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Karen L. Cummins Endowed Scholarship established

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Billy Cummins (second from right), signed endowment agreements for the Karen L. Cummins Endowed Scholarship Fund in memory of his wife Thursday with Delta State Chief Development Officer Gary Bouse (l to r), President William N. LaForge and Keith Fulcher, executive director of Alumni-Foundation.

 

Delta State University welcomed Billy Cummins to campus Thursday to sign endowment agreements for the Karen L. Cummins Endowed Scholarship Fund in memory of his wife, Karen L. Cummins, a 1979 graduate of Delta State University who was a trustee of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning and an exemplary employee of Atmos Energy Corporation.

The Delta State University Foundation, which will manage the fund, has received over $50,000 in generous donations from family members, Atmos Energy Corporation, friends and colleagues.

The purpose of the fund is to establish a scholarship for a student attending Delta State University.

Delta State President William N. LaForge said he was extremely grateful to the Cummins family.

“Billy Cummins’s generous gift to the Delta State University Foundation is significant for two reasons. First, it honors a very special person — his wife, Karen — who was a Delta State alumna and served on the IHL Board of Trustees. Secondly, the gift supports a major foundation scholarship fund that Delta State has established, with Billy’s guidance, that will honor Karen’s memory in perpetuity, while providing funds for deserving students to attend Delta State far into the future,” LaForge said.

“I am very grateful to Billy Cummins, his and Karen’s companies — Atmos and Entergy — and all donors who have contributed to this fund in Karen’s memory,” he added. “It is so fitting that we pay tribute to Karen Cummins in this meaningful way.”

The current level of the endowment will provide approximately $2,000 annually to a qualified recipient.

Potential recipients will exemplify the following guidelines:
-Recipient shall be the child of a current employee of the Atmos Energy Corporation or Entergy Corporation. First consideration will be given to children of employees of Atmos Energy.
-Recipient shall possess a high school grade point average of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).
-Recipient shall maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher while attending Delta State.
-Recipient must meet all university scholarship guidelines to maintain the scholarship while enrolled at Delta State.
-Recipient must be in good standing with the university, will uphold the guiding principles and embody the core values of Delta State University.

The fund is open to additional contributions, which will enhance the value of the scholarship’s endowment. Contributions can be made by check made payable to the Delta State University Foundation, Box 3141, Cleveland, MS, 38733, or online at www.deltastategiving.org.

For more information, contact Gary Bouse, Delta State Chief Development Officer, at gbouse@deltastate.edu or 662-846-4704.

President of the Delta State Leflore County Chapter Miller Arant '99 introducing a future Delta State alum to the crowd.

Leflore County Alumni Chapter host alumni gathering and new student sendoff party

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association recently hosted an event at the Museum of the Mississippi Delta in Greenwood.

This year’s program featured Head Football Coach Todd Cooley; University Archivist, Emily Jones; Band Director, Dr. Erik Richards; and Jeffrey Farris, Director of Alumni Affairs. Other faculty and staff in attendance were Ann Giger, Executive Assistant to the President; Matt Jones, Senior Associate Athletic Director of Communications & Marketing; Dr. Karen Fosheim, Chair of the Department of Music; Dr. Josh Armstrong, Assistant Band Director; Diana McDowell, Admissions Recruiter; Rebekah Arant, Admissions Recruiter; Katherine Shoemaker, Admissions Recruiter; Keith Fulcher, Executive Director Alumni-Foundation; and Gary Bouse, Chief Development Officer

The program consisted of an updated from Cheryl Taylor Thornhill, Executive Director of the Museum, Delta State University Campus video, and updates from Delta State University.  President of the Leflore County Chapter Miller Arant also recognized all Delta State students in attendance and their families while encouraging alumni to make plans to visit campus this fall.greenwood-2

Over 50 alumni and friends attended the event as well as students who are now enrolled at Delta State University for the Fall Semester.

To view photos from the LeFlore County Alumni Chapter meeting, Click Here. (https://www.flickr.com/photos/dsualumni/albums/72157671333752131)

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 Pig Pickin’ (Sept. 24) and Homecoming (Oct. 15).

