Bolivar County Crawfish Boil scheduled for May 3

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The Delta State University Bolivar County Alumni Chapter will host its annual Bolivar County Crawfish Boil on May 3 starting at 5:30 p.m. on the lawn at Walter Sillers Coliseum.

The Delta State University National Alumni Association, along with the Bolivar County Alumni Chapter officers, hosts the event each spring for local alumni to congregate and raise funds for the Liza Vaughn Memorial Scholarship Fund.

Tickets for crawfish are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. BBQ tickets are $8 in advance and $10 at the door. Free Domino’s pizza will be available to children 12 and under with the purchase of an adult ticket.

Tickets can be purchased at the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni-Foundation House, online at, or at the door.

The annual affair features live entertainment, a kids zone area, exceptional food and a silent auction to raise money for the Liza Vaughn Memorial Scholarship fund. The scholarship is given to students who attend Delta State as freshmen and are Bolivar County residents.

The scholarship was established in 2011 and was named for past assistant director of Alumni Affairs, Liza Vaughn, who lost her battle with cancer in April of 2012. To donate to the scholarship, visit

“This event is always filled with great food, entertainment and our amazing alumni from Bolivar county,” said Amanda Robinson, assistant director of Alumni Affairs. “This would not be possible without help from our many volunteers and sponsors. Our main goal with this event is to raise scholarship funding to support the Liza Vaughn Memorial Scholarship fund. We are looking forward to another great event here in Bolivar County.”

This year’s sponsors include: Advance Physical Therapy, Anytime Fitness/Studio S, Backdraft Inc., Boyle Lumber, Cleveland Rentall Outdoors, Cleveland State Bank, Crustaceans Crawfish, Delta Radio, Denton’s Dairy, DSU University Advancement of External Relations, Eley Barkley, P.A., Guaranty Bank, Joe Reed and Company Inc., McNeer Mini Storage, Mid South Water, LLC, Mississippi Grounds, Monsanto, Needle Specialty Products, Peters Pottery, Planters Bank, Right at Home/ Delta Maids, Robinson Electric, Rogers Entomological Services, Inc., South Street Pharmacy, The Bolivar Commercial, The Childrens Dental Clinic, The Image Specialist, and Williams Equipment & Supply Company.

The 2018 Bolivar County officers are: Gary Crews, president; Shane Howell, vice president; and Tricia Killebrew, secretary/treasurer.

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To stay up to date with Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media outlets: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), LinkedIn Group (Delta State University National Alumni Association), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Save the dates for the 33rd Annual Pig Pickin’ (Sept. 22) and Homecoming (Nov. 10).

Fireside Chat – April 16, 2018 – International Students Inducted into Student Hall of Fame

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President LaForge is joined by Marwa Cherraf and Abul Hajizada, the first international students to be inducted into Delta State University’s Student Hall of Fame.

The DSU Student Hall of Fame began in 1972 as a way to recognize outstanding students. It is the single highest honor bestowed upon any Delta State student based on outstanding accomplishments in all phases of college life.

Abul, a senior, computer information systems major from Azerbaijan, serves as president of the International Student Association and is a Student Government Association Senate member. Marwa, a senior, international business major from Morocco, is a member of Phi Beta Lambda and has served as an intern for the Office of Student Affairs.

Both of these students will be inducted into the Student Hall of Fame on May 4 and will graduate from Delta State the next day.

In other campus news, a production of Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella will be on stage at the Bologna Performing Arts Center on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., and the Wiley Planetarium’s Stars of the Pharaohs will show on Friday, April 20 at 6 p.m.

In athletic news, the golf team is competing at the Natural State Classic in Searcy, Arkansas today and tomorrow. And, the Statesmen baseball team will travel to Arkansas Tech for a two-game series on Tuesday and Wednesday with game times at 7 p.m. and 2 p.m., respectively.

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Dancing with the DSU Stars returns April 30

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2017 participants of DSU’s Dancing With the Stars. This year’s event takes place April 30 at 7 p.m. in the Bologna Performing Arts Center.


