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Join Delta State University and the Alumni Association on Wednesday at the Mercedes Benz Club at MGM Park in Biloxi for a pregame party before the Statesmen baseball team faces off against William Carey University.

Stop by the Delta State registration table at the main entrance to receive a VIP wrist band for entrance to the social event.

RSVP at www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/dsubaseballevent. For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 662-846-4660. #DSUvsWCU #DSUAlums

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Go Green Weekend cooking competition announced

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The Delta State University community eagerly awaits the third annual Go Green Weekend, scheduled on campus April 1-3.

The exciting program of activities is sponsored by Delta State’s Office of Admissions, National Alumni Association, Athletics and Student Government Association.

The weekend serves as a get-together for current students, alumni, friends, faculty and staff on campus. Events include live entertainment Friday night, Admissions Day for prospective students, and a Cook Team Competition on Saturday. There will also be a number of athletic events going on throughout the weekend.

Applications and rules are now available for cook teams at:

http://www.deltastate.edu/university-relations/wp-content/uploads/sites/12/gravity_forms/4-09fb840ae69fd8815b92eccab41a538f/2016/03/CookTeamApplication2016.pdf.

Categories include Jambalaya Any Way and Sausage Any Way.

“This is a time for Delta State’s past, present, and future students to come together and enjoy a fun atmosphere at their alma mater,” said Jeffrey Farris. “The full schedule is available on the Delta State website.”

The full athletics schedule can be found here. Follow Go Green Weekend schedule updates at http://www.deltastate.edu/undergraduate-admissions/visiting-campus/go-green-weekend/.

Dr. Bob Watson '89 (with plaque) was recently honored as the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year for the South Central Mississippi Alumni Chapter. Joining him for the celebration were: (l to r) Alumni Director Jeffrey Farris, chapter president Geralyn Russell '03, and Watson's daughter, Cameron.

South Central chapter names Outstanding Alumnus

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association recently held its annual South Central Mississippi Chapter event in Brookhaven. This year, the chapter recognized Dr. Bob Watson ’89 as its Outstanding Alumnus of the Year.

Originally from the Delta, Watson graduated from Cleveland High School and Delta State University before graduating from Mississippi State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1994. In 1996, he married Dr. Dianne Watson, also a veterinarian. Together, they own Brookhaven Animal Hospital.

Watson was selected as Mississippi’s Young Veterinarian of the Year in 2004. He served as vice president of the Mississippi Veterinary Medical Association in 2009 and as president of the MVMA in 2010.

He and Dianne attend Mt. Zion Baptist Church, where he serves as a deacon. When not following his children’s’ ballgames or rodeos, Watson enjoys hunting and fishing.

Over 50 alumni and friends attended this year’s event at Mitchell’s Steak and Seafood, with 11 prospective students in attendance.

Alumni Director Jeffrey Farris gave a report on the university. Assistant Alumni Director Jordan Thomas was also in attendance and streamed the entire program live on Periscope. Sponsors for this year’s event were: WGK Engineers and Surveyors, Inc., Nena Smith School of Dance, Trustmark Bank and Magnolia Electric Company.

To view photos from the affair, visit https://www.flickr.com/photos/dsualumni/albums/72157664530756642.

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 Go Green Weekend (April 2), Pig Pickin’ (Sept. 24) and Homecoming (Oct. 15).

The South Central MS Alumni Chapter will host its annual meeting Feb. 2 at Mitchell’s Steak & Seafood in Brookhaven, Mississippi beginning at 6 p.m.

Alumni Association sets South Central event

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The Delta State University Alumni Association announced plans for the annual South Central Mississippi Alumni Chapter Meeting. This year’s event will be held Feb. 2 at Mitchell’s Steak & Seafood in Brookhaven. The registration and social will begin at 6 p.m. followed by dinner and the program at 6:30 p.m.

“The Alumni Office always looks forward to visiting the South Central chapter,” said Jeffrey Farris, director of Alumni Affairs. “There is a rich tradition of Delta State spirit in that area, and their chapter is always eager to come together in the name of their alma mater.”

The event will feature guests from campus including Todd Cooley, head football coach; Tricia Walker, director of the Delta Music Institute; and the Delta State Alumni-Foundation staff. Dr. Bob Watson’ 89 will be recognized as the South Central MS Chapter Alumnus of the Year.

The cost for the meeting is $15 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 www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/southcentralevent.

The event would not be possible without the help of the planning committee and the generous sponsorships provided by: WGK Engineers and Surveyors, Inc.; Nena Smith School of Dance; Trustmark Bank; and Magnolia Electric.

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 Go Green Weekend (April 2), Pig Pickin’ (Sept. 24) and Homecoming (Oct. 15).

Delta State graduate Emma Alford published "Stamped," a collection of poems about losing her best friend.

Alumna publishes chapbook

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Best friends die — and that is really difficult. Delta State alumna and Cleveland native Emma Alford ’12 explores such a loss on her own terms in a new chapbook, “Stamped.” In the book’s poems, she taps into the experience of losing her best friend in a car accident at the age of 20, while they both teetered between adolescence and adulthood.

Alford began writing these poems five years ago in a college poetry workshop class immediately after the death of her friend and completed the collection in 2015. Some of the poems were written in response to actual postcards from her friend, with the book displaying reproductions of the postcards next to their corresponding poems.

“I found these postcards from Cassidy, some I had responded to and some I hadn’t,” said Alford. “I had these things I needed to say to her and about her. Finding the postcards pushed me to start writing these poems.”

Nearly all the poems are constructed as a conversation with her deceased friend, directing each line toward her. They capture the experience of loss, but also the humor and subtleties of a friendship cut short much too early.

“You can’t make new, old friends, and I think that’s what’s most crushing about losing them at a young age,” she said. “Any friends I make as an adult won’t have grown up next door — they’ll never know 14-year-old me. Addressing and exploring that fact through these poems has been very important and therapeutic for me.”

Mike Smith, author of “Byron In Baghdad” and “Multiverse,” said, “Emma Alford’s first book is a beautiful elegy. Expertly rendered through a series of poems that transforms a friend’s postcards into a means of coming to terms with loss, this collection participates in the great tradition of English-language poems that celebrate and mourn best friends lost too soon. This is a deeply moving book and one I will read and reread for years to come.”

“Stamped,” from Finishing Line Press, is Alford’s first published work of poetry. The book is available online at www.finishinglinepress.com. Some of the poems have previously appeared in Delta State University’s literary magazine, Confidante. She hails from the Mississippi Delta, but now lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her overweight, orange tabby. She is an editor and contributor for The East Nashvillian magazine.