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.
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Delta State University and the Department of Athletics are erecting a statue in honor of legendary baseball Coach Dave “Boo” Ferriss in recognition of his decades of commitment to the Green and White.
The life-size statue, created by renowned Mississippi artist Kim Sessums, will feature Ferriss in his Delta State uniform and will be placed behind the grandstand at the baseball complex named in his honor. The statue dedication is scheduled for this Saturday, Oct. 3 at 2 p.m.
Athletic Director Ronnie Mayers said the statue is an appropriate way to pay tribute to a coach who had an illustrious career at Delta State.
“As a friend of Delta State University Athletics, you already know the impact that Coach Ferriss has had on the Delta State baseball program, and also for the game on the state, regional and national levels,” said Mayers. “What truly makes this man worthy of having a statue erected on the Delta State campus is reflected in the time he has always taken to know his players and fans so well — something he has continued to do in the years since he last hung up his uniform.”
Ferriss retired from Delta State following the 1988 season, but he continues to be a tireless supporter at all levels of baseball throughout the state and especially for his beloved Statesmen.
While he is known locally as the legendary Statesmen baseball, Ferriss also became a Boston Red Sox Hall of Famer.
The Shaw, Miss. native spent 46 years in baseball on the collegiate and professional levels, including 26 seasons at Delta State. A legend in national collegiate baseball coaching circles, Ferriss was inducted into the American Baseball Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 1988 in Atlanta, Ga.
He compiled a 639-387-8 record at Delta State, and his coaching record ranks him among all-time national coaching leaders at the NCAA Division II level. His 1988 team was ranked 9th nationally in the Collegiate Baseball poll.
When Ferriss took over the DSU baseball program in 1960, he started it from the ground level. The Statesmen played many of their games off campus and Ferriss coached without the benefit of an assistant. He directed teams to the NCAA Division II Playoffs in eight of his last 12 years, including three trips to the NCAA Division II championships where the Statesmen finished third, second and third respectively in 1977, 1978 and 1982.
Gulf South Conference championships came in 1978, 1979, 1985 and 1988, with the Statesmen finishing second in 1981 and third in 1982. Forty-nine of his players earned All-Gulf South Conference honors.
Ferriss also earned several honors for his coaching accomplishments. In 1988, he received the United States Baseball Federation Service Award for his contributions to the game. He was named NCAA Regional Coach of the Year three times while also earning Gulf South Conference coaching honors three times.
In 1978 and 1982 he was selected as College Baseball Coach of the Year in Mississippi and was runner-up in that category in 1985.
In 2007, University Archivist Emily Jones helped pay tribute to Ferriss’s remarkable career by establishing The Dave “Boo” Ferriss Museum, which is housed inside the Robert L. Crawford Center adjacent to the baseball field.
“This statue is really going to tie everything together,” said Jones. “It will let everyone know right where they are — at the field named in his honor, the museum to the side and now the statue. Everyone is going to feel welcomed.”
Mayers encouraged fans and Delta State supporters to take part in the community effort to raise money for the statue fund.
“We invite you to be a part of this momentous occasion by contributing to the Ferriss Statue Fund,” said Mayers. “Along with your donation, we encourage you to jot down a fond memory to be shared with coach and Mrs. Ferriss.
“Coach Ferriss has given us more than 55 years of service and memories here at Delta State. Don’t miss this opportunity to support this overdue tribute and to share in honoring this legendary coach and man.”
To donate to the Coach Dave “Boo” Ferriss Statue Fund, visit https://www.deltastategiving.org/Fund/Give/678. For more information, contact the Delta State University Foundation 662-846-4704.
The Delta State University National Alumni Association recently unveiled the schedule of events for the 30th annual Pig Pickin.’ Also introduced was www.dsupigpickin.com, a brand new website that is a one-stop shop for all things Pig Pickin’.
Alumni and friends can purchase BBQ tickets, sign up for the cooking competition, and sponsor the event all through the new site.
The schedule is full of activities for Delta State alumni and friends of any age. Activities kick off Sept. 18 with a Delta State Softball Intrasquad scrimmage at University Field at 4 p.m., followed by the annual Polk’s Sponsors’ Dinner at the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni-Foundation House at 6 p.m.
Delta State alumna and Chopped Grill Master Leslie Roark Scott will do a live cooking demonstration at the sponsor’s dinner. Scott competed on the Food Network show “Chopped Grill Masters,” where she made it to the final episode before being defeated when the group had to prepare rattlesnake. Scott will reenact her rattlesnake performance for the Pig Pickin’ sponsors.
At 8 p.m., the Alumni Association will host a Young Alumni Tailgate Party with live entertainment featuring Patti and the Mayonnaise in Statesmen Park. The cooking teams will begin their quest for the Grand Champion prize Friday night leading into Saturday.
Saturday’s events begin with the 24th annual Delta State Triathlon at 8 a.m. at the Aquatics Center. Starting at 11 a.m., Phi Mu will host a Bunko Tournament for Children’s Miracle Network in the Jacob Conference Center of Ewing Hall. Also at 11 a.m., the Statesmen baseball team will play a squad game at Ferriss Field. DSU Day for high school students is from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. To sign up or for more information, visit www.deltastate.edu/dsuday or call 662-846-4020.
