The Spring 2015 group of honorees in the Hinds Heroes employee recognition program were named in April.
Heroes are chosen because they represent the college well, provide exceptional customer service to internal and external customers and constantly promote the Hinds mission of service. Heroes selected receive a lapel pin, a token of appreciation and one free day off work.
In alphabetical order, this semester’s honorees are:
Cheryl T. Bozeman, of Raymond, an admissions secretary and recruiter for the Honors Institute and Phi Theta Kappa at the Raymond Campus. She has been with Hinds for seven years.
Keri Bernsen Cole, of Clinton, dean of eLearning at the Raymond Campus. She has been with Hinds for 10 years. As dean of the program, she manages distance learning, instructional technology and design and college media services.
Lee A. Cooper Jr., of Crystal Springs, a maintenance technician at the Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health. He has been with Hinds for 12 ½ years. He handles routine and emergency repairs of building maintenance systems, air conditioning repairs, plumbing and electrical repairs and custodian responsibilities.
Tiffany L. Gaskin, of Clinton, a library technical assistant in the Learning Resources Department at the Rankin Campus. She has been with Hinds for five years. As a library tech, she educates students, faculty and staff on library databases, resources and other helpful material that aids in their teaching and academic success.
Sam Lemonis, of Brandon, purchasing manager at the Raymond Campus. He has been with Hinds for eight years. As purchasing manager, he handles the acquisition of goods and services for the college.
Eric Deron McNeal, of Jackson, an administrative assistant in the Dean’s Office at the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. He has been with Hinds for six years. As an assistant in the office, he enters data, files documents and maintains the inventory.
Arnold R. (Randy) Minton, of Crystal Springs, an art instructor at the Raymond and Utica campuses. He has been with Hinds for 21 years. In the art department, he coordinates the curriculum for art and music, as well as for drawing and photography for those at the Raymond and Utica campuses.
Kathy Nelson, of Brandon, a financial officer at the Rankin Campus. She has been with Hinds for 22 years this July. In the business office, she works closely with the vice president on the Rankin Campus on budgets, purchases and the receiving of materials and equipment, as well as overseeing daily operations and registration.
Catherine Bailess Newton, of Vicksburg, a finance officer at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus. She has been with Hinds for 14 years. As financial officer, she handles registrations, purchase orders, cashier, budgets, travel and phones for the business office.
Daryl Tate, of Byram, an information technology specialist at the Raymond Campus. He has been with Hinds for five years. As IT specialist, he sets up, installs, troubleshoots and repairs computers.
Tabitha Watts, of Utica, an administrative assistant at the Utica Campus. She has been with Hinds for 27 years. As an administrative assistant, she answers phones, takes work orders, schedules trips, pays bills and assists students with transportation.
Paula Gaither Wimbish, of Clinton, coordinator and instructor for education, reading and study skills courses throughout the district. Based on the Raymond Campus, she has been at Hinds for 30 years.
As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with more than 170 academic, career and technical programs. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2014. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.