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Alumni announces 2017 award recipients

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association recently announced the 2017 alumni award recipients, who will be honored during the 85th Delta State University Homecoming weekend. The award winners will be recognized Nov. 10 at 6 p.m. at the Cleveland Country Club.

Awards will be given out for the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year, Alumni Hall of Fame inductees and Service Awards winners.

To purchase tickets to the awards gala, visit www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/homecoming2017.

The Outstanding Alumnus of the Year award is presented to a graduate who has made significant contributions to human or institutional programs in which a situation, an institution or a movement has been materially changed for the better due to that individual’s personal participation. This year’s recipient is Percy Malone of Arkadelphia, Arkansas.

Click here to view former Delta State Outstanding Alumnus of the Year recipients.

Induction into the Delta State University Alumni Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed upon an individual by the DSU Alumni Association. Established in 2007, the Alumni Hall of Fame is extended to alumni and friends who have achieved professional distinction and made significant community service contributions at the local, national and/or international level, and who have thus brought honor and distinction to Delta State. This year, three distinguished alumni, along with Malone, will be inducted into the hall: Becky Nowell ’81, Dr. William Morehead ’84, and Richard Fulwood ’72.

Click here to view Alumni Hall of Fame members.

The Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni Service Award recognizes outstanding service and contributions to Delta State by an alumnus. Katerine Keller Batenhorst ’96 and Kelly Hunter ’00 will receive the award this year.

Click here to view past Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni Service Award recipients.

The Kent Wyatt “Young Alumnus” Service Award recognizes outstanding service and contributions to Delta State by a graduate 36-years-old or younger. The 2017 recipient is William Crump.

Click here to view past Kent Wyatt “Young Alumnus” Service Award recipients.

The Gladys Castle “Friend” of Delta State Service Award recognizes outstanding service and contributions to Delta State by a non-alumnus or institution. This year’s winner is Neal Anderson.

Click here to view past Gladys Castle “Friend” of Delta State Service Award recipients.

The Legacy Award is presented to an alumnus or Delta State affiliated organization who made an institutional changing impact at the university. This year, the honor goes to Anne Weissinger ’15, the first female Foundation Board president.

Click here to view past Legacy Award recipients.

The Distinguished Black Alumnus of the Year is presented to a graduate distinguished in his or her chosen field. This year, the honor goes to Tara Dunn ‘10.

The Dr. Henry Outlaw Faculty/Staff Service Award was established in 2014 as a way to recognize former Delta State faculty or staff members who have had a significant influence in the life of the university and/or the National Alumni Association. Established by the National Alumni Association Board of Directors, and inspired by the Dedicated Statesmen Association, the award will be given this year to Dr. Everett Eugene Caston ’66.

Click here to view past Dr. Henry Outlaw Facutly/Staff Service Award recipients.

To view the most recent issue of the Delta State Alumni magazine online, visit https://issuu.com/deltastateuniversity/docs/sumfall_mag17_issu.

To update your alumni information, visit www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/updateyourpersonalinformation.

To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Make plans for this year’s Pig Pickin’ (Oct. 7) and Homecoming (Nov. 11).

Campus gearing up for Pig Pickin’

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association invites campus, alumni and Delta State supporters to visit www.dsupigpickin.com in preparation of the 32nd annual Pig Pickin’ Oct. 6-7.

Visitors to the site can purchase BBQ tickets, sign up for the cooking competition, enter the third annual cornhole tournament, register to volunteer, purchase the event’s official T-shirt, and become an event sponsor. Information about DSU Day, the Hog Run 5K, and the Pig Pickin’ Golf Classic is also available on the site.

The schedule is full of activities for Delta State alumni and friends of any age to enjoy. Activities kick off Oct. 6, leading into the main schedule on Oct. 7. Immediately following Pig Pickin’ festivities, the Statesmen football team will compete against University of West Alabama at 6 p.m.

BBQ or sausage dog tickets can be purchased for $6 at the Alumni House or www.dsupigpickin.com. A limited amount of food tickets will be available for purchase. This year, the Alumni Office will offer 1,100 plates to be purchased.

The traditional Pig Pickin’ t-shirts are $15 for short sleeve and $20 for sizes 2XL and up. Current shirt colors include crimson, ice blue and grass. To purchase a shirt, visit the Alumni House and speak to Amanda Robinson, senior alumni secretary. They may also be purchased at www.dsupigpickin.com.

Stay updated on Pig Pickin’ announcements by joining the official Facebook event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/180589075846155/. The official hashtag of Pig Pickin’ is #DSUPigPickin.

To purchase Pig Pickin’ tickets, click here, or to make a contribution to an annual scholarship, click here.

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 this year’s Homecoming (Nov. 11).

Alumni magazine hits mailboxes

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The latest issue of the Delta State Alumni and Foundation Magazine is currently on its way to the homes of alumni, friends and supporters of Delta State University.

