Delta State dietetic interns receive awards

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Delta State’s dietetic interns recently participated in a Wellness Day sponsored by Blue Cross & Blue Shield (BCBS) of Mississippi with other dietetic interns from Mississippi State University and the University of Southern Mississippi.

The morning sessions took place in Jackson and covered a variety of wellness topics and a tour of the BCBS campus. The afternoon was devoted to competitions.

“All four universities that have a dietetic internship programs in the state were invited to participate in the BCBS Day of Wellness,” said Ensley Howell, director of the coordinated program in Nutrition and Dietetics. “The Delta State interns worked hard on the articles as well as the pitch for the Shark Tank, and they won first place in both of these competitions. I’m so proud of our DSU interns.“

The primary competition was a Shark Tank business pitch with BCBS executives serving as judges.

Delta State interns won first place in the Shark Tank competition and were presented a trophy.  The Shark Tank pitch was made by interns Tyler Jones, Allison Weisz and Jenn Westmoreland. Lakon Alford, Peyton Dixon and Kaitlyn Hall were also on the team as co-writers and creators of a mock app called RD2Go that features diet and exercise tracking and planning, general education about nutrition topics, and in-app chat with a registered dietitian to receive personalized advice and answers to questions.

The second competition was a writing contest for an article to be published in the BCBS newsletter, Blue Lines. Delta State intern Beth Howard wrote the prize-winning article, Emotional Eating, and was presented a certificate for winning first place in this competition.

There was also a Chopped-style cooking contest.  Delta State intern, Jordan Simpson, captained the cooking team which won the first round with a unique hummus recipe, and came in second overall.

Homecoming elections change, new title to be added

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The Student Government Association Senate recently passed a bill that changed the title of Delta State University Homecoming Queen to Miss Green and White. In addition, there will be one male student elected to the Homecoming Court with the title of Mr. Green and White.

Both Mr. and Miss Green and White must be seniors who will be enrolled during the spring semester.

SGA President Ashley Griffin said the SGA felt titles of such a high honor should be recognized accordingly and should have certain benefits such as throwing out the first pitch of a baseball game, being recognized as campus-elected leaders at official university events, athletic functions, and in the local community.

As the official representatives of Delta State University’s student body, Mr. And Miss Green and White will be required to identify and advocate for a platform, she added.

The Homecoming Court will consist of two female representatives for freshmen, sophomore, and junior classes, three female representatives for the senior class, and one male who had been selected as Mr. Green and White. This year, the Homecoming Court will be announced during the Valdosta Game on Oct. 21. All representatives will participate in the Homecoming Parade the morning of the Homecoming game on Nov. 11.

In keeping with Delta State tradition, Miss Green and White will not be announced until half-time of the Homecoming game. Miss Green and White would be one of the three senior maids.

The Mr. and Miss Green and White (formerly known as Mr. and Miss DSU) elections have typically been held during the spring semester. To replace the void that will be created by moving elections to the fall, this year SGA will implement a Statesman and Lady Statesman of the Year award. This person will be chosen through an application process that will decided upon by a panel of faculty and staff, administration, and students.  The winners of these awards will be recognized at the Hall of Fame dinner in May 2018.

Homecoming elections will be held on Oct. 16-18 in the first floor lobby of the Student Union. The winners of the elections will be announced during the football game against Valdosta on Oct. 21.

Fighting Okra Records to host album release party

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Fighting Okra Records, the student-run record label within the Delta Music Institute’s entertainment industry program at Delta State University, is hosting an album release party to celebrate the newest addition to its ongoing compilation series, “Fighting Okra, Round 3.”

The event will feature live performances from artists featured on the album and take place on the campus Quadrangle on Oct. 12 at 5 p.m.

Six student artists will perform at the event, each providing a different style of music, including hip-hop, electronic, alternative and soul. All artists are featured on the CD and will be performing their contributions to the album, as well as some of their solo material. Free refreshments will be provided, and entry to the event is free.

In addition to the musical performances, the release party will include raffles, contests and a photo booth for attendees.

“Fighting Okra, Round 3″ is the third entry in FOR’s compilation series, and fifth release for the student-run record label.

“I’m excited about a new release on the Fighting Okra Records label,” said Tricia Walker, DMI director. “This release marks the beginning of the search for the label’s next artist to be signed and produced in the DMI studios. There is so much great young talent here at Delta State, and this current release showcases a lot of that talent.”

The Delta Music Institute is an independent center of study under the College of Arts and Sciences at Delta State University, offering a bachelor’s degree in entertainment industry studies. The focus of the DMI is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, creative and business areas of the music and entertainment industry. For information about the DMI or Fighting Okra Records, contact 662-846-4579 or visit

Campus gearing up for Pig Pickin’

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association invites campus, alumni and Delta State supporters to visit in preparation of the 32nd annual Pig Pickin’ Oct. 6-7.

Visitors to the site can purchase BBQ tickets, sign up for the cooking competition, enter the third annual cornhole tournament, register to volunteer, purchase the event’s official T-shirt, and become an event sponsor. Information about DSU Day, the Hog Run 5K, and the Pig Pickin’ Golf Classic is also available on the site.

The schedule is full of activities for Delta State alumni and friends of any age to enjoy. Activities kick off Oct. 6, leading into the main schedule on Oct. 7. Immediately following Pig Pickin’ festivities, the Statesmen football team will compete against University of West Alabama at 6 p.m.

BBQ or sausage dog tickets can be purchased for $6 at the Alumni House or A limited amount of food tickets will be available for purchase. This year, the Alumni Office will offer 1,100 plates to be purchased.

The traditional Pig Pickin’ t-shirts are $15 for short sleeve and $20 for sizes 2XL and up. Current shirt colors include crimson, ice blue and grass. To purchase a shirt, visit the Alumni House and speak to Amanda Robinson, senior alumni secretary. They may also be purchased at

Stay updated on Pig Pickin’ announcements by joining the official Facebook event page at The official hashtag of Pig Pickin’ is #DSUPigPickin.

To purchase Pig Pickin’ tickets, click here, or to make a contribution to an annual scholarship, click here.

For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 662-846-4660. To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), Tumblr (, LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Save the date for this year’s Homecoming (Nov. 11).

Pruitt named Employee of the Month

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The Delta State University Staff Council recently honored Stella Pruitt, a university custodian, as the August 2017 Employee of the Month.

She has been working at the university for 11 years.

Pruitt is from Mound Bayou and has been married to Cornelius Pruitt for 18 years. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family. She is the proud mother of three children and six grandchildren.

Made up of volunteers from the Staff Council, the Incentives & Recognition committee meets monthly to review nominations for the Employee of the Month award. The committee has been celebrating staff performance in this manner for over 15 years.

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 opinions to the president.