Retiring vice president tribute to benefit education scholarship

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Retiring vice president tribute to benefit education scholarship
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30 May

Retiring vice president tribute to benefit education scholarship

Dr. George Barnes and Doris BarnesNow that George Barnes is retiring as vice president for the Utica and Vicksburg-Warren campuses, he is being honored with a tribute dinner in order to add revenue to the scholarship. The event is Friday, June 14 at Eagle Ridge Conference Center. The reception begins at 5:30 p.m., with dinner and a program beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Ads for a tribute booklet are being sold through June 5. Each ticket is $50. All proceeds from the benefit will go toward the George and Doris Barnes Scholarship through the Hinds Community College Foundation. For more information, contact the Institutional Advancement Office at 601.857.3363.

Barnes is retiring with 51 years of service that began in 1962 when he started as a mathematics instructor at Hinds County Agricultural High School in Utica.

Some of the many hats he has worn during his time at Hinds include assistant basketball coach, principal of the Hinds Agricultural High School, director of public relations and academic dean of the Utica Campus, and vice president for administrative/student services, along with his current titles.

“Dr. Barnes has been on a roller coaster, striving over five decades to keep pace with educational developments on the campuses and in areas he’s supervised at Hinds,” said Dr. Shirley Hopkins-Davis, dean of instruction for the Utica Campus. “His interests in building humanity, specifically, have been time consuming yet fulfilling. He has worked tirelessly to build the cultural character in the surrounding communities and has been a mentor to many, including me. He leaves a legacy of dedicated and committed leadership in multiple areas of the college.”

Dr. Barnes has a Bachelor of Science degree from Jackson State University, a master’s degree from Louisiana State University, an Educational Specialist degree from Mississippi State University, and a doctorate from the University of Southern Mississippi. He holds countless professional, civic, and leadership positions within his community. He is a published author and has received the Hinds 3E award and outstanding service awards, among others.

Mrs. Barnes retired in 2000 after 37 years during which she taught at Hinds Agricultural High School for a year and then served the remainder of her tenure as high school librarian. She received her bachelor’s in social science and a master’s in library science, both at Jackson State University.

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First ‘Gateway’ class graduates June 6
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30 May

First ‘Gateway’ class graduates June 6

Gateway to College LogoA graduation ceremony for high school students in Hinds Community College’s Gateway to College program is 9 a.m., Thursday, June 6 in the Lecture Hall of George Wynne Hall on the Rankin Campus in Pearl.Gateway to College, which began in fall 2012, is a Mississippi Works Partnership between Hinds Community College and Rankin County schools. The program enrolls high school students in danger of not graduating and allows them to finish high school at the college’s campus while also earning college credits.”We are thrilled to have five graduates of the Gateway to College program in its first year. Every student who graduates from this program receiving their high school diploma is a success story,” said Valerie Barton, Gateway to College director. “Not only do these students have their high school diploma, each of them also has college credit hours they have earned in the process.

“This joint effort between Hinds Community College and Rankin County School District is helping students who were once considered as ‘at risk’ to become productive citizens of our community,” she said.

Two of the students who are graduating are from Brandon High School and three are from Northwest Rankin High School.

“Our District is pleased with the results of our first-year partnership with Hinds’ Gateway to College program. The opportunity for students to complete high school and begin their college education at the same time is a great encouragement for these students,” said Rankin County school district Superintendent Dr. Lynn Weathersby, a member of Hinds Community College’s Board of Trustees.

The program has 85 enrolled for fall but is still taking applications throughout the summer, Barton said.

For more information, contact Barton at 601.936.5580 or at or see the Hinds website at

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Hi-Steppers selected for 2013-2014
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29 May

Hi-Steppers selected for 2013-2014

2013-2014 Hinds Hi-SteppersThe Hi-Steppers are, front, returning Hi-Stepper Genevieve Walker of Vicksburg, captain, Vicksburg High School; middle row from left, returning Hi-Stepper Khadejah Beasley of Jackson, Callaway High School; returning Hi-Stepper Porsha Gatson of Vicksburg, Warren Central High School; returning Hi-Stepper Malorie Gibson of Florence, Florence High School; Shelby Byrd of Florence, Florence High School; returning Hi-Stepper China Maxwell of Vicksburg., Vicksburg High School and Kasey Kimery of Pearl, Pearl High School; back, Alyssa Vernon of Richland, Richland High School; Courtney Ederington of Vicksburg, Warren Central High School; Anney Pearson of Brandon, Northwest Rankin High School; Sarah Thames of Pearl, Pearl High School; Brooke Vernon of Richland, Richland High School; Xiandria Long of Brandon, Northwest Rankin High School; La’Tristia Scott of Jackson, Wingfield High School; Brianne Johnston of Pearl, Pearl High School and Kaylee Scroggins of Brandon, Hartfield Academy.

