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The South Central MS Alumni Chapter will host its annual meeting Feb. 2 at Mitchell’s Steak & Seafood in Brookhaven, Mississippi beginning at 6 p.m.

Alumni Association sets South Central event

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The Delta State University Alumni Association announced plans for the annual South Central Mississippi Alumni Chapter Meeting. This year’s event will be held Feb. 2 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 Alumni Office always looks forward to visiting the South Central chapter,” said Jeffrey Farris, director of Alumni Affairs. “There is a rich tradition of Delta State spirit in that area, and their chapter is always eager to come together in the name of their alma mater.”

The event will feature guests from campus including Todd Cooley, head football coach; Tricia Walker, director of the Delta Music Institute; and the Delta State Alumni-Foundation staff. Dr. Bob Watson’ 89 will be recognized as the South Central MS Chapter Alumnus of the Year.

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

The event would not be possible without the help of the planning committee and the generous sponsorships provided by: WGK Engineers and Surveyors, Inc.; Nena Smith School of Dance; Trustmark Bank; and Magnolia Electric.

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 2), Pig Pickin’ (Sept. 24) and Homecoming (Oct. 15).

Delta State graduate Emma Alford published "Stamped," a collection of poems about losing her best friend.

Alumna publishes chapbook

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Best friends die — and that is really difficult. Delta State alumna and Cleveland native Emma Alford ’12 explores such a loss on her own terms in a new chapbook, “Stamped.” In the book’s poems, she taps into the experience of losing her best friend in a car accident at the age of 20, while they both teetered between adolescence and adulthood.

Alford began writing these poems five years ago in a college poetry workshop class immediately after the death of her friend and completed the collection in 2015. Some of the poems were written in response to actual postcards from her friend, with the book displaying reproductions of the postcards next to their corresponding poems.

“I found these postcards from Cassidy, some I had responded to and some I hadn’t,” said Alford. “I had these things I needed to say to her and about her. Finding the postcards pushed me to start writing these poems.”

Nearly all the poems are constructed as a conversation with her deceased friend, directing each line toward her. They capture the experience of loss, but also the humor and subtleties of a friendship cut short much too early.

“You can’t make new, old friends, and I think that’s what’s most crushing about losing them at a young age,” she said. “Any friends I make as an adult won’t have grown up next door — they’ll never know 14-year-old me. Addressing and exploring that fact through these poems has been very important and therapeutic for me.”

Mike Smith, author of “Byron In Baghdad” and “Multiverse,” said, “Emma Alford’s first book is a beautiful elegy. Expertly rendered through a series of poems that transforms a friend’s postcards into a means of coming to terms with loss, this collection participates in the great tradition of English-language poems that celebrate and mourn best friends lost too soon. This is a deeply moving book and one I will read and reread for years to come.”

“Stamped,” from Finishing Line Press, is Alford’s first published work of poetry. The book is available online at www.finishinglinepress.com. Some of the poems have previously appeared in Delta State University’s literary magazine, Confidante. She hails from the Mississippi Delta, but now lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her overweight, orange tabby. She is an editor and contributor for The East Nashvillian magazine.

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Event rental space available at Alumni House

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The Delta State University Alumni Association, housed in the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni-Foundation House, offers a variety of services to the Cleveland and Delta State community. One such service is rental space in the Simmons Room.

The Simmons Room is available seven days a week as an event rental space. Along with the large conference/event space, facilities includes a full kitchen and an outdoor patio overlooking GRAMMY Museum Mississippi. The Simmons Room has been used for a variety of events such as wedding receptions and rehearsals, board meetings, training sessions and reunions.

“Reserving the Simmons Room is always quick and easy,” said Amanda Whitehead, senior executive assistant at Baxter Healthcare in Cleveland. “Setting up the room is painless because it’s already done for you. The staff at the Alumni House is courteous and always willing to help. Parking is great, and access to the kitchenette is awesome. When looking for a place to host my meeting events, the Simmons Room is always my first option.”

The room may be set up anyway that suits the renter’s needs. Catering is also available through Aramark on campus. The room is handicap accessible.

The rental cost is $200 during the week and $400 for the weekend. For an additional cost, audio and visual services may be provided on request.

To reserve the space, contact the Alumni Association at 662-846-4660 or visit http://www.deltastate.edu/alumni-and-foundation/alumni-facility-reservation-form/. 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).

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Make your plans for 2016 Pig Pickin’ and Homecoming

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association recently announced dates for 2016 Pig Pickin’ and Homecoming – two of the largest events held on campus. The 31st annual Pig Pickin’ will be held Sept. 23-24, 2016, when the Statesmen football team hosts Shorter University. For more information, visit www.dsupigpickin.com. Homecoming has been set for Oct. 14-15, 2016, and the Statesmen will face off against the University of West Florida. For more information, 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), Tumblr (www.dsualumni.tumblr.com), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1).
To view the 2016 Statesmen Football Schedule, click here.
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National Alumni Association to host Black Alumni Tailgate Reunion

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The National Alumni Association is proud to announce the Black Alumni Tailgate Reunion to be held at Statesmen Park on Saturday (Nov. 7) from noon to 4 p.m.

“Homecoming is about reconnecting with classmates to keep the history of our experiences alive. Delta State today isn’t the same as it was 10, 20 or even 40 years ago. Imagine reuniting with fellow alumni to share those experiences with each other and current students,” said Kelly Hunter, Black Alumni representative to the National Alumni Association Board. “Homecoming is also about making new connections. Together we are a valuable resource to each other. As the representative for the Black Alumni constituent group, I’m looking forward to this year’s Black Alumni Tailgate Reunion and with anticipation, the success of many future events.”

Jeffrey Farris, director of Alumni Affairs, is looking forward to the organization’s first event.

“The Alumni Office has been overwhelmed with positive interest concerning the first Black Alumni Tailgate Reunion,” said Farris. “Every black alumnus we have a good mailing address for, which totals over 5,000 recipients, received a letter inviting them back to campus for this Homecoming reunion. Thanks to our National Alumni Association board member Kelly Hunter for her hard work and dedication for continuing to grow and engage this constituency group.”

Hotdogs and hamburgers will be provided thanks to Patrick Davis State Farm Agency in Cleveland. T-shirts will be for sale for $12. To RSVP or purchase a t-shirt, visit www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/blackalumni. Active Alumni members who attend the event will entered in a drawing to win a Yeti Hopper Cooler.

The official hashtag for the 2015 Homecoming is #DSUHC15. For more information, 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), Tumblr (www.dsualumni.tumblr.com), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1).