Doug Sills, Sen. Briggs Hopson speak at Friday graduation

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Posted by on 29 July

Doug Sills, Sen. Briggs Hopson speak at Friday graduation

Hinds Community College has named Doug Sills, Chief Executive Officer at River Region Health System in Vicksburg, and Sen. Briggs Hopson, District 23, Issaquena, Warren and Yazoo counties, as speakers for the summer 2013 graduation ceremonies Aug. 2.

Sills will speak to 10 a.m. nursing and allied health graduates and Hopson will speak at 2 p.m. for the academic and technical education graduation. Both ceremonies are held in Cain-Cochran Hall of the Raymond Campus.

Sills has more than 32 years of health care management experience and has received numerous accolades for professional achievement. He and his wife, Rebecca, came to River Region in 2011 from Northern Louisiana Medical Center in Ruston, La. Sills is active in the Vicksburg community and in Mississippi’s healthcare community and serves on the Board of Directors for the Vicksburg Warren County Chamber of Commerce, Central Mississippi Trauma Region and the Mississippi Hospital Association. The Sills’ have two children and two grandchildren.

Sen. Hopson, R., has more than five years’ experience with the Mississippi Legislature. He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi and is an adjunct professor at the Mississippi College School of Law. Hopson is also a practicing attorney. He is a member of several legislative committees, including the Judiciary, A and B committees, and is chair of Judiciary A. He is also a member of Accountability, Efficiency, Transparency; Appropriations; Education; Tourism and Universities and Colleges, among others. Hopson is also a member of Mission Mississippi, Mississippi River Trail, the United Way, the Mississippi Bar and the Red Carpet Bowl. He is married to the former Alison Quaid. They have three children, Liam, Walt and Jane.

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Posted by on 23 July

McLendon Library sets Lincoln Exhibit program

As part of the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, Hinds Community College is hosting a prestigious national traveling exhibit from Aug. 12 through Sept. 20 at the McLendon Library on the Raymond Campus.

Along with the 1,000-foot exhibit, “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” Mary Beth Applin, dean of Learning Resources, has planned a series of programs during September, spring boarding off the exhibit.

“We have a terrific line-up of performances, lectures and activities that is sure to appeal to everyone.  We think students, faculty/staff, local schools and community members will find something fascinating to see or do at our library while learning about one of our greatest presidents,” she said.

Scheduled activities include:

Sept. 5

10 a.m. Opening Reception, Hinds CC President Dr. Clyde Muse

10:30 a.m. Hinds-Utica Campus Jubilee Singers, Civil War spirituals, Dr. Bobby Cooper, Director

11:30 a.m. Dr. Ben Cloyd, Honors Director and History Instructor at Hinds CC

1 p.m. Mississippi College Debate Team, Dr. Merle Zeigler, Director

Sept. 10

9 a.m. Brigadier General Parker Hills, Ret., Expert on Vicksburg and Raymond campaigns

10 a.m. Ralph Miller, Musician

1 p.m. Maddrama, Jackson State University’s theatrical production company (readings, excerpts from diaries of soldiers), Dr. Mark Henderson, Director

Sept. 17

10 a.m. Hinds CC Montage Dancers, Tiffany Jefferson, Director

1 p.m. Shannon Thames, History Instructor & Dr. Dernoral Davis, Professor of History, Jackson State University

2 p.m. Garrad Lee, History Instructor at Hinds CC

As part of the exhibit, Hinds is extending a specific invitation to schools to book trips to see the exhibit and attend some of the special programs. The national project has curriculum materials and other materials aimed at students. For more information and to register, go to the page on the Hinds website,

The exhibit was organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association and is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

According to the American Library Association website, the exhibit “brings into focus the constitutional crises at the heart of this great conflict. The exhibition identifies three crises — the secession of the Southern states, slavery, and wartime civil liberties — and explores how Lincoln sought to meet these political and constitutional challenges.”

The traveling exhibition content is organized into six thematic sections:

•           The Introduction lays out the three critical questions—concerning slavery, secession, and civil liberties—facing the nation in 1860, when Lincoln was elected President with less than 40 percent of the vote.

•           “Oath of Office” focuses on Lincoln’s inauguration on March 4, 1861, at a time when the Constitution was being challenged and the United States was falling apart. The new president promised that the government would not attack the South if the South did not attack the Union, but he also took a solemn oath to “preserve, protect, and defend” the Constitution.

•           “Divided” asks the question, “Are we a single nation or a confederacy of sovereign and separate states?” Lincoln believed that his inaugural oath compelled him to preserve the Union, that secession was unconstitutional and undemocratic. The Southern states believed that they were under attack.

