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Alumni Association to honor Outlaw with new award

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The Delta State University National Alumni Association recently announced a new honor that will be awarded at the Alumni Awards Gala Nov. 14 at the Bologna Performing Arts Center.

The Dr. Henry Outlaw Faculty/Staff Service Award was established this year 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. This year’s recipient and namesake of the award is Dr. Henry Outlaw.

Outlaw is a 1961 graduate of Delta State with a Bachelor’s of Science in chemistry and biology. He obtained a Master’s of Science and a doctorate in pharmacology and toxicology from the University of Mississippi Medical School. Outlaw was a National Institutes of Health Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Florida Medical School from 1965-66. He has been a visiting professor in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of North Carolina Medical School, a Fellow-in-Residence in the School of Theology at the University of the South, and he was a Templeton Fellow in Science and Religion at Oxford University.

Outlaw was a professor of chemistry at Delta State University from 1966-2002, and he served as chair of the Department of Physical Sciences from 1970-2002. After retiring from his position as chair, he began working as a program associate at the Delta Center for Culture and Learning at Delta State. He also worked as a development officer at the Delta State University Alumni-Foundation Office. Although retired, Outlaw still works to recruit students to Delta State, and he regularly attends Delta State University Alumni chapter meetings.

Additionally,  he is a member of the Mississippi Academy of Sciences and the American Chemical Society. He was awarded the Outstanding Chemist Award in 1995 by the Mississippi Section of the American Chemical Society, the Delta State University Student Government Association Outstanding Teacher Award in 1998 and the Dr. Travis Richardson Outstanding Science Teacher Award in 2000. In 2006, he received the Chairs Award from the Mississippi Humanities Council.

Outlaw will be honored during Homecoming festivities Nov. 14 at the Alumni Awards Gala at 7 p.m. at the Bologna Performing Arts Center. Tickets for the event are $20 and can be purchased at the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni-Foundation House or online at www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/homcoming2013.

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 (http://www.dsualumni.tumblr.com), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1).

Student Alumni Association holds first meeting

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The Delta State University Student Alumni Association held its first meeting of the semester Wednesday at the Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni Foundation House. With over 100 students in attendance, the organization’s participation has grown from last year.

“We were very pleased with the turnout for our first meeting,” said Jordan Thomas, SAA advisor. “Our officers have worked very hard spreading the word about our organization, and I think we have an excellent group this year.”

The Student Alumni Association is a bridge between the Delta State student body and the Alumni Association. The entities work together on projects such as Pig Pickin’ and Homecoming. SAA is also very active in the community. Additionally, the group sponsors a scholarship available for a student who has shown outstanding leadership while being a member of the organization.

This year’s officers are: Brooks Bishop, president; Olivia O’Reilly, vice president; Hannah Goudy, secretary; Jared Kirk, treasurer; and Meredith Brown and Whitney Crum, special projects and events coordinators.

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 (http://www.dsualumni.tumblr.com), LinkedIn (DSU alumni), Instagram (dsualumni) and You Tube (dsualumni1).

Pig Pickin’ and Homecoming dates released

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Delta State University Alumni Association recently announced dates for Pig Pickin’ and Homecoming 2014 — two of the largest events held on campus.

The 29th annual Pig Pickin’ will be held this year on Sept. 26-27 when the Statesmen host Central State University of Ohio. The full schedule of events will be announced at a later date.

“Pig Pickin’ has grown into one of Delta State’s largest and most popular weekend events,” said President William N. LaForge. “It is always fun to meet and greet the families of alumni and friends who come to campus to share in culinary delights, numerous activities, tall tales of yesteryear and an exciting football game. I look forward to seeing everyone in Statesmen Park this fall.”

Homecoming has been set for November 14-15 and the Statesmen will face off against their old in-state rival, Mississippi College. Throughout the weekend, the Alumni Association has a variety of activities planned. This year’s featured class is the class of 1964, which will be celebrating 50 years since graduating from Delta State. They will also be inducted into the prestigious Golden Circle, which is a constituency group of the Alumni Association that honors alumni who graduated at least 50 years ago.

