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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).

Delta State University Provost Dr. Charles McAdams (left) and President William N. LaForge (right) present UPS CEO David Abney '76 with an honorary doctorate at today's 89th Commencement ceremonies.

Graduates and Abney honored at commencement

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Delta State University celebrated its 89th Commencement in grand fashion today with a traditional graduation ceremony and a presentation of an honorary doctoral degree.

The institution, friends and family united to recognize the accomplishments of over 400 graduates.

While his list of accomplishments is already lengthy, alumnus David Abney ’76, CEO of UPS, added another milestone to his résumé after being granted an honorary doctoral degree as part of Delta State’s long-running tradition of recognizing green and white greatness.

Delta State confers the honorary degree to individuals who have made significant and meritorious contributions to the university, higher education generally or other areas of society.

Achievements can include, but are not limited to, outstanding creative and scholarly work, distinguished leadership or service, significant accomplishments or exceptional philanthropic support.

Abney, who became UPS’s CEO in 2014, is also the creator of Delta State’s annual International Business Symposium in the College of Business. The IBS provides a unique look at current trends in the business world. The symposium celebrated its 10-year anniversary this April. Abney and his wife Sherry, both Delta natives, have sponsored the IBS since its inception.

Abney studied marketing at Delta State and was named the 2007 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year. He currently serves on the Delta State University Foundation Board of Directors.

The esteemed alumnus offered these words of wisdom in relation to time during his keynote address.

“Take time to fail, take time to believe in yourself, take time to shine a spotlight on others, take time to listen and at the end, of course, take time to dream,” said Abney. “I think you’ll find this will be time well spent.”2015 spring commencement small

Delta State President William N. LaForge provided introductions at the ceremony, while presentations of candidates and degrees were led by Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Charles McAdams.

“This spring, we are graduating more than 400 students, and we are happy to have them and their loved ones on campus to celebrate this momentous occasion,” said LaForge. “Thank you to our faculty and staff who have helped make this semester another successful one for Delta State. I also extend congratulations to Dr. David Abney on receiving a honorary doctoral degree. He delivered a powerful and meaningful commencement address, and we thank him for sharing his experiences and advice with all of us.”

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