Laura Kate Fortner Named 2018 John S. and Jutta Karnstedt Ferretti Fellow

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Laura Kate Fortner has been named the 2018 John S. and Jutta Karnstedt Ferretti Fellow by Delta State’s Master of Arts in Liberal Studies program (MA-LS).

A native of Marks, Mississippi, Fortner earned a B.A. in history in 2018 and completed a senior capstone paper entitled, “The Rude Awakening Is Everybody’s Wrong: How the Vietnam War, Social Conflict, and Returning Soldiers Made Rock Classic.”
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DSU College of Education and Human Sciences holds grant announcement ceremony

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Who: College of Education and Human Sciences
What: Grant Announcement Ceremony
When: Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, 2 PM
Where: Jacob Conference Center, James E. Ewing Building

Delta State University once again received significant funding from the Tri State Educational Foundation to support graduate students pursuing the master of education degree in elementary education—in this round, $150,000 for 20 of the next generation of teachers. They will be honored at a grant announcement ceremony on Tuesday at 2 PM in the Jacob Conference Center, James E. Ewing Building.

“The exponential power of this financial assistance to students in the Tri State service area continues to be staggering,” said Leslie Griffin, dean of the College of Education. “The Tri State Foundation remains a pillar of support for the Division of Teacher Education, Leadership, and Research at Delta State University.”

Since 2008, the Tri State Educational Foundation has supported students in the elementary education and educational leadership programs at both the master’s and specialist’s levels. The Tri State Educational Foundation also continues to fund undergraduate scholarships and the Jacob-McRaney Scholarship. In total, the Tri State Educational Foundation has awarded approximately $1.5 million to the College of Education to enable candidates at all levels of preparation to pursue their education.

“There is no way to estimate the impact of these gifts, especially when one considers that the financial support is coupled with personal support from Tri State Foundation Chair, Dr. Bob Ferguson, and his wife, Sylvia, who are both Delta State grads and longtime school professionals, he as a superintendent and she in teaching and early childhood leadership roles,” continued Miller. “The Fergusons commit to individuals, not just programs. They take a personal interest in each candidate and understand the community they serve.”

Dr. Merideth Van Namen, chair of the Division of Teacher Education, Leadership, and Research, added: “By providing opportunities for both educators and administrators in the Tri State area, the Tri State Educational Foundation has improved the lives of not only these scholarship recipients but also countless k-12 children.”

Fireside Chat – September 17, 2018 – 33rd Annual Pig Pickin’

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President LaForge is joined by Amanda Robinson, Interim Director of Alumni Affairs.

Four bands, more than 300 combined hours of breaking down film (breaking down film…what does this mean), 500 t-shirts, 1,000 Pepsi drinks, 1,000 bags of chips, and close to 700 of pounds of barbeque cooked by The Left Field Crew. That is what is in store for you this weekend at the 33rd Annual Pig Pickin’.

Barbeque, music, and football: Is there a better combination?

In other news on campus, Delta State will celebrate its 93rd Anniversary tomorrow at noon in the East lobby on the second floor of the H.L. Nowell Student Union. This event, hosted by the Dedicated Statesmen Association, is free and open to the public. Tomorrow evening at 7:30 p.m., country artist Lee Ann Womack will perform at the BPAC as a stop on her “All the Trouble Tour.” To purchase tickets, visit And, Statesmen Park will open at 5 p.m. on Friday and at noon on Saturday as we kick off the 33rd annual Pig Pickin’.

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33rd Annual Pig Pickin’ lineup announced

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Here’s the lineup for the 33rd annual Pig Pickin’ weekend.

Festivities kick off on Friday, Sept. 21 at 5 PM with Pig Pickin’ After Dark. Delta State Radio station will begin the evening. Stretta, a Nashville-based high-energy cover band, plays at 8 PM.

Kappa Sigma Fraternity will host its annual 5K Hog Run for Military Heroes at 8:30 AM on Saturday. Tickets can be purchased at

Statesmen Park opens at noon; food lines begin at this time. BBQ meals can be purchased from noon to 3 PM. Buy BBQ tickets at

Beginning at 1 PM, several Delta Music Institute bands will perform, including B4Y2K, Delta Rox, and Ol’ Skool Revue. Delta State University President William N. LaForge will also share his musical talents with his band, President LaForge and the Cabinet.

The Admissions Office will present its annual DSU Day for prospective students from 1 PM to 4 PM. For more information, visit

The National Alumni Association is partnering with DSU intramurals on the fourth annual Cornhole Tournament at Pig Pickin’. The tournament begins at 2 PM at Statesmen Park. Register at and purchase an entry fee. For questions, contact Kirk Mansell at (662) 846-4566.

At 3:15 PM, the Delta State University Marching Band, Delta State cheerleaders, and the Delta Belles dance team will lead the way for the football pre-game pep rally.

While the crowd awaits the judges’ decisions on cooking competition winners, the CE Allstars will take the stage to present a cheerleading, tumbling and gymnastics show.

Pig Pickin’ award winners will be announced at 5 p.m.

Tailgaters will prepare for the 6 PM kickoff, as the Statesmen take on North Greenville University. To purchase game tickets, visit or call DSU Athletics at (662) 846-4300.

For more information about the 33rd annual Pig Pickin’ weekend, check out or contact the Alumni Association office at (662) 846-4709.

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