Foundation House for food and fellowship provide by a former teammate and the National Alumni Association.

Director of Athletics Ronnie Mayers and Director of Alumni Affairs Jeffrey Farris updated the group on the exciting things happening on campus.

To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), Tumblr (http://www.dsualumni.tumblr.com), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Save the date for this year’s Pig Pickin’ (Sept. 24) and Homecoming (Oct. 15).

Alumnus Speaks at Admissions Family Dinner

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The Office of Admissions recently held a DSU Family Dinner in Oxford for all local students admitted to Delta State for the fall of 2016. Over 30 students and family members attended the event, held at Old Taylor Grocery. Alumnus Josh West ‘05 spoke to the group about his experiences at Delta State. West lives in Tupelo and operates his business, Blue Delta Jeans, out of Oxford.

Current student Vic Rather also shared his Delta State experiences with the group. Derrick Bean, the admissions recruiter for the area, led the program. Each student received an exclusive T-shirt and was entered into a drawing for door prizes.

Similar events sponsored by the Officer of Admissions have been held throughout the state. According to Caitlyn Thompson, director of recruiting, the DSU Family Dinner series was created to support engagement with admitted students.

“Delta State boasts its family-like atmosphere, so to show our family love, we wanted to dine with our future students and give them a taste of the green and white experience,” said Thompson.

To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), Tumblr (http://www.dsualumni.tumblr.com), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Save the date for this year’s Go Green Weekend (April 2), Pig Pickin’ (Sept. 24) and Homecoming (Oct. 15).

To schedule a campus visit or find out more about the application process, visit www.deltastate.edu/admissions.