32nd annual Pig Pickin’ success for Delta State

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The Delta State University Alumni Association celebrated the 32nd annual Pig Pickin’ this past weekend at Statesmen Park with a record-breaking number of guests.

Over 1,000 people came through the barbecue serving lines and enjoyed a plate of pulled pork or Polk’s Meat Products sausage dog and a cold RC drink. The BBQ was prepared by the Ubon’s BBQ of Yazoo City and a group of volunteers including Tom Janoush, Jamie van Vulpen, David Griffith, Milan Killebrew, Mike Ainsworth, Craig Verhage and many others. Volunteers lead by the Student Alumni Association, Kappa Alpha Order, Boy Scouts of Cleveland, and First Year Seminar also played a major role in preparing for the guests on Statesmen Park.

Over 400 prospective students and parents attended DSU Day which was an all-time high.

The 3rd Annual Corn Hole Tournament was held on Statesmen Park. Jae Medders and Johnny Cassibry claimed the title which was sponsored by the Alumni Association and DSU Intramurals.

Pig Pickin’ guests were entertained by the Jason Miller Band, CE All-Stars, and the talented Delta Music Institute bands.

Other Saturday events included the annual Pig Pickin’ Golf Classic to support the DSU Golf Team, biennial Baseball Reunion, and the Hog Run 5K sponsored by Kappa Sigma Fraternity.

The Alumni Association joined the Memphis Barbeque Network which is one of the leading sanctioning bodies of BBQ contests in the world. This year 38 cook teams competed for Grand Champion of Pig Pickin in the Championship and Patio Category, and there were 16 first-time cook teams this year.

Championship Category Grand Champion: Cotton Patch Cooking Team from Columbus, Mississippi
Patio Category Grand Champion: Rolling Bones from Rosedale, Mississippi

The event would not have been possible without the help of all the volunteers and event sponsors, including Polk’s Meat Products, which has sponsored the event for over a decade. Sponsors were treated to a jambalaya dinner at the Sponsors’ Social Friday night before Pig Pickin’ at the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni & Foundation House. Please visit www.dsupigpickin.com to view the 2017 Delta State Pig Pickin’ sponsors.

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 Homecoming (Nov. 11).

Homecoming elections change, new title to be added

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The Student Government Association Senate recently passed a bill that changed the title of Delta State University Homecoming Queen to Miss Green and White. In addition, there will be one male student elected to the Homecoming Court with the title of Mr. Green and White.

Both Mr. and Miss Green and White must be seniors who will be enrolled during the spring semester.

SGA President Ashley Griffin said the SGA felt titles of such a high honor should be recognized accordingly and should have certain benefits such as throwing out the first pitch of a baseball game, being recognized as campus-elected leaders at official university events, athletic functions, and in the local community.

As the official representatives of Delta State University’s student body, Mr. And Miss Green and White will be required to identify and advocate for a platform, she added.

The Homecoming Court will consist of two female representatives for freshmen, sophomore, and junior classes, three female representatives for the senior class, and one male who had been selected as Mr. Green and White. This year, the Homecoming Court will be announced during the Valdosta Game on Oct. 21. All representatives will participate in the Homecoming Parade the morning of the Homecoming game on Nov. 11.

In keeping with Delta State tradition, Miss Green and White will not be announced until half-time of the Homecoming game. Miss Green and White would be one of the three senior maids.

The Mr. and Miss Green and White (formerly known as Mr. and Miss DSU) elections have typically been held during the spring semester. To replace the void that will be created by moving elections to the fall, this year SGA will implement a Statesman and Lady Statesman of the Year award. This person will be chosen through an application process that will decided upon by a panel of faculty and staff, administration, and students.  The winners of these awards will be recognized at the Hall of Fame dinner in May 2018.

Homecoming elections will be held on Oct. 16-18 in the first floor lobby of the Student Union. The winners of the elections will be announced during the football game against Valdosta on Oct. 21.

Paige to provide colloquia address Oct. 10

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The Delta State University Colloquia Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series continues this semester featuring Dr. Rod Paige, the former United States Secretary of Education under President George W. Bush.

Paige’s speech, titled “The Future of Higher Education in America,” will begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 10, in the E.R. Jobe Hall Auditorium on campus.

Those unable to attend the event can view the live stream speech online through the university’s official LiveStream channel: https://livestream.com/DeltaStateUniversity.

Paige served under Bush from 2001-2005. During his tenure, he helped create the No Child Left Behind Act, which was based in part on his work as superintendent of the Houston Independent School District. After the measure was signed into law in January 2002, Paige oversaw the new law’s implementation.

Born in Monticello, Mississippi, he is the son of public school educators. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Jackson State University and master’s and doctoral degrees in physical education from Indiana University.

Before beginning his career in education administration, he was a college football coach for two decades. In 1967, while coaching at historically black Jackson State University, his team played in a game that broke the color barrier at Veterans Memorial Stadium in Jackson.

Paige became superintendent of the Houston Independent School District in 1994, and was known for his successful leadership and innovative reforms as head of the large district. He also served as the dean of the College of Education at Texas Southern University.

He was the first African American and the first school superintendent to serve as education secretary. After leaving the Education Department, he became a public policy fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He recently served as the interim president of his alma mater, Jackson State University.

Delta State President William N. LaForge established the colloquia program when taking office in 2013. The platform is an ongoing series of top-flight lectures and addresses featuring prominent speakers. William F. Winter, former Mississippi governor, was honored as the first speaker in 2013.

LaForge said the Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series is another commitment to bringing excellence to Delta State.

“The university colloquia program brings distinguished, high-profile professionals to campus who can share career and life stories with our students and faculty. A distinguished lecture series is one of the exciting features of a university, and we are fortunate to be able to host outstanding professionals such as Dr. Paige,” said LaForge. “It especially allows our students and faculty to rub elbows with professionals and resources we sometimes have the rare opportunity to engage. Great universities have great programs, and this is one.”

Learn more about the series at www.deltastate.edu/president/colloquia.


Fighting Okra Records to host album release party

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Fighting Okra Records, the student-run record label within the Delta Music Institute’s entertainment industry program at Delta State University, is hosting an album release party to celebrate the newest addition to its ongoing compilation series, “Fighting Okra, Round 3.”

The event will feature live performances from artists featured on the album and take place on the campus Quadrangle on Oct. 12 at 5 p.m.

Six student artists will perform at the event, each providing a different style of music, including hip-hop, electronic, alternative and soul. All artists are featured on the CD and will be performing their contributions to the album, as well as some of their solo material. Free refreshments will be provided, and entry to the event is free.

In addition to the musical performances, the release party will include raffles, contests and a photo booth for attendees.

“Fighting Okra, Round 3″ is the third entry in FOR’s compilation series, and fifth release for the student-run record label.

“I’m excited about a new release on the Fighting Okra Records label,” said Tricia Walker, DMI director. “This release marks the beginning of the search for the label’s next artist to be signed and produced in the DMI studios. There is so much great young talent here at Delta State, and this current release showcases a lot of that talent.”

The Delta Music Institute is an independent center of study under the College of Arts and Sciences at Delta State University, offering a bachelor’s degree in entertainment industry studies. The focus of the DMI is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, creative and business areas of the music and entertainment industry. For information about the DMI or Fighting Okra Records, contact 662-846-4579 or visit http://dmi.deltastate.edu.

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).