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Delta State Alumni to hold event in Hattiesburg

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The Delta State University Alumni Association announced plans for the Southeast Alumni Chapter Meeting Thursday, April 30. The event will be held at Mack’s West in Hattiesburg and will begin with a social at 6:00 p.m. followed by dinner and the program at 6:30 p.m.

The event will feature guests from campus including the Delta State Alumni-Foundation staff as well as other university officials. Prospective students are invited to attend as guests of the Alumni Association. To RSVP, contact the Alumni Association at (662) 846-4660 or visit www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/hattiesburg.

“Come and enjoy a great evening with fellow alumni and friends as we celebrate Delta State University in Golden Eagle country,” said Chris Shivers ’94, National Alumni Association Board Member.

There is no cost for the meeting; attendees only need to pay for dinner. Donations may be made for the Southeast Alumni Chapter Scholarship.

For more information on the South East Chapter Meeting, contact Jeffrey Farris at jfarris@deltastate.edu. There is also a Facebook page for the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/679040172242470/.

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’ (September 19, 2015) and Homecoming (November 7, 2015).

Delta State University President William N. LaForge, right, presented a donation from the DSU Foundation to Mississippi State University’s Dudy Noble stadium baseball project to MSU President Mark E. Keenum, left, prior to Thursday’s meeting of the state College Board in Jackson. The gift honors former MSU baseball great and longtime DSU coach and administrator David M. “Boo” Ferriss. Ferriss was MSU’s first scholarship baseball player and went on to a remarkable career in Major League Baseball with the Boston Red Sox.

DSU Foundation honors Coach “Boo” Ferriss with MSU donation

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The Delta State University Foundation has made a $10,000 donation to the Mississippi State University Dudy Noble Stadium project in honor of MSU baseball great and former longtime DSU head baseball coach David M. “Boo” Ferriss.

The Shaw, Miss., native is a member of the Mississippi State University Sports Hall of Fame, the Mississippi Sports Hall of Fame and the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame. Ferriss, 93, played at State in 1941 and 1942 and holds the distinction of being the first player to attend Mississippi State on a baseball scholarship.

“Boo Ferriss is one of our state’s most beloved sports figures,” said MSU President Mark E. Keenum. “He will forever be both a Bulldog and a Statesman, and because of his association with the great baseball programs at our two institutions, it is most appropriate that we join with Delta State in honoring Coach Ferriss in this manner. We are grateful to the Delta State University family for this most generous gift.”

Delta State President William N. LaForge noted the significance of this donation.

“This contribution, from one institution’s foundation to another, is significant because it’s yet another way for all of us to pay great tribute to this outstanding man — particularly because it’s Boo Ferriss’s alma mater where he also played,” said LaForge.

“This gift is a win-win — meaning the Delta State community can once again hold up our hero and legend Coach Boo Ferriss, while supporting a very worthwhile endeavor at the school where he first made his name,” LaForge added. “It also serves to honor him and provides donor satisfaction to the contributors for this project, all of which are private dollars. No institutional funds are being used for this project.”

LaForge presented the gift to Keenum on Thursday prior to the meeting of the Board of Trustees of Institutions of Higher Learning in Jackson.

After his playing days, Ferriss entered the coaching profession and is credited with building the legendary baseball program at Delta State. In his 26 seasons at Delta State, Ferriss’s teams won 639 games and lost only 387. He led the way to four Gulf South Conference championships, three National Collegiate Athletic Association regional titles, and placed second once and third twice in the College World Series.

Ferriss served as the first executive director of the Delta State Foundation until he retired from the institution in 1988. Keith Fulcher, executive director of the DSU Foundation, has worked closely with Ferriss throughout the years.

“The Delta State University Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to honor Coach Ferriss through this gift, especially since he was named the first director of the Foundation in 1967. The successes we’ve enjoyed in private support are due to his years of building lifelong relationships with our alumni and donors. No one has done it better than Coach Ferriss,” said Fulcher.

Coach Ferriss has left a lasting impact on the current president of the Delta State Foundation James T. Harvey and many others.

“As President of the Delta State University Foundation Board of Directors and a former player for Coach Dave ‘Boo’ Ferriss, I am pleased to honor him with this gift of $10,000 to his alma mater, Mississippi State University,” said Harvey. “Coach Ferriss’s legacy and impact in the baseball world transcends universities and reaches across the United States. My hope is that the gift will help the next generation of baseball players and fans to emulate the love of the game that Coach Ferriss has imparted to so many of us.”

MSU, Mississippi’s flagship research university, is online at www.msstate.edu, meridian.msstate.edu, facebook.com/msstate, instagram.com/msstate, pinterest.com/msstate and twitter.com/msstate. Invest in the MSU Foundation at infiniteimpactmsu.com.

Delta State University, a regional university of national distinction, is online at www.deltastate.edu, facebook.com/deltastateuniversity and twitter.com/deltastate. Support Delta State through the DSU Foundation online at deltastategiving.org, and use the hashtag #booferriss on all related media.

The Delta State University National Alumni Association recently honored this year's recipients of the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni Scholarships.

Hugh Ellis Walker Scholarship recipients announced

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association is committed to providing scholarships for students whose parents are alumni. The Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni Scholarship is a one-time $500 scholarship given to incoming freshmen or transfer students whose parents are dues-paying members of the Alumni Association.

