Alumni Association to host Bolivar County night

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The Delta State University Bolivar County Alumni Chapter will hold its fifth Bolivar County Alumni Night at Walter Sillers Coliseum Jan. 12 when the Lady Statesmen and Statesmen basketball teams take on the University of North Alabama. Games kick off at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.

“Alumni night is a great time for our local alums to come out and support our student-athletes and to catch up with each other,” said Gary Crews, Bolivar County Chapter president. “Both our men’s and women’s basketball teams are really giving us something to be excited about this year, and we hope to see everyone there Thursday night.”

The Alumni Association will set up in the coliseum lobby to visit with alumni, discuss upcoming events, and provide free mini basketballs for kids. Alumni who stop by and update their information will have their name put in a drawing to win a free YETI Hopper Cooler, courtesy of the Delta State Foundation office. Active alumni members in attendance who update their information will have their name put in the drawing twice. Inactive members will have the opportunity to join the Alumni Association on site.

There will also be an opportunity for volunteers to sign up to participate in the Bolivar County Alumni Association Planning Committee for 2017.

For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 662-846-4660. To stay up to date with Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites:acebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), Tumblr (, LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1).

Alumni Association welcomes Love as new assistant director

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The Delta State University Alumni Association announces the hiring of Melissa Love ’04 as the assistant director of Alumni Affairs.

Love has over 11 years of experience in communications and corporate marketing. Prior to joining the Alumni Association staff, Love worked for Delta State’s Communications and Marketing office, where she served as graphic designer.

She was previously the assistant director of communications for Holmes Community College, and then a member of the corporate marketing team for the Conway, Arkansas based Centennial Bank and its parent company, Home BancShares, Inc., until her return to Mississippi in 2015.

“We in the Alumni and Foundation office are very fortunate to add Melissa to our team,” said Jeffrey Farris, Alumni director. “She will bring work experience, institutional knowledge, and specific skills to assist us as we continue to provide our alumni and friends a lifelong alumni experience.”

Love is a graduate of Northwest Rankin High School in Flowood, Mississippi. She was a member of the women’s soccer team at Holmes Community College for two years before transferring to Delta State. She is a member of the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce, EPHFIC Women’s Club and the Delta State Alumni Association. Love also volunteers for United Way of Cleveland-Bolivar County and serves as secretary for Bayou Academy’s Patrons’ League.

Additionally, Love and her sister own Anchor Art Company, LLC.

Prior to her return to Cleveland, she served as a committee member for the Faulkner County Arkansas Senior Wellness & Activity Center, Meals on Wheels and Project 3:27. She has also been a member of the Public Relations Association of Mississippi; American Advertising Federation, Jackson, MS Chapter; Southern Public Relations Federation; and the College Public Relations Association of Mississippi.

At home in the Mississippi Delta, Love and her husband, Seals Love ’01, have two children, Austin, 9, and Mary, 6.


Delta State University Alumni Associations Mission: To perpetuate the memories of university life.  To provide a medium through which interest in Delta State University may be promoted.  To assist in establishing alumni chapters.  To bind the alumni into a united fellowship working together for the advancement of the university. To serve as a link between the university and its alumni. To act as a service organization for former Delta State students.


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

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

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

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

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 (, LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Save the date for this year’s Pig Pickin’ (Sept. 24) and Homecoming (Oct. 15).