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Alumni and Foundation Announces Delta State University Giving Days

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The Delta State University Alumni and Foundation Office has implemented a new philanthropy initiative, Delta State Giving Days, to encourage alumni and friends to donate to the Annual Fund and help reach the goal of $500,000. The objective of Giving Days is to raise by June 30th the remaining $75,000 towards the $500,000 goal and to increase overall donor participation.

“As a public university, Delta State relies heavily on financial support from individuals, businesses, and foundations,” said Missy Pearce, Director of the Annual Fund. “Gifts to the Annual Fund are used primarily for awarding scholarships, faculty and staff development, marketing the university, and a multitude of other projects necessary for enhancing the University. This year the Annual Fund funded new initiatives in the areas of Admissions and Student Success Center to help with recruitment and retention of students.”

Giving Days will begin May 23 and end June 30, which gives alumni and friends 39 days to make a gift. That’s an average of $1,923 per day needed to reach the goal. No gift is too small; previous donations range in size from $2 to $23,000. All are encouraged to give, even current students. Jessica Foster, of Clarksdale began donating to the Annual Fund when she was a sophomore at Delta State. Foster graduated in December, but she still continues to support the Annual Fund.

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Jessica Foster

“Delta State has been nothing less than the perfect home-away-from-home for me,” said Foster. “The Annual Fund allows the university to improve in multiple areas. I want to help Delta State become the best university it can be because it has helped me become the best person I could be.”

In addition to reaching the $500,000 goal Giving Days offers an opportunity to achieve a goal of 100% participation among business, families, and university campus offices. Leading the way is the Delta State Alumni-Foundation Office staff who has achieved the 100% goal.

“We are proud to claim that 100% of employees of the Alumni and Foundation Office are donors to the Annual Fund,” said Keith Fulcher, Executive Director of Alumni-Foundation. “The office has also achieved the goal of 100% of all Alumni employees being dues paying members of the National Alumni Association, and we are now working towards the goal of 100% of employees having a Delta State logo car tag. All three sources of revenue support the University.”

The Alumni and Foundation Office staff invites and challenges others to join them in reaching the 100% mark in the areas of making a gift to the Annual Fund and being a dues paying member of the National Alumni Association.

Over 600 Alumni and friends have already made a gift to the Annual Fund. The names of Annual Fund donors can be found at www.deltastategiving.org/unrestrictedannualgiving/givingclubs. Your gift will help us reach our numeric goal of 700 donors to the Annual Fund as well as the monetary goal.

The process of making a gift is very simple and can be made online at www.deltastategiving.org, or checks can be mailed to DSU Foundation, Box 3141, Cleveland, MS 38733. Gifts of stock and other appreciated assets are acceptable alternatives to making cash gifts.

Please consider using the Twitter hashtag #DSUGivingDays to encourage others to join you in making a gift. Tell us why you give by sharing your story on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

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Entergy Mississippi gives grant to Delta State InFuse program

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The Bolivar County Power Lunch was held recently at Delta State University. The luncheon celebrated a new $50,000 grant presented to Delta State by Entergy.

“At Entergy, our vision is ‘We Power Life’. That means not only providing electricity, but also enriching our communities through improved educational opportunities,” said Haley Fisackerly, Entergy Mississippi president and CEO.  “Our grant to Delta State will be divided between providing scholarships for worthy students and helping to fund the InFuse program. This program will provide more students with science and technology skills and education, preparing them for the in-demand jobs of the future.”

This is not the first time that Entergy Mississippi has partnered with schools in the region they serve. In 2012, the company received two Governor’s Awards of Distinction from the Mississippi Association of Partners in Education. The company has been listed in the top 10 for Site Selection magazine’s Top Utilities in Economic Development for the past eight years, and this year, Corporate Responsibility magazine named Entergy Corporation #18 overall  among the Top 100 Corporate Citizens and #4 in corporate giving.

“Delta State University deeply values its partnership with Entergy Mississippi, and sincerely appreciates their support of our students and of InFuSE, the university’s current initiative to secure private funding to support programs in the sciences,” said Gary Bouse, chief development officer, Delta State Foundation.

Speakers at this event included: Robbin Jeter, vice president of customer service and operations, Ed Gardner, director of business and economic development, Aaron Hill, manager of transmission planning, Brandon Presley, Mississippi public service commissioner Northern District, Cecil Brown, Mississippi public service commissioner Central District, and Haley Fisackerly, president and CEO of Entergy Mississippi.

Entergy Mississippi, Inc. started as Mississippi Power and Light Company in 1923. Entergy Mississippi now serves over 445,000 customers in 45 counties.

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Event rental space available at Alumni House

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The Delta State University Alumni Association, housed in the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni-Foundation House, offers a variety of services to the Cleveland and Delta State community. One such service is rental space in the Simmons Room.

