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Malone to receive honorary doctorate

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Delta State University will continue its tradition of recognizing green and white greatness by conferring an honorary doctoral degree at fall commencement ceremonies Dec. 9.

Delta State confers the honorary degree to individuals who have made significant and meritorious contributions to the university, higher education generally or other areas of society. Achievements can include, but are not limited to, outstanding creative and scholarly work, distinguished leadership or service, significant accomplishments or exceptional philanthropic support.

Receiving the honor will be Percy Malone, who attended Delta State in 1960 and was named the university’s Outstanding Alumnus of the Year for 2017.

“Senator Percy Malone is a most-deserving honorary degree recipient,” said Delta State University President William N. LaForge. “It is customary for universities to bestow honorary degrees, and they are intended to do just that — honor the recipient for distinguished service, accomplishments, successes and contributions to society. Sen. Malone is the ideal candidate for this honor. His record of community service and leadership is enviable. And he credits Delta State with providing him the basic science education to launch his professional school, and later, his business, successes. He is a leader who cares about people and who has demonstrated, time and time again, his commitment to human and civic causes.”

Malone, who was raised in a humble upbringing in Rosedale, Mississippi, credits his time in the classroom at Delta State as paving his way to pharmacy school, and then to eventually becoming a representative and senator in Arkansas.

Long before he sat in his senate and representative seats in the Arkansas legislature, long before he established a chain of pharmacies across Arkansas, and long before he traveled to Oxford to learn his vocation, he sat in classes at Delta State soaking up the knowledge and wisdom from several teachers that would influence him the rest of his life.

“I had a professor in physics – Dr. Wiley – he took a special interest in his students,” Malone said. “It was an affordable school, and when I got out, I was prepared for pharmacy school at Ole Miss.”

“This is a great honor from a school that helped me get out of poverty,” Malone said in a previous press release about being named Outstanding Alumnus of the Year. “I have fond memories of being able to go to Delta State. It was a hand out and not a hand up.”

After receiving his pharmacy degree in 1965, Malone began working with I.B. Fuller in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. Fuller became a mentor for Malone’s community involvement, which has ranged from serving on the board of directors of the Arkadelphia Chamber of Commerce, to serving as a delegate to the Arkansas Constitutional Convention in 1980. He was also a member of the state Board of Pharmacy.

His political career began in 1995 when he was elected to represent District 36, which he did until 1999. In this capacity, he served as co-chairman of the joint budget committee and as a member of the insurance and commerce committee, the public health and welfare committee, and other important committees and subcommittees. Malone’s stint in the state senate ran from 2001-2012.

President LaForge said Delta State has bestowed fewer than 20 honorary degree’s in the institution’s history, acknowledging the significance and prestige of Malone’s degree.

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Alumni Association to host Washington County event

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association will be traveling to Greenville for the Greater Washington County Area Alumni Event on Nov. 14, at 6 p.m.

The event will be held at the Delta’s only taproom, Mighty Miss Brewing Company, in downtown Greenville.

Speakers for the event include Delta State President William N. LaForge and Delta State’s National Alumni Director Jeffrey Farris. Additional staff, faculty and special guests from campus will also be in attendance. Entertainment will be provided by the Delta Music Institute’s student band, BKZ.

“We are excited to once again get together with our fellow Statesmen and friends of the university,” said Parker Lipscomb, Washington County Alumni Chapter volunteer. “The local alumni committee has reached out to local businesses, friends and alumni to make this event possible, and we are very grateful for them. The event is going to be a fun way to reconnect with friends and has also given us an opportunity to award some Washington County students with scholarships to Delta State.”

Guests can participate in brewery tours and a silent auction during the event, with all proceeds benefitting the Washington County Area scholarship fund. Alumni and friends will enjoy appetizers from the Cajun Shotgun House while sampling craft beers.

The Alumni Association is still accepting sponsorships for the event. Call 662-846-3780 for more information about sponsorship opportunities. Visit http://bit.ly/2gDVZjx to pre-register online. Walk-ins will be welcome the night of the event. To learn more about the Mighty Miss Brewing Company, visit https://www.mightymissbeer.com/.

Save the dates for upcoming alumni events: Homecoming (Nov. 11.), Rolling Fork area event (Onward Store) on Nov. 7,  and Brookhaven (Feb. 8, 2018).

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

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).

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).

Join Alumni Association for Saturday’s tailgate

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All alumni, friends and fans of Delta State are invited to join the Delta State University National Alumni Association for food, fun and fellowship as they tailgate before the football game Saturday in Clinton, Mississippi. The Statesmen will battle the Choctaws for the Heritage Bell Trophy.

Fans should take the visitor’s entrance and look for the Alumni Association tent, to be set up near the baseball complex. Tailgating will begin at 5 p.m. and will continue until kickoff at 7 p.m. For game tickets, visit http://gochoctaws.com/sports/2006/8/1/tickets.aspx?&tab=2.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their favorite tailgate dish. Delta State pompoms, RC products and water will be provided.

For more information, contact alumni@deltastate.edu or call Melissa Love, assistant alumni director, at 662-588-3780.