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The 2016 Sustaining Life Member Program lapel pin

Sustaining Life Member Program supports scholarship fund

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association launched the Sustaining Life Member Program in 2013 as a voluntary way for current paid-in-full lifetime members and honorary lifetime members to provide additional annual support to the association with a yearly tax-deductible gift of $100.

Sustaining Life members are recognized for their generosity in an issue of Delta State magazine and listed on the Alumni Association’s website. Members also receive a certificate and special edition lapel pin.

The 2013 lapel pin featured the Delta State quadrangle with the oak trees towering above. The 2014 pin featured the Lena Roberts Sillers Chapel, and the 2015 pin featured Walter Sillers Coliseum. This year’s pin features the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni & Foundation House.

The program was started to enhance the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni Scholarship Fund. Over the past decade, over 200 students have received the scholarship. By the Centennial Celebration of 2025, the National Alumni Association has set a goal to award 500 Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni Scholarships. The scholarship is a one-time gift of $500.

“All funds raised will be used for the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni Scholarship, which is given to incoming freshmen and transfer students whose parents are dues-paying members of the National Alumni Association,” said Jeffrey Farris, director of Alumni Affairs.

There are currently over 2,700 Life Members of the National Alumni Association. Members who have yet to join the Sustaining Life Program can still donate and receive their special edition lapel pin.

To participate in the program, or for more information, contact the Alumni Association at 662-846-4660, or visit the website www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/sustaininglifememberprogram.

Alumnus of the Year awardee Charlie M. Pleas III

Alumni Association announces 2016 award winners

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association recently announced its 2016 alumni award recipients, who will be honored during a series of events Oct. 14-15 during the 84th Delta State Homecoming weekend.

The Alumni Association will recognize the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year, the Hall of Fame inductees and the Alumni Service Awards. The Delta State Department of Athletics will honor the Athletic Hall of Fame, Coaches Hall of Fame and Distinguished Statesmen Award. In advance of formal announcements to follow, the Alumni Association released names of the winners today. To read more about the 2016 Sports Hall of Fame and awards winners, visit http://www.gostatesmen.com/news/2016/8/9/athletic-department-dsu-athletics-announces-2016-hall-of-fame-class.aspx?path=athleticdepartment.

The Outstanding Alumnus of the Year is presented to a graduate who has made significant contributions to human or institutional programs in which a situation, an institution or a movement has been materially changed for the better due to that individual’s personal participation. This year’s recipient is Charlie M. Pleas III ’87, of Germantown, Tennessee.

Induction into the Delta State University Alumni Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed upon an individual by the DSU Alumni Association. Established in 2007, the Alumni Hall of Fame is extended to alumni and friends who have achieved professional distinction and made significant community service contributions at the local, national and/or international level, and who have thus brought honor and distinction to Delta State. This year, three distinguished alumni, along with Pleas, will be inducted into the hall: Charlene Bagwell Graham ‘64; Dwight Herlong ‘91; Bob “Pic” Billingsley ’83; and Walter W. Bettinger ’83.

The Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni Service Award recognizes outstanding service and contributions to Delta State by an alumnus. Richard Showse Myers ’91 will receive the award this year.

The Kent Wyatt “Young Alumnus” Service Award recognizes outstanding service and contributions to Delta State by a graduate 36-years-old or younger. The 2016 recipient is Matthew Parker Lipscomb ’04.

The Gladys Castle “Friend” of Delta State Service Award recognizes outstanding service and contributions to Delta State by a non-alumnus or institution. This year’s winner is Senator Eugene S. “Buck” Clarke.

The Legacy Award is presented to an alumnus or Delta State affiliated organization who made an institutional changing impact at the university. This year, a previous National Alumni Association president will be recognized.

The Dr. Henry Outlaw Faculty/Staff Service Award was established in 2014 as a way to recognize former Delta State faculty or staff members who have had a significant influence in the life of the university and/or the National Alumni Association. Established by the National Alumni Association Board of Directors, and inspired by the Dedicated Statesmen Association, the award will be given this year to Dr. Wayne Blansett ’73, Delta State Vice President of Student Affairs Emeritus.

The National Alumni Association will be releasing more information about the 2016 winners in the fall edition of the Alumni & Foundation magazine.

The association has a variety of activities planned throughout Homecoming weekend. This year’s featured reunion is the class of 1966, which will be celebrating 50 years since graduating from Delta State College. The 1966 class will be inducted into the prestigious Golden Circle, which is a constituency group of the association that honors alumni who graduated at least 50 years ago.

The official hashtag for the 2016 Homecoming is #DSUHC16. For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 662-846-4660. To purchase tickets to the Alumni Awards Gala, contact the association at 662-846-4660 or http://www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/homecoming2016.

To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), Tumblr (http://www.dsualumni.tumblr.com), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1).

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Planning to attend Pig Pickin’? Please read the following guidelines.

