Championship basketball teams return to campus

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Photo (front row, left to right): Stacy Miller, Carlos Kelley, Tim Pledger, former coach Steve Rives, Brad Bunch, Dwaun Warmack. Back row (l to r): Robert Thompson, Rodney Francis, Ross Dorr, Marco Nicvwenbrock, Chris Sykes, Richard Micheaux, Twentis Magee, Jay Walton and Jon Parker.


The Delta State University Alumni Association recently hosted a Reunion of the men’s basketball 1996-98 Gulf South Conference championship teams.

During a dinner banquet, the former players were recognized for their contributions to the basketball program at Delta State. They then received updates on the current basketball program and future plans for athletic facility upgrades from head men’s basketball coach James Boone and Athletic Director Ronnie Mayers.

Special guest former coach Steve Rives shared words of wisdom while catching up with his former teams.

“It is always special when alumni and former staff make their way back to their alma mater,” said Jeffrey Farris,  Alumni director. “It was very special to witness the guys relive the camaraderie, team spirit and fellowship that still lives on within our athletic programs today.”

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Wired For Sound offers live music in Cleveland

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In a continuing effort to develop regular live music opportunities in the area, the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with students in the Delta Music Institute entertainment industry studies program at Delta State University, have launched a “Wired For Sound” 12-week series of live music events.

For 12 consecutive weeks, local venues will will feature local talent performing a well-known repertoire of popular music, plus original songs in several acoustic-based genres, including Americana, blues, country, folk, R&B, and singer/songwriter.

The DMI performers will be scheduled on a rotating basis in the early evening or midday hours for the enjoyment of local patrons and visitors of the Delta. Participating restaurants include Mississippi Grounds, The Warehouse, Crawdad’s, Airport Grocery and Hey Joe’s.

The series is funded by a partnership between Chamber member venues and the Chamber itself, and through proceeds from the Chamber’s Restaurant Week.

This week’s live music offerings include:
*Feb. 1 — Kacee Russell —11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Mississippi Grounds
*Feb. 2 — Spencer Day — 6-8:00 p.m. at Airport Grocery
*Feb. 3 —Kailey Mathis  — 6-8:00 p.m. at The Warehouse

Musicians scheduled to be part of the initial “Wired For Sounds” series include: Carrie Lynn Stanford (singer/songwriter, Americana/folk), Brennan Barham (singer/songwriter), Jessica Faith (singer/songwriter, Americana, pop), Ty Nash (R&B), Long Time Coming (country/Americana/folk trio), Kailey Mathis (singer/songwriter), Zach Dickerson (guitar), Brittany McGee (singer/songwriter, country, Gospel), Landen Knowles (singer/songwriter, Americana, alternative rock), Kacee Russell (singer/songwriter) and Spencer Day (singer/songwriter, country).

The Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce encourages a strong local economy by creating the best environment for businesses to thrive, citizens to live, and the cultural heritage to flourish. For additional information, contact the Chamber at 662-843-2712, or on the web at http://www.clevelandmschamber.com.

The DMI 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 more information, visit http://dmi.deltastate.edu.

Incoming freshmen receive awards at Statesman Scholarship Day

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The Office of Admissions at Delta State University awarded the most prestigious scholarships to incoming freshmen during the inaugural Statesman Scholarship Day held on Jan. 27.

Students were selected to attend the event based on ACT scores, high school GPA, academic leadership and service demonstration. They participated in two rounds of interviews, one of which focused on academic achievements, and the other on student involvement and leadership.

The event provided an exciting opportunity for students to compete for the high-awarding scholarships, some of which are new for the fall of 2017.

Delta State recruiter Rebekah Arant assisted in the event’s preparation.

“Activities during the day included an enhanced tour, an interactive session with financial aid and student life representatives, an information session with academic leadership, lunch and an awards reception,” said Arant.

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dr. Charles McAdams, served as the keynote speaker during the academic information sessions, and President William N. LaForge delivered the congratulatory address during the awards program.

The scholarships offer an attractive aid package to the selected prospective students, explained Caitlyn Thompson, director of recruiting.

“Many of these scholarships cover a very large portion of tuition, if not all, and several awards include a four-year full ride to Delta State which includes tuition, room, board, books and the campus improvement fee,” said Thompson. “Scholarship dollars are a strong recruiting tool, and we are glad to be able to offer these awards to top-notch individuals.”

The scholarships awarded to 28 students included the Maurice & Mary Hartley Scholarship, William Doc Griffin Scholarship, Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni Scholarship, Kyle Education Trust Scholarship, Marietta Crear Scholarship, Foundation Executive Board Scholarship, Robert Allen Arnold Memorial Scholarship and the new Statesman Scholarship.