Join the Delta State University National Alumni Association for the 31st annual Pig Pickin’ on Sept. 23-24 at Statesmen Park.

31st annual Pig Pickin’ scheduled for Sept. 23-24

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association is gearing up for the 31st annual Pig Pickin’ scheduled for Sept. 23-24 at Statesmen Park.

Each year, Pig Pickin’ continues to grow in attendance, and supporters are invited to become an official sponsor of this university event.

“The National Alumni Association is pleased to announce the 31st 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 of Cleveland, Boyle, Bolivar County and the 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.”

Sponsorship opportunities range from $150-$1,000+, and donations help support the event. The deadline to become a sponsor is Sept. 19.

This year, the Alumni Association is offering a business the opportunity to sponsor the Pig Pickin’ entertainment for $2,500, which includes Friday night’s headlining band, Saturday afternoon’s DMI bands and DJ at the park. Businesses interested in the opportunity are urged to contact the Alumni Office at 662-846-4660 or alumni@deltastate.edu.

The success of Pig Pickin’ 2016 is largely dependent on the financial and in-kind support of the community, Delta region, state and national business partners. Businesses can benefit by:1234502_10151716741849200_743250881_n

  • 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 (www.deltastate.edu – www.gostatesmen.com – www.deltastategiving.org – www.dsupigpickin.com)

The 31st Annual Pig Pickin’ official Facebook event page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/1168155446577403/.

To become a sponsor, contact the Alumni Association at 662-846-4660 for a brochure, or visit the Delta State University Foundation website www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/pigpickin to complete the sponsorship online.

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 Pig Pickin’ (Sept. 24) and Homecoming (Oct. 15).

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Live Streaming Available for Convocation

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Delta State University President William N. LaForge will deliver his State of the University convocation address today at 10:30 a.m. in the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

The event will be live streamed at: www.livestream.com/DeltaStateUniversity

The address will serve as a welcome to faculty, staff and the community at the start of Delta State’s academic year. Leading the event with LaForge will be Dr. Charles McAdams, provost and vice president for Academic Affairs.

Heather Robinson, president-elect of the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce, will provide a community welcome.

Dr. Chris Jurgenson, president of the Faculty Senate, will provide an introduction of new faculty, followed by an introduction of new staff by Christie Rocconi, chair of the Administrative Staff Council.

As is the tradition at each Delta State convocation address, new Student Government Association officers will also be recognized.

LaForge will conclude the ceremony with his address, highlighting university achievements over the last year, along with goals and visions for Delta State’s future.

Visit www.deltastate.edu to stay updated on university news and event coverage. Track the president’s efforts on his blog at http://president.deltastate.edu and Twitter via @presidentDSU.

Delta State Giving Days-Fireside Chat

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Joining President LaForge is Anne Wynn Weissinger, former President of the DSU Foundation, to discuss Delta State Giving Days.

Like most public universities, Delta State receives only a portion of the funding needed for operations and programs from the state and from tuition.  Therefore, the university relies on financial support from individuals, businesses, and foundations to fund scholarships, to provide professional development opportunities for faculty and staff members, and to market the university’s outstanding programs. To support these efforts, the Delta State Alumni and Foundation Office is in the midst of a new fundraising effort called “Delta State Giving Days.” The objective of the campaign is to raise a remaining $75,000 of the $500,000 total amount needed for the Delta State Annual Fund.

This important campaign began May 23 and will run through June 30. We encourage everyone to go online and give to the Annual Fund today. No gift is too small, and every dollar will be maximized as Delta State continues on the path of success.

In other news on campus, the university is pleased to welcome Delta State’s new Vice President of Student Affairs to campus later this month. Dr. Vernell Bennett, who will begin in July pending IHL approval, previously served in the same role at Kentucky State University in Frankfort, Kentucky. She will replace Dr. “Butch” Caston, who has been serving as the interim Vice President, following the retirement of Dr. Wayne Blansett last year. It is also the time of year when campus is buzzing with summer camps for students of all ages. There is still time to participate, and you can find information on all of the Delta State summer camps at deltastate.edu/summercamps. To stay up to date on all of the news, activities and events on campus, visit our website at deltastate.edu.