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Local Ainsley’s Angels running group has deep connections to Hinds CC

The first race of the Angels with Mollie Coward was Chill in the Hills in Vicksburg. They are, from left, Paige Hutchinson, Chrisanna Saums, Robert Saums and Ginny Odom and Mollie in the front.

The first race of the Angels with Mollie Coward was Chill in the Hills in Vicksburg. They are, from left, Paige Hutchinson, Chrisanna Saums, Robert Saums and Ginny Odom and Mollie in the front.

Members of a competitive running group that includes Hinds Community College employees and alumni have been going the extra mile to make sure the disabled in their communities get to participate.

After learning of the story of Dick Hoyt and his disabled son Rick, a father and son running team in Holland, Mass, who has inspired millions of other runners, Hinds Community College biology instructor Chrisanna Saums researched ways to help disabled citizens in her community.  A few months later in November 2013, the Mississippi chapter of Ainsley’s Angels was founded, with Saums as its president.

Ainsley’s Angels are athletic ride-along programs created for children, teens, adults and veterans with disabilities who normally would not be able to experience endurance events like road races and even triathlons. The volunteer-based service founded in Norfolk, Va., provides jogging chairs, bike trailers and rafts for anyone who is disabled, known as Captains, and runners, known as Angels, to push them in endurance events. Ainsley’s Angels is named after 11-year-old Ainsley Rossiter, who was diagnosed with a rare terminal illness, Infantile Neuroaxonal Dystrophy (INAD) at the age of four, which slowly causes global paralysis.

“We want to be able to provide any disabled child or adult an opportunity to compete in road races and endurance events with us – maybe even triathlons in the future,” Chrisanna Saums said. 

Ainsley’s Angels member Terri Henderson reached out to a Facebook friend, Johnna Coward of Raymond, about the possibility of her 18-year-old daughter Mollie becoming a Captain. Mollie, who attends Raymond HS, was born with cerebral palsy and uses non-verbal cues to communicate.

Coward is the youngest of John Heiden’s five daughters; Heiden is former chair of the Hinds Community College Foundation and is currently an ex officio member.

Mollie has participated for several years in Hinds Community College’s annual Special Education Field Trip in May on the Raymond Campus. The annual event allows special education students in the Hinds County school district to participate in field-day type events such as a wheelchair race and enjoy snow cones, popcorn and other treats. The event organizer is also an Angel, Larina (Mason) Smith (1996).

One of Mollie’s favorite activities of the field day held at Joe Renfroe Stadium is always the wheelchair race. Her mother said she knew Mollie would love to be a part of Ainsley’s Angels.

“Mollie loves to move,” said Coward, whose first race with Mollie and the Angels was in January at the Chill in the Hills in Vicksburg. “She was so excited at the starting line of her first race; she was moving her arms like she was running. She really loved crossing the finish line.”

The local Angels chapter includes a number of Hinds alumni.  Katie (Turnage) Murphy (1999), academic counselor at the Raymond Campus, Ginny (Askew) Odom (1995), Belinda (Fisher) Sollie (1988), Paige (Mellon) Hutchinson (2001) and Jenny (Robertshaw) Winstead (1999) have since run in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon in New Orleans with Mollie and are always looking for interested runners to join them in future races.  

 

The Angels feature event, the first annual Ainsley’s Angels Cannonball Run, is set for Saturday, May 3 in Raymond.  For more information contact Saums at 601.201.8887 or by email at ainsleysangels_ms@yahoo.com.

 

“Running is my outlet and I felt God calling me to use what I love to help other people and I want others to experience what I experience,” Saums said. “We have plans to include dozens of Captains this year.”

As a non-profit organization, Ainsley’s Angels of Mississippi accepts donations to help purchase more jogging chairs, which retail for $1,000. They have two chairs now, but seek more corporate support.  Logos could be printed on the chairs as well. Contact the group at http://www.ainsleysangels.org/Mississippi.html.

