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Campus prepares for Go Green Weekend

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The Delta State family is gearing up for the third annual Go Green Weekend, scheduled on campus March 31 through April 3. Events include live entertainment, tailgating, a cooking competition, sporting events and a spring visit day.

The weekend will kick off on Thursday with performances by the Delta Music Institute bands at 5:30 p.m. in Statesmen Park. A jambalaya cook-off, sponsored by the Alumni Association, will kick off at 6 p.m. on Friday, along with tailgating in Statesmen Park and a women’s soccer showcase at Parker Field-McCool Stadium. At 7:30 p.m., a men’s soccer showcase will take place followed by live entertainment at 9 p.m. on the main stage in Statesmen Park.

The student community is excited about the entertainment and weekend events. Mykel Syles, president of the Student Government Association, said students are looking forward to the event.

“Go Green Weekend is a time for students to come together in what is our first big event of the calendar year,” he said. “It’s a time for students to relax, enjoy the spring season and show our DSU pride. G’okra.”

Saturday’s events begin with a Statesmen football scrimmage at 10 a.m. at Parker Field-McCool Stadium. Statesmen Park will open for tailgating, and the cooking competition will continue. Vendors that will be on site include Domino’s Pizza, Shorlone’s Southern Snow and more. The Delta Allstars Cheerleaders will perform at 11 a.m., followed by a women’s soccer alumni game at noon. The cooking competition awards will take place at 1 p.m., and both baseball and softball teams will begin a doubleheader match against Christian Brothers at 2 p.m., along with a men’s soccer alumni game.

Visitors for Spring Preview Day will also be welcomed to campus on Saturday. High school juniors and sophomores have been invited to participate in Go Green Weekend activities including an information session, academic and student organization fairs, campus tour, lunch and athletic events. Caitlyn Thompson, director of recruiting, said the goal of the day is to showcase campus and life as a Statesmen while providing information on academics and the admission process.

“The staff in the Office of Admissions is working hard to reach potential students at a younger age,” said Thompson. “We want these juniors and sophomores to start considering Delta State as their college option at an earlier time in their high school career. We hope to provide an opportunity for them to get the full Delta State experience by tailoring the day to meet their interests.”

Students interested in attending Spring Preview Day are asked to register online at www.deltastate.edu/gogreenweekend.

Applications for the cooking competition sponsored by the National Alumni Association are available on the event website www.deltastate.edu/gogreenweekend. Jeffrey Farris, director of the Alumni Association, is looking forward to the family atmosphere.

“The weekend is designed to roll out the ‘green carpet’ for alumni, friends of the university, current student body and prospective students to enjoy Delta State University,” said Farris. “Go Green Weekend will focus on a family friendly environment that will appeal to all. Be sure to visit the National Alumni Association Tailgate Tent to register and pick up your official baseball or softball clapper.”

Sunday concludes Go Green Weekend with a Lady Statesmen softball game at 1 p.m. at University Field and a Statesmen baseball game at 2 p.m. at Harvey Stadium-Ferriss Field. A drawing for the winner of the “Saturdays at the Levee” raffle will take place during the baseball game. For more information or to purchase raffle tickets, call 662-846-4300. Events to benefit the Make-a-Wish foundation will also be held.

Go Green Weekend activities are open to the public, but tickets are required for entry into the baseball and softball games. Tickets can be purchased online at www.gostatesmen.com or at the gate if available.

Go Green Weekend is coordinated by Delta State’s Office of Admissions, Alumni and Foundation, Department of Athletics and Office of Student Life.

For more information on Go Green Weekend and Spring Visit day, visit www.deltastate.edu/gogreenweekend or search media outlets for #DSUGGW.

Members of the Delta Diplomats provided campus tours during Go Green Weekend to potential Delta State students. Festivities also included the annual Spring Visit Day hosted by the Office of Admissions.

Campus celebrates Go Green Weekend

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Delta State family and friends came together this past weekend for sports, music, games, campus visits and a cooking competition as part of the second annual Go Green Weekend.

Events kicked off Friday with the jambalaya cook-off sponsored by the National Alumni Association. The Student Government Association sponsored the Patty and the Mayonnaise band performance at Statesmen Park.

On Saturday, 20 teams played in the Wyatt Golf Classic at the Cleveland County Club, and the admissions team welcomed about 50 prospective students along with their family members to campus. They learned about degree programs at an academic fair before receiving a welcome from President William N. LaForge. An information session and campus tour was provided before a special jambalaya luncheon.

The National Alumni Association provided a tailgate outside Ferriss Field beginning at noon. An official Go Green Weekend Alumni Association clacker was available to everyone, along with information on Delta State’s programs and offerings. There was a designated kids zone with activities, a radio live remote and vendor concessions from Crustacean’s Crawfish, Domino’s Pizza, Southern Style Snow Cones and Aramark Concessions.

The Delta All Star Cheerleaders and Fusion Gymnastics provided entertainment before the awards for the cooking competition were announced. Six teams participated in the cook-off. The team “Bottoms Up Smokers” received First Place Jambalaya and Grand Champion awards. “Swine Before Pearls” won the Best Booth Decorations award. First Place Sausage was awarded to “It’s a Family Thang.”

The Statesmen baseball team and Lady Statesmen softball team won weekend series against University of West Georgia.

“The series victories for the Lady Statesmen and Statesmen teams were the icing on the cake for a fun weekend of fellowship for future and current Statesmen faithful,” said Jeffrey Farris, director of the Alumni Association.