•           “Bound” reflects the nation’s struggle with the problem of slavery, with which it had been vexed since America’s founding. The Constitution left the matter of slavery in the hands of the individual states. But many asked, “How can a country founded on the belief that ‘all men are created equal’ tolerate slavery?”

•           “Dissent” raises the question: “Must civil liberties give way to save the Union?” In face of the chaos and danger facing Lincoln and the Union, Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus—the constitutional provision that protects citizens of the United States against arbitrary arrests.

•           “Legacy” focuses on the Gettysburg Address and on the work yet to be done to achieve the ideals of equality, freedom, and democracy articulated in the Constitution and cherished by Lincoln. Acknowledging the shortcomings of his own age, Lincoln challenged future generations of Americans to continue the work of realizing our nation’s highest ideals. Using self-stick notes on an exhibition panel, visitors are invited to answer the question, “Has America lived up to the ideals Lincoln fought for?”

“Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” a traveling exhibition for libraries, was organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The traveling exhibition has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center.

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Posted by on 22 July

Vicksburg workshop to prep for local job fair

VICKSBURG – Anyone interested in attending the upcoming Vicksburg Area Job Fair should attend a free workshop that will help in preparing a job application and resume as well as helping with job interview skills.

The workshop is 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Aug. 1 at the Vicksburg WIN Job Center at 1625 Monroe St. Presenters are Iyanna Colly, Hinds Community College Career Services coordinator, and Jane Flowers, Hinds Community College Work-Based Learning Coordinator. To register for the workshop call 601.638.1452.

The Vicksburg Area Job Fair is 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 6 at the Vicksburg Convention Center.

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Posted by on 22 July

Military families to be honored at Appreciation Day

PEARL– Local service members, whether active or retired, and their families will be recognized at Hinds Community College’s Military Appreciation Day at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus.

The July 31 event, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., will feature a number of local veterans groups including the Veterans Administration Mobile Clinic to offer information to service members and their families about an array of benefits, said Ryan Braswell, coordinator of Veterans Affairs for Hinds Community College.

The day will also include family-friendly fun, including activities, free popcorn, snow cones and other treats. Additionally, Hinds employees, including counselors and financial aid advisers, will be on hand to offer information about their education benefits and using them at Hinds.

“The Office of Veterans’ Benefits will be on hand to disseminate information on the GI Bill and other various VA Education Programs. In addition to the VA Programs, we will be sharing information on hundreds of scholarships available to service members or their family members,” Braswell said. “The programs available for military and their families create limitless possibilities in higher education, and the Military Appreciation Day at Hinds Community College will provide a centralized location for information on all of these great opportunities.”

Among other groups to be present are the Mississippi National Guard Joint Force Headquarters, the Veterans Administration Vet Center, the American Legion, the Marine Corps League, Vietnam Veterans of America and Veterans of Foreign Wars.

For more information contact Ryan Braswell, coordinator of Veterans Affairs, at 601.857.3226 or at

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Posted by on 22 July

New District Dean of Students named


Dr. Tyrone Jackson

Dr. Tyrone Jackson 

Hinds Community College has named Dr. Tyrone Jackson as District Dean of Students and Dean of Students for the Raymond Campus as of Aug. 1. He replaces Dr. Barbara Blankenship, who retired in June.

Originally from Rosedale, located in the Mississippi Delta, Jackson has spent the last two years in Perkinston, serving as dean of students at the Jefferson Davis Campus of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.

Dr. Jackson has experience in all areas of the student services field, including admissions, financial aid, student activities, academic counseling and housing, among others. He has served as assistant and interim dean of graduate and continued studies, associate director of housing and residence life, and as an academic counselor, all at Delta State University. He has also served as an adjunct instructor of both undergraduate and graduate courses at five Mississippi community colleges and universities.

He is a graduate of Delta State University, where he received his bachelor’s degree, Master’s of Education degree, and Doctor of Education degree.

In his new role at Hinds Community College, Jackson will report directly to Dr. Theresa Hamilton, vice president of the Raymond Campus.

“From my research and from what I have heard for many years about Hinds, it is an institution destined for continued success,” said Jackson. “Hinds is a progressive institution of higher learning, and I can’t wait to be a part of the community. It’s already a great community college and I am eager to use my skills and talents to make the institution even greater.”

Jackson specifically hopes to enhance the areas of the college related to enrollment, retention, student life and advancement.

“I am a firm believer that learning takes place both inside and outside the classroom,” he said. “Student services is charged with supplementing classroom activities in educating the whole student. It is my ultimate goal to serve prospective and current students from inquiry to graduation by being a conduit for students to persist and obtain professional as well as personal goals.”

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Posted by on 22 July

Utica Campus, high school host Community Days

Local communities can learn more about the Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus and Hinds Agricultural High School during a series of Community Days that also include a meet-and-greet with new Vice President Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson, who is an alumna.