For more information about Hinds Community College see http://www.hindscc.edu/

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28 February

Hinds CC announces middle school math contest winners

Individual winners in seventh grade include, from left, first place, Clark Hensley, Clinton Junior High; second place, Becca Irwin, Clinton Junior High; third place, Victoria Gong, St. Aloysius, Vicksburg; fourth place, Shivani Patel, Northwest Rankin.

Individual winners in seventh grade include, from left, first place, Clark Hensley, Clinton Junior High; second place, Becca Irwin, Clinton Junior High; third place, Victoria Gong, St. Aloysius, Vicksburg; fourth place, Shivani Patel, Northwest Rankin.

Individual winners in eighth grade include, from left, first place, Tanner DeYoung, Clinton Junior High; second place, Jay Lemon, Northwest Rankin Middle School; third place, Brent Styles, Warren Central Junior High; fourth place, Michael Franks, Clinton Junior High.

Individual winners in eighth grade include, from left, first place, Tanner DeYoung, Clinton Junior High; second place, Jay Lemon, Northwest Rankin Middle School; third place, Brent Styles, Warren Central Junior High; fourth place, Michael Franks, Clinton Junior High.

Seventh grade bronze winners are, from left, Shivoni Patel, adviser Marisa Farr, Kaelon McNeece, Northwest Rankin Middle School.

Seventh grade bronze winners are, from left, Shivoni Patel, adviser Marisa Farr, Kaelon McNeece, Northwest Rankin Middle School.

Seventh grade silver winners are, from left, Victoria Gong, adviser Laura Bunch, Greyson Parham, St. Aloysius.

Seventh grade silver winners are, from left, Victoria Gong, adviser Laura Bunch, Greyson Parham, St. Aloysius.

Seventh grade gold winners are, from left, Becca Irwin, adviser Justin Odom, Clark Hensley, Clinton Junior High.

Seventh grade gold winners are, from left, Becca Irwin, adviser Justin Odom, Clark Hensley, Clinton Junior High.

Eighth grade bronze winners are, from left, Brent Styles, adviser Valerie Gatewood, Andrew Hood, Warren Central Junior High.

Eighth grade bronze winners are, from left, Brent Styles, adviser Valerie Gatewood, Andrew Hood, Warren Central Junior High.

Eighth grade silver winners are, from left, adviser Marisa Farr, Kailey Clinton, Jay Lemon, Northwest Rankin Middle School.

Eighth grade silver winners are, from left, adviser Marisa Farr, Kailey Clinton, Jay Lemon, Northwest Rankin Middle School.

Eighth grade gold winners are, from left, Tanner DeYoung, adviser Justin Odom and Michael Franks, Clinton Junior High.

Eighth grade gold winners are, from left, Tanner DeYoung, adviser Justin Odom and Michael Franks, Clinton Junior High.

 

The Hinds Community College Raymond Campus Mathematics Department hosted the district seventh and eighth grade mathematics competition, sponsored by the Mississippi Council of Teachers of Mathematics, on Feb. 28.

Each year the middle schools and junior high schools in the Hinds district are invited to send their top two seventh grade mathematics students and their top two eighth grade mathematics students to this competition. These participants take a written, standardized test.

The first and second place winners in each grade qualify for the state competition on March 23 at Jackson Preparatory School in Flowood.

Team trophies of gold, bronze and silver are also awarded to the teams that amass the most total points on the exams.

Winners include:

Individual awards: Seventh grade: First place, Clark Hensley, Clinton Junior High; second place, Becca Irwin, Clinton Junior High; third place, Victoria Gong, St. Aloysius, Vicksburg; fourth place, Shivani Patel, Northwest Rankin Middle School.

Eighth grade: First place, Tanner DeYoung, Clinton Junior High; second place, Jay Lemon, Northwest Rankin Middle School; third place, Brent Styles, Warren Central Junior High; fourth place, Michael Franks, Clinton Junior High.

