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Bolivar County Alumni Crawfish Boil returning to campus

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2017 Bolivar County Alumni Crawfish Boil planning committee (left to right): Shane Howell, Shannon Brown, Corley Mullins, Shauna Allen, Jimmy L. Avery, Gary Crews, Bennett Crow, Dillon Vickers and Rebekah Arant.

The Delta State University National Alumni Association is gearing up for the annual Bolivar County Alumni Crawfish Boil. This year’s event will be held April 6 at 5:30 p.m. in front of Walter Sillers Coliseum.

Tickets for crawfish are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. BBQ tickets are $8. 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 www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/bolivarcountycrawfishboil, or at the door.

All alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends of the university are invited to attend.

There will also be a silent auction, a Kids Zone and crawfish races. Southern Tradition Tailgating will be on-site with the new Tailgating Combat Vehicle on display. Live entertainment will be provided by Southern Duality, a two piece acoustic group who covers a variety of music, from Motown to Southern rock, 80s rock and more.

Special guests will include Delta State President William N. LaForge, Athletic Director Ronnie Mayers and Miss Delta State University Hannah Leflore.

Proceeds from tickets, the silent auction and sponsorships benefit the Liza Vaughn Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to incoming Delta State students from Bolivar County. This 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 https://www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/lizavaughnmemorialscholarshipfund.

“We look forward to a great evening full of good food, fun and fellowship that will benefit a great cause,” said Gary Crews, president of the Bolivar County Chapter. “Our goal of the Bolivar County Chapter is to raise scholarship dollars for incoming Delta State freshmen from Bolivar County.” 

2017 Bolivar County Alumni Crawfish Boil planning committee member include: Shane Howell, Shannon Brown, Corley Mullins, Shauna Allen, Jimmy L. Avery, Gary Crews, Bennett Crow, Dillon Vickers and Rebekah Arant.

The event would not be possible without the generosity of sponsors. Corporate Sponsors include: Statesmen Level – Bolivar Medical Center and Polk’s Meat Products; Okra Level – Patrick Davis State Farm, Air Evac Lifeteam, and Renasant Bank. This year’s Crawfish Boil event sponsors include: Okra Level – YoEddie BBQ, Needle Specialty Products Corporation, Boyle Lumber Company, Domino’s, and the American Legion “Bingo Baby” ; Green Level – Auto Mark, Nehi Bottling, Planters Bank, Denton’s Dairy, Mississippi Land Bank, The Image Specialist, College Heights Apartments, Security Services, Guaranty Bank, Lenny’s Subs, Cleveland State Bank, Delta Home Designs & Flooring Co., McNeer Mini Storage, Robinson Electric, and Cox & Moore, PLLC; White Level – Davis Real Estate, Byrd Service Station, Rogers Entomological Services Inc., Bolivar Commercial, Abraham’s, Griffith Real Estate And Rentals, Meador & Crump, Mississippi Grounds, Abe Draper Photography, Ely Weeks – Merigold Cabinets & Carpentry, Todd Walley Plumbing, Craig Verhage – Shelter Insurance, Tentwentyfour, A Polished Image.

Join the Facebook Event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/183381515388241/. To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), Tumblr (http://www.dsualumni.tumblr.com), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Save the date for this year’s Pig Pickin’ (Oct. 7) and Homecoming (Nov. 11).

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Highlight video from Winning the Race conference

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Delta State University hosted its fourth annual Winning the Race conference on March 28-29.

This year’s conference, “Winning the Race: Advancing Education in the Mississippi Delta,” was presented in partnership with the Casey Family Programs and the Mississippi Humanities Council and focused on identifying educational inequities and strengthening educational opportunities in the Mississippi Delta.

The inaugural program, spearheaded by Delta State President William N. LaForge in 2014, was designed as an innovative academic conference with a focus on engaging, promoting and rekindling conversations in hopes that Delta-area communities can move toward greater equity, forward thinking and reduced racial tensions.

In recognition of this work, the university received the 2014 Civil Rights and Social Justice Award accepted by LaForge at the fourth National Civil Rights Conference in Philadelphia, Mississippi.

Highlight speakers for the 2017 conference included Dr. Ivory Toldson, president and CEO of the Quality Education for Minorities Network, and Dr. William C. Bell, a Delta State graduate and president and CEO of Casey Family Programs.

The soundtrack for the video is an original song written and produced by students in the Delta Music Institute at Delta State. Performing the song is Audrianna Johnson, the 2015-16 Fighting Okra Records artist. The song was written by Johnson, Travis Calvin, Eric Johnson, Justin Boatman and Jessica Wishard, and Calvin served as the producer. It was recorded in Studio C at the DMI building on campus.

