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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).

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Alumni announces chapter meeting in Brookhaven

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association announced plans for the annual South Central Mississippi Alumni Chapter Meeting Jan. 26 at Mitchell’s Steak & Seafood in Brookhaven. The registration and social will begin at 6 p.m, followed by dinner and the program at 6:30 p.m.

The event will host an All-Star cast featuring Delta State President William N. LaForge and baseball coach Mike Kinnison. Other special guests will include Ronnie Mayers, director of Athletics, Tricia Walter, director of the Delta Music Institute, and representatives from the Admissions Office.

“The Delta State University South Central Chapter is full of Delta State pride,” said Jeffrey Farris, director of Alumni Affairs. “The chapter is always eager to come together in the name of their alma mater.”

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

Johnson lives in McComb and is married to Pender Johnson. She received her bachelor’s in 1994 and MBA in 1995. She was president of Kappa Delta Sorority and a member of the Delta State tennis team from 1990-94. Additionally, Johnson is a member of the Delta State Student Hall of Fame. Currently, she serves as the executive director for the United Givers of Southwest Mississippi.

The cost for the meeting is $15 per person. Prospective students are invited to attend as guests of the Alumni Association. To RSVP, call 662-846-4660 or visit www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/southcentralevent.

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).

The 2016 Sustaining Life Member Program lapel pin

Sustaining Life Member Program supports scholarship fund

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association launched the Sustaining Life Member Program in 2013 as a voluntary way for current paid-in-full lifetime members and honorary lifetime members to provide additional annual support to the association with a yearly tax-deductible gift of $100.

Sustaining Life members are recognized for their generosity in an issue of Delta State magazine and listed on the Alumni Association’s website. Members also receive a certificate and special edition lapel pin.

The 2013 lapel pin featured the Delta State quadrangle with the oak trees towering above. The 2014 pin featured the Lena Roberts Sillers Chapel, and the 2015 pin featured Walter Sillers Coliseum. This year’s pin features the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni & Foundation House.

The program was started to enhance the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni Scholarship Fund. Over the past decade, over 200 students have received the scholarship. By the Centennial Celebration of 2025, the National Alumni Association has set a goal to award 500 Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni Scholarships. The scholarship is a one-time gift of $500.

“All funds raised will be used for the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni Scholarship, which is given to incoming freshmen and transfer students whose parents are dues-paying members of the National Alumni Association,” said Jeffrey Farris, director of Alumni Affairs.

There are currently over 2,700 Life Members of the National Alumni Association. Members who have yet to join the Sustaining Life Program can still donate and receive their special edition lapel pin.

To participate in the program, or for more information, contact the Alumni Association at 662-846-4660, or visit the website www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/sustaininglifememberprogram.

Alumnus of the Year awardee Charlie M. Pleas III

Alumni Association announces 2016 award winners

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association recently announced its 2016 alumni award recipients, who will be honored during a series of events Oct. 14-15 during the 84th Delta State Homecoming weekend.

The Alumni Association will recognize the Outstanding Alumnus of the Year, the Hall of Fame inductees and the Alumni Service Awards. The Delta State Department of Athletics will honor the Athletic Hall of Fame, Coaches Hall of Fame and Distinguished Statesmen Award. In advance of formal announcements to follow, the Alumni Association released names of the winners today. To read more about the 2016 Sports Hall of Fame and awards winners, visit http://www.gostatesmen.com/news/2016/8/9/athletic-department-dsu-athletics-announces-2016-hall-of-fame-class.aspx?path=athleticdepartment.

The Outstanding Alumnus of the Year is presented to a graduate who has made significant contributions to human or institutional programs in which a situation, an institution or a movement has been materially changed for the better due to that individual’s personal participation. This year’s recipient is Charlie M. Pleas III ’87, of Germantown, Tennessee.

Induction into the Delta State University Alumni Hall of Fame is the highest honor bestowed upon an individual by the DSU Alumni Association. Established in 2007, the Alumni Hall of Fame is extended to alumni and friends who have achieved professional distinction and made significant community service contributions at the local, national and/or international level, and who have thus brought honor and distinction to Delta State. This year, three distinguished alumni, along with Pleas, will be inducted into the hall: Charlene Bagwell Graham ‘64; Dwight Herlong ‘91; Bob “Pic” Billingsley ’83; and Walter W. Bettinger ’83.

The Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni Service Award recognizes outstanding service and contributions to Delta State by an alumnus. Richard Showse Myers ’91 will receive the award this year.

The Kent Wyatt “Young Alumnus” Service Award recognizes outstanding service and contributions to Delta State by a graduate 36-years-old or younger. The 2016 recipient is Matthew Parker Lipscomb ’04.

The Gladys Castle “Friend” of Delta State Service Award recognizes outstanding service and contributions to Delta State by a non-alumnus or institution. This year’s winner is Senator Eugene S. “Buck” Clarke.

The Legacy Award is presented to an alumnus or Delta State affiliated organization who made an institutional changing impact at the university. This year, a previous National Alumni Association president will be recognized.

The Dr. Henry Outlaw Faculty/Staff Service Award was established in 2014 as a way to recognize former Delta State faculty or staff members who have had a significant influence in the life of the university and/or the National Alumni Association. Established by the National Alumni Association Board of Directors, and inspired by the Dedicated Statesmen Association, the award will be given this year to Dr. Wayne Blansett ’73, Delta State Vice President of Student Affairs Emeritus.

The National Alumni Association will be releasing more information about the 2016 winners in the fall edition of the Alumni & Foundation magazine.

The association has a variety of activities planned throughout Homecoming weekend. This year’s featured reunion is the class of 1966, which will be celebrating 50 years since graduating from Delta State College. The 1966 class will be inducted into the prestigious Golden Circle, which is a constituency group of the association that honors alumni who graduated at least 50 years ago.

The official hashtag for the 2016 Homecoming is #DSUHC16. For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 662-846-4660. To purchase tickets to the Alumni Awards Gala, contact the association at 662-846-4660 or http://www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/homecoming2016.

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).

Dr. Vernell Bennett, vice president of Student Affairs (left to right), Emily Ballard, president of DeSoto County Alumni Chapter and President William N. LaForge.

DeSoto County Alumni Chapter raises scholarship money

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association recently hosted the 12th annual DeSoto County Alumni Event in Southaven at the BankPlus Training Center.

DeSoto County Legacies.

DeSoto County Legacies.

This year’s program featured President William N. LaForge; Dr. Vernell Bennett, vice president of Student Affairs; and Jeffrey Farris, director of Alumni Affairs. Other faculty and staff inattendance were: Ann Giger, executive assistant to the president; Ronnie Mayers, director of Athletics; Keith Fulcher, executive director Alumni-Foundation; Gary Bouse, chief development officer; David Breaux, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences; Darlene Breaux, Academic Affairs development officer; Dr. Clifton Wingard, chair of the Department of Mathematics; and Katherine Shoemaker, admissions recruiter.

Over 150 alumni and friends attended the event.

Over $1,600 was raised through the affair’s silent auction. All proceeds benefit the DeSoto County Scholarship, which is given annually to incoming Delta State students from the area. This year’s recipients are Alexis Harrington from DeSoto Central High School and Maggie Evans from Southaven High School.

To view photos from the 2016 Desoto County chapter meeting, visit https://www.flickr.com/photos/dsualumni/albums/72157671344777540.

Sponsors for the event included: State Farm agents Ryan T. England and Stephanie Morrison Strohm; BankPlus; BancorpSouth; Renasant Bank; First Security Bank; William, Pitts, Beard, PLLC; Grapevine Liquor & Wine; and A&B Distributors.