Driving the need for breast cancer awareness

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The Derrall Foreman Golf Course at Delta State University is sponsoring a breast cancer awareness golf tournament on Oct. 26 beginning at 8:30 a.m. All proceeds from the two person scramble will go to the Breast Education Early-Detection Project (BEEP).

Teams may consist of any combination, man or woman, and the first 12 paid entries include a Delta State golf cart for the tournament. Fees are set at $25 for students and  $35 for men and women. Donations are accepted as well. This is the first year for the tournament, but it is planned to be annual fundraiser. To register, please call the golf course at 662-846-4586.

The Derrall Foreman Golf Course is a public course offering par-36 nine hole play and par-72 18 hole play on Bermuda fairways and greens. A driving range is available, and the pro shop offers cart/club rental among other things. The course is located off U.S. Hwy 8 and will soon be reconfigured to remain a 9 hole course while accommodating the Grammy Museum Mississippi.

The BEEP program at Delta State strives to eliminate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease through innovative and creative approaches in teaching awareness and prevention to women within the Bolivar, Sunflower and Washington counties who have limited access to preventive care. The program began in 2007 and has hosted over 200 workshops, health fairs and events year-round. Some signature events include Paint the Stadium Pink, Miss Pink Diva Pageant, Breast Cancer Awareness Walk, Saving Our Sisters and Wear Pink Day. Free mammogram screenings are available to eligible individuals.

For more information on the tournament, please call Johnny Glorioso at 662-846-4586. To find out more about the BEEP program at Delta State, visit or call 662-846-4863.

Braxton kisses a dolphin on his cruise.

Fear the Okra fun run for a wish

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Delta State’s Student Athletic Advisory Council is partnering with Make-A-Wish Mississippi to host the first Fear the Okra Fun Run and 5K on Oct. 26 at Delta State’s Fitness Trail on the intersection of Canal and Maple Street.

The Fun Run will begin at 9:30 a.m. and the 5K will kick off at 10 a.m. The goal is to raise $5,000, the average cost of a child’s wish.

Cleveland’s very own wish kid, Braxton Grant, will be leading the start of each race. Grant and his family recently returned from his wish, a trip on a Disney Cruise. The Grants spent four nights traveling in the Bahamas aboard the Disney Dream.

There will be a Halloween costume contest held on Saturday and participants are encouraged to dress in their best costume. Grant and his family will be judges for the contest. There will also be face painting, door prizes and much more.

Event information and interested participants may register at the Make-A-Wish website.

Sponsors are still needed for the event. For a $200 sponsorship, individuals or businesses will be named on signage at the walk, in all Make-A-Wish advertisements and press releases, and on the Make-A-Wish website. To make a donation, please call (601) 366-9474 ext. 1-303, or email

The organizers would like to thank Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mississippi for being the presenting sponsor of this event. A thanks also goes out to local sponsors: The Image Specialist, Sanders, Inc., Planters Bank, Pentecost Brothers Catfish, Brown Brothers Scrap Metal Inc., Lampard’s Wholesale Meat, H Squared, Heidi’s, Cleveland Lumber & Supply Co., Mosco Land & Realty, and Jackson, Braswell, Mullins, & Bailey, CPA.

For more information, contact Swayze Pentecost at or (601) 366-9474 ext. 1-303, Kristi Harrison at or Delta State Graduate Assistant for Student-Athlete Services Michael Vinson at


The Madison Center at Delta State to host political leader and author

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Rebecca Sive, author of Every Day Is Election Day:  A Woman’s Guide to Winning Any Office: From the PTA to the White House, will be speaking in Jobe Auditorium on Oct. 3 at 12:00 p.m. The event will be hosted by The Madison Center at Delta State and will be co-sponsored by the American Association of University Women and the Gender Studies Group.

Sive is a public affairs strategist with experience as a public official, organizational leader, business executive, and philanthropist. She speaks and writes about women’s public leadership, political power and influence. She specifically speaks to women on building and maintaining an influential public presence, making a positive difference in life, and advancing personal and professional opportunities by becoming a public leader.

The author provided a preview of her speech on campus.

“At Delta State, I will discuss the fact that this new era in American history presents a unique opportunity for women who seek public leadership roles to successfully achieve them.  In the speech, I will discuss the personal traits needed for such success, highlighting the advice and inspirational stories of women “from Mississippi to Manhattan,” featured in my book,” said Sive.

As a founding member of the Illinois Human Rights Commission, Sive began her professional career at the American Jewish Committee and then founded one of the nation’s first women’s centers. Later, she launched The Sive Group, Inc., a public affairs consulting practice that develops and leads programs to increase women’s visibility and influence. She currently teaches a course on women and public leadership at the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy Studies.

Director of The Madison Center Dr. Garry Jennings said, “Rebecca Sive’s advocacy is not merely informational.  Her advocacy for women in politics is necessary for those who want to engage the public forum but do not have the necessary practical wisdom to get out and win.  Her book is both a guide to involvement and a testament to the fact that women’s issues touch every issue in our society.”

Sive has received many awards including distinguished achievement awards from her undergraduate alma mater, Carleton College, and the University of Illinois, the United Negro College Fund and the YWCA. She is also listed in Feminists Who Changed America, University of Illinois Press.

The Madison Center, under the direction of Dr. Garry Jennings, is Delta State’s center for the study of democracy, human rights and the Constitution. This event is open to the public.

bookcover for Rebecca Sives' Every Day is Election Day

The Madison Center will host Rebecca Sive, author of Every Day Is Election Day: A Woman’s Guide to Winning Any Office: From the PTA to the White House.