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Chris Potter, Hinds Student
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22 May

Chris Potter, Hinds Student

Chris Potter

After Chris graduated from Clinton High School, he enrolled in the automotive technology program on the Raymond Campus. Chris then finished his degree and entered the work world.

Fast forward a few years and Chris, now 22, is re-enrolled at Hinds working on his second degree, this one in landscape and irrigation management.

While he thought the automotive technology program was good, he thinks the landscape field is a better fit. Although settling on a career has been challenge, picking his college has never been.

He sees plenty of pluses. “The affordability, campus life and the scheduling – everything is right here,” he said.

“There’s no point in spending the big money to do the core classes at a big four-year university when you can just do it here at Hinds. It transfers. And you’re saving a lot more money. It’s just a great school in general,” Chris said.

After he graduates in May, he plans to transfer to Mississippi State University for a third degree – a bachelor’s in landscape contracting.

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J’Vontez Blackmon, Hinds Student
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22 May

J’Vontez Blackmon, Hinds Student

J’Vontez Blackmon

Playing football at Hinds Community College was a decision that may have saved the life of Forest Hill High School graduate J’Vontez Blackmon, 20.

During a routine preseason physical a doctor sent Blackmon to the hospital for further examination where it was confirmed he had a hole in his enlarged heart.  Doctors recommended surgery and Blackmon, one of the top Eagles in 2010, returned to play for his sophomore season.

“There were times during rehab when I thought I wouldn’t even be able to go to school any more, much less play football,” Blackmon said.  “I’m lucky to be alive and I’m ready to see if football is in my future.”

Blackmon, a computer science major, started every game as a safety in 2011 and collected 56 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, five pass breakups and three interceptions.

Blackmon signed with the University of Tennessee-Martin.

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Jacob Iles, Hinds Alumnus
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22 May

Jacob Iles, Hinds Alumnus

Jacob Iles

Jacob Iles of Bolton has an associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree and one-year career certificate, but the experience of working in the Hinds bookstore turned out to be the training he needed to become a successful radiologic technologist.

“At Hinds, people came through the door looking for assistance and wanted me to be kind and helpful,” Iles said. “In the ER, it is not that different. The people skills that I learned there continue to help me today.”

Iles graduated from Hinds in May 2003 with an associate degree in liberal arts. He chose Hinds because of the proximity to his home and scholarship opportunities, as well as the opportunities to participate in the work-study program, Hinds Connection and community college tennis.

After graduating from the University of Mississippi radiologic technology program, he began working full time at UMMC’s emergency room in 2009 and then last fall enrolled in the radiology therapy program at 21st Century School for Oncology in Florida.

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Tameka Wilson, Hinds Student
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22 May

Tameka Wilson, Hinds Student

Tameka Wilson

Like a lot of converts to a new idea, Hinds sophomore Tameka Wilson has become a zealous proponent of getting a college education.

She is using her pulpit as president of the community college honor society Phi Theta Kappa International – yes, that’s international – to push her vision of college completion to as many people as possible.

“I want to visit as many campuses as possible and push college completion,” Wilson said.

Students in the United States “are not finishing and not going ahead into their career field and making progress,” she said. “That’s extremely important. It takes them finishing now so they can be that next generation because that’s what it takes for us to make progress.”

Wilson went into the Air Force at 19 and then worked for a defense contractor in St. Louis. Later, she moved to Mississippi for college, landing at Hinds Community College and getting heavily involved in the Gamma Lambda Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and Honors on the Raymond Campus.

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3 Speakers to address graduates May 16-19
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15 May

3 Speakers to address graduates May 16-19

2013 Graduation speakers

2013 Graduation speakers

Two speakers have been named for the May 16 and 17 Raymond Campus graduation ceremonies at Hogg Auditorium in Cain-Cochran Hall. A third speaker will address the Utica Campus graduation ceremony on May 19.

Janet Harris is speaking to nursing graduates at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Thursday, May 16.

State Sen. John Polk is speaking to all other academic, career and technical graduates at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., Friday, May 17.

Dr. Robert Smith will speak to all Utica Campus graduates May 19 in the J.D. Boyd Gymnasium on the Utica Campus.

