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Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds CC inducts new members for Fall 2015
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27 October

Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds CC inducts new members for Fall 2015

The Gamma Lambda Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds Community College held a ceremony Oct. 23 on the Raymond Campus to induct members for the Fall 2015 semester.

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for community and junior college students. Membership in Phi Theta Kappa is extended to students who have a 3.5 cumulative grade point average or above on 12 or more transferable credit hours. There are more than 1,285 Phi Theta Kappa chapters throughout the United States and abroad.

Inductees include, From left to right, front row:Sidney Phillips, Florence; Lindsey McGuffie, Brandon; middle row: Monica Dodd, Flowood; Sarah Hull, Las Cruces, New Mexico; back row: Braden Owen, Flowood; Chaz Breaux, Florence. Hinds Community College/April Garon

Inductees include, from left to right, front row: Sidney Phillips, of Florence, Lindsey McGuffie, of Brandon; middle row: Monica Dodd, of Flowood, Sarah Hull, of Las Cruces, N.M.; back row: Braden Owen, of Flowood, Chaz Breaux, of Florence. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

 

Inductees include, from left to righ, first row: Elise Ades, Clinton; Lindsey Jeselink, Clinton; middle row: Anne Sinclair, Clinton; Abbey Ades,Clinton; Marilyn Adams, Clinton; back row: James Henry Crister, Clinton; Kiara Williams, Clinton. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Inductees include, from left to right, first row: Elise Ades, of Clinton, Lindsey Jeselink, of Clinton; middle row: Anne Sinclair, of Clinton, Abbey Ades, of Clinton, Marilyn Adams, of Clinton; back row: James Henry Crister, of Clinton, Kiara Williams, of Clinton. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

 

Inductees include, From left to right, front row: Ryan Williamson, Raymond; Bennie C. Buckner, Jr., Hinds County; back row: Selena Hunter, Utica. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Inductees include, from left to right, front row: Ryan Williamson, Raymond; Bennie C. Buckner, Jr., Hinds County; back row: Selena Hunter, Utica. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

 

Inductees include, from left to right: Cierrow Russell, Jackson; Shanika Nelson, Jackson. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Inductees include Cierrow Russell, left, and Shanika Nelson, both of Jackson. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

 

Inductees include, from left to right, Bracken Carroll, Byram and Rachel Carroll, Byram. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Inductees include Bracken Carroll, left, and Rachel Carroll, both of Byram. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

 

Inductees include Dana Easterling, left, and Blair McIntosh, both of Hazlehurst. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Inductees include Dana Easterling, left, and Blair McIntosh, both of Hazlehurst. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

 

Inductees include, from left to right, front row: Donovan Wright, Brayden Williams; back row: Sandra Hill, all of Vicksburg. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Inductees include, from left to right, front row: Donovan Wright, Brayden Williams; back row: Sandra Hill, all of Vicksburg. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

 

Inductees include, from left to right, front row: Brittney Schreiber, of Durant, Sara Terrell, of Bogue Chitto, Charvarius Ward, of McComb; second row: Mayghan Fielder, of Yazoo City, James Martin Young, of Canton; third row: Kamryn Gooden, of Natchez, Dapri Ross, of Wisconsin, Kalaishi Johnson, of Canton. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Inductees include, from left to right, front row: Brittney Schreiber, of Durant, Sara Terrell, of Bogue Chitto, Charvarius Ward, of McComb; second row: Mayghan Fielder, of Yazoo City, James Martin Young, of Canton; third row: Kamryn Gooden, of Natchez, Dapri Ross, of Wisconsin, Kalaishi Johnson, of Canton. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

 

2015 officers include, from left to right, front row:  Ryan Williamson, of Raymond, Vice-President of Fellowship and MS/LA Regional President; Courtney Evans, of Raymond, Vice-President of Scholarship and College Project Coordinator; Olivia DeGrado, of Yazoo City, Co-President; second row: Eli Beatty, of Brandon, Vice-President of Membership, Taylor Stockton, of Cleveland, Vice-President of Service, Megan Stockton, of Clinton, Co-Vice-President of Public Relations and Kappa Chronicle Editor; third row: Harrison Hunter, of Hermanville, Vice-President of Scholarship and Honors-In-Action Coordinator; Talgat Brown, of Yazoo City, Honors Executive Council member overseeing social media, website and College Project. Officers not pictured include Eric Rush, of Clinton, Co-President. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

