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First Hog Run to support veteran organizations

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Kappa Sigma Fraternity and the Delta State Office of Student Affairs will host the 2017 Hog Run 5K on Oct. 7 during Pig Pickin’ weekend at Delta State University.

The event will raise money to help veterans’ organizations through Kappa Sigma’s national philanthropy, the Military Heroes Campaign. The race begins at 8:30 a.m. at the gazebo in downtown Cleveland. The run is slated to be an annual event.

Participating businesses include: Q102 WIQQ, KIX92.1 WKXY, Baxter, North Sunflower Medical Center, Planters Bank, Barnes Paper & Supply, Advance Physical Therapy, and Andy’s Fifth Ave. Quick Stop.

“These sponsors have been generous in their assistance, and through their sponsorships we have been able to cover all expenses associated with the event, which will allow all proceeds from registration and individual donations to the Military Heroes Campaign,” said Christopher Johnson, assistant alumni advisor. “Some of the organizations funded through the Military Heroes Campaign include The SEAL Legacy Foundation, Veterans Moving Forward, Healing Our Heroes Homes and Veterans Success Resources Group.”

The day begins with a remote radio broadcast from the event, after which the run begins at 8:30 a.m. From there, participants are invited to the annual Pig Pickin’ festivities at Statesmen Park. Pig Pickin’ will be celebrating its 32nd year and its first year as a Memphis Barbecue Network sanctioned competition.

Individuals can register at the RacesOnline website at https://racesonline.com/events/hog-run. The cost of registration is $25 per person. Individuals can also make donations in any amount at the RacesOnline website, and will be accepted through Veterans Day on Nov. 11, which is also Delta State’s Homecoming weekend.

In an effort to increase participation and add a little fun to the campaign, registrants and donors are encouraged to make their registration or donation as part of a team. Participants will notice that all Greek organizations on campus have a team, as well as other student organizations. Local businesses and organizations are encouraged to create their own teams as well.

The course for the race will follow the walking and biking trail ways throughout downtown Cleveland.

“The Kappa Sigma Fraternity would again like to take the time to celebrate all the amazing efforts that have been put into making the first Hog Run to Support Military Heroes a reality. Our incredible sponsors have done so much to help us bring this cause to life, and we are extremely grateful for everyone who has pushed to help us spread the word and make this event possible,” said Turner Davis, event director.

Campus to celebrate bicentennial with series of arts and humanities events

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In celebration of the State of Mississippi’s bicentennial anniversary, a special series of events involving several Delta State University departments has been planned for the first week of October.

Programming will include:

  • A juried art show from Oct. 4 until the end of the month at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on the DSU campus.
  • A historical lecture on Indian Mounds of the Delta on Oct. 4 at 6 p.m. at the BPAC.
  • An evening celebrating diversity sponsored by members of the DSU LGBTQ community on Oct. 5 at 6 p.m. in front of the Roberts-LaForge Library.
  • An evening “poetry slam” featuring student submissions on Oct. 5 at 8 p.m. at Mississippi Grounds Coffee Shop.

The celebration will culminate with an evening gala concert event on Friday, Oct. 6, at 7:30 p.m. in the Bologna Performing Arts Center. This special concert will highlight the sounds of Mississippi, with three world premiere performances of works commissioned specifically for the event by the Delta State Wind Ensemble, Delta State Chorale and voice faculty artists. The Delta Music Institute All-Stars will also perform Mississippi-centric music, and audience members will be treated to the unique sounds of the Delta, with performances by special guest artists Jimmy “Duck” Holmes and the Rising Star Fife and Drum band.

Programming is sponsored in part by the Mississippi Humanities Council, the Delta Center for Culture and Learning and Delta State’s QEP Committee.

All events are free and open to the public.

For more information, contact the Music Department at 662-846-4615.

2017 Men’s Conference scheduled for Sept. 20-21

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The Office of Student Affairs will present the 2017 Men’s Conference titled “The Bro Codes: Respect. Honor. Scholarship.” on Sept. 20-21 at Delta State University.

Under the direction of Vice President for Student Affairs Dr. Vernell Bennett, the conference will focus on appealing to the social and civic conscience of male students at DSU.

“Conference participation will be a means to increase student engagement, foster a culture of students supporting one another, endorse a healthy mind, body and spirit, participate in community service, encourage regional stewardship, networking, and finally, recognize student excellence,” said Bennett.

Students are asked to register online for the event at http://www.deltastate.edu/student-life/mens-conference. The schedule of events will be free to students, and the first 100 registrants will receive a free T-shirt.

Events kick off at noon on Sept. 20 with “Chaos on the Quad,” an obstacle course offering prizes to winners. At 3 p.m. in the Baioni Conference Center, an opening speaker session will feature Mississippi representative Abe Hudson, District 29, and John Cox, a Delta State graduate and owner of Cox & Moore, PLLC, a full-service law firm in Cleveland. At 7:30 p.m, the Statesman Emerald Awards of Excellence will be given out, also in the conference center. The awards will recognize students for their scholarship and involvement on campus.

On Sept. 21 at noon, the conference continues with “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes,” where DSU males will walk around the quad to raise awareness about the causes, effects and remedies to sexualized violence against women. Those wishing to donate heels for the event are asked to drop them off at Suite 307 in the Student Union. Registration for the walk is available at http://www.deltastate.edu/student-life/walk-mile-shoes-international-mens-march-form/. Following the march, a BBQ will be held for participants.

“We’re going to have some fun while raising awareness about a great cause,” said Bennett. “We want our males to lose their inhibitions and don some red pumps to raise awareness, and we want our ladies to come out and cheer them on. Seeing the gentleman conquer the quad in red pumps will be quite a sight. Women are welcome to register for the march as well.”

“I hope the biggest takeaway for the students is that they’ll resolve to become more intentional about engaging on campus, in the community and with one another,” added Bennett.

For more information, contact 662-846-4150.

Campus unites for Hurricane Harvey victims

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A massive donation drive came to a close Thursday after students, faculty and staff across campus donated items to victims of Hurricane Harvey.

Spearheaded by the Administrative Staff Council at Delta State, the donation drive service project was in partnership with two local relief initiatives led by the town of Boyle, Catfish Cabin and Sen. Willie Simmons at The Senator’s Place.

“The service project received an enormous response, and thousands of relief items were collected on the Delta State campus,” said Caitlyn Thompson, president of the ASC. “Items included bottled water, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, baby needs, personal hygiene items, paper towels, toilet paper, linens, pet food and much more.”

The items were collected and packed into vehicles Thursday and then delivered to Texas by local initiative leaders.

“The mission of the project was to provide support to those in need after the natural disaster,” added Thompson. “The project aligned with one of Staff Council’s stated purposes, which is to give back to the community through service projects and volunteer work. The demonstrated support for this project is just one example of how the DSU family gives back beyond the educational sector.”

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 options to the president.

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