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Alumni to host Jackson event

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association will be traveling to Jackson for the annual Greater Jackson Area Alumni Event on Thursday at 6 p.m. More than 100 alumni and friends are expected to attend the event held at the Jackson Yacht Club.

Speakers for the event include Delta State President William N. LaForge and head football coach Todd Cooley. Entertainment will be provided by Delta State alum Brady Stewart.

“We’re really looking forward to another great event here in Jackson,” said Jeff Arnold, president of the Greater Jackson Alumni Chapter. “The committee has been working very strategically to recruit alumni and friends of Delta State to attend, uncover event sponsors, and collect items for the silent auction.”

All proceeds from the silent auction go to the Greater Jackson Area Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a student from the greater Jackson area who will attend Delta State.

Greater Jackson Area Alumni Event planning committee: (left to right) Jeffrey Farris '04; Jeff Arnold '91; Lisa Grantham '88; Renee Deweese '92; Johnathan Stark '99; Mandy Gardner '07; John Fletcher '91; John Stringer '05; and Will Crump '05.

Greater Jackson Area Alumni Event planning committee: (left to right) Jeffrey Farris ’04; Jeff Arnold ’91; Lisa Grantham ’88; Renee Deweese ’92; Johnathan Stark ’99; Mandy Gardner ’07; John Fletcher ’91; John Stringer ’05; and Will Crump ’05.

Each year at the alumni event, the chapter recognizes an individual for his or her service to Delta State. This year, the chapter will recognize President Emeritus Dr. Kent Wyatt and former first lady Janice Wyatt. The chapter will also recognize former Delta State baseball players who live in the Jackson area.

The Alumni Association is still accepting sponsorships for this event. Businesses or individuals can sponsor at the $100, $250 or $500 levels. Pre-register online at www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/jacksonalumnievent. Walk-ins are welcome the night of the event.

Save the dates for this year’s big alumni events: Pig Pickin’ (Oct. 7) and Homecoming (Nov. 11.).

For more information on the DSUNAA, call 662-846-4660 or email alumni@deltastate.edu. 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).

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Hundley named interim executive director of Alumni-Foundation

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Delta State University recently welcomed Patrick D. Hundley as the interim executive director of the Delta State University Alumni-Foundation.

Hundley took over after former director Keith Fulcher transitioned to the new position of special assistant to the president for donor relations.

He joins Delta State from the REGISTRY for College and University Presidents, an organization that provides experienced higher educational professionals on an interim basis. University and Foundation officials will conduct a search later in the year for a permanent executive director.

“I could not be more pleased with the welcome that I have received here,” said Hundley. “The entire staff of the Foundation and Alumni division has been wonderful, with each person reaching out to do all in his or her power to assist me. I hope to provide the kind of leadership during my short tenure here that will position this excellent staff to be even more successful in the future.

“Furthermore, President LaForge is totally committed to see that Delta State University reaches a next level of greatness, and I am finding that working with him is a real honor and privilege. Delta State and its development and alumni programs are in great hands. The future is very bright.”

Hundley is a native of Jackson, Tennessee. He received a bachelor’s in English from Tennessee Wesleyan College, a master’s in English from Middle Tennessee State University, and an ABD in English from Oklahoma State University.

He has 35 years of experience in university advancement, including serving as assistant chancellor at University of Wisconsin Platteville, vice president at Minnesota State University Moorhead, and vice chancellor at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

“I am very pleased that Patrick Hundley has joined our alumni-foundation staff as a consultant, and I look forward to working with him during this transition period,” said President William N. LaForge. “He brings a wealth of skills and knowledge in the foundation, development, and alumni fields at several universities, including many very similar to Delta State in size and character.”

Short-term, Hundley’s primary focus is to raise more private funds for the betterment of the university. One goal, he said, was to raise the percentage of alumni who contribute from 7.8 percent to 15 percent.

“We must identify more potential donors among our alumni and friends, and we must get out and see these people, taking the message of Delta State’s importance in educating the best and the brightest for our region and our nation,” he said.

Additionally, as an interim director, Hundley said he hopes to have everything in place so that the next director can hit the ground running to raise funding for Delta State.

“Next year will be the first year when tuition income is greater than the funds provided by the state for the university,” said Hundley. “Therefore, private funds become more important as we keep this great University affordable for our students now and in the future. We especially need to raise more funds for scholarships and student projects. This will be one of the charges that I will give our staff as we move forward.”

Hundley has been married to his wife, Susan, for 42 years. They have three children and three grandchildren.

Follow all Delta State University news at www.deltastate.edu.

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Alumni gather in Atlanta and Washington, D.C.

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Delta State University alumni recently gathered in Atlanta (left) and Washington, D.C.

 

The Delta State University Alumni Association recently traveled to Atlanta’s Mississippi in the Park, as well as the Mississippi on the Mall event in Washington, D.C.

The special events allowed Mississippi natives and Delta State alumni to celebrate their home state by visiting with alumni staff. Delta State University was well represented, along with other universities and businesses from the Magnolia State.

Centered around the celebration of Mississippi’s bicentennial birthday, the Mississippi Society of Georgia hosted the Atlanta event on June 9-10. Mississippians occupied a special section of the crowd at the Atlanta Braves baseball game on Friday night during the inaugural season at the new SunTrust Park. On Saturday, guests gathered at Chastain Park in Buckhead, where Penn’s catfish and chicken was served. Southern blues band The Shufflejunkies also put on a show for the crowd.