2015 officers include, from left to right, front row:  Ryan Williamson, of Raymond, Vice-President of Fellowship and MS/LA Regional President; Courtney Evans, of Raymond, Vice-President of Scholarship and College Project Coordinator; Olivia DeGrado, of Yazoo City, Co-President; second row: Eli Beatty, of Brandon, Vice-President of Membership, Taylor Stockton, of Cleveland, Vice-President of Service, Megan Stockton, of Clinton, Co-Vice-President of Public Relations and Kappa Chronicle Editor; third row: Harrison Hunter, of Hermanville, Vice-President of Scholarship and Honors-In-Action Coordinator; Talgat Brown, of Yazoo City, Honors Executive Council member overseeing social media, website and College Project. Officers not pictured include Eric Rush, of Clinton, Co-President. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

 

 

 

 

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Hinds CC celebrated Homecoming with the annual 50+ luncheon
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26 October

Hinds CC celebrated Homecoming with the annual 50+ luncheon

Hinds Community College hosted the annual 50+ luncheon for graduates 50 years ago and beyond on Oct. 14. Among those attending were graduates from the 1950s including, from left, JoAnn Taylor Smith of Florence, John Emory of Jackson, David Barton of Raymond, Ron Melancon of Poplarville, Douglas Moore of Jackson, Oliver V. Shearer of Clinton and Mark J. Chaney of Bovina.

Hinds Community College hosted the annual 50+ luncheon for graduates 50 years ago and beyond on Oct. 14. Among those attending were graduates from the 1950s including, from left, JoAnn Taylor Smith of Florence, John Emory of Jackson, David Barton of Raymond, Ron Melancon of Poplarville, Douglas Moore of Jackson, Oliver V. Shearer of Clinton and Mark J. Chaney of Bovina.

Hinds Community College hosted the annual 50+ luncheon for graduates 50 years ago and beyond on Oct. 14. Among those attending were graduates of the 1954 Hinds Agricultural High School class including, from left, Barbara Brummett Butler of Cartersville, Ga., Rosa Taylor Russell of Raymond, Stuart Spann of Raymond, Peggy Stubbs Sheppard of Meridian and Martha Gillespie Ferguson of Raymond.

Hinds Community College hosted the annual 50+ luncheon for graduates 50 years ago and beyond on Oct. 14. Among those attending were graduates of the 1954 Hinds Agricultural High School class including, from left, Barbara Brummett Butler of Cartersville, Ga., Rosa Taylor Russell of Raymond, Stuart Spann of Raymond, Peggy Stubbs Sheppard of Meridian and Martha Gillespie Ferguson of Raymond.

Hinds Community College hosted the annual 50+ luncheon for graduates 50 years ago and beyond on Oct. 14. Among those attending were graduates from the 1960s, including, from left, Joe Milano of Bolton, state Rep. Tom Weathersby of Florence, Alice Shuff Connelly of Raymond, Bill Ferguson of Learned and Warrene Hand Holliday of Terry.

Hinds Community College hosted the annual 50+ luncheon for graduates 50 years ago and beyond on Oct. 14. Among those attending were graduates from the 1960s, including, from left, Joe Milano of Bolton, state Rep. Tom Weathersby of Florence, Alice Shuff Connelly of Raymond, Bill Ferguson of Learned and Warrene Hand Holliday of Terry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hinds Community College Homecoming week activities included the annual 50+ luncheon for alumni who graduated in 1965 or in prior years.

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 career-tech options shine at Vicksburg career fair
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26 October

Hinds CC career-tech options shine at Vicksburg career fair

Tevin Sylvester doesn’t read books when it comes to electrical circuitry. He chooses to stare it down – and get the information he needs.

“I can’t learn anything about mechanics by reading a manual,” Sylvester said, studying the ins and outs of a three-way switch and other lighting systems with Electrical Technology Instructor Timothy White at Thursday’s Career Exploration Day at the Vicksburg Convention Center.

