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Harry Lott Jr. ’81 talks with future Delta State students at a recent DSU Family Dinner in Grenada.

Alumni Association Participates in DSU Admissions Family Dinner

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The Office of Admissions recently held a DSU Family Dinner in Grenada for all local students admitted to Delta State for the fall of 2016. Over 30 students attended the event, held at the Mattox Center in Grenada. Alumnus and former baseball player Harry Lott Jr. ‘81 spoke to the group about his experiences at Delta State. Lott lives in Grenada.

Assistant Alumni Director and Grenada native Jordan Thomas also shared her experiences at Delta State with the group. Thomas was followed by current students Audrianna Johnson, Brennan Barham, Jordan Galtelli and Carrie Lynn Stanford. Tanya McKinney, Addie Herod and Lekeitha Morris, all faculty members, were in attendance to answer students’ questions. Derrick Bean, the admission recruiter for the area, led the program. Each student received an exclusive Delta State T-shirt and was entered into a drawing for a scholarship.

Similar events sponsored by the Office of Admissions have been held throughout the state. According to Caitlyn Thompson, director of recruiting, the DSU Family Dinner series was created to support engagement with admitted students.

“Delta State boasts its family-like atmosphere, so to show our family love, we wanted to dine with our future students and give them a taste of the green and white experience,” said Thompson.

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).

To schedule a campus visit or find out more about the application process, visit www.deltastate.edu/admissions.

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Join Delta State University and the Alumni Association on Wednesday at the Mercedes Benz Club at MGM Park in Biloxi for a pregame party before the Statesmen baseball team faces off against William Carey University.

Stop by the Delta State registration table at the main entrance to receive a VIP wrist band for entrance to the social event.

RSVP at www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/dsubaseballevent. For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 662-846-4660. #DSUvsWCU #DSUAlums

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.

Simmons Room

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).