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Delta State Kicks Off Dedicated Statesmen Association

By May 31, 2013General

The first meeting of the Dedicated Statesmen Association was held Thursday.  Members include: front row, Betsy Elliot, Penny Gong, Rose Strahan, James Robinson, Martha Vowels, Vicki Fioranelli, and Gary Bouse. Second row: John Elliot, Johnny Arnold, Diane Blansett, Elise Jenkins, President William N. LaForge, Henry Outlaw, and Jim Steen.

Delta State University initiated a new committee this week called the Dedicated Statesmen Association that consists of 13 members that are highly motivated retired faculty and staff who want to promote their beloved Statesmen’s and Fighting Okra’s home.

“Our alumni and retirees of this campus are respect and cherished.  We want them to come to campus and all of our activities,” stated Delta State University President William N. LaForge.

The Dedicated Statesmen Association’s mission is to uphold Delta State’s values and keep retired staff, faculty, alumni, and all lovers of green and white involved, encouraged, and informed on activities and future endeavors of the campus, in addition to athletic events and performances at the Bologna Performing Art Center.

In the group’s first gathering, the decision was made to extend membership to anyone willing to help promote Delta State University, hold periodic meetings, and have a zero-cost for dues.  All services are voluntary so that individuals can serve in any capacity.  Delta State retirees, fans, and alumni who are looking for way to get physically involved can “join in” this organization with no stressing commitments.  

The Dedicated Statesmen Association will provide an invaluable perspective on how to bring alumni, retirees, and those who just love Delta State onto campus and try to gather their insight through open forums.  Some possible areas of involvement might be: recruiting, budgeting, visiting Delta State University Alumni Chapters, touring high schools, helping staff an event, or keeping alumni and the community informed on all things Delta State.