For more than 60 years the Hinds Hi-Steppers have upheld a history of excellence serving as one of the oldest precision dance lines in the nation. They have performed for audiences across the United States, Canada and Europe. No group in the U.S. has received more invitations to nationally televised bowl games, professional football games, or national parades than the Hi-Steppers. The Hi-Steppers are still a favorite today as they perform at football games, exhibitions, parades, and community and charitable events. Known as Mississippi’s Goodwill Ambassadors, the dancers have given their time and energy to many worthy causes.

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GED test dates offered to help those facing 2013 deadline

People who aspire to finish their General Education Development (GED) high school equivalency certificate should connect with Hinds Community College’s Adult Basic Education/GED program and make a special effort to finish in 2013.

The official GED test will change in 2014 and will be more difficult and more expensive. Plus, the test will move from a pencil and paper test to a computer-based test.

Those aspiring to finish their GED credential can only take the test three times in 2013 before scores on sections already passed expire and the new test is implemented on Jan. 1, 2014.

Hinds’ Adult Basic Education program offers test dates throughout the remainder of the calendar year.

Call 601.857.3912 for more information. For a complete list of the test dates for the remainder of 2013 see the college website at

GED Test Scores Expiration

Summer dates and contact information include the following:

Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center – 601.987.8763 or 601.987.8150

Orientation: Tuesday, June 11, 8:30 a.m. Test: Saturday, June 29, 8:30 a.m.

Orientation: Thursday, July 18, 8:30 a.m. Test: Saturday, July 27, 8:30 a.m.

Orientation: Thursday, Aug. 1, 8:30 a.m. Test: Saturday, Aug. 10, 8:30 a.m.

Raymond Campus – District Adult Education Center – 601.987.8763

Orientation: Thursday, June 13, 9:30 a.m. Test: Thursday, June 20, 9:30 a.m.; Friday, June 21, 9:30 a.m.

Orientation: Wednesday, Aug. 7, 9:30 a.m. Test: Thursday, Aug. 15, 9:30 a.m.; Friday, August 16, 9:30 a.m.

Raymond Campus – Denton Hall – 601.857.3467 or 601.857.3852

Orientation: Monday, June 3, 8:30 a.m. Test: Tuesday, June 4, 8:30 a.m.; Wednesday, June 5, 8:30 a.m.

Orientation: Monday, June 10, 8:30 a.m. Test: Monday, June 17, 8:30 a.m.; Tuesday, June 18, 8:30 a.m.

Orientation: Monday, July 8, 8:30 a.m. Test: Monday, July 15, 8:30 a.m.;
Tuesday, July 16, 8:30 a.m.

Utica Campus – 601.885.7022/7128 or 601.987.8763
Orientation and testing will be held in Walter Washington Administration Building, Room 130

Orientation: Monday, July 1, 8:30 a.m. Test: Tuesday, July 2, 8:30 a.m.; Wednesday, July 3, 8:30 a.m.

Vicksburg-Warren Campus – 601.629.6873

Orientation: Wednesday, June 12, 9:30 a.m. Test: Wednesday, June 19, 9:30 a.m.

Orientation: Wednesday, July 17, 9:30 a.m. Test: Wednesday, July 24, 9:30 a.m.

Orientation: Wednesday, July 31, 9:30 a.m. Test: Wednesday, Aug. 7, 9:30 a.m.

Orientation: Wednesday, Aug. 14, 9:30 a.m. Test: Wednesday, Aug. 21, 9:30 a.m.

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Local attorney, alum to speak at GED ceremony
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24 May

Local attorney, alum to speak at GED ceremony

Jonathan Bullock

Hinds Community College alumnus and local attorney Jonathan Bullock of Madison is the speaker for the GED achiever ceremony on June 6.

All 2012-2013 GED achievers in Hinds Community College’s district of Hinds, Rankin, Warren, Copiah and Claiborne counties are invited to participate in the ceremony at 6 p.m. at Cain-Cochran Hall on the Raymond Campus.

