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Alumni gather in Atlanta and Washington, D.C.

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Delta State University alumni recently gathered in Atlanta (left) and Washington, D.C.

 

The Delta State University Alumni Association recently traveled to Atlanta’s Mississippi in the Park, as well as the Mississippi on the Mall event in Washington, D.C.

The special events allowed Mississippi natives and Delta State alumni to celebrate their home state by visiting with alumni staff. Delta State University was well represented, along with other universities and businesses from the Magnolia State.

Centered around the celebration of Mississippi’s bicentennial birthday, the Mississippi Society of Georgia hosted the Atlanta event on June 9-10. Mississippians occupied a special section of the crowd at the Atlanta Braves baseball game on Friday night during the inaugural season at the new SunTrust Park. On Saturday, guests gathered at Chastain Park in Buckhead, where Penn’s catfish and chicken was served. Southern blues band The Shufflejunkies also put on a show for the crowd.

Additionally, the society presented a $1,000 scholarship for a class of 2017 Georgia high school senior to attend a four-year Mississippi institution in the fall of 2017.

“The Mississippi Society of Georgia volunteers provided a wonderful experience for all to enjoy,” said Jeffrey Farris, director of the Alumni Association. “Special thank you to the Delta State alumni volunteers who serve on the committee.”

On June 17, Mississippi Society of Washington, D.C. hosted the annual Mississippi on the Mall event at the Henry Bacon Ball Field beside the Lincoln Memorial. This year’s event included Simmons’ Mississippi Farm-Raised Catfish, live music by Kingfish and fellowship.

“Mississippi on the Mall presented a wonderful opportunity to connect with alumni and friends in a fun environment,” said Melissa Love, assistant Alumni director. “Statesmen pride is strong in our nation’s capitol,”

Delta State’s first lady, Nancy LaForge, was among over 600 people who attended this year’s event.

See more photos from the Atlanta event here: https://flic.kr/s/aHskX5SdJG, and view D.C. photos here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsm2XiQ5R.

The Greater Jackson Alumni Chapter will hold its meeting on July 13 at the Jackson Yacht Club. On Aug. 1, the Leflore County/Greenwood Alumni Chapter will hold its meeting at the Museum of the Mississippi Delta in Greenwood. The DeSoto County Alumni Chapter will meet on Aug. 12 with additional details to be announced.

Save the dates for this year’s big alumni events: Pig Pickin’ (Oct. 7) and Homecoming (Nov. 11.).

For more information on the DSUNAA, call 662-846-4660 or email alumni@deltastate.edu.

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).

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Alumni to gather in Atlanta and D.C.

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association is gearing up to visit alumni and friends this summer at Atlanta’s Mississippi in the Park on June 10, as well as the Mississippi on the Mall event in Washington, D.C. on June 17. All Delta State Alumni and friends are invited to attend the events and visit Alumni staff at the Delta State tent.

Atlanta’s Mississippi in the Park, hosted by the Mississippi Society of Georgia, is sponsored annually by various alumni associations from Mississippi schools and Mississippi businesses. At Chastain Park in Buckhead, guests will enjoy live music entertainment while dining on a Mississippi catfish lunch. During the picnic, the society will announce the winner of a $1,000 scholarship for a class of 2017 Georgia high school senior to attend a four-year Mississippi institution in the fall of 2017.

For more information about the event, visit www.mssocietyofga.org.

On June 17, Alumni staff will be present at the Mississippi on the Mall event in the nation’s capital, connecting with Delta State alumni and friends living in the area. All things Mississippi will be celebrated at the event, which will be held at the Henry Bacon Ball Field at the northeast corner of the Lincoln Memorial.

Mississippi on the Mall is hosted by the Mississippi Society of Washington, D.C., whose funding consists of dues paid by Mississippi society members and donations from Mississippi based businesses and universities.

Additionally, the National Alumni Association is excited to announce dates recently added to the event calendar. The Greater Jackson Alumni Chapter will hold their meeting on July 13 at the Jackson Yacht Club. On Aug. 1, the Leflore County/Greenwood Alumni Chapter will hold its meeting at the Museum of the Mississippi Delta. The DeSoto County Alumni Chapter will meet on Aug. 12 with additional details to be announced.

Save the dates for this year’s big Alumni events: Pig Pickin’ (Oct. 7) and Homecoming (Nov. 11.)

For more information on the National Alumni Association, call 662-846-4660 or email alumni@deltastate.edu.

