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 ( – – –

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

The 32st Annual Pig Pickin’ official Facebook event page can be found at

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).


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

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).

Alumni to host Desoto County event

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association will travel to Southaven for its annual DeSoto County Alumni Event on Saturday, Aug. 12. This year’s event will be held at the BankPlus Training Center and will begin at 6 p.m.

An update from campus will begin at 6:45 p.m., and the Desoto County Scholarship Silent Auction will be open from 6-8 p.m. The cost will be $15 for individuals and $25 for couples. Children are welcome, and kids under 12 eat free. Walk-in guests are welcome to pay at the door.

President William N. LaForge and head baseball coach Mike Kinnison will be the featured guests from campus. Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Vernell Bennett, the Alumni-Foundation staff, as well as other Delta State faculty and staff will also be in attendance.

“I am glad to help with the planning of the alumni meeting this year,” saids Billy Sears, Desoto County alumni president. “There are dedicated alumni in Desoto County that love Delta State, and it is always great to see our meeting come together each year. It is amazing to continue the love for the university that has given me so much through the years.”

Each year, the event has a silent auction with proceeds benefiting the DeSoto County Scholarships, which are awarded to incoming Delta State freshmen from the area. This year’s recipients are Avery White and Jackson Moore.

Prospective students are invited to attend as guests of the Alumni Association.

To RSVP, contact the association at 662-846-4660 or visit

All students interested in attending Delta State University are urged to contact Caitlyn Thompson, director of Admissions, at 662-846-4020.

Sponsors for the event include: State Farm agents Ryan T. England and Stephanie Morrison, BankPlus, Renasant Bank, Northcentral Electric Power, First Security Bank, Planters Bank, Lost Pizza Company, McAlister’s Deli, Grapevine Liquor & Wine, and A&B Distributors.

DSU graduate featured in story on Mississippi’s doctor shortage

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Bonnie Beth Moore, who received an American Chemistry Society (ACS) certified chemistry degree from Delta State in December 2015, was recently featured in a Mississippi Today story on the doctor shortage in Mississippi.  Moore was an Elliott Scholar who graduated summa cum laude with over 160 credit hours.

To read the story:


Alumni to host Greenwood/Leflore County chapter meeting

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Pictured are the Leflore Alumni Event planning committee members (left to right): Danielle Morgan ’01, Forrest Hodge ’12, Rebecca Arant ’09, Miller Arant’ 03, and Alumni staff Melissa Love ’04 and Jeffrey Farris ’04.


The Delta State University Alumni Association will host the Greenwood/Leflore County chapter meeting at the Museum of the Mississippi Delta on Tuesday. Registration and a social will begin at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and the program at 6:30 p.m. Abe’s BBQ will provide catering for the event.

“The Alumni and Foundation Office is excited to bring guests from campus to Greenwood,” said Jeffrey Farris, director of Alumni Affairs. “We look forward to visiting with our alumni, friends of the university and future Delta State students.”

Featured guests will include: President William N. LaForge; Todd Cooley, head football coach; Craig Roden, head women’s basketball coach; Matt Jones, senior associate athletic director of communications and marketing; Rebekah Arant, admissions recruiter; and the Delta State Alumni-Foundation staff.

The cost for the meeting is $10 per person. Prospective students are invited to attend as guests of the Alumni Association. To RSVP, contact the association at 662-846-4660 or visit

Supporters are asked to consider contributing to the Greenwood/Leflore County Alumni Scholarship Fund and the Delta State University Marketing Dollars Campaign. Donations can be made on the event page.

“This event always promises to be a great time,” said Miller Arant, president of the chapter. “Greenwood and Leflore County DSU alumni are proud of our university and take great pride in promoting current and future endeavors. In addition to the sendoff of our newest Statesmen, we are extremely excited about the opportunity to award scholarships.”

The mission of the Museum of the Mississippi Delta (formerly Cottonlandia Museum) is to collect, preserve, interpret and exhibit tangible artifacts which enable the museum to educate the public about the art, history and natural history of the Mississippi Delta. The collection consists of historical items related to agriculture with particular emphasis on the cotton industry; military history emphasizing the Civil War; a regional art collection; the largest collection of Spanish Colonial trade beads in the Southeast; and an extensive collection of Pre-Columbian pottery.

The museum is currently hosting a vibrant exhibit featuring all new artwork by two Greenwood artists, Angie Crick Cole and Shawn Hodges. “Local Color” will include 20 pieces by Hodges and 28 by Cole. The artwork will range in sizes and will also be available to purchase. For more information, visit the museum’s website at

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