The Community Days are at 6 p.m. for the following dates and locations:

  • July 25, Fountain Hall, Raymond Campus
  • July 29, Fine Arts Complex, Utica Campus
  • July 30, City of Bolton Town Hall
  • Aug. 1, City of Edwards Town Hall

Hinds AHS and college recruiters will be on hand to talk to interested students about attending either Hinds Agricultural High School or the Utica Campus. Students will be able to complete admissions applications and enroll for fall classes while enjoying hot dogs, snow cones and popcorn.

Alumni from both Hinds AHS and the college campus, which have a 110-year legacy educating mostly African American students, will be on hand to talk about their experiences.

Hinds AHS is located on the Utica Campus of Hinds Community College. It’s a school of choice for any student in Hinds County – including the Clinton, Jackson and Hinds County school districts – and students in Copiah and Claiborne counties who have permission from the local school board. High school students can dual enroll in classes on the Utica Campus tuition-free.

The Utica Campus is home to the renowned Jubilee Singers under the direction of Dr. Bobby Cooper. The campus features residence halls, a five-year-old Fine Arts Complex and a newly renovated Wellness Complex. With small class sizes and a personal atmosphere, students can shine in college activities including leadership and athletics.

Among those who have attended the high school and/or the college campus are U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, Tougaloo College President Beverly Hogan and 2004 Silver Medal Olympian in track Otis Harris.

For more information about Hinds AHS, contact the school at 601.885.7083. For information about the Utica Campus, call 601.885.6062.

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Posted by on 19 July

M2M program open for fall applications

The Minority Male Leadership Initiative (M2M), based at Hinds Community College’s Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center on Sunset Drive, is now accepting applications for entrance into the program for all first-time, full-time, African-American males enrolled for the fall.

The deadline for application to the program is Aug. 30. Regular registration for Hinds Community College ends on Aug. 16 with fall classes beginning on Aug. 19.

The M2-M program provides leadership training, career counseling, tutoring, mentoring and opportunities for travel to senior level universities for program participants. The four-year project is designed to increase the graduation rates of African-American Males and is funded by a $2.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education.

For more information, contact Steven Harper at 601.987.8129 or

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Posted by on 18 July

Utica Campus trains future business owners


The Utica Campus of Hinds Community College recently hosted 15 future business owners during a 10-day Dream Builders Entrepreneurship Institute. The participants were high school students from Jackson, Hazlehurst, Utica, Terry and Harrisville.

During the Institute, students were divided into teams and were given assignment and projects to complete. They participated in seminars, workshop and simulations on a daily basis, all of which were designed to stimulate, strengthen and increase their ideas and skills in producing a successful business.

During the last week of the Institute, the groups implemented the business plan that included purchasing the products, marketing and selling.The three groups were set up on campus and sold their goods for three days. The businesses included HighTrendality, an accessories and apparel company; Healthy Treats, a healthy foods company, and Da Snack Shack, a snack company.

Of the three business groups, Da Snack Shack was the most successful, with a 49 percent profit. Members of that group were Allyson Banks from Hazlehurst High School, Breykia Cooper and Joshua Gandy from Raymond High School and Randy Smith and Shandria Sutton from Hazlehurst High School.

The institute culminated with each group giving a presentation of skills developed during the nine-day Dream Builders Entrepreneurship Institute.

The Dream Builders Entrepreneurship Institute is sponsored with Title III funds. Dr. Tiffany Anderson is coordinator of Title III. Jessica Smith, business entrepreneurship director, coordinates the Institute.

Members and consultants of the Dream Builders Entrepreneurship Institute are, front from left, Jonnese Goings, consultant, Port Gibson High School; Brieanne Brown, Raymond High School; Shandria Sutton, Stacey Porter and MyJewels Bates, Hazlehurst High School; and Cordasha Bland, Raymond High School; middle row, Delesha Butler, Hinds AHS; Derek Taylor and Miyah Little, Terry High School; Jennifer Smith, Mendenhall High School and Allyson Banks, Hazlehurt
High School.; back, Joshua Gandy and Breykia Cooper, Raymond High School; Randy Smith, Titus Smith and Johnathan Lynch, Hazlehurt High School and Jeremiah Thomas, consultant, Crystal Springs High School.

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Posted by on 18 July

Utica Campus prepares students for state teacher exam

Teacher ed. photo 2013-2

The Utica Campus of Hinds Community College recently sponsored its 11th Holtzclaw Teacher Education Summer Institute for  college students pursuing a career in teacher education.

Twenty students were selected to participate in the month-long Institute that was designed to teach test-taking strategies and information pertinent to passing PRAXIS I and PRAXIS II of the state Licensure Exam.  Among those subjects of the program’s focus were English/writing, mathematics and reading.

