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Norman Session named new Vice President at Hinds Community College
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Norman Session named new Vice President at Hinds Community College

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Dr. Norman Session will be the new vice president of the Rankin Campus and Jackson Campus–Academic/Technical Center (JATC) at Hinds Community College, as of July 1, 2015. He is currently serving as principal of Pisgah High School in the Rankin County School District, where he won the distinction of being named the district’s Principal of the Year in 2007 and 2010.

Session’s selection was approved today (May 6, 2015) by the Hinds Community College Board of Trustees at its monthly meeting. He is replacing Dr. Sue Powell, who retires June 30 after 12 years as the vice president for the Rankin and Jackson campuses.

“Dr. Session is a graduate of Hinds and has also served as an adjunct instructor at the Rankin and Jackson campuses. As Pisgah High School principal, he led early efforts to make college more accessible and affordable to his students by offering dual enrollment courses at Pisgah,” said Dr. Clyde Muse, president of Hinds Community College.

“The knowledge and experience he has gained as a secondary education leader will serve the college and community very well, and we look forward to him joining our leadership team,” Muse said.

After earning an associate degree at Hinds in 1988, Session transferred to Mississippi College where he completed a bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and a master’s degree in Social Science, as well as a master’s degree in Education, School Leadership and Administration. He completed the Educational Leadership program at the University of Mississippi, earning a Ph.D. in 2000.

“Hinds gave me the foundation that I needed to be successful at the university level,” Session said, adding, “Even though Hinds was a large institution, it maintained a small school feel with small class size and individual attention.”

Dr. Ben Fatherree, retired history department chair who still teaches at the Raymond Campus, gets the credit for Session’s pursuit of a career in education. “He was the catalyst – so intelligent, so energetic, and so knowledgeable. He never brought the first note or book to class. He knew it all.

“I was going to study accounting, but I knew if I could be a fraction of the educator he was, I could be successful,” Session said.

After earning his first master’s degree, Session was a 22-year-old adjunct instructor at the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. About that experience, he said, “We have to be able to be flexible and meet the needs of all students, including adult learners. That is one thing that I learned teaching at the Jackson Campus.”

His professional career began as a teacher in Jackson Public Schools and Rankin County schools. He moved into administration at Forest Municipal Schools as high school assistant principal. He then served as a middle school assistant principal in Madison County schools and high school assistant principal in the Rankin County School District before becoming principal at Pisgah High School in 2002.

At Pisgah, school activities keep him busy most nights of the week, but he signed up again to be an adjunct instructor for Hinds, teaching Western Civilization I and II and Sociology in the dual enrollment/dual credit program at Pisgah High School.

“At a small school, we couldn’t offer everything to our students. Dual enrollment with Hinds was a way to let our kids know that college was within reach, especially for a first-generation college student,” Session said.

This year, one Pisgah senior will graduate with 38 college credits, and several will have more than 25 college credits. “The partnership has led to more scholarship dollars for our students,” he said.

When he reports to his new office at Hinds’ Rankin Campus, Session plans to meet with faculty and students and focus on building relationships with the community.  “I think that the college and community are intertwined; you can’t separate them. You have to pull in all the stakeholders,” he said.

The Hinds tradition carries on with his family. His wife Suzanna also attended Hinds. Their oldest son, Paxton, is a junior at the University of Mississippi who graduated from Pisgah High School with 29 dual enrollment college credits from Hinds. The couple’s other son, Sloan, graduates this month with 26 dual enrollment credits and will attend the Hinds Rankin Campus.

“Everybody recognizes that Hinds is a flagship institution in Mississippi,” he said, “I’m excited for this opportunity and ready to get to work.

 

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with more than 170 academic, career and technical programs. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2014. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

 

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Hinds CC announces 2015-16 Hi-Steppers
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05 May

Hinds CC announces 2015-16 Hi-Steppers

Front row, from left: Alyssa Vernon, of Richland; Symphonia Harris, of Jackson; Brielle Davis, of Byram; Lindsey Jeselink, of Clinton; captain Jessica Decell, of Clinton; lead captain Bekah Summerlin, of Pearl; captain Kasey Kimery, of Pearl; Meagan Barnhart, of Florence; Rocio Torres, of Richland; and Brooke Vernon of Richland. Back row, from left: Angela Hite, director; Versace Devine, of Jackson; Kendra James, of Vicksburg; Sara Katherine Dew, of Yazoo City; Hope Lundstrom, of Pearl; Tessie Hall, of Flowood; Emileigh McKinnon of Florence; Emily Childs, of Jackson; Darviera’ Jones, of Memphis, Tenn.; Jenny White, of Clinton; and manager Javadric Kelly, of Bolton. Not pictured is Kayla Cook, of Richland.

Front row, from left: Alyssa Vernon, of Richland; Symphonia Harris, of Jackson; Brielle Davis, of Byram; Lindsey Jeselink, of Clinton; captain Jessica Decell, of Clinton; lead captain Bekah Summerlin, of Pearl; captain Kasey Kimery, of Pearl; Meagan Barnhart, of Florence; Rocio Torres, of Richland; and Brooke Vernon of Richland. Back row, from left: Angela Hite, director; Versace Devine, of Jackson; Kendra James, of Vicksburg; Sara Katherine Dew, of Yazoo City; Hope Lundstrom, of Pearl; Tessie Hall, of Flowood; Emileigh McKinnon of Florence; Emily Childs, of Jackson; Darviera’ Jones, of Memphis, Tenn.; Jenny White, of Clinton; and manager Javadric Kelly, of Bolton. Not pictured is Kayla Cook, of Richland.

RAYMOND – Auditions are complete and members have been selected for the Hi-Steppers precision dance team for the 2015-16 academic year.

This year’s Hi-Steppers are:

  • Meagan Barnhart, of Florence
  • Emily Childs, of Jackson
  • Kayla Cook, of Richland
  • Brielle Davis, of Byram
  • Jessica Decell, of Clinton, captain
  • Versace Devine, of Jackson
  • Sara Katherine Dew, of Yazoo City
  • Tessie Hall, of Flowood
  • Symphonia Harris, of Jackson
  • Kendra James, of Vicksburg
  • Lindsey Jeselink, of Clinton
  • Darviera’ Jones, of Memphis
  • Javadric Kelly, of Bolton, manager
  • Kasey Kimery, of Pearl, captain
  • Hope Lundstrom, of Pearl
  • Emileigh McKinnon, of Florence
  • Bekah Summerlin, of Pearl, lead captain
  • Rocio Torres, of Richland
  • Alyssa Vernon, of Richland
  • Brooke Vernon, of Richland
  • Jenny White, of Clinton

 

All those selected were awarded scholarships for the upcoming year.
“We have a great group of talented young ladies who have been selected as Hi-Steppers for this next year,” Hi-Steppers Director Angela Hite said. “I look forward to working with them and feel confident that they will represent Hinds well.”

For more than 60 years, the Hinds Hi-Steppers have upheld a tradition of excellence by performing at football games, parades, exhibitions and charity events. Known as Mississippi’s Goodwill Ambassadors, they have given their time and energy to numerous worthy causes.

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Hinds CC sets ‘Terrific Tuesday’ summer registration events
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04 May

Hinds CC sets ‘Terrific Tuesday’ summer registration events

Hinds Community College will have “Terrific Tuesday” special registration events all summer at the six locations to draw students to campus earlier rather than later to register for classes.

“We want to prepare new students for the first day of classes by making sure they have financial aid or payment plans in place, make sure they understand their bill, show students how to login into My.Hinds, show them where the bookstore on their campus is located, and more,” said Kathryn Cole, dean of Enrollment Services.

During Terrific Tuesdays, each campus will offer extended registration hours, popcorn, drinks and a free t-shirt to all who register for classes.

Terrific Tuesday will be held at the following times and locations:

  • June 2, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center
  • June 9, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Vicksburg-Warren Campus
  • June 16 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Utica Campus
  • June 23, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Rankin Campus
  • June 30, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Raymond Campus
  • July 7, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center
  • July 21, 1.p.m. to 7 p.m., Raymond Campus
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Famed Blackwood Brothers Quartet headlines Hinds CC Hollingsworth Gospel Concert
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04 May

Famed Blackwood Brothers Quartet headlines Hinds CC Hollingsworth Gospel Concert

Blackwood Brothers Quartet

Blackwood Brothers Quartet

The renowned Blackwood Brothers Quartet based in Memphis will headline the annual Hollingsworth Gospel Concert held at Hinds Community College. Proceeds from the concert fund the Robert Wallace Hollingsworth Family Scholarship for Law Enforcement at Hinds.

“Law enforcement is not an easy task now days. We need trained, well-educated young people getting into law enforcement and into the criminal justice system,” said Jack Hollingsworth of Utica, organizer of the annual concert.

The original Blackwood Brothers Quartet, formed in 1934 in Choctaw County, Mississippi, is well known for fostering the Southern gospel tradition. Over the past 80 plus years, the Blackwood Brothers recorded more than 200 albums and have sold more than 50 million records.

The group has eight Grammy Awards, four Dove Awards and has been inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame, the Gospel Music Association Hall of Fame, the Southern Gospel Music Association Museum and Hall of Fame and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame. Most recently the group was inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame in 2013.

Today, the group is still led by Billy Blackwood, the son of an original member and brother of a long-time member who recently retired. He is joined by current members Wayne Little, Butch Owens, who is a retired law enforcement officer, and Michael Helwig.

The concert is at 7 p.m. June 25 at Cain-Cochran Hall on the Raymond Campus of Hinds Community College.

Also singing at the annual concert will be the Miss-Tenn Trio, Carl Hollingsworth of Byram, the Born Again Quartet of Byram and Jack Hollingsworth, who is also serving as emcee.

The annual benefit concert began in 2004 to help raise funds for Mike Hollingsworth, Jack Hollingsworth’s son, a Warren County deputy sheriff who was injured in the line of duty. Family members 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 scholarship made its first award to a Hinds student in 2009.

The 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.

“It’s personal for me,” Jack Hollingsworth said. “My son nearly lost his life. God intervened, and he is a miracle today. … We can carry on the tradition of law enforcement with the scholarship and also recognize the fact that God is good.”

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with more than 170 academic, career and technical programs. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2014. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Hinds CC Honors Institute awards 17 scholars
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01 May

Hinds CC Honors Institute awards 17 scholars

 

RAYMOND – Hinds Community College’s Honors Institute presented 17 students with awards of excellence for the 2014-15 academic term. Each named a faculty mentor, who received a certificate as an Honored Faculty Member during a ceremony Monday, April 29.

Receiving Honors Scholar awards were:

  • Keller Bradford, of Raymond, who honored District Director of Counseling Mary Lee McDaniel
  • Tiffany Gerlinger, of Brandon, who honored Spanish Instructor Nancy Ray
  • Jacob Holiday, of Clinton, who honored Biology Instructor Sharon Feaster
  • Allison Martin, of Monticello, who honored Mathematics Instructor Betsy Crook
  • Shane Savannah, of Edwards, who honored Biology Instructor Beth Guider
  • Britni Thomas, of Jackson, who honored Hall Director Cynthia Montgomery
  • Nicole Thomas, of Vicksburg, who honored District Coordinator of Student Success/Transitional Program Director Bridget Oakes
  • Dallas Townsend, of Raymond, who honored District Director of Student Activities Mark Stanton

Honors Scholars carry 12 or more honors hours, an overall GPA of 3.25 or better and at least 20 hours of community service.

Receiving Distinguished Honors Scholar awards were:

  • Jonathan Bethea, of Edwards, who honored Chemistry Instructor Jason Webb
  • Olivia Hall, of Jackson, who honored Sociology Instructor Audrey Glenn
  • Mary Harvey, of Forest, who honored Paralegal Technology Instructor Kathryn Ford
  • Natalie Minton, of Terry, who honored History Instructor Sheila Hailey
  • Asher Mitchell, of Silver Creek, who honored Music Instructor Alice Ballard
  • MaKensey Sanders, of Clinton, who honored Philosophy Instructor Stephen Wedding
  • Courtney Walker, of Crystal Springs, who honored Psychology Instructor Sharon Dorman
  • Emilee Ware, of Byram, who honored Speech Instructor Stacey Duke
  • Edward Williams, of Jackson, who honored English Instructor Jeanne Cook.

Distinguished Honors Scholars carry 18 or more honors hours and have two semesters in the Leadership Program. They must maintain an overall GPA of 3.5 or better and have at least 30 hours of community service.

Chemistry Instructor Jason Webb of Raymond, Miss. and Jonathan Bethea of Edwards, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

Chemistry Instructor Jason Webb of Raymond, Miss. and Jonathan Bethea of Edwards, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

Keller Bradford of Raymond, Miss. and District Director of Counseling Mary Lee McDaniel of Madison, Miss. at the honor student award ceremony.

Keller Bradford of Raymond, Miss. and District Director of Counseling Mary Lee McDaniel of Madison, Miss. at the honor student award ceremony.

Britni Thomas of Jackson, Miss. and Hall Director Cynthia Montgomery of Raymond, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

Britni Thomas of Jackson, Miss. and Hall Director Cynthia Montgomery of Raymond, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

Tiffany Gerlinger of Brandon, Miss. and Spanish instructor Nancy Ray of Flowood, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

Tiffany Gerlinger of Brandon, Miss. and Spanish Instructor Nancy Ray of Flowood, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

Sociology Instructor Audrey Glenn of Clinton, Miss. and Olivia Hall of Jackson, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

Sociology Instructor Audrey Glenn of Clinton, Miss. and Olivia Hall of Jackson, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

Paralegal Technology Instructor Kathryn Ford of Jackson, Miss. and Mary Catherine Harvey of Forest, Miss. at the honor student award ceremony.

Paralegal Technology Instructor Kathryn Ford of Jackson, Miss. and Mary Catherine Harvey of Forest, Miss. at the honor student award ceremony.

Jacob Holiday of Clinton, Miss. and Biology Instructor Sharon Feaster of Clinton, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

Jacob Holiday of Clinton, Miss. and Biology Instructor Sharon Feaster of Clinton, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

Allison Martin of Monticello, Miss. and Mathematics Instructor Betsy Crook of Raymond, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

Allison Martin of Monticello, Miss. and Mathematics Instructor Betsy Crook of Raymond, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

Music Instructor Alice Ballard Raymond, Miss. and Asher Mitchell of Silver Creek, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

Music Instructor Alice Ballard Raymond, Miss. and Asher Mitchell of Silver Creek, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

Nicole Thomas of Vicksburg, Miss. and staff member Bridget Oakes of Raymond, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

Nicole Thomas of Vicksburg, Miss. and District Coordinator of Student Success/Transitional Program Director Bridget Oakes of Raymond, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

Philosophy instructor Stephen Wedding of Raymond, Miss. and MaKensey Sanders of Clinton, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

Philosophy instructor Stephen Wedding of Raymond, Miss. and MaKensey Sanders of Clinton, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

Biology Instructor Beth Guider of Utica, Miss. and Shane Savannah of Edwards, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

Biology Instructor Beth Guider of Utica, Miss. and Shane Savannah of Edwards, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

 

District Director of Student Activities Mark Stanton of Clinton, Miss. and Dallas Townsend of Raymond, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

District Director of Student Activities Mark Stanton of Clinton, Miss. and Dallas Townsend of Raymond, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

Courtney Walker of Crystal Springs and Psychology Instructor Sharon Dorman of Jackson, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

Courtney Walker of Crystal Springs and Psychology Instructor Sharon Dorman of Jackson, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

Speech Instructor Stacey Duke of Brandon, Miss.  and Emilee Ware of Byram, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

Speech Instructor Stacey Duke of Brandon, Miss. and Emilee Ware of Byram, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

Edward Williams, of  Jackson, Miss., and English Instructor Jeanne Cook at the honors student award ceremony.

Edward Williams, of Jackson, Miss., and English Instructor Jeanne Cook at the honors student award ceremony.

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CN renews commitment for transportation-related scholarships at Hinds CC
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CN renews commitment for transportation-related scholarships at Hinds CC

CN, at its November Donations & Sponsorships Committee meeting, approved a donation of $100,000 over two years for the CN Scholarship program at Hinds Community College.  Steve Browning, representing CN, presented CN’s check for $50,000 to Betty Carraway, Hinds Community College Foundation coordinator. Also present were Dr. Joyce Jenkins, left, dean of Career and Technical Education on the Raymond Campus and assistant district director for Occupational Programs, and Dr. Chad Stocks, right,  associate vice president for workforce training and associate dean for career and technical education on the Raymond Campus.

CN, at its November Donations & Sponsorships Committee meeting, approved a donation of $100,000 over two years for the CN Scholarship program at Hinds Community College. Steve Browning, representing CN, presented CN’s check for $50,000 to Betty Carraway, Hinds Community College Foundation coordinator. Also present were Dr. Joyce Jenkins, left, dean of Career and Technical Education on the Raymond Campus and assistant district director for Occupational Programs, and Dr. Chad Stocks, right, associate vice president for workforce training and associate dean for career and technical education on the Raymond Campus.

Among Hinds students eligible to receive the CN Scholarship are those in the Diesel Equipment program. From left are Hinds Community College Scholarship Coordinator Mark Jimerson and CN Scholarship recipients Wes Patterson of Gadsden, Ala.; Matt Miller of Terry; Ben Pace of Pearl; Justin Kirby of Raymond; Joseph Breland of Union and Marcos Hernandez of Pearl with instructor Brent Johnson.

Among Hinds students eligible to receive the CN Scholarship are those in the Diesel Equipment program. From left are Hinds Community College Scholarship Coordinator Mark Jimerson and CN Scholarship recipients Wes Patterson of Gadsden, Ala.; Matt Miller of Terry; Ben Pace of Pearl; Justin Kirby of Raymond; Joseph Breland of Union and Marcos Hernandez of Pearl with instructor Brent Johnson.

With a new two-year commitment for $100,000, CN is expanding opportunities for students enrolled in many Hinds Community College career and technical programs. Hinds received the first $50,000 installment in December 2015 from CN’s Community Investment Program, CN Stronger Communities Fund.

Beginning as a business focused primarily in Canada, CN is now a full-fledged North American railway – serving customers across North America and beyond and creating value for shareholders everywhere. CN offers integrated transportation services including rail, intermodal, trucking, freight forwarding, warehousing and distribution.

“CN began providing scholarships in 2003 with an initial gift of $25,000,” said Betty Carraway, Hinds Community College Foundation coordinator. “Hundreds of students have benefited from CN’s support. Some had tried academic classes after graduating from high school but had little success. These students have all done well in the career- technical programs. Many CN Scholarship recipients have been the first in their family to attend college.”

CN Scholarships ranging from $500 to $2,400 per year are awarded through the Hinds Community College Foundation to students in certain career-technical programs of study, including Automotive Machinist, Diesel Equipment Technology, Welding and Cutting Technology, Electrical Technology, Electronics Technology and Machine Tool Technology.

“The CN scholarship is vital to students at Hinds because it affords them an opportunity to attend college and a chance of getting a job. This partnership has been great for Hinds and CN,” said Dr. Joyce Jenkins, dean of Career and Technical Education on the Raymond Campus and assistant district director for Occupational Programs.

CN is committed to helping build safer, stronger communities. Their rail lines and facilities, employees, retirees, customers and suppliers are important parts of the fabric of life in hundreds of communities across North America.

Dr. Chad Stocks, associate vice president for workforce training and associate dean for career and technical education on the Raymond Campus, said he has seen first-hand the impact the scholarships have had on students. “CN scholarships have provided students the opportunity to study and learn valuable skills that will allow them to work in the transportation sector,” he said.

For more information about CN Scholarships, contact Mark Jimerson, 601.857.3744.

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with more than 170 academic, career and technical programs. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2014. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

 

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