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Hinds CC Utica Campus kicks off Holtzclaw Lecture Series
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Hinds CC Utica Campus kicks off Holtzclaw Lecture Series

As part of a recently announced National Endowment for the Humanities grant, “The Black Man’s Burden: William H. Holtzclaw and the Mississippi HBCU Connection,” the Humanities Department at Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus will sponsor a series of public talks in the Holtzclaw Lecture Series.

William Andrews, the E. Maynard Adams Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, will speak on “William H. Holtzclaw: the Man, the Mission, and the Mask” at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 28 at the Margaret Walker Center in Ayer Hall on the Jackson State University campus. A reception is before the lecture at 6 p.m. The lecture is the first in the Hinds’ Utica Campus Holtzclaw Lecture Series.

William Andrews

William Andrews

His lecture will discuss Holtzclaw’s autobiography, “Black Man’s Burden,” along with William Pickens’ “Bursting Bonds,” in light of Booker T. Washington’s “Up from Slavery.”  Holtzclaw and Pickens were both Booker T. Washington protégés, but while Holtzclaw remained a Bookerite, Pickens had become by 1922 a supporter of Du Bois.  The talk will examine both men’s work, with an emphasis on the influence of Washington’s classic autobiography on both.

The Holtzclaw Lecture Series is designed to bring nationally recognized scholars and experts on African American education in the South for public lectures in a variety of venues around the state. The lecture is co-sponsored by the Mississippi Humanities Council and the Margaret Walker Center.

Andrews’ work centers on African American autobiography, along with the historical linkages between white and black writers in the formation of American literature, African American literature, and southern literature. Andrews is the author of “To Tell a Free Story: The First Century of Afro-American Autobiography, 1760-1865” and is co-editor of The Norton Anthology of African American Literature, The Oxford Companion to African American Literature, and The Literature of the American South: A Norton Anthology.

He is currently series editor of North American Slave Narratives, Beginnings to 1920, a complete digitized library of autobiographies and biographies of North American slaves and ex-slaves, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Ameritech, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

“Black Man’s Burden: William Holtzclaw and the Mississippi HBCU Connection” is a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant to highlight the work of William Holtzclaw, a pioneer in African American education. The project will contribute to a growing body of research and interest in the “Little Tuskegees” as important forerunners of the Civil Rights Era in the Deep South.

William Holtzclaw is the founder of the Utica Normal and Industrial Institute, which later became Utica Junior College, and is now the Utica Campus of Hinds Community College. The campus retains its historical HBCU status.

This two-year research program is designed to equip faculty and student-scholars to explore themes in Holtzclaw’s writing in humanities courses, combined with the development of a Summer Teachers’ Institute and teaching resource kit that will be used by other institutions (both on the high school and community college level) to extend the work beyond the institution.

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 2015. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC

ABOUT THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.

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Hinds CC Phi Theta Kappa chapters, members honored at regional convention
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31 March

Hinds CC Phi Theta Kappa chapters, members honored at regional convention

Three chapters of Phi Theta Kappa organizations at Hinds Community College have earned Five-Star Chapter distinctions.

Honored with the distinctions Feb. 26-27 at the organization’s Mississippi/Louisiana Regional Conference at Mississippi State University were:

  • Gamma Lambda chapter, at the Raymond Campus. The chapter also won first place in the Theme Award category, with the theme of Quests of Human Expression, second place for the Honors in Action Award and fifth place for Most Distinguished Chapter.
  • Alpha Omicron Omega chapter, at the Rankin Campus. The chapter also won third place for College Project and seventh place for the Honors in Action Award.
  • Alpha Beta Xi chapter, at the Utica Campus. Two Horizon Awards for Advisors were awarded, to Beverly Trimble and Chelia Woodfork-Thompson, for their work with the chapter.
Gamma Lambda members who attended the regional conference Feb. 26-27 are, front row from left, Logan Williamson, Allison Mack, Shelby Mack, Taylor Stockton, Harrison Hunter, Hannah VanNoy, Ryan Williamson, Tyler Tatum, back row, from left, Jabari Williams, Mary-Saphrona Grey, Scottilyn Lloyd, Reginald Pickering, Dean Morgan, Megan Stockton, Olivia DeGrado, Eli Beatty and Eric Rush.

