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Thursday, March 03, 2005

BellSouth assists Delta State Honors Program

From left, Gloria Harvey, Carolyn Manning, Dr. Greg Hospodor and Dr. John Thornell.

Carolyn Manning, Regional Manager for BellSouth, a PRAM Central member, and Gloria Harvey, Manager, External Affairs in Jackson, presented Dr. Greg Hospodor and Dr. John Thornell, Vice-President for Academic Affairs, with a $5,000 gift from BellSouth in support of the University's Honors Program. The newly initiated Honors Program is under the direction of Hospodor who most recently directed a similar program at LSU.

"BellSouth is committed to excellence in education in Mississippi and seeks to support in a meaningful way opportunities to provide students with the leadership skills and knowledge base they will need as tomorrow's leaders," said Manning. "BellSouth is very proud to be among one of the first to support the newly formed Honors Program."

"We currently have seventeen recipients of Honors Scholarships who have an average ACT score of 28 and high school GPA of 3.75," said Hospodor. "BellSouth's gift will allow us to enhance the academic component of the program and build experiences for students from that curriculum," he stated.

Hospodor presented Manning with a commemorative Honors Program shirt inscribed with the word "Areté". "Areté was the most articulated value in ancient Greek culture," said Hospodor. "Often translated as 'virtue' or 'excellence,' the word actually means something closer to being the best you can be, or reaching your highest human potential. The Honors Program will encourage students to pursue areté," he stated.

The program is designed to accept a maximum of 20 new students per year. Hospodor, serving as a mentor, will personally work with each student. Students accepted into the Program receive full tuition, room and board for four years. For more information contact Hospodor at 662.846.4173. To make a gift to Delta State University contact George Miller, Director of Development, at 662.846.4708 or gmiller@deltastate.edu.
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