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The 31st annual Pig Pickin’, hosted by the Delta State University National Alumni Association, is a signature event at the university that many alumni, friends, students, parents, faculty and staff attend each year. Because the safety of the large number of people in attendance is a top priority, everyone is asked to follow the set rules and regulations:

  • To ensure everyone has a safe and fun experience at Statesmen Park, no vehicles will be allowed on Statesmen Park north of Parker Field-McCool Stadium. Tailgaters who need to drop off tents or other heavy items will be allowed to do so before 5 p.m. Friday and before 11:30 a.m. Saturday. After these times, traffic will not be allowed in the park.
  • Parking will be available at the athletics facilities, Shumate Park, Walter Sillers Coliseum, Kent Wyatt Hall and across Highway 8 on campus. Tailgating behind the visitors’ side of the stadium is prohibited. Directional signage will indicate the designated tailgating areas for Pig Pickin’ attendees.
  • Golf carts and ATVs will not be allowed with the exception of officials and staff golf carts.
  • Pets are not allowed at the event.

These rules were put in place to ensure the safety of Pig Pickin’ participants, particularly the many children who attend. Video surveillance will be in use at the park.

Pig Pickin’ event times at Statesmen Park:

  • Friday, September 18, 5 p.m. – midnight
  • Saturday, September 19, Noon – 5 p.m.

The official hashtag for Pig Pickin’ is #DSUPigPickin.

For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 662-846-4660.

To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), Tumblr (http://www.dsualumni.tumblr.com), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Save the date for this year’s Pig Pickin’ (Sept. 24) and Homecoming (Oct. 15).

 

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Alumni Association gears up for Pig Pickin’

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association invites campus, alumni and Delta State supporters to visit www.dsupigpickin.com in preparation of the 31st annual Pig Pickin.’

Visitors to the site can purchase BBQ tickets, sign up for the cooking competition, enter the second annual cornhole tournament, register to volunteer, purchase the event’s official T-shirt, and become an event sponsor.

The schedule is full of activities for Delta State alumni and friends of any age to enjoy. Activities kick off Sept. 23 leading into the main schedule on Sept. 24. Immediately following Pig Pickin’ festivities, the Statesmen football team will compete against Shorter University at 6 p.m.

BBQ or sausage dog tickets can be purchased for $6 at the Alumni House or www.dsupigpickin.com. Patrons who pre-purchase tickets by Sept. 16 at 5 p.m. will be entered in a drawing sponsored by the Delta State Foundation to win a Yeti cooler. A limited amount of food tickets will be available for purchase. This year, the Alumni Office will offer 1,000 plates to be purchased.

The traditional Pig Pickin’ t-shirts are $15 for short sleeve and $20 for sizes 2XL and up. Current shirt colors include chili, denim and grass. To purchase a shirt, visit the Alumni House and speak to MK DeWeese, senior alumni secretary.

31st annual Pig Pickin' T-shirts.

31st annual Pig Pickin’ T-shirts.

Stay updated on Pig Pickin’ announcements by joining the official Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/1168155446577403/. The official hashtag of Pig Pickin’ is #DSUPigPickin.

To purchase Pig Pickin’ tickets, click here, or to make a contribution to an annual scholarship, click here.

For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 662-846-4660.  To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), Tumblr (http://www.dsualumni.tumblr.com), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Save the date for this year’s Pig Pickin’ (Sept. 24) and Homecoming (Oct. 15).

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Delta State Alumnus Wins International Book Award

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Delta State alumnus Jerry Moorman (MS 1976) was honored during the 22nd Annual EVVY Award Banquet held at the Forney Museum of Transportation in Denver, CO. The EVVY Awards are presented by the Colorado Independent Publishers’ Association for outstanding books by independent authors throughout the world.

Jerry Moorman received Third Place in the category of Fiction: Action Adventure for his most recent novel, Whatever Happened to Will. Books are scored according to set criteria, and only those with an acceptable score can become a finalist. From the finalists, placements are awarded, again based on criterion-based judging. Judges are selected from a competitive process and include business leaders, teachers, and others in the book business.

Jerry grew up in a small cotton-farming community in Mississippi. He often describes himself as “just an ole country boy from Mississippi.” Maybe that describes his inner essence, but he is also a retired Professor Emeritus of Business research. His writing style often reflects both sides of his persona.

In addition to five textbooks and numerous academic publications, he has written four novels and one award-winning book of poetry.

Paperback: 978-0996399036 US $12.99 348 pages e-book available

Paperback: 978-0996399036
US $12.99
348 pages
e-book available

 Abandoned through Ignorance, the Government Steps In–
But How and Why Will Surprise You!

This is the story of a life abandoned through ignorance and reborn in a most unusual fashion. Abandoned shortly after birth to the care of an orphanage, later exiled to an academy for violent boys, then trained by the government as a contract assassin, Will battles the conflict between his sociopathic attitudes toward assassinations versus his increasing tendency toward compassion.

The story follows Will from baby, to orphanage, to academy and beyond as he achieves metamorphosis into an exceptionally skilled assassin. On the way he cannot get the thought of family out of his mind. Why did they just abandon him like an unwanted animal? Are they still out there somewhere?

As is often the case, fate answers Will’s questions. But with questions answered, others often appear to further exacerbate the situation. Will’s journey is one of intrigue, exciting action, and ultimately compassion. Does he find the answers to all his questions?         Maybe.