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Miller honored for work with Mississippi Delta Chinese Heritage Museum

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Pictured (left to right): Gilroy Chow, MDCHM president; Lisa Miller; and Cindi Lofton, MDCHM project coordinator.

Lisa Miller ’03, director of the Martin and Sue King Railroad Museum in Cleveland, was recently awarded a distinctive plaque of appreciation for her outstanding work with the Mississippi Delta Chinese Heritage Museum housed at the Charles W. Capps Jr. Archives and Museum at Delta State University.

Gilroy Chow, MDCHM president, presented the award to Miller at a recent board meeting.

The city of Cleveland and Delta State University work in partnership with MDCHM, with Miller serving as ex-officio in her work with the museum.

Miller’s creative talent and support have been significant in the development and success of the museum since it opened in 2011. Among many, one major contribution of Miller’s was designing the museum brochures, which uniquely depict Chinese culture. The brochures project was supported by a grant from the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area.

Emily Jones, university archivist and curator of the museum, said Miller is extremely worthy of the recognition.

“Passionate about preserving and sharing our local Delta history, Lisa Miller was one of the first volunteers to help create the Mississippi Delta Chinese Heritage Museum,” said Jones. “Through her generosity and careful planning, we were able to host our first book launch at the Martin & Sue King Railroad Heritage Museum. The book, ‘Journey Stories from the Cleveland Chinese Mission School,’ by co-authors Paul Wong and Doris Ling Lee, has been an amazingly successful fundraiser for the MDCHM programs and projects, and we are proud that we can now offer our newest publication, ‘The MS Chinese Veterans of World War II: A Delta Tribute,’ by Gwendolyn Gong, John H. Powers and Devereux Gong Powers.”

“Her creativity is evident in the museum space on the third floor of the Capps building, and she has consistently encouraged and supported the museum as if it were her primary responsibility,” added Jones. “Over the past seven years, Lisa has attended board meetings as an ex-officio member representing the city of Cleveland, offered guidance for large and small projects, and stepped in to volunteer whenever she is needed — all while directing the Martin & Sue King Railroad Heritage Museum for Cleveland. She is a constant encouragement for me and I could not ask for a better partner to help collect and preserve our local history.”

The Chinese Museum is located on the third floor of the Capps building and is free and open to the public. Guided tours are available for groups of all ages. For more information, contact Jones at ejones@deltastate.edu or Cindi Q. Lofton at clofton@deltastate.edu or call 662-846-4780.

For information about the Martin and Sue King Railroad Museum, contact Miller at trainmuseum@cableone.net or 662-843-3377.

Alumni Association seeking nominations for 2017 awards

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association is seeking nominations for the 2017 Alumni Service Awards, Alumni Hall of Fame and Outstanding Alumnus of the Year. The deadline for nominations is May 31. The award recipients will be recognized at the Annual Alumni Awards Gala on November 10 during Homecoming weekend.

The Outstanding Alumnus of the Year award was established to give recognition to an alumnus of Delta State 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 because of that individual’s personal participation.

Induction into the Delta State University Alumni Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed upon an individual by the 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 the university.

The Gladys Castle “Friend of Delta State” Service Award was named for Gladys Castle, a 46-year employee of Delta State who served as the first alumni secretary, and it is presented to recognize outstanding service and contributions to the university by a non-alumnus.

The Kent Wyatt “Young Alumnus” Service Award is named for Dr. Forest Kent Wyatt, president emeritus of 24 years, and recognizes outstanding service and contributions to Delta State by a young alumnus 36 years of age or younger.

The Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni Service Award is named for Hugh Ellis Walker, a 24-year director of the Delta State University Alumni/Foundation, and recognizes outstanding service and contributions to Delta State by an alumnus.

The Legacy Award is presented to someone who has made an institutional change upon the university. The Alumni Chapter of the Year is presented to an alumni chapter that is dedicated to raising scholarship dollars for Delta State students in their area.

The Dr. Henry Outlaw Faculty and Staff Service Award was established in 2014 as a way to recognize former faculty or staff members who have made a significant influence in the life of the university and/or the National Alumni Association.

To nominate a person or a group for an award, and to view past recipients, visit http://www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/alumniawardwinners. Nomination forms can be submitted online or mailed to DSU Box 3104 Cleveland, MS 38733, or emailed to alumni@deltastate.edu.

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 Pig Pickin’ (Oct. 6 & 7) and Homecoming (Nov. 10 & 11).

Janoushes to receive honorary degrees at commencement ceremonies

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Delta State University will continue its tradition of recognizing green and white greatness by conferring honorary doctoral degrees to the powerhouse alumni couple of Lucy and Paul Janoush.

