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BPAC’s Highest Honor Given to Gresham, McPherson Families

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The Bologna Performing Arts Center (BPAC) proudly announces that the Gresham and McPherson families of Indianola are the latest recipients of the President’s Award.

Delta State University President William N. LaForge presented the award Tuesday, Feb. 7 at a special event on the theater’s stage. The President’s Award is given in recognition of outstanding service to the BPAC.

“Since the Bologna Performing Art Center’s beginnings, the Gresham and McPherson families have been ardent supporters, as they are of so many aspects of the arts and Delta culture,” remarked LaForge. “They are shining examples of community support and engagement.”

This award is given by Delta State’s president to those who have contributed their expertise, insights and energy to promote the arts for the enrichment of the Delta in special ways. The award is the BPAC’s highest honor. Acknowledgement is made through a unique award modeled after architectural details of the BPAC façade, which are covered in gold leaf.

The Gresham and McPherson families were original supporters of the BPAC when it was first built in 1994 through state funding through the Mississippi legislature. Gresham Petroleum Company and Double Quick, Inc. provided the lead gift for the BPAC’s Recital Hall stage. Over the last 20 years, the Gresham and McPherson families have provided scholarship ticket programs for school-age students to attend matinee performances and youth scholarships for children to the Mississippi Summer Arts Institute, in addition to annual support for the facility’s programs.

A multidisciplinary facility, the BPAC presents an annual season of national and international touring productions in addition to its university commitments. To learn more about the BPAC or to get tickets to an upcoming performance, visit www.bolognapac.com or stop by the center.

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Delta State Alumni Association announces 2017 event dates

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association recently announced the following 2017 event dates for three of the largest events held on campus — Go Green Weekend, Pig Pickin’ and Homecoming.

On April 7-8, join the Green and White Nation for the 4th annual Go Green Weekend at Delta State. Celebrate the spring season with live entertainment, tailgating, a jambalaya cook-off, athletic games, activities for the family and more! Come out to support the Statesmen and Fighting Okra for a weekend of food, fun and sports.

The 32st annual Pig Pickin’ will be held this year on Oct. 7-8, as the Statesmen football team hosts the University of West Alabama. The full schedule of events will be announced at a later date. Make plans now to tailgate in Statesmen Park with friends and fellow alumni.

Homecoming has been set for Nov. 10-11, and the Statesmen football team is scheduled to compete against Florida Tech. Throughout the weekend, the Alumni Association has a variety of activities planned. The class of 1967 will be featured and honored, as they’ll be celebrating 50 years since graduating from Delta State. They will also be inducted into the prestigious Golden Circle, which is a constituency group of the Alumni Association that honors alumni who graduated at least 50 years ago. The National Alumni Association will recognize the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year, Alumni Hall of Fame, and other service awards. The award winners along with the Delta State Athletics Hall of Fame will be recognized at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on Nov. 10.

“Make plans now to return to campus! The Alumni Office has mailed 15,000 save-the-date postcards to our alumni and friends promoting these signature annual events. We also just released 28,000 Alumni and Foundation magazines which feature these dates, so keep them handy as a reminder,” said Jeffrey Farris, alumni director. “The Alumni Office wants to help you get back to campus to enjoy Cleveland and your alma mater.”

Email alumni@deltastate.edu with questions, and for travel info and local accommodations, go to www.visitclevelandms.com.

More details on events will be released at a later date. The official hashtag for Go Green Weekend is #GGW, Pig Pickin’ is #DSUPigPickin and for Homecoming is #DSUHC.

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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Championship basketball teams return to campus

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Photo (front row, left to right): Stacy Miller, Carlos Kelley, Tim Pledger, former coach Steve Rives, Brad Bunch, Dwaun Warmack. Back row (l to r): Robert Thompson, Rodney Francis, Ross Dorr, Marco Nicvwenbrock, Chris Sykes, Richard Micheaux, Twentis Magee, Jay Walton and Jon Parker.


The Delta State University Alumni Association recently hosted a Reunion of the men’s basketball 1996-98 Gulf South Conference championship teams.