Walker served as the Alumni Secretary from 1969-1987. In 1987, he was named executive director of the Alumni-Foundation. The Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni-Foundation House was dedicated in his honor in 1996, and he was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame in 2011. Walker was named Outstanding Alumnus of the Year in 2013. Sadly, he passed away in November of 2014.

Over the past five years, more than 100 students have received the scholarship. There were 36 recipients this year, more than any previous year. The increase is due in large part to the Sustaining Life Member Program. The membership program was launched in 2013 as a way for paid-in-full life members to continue their support to the Alumni Association. The $100 annual gift goes to fund the Hugh Ellis Walker Scholarships.

“The Alumni Association continues to grow the number of scholarships that are given to children of alumni each year,” said Jeffrey Farris, director of Alumni Affairs.

This year’s recipient of the scholarship are: Madison Atkinson of Batesville; James Beavers of Senatobia; Caroline Bickley of Olive Branch; Travis Cooper of Shaw; Brittany Earls of Merigold; Andrew Farmer of Greenville; Meri Fleming of Lake Village; Seth Fountain of Argyle, Texas; William Goff of Duck Hill; Adam Green of Clarksdale; Emily Grossi of Marks; Jonathan Haynes of Cleveland; Christopher Holly of Grenada; Katherine Jackson of Cleveland; Regilyn Keys of Clarksdale; Hannah Kistemaker of Mooresville, S.C.; Tyler Kitchings of Shaw; Callie Blake Masterson of Batesville; Brandi Matthews of Cleveland; William McCall of Olive Branch; Lauren McCoy of Memphis, Tenn,; Sheldon Moore of Holcomb; Dillon Norwood of Cleveland; Gregory Peacock of Cleveland; Jordan Pullen of Sardis; Lauren Richards of Yazoo City; Grace Rutledge of Cleveland; Walter Shepherd of Flora; Grayson Sims of Batesville; Sarah Stevens of Indianola; Larry Tyer of Opelika, Ala.; Tyler Vaughn of Cleveland; Thomas Whatley of Cleveland; Brianna Walker of Ruleville; Kira Power of Cleveland; and Jenny Clare Christopher of Grenada.

To give to the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni Scholarship Fund, visit http://www.deltastategiving.org/giving/scholarships/hughelliswalkeralumnischolarshipfund.

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).Save the date for next year’s Pig Pickin’ (September 19, 2015) and Homecoming (November 7, 2015).

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Alumni event rescheduled

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Due to the threat of inclement weather, the Bolivar County Alumni Crawfish Boil scheduled for Thursday, April 16 has been postponed until Monday, April 27 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. in front of Walter Sillers Coliseum.

If you have already purchased your tickets, the Alumni Association can either refund your money or issue a new ticket with the correct date. Contact the Alumni Association at (662) 846-4660 or alumni@deltastate.edu to let us know your preference.

Your choice of crawfish or BBQ tickets will still be available. Free pizza will be available to children 12 and under with the purchase of an adult ticket. There will also be a silent auction and a Kids Zone. Live entertainment will be provided by Southern Halo, CE All Stars and Fusion Gymnastics.

If you have not purchased tickets yet but would like to do so, tickets for crawfish are $20 and $8 for BBQ and can be purchased at the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni-Foundation House, online at www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/bolivarcountycrawfishboil, or at the door.

The event would not be possible without the generosity of our sponsors — 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; 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.

Join the Facebook event at Statesmen Graduates, Bolivar County Crawfish Boil. 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’ (September 19, 2015) and Homecoming (November 7, 2015).

The annual Bolivar County Alumni Crawfish Boil returns to campus April 16  at 6 p.m. in front of Walter Sillers Coliseum.

Bolivar County Alumni Crawfish Boil returning to campus

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The Delta State University Alumni Association has been busy planning the annual Bolivar County Alumni Crawfish Boil. This year’s event will be April 16  at 6 p.m. in front of Walter Sillers Coliseum.

In addition to crawfish, BBQ plates can also be purchased. Free pizza will be available to children 12 and under with the purchase of an adult ticket. There will also be a silent auction and a Kids Zone. Live entertainment will be provided by Southern Halo and the CE All Stars.

Tickets for crawfish are $20 and $8 for BBQ and can be purchased at the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni-Foundation House, online at www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/bolivarcountycrawfishboil, or at the door.

All alumni, friends, students, faculty and staff are invited to attend. Proceeds from tickets, the silent auction and sponsorships benefit the Liza Vaughn Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to incoming Delta State students from Bolivar County. This scholarship was established in 2011 and was named for past assistant director of Alumni Affairs Liza Vaughn, who lost her battle with cancer in April of 2012.

“We are very proud of the scholarship we have been able to give out in memory of Liza Vaughn,” said Will Bradham, president of the Bolivar County Chapter. “It is very important for us as a chapter to help area students further their education at Delta State University. We all know how much a little money can help one of our area students achieve success in college, and we feel our scholarship program is a great avenue to that success.”

The event would not be possible without the generosity of our sponsors — 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; 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.

Join the Facebook event at Statesmen Graduates, Bolivar County Crawfish Boil. 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’ (September 19, 2015) and Homecoming (November 7, 2015).