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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.”

Follow all news at Delta State University at http://www.deltastate.edu.

 

 

The Delta State University Alumni Association recently hosted the annual Bolivar County Alumni Crawfish Boil.

Bolivar County Alumni Crawfish Boil a success

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The Delta State University Alumni Association held its annual Bolivar County Alumni Crawfish Boil April 27 in front of Walter Sillers Coliseum.

“This year’s crawfish boil was a smashing success. The Alumni Association staff did a fabulous job, and everyone readily got into the spirit of the event,” said Delta State President William N. LaForge. “The great entertainment, food and large attendance by loyal alumni and friends of Delta State combined with a perfect location and ideal weather to make a fun event for all.”

This year’s event featured crawfish, BBQ and free pizza for children 12 and under thanks to Domino’s. Entertainment for the night was provided by Southern Halo, CE All Stars and Fusion Gymnastics.

LaForge, head football coach Todd Cooley and Jeffrey Farris, director of Alumni Affairs, spoke to the crowd of over 400. Bolivar County chapter president Will Bradham presented Vice President of Student Affairs Dr. Wayne Blansett with a service award in honor of his upcoming retirement. Kappa Delta Sorority also recognized Elsie Lynn Ervin, who is retiring this June.

The chapter also held a silent auction with all proceeds going to the Liza Vaughn Memorial Scholarship. The scholarship was named for former assistant alumni director Liza Vaughn ’95 who passed away in April of 2012. It was established for incoming Delta State students from Bolivar County.

The event would not have been possible without the help of the volunteers and sponsors. This year’s Bolivar County officers are Will Bradham, president; Gary Crews, vice president; and Rob Shipp, secretary/treasurer. The Student Alumni Association also helped serve food and RC products, worked registration and monitored the kids area.

Prior to the event, the Alumni Association held a contest on social media for the chance to win a Yeti Hopper from Planters Equipment. Over 400 people pre-purchased tickets or liked and shared a status on the Alumni Association’s Facebook page, Statesmen Graduates, for a chance to win.

This year’s event sponsors were: 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, Delta State Foundation; 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.

To make a donation to the Liza Vaughn Memorial Scholarship, visit www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation or call 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’ (Sept. 19, 2015) and Homecoming (Nov. 7, 2015).