The Delta State University National Alumni Association is currently accepting nominations for the 2013 Alumni Award Winners. Nominations are due May 3 and can be mailed to Delta State Alumni Association, P.O. Box 3104, Cleveland, MS 38733. The Alumni Association Award categories are Alumni Hall of Fame 2013, Outstanding Alumnus of the Year, The Gladys Castle “Friend of Delta State” Service Award, The Kent Wyatt “Young Alumnus” Service Award, The Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni Service Award, and the Legacy Award. Award winners are recognized at the Alumni Awards and Gala Dinner the Friday of Homecoming weekend, November 1.
“The Annual Alumni Awards and Gala Dinner gives us the opportunity to showcase our alums who have shown exceptional leadership on the local, state, and national level,” said Jeffrey Farris, Director of Alumni Affairs. “The awards banquet is a product on the National Alumni Association Board of Directors.”
Induction into the Delta State University Alumni Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed upon an individual by the Delta State University 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 international level and who have thus brought honor and distinction to Delta State University.
The Outstanding Alumnus of the Year Award is presented to a Delta State alumnus who has distinguished himself or herself by making some significant contributions to human or institutional programs in which a situation, an institution, or a movement has been materially changed for the better because of that individual’s personal participation. This individual is also inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame.
The Gladys Castle “Friend of Delta State” Service Award is named for Ms. Gladys Castle, a 46 year employee of Delta State who served as the first alumni secretary and is presented to recognize outstanding service and contributions to Delta State University by a non-alumnus.
The Kent Wyatt “Young Alumnus” Service Award is named for Dr. Forrest Kent Wyatt, a former university president of 24 years and is presented to recognize outstanding service and contributions to Delta State University by a young alumnus 36 years of age or younger.
The Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni Service Award is named for Hugh Ellis Walker, a 24 year director of the Delta State University Alumni/Foundation and is presented to recognize outstanding service and contributions to Delta State University by an alumnus.
The Legacy Award is presented to someone who has made an institutional change upon the university.
“I encourage all alumni and friends of Delta State University to take the time to submit nominations on behalf of their fellow alums or local community leaders,” said Richard Myers, president of the National Alumni Association.
Nomination forms are available on the website www.deltastate.edu/alumni or by calling the Alumni Association at 662-846-4660. Follow the Alumni Association on their social media sites: Facebook, Statesmen Graduates; Twitter: @DSU_Alumni; Tumblr, www.dsualumni.tumblr.com; LinkedIn, DSU alumni; and You Tube, DSU alumni1.