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Dr. Samuel Jones and Donald J. Carlyon

Delta College celebrated art, music and the humanities in the Fall of 2014 with a visit by Dr. Samuel Jones. Dr. Jones - a nationally-renowned composer and conductor now based in Seattle, Washington - served as the Music Director of the Saginaw Symphony Orchestra (now the Saginaw Bay Symphony Orchestra) in the early 1960s, and he also taught summer classes at Delta College. He and President Emeritus Donald J. Carlyon - who served as President from 1964 to 1992 - created the Delta College Summer Conservatory of Music and Festival of Arts in 1964.

2014 marked the 50th anniversary of this ground-breaking collaboration, which also provided an opportunity to recognize the 90th birthday of President Emeritus Carlyon (on August 14, 2014). “It’s been an honor to oversee this outstanding institution and especially to help celebrate President Emeritus Carlyon’s birthday,” said Dr. Jean Goodnow, current President. “He continues to be an outstanding 'ambassador' for Delta College, and I am personally grateful for his friendship and his guidance during my tenure.”


During Dr. Jones’ return to Mid-Michigan, we were able to introduce our faculty, staff and students' vision for humanities through a series of activities, luncheons and dinners. We hope you’ll enjoy some of the fun information we were able to gather and share during his time on campus:


* Summer Conservatory of Music and Festival of Arts
* Delta College Alma Mater
* Delta College Fight Song

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If you would like further information, please contact Julie Dorcey in the Delta College Foundation at 989-686-9079, or e-mail:




"The humanities, done right, are the crucible within which our evolving notions of what it means to be fully human are put to the test; they teach us, incrementally, endlessly, not what to do, but how to be." Mark Slouka, American novelist and essayist

"It is a convenient truth: you go into the humanities to pursue your intellectual passion; and it just so happens, as a by-product, that you emerge as a desired commodity for industry." Damon Horowitz, Philosophy professor, technologist and serial entrepreneur​

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