The Simmons Room is available seven days a week as an event rental space. Along with the large conference/event space, facilities includes a full kitchen and an outdoor patio overlooking GRAMMY Museum Mississippi. The Simmons Room has been used for a variety of events such as wedding receptions and rehearsals, board meetings, training sessions and reunions.

“Reserving the Simmons Room is always quick and easy,” said Amanda Whitehead, senior executive assistant at Baxter Healthcare in Cleveland. “Setting up the room is painless because it’s already done for you. The staff at the Alumni House is courteous and always willing to help. Parking is great, and access to the kitchenette is awesome. When looking for a place to host my meeting events, the Simmons Room is always my first option.”

The room may be set up anyway that suits the renter’s needs. Catering is also available through Aramark on campus. The room is handicap accessible.

The rental cost is $200 during the week and $400 for the weekend. For an additional cost, audio and visual services may be provided on request.

To reserve the space, contact the Alumni Association at 662-846-4660 or visit http://www.deltastate.edu/alumni-and-foundation/alumni-facility-reservation-form/. To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), Tumblr (www.dsualumni.tumblr.com), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1).

Schmidt Memorial Scholarship announced

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The Dr. Ethan Schmidt Memorial Scholarship was announced Tuesday by Larkin Chapman (front row, third from left), a senior health, physical education and recreation major from Flora, Mississippi. This marks the first scholarship in the history of Delta State established by a current student. The annual scholarship will be awarded to two recipients, one history major and one social science education major. Chapman was joined by Schmidt’s wife, Elizabeth (left of Chapman), Delta State University President William N. LaForge, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences Dr. David Breaux, members of Alumni-Foundation, and faculty from the Division of Social Sciences and History.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lucy Janoush '78, will be honored as the 2015 Outstanding Alumnus of the Year.

Homecoming award winners announced

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association is excited to announce the 2015 alumni award recipients, who will be honored during a series of events set for Nov. 6-7 during Delta State Homecoming weekend.

The Alumni Association will recognize the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year, the Hall of Fame inductees and the Alumni Service Awards. The Delta State Department of Athletics will honor the Athletic Hall of Fame, Coaches Hall of Fame and Distinguished Statesmen Award. In advance of formal announcements to follow, the alumni association released just the names of the winners today.

The Outstanding Alumnus of the Year is presented to a graduate who has made significant contributions to human or institutional programs in which a situation, an institution or a movement has been materially changed for the better due to that individual’s personal participation. This year’s recipient is Lucy Janoush ‘78, of Cleveland.

Induction into the Delta State University Alumni Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed upon an individual by the DSU Alumni Association. Established in 2007, the Alumni Hall of Fame is extended to alumni and friends who have achieved professional distinction and made significant community service contributions at the local, national and/or international level, and who have thus brought honor and distinction to Delta State. This year, three distinguished alumni, along with Janoush, will be inducted into the hall: Colonel Gentry Boswell ‘91, of Ellsworth AFB, South Dakota; Dwight Herlong ‘91, of Santa Clara, Calif.; and John C. Cox ‘96, of Cleveland.

The Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni Service Award is presented to recognize outstanding service and contributions to Delta State by an alumnus. Charlie McGuffee ‘67, of Clinton, Miss., will receive the award this year.

The Kent Wyatt “Young Alumnus” Service Award recognizes outstanding service and contributions to Delta State by a graduate 36-years-old or younger. The 2015 recipient is Hays Collins ‘04, of Brandon, Miss.

The Gladys Castle “Friend” of Delta State Service Award recognizes outstanding service and contributions to Delta State by a non-alumnus or institution. This year, the Bolivar Medical Center of Cleveland will be recognized.

The Legacy Award is presented to an alumnus who made an institutional changing impact at the university. Accepting the award on behalf of the Hill Demonstration School will be John Lewis ‘67, a graduate of Delta State College. The Hill Demonstration School was founded by Laurie Doolittle in 1927 under the leadership of Dr. William Marion Kethley.

The Dr. Henry Outlaw Faculty/Staff Service Award was established in 2014 as a way to recognize former Delta State faculty or staff members who have had a significant influence in the life of the university and/or the National Alumni Association. Established by the National Alumni Association Board of Directors, and inspired by the Dedicated Statesmen Association, the award will be given this year to Vicki Fioranelli ‘68, Delta State Alumni director emeritus.

The National Alumni Association will be releasing more information about the 2015 winners as the Homecoming weekend draws near.

The alumni association has a variety of activities planned throughout the weekend. This year’s featured reunion is the class of 1965, which will be celebrating 50 years since graduating from Delta State College. The 1965 class will be inducted into the prestigious Golden Circle, which is a constituency group of the association that honors alumni who graduated at least 50 years ago.

The official hashtag for the 2015 Homecoming is #DSUHC15. For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 662-846-4660. To purchase tickets to the Alumni Awards Gala, contact the association at 662-846-4660 or http://www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/homecoming2015.

To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), Tumblr (www.dsualumni.tumblr.com), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1).