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HOMECOMING 2013 D S U A L U M N I A S S O C I AT I O N P R E S E N T S

NOVEMBER 1ST & 2ND 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 / Delta Sigma Theta 40th Year Reunion F R I D AY / N O V E M B E R 1 , 2 0 1 3 10:30

Investiture Ceremony

Noon

Inaugural Luncheon, Quad

5:00–6:30

Class of 1963 Social and Reunion, Leroy Morganti Atrium, Kent Wyatt Hall

6:00–7:00

Social Prior to Alumni Awards and Gala Dinner, Walter Sillers Coliseum

7:00

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

S A T U R D AY / N O V E M B E R 2 , 2 0 1 3 8:00–11:00

Homecoming Registration, Alumni House and H.L. Nowell Union

9:00–11:00

Delta Music Institute Open House, Old Whitfield Gymnasium

10:00

Athletic Alumni Board Meeting, Dorgan Center Conference Room

11:00

Athletic Alumni Board General Meeting, 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, and 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

S U N D AY / N O V E M B E R 3 , 2 0 1 3 9:00

Homecoming Brunch for Golden Circle and Class of 1963, Simmons Room, Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni & Foundation

S TAT E S M E N P A R K H O M E C O M I N G F E S T I V I T I E S Noon

Tailgating, Cheerleaders, and Band

Noon–3:00

Reunions, Open Houses, Tents, Statesmen Park (N. Field), DSU All-Star Cheerleaders – Continuing Education, Ol’ Skool Revue and Delta Rox

4:00

Football Game DSU vs. Valdosta State University Queen and Court Presentation at Half Time

ACTIVITIES BluesLand / Patriotic Exhibit / 50:50 Raffle / AITP-CIS Homecoming Tailgate / DSU Alums Recognized at Halftime / Homecoming T-Shirts for Sale / 3rd Annual Partnership Properties Turkey Trot Benefiting St. Jude / 5k and 10k Runs / 5k Walk / Kid’s Fun Run VISIT DELTASTATE.EDU FOR MORE INFORMATION

LETTER FROM THE ALUMNI ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT

Dear Alumni and Friends,

I hope you are making plans to come back

to your alma mater for Homecoming weekend, November 1 and 2. With the Presidential Inauguration November 1, there will be numerous activities for the whole family to enjoy.

Homecoming is a time for alumni, students,

faculty, staff, and friends to come together all in the name of Delta State. If you haven’t been back to campus lately, we hope that you will come tailgate in Statesmen Park prior to the football game.

The Alumni Association has planned a

number of activities to give you a truly memorable Homecoming experience. One of the highlights of the weekend is the Alumni Awards and Gala Dinner on Friday, November 1. This is a time where we recognize alumni and friends who have gone above and beyond in their service to Delta State University. This year’s Outstanding Alumnus of the Year is Hugh Ellis Walker, Sr. This publication has information on him and the other award recipients. At this year’s event, the Alumni Association is teaming up with the Athletic Department to recognize the Athletic Hall of Fame. The Gala Dinner is open to everyone, and tickets can be purchased by contacting the Alumni Association staff or visiting deltastategiving.org/alumniassociation/homecoming2013. I sincerely hope you make plans to attend this prestigious event, and I want to congratulate our award recipients and Hall of Fame inductees.

The weekend would not be complete without honoring our 50th anniversary class. The

Class of 1963 will be inducted into the distinguished Golden Circle. The Golden Circle has been instrumental in raising scholarship dollars for deserving students on an annual basis. We are very fortunate to have this notable group of alumni, and we look forward to seeing them on campus.

Enclosed in this publication is a full schedule of events for both Homecoming and the

Presidential Inauguration. This is a busy and exciting time at your alma mater, and I sincerely hope that you will take part in this historic weekend.

Best Regards,

Richard Myers ‘91

National Alumni Association President

Studies show that good universities have strong alumni associations!

This publication is a service of the Delta State Alumni Association and is made possible by dues-paying members and donations to the Annual Fund. If you would like to renew your alumni membership or contribute to the Annual Fund, please scan the QR code to complete payment online or mail checks to DSU Box 3104, 1003 West Sunflower Road Cleveland, MS 38733.