Additionally, the society presented a $1,000 scholarship for a class of 2017 Georgia high school senior to attend a four-year Mississippi institution in the fall of 2017.

“The Mississippi Society of Georgia volunteers provided a wonderful experience for all to enjoy,” said Jeffrey Farris, director of the Alumni Association. “Special thank you to the Delta State alumni volunteers who serve on the committee.”

On June 17, Mississippi Society of Washington, D.C. hosted the annual Mississippi on the Mall event at the Henry Bacon Ball Field beside the Lincoln Memorial. This year’s event included Simmons’ Mississippi Farm-Raised Catfish, live music by Kingfish and fellowship.

“Mississippi on the Mall presented a wonderful opportunity to connect with alumni and friends in a fun environment,” said Melissa Love, assistant Alumni director. “Statesmen pride is strong in our nation’s capitol,”

Delta State’s first lady, Nancy LaForge, was among over 600 people who attended this year’s event.

See more photos from the Atlanta event here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskX5SdJG, and view D.C. photos here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm2XiQ5R.

The Greater Jackson Alumni Chapter will hold its meeting on July 13 at the Jackson Yacht Club. On Aug. 1, the Leflore County/Greenwood Alumni Chapter will hold its meeting at the Museum of the Mississippi Delta in Greenwood. The DeSoto County Alumni Chapter will meet on Aug. 12 with additional details to be announced.

Save the dates for this year’s big alumni events: Pig Pickin’ (Oct. 7) and Homecoming (Nov. 11.).

For more information on the DSUNAA, call 662-846-4660 or email alumni@deltastate.edu.

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).

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Alumni to gather in Atlanta and D.C.

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association is gearing up to visit alumni and friends this summer at Atlanta’s Mississippi in the Park on June 10, as well as the Mississippi on the Mall event in Washington, D.C. on June 17. All Delta State Alumni and friends are invited to attend the events and visit Alumni staff at the Delta State tent.

Atlanta’s Mississippi in the Park, hosted by the Mississippi Society of Georgia, is sponsored annually by various alumni associations from Mississippi schools and Mississippi businesses. At Chastain Park in Buckhead, guests will enjoy live music entertainment while dining on a Mississippi catfish lunch. During the picnic, the society will announce the winner of a $1,000 scholarship for a class of 2017 Georgia high school senior to attend a four-year Mississippi institution in the fall of 2017.

For more information about the event, visit www.mssocietyofga.org.

On June 17, Alumni staff will be present at the Mississippi on the Mall event in the nation’s capital, connecting with Delta State alumni and friends living in the area. All things Mississippi will be celebrated at the event, which will be held at the Henry Bacon Ball Field at the northeast corner of the Lincoln Memorial.

Mississippi on the Mall is hosted by the Mississippi Society of Washington, D.C., whose funding consists of dues paid by Mississippi society members and donations from Mississippi based businesses and universities.

Additionally, the National Alumni Association is excited to announce dates recently added to the event calendar. The Greater Jackson Alumni Chapter will hold their meeting on July 13 at the Jackson Yacht Club. On Aug. 1, the Leflore County/Greenwood Alumni Chapter will hold its meeting at the Museum of the Mississippi Delta. The DeSoto County Alumni Chapter will meet on Aug. 12 with additional details to be announced.

Save the dates for this year’s big Alumni events: Pig Pickin’ (Oct. 7) and Homecoming (Nov. 11.)

For more information on the National Alumni Association, call 662-846-4660 or email alumni@deltastate.edu.

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)

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Passport to Success preps students

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association and Delta State Career Services recently partnered to “Passport To Success 2017.” The program successfully prepped Delta State students to enter their careers confidently, while maintaining a strong professional social media presence.

Students were given assistance with creating professional LinkedIn profiles, were offered headshots for their LinkedIn profiles and resumes, received résumé assistance, and learned about best practices for searching for jobs and internships. Additionally, students were given guidance on professional attire, were able to register for graduation regalia and complete the senior exit survey for the Department of Institutional Research.

“The National Alumni Association is in the business to develop partnerships,” said Jeffrey Farris, director of Alumni. “Through the leadership of our National Alumni Association Board of Directors, we have established Passport to Success and are excited to partner with Career Services at Delta State. We will look forward to the event year after year as we aid our students in developing professional LinkedIn profiles and getting guidance as they prepare to begin their careers.”

The inaugural event was open to all juniors, seniors and graduate students. Multiple stations and staff were on site to assist more than 40 students who took advantage of the programming.

“With the growing number of users on the professional social media platform LinkedIn, we are seeing more and more students gain exposure and leads to career opportunities,” said Davlon Miller, director of Career Services. “These days, a foot in the door may actually start online. It is important for these students to recognize this trend.”

As a special incentive, students who participated in each station were also entered in a drawing for special prizes. Student Johnna Ladd’s name was drawn as the winner of a Yeti Hopper cooler.

Following the event, students who met specific criteria on their LinkedIn pages were eligible for one of two $500 scholarships to Delta State. The scholarship winners were social work major Kayla Gary and outdoor recreation major Heather Wilson.

“This successful event enabled alumni staff to enhance their relationship with upperclassmen, developing life-long relationships with the future alumni,” said Sayward Fortner, National Delta State University Alumni president. “Students also gained the ability to engage with other alumni who have LinkedIn profiles.”