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MDNHA, Delta Center share “Heart & Soul” of Mississippi Delta in D.C.

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Senator Thad Cochran (second from right) recently enjoyed a visit with representatives from The Delta Center for Culture and Learning at Delta State University. The meeting included a performance by Delta State graduate Keith Johnson (second from left), the great nephew of Muddy Waters. The Delta Center is the management entity for the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area (MDNHA). Also pictured (left to right) are Shelia Winters, DCCL program associate for projects; Dr. Rolando Herts, DCCL director and MDNHA executive director; Rhonda Price, executive director of Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area; and Lee Aylward, DCCL program associate for education and community outreach.

 

The Delta Center for Culture and Learning at Delta State University recently attended the Alliance of National Heritage Areas’ annual meeting on behalf of the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area. The meeting took place during Valentine’s Day week in Washington, D.C.

During the Alliance’s “Heart & Soul” congressional breakfast at the Rayburn House Office Building, the MDNHA and Delta State were honored for receiving National Park Service Centennial Awards for creating the Delta Jewels Oral History Partnership. This cultural heritage interpretation project has engaged over 1,000 residents and visitors in honoring the lives of unsung African American church mothers featured in Alysia Burton Steele’s book “Delta Jewels: In Search of My Grandmother’s Wisdom.”

Delta State was the only higher education institution and MDNHA is the only National Heritage Area in the country that received NPS Centennial Awards this year.

In recognition of the MDNHA’s rich cultural heritage, the Alliance of National Heritage Areas invited Keith Johnson, “Prince of the Delta Blues,” to be the featured performer at the “Heart & Soul” breakfast. A graduate of the Delta Music Institute at Delta State, Johnson is currently a graduate assistant in The Delta Center pursuing a Master of Business Administration at Delta State. He also is the great nephew of Delta Blues legend, Muddy Waters.

After the breakfast, the Delta delegation met with Mississippi legislators Senator Thad Cochran, Congressman Bennie Thompson and Senator Roger Wicker. They shared copies of the MDNHA’s 2014-2016 progress report and forthcoming economic impact study. During the visit with Cochran, they were joined by Rhonda Price, executive director of the Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area.

Delta Center team members with Congressman Bennie Thompson

“I am very pleased that our team was able to thank Cochran, Thompson and Wicker in person for their continued support of National Heritage Areas,” said Dr. Rolando Herts, director of The Delta Center and executive director of the MDNHA. “The Mississippi Delta, Hills and Gulf Coast National Heritage Areas are acknowledged by so many of our colleagues and supporters for doing great work in the communities we proudly serve.”

Johnson was especially excited to visit Cochran’s office where he was invited to perform his song “Come to Mississippi.”

“The song explores the culture of the Mississippi Delta. It expresses the feeling of blues musicians that are from Mississippi and includes references to hit songs they have written,” said Johnson. “I wrote this song so that I could connect with the Delta’s heritage, which includes blues music and more. I am honored that Senator Cochran invited me to perform it for him.”

The mission of The Delta Center is to promote greater understanding of Mississippi Delta culture and history and its significance to the world through education, partnerships and community engagement. The Delta Center serves as the management entity of the MDNHA and is the home of the International Delta Blues Project. For more information, visit http://deltacenterdsu.com/.

The MDNHA is a cultural heritage partnership between the people of the Mississippi Delta and the National Park Service. Led by Herts, it includes

Delta Center team members in front of the U.S. Capitol building.

18 counties that contain land located in the alluvial floodplain of the Mississippi Delta: Bolivar, Carroll, Coahoma, DeSoto, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Leflore, Panola, Quitman, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tunica, Warren, Washington and Yazoo. The MDNHA was designated by U.S. Congress in 2009 and is governed by a board of directors representing agencies and organizations defined in the congressional legislation. More information about the MDNHA, including the complete approved management plan, is available at www.msdeltaheritage.com.

Bolivar County Crawfish Boil scheduled for May 3

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The Delta State University Bolivar County Alumni Chapter recently announced May 3 as the date for this year’s annual Bolivar County Crawfish Boil.

The Delta State University National Alumni Association, along with the Bolivar County Alumni Chapter officers, hosted an information table to announce the event during Bolivar County Alumni Night at Walter Sillers Coliseum on Feb 1.

To pre-purchases tickets to the event, visit https://www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/bolivarcountycrawfishboil. The annual affair features live entertainment, a kids zone area, exceptional food and a silent auction to raise money for the Liza Vaughn Memorial Scholarship Fund. The scholarship is given to students who attend Delta State as freshmen and are Bolivar County residents.

Those wishing to serve on the crawfish boil committee are asked to email alumni@deltastate.edu for more information.

The 2018 Bolivar County officers are: Gary Crews, president; Shane Howell, vice president; and Tricia Killebrew, secretary/treasurer.

More details about the crawfish boil will be released as the date approaches.

To stay up to date with Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media outlets: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), LinkedIn Group (Delta State University National Alumni Association), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Save the dates for the 5th Annual Go Green Weekend (April 27-29), 33rd Annual Pig Pickin’ (Sept. 22nd) and Homecoming (Nov. 10th).

Alumni hosts South Central Mississippi Alumni Chapter Meeting

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Dr. Mark Barron ‘02 (left), South Central Mississippi Chapter Alumnus of the Year, and Delta State President William N. LaForge.

 

The Delta State University National Alumni Association held its annual South Central Mississippi Alumni Chapter Meeting Feb. 8 at Mitchell’s Special Events & Catering in Brookhaven.

Ken Dixon ’84 is the owner and has hosted the meeting the past four years.