2013 Homecoming Preview President........................................ William “Bill” N. LaForge ’72 Executive Director, Alumni-Foundation............. Keith Fulcher ’83

Alumni Magazine Advisory Committee: Editor............................................................ Jordan Thomas ’11 Alumni Board Representative..........................Richard Myers ’91 Foundation Board Representative................Anne Weissinger ’81 Alumni Editor.................................................... Jeffrey Farris ’04

Board of Directors Delta State University Alumni Association: Richard Myers ’91, President; Rob Armour ’95, President Elect; Patrick Davis ’96, Secretary; Sayward Fortner ’04, Treasurer; George Bassi ’87, Past President; Anne Weissinger ’81, Foundation President; Michael Ainsworth ’94, Angela Boone ’02, Serena Clark ’97, Brad Evans ’87, John Fletcher ’91, Angela Grayson ’94, Chrissy LaMastus ’96, Paul “Bubba” Mancini ’00, George Miller ’00, Henry Outlaw ’61, Jeremy Pittman ’05, John Polles ’05, Chris Shivers ’94, Reagan Smith ’08, Lauranne Tomaszewski ’03, Sydney Hodnett ’14, Amy Scott ’14

Board of Directors Delta State University Foundation, Inc: Anne Wynn Weissinger ’81, President; Tim Harvey ’80, Vice President; Nan Sanders ’67, Secretary/Treasurer; Mike Neyman ’72, Past President; Jeff Tarver ’76, Finance Chair; Tom Janoush ’90, Trusteeship Chair; Ned Mitchell ’62, Campaign Chair; Judson Thigpen ’79, Development Chair; Richard Myers ’91, Alumni President; David Abney ’76, Louis Baioni ’56, Dr. William C. Bell ’82, Anita Bologna, Amanda Borgognoni ’82, Hunter Cade ’66, Jeff Ross Capwell ’60, Kay Clark, Dr. Anna Looney Dill ’74, Hank Drake ’69, Bryce Griffis ’54, Laird Hamberlin ’87, Earnest Hart ’77, Peter Jernberg ’65, Gloria B. Johnson ’79, Ed Kossman Jr. ’59, Draughon McPherson, Rex Lyon ’73, Billy Nowell ’72, Carol Puckett, Randy Randall, Krista Roberts, Homer Sledge III, Sam Waggoner ’76, Margaret Walker ’67, Alan Walters, Dr. David Webber ’78, Jimmy Wilson ’68, Dr. Bennie Wright ’74

The Alumni & Foundation Magazine is published by the Delta State University Alumni & Foundation DSU Box 3104, 1003 West Sunflower Rd, Cleveland, MS 38733 E-Mail: alumni@deltastate.edu Phone: (662) 846-4660

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2013 OUTSTANDING ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR

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2013 ALUMNI AWARD RECIPIENTS

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2013 ATHLETIC HALL OF FAME

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WILLIAM N. LAFORGE INAUGURATION WEEK SCHEDULE

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2013 ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR

HUGH ELLIS WALKER 2013 DELTA STATE UNIVERSITY ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR

Hugh Ellis Walker came to Delta State Teachers College in 1949.

The Drew, MS, native and Clarksdale High School graduate had just finished a stint with the United States Marine Corps and a semester at Northwest Junior College where he played football. As a student at Delta State, Walker stayed involved in various activities. He lettered in both football and tennis, he was president of the Student Government Association, president of the Mississippi Collegiate Council, and he was named Mr. Delta State Teachers College. While all of these awards and honors were important to Walker, his favorite memory at Delta State doesn’t involve any of these.

“I guess the greatest experience I had was the first morning that

I walked out of the dorm, I met a girl named Eloise Stratton. She was the first girl I met at Delta State, and I never dated anybody else,” he said. “We were married between my junior and senior year.” And they are still married to this day. 4

Hugh Ellis Walker epitomizes what a Statesmen should be, a class gentleman with a sincere passion for Delta State. If you cut him, he bleeds GREEN! I have never known a person that cares more about Delta State than Hugh Ellis. No one deserves this honor as our Distinguished Alumnus more than this man. – Wayne Blansett, VP for Student Affairs

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2013 ALUMNUS OF THE YEAR

Walker, with the 2012–2013 Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni Scholarship recipients. The Alumni Association named these scholarships, which are for children of alumni who are dues-paying members of the Association, in Walker’s honor.

