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Hinds CC Utica Campus music directors honored with building dedications
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30 September

Hinds CC Utica Campus music directors honored with building dedications

 

Family members of Louis Lee along with Hinds Community College Board of Trustees President Robert Pickett, far left, unveil the sign for the Louis Edward Leon Lee Classroom Building on the Utica Campus.

Family members of Louis Lee along with Hinds Community College Board of Trustees President Robert Pickett, far left, unveil the sign for the Louis Edward Leon Lee Classroom Building on the Utica Campus.

Dorothy Shannon Lee, widow of Louis Lee, cuts the ribbon for the new Louis Edward Leon Lee Classroom Building on the Utica Campus with the help of her daughter, Dr. Clara Lee.

Dorothy Shannon Lee, widow of Louis Lee, cuts the ribbon for the new Louis Edward Leon Lee Classroom Building on the Utica Campus with the help of her daughter, Dr. Clara Lee.

 

Dr. Clara Lee stands beside the plaque that will go in the building named for her father, Louis Edward Leon Lee, at Hinds Community College's Utica Campus.

Dr. Clara Lee stands beside the plaque that will go in the building named for her father, Louis Edward Leon Lee, at Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus.

 

Speakers at the Sept. 25 Hinds Community College Utica Campus ceremony to rename two buildings include, from left, Elder Kenneth M. Thrasher, Utica Campus alumnus; Beverly Trimble, coordinator of Workforce Investment Act; Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, Utica and Vicksburg-Warren Campus Vice President Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson; Dr. Clara Lee, daughter of Louis Lee; Dr. Bobby Cooper, Jubilee Singers director and honoree; Bolton Mayor Lawrence Butler and Hinds Board of Trustees President Robert Pickett.

Speakers at the Sept. 25 Hinds Community College Utica Campus ceremony to rename two buildings include, from left, Elder Kenneth M. Thrasher, Utica Campus alumnus; Beverly Trimble, coordinator of Workforce Investment Act; Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, Utica and Vicksburg-Warren Campus Vice President Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson; Dr. Clara Lee, daughter of Louis Lee; Dr. Bobby Cooper, Jubilee Singers director and honoree; Bolton Mayor Lawrence Butler and Hinds Board of Trustees President Robert Pickett.

 

Dr. Bobby G. Cooper, director of the Jubilee Singers at Hinds Community College's Utica Campus

Dr. Bobby G. Cooper, director of the Jubilee Singers at Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus

 

Current and former members of the Utica Campus Jubilee Singers gathered to honor Dr. Bobby Cooper during the Sept. 25 ceremony naming the building for Cooper. It's now the Bobby G. Cooper Fine Arts Center.

Current and former members of the Utica Campus Jubilee Singers gathered to honor Dr. Bobby Cooper during the Sept. 25 ceremony naming the building for Cooper. It’s now the Bobby G. Cooper Fine Arts Center.

 

Family members of Dr. Bobby Cooper gather for the ribbon-cutting for the building on the Utica Campus.

Family members of Dr. Bobby Cooper gather for the ribbon-cutting for the building on the Utica Campus.

Hinds Community College honored two distinguished Utica Campus employees and musicians by renaming buildings in their honor on Sept. 25.

The Fine Arts Building on the Utica Campus was renamed the Bobby G. Cooper Fine Arts Center, after the chairman of the Humanities Division and coordinator of music and art. He is best known as the director of the renowned Jubilee Singers, the historical African-American spiritual vocal group that traces its roots to the 1920s. As part of the ceremony, a number of former Jubilee Singers joined current members to perform on stage at the Cooper Center.

Cooper attended Tougaloo College, the University of Illinois and the University of Colorado, furthering his studies at Chicago Musical College.

“My love affair with this campus started in August 1972,” Cooper said. “Little did I know that that love affair would someday be turned into a building that would bear the name Bobby G. Cooper Fine Arts Center. What a thrill! I am indeed humbled by this honor.”

The building that housed the band for Hinds Agricultural High School on the Utica Campus is now the Louis Edward Leon Lee Classroom Building after the former music instructor and band director who retired in 1992 and died in 2007. Lee received a Bachelor of Science degree in music at the Jackson College for Negro Teachers (now Jackson State University). He was a member of the Jackson College band and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

Dr. Clara Lee, representing the Lee family, said the Utica Campus as well as the community was special to her father. “Louis Lee loved this campus. For 39 years he drove 70 miles (from Jackson) to come here to be with the students and be a part of the faculty,” she said. “It is such an amazing blessing to know that Louis Edward Leon Lee’s name will forever be a part of this campus. And it’s so special because I can certainly tell all of you that you will always certainly be a part of him.”

