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33rd Annual Pig Pickin’ lineup announced

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Here’s the lineup for the 33rd annual Pig Pickin’ weekend.

Festivities kick off on Friday, Sept. 21 at 5 PM with Pig Pickin’ After Dark. Delta State Radio station will begin the evening. Stretta, a Nashville-based high-energy cover band, plays at 8 PM.

Kappa Sigma Fraternity will host its annual 5K Hog Run for Military Heroes at 8:30 AM on Saturday. Tickets can be purchased at

Statesmen Park opens at noon; food lines begin at this time. BBQ meals can be purchased from noon to 3 PM. Buy BBQ tickets at

Beginning at 1 PM, several Delta Music Institute bands will perform, including B4Y2K, Delta Rox, and Ol’ Skool Revue. Delta State University President William N. LaForge will also share his musical talents with his band, President LaForge and the Cabinet.

The Admissions Office will present its annual DSU Day for prospective students from 1 PM to 4 PM. For more information, visit

The National Alumni Association is partnering with DSU intramurals on the fourth annual Cornhole Tournament at Pig Pickin’. The tournament begins at 2 PM at Statesmen Park. Register at and purchase an entry fee. For questions, contact Kirk Mansell at (662) 846-4566.

At 3:15 PM, the Delta State University Marching Band, Delta State cheerleaders, and the Delta Belles dance team will lead the way for the football pre-game pep rally.

While the crowd awaits the judges’ decisions on cooking competition winners, the CE Allstars will take the stage to present a cheerleading, tumbling and gymnastics show.

Pig Pickin’ award winners will be announced at 5 p.m.

Tailgaters will prepare for the 6 PM kickoff, as the Statesmen take on North Greenville University. To purchase game tickets, visit or call DSU Athletics at (662) 846-4300.

For more information about the 33rd annual Pig Pickin’ weekend, check out or contact the Alumni Association office at (662) 846-4709.

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Delta State University celebrates 93rd anniversary

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The Dedicated Statesmen Association invites the public to celebrate Delta State University’s 93rd anniversary on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at noon inside the H. L. Nowell Student Union.

A short program highlighting achievements and contributions made throughout the 1950s will take place. President William N. LaForge will also make remarks.

A small exhibit of related memorabilia from the University Archives is on display at the Barnes & Noble bookstore on the first floor of the student union.

“As President LaForge reflected on the power of time in his convocation address, I want to urge our current student body to remember that this is their time to not only make memories, but to also contribute to the success of the University, as so many students have before us,” said Student Government Association President Charlie King.

McNair Research Scholars Program holds reception

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The McNair Research Scholars Program at Delta State University held a reception in the Baioni Conference Center on Aug. 29 to introduce the 2018-19 scholars and to give summer research experience participants the opportunity to present five-minute oral presentations about their successes.

The McNair Research Scholars program encourages and prepares low-income, first-generation, and minority students for doctoral study and careers in research. The initiative addresses social, cultural, and academic barriers in higher education; offers individually focused and intensive programming geared toward navigating graduate and professional school admissions, and presents academic tutoring, personal counseling, mentoring, financial guidance, and other support to advance college access, retention, and graduation. The program also provides research opportunities and faculty mentoring during the summer.

The Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program was established in memory of astronaut-physicist and Challenger crew member Ronald E. McNair. The program is administered through Delta State’s Office of Graduate & Continuing Studies. McNair is one of eight TRIO programs funded by the U.S. Department of Education.

McNair Research Scholars are as follows:

First row: Syed Mohammed Amanuddin, Johvan Hill-Dick, Kevin Sodachanh, Dakota Conway, William Neal. Second row: Stephanie Davis, Zaria Nolan, Khyla Grant, Bria Goodson, KaShyla Brooks, Alexis Austin, Jakayla Washington, Abigail Hynum, Demicia Diew, Stevena King. Third row: Hertayshia Thomas, Nicholas Walters, J’Maricus Myers, Porsche Chambers, Sher’Creshia Cannon, Laketha Covington, Joelle Dick, Quincy Hughes, Ashley Griffin.
Not pictured: Bobby Foster and Audrey Gonzalez.

Grammy Award winner Lee Ann Womack – Performs at the BPAC

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Lee Ann Womack will perform live in concert on Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Bologna Performing Arts Center (BPAC) at Delta State University. The concert is locally sponsored by Wade Inc. Tickets start at $40 and are on sale at the BPAC ticket office, by phone 662-846-4626, or online

Praised by The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, and The New Yorker, among many other media outlets, Womack has sung for multiple U.S. presidents and rendered award-winning duets with the likes of Willie Nelson, John Prine, and John Legend. Her hit singles include “I Hope You Dance,” “I’ll Think of a Reason Later,” and “A Little Past Little Rock.” She has earned six Country Music Association Awards (including Single and Album of the Year), five Academy of Country Music Awards, a Grammy Award, and much more.

NPR Music says Womack “occupies rare terrain in country music”; her latest album The Lonely, The Lonesome & The Gone (ATO), has “some of the most immediate and deeply felt vocal performances” of her career and taps “into the emotional core of country.”

“I could never shake my center of who I was,” says the East Texas native. “I’m drawn to rootsy music. It’s what moves me.”
Tickets are now on sale at or at the BPAC Ticket Office at 662.846.4626. * Group discount of 10% (for 10 or more) available.