Delta State National Alumni Association announces 30th Pig Pickin’ celebration

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association is preparing for the 30th annual Pig Pickin’ scheduled for Sept. 18-19 at Statesmen Park, the north end of Parker Field-McCool Stadium. This signature event draws a large crowd each year, and patrons are invited to become an official Pig Pickin’ sponsor.

“The National Alumni Association is pleased to announce the 30th annual Delta State University Pig Pickin’,” said Jeffrey Farris, director of Alumni Affairs. “The growth of Pig Pickin’ over the past 29 years is a testament to the support of the local businesses of Cleveland and Bolivar County. Pig Pickin’s deep rooted tradition is evident with the thousands who attend Statesmen Park on an annual basis.”

Sponsorship opportunities range from $150 to $1,000+, and donations help to support the event. The deadline to become a sponsor is Sept. 6.

This year, the Alumni Association is offering a business the chance to sponsor the Pig Pickin’ entertainment, which includes Friday night’s headlining band, Saturday afternoon’s DMI bands and DJ on the Park, for $2,500. Those interested in this opportunity are urged to contact the Alumni Office at 662-846-4660 or

The success of Pig Pickin’ 2015 is largely dependent on the financial and in-kind support of the community, Delta region, state and national business partners.

Businesses can benefit by:

  • Business exposure to over 8,000+ attendees (Statesmen Park)
  • Business exposure to 30,000+ alumni and friends of Delta State University (local, state, national, international)
  • 14,000+ email addresses (all email blasts for the event)
  • Social media outlets (sponsored Facebook posts/Twitter/LinkedIn/Instagram)
  • Association with the premier cultural event in the Mississippi Delta region
  • Tax benefits of supporting a 501©3 organization
  • Website exposure ( )

To become a sponsor, contact the Alumni Association at 662-846-4660 for a brochure, or visit the Delta State University Foundation website to complete the sponsorship online.

For more information, visit our new, official Pig Pickin’ website The official hashtag is #DSUPigPickin. To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), Tumblr (, LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Thank you for your loyalty and continued support of this Delta State University Alumni Association signature event, and we look forward to seeing you this year at Pig Pickin’!


Delta State announces Family Roadshow

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The Delta State University Family Roadshow is coming to a Mississippi Delta town near you this summer, just in time to get ready for another exciting fall semester.

Over a three-week period, President William N. LaForge, head football coach Todd Cooley and representatives from campus will be traveling to five counties in the Delta to give updates and connect with Statesmen and Lady Statesmen alumni, fans and supporters. The event is made possible by a partnership between the National Alumni Association, Department of Athletics and Delta State University.

“The surrounding communities are an important part of the Delta State family,” said LaForge. “We are excited to reach out to our friends, fans, alumni and supporters in their hometowns and in such a unique way. I invite all supporters of the Green and White to come out to show the flag.”

There are six scheduled stops on the Delta State Family Roadshow, with Vince’s Restaurant in Leland being the first on July 13 at 6 p.m.

“This is an exciting time at Delta State and we want to involve every corner of the Mississippi Delta,” said Cooley. “We are the Delta’s university, and we want everyone to join the family.”

Greenwood, the second scheduled stop on the Roadshow, is set for July 16 at the Elk’s Lodge. Larry’s Fish House will provide the meal.

On July 20, the show makes a stop at the B.B. King Museum in Indianola for an event in Sunflower County. Dinner will be catered by local favorite The Blue Biscuit.

Clarksdale will host the following event on Aug. 3 at the Coahoma County Higher Education Center. Legendary Abe’s Barbecue will provide the meal.

Cleveland will be the final stop as the Cleveland Country Club hosts the third annual DSU Family Bash on Aug. 6. The event begins at 6 p.m. with a social followed by a family style dinner at 7 p.m.

Detailed information and the opportunity to RSVP for any one of the stops on the Delta State Family Roadshow is available at www.DeltaStateGiving.Org/alumniassociation/roadshow or by contacting the DSU Alumni Association at 662-846-4660.

Alumni Association travels to Mississippi picnics

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The Delta State University Alumni Association has been busy traveling this summer with staff members recently attending Mississippi picnics in New York City, Atlanta and Washington, D.C. The picnics are hosted by Mississippians living in these metropolitan areas and are typically supported by the state’s universities. The events also offer a little taste of home for people living out of state.

The Alumni Association attends each of these events annually to engage with alumni living in the host cities. The association recently established scholarships that are awarded to Delta State students originally from the New York, Atlanta and Washington, D.C.

The Mississippi Society of Georgia held its picnic June 6 in Atlanta’s Chastain Park and was part of an entire weekend of scheduled events. One such event was the Alumni and Celebrity Golf Tournament held at Wolf Creek Golf Course. All proceeds raised went to the Mississippi Society of Georgia Scholarship Fund. The scholarship is given to a student from the greater Atlanta area who will attend a college or university in the state of Mississippi.

Following the tournament, the group hosted a social in the Hank Aaron Room at Turner Field prior to an Atlanta Braves game. The weekend culminated with the picnic in Chastain Park, which included live music, door prizes and Mississippi authors and artists. Jeffrey Farris, director of alumni affairs, attended the picnic.

The 36th annual New York Mississippi Picnic in Central Park was held June 13. This year’s theme was “Elvis is in the Park.” Glen McCullough, executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority, spoke to the crowd and brought greetings from Mississippi. Live music was provided by Jon Paris, Jimmie Rodgers and Pals, and Brandon Bennett, an Elvis tribute artist. There was also an Elvis lookalike contest. Alumni-Foundation staff members in attendance were Jordan Thomas, assistant director of alumni affairs, and Gary Bouse, chief development officer.

The Mississippi on the Mall picnic was held June 20 at Henry Bacon Ball Field in Washington, D.C. The yearly event is sponsored by the Mississippi Society of Washington, D.C., a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the best interests of Mississippi in the nation’s capital. Approximately 500 people attended this year’s event. Live music was provided by Kingfish. Thomas was in attendance representing Delta State, along with Mikel Sykes, SGA president. All three picnics featured catfish and sweet tea.

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 (, LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1).

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 (, LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1).

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

“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

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

“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 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 To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), Tumblr (, LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1).