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In Memory of Thomas Neville Boschert

Dr. Thomas Neville Boschert, 90, of Duncan, Mississippi, died at his home on October, 26, 2020 with family members present. Because of Covid-19 precautions, a family-only graveside burial service will be held on Friday, October 30, 2020, in the Oakridge Cemetery in Clarksdale, Mississippi. Meredith-Nowell Funeral Home in Clarksdale, Mississippi handled the arrangements.

Dr. Boschert graduated from Duncan High School in 1946 and attended the University of Mississippi where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1950.

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In Memory of Missy Pearce

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Melissa Susan Pearce died in her sleep at home surrounded by the love of her family on November 5, 2019 and is now resting in the peace of Jesus. 

Missy is preceded in death by her father, Charles Levi Pearce; her grandparents Everlena and William Otis Stallings and Mallie and Levi Pearce; and Donnie Deason the father of her children, former husband and friend. 

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She is survived by her children,

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Inaugural L.U.C.Y. Award for Mississippi K-12 Educations to Be Presented by GRAMMY Museum Mississippi®—and Named after Lucy Janoush, Museum Visionary and Delta State University Alumna

GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi and the Lucy Janoush Family announce that applications are now open for the inaugural L.U.C.Y. Award, which stands for Lifting Up Children and Youth. Named after devoted Mississippian, community advocate, and Delta State University alumna Lucy Janoush, who was instrumental in securing funding for the development of the Mississippi Museum, the L.U.C.Y. Award celebrates K-12 educators from the state of Mississippi who embody the educational mission of GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi.

“Lucy would be pleased to know that we are carrying on her legacy at GRAMMY Museum® Mississippi to support education,” said Becky Nowell ’81,

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Jimmy Umfress Memorial

Jimmy Umfress, 74, passed away on Thursday, August 22, 2019 at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. Born in Tildon, MS on January 25, 1945, he was a son of Riley Velton and Ruby Powell Umfress.

Jimmy graduated from Hatley High School. He retired from Kerr-McGee Chemical Corporation after thirty-three years of service as a shift forman. He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church.

A kind, supportive father,

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Miss DSU 2019 Thanks Her School for Its Support

Without scholarships, I wouldn’t have made it as far as I
have at Delta State University.

I came to Delta State from Mount Dora, Fla., as a freshman in
2015 and received a scholarship to be on the swim team. I had been recruited during
my senior year at Eustis High School. Team MVP as a junior and team captain as
a senior, I was excited to swim the breaststroke at the NCAA Division II collegiate

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U.S. Must Return to the Gold Standard, Says Steve Forbes, at DSU’s Spring 2019 Colloquia Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series

“When money is trustworthy,” Steve Forbes told a capacity crowd at Delta State University’s Spring 2019 Colloquia Distinguished Speakers Lecture Series, “human progress comes about.” Inversely, continued the notable economic prognosticator, “When money is untrustworthy, bad things can happen.” The U.S. needs to pay close attention to this, he urged.

The business publishing magnate and two-time candidate for the Republican nomination for U.S. president (1996 and 2000) made that point in any number of ways during his evening talk in Jobe Hall auditorium on March 4.

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Gertrude C. Ford Foundation

On why they chose to give Delta State University $3 million over the next 15 years for the new Center for Teaching and Learning

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Delta State University Receives $4 Million, Largest Single Gift in School History

Delta State University recently received a gift of $4 million from a charitable educational trust created by Dr. Fred Pittman in 1993. The trustees of the Pittman Educational Trust unanimously approved the distribution of the $4 million to Delta State upon the recommendation of Dr. Pittman, founder trustee. The funds will be used for scholarships for students with financial need—and amount to the single largest gift in school history.

“My motivation for supporting scholarships is very personal,” said Dr.

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