The cover features alumnus Dr. Brad Vickers ’98, founder, owner and CEO of Southern Tradition Tailgating, along with his custom-made tailgating combat vehicle.

Also spotlighted in the magazine is the city of Cleveland, along with several alumni who are committed to promoting and creating an attractive environment for students and Cleveland residents alike.

The magazine contains highlights of a new outdoor recreation lab, the International Business Symposium, athletics and various alumni spotlights.

“The Delta State Alumni and Foundation Magazine is the primary publication distributed to alumni, donors and prospective students,” said Melissa Love, assistant director of Alumni Affairs. “We are excited and proud to celebrate the accomplishments of our alumni and share updates about their alma mater.”

The publication is mailed to over 25,000 homes across the nation.

To view the magazine online, visit https://issuu.com/deltastateuniversity/docs/sumfall_mag17_issu.

To update your alumni information, visit www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/updateyourpersonalinformation.

To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Make plans for this year’s Pig Pickin’ (Oct. 7) and Homecoming (Nov. 11).

Alumni prepping for 2017 Pig Pickin’

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association is gearing up for the 32nd annual Pig Pickin’ scheduled for Oct. 6-7 at Statesmen Park.

The Alumni staff is proud to announce Pig Pickin’ is now a member of the Memphis BBQ Network.

The mission of the Memphis BBQ Network is to promote, educate and enhance the aspects of pork barbecue cooking and competitions that are associated with the unique style of Memphis barbecue. The MBN was formed to provide organization and support for new and existing contests; to provide the contest network with knowledgeable and experienced judges; and to maintain the integrity of judging procedures.

“The National Alumni Association is pleased to announce the 32nd annual Delta State University Pig Pickin’,” said Jeffrey Farris, director of Alumni Affairs. “The growth of Pig Pickin’ over the past 30 years is a testament to the support of the local businesses and greater Mississippi Delta region. Pig Pickin’s deep rooted tradition is evident with the thousands of alumni who attend and the hundreds of volunteers involved. This year we are excited to join the Memphis Barbeque Network.”

According to Melissa Love, assistant Alumni director, Pig Pickin’ will likely double in size thanks to the MBN sanctioning.

“We look forward to seeing our alumni and friends return to campus for this wonderful tradition,” said Love.

Supporters are invited to become an official sponsor of this university event, which now promises an even larger audience. Sponsorship opportunities range from $150-$1,000+, and donations help support the event. The deadline to become a sponsor is Sept. 29.

The success of Pig Pickin’ 2017 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 at Statesmen Park
• business exposure to over 30,000 alumni and friends of Delta State University (local, state, national, international)
• over 15,000 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
• tax benefits of supporting a 501©3 organization
• website exposure (www.deltastate.edu – www.gostatesmen.com – www.deltastategiving.org – www.dsupigpickin.com)

To become a sponsor, complete and return the official form here: pigPickn_sponsor_2017.

For more information on becoming a sponsor contact the Alumni Association at 662-846-4660, or visit the Delta State University Foundation website at www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/pigpickin.

The 32st Annual Pig Pickin’ official Facebook event page can be found at http://bit.ly/2ielhZn

To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Save the date for Pig Pickin’ (Oct. 6-7) and Homecoming (Nov. 10-11).

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SAA planning for academic year

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Pictured, left to right: Alyssa Johnson, projects chair; Abbey Ray Gordon, vice president; Kaylie Carpenter, social chair; Jessi Massey, secretary; Batesville, Callie Blake Masterson, treasurer; and Brittany Earls, president.

 

Delta State’s Student Alumni Association is hard at work making plans for the 2017-18 academic year.

The SAA, which acts as a bridge between the Delta State student body and the Delta State University Alumni Association, helps with events such as Pig Pickin’, Homecoming and community service projects.

SAA officers for the 2017-18 academic year:
— Brittany Earls — president
Cleveland, Mississippi
— Abbey Gordon — vice president
Senatobia, Mississippi
— Jessi Massey— secretary
Batesville, Mississippi
— Callie Blake Masterson — treasurer
Batesville, Mississippi
— Kaylie Carpenter — social chair
Crystal Springs, Mississippi
— Alyssa Johnson — projects chairman
Lake Village, Arkansas

The Alumni Association recently awarded Hannah Goudy with the H.L. Nowell Student Alumni Association Service Award at the annual 2017 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 tenure, 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 he was the first paid alumni secretary.

The award is given each year to the Student Alumni Association member that has given tireless effort and generosity throughout the academic school year. Goudy will graduate in December with her nursing degree and has been a Student Alumni Association member since her freshmen year.

Follow the SAA on Twitter @DSU_SAA. View SAA photos from 2007 to present at https://www.flickr.com/photos/dsualumni/albums/72157672291991031.

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), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Save the date for this year’s Pig Pickin’ (Oct. 7) and Homecoming (Nov. 11).