Campus and community will unite Sept. 15 at noon to celebrate the 91st anniversary of Delta State's founding.

Campus to celebrate 91st anniversary

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All campus members, friends and supporters of Delta State University are invited to a birthday celebration Sept. 15, as the university marks the 91st anniversary of its opening.

The public is encouraged to join the university as it kicks off its celebration of 91 years of excellence.

Delta State University President William N. LaForge, joined by members of the Dedicated Statesmen Association, will start the ceremony at noon at the Alumni Brick Plaza in front of Ward Hall. The event will conclude with a luncheon of sandwiches and pizza.

The program will begin with words from President LaForge, and a few DSA members will reenact some of the old campus rules that were established in the university’s rulebooks known as the Green Books. Members of the Delta State Wind Ensemble will also perform musical numbers at the affair.

Dr. James Robinson, president of the DSA committee, is exited to once again celebrate the university’s founding.

“We should celebrate each year with growing excitement as the 100th birthday approaches,” said Robinson. “A yearly celebration allows more of our students to be on campus to learn about the school’s history and its exciting future. The Founders’ Day activities help our spirits and bring us closer as students, alumni, faculty, staff and friends.”

Emily Jones, university archivist, has been working closely with the DSA to bring the event together.

“We celebrate our anniversary not for our own benefit, but for those before us and those who will come after us,” said Jones. “I enjoy spotlighting our history, and I’m thankful that we have the platform of our anniversary to do that each year.”

Stay up to date on all university events and activities at http://www.deltastate.edu.

Dr. Vernell Bennett, vice president of Student Affairs (left to right), Emily Ballard, president of DeSoto County Alumni Chapter and President William N. LaForge.

DeSoto County Alumni Chapter raises scholarship money

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association recently hosted the 12th annual DeSoto County Alumni Event in Southaven at the BankPlus Training Center.

DeSoto County Legacies.

DeSoto County Legacies.

This year’s program featured President William N. LaForge; Dr. Vernell Bennett, vice president of Student Affairs; and Jeffrey Farris, director of Alumni Affairs. Other faculty and staff inattendance were: Ann Giger, executive assistant to the president; Ronnie Mayers, director of Athletics; Keith Fulcher, executive director Alumni-Foundation; Gary Bouse, chief development officer; David Breaux, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Darlene Breaux, Academic Affairs development officer; Dr. Clifton Wingard, chair of the Department of Mathematics; and Katherine Shoemaker, admissions recruiter.

Over 150 alumni and friends attended the event.

Over $1,600 was raised through the affair’s silent auction. All proceeds benefit the DeSoto County Scholarship, which is given annually to incoming Delta State students from the area. This year’s recipients are Alexis Harrington from DeSoto Central High School and Maggie Evans from Southaven High School.

To view photos from the 2016 Desoto County chapter meeting, visit https://www.flickr.com/photos/dsualumni/albums/72157671344777540.

Sponsors for the event included: State Farm agents Ryan T. England and Stephanie Morrison Strohm; BankPlus; BancorpSouth; Renasant Bank; First Security Bank; William, Pitts, Beard, PLLC; Grapevine Liquor & Wine; and A&B Distributors.

Join the Delta State University National Alumni Association for the 31st annual Pig Pickin’ on Sept. 23-24 at Statesmen Park.

31st annual Pig Pickin’ scheduled for Sept. 23-24

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association is gearing up for the 31st annual Pig Pickin’ scheduled for Sept. 23-24 at Statesmen Park.

Each year, Pig Pickin’ continues to grow in attendance, and supporters are invited to become an official sponsor of this university event.

“The National Alumni Association is pleased to announce the 31st annual Delta State University Pig Pickin’,” said Jeffrey Farris, director of Alumni Affairs. “The growth of Pig Pickin’ over the past 30 years is a testament to the support of the local businesses of Cleveland, Boyle, Bolivar County and the greater Mississippi Delta region. Pig Pickin’s deep rooted tradition is evident with the thousands of alumni who attend and the hundreds of volunteers involved.”

Sponsorship opportunities range from $150-$1,000+, and donations help support the event. The deadline to become a sponsor is Sept. 19.

