Barron to be recognized by South Central Alumni chapter

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association will host the annual South Central Mississippi Alumni Chapter Meeting in Brookhaven Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. at Mitchell’s Special Events and Catering.

Registration and a social will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and the program at 6:30 p.m.

The event will feature Delta State University President William N. LaForge. Other special guests will include representatives from the Office of Admissions and Athletics.

Dr. Mark Barron ’04, from Brookhaven, will be recognized as the South Central Mississippi Chapter Alumnus of the Year.

Barron is a board-eligible orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in hip and knee replacements and care for the spine at Kings Daughter Medical Center Sports Medicine Orthopaedic & Spine Clinic. He was born and raised in Laurel and returned to Mississippi to practice after completing his medical training out of state.

Barron enjoys being close to family and living in a place where he can practice both orthopedic surgery and specialty spine care. He became interested in sports and orthopedic medicine after being injured playing high school sports. He received his bachelor’s from Delta State in 2004. Additionally, he was a four- year letterman for the Delta State football team. He returns to campus multiple times each year to cheer on his alma mater and tailgate at Statesmen Park for the annual Pig Pickin’ festivities.

To view photos from the 2017 South Central Chapter meeting, visit

The cost for the meeting is $15 per person. Prospective students are invited to attend as guests of the Alumni Association. To RSVP, call 662-846-4660 or visit

To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Save the date for this year’s Go Green Weekend (April 27-28), Pig Pickin’ (Sept. 21-22) and Homecoming (Nov. 10).

Robinson named assistant director of Alumni Affairs

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The Delta State University Alumni Association announces the hiring of Amanda Robinson as the assistant director of Alumni Affairs.

Robinson is a 2010 cum laude graduate of Delta State, where she received a bachelor’s degree in graphic design.

“The Delta State University National Alumni Association is excited to announce Amanda Robinson as the assistant director of Alumni Affairs,” said Jeffrey Farris, Alumni director. “Amanda will bring much experience and institutional knowledge as she serves in this university role. She will focus on providing a lifelong alumni experience for our 30,000-plus alumni base.”

Robinson was employed by Delta State in 2015 before working her way to her new role. Prior to joining the Alumni Association staff, she worked for the Department of Family and Consumer Sciences as the senior secretary. Before returning to her alma mater, she worked as a graphic designer for a screen printing company in Greenwood, as well as an accounts payable specialist for Westower Communications located in Ridgeland.

As a student at Delta State, Robinson cheered for the Statesmen her senior year. She is a member of the Delta State Alumni Association and also serves as the Alumni Association’s representative for the Administrative Staff Council on campus.

Robinson and her husband, Morgan Robinson ’10, have one child, Shelby.

Delta State University Alumni Association’s mission: To perpetuate the memories of university life. To provide a medium through which interest in Delta State University may be promoted. To assist in establishing alumni chapters. To bind the alumni into a united fellowship working together for the advancement of the university. To serve as a link between the university and its alumni. To act as a service organization for former Delta State students.

South Delta Chapter hosts record crowd at the Onward Store

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association recently traveled to The Onward Store outside of Rolling Fork, Mississippi for the annual South Delta Chapter Meeting. Alumni and friends from Sharkey, Issaquena, Yazoo, Humphries and Warren counties were in attendance.

The crowd was entertained by Delta Music Institute instructor Barry Bays and Delta State President William N. LaForge. The talented duo played five songs for more than 65 guests in attendance.

LaForge provide an update from campus, and Bays discussed the academic opportunities at the Delta Music Institute. Doug Pinkerton, head coach of women’s cross country, represented the Delta State Athletic Department.

Patrick Hundley, interim executive director of Alumni & Foundation; Keith Fulcher, special assistant to the president for Donor Relations; and Jeffrey Farris, director of Alumni Affairs, represented the Delta State Alumni & Foundation Office.

The chapter celebrated by giving out three $500 scholarships to deserving students from the south Delta area. The 2017 recipients are Walker Holcomb, Heather Craddock and Walter Warren. These student will be enrolling at Delta State in the fall of 2018.

The chapter also recognized Wade Tackett ’05 as the South Delta Outstanding Alumnus of the Year. Tackett is the head football coach at Simmons High School in Hollandale, Mississippi. His team won the 1A state championship with a perfect 15-0 record.

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Save the dates for upcoming alumni events in 2018: Brookhaven (Feb. 8), Delta Models Reunion (April 27), Go Green Weekend (April 28), Pig Pickin’ (TBA), Homecoming (Nov. 10).