The Janoushes will be recognized during spring commencement ceremonies May 6 at the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

Delta State confers the honorary degree to individuals who have made significant and meritorious contributions to the university, higher education generally or other areas of society. Achievements can include, but are not limited to, outstanding creative and scholarly work, distinguished leadership or service, significant accomplishments or exceptional philanthropic support.

Lucy, who was named Delta State’s Alumnus of the Year in 2015, has been a dedicated supporter of the institution for years.

Take a look at what used to be the southeast corner of the Delta State golf course, and you’ll notice the latest of Lucy’s many civic contributions. Since 2011, she has served as president of the Cleveland Music Foundation Board of Directors, the group responsible for planning, funding, constructing and operating GRAMMY® Museum Mississippi. The $19 million-dollar facility opened in March of 2016.

This latest project represents just one of many ways Lucy has given back to the school and community that gave her an academic foundation. She started at Delta State in 1974 and graduated Magna Cum Laude in 1978 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English.

Lucy’s memberships and volunteer service in the community runs incredibly deep. To name just a few — executive vice president of the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce; Hayes Cooper Booster Club, president; Wildcat Booster Club and CHS PTSA, president; Crosstie Arts Council, president; DSU Alumni Association and Booster Club; Cleveland Community Theater; Friends of the Bolivar County Library; and the Cleveland Park Commission, volunteer coach for baseball, soccer and softball.

Lucy’s husband, Paul, also a Delta State alumnus, will be recognized for his decades of contributions to both Delta State and the Bolivar County community. He has served as the Chief Financial Officer at Jantran, Inc., since its founding in 1977.

The Boy Scouts of America and Cleveland scouts have benefited greatly from the many hours of dedicated volunteer work he has provided, including having served as a member of the Executive Board of the Chickasaw Council Boy Scouts of America, past chairman of the Tallaha District and Cub Scout pack leader.

The importance of youth activities within the community has always been one of Paul’s passions. His commitment has been evident in the many years he has volunteered his time and talents to Hayes Cooper Center Booster Club, Cleveland’s Booster Club, and Margaret Green Junior High’s and Cleveland High School’s Parent, Teacher, and Student Association.

His love for Delta State is also evident in his past and present commitments in serving on the Delta State University Foundation Board, the DSU Booster Club and Delta State Alumni Association.

Keynoting the commencement ceremonies is former state Supreme Court Justice Ann Lamar, who was recently appointed to the Board of Trustees for the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning.

Lamar served as a Mississippi Supreme Court justice from 2007-2016, the third woman to serve on the high court at the time of her appointment.

Lamar earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Delta State University in 1974, before completing her law degree at the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1982.

To follow all Delta State news, visit www.deltastate.edu.

Alumni Association hosts successful Crawfish Boil

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The annual Bolivar County Alumni Crawfish Boil was held April 6, attracting a large group of current students, alumni and friends of Delta State University. Hosted by the Bolivar County Chapter of the Delta State National Alumni Association, the festivities included a silent auction, live entertainment by Southern Duality, a kids zone, crawfish races and more.

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Crawfish King, Jerry Ainsworth, and Crawfish Queen, Dot Bright ’62.

Special to this year’s event was the crowning of the Crawfish King, Jerry Ainsworth, and Crawfish Queen, Dot Bright ’62. Presented by Jeffrey Farris, alumni director, and Melissa Love, assistant director.

“These outstanding alumni awards were given in the form of royalty — complete with a green cape, crawfish beads, and a crawfish crown for their long-time service, support and dedication to their alma mater,” said Love. “The king and queen also took home a custom engraved wooden plaque, courtesy of Merigold Cabinets & Carpentry.”

“The Crawfish King and Queen is a fun way for the Bolivar County alumni planning committee to recognize outstanding alumni in Bolivar County,” said Gary Crews, Bolivar County Alumni Chapter president. “Dot and Jerry both bleed green.”

Other highlights from the scholarship fundraiser were guest speakers President William N. LaForge, head football coach Todd Cooley, Miss DSU Hannah Leflore, and Southern Tradition Tailgating’s combat tailgate vehicle.

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. The 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.

To donate to the scholarship, visit https://www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/lizavaughnmemorialscholarshipfund.

The event was made possible through the support of volunteers and sponsors. The 2017 Bolivar County Alumni Crawfish Boil planning committee consisted of Shane Howell, Shannon Brown, Corley Mullins, Shauna Allen, Jimmy L. Avery, Gary Crews, Bennett Crow, Dillon Vickers, Rebekah Arant, Matthew Mullins, Tricia Killebrew, Dianne Schattner, the Delta State golf team, Phi Mu and the Student Alumni Association.