The scholars include: Catheryne Booth-Sanders (Grenada, MS), Cody Bowlin (Merigold, MS), Hunter Chandler (Canton, MS), John Coker (Hernando, MS), Amaya Colbert (Greenville, MS), Jordan Curry (Byram, MS), Evelyn Dover (Pope, MS), Hannah Duley (New Albany, MS), William Farmer (Oxford, MS), Grant Foley (Southaven, MS), Lucy George (Kingsport, TN), Olivia Herring (Pearl, MS), Kyle Hulett (Gulfport, MS), Lauryn Kidd (Bay St. Louis, MS), Ashlyn Kinman (Olive Branch, MS), Logan Krick (Hernando, MS.), Tristan Moseley (Cleveland, MS), Megan Price (Ellisville, MO), Mary Rackley (Gulfport, MS), Clayton Roberts (Bogue Chitto, MS), Taylor Street (Greenville, MS), Elizabeth Switzer (Gulfport, MS), Parker Tomlinson (Olive Branch, MS), Robert Wahl (Kenner, LA), Carson Wiseman (Olive Branch, MS.), Carl Failing (Indianola, MS), Alison Fullilove (Clarksdale, MS) and Ryan Raburn (Shreveport, LA).

For more information on scholarships or the application process, visit www.deltastate.edu/admissions, or contact 662-846-4020.

“Harriet Tubman: The Chosen One” coming to Jobe

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Delta State University welcomes Gwendolyn Briley-Strand for her performance of “Harriet Tubman: The Chosen One” on Feb. 8 at 7 p.m. in Jobe Auditorium.

Briley-Strand has been touring this performance since 1993.

The show takes its audience on one of the many journeys Tubman took on the Underground Railroad. It celebrates the life of this great American who made her way to freedom, and then risked her freedom to free others. 

The performance includes singing of spirituals and the use of the secret language used on the dangerous path to freedom.

Briley-Strand has been a performer for more than 30 years. She has entertained audiences on stage, radio, television and in movie theaters. She is a member of SAG-AFTRA, & Actor’s Equity Association, and she has performed extensively in television and movies. Her commercial voiceovers can be heard on network and cable stations.

Additionally, she has filmed public service announcements for substance and child abuse.

Briley-Strand is also the founder and CEO of See the Fruits, Inc., a company that uses the arts to teach valuable lessons in history.

The performance is sponsored by the DSU Diversity Committee and is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Arlene Sanders at 662-846-4095 or asanders@deltastate.edu.

Johnson awarded Outstanding Alumnus at South Central alumni meeting

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(Left to right) Jeffrey Farris, director of Alumni Affairs, President William N. LaForge, and Molly Hoagland Johnson, South Central Mississippi Chapter Alumnus of the Year.

The Delta State University National Alumni Association held its annual South Central Mississippi Alumni Chapter Meeting Jan. 26 at Mitchell’s Steak & Seafood in Brookhaven.

The night of fun and fellowship featured Delta State President William N. LaForge, head baseball coach Mike Kinnison, Athletic Director Ronnie Mayers, and Director of the Delta Music Institute, Tricia Walter.

Alumni received a preview for baseball season, plans for renovations to Walter Sillers Coliseum, and the inter-workings of the Delta Music Institute.

LaForge provided campus updates related to construction and academic advancements.

“The ultimate goal for us is for students to walk across the stage and receive their diploma,” said LaForge.

Molly Hoagland Johnson ‘94 was recognized as the South Central Mississippi Chapter Alumnus of the Year.

Johnson received her bachelor’s from Delta State in 1994 and her MBA in 1995. She served as president of Kappa Delta Sorority and was a member of the Delta State tennis team from 1990-94. She was recognized for Gulf South Conference Sportsmanship in 1993 and 1994. Additionally, Johnson is a member of the DSU Hall of Fame.

Since her days as a Delta State student, Johnson has been committed to serving her community. She is employed at North Pike School District, where she has also served as an active PTO member and past president. She co-coaches the Fernwood Flippers Swim team and the Parklane Academy Swim Team.

Johnson’s community affiliations include: executive director for The United Givers of Southwest MS; member and former president of the Pike County Howdycrat Board; and former ambassador for the Pike County Chamber of Commerce. As a Life Member of the McComb Garden club, she has served as fundraiser chairman, publicity chairman and Azalea Court chairman.

She and her family attend Centenary United Methodist Church where she previously served as children’s coordinator for two years. For 14 years, she taught elementary students during church on Wednesday evenings. She has also chaired fundraising projects for youth to attend mission trips.

At home in McComb, Molly and her husband, Pender Johnson, have three boys.

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 Go Green Weekend (April 8), Pig Pickin’ (Oct. 7) and Homecoming (Nov. 11).