For more information on the DSU National Alumni Association, call 662-846-4660 or email To stay up to date with DSUNAA activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1).

Malone to receive honorary doctorate

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Delta State University will continue its tradition of recognizing green and white greatness by conferring an honorary doctoral degree at fall commencement ceremonies Dec. 9.

Delta State confers the honorary degree to individuals who have made significant and meritorious contributions to the university, higher education generally or other areas of society. Achievements can include, but are not limited to, outstanding creative and scholarly work, distinguished leadership or service, significant accomplishments or exceptional philanthropic support.

Receiving the honor will be Percy Malone, who attended Delta State in 1960 and was named the university’s Outstanding Alumnus of the Year for 2017.

“Senator Percy Malone is a most-deserving honorary degree recipient,” said Delta State University President William N. LaForge. “It is customary for universities to bestow honorary degrees, and they are intended to do just that — honor the recipient for distinguished service, accomplishments, successes and contributions to society. Sen. Malone is the ideal candidate for this honor. His record of community service and leadership is enviable. And he credits Delta State with providing him the basic science education to launch his professional school, and later, his business, successes. He is a leader who cares about people and who has demonstrated, time and time again, his commitment to human and civic causes.”

Malone, who was raised in a humble upbringing in Rosedale, Mississippi, credits his time in the classroom at Delta State as paving his way to pharmacy school, and then to eventually becoming a representative and senator in Arkansas.

Long before he sat in his senate and representative seats in the Arkansas legislature, long before he established a chain of pharmacies across Arkansas, and long before he traveled to Oxford to learn his vocation, he sat in classes at Delta State soaking up the knowledge and wisdom from several teachers that would influence him the rest of his life.

“I had a professor in physics – Dr. Wiley – he took a special interest in his students,” Malone said. “It was an affordable school, and when I got out, I was prepared for pharmacy school at Ole Miss.”

“This is a great honor from a school that helped me get out of poverty,” Malone said in a previous press release about being named Outstanding Alumnus of the Year. “I have fond memories of being able to go to Delta State. It was a hand out and not a hand up.”

After receiving his pharmacy degree in 1965, Malone began working with I.B. Fuller in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Fuller became a mentor for Malone’s community involvement, which has ranged from serving on the board of directors of the Arkadelphia Chamber of Commerce, to serving as a delegate to the Arkansas Constitutional Convention in 1980. He was also a member of the state Board of Pharmacy.

His political career began in 1995 when he was elected to represent District 36, which he did until 1999. In this capacity, he served as co-chairman of the joint budget committee and as a member of the insurance and commerce committee, the public health and welfare committee, and other important committees and subcommittees. Malone’s stint in the state senate ran from 2001-2012.

President LaForge said Delta State has bestowed fewer than 20 honorary degree’s in the institution’s history, acknowledging the significance and prestige of Malone’s degree.

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Alumni Association awards scholarships to Washington County Students

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With the help of many local sponsors and supporters, the Delta State University National Alumni Association recently hosted an event in Greenville for all area alumni and friends.

On Nov. 14, the Delta’s first and only tap room, Mighty Miss Brewing Company, saw over 75 people gather in the name of the Green and White Nation.

As guests arrived, they enjoyed the sounds of ‘BKZ,’ a very talented independent musical group, comprised of current Delta Music Institute students. Alumni and friends enjoyed brewery tours and sampled the Mighty Miss Brewing Co. selections, all crafted on site.

Delta State President William N. LaForge gave the crowd an update from campus, and some insight to future projects. Alumni Director Jeffrey Farris and Athletic Director Ronnie Mayers also gave updates.

Two local high school students were also surprised with scholarships to attend Delta State in the fall of 2018. Alexandra Glasco & Mollie Pinion, both seniors at Washington School, each received a $1,000 scholarship, courtesy of the Washington County Alumni Scholarship fund.

“We had a great time visiting and sharing stories with our alumni and friends from the Washington County area,” said Alumni Director, Jeffrey Farris. “Mighty Miss Brewing Company provided a unique atmosphere, and, thanks to the dedication of our local alumni and sponsors, we are excited and proud to see two future students receive scholarships.”

To learn more about the Mighty Miss Brewing Co., Click here. (  Save the dates for upcoming alumni events: Onward Store (Rolling Fork Area) (Nov. 7), Brookhaven (Feb. 8, 2018), and Delta State University Pig Pickin’ (Sept. 8, 2018).