Hinds Community College Electrical Technology Instructor Timothy White speaks with Tevin Sylvester, a Vicksburg High School senior. High school students from the Vicksburg area visit a Career Expo at the Vicksburg Convention Center on Thursday, October 22, 2015. )Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Hinds Community College Electrical Technology Instructor Timothy White speaks with Tevin Sylvester, a Vicksburg High School senior, as high school students from the Vicksburg area visited a Career Expo at the Vicksburg Convention Center on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“I need to take it apart and see how it works,” the Vicksburg High School senior said. “A few months ago, I took apart my xBox 360 and a PlayStation 3 and put them back together again.”

Sylvester and about 1,200 fellow seniors and juniors in the Vicksburg Warren School District who attended the event got to read, touch and, in some cases, work the controls with instructors from about 40 career and technical programs available across Hinds’ six campuses. Supplementing that were exhibits from private employers and local government.

“The whole purpose is for them to explore careers,” District Director of Enrollment Services Kathryn Cole said. “We feel strongly about making kids aware of career opportunities and the education it takes to get them there.

“They can get some hands-on experience so they can really figure out what these careers are all about and make some informed decisions.”

VHS senior Darius Tucker wants to parlay his love for helping people into a career in physical therapy or the medical field, but he got to move some dirt on Thursday, thanks to a simulator courtesy of Stribling Equipment LLC.

Darius Tucker, a Vicksburg High School senior, completes the excavator simulation at the Stribling Equipment LLC booth at Career Exploration Day at Vicksburg Convention Center on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. From left to right: Todd Martin, Stribling training manager; Tamya Hackett, Vicksburg High School senior; Tucker; William Cohen, Vicksburg High School senior; and Gary Broadwater, Stribling Corporate Inventory Control Manager. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Darius Tucker, a Vicksburg High School senior, completes the excavator simulation at the Stribling Equipment LLC booth at Career Exploration Day at Vicksburg Convention Center on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. From left to right: Todd Martin, Stribling training manager; Tamya Hackett, Vicksburg High School senior; Tucker; William Cohen, Vicksburg High School senior; and Gary Broadwater, Stribling Corporate Inventory Control Manager. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

The machine allowed attendees to climb behind the wheel of a virtual front end loader that showed in high definition what kind of job they’d do on a construction site. Next to the flat-screen monitor was the actual front end loader, neighbored by a truck belonging to Empire Truck Sales LLC students could climb into. Each company was a major sponsor of the event.

“It was fun to try it out,” Tucker said. “I’m wanting to do physical therapy because I like helping people.”

Other hands-on experiences at the expo featured free haircuts from the college’s Barbering program, a sample of leather refined by ISA TanTec, which began production in Warren County earlier this year, a full-size Entergy bucket truck and a police cruiser belonging to the Vicksburg Police Department.

The wide range of career-tech programs available at Hinds appealed to those students still mulling their futures.

“I’m visiting the tables that touch my interests, which have been music, culinary and nursing,” said Taylor Middleton, a Warren Central High School senior visiting tables at the expo with fellow senior Jordan Moncrief.

Jordan Moncrief gets his pulse taken as Taylor Middleton looks on. Both are seniors at Warren Central High School. High school juniors and seniors from the Vicksburg visited a Career Expo at the Vicksburg Convention Center on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Jordan Moncrief gets his pulse taken as Taylor Middleton looks on. Both are seniors at Warren Central High School. High school juniors and seniors from the Vicksburg visited a Career Expo at the Vicksburg Convention Center on Thursday, Oct. 22, 2015. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“I’m just impressed with all what Hinds offers,” Moncrief said. “It’s what’s impressed me most.”

Partnering on the event with Hinds were the Vicksburg Warren School District and the Vicksburg Warren County Chamber of Commerce.

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Hinds CC names student, faculty HEADWAE honorees
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21 October

Hinds CC names student, faculty HEADWAE honorees

Mathematics Instructor Jeff Hughes, of Pearl, and Robert Harrison Hunter, of Hermanville, a sophomore computer engineering student on the Raymond Campus, have been named Hinds CC’s honorees for the Legislature’s Feb. 2, 2016, HEADWAE (Higher Education Appreciation Day – Working for Academic Excellence) program.