The Office of Student Affairs presents the second annual Dancing with the DSU Stars on April 30 at 7 p.m. in the Bologna Performing Arts Center. The event is free and open to the public. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

The show is modeled closely after the “Dancing with the Stars” television show.  Participating Delta State dancers will be partnered with a husband and wife professional team out of Memphis — Benji and Beth Smith of DanceSmiths Ballroom Dance Studio.

2018 Participants include:

  • Ashley Griffin, Student Government Association president;
  • Dr. Vernell Bennett, Vice President for Student Affairs
  • Ronnie Mayers, Athletic Director
  • Christie Rocconi, director of Financial Aid
  • Jeffrey Farris – director of Alumni Affairs
  • Dr. George Beals -assistant professor of counselor education and president of DSU’s Faculty Senate

Dr. Vernell Bennett said the event will build on last year’s momentum.

“The success of last year’s show made recruitment for this year’s contestants an easy task,” said Bennett.  “Our theme continues to be ‘Bringing the campus and community together for some toe tappin’ fun!’ It was great to have so many individuals from the community in the audience last year, and the audience dance contest was a fun way to get everyone involved.”

“Benji and Beth Smith of DanceSmiths Ballroom Dance Studio of Memphis are providing the instruction again this year,” added Bennett. “They will perform on the program, as will top dancers from their studio. Senator Willie Simmons has agreed to return as a celebrity judge.”

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Fireside Chat – April 9, 2018 – Summer School

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Joining President LaForge is Dr. Charles McAdams, provost and vice president of academic affairs at Delta State.

There are numerous paybacks for enrolling in summer classes. Among those are finding a job faster and potentially saving thousands of dollars in overall tuition and fees. According to Rise Up Mississippi, an additional year of college in Mississippi can cost you more than $50,000, which includes extra tuition, lost wages, and related costs.

Additionally, there are financial aid options available for summer school. Options range from federal aid to state-based assistance, such as the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, which helps students complete their degree and find employment.

Financial aid applications for the summer are due during fall pre-registration, with the priority deadline of April 6, and the final deadline of June 12.

Students should also be aware of the general deadlines to enroll in summer course work. The deadline for the Summer I session is May 29, and the Summer II deadline is July 2.

In other news on campus, Career Services is hosting its “Passport to Success” program on Tuesday from 1:30-4:00 p.m. on the second floor of the H.L. Nowell Student Union.  On Thursday, the Union Program Council will host its annual Springfest event from 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. on the Quad.

In athletic news, the softball and baseball teams will host Lee University in GSC action this weekend, with both doubleheaders starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday. On Sunday, the games begin at noon for softball and at 2 p.m. for baseball.

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TFA Graduate Fellows partner with Rosedale Freedom Project

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The TFA Graduate Fellows Program at Delta State University partnered with the Rosedale Freedom Project to host a Spring Service Day in the organization’s garden on March 24.

For the the day of service, participating volunteers seeded over 100 plants, weeded the RFP Freedom Garden and built three raised beds.

“It was a truly special experience to have volunteers spend their Saturday helping serve alongside other people who are committed to the betterment of Mississippi,” said Lucas Rapisarda a fellow who works with the RFP.

The TFA Graduate Fellows Program is a two-year fellowship program at Delta State offered to Teach For America alumni, with the goal of retaining TFA alumni in Mississippi.

During the fellowship, selected fellows work to design and implement social entrepreneurship projects to find solutions to some of the toughest challenges facing Mississippi. Each year, the program hosts three service says across the state. Each opportunity is open to TFA Fellows, stakeholders, community members and students. Service says offer the chance to actively support nonprofits by donating time to the community and a showing a willingness to work for the betterment of others.

For more information on service opportunities and the TFA Graduate Fellows Program, visit or find the program on Instagram @tfafellows and Facebook.

The program is funded through a grant from the Robert M. Hearin Foundation. The principal goal of the foundation is to contribute to the overall economic advancement of the state of Mississippi by making funds available to four-year colleges and universities and graduate professional schools located in the state.