|Deborah D. "Debbie" Rabinowitz of rural Westcliffe met with Mississippi State University President Mark E. Keenum last week during her campus visit. Rabinowitz was among 2017 Alumni Fellow honorees.
Sponsored and organized by the MSU Alumni Association, the fellows program brings graduates of distinction back to campus each year to inspire students with well-delivered advice required for success. Established more than a quarter-century ago, the Alumni Fellows program exposes current students and others to the 139-year-old land-grant institution's most outstanding graduates.
"The Alumni Association proudly works with the academic colleges of Mississippi State to bring dedicated alumni back to our campus to share their success stories, mentor and enrich the lives of current students," said Jeff Davis, executive director of the MSU Alumni Association. "Through the years, we have had many top-caliber graduates selected as Alumni Fellows, and the annual experience strengthens this group's ties with our campus and enables them to become stronger alumni leaders from this point forward."
The Alumni Fellows, who carry the title for life, are among the university's nearly 139,000 living graduates.
Rabinowitz was honored by the university's College of Arts and Sciences. She earned a bachelor's degree in communication from MSU in 1969. She later completed a master's degree in social work from Columbia University in 1971 and spent time as a social worker in New York. She worked at a home for neglected and abused children and then with mentally ill children at a state psychiatric hospital. Additionally, Rabinowitz earned a Ph.D. in counseling psychology from Texas A&M University in 1988. She joined Texas A&M as a psychologist, working there for more than 25 years until her retirement. She is a native of Miami, Florida and lives in rural Custer County with her husband, retired university professor Phil Rabinowitz.