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Tabb to retire after years of Delta State dedication

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Delta State University will gather to thank one of its retiring employees, Associate Vice President for Finance and Administration, Dr. Myrtis Tabb, who began working for the institution in 1991.

Fittingly, the Bologna Performing Arts Center on campus will host her retirement ceremony Oct. 16 from 2-4 p.m. In her role at Delta State, Tabb supervised the BPAC staff and played a major role in its success.

She also provided leadership to the Human Resources Office, Office for Institutional Grants, and served as the contract liaison for Ellucian, the company providing informational technology services on campus.

Additionally, she served as a member of the President’s Cabinet, Title lX coordinator, chair of the University Naming Committee, chair of the Jimmy and Hazel Sanders Sculpture Garden, and provided leadership to the B. F. Smith Scholars Program.

“Delta State University is a wonderful institution and the contributions this institution makes to the region and state are impossible to count,” said Tabb. “I have enjoyed working with President LaForge, other administrators, and faculty and staff as they provide positive vision for the future of Delta State. I will continue to support this great institution as a retiree.

“I am having a difficult time walking away from my association with Delta State University. I enjoy the people and the challenges of the work. However, it is obvious that this is the right time for me to begin a new chapter of my life. I look forward to spending more time with my family and my friends.”

Along with being a dedicated employee, Tabb impressively completed four degrees at Delta State: Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Master of Education in Elementary Education and Supervision, Educational Specialist Degree (1991) and Ed. D. (1994).

She has also authored or co-authored several successful grant applications from a variety of funding sources, and continues to facilitate creative solutions for the university and Delta region.

Her community efforts are extensive, as she serves on the following boards: Bolivar County Medical Hospital Foundation Board, Mississippi Delta National Heritage Board, Planters’ Bank Board, chair of Cleveland/Bolivar Chamber of Commerce Tourism Council, and International Women’s Forum-Mississippi. She serves as president-elect of the Women’s Forum and will be installed as president in 2016. She has also served for several years as a member of the board of the Delta Arts Alliance and the president of the Cleveland/Bolivar County Chamber of Commerce.

Having collaborated with so many university and community members over the years, Tabb said she would deeply miss working with these leaders on a daily basis.

“The highlight of my career has been my association with all the people I have met,” she said. “In every role, I have had the opportunity to meet and learn from some of the most amazing people. I will always be grateful for the friendships made along the way.”

Tabb and her husband, Billy, are the proud parents of Tracy and Randy Dye and Leslie and Bill Ryan Tabb. They have five grandchildren — Daniel, Madeline and Jacob Dye and Collins and Annsley Tabb.

The retirement ceremony will feature a short program at 3 p.m. DMI director Tricia Walker will perform a song, and remarks will be made by President William N. LaForge, Christy Riddle and Laura Howell.

Personal messages are being collected for a memory book. Those interested in contributing are asked to provide submissions by mail to: DSU Box 3232, Cleveland, MS, 38732 or by email to criddle@deltastate.edu.

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Domestic Violence Awareness Month

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Each year, the American Association of University Women brings representatives from Our House, Inc. to Delta State University to help with domestic violence awareness. October is recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month across the nation.

AAUW distributed 500 purple ribbon stickers on Oct. 6 along with information about Our House, the agency that oversees the local domestic shelter.

Shelter relationship advocate Rejenia Bell and volunteer coordinator Patricia Edwards also brought information about the issue to distribute to Delta State students.

“This years’ theme for the Cleveland branch of AAUW was ‘Men Wear Purple Too,’” said Dr. Glendscene Williams, AAUW president Dr. Glendscene Williams. “We often reached out to women as advocates to find out that the message from male advocates’ is just as powerful. They are more than willing to walk a mile in our shoes if it will help stop the violence.”

The group also plans to host a self-defense training Oct. 20 at 6:30 p.m. on campus.

dUg Pinnick (left) and Scot “Little” Bilhman of the band Grinder Blues will be the featured guests for DMI All Access Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. in DMI Studio A.

