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Tori Still, Lauren & Lindsay Harper, Hinds Athletes
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Tori Still, Lauren & Lindsay Harper, Hinds Athletes

Tori Still, Lauren Harper & Lindsay Harper,

Lauren and Lindsay Harper, freshman twins from Richland, along with their childhood friend Victoria “Tori” Still of Richland, are dorm-mates at Marshall Hall on the Raymond Campus, play on the softball team together and are all nursing school hopefuls.

Still, who was a Hinds football cheerleader in fall 2011, chose Hinds partially for the opportunity to play softball. She’s a catcher who bats .265.

“It was close to home but not too close and not too far,” she said. “I really like the campus.”

Taking challenging nursing program pre-requisites such as anatomy and physiology allowed Still to debunk one college myth. “Everybody always says when you get to college, the teachers don’t really care. But they’re very helpful with everything,” Still said. “The teachers are very sweet.”

The suite-style rooms at Marshall Hall were an attraction for Lauren Harper. “We came and we saw the campus. We loved the dorm rooms because of the suites. We like how we are all together as a team,” she said.

For her Hinds is the perfect venue. “It’s not too big; it’s not too small. It’s different from high school but it’s a step before you go to university,” said Lauren, who plays first base on the Lady Eagles softball team.

Sister Lindsay Harper echoes her opinion. “I just like the environment here. It’s a way for independence, but it’s not too far away. You can always go home,” she said.

Lindsay Harper, who pitches and plays second base, was attracted to the fact that Hinds has a nursing program.

She agrees with Still about the strength of the Hinds instructors. “We are taking some really hard classes and without them, I don’t think we would have made it. The teachers have helped us a lot,” she said.

“For someone just out of high school, Hinds would be the place to go,” she said.

 

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Larisa Garner, Hinds Student
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22 May

Larisa Garner, Hinds Student

Larisa Garner

Larissa Stinson Garner of Vicksburg has known for some time she wanted to be in some sort of helping profession. It wasn’t until after she received her first Hinds Community College degree in May 2011 that she finally figure out what she wanted to do – nursing. “I just knew that nursing was for me,” she said.

Garner is finishing her second semester in the Associate Degree Nursing Program at Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center.  She attended the Vicksburg-Warren Campus for her first two years, racking up numerous awards and recognitions.

She is married to Michael Garner, and they have three sons, Joshua, Jacob and Jessie, one of whom is a senior in high school.With all the expenses of raising a family and attending nursing school, Garner is especially grateful that she’ll be receiving the Carla McCulloch Scholarship in fall 2012 to help her finish her last year of nursing school.

 

She was working two jobs while going to school full time, but has had to stop working for now. “With nursing school, it’s pretty much all consuming,” she said.

The scholarship was created by the McCulloch family in memory of their daughter Carla, a Simpson Academy graduate who was a Hinds nursing student at the time of her death in an April 1991 accident. The award is made annually to a second semester nursing student who demonstrates the caring and enthusiasm for nursing that Carla embodied.

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Anna Sanders, Hinds Student
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22 May

Anna Sanders, Hinds Student

Anna Sanders

At age 28, Anna Sanders says she was “truly petrified to be a college student” at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus two years ago.

As a teenager, Anna became a mom with two sons and has lost one child to cancer. In her two years at Hinds she married her best friend.

Despite the changes in her life and the struggles she’s experienced, “I knew that I had to walk through the doors of Hinds in order to put my life where I felt it needed to be for myself and my family,” she said.

She graduates May 11 with a degree in business office technology. “As I walk across the stage, I will reflect on the great memories and skills that have been acquired while at Hinds. I will also be giving a final salute of gratitude to the ones who gave me their endless support. I say thank you from the depths of my being.”

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David Yewell, Hinds Alumnus
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David Yewell, Hinds Alumnus

David Yewell

It was in the produce section of a Kentucky A&P grocery store that David Yewell’s life was changed forever.

Yewell (1962), a past member of the Hinds Community College Foundation board, worked at the store sorting produce.

In fall 1960, he was just a few days removed from high school graduation from Owensboro High School in Kentucky when a local man who had an eye for talent and an interest in helping students further their academic careers approached Yewell.

Donald “Quack” Butler asked Yewell, a standout high school basketball player, if he wanted to go to college. After Yewell replied it wasn’t financially possible, Butler told him to expect a phone call from Hinds Junior College basketball coach Troy Ricks. Two days later he and his father began the ride down to Raymond.