Bullock received a General Education Development (GED) high school equivalency certificate in 1991.

His college work began at Hinds Community College. He enrolled at Mississippi State University in 1995, where he received his B.A. in Political Science in 1998. He has also attended Mississippi College School of Law and The University of Tulsa College of Law, where he received his Juris Doctorate in 2003.

Bullock is an attorney with Shell Buford, PLLC in Flowood. His areas of practice include all forms of civil litigation defense, including professional liability, products liability and medical malpractice defense, general liability, fidelity and surety litigation, personal injury litigation, commercial litigation, workers’ compensation defenses and construction litigation.

He served eight years with the United States Naval Reserves and was honorably discharged from service in 2001. Bullock is currently a captain in the Mississippi Army National Guard where he serves as a JAG officer. He is currently assigned to 2nd Battalion/20th Special Forces Group in Jackson and served one tour of duty in Afghanistan where he earned a Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service.

Among his many commitments to community service he has served as an advisory council member for the Rankin County Adult Education Council and was a member of the Mississippi Department of Education’s Drop-Out Prevention Task Force Committee. Bullock has given numerous speeches on drop-out prevention and has given several speeches to GED recipients at commencement exercises all across the state.

Adults who have gotten their General Education Development high school equivalency certificate in the past year can participate in the ceremony, even if they received instruction through another program. The deadline to sign up to participate in the ceremony is May 23. There is no charge for participation.

For more information, contact Marshand Crisler at 601.857.3913 or see the website at

Participants in the Hinds GED graduation receive a certificate commemorating their high school equivalency achievement and will wear a cap and gown for the ceremony, at no charge. They are encouraged to bring family and friends.

Each year Hinds Community College serves nearly 2,000 high school dropouts in its Adult Basic Education instructional and GED testing programs. The majority of these students are preparing to take the GED tests. Hinds, with the assistance of a Dollar General Literacy Foundation, waives the GED testing fee for students enrolled in the Hinds ABE program.

Those who pass the test are awarded a certificate equivalent to a high school diploma that allows them to continue their education at Hinds Community College and other higher education institutions.

“The GED has become a very popular education credential in today’s job market,” said Marshand Crisler, District Director of Adult Education and Dropout Recovery. “This ceremony provides an excellent opportunity for GED recipients to commemorate a huge accomplishment. The test is extremely challenging and according to the most recent data, only 60 percent of graduating high school seniors would past the GED on the first attempt.”

Hinds offers the first college class free to GED achievers who are first-time college students and awards a half-tuition scholarship to high-scoring GED recipients.

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Adam Booker, Hinds Student
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22 May

Adam Booker, Hinds Student

Adam Booker

No excuses mindset puts paralyzed student on President’s List at Hinds

By Susan Christensen
Health and Research News Service

The first time Adam Booker went to college, he mostly majored in having fun.

“I thought I was doing good by just getting up and going to class,” he said. “I’d roll out of bed, put on sweatpants, brush my teeth and just make it out the door. It was easy.”

Now, it takes 30 minutes and the help of a certified nurse’s aide to ready Booker for classes at Hinds Community College in Pearl. Yet the 25-year-old quadriplegic is a better student than he ever was as an able-bodied 18-year-old.

“You know what they say … you don’t appreciate something until you’ve lost the opportunity,” said Booker, who was paralyzed from the neck down in a 2006 car crash. “Then, I was not holding myself to the standard I am now.”

Today, Booker has a 4.0 average after completing 31 hours of course work. And that impresses professors like Hamilton Wise, chairman of the biology department at Hinds’ Rankin County campus and Booker’s instructor for Anatomy and Physiology.

“I got a charge out of him being here, working to make something of himself despite the setbacks he has had,” Wise said. “He’s a very good student, one of only two in that A&P section to have an A It is extremely difficult for him to do anything. Yet he isn’t at all inclined to be part of a pity party.”

It’s not that Booker didn’t think about “going crazy” after doctors delivered a grim prognosis. “I’ve kind of been waiting for that reaction,” he said. “I even told my dad I’d like to get mad at somebody and go off the rails. But I guess I don’t have it in me. I think if your reaction will have nothing to do with the outcome – good or bad – why waste your energy?”

While his parents wanted Booker to return to college, he spent much of the first year after his injury watching TV at his dad and stepmom’s house in Ridgeland.