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse knew both men.  Lee “was a great teacher, he was well liked and certainly deserving of his name being on the building, a building in which he taught for so many years,” he said.

Muse credited Cooper with resurrecting the Jubilee Singers, which had long time been identified with the campus.  “He is one of the best ambassadors this college has and we appreciate him,” Muse said.

Current Utica Campus Vice President Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson was a student of both men. Cooper convinced her to change her major from accounting to music. Lee was responsible for teaching her to play the saxophone.

“I am only one of countless students who have personal and precious stories we will cherish for a lifetime,” she said. “As with music, both Mr. Lee and Dr. Cooper have shown no boundaries, no biases, no prejudices. They have exposed and nurtured thousands of students.

 “Their humble spirits resonate from each conversation and performance. Their contributions have enhanced the music department and enriched the culture of the Utica Campus as a whole surpassing our surface knowledge of their work,” Mays-Jackson said.

Bolton Mayor Lawrence Butler was a driving force behind the naming of the Cooper Center.

“When I think of Dr. Cooper, I think of a man of faith and education, a man who has really committed himself to the Utica Campus of Hinds Community College,” he said. “From now on when we talk about Utica … this is what I’m going to say. ‘You go to Utica. Look to your left. It’s Dr. Cooper’s building.’ ”

Robert Pickett, president of the Hinds Board of Trustees, was a contemporary of Lee at a Brookhaven high school. “He mentored me; he taught me how to play,” Pickett said. “He was a good person. I don’t think he ever changed. He was a kind person, always liked to make jokes and converse with you.”

“When the college and the Board of Trustees make the decision to name a building in honor or memory of the individual, it is a decision made with deliberate thought,” Pickett said. “I think this event is significant because we’re honoring two people who have dedicated their entire lives at this institution.”

For more information about the Utica Campus, see http://www.hindscc.edu/Map_Locations/ut/default.aspx

 

 

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Hinds CC Lendon Players present fall production
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29 September

Hinds CC Lendon Players present fall production

Hinds Community College’s The Lendon Players student theater group presents “Greater Tuna” as their fall production. Shows will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 20-22 and again Oct. 24 at Brooks Theater on the Raymond Campus. House opens at 6:30 p.m. and admission is free for faculty and staff, $4 for students in advance (with ID), $5 for students at the door, and $8 for general admission. No children under the age of 10 will be admitted.

The first in a series of four comedic plays, “Greater Tuna” was written by Jaston Williams. Joe Sears and Ed Howard. Offering a hilarious look into small-town, southern life, the play is set in the fictional town of Tuna, Texas, and features many eccentric characters.

For more information on ticket purchase or other details, call the Speech and Theater department at 601.857.3266.

 

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Hinds CC hosts 2014 Student Leadership Conference
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24 September

Hinds CC hosts 2014 Student Leadership Conference

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Eddie A. Holloway was the keynote speaker for Hinds Community College’s 2014 Student Leadership Conference at Eagle Ridge Conference Center Sept. 23. He is the assistant vice president for student affairs/dean of students and assistant professor of psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi. In his address, he encouraged students to always carry their “want to” ticket. “You’ve got to want to succeed as hard as you want to breathe,” he said. “A ‘want to’ ticket is a good grade point average, a good attitude, being a good team player, and owning a good watch so you’re always on time.”

Eddie A. Holloway was the keynote speaker for Hinds Community College’s 2014 Student Leadership Conference at Eagle Ridge Conference Center Sept. 23. He is the assistant vice president for student affairs/dean of students and assistant professor of psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi. In his address, he encouraged students to always carry their “want to” ticket. “You’ve got to want to succeed as hard as you want to breathe,” he said. “A ‘want to’ ticket is a good grade point average, a good attitude, being a good team player, and owning a good watch so you’re always on time.”

Aron Nino of Jackson, left, and Kauree Jones of Jackson, right, get ready to attend Hinds Community College’s 2014 Student Leadership Conference at Eagle Ridge Conference Center Sept. 23.