After completing his degree in biology

and physical education, Walker set his sights on coaching football. He was head football coach, athletic director and taught biology at Durant High School, Louisville High School, and Indianola High School.

State can literally be seen on campus with

Walker later moved his family to Clinton,

the establishment of the Hugh Ellis Walker

MS, where he hung up his coaching hat

Alumni-Foundation House.

and worked for an insurance company in

Jackson for nine years before he got the call

were on the third floor of the Union, and

he had been waiting for.

we were supposed to serve the public, but

no one would ever come up there,” he

“I had a dream all my life that I would

“When we started the project, we

be able to come back to Delta State,” said

explained.

Walker. “I came back in 1969 as the Alumni

Secretary, which was what the director was

1988, and it was completed in 1990. “It

called then, and Coach Dave ‘Boo’ Ferriss

put us on the map,” he said. “There was a

was the Foundation Director.”

renewed interest among alumni. They felt

After Ferriss retired, the two offices

like they had something of their own, and I

were combined, and Walker was named

did too. Being a ‘visitor’s center’ is the best

the Director of the Alumni and Foundation.

advantage we got out of it.” The building

was eventually named for him in 1996.

“I guess it’s probably true with most

They broke ground on the building in

universities, but Delta State is such a good

place to work. It’s almost a shame that

Walker Alumni Scholarship, which is given

you get paid for the job because there’s so

to children of alumni. Walker explained

many fringe benefits,” he said.

that the initial funding of the scholarships

came from money accumulated from the

Walker served as the Alumni Secretary

Also named for Walker is the Hugh Ellis

from 1969-1987 and was Director of the

Delta State credit card affinity program. The

Alumni and Foundation from 1987–1993.

scholarships were established and named

His contributions while working at Delta

for Walker as he was retiring. 6

The one-time $500 scholarships are

now funded by dues-paying members to the Alumni Association.

Another contribution Walker made to

Delta State is Pig Pickin’. They had been looking for an activity for the first home football game, and after learning about the idea from a CASE Conference roundtable discussion, they decided to give it a try.

“The timing seemed to be right,” said

Walker. “It just so happened that a guy named Font Ray Armstrong owned the Pig Hugh Ellis Walker was named Mr. Delta State Teachers College 1952.

Pen, and he went to Memphis and won the Memphis in May contest. We got him to sponsor and to cook. It has gradually

humbled when he was chosen.

improved, and it’s the way it is now. They

have taken Pig Pickin’ and run with it to the

that’s important to them,” he said. “It’s

point that it’s a major function on campus”

very important to me that friends would

recommend me for an honor like this. I

Walker’s love for his alma mater is

“Everybody has something in their life

evident in everyone who meets him. He

think most people who work out here feel

and Mrs. Eloise still attend almost every

like Delta State is a very vital part of their

event on campus. His dedication to Delta

life. When you get recognition for things

State sets him apart as the Outstanding

like this that mean that much to you, it’s

Alumnus of the Year. Walker was very

important.” 7

2013 ALUMNI AWARDS

For more detailed information on the 2013 DSU Alumni Association awards recipients visit www.deltastate.edu/alumni.

AWARD RECIPIENTS 2013 DELTA STATE UNIVERSITY HALL OF FAME AWARDS

1993. He is an accreditation reviewer for the American Alliance of Museums and is currently serving as the Past President of the Board of the Southeastern Museums Conference, the Past President of the Delta State University Alumni Association, the Past Chair of the Council of Regions Association for the American Alliance of Museums, and the President of the Mississippi Institute of Arts & Letters. He is a past president of the Laurel Rotary Club, serves on the Mississippi advisory committee for the National Museum of

GEORGE BASSI 1987

Women in the Arts, serves on the Advisory

George Bassi has been the Director of the

Board for the Partners for the Arts at the

Lauren Rogers Museum of Art in Laurel,

University of Southern Mississippi, and is

MS, since 1993. He is a native of Leland,

on the Board of the United Way of the Pine

MS, and received his undergraduate degree

Belt. While a student at Delta State, he was

in Accounting and Computer Information

President of the SGA, elected Mr. DSU,

Systems from Delta State University in 1987

elected to the Student Hall of Fame, and

and his Master of Arts degree in mass

was a member of Omicron Delta Kappa,

communications and public relations from

Delta Mu Delta, Phi Eta Sigma, Order of

the University of Southern Mississippi in

Omega and Kappa Alpha Order. 8

DR. KEITH PARKER 1978

JEFF RUSSELL 1980

Dr. Keith Parker has a distinguished

Jeff Russell, a 1980 graduate of Delta

career as a university teacher and

State University, is the Senior Partner

administrator that spans approximately

and President at the Godwin Group.

