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Go Green Weekend returns April 27-29

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Delta State University is gearing up for its fifth annual Go Green Weekend on campus April 27-29.

Each spring, students, faculty, staff, alumni and Delta State supporters gather for a full schedule of live entertainment, tailgating, sporting events and a Spring Preview Day on April 27 from the Office of Admissions.

The family-friendly affair is a way for the Delta State community to celebrate all things green and white. The schedule of events is coordinated by a number of Delta State departments.

View the full schedule at www.deltastate.edu/gogreenweekend.

Spring Preview Day continues to grow each Go Green Weekend, as potential students have the opportunity to hear from campus leaders, meet faculty and staff to learn about campus departments, interact with current students and student organizations, enjoy campus tours, and be a first-hand fan at Delta State athletic events. This year’s preview day begins April 27 at 9:30 a.m. in the H.L. Nowell Student Union.

Junior and seniors are asked to register for Spring Preview Day at http://www.deltastate.edu/admissions/go-green-weekend.

“Spring Preview Day is an opportunity for high school juniors and seniors who are still trying to decide where to attend college,” said Rebekah Arant, Admissions recruiter. “It’s also an opportunity to meet with academic departments and student groups to see what being a Statesmen is all about. Students will have the opportunity to hear from campus leaders, enjoy a campus tour, and interact with current students.”

High school students participating in Spring Preview Day will also receive free tickets for themselves and up to two guests to attend the baseball and softball games on April 28.

The Alumni Office also encourages Delta State alumni, current students and community supporters to come out and support Delta State on the baseball and softball fields. The office will support tailgating festivities outside Harvey Stadium at 1 p.m. on April 28.

“Go Green Weekend is a great opportunity for alumni to see the new and exciting things happening on campus, visit with faculty, staff and other alumni, while enjoying some wonderful Delta State University sporting events,” said Amanda Robinson, assistant director of Alumni Affairs. “The Alumni Association office looks forward to seeing all of our alumni return to campus for Go Green Weekend.”

The Lady Statesmen softball team hosts a doubleheader against Mississippi College on April 28. Games begin at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. They close the series April 29 with a 1 p.m. showdown.

The Statesmen baseball team also hosts Mississippi College for a doubleheader, with games starting at 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. The men close their series April 29 with a 2 p.m. game.

The Office of Student Affairs, Student Government Association, and Delta Music Institute will also get in on the fun with a few events.

Weather permitting on April 27, the SGA and DMI will host a joint party on the quad. Starting at 6 p.m., DMI students will perform on stage and the SGA Student Crawfish Boil will kick off. At 6:45 p.m., a pep rally will take place for the softball and baseball teams. At 7 p.m., the DMI’s 2018 feature artist, Mic Hargrove, will be performing on stage for an EP release party.

“This event is a culmination of a great year for Student Government Association,” said Layla Young, SGA chief of staff and event coordinator. “We are looking forward to a fun-filled night of good food and good music that showcases the quality of talent here at DSU with our family and friends.

On April 28, Greek Life will host the annual Multicultural Step Show at 8 p.m. in the Bologna Performing Arts Center. This year’s show is a partnership with Make-A-Wish Mississippi. Admission is $5 and 100 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Make-A-Wish.

Also on April 28, Athletics will host a special recognition at 9 a.m. at the Derrall Foreman Golf Course to honor former Delta State golf coach Derrall Forman.

Go Green Weekend activities are open to the public, but tickets are required for entry into the baseball and softball games. Students, faculty, staff, alumni, potential students and Delta State supporters are encouraged to tailgate prior the games.

Delta State Alumni and Foundation Magazine fresh off the press

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The latest issue of the Delta State Alumni and Foundation Magazine has hit homes of alumni, friends and supporters of Delta State University.

The cover features alumnus Dr. Percy Malone, the 2017 Delta State University Outstanding Alumnus of the Year.

Also spotlighted in the magazine is Craig Verhage ’92 and Leslie Roark Scott ’91; Emily Jones, university archivist; international student athletes; along with more alumni and faculty features.

“The Alumni and Foundation magazine contains highlights of campus, development, athletics and various alumni spotlights for all to enjoy,” said Sayward Fortner, president of the Delta State University National Alumni Association.

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

To view the magazine online, visit https://issuu.com/deltastateuniversity/docs/dsualumnimag_winterspring18_hr_web.

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’ (Sept. 22) and Homecoming (Nov. 10).

Second annual Passport to Success scheduled for April 10

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association and Delta State Career Services will feature the second annual Passport To Success event April 10 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the H.L. Nowell Student Union East Lobby on the second floor.

The program will prep Delta State students as they enter their careers with confidence, while maintaining a strong professional social media presence.

All current Delta State students will have the opportunity to create a LinkedIn professional profile, receive résumé building development, take a professional head shot photo, learn about best practices for searching for jobs, and professional attire recommendations.

“The National Alumni Association is in the business to develop partnerships,” said Jeffrey Farris, Alumni director. “Through the leadership of our National Alumni Association Board of Directors, we are excited to partner with Career Services at Delta State for the second annual Passport to Success.”

The event will be open to undergraduate and graduate students. Multiple stations along with Alumni Association and Career Services staff will be on site to assist the students through the process.

“With the growing number of users on the professional social media platform LinkedIn, we are seeing more and more students gain exposure and leads to career opportunities,” said Nakikke Johnson, student relations specialist for Career Services. “These days, a foot in the door may actually start online. It is important for these students to recognize this trend.”