Aron Nino of Jackson, left, and Kauree Jones of Jackson, right, get ready to attend Hinds Community College’s 2014 Student Leadership Conference at Eagle Ridge Conference Center Sept. 23. 

Emilee Ware of Byram, Kimberly Smith of Crystal Springs and Shelby Little of Brandon enjoy lunch together at Hinds Community College’s 2014 Student Leadership Conference Sept. 23. Ware, who attended the conference with her Phi Theta Kappa chapter, said she attended in order to improve her leadership and interview skills.

Emilee Ware of Byram, Kimberly Smith of Crystal Springs and Shelby Little of Brandon enjoy lunch together at Hinds Community College’s 2014 Student Leadership Conference Sept. 23. Ware, who attended the conference with her Phi Theta Kappa chapter, said she attended in order to improve her leadership and interview skills.

Hinds CC hosts 2014 Student Leadership Conference

 

RAYMOND- Hinds Community College hosted the 2014 Student Leadership Conference at Eagle Ridge Conference Center Sept. 23. The theme was “Innovation: The future is leadership.”

The conference began with introductions by college officials Dr. Theresa Hamilton, vice president for the Raymond Campus, and Dr. Tyrone Jackson, associate vice president and dean of student services. Presentations were given by other college faculty and staff on topics such as resourcefulness, communication, interview skills, dress attire, technology and networking.

The students were treated to a networking luncheon before the keynote address, given by Eddie A. Holloway, assistant vice president for student affairs/dean of students and assistant professor of psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi. In his address, he encouraged students to always carry their “want to” ticket. “You’ve got to want to succeed as hard as you want to breathe,” he said. “A ‘want to’ ticket is a good grade point average, a good attitude, being a good team player, and owning a good watch so you’re always on time.”

 

For more information on Hinds Community College, visit www.hindscc.edu.

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‘Montage Greatest Hits’ headlines Hinds CC dance company performance
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23 September

‘Montage Greatest Hits’ headlines Hinds CC dance company performance

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Hinds Community College’s Montage Theatre of Dance has the fall concert in recognition of the 10th anniversary of the dance company.

“Montage Greatest Hits” will be at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 30 and Wednesday, Oct. 1 at Cain-Cochran Hall on the Raymond Campus.

Members of Montage include, from left, Sarah Thames of Pearl, Alyssa Vernon of  Richland, Brook Vernon of  Richland, Dominique Mathis of Clinton, Charlie Wright of Utica, Xiandria Gabby Long of Jackson, LaCia Moses of Jackson, Versace Devine of Madison and Nate Campbell of Clinton, center, director Tiffany Jefferson of Terry; from right, Zairia Bell of Byram, Natalya Burton of Jackson, Walter Jones of Clinton, Chelby McBee of Vicksburg, Timothy Jones of Jackson, Cheryl Harris of Raymond, Josh Knight of Terry and Katrellis Plumpp of Terry.

For more information, see www.hindscc.edu.

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MUW Fish Demonstration
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22 September

MUW Fish Demonstration

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On Friday, September 19th all Culinary Arts Technology Level 2 students at Clinton High School went on a field trip to Hinds Community College to see a fish fabrication demonstration from Chef Erich Ogle (the head of the Mississippi University for Women’s Culinary Arts program).  Chef Erich and MUW donated their time and funds to put together this demo for our students. This served as a recruitment for their 2+2 partnership program with Hinds Community College which offers the first Bachelor’s Degree in Culinary Arts in the state of Mississippi.  This program is taught by Chef Alexei Huguley who is also be in attendance assisting Chef Erich Ogle with the demo.

 

For more information, please visit Hindscc.edu.

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Hinds CC, Hinds supervisors land swap to expand NAHC
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19 September

Hinds CC, Hinds supervisors land swap to expand NAHC

 

Nursing students, Drew Burkett and Katie Rayborn at the Nursing and Allied Health Jackson campus, Simulation center

Hinds Community College’s Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center is getting 11.5 acres of property and two buildings in a swap with the Hinds County Board of Supervisors that will allow expansion of programs and teaching labs, create parking and possibly build an elevated walkway as a safety measure.

“This will be a great asset for our Nursing and Allied Health Center,” said Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse. “It’ll give us room to grow.”