26 years. He is Professor of Sociology

For the last two decades, Russell

and former Associate Provost for

has worked as a strategic marketing

Institutional Diversity at the University

planner for a variety of accounts

of Georgia-Athens. Prior to moving

focusing on bringing creative solutions

to Athens, he held the positions of

to marketing problems primarily in

Associate Professor of Sociology,

the fields of economic development,

Assistant and Associate Dean of

health care, and financial marketing.

Graduate Studies, Assistant Professor

Over the past 25 years, he has helped

of Sociology, and Director of African-

guide and assist Godwin Group’s

American and African Studies at the

clients such as Nissan, Mississippi

University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He has

Development Authority, Mississippi

served as First Vice President of the

Power, Hancock Bank, Trustmark

NAACP, Chair of the MLK Freedom

Bank, and Baptist Medical Center.

Breakfast Planning Committee, and

Russell began his advertising career

was on the Board of Directors of the

as a staff artist at a small agency in

Salvation Army. From 1979–1982, he

Mississippi, but, seeking to build his

served as Assistant to the Dean of

understanding of advertising and

Student Affairs at Delta State University.

marketing, he returned to Delta State

He holds a Bachelor’s degree in

University where he received an MBA

psychology and sociology from Delta

with an emphasis in marketing. He

State, a Master’s degree in sociology

became a GodwinGroup stockholder

and a Ph.D. in Sociology, both from

in 1990 and assumed responsibility

Mississippi State University. Parker has

for the agency’s brand management

been instrumental in building an Annual

component in 1992. He is currently

National Civil Rights Conference, and

responsible for the Godwin Gulf

he is currently working on his first book,

Coast, and he leads GodwinGroup’s

Character Matters.

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2013 ALUMNI AWARDS

HUGH ELLIS WALKER ALUMNI SERVICE AWARD

NEAL HOLCOMB 1992 Neal Holcomb is a native of Greenville, MS, and a 1992 graduate of Delta State University where he received a Bachelor’s Degree of Business Administration in accounting. Holcomb is a CPA and operates the Holcomb CPA Firm. His work with client organizations on Delta State’s behalf has produced significant gift income for the university which is used for scientific research, the Elliott-Nowell-White Science Symposium, and scholarship program. He was recognized for his service to Delta State in 2008 at the annual Community Recognition Awards Luncheon.

KENT WYATT YOUNG ALUMNUS SERVICE AWARD

SAYWARD ELY FORTNER 2004 Sayward Ely Fortner graduated from Delta State in 2004 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English. She went on to study law at the University of Mississippi where she received the William M. Champion Scholarship and obtained her Juris Doctorate graduating Magna Cum Laude. She is on the board of directors of the Delta Arts Alliance, where she currently serves as Secretary. She has served on the Delta State University National Alumni Board since 2008. She currently serves on the executive board as treasurer. She and her husband Jonathan ’03 live in Cleveland with their three children.

LEGACY AWARD

DAVE HEFLIN 1962 Dave Heflin is a native of Baldwyn, MS, and a 1962 graduate of Delta State with a bachelor’s degree in English and speech. He received his master’s degree in communications from the University of Southern Mississippi and his doctorate in recreation and resource development from Texas A&M University. He returned to Delta State to teach in the Physical Education Department. Heflin established the Outdoor Recreation Leadership Program. His family established the Dave Heflin Outdoor Recreation Professorship to ensure that a dedicated educator would continue his efforts. 10

GLADYS CASTLE FRIEND OF DELTA STATE SERVICE AWARD

THE CLEVELAND-BOLIVAR COUNTY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce has a long history of supporting Delta State University. Each year, the Chamber hosts the annual DSU Welcome Back Party to show appreciation to the faculty and staff as they begin another school year and to continue the great “town-gown” relationship. The group spearheaded the highway banner program, with over 50 banners installed along Highways 61 and 8, letting visitors know Cleveland and Bolivar County are proud to host this great institution.