Gamma Lambda members who attended the regional conference Feb. 26-27 are, front row from left, Logan Williamson, Allison Mack, Shelby Mack, Taylor Stockton, Harrison Hunter, Hannah VanNoy, Ryan Williamson, Tyler Tatum, back row, from left, Jabari Williams, Mary-Saphrona Grey, Scottilyn Lloyd, Reginald Pickering, Dean Morgan, Megan Stockton, Olivia DeGrado, Eli Beatty and Eric Rush.

 

Alpha Omicron Omega members who attended the regional conferece Feb. 26-27 are, from left, Elysha Roush, Haley Current, Erin Harrison, Natalie Blakely, Cody Huff, faculty advisor Joy Rhoads, Dillion Lassiter, Julia McKinney, Savannah Jackson, Lauren Robertson, Leah Burkes, faculty advisor Judy Isonhood.

Alpha Omicron Omega members who attended the regional conference Feb. 26-27 are, from left, Elysha Roush, Haley Current, Erin Harrison, Natalie Blakely, Cody Huff, faculty advisor Joy Rhoads, Dillion Lassiter, Julia McKinney, Savannah Jackson, Lauren Robertson, Leah Burkes, faculty advisor Judy Isonhood.

 

Alpha Beta Xi members who attended the regional conference were, from left, faculty advisor Beverly Trimble, Breanna Gillard, Zavier Smith, Lillian Greer and faculty advisor Chelia Woodfork-Thompson. (Allison Morris/Hinds Community College)

Alpha Beta Xi members who attended the regional conference Feb. 26-27 were, from left, faculty advisor Beverly Trimble, Breanna Gillard, Zavier Smith, Lillian Greer and faculty advisor Chelia Woodfork-Thompson. (Allison Morris/Hinds Community College)

Hinds’ six PTK chapters “did us proud,” said Honors Institute Dean Deborah McCollum, faculty advisor for Gamma Lambda chapter and district dean for the college’s Honors Institute. “These hard working young men and women are the future leaders of our communities, and the skills they learn through PTK not only enhance their professionalism but also help promote their engagement in their communities.

Five-Star designations show chapter engagement in PTK activities.

“Our chapter is exceedingly gratified to have our work in community and college service recognized by achieving 5-star status again this year,” said Joy Rhoads, faculty advisor for the Rankin Campus chapter and coordinator of the campus’ Honors program. “The leadership and scholarship development through our efforts has benefited chapter members as well as the college and our community.”

“The Alpha Beta Xi chapter may be small but we have a mighty roar,” said Beverly Trimble, faculty advisor for the Utica Campus. “Our chapter is all about building and continuously growing to reach new heights. We are very proud to be a Five-Star Chapter but to whom much is given much is required.”

Also honored individually at the regional competition were:

  • Robert Harrison Hunter, Most Distinguished Officer, Gamma Lambda
  • Olivia DeGrado, Most Distinguished Officer runner-up, Gamma Lambda
  • Debbie McCollum, Horizon Award for Advisors, Gamma Lambda
  • Johannah Williams, Most Distinguished Advisor, Gamma Lambda
  • Hilda Wells, Horizon Award for Advisors, Alpha Zeta Omega

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society of two-year colleges and academic programs. It is based in Jackson and has more than 2 million members in more than 1,250 chapters worldwide. Chapters operating at Hinds also include Alpha Zeta Omega, at the Jackson Campus, and Alpha Omega Chi, at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus.