The NAHC expansion is “going to create new opportunity, business development and jobs in that area,” said Hinds County District 4 Supervisor Tony Greer.

In exchange, 11 employees of the Hinds County Extension Service, a part of the Mississippi State University Cooperative Extension Service, will relocate from their building on Wilson Boulevard to Eagle Ridge Conference Center in Raymond, perhaps as soon as before Christmas, Muse said.

Three classrooms will be renovated for their office space. Renovations are already on the drawing board, and furniture has been ordered, Muse said.

A bonus for the Hinds County Extension Service is it will be around the corner from the MSU Extension Service office on Seven Springs Road, a factor that initially led to the discussion between Muse and Extension Agent Theresa Hand.

“We are extremely excited about moving to Eagle Ridge Conference Center. The Extension Service has had a long standing partnership with Hinds Community College. This move will enhance our educational programming efforts in Hinds County and Central Mississippi,” she said.

The Hinds County Board of Supervisors passed a resolution accepting the plan on Sept. 2, the day that Muse presented it. “We’ve been talking about this for about two years,” Muse said. “We’ve got good leadership on the Board of Supervisors.”

The property is across the street from NAHC and behind Hinds’ George Ball Simulation Center on Hospital Drive, which opened in January 2014.  Central Mississippi Medical Center on Chadwick Drive is west of the new property.

Among the plans for the new property is a surgical simulation center, similar to the current Ball Simulation Center for nursing and allied health programs. That could go into the building now occupied by the Hinds County Extension Service, said Bill Campbell, Hinds architect.

 “It’s really the only way we could expand our programs or start new ones,” said Dr. Libby Mahaffey, dean of Hinds Community College’s Nursing and Allied Health programs. “We were also out of faculty offices. When you expand program, you hire faculty. That gives us this opportunity.”

Right now, a health care assistant program is having lab in a classroom because no lab space was available. “It’s not ideal,” Mahaffey said.

For years, NAHC has been borrowing parking at the Extension Service, but “we’ll own the parking now and can better manage it,” she said.

The second building located on the property is now being used for storage but is in disrepair and may need to be torn down, Campbell said.

Plans also call for a family lodge to be built on the northwest corner of the property for families of burn victims being treated at CMCC, much like a Ronald McDonald house.

CMMC has the only designated burn center in Mississippi, said CMMC CEO Charlotte W. Dupre’.

“CMMC is looking forward to fulfilling a critical need for burn patient families,” she said. “Burn patients come from throughout our state, as well as neighboring states, to our facility for treatment.

 “I would like to commend Dr. Muse and the staff of Hinds Community College, together with the Hinds County Board of Supervisors, for creating this partnership that will provide land for the Burn Foundation to develop a place to stay for family members who are supporting our burn patients during recovery,” she said.

Amanda Fontaine, Burn Center executive director, echoed her thoughts. “One of the goals of the Mississippi Burn Foundation is to provide a ‘home away from home’ for the burn patients and their family members,” Fontaine said. “We are one step closer to making that goal a reality.”

For more information about the nursing and allied health programs, see health-related professions at http://www.hindscc.edu/departments/careertech.aspx.

 

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Hinds CC tailgate party planned for high school seniors, parents
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19 September

Hinds CC tailgate party planned for high school seniors, parents

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High school seniors and their parents are invited to a special tailgate called Thursday Night Lights at the Oct. 2 home football game at Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus.

From 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., they can enjoy free hamburgers and prizes and speak with Hinds recruiters and administrators about admissions, scholarships, housing, majors and more. They can also visit with coaches from all of our athletic teams, as well as band, cheer and Hi-Steppers.

“This is a really fun event for high school seniors as they’ll have a chance to hang out with current Hinds students and faculty on campus, and they’ll get a glimpse of college life as they tailgate and cheer on our Hinds Eagles at a home game,” said Kathryn Cole, director of Enrollment Services.

As part of the event, they will also get free admission to the football game, which begins at 6:30 p.m against East Central Community College at Joe Renfroe Stadium on the Raymond Campus

Those planning to attend are asked to complete a form by going to the front of the Hinds website at www.hindscc.edu and looking for the Thursday Night Lights graphic.