As a special incentive, students who participate in each station will be entered into a drawing for special prizes donated by the National Alumni Association and Career Services. Following the event, students who met specific criteria on their LinkedIn pages will be eligible for one of two $500 scholarships provided by the National Alumni Association.

To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s and Career Services activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates & DSU Career Services), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni & @DSU_Career), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni & dsu_careers) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Save the date for this year’s Go Green Weekend (April 27-28), Pig Pickin’ (Sept. 21-22) and Homecoming (Nov. 10).

MDNHA, Delta Center share “Heart & Soul” of Mississippi Delta in D.C.

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Senator Thad Cochran (second from right) recently enjoyed a visit with representatives from The Delta Center for Culture and Learning at Delta State University. The meeting included a performance by Delta State graduate Keith Johnson (second from left), the great nephew of Muddy Waters. The Delta Center is the management entity for the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area (MDNHA). Also pictured (left to right) are Shelia Winters, DCCL program associate for projects; Dr. Rolando Herts, DCCL director and MDNHA executive director; Rhonda Price, executive director of Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area; and Lee Aylward, DCCL program associate for education and community outreach.

 

The Delta Center for Culture and Learning at Delta State University recently attended the Alliance of National Heritage Areas’ annual meeting on behalf of the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area. The meeting took place during Valentine’s Day week in Washington, D.C.

During the Alliance’s “Heart & Soul” congressional breakfast at the Rayburn House Office Building, the MDNHA and Delta State were honored for receiving National Park Service Centennial Awards for creating the Delta Jewels Oral History Partnership. This cultural heritage interpretation project has engaged over 1,000 residents and visitors in honoring the lives of unsung African American church mothers featured in Alysia Burton Steele’s book “Delta Jewels: In Search of My Grandmother’s Wisdom.”

Delta State was the only higher education institution and MDNHA is the only National Heritage Area in the country that received NPS Centennial Awards this year.

In recognition of the MDNHA’s rich cultural heritage, the Alliance of National Heritage Areas invited Keith Johnson, “Prince of the Delta Blues,” to be the featured performer at the “Heart & Soul” breakfast. A graduate of the Delta Music Institute at Delta State, Johnson is currently a graduate assistant in The Delta Center pursuing a Master of Business Administration at Delta State. He also is the great nephew of Delta Blues legend, Muddy Waters.

After the breakfast, the Delta delegation met with Mississippi legislators Senator Thad Cochran, Congressman Bennie Thompson and Senator Roger Wicker. They shared copies of the MDNHA’s 2014-2016 progress report and forthcoming economic impact study. During the visit with Cochran, they were joined by Rhonda Price, executive director of the Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area.

Delta Center team members with Congressman Bennie Thompson

“I am very pleased that our team was able to thank Cochran, Thompson and Wicker in person for their continued support of National Heritage Areas,” said Dr. Rolando Herts, director of The Delta Center and executive director of the MDNHA. “The Mississippi Delta, Hills and Gulf Coast National Heritage Areas are acknowledged by so many of our colleagues and supporters for doing great work in the communities we proudly serve.”

Johnson was especially excited to visit Cochran’s office where he was invited to perform his song “Come to Mississippi.”

“The song explores the culture of the Mississippi Delta. It expresses the feeling of blues musicians that are from Mississippi and includes references to hit songs they have written,” said Johnson. “I wrote this song so that I could connect with the Delta’s heritage, which includes blues music and more. I am honored that Senator Cochran invited me to perform it for him.”

The mission of The Delta Center is to promote greater understanding of Mississippi Delta culture and history and its significance to the world through education, partnerships and community engagement. The Delta Center serves as the management entity of the MDNHA and is the home of the International Delta Blues Project. For more information, visit http://deltacenterdsu.com/.

The MDNHA is a cultural heritage partnership between the people of the Mississippi Delta and the National Park Service. Led by Herts, it includes

Delta Center team members in front of the U.S. Capitol building.

18 counties that contain land located in the alluvial floodplain of the Mississippi Delta: Bolivar, Carroll, Coahoma, DeSoto, Holmes, Humphreys, Issaquena, Leflore, Panola, Quitman, Sharkey, Sunflower, Tallahatchie, Tate, Tunica, Warren, Washington and Yazoo. The MDNHA was designated by U.S. Congress in 2009 and is governed by a board of directors representing agencies and organizations defined in the congressional legislation. More information about the MDNHA, including the complete approved management plan, is available at www.msdeltaheritage.com.

Bolivar County Crawfish Boil scheduled for May 3

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The Delta State University Bolivar County Alumni Chapter recently announced May 3 as the date for this year’s annual Bolivar County Crawfish Boil.

The Delta State University National Alumni Association, along with the Bolivar County Alumni Chapter officers, hosted an information table to announce the event during Bolivar County Alumni Night at Walter Sillers Coliseum on Feb 1.

To pre-purchases tickets to the event, visit https://www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/bolivarcountycrawfishboil. The annual affair features live entertainment, a kids zone area, exceptional food and a silent auction to raise money for the Liza Vaughn Memorial Scholarship Fund. The scholarship is given to students who attend Delta State as freshmen and are Bolivar County residents.

Those wishing to serve on the crawfish boil committee are asked to email alumni@deltastate.edu for more information.

The 2018 Bolivar County officers are: Gary Crews, president; Shane Howell, vice president; and Tricia Killebrew, secretary/treasurer.

More details about the crawfish boil will be released as the date approaches.

To stay up to date with Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media outlets: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), LinkedIn Group (Delta State University National Alumni Association), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Save the dates for the 5th Annual Go Green Weekend (April 27-29), 33rd Annual Pig Pickin’ (Sept. 22nd) and Homecoming (Nov. 10th).