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Phi Theta Kappa inducts new members for Spring 2016
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28 March

Phi Theta Kappa inducts new members for Spring 2016

The Gamma Lambda Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds Community College held a ceremony March 18 on the Raymond Campus to induct members for the Spring 2016 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 included, front row, from left, Lauren Davis, Jenny White, Anna Huse; back row, from left, Tucker Welch, Dalton Hanley, Jesslyn Fancher, Hayley DeYoung, Ashley Laird and James Hammer, all of Clinton. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

Inductees included, front row, from left, Lauren Davis, Jenny White, Anna Huse; back row, from left, Tucker Welch, Dalton Hanley, Jesslyn Fancher, Hayley DeYoung, Ashley Laird and James Hammer, all of Clinton. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

 

Inductees included, from left, Donnias Jordan and Jabari Williams, both of Jackson. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

Inductees included, from left, Donnias Jordan and Jabari Williams, both of Jackson. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

 

Inductees included, from left, Darya Thompson, Chelsea Hooper, Emileigh McKinnon, Styler Ginger and Emily Childs, all of Byram. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

Inductees included, from left, Darya Thompson, Chelsea Hooper, Emileigh McKinnon, Styler Ginger and Emily Childs, all of Byram. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

 

Inductees included, from left, Erika Hollins, of Ridgeland, Whitney Jackson, of Madison, Dean Morgan, of Ridgeland, and Andrea Jackson, of Canton. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

Inductees included, from left, Erika Hollins, of Ridgeland, Whitney Jackson, of Madison, Dean Morgan, of Ridgeland, and Andrea Jackson, of Canton. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

 

Inductees included, from left, Melissa Keebler, of Pearl, Kristan Gordon, of Brandon, Amanda Perez and Logan Courtney, both of Florence. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

Inductees included, from left, Melissa Keebler, of Pearl, Kristan Gordon, of Brandon, Amanda Perez and Logan Courtney, both of Florence. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

 

Inductees included, front row, from left, Darya Thompson, of Byram, Kaejha Dee, of Utica, Jamye Davis, of Edwards and Rachel "Rory" Raborn, of Edwards; back row, from left, Bailey Jones, Anna Hite, Loren Gainey and Cameron Brown, all of Raymond. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

Inductees included, front row, from left, Darya Thompson, of Byram, Kaejha Dee, of Utica, Jamye Davis, of Edwards and Rachel “Rory” Raborn, of Edwards; back row, from left, Bailey Jones, Anna Hite, Loren Gainey and Cameron Brown, all of Raymond. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

 

Inductees included, from left, Sydnie Palmer and Lindsay Pace, both of Vicksburg. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

Inductees included, from left, Sydnie Palmer and Lindsay Pace, both of Vicksburg. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

 

Inductees included, from left, Ryan DuBois, of Albany, N.Y., Alexis Thompson, and Michael ---- , both of Vicksburg. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

Inductees included, from left, Ryan DuBois, of Albany, N.Y., Alexis Thompson, and Michael McVan, both of Vicksburg. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

 

Inductees included, front row, from left, Camryn Tillman, of Raymond, Scottilyn Lloyd, of Brandon; Back row, from left, James Daniel III, of Vicksburg,Tyler Tatum and Reginald Pickering, both of Clinton. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

Inductees included, front row, from left, Camryn Tillman, of Raymond, Scottilyn Lloyd, of Brandon; Back row, from left, James Daniel III, of Vicksburg, Tyler Tatum and Reginald Pickering, both of Clinton. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

 

Inductees included, front row, from left, Laura Sutton, of New Hebron, Chandreka Clark, of Forest and Mary-Saphrona Grey, of Yazoo City; back row, from left, Ashleigh Chatfield, of McComb, Kayla Clardy, of Aberdeen, Clinton Parham, of Breeden, Ark. and Bethanie Myers, of Sebastopol. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

Inductees included, front row, from left, Laura Sutton, of New Hebron, Chandreka Clark, of Forest and Mary-Saphrona Grey, of Yazoo City; back row, from left, Ashleigh Chatfield, of McComb, Kayla Clardy, of Aberdeen, Clinton Parham, of Breeden, Ark. and Bethanie Myers, of Sebastopol. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