In 2007, he moved to Methodist Specialty Care Center in Flowood, a division of Methodist Rehabilitation Center (MRC) in Jackson. The residential care facility is one of only a few in the nation designed for younger people with severe disabilities. And staff there recognized Booker had the potential to excel. “I had two nurses who stayed on my butt about college,” he said.

“I more or less harassed him,” said Charlene Perez, a licensed practical nurse at the residential center. “I told him about a patient I once had through home health that was injured like him. He ended up going to school. He got married and became a lawyer and a judge. I said there was no reason he should sit up here doing nothing when there were things he could do.”

The good-natured nagging pushed Booker to explore his options, and he started at Hinds’ nearby Rankin campus the spring semester of 2011. “The teachers have been very receptive and accommodating,” he said.

While Methodist has experts who can assist with the adaptive computing needs of center residents, the already tech-savvy Booker didn’t require much help. As he reads, he uses a mouth stick to flip pages. And when papers are due, he relies on software to translate speech into text.

In class, he turns to personal aide Mary Boyd of Madison to take notes and write his answers during tests. “Basically, I’m his arms,” Boyd said. And if the truth be known, he has stolen her heart as well. “I adore the guy,” she said. “He really enjoys what he is learning. He wants to be a psychologist, and I think he has a calling for it.”

Certainly he can empathize with those who have endured great loss and lived with regrets. Booker now wishes he had been more responsible during his freshman year at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. “I had everything going for me, and I was more focused on having a good time,” he said.

Booker had dropped out of school and was working in Lenoir, N.C., on the February night he turned in front of a motorist just topping a hill. “He hit me in the passenger’s side,” Booker said. “I wasn’t wearing a seatbelt, and it chunked me about in the car.”

The crash fractured his neck and paralyzed every muscle below the break – including those that control breathing. “I lost all my vitals and crashed dead on the scene,” he said. “I don’t know how they revived me. I crashed again in ICU. When I came back, I had all these people hovering over me screaming in my face.”

Ordinarily, someone with Booker’s injury level would be tethered to a ventilator. But he breathes with the help of an implanted pacemaker that electrically stimulates his diaphragm. “It was experimental at the time,” he said. “I think I was the 26th person to ever get one.”

Even with the less conspicuous breathing system, Booker said he is self-conscious at times. And although his tattooed forearms, trendy shoes and closely-shaven head make him look like many of his peers, he wondered how he would fit in with others his age on campus. “When they first see me coming, I don’t think they see me – just this rolling wheelchair,” he said. “They don’t know how to react, what to say or if I’m all there mentally.”

But now that he has a few semesters under his belt, Booker said he is beginning to feel more accepted. And he looks forward to the interaction in his current psychology course. “The professor has gotten everyone involved by asking us questions. And I think this might be my first chance to open up to people. They’ll finally hear my story,” he said. Until then, the Cliff’s Notes version is inked on Booker’s left forearm. His tattoo says: Positivity will overcome adversity.

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Tom Kendall, Hinds Leader
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22 May

Tom Kendall, Hinds Leader

Tom Kendall

For Tom Kendall (1985), the new president of the Hinds Community College Foundation board, serving Hinds Community College is more than an opportunity to help the college serve a purpose – it’s a family legacy.

Growing up on a farm in Bolton, Kendall realized the importance of a place like Hinds at an early age.

“My family saw first-hand the importance of Hinds in our community and in our county,” he said. “It is an honor to be continuing my family’s legacy with Hinds.”

The family has a long history of supporting the college by serving in positions of responsibility.

Kendall’s great-grandfather, F.M. Greaves, served as the second-ever Board of Trustees president from 1944-1968, and Kendall’s own father, Ted Kendall III, is also a past Board of Trustees president, serving from 1977-1988.

Both Tom Kendall and his brother, Ted Kendall IV (1979), attended classes at Hinds. Tom Kendall went on to pursue his degrees from Mississippi State University.

The Kendall family sponsors the F.M. Greaves Scholarship and the Gaddis and McLaurin Scholarship. Ted Kendall Agriculture Complex is named after Ted Kendall III and Greaves Residence Hall is named after F.M. Greaves.

For the complete story, see the spring 2012 issue of Hindsight alumni magazine.

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Kyle Williams, Hinds Athlete
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22 May

Kyle Williams, Hinds Athlete

Kyle Williams

Thanks to a solid academic record and a strong right leg, Kyle Williams could have chosen to go just about anywhere after graduating from Pearl High School. Williams, heavily recruited by Hinds Community College coaches, decided to join the Eagles instead.