Go Green Weekend provides an opportunity for departments campus-wide to support Spring Visit Day hosted by the Office of Admissions. From student groups, academic departments, alumni and athletics, the weekend offers visitors the full experience of being a Delta State student.

For more information on admissions, or to apply, contact 662-846-4020, visit www.deltastate.edu/admissions or email admissions@deltastate.edu.


The second annual Go Green Weekend is scheduled for March 27-29.

Alumni encourages Go Green Weekend attendance

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The Delta State University Alumni Association will participate in Delta State’s upcoming event Go Green Weekend March 27-29.

Director of the Alumni Association Jeffrey Farris said tailgating will begin at noon Saturday, and the Alumni Association will be handing out clappers for the baseball game as well as information on the group.

“We encourage alumni and friends to come out and enjoy the weekend that is packed full of activities including a kids zone, live music, a cooking competition, Spring Visit Day and baseball and softball games,” said Farris.

Crustacean’s Crawfish, Domino’s, South Style Snow Cones and Aramark Concessions will be selling food throughout the day Saturday.

The second annual jambalaya cooking competition sponsored by the Alumni Association will also take place through Saturday with the announcement of winners at 2 p.m.

On Friday at 9 p.m., live entertainment will be provided by Patty and the Mayonnaise in Statesmen Park. For a full schedule of events for the entire weekend, visit www.deltastate.edu/gogreenweekend.

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 next year’s Pig Pickin’ (September 19, 2015) and Homecoming (November 7, 2015).

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Campus prepares for second Go Green Weekend

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The Delta State University community eagerly awaits the second annual Go Green Weekend, scheduled on campus March 27-29.

The exciting program of activities is sponsored by Delta State’s Office of Admissions, National Alumni Association, Athletics and Student Government Association.

Celebrate the spring season with live entertainment, tailgating, a jambalaya cook-off, athletic games, activities for the family and more. Come out to support the Statesmen and Okra for a weekend of food, fun and sports.

March 28 also doubles as Spring Visit Day — an opportunity for potential students, both high school and transfer, to get a taste of campus. Visitors will be able to directly meet with faculty and staff members, current students and alumni. Those planning to attend are urged to register for the visit online at www.deltastate.edu/gogreenweekend.

Chris Gaines, director of recruiting, said the purpose of Go Green Weekend is to encourage the entire Delta State community to unite and show potential students that Delta State is an outstanding university.

“We want this weekend to build on last year’s success, especially from a student perspective,” said Gaines. “This is a perfect opportunity for everyone to show their support for green and white, and show pride in everything that makes Delta State such a phenomenal institution.”

Student Government Association President Mikel Sykes said the weekend has a little something for everyone, and students are looking forward to this year’s schedule.

“Students had a lot of positive feedback about our first attempt at Go Green Weekend in 2014,” said Sykes. “This year promises to be even better. I really think students and potential students will appreciate that we know how to have fun at Delta State.”

“This wouldn’t be possible without the support from the Union Program Council for organizing and funding activities,” he added.

Events kick off March 27 at 6 p.m. with the jambalaya cook-off at Statesmen Park, followed by live entertainment.

Saturday’s events begin with the Wyatt Golf Classic at 8 a.m. at the Cleveland County Club, followed by the opening of Spring Visit Day at 9 a.m. Tailgating at Statesmen Park picks back up at noon, along with a kids zone and music. The following vendors will also be set up in Statesmen Park: Crustacean’s Crawfish, Domino’s Pizza, Southern Style Snow Cones and Aramark Concessions.

The All-Star Cheerleaders will perform at the park at 1:30 p.m., and awards for the cooking competitions begin at 2 p.m.

Also at 2 p.m., The Statesmen baseball team opens its doubleheader against University of West Georgia at Dave “Boo” Ferriss Field. The second game begins at 5:40 p.m. Lady Statesmen softball takes to the mound for its doubleheader against UWG at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

The athletic competitions wrap up on Sunday with Lady Statesmen softball closing out the weekend series at 1 p.m., followed by the men at 2 p.m.

For more information on Go Green Weekend and Spring Visit Day, visit www.deltastate.edu/gogreenweekend.


Inaugural Go Green Weekend cook team competition held

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As part of the inaugural Go Green Weekend, a cook team competition was held supported by the Alumni Association. With ten teams competing, the event had a successful first run. Teams competed in the sausage any way and jambalaya any way categories.

Craig Verhage was part of the Go Green Weekend planning committee and coordinated this year’s competition.

“The first annual Go Green cooking competition was a hit with both local cooks, the prospective students and alumni,” said Verhage. “I heard from the teams that cooked in this year’s inaugural Go Green Weekend that they ‘loved the laidback atmosphere, and the cooking categories were quick and easy to prepare.’ All the teams pledged to return next year and tell everyone how much fun they had, so I expect the competition to fill up.”

The Bottoms Up Smokers took home the first prize for sausage any way and the Overall Grand Champion. Swine Before Pearls won first place in the jambalaya category. The prizes were provided by Kossman’s Inc, Shelter Insurance-Craig Verhage, and Lampard’s. Polk’s Meats, a Corporate Sponsor of the National Alumni Association, provided the sausage and pork chops to the cook teams, and Aguzzi Farms provided the rice for the jambalaya.

Teams were encouraged to cook extra jambalaya to serve to the prospective students who were visiting for Go Green Weekend.

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’ (September 27) and Homecoming (November 15).