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Join the 90th Birthday Celebration for Delta State

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All faculty, staff, students and friends of Delta State University are invited to attend a day-long celebration of its 90th anniversary on Tuesday (Sept. 15) beginning at noon with a ceremony in front of the newly-restored Alumni Brick Plaza.

The complete schedule of events includes:

Commemoration at the Alumni Brick Plaza – noon, in front of Ward Hall
Lunch on the Quad – 12:30 p.m.
Celebration of “90 Years of Delta State” – 1:30 p.m., Jobe Hall Auditorium
Painting of the Green Mile (Campus Beautification Project) – 3 p.m.
A special meal sponsored by Aramark – 5:30-8 p.m.
SGA Talent Show – 7:30 p.m., Jobe Hall Auditorium
Birthday Party at Hey Joe’s – 9 p.m.

A special thanks to sponsors of the 90th celebration events:
Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce
Cleveland Trophy and Awards
Craig Verhage
Delta Dairy
J and G Pipe Supply
Mississippi Police Supply Company
Pafford EMS
Vicki and Charles Fioranelli
Will Bradham
Nehi Bottling
Lenny’s Sub Shop
Domino’s of Cleveland
Denton Dairy Products
Delta State University
Delta State University Alumni and Foundation
Delta State University Facilities Management

Thanks also to the Dedicated Statesmen Association committee:
Johnny Arnold
Martha Biles
Diane Blansett
Wayne Blansett
Patti Boswell
Gary Bouse, University Liaison
Gloria Brister
James Donald Cooper
Joey Correro
Hines Cronin
Jerry Dallas
Betsy Elliott
John Elliott
Elsie Lynn Ervin
Vicki Fioranelli
Donna Fitzgerald
Becky Foster
Penney Gong
Darry Hardy
Bert Herbison
Teresa Houston
Elise Jenkins
Nancy LaForge
Debbie Leftwich
Porter Leftwich
Susan McCreary
Sarah Mosley
Ann Mullins
James Robinson, President
Peter Rocconi
Sally Rogers
Frances Scarborough
Tony Scarborough
Alinda Sledge
Jim Steen
Rose Strahan
Kim Tyrone
Eloise Walker
Sam Wilson

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Delta State to Host Leader Academy Event for Area High Schools

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On Tuesday (Sept. 15), Delta State University will host the Chick-fil-A Leader Academy Kickoff event bringing over 500 Mississippi high school students and administrators to the Delta State campus.

This event kicks off the year-long Chick-fil-A Leader Academy, a program to be held in 19 Mississippi high schools, that teaches leadership skills and empowers students to put those skills into action. A major goal of the Leader Academy is to inspire students to remain in school and become leaders within their community. Students will take part in monthly leadership labs at their schools and complete several service projects in their community.

The kickoff will include multiple events and is an integral aspect of the students’ initiation into the Leader Academy.

Beginning with an assembly at the Bologna Performing Arts Center, the students will receive detailed information on expectations and goals and will hear direct testimonials from schools that have participated in the past.

The major service event will follow, as students will take part in their first Impact Project, packing 200,000 meals to feed needy children in the Delta and beyond. This Impact Project is part of a national effort spanning 325 schools and 10,000 students to feed 1 million children across the United States.

In conjunction with this event, Chick-fil-A operators and DSU volunteers will distribute 2,500 Chick-fil-A sandwiches to the participating students, as well as to community businesses and after-school programs within the Delta area.

Elizabeth Joel, Coordinator of Continuing Education at Delta State, has worked closely with Chick-fil-A since April to plan the one-day event.

“We are excited about the partnership between Delta State and Chick-fil-A for this project and hope that it will continue for many years,” Joel said.

She added it is a wonderful opportunity for Delta State to host over 500 students who are the future leaders of our community.

“We want to demonstrate how important community involvement is at Delta State, in hopes these students will bring their developed, compassionate leadership skills back to us when they attend college,” she said.

In addition to hosting the kickoff event, Delta State departments and student organizations have received an open invitation to attend the leadership labs in the high schools over the next year to serve as mentors, especially in the area of community involvement, social issues, and thoughtful leadership.

The Leader Academy is funded completely by Chick-fil-A stores throughout Mississippi.