Robert Harrison Hunter, left, and Jeff Hughes, right, have been selected as HEADWAE (Higher Education Appreciation Day-Working for Academic Excellence) student and instructor for 2015-2016. HEADWAE was established in 1988 to honor academically talented students and faculty who have made outstanding contributions in promoting academic excellence. The 29th annual program is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016.

Robert Harrison Hunter, left, and Jeff Hughes, right, have been selected as HEADWAE (Higher Education Appreciation Day-Working for Academic Excellence) student and instructor for 2015-2016. HEADWAE was established in 1988 to honor academically talented students and faculty who have made outstanding contributions in promoting academic excellence. The 29th annual program is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016.

Hughes, a 27-year math teacher at Hinds, was educated at Mississippi College and the University of Mississippi, where he earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mathematics. He is the curriculum coordinator of mathematics across Hinds’ six campuses.

“I’m honored to be named to represent Hinds at the HEADWAE program,” Hughes said. “It’s really all about the students for me, and I enjoy what I do.”

Hunter, who was home-schooled in his hometown, near Port Gibson, until he enrolled at Hinds, is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and serves as the honor society’s vice president of scholarship. He is also a member of Honors Institute and, in 2014, studied in England as part of Hinds’ international studies partnership with Bridgewater College.

Seeing the world has enhanced his Hinds experience in ways unimagined when he entered college.

“Studying abroad was a great experience,” Hunter said. “It really helps expand your boundaries and your mind to give a greater perspective on the world. Hinds has been a good bridge from being home-schooled to a four-year university. Professors like Mr. Hughes has been great in preparing me for courses I’ll have to take next year.”

Hunter is also the recipient of the ACT Scholarship, which has supplemented the financing of his education alongside the Mississippi Tuition Assistance Grant and the Mississippi Eminent Scholars Grant.

After finishing his classes in Raymond in 2016, Hunter plans to move on to Mississippi State University to continue his studies in computer engineering.

Hughes has co-authored two textbooks, College Algebra and Precalculus, and has presented innovative concepts in teaching and inspiring students at various professional conferences across the nation. He has been the recipient of the college’s Outstanding Academic Instructor of the Year Award and also chosen as Phi Theta Kappa’s Teacher of the Year. His service to college boards includes the Faculty Council, co-president of the Hinds CC Education Association and, at present, treasurer and historian of that organization. At the state level, he is a past president of the Mississippi-Louisiana affiliate of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges.

Also a member of the Mississippi Faculty Association of Community and Junior Colleges, Hughes is a sponsor of Student VOICES, a student advocacy group at Hinds. Outside of class, Hughes is a part-time minister of students at his church and has traveled with students and faculty to Belize, England and Costa Rica. Outside of math, Hughes taught English in China for seven summers.

HEADWAE was established in 1988 to honor academically talented students and faculty who have made outstanding contributions in promoting academic excellence. The 29th annual program is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2016.

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Students in Hinds CC Diesel Tech help program kick into high gear
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21 October

Students in Hinds CC Diesel Tech help program kick into high gear

Students in Diesel Equipment Technology this semester at Hinds have been jacks of many trades.

If they do well, all 12 will be a step closer to being a master at one of them, namely the in-demand field of being a big-rig mechanic.

“You have to understand the concept of diesel and how it works,” said Jakeb Cooksey, 22, of Lake, in Scott County. “Systems are different than your light-duty vehicles. On those, there’s so many now because they’re introducing new things on environmental standards.”

Jimmy Flint, dealer trainer for Empire Truck Sales, works with student Jakeb Cooksey during a hands-on Diesel Technology workshop.(April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Jimmy Flint, dealer trainer for Empire Truck Sales, works with student Jakeb Cooksey during a hands-on Diesel Technology workshop.(April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Jesse Locke, 22, of Brandon, has done a little of everything in the realm of large equipment, from retail to welding to irrigation work. But, now he’s ready to tackle his passion – under the hood of a semi.

“I’ve always had a knack for fixing things, taking things apart and seeing how they work,” Locke said. “And how to make them faster, stronger and more powerful.”

Preparing for the next generation of diesel engines has sped up demand for new blood in the diesel mechanic world – something not lost on Jimmy Flint, of Empire Trucking Sales LLC, during a daylong seminar the company put on earlier this semester at the Gray-Partridge Center near the Raymond Campus.

