Go Green Weekend set for April 6-9

Joining President LaForge is Delta State Director of Recruiting Caitlyn Thompson.

From April 6th through 9th, Delta State will host one of its biggest annual events – Go Green Weekend, a weekend packed with a full schedule of alumni, athletic and student events. From live entertainment and cooking competitions to baseball games and campus tours, there is something for everyone. Festivities will kick off on Thursday, April 6, with the annual Bolivar County Crawfish Boil beginning at 5:30 p.m. in front of Walter Sillers Coliseum. Register for the event on the Alumni Association page at deltastategiving.org.

Friday, April 7, is DSU Parents Day, and so any parents or guardians of students are encouraged to sign up by contacting the Office of Student Life at orientation@deltastate.edu. And, the Alumni Cooking Competition will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday just outside of the Tim and Nancy Harvey Baseball Stadium. Friday’s activities will conclude with live entertainment by DeltaRox from 8 to 11 p.m. at the Tim and Nancy Harvey Baseball Stadium.

In other news on campus, today marks the beginning of our fourth annual Winning the Race conference. It is free and open to the public, and we encourage you to join us as we explore the topic of advancing education in the Mississippi Delta. To find out more, visit www.deltastate.edu/winningtherace or click on the link on our homepage. This week also marks the beginning of the 12th annual International Business Symposium, and we appreciate the many Delta State alumni and business leaders who make this event so successful each year, particularly the symposium’s sponsors David and Sherry Abney. David, who is a Delta State alumnus, is the CEO and Chairman of the Board of UPS and is a great ambassador for Delta State.

To keep up with all of our news, events and activities visit our web site deltastate.edu.



Karen Cummins Scholarship Established

President LaForge and Billy Cummins

Delta State University welcomed Billy Cummins to campus on March 23 to sign endowment agreements for the Karen L. Cummins Endowed Scholarship Fund in memory of his wife, Karen L. Cummins, a 1979 graduate of Delta State University who was a trustee of the Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning and an exemplary employee of Atmos Energy Corporation.

The Delta State University Foundation, which will manage the fund, has received over $50,000 in generous donations from family members, Atmos Energy Corporation, friends and colleagues.

The purpose of the fund is to establish a scholarship for a student attending Delta State University.

Delta State President William N. LaForge said he was extremely grateful to the Cummins family.

“Billy Cummins’s generous gift to the Delta State University Foundation is significant for two reasons. First, it honors a very special person — his wife, Karen — who was a Delta State alumna and served on the IHL Board of Trustees. Secondly, the gift supports a major foundation scholarship fund that Delta State has established, with Billy’s guidance, that will honor Karen’s memory in perpetuity, while providing funds for deserving students to attend Delta State far into the future,” LaForge said.

“I am very grateful to Billy Cummins, his and Karen’s companies — Atmos and Entergy — and all donors who have contributed to this fund in Karen’s memory,” he added. “It is so fitting that we pay tribute to Karen Cummins in this meaningful way.”

The current level of the endowment will provide approximately $2,000 annually to a qualified recipient.

Potential recipients will exemplify the following guidelines:
-Recipient shall be the child of a current employee of the Atmos Energy Corporation or Entergy Corporation. First consideration will be given to children of employees of Atmos Energy.
-Recipient shall possess a high school grade point average of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale).
-Recipient shall maintain a grade point average of 3.0 or higher while attending Delta State.
-Recipient must meet all university scholarship guidelines to maintain the scholarship while enrolled at Delta State.
-Recipient must be in good standing with the university, will uphold the guiding principles and embody the core values of Delta State University.

Walking the Green Mile

On March 23, President LaForge joined a large group of students and faculty/staff members who took time out of their day to walk the famous Green Mile on campus. The Green Mile. The one-mile trail enables walkers and joggers to start at any set of green footprints on campus and to follow the trail of footprints until they are back at their starting point, thus completing one mile of exercise. Fitness and health are important components of education at Delta State, and the university is proud that the Green Mile is available to anyone from the campus or community.