Janet Harris – With 39 years of nursing experience, most of which has been in management at the University of Mississippi Medical Center and Baptist Health Systems, Harris currently serves as CNO and Interim CEO for UMMC. She is adjunct faculty, teaching in the Leadership Course, Doctor of Nursing program, in the UMMC School of Nursing, and recently completed her Doctorate of Nursing Practice in the executive track at the University of Pittsburg. Active for many years in community and professional organizations, Harris recently completed four years on the Congress of Nursing Practice and Economics and as a Magnet Commissioner with ANCC. She currently serves as the president of the Mississippi Nurses Foundation.

Sen. John Polk – Originally from Prentiss, Polk serves District 44 representing parts of Forrest, Lamar and Perry counties. He is a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi with a bachelor’s degree in communications. In 1974 he and his wife bought their current business, Polk’s Meat Products, Inc. Polk is currently chairman of the corporation. Polk was elected to a four-year term in the Mississippi Senate in 2011. In August 2012 Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves appointed Polk as chairman of the Senate Universities and Colleges Committee. Other committees he has been assigned to are Accountability, Efficiency and Transparency; Education; Elections; Energy; Finance; Housing; and Ports and Marine Resources. Lt. Gov. Reeves has also appointed Polk to the Advisory Board of the College Savings Plan of Mississippi.

Dr. Robert Smith – Smith has been president and CEO of Mississippi Family Health Center, known now as Central Mississippi Health Services, for 50 years. He received his high school diploma from Hinds’ Utica Campus, his bachelor’s degree from Tougaloo College and his M.D. degree from Howard University School of Medicine. He serves on the senior active staff of Baptist Health Systems, St. Dominic Hospital and Central Mississippi Medical Center.pring graduation speakers to address grads May 16-19

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Rankin students get creative with literary magazine
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14 May

Rankin students get creative with literary magazine

Rankin Creative Writing Students Present College InkThe students in Larry Martin’s creative writing courses worked diligently all spring to create the tenth volume of College, Ink., Hinds Community College’s literary magazine.

College, Ink. has been in existence on the Rankin Campus since the spring of 1999 and was the brainchild of Dr. Linda Hill and Dean Gary Fox.  The name of the magazine was created by the first students to put the magazine together and is a pun on the abbreviation “Inc.”

Each year, the magazine has been submitted to the Best In-House Creative Writing Magazine contest sponsored by the Mississippi Community College Creative Writing Association. The magazine from spring 2012 (Vol. 9) was submitted in this year’s contest and won third place. The magazine that was put together by this spring’s students (Vol. 10) will be submitted in the spring 2014 contest. In the past, one volume was awarded first place, and another volume, second place.

On May 8, the creative writing students presented faculty with the spring 2013 issue. Faculty included Dr. Sue Powell, vice president of the Rankin Campus, Dr. Sherry Franklin, dean of student affairs, and Gary Fox, academic dean. They are, from back left, instructor Larry Martin, Julie Alford of Flowood, Gary Fox, Christa Perry of Brandon and Bob Lee of Pearl. From front left are Sherry Franklin, Tiffany Williams of Brandon, Lauren Sikorski of Brandon, Tanya Lee of Pearl, Beth Albritton of Clinton and Sue Powell.

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GED achievers to be recognized in special ceremony
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14 May

GED achievers to be recognized in special ceremony

GED Graduation

All 2012-2013 GED achievers in Hinds Community College’s district of Hinds, Rankin, Warren, Copiah and Claiborne counties are invited to participate in a special graduation ceremony at 6 p.m. June 6.

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.

The speaker for the ceremony, at Cain-Cochran Hall on Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus, is local attorney Jonathan Bullock, who received a GED certificate himself.

For more information and to sign up for the GED graduation, contact Marshand Crisler at 601.857.3913 or see the GED graduation website.

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 pass 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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Montage Theater of Dance to perform with Universoul Circus
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08 May

Montage Theater of Dance to perform with Universoul Circus

Johnny Burgess Montage UniversoulHinds Community College’s Montage Theater of Dance will be performing the opening act for Universoul Circus on Thursday, May 16 at MetroCenter Mall.