Team awards: Seventh grade: Gold, Clinton Junior High; Silver, St. Aloysius; Bronze, Northwest Rankin Middle School

Eighth grade: Gold, Clinton Junior High; Silver, Northwest Rankin; Bronze, Warren Central Junior High.

For more information about Hinds, see www.hindscc.edu.

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Posted by on 27 February

Rollin’ Tigers wheelchair basketball takes on Hinds CC Intramural team

The Rollin’ Tigers and the Hinds intramural team have played against each other in previous years.

The Rollin’ Tigers and the Hinds intramural team have played against each other in previous years.

 

Hinds Community College intramural basketball players will take on the Rollin’ Tigers, a wheelchair basketball team, in the third annual match-up on the Raymond Campus.

The game, which is free and open to the public, is at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 4 at Bee Hall on the Raymond Campus. Plans are for the Rollin’ Tigers to return later this spring for a softball game.

Antonio Wright, a Hinds alumnus and former Eagles football player, plays on the Rollin’ Tigers and will speak at halftime.

He founded MACE – Metro Area Community Empowerment Foundation – ­to assist individuals with spinal cord injuries and provide youth character building through mentorship, community involvement and goal formation. MACE helps people with spinal cord injuries reach their maximum level of physical, mental, emotional and spiritual function through fitness and sports. The Rollin’ Tigers Wheelchair Sports and Recreation Team is one of the MACE programs.

Wright attended Hardy Middle school and Provine High School where he was an outstanding football player.  He furthered his education and passion for football at Hinds Community College where he played on the 1994 championship football team, then attended Jackson State University.

On Feb. 2, 1997, he was in a motor vehicle accident that paralyzed him from the waist down.

For more information about intramural activities see the Hinds website at

http://www.hindscc.edu/studentlife/activities/default.aspx

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27 February

Hinds CC Rankin Expo attracts students, family members

David Rose, Network Support Technology instructor on the Rankin Campus, explains his program to Beth Pettway of Brandon who is planning to enroll in the program at Hinds Community College this fall.

David Rose, Network Support Technology instructor on the Rankin Campus, explains his program to Beth Pettway of Brandon who is planning to enroll in the program at Hinds Community College this fall.

Rankin Campus instructor Carley Page, left, talks to Courtney Bounds, Carly Bounds and their mom Michelle Bounds, all of Brandon, about Hinds Community College. Carly plans to enroll in fall classes.

Rankin Campus instructor Carley Page, left, talks to Courtney Bounds, Carly Bounds and their mom Michelle Bounds, all of Brandon, about Hinds Community College. Carly plans to enroll in fall classes.

Erika Velazquez of Morton, center, plans to move in with her sister Lucy Velazquez of Pearl and her niece Luz Marie to attend Hinds Community College's Rankin Campus this fall. Jean Vaughan, Rankin Campus Admissions processor, left, talks Erika through the process.

Erika Velazquez of Morton, center, plans to move in with her sister Lucy Velazquez of Pearl and her niece Luz Marie to attend Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus this fall. Jean Vaughan, Rankin Campus Admissions processor, left, talks Erika through the process.

Caleb Courtney of Florence, left, and his mother Patti Courtney talk to Music Industry instructor Knight Bruce about the Hinds Community College Raymond Campus program.

Caleb Courtney of Florence, left, and his mother Patti Courtney talk to Music Industry instructor Knight Bruce about the Hinds Community College Raymond Campus program.

Pearl residents Michelle Widener and her husband Travis Widener,  a Navy veteran who is now in the Air National Guard, talk to Hinds Community College Veterans Services coordinator Ryan Braswell about some of the financial benefits of attending the college.

Pearl residents Michelle Widener and her husband Travis Widener, a Navy veteran who is now in the Air National Guard, talk to Hinds Community College Veterans Services coordinator Ryan Braswell about some of the financial benefits of attending the college.

