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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).

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.

31st annual Pig Pickin’ scheduled for Sept. 23-24

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association is gearing up for the 31st annual Pig Pickin’ scheduled for Sept. 23-24 at Statesmen Park.

Each year, Pig Pickin’ continues to grow in attendance, and supporters are invited to become an official sponsor of this university event.

“The National Alumni Association is pleased to announce the 31st annual Delta State University Pig Pickin’,” said Jeffrey Farris, director of Alumni Affairs. “The growth of Pig Pickin’ over the past 30 years is a testament to the support of the local businesses of Cleveland, Boyle, Bolivar County and the greater Mississippi Delta region. Pig Pickin’s deep rooted tradition is evident with the thousands of alumni who attend and the hundreds of volunteers involved.”

Sponsorship opportunities range from $150-$1,000+, and donations help support the event. The deadline to become a sponsor is Sept. 19.

This year, the Alumni Association is offering a business the opportunity to sponsor the Pig Pickin’ entertainment for $2,500, which includes Friday night’s headlining band, Saturday afternoon’s DMI bands and DJ at the park. Businesses interested in the opportunity are urged to contact the Alumni Office at 662-846-4660 or alumni@deltastate.edu.

The success of Pig Pickin’ 2016 is largely dependent on the financial and in-kind support of the community, Delta region, state and national business partners. Businesses can benefit by:1234502_10151716741849200_743250881_n

  • business exposure to over 8,000 attendees at Statesmen Park
  • business exposure to over 30,000 alumni and friends of Delta State University (local, state, national, international)
  • over 15,000 email addresses (all email blasts for the event)
  • social media outlets (sponsored Facebook posts/Twitter/LinkedIn/Instagram)
  • association with the premier cultural event in the Mississippi Delta
  • tax benefits of supporting a 501©3 organization
  • website exposure (www.deltastate.edu – www.gostatesmen.com – www.deltastategiving.org – www.dsupigpickin.com)

The 31st Annual Pig Pickin’ official Facebook event page can be found at https://www.facebook.com/events/1168155446577403/.

To become a sponsor, contact the Alumni Association at 662-846-4660 for a brochure, or visit the Delta State University Foundation website www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/pigpickin to complete the sponsorship online.

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

Alumni to gather in Desoto County

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The Delta State University Alumni Association will travel to Southaven for its annual DeSoto County Alumni Event on Aug. 13. This year’s event will be held at the BankPlus Training Center and will begin at 6 p.m.

An update from campus will begin at 6:45 p.m., and the Desoto County Scholarship Silent Auction will be open from 6-8 p.m. The cost will be $15 for individuals and $25 for couples. Children are welcome, and kids under 12 eat free.

President William N. LaForge will be the featured guest from campus. Vice President of Student Affairs, Dr. Vernell Bennett, the Alumni-Foundation staff, as well as other Delta State faculty and staff, will also be in attendance.

Each year, the event has a silent auction with proceeds benefiting the DeSoto County Scholarships, which are awarded to incoming Delta State freshmen from the area. This year’s recipients are Alexis Harrington from Desoto Central High School and Maggie Evans from Southaven High School.

All students interested in attending Delta State University are urged to contact admissions recruiter Katie Shoemaker at 662-846-4020.

Sponsors for the event include:State Farm agents Ryan T. England and Stephanie Morrison; BankPlus; BancorpSouth; Renasant Bank; Northcentral Electric Power; First Security Bank; Cory Uselton; Grapevine Liquor & Wine; and A&B Distributors.

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

Alumni Association to host annual Jackson event

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association will be traveling to Jackson for the annual Greater Jackson Area Alumni Event July 14 at the Jackson Yacht Club.

The evening begins with a social at 6 p.m. followed by the program at 7 p.m. featuring Delta State President William  N. LaForge, Alumni-Foundation staff, and

Jeff Arnold (left to right), Lydia Watson McCardle, Lisa Grantham, Jennifer Covington Stringer, John Stringer and Jeffrey Farris.

Jeff Arnold (left to right), Lydia Watson McCardle, Lisa Grantham, Jennifer Covington Stringer, John Stringer and Jeffrey Farris.

other guests from campus. Entertainment will be provided by Douglas Hurd. Complimentary draft beer and a cash bar will be available for guests 21 and over.

The silent auction is always a signature component of the Jackson alumni event. All proceeds raised from the auction benefit the Greater Jackson Area Scholarship, which is awarded to incoming freshmen from the area attending Delta State. The 2016-17 scholarship recipients are Hannah McMardle, Madison

Sims and Elizabeth Swindle.

The annual event would not be possible without the generosity of sponsors. This year’s sponsors include: BankPlus, Polles Properties, BKD, Casey Myrick, and AvantGarde Strategies, LLC. Corporate Sponsors of the Alumni Association are: Polk’s Meat Products, Bolivar Medical Center, Celia Manley Real Estate, Hey Joe’s, Air Evac Lifeteam, Patrick Davis State Farm and Renasant Bank.

To purchase tickets or donate to the fund, visit http://www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/jacksonalumnievent. Join the Facebook group at Statesmen Graduates, Greater Jackson Area Alumni Event (https://www.facebook.com/events/1766770780270888/).

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