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Alumni gather in D.C. and Atlanta

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The 28th annual Mississippi on the Mall and 9th annual Mississippi in the Park recently allowed Delta State alumni and fellow Mississippians to celebrate their home state by visiting with alumni staff and vendors.

On June 16, 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, fellowship and live music featuring the Brian Farley Band. Delta State University President, William N. LaForge; Assistant Alumni Director, Amanda Robinson; and National Alumni Association President, Sayward Fortner ’04, represented Delta State. The university has 25 alumni living in Washington, D.C., but also invited guests from the greater area.

“Mississippi on the Mall presented a wonderful opportunity to connect with alumni and friends in Washington, D.C.,” said Robinson. “It’s important our institution is represented alongside the other institutions of higher learning in the state of Mississippi.”

See more photos from the event at https://www.flickr.com/photos/dsualumni/albums/72157695240340482.

The Mississippi Society of Georgia hosted the Mississippi in the Park event in Atlanta on June 22-23. Mississippians occupied a special section of the crowd at the Atlanta Braves baseball game at SunTrust Park. Guests also gathered at Chastain Park in Buckhead to enjoy Penn’s catfish and chicken, live music featuring The Shufflejunkies, and fellowship with Mississippi universities alumni associations.

Additionally, the society presented a $1,000 scholarship for a Class of 2018 Georgia high school senior to attend a four-year Mississippi institution in the fall of 2018.

“The Mississippi Society of Georgia volunteers are a joy to work with,” said Jeffrey Farris, director of alumni affairs. “Special thank you to alums BJ Abraham ‘64, Toni Jernigan ‘66 and Bob White ‘73, who volunteer on the planning committee.”

Farris and Robinson represented the university at the event.

View photos from the Atlanta event at https://www.flickr.com/photos/dsualumni/albums/72157698405453355.

The Greater Jackson Alumni Chapter will hold its meeting on July 19 at the Jackson Yacht Club. The DeSoto County Alumni Chapter will meet on Aug. 4 at the Bank Plus Training Center in Southaven. On Aug. 7, the Leflore County/Greenwood Alumni Chapter will meet.

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 Pig Pickin’ (Sept. 21–22) and Homecoming (Nov. 9-10).

Delta State Alumni Association engages Greater Memphis Area Alumni

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association recently traveled to Memphis for the annual Memphis Area Alumni Chapter Social Event. This year’s event was held at Crosstown Brewing Company.

“Our annual event was a success,” said Jeffrey Farris, director of alumni affairs. “Crosstown Brewing Company provided an environment for all to enjoy a night to celebrate their alma mater!

With over 50 alumni and friends in attendance, this year’s meeting was another success for the chapter. Attendees had a chance to enjoy a social before the program began. Campus updates were given by Dr. Charles McAdams, university provost; Rick Munroe, vice president for university advancement and external affairs; Matt Jones, assistant athletic director, and Jeffrey Farris, director of alumni affairs. Also in attendance was Amanda Robinson, assistant alumni director and Alandria Ramsey, regional admissions recruiter.

Memphis Co-Chapter Presidents Deniger and Sarah Cobb represented the chapter and expressed actions items for alumni in the Greater Memphis area to consider to focus on. Deniger encouraged others to get more involved by volunteering, referring prospective students, downloading the official Delta State University Alumni App, and paying their alumni dues. The Memphis Chapter will continue to focus on raising money for students from their area who will attend Delta State as an incoming freshman.

To view the Memphis Chapter Social photos or other alumni association/university sponsored events, visit https://www.flickr.com/photos/dsualumni/albums.

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 Pig Pickin’ (Sept. 21–22) and Homecoming (Nov. 9-10).

Delta State University Alumni Association Prepares for annual events in Washington, D.C. and Atlanta

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association is gearing up for the 28th Annual Mississippi on the Mall (June 16th) and Mississippi in the Park (June 22nd & 23rd). The annual events focus on engaging Mississippians who live in the Greater Washington, D.C and Greater Atlanta areas. The events provide an opportunity for fellow Mississippians to reunite and network personally and professionally as well as support their Mississippi college or university.

