Duo honored by Mississippi legislature

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MDCC President Dr. Larry Nabors congratulates MDCC sophomore Tyler Domino and MDCC instructor
Teresa Gaines Webster for their recognition as HEADWAE honorees.

Mississippi Delta Community College student Tyler Domino and instructor Teresa Gaines Webster were recognized recently as the Higher Education Awareness Day Working toward Academic Excellence (HEADWAE) instructor and student of the year for 2013.

Sponsored by the Mississippi legislature, the award honors academically talented students and faculty members of Mississippi's higher education institutions who have made outstanding contributions in promoting academic excellence.

An Indianola native, Tyler Domino is a sophomore at MDCC where she holds a 3.93 grade point average. Domino is currently majoring in speech pathology, has earned President's List status, and is a member of Phi Theta Kappa. She also works in the Admissions Office on campus, is editor of the MDCC yearbook, and is a member of MDCC's Student VOICES organization.

Domino plans to attend Mississippi State University, beginning in the fall of 2014. "I plan to earn my bachelor's degree and then my master's degree for speech pathology," Domino says.

MDCC's HEADWAE Instructor of the Year, Teresa Webster, teaches computer science and is the school's eLearning coordinator. An MDCC instructor for 23 years, Webster is a graduate of Mississippi Delta Junior College and Delta State University, earning her bachelor's degree in business education and master's degrees in administration and computer information systems. She was recognized with the Mississippi Delta Community College Distinguished Service Award in 2011, is a member of the Mississippi eLearning Coordinators Association, and served as a Phi Beta Lambda advisor for 19 years.

Webster is a member of First Baptist Church in Greenwood where she serves on the audio/visual committee and teaches Sunday school. She also enjoys playing the piano for nursing home residents in Greenwood, Miss.

Webster and Domino were among the state's honorees invited to the Mississippi Capitol for Higher Education Appreciation Day. The goal of Appreciation Day is to encourage excellence among those involved in higher education as a way to further leadership, increase knowledge across the broad spectrum of education, and promote good citizens capable of thriving in today's society and prepared to meet future challenges. To this end, one student and faculty honoree are annually selected from each of the 36 public and private member institutions of the Mississippi Association of Colleges to participate in the Appreciation Day activities.

For more information about MDCC, please visit www.msdelta.edu, or call 662-246-6322.