The first 250 attendees to register at the Alumni Association tent on Saturday will receive a free Pig Pickin’ souvenir cup. Statesmen Park will open at noon with a live radio broadcast on Q102. Activities at the park begin at 1 p.m. with the Kids Zone, tailgating and live entertainment provided by the DMI student bands Ol’ Skool Revue and Delta RoX. There will also be a Legacy Tent for members of the Delta State Alumni Association Legacy Program, and the Statesman and Okra mascots will be on site for pictures from 1-2 p.m.
At 2 p.m., the Alumni Association is teaming up with DSU Intramurals for a Cornhole Tournament. Teams consisting of two people can enter for $10 per team. Teams can sign up at www.dsupigpickin.com by Sept. 17. All proceeds raised will benefit DSU Intramurals.
The Pig Pickin’ BBQ serving lines are open from 3-5 p.m. The Delta State pep rally, featuring cheerleaders, the football team and the marching band begins at 3 p.m. At 5 p.m., the BBQ competition winners will be announced. The football game between Delta State and Kentucky Wesleyan College kicks off at 6 p.m. Other special reunions include the Delta State Swimming and Diving Alumni Reunion.
BBQ tickets are $6 and can be purchased at the Alumni House or www.dsupigpickin.com. Patrons who pre-purchase tickets by Sept. 17 at 5 p.m. will be entered in a drawing to win a Yeti cooler.
Pig Pickin’ is made possible each year through generous sponsorships. This year’s sponsors include: National Alumni Association Corporate Sponsors: Patrick Davis State Farm, Air Evac Lifeteam, Bolivar Medical Center, Hey Joe’s, and Celia Manley ERA Real Estate; Title/Entertainment Sponsor: Polk’s Meat Products; Founders Level Sponsors: Baskin Robbins, Cleveland Trophy, Delta State University, Delta State Foundation, Delta Regional Foundation, Delta State Athletics, Exxon, Exxon – Lipscomb Oil Company, The Filling Station, Jammin’ 104 FM, Kix 92.1, Majic 107.5, Power 106.5, Q102, Radio Cleveland, Inc., Shell, WCLD, 96.5 WKDJ; Statesmen Level: Guaranty Bank, Pafford Medical Services, Isle of Capri Casino – Lula; Okra Level: Aramark, Baxter Healthcare, Eley Barkley, Lampard Wholesale Meats, Meador & Crump, Needle Specialty, Nehi Bottling Company, Sonic; Green Level: Advanced Mosquito Control, Automark, Delta OB/GYN, Denton’s Dairy Products, The Image Specialist, North Central MS Electric Power Association, Robinson Electric Company, Renasant Bank, Sayle Sandifer & Associates, Shelby Nursing Rehab, Vowell’s Marketplace; White Level: Abraham’s, Backdraft, Bolivar Tire & Alignment, Byrd Service Station, Cleveland State Bank, Ellis & Hirsbert CPA, PLLC; H Squared Boutique, Planters Bank, Panola Paper Company, and Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility.
The official hashtag for Pig Pickin’ is #DSUPigPickin. For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 662-846-4660. Join the Facebook event at Statesmen Graduates: https://www.facebook.com/events/872293072848213/. 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).
The Delta State University National Alumni Association recently traveled to Southaven for the annual DeSoto County Alumni Event, which was held at the BankPlus Training Center.
This year’s program featured President William N. LaForge; Emily Havens, executive director GRAMMY Museum Mississippi; and Jeffrey Farris, director of Alumni Affairs. Other faculty and staff in attendance were first lady Nancy LaForge; Ronnie Mayers, athletic director; Steve McClellan, chief financial officer; Keith Fulcher, executive director Alumni-Foundation; Ann Giger, director of Donor Relations; Jordan Thomas, assistant alumni director; Sarah Shepherd, senior alumni secretary; Gary Bouse, chief development officer; Stephanie Farris, director Child Development Center; and Dr. Clifton Wingard, professor of mathematics.
Over 200 alumni and friends attended the event.
Over $1,500 was raised through the silent auction. All proceeds benefit the DeSoto County Scholarship, which is given annually to incoming Delta State students from the area. This year’s recipients are Natalie Howarth and Kayla Savage, both of Hernando.
The chapter bestowed Milton Kuykendall, superintendent for DeSoto County Schools, with a service award for his dedication to both Delta State and DeSoto County. They also recognized Worth Steen for his dedication to the growth of the DeSoto County chapter.
Sponsors for the event included: Ryan T. England and Stephanie Morrison Strohm – State Farm Agents; BankPlus; BancorpSouth; Renasant Bank; Northcentral Electric Power Association; Sycamore Bank; Delta Law Firm, PLLC; First Security Bank; Cory Uselton; Grapevine Liquor & Wine; Williams, Pitts & Beard, PLLC; and A&B Distributors.
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). Save the dates for Pig Pickin’ (Sept. 19) and Homecoming (Nov. 7). Thank you to our National Alumni Association Corporate Sponsors: Air Evac Lifeteam, Bolivar Medical Center, Patrick Davis State Farm, and Polk’s Meats.