Delta State Steel Band to perform in Gator Bowl parade

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From left: Chris Black of Shelby, Klint Keown of Forrest City, Ark., John Coleman of Columbus, Brad Hollifield of Laurel, Julie Bowen of Olive Branch, Larissa Dixon of Brookhaven, Megan Morgan of Olive Branch, Jerome Jones of Madison, Amber Horton of Colt, Ark., Elizabeth King of Yazoo City, Derrick Ward of McCool, Desta Hallmark of Mooreville and Larry Bradford, director.

The Delta State University Steel Band, under the direction of Dr. Larry Bradford, assistant band director and instructor in music, has been invited to perform in the 2006 Gator Bowl Parade, Sunday, Dec. 31, in Jacksonville, Florida.

The 12-member steel band will participate in the parade atop a flatbed trailer playing traditional calypso and soca music. The group will also perform Monday, Jan. 1, 2007 as part of the pre-game festivities.

The 2007 Toyota Gator Bowl will feature West Virginia University, as the Big East representative, squaring off against ACC representative, Georgia Tech. Kick-off, inside AllTel Stadium, is scheduled for noon (CST).

“This is a wonderful opportunity for us to perform for thousands of people and show what Delta State and the Mississippi Delta has to offer potential students,” Bradford offered of the invite.




On stands now, Delta State student’s work featured in Sports Illustrated

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Travis Chamblee

Delta State University senior Travis Chamblee’s photography work is currently featured in this week’s edition of Sports Illustrated, on stands now. An image of Statesmen quarterback Scott Eyster, captured by Chamblee during the 2006 season, was used by the SI staff in its “Week Ahead” section.

A sports information major of Vicksburg, Chamblee is credited for the work. He first began shooting athletic events last fall as part of his photojournalism class work, under the direction of University photographer, Bill Moses. A natural talent and quick study, Chamblee’s work has since been featured in area newspapers, including the Delta Democrat Times, the Cleveland News Leader and the University’s school newspaper, The Statement.

His camera work can also be regularly viewed on the Delta State athletic website,, as Chamblee currently serves as a student assistant in the Athletic Media Relations Office, under the direction of Matt Jones.

Of his first appearance in the sports magazine, Chamblee offered, “Every young athlete dreams of being in Sports Illustrated. This is unbelievable and I am honored. I just thank Sports Illustrated for not only making my dream come true, but Scott’s too.”


Delta State unveils ‘Health and Wellness in the Delta’ logo, continue to celebrate year’s theme

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Delta State University officially unveiled its logo for the “Year of Health and Wellness in the Delta.” The logo will serve as the year-long celebration’s official mark.

According to Dr. Myrtis Tabb, Senior Administrator, Special Projects, at Delta State University, “We had such great success with the ‘Year of Cleveland.’ We knew when we began planning for this year’s theme we wanted to follow that model as closely as possible – that included designing a logo.”

Delta State President, Dr. John M. Hilpert proclaimed the 2006-2007 academic term “The Year of Health and Wellness in the Delta” during his earlier “State of the University” address, promising, “You (faculty, staff, students and community) will have opportunities to participate in the months to come.”

Tabb concurred, offering, “January is a time of year traditionally marked with New Year’s Resolutions and a renewed commitment to health and physical fitness. Our goal is to offer quality programming that, first, educates the community in meeting their health and wellness goals, and two, supports the community in achieving, if not, surpassing those goals.”

The Third Annual Delta Health and Wellness is scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 25, from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. inside the Bolivar County Expo Center. Sponsored by the Leaders of the Delta Health and Wellness and Delta State University, in cooperation with the Center for Community and Economic Development, the event will feature exhibitors offering free health screenings and informative advice. The event is free and open to the public.

“Delta Health and Wellness Day is just one example of the great programming we have in store for 2007,” Tabb concluded.

The Year of Health and Wellness in the Delta has already included an October Breast Cancer Awareness Forum, The Elliott-Nowell-White Science Symposium and the Third Annual Community Recognition Luncheon, held recently in the State Room of the H.L. Nowell Union. 

For more information or to become involved in the “Year of Health and Wellness in the Delta,” please call University Relations at Delta State, (662) 846-4675.



Delta State welcomes Redlin to VP for Finance post

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Greg Redlin

Delta State University recently introduced Greg Redlin as the new Vice President for Finance.

The position was left vacant after Billy Morehead accepted a position in the College of Business, as the Chair of the Accountancy, Computer Information Systems and Finance.

“I am extremely proud to be a member of this great University and lovely community,” Redlin offered. “I want to thank everyone the kindness they have shown me and my wife, Ro Ann, since arriving.”

In just the short time he has been a resident of Cleveland, Redlin has quickly dedicated himself to keeping this “lovely community,” lovely. A physical fitness enthusiast, he walks to work each morning toting a small garbage bag, collecting trash and debris from the Fifth Ave. sidewalk.

Redlin comes to the Delta after 15 years of service at the University of South Dakota, where he served as the Vice President for Finance & Administration responsible for business affairs and physical plant management. Several major building projects were completed during his tenure, including a $13 million roof replacement on an indoor football stadium, a $4.5 million journalism/communications building renovation, a $2.2 million enrollment services building renovation and the construction of a new $36 million School of Medicine.

His resume also includes stints at Dakota State University, the South Dakota Department of Transportation and the South Dakota Bureau of Finance and Management. A graduate of the University of South Dakota, Redlin earned a bachelor’s degree in political science (1971), a master’s in political science and economics (1973) and a master’s in business administration (2004).

The son of Don and Virginia of Watertown, S.D., Redlin is married to the former Ro Ann Cameron. The couple has two children, Kathleen, a junior at the University of Minnesota Morris, and Daniel, a freshman at the University of Minnesota.



Delta State awards First and Second Diplomas

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Cathy Haynes Conico (at left) of Cleveland, was awarded the First Diploma Saturday morning, as part of Delta State University’s 80th Fall Commencement. The administrative secretary to the Dean of the College of Business at Delta State, Conico maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average while working toward a bachelor’s degree in business administration. The First Diploma is presented to the four-year graduating senior with the highest grade point average on a minimum of 112 hours of academic credit at Delta State.

Leslie Michelle Griffin (at right) of Cleveland, graduated with a bachelor’s of business administration degree in finance and was awarded the Second Diploma. The Second Diploma is presented to the two-year graduating senior with the highest grade point average on a minimum of 60 hours of academic credit at Delta State University. This policy permits a transfer student with at least two years at Delta State to compete for this honor.

The fall commencement ceremony took place inside Walter Sillers Coliseum on the Delta State campus, with 390 graduates collecting degrees.