 

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Classic cars, planes featured in Oct. 5 showcase at Hinds CC airport
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17 September

Classic cars, planes featured in Oct. 5 showcase at Hinds CC airport

Classic cars and airplanes will be showcased in a new event called “Pistons and Props” on Sunday, Oct. 5 at Hinds Community College’s John Bell Williams Airport outside of Raymond, Miss.

The “drive and fly-in” is being co-sponsored by the JBW Airport, Hinds’ Aviation Department, the Annual Renaissance Euro Fest Classic European Auto and Motorcycle Show and the Experimental Aircraft Association.

The event will be a combined automobile, motorcycle and aircraft show. The European autos of the Renaissance show will be joined by autos from the Mississippi Corvette Club making for a major showing of more than 100 cars, motorcycles and aircraft.

The event is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 5. Food and drink concessions will be sold by Experimental Aircraft Association Local Chapter 276. All proceeds will go to the Mike Dalton Scholarship Fund. These funds will be made available to Hinds Community College Aviation Department students.

For more information, contact Hiram Haney, John Bell Williams  assistant airport manager, 601.857.3884; Stan Whitfield, Hinds Community College Aviation Department director, 601.857.3300; Paul Duff, EAA Local 276, 601.214.3184, N2724G@gmail.com; Mike Marsh, European autos/motorcycles, 601.946.1950, mike_marsh@bellsouth.net; or Tom Gerity, Corvettes, 601.668.0533, TCGerity@comcast.com.

For information about the Hinds programs, see http://www.hindscc.edu/departments/aviation/default.aspx

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District Student Services Fair
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15 September

District Student Services Fair

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The Division of Student Services hosted a “District Student Services Fair” in order to help service our current students in the district and provide them with on-campus and off-campus resources.

 

For more information, please visit us at http://www.hindscc.edu.

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Hinds CC named among top degree-producing colleges nationally
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04 September

Hinds CC named among top degree-producing colleges nationally

 

Nursing students, Drew Burkett, Katie Rayborn, and Tanya Mitchell at the Nursing and Allied Health Jackson campus, Simulation center

Nursing students, Drew Burkett, Katie Rayborn, and Tanya Mitchell at the Nursing and Allied Health Jackson campus, Simulation center

Hinds Community College was recently named as one of the Top 100 degree-producing community colleges in the United States in five categories by the national newspaper, Community College Week. There are more than 1,000 community colleges nationally.

Hinds Community College ranked 87 out of 100 for all two-year “certificates” — AAS, or Associate in Applied Sciences — for all races and across all disciplines, the only Mississippi community college to make the list. These certificates prepare students for immediate employment.

Community College Week said that “overall associate degree production in 2012-2013 declined slightly from a year before. … Many prominent community colleges have seen their degree production decline as the economy has recovered.” The decline is sharper at for-profit colleges, the newspaper notes.

However, Hinds is bucking the overall national trend with a steady increase in the number of graduates — from 2,075 in 2012 to 2,704 in 2014. Hinds has seen a seven percent increase in degrees and certificates awarded as compared to previous years.

Those increases can be attributed to policy changes and emphasis on program completion that have had a positive impact on graduation and completion rates, said Louanne Langston, director of Student Success and chair of Hinds Community College’s Graduation Task Force.

The Graduation Task Force partnered with the student honor group, Phi Theta Kappa, to promote graduation through the “Commit to Complete” pledge campaign. Students who fulfilled their commitment to complete their degree were acknowledged in the spring 2014 commencement program. The task force also partnered with the Office of Residence Life on the Raymond Campus to promote success in the classroom by celebrating with students whose mid-term grades were 2.5 or higher, Langston said.

Hinds also ranked 12th in the country for the number of associate degrees awarded to African American students, a seven percent increase over 2011-2012. Hinds ranked 62nd when all minorities are considered, an eight percent increase; Hinds was the only Mississippi college to make the Top 100 in this category.

Hinds offers the broadest selection of nursing and allied health programs in the state,  including associate degree nursing, dental assisting technology, diagnostic medical sonography, emergency medical sciences, health care assistant, health information technology, medical laboratory technology, physical therapy assistant, practical nursing, radiologic technology, respiratory care technology and surgical technology.

Hinds offers a program called Career Coach that helps students discover their program of study options related job opportunities, and keeping them on track to graduate. To view career coach, see https://hindscc.emsicareercoach.com/

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