“Homecoming is always an exciting weekend for the Delta State family and a great way to celebrate our special university, and this year will be no exception,” said LaForge. “I’m looking forward to welcoming all returning alumni and friends, especially our Golden Circle graduates.”

The Alumni Association also takes time during Homecoming to honor the Alumni Awards recipients at the annual gala dinner. Applications are currently being collected for this year’s recipients. To nominate someone, or for more information, visit www.deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/alumniawardwinners. The deadline for applications is May 9.

“Pig Pickin’ and Homecoming are two special events designed to appreciate traditions that have been established by previous university leaders, as well as create new traditions for our alumni and friends,” said Jeffrey Farris, director of Alumni Affairs.

For more information on both events, contact the Alumni Association at 662-846-4660. To stay up to date with 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).

Homecoming 2013

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Inauguration of 8th President William N. LaForge, Nov. 1st

Special Reunions:

  • Class of 1963
  • 50-year Graduates; Golden Circle: Classes 1928-62
  • DSU Swimming and Diving Biannual Reunion
  • Alpha Kappa Alpha 35th Year Reunion
  • Alpha Phi Alpha 30th Year Reunion
  • Kappa Alpha Psi 25th Year Reunion

 Friday, November 1, 2013

10:30               Investiture Ceremony

Noon                Inaugural Luncheon, Quad

5:00-6:30              Class of 1963 Social and Reunion, Kent Wyatt Hall, Leroy Morganti Atrium

6:00-7:00              Social Prior to Alumni Awards & Gala Dinner, Walter Sillers Coliseum

7:00                        Alumni Awards and Gala Dinner, Walter Sillers Coliseum (Outstanding Alumnus of the Year & Service Awards, Golden Circle, Class of 1963, Athletic Hall of Fame (players/coaches), Alumni & Friends) 

Saturday, November 2, 2013

8:00-11:00           Homecoming Registration, Alumni House & Student Union

9:00-11:00           Delta Music Institute Open House, Old Whitfield Gymnasium

10:00                     Athletic Alumni Board meeting in Dorgan Center Conference Room

11:00                     Athletic Alumni Board General meeting in Bob M. Dearing Hall of Fame Room, Chadwick-Dickson Field House         

10:00                     Veterans Exhibit and Refreshments (Jobe Hall)

11:00                     Ceremony for Veterans Atrium (Jobe Hall)

11:00                     Organizations, Constituent Group Meetings, & Open Houses

12:00                     Lunch Young-Mauldin DSU Dining Hall

10:00-3:00     Wright Art Gallery

8.00                        National Pan-Hellenic Council Stomp Fest (BPAC)


Sunday, November 3, 2013

9:00                        Homecoming Brunch for Golden Circle & Class of 1963 (Simmons Room, Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni & Foundation)


Statesmen Park Homecoming Festivities (Park opens at 11am)

Noon                     Tailgating, Cheerleaders, and Band

Noon-3:00           Reunions, Open Houses, Tents at Statesmen Park (N. Field), DSU All-Star Cheerleaders – Continuing Education, Ol’ Skool Revue & Delta Rox

4:00                        Football Game DSU vs. Valdosta State University 

Queen and Court Presentation at Half Time


·         BluesLand -University Archives & Museum (662.846.4781 – For more information)

·         Patriotic Exhibit – Jobe Hall Atrium.

·         50/50 Raffle – Student Athletic Advisory Committee (662-846-4300 – For more information)

·         AITP/CIS Homecoming Tailgate

·         Student Government Association will ask all DSU Alums to stand and be recognized at halftime of the football game.

·         Homecoming T-Shirts for sale in the H.L. Nowell Student Union (SGA).

·         Jimmy R. Williams Bookstore Open 10am-3pm, H.L. Nowell Union; 11am – 3pm, Statesmen Park; 3pm, Parker Field-McCool Stadium (10 % discount with presentation of alumni membership card)

  • 3rd Annual Partnership Properties Turkey Trot

Benefiting St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

5k/10k run, 5k walk, & Kid’s fun run