The night of fun and fellowship featured Delta State President William N. LaForge, head women’s cross country coach Doug Pinkerton, Admissions recruiters for the South Central area Aja Buckhalter and John Mauney, Alumni Association staff members, assistant directot Amanda Robinson and director of Alumni Affairs, Jeffrey Farris.

Alumni and friends of Delta State received a university update, ways to continue to get involved in their alma mater, and new happenings within their university town Cleveland, Mississippi.

LaForge provided the university updates related to construction and academic advancements. Farris and Robinson spoke of behalf of the National Alumni Association on ways to stay involved in the life of the university.

Dr. Mark Barron ‘02 was recognized as the South Central Mississippi Chapter Alumnus of the Year. Barron is a board-eligible orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in hip and knee replacements and care for the spine at Kings Daughter Medical Center Sports Medicine Orthopaedic & Spine Clinic. He was born and raised in Laurel and returned to Mississippi to practice after completing his medical training out of state.

Abby Thomas (left to right), Karen Sullivan, Dalton Clay and President William N. LaForge.

Barron enjoys being close to family and living in a place where he can practice both orthopedic surgery and specialty spine care. He became interested in sports and orthopedic medicine after being injured playing high school sports. He received his bachelor’s from Delta State in 2004. Additionally, he was a four-year letterman for the Delta State football team. He returns to campus multiple times each year to cheer on his alma mater and tailgate at Statesmen Park for the annual Pig Pickin’ festivities.

The South Central Chapter also established the Doug Sullivan Memorial South Central Scholarship. The scholarship was presented to two incoming freshmen students Abby Thomas (Loyd Star High School) and Dalton Clay (Lawrence County High School). The $500 scholarship is a one-time gift for their first year.

To view photos from the event, visit https://www.flickr.com/photos/dsualumni/albums/72157663871224677.

To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Save the date for this year’s Go Green Weekend (April 28), Pig Pickin’ (Sept. 22) and Homecoming (Nov. 10).

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Dates announced for Go Green Weekend, Pig Pickin’ and Homecoming

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association recently announced event dates for 2018 Go Green Weekend, Pig Pickin’ and Homecoming.

On April 27-29, join the Green and White Nation for the fifth annual Go Green Weekend at Delta State. Celebrate the spring season with tailgating, live entertainment, athletic games, activities for the family and more. Come out to support the Statesmen and Okra for a weekend of food, fun and sports. Freshmen and transfer Future Statesmen are invited to attend Spring Preview Day during the weekend. A more detailed schedule and registration will be available soon.

The 33rd annual Pig Pickin’ will be held Sept. 21-22, as the Statesmen football team hosts North Greenville University. Make plans now to tailgate in Statesmen Park with friends and fellow alumni. Visit www.dsupigpickin.com and join the Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/503121896754250/ for the most updated information. The full schedule of events will be announced at a later date.

Homecoming 2018 has been set for Nov. 9-10, and the Statesmen football team will face off against Mississippi College. Throughout the weekend, the Delta State Alumni Association will host a variety of activities. The class of 1968 will be featured and honored in recognition of their 50-year reunion. They will also be inducted into the prestigious Golden Circle, which is a constituency group of the National Alumni Association that honors alumni who graduated at least 50 years ago. The Alumni Association will also recognize the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year, Alumni Hall of Fame and other service awards. The official Homecoming website is http://www.deltastate.edu/student-life/dsu-homecoming/. View the Homecoming Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/195170841227361/. Stay tuned for details as the Homecoming Taskforce continues to finalize this year’s schedule.

“The Alumni Office has mailed 20,000-plus save-the-date postcards to our alumni and local businesses promoting these signature annual events,” said Jeffrey Farris, alumni director. “Make it a priority to return to your university town by booking your hotel reservations months in advance.”

Email alumni@deltastate.edu with questions, and for travel info and local accommodations, visit www.visitclevelandms.com.

The official hashtag for Go Green Weekend is #GGW, Pig Pickin’ is #DSUPigPickin and #DSUHC for Homecoming.

Barron to be recognized by South Central Alumni chapter

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association will host the annual South Central Mississippi Alumni Chapter Meeting in Brookhaven Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. at Mitchell’s Special Events and Catering.

Registration and a social will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and the program at 6:30 p.m.

The event will feature Delta State University President William N. LaForge. Other special guests will include representatives from the Office of Admissions and Athletics.

Dr. Mark Barron ’04, from Brookhaven, will be recognized as the South Central Mississippi Chapter Alumnus of the Year.

Barron is a board-eligible orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in hip and knee replacements and care for the spine at Kings Daughter Medical Center Sports Medicine Orthopaedic & Spine Clinic. He was born and raised in Laurel and returned to Mississippi to practice after completing his medical training out of state.

Barron enjoys being close to family and living in a place where he can practice both orthopedic surgery and specialty spine care. He became interested in sports and orthopedic medicine after being injured playing high school sports. He received his bachelor’s from Delta State in 2004. Additionally, he was a four- year letterman for the Delta State football team. He returns to campus multiple times each year to cheer on his alma mater and tailgate at Statesmen Park for the annual Pig Pickin’ festivities.

To view photos from the 2017 South Central Chapter meeting, visit https://www.flickr.com/photos/dsualumni/albums/72157675947386944.

The cost for the meeting is $15 per person. Prospective students are invited to attend as guests of the Alumni Association. To RSVP, call 662-846-4660 or visit www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/southcentralevent.

To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Save the date for this year’s Go Green Weekend (April 27-28), Pig Pickin’ (Sept. 21-22) and Homecoming (Nov. 10).