This year’s sponsors included: Okra Level – YoEddie BBQ, Needle Specialty Products Corporation, Boyle Lumber Company, Domino’s, and the American Legion “Bingo Baby” ; Green Level – Auto Mark, Nehi Bottling, Planters Bank, Denton’s Dairy, Mississippi Land Bank, The Image Specialist, College Heights Apartments, Security Services, Guaranty Bank, Lenny’s Subs, Cleveland State Bank, Delta Home Designs & Flooring Co., McNeer Mini Storage, Robinson Electric, and Cox & Moore, PLLC; White Level – Debbie Davis Real Estate, Byrd Service Station, Rogers Entomological Services Inc., Bolivar Commercial, Abraham’s, Griffith Real Estate And Rentals, Mississippi Grounds, Abe Draper Photography, Ely Weeks – Merigold Cabinets & Carpentry, Todd Walley Plumbing, Craig Verhage – Shelter Insurance, Tentwentyfour, Meador & Crump, A Polished Image, and Williams Supply & Rentals.

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 Pig Pickin’ (Oct. 7) and Homecoming (Nov. 11).

Bolivar County Alumni Crawfish Boil returning to campus

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2017 Bolivar County Alumni Crawfish Boil planning committee (left to right): Shane Howell, Shannon Brown, Corley Mullins, Shauna Allen, Jimmy L. Avery, Gary Crews, Bennett Crow, Dillon Vickers and Rebekah Arant.

The Delta State University National Alumni Association is gearing up for the annual Bolivar County Alumni Crawfish Boil. This year’s event will be held April 6 at 5:30 p.m. in front of Walter Sillers Coliseum.

Tickets for crawfish are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. BBQ tickets are $8. Free Domino’s pizza will be available to children 12 and under with the purchase of an adult ticket. Tickets can be purchased at the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni-Foundation House, online at www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/bolivarcountycrawfishboil, or at the door.

All alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends of the university are invited to attend.

There will also be a silent auction, a Kids Zone and crawfish races. Southern Tradition Tailgating will be on-site with the new Tailgating Combat Vehicle on display. Live entertainment will be provided by Southern Duality, a two piece acoustic group who covers a variety of music, from Motown to Southern rock, 80s rock and more.

Special guests will include Delta State President William N. LaForge, Athletic Director Ronnie Mayers and Miss Delta State University Hannah Leflore.

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. To donate to the scholarship, visit https://www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/lizavaughnmemorialscholarshipfund.

“We look forward to a great evening full of good food, fun and fellowship that will benefit a great cause,” said Gary Crews, president of the Bolivar County Chapter. “Our goal of the Bolivar County Chapter is to raise scholarship dollars for incoming Delta State freshmen from Bolivar County.” 

2017 Bolivar County Alumni Crawfish Boil planning committee member include: Shane Howell, Shannon Brown, Corley Mullins, Shauna Allen, Jimmy L. Avery, Gary Crews, Bennett Crow, Dillon Vickers and Rebekah Arant.

The event would not be possible without the generosity of sponsors. Corporate Sponsors include: Statesmen Level – Bolivar Medical Center and Polk’s Meat Products; Okra Level – Patrick Davis State Farm, Air Evac Lifeteam, and Renasant Bank. This year’s Crawfish Boil event sponsors include: Okra Level – YoEddie BBQ, Needle Specialty Products Corporation, Boyle Lumber Company, Domino’s, and the American Legion “Bingo Baby” ; Green Level – Auto Mark, Nehi Bottling, Planters Bank, Denton’s Dairy, Mississippi Land Bank, The Image Specialist, College Heights Apartments, Security Services, Guaranty Bank, Lenny’s Subs, Cleveland State Bank, Delta Home Designs & Flooring Co., McNeer Mini Storage, Robinson Electric, and Cox & Moore, PLLC; White Level – Davis Real Estate, Byrd Service Station, Rogers Entomological Services Inc., Bolivar Commercial, Abraham’s, Griffith Real Estate And Rentals, Meador & Crump, Mississippi Grounds, Abe Draper Photography, Ely Weeks – Merigold Cabinets & Carpentry, Todd Walley Plumbing, Craig Verhage – Shelter Insurance, Tentwentyfour, A Polished Image.

Join the Facebook Event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/183381515388241/. 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 Pig Pickin’ (Oct. 7) and Homecoming (Nov. 11).