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)

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Alumni and Admissions team up for social media campaign

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A partnership between the Delta State University National Alumni Association and the Office of Admissions has created a fun initiative for incoming freshmen and transfer students.

The digital campaign created by the National Alumni Association, #deltastatebound, aims to promote awareness of the Delta State family culture to future Statesmen and alumni, as well as promote and engage a positive life-long alumni experience.

For those who have been admitted and have decided to continue their higher education at Delta State, the Alumni Association designed and provided yard sign gifts for the students as a celebratory ‘send off’ from their current residence. Using the hashtag #deltastatebound, students take to social media to share photos with the sign, letting the world know they’re coming to Delta State in the fall.

“The campaign is giving the new students a way to brand their commitment to Delta State. New students are having fun with the signs, which feature the Fighting Okra and Statesman mascots,” said Jeffrey Farris, director of Alumni Relations. “We are also excited to compliment Admissions’ goal of providing students with an atmosphere that fosters commitment and a sense of belonging.”

Melissa Love, assistant director of Alumni Relations, added, “The impact of the campaign through social media outlets has been fantastic. Since our campaign began, the hashtag has been used by admitted students and Delta State officials through Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. These posts have gained thousands of likes and have collectively been shared dozens of times, including being shared by Mississippi Today. Analytics of our own social media accounts report reach totals of several thousand. This doesn’t include measurements from individuals who have posted the hashtag.”

Although primarily a digital campaign, the yard signs are being seen in neighborhoods across the state, additionally promoting Delta State pride.

Students interested in enrolling at Delta State may apply online at www.deltastate.edu/apply, and campus visits may be scheduled at www.deltastate.edu/visit. Students who have submitted an application may check their status by logging in to their student account any time or by calling 662-846-4020.

For more information on the admissions process or admitted student events, contact the Office of Admissions at 662-846-4020 or email admissions@deltastate.edu.

For more information on the National Alumni Association, call 662-846-4660 or email alumni@deltastate.edu. To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni), Tumblr (www.dsualumni.tumblr.com), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1).

Save the dates: Pig Pickin’ (October 7) and Homecoming (November 11).

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Alumni Association hosts successful Crawfish Boil

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The annual Bolivar County Alumni Crawfish Boil was held April 6, attracting a large group of current students, alumni and friends of Delta State University. Hosted by the Bolivar County Chapter of the Delta State National Alumni Association, the festivities included a silent auction, live entertainment by Southern Duality, a kids zone, crawfish races and more.

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Crawfish King, Jerry Ainsworth, and Crawfish Queen, Dot Bright ’62.

Special to this year’s event was the crowning of the Crawfish King, Jerry Ainsworth, and Crawfish Queen, Dot Bright ’62. Presented by Jeffrey Farris, alumni director, and Melissa Love, assistant director.

“These outstanding alumni awards were given in the form of royalty — complete with a green cape, crawfish beads, and a crawfish crown for their long-time service, support and dedication to their alma mater,” said Love. “The king and queen also took home a custom engraved wooden plaque, courtesy of Merigold Cabinets & Carpentry.”

“The Crawfish King and Queen is a fun way for the Bolivar County alumni planning committee to recognize outstanding alumni in Bolivar County,” said Gary Crews, Bolivar County Alumni Chapter president. “Dot and Jerry both bleed green.”

Other highlights from the scholarship fundraiser were guest speakers President William N. LaForge, head football coach Todd Cooley, Miss DSU Hannah Leflore, and Southern Tradition Tailgating’s combat tailgate vehicle.

Proceeds from tickets, the silent auction and sponsorships benefit the Liza Vaughn Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to incoming Delta State students from Bolivar County. The scholarship was established in 2011 and was named for past assistant director of Alumni Affairs, Liza Vaughn, who lost her battle with cancer in April of 2012.

To donate to the scholarship, visit https://www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/lizavaughnmemorialscholarshipfund.

The event was made possible through the support of volunteers and sponsors. The 2017 Bolivar County Alumni Crawfish Boil planning committee consisted of Shane Howell, Shannon Brown, Corley Mullins, Shauna Allen, Jimmy L. Avery, Gary Crews, Bennett Crow, Dillon Vickers, Rebekah Arant, Matthew Mullins, Tricia Killebrew, Dianne Schattner, the Delta State golf team, Phi Mu and the Student Alumni Association.

