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Malone to receive honorary doctorate

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Delta State University will continue its tradition of recognizing green and white greatness by conferring an honorary doctoral degree at fall commencement ceremonies Dec. 9.

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.

Receiving the honor will be Percy Malone, who attended Delta State in 1960 and was named the university’s Outstanding Alumnus of the Year for 2017.

“Senator Percy Malone is a most-deserving honorary degree recipient,” said Delta State University President William N. LaForge. “It is customary for universities to bestow honorary degrees, and they are intended to do just that — honor the recipient for distinguished service, accomplishments, successes and contributions to society. Sen. Malone is the ideal candidate for this honor. His record of community service and leadership is enviable. And he credits Delta State with providing him the basic science education to launch his professional school, and later, his business, successes. He is a leader who cares about people and who has demonstrated, time and time again, his commitment to human and civic causes.”

Malone, who was raised in a humble upbringing in Rosedale, Mississippi, credits his time in the classroom at Delta State as paving his way to pharmacy school, and then to eventually becoming a representative and senator in Arkansas.

Long before he sat in his senate and representative seats in the Arkansas legislature, long before he established a chain of pharmacies across Arkansas, and long before he traveled to Oxford to learn his vocation, he sat in classes at Delta State soaking up the knowledge and wisdom from several teachers that would influence him the rest of his life.

“I had a professor in physics – Dr. Wiley – he took a special interest in his students,” Malone said. “It was an affordable school, and when I got out, I was prepared for pharmacy school at Ole Miss.”

“This is a great honor from a school that helped me get out of poverty,” Malone said in a previous press release about being named Outstanding Alumnus of the Year. “I have fond memories of being able to go to Delta State. It was a hand out and not a hand up.”

After receiving his pharmacy degree in 1965, Malone began working with I.B. Fuller in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Fuller became a mentor for Malone’s community involvement, which has ranged from serving on the board of directors of the Arkadelphia Chamber of Commerce, to serving as a delegate to the Arkansas Constitutional Convention in 1980. He was also a member of the state Board of Pharmacy.

His political career began in 1995 when he was elected to represent District 36, which he did until 1999. In this capacity, he served as co-chairman of the joint budget committee and as a member of the insurance and commerce committee, the public health and welfare committee, and other important committees and subcommittees. Malone’s stint in the state senate ran from 2001-2012.

President LaForge said Delta State has bestowed fewer than 20 honorary degree’s in the institution’s history, acknowledging the significance and prestige of Malone’s degree.

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Alumni Association awards scholarships to Washington County Students

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With the help of many local sponsors and supporters, the Delta State University National Alumni Association recently hosted an event in Greenville for all area alumni and friends.

On Nov. 14, the Delta’s first and only tap room, Mighty Miss Brewing Company, saw over 75 people gather in the name of the Green and White Nation.

As guests arrived, they enjoyed the sounds of ‘BKZ,’ a very talented independent musical group, comprised of current Delta Music Institute students. Alumni and friends enjoyed brewery tours and sampled the Mighty Miss Brewing Co. selections, all crafted on site.

Delta State President William N. LaForge gave the crowd an update from campus, and some insight to future projects. Alumni Director Jeffrey Farris and Athletic Director Ronnie Mayers also gave updates.

Two local high school students were also surprised with scholarships to attend Delta State in the fall of 2018. Alexandra Glasco & Mollie Pinion, both seniors at Washington School, each received a $1,000 scholarship, courtesy of the Washington County Alumni Scholarship fund.

“We had a great time visiting and sharing stories with our alumni and friends from the Washington County area,” said Alumni Director, Jeffrey Farris. “Mighty Miss Brewing Company provided a unique atmosphere, and, thanks to the dedication of our local alumni and sponsors, we are excited and proud to see two future students receive scholarships.”

To learn more about the Mighty Miss Brewing Co., Click here. (https://www.mightymissbeer.com/)  Save the dates for upcoming alumni events: Onward Store (Rolling Fork Area) (Nov. 7), Brookhaven (Feb. 8, 2018), and Delta State University Pig Pickin’ (Sept. 8, 2018).

Alumni Association to host Washington County event

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association will be traveling to Greenville for the Greater Washington County Area Alumni Event on Nov. 14, at 6 p.m.

The event will be held at the Delta’s only taproom, Mighty Miss Brewing Company, in downtown Greenville.

Speakers for the event include Delta State President William N. LaForge and Delta State’s National Alumni Director Jeffrey Farris. Additional staff, faculty and special guests from campus will also be in attendance. Entertainment will be provided by the Delta Music Institute’s student band, BKZ.

“We are excited to once again get together with our fellow Statesmen and friends of the university,” said Parker Lipscomb, Washington County Alumni Chapter volunteer. “The local alumni committee has reached out to local businesses, friends and alumni to make this event possible, and we are very grateful for them. The event is going to be a fun way to reconnect with friends and has also given us an opportunity to award some Washington County students with scholarships to Delta State.”

Guests can participate in brewery tours and a silent auction during the event, with all proceeds benefitting the Washington County Area scholarship fund. Alumni and friends will enjoy appetizers from the Cajun Shotgun House while sampling craft beers.