During a dinner banquet, the former players were recognized for their contributions to the basketball program at Delta State. They then received updates on the current basketball program and future plans for athletic facility upgrades from head men’s basketball coach James Boone and Athletic Director Ronnie Mayers.

Special guest former coach Steve Rives shared words of wisdom while catching up with his former teams.

“It is always special when alumni and former staff make their way back to their alma mater,” said Jeffrey Farris,  Alumni director. “It was very special to witness the guys relive the camaraderie, team spirit and fellowship that still lives on within our athletic programs today.”

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 Go Green Weekend (April 8), Pig Pickin’ (Oct. 7) and Homecoming (Nov. 11).

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Johnson awarded Outstanding Alumnus at South Central alumni meeting

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(Left to right) Jeffrey Farris, director of Alumni Affairs, President William N. LaForge, and Molly Hoagland Johnson, South Central Mississippi Chapter Alumnus of the Year.

The Delta State University National Alumni Association held its annual South Central Mississippi Alumni Chapter Meeting Jan. 26 at Mitchell’s Steak & Seafood in Brookhaven.

The night of fun and fellowship featured Delta State President William N. LaForge, head baseball coach Mike Kinnison, Athletic Director Ronnie Mayers, and Director of the Delta Music Institute, Tricia Walter.

Alumni received a preview for baseball season, plans for renovations to Walter Sillers Coliseum, and the inter-workings of the Delta Music Institute.

LaForge provided campus updates related to construction and academic advancements.

“The ultimate goal for us is for students to walk across the stage and receive their diploma,” said LaForge.

Molly Hoagland Johnson ‘94 was recognized as the South Central Mississippi Chapter Alumnus of the Year.

Johnson received her bachelor’s from Delta State in 1994 and her MBA in 1995. She served as president of Kappa Delta Sorority and was a member of the Delta State tennis team from 1990-94. She was recognized for Gulf South Conference Sportsmanship in 1993 and 1994. Additionally, Johnson is a member of the DSU Hall of Fame.

Since her days as a Delta State student, Johnson has been committed to serving her community. She is employed at North Pike School District, where she has also served as an active PTO member and past president. She co-coaches the Fernwood Flippers Swim team and the Parklane Academy Swim Team.

Johnson’s community affiliations include: executive director for The United Givers of Southwest MS; member and former president of the Pike County Howdycrat Board; and former ambassador for the Pike County Chamber of Commerce. As a Life Member of the McComb Garden club, she has served as fundraiser chairman, publicity chairman and Azalea Court chairman.

She and her family attend Centenary United Methodist Church where she previously served as children’s coordinator for two years. For 14 years, she taught elementary students during church on Wednesday evenings. She has also chaired fundraising projects for youth to attend mission trips.

At home in McComb, Molly and her husband, Pender Johnson, have three boys.

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 Go Green Weekend (April 8), Pig Pickin’ (Oct. 7) and Homecoming (Nov. 11).

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Alumni announces chapter meeting in Brookhaven

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association announced plans for the annual South Central Mississippi Alumni Chapter Meeting Jan. 26 at Mitchell’s Steak & Seafood in Brookhaven. The registration and social will begin at 6 p.m, followed by dinner and the program at 6:30 p.m.

The event will host an All-Star cast featuring Delta State President William N. LaForge and baseball coach Mike Kinnison. Other special guests will include Ronnie Mayers, director of Athletics, Tricia Walter, director of the Delta Music Institute, and representatives from the Admissions Office.

“The Delta State University South Central Chapter is full of Delta State pride,” said Jeffrey Farris, director of Alumni Affairs. “The chapter is always eager to come together in the name of their alma mater.”

Molly Hoagland Johnson ‘94 will be recognized as the South Central Mississippi Chapter Alumnus of the Year.

Johnson lives in McComb and is married to Pender Johnson. She received her bachelor’s in 1994 and MBA in 1995. She was president of Kappa Delta Sorority and a member of the Delta State tennis team from 1990-94. Additionally, Johnson is a member of the Delta State Student Hall of Fame. Currently, she serves as the executive director for the United Givers of Southwest Mississippi.

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 www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/southcentralevent.

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 Go Green Weekend (April 8), Pig Pickin’ (Oct. 7) and Homecoming (Nov. 11).