“It was a trip that opened a completely new world to me and changed my life forever,” Yewell said. “I fell in love with Raymond immediately. It felt like home after a few days.”

Yewell flourished during his two years in Raymond. He became interested in learning, studying and writing, all fostered by an “attentive, truly loving faculty, one of whom was Ricks.”

“I have a great appreciation for Hinds Community College and especially Coach Ricks for the opportunity they gave me to play basketball,” Yewell said. “I would not be where I am today, I’m sure of it.”

Yewell has been practicing law for more than 40 years. He currently counsels clients through Yewell Law, LLC, in Owensboro, KY. Yewell received his associates degree from Hinds, his bachelor’s degree from Transylvania University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law.

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

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Trina Williams, Hinds Student
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22 May

Trina Williams, Hinds Student

Trina Williams

Trina Runia Williams of Jackson got her children raised and watched her husband graduate from Hinds Community College in December.

Now it’s her turn to shine in the early childhood education program on the Utica Campus. She’ll graduate with her associate’s degree in May.

“I have always had a passion for children and after raising my two daughters and putting them through college, the time has finally come for me to do what I had always wanted to do,” Williams said.

As a part of her service to the community and a show of affection to her discipline, Williams volunteers 10 hours a week at Gertrude Ellis Head Start Program in Byram.

“My love of children and the way they think are what keeps me going,” said Williams, who is also a joint business owner of Woods of Williams Custom Cabinet Company LLC in Raymond.

Williams, a sophomore, has been selected to the Phi Theta Kappa All Mississippi Academic Team and recently received the 3E Award – Emphasis on Excellence and Enrichment – which is one of the highest student achievement recognitions awarded by Hinds Community College.

Out of 1,500 nominations for the Phi Theta Kappa All Mississippi Academic Team, only two students were chosen to represent each campus of the state’s 15 community colleges. Williams was among that elite group to be chosen.

She has worked with peer educators, a student mentoring group; serves as treasurer of the Alpha Beta Xi chapter of Phi Theta Kappa; and is a member of Who’s Who Among American Community College Students. Upon graduating in May 2012, Williams plans to continue her education at Jackson State University and major in elementary education.

“Getting our college degrees has been a dream come true for my husband and me,” Williams said. “My husband finished his drafting program from the Raymond Campus this past December, and I will be graduating this May. How wonderful is that!”

She and her husband, Robert, have two adult daughters, Natasha Williams of Long Beach, Calif., and Stacey Williams of Hattiesburg.

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William “Bucky” McElroy, Hinds Alumnus
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William “Bucky” McElroy, Hinds Alumnus

William "Bucky" McElroy

Eagles football hall of famer William “Bucky” McElroy (1950) looks forward to a completely different sport every April at Hinds Community College – golf.

McElroy, who many of his generation say is the greatest football player to ever wear an Eagles uniform, is still active with the Hinds Community College Alumni Association. He also fields two teams of four people each in the college’s annual Golf Fun Fest, traveling from his home in Monroe, La. The Golf Fun Fest is April 19 at Eagle Ridge Golf Course in Raymond.

Like a lot of people associated with Hinds Community College – alumni and other supporters – McElroy’s generous giving is not limited to just the Golf Fun Fest. He has contributed to athletic scholarships over the past few decades, hoping to give other young athletes a start at Hinds like he had.

“I would do anything for Hinds Community College,” McElroy said. “I owe it to them. I answer the call every time because if I’m able to give a kid a boost through scholarship funds or anything, I’m going to do it.”

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

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Joey Sherman, Hinds Alumnus
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Joey Sherman, Hinds Alumnus

Joey Sherman

Probably few people can boast that they received degrees from two different colleges in the same month, but Hinds alumnus Joey Sherman can.

Sherman, a Terry High graduate, attended Hinds Community College from 2005 to 2007 but did not graduate before transferring to Mississippi State University to finish his degree in civil engineering.

A member of the Hinds golf team, Sherman said his experience at Hinds was so good he wanted not just an MSU degree but one from Hinds as well.

“I really enjoyed my time at Hinds,” Sherman said. “I met lots of new people there and established friendships that I continue to have today. The fact that it was so close to home made it even better because it allowed me to make a smooth transition from high school to college.”

