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Alumni Association welcomes legacies back to Pig Pickin’

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The Delta State University Alumni Association has once again invited members of the Legacy Program back to Pig Pickin’, hosted on campus Sept. 18-19.

Each child enrolled in the Legacy Program was mailed a postcard inviting them to the annual Pig Pickin’ festivities. Legacies can request a free Pig Pickin’ barbecue ticket from the Alumni Association. There will also be a “Legacy Tent” at Statesmen Park. The Statesman and Okra will visit the tent to take pictures from 1-2 p.m. All members of the Legacy Program and their families are invited to attend.

The Alumni Association launched the program to get younger fans interested in Delta State at an early age. The definition of a legacy is any child fortunate enough to have a parent, grandparent or legal guardian who is a graduate or friend of Delta State.

So far, over 3,000 children up to the age of 18 have enrolled in the program. The Alumni Association will begin sending Legacies age appropriate Delta State themed items in the mail in January of 2016.

The official hashtag for Pig Pickin’ is #DSUPigPickin. For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 662-846-4660. Join the Facebook event at Statesmen Graduates:https://www.facebook.com/events/872293072848213/. To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), Tumblr (www.dsualumni.tumblr.com), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1).

 

Air Evac Lifeteam #87 recently renewed their membership as an Okra Level Corporate Sponsor with the Delta State University National Alumni Association.

Air Evac Lifeteam continues partnership with Alumni Association

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association is excited to announce Air Evac Lifeteam #87 has renewed their membership as an Okra Level Corporate Sponsor.

“We look forward to our relationship with the Delta State University National Alumni Association,” said Lee Williams, program director of the Air Evac Lifeteam.

Air Evac EMS, Inc., which operates Air Evac Lifeteam, is the largest independently owned and operated membership-supported air medical service in the United States, conducting its operations through 111 mutually-supporting air medical bases across 15 states. The company has established itself as the preeminent provider of air ambulance services to communities in need of advanced emergency health care and rapid medical transport.

“We are so appreciative of all our corporate sponsors and everything they do for us,” said Jeffrey Farris, director of Alumni Affairs. “I would like to encourage alumni and friends of Delta State to consider becoming a member of Air Evac Lifeteam and supporting them.”

For more information on corporate sponsorships, 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 (www.dsualumni.tumblr.com), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1).

The 30th annual Pig Pickin' festivities at Delta State will take place Sept. 18-19.

Pig Pickin’ schedule announced

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association recently unveiled the schedule of events for the 30th annual Pig Pickin.’ Also introduced was www.dsupigpickin.com, a brand new website that is a one-stop shop for all things Pig Pickin’.

Alumni and friends can purchase BBQ tickets, sign up for the cooking competition, and sponsor the event all through the new site.

The schedule is full of activities for Delta State alumni and friends of any age. Activities kick off Sept. 18 with a Delta State Softball Intrasquad scrimmage at University Field at 4 p.m., followed by the annual Polk’s Sponsors’ Dinner at the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni-Foundation House at 6 p.m.

Delta State alumna and Chopped Grill Master Leslie Roark Scott will do a live cooking demonstration at the sponsor’s dinner. Scott competed on the Food Network show “Chopped Grill Masters,” where she made it to the final episode before being defeated when the group had to prepare rattlesnake. Scott will reenact her rattlesnake performance for the Pig Pickin’ sponsors.

At 8 p.m., the Alumni Association will host a Young Alumni Tailgate Party with live entertainment featuring Patti and the Mayonnaise in Statesmen Park. The cooking teams will begin their quest for the Grand Champion prize Friday night leading into Saturday.

Saturday’s events begin with the 24th annual Delta State Triathlon at 8 a.m. at the Aquatics Center. Starting at 11 a.m., Phi Mu will host a Bunko Tournament for Children’s Miracle Network in the Jacob Conference Center of Ewing Hall. Also at 11 a.m., the Statesmen baseball team will play a squad game at Ferriss Field. DSU Day for high school students is from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. To sign up or for more information, visit www.deltastate.edu/dsuday or call 662-846-4020.

The first 250 attendees to register at the Alumni Association tent on Saturday will receive a free Pig Pickin’ souvenir cup. Statesmen Park will open at noon with a live radio broadcast on Q102. Activities at the park begin at 1 p.m. with the Kids Zone, tailgating and live entertainment provided by the DMI student bands Ol’ Skool Revue and Delta RoX. There will also be a Legacy Tent for members of the Delta State Alumni Association Legacy Program, and the Statesman and Okra mascots will be on site for pictures from 1-2 p.m.

At 2 p.m., the Alumni Association is teaming up with DSU Intramurals for a Cornhole Tournament. Teams consisting of two people can enter for $10 per team. Teams can sign up at www.dsupigpickin.com by Sept. 17. All proceeds raised will benefit DSU Intramurals.

The Pig Pickin’ BBQ serving lines are open from 3-5 p.m. The Delta State pep rally, featuring cheerleaders, the football team and the marching band begins at 3 p.m. At 5 p.m., the BBQ competition winners will be announced. The football game between Delta State and Kentucky Wesleyan College kicks off at 6 p.m. Other special reunions include the Delta State Swimming and Diving Alumni Reunion.

