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The Delta State University National Alumni Association recently honored this year's recipients of the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni Scholarships.

Hugh Ellis Walker Scholarship recipients announced

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association is committed to providing scholarships for students whose parents are alumni. The Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni Scholarship is a one-time $500 scholarship given to incoming freshmen or transfer students whose parents are dues-paying members of the Alumni Association.

Walker served as the Alumni Secretary from 1969-1987. In 1987, he was named executive director of the Alumni-Foundation. The Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni-Foundation House was dedicated in his honor in 1996, and he was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame in 2011. Walker was named Outstanding Alumnus of the Year in 2013. Sadly, he passed away in November of 2014.

Over the past five years, more than 100 students have received the scholarship. There were 36 recipients this year, more than any previous year. The increase is due in large part to the Sustaining Life Member Program. The membership program was launched in 2013 as a way for paid-in-full life members to continue their support to the Alumni Association. The $100 annual gift goes to fund the Hugh Ellis Walker Scholarships.

“The Alumni Association continues to grow the number of scholarships that are given to children of alumni each year,” said Jeffrey Farris, director of Alumni Affairs.

This year’s recipient of the scholarship are: Madison Atkinson of Batesville; James Beavers of Senatobia; Caroline Bickley of Olive Branch; Travis Cooper of Shaw; Brittany Earls of Merigold; Andrew Farmer of Greenville; Meri Fleming of Lake Village; Seth Fountain of Argyle, Texas; William Goff of Duck Hill; Adam Green of Clarksdale; Emily Grossi of Marks; Jonathan Haynes of Cleveland; Christopher Holly of Grenada; Katherine Jackson of Cleveland; Regilyn Keys of Clarksdale; Hannah Kistemaker of Mooresville, S.C.; Tyler Kitchings of Shaw; Callie Blake Masterson of Batesville; Brandi Matthews of Cleveland; William McCall of Olive Branch; Lauren McCoy of Memphis, Tenn,; Sheldon Moore of Holcomb; Dillon Norwood of Cleveland; Gregory Peacock of Cleveland; Jordan Pullen of Sardis; Lauren Richards of Yazoo City; Grace Rutledge of Cleveland; Walter Shepherd of Flora; Grayson Sims of Batesville; Sarah Stevens of Indianola; Larry Tyer of Opelika, Ala.; Tyler Vaughn of Cleveland; Thomas Whatley of Cleveland; Brianna Walker of Ruleville; Kira Power of Cleveland; and Jenny Clare Christopher of Grenada.

To give to the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni Scholarship Fund, visit http://www.deltastategiving.org/giving/scholarships/hughelliswalkeralumnischolarshipfund.

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).Save the date for next year’s Pig Pickin’ (September 19, 2015) and Homecoming (November 7, 2015).

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Alumni event rescheduled

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Due to the threat of inclement weather, the Bolivar County Alumni Crawfish Boil scheduled for Thursday, April 16 has been postponed until Monday, April 27 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. in front of Walter Sillers Coliseum.

If you have already purchased your tickets, the Alumni Association can either refund your money or issue a new ticket with the correct date. Contact the Alumni Association at (662) 846-4660 or alumni@deltastate.edu to let us know your preference.

Your choice of crawfish or BBQ tickets will still be available. Free pizza will be available to children 12 and under with the purchase of an adult ticket. There will also be a silent auction and a Kids Zone. Live entertainment will be provided by Southern Halo, CE All Stars and Fusion Gymnastics.

If you have not purchased tickets yet but would like to do so, tickets for crawfish are $20 and $8 for BBQ and can be purchased at the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni-Foundation House, online at www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/bolivarcountycrawfishboil, or at the door.

The event would not be possible without the generosity of our sponsors — National Alumni Association Corporate Sponsors: Air Evac Lifeteam, Bolivar Medical Center, Patrick Davis State Farm, Polk’s Meats; Okra Level: Bradham Enterprises, Domino’s , Needle Specialty, Nehi Bottling Co., The Image Specialist; Green Level: Eddie S. Wilson, Kossman’s Inc., McNeer Mini Storage, OK Auto Sales and Lawn Equipment, The Cleveland Current, Planters Bank, Renasant Bank, Vowell’s Market Place; White Level: Backdraft, Bolivar Commercial, Byrd Service Station, Cleveland State Bank, Denton’s Dairy, Griffith Real Estate, H Squared Boutique, Meador & Crump, Mississippi Grounds, Partnership Properties, Security Services Inc., and Shelby Air Services.

Join the Facebook event at Statesmen Graduates, Bolivar County Crawfish Boil. 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 next year’s Pig Pickin’ (September 19, 2015) and Homecoming (November 7, 2015).

The annual Bolivar County Alumni Crawfish Boil returns to campus April 16  at 6 p.m. in front of Walter Sillers Coliseum.

Bolivar County Alumni Crawfish Boil returning to campus

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The Delta State University Alumni Association has been busy planning the annual Bolivar County Alumni Crawfish Boil. This year’s event will be April 16  at 6 p.m. in front of Walter Sillers Coliseum.

In addition to crawfish, BBQ plates can also be purchased. Free pizza will be available to children 12 and under with the purchase of an adult ticket. There will also be a silent auction and a Kids Zone. Live entertainment will be provided by Southern Halo and the CE All Stars.

Tickets for crawfish are $20 and $8 for BBQ and can be purchased at the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni-Foundation House, online at www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/bolivarcountycrawfishboil, or at the door.

All alumni, friends, students, faculty and staff are invited to attend. Proceeds from tickets, the silent auction and sponsorships benefit the Liza Vaughn Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to incoming Delta State students from Bolivar County. This scholarship was established in 2011 and was named for past assistant director of Alumni Affairs Liza Vaughn, who lost her battle with cancer in April of 2012.