Early childhood technology chair Patricia Grantham explains some of the art projects in her booth to Florence residents Shelia McGowan and Carol Waller, both of whom said they want to enroll in the program.

Early childhood technology chair Patricia Grantham explains some of the art projects in her booth to Florence residents Shelia McGowan and Carol Waller, both of whom said they want to enroll in the program.

Leila Bailey of Brandon, left, plans to attend Hinds Community College's Rankin Campus in the fall to take prerequisites for the nursing program. Helping her is Hinds Rankin Campus nursing instructor Helen Renfrow.

Leila Bailey of Brandon, left, plans to attend Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus in the fall to take prerequisites for the nursing program. Helping her is Hinds Rankin Campus nursing instructor Helen Renfrow.

 

About 200 people including prospective students and family members attended the Rankin Expo at Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus on Feb. 24.

Students had a chance to find out about admissions, scholarships, majors and more, as well as enjoy free food and prizes.

For more information see the website at http://www.hindscc.edu/admissions/

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21 February

Hinds CC students, faculty participate in health assessment fair

Ebony Fisher of Vicksburg, a student in the Surgical Technology program, and instructor Donna Sanders test the ability of Dr. Libby Mahaffey, dean, nursing and allied health programs for Hinds Community College, to wash her hands correctly. A powder was sprinkled on Mahaffey’s hands that shows up under a black light. Mahaffey washed her hands to see how much of the powder she was able to wash off.

Ebony Fisher of Vicksburg, a student in the Surgical Technology program, and instructor Donna Sanders test the ability of Dr. Libby Mahaffey, dean, nursing and allied health programs for Hinds Community College, to wash her hands correctly. A powder was sprinkled on Mahaffey’s hands that shows up under a black light. Mahaffey washed her hands to see how much of the powder she was able to wash off.

Hinds student Adesola Adefusia of Jackson watches as Elinda Hagan, Health Care Assistant Program instructor, checks the blood pressure of Joyce Adams, life skills instructor at Jackson Campus-Nursing Allied Health Center.

Hinds student Adesola Adefusia of Jackson watches as Elinda Hagan, Health Care Assistant Program instructor, checks the blood pressure of Joyce Adams, life skills instructor at Jackson Campus-Nursing Allied Health Center.

Janice Muse, left, Admissions clerk at Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center, has her cholesterol checked by student Alyce Jefferson of Byram, who is a student in the Hinds Medical Lab Technology program.

Janice Muse, left, Admissions clerk at Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center, has her cholesterol checked by student Alyce Jefferson of Byram, who is a student in the Hinds Medical Lab Technology program.

Hinds Community College faculty and staff and students in nursing and allied health program at Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center participated in a recent health fair.

Students were able to practice their skills while Hinds employees were screened for blood pressure, cholesterol, weight and other health concerns.

 

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Posted by on 20 February

Hinds CC student, faculty honored at HEADWAE

From left, student honoree Caleb Upton, Hinds CC President Dr. Clyde Muse, Rep. Oscar Denton, facutly honoree Jane Flowers, and her brother, Joe Lauderdale.

From left, student honoree Caleb Upton, Hinds CC President Dr. Clyde Muse, Rep. Oscar Denton, facutly honoree Jane Flowers, and her brother, Joe Lauderdale.

Jane Flowers of Vicksburg, work based learning and developmental studies coordinator on the Vicksburg/Warren Campus, and Caleb Upton of Natchez, a general studies student and baseball player on the Raymond Campus, were honored  at the Legislature’s Feb. 18, 2014, HEADWAE (Higher Education Appreciation Day – Working for Academic Excellence) program.

Flowers began her education as a student at Hinds 1973. She has served the college as an employee for 29 years.

Upton is a member of the Hinds Eagles baseball team, the Honors program and the Baptist Student Union. He has been named for the Dean’s and President’s lists and is the recipient of the G.J. Cain Memorial Foundation Scholarship.

