About the MVSU Graduate Read In

Every year the Graduate Programs at Mississippi Valley State University engage in a semester-long discussion focused on a topic that has a common thread amongst its programs. This year, the focus is on addiction. Scheduled events include a panel and book discussion which culminate in a research symposium of graduate students' research. These events are our efforts to raise awareness of topics that touch all of our lives.
Fall 2020 Graduate Read In Book
"A LIFE HALF LIVED: A True Story of Love, Addiction, Tragedy, and Hope"

Twenty-year-old Speedy Chase Rodgers seemed to have it all. His family loved him dearly. His generosity and sense of humor made him popular among his peers. His speed, agility, and competitive nature made him a force to be reckoned with on the football field. Young ladies were drawn to his good looks, quiet charm, and spontaneity. How will his family and friends cope when Chase makes choices that ultimately lead to his death in a tragic car wreck? "A Life Half Lived" gives the reader a glimpse inside the modern drug culture and the consequences that come with it.
"A Life Half Lived" is available for FREE on Apple's iBooks and Amazon's Kindle platform.
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Meet the Author: Darryl Rodgers

“I have a vision that one day our young people will be secure enough about who they are and so excited about their future that they will have no interest in drugs.”
Darryl Rodgers, Author
Darryl Rodgers grew up in rural South Carolina hunting, fishing, and playing in the woods near his home. He graduated from high school at the age of sixteen. 

At the age of 19, Darryl began a career as a corporate pilot. He served as a medic in the Army National Guard and later became a Copilot/Gunner on the AH-64 Apache attack helicopter. He has owned several small businesses and had the most fun running an outdoor summer day camp for boys. Darryl also worked with at-risk boys through a non-profit program that he started himself. 

Darryl has been married to his wife, Kim, for twenty-six years. They are the proud parents of two boys, Justin and Chase. Unfortunately, their oldest son, Chase, was killed in a tragic car wreck in 2014. Darryl wrote about his son, Chase, in his first book, "A Life Half Lived".  

Darryl can be booked for speaking engagements. His primary focus is on speaking to young people about the importance of making wise choices and the dangers of substance abuse.

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