ALUMNI CHAPTER OF THE YEAR

DESOTO COUNTY The Desoto County Chapter has been in existence since 2005 when a group of alumni held an informal meeting to discuss starting their own chapter. In just eight years, the group has grown from 15 initial people to over 125 alumni and friends at the annual event. The Desoto County Chapter started a tradition that has been adopted by many other chapters—an Alumni Scholarship. Funds are raised through sponsorships and a silent auction that seems to grow every year. The group hopes that in the future they will be able to offer a scholarship to a senior from each of Desoto County’s nine high schools. The Chapter’s dedication to raising scholarship dollars for Delta State students in the area makes them stand out as the Outstanding Chapter of the Year and sets a precedent for other chapters to follow.

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2013 DELTA STATE ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME

COACHES & PLAYERS 2013 DELTA STATE UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS HALL OF FAME

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1 / CASEY MYRICK / BASEBALL

6 / LIBERTY CASH / FOOTBALL

2 / NORRIS ASHLEY / MEN’S BASKETBALL

7 / JAMES COX / TRACK & FIELD

• All-American outfielder for Delta State baseball from 1995–1998 • Three-time All-Gulf South Conference selection • Named to the American Baseball Coaches Association All-South Region team • 1998 ABCA All-American • Helped lead the Statesmen to a Gulf South Conference title in 1996 and a 53-8 overall record • Appearance in the NCAA DII College World Series in 1996

• Earned three letters for the Statesmen as a tailback • Named the team-rushing champion in 1964 with 596 yards on 129 carries and 66 yards receiving while scoring three touchdowns • Part of 21 Delta State victories during his three seasons with just eight losses • Served as student body president of the Student Government Association • Secretary/Treasurer of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes

• Played four seasons for the Statesmen basketball team from 1964–1968 • Averaged 10.7 rebounds per game and 11.4 points per game from his sophomore to senior seasons • Career average of 10.5 points per game and 9.7 rebounds per game • Coached high school basketball for 43 years • All-time most wins among Mississippi high school coaches • 1,697 wins, nine state championships, and one Grand Slam title

• Ran four years at Delta State University • One of Delta State’s fastest runners • Holds the school record for the 100-yard dash in a time of 9.5 seconds • Holds school record for the 200-yard dash in just 21.1 seconds • Highly successful coach at Ruleville Central High School and Eastside High School

8 / DEREK HUNTER / COACHES HALL OF FAME

• Inducted into the Wesley College Sports Hall of Fame after playing two seasons of basketball • Starter for Delta State’s 1972 Gulf South Conference Championship team • Advanced to the NCAA Division II Elite Eight in 1972 • Successful high school coach in the Memphis, TN, area in basketball, football, and track • Most wins in the Memphis Shelby-Metro area with 700 (Top 10 in state of Tennessee) • Claimed over 22 City, Regional, District, and State Track & Field titles as a coach • Over 40 City, League, District, and Sub-State Basketball titles as a coach • Now a licensed minister and published writer

3 / ANITA ROBINSON / WOMEN’S BASKETBALL • Played in 127 career games for the Lady Statesmen from 1987–1990 • Member of the back-to-back NCAA National Championship teams in 1989 and 1990 • Ranked 18th in Delta State history in most points with 1,376 • Ranked 7th all-time in Delta State history in blocks with 106 • Shot over 51 percent from the floor in her career with the Lady Statesmen • Career average of 10.8 points per game and 6.2 rebounds per game

9 / RAY ISHEE / COACHES HALL OF FAME

4 / BRAD VICKERS / SWIMMING & DIVING

• Played linebacker at Delta State in 1968 and 1969 • Co-Captain as a senior and recognized by Jackson Touchdown Club as Top Senior Athlete • Began a highly successful coaching career in 1970 at Cleveland High School • Led Copiah-Lincoln Community College to 1985 State Championship and defeat of No. 1 Nassau CC in East Bowl • Led CLCC to MACJC South Division Football titles in 1986 and 1989 • In 1987, directed Copiah-Lincoln Community College to State Track Championship • Inducted into National Junior College Coaches Hall of Fame in 1996 • Inducted into National Junior College Coaches Hall of Fame in 1996