BBQ tickets are $6 and can be purchased at the Alumni House or www.dsupigpickin.com. Patrons who pre-purchase tickets by Sept. 17 at 5 p.m. will be entered in a drawing to win a Yeti cooler.

Pig Pickin’ is made possible each year through generous sponsorships. This year’s sponsors include: National Alumni Association Corporate Sponsors: Patrick Davis State Farm, Air Evac Lifeteam, Bolivar Medical Center, Hey Joe’s, and Celia Manley ERA Real Estate; Title/Entertainment Sponsor: Polk’s Meat Products; Founders Level Sponsors: Baskin Robbins, Cleveland Trophy, Delta State University, Delta State Foundation, Delta Regional Foundation, Delta State Athletics, Exxon, Exxon – Lipscomb Oil Company, The Filling Station, Jammin’ 104 FM, Kix 92.1, Majic 107.5, Power 106.5, Q102, Radio Cleveland, Inc., Shell, WCLD, 96.5 WKDJ; Statesmen Level: Guaranty Bank, Pafford Medical Services, Isle of Capri Casino – Lula; Okra Level: Aramark, Baxter Healthcare, Eley Barkley, Lampard Wholesale Meats, Meador & Crump, Needle Specialty, Nehi Bottling Company, Sonic; Green Level: Advanced Mosquito Control, Automark, Delta OB/GYN, Denton’s Dairy Products, The Image Specialist, North Central MS Electric Power Association, Robinson Electric Company, Renasant Bank, Sayle Sandifer & Associates, Shelby Nursing Rehab, Vowell’s Marketplace; White Level: Abraham’s, Backdraft, Bolivar Tire & Alignment, Byrd Service Station, Cleveland State Bank, Ellis & Hirsbert CPA, PLLC; H Squared Boutique, Planters Bank, Panola Paper Company, and Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility.

The official hashtag for Pig Pickin’ is #DSUPigPickin. For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 662-846-4660. Join the Facebook event at Statesmen Graduates: https://www.facebook.com/events/872293072848213/. To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), Tumblr (www.dsualumni.tumblr.com), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1).

Marc A. Leggett (left) of Gautier, Miss., and Columba Ferdinand '15 of Willmar, Minn., recently attended the Student Vice President Leadership Summit hosted by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi.

Phi Kappa Phi members attend leadership summit

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Columba Ferdinand ’15 of Willmar, Minn., and Marc A. Leggett of Gautier, Miss., recently attended the Student Vice President Leadership Summit hosted by The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi — the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines — in Salt Lake City, Utah, July 31–Aug. 1.

Ferdinand and Leggett joined more than 65 student vice presidents from across the nation and the Philippines at the Summit. Ferdinand currently serves as a member of the society’s 10-person Council of Students national advisory board, and Leggett serves as student vice president of the Delta State University chapter of Phi Kappa Phi.

The two-day event was developed to engage the society’s student vice presidents in personal and organizational development. Participants learned about strategies for operating and maintaining active chapters of Phi Kappa Phi and participated in a one-day training program of Collegiate EmPowerment seminars, which explored and enhanced individual strengths, interpersonal styles and the capacity to lead.

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine and headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society. The society has chapters on more than 300 college and university campuses in North America and the Philippines. Its mission is to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.

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Since its founding, more than 1.25 million members have been initiated into Phi Kappa Phi. Some of the organization’s more notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, novelist David Baldacci and YouTube cofounder Chad Hurley. The society has awarded approximately $15 million since the inception of its awards program in 1932. Today, more than $1 million is awarded each biennium to qualifying students and members through graduate fellowships, undergraduate study abroad grants, member and chapter awards and grants for local and national literacy initiatives. For more information, visit www.PhiKappaPhi.org.

Alumna Leslie Roark Scott '95 recently competed on the Food Network, seen here with host Ted Allen, and she will reenact a portion of the show at the Gulf Coast Alumni Event Aug. 27 in D'Iberville.

Alumna featured on Food Network to headline Gulf Coast meeting

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The Delta State University Alumni Association will host its annual Gulf Coast Alumni Event Aug. 27 at the home of Dr. Johnny Mallett in D’Iberville. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with a social featuring the BBQ princess, Leslie Roark Scott ’95.

Scott was featured on the Food Network’s Chopped Grill Masters and made it to the finals where contestants prepared rattlesnake. In honor of her run on the show, Scott will do a reenactment of the competition and prepare rattlesnake for the crowd. Scott’s BBQ restaurant, Ubon’s, will cater the event.

“I’m thrilled to be sharing my Chopped experience with our DSU family on the coast,” said Scott. “We’ll be tasting some Ubon’s prize winning pork, and I’m giving my nemesis rattlesnake another shot on the grill. Our hearts may be in Cleveland, but the spirit of DSU will hit the coast soon.”

Delta State President William N. LaForge is the featured speaker for the program, which will begin after the social hour. Tickets for the event are $15 and can be purchased online or at the door. There will also be a silent auction and proceeds will benefit the Delta State Gulf Coast Scholarship.

For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 662-846-4660 or visit www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/gulfcoastevent. To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), Tumblr (www.dsualumni.tumblr.com), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Save the dates for Pig Pickin’ (Sept. 19) and Homecoming (Nov. 7). Thank you to our National Alumni Association Corporate Sponsors: Air Evac Lifeteam, Bolivar Medical Center, Patrick Davis State Farm, and Polk’s Meats.