 

Inductees included, from left, Tye Sutton, of McCall Creek, and Alantra Brown, of Columbia. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

Inductees included, from left, Tye Sutton, of McCall Creek, and Alantra Brown, of Columbia. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

 

Inductees included, from left, Shelby Mack, of Crystal Springs, Dominic Jackson, of Mendenhall, and Allison Mack, of Crystal Springs. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

Inductees included, from left, Shelby Mack, of Crystal Springs, Dominic Jackson, of Mendenhall, and Allison Mack, of Crystal Springs. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

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Hinds CC band to share stage with Marsalis, others at ASU Jazz Festival April 16
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23 March

Hinds CC band to share stage with Marsalis, others at ASU Jazz Festival April 16

VICKSBURG – The Hinds Community College Stage Band under the direction of Randy Mapes, will compete and perform at the 36th Annual Alcorn State University Jazz Festival on Saturday, April 16 at the Vicksburg Convention Center.

High school and university jazz ensembles are scheduled to perform from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Legendary saxophonist Branford Marsalis is the featured clinician at this year’s festival. He is a National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Master, renowned Grammy Award winning saxophonist and Tony Award nominee. A leader of one of the finest jazz quartets today, Marsalis is a frequent soloist with classical ensembles.

Hinds’ Stage Band will perform for ratings and comments, then will attend a Jazz Workshop presented by Marsalis. At 8 p.m., they will attend a concert featuring the Branford Marsalis Quartet. All events at the festival are free and open to the public.

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Hinds CC places 12 students on All-Mississippi Community College Academic Team
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23 March

Hinds CC places 12 students on All-Mississippi Community College Academic Team

A dozen Hinds Community College students were named to the 2016 All-Mississippi Community College Academic Team, tops among the state’s 15 two-year colleges.

 

2016 All-Mississippi Community College Academic First Team member Natalie Blakely and Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse

2016 All-Mississippi Community College Academic First Team member Natalie Blakely and Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse

 

2016 All-Mississippi Community College Academic Second Team. Front row, from left, Mishael Drake, Christin Lang, Dr. Clyde Muse, Sharon Horn, Olivia Degrado. Back row, from left, Walter Harris, Jason Dillon, Harrison Hunter, Sloan Session.

2016 All-Mississippi Community College Academic Second Team. Front row, from left, Mishael Drake, Christin Lang, Dr. Clyde Muse, Sharon Horn, Olivia Degrado. Back row, from left, Walter Harris, Jason Dillon, Harrison Hunter, Sloan Session.

Honored among the 64 named to the list at a ceremony March 22 at the Jackson Convention Complex were:

  • Natalie Blakely, of Brandon, a student at the Rankin Campus, Academic First Team, engineering major
  • Olivia DeGrado, of Yazoo City, a student at the Raymond Campus, Academic Second Team, accounting major
  • Jason Dillon, of Tylertown, a student at the Jackson Campus-Nursing Allied Health Center, Academic Second Team, respiratory care technology major
  • Mishael Drake, of Vicksburg, a student at the Utica Campus, Academic Second Team, biology major
  • Kristen Dunaway, of Vicksburg, a student at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus, Academic Second Team, biology and pre-medicine major
  • Tyrus Hamilton, of Jackson, a student at the Jackson Campus-Academic-Technical Center, Academic Second Team, general studies
  • Haley Harmon, of Vicksburg, a student at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus, Academic Second Team, business major
  • Walter Harris, of Hazlehurst, a student at the Utica Campus, Academic Second Team, information systems technology major
  • Sharon Horn, of Madison, a student at the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center, Academic Second Team, medical data technology and general studies major
  • Robert Harrison Hunter, of Hermanville, a student at the Raymond Campus, Academic Second Team, computer engineering major
  • Christin Lang, of Ottawa, Kan., a student at the Jackson Campus-Nursing Allied Health Center, Academic Second Team, respiratory care technology major
  • Sloan Session, of Flowood, a student at the Rankin Campus, Academic Second Team, accounting major

The All-Mississippi Academic Team, begun in 1994 as the first state-level academic recognition program for community and junior college students, recognizes the scholarly achievements and leadership accomplishments of students enrolled in community and junior colleges across the state. Team members were selected following several rounds of judging from education officials, business leaders from across the United States and a distinguished panel of representatives from federal agencies and national education associations based in Washington D.C.