The Institute also focused on preparing students holistically by placing interest on different areas of the teaching profession. At the end of the Institute, the participants were given a mock exam. That exam highlighted the strengths and weaknesses in each of the subject areas thereby allowing for additional study, if needed, before taking the actual exam.

“I am excited about the outcome of this group,” said Dr. Curtis Gore, director of the Teacher Education Preparation Program. “I believe this will be one of our best years yet.”

The Holtzclaw Teacher Education Summer Institute was sponsored with funds from the Title III Program, with Dr. Tiffany Anderson as director.

Participants seated from left are Maricha Neal from Jackson; Corenda Brown of Crystal Springs, Ashley Terrell of Terry, Christine Concell of Vicksburg, Recheka Davis and Kayla Moncure, both of Utica and Andrea O’Neil of Edwards; standing, Margaret Mims of Utica, Jalen Baker of Edwards, Nikki Gilmer and Felecia Snow, both of  Utica; Sentoris Bronner of Jackson, Eugenia Frazier of Utica, Torey Ross of Jackson, Trinia Williams of Raymond,  Rhoda Geren of Hazlehurst, Sylvia Walker of Jackson, Kojo Davis of Port Gibson and Sharon Yarbrough of Raymond.

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Posted by on 09 July

Alum named middle school Principal of the Year

Joe Nelson Jr., a graduate of Hinds Agricultural High School and Hinds’ Utica Campus, was recently named the Mississippi Middle Level Principal of the Year by the Mississippi Association of Secondary School Principals. The MetLife/ National Association of Secondary School Principals’ (NASSP) National Principals of the Year Program designated Nelson as a State winner, thereby qualifying him as a contender for the National Principal of the Year honor.

“Any honor that I receive is a reflection of and a tribute to the people with whom I work; therefore, I am humble and pay homage to my staff. Here, at Pass Christian Middle School, we work as a team. That is how we get the job done of providing our students with a first-class education,” Nelson said.

The Pass Christian Middle School principal credits the education he received from Hinds AHS and the Utica Campus for paving the way for his accomplishments. “The professionalism, genuine concern, and education that I received while attending Hinds AHS and the Utica Campus as well as growing up on that Campus were awesome for me. Even when I was not in class, I was around excellent role models like President. J. Louis Stokes and his wife, Mrs. Faye Stokes, and Mr. Melvin and Mrs. Magnolia Hampton,” Nelson said. “All of these people treated me like family.”

Nelson remembers his college days on the Utica Campus as the springboard to the educational leader he is today. “Both my parents were educators, and my father was the basketball coach for many years at Utica Junior College and the Utica Campus of Hinds Community College. They instilled certain qualities into my brother and me: teamwork, perseverance, commitment, honesty, and hard work. That is the foundation on which I stand,” Nelson said.

“Mrs. Hampton was my high school English teacher. She transferred over to the college where she and Mrs. Bessie Brown taught me college English. I thought they were tough on me, but it paid off as I pursued my advanced degrees,” Nelson said.

From a pool of outstanding administrators, six national finalists will be named and then two national winners will be chosen by a distinguished panel of judges. The national finalists will each receive a $1,500 grant and the national winners will receive a $5,000 grant. Nelson, along with the other state winners, will be honored at a three-day event in Washington, D.C, and Sept.18 – 21, 2013.

“NASSP is honored to recognize the outstanding work of Joe Nelson,” said JoAnn Bartoletti, NASSP executive director. “Great schools don’t happen without strong, visionary leadership. The stories of such leadership that we capture in the MetLife/NASSP Principal of the Year program continue to impress us and inspire us.”

During the four-day networking event, Sept. 18 – 21, 2013, some of the nation’s “best principals” will visit Capitol Hill to meet with legislators. The event will culminate with a black-tie gala to recognize the achievements of each of the state honorees, the national finalists, and the national winners.


Registration is now in progress until July 19 for new students and transfer students, grades 9-12, who plan to attend Hinds Agricultural High School for the 2013-2014 school year.

The designated time for registration is 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday or 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Tuesday.  Students who have pre-registered should bring their birth certificate, social security card, two proof of residency and final grade report card from the last school they attended in order to complete registration. Transfer students should bring their withdrawal papers, a copy of their transcript, birth certificate and social security card and two proof of residency.

For more information, please call the Principal’s Office at 601.885.7047 or the Counselor’s Office at 601.885.7046.

Hinds Agricultural High School is a school of choice for any student in Hinds County – including the Clinton, Jackson and Hinds County school districts – and students in Copiah and Claiborne counties who have permission from the local school board. It’s located on the Utica Campus of Hinds Community College.


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