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The 30th annual Pig Pickin' festivities at Delta State will take place Sept. 18-19.

Pig Pickin’ schedule announced

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association recently unveiled the schedule of events for the 30th annual Pig Pickin.’ Also introduced was www.dsupigpickin.com, a brand new website that is a one-stop shop for all things Pig Pickin’.

Alumni and friends can purchase BBQ tickets, sign up for the cooking competition, and sponsor the event all through the new site.

The schedule is full of activities for Delta State alumni and friends of any age. Activities kick off Sept. 18 with a Delta State Softball Intrasquad scrimmage at University Field at 4 p.m., followed by the annual Polk’s Sponsors’ Dinner at the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni-Foundation House at 6 p.m.

Delta State alumna and Chopped Grill Master Leslie Roark Scott will do a live cooking demonstration at the sponsor’s dinner. Scott competed on the Food Network show “Chopped Grill Masters,” where she made it to the final episode before being defeated when the group had to prepare rattlesnake. Scott will reenact her rattlesnake performance for the Pig Pickin’ sponsors.

At 8 p.m., the Alumni Association will host a Young Alumni Tailgate Party with live entertainment featuring Patti and the Mayonnaise in Statesmen Park. The cooking teams will begin their quest for the Grand Champion prize Friday night leading into Saturday.

Saturday’s events begin with the 24th annual Delta State Triathlon at 8 a.m. at the Aquatics Center. Starting at 11 a.m., Phi Mu will host a Bunko Tournament for Children’s Miracle Network in the Jacob Conference Center of Ewing Hall. Also at 11 a.m., the Statesmen baseball team will play a squad game at Ferriss Field. DSU Day for high school students is from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. To sign up or for more information, visit www.deltastate.edu/dsuday or call 662-846-4020.

The first 250 attendees to register at the Alumni Association tent on Saturday will receive a free Pig Pickin’ souvenir cup. Statesmen Park will open at noon with a live radio broadcast on Q102. Activities at the park begin at 1 p.m. with the Kids Zone, tailgating and live entertainment provided by the DMI student bands Ol’ Skool Revue and Delta RoX. There will also be a Legacy Tent for members of the Delta State Alumni Association Legacy Program, and the Statesman and Okra mascots will be on site for pictures from 1-2 p.m.

At 2 p.m., the Alumni Association is teaming up with DSU Intramurals for a Cornhole Tournament. Teams consisting of two people can enter for $10 per team. Teams can sign up at www.dsupigpickin.com by Sept. 17. All proceeds raised will benefit DSU Intramurals.

The Pig Pickin’ BBQ serving lines are open from 3-5 p.m. The Delta State pep rally, featuring cheerleaders, the football team and the marching band begins at 3 p.m. At 5 p.m., the BBQ competition winners will be announced. The football game between Delta State and Kentucky Wesleyan College kicks off at 6 p.m. Other special reunions include the Delta State Swimming and Diving Alumni Reunion.

BBQ tickets are $6 and can be purchased at the Alumni House or www.dsupigpickin.com. Patrons who pre-purchase tickets by Sept. 17 at 5 p.m. will be entered in a drawing to win a Yeti cooler.

Pig Pickin’ is made possible each year through generous sponsorships. This year’s sponsors include: National Alumni Association Corporate Sponsors: Patrick Davis State Farm, Air Evac Lifeteam, Bolivar Medical Center, Hey Joe’s, and Celia Manley ERA Real Estate; Title/Entertainment Sponsor: Polk’s Meat Products; Founders Level Sponsors: Baskin Robbins, Cleveland Trophy, Delta State University, Delta State Foundation, Delta Regional Foundation, Delta State Athletics, Exxon, Exxon – Lipscomb Oil Company, The Filling Station, Jammin’ 104 FM, Kix 92.1, Majic 107.5, Power 106.5, Q102, Radio Cleveland, Inc., Shell, WCLD, 96.5 WKDJ; Statesmen Level: Guaranty Bank, Pafford Medical Services, Isle of Capri Casino – Lula; Okra Level: Aramark, Baxter Healthcare, Eley Barkley, Lampard Wholesale Meats, Meador & Crump, Needle Specialty, Nehi Bottling Company, Sonic; Green Level: Advanced Mosquito Control, Automark, Delta OB/GYN, Denton’s Dairy Products, The Image Specialist, North Central MS Electric Power Association, Robinson Electric Company, Renasant Bank, Sayle Sandifer & Associates, Shelby Nursing Rehab, Vowell’s Marketplace; White Level: Abraham’s, Backdraft, Bolivar Tire & Alignment, Byrd Service Station, Cleveland State Bank, Ellis & Hirsbert CPA, PLLC; H Squared Boutique, Planters Bank, Panola Paper Company, and Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility.

The official hashtag for Pig Pickin’ is #DSUPigPickin. For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 662-846-4660. Join the Facebook event at Statesmen Graduates: https://www.facebook.com/events/872293072848213/. 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).

Alumna Leslie Roark Scott '95 recently competed on the Food Network, seen here with host Ted Allen, and she will reenact a portion of the show at the Gulf Coast Alumni Event Aug. 27 in D'Iberville.

Alumna featured on Food Network to headline Gulf Coast meeting

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The Delta State University Alumni Association will host its annual Gulf Coast Alumni Event Aug. 27 at the home of Dr. Johnny Mallett in D’Iberville. The event begins at 6:30 p.m. with a social featuring the BBQ princess, Leslie Roark Scott ’95.

Scott was featured on the Food Network’s Chopped Grill Masters and made it to the finals where contestants prepared rattlesnake. In honor of her run on the show, Scott will do a reenactment of the competition and prepare rattlesnake for the crowd. Scott’s BBQ restaurant, Ubon’s, will cater the event.

