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Alumni Association to host Washington County event

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association will be traveling to Greenville for the Greater Washington County Area Alumni Event on Nov. 14, at 6 p.m.

The event will be held at the Delta’s only taproom, Mighty Miss Brewing Company, in downtown Greenville.

Speakers for the event include Delta State President William N. LaForge and Delta State’s National Alumni Director Jeffrey Farris. Additional staff, faculty and special guests from campus will also be in attendance. Entertainment will be provided by the Delta Music Institute’s student band, BKZ.

“We are excited to once again get together with our fellow Statesmen and friends of the university,” said Parker Lipscomb, Washington County Alumni Chapter volunteer. “The local alumni committee has reached out to local businesses, friends and alumni to make this event possible, and we are very grateful for them. The event is going to be a fun way to reconnect with friends and has also given us an opportunity to award some Washington County students with scholarships to Delta State.”

Guests can participate in brewery tours and a silent auction during the event, with all proceeds benefitting the Washington County Area scholarship fund. Alumni and friends will enjoy appetizers from the Cajun Shotgun House while sampling craft beers.

The Alumni Association is still accepting sponsorships for the event. Call 662-846-3780 for more information about sponsorship opportunities. Visit http://bit.ly/2gDVZjx to pre-register online. Walk-ins will be welcome the night of the event. To learn more about the Mighty Miss Brewing Company, visit https://www.mightymissbeer.com/.

Save the dates for upcoming alumni events: Homecoming (Nov. 11.), Rolling Fork area event (Onward Store) on Nov. 7,  and Brookhaven (Feb. 8, 2018).

For more information on the DSU National Alumni Association, 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).

Alumni Association announces Homecoming schedule

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Members of the Golden Circle and Class of 1967 members working together to plan the the 2017 Alumni Awards Gala. The group met at the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni & Foundation House to discuss strategies to help recruit their former classmates back to campus for Homecoming. The group was organized by Golden Circle President Ben Bailey ’64.

The Delta State University National Alumni Association has released the 2017 Homecoming schedule for Delta State alumni and friends.

Homecoming weekend will kick off with the Alumni Awards and Gala Dinner at the Cleveland Country Club on Nov. 10. The dinner is led by the National Alumni Association Board of Directors and recognizes the university’s Outstanding Alumnus of the Year, Alumni Hall of Fame, Distinguished Black Alumnus of the Year, and Service Award winners.

This event also recognizes the Golden Circle, which is made up of all 50-plus year graduates of Delta State, and the Class of 1967, which will be celebrating 50 years since graduating from Delta State College.

A social for the Golden Circle and Class of 1967 will be held prior to the Alumni Awards and Gala Dinner at the Cleveland Country Club from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Alumni Awards and Gala Dinner will begin at 7 p.m. Immediately following the event, live entertainment will be provided. Tickets may be purchased at: http://www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/homecoming2017.

A bonfire and pep rally, sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs, is set for 9 p.m. in Statesmen Park.

Saturday’s activities begin early with registration at the H.L. Nowell Student Union beginnning at 8 a.m. The Statesmen Stroll, sponsored by Student Affairs, will begin at 9 a.m. at the Union. The Robert E. Smith School of Nursing will celebrate its 40th Anniversary from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. The College of Education and Human Sciences will host an open house from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at James M. Ewing Hall and Wyatt Gymnasium.

A Veteran’s Exhibit will open at  9 a.m. at E.R. Jobe Hall. The Athletic Alumni Board Meeting will begin at 10 a.m. at Chadwick-Dickson Field House.

One of the highlights of Saturday will be the Delta State University Homecoming Parade hosted by the Office of Student Affairs beginning at 11:30 a.m. on the Quad. The parade will feature over 66 groups including several local marching bands.

The Alumni Association tailgate will be open at noon at Statesmen Park. Beginning at 12:30 p.m. at Statesmen Park will be the Delta State Black Alumni Reunion and the Lady Statesmen Basketball Reunion.

The Delta State football team will compete against Florida Institute of Technology at Parker Field-McCool Stadium starting at 2 p.m. For more details visit www.gostatesmen.com.

Homecoming 2017 will conclude with the annual Step Show sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs held at the Bologna Performing Arts Center at 9 p.m. on Saturday.

Additional Cleveland attractions Homecoming weekend:

To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, download the Delta State Alumni app and follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Make plans for the Washington County Alumni Meeting on Nov. 14, Rolling Fork Alumni Meeting at the Onward Store on Dec. 7, Brookhaven Alumni Meeting on Feb. 8, and Go Green Weekend on April 28.

DSU Homecoming: A Statesman Stroll Down Memory Lane

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Delta State University is gearing up for its biggest Homecoming in years. Join the celebration of Statesmen pride with Homecoming festivities beginning Nov. 6 at 4 p.m. with Catfish on the Quad sponsored by the Student Government Association.