“The GHG-17, the next generation of engines, is geared to fuel economy,” Flint said. “We can’t get rid of CO2 gas unless you decrease the amount of fossil fuel you burn. The better fuel economy you get, the less CO2 gas is there.”

Empire is among several firms which partner with the diesel mechanic program. Two full-time trainers with Empire, Flint and Bradly Cade, worked with students to focus on preventive maintenance on big rig engines. That’s the second of two, eight-week courses in the program, which comes after a fundamentals course. Two parts each of Diesel Engine and Electrical Systems courses follow before it wraps up with Air Conditioning and Heating and Hydraulics. Students who complete the program have the option to learn more about trucking or about heavy equipment, such as equipment used in logging and farming.

Bradly Cade, a trainer with Empire Truck Sales LLC, works with student Trent Craft during a hands-on workshop earlier this semester at the Gray-Partridge Center near the Raymond Campus. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Bradly Cade, a trainer with Empire Truck Sales LLC, works with student Trent Craft during a hands-on workshop earlier this semester at the Gray-Partridge Center near the Raymond Campus. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

“The seminar gives us a chance to get some hands-on experience on late-model trucks with the latest technology in our field,” Diesel Equipment Technology Instructor Brent Johnson said, adding students are graded on following directions, work habits, attendance, cleanliness in addition to written examinations. “What we did is learn how to maintain equipment, make it safer, more fuel-efficient, and more dependable for customers.”

Starting in 2010, diesel engines for the U.S. market were required to emit lower nitrous oxide levels to comply with standards set forth by the Environmental Protection Agency. Most manufacturers have reengineered their products to meet the standard, with more upgrades expected in the coming years. Engines powering big rigs on the road a decade ago averaged 6 or 7 miles per gallon of fuel, whereas economy has improved to about 10 per gallon on the newer models, Flint said.

Emissions standards being a new normal coincides with the ranks of big-rig mechanics in the region getting a little grayer. To that end, a new initiative between Hinds and Empire could infuse the industry with talent trained specifically to deal with ins and outs of diesel engine technology.

“There’s a severe technician shortage in Jackson,” Johnson said. “These partners are working with us to ramp up our program. It will have a total of eight instructors, with four instructors to be housed at the Empire base in Richland, while another four will be here at the Raymond Campus. They will teach the third semester course of study there. We were graduating 20 a year and the goal is to graduate 60 a year, with industry assistance.

“But because of all that technology, these guys’ pay will have really jumped. Truck mechanics today who have worked on commission are making six figures now.”

Cade points out the advanced training on newer-model engines should give a leg up to all students in the program willing to put in the effort.

“They’ve added a lot of parts to the exhaust systems and there’s computers all over the truck now,” Cade said “So, it’s more involved to troubleshoot.

“But, we like to hire technicians who come from a heavy-duty mechanical program like this. That way, we know they’ve had some experience and know the basics.”

Locke, for one, is eager to earn what he’s worth once he completes his coursework.

“It’s an industry where a lot of older people about to retire can’t turn wrenches anymore, and it’s opened a lot of positions for young guys like myself and these others,” he said. “And it’s a chance to earn a living for me and my future family.”

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Former state superintendent, wife endow new Hinds CC scholarship
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20 October

Former state superintendent, wife endow new Hinds CC scholarship

Dr. Tom Burnham, Hinds Community College 2015 Alumnus of the Year, and his wife Terri Burnham announced a new Hinds scholarship called the Tom Burnham Jr. and Cassondra “Sondra” Burnham Vanderford Emerging Leaders Scholarship named for his daughter and late son. From left are Puckett High School Principal Robert Crain, Hinds Rankin Campus Vice President Dr. Norman Session, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, Dr. Tom Burnham, Terri Burnham and Sondra Vanderford, assistant principal of Brandon High School.

Dr. Tom Burnham, Hinds Community College 2015 Alumnus of the Year, and his wife Terri Burnham announced a new Hinds scholarship called the Tom Burnham Jr. and Cassondra “Sondra” Burnham Vanderford Emerging Leaders Scholarship named for his daughter and late son. From left are Puckett High School Principal Robert Crain, Hinds Rankin Campus Vice President Dr. Norman Session, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, Dr. Tom Burnham, Terri Burnham and Sondra Vanderford, assistant principal of Brandon High School.