“I’m thrilled to be sharing my Chopped experience with our DSU family on the coast,” said Scott. “We’ll be tasting some Ubon’s prize winning pork, and I’m giving my nemesis rattlesnake another shot on the grill. Our hearts may be in Cleveland, but the spirit of DSU will hit the coast soon.”

Delta State President William N. LaForge is the featured speaker for the program, which will begin after the social hour. Tickets for the event are $15 and can be purchased online or at the door. There will also be a silent auction and proceeds will benefit the Delta State Gulf Coast Scholarship.

For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 662-846-4660 or visit www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/gulfcoastevent. 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). Save the dates for Pig Pickin’ (Sept. 19) and Homecoming (Nov. 7). Thank you to our National Alumni Association Corporate Sponsors: Air Evac Lifeteam, Bolivar Medical Center, Patrick Davis State Farm, and Polk’s Meats.

Milton Kuykendall (l to r), President William N. LaForge and Worth Steen at the recent DeSoto County Alumni Event. Officers of the chapter include Emily Ballard, president; Billy Sears, vice president; and Janie Michelle Stafford, secretary-treasurer.

Alumni Association travels to DeSoto County

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association recently traveled to Southaven for the annual DeSoto County Alumni Event, which was held at the BankPlus Training Center.

This year’s program featured President William N. LaForge; Emily Havens, executive director GRAMMY Museum Mississippi; and Jeffrey Farris, director of Alumni Affairs. Other faculty and staff in attendance were first lady Nancy LaForge; Ronnie Mayers, athletic director; Steve McClellan, chief financial officer; Keith Fulcher, executive director Alumni-Foundation; Ann Giger, director of Donor Relations; Jordan Thomas, assistant alumni director; Sarah Shepherd, senior alumni secretary; Gary Bouse, chief development officer; Stephanie Farris, director Child Development Center; and Dr. Clifton Wingard, professor of mathematics.

Over 200 alumni and friends attended the event.

Over $1,500 was raised through the 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 Natalie Howarth and Kayla Savage, both of Hernando.

The chapter bestowed Milton Kuykendall, superintendent for DeSoto County Schools, with a service award for his dedication to both Delta State and DeSoto County. They also recognized Worth Steen for his dedication to the growth of the DeSoto County chapter.

Sponsors for the event included: Ryan T. England and Stephanie Morrison Strohm – State Farm Agents; BankPlus; BancorpSouth; Renasant Bank; Northcentral Electric Power Association; Sycamore Bank; Delta Law Firm, PLLC; First Security Bank; Cory Uselton; Grapevine Liquor & Wine; Williams, Pitts & Beard, PLLC; 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 (www.dsualumni.tumblr.com), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1). Save the dates for Pig Pickin’ (Sept. 19) and Homecoming (Nov. 7). Thank you to our National Alumni Association Corporate Sponsors: Air Evac Lifeteam, Bolivar Medical Center, Patrick Davis State Farm, and Polk’s Meats.

Join the Delta State University Alumni Association in Southaven on Saturday for the annual DeSoto County Alumni Event held at the BankPlus Training Center beginning at 6 p.m.

Alumni Association to visit DeSoto County

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The Delta State University Alumni Association is busy preparing to travel to Southaven for the annual DeSoto County Alumni Event this Saturday, Aug. 8. This year’s event will be held at the BankPlus Training Center and will begin at 6 p.m.

President William N. LaForge will treat guests to an update on campus, and Emily Havens, executive director of GRAMMY Museum Mississippi will speak to the crowd about the museum. 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 Natalie Howarth and Kayla Savage.

The chapter is also recognizing Milton Kuykendall, superintendent of DeSoto County Schools and a Delta State alumnus, for his dedication to Delta State and DeSoto County.

Sponsors for the event include: Ryan T. England and Stephanie Morrison Strohm – State Farm Agents; BankPlus; BancorpSouth; Renasant Bank; Northcentral Electric Power Association; Sycamore Bank; Delta Law Firm, PLLC; First Security Bank; Cory Uselton; Grapevine Liquor & Wine; Williams, Pitts & Beard, PLLC; and A&B Distributors.

For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 662-846-4660 or visit www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/desotocountyevent. 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). Save the dates for Pig Pickin’ (Sept. 19) and Homecoming (Nov. 7). Thank you to our National Alumni Association Corporate Sponsors: Air Evac Lifeteam, Bolivar Medical Center, Patrick Davis State Farm, and Polk’s Meats.

Contributions to the Sustaining Life Member Program support the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni Scholarship Fund, which is given to incoming freshmen and transfer students whose parents are active dues-paying members of the The Delta State University National Alumni Association.

Sustaining Life Member Program boosts scholarships

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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.

With the program now in its third year, 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 Sustaining Life Member certificate and a special edition lapel pin.

2015 pinThe 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 features Walter Sillers Coliseum.

The program was started to enhance the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni Scholarship Fund.

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

The Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni Scholarship is a one-time gift of $500. Over the past six years, over 120 students have received the scholarship. With the establishment of the Sustaining Life program, the Alumni Association hopes to double the number of scholarships given each year to legacies.

There are currently over 2,600 Life Members of the National Alumni Association. Members who did not join the Sustaining Life Program for 2013 or 2014 can still donate and receive their special edition lapel pin. To participate in the Sustaining Life Member program, or for more information, contact the Alumni Association at 662-846-4660 or visit the website www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/sustaininglifememberprogram.

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). Save the dates for Pig Pickin’ (Sept. 19) and Homecoming (Nov. 7).