• NSISC all-conference four-straight years for DSU • Named Delta State’s most valuable swimmer from 1994–1995 • Won an NSISC conference championship in the 200-Butterfly, setting a conference and Delta State record at the time • Three-time NCAA All-American • Held the 100 DSU record for the 100-Butterfly during his time at Delta State • Finishing positions in the 50-Freestyle and 100-Freestyle at the 1998 National Championships

5 / NICKI GENRE / SOFTBALL

• Played four seasons for the Lady Statesmen softball team from 1999–2002 • Closed career at Delta State as all-time wins leader with 85 • Two-time NFCA All-South Region selection Three-time All-Gulf South Conference honoree • 2002 GSC West Division Player of the Year • Holds single-season records for innings pitched (289.0), complete games (39), and shutouts (17)

10 / RAY WILSON

• Ray Wilson is receiving the Distinguised Statesmen Award for being a longtime supporter of DSU Athletics.

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INAUGURATION SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 26

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 29

Sponsored by the Bolivar County Alumni Chapter

Sponsored by Administrative Staff Council and Faculty Senate

6:00 p.m. | National Alumni Association Reception Hugh Ellis Walker Alumni-Foundation House

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27

2:00 p.m. | “A Night at the Movies” North Mississippi Symphony Orchestra Bologna Performing Arts Center

(For ticket information, please call 662.846.4626)

4:00 p.m. | Performing Arts Reception Bologna Performing Arts Center

Sponsored by the Bologna Performing Arts Center

7:00 a.m. | Faculty and Staff Breakfast State Room, H.L. Nowell Union 8:30 a.m. | College of Education and Human Sciences Classroom Lecture Rooms 227–228, James M. Ewing Hall

GUEST SPEAKER: Doris Dixon, Legislative Policy Staff member, Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs, U.S. Department of Education

10:30 p.m. | College of Education and Human Sciences Q&A Session with Student-Teacher Interns Jacob Conference Center, James M. Ewing Hall

7:00 p.m. | Jam Session with the President Studio A, Delta Music Institute, Henry L. Whitfield Hall

GUEST SPEAKER: Mike Neyman, Consultant on Leadership and School Reform Institute for Education and Workforce Development, University of Mississippi

MONDAY, OCTOBER 28

12:00 p.m. | College of Education and Human Sciences Lecture Series and Luncheon Jacob Conference Center, James M. Ewing Hall

8:00 a.m. | Retirees Breakfast State Room, H.L. Nowell Union

Sponsored by the Dedicated Statesmen Association

GUEST SPEAKER: Mike Neyman, Consultant on Leadership and School Reform Institute for Education and Workforce Development, University of Mississippi

12:00 p.m. | Robert E. Smith School of Nursing Lecture Series and Luncheon Rooms 141–143, Nursing Building

2:00 p.m. | College of Education and Human Sciences Open House James M. Ewing Hall

GUEST SPEAKERS: Teresa Malone, Executive Director, MS Nurses Association Roselyn Howard, Executive Director, MS Nurses Foundation Nora Davis, Nursing School graduate Kim Fava, Nursing School graduate

2:00 p.m. | Robert E. Smith School of Nursing Open House Nursing Building

Tours and Simulation Lab demonstrations with nursing students

4:00 p.m. | Robert E. Smith School of Nursing Reception Nursing Building 5:00 p.m. | The Delta State University Colloquia: Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series Rooms 141–143, Nursing Building GUEST SPEAKER: Dr. Marcella L. McKay, Chief Operating Officer Mississippi Hospital Association

6:30 p.m. | Mississippi Literary Collection Ribbon Cutting and Reception Roberts-LaForge Library

4:00 p.m. | College of Education and Human Sciences Reception Jacob Conference Center, James M. Ewing Hall 5:00 p.m. | The Delta State University Colloquia: Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series From Dickens to Dr. Dre

Jacob Conference Center, James M. Ewing Hall

GUEST SPEAKER: Doris Dixon, Legislative Policy Staff Member, Office of Legislation and Congressional Affairs, U.S. Department of Education

