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Alums lead Bolivar County

Walk into Bolivar County Administrator Will Hooker’s office, and he and his staff will proudly profess their passion for the Statesmen and Fighting Okra.

The office of three is composed completely of Delta State alumni — Hooker ‘94 and ‘04; administrative assistant Sharon Johnson Hurns ‘83; and executive assistant Deja Carter ‘08 and ‘12.

Hooker, a chemistry undergrad major and a Master of Business Administration student while at Delta State, has held the county administrator title since 2008. He takes great pride in knowing his alma mater has prepared his entire office for a role in county government.

“Our office shows the result of the product Delta State yields,” said Hooker. “We are walking proof of the product because of our direct correlation to the university. I don’t think any of us would be where we are without Delta State.”

As county administrator, he is responsible for organizing all county affairs falling under the control of the Bolivar County Board of Supervisors. These duties include: budget planning, work projections, purchasing acquisition, cost control, personnel management goals and more.

Johnson Hurns, a Cleveland native and business administration student at Delta State, said the institution is a common ground that has helped the staff mesh well as a team.

“There is a special connection because we all went there,” said Johnson Hurns. “Even though we attended at different times, it’s something that keeps us bonded every day — something that’s common for all of us.”

Carter, a former business and MBA student, said the university equipped her in numerous ways for her current role.

“The classes I took provided the skills I use every day,” said Carter. “The course work was very helpful in the advancement of my career. It’s also unique because there are so many people working in the community that have ties to Delta State.

“There are people I work with or interact with throughout the county on a daily basis that went to Delta State. It’s a great sense of community when I come across former classmates.”

And Hooker said the green and white pride found in his office is representative of the special relationship Bolivar County shares with the university.

“We are very lucky to have a quality school like Delta State in our county,” said Hooker. “I was educated in Bolivar County, reared and retained — because of Delta State.

“We have close ties with the new administration under the leadership of President LaForge. We have partnerships in the making and want to continue to utilize the resources at Delta State to better serve the citizens of Bolivar County. We have every intention in my office to support LaForge’s initiatives. It’s a two-way street.”

The office agreed sharing the Delta State bond, internally and with county citizens, is something that never grows old.

“We appreciate having the university so close,” said Carter. “They provide a lot of activities for the community to partake in, and it’s great having them right at our back door.”

To learn more about the responsibilities of Hooker’s office, visit www.co.bolivar.ms.us/Administrator.htm.

Caption: Bolivar County Administrator Will Hooker and his office (Deja Carter, Sharon Johnson Hurns) are all graduates of Delta State.

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The Delta State Alumni Association has recently participated in each of Delta State University’s orientation sessions. For each session, the Alumni Association brought back successful alumnus to speak to the parents of incoming students of Delta State.
Speakers at freshman orientation sessions included: Sayward Fortner ‘04, treasurer of the National Alumni Association Board of Directors, session one; Michael Aguzzi ‘97, past National Alumni Association Board member, session two; and Libbi Logan ‘99, Bolivar County alumni chapter committee member, session three.
Each alum spoke about his or her time at Delta State and encouraged parents to get involved with the Alumni Association, purchase their student a Delta State car tag, and attend this year’s events which include Pig Pickin’ scheduled for Sept. 28 and Homecoming set for Nov. 1.
Parents were also informed about the Student Alumni Association (SAA), a group that bridges the gap between students and alumni, and were given information on how their student can join. The SAA’s biggest fundraiser each year is the Student Survival Kit, a kit parents can purchase for their child during finals week. Also during the presentations, the speakers recognized any parents who are alumni of Delta State.
For more information on the Alumni Association, contact 662-846-4660 or alumni@deltastate.edu.
Caption: Ellen Griffin ‘94, Tamika Bonds ‘00, Amanda Street ‘91, Carmen Oswalt ‘90, Libbi Logan ‘99, and Jo Hendrix ‘10.
The Delta State Alumni Association has recently participated in each of Delta State University’s orientation sessions. For each session, the Alumni Association brought back successful alumnus to speak to the parents of incoming students of Delta State.
Speakers at freshman orientation sessions included: Sayward Fortner ‘04, treasurer of the National Alumni Association Board of Directors, session one; Michael Aguzzi ‘97, past National Alumni Association Board member, session two; and Libbi Logan ‘99, Bolivar County alumni chapter committee member, session three.
Each alum spoke about his or her time at Delta State and encouraged parents to get involved with the Alumni Association, purchase their student a Delta State car tag, and attend this year’s events which include Pig Pickin’ scheduled for Sept. 28 and Homecoming set for Nov. 1.
Parents were also informed about the Student Alumni Association (SAA), a group that bridges the gap between students and alumni, and were given information on how their student can join. The SAA’s biggest fundraiser each year is the Student Survival Kit, a kit parents can purchase for their child during finals week. Also during the presentations, the speakers recognized any parents who are alumni of Delta State.
For more information on the Alumni Association, contact 662-846-4660 or alumni@deltastate.edu.
Caption: Ellen Griffin ‘94, Tamika Bonds ‘00, Amanda Street ‘91, Carmen Oswalt ‘90, Libbi Logan ‘99, and Jo Hendrix ‘10.
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The Delta State University National Alumni Association will be traveling to Jackson for the annual Greater Jackson Area Alumni Event Thursday, July 25 at 6 p.m.  More than 300 alumni and friends are expected to attend the event held at the Jackson Yacht Club.