The Mississippi Society of Washington, DC, is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the best interests of our state in our nation’s capital. Founded in 1892, the Mississippi Society is the second oldest active state society in Washington. The event will be held at Henry Bacon Ball Field. For more details, visit https://www.mississippisociety.org/. Over 500 people attend the event each year.

“As always, we are excited to engage the Delta State family by representing Delta State University and the Cleveland community at this prestigious event in our Nation’s Capital” says Amanda Robinson, assistant alumni director.

The Mississippi Society of Georgia is an all-volunteer, non-profit entity composed of alumni and friends of Mississippi’s higher institutions of learning. The event will be held at Chastain Park. For more details, visit http://www.mssocietyofga.org/index.php. The society expects over 1000 guests to attend.

“Chastain Park in Buckhead is an ideal location for fellow Mississippians to enjoy a day of fellowship, food, and to reconnect with their alma mater. The Mississippi Society of Georgia has an excellent volunteer base with three Delta State alumni serving on the committee since the establishment of the society in 2008. The Alumni Office looks forward to visiting with and sharing Delta State good news with our Alumni & Friends from the Greater Atlanta Area” states Jeffrey Farris, director of alumni affairs.

For the latest updates follow the social media events pages or the official Delta State University National Alumni Association Facebook Page, Statesmen Graduates.
• Mississippi on the Mall 2018 https://www.facebook.com/events/1849013568728831/
• 2018 Mississippi in the Park https://www.facebook.com/events/522088811507653/

Delta State University along with Millsaps College, University of Southern Mississippi, Mississippi State University, University of Mississippi, Jackson State University, Mississippi College, William Carey University, Mississippi University for Women, Rust College, Tougaloo College, Belhaven, Alcorn State University, and Mississippi Valley State University will have a presence at the annual events.

For more information, please contact the Delta State University Advancement and External Relations Office or email alumni@deltastate.edu.

To view past photos from the events or other alumni association/university sponsored events, visit https://www.flickr.com/photos/dsualumni/albums.

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 Pig Pickin’ (Sept. 21–22) and Homecoming (Nov. 9-10).

Alumni to host Greater Memphis Area Alumni Chapter social

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The Greater Memphis Area Alumni Chapter invites Delta State supporters to its alumni social June 8 at Crosstown Brewing Company. The event will begin at 6 p.m. with a social, followed by a brief program starting at 6:45 p.m. Delta State head football coach Todd Cooley will be the featured guest from campus, as well as other faculty and staff from the university.

A fee of $10 per person will be collected at the door. Online registration is avaiable at https://www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/memphisalumnievent. For those unable to attend, donations to the Greater Memphis Area Chapter Scholarship Fund can also be made from the reservation link. The scholarship is for students who attend Delta State from the greater Memphis area.

Food options will be available from local crosstown community restaurants, including Dutch Treat. Light appetizers will be provided during the social. Libations can be purchased from the menu.

Learn more about Crosstown Brewing Company at https://crosstownbeer.com/. Convenient parking will be available. The venue is located at 1264 Concourse Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104.

The Memphis Chapter planning committee extends an invitation to all alumni and friends in the greater Memphis area. For more information, contact the Alumni Association staff at alumni@deltastate.edu or 662-846-4660.

To view past photos from the Memphis Chapter or other alumni association/university sponsored events, visit https://www.flickr.com/photos/dsualumni/albums.

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 Pig Pickin’ (Sept. 21–22) and Homecoming (Nov. 9-10).

Alumni Association and Career Services host annual Passport To Success

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association and Delta State Career Services recently hosted the second annual Passport To Success event. 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 building tips, and learned about best practices for searching for jobs and internships. Additionally, students were given guidance on professional dress attire and encouraged to follow Delta State University on all social media avenues.

“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 completed year 2 of the “Passport to Success” workshop hosted during the spring semester of the academic school year. The primary objective of this workshop is to allow our students to develop a professional LinkedIn profile before they graduate from Delta State University.”

The workshop was open to all undergraduate and graduate students. Multiple stations and staff were on site to assist more than 50 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 Nakikke Johnson, student relations specialist. “These days, a foot in the door may actually start online.

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

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 Pig Pickin’ (Sept. 21–22) and Homecoming (Nov. 9-10).