Camp Silver Eagle focuses on conservation

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Camp Silver Eagle focuses on conservation

Registration is open until Thursday, July 11 for the Hinds Community College, Creative Learning Fifty-Plus, annual intergenerational summer enrichment program, Camp Silver Eagle.

The camp is Monday-Friday, July 15-19. The hours for Monday-Thursday are 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. with longer hours on Friday field trip day, 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

This year’s theme is Backyard Conservation: “Get Connected: You, the Backyard, and All That Lives There!” with focus activities in Dendrology (the study of trees), Adopt-A-Stream Enviroscape program, small container gardening (herbs, veggies and flowers), and native birds and how best to attract them.

The camp is for adults of all ages and children and youth ages 5-16 (with an adult) at the Ted Kendall Agricultural Complex, McKenzie Facility, located on Seven Springs Road in Raymond.

Adults have the option to participate with or without a child/youth partner. Youth ages 17 and up will be considered an adult. The cost is $50 per adult or adult/first child pair, $10 second child and $5 per additional child.

This program encourages an intergenerational experience of creative learning and adventure, shared by adults and their grandchildren or any child ages 5-16, which focuses on best conservation practices. Most camp activities are inside; however, there will be outside activities as well, but with access to near-by air-conditioning if needed.

For more information and to request a registration form, contact Coordinator Melody Field, Hinds Community College Creative Learning Fifty-Plus, at 601.857.3773 or; Fifty-Plus Chair Pat Martz, 601.842.7629 or Co-Chair Tommie Winters, 601.946.4054/601.954.5194.

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New vice president named for Utica, Vicksburg/Warren Campuses

debra.jackson[1]The Board of Trustees has unanimously approved the selection of Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson as the new vice president for the Utica Campus, Vicksburg-Warren Campus and Administrative Services, replacing Dr. George Barnes. She will oversee the operation of both campuses and Hinds Agricultural High School and will be the administrator in charge of the district’s non-discrimination policies and compliance.


“We are very fortunate to have someone with her background and educational experience,” said Dr. Clyde Muse, Hinds Community College president. “She is uniquely suited to this leadership position at the college and to the duties associated with Hinds Agricultural High School.  As an alumnus of the Utica Campus, she fully appreciates the mission of the college and the Utica Campus’ special historical significance.”

Dr. Mays-Jackson is currently serving as executive director of academic support for high schools in the Jackson Public School District and supervises the academic programs of seven high schools and two specialty schools, including the International Baccalaureate, the Academic and Performing Arts, JROTC and Career Development Center.

She previously served as principal of Forest Hill High School, from 2007-2011. While at Forest Hill, she led the school from “Underperforming School “status to “Successful” status in one school year and helped the school to maintain “Successful” status for three consecutive years. In 2011, she was recognized as the Administrator of the Year for JPS.

Other previous positions include choral director for Powell Middle School and Canton High School, middle school assistant principal for Hardy Middle School, and high school assistant principal for Murrah High School.

In 2011, Dr. Mays-Jackson delivered the commencement address at the Utica Campus and, most recently, she worked with the college to establish a Mississippi Works/Early College partnership between JPS and Hinds.

Her talent and love of music was nurtured at the Utica Campus under the tutelage of Dr. Bobby Cooper. She earned an Associate of Arts degree from Hinds in 1989.

“I’m honored to return to Hinds Community College, Utica Campus, in in this capacity,” she said. “It was at the Utica Campus where my foundation for adult life and a career were established. It is my desire to effectively lead our campuses with passion and integrity. We will, in a family-oriented atmosphere, continue to serve students and prepare them for success. I am eager to begin the work on July 22.”

Dr. Mays-Jackson received her doctorate in Education from Mississippi State University, a Specialist of Education degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Jackson State University, and a Masters of Music degree, also from JSU. She is currently serving as an adjunct professor in the JSU Educational Leadership department.

She and her husband G. Torrie Jackson, Jr. currently live in Terry, Miss., and have two children, sons Cameron, 16, and Kendall, 13.

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Annual Hollingsworth gospel concert to benefit scholarship fund

The ninth annual Hollingsworth Gospel Concert, which benefits the Robert Wallace Hollingsworth Family Law Enforcement Scholarship at Hinds Community College, will be held at 6 p.m. on Saturday, July 27 in Hogg Auditorium of Cain-Cochran Hall on the Raymond Campus.

The benefit concert was first started in 2004 to help raise funds for the Mike Hollingsworth, a Warren County Deputy Sherriff who was injured in the line of duty. The family saw such great success with the event that they decided to make it a tradition. Currently, all proceeds from the benefit go to the Hollingsworth Family Law Enforcement Scholarship, which ultimately helps a deserving Hinds student attend college.

The family’s scholarship is dedicated to five Hollingsworth men, all serving in some capacity in the field of law enforcement. The student receiving the scholarship must be majoring in criminal justice.

This year’s concert line-up includes the Born Again Quartet from Byram, Jack Hollingsworth from Utica, Hunter C. May from Mendenhall and MS-TN Trio.

The concert is open to the public and the cost is donation only.

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