HEADWAE was established by Mississippi Legislative Resolution to annually honor the academically talented students and faculty members of Mississippi’s higher education institutions who have made outstanding contributions in promoting academic excellence.

On Appreciation Day, the honorees were invited to the state capitol where they were recognized by name in front of their guests, institution leaders, corporate sponsors, and legislators.

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Posted by on 18 February

Hinds CC Rankin Expo offers preview of Pearl campus

Anyone interested in attending Hinds Community College — high school or adult — is invited to the Feb. 24 Rankin Expo at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus in Pearl. The expo is 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.

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Prospective students and their parents will have a chance to check out what the Rankin Campus has to offer. Faculty and staff will be on hand to talk about admissions, scholarships, majors and more, as well as enjoy free food and prizes.

To register, go to www.hindscc.edu/go/rankin-expo.

For more information, call 601.857.3767.

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Hinds CC’s Utica Campus hosts Career Fair

The Entrepreneurship Program at Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus will sponsor a Career Fair on Wednesday, Feb. 26 for those seeking employment and for those seeking employee. Jessica Smith, director of the Utica Campus Business Development Program, says she expects a large pool of job seekers as well as employers to be on hand for the event. 

The Career Fair is especially targeting career and technical students who will soon be graduating and joining the workforce. Opportunities will include internship, co-op, seasonal, part-time and full-time employment.

The Career Fair will be 10 a.m. to noon and held in the J.D. Boyd Gymnasium.  It is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Jessica Smith at 601.885.7118 or email at jessica.smith@hindscc.edu

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Posted by on 13 February

Hinds CC Utica Campus hosts high school Senior Day

 

Dr. Bobby Cooper directs the Utica Campus' renowned Jubilee Singers at a recent event.

Dr. Bobby Cooper directs the Utica Campus’ renowned Jubilee Singers at a recent event.

Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus will host Senior Day for high school students from Hinds, Claiborne, Copiah, Warren and Rankin counties on Friday, Feb. 28.  The events will be held in the J.D. Boyd Gymnasium from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m.

The various programs and departments will have displays set up for viewing and students may tour the campus and the department of their choice. Activities planned for the day will include a fashion and talent show, an art and essay contest, and a speaking contest. Several of the programs will have live demonstrations, such as, barbering, cosmetology, clothing textile and music.

Personnel will be available to assist students in completing applications of admission, financial aid, scholarships and housing.

Lunch will be provided.

For additional information, contact Charles Bell at 601.885.7048 or at CEBell@hindscc.edu.

http://www.hindscc.edu/Map_Locations/utica_campus.aspx

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Posted by on 12 February

Marie Hull Gallery boasts spring art lineup

 

The Marie Hull Gallery on the Raymond Campus hosts a variety of art mediums throughout the spring 2014 semester.

The Marie Hull Gallery on the Raymond Campus hosts a variety of art mediums throughout the spring 2014 semester.

The Marie Hull Art Gallery on Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus is gearing up for a variety of art displays for the spring 2014 semester.

Currently, works from the Hinds CC Permanent Collection, “Twenty-five of Mississippi’s Best,” are on display.

“It represents 25 well-known Mississippi artists with 27 pieces of work in the show,” said Melanie Atkinson, gallery director and art instructor on the Raymond Campus. “All the pieces are various two-dimensional medias.” These pieces will remain showcased until Feb. 22.

From March 24-29, works from Steve Cook, entitled “Fondren and Other Works”, will be displayed. Cook is an instructor in Mississippi College’s art department.

In April, Hinds CC students will show and compete with their art work. The display ranges from April 8 – May 3, with a reception from 5-6:30 p.m. on April 8.

The Marie Hull Gallery features regional and local exhibitions in a variety of media. There are six exhibits during the school year from September through May. The gallery is located in the Katherine Denton Art Building on the Raymond Campus and is handicap accessible. Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. – noon. The gallery is closed all school holidays and during June, July, and August. Admission is free.

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