This year’s sponsors included: Okra Level – YoEddie BBQ, Needle Specialty Products Corporation, Boyle Lumber Company, Domino’s, and the American Legion “Bingo Baby” ; Green Level – Auto Mark, Nehi Bottling, Planters Bank, Denton’s Dairy, Mississippi Land Bank, The Image Specialist, College Heights Apartments, Security Services, Guaranty Bank, Lenny’s Subs, Cleveland State Bank, Delta Home Designs & Flooring Co., McNeer Mini Storage, Robinson Electric, and Cox & Moore, PLLC; White Level – Debbie Davis Real Estate, Byrd Service Station, Rogers Entomological Services Inc., Bolivar Commercial, Abraham’s, Griffith Real Estate And Rentals, Mississippi Grounds, Abe Draper Photography, Ely Weeks – Merigold Cabinets & Carpentry, Todd Walley Plumbing, Craig Verhage – Shelter Insurance, Tentwentyfour, Meador & Crump, A Polished Image, and Williams Supply & Rentals.

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 Pig Pickin’ (Oct. 7) and Homecoming (Nov. 11).

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Bolivar County Alumni Crawfish Boil returning to campus

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2017 Bolivar County Alumni Crawfish Boil planning committee (left to right): Shane Howell, Shannon Brown, Corley Mullins, Shauna Allen, Jimmy L. Avery, Gary Crews, Bennett Crow, Dillon Vickers and Rebekah Arant.

The Delta State University National Alumni Association is gearing up for the annual Bolivar County Alumni Crawfish Boil. This year’s event will be held April 6 at 5:30 p.m. in front of Walter Sillers Coliseum.

Tickets for crawfish are $20 in advance or $25 at the door. BBQ tickets are $8. Free Domino’s pizza will be available to children 12 and under with the purchase of an adult ticket. Tickets can be purchased at the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni-Foundation House, online at www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/bolivarcountycrawfishboil, or at the door.

All alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends of the university are invited to attend.

There will also be a silent auction, a Kids Zone and crawfish races. Southern Tradition Tailgating will be on-site with the new Tailgating Combat Vehicle on display. Live entertainment will be provided by Southern Duality, a two piece acoustic group who covers a variety of music, from Motown to Southern rock, 80s rock and more.

Special guests will include Delta State President William N. LaForge, Athletic Director Ronnie Mayers and Miss Delta State University Hannah Leflore.

Proceeds from tickets, the silent auction and sponsorships benefit the Liza Vaughn Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to incoming Delta State students from Bolivar County. This scholarship was established in 2011 and was named for past assistant director of Alumni Affairs, Liza Vaughn, who lost her battle with cancer in April of 2012. To donate to the scholarship, visit https://www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/lizavaughnmemorialscholarshipfund.

“We look forward to a great evening full of good food, fun and fellowship that will benefit a great cause,” said Gary Crews, president of the Bolivar County Chapter. “Our goal of the Bolivar County Chapter is to raise scholarship dollars for incoming Delta State freshmen from Bolivar County.” 

2017 Bolivar County Alumni Crawfish Boil planning committee member include: Shane Howell, Shannon Brown, Corley Mullins, Shauna Allen, Jimmy L. Avery, Gary Crews, Bennett Crow, Dillon Vickers and Rebekah Arant.

The event would not be possible without the generosity of sponsors. Corporate Sponsors include: Statesmen Level – Bolivar Medical Center and Polk’s Meat Products; Okra Level – Patrick Davis State Farm, Air Evac Lifeteam, and Renasant Bank. This year’s Crawfish Boil event sponsors include: Okra Level – YoEddie BBQ, Needle Specialty Products Corporation, Boyle Lumber Company, Domino’s, and the American Legion “Bingo Baby” ; Green Level – Auto Mark, Nehi Bottling, Planters Bank, Denton’s Dairy, Mississippi Land Bank, The Image Specialist, College Heights Apartments, Security Services, Guaranty Bank, Lenny’s Subs, Cleveland State Bank, Delta Home Designs & Flooring Co., McNeer Mini Storage, Robinson Electric, and Cox & Moore, PLLC; White Level – Davis Real Estate, Byrd Service Station, Rogers Entomological Services Inc., Bolivar Commercial, Abraham’s, Griffith Real Estate And Rentals, Meador & Crump, Mississippi Grounds, Abe Draper Photography, Ely Weeks – Merigold Cabinets & Carpentry, Todd Walley Plumbing, Craig Verhage – Shelter Insurance, Tentwentyfour, A Polished Image.

Join the Facebook Event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/183381515388241/. 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 Pig Pickin’ (Oct. 7) and Homecoming (Nov. 11).