Dr. Tom Burnham, director of the Principal Corps based at the University of Mississippi, and his wife Terri Burnham created and endowed a new scholarship at Hinds Community College as Dr. Burnham was recognized as 2015 Alumnus of the Year on Oct. 15.

The scholarship is the Tom Burnham Jr. and Cassondra “Sondra” Burnham Vanderford Emerging Leaders Scholarship.

Tom Burnham, a native of Puckett in Rankin County, and his wife, a nationally certified leadership and coaching specialist for the National Institute of School Leadership, designated the scholarship to first be offered to an emerging leader who is a graduate of Puckett High School attending Hinds. If no Puckett High graduate is awarded the scholarship, it is next to be offered to an emerging leader who is a Brandon High graduate.

Tom Burnham graduated from Hinds in 1967. He went on to receive degrees at Mississippi College and Delta State University. His daughter Sondra and son-in-law Craig are both Hinds graduates. His daughter is assistant principal at Brandon High School. Son Tom Jr. was killed in 1985.

Being named Alumnus of the Year “is an honor I never expected to receive,” said Burnham, who served two stints as state superintendent of education in 1992-1997 and 2010-2012. “Hinds is a very special place. Most of us have our own memories of the events and people that made a difference in our lives. Like all organizations, the people at Hinds ARE the difference.

“Hinds was the entry point for a great and wonderful career for me, a career filled with opportunities to make a difference in the lives of many children and the joy of working with so many outstanding people,” he said. “The recognition comes from an institution that embraces and exemplifies the wonderful values of helping individuals that might not find opportunities and encouragement elsewhere.”

In announcing the Tom Burnham Jr. and Cassondra “Sondra” Burnham Vanderford Emerging Leaders Scholarship, Terri Burnham noted that both of them have dedicated their lives to “making a difference with children.”

“Most recently Tom and I have devoted our lives to helping develop young leaders across the state,” she said. “The scholarship is intended to honor the memory of Tom Jr. and to honor Cassondra, who has developed into an outstanding young leader in the field of education as well.”

She said that they decided to create the scholarship “because of our love for Hinds Community College and the difference this institution has made.”

Puckett High School Principal Robert Crain, who attended the recognition ceremony, is also a Puckett native.

“Growing up in Puckett I had heard all about the accomplishments of Dr. Tommy Burnham.  Knowing his background makes this scholarship all the more rewarding,” Crain said. “This scholarship will assure us that a Puckett High School graduate will have the opportunity to further their education.”

For information on applying for Hinds Community College Foundation scholarships, see http://www.hindscc.edu/offices/advancement-student-success/foundation/Foundation-Scholarships/index#gsc.tab=0

The deadline is March 1, 2016.

 

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Utica instructor named Hinds CC Humanities Teacher of the Year
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20 October

Utica instructor named Hinds CC Humanities Teacher of the Year

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Dan Fuller, English instructor and Uticanite yearbook adviser on the Utica Campus, is Hinds Community College’s 2015 Humanities Teacher Awardee for the Mississippi Humanities Council.

As the awardee, he will have a presentation, “From Gilgamesh to the Green Lantern – Uncovering an Ancient Near East Superhero in a Technology Infused World,” at 9 a.m. Oct. 21 in the Bobby G. Cooper Fine Arts Center Auditorium.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

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Hinds CC students select homecoming queen
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16 October

Hinds CC students select homecoming queen

Jamellia Williams of Greenville was crowned homecoming queen at Hinds Community College festivities Oct. 15 on the Raymond Campus.

Jamellia Williams, center-left, of Greenville, was crowned homecoming queen at Hinds Community College festivities Oct. 15 on the Raymond Campus. With her are Zachary McCroy, from left, former queen Terika Ingram, and Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Jamellia Williams, center-left, of Greenville, was crowned homecoming queen at Hinds Community College festivities Oct. 15 on the Raymond Campus. With her are Zachary McCroy, from left, former queen Terika Ingram, and Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Williams, the daughter of Derick and Natasha Williams, is a graduate of Ignitium Christian Academy.

She is a sophomore nursing major at Hinds’ Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. She was escorted by Zachary McCroy.