6:00 p.m. | Student Cookout and Entertainment The University Quadrangle Sponsored by the Student Government Association

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 30

10:00 a.m. | First Lady’s Campus Architectural History and Arts Walking Tour with Nancy LaForge, Emily Jones, and Ron Koehler Bologna Performing Arts Center

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12:00 p.m. | College of Arts and Sciences Lecture Series: Madison Center Celebration

12:00 p.m. | Student Leadership Forum Second Floor Lobby, H.L. Nowell Union

Auditorium, E.R. Jobe Hall

1:00 p.m. | College of Business Open House James W. Broom Hall

The Continued Persistence of the Vietnam Syndrome: No Policy, No Victory and the Defense Budget

Sponsored by the Student Government Association

GUEST SPEAKER: James W. Morhard, former Chief of Staff U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee

2:00 p.m. | Surviving a Plane Crash Baioni Conference Center, James W. Broom Hall

2:00 p.m. | College of Arts and Sciences Open House W.M. Kethley Hall

GUEST SPEAKER: James W. Morhard, survivor of the 2010 crash that claimed the lives of Alaska Senator Ted Stevens and four others.

Art Exhibit Wright Art Gallery

3:00 p.m. | College of Business Reception Auditorium, E.R. Jobe Hall

Chorale Performance Wright Art Gallery

4:00 p.m. | The Delta State University Colloquia: Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series Auditorium, E.R. Jobe Hall

Virtual Dementia Tour Department of Social Work, Thomas L. Bailey Hall

GUEST SPEAKER: Jeff Lenn, Professor of Strategic Management, School of Business,The George Washington University

Hearing Screenings Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, W.M. Kethley Hall

5:00 p.m. | Trunk or Treat Statesmen Park

5:00 p.m. | The Delta State University Colloquia: Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series

Sponsored by the Department of Athletics

Social Policy and the Problem of a Divided Congress in a Divided Government

6:00 p.m. | Community Cookout, Entertainment, Pep Rally and Fireworks Show Statesmen Park

Auditorium, E.R. Jobe Hall

GUEST SPEAKER: James W. Morhard, former Chief of Staff U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee

Sponsored by the Cleveland-Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce

6:00 p.m. | College of Arts and Sciences Reception Auditorium, E.R. Jobe Hall

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 1

7:00 a.m. | Ecumenical Service Lena Roberts Sillers Chapel

7:00 p.m. | Theater Production: Our Town by Thornton Wilder (selected scenes) Auditorium, E.R. Jobe Hall

The Delta Players, Division of Languages and Literature

8:00 p.m. | Delegates’ Breakfast State Room, H.L. Nowell Union

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31

10:30 p.m. | The Inauguration of William N. LaForge Bologna Performing Arts Center

7:00 a.m. | Run with the President H.L. Nowell Union

GUEST SPEAKER: The Honorable Thad Cochran, United States Senate

11:00 a.m. | College of Business Lecture Series Baoini Conference Center, James W. Broom Hall

12:00 p.m. | Inaugural Luncheon University Quadrangle

GUEST SPEAKER: The Honorable Bennie Thompson, United States Representative, Second District of Mississippi

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WORDS AND MUSIC BY RUTH FISHER

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Ronnie Mayers ’72, Karen Mayers ’95, Ann Marie Mayers Pate ’04, Brady Pate ’08, Mabry Pate (2033)

GROWING UP GREEN & WHITE

You know what it means to be a true Statesman, now pass it on! Start a legacy by sending your child’s name, birthdate, and address to enroll them in Delta State’s Legacy Program.They will learn about everything bright, green, and fun in their future.

We want to get to know the small smiles on your kids’ faces so we can see their giant grins at graduation. KEEP THE TRADITION ALIVE. The Alumni Association has recently partnered with Admissions and Recruiting on an initiative to better recruit children of alumni. Send us your child’s name, birthdate, and address, and he or she will begin receiving information from the Delta State Alumni Association. Send information to alumni@deltastate.edu. For more information, contact us at 662.846.4660. Know a student who would be a great fit at Delta State? Tell us by using the Good Student Referral at www.deltastate.edu/alumni. 19

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PURCHASE YOUR DSU ALUMNI CAR TAG TODAY Contact alumni@deltastate.edu or call 662.846.4660 20


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