That decision paid off as Williams, who is transferring to Mississippi State University in the summer to play football, earned all-American status as a kicker for the Eagles in 2011.

“Last year was fun because we made it to the playoffs and helped restore some of the tradition that Coach (Gene) Murphy built at Hinds,” he said.

Williams was named to the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-American Honorable Mention team.  He led Hinds in scoring with 70 total points, finishing the season 40-44 on point-after attempts and 10-17 on field goals, including a season-long 45-yarder against East Mississippi Community College in the final game of the season.

Williams was named to the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) All-Region team in 2011 and was named to the All-State second team as a freshman in 2010.

Williams continued his academic success at Hinds as well.

He was among several Hinds Community College students named “Who’s Who Among Students in American Community and Junior Colleges.” Sophomores are named to this program because of their achievements in academics and leadership qualities shown throughout their two years in community college.

“My time at Hinds helped me decide that I want to major in kinesiology because I wasn’t sure right out of high school,” Williams said.

Williams is the sixth Hinds Community College kicker to be named all-American since 1987. Mike Berry (‘88) kicked for Mississippi College. Jaret Homes (’95) continued his career at Auburn University and played in the National Football League. Scott Westerfield (’97) was a named All-Southeastern Conference in 1999 and 2000 at Mississippi State University. Neal Thomas (’99) left Raymond for Tuscaloosa, Ala., and the University of Alabama. Trey Crum (2000) stayed in-state to kick at Delta State University.

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Jameson Parker, Hinds Student
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22 May

Jameson Parker, Hinds Student

Jameson Parker

At age 25, Jameson Parker had already worked five years in the field of GIS, drafting and telecommunications engineering when he decided to enroll in Hinds Community College’s program on the Raymond Campus.

A Murrah High graduate, Parker became progressively more concerned about the job market as the economy turned downward.

“I didn’t have a degree and feared that when it was time to make cuts, those with a degree would be more secure. That’s when I decided to come to Hinds Community College,” said Parker, a drafting and design technology major.

He had attended a four-year college before he came to Hinds but has found his experience at Hinds “incredible.”

“The majority of my teachers have actually had a previous career in the subjects that they were teaching,” Parker said. “Because of their experience and first-hand knowledge, the education I received was unparalleled. Not only did I learn traditionally through lectures and books, I also learned through in-depth use of the newest technical software and outside hands-on activities.”

In his classes Parker has learned to use AutoCAD, a design and engineering software tool used in a wide variety of career fields. “Whether it’s designing new technology, machine parts, homes and/or highways, Hinds Community College gave me the tools I needed to be able to understand and design complex technical drawings of any kind,” he said. “When I talk to potential employers and I tell them I’m student from Hinds Community College, they don’t hesitate to hand me their card and ask that I give them a call.”

Parker singled out three instructors as caring and supportive – Cindy West, Phil Cockrell and Jeff Lewis.

“If I had known about the experience Hinds Community College had to offer when I graduated high school, I would’ve made my mind up to come here right away,” he said.


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Jane Flowers, Hinds Employees
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22 May

Jane Flowers, Hinds Employees

Jane Flowers

Jane Lauderdale Flowers, work-based learning coordinator on the Vicksburg-Warren Campus, came to Hinds as a college student, earned her degrees from both Hinds (1973) and Mississippi State University, returned as an employee and hasn’t looked back since.

“I feel like I am a part of Hinds,” she said. “Not only am I an alumnus, but I have been a member of the faculty on the Vicksburg-Warren Campus for 29 years, and I am still passionate about what I do.”

In 2010 Flowers won the college’s top employee award – the 3E, for Emphasis on Excellence and Enrichment – because of her work on behalf of the college in economic development.

Flowers and her siblings, Bill, Joe and Chris, are first-generation college students and all have strong Hinds connections. “Three of us rode the Hinds school bus from Vicksburg each semester, and my oldest brother drove it for extra money. Our time and investment with studying at Hinds gave my siblings and me the opportunity to have a comfortable life.”

In addition to her administrative duties, Flowers is a part-time instructor, teaching at least one class per semester. Reflecting on her 29-year stint as a Hinds employee, Flowers says that her favorite thing about Hinds is how welcoming the administration has been to her ideas.

“The administration recognized that I had ideas for improvements, and they not only listened, but implemented many of those suggestions. That motivated me to keep trying harder to make the college, and education in general, better for our students. I want to keep encouraging them to excel academically.”

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