Entertainment schedule for the Pig Pickin’ weekend

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The 32nd annual Pig Pickin’ weekend kicks off today (Oct. 6) at 5 p.m. with a slate of live entertainment at Statesmen Park.

DJ Howl will take the stage first, followed by the Jason Miller Band at 7:30 p.m. JMB will deliver a southern country rock sound.

The fun continues Saturday with performances on stage throughout the day. 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 along with his band, President LaForge and the Cabinet.

At 3:30 p.m., the Delta State University Marching Band, Delta State cheerleaders, and the Delta Belles dance team will lead the way for the 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 high-energy cheerleading, tumbling and gymnastics show.

After Pig Pickin’ award winners are announced at 5 p.m., tailgaters will be prepping for the 6 p.m. kickoff as the Statesmen take on the University of West Alabama. To purchase game tickets, visit http://deltastatetickets.universitytickets.com/user_pages/event.asp?id=342&cid=40 or call DSU Athletics at 662-846-4300.

Other Saturday events include the annual Pig Pickin’ Golf Classic, the third annual cornhole tournament and the Hog Run 5K. For more information or to sign up, and to purchase food plate tickets, visit www.dsupigpickin.com.

To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, download the Delta State Alumni app and follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (alumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Make plans for this year’s Pig Pickin’ (Oct. 7) and Homecoming (Nov. 11).

Biology credits available for new course in Bangladesh

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Dr. A.H.M. Ali Reza, associate professor of biology at Delta State, is leading another international field course this winter in his homeland of Bangladesh.

The new three-credit study abroad course will take place during the winter intersession Dec. 11-23 and is open to students from any major. Community members are also welcome to sign up for the trip. The official name for the class is BIO 492: Tropical Field Biology.

The two-week field experience will provide hands-on practice in the ecology and conservation of unique wildlife species in two highly biodiverse ecosystems — Lawachara National Park, a tropical evergreen forest in northeastern Bangladesh, and the Sundarbans Reserved Forest, the world’s largest mangrove forest in southwestern Bangladesh.

“The overall objective of the course is to introduce students to tropical wildlife and their habitats, taxonomy, natural history and biogeography, with an emphasis on the conservation challenges and prospects faced by these animals,” said Reza. “Best of all, students will be offered truly unique field experiences not available in a traditional classroom.”

Additional topics covered will include wildlife monitoring, evergreen forest ecology, mangrove forest and estuarine ecology, and applied conservation biology. During the course, theory will be delivered through lectures and in-house discussions, followed by hands-on activities to practice field methodologies.

The fee for the course is $2,600 and includes the following:

  • Food and lodging for the entire course
  • Round-trip travel to Sundarbans Reserve Forest and Lawachara National Parks within Bangladesh
  • Experienced instructors and field equipment

The course fee does not include:

  • International travel to and from Dhaka, Bangladesh
  • Travel or health insurance (proof of health insurance is required for course attendance)
  • Rubber boots, binoculars, flashlight and insect repellent (all of which are required to take this course)

Reza said those interested in attending should explore potential scholarship opportunities at https://fieldprojects.org/participate/courses-2/scholarships/. The deadline for scholarship applications is Oct. 15.

For more information, visit https://fieldprojects.org/course/bangladesh/. For questions and trip information, contact Reza at areza@deltastate.edu.

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Safety a priority at 32nd annual Pig Pickin

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The 32nd annual Pig Pickin’, hosted by the Delta State University National Alumni Association, is a signature event at the university that many alumni, friends, students, parents, faculty and staff visit each year.

With the sheer volume of people who will be at Statesmen Park this weekend, it is important that safety remains a top priority and creates the need for rules and regulations.

·         To ensure everyone has a safe and fun experience at Statesmen Park, no vehicles will be allowed at the park.
·         Tailgaters needing to drop off tents or other heavy items will be allowed to do so before 3 p.m. Friday and before 11 a.m. Saturday. After these times, traffic will not be allowed in the park. Parking will be available at the athletics facilities, Shumate Park, Walter Sillers Coliseum, Kent Wyatt Hall and across Highway 8 on campus. Tailgating behind the visitors’ side of the stadium is prohibited. Directional signage will indicate the designated tailgating areas for Pig Pickin’ attendees.
·         Golf carts will not be allowed with the exception of officials and staff golf carts. Pets are also not allowed at the event. These rules were put in place to ensure the safety of Pig Pickin’ participants, particularly the many children who attend.
·         No bonfires or fire pits allowed.

For more information on the event, visit www.dsupigpickin.com. For questions, 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), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1).

Yarbrough named Employee of the Month

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The Delta State University Staff Council recently honored Teresa Yarbrough, administrative secretary/grants coordinator for the College of Education and Human Sciences, as the September 2017 Employee of the Month.

She has been working at the university for nine years.

Yarbrough is married to her husband Scott, and together they have five children and eight grandchildren. When not working, she enjoys spending time with her family, traveling to watch her grandchildren play sports, refurbishing furniture, baking and sewing.

Made up of volunteers from the Staff Council, the Incentives & Recognition committee meets monthly to review nominations for the Employee of the Month award. The committee has been celebrating staff performance in this manner for over 15 years.

Delta State’s Staff Council serves as a liaison between the administration and the staff to provide a formal process for staff to discuss issues involving university policies and procedures and to forward ideas, recommendations and opinions to the president.

LaForge named Mississippi Top 50

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Delta State University President William N. LaForge recently received the distinct honor of being named to the Mississippi Top 50 list for 2017.

The annual awards, which started in 2016, recognize those who are judged to be the most influential leaders in the state. Additionally, the awards recognize those who help, by virtue of their position and talent, to move the conversation in Mississippi forward.

This bipartisan selection of leaders comes from the ranks of elected and appointed officials, economic development professionals, business, media and government affairs. The program is sponsored by Y’all Politics and Supertalk Mississippi, and awardees are nominated through an open process.

“I’m very grateful to Y’all Politics and Supertalk Mississippi for this recognition,” said LaForge. “If there is anything to the issue of influence, I owe it to, and share it with, my colleagues at Delta State who make up a super team of faculty, staff and administrators who are devoted to our students.”

LaForge and other awardees will be honored at a ceremony a The Old Capitol Inn in Jackson, Mississippi on Oct. 17.

To view award winners for the previous two years, visit http://mstop50.com/winners. Follow MSTop50 on Twitter @MSTop50 or on Facebook to keep up with news and updates about MSTop50 winners and events.