The quality of instruction, caring teachers and small class size – coupled with the opportunity to save money by commuting from his home and drawing on scholarship dollars – all made Hinds a great choice for him.

Now that alumni can “transfer hours back” to Hinds from universities they’ve also attended, students like Sherman can still earn their Hinds degree. In December 2011, Sherman did just that, transferring 32 hours back to Hinds Community College for his associate’s degree at the same time he earned a bachelor’s degree from MSU.

Now he works as an engineer for Entergy’s Grand Gulf Nuclear Power Station in Port Gibson.

Other alumni who are interested in following in Sherman’s footsteps can contact Ann Travis at 601.857.3214 to find out about earning their degree from Hinds Community College. 

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Ola Hall, Hinds Student
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Ola Hall, Hinds Student

Ola Hall

Olubusola “Ola” Hall of Terry came to Hinds to learn how to help people.

Originally from Lagos, Nigeria, she is married and has four children, including two stepchildren. As an adult she enrolled at the Raymond Campus to begin working on an associates degree before moving on to a four-year university, and hopes to one day return to her hometown to open a clinic.

Ola learned about Hinds from peers who told her about the smaller class sizes and the specialized attention from instructors.

“Hinds has helped me obtain an impressive and competitive resume,” she said. “I have had the opportunity to participate in international studies and have also taken advantage of many local community service projects. Hinds offer more opportunities than most universities. This is not your average community college; this is a life-changing experience.”

Ola’s list of accomplishments include; co-president for the Raymond Campus Gamma Lambda Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, vice president for the Associated Student Government, an officer in the Honors Institute, a member of Psi Beta and a member of the All-Mississippi Academic Team. She was also recognized by the state Legislature as this year’s HEADWAE honoree.

Ola is working on her bachelor’s degree in biology and pre-med from Mississippi College and hopes to enroll in their physician’s assistance program. Her ultimate goal is to become a medical doctor, using her education and knowledge to practice medicine in countries such as Guatemala, Costa Rica and other countries in Africa.

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Jessica McMullin, Hinds Student
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Jessica McMullin, Hinds Student

Jessica McMullin

Jessica McMullin, a first generation student on the Raymond Campus, came to Hinds for a very important reason: to set an example for her children.

“Even though being a first-generation student is difficult, I push through because I want my kids to have someone to look up to; someone to set an example for them.”

McMullin says that coming from a family where education was not a major priority has made it difficult to transition.

“You don’t realize what a disadvantage you’re at until you have to go into something blind and figure it out yourself,” she said. “Not having parents that knew about emerging technology has really made simple things like completing my math homework online a struggle.”

But with Hinds being conveniently located, affordable and flexible enough to allow her to maintain a work schedule, McMullin feels sure that she will succeed in attaining her associate’s degree and moving towards her career goal of becoming an accountant.

McMullin is the recipient of the Liles and Ruth Ann Williams Scholarship through the Hinds Community College Foundation, which works to provide financial assistance through scholarships to help deserving students. Scholarship funding assists with a variety of expenses, from full tuition to covering the cost of books. For the fall 2011-2012 academic year, the Hinds foundation awarded 485 scholarships with a total value of more than $470,000.

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Alexis Levy, Hinds Student
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Alexis Levy, Hinds Student

Alexis Levy

Alexis Levy of Jackson considered jumping into university life when she graduated from Terry High School last spring but concluded she wasn’t ready for that.

“I wanted to stay close to home. I didn’t think it was time for me to move away yet,” she said. “Most people who go away end up coming back. You end up saving a lot of money.”

Instead, she came to Hinds’ Raymond Campus to participate on the women’s track team coached by Bill Ferguson and get started on her major – athletic training.

Levy expects to graduate in May 2013 with her associate’s degree but in the meantime she’s getting valuable experience as a trainer for the Eagles football team.

“I really like sports. I wanted to be in a medical field, and athletic training is kind of in between,” Levy said.

She works with the football team early in the morning, goes to class and runs track in the afternoons, a schedule that keeps her pretty busy.

“The teachers have really been helpful. I’ve grasped the work,” she said.

Next spring she’s considering going to the University of Southern Mississippi but in the meantime she’s enjoying what she’s doing and getting a head start on her career.

“I plan to get my education and do athletic training on a national level or even for a college like Hinds,” she said.

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