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The Delta State University Alumni Association traveled with staff this summer to attend Mississippi picnics in Atlanta, New York City,  and Washington, D.C.

Alumni Association travels to Mississippi picnics

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The Delta State University Alumni Association has been busy traveling this summer with staff members recently attending Mississippi picnics in New York City, Atlanta and Washington, D.C. The picnics are hosted by Mississippians living in these metropolitan areas and are typically supported by the state’s universities. The events also offer a little taste of home for people living out of state.

The Alumni Association attends each of these events annually to engage with alumni living in the host cities. The association recently established scholarships that are awarded to Delta State students originally from the New York, Atlanta and Washington, D.C.

The Mississippi Society of Georgia held its picnic June 6 in Atlanta’s Chastain Park and was part of an entire weekend of scheduled events. One such event was the Alumni and Celebrity Golf Tournament held at Wolf Creek Golf Course. All proceeds raised went to the Mississippi Society of Georgia Scholarship Fund. The scholarship is given to a student from the greater Atlanta area who will attend a college or university in the state of Mississippi.

Following the tournament, the group hosted a social in the Hank Aaron Room at Turner Field prior to an Atlanta Braves game. The weekend culminated with the picnic in Chastain Park, which included live music, door prizes and Mississippi authors and artists. Jeffrey Farris, director of alumni affairs, attended the picnic.

The 36th annual New York Mississippi Picnic in Central Park was held June 13. This year’s theme was “Elvis is in the Park.” Glen McCullough, executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority, spoke to the crowd and brought greetings from Mississippi. Live music was provided by Jon Paris, Jimmie Rodgers and Pals, and Brandon Bennett, an Elvis tribute artist. There was also an Elvis lookalike contest. Alumni-Foundation staff members in attendance were Jordan Thomas, assistant director of alumni affairs, and Gary Bouse, chief development officer.

The Mississippi on the Mall picnic was held June 20 at Henry Bacon Ball Field in Washington, D.C. The yearly event is sponsored by the Mississippi Society of Washington, D.C., a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the best interests of Mississippi in the nation’s capital. Approximately 500 people attended this year’s event. Live music was provided by Kingfish. Thomas was in attendance representing Delta State, along with Mikel Sykes, SGA president. All three picnics featured catfish and sweet tea.

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).

The Desoto County Alumni Chapter is planning its upcoming annual meeting. Pictured are (seated, l to r): Hank Ludwig, Desoto County Chapter past president and founding member; Angela Carter, DSU admissions recruiter;
(back, l to r) Kayla Savage, 2015 scholarship recipient; Madison Ennis, 2013 scholarship recipient; Milton Kuykendall, superintendent of Desoto County Schools; Natalie Howarth, 2015 scholarship recipient; and Mollie Evans, 2013 scholarship recipient.

Desoto County Alumni Chapter plans annual event

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The Delta State University Alumni Association will hold its annual Desoto County Alumni gathering Aug. 8 at the BankPlus Training Center in Southaven. The event begins at 6 p.m. with a social hour, followed by campus updates from President William N. LaForge and the Alumni-Foundation staff members.

There will also be a silent auction to benefit the Desoto County Alumni Scholarship fund. This scholarship is awarded annually to students in the county who will begin studying at Delta State in the fall. This year’s recipients are Natalie Howarth and Kayla Savage.

“My family looks forward to this event every year. I think the kids enjoy it as much as my wife and I do,” said Hank Ludwig, founding member of the chapter. “It provides an opportunity to visit with old friends that you don’t see as often as you would like and make new acquaintances, all while raising funds for scholarships awarded to Desoto County High School seniors headed to DSU.”

The chapter will also recognize Milton Kuykendall, superintendent of Desoto County Schools and Delta State graduate. More details of the event will be released in the coming weeks. 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).

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Alumni Association summer picnic schedule released

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The Delta State University Alumni Association announced its summer picnic travel schedule. The Alumni Association staff will visit New York City, Atlanta and Washington D.C. for the annual Mississippi picnics this June.

The Mississippi Society of Georgia’s annual Mississippi in the Park is June 6 at Chastain Park. The picnic is from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. There are a variety of activities planned this year, including a golf tournament and an Atlanta Braves game. The group will also award a scholarship for a Georgia resident who will be attending a Mississippi school in the fall. For more information on this event, visit the society’s website www.mssocietyofga.org.

“The annual Atlanta’s Mississippi in the Park provides an opportunity for Mississippians who now reside in the Greater Atlanta area to identify back with their home state,” said Jeffrey Farris, director of Alumni Affairs. “The event provides an opportunity for colleges and universities to connect with their alumni and friends who live in the area. Delta State alumni come out in droves each year to enjoy live entertainment, catfish, artwork and fellowship with one another.”

