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Jackson Alumni Chapter honors three scholarship recipients, preps for online auction fundraiser

From left: Taylor Sheriff, Alyssa Praytor, and Kelly Foster


The Jackson Alumni Chapter of the Delta State University National Alumni Association recently connected virtually for its annual chapter meeting to receive campus updates, honor three scholarship recipients and discuss final plans for its upcoming online auction in support of DSU students.

The virtual meeting, which was well attended by Jackson area alums, was highlighted by presentations from President William N. LaForge and Director of Athletics Mike Kinnison.

Scholarship recipients honored during the event included Nursing major Taylor Sheriff (Hinds County), Biology/Pre-Med major Alyssa Praytor (Madison County), and English/Pre-Law major Kelly Foster (Rankin County).

“The Jackson Chapter held their first virtual meeting, and during unprecedented times such as these, it was good to get together with fellow alumni,” said DSU Director of Alumni Affairs and Annual Fund James Forte’ (‘18).

“From hearing updates to presenting three scholarships—it shows the unwavering support the Jackson Chapter has for Delta State University. May we all continue to press forward and show our ‘Statesman Pride,’” he added.

Jackson Chapter President Melissa Love (’04) said the meeting was a great opportunity for members to receive University updates and learn about opportunities to support DSU students.

“I truly appreciate hearing from President LaForge and Coach Kinnison—always informative and entertaining,” said Love. “Our virtual meeting was a great chance to connect with Jackson alumni, and discuss our upcoming online auction.”

The online auction is slated to run Oct. 3-10 and will include various fun and unique items to bid on in an effort to raise money for the chapter’s scholarship fund.

Love said the online auction will be an important event as the chapter won’t be able to raise funds during face-to-face meetings this year.

“We have some cool items up for bid, including a ride in a 1929 airplane!” she shared.

To learn more about the online auction or to make a donation, visit