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Photos Scanning Days hosted for Lebanese exhibit

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On April 3-4, the University Archives will host Photo Scanning Days as part of programming for the Lebanese in America exhibit.

Over the two-day period, guests are encouraged to bring in photographs related to Lebanese culture and heritage in the Mississippi Delta. Scanning will begin on April 3 at 1 p.m. and will continue until 6 p.m. On April 4, scanning will begin at 9 a.m. and will conclude at 3 p.m. The scanning stations are set up in Jobe Hall, inside the auditorium’s side stage area.

While guests visit with digitization specialists, they can also share stories with oral history interviewers set up for the days.

The images and information will become a part of the MS Digital Library, and a copy will be housed within the University Archives & Museum. Individuals may donate their original images to the University Archives & Museum or may take their originals back home after they’ve been scanned.

Guests are also invited to tour the exhibit.

“Hosting the traveling exhibit has provided us the opportunity to reach out to this particular group in our community, and I am thankful for that,” said Emily Jones, university archivist.

Keith Fulcher, executive director of Alumni-Foundation, has been a driving force in making the traveling exhibit and supporting programming a reality.

“People sometimes ask me why we put so much energy and time into collecting a particular piece of our history, and I have to be honest, I am able to dedicate more time to specific projects when there is someone within that community willing to commit their time to helping me collect on their behalf,” said Fulcher.

“Collecting our shared Delta history is a shared responsibility,” added Jones. “With support from groups like the Quality Enhancement Plan, the university’s Diversity Committee and the university’s Special Programs Committee, we are able to shine a spotlight on different areas of our history for a time. Collaborative work such as the traveling exhibit and supporting programming is a key element in encouraging community support and collecting a well-rounded representation of our collective history.”

In order to serve as many individuals as possible during the photo scanning, participants are asked to select 10- 15 images to be scanned. Additional images can be left in the care of the University Archives to continue digitizing and will be returned to each owner once all images have been scanned.

For more information, contact Jones at ejones@deltastate.edu.

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Sgt. Curry named Officer of the Year

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Sergeant Tameka Curry was honored this past week by the Exchange Club of Cleveland as part of their annual Emergency Responders Luncheon.

Curry, who has been with Delta State for three years, was recognized as Officer of the Year.

“It feels like a great level of achievement to be recognized,” said Curry. “Over the course of my 12-year career in law enforcement, I’ve been recognized for many things, but I’ve never been named Officer of the Year. I’m thankful I was able to procure that here at Delta State.”

Delta State Police Chief Jeffrey Johns was thrilled with Curry’s recognition.

“She was promoted to sergeant on February 1 based on her experience, contributions and a professional attitude,” said Johns. “Her commitment to service made her a perfect fit for Officer of the Year.”

One responder was selected from each of the following organizations: Bolivar Sheriff’s Department, Cleveland Police and Fire, Delta State University Police Department, Pafford EMS and Bolivar County EOC Volunteers. 

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Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus of the U.S. Army Field Band coming to BPAC

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The Concert Band and Soldiers’ Chorus of the U.S. Army Field Band will perform in concert on April 5 at 7 p.m. at the Bologna Performing Arts bc_capitolstepsCenter at Delta State University.

The event is free and open the public, and advanced free tickets can be claimed at the BPAC Ticket Office, open Monday-Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., by phone at 662-846-4626, or online at www.bolognapac.com.

The event is locally sponsored by the Bolivar Commercial and Delta Magazine.

The Concert Band & Soldiers’ Chorus are the oldest and largest of The U.S. Army Field Band’s performing components. Founded in 1946 and 1957 respectively, these two ensembles combine to present joint concerts on their national tours. They have performed in all 50 states and 30 foreign countries for audiences totaling hundreds of millions.

The 65-member Concert Band and 29-member Soldiers’ Chorus perform regularly in some of the most famous concert halls in the world, and just as often in the humblest auditoriums in the smallest of communities. The joining of these two ensembles allows them to offer unparalleled versatility of programming, ranging from orchestral masterworks and operatic arias to Sousa marches, jazz classics and Broadway musicals.

The band and chorus also perform independently and have recently shared the stage with such ensembles as the Boston Pops, the Cincinnati Pops, the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and the National Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to their national tours, formal concerts, chamber recitals, and educational outreach, members of the Concert Band & Soldiers’ Chorus frequently represent the Army at formal and ceremonial functions, including the Presidential Inaugural Parade, presidential funerals, the Army AllAmerican Bowl and diplomatic efforts overseas.

For more information, visit www.bolognapac.com.