This year, the Alumni Association is offering a business the opportunity to sponsor the Pig Pickin’ entertainment for $2,500, which includes Friday night’s headlining band, Saturday afternoon’s DMI bands and DJ at the park. Businesses interested in the opportunity are urged to contact the Alumni Office at 662-846-4660 or alumni@deltastate.edu.

The success of Pig Pickin’ 2016 is largely dependent on the financial and in-kind support of the community, Delta region, state and national business partners. Businesses can benefit by:1234502_10151716741849200_743250881_n

  • business exposure to over 8,000 attendees at Statesmen Park
  • business exposure to over 30,000 alumni and friends of Delta State University (local, state, national, international)
  • over 15,000 email addresses (all email blasts for the event)
  • social media outlets (sponsored Facebook posts/Twitter/LinkedIn/Instagram)
  • association with the premier cultural event in the Mississippi Delta
  • tax benefits of supporting a 501©3 organization
  • website exposure (www.deltastate.edu – www.gostatesmen.com – www.deltastategiving.org – www.dsupigpickin.com)

The 31st Annual Pig Pickin’ official Facebook event page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/1168155446577403/.

To become a sponsor, contact the Alumni Association at 662-846-4660 for a brochure, or visit the Delta State University Foundation website www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/pigpickin to complete the sponsorship online.

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 Pig Pickin’ (Sept. 24) and Homecoming (Oct. 15).

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Delta State alumnus featured in BBC story

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The BBC recently published a story about UPS CEO David Abney, a Mississippi native and alumnus of Delta State University.

The story, titled “David Abney: The UPS boss who rose from the bottom rung,” mentions the impact Delta State had on Abney’s career.

“A business student at Delta State University in Mississippi, at night he would work at the local UPS depot, loading packages onto vans. By day he would sleep between lectures on a sofa in the student lounge … He also regularly returns to Delta State University, where he is a member of the board of directors for the university’s foundation, and sponsors an annual business conference at the college,” the article states.

To read the complete story, visit http://www.bbc.com/news/business-37087358.

Thanks to donations from the First Baptist Church College Ministry, Delta State's new international students were welcomed with “Dorm Room Essentials” kits.

International students welcomed with “Dorm Room Essentials” kits

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Members from Cleveland’s First Baptist Church College Ministry stepped up in a big way recently to support the arrival of Delta State’s new contingent of on-campus international students.

Church member Missey Hudson helped coordinate the group effort to purchase and organize what they call the “Dorm Room Essentials” kit.

The idea was presented to Hudson by an international student she met last year through the church’s ongoing efforts to welcome international students.

“What we wanted them to be able to do after an international flight and a two-hour drive from Memphis, was to be able to go into their dorm room, have a snack, take a shower and go to bed — and not have to go to WalMart to pick up the things they need after they’re exhausted and jetlagged,” said Hudson. “We wanted to make sure students don’t have to arrive to an empty bedroom.”

Hudson took the idea to the church’s college minister, and church members came together to donate funds for the kits.

“This was really a group effort,” stressed Hudson. “I had the blessing of coordinating someone else’s idea and everyone else’s hard work.”

The donations included sheets, a pillow, blanket, towel set, a planner and a small bag of snacks.

Marwa Cherraf, an international student from Morocco, was thrilled to receive the welcome gift.

“I was very pleased to get the basket — it meant a lot,” said Cherraf. “There are some international students who don’t know where to go and what to get when they first arrive. This was such a nice gift because it had all the stuff we need, especially for the first couple days. It makes me feel really welcomed as a new international student at Delta State. I appreciate that people want to make sure we feel comfortable and at home.”

To top it all off, Dr. Christy Riddle, executive director of International Student Services and the Student Success Center at Delta State, boxed everything together in new laundry baskets.

“This was such a kind act from the First Baptist Church,” said Riddle. “It warms our hearts that people in our community want to help welcome our international students. We have a growing international student body at Delta State, and this help will go a long way.”

Hudson said the church’s small act of kindness was a simple way to make the new students feel more at home.

“I’m hoping this idea will grow,” added Hudson. “International students are so far away from home, their friends and their family members. They’re looking to Cleveland and Delta State to form those friendships and family-like connections. As members of the Cleveland community, we can all step up and welcome these folks into our homes and our lives.”

Learn more about International Student Services at http://www.deltastate.edu/student-success-center/international-student-services.