Delta State Seniors Visit Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni/Foundation House

By February 1, 2013General

PHOTO:  From left, Carolyn Walker of Ruleville, Christopher Knott of Clarksdale, Joncherrica Jones of Vicksburg, Raven Causey of Hollandale, Jimmy Ray Christian Jr. of Charleston,  Charnessa Curp of Cleveland, Mary Ashley Miller of Indianola, Zavier Shegog of Marks, Kayla Stegall of Olive Branch, William Stowers of Inverness,  Brittnie Townes of Clarksdale, Melvin Griffin of Madison, Kondwani Coleman of Shelby, Velvet Bell of Greenville, Associate Professor of Sociology & Community Development Dr. Alan Barton and Director of Alumni Affairs Jeffrey Farris.


The Delta State Alumni Association recently hosted a visit from the Dr. Alan Barton’s senior sociology class. Students in Barton’s  “Integrative Seminar in the Social Sciences” visit the Alumni Association each semester and have been doing so for the past seven years.

“All of the graduating seniors in the Division of Social Sciences and History take SSC 499, and one of the highlights each semester is our visit to the Alumni House. Jeffrey Farris explains to the students how they can stay in touch with classmates and with Delta State University through the Alumni Association,” said Barton. “Students get a copy of the excellent Delta State Magazine, tickets to Pig Pickin’, decals for their cars, and other goodies, and we always spend a few minutes looking at the historic photos on the wall of the lobby. Sometimes students can pick out relatives in the old photos. Everyone has a good time and the students go home motivated to stay connected to DSU after they graduate.”

Director of Alumni Affairs Jeffrey Farris spoke with the students about the experience they will have after they graduate.

“Alumni awareness is an important part of a graduating senior’s experience,” said Farris. “I applaud Dr. Barton for keeping the National Alumni Association in front of his class each semester.”

For more information, please contact the Delta State University Alumni Association at (662) 846-4660 or email  Also, follow the association through our social networking avenues for updated information on the event: Facebook, Statesmen Graduates; Twitter, @DSU_Alumni; Tumblr, www.dsualumni/ Make sure to check out the DSU vs. CBU event page on Facebook for more details.


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