Fifteen students were named to the First Team, with each receiving $1,000 scholarships. First and Second Team members receive special medallions, certificates and printed resolutions from each chamber of the Mississippi Legislature. They are also eligible for scholarships at many four-year universities designed exclusively for All-Mississippi Academic Team members.

The All-State team is coordinated by the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior College, the Mississippi Community College Board and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Dr. Gary Spears, president of Northwest Mississippi Community College, is the program chair.

The All-State Academic Team recognition program is an outgrowth of the All-USA Community College Academic Team, administered by Phi Theta Kappa. Twenty students named to the team will be featured April 12 in USA TODAY and receive $100,000 in scholarships.

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Meeting on Gateway to College Program at Hinds CC set for March 29

The Gateway to College Program on the Vicksburg-Warren Campus will hold an Informational Meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 29 in the Annex Building, Room 23.

Students must be currently enrolled in the Vicksburg Warren School District, must be at least 16 years of age, behind in grade(s) or credits and want to obtain their high school diploma while earning college credits at the same time.

The Gateway to College program targets those in the school system who have dropped out or are at risk of doing so because they have fallen behind in high school credits. Once directed toward the program, often by high school guidance counselors, students aged 16-20 are placed in small learning communities and take basic skills classes while dually enrolled at Hinds.

Students entering the program must read on an eighth-grade level and pass a placement test for full participation. Classes in reading, math, college skills and other subjects are then aligned for the level at which they would have been taken in a traditional high school setting.

For more information, contact Denetra Taylor, director of the program at the campus, at 601.629.6871 or Nancy Robinson, administrative assistant for the program, at 601.629.6875.

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Three from Hinds CC named Coca-Cola Scholars by Phi Theta Kappa
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22 March

Three from Hinds CC named Coca-Cola Scholars by Phi Theta Kappa

Three Hinds Community College students have been named 2016 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Scholars by Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

Natalie Blakely

Natalie Blakely

Natalie Blakely, of Brandon, a student at the Rankin Campus, Walter Harris, of Hazlehurst, a student at the Utica Campus, and Olivia DeGrado, of Yazoo City, a student at the Raymond Campus, were named to the honors by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, which sponsors the program. The organization recognizes 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze scholars and provides nearly $200,000 in scholarships annually.

Walter Harris

Walter Harris

Blakely and Harris were named Gold Scholars and will receive a $1,500 scholarship, from the organization. DeGrado was named a Silver Scholar and will receive a $1,250 scholarship. Both designations receive special medallions for the honor.

Olivia DeGrado

Olivia DeGrado

“The College is very proud of Hinds’ three Coca-Cola scholarship winners,” said Debbie McCollum, faculty advisor for the organization’s Raymond Campus chapter, Gamma Lambda. “At Hinds, all three were all named to Who’s Who and were recognized as 3E Outstanding Students. We are awfully proud of them for their accomplishments and know that they will make positive contributions to their communities.”

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society administers the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Program and recognizes Coca-Cola Community College scholars during All-State Community College Academic Team Recognition ceremonies held in 38 states. Student scholars also receive recognition locally during ceremonies held on campus and internationally for those who are able to attend Phi Theta Kappa’s Annual Convention.

“We are elated that Walter has been chosen as a Coca-Cola Scholar,” said Beverly Trimble, faculty advisor for the organization’s Utica Campus chapter, Alpha Beta Xi. “His drive and passion for knowledge drives him to reach above and beyond his potential. We know that Walter will represent Hinds Community College-Utica Campus with much zeal.”

