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Safety precautions to be enforced at Pig Pickin’

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The 30th annual Pig Pickin’, hosted by the Delta State University Alumni Association, is a signature event at the university that many alumni, friends, students, parents, faculty and staff visit each year. With the sheer volume of people who will be at Statesmen Park this weekend, it is important that safety remains a top priority and creates the need for rules and regulations. To ensure everyone has a safe and fun experience at Statesmen Park, no vehicles will be allowed at the park.

Tailgaters needing to drop off tents or other heavy items will be allowed to do so before 5 p.m. Friday and before 11:30 a.m. Saturday. After these times, traffic will not be allowed in the park. Parking will be available at the athletics facilities, Shumate Park, Walter Sillers Coliseum, Kent Wyatt Hall and across Miss. Highway 8 on campus. Tailgating behind the visitors’ side of the stadium is prohibited. Directional signage will indicate the designated tailgating areas for Pig Pickin’ attendees.

Golf carts and ATVs will not be allowed with the exception of officials and staff golf carts. Pets are also not allowed at the event. These rules were put in place to ensure the safety of Pig Pickin’ participants, particularly the many children who attend. Video surveillance will be in use at the park.

Pig Pickin’ event times at Statesmen Park:

  • Friday, September 18, 5 p.m. – midnight
  • Saturday, September 19, Noon – 5 p.m.

The official hashtag for Pig Pickin’ is #DSUPigPickin.

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).

Pig Pickin’ entertainment announced

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Each year, one of the biggest components of the Pig Pickin’ atmosphere is the entertainment. The 30th annual Pig Pickin’ will feature a variety of entertainment on Friday and Saturday.

Friday night’s entertainment kicks off with local band Patti and the Mayonnaise from 9 p.m. to midnight. Consisting of members Horace Willis, Starlin Browning, Reed Smith, and Ethan Frink, Patti and Mayonnaise plays rock, pop, R&B and hip-hop hits from the ’90s and early-2000s.

Saturday’s entertainment starts at noon with the radio show “Statesmen Nation” live at Statesmen Park. Q102 will also have a live broadcast from the park from noon to 3 p.m. The CE Allstar cheerleaders will perform at 1:30 p.m., and beginning at 2 p.m., music will be provided by the Delta Music Institute bands Ol’ Skool Revue and DeltaRoX. Ol’ Skool Revue is comprised of Delta State students and faculty, playing hits from the blues, R&B, soul and funk genres. DeltaRoX also consists of Delta State students and faculty and focuses on classic rock. President Williamn N. LaForge will also jam with the DMI bands. The Fighting Okra and Statesmen mascots will be signing autographs and taking pictures at the Legacy Tent at 2:15 p.m.

The Delta State cheerleaders will lead a pep rally at 3 p.m. featuring the Delta State band. At 5 p.m., the winners of the BBQ cook team competition will be announced.

The official hashtag for Pig Pickin’ is #DSUPigPickin. For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 662-846-4660. Join the Facebook event at Statesmen Graduates:https://www.facebook.com/events/872293072848213/. 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).

Alumni Association to host young alumni tailgate at Pig Pickin’

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The Delta State Alumni Association will host a young alumni tailgating party Friday in conjunction with Pig Pickin’ events. The event begins at 8 p.m. in Statesmen Park. Food and libations will be served and entertainment will be provided by Patti and the Mayonnaise.

“As your Delta State young alumni representative, I personally would like to invite you back to campus this coming Friday, September 18th and Saturday, September 19th for our annual Pig Pickin’,” said Parker Lipscomb, National Alumni Association Board young alumni representative. “We will have a special tent set up in Statesmen Park on Friday for young alumni. There will be live entertainment Friday evening, and as always, a great time to see many old friends and meet fellow alumni.”

This year’s event is sponsored by Lipscomb Oil Company, Inc; The Filling Station; Exxon; Shell; and Baskin Robbins.

Every young alumnus who visits the Alumni Association tent and updates their contact information will receive a free BBQ ticket for Pig Pickin’.

The definition of a young alumnus is anyone 36 years old and younger.

The official hashtag for Pig Pickin’ is #DSUPigPickin. For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 662-846-4660. Join the Facebook event at Statesmen Graduates:https://www.facebook.com/events/872293072848213/. 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).

Alumni Association welcomes legacies back to Pig Pickin’

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The Delta State University Alumni Association has once again invited members of the Legacy Program back to Pig Pickin’, hosted on campus Sept. 18-19.

Each child enrolled in the Legacy Program was mailed a postcard inviting them to the annual Pig Pickin’ festivities. Legacies can request a free Pig Pickin’ barbecue ticket from the Alumni Association. There will also be a “Legacy Tent” at Statesmen Park. The Statesman and Okra will visit the tent to take pictures from 1-2 p.m. All members of the Legacy Program and their families are invited to attend.

The Alumni Association launched the program to get younger fans interested in Delta State at an early age. The definition of a legacy is any child fortunate enough to have a parent, grandparent or legal guardian who is a graduate or friend of Delta State.

So far, over 3,000 children up to the age of 18 have enrolled in the program. The Alumni Association will begin sending Legacies age appropriate Delta State themed items in the mail in January of 2016.

The official hashtag for Pig Pickin’ is #DSUPigPickin. For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 662-846-4660. Join the Facebook event at Statesmen Graduates:https://www.facebook.com/events/872293072848213/. 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).

 

Air Evac Lifeteam continues partnership with Alumni Association

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association is excited to announce Air Evac Lifeteam #87 has renewed their membership as an Okra Level Corporate Sponsor.

“We look forward to our relationship with the Delta State University National Alumni Association,” said Lee Williams, program director of the Air Evac Lifeteam.

Air Evac EMS, Inc., which operates Air Evac Lifeteam, is the largest independently owned and operated membership-supported air medical service in the United States, conducting its operations through 111 mutually-supporting air medical bases across 15 states. The company has established itself as the preeminent provider of air ambulance services to communities in need of advanced emergency health care and rapid medical transport.

“We are so appreciative of all our corporate sponsors and everything they do for us,” said Jeffrey Farris, director of Alumni Affairs. “I would like to encourage alumni and friends of Delta State to consider becoming a member of Air Evac Lifeteam and supporting them.”

For more information on corporate sponsorships, 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 (www.dsualumni.tumblr.com), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1).