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UPS CEO David Abney discusses International Business Symposium – Fireside Chat

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Joining President LaForge is David Abney, CEO and Chairman of the Board for UPS.

Each year, Delta State alumnus David Abney and his wife Sherry generously donate their time and treasure to support and sponsor our annual International Business Symposium on campus. This marks the 12th year for the event, which was held this past week. It is a wonderful opportunity for our students to learn from, and interact with, top business leaders, and we appreciate everyone who gives their time to make it such a successful event.

David is the CEO and Chairman of UPS. He started his career in 1974 as a part-time package loader at UPS while he was an undergraduate student at Delta State. He has lived the American dream of working his way up from the package loader all the way to the top seat in the company. David held various operational positions at UPS along the way, including president of UPS International, where he led the expansion of the company’s global logistics capabilities. He was named Delta State’s Outstanding Alumnus of the Year in 2007, and received an honorary doctorate from Delta State in May 2015. Dr. Abney has been an active ambassador for the university throughout his career, and he serves as role model for ways an alumnus can give back to his alma mater and provide today’s students with greater opportunities for success.

 

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“Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till” coming to BPAC

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Mike Wiley will perform his one-actor drama in a free community performance on April 4.

The Bologna Performing Arts Center will host a special evening of theatre and conversation on April 4 at 7 p.m. when documentary theater playwright and actor Mike Wiley will bring his performance “Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till” to the stage.

The performance is co-presented by the BPAC and Delta State University’s Winning the Race Conference, and is funded in part by a grant from the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area.

This riveting play chronicles the murder, trial and unbelievable confession of the men accused of Till’s lynching. The one-actor, multiple-character original drama will be 90 minutes long, with a post performance discussion with Wiley.

The event is free and open to the public, and all advanced tickets have already sold out. All advanced ticketholders must be seated by 6:45 p.m. in order to have a guaranteed seat. At 6:50 p.m., all remaining seats will be made available to the public, first come, first serve.

For more information, contact 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.

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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.