Lance Reed, operator of Chick-fil-A in Oxford, and a team of nine other state-wide operators are spearheading the project. They will work closely with the 19 high schools registered in the program as they complete their monthly leadership labs and multiple service projects for their communities.


Alumni Association welcomes legacies back to Pig Pickin’

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The Delta State University Alumni Association has once again invited members of the Legacy Program back to Pig Pickin’, hosted on campus Sept. 18-19.

Each child enrolled in the Legacy Program was mailed a postcard inviting them to the annual Pig Pickin’ festivities. Legacies can request a free Pig Pickin’ barbecue ticket from the Alumni Association. There will also be a “Legacy Tent” at Statesmen Park. The Statesman and Okra will visit the tent to take pictures from 1-2 p.m. All members of the Legacy Program and their families are invited to attend.

The Alumni Association launched the program to get younger fans interested in Delta State at an early age. The definition of a legacy is any child fortunate enough to have a parent, grandparent or legal guardian who is a graduate or friend of Delta State.

So far, over 3,000 children up to the age of 18 have enrolled in the program. The Alumni Association will begin sending Legacies age appropriate Delta State themed items in the mail in January of 2016.

The official hashtag for Pig Pickin’ is #DSUPigPickin. For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 662-846-4660. Join the Facebook event at Statesmen Graduates:https://www.facebook.com/events/872293072848213/. To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), Tumblr (www.dsualumni.tumblr.com), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1).


Air Evac Lifeteam #87 recently renewed their membership as an Okra Level Corporate Sponsor with the Delta State University National Alumni Association.

Air Evac Lifeteam continues partnership with Alumni Association

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association is excited to announce Air Evac Lifeteam #87 has renewed their membership as an Okra Level Corporate Sponsor.

“We look forward to our relationship with the Delta State University National Alumni Association,” said Lee Williams, program director of the Air Evac Lifeteam.

Air Evac EMS, Inc., which operates Air Evac Lifeteam, is the largest independently owned and operated membership-supported air medical service in the United States, conducting its operations through 111 mutually-supporting air medical bases across 15 states. The company has established itself as the preeminent provider of air ambulance services to communities in need of advanced emergency health care and rapid medical transport.

“We are so appreciative of all our corporate sponsors and everything they do for us,” said Jeffrey Farris, director of Alumni Affairs. “I would like to encourage alumni and friends of Delta State to consider becoming a member of Air Evac Lifeteam and supporting them.”

For more information on corporate sponsorships, 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 (www.dsualumni.tumblr.com), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1).


Sunday service set to honor Bill Moses

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A Celebration of Life service for William Ples “Bill” Moses, long-time Delta State employee, will be held on Sunday (Sept. 13) at 2 p.m. in the Jobe Hall Auditorium. Moses, 61, of Ruleville, passed away at St. Francis Hospital, in Memphis, Tennessee, after a brief illness.

Moses was born October 14, 1953, in Greenwood, to W.P. “Buddy” Moses and Lizzie Bell Leggett Moses. He was a graduate of Sam Houston State University as well as Delta State University.

He married Teresa Ann Bruce on March 28, 1994, in Ruleville. He had a lifelong love of photography and enjoyed teaching others. He captured many precious moments for others and enjoyed sharing his talent of taking pictures with others. He was a long time employee of Delta State University. While at DSU, he was the assistant to the Director of Facilities Management, worked on the yearbook, taught photo-journalism classes and was the official photographer for the university. He previously worked at the Bolivar Commercial and as a high school teacher. He loved the outdoors and working in his yard. He loved his family and 2 dogs, Maggie and Bruce. He enjoyed helping others and was known to be a kind, gentle soul to all.

He is preceded in death by his parents, W.P. “Buddy” Moses and Lizzie Bell Leggett Moses.

Bill is survived by his wife, Teresa Ann Bruce Moses of Ruleville; daughters, Emily Tackett (Blake) and Jennifer Parks (A.W.) both of Cleveland; grandchildren, Preston Davis, Landon Knight, Alex Parks, Trevor Parks, Tristan Parks and Mabrey-Anne Parks all of Cleveland; sister, Margie Sizemore of Cleveland; nephew, Dennis Sizemore (Trent) of Salt Lake City, Utah; and great-nephew, Paul Michael Sizemore of Salt Lake City, Utah.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Delta State University Alumni Association in Bill’s honor.