Johnny Burgess of Jackson, a 2012 graduate of Hinds Community College, is living out his dreams traveling the world as a professional dancer for Universoul Circus.

After graduating from high school, Burgess attended a community college in central Mississippi on a basketball scholarship. His goals of becoming a professional athlete soon changed, however, when he was injured and forced to take a break from his sport. Later, in Jackson, Burgess met a young man from the dance program at Hinds Community College at an event, and his interest was sparked.

“I had taught myself some dance in high school, but had never taken any classes or had any formal training,” Burgess said. “I always had dancing in the back of my mind, but didn’t even know who to talk to in order to take that first step. When I made contacts at Hinds, it opened the door for me.”

When Burgess enrolled at Hinds, he planned on taking a few dance classes while pursuing a different major. But he soon fell in love with the art of dance and decided to pursue a career in the field. He auditioned for the Montage Theatre of Dance under Tiffany Jefferson’s instruction and found himself traveling the country doing performances in places such as Carnegie Hall. Now, as a member of Universoul Circus, Burgess performs break dance, hip hop choreography and gymnastics, among other feats, during up to three performances a day, all over the world.

In the future, Burgess hopes to share his wisdom and experience with others, through authoring and teaching.

“I want to be a positive influence and mentor to young dancers, the way my Hinds instructors and peers were to me,” he said. “I have many more professional goals to reach before I’m done, but that goal of giving back is really, really important.”

From May 15-19, Universoul will be touring in Jackson. Hinds Community College’s Montage Theater of Dance will be performing the opening act on Thursday, May 16 at MetroCenter Mall.

All Hinds students, graduates, and community members are encouraged to attend the event wearing their favorite Hinds Community College gear to support the Montage group.
For more information on event times and tickets, visit www.universoulcircus.com.

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College honors 2012-2013 retirees
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08 May

College honors 2012-2013 retirees

2012-2013 College Retirees

Hinds Community College honored employees retiring in the 2012-2013 academic year with a luncheon on May 2.

Retirees who attended the luncheon were, front from left, JoAnn Cooper of Pelahatchie, Glenda Stuart of Wesson, Charlotte Powell of Jackson, Mary Powers of Clinton, Ellestene Turner of Clinton, Glenda LaGarde of Vicksburg, Sandra Blair of Utica., Bonnie Spencer of Brandon, Sandy French of Raymond, Sandra Howell of Learned, Linda Brown of Brandon and Darlene Sullivan of Raymond; middle row, Dr. Barbara Suggs of Jackson, William Eaton of Raymond, Russell Wood of Ridgeland, Charlie Hunter of Jackson, Jerry Bunley of Raymond, James Brown of Raymond, Dr. George Barnes of Utica and Dr. Arthur Miller of Vicksburg; back, David Walker of Raymond, John Cockrell of Brandon, Dr. Jesse Killingsworth of Utica and Joe Johnson of Clinton.

Other retirees not pictured are Carlos Iles of Raymond, Jimmy Mullins of Utica, Glynn Green of Utica, Kenneth Grogan of Vicksburg, Wilbur “Sonny” Harpole of Vicksburg, Charlie Johnson of Crystal Springs, Jean King of Clinton, Donald Middleton of Bolton, Chester Schneider of Edwards, Phillip Scott of Madison and Betty Woodfield of Byram.

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Hinds CC to host Jet Rally
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02 May

Hinds CC to host Jet Rally

2013 Jet Rally

The Mississippi Radio Controlled Jet Rally will be held At Hinds Community College’s John Bell Williams Airport in Raymond from Thursday, April 2 – Saturday, April 4.

The event is sponsored by the Mississippi Afterburners, John Bell Williams Airport and the Hinds Community College Aviation Department. All proceeds help support student scholarships and department projects.

Concessions will be available for purchase each day. The “Fly-in Special” for Thursday and Friday is smoked chicken, potato salad, slaw, beans, roll, banana pudding and drink for $10. Come out to experience the excitement of the real sounds and sights of jet aerobatics.

For additional information call Michelle Jackson at 601.857.3884.

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