“We are very proud of the scholarship we have been able to give out in memory of Liza Vaughn,” said Will Bradham, president of the Bolivar County Chapter. “It is very important for us as a chapter to help area students further their education at Delta State University. We all know how much a little money can help one of our area students achieve success in college, and we feel our scholarship program is a great avenue to that success.”

The event would not be possible without the generosity of our sponsors — National Alumni Association Corporate Sponsors: Air Evac Lifeteam, Bolivar Medical Center, Patrick Davis State Farm, Polk’s Meats; Okra Level: Bradham Enterprises, Domino’s , Needle Specialty, Nehi Bottling Co., The Image Specialist; Green Level: Eddie S. Wilson, Kossman’s Inc., McNeer Mini Storage, OK Auto Sales and Lawn Equipment, The Cleveland Current, Planters Bank, Renasant Bank, Vowell’s Market Place; White Level: Backdraft, Bolivar Commercial, Byrd Service Station, Cleveland State Bank, Denton’s Dairy, Griffith Real Estate, H Squared Boutique, Meador & Crump, Mississippi Grounds, Partnership Properties, Security Services Inc., and Shelby Air Services.

Join the Facebook event at Statesmen Graduates, Bolivar County Crawfish Boil. 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 next year’s Pig Pickin’ (September 19, 2015) and Homecoming (November 7, 2015).

The MS Delta Chinese Heritage Museum, housed at Delta State University, was recently selected for the Ernest M. Pon Memorial Award from the National Association for Ethnic Studies. Receiving the award was Natchee Barnd (left) and Frieda Seu Quon.

Chinese Heritage Museum selected for prestigious award

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The MS Delta Chinese Heritage Museum was recently selected to receive the prestigious Ernest M. Pon Memorial Award from the National Association for Ethnic Studies (NAES). 

The museum opened in October of 2012 in the Capps Archives and Museum on the campus of Delta State University and is free and open to the public.

“I was completely and pleasantly surprised when I received word that the museum had been recognized by the NAES and that we would receive an award at their national meeting in March,” said Delta State University archivist Emily Jones. “We have had visitors from all over the United States stop through the museum to learn more about the special history of the Chinese communities in the Mississippi Delta, and I am often told that our story is spread by word of mouth.

“I am so thankful to the city of Cleveland and Delta State University for the collaborative effort of preserving this history with the MS Delta Chinese Heritage Museum board.”

The Ernest M. Pon award recognizes Asian American organizations dedicated to advancing the causes of human rights and equal justice. Award committee co-chair Natchee Barnd shared, “Your organization’s effort to promote and educate the public concerning the Chinese American heritage in the state of Mississippi and beyond clearly promotes both of these ideals.”

Upon receiving the award, MS Delta Chinese Heritage Museum board member and secretary, Frieda Seu Quon, said the recognition reinforced what she already knew about the museum’s significant impact of preserving important local history.

“The museum allows the Chinese of the Delta to share their life stories with their children and grandchildren and the community of friends they have,” she said. “We now have a place to honor our parents and grandparents who worked diligently to provide a life and a future for another generation.”

Qon is formerly of Greenville, Miss., where her brothers continue to run the grocery store her father established in the 1930s.

Learn more about the MS Delta Chinese Heritage Museum at http://www.deltastate.edu/academics/libraries/university-archives-museum/ms-delta-chinese-heritage/

Members of the Delta Diplomats provided campus tours during Go Green Weekend to potential Delta State students. Festivities also included the annual Spring Visit Day hosted by the Office of Admissions.

Campus celebrates Go Green Weekend

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Delta State family and friends came together this past weekend for sports, music, games, campus visits and a cooking competition as part of the second annual Go Green Weekend.

Events kicked off Friday with the jambalaya cook-off sponsored by the National Alumni Association. The Student Government Association sponsored the Patty and the Mayonnaise band performance at Statesmen Park.

On Saturday, 20 teams played in the Wyatt Golf Classic at the Cleveland County Club, and the admissions team welcomed about 50 prospective students along with their family members to campus. They learned about degree programs at an academic fair before receiving a welcome from President William N. LaForge. An information session and campus tour was provided before a special jambalaya luncheon.

The National Alumni Association provided a tailgate outside Ferriss Field beginning at noon. An official Go Green Weekend Alumni Association clacker was available to everyone, along with information on Delta State’s programs and offerings. There was a designated kids zone with activities, a radio live remote and vendor concessions from Crustacean’s Crawfish, Domino’s Pizza, Southern Style Snow Cones and Aramark Concessions.

The Delta All Star Cheerleaders and Fusion Gymnastics provided entertainment before the awards for the cooking competition were announced. Six teams participated in the cook-off. The team “Bottoms Up Smokers” received First Place Jambalaya and Grand Champion awards. “Swine Before Pearls” won the Best Booth Decorations award. First Place Sausage was awarded to “It’s a Family Thang.”

The Statesmen baseball team and Lady Statesmen softball team won weekend series against University of West Georgia.

“The series victories for the Lady Statesmen and Statesmen teams were the icing on the cake for a fun weekend of fellowship for future and current Statesmen faithful,” said Jeffrey Farris, director of the Alumni Association.

Go Green Weekend provides an opportunity for departments campus-wide to support Spring Visit Day hosted by the Office of Admissions. From student groups, academic departments, alumni and athletics, the weekend offers visitors the full experience of being a Delta State student.

For more information on admissions, or to apply, contact 662-846-4020, visit www.deltastate.edu/admissions or email admissions@deltastate.edu.