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Fireside Chat – February 25, 2019 – Outdoor Recreation

Joining President LaForge to talk about the outdoor recreation program is Dr. Todd Davis, assistant professor in the Division of Health, Physical Education, and Recreation and director of the outdoor recreation program.

It’s been two years since we dedicated the Dave Heflin Outdoor Recreation Education Lab. Here are some numbers on how the lab and the outdoor recreation program have been utilized since that time.

•The lab serves as a classroom for all outdoor recreation education courses. So far, 168 students have enrolled.
•The rock wall is used for weekly bouldering clinics. So far, 87 students have participated in them.
•288 Okra Camp youth, ages 6 to 11, used the rock wall for bouldering last summer.
•The one-year-old outdoor recreation van has 14, 800 miles on it and has taken 112 Delta State students to multiple destinations, including the Ocoee River, Grand Canyon National Park, Big Bend National Park, and the Rio Grande River.

In other news on campus, The Wizard of Oz musical performance will take place at the BPAC tomorrow night at 7:30 p.m. On Saturday, the Thacker Mountain Radio Show will take place from 3 to 5 p.m. in DMI’s Studio A. It features singer/songwriter Beth McKee, writer William Boyle, DMI Director Tricia Walker, and DMI’s ’90s band B4Y2K, among others. This event, which is a fundraiser for DMI and the Duff Dorrough Memorial Scholarship fund, is free and open to the public; however, donations are encouraged.

In athletic news, Statesmen baseball will host Arkansas Tech on Tuesday and Wednesday this week. First pitch is slated for 4 p.m. and 3 p.m., respectively.

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