The Alumni Association is still accepting sponsorships for the event. Call 662-846-3780 for more information about sponsorship opportunities. Visit http://bit.ly/2gDVZjx to pre-register online. Walk-ins will be welcome the night of the event. To learn more about the Mighty Miss Brewing Company, visit https://www.mightymissbeer.com/.

Save the dates for upcoming alumni events: Homecoming (Nov. 11.), Rolling Fork area event (Onward Store) on Nov. 7,  and Brookhaven (Feb. 8, 2018).

For more information on the DSU National Alumni Association, call 662-846-4660 or email alumni@deltastate.edu. To stay up to date with DSUNAA activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1).

Alumni Association announces Homecoming schedule

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Members of the Golden Circle and Class of 1967 members working together to plan the the 2017 Alumni Awards Gala. The group met at the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni & Foundation House to discuss strategies to help recruit their former classmates back to campus for Homecoming. The group was organized by Golden Circle President Ben Bailey ’64.

The Delta State University National Alumni Association has released the 2017 Homecoming schedule for Delta State alumni and friends.

Homecoming weekend will kick off with the Alumni Awards and Gala Dinner at the Cleveland Country Club on Nov. 10. The dinner is led by the National Alumni Association Board of Directors and recognizes the university’s Outstanding Alumnus of the Year, Alumni Hall of Fame, Distinguished Black Alumnus of the Year, and Service Award winners.

This event also recognizes the Golden Circle, which is made up of all 50-plus year graduates of Delta State, and the Class of 1967, which will be celebrating 50 years since graduating from Delta State College.

A social for the Golden Circle and Class of 1967 will be held prior to the Alumni Awards and Gala Dinner at the Cleveland Country Club from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Alumni Awards and Gala Dinner will begin at 7 p.m. Immediately following the event, live entertainment will be provided. Tickets may be purchased at: http://www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/homecoming2017.

A bonfire and pep rally, sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs, is set for 9 p.m. in Statesmen Park.

Saturday’s activities begin early with registration at the H.L. Nowell Student Union beginnning at 8 a.m. The Statesmen Stroll, sponsored by Student Affairs, will begin at 9 a.m. at the Union. The Robert E. Smith School of Nursing will celebrate its 40th Anniversary from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. The College of Education and Human Sciences will host an open house from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at James M. Ewing Hall and Wyatt Gymnasium.

A Veteran’s Exhibit will open at  9 a.m. at E.R. Jobe Hall. The Athletic Alumni Board Meeting will begin at 10 a.m. at Chadwick-Dickson Field House.

One of the highlights of Saturday will be the Delta State University Homecoming Parade hosted by the Office of Student Affairs beginning at 11:30 a.m. on the Quad. The parade will feature over 66 groups including several local marching bands.

The Alumni Association tailgate will be open at noon at Statesmen Park. Beginning at 12:30 p.m. at Statesmen Park will be the Delta State Black Alumni Reunion and the Lady Statesmen Basketball Reunion.

The Delta State football team will compete against Florida Institute of Technology at Parker Field-McCool Stadium starting at 2 p.m. For more details visit www.gostatesmen.com.

Homecoming 2017 will conclude with the annual Step Show sponsored by the Office of Student Affairs held at the Bologna Performing Arts Center at 9 p.m. on Saturday.

Additional Cleveland attractions Homecoming weekend:

To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, download the Delta State Alumni app and follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Make plans for the Washington County Alumni Meeting on Nov. 14, Rolling Fork Alumni Meeting at the Onward Store on Dec. 7, Brookhaven Alumni Meeting on Feb. 8, and Go Green Weekend on April 28.

DSU Homecoming: A Statesman Stroll Down Memory Lane

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Delta State University is gearing up for its biggest Homecoming in years. Join the celebration of Statesmen pride with Homecoming festivities beginning Nov. 6 at 4 p.m. with Catfish on the Quad sponsored by the Student Government Association.

While the official kickoff for the Homecoming football game is Nov. 11 at 2 p.m., an amped up schedule of activities will lead up to the game. This year’s theme is “A Statesman Stroll Down Memory Lane.”

Dr. Vernell Bennett, vice president for Student Affairs, has spearheaded the event schedule.

“Student Affairs and the Homecoming Committee are really focused on engaging more students, alumni and community members in Homecoming this year,” said Bennett. “Some of our new initiatives include a Homecoming webpage with links to the various events, various college open houses, a bonfire/pep rally at Statesman Park, and the Statesman Stroll.”

The stroll, beginning at the Student Union on Nov. 11, features 12 campus locations that include the open houses and various historic venues. The back of each stroll card has facts about each stop, and each “stroller” is entered into a drawing to win a Visa gift card. This activity begins at 9 a.m. and runs until 11 a.m. For more information on the stroll, visit http://www.deltastate.edu/student-life/homecoming-statesman-stroll.

Registration for the parade is still available at http://www.deltastate.edu/student-life/homecoming-parade. This year’s parade will again feature approximately 10 bands from throughout the region, and campus, alumni and community participants. The parade’s theme is “Statesman Pride On Parade.”

View the full Homecoming schedule below:

For more information, visit the official 2017 Homecoming webpage at http://www.deltastate.edu/student-life/dsu-homecoming.

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