Pinnick and Bihlman scheduled for DMI All Access

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The Delta Music Institute entertainment industry studies program at Delta State University will host award-winning blues/rock musicians dUg Pinnick and Scot “Little” Bilhman as the second guests of the semester for the DMI All Access series.

The event takes place Oct. 12 at 6 p.m. in DMI Studio A and is open to the public at no charge.

DMI All Access is a series of open forums and lectures throughout the academic year featuring industry professionals from various areas of the music and entertainment industry.

Pinnick and Bihlman are members of band Grinder Blues, which is completing a new recording at the DMI studios. Pinnick, a bassist, was formerly with the popular band King’s X. Along with Scot Bilhman, Grinder Blues also features Emmy-award winning guitarist and vocalist Jabo Bihlman, Scot’s brother.

The Delta Music Institute is an independent center of study under the College of Arts & Sciences at Delta State University, offering a B.S. degree in Entertainment Industry Studies degree. The focus of the DMI is to provide students with a broad and thorough education in the technological, creative and business areas of the music and entertainment industry. For information, contact 662-846-4579 or visit http://www.deltastate.edu/dmi.

 

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Bobby Rush and Super Chikan thrill BPAC crowd

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Blues legends Bobby Rush and James “Super Chikan” Johnson teamed for a free concert at Delta State’s Bologna Performing Arts Center Tuesday night as the closing act of the university’s second annual International Conference on the Blues. The event, “The Storytellers featuring Bobby Rush and Super Chikan: Up Close and Personal,” was a stripped-down concert format that invited the crowd to experience the two renowned blues artists singing and telling stories about their lives, careers, the blues and the Mississippi Delta in distinctly personal ways. Photo by Rory Doyle/Delta State University

 

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Pictures from Monday’s blues conference events

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Dr. William Ferris, a widely recognized leader in Southern studies, African American music, and folklore, delivers the keynote address at the second annual International Conference on the Blues Monday at Delta State University. Ferris the Joel R. Williamson Eminent Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the senior associate director of UNC’s Center for the Study of the American South. He is also adjunct professor in the curriculum on folklore. The conference continues Tuesday, ending with a free concert featuring Bobby Rush and James "Super Chikan" Johnson. For more information, visit www.deltastate.edu/blues.

Dr. William Ferris, a widely recognized leader in Southern studies, African American music, and folklore, delivers the keynote address at the second annual International Conference on the Blues Monday at Delta State University. Ferris the Joel R. Williamson Eminent Professor of History at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the senior associate director of UNC’s Center for the Study of the American South. He is also adjunct professor in the curriculum on folklore. The conference continues Tuesday, ending with a free concert featuring Bobby Rush and James “Super Chikan” Johnson. For more information, visit www.deltastate.edu/blues. Photos by Rory Doyle.

GRAMMY winner Dom Flemons (right) and Don Allan Mitchell, co-chair of the International Conference on the Blues, during one of the conference sessions on Monday. Flemons is the “American Songster,” pulling from traditions of old-time folk music to create new sounds. Having performed music professionally since 2005, he has played live for over one million people within the past three years. As part of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, which he co-founded with Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson, he has played at a variety of festivals, spanning from the Newport Folk Festival to Bonnaroo, in addition to renowned venues such as the Grand Ole Opry. The International Conference on the Blues continues Tuesday. For more information, visit www.deltastate.edu/blues.

GRAMMY winner Dom Flemons (right) and Don Allan Mitchell, co-chair of the International Conference on the Blues, during one of the conference sessions on Monday. Flemons is the “American Songster,” pulling from traditions of old-time folk music to create new sounds. Having performed music professionally since 2005, he has played live for over one million people within the past three years. As part of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, which he co-founded with Rhiannon Giddens and Justin Robinson, he has played at a variety of festivals, spanning from the Newport Folk Festival to Bonnaroo, in addition to renowned venues such as the Grand Ole Opry. The International Conference on the Blues continues Tuesday. For more information, visit www.deltastate.edu/blues. Photos by Rory Doyle.