While the official kickoff for the Homecoming football game is Nov. 11 at 2 p.m., an amped up schedule of activities will lead up to the game. This year’s theme is “A Statesman Stroll Down Memory Lane.”

Dr. Vernell Bennett, vice president for Student Affairs, has spearheaded the event schedule.

“Student Affairs and the Homecoming Committee are really focused on engaging more students, alumni and community members in Homecoming this year,” said Bennett. “Some of our new initiatives include a Homecoming webpage with links to the various events, various college open houses, a bonfire/pep rally at Statesman Park, and the Statesman Stroll.”

The stroll, beginning at the Student Union on Nov. 11, features 12 campus locations that include the open houses and various historic venues. The back of each stroll card has facts about each stop, and each “stroller” is entered into a drawing to win a Visa gift card. This activity begins at 9 a.m. and runs until 11 a.m. For more information on the stroll, visit http://www.deltastate.edu/student-life/homecoming-statesman-stroll.

Registration for the parade is still available at http://www.deltastate.edu/student-life/homecoming-parade. This year’s parade will again feature approximately 10 bands from throughout the region, and campus, alumni and community participants. The parade’s theme is “Statesman Pride On Parade.”

View the full Homecoming schedule below:

For more information, visit the official 2017 Homecoming webpage at http://www.deltastate.edu/student-life/dsu-homecoming.

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32nd annual Pig Pickin’ success for Delta State

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The Delta State University Alumni Association celebrated the 32nd annual Pig Pickin’ this past weekend at Statesmen Park with a record-breaking number of guests.

Over 1,000 people came through the barbecue serving lines and enjoyed a plate of pulled pork or Polk’s Meat Products sausage dog and a cold RC drink. The BBQ was prepared by the Ubon’s BBQ of Yazoo City and a group of volunteers including Tom Janoush, Jamie van Vulpen, David Griffith, Milan Killebrew, Mike Ainsworth, Craig Verhage and many others. Volunteers lead by the Student Alumni Association, Kappa Alpha Order, Boy Scouts of Cleveland, and First Year Seminar also played a major role in preparing for the guests on Statesmen Park.

Over 400 prospective students and parents attended DSU Day which was an all-time high.

The 3rd Annual Corn Hole Tournament was held on Statesmen Park. Jae Medders and Johnny Cassibry claimed the title which was sponsored by the Alumni Association and DSU Intramurals.

Pig Pickin’ guests were entertained by the Jason Miller Band, CE All-Stars, and the talented Delta Music Institute bands.

Other Saturday events included the annual Pig Pickin’ Golf Classic to support the DSU Golf Team, biennial Baseball Reunion, and the Hog Run 5K sponsored by Kappa Sigma Fraternity.

The Alumni Association joined the Memphis Barbeque Network which is one of the leading sanctioning bodies of BBQ contests in the world. This year 38 cook teams competed for Grand Champion of Pig Pickin in the Championship and Patio Category, and there were 16 first-time cook teams this year.

Championship Category Grand Champion: Cotton Patch Cooking Team from Columbus, Mississippi
Patio Category Grand Champion: Rolling Bones from Rosedale, Mississippi

The event would not have been possible without the help of all the volunteers and event sponsors, including Polk’s Meat Products, which has sponsored the event for over a decade. Sponsors were treated to a jambalaya dinner at the Sponsors’ Social Friday night before Pig Pickin’ at the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni & Foundation House. Please visit www.dsupigpickin.com to view the 2017 Delta State Pig Pickin’ sponsors.

To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, download the Delta State Alumni app and follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (alumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Make plans for Homecoming (Nov. 11).

Entertainment schedule for the Pig Pickin’ weekend

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The 32nd annual Pig Pickin’ weekend kicks off today (Oct. 6) at 5 p.m. with a slate of live entertainment at Statesmen Park.

DJ Howl will take the stage first, followed by the Jason Miller Band at 7:30 p.m. JMB will deliver a southern country rock sound.

The fun continues Saturday with performances on stage throughout the day. 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 along with his band, President LaForge and the Cabinet.

At 3:30 p.m., the Delta State University Marching Band, Delta State cheerleaders, and the Delta Belles dance team will lead the way for the 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 high-energy cheerleading, tumbling and gymnastics show.

After Pig Pickin’ award winners are announced at 5 p.m., tailgaters will be prepping for the 6 p.m. kickoff as the Statesmen take on the University of West Alabama. To purchase game tickets, visit http://deltastatetickets.universitytickets.com/user_pages/event.asp?id=342&cid=40 or call DSU Athletics at 662-846-4300.

Other Saturday events include the annual Pig Pickin’ Golf Classic, the third annual cornhole tournament and the Hog Run 5K. For more information or to sign up, and to purchase food plate tickets, visit www.dsupigpickin.com.

To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, download the Delta State Alumni app and follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (alumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Make plans for this year’s Pig Pickin’ (Oct. 7) and Homecoming (Nov. 11).