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Delta State Alumni and Foundation Magazine fresh off the press

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The latest issue of the Delta State Alumni and Foundation Magazine has hit homes of alumni, friends and supporters of Delta State University.

The cover features alumnus Dr. Percy Malone, the 2017 Delta State University Outstanding Alumnus of the Year.

Also spotlighted in the magazine is Craig Verhage ’92 and Leslie Roark Scott ’91; Emily Jones, university archivist; international student athletes; along with more alumni and faculty features.

“The Alumni and Foundation magazine contains highlights of campus, development, athletics and various alumni spotlights for all to enjoy,” said Sayward Fortner, president of the Delta State University National Alumni Association.

The publication is mailed to over 25,000 homes across the nation.

To view the magazine online, visit https://issuu.com/deltastateuniversity/docs/dsualumnimag_winterspring18_hr_web.

To update your alumni information, visit www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/updateyourpersonalinformation.

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). Make plans for this year’s Pig Pickin’ (Sept. 22) and Homecoming (Nov. 10).

Second annual Passport to Success scheduled for April 10

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association and Delta State Career Services will feature the second annual Passport To Success event April 10 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. in the H.L. Nowell Student Union East Lobby on the second floor.

The program will prep Delta State students as they enter their careers with confidence, while maintaining a strong professional social media presence.

All current Delta State students will have the opportunity to create a LinkedIn professional profile, receive résumé building development, take a professional head shot photo, learn about best practices for searching for jobs, and professional attire recommendations.

“The National Alumni Association is in the business to develop partnerships,” said Jeffrey Farris, Alumni director. “Through the leadership of our National Alumni Association Board of Directors, we are excited to partner with Career Services at Delta State for the second annual Passport to Success.”

The event will be open to undergraduate and graduate students. Multiple stations along with Alumni Association and Career Services staff will be on site to assist the students through the process.

“With the growing number of users on the professional social media platform LinkedIn, we are seeing more and more students gain exposure and leads to career opportunities,” said Nakikke Johnson, student relations specialist for Career Services. “These days, a foot in the door may actually start online. It is important for these students to recognize this trend.”

As a special incentive, students who participate in each station will be entered into a drawing for special prizes donated by the National Alumni Association and Career Services. Following the event, students who met specific criteria on their LinkedIn pages will be eligible for one of two $500 scholarships provided by the National Alumni Association.

To stay up to date on the Alumni Association’s and Career Services activities, follow these social media sites: Facebook (Statesmen Graduates & DSU Career Services), Twitter (@DSU_Alumni & @DSU_Career), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni & dsu_careers) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Save the date for this year’s Go Green Weekend (April 27-28), Pig Pickin’ (Sept. 21-22) and Homecoming (Nov. 10).

Alumni hosts South Central Mississippi Alumni Chapter Meeting

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Dr. Mark Barron ‘02 (left), South Central Mississippi Chapter Alumnus of the Year, and Delta State President William N. LaForge.

 

The Delta State University National Alumni Association held its annual South Central Mississippi Alumni Chapter Meeting Feb. 8 at Mitchell’s Special Events & Catering in Brookhaven.

Ken Dixon ’84 is the owner and has hosted the meeting the past four years.

The night of fun and fellowship featured Delta State President William N. LaForge, head women’s cross country coach Doug Pinkerton, Admissions recruiters for the South Central area Aja Buckhalter and John Mauney, Alumni Association staff members, assistant directot Amanda Robinson and director of Alumni Affairs, Jeffrey Farris.

Alumni and friends of Delta State received a university update, ways to continue to get involved in their alma mater, and new happenings within their university town Cleveland, Mississippi.

LaForge provided the university updates related to construction and academic advancements. Farris and Robinson spoke of behalf of the National Alumni Association on ways to stay involved in the life of the university.

Dr. Mark Barron ‘02 was recognized as the South Central Mississippi Chapter Alumnus of the Year. Barron is a board-eligible orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in hip and knee replacements and care for the spine at Kings Daughter Medical Center Sports Medicine Orthopaedic & Spine Clinic. He was born and raised in Laurel and returned to Mississippi to practice after completing his medical training out of state.

Abby Thomas (left to right), Karen Sullivan, Dalton Clay and President William N. LaForge.

Barron enjoys being close to family and living in a place where he can practice both orthopedic surgery and specialty spine care. He became interested in sports and orthopedic medicine after being injured playing high school sports. He received his bachelor’s from Delta State in 2004. Additionally, he was a four-year letterman for the Delta State football team. He returns to campus multiple times each year to cheer on his alma mater and tailgate at Statesmen Park for the annual Pig Pickin’ festivities.

The South Central Chapter also established the Doug Sullivan Memorial South Central Scholarship. The scholarship was presented to two incoming freshmen students Abby Thomas (Loyd Star High School) and Dalton Clay (Lawrence County High School). The $500 scholarship is a one-time gift for their first year.

To view photos from the event, visit https://www.flickr.com/photos/dsualumni/albums/72157663871224677.

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). Save the date for this year’s Go Green Weekend (April 28), Pig Pickin’ (Sept. 22) and Homecoming (Nov. 10).

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Barron to be recognized by South Central Alumni chapter

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association will host the annual South Central Mississippi Alumni Chapter Meeting in Brookhaven Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. at Mitchell’s Special Events and Catering.

Registration and a social will begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner and the program at 6:30 p.m.

The event will feature Delta State University President William N. LaForge. Other special guests will include representatives from the Office of Admissions and Athletics.

Dr. Mark Barron ’04, from Brookhaven, will be recognized as the South Central Mississippi Chapter Alumnus of the Year.

Barron is a board-eligible orthopaedic surgeon who specializes in hip and knee replacements and care for the spine at Kings Daughter Medical Center Sports Medicine Orthopaedic & Spine Clinic. He was born and raised in Laurel and returned to Mississippi to practice after completing his medical training out of state.

Barron enjoys being close to family and living in a place where he can practice both orthopedic surgery and specialty spine care. He became interested in sports and orthopedic medicine after being injured playing high school sports. He received his bachelor’s from Delta State in 2004. Additionally, he was a four- year letterman for the Delta State football team. He returns to campus multiple times each year to cheer on his alma mater and tailgate at Statesmen Park for the annual Pig Pickin’ festivities.

To view photos from the 2017 South Central Chapter meeting, visit https://www.flickr.com/photos/dsualumni/albums/72157675947386944.

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), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Save the date for this year’s Go Green Weekend (April 27-28), Pig Pickin’ (Sept. 21-22) and Homecoming (Nov. 10).

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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