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Go Green Weekend returns

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Delta State University is gearing up for its fourth annual Go Green Weekend on campus April 7-9.

Each spring, students, faculty, staff, alumni and Delta State supporters gather for a full schedule of live entertainment, tailgating, a cooking competition, sporting events and a Spring Preview Day on April 8 from the Office of Admissions.

The family friendly affair is a way for the Delta State community to celebrate all things green and white.

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, interact with current students and student organizations, enjoy campus tours, and be a first-hand fan at Delta State athletic events.

“We are focusing on high school juniors and seniors, as well as transfer students,” said Caitlyn Thompson, director of recruiting. “This year, we want our visitors to get the full experience of being a Statesman student. The Office of Admissions will provide information and answer questions, but these incoming students will also be able to engage with the broader Delta State community.”

Those interested in registering for Spring Visit Day are encouraged to sign up at www.deltastate.edu/gogreenweekend.

Go Green Weekend activities are open to the public, but tickets are required for entry into the baseball and softball games.

The schedule of events is coordinated by Delta State’s Office of Admissions, National Alumni Association, Department of Athletics and Office of Student Life.

 

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Championship basketball teams return to campus

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Photo (front row, left to right): Stacy Miller, Carlos Kelley, Tim Pledger, former coach Steve Rives, Brad Bunch, Dwaun Warmack. Back row (l to r): Robert Thompson, Rodney Francis, Ross Dorr, Marco Nicvwenbrock, Chris Sykes, Richard Micheaux, Twentis Magee, Jay Walton and Jon Parker.


The Delta State University Alumni Association recently hosted a Reunion of the men’s basketball 1996-98 Gulf South Conference championship teams.

During a dinner banquet, the former players were recognized for their contributions to the basketball program at Delta State. They then received updates on the current basketball program and future plans for athletic facility upgrades from head men’s basketball coach James Boone and Athletic Director Ronnie Mayers.

Special guest former coach Steve Rives shared words of wisdom while catching up with his former teams.

“It is always special when alumni and former staff make their way back to their alma mater,” said Jeffrey Farris,  Alumni director. “It was very special to witness the guys relive the camaraderie, team spirit and fellowship that still lives on within our athletic programs today.”

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

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Alumni Association to host Bolivar County night

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The Delta State University Bolivar County Alumni Chapter will hold its fifth Bolivar County Alumni Night at Walter Sillers Coliseum Jan. 12 when the Lady Statesmen and Statesmen basketball teams take on the University of North Alabama. Games kick off at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m.

“Alumni night is a great time for our local alums to come out and support our student-athletes and to catch up with each other,” said Gary Crews, Bolivar County Chapter president. “Both our men’s and women’s basketball teams are really giving us something to be excited about this year, and we hope to see everyone there Thursday night.”

The Alumni Association will set up in the coliseum lobby to visit with alumni, discuss upcoming events, and provide free mini basketballs for kids. Alumni who stop by and update their information will have their name put in a drawing to win a free YETI Hopper Cooler, courtesy of the Delta State Foundation office. Active alumni members in attendance who update their information will have their name put in the drawing twice. Inactive members will have the opportunity to join the Alumni Association on site.

There will also be an opportunity for volunteers to sign up to participate in the Bolivar County Alumni Association Planning Committee for 2017.

For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 662-846-4660. To stay up to date with Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites:acebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), Tumblr (http://www.dsualumni.tumblr.com), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1).

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Falkner honored as Employee of the Month

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The Delta State University Staff Council recently honored Barkley Falkner, compliance and operations coordinator for DSU Athletics, as the November 2016 Employee of the Month.

Barkley, an Oxford native, is entering his third year in the position. He is a 2009 graduate of Sam Houston State University with a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in accounting. He obtained his Master of Science degree in sports administration from Delta State this past May.

“I would like to thank whoever nominated me for this award and everyone I would work with — because it is truly a team effort on a day-to-day basis,” said Falkner. 

Before coming to Delta State, Falkner spent five seasons playing professional basketball abroad in Denmark, Germany, Slovakia and Uruguay. In his spare time, he loves being active in the outdoors and helping run the family-owned business Falkner Farms.

Each Employee of the Month winner receives a plaque, monetary award, an engraved insulated coffee mug, a free parking decal courtesy of the Campus Police Department, a box of treats from The Sweetery, a parking spot of their choice, marquee announcement and website recognition.

Delta State’s Staff Council serves as a liaison between the administration and the staff to provide a formal process for staff to discuss issues involving university policies and procedures and to forward ideas, recommendations and opinions to the president.

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LaForge among first to sign NCAA Presidential Pledge

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Delta State University President William N. LaForge, a member of the NCAA Division II Presidents Council, became one of the first in the nation to sign the new NCAA Presidential Pledge.

LaForge was fully supportive of the diversity and inclusion initiative that commits schools to achieving ethnic and racial diversity and gender equity in college sports hiring practices.

The pledge was endorsed earlier this month by the highest governing body of each NCAA division and approved by the Board of Governors.

“I am pleased to sign this pledge that commits Delta State to achieving ethnic and racial diversity and gender equity in our college sports hiring practices,” said LaForge. “This is really a no-brainer for Delta State, because it’s a reaffirmation of what we’re already doing.

“I’m proud of our inclusive approach to our hiring processes across the board, especially in athletics. This is an important area for Delta State, and for me as president — but also because I’m serving as president of the Gulf South Conference and as a member of the NCAA Division II Presidents Council.”

Ronnie Mayers, Delta State’s director of athletics, echoed LaForge’s praise for the pledge.

“Fairness and equality are hallmarks of intercollegiate athletic competition, and I am proud to be part of an organization that upholds and protects these principles,” said Mayers. 

The NCAA pledge states:

Consistent with our mission and values, our institution, a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, pledges to specifically commit to establishing initiatives for achieving ethnic and racial diversity, gender equity and inclusion, with a focus and emphasis on hiring practices in intercollegiate athletics, to reflect the diversity of our membership and our nation.

We recognize and value the experiences individuals from diverse backgrounds bring to intercollegiate athletics. To that end, we will strive to identify, recruit and interview individuals from diverse backgrounds in an effort to increase their representation and retention as commissioners, athletics directors, coaches and other leaders in athletics. As part of this commitment, we will also engage in a regular diversity, inclusion and equity review to inform campus policy and diversity initiatives.

We understand this to be a collective responsibility we owe to student-athletes, staff, our athletics programs and the entire campus community.

In the coming months, presidents and chancellors who have signed the pledge will receive a toolkit with best practices and other resources to assist their schools’ ongoing diversity and inclusion efforts.

To view all the institutions participating in the pledge, visit http://www.ncaa.org/about/resources/inclusion/ncaa-presidential-pledge.