The 36th annual New York-Mississippi picnic in Central Park is June 13 from noon to 6 p.m. This year’s event will be held at Center Road at the 72nd Street and 5th Avenue entrance, which is between the Naumberg Bandshell and Sheeps Meadow. This year’s theme is Elvis in the Park, Celebrating 80 Years of The King of Rock & Roll. For a full schedule of events, visit the group’s website www.thenyms.org.

The 25th annual Mississippi on the Mall will be held June 20 in Washington D.C. at Henry Bacon Ball Field, located at 23rd Street and Constitution Avenue NW. Live music will be provided, and fried catfish will be served. For more information, visit www.mississippisociety.org.

“The annual New York Picnic in the Park continues to grow each year, bringing out more and more of our Delta State alumni and friends living or visiting the area,” said Jordan Thomas, assistant alumni director. “I always enjoy meeting and visiting with everyone who has a connection to Delta State, and I am looking forward to seeing what the D.C. picnic has to offer.”

Scholarship funds have been established for all three areas. To donate to the scholarship funds, or to RSVP for the events, visit www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation. The picnics also have a Facebook event page under Statesmen Graduates.

Each picnic will have representatives from Mississippi including the majority of the state’s public and private institutions of higher learning. Delta State will have representatives from campus to provide updates, promotional items, information from admissions and other campus departments and much more. This also provides an opportunity for alumni to connect with their alma mater and refer a student to attend Delta State.

In true Magnolia State fashion, fried catfish and sweet tea will be served at all three events. The picnics celebrate all things Mississippi and give native Mississippians in the area a chance to get a little piece of home in the big city.

For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 662-846-4660 orwww.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation. 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).

Jeffrey Farris (right), director of Alumni Affairs, recently congratulated student Brooks Bishop for winning the H.L. Nowell Student Alumni Association Service Award at the annual Student Hall of Fame Banquet.

Brooks and Aguzzi honored

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The Delta State University Alumni Association recently awarded Student Alumni Association President Brooks Bishop with the H.L. Nowell Student Alumni Association Service Award at the annual Student Hall of Fame Banquet.

The award is named for Henry Lee “H.L.” Nowell Jr., who worked at Delta State from 1948-1987. During his 40-year career, Nowell served in numerous capacities including: dean of men, dean of students, director of student activities, director of public relations, Delta State’s first director of the Student Union and first paid alumni secretary.

The award is given each year to the SAA member who has given tireless effort and generosity throughout the academic school year.

Bishop will complete his degree in business management in December of 2015. He has been a member of SAA since his freshman year. He is a native of Clarksdale.

The National Alumni Association is also in charge of getting a speaker each year for the HOF banquet. This year’s speaker was alumnus Michael Aguzzi. A Cleveland native, Aguzzi is a farmer with his family’s rice and soybean operation in Bolivar County.

Aguzzi graduated in 1997 with a bachelor’s degree in business administration in computer information systems and marketing. As a student, he held various Student Government Association positions, served as SAA president and was inducted into Omicron Delta Kappa.

He was also named to the DSU Student Hall of Fame in 1997 and was elected vice president of his graduating class. Aguzzi’s extensive involvement as a young alumnus includes continued service to Delta State as well as the Cleveland community.

Notable achievements also include serving on DSU Green and White Fund Board, three terms on the National Alumni Association Board of Directors serving as Young Alumni representative and Northern MS representative.

Aguzzi currently serves as the board president for the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce. Professional involvement includes serving on Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation’s Young Farmer and Rancher State Committee, as well as the Bolivar County Farm Bureau Federation Board of Directors, where he is past president. He has also served Delta Council as a board member and vice president.

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).

 

The Delta State University Alumni Association recently hosted the Southeast MS Alumni Chapter Meeting in Hattiesburg.

Alumni Association visits Hattiesburg

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The Delta State University Alumni Association recently traveled to Hattiesburg for the Southeast MS Alumni Chapter Meeting held at Mack’s West restaurant.

Delta State President William N. LaForge, head football coach Todd Cooley and Alumni Director Jeffrey Farris spoke to the crowd. Assistant Alumni Director Jordan Thomas, admissions recruiter Katelyn Hulett, Chief Development Officer Gary Bouse and Director of Donor Relations Ann Giger were also in attendance.

“It was great to see the Delta State head football coach Todd Cooley in Golden Eagle country,” said Chris Shivers, past president of the chapter. “We really enjoyed hearing about all the wonderful things going on at Delta State.”

Next year’s chapter president is Marks Elder.

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).