Speakers for the event include Delta State President William N. LaForge and Head Football Coach Todd Cooley. Entertainment will be provided by the Double Shot Band. Care for children of attendees will also be provided.

"We’re really looking forward to another great event here in Jackson," said Jonathan Stark, president of the Greater Jackson Alumni Chapter. "The committee has been working extremely hard to get the word out to alumni and friends of Delta State, uncover event sponsors, and collect items for the silent auction."

All proceeds from the silent auction go to the Greater Jackson Area Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a student from the Jackson area who will attend Delta State.

Each year at the alumni event, the Greater Jackson Chapter recognizes an individual for his or her service to Delta State. This year, the chapter will recognize all life members of the Delta State Alumni Association. Life members present at the event will receive a 2013 Pig Pickin’ barbecue ticket and football game ticket.  Pig Pickin’ is scheduled to begin Friday, Sept. 27, and the football game is set for Sept. 28.

The Alumni Association is still accepting sponsorships for this event. Businesses or individuals can sponsor at the $100, $250, or $500 levels.

For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 662-846-4660 or www.deltastate.edu/alumni. Be sure to follow the Alumni Association on our social media sites: Facebook, Statesmen Graduates; Twitter, @DSU_Alumni; Tumblr, www.dsualumni.tumblr.com; LinkedIn, DSU alumni; You Tube, dsualumni1. Let us know you’re coming by joining our event on Facebook!

Caption:  The Greater Jackson Area Alumni  committee has been working tirelessly to plan and recruit for the event. L to R: Brian Vickers, John Stringer, Celia Manley, Jonathan Stark, Lee Pambianchi, Sarah Leach, Tara Dunn, Coriss Watson, and Will Crump. Not pictured: Bill Greenleaf, Mary Claire Kinnison, Lylla Joe, Serena Clark, Rob Armour, Andy Clark, Cameron Farmer, Laney McNeer and Mary Lou Sorey

The Delta State University National Alumni Association will be traveling to Jackson for the annual Greater Jackson Area Alumni Event Thursday, July 25 at 6 p.m. More than 300 alumni and friends are expected to attend the event held at the Jackson Yacht Club.

Speakers for the event include Delta State President William N. LaForge and Head Football Coach Todd Cooley. Entertainment will be provided by the Double Shot Band. Care for children of attendees will also be provided.

"We’re really looking forward to another great event here in Jackson," said Jonathan Stark, president of the Greater Jackson Alumni Chapter. "The committee has been working extremely hard to get the word out to alumni and friends of Delta State, uncover event sponsors, and collect items for the silent auction."

All proceeds from the silent auction go to the Greater Jackson Area Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a student from the Jackson area who will attend Delta State.

Each year at the alumni event, the Greater Jackson Chapter recognizes an individual for his or her service to Delta State. This year, the chapter will recognize all life members of the Delta State Alumni Association. Life members present at the event will receive a 2013 Pig Pickin’ barbecue ticket and football game ticket. Pig Pickin’ is scheduled to begin Friday, Sept. 27, and the football game is set for Sept. 28.

The Alumni Association is still accepting sponsorships for this event. Businesses or individuals can sponsor at the $100, $250, or $500 levels.

For more information, contact the Alumni Association at 662-846-4660 or www.deltastate.edu/alumni. Be sure to follow the Alumni Association on our social media sites: Facebook, Statesmen Graduates; Twitter, @DSU_Alumni; Tumblr, www.dsualumni.tumblr.com; LinkedIn, DSU alumni; You Tube, dsualumni1. Let us know you’re coming by joining our event on Facebook!

Caption: The Greater Jackson Area Alumni committee has been working tirelessly to plan and recruit for the event. L to R: Brian Vickers, John Stringer, Celia Manley, Jonathan Stark, Lee Pambianchi, Sarah Leach, Tara Dunn, Coriss Watson, and Will Crump. Not pictured: Bill Greenleaf, Mary Claire Kinnison, Lylla Joe, Serena Clark, Rob Armour, Andy Clark, Cameron Farmer, Laney McNeer and Mary Lou Sorey