Community college presidents or their designated nominators may submit no more than two nominations per campus for this award. An independent panel of judges considers outstanding academic rigor, grade point average, academic and leadership awards, and engagement in college and community service in the selection process.

“We thank the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation for their vote of confidence in community college students by investing in their futures,” said Dr. Lynn Tincher-Ladner, President and CEO of Phi Theta Kappa. “Their support is especially welcome during this challenging economic climate, as more and more community college students need additional resources to help them complete their degrees.”

“The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has a long history of providing financial assistance to outstanding students at community colleges,” said J. Mark Davis, President of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. “We are proud to partner with Phi Theta Kappa and make it possible for deserving students to achieve their educational goals.”

Phi Theta Kappa, headquartered in Jackson, Miss., is the largest honor society in higher education with 1,285 chapters on college campuses in all 50 of the United States, U.S. territorial possessions and eight sovereign nations. More than 3 million students have been inducted since its founding in 1918, with approximately 134,000 students inducted annually.

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Fifteen complete first TSA Associate program at Hinds CC
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Fifteen complete first TSA Associate program at Hinds CC

Going back to school to advance a career can be inspired from many places – even from coworkers and other peers, as some Transportation Security Administration officers (TSOs) working at Mississippi airports have learned.

Fifteen of them were honored March 17 during an achievement ceremony in Jackson for having completed a nine-credit TSA Associate’s program administered by Hinds Community College that helps the agency’s officers develop and expand their careers in Homeland Security.

Fifteen students were honored March 17 by the Transportation Security Administration and Hinds Community College for completing a continuing education program offered through the college. Pictured are, front row, from left, LTSO Robert Weis, TSO Kimberlie Billings, TSM Becky Bryan, Hinds program instructor Charlette Oswalt, LTSO Antoinette Path, STSO Rex Fields, TSO Thaddeus Brown; back row, from left, STSO Jimmy Myles, TSO Clay Simmons, TSO Stephen Hall, TSO Bryan Stringer. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Fifteen students were honored March 17 by the Transportation Security Administration and Hinds Community College for completing a continuing education program offered through the college. Pictured are, front row, from left, LTSO Robert Weis, TSO Kimberlie Billings, TSM Becky Bryan, Hinds program instructor Charlette Oswalt, LTSO Antoinette Path, STSO Rex Fields, TSO Thaddeus Brown; back row, from left, STSO Jimmy Myles, TSO Clay Simmons, TSO Stephen Hall, TSO Bryan Stringer. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

“When the program first came out, it was for the people at the airports,” said Robert Weis, lead officer based at Gulfport-Biloxi International Airport. “A person who was in there was one of my mentors, TSO David Smith. He talked to me about the program and got me interested.”

Those receiving certificates of achievement at the ceremony held at Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport (JAN) completed three classes over three semesters at Hinds. The program is part of an effort at community colleges nationwide, along with 240 partnering airports. TSA’s partners in Mississippi include the Jackson and Gulf Coast airports, as well as Golden Triangle Regional (GTR), Meridian Regional (MEI) and Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional (PIB).

Mississippi’s TSA Associate’s program is the first to pilot a hybrid class of classroom and online students.

 

Weis, for example, was able to take the course load of Introduction to Homeland Security, Intelligence Analysis and Security Management, and Transportation and Border Security while working his normal hours.

“I was doing the program from all over the United States,” Weis said. “I highly recommend the program.”

TSO Clay Simmons, a behavior detection officer at the Jackson airport, is a few hours short of a degree in nuclear medicine. Still, he couldn’t pass up the chance to broaden his studies in Homeland Security.

“Everyone was able to give their opinions, and there were no right or wrong opinions,” Simmons said. “I was a good learning experience to get different perspectives from everyone, different policies and procedures about how you do your job every day.”

Rounding out the list of honorees at the ceremony were TSO Kimberlie Billings, of Flowood, TSM Becky Bryan, of