 

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Fitness trail at Hinds CC opens with commitment to healthy living
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14 October

Fitness trail at Hinds CC opens with commitment to healthy living

A one-mile Fitness Trail snaking through the trees on the edge of Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus represents commitment in many ways.

For student Seth Roberts, it’s a commitment to making healthier choices at the table.

Seth Roberts, a sophomore at Hinds Community College, speaks about the health benefits of the Fitness Trail on the Raymond Campus. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Seth Roberts, a sophomore at Hinds Community College, speaks about the health benefits of the Fitness Trail on the Raymond Campus. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Lots of students are of the mindset of ‘What will be for lunch today?’ or ‘Who’s cooking?’. Roberts, of Clinton, said the trail’s opening means he has a healthy activity to spend time away from studies.“It’s about coming out here at lunch instead of watching TV or, instead of having five or six slices of pizza, having a salad,” Roberts said. “If I’m on campus on weekends and can’t leave, I can just walk around the walking trail.”

Roberts and others spoke Tuesday at an event to officially open the trail to the public, which encircles the campus tennis court and soccer fields and winds through the disc golf course. It was financed by parts of a $202,000 wellness grant from Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi as part of the Healthy Hinds Campus & Community initiative. The funds enabled other efforts in the past year to promote better health choices on campus.

“Congratulations are in order to Hinds Community College and the Healthy Hinds initiative,” said Sheila Grogan, executive director of Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation. “We encourage them to continue this effort on campus and expand your resources into the surrounding schools and community.”

The trail features three exercise stations where people can do push-ups, sit-ups, chin-ups and similar exercises on parallel bars, strength and stretch bars, pull-up bars, uneven bars and more.

Students Russ Daniels, left, Jason Humphrey, center, and Reid Browning practice chin-ups before the grand opening of the Fitness Trail at Hinds Community College's Raymond Campus Oct. 13, 2015. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Students Russ Daniels, left, Jason Humphrey, center, and Reid Browning practice chin-ups before the grand opening of the Fitness Trail at Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus Oct. 13, 2015. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

LouAnne Askew, a retired longtime Hinds employee and Raymond alderwoman, encouraged students and faculty to use the trail as a way to decompress after a rigorous day of classes.

“Even better than that, put your tennis shoes in your car and, when you get off work, come down here and take a long walk,” Askew said. “Just think of how peaceful it’s going to be. It’s my hope that the many citizens of Raymond who’ll take advantage of this wonderful trail.

Zac Stowers weighs himself during the grand opening of the Fitness Trail at Hinds Community College's Raymond Campus Oct. 13, 2015. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Zac Stowers weighs himself during the grand opening of the Fitness Trail at Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus Oct. 13, 2015. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse noted his own exercise regimen in the Troy Arlis Ricks Wellness Center through the years as being instrumental in improving health and wellness on campus.

“A long time ago, I made the decision on a commitment to healthy living,” Muse said. “I’m convinced had I not been doing that all of these years, I wouldn’t be here today.”

 

 

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Hinds CC to host college aviators for skills competition
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13 October

Hinds CC to host college aviators for skills competition

Aviators from Hinds hope to soar their way to victory next week as the college hosts a regional tournament for student pilots and instructors.

The National Intercollegiate Flying Association Region IV competition begins two days of events Thursday, Oct. 15 at John Bell Williams Airport on the Raymond Campus by testing pilots’ skills with precision landing, navigation, flight simulations, and other events.

Other institutions competing are Louisiana Tech University, Central Texas College, Texas State Technical College and LeTourneau University. Entrants must hold a private pilot’s license or greater to fly in the competition, said Stanley Whitfield, the college’s district director of Aviation.

Competition starts at 8 a.m. Thursday with a “power off landings” event, where a line is drawn across the runway and pilots must try to land as close as possible to the line. Simulations and preflight inspection events follow from 3-6 p.m.

From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, pilots compete to drop a package into a barrel placed near the runway. More simulations and inspection events from 3-6 p.m. close out the competition and points pilots earn are tallied. The top two finishers move on to the national competition May 9-14, 2016 in Columbus, Ohio.

Began in 1920, NIFA serves as a forum for collegiate aviators to expand their studies and further their careers with competitive events and other functions. The organization also fosters opportunities to communicate and cooperate with aviation industry leaders.

 

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