Tricia Walker, former director of the Delta Music Institute (DMI) at Delta State University, received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Mississippi Writers Guild at its annual conference for working writers and aspiring writers held at GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi on July 26-27. Read More
Two years ago, Eddie Lewis countered profound remorse with purposeful solace. His wife of 52 years, Delta State University alumna Judy Smart Lewis, the love of his life, died of complications from dementia on July 9, 2017, at age 71. In tribute to her, the grieving widower found a measure of lasting comfort by giving $20,000 to the Delta State University Foundation to create the Judy Smart Lewis Memorial Scholarship Fund two months later. The mindful consolation makes sense: Judy Smart Lewis, who earned an M.Ed. in community counseling from Delta State in 1992, was a mental health counselor. Recipients of the scholarship are DSU graduate students pursuing an M.Ed. in counselor education, clinical health counseling. Read More
We know the value of Delta State University. So does Dr. David Abney ’76 and ’15, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of United Parcel Service.
In a July 4 feature in the Atlanta Business Chronicle, he reflects on Delta State, the International Business Symposium he founded 14 years ago at DSU, and his 45-year career at UPS—a career he began in the Mississippi Delta to help pay his way through college. Read More
Documentarian Matteo Zengaro ’19 received an Arkansas Traveler Certificate for helping preserve Italian-American culture in the Delta through his short films, “Con Gusto!” and “I Sopravvissuti,” at the Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock to kick off the second annual Arkansas Italian Food and Culture Festival, held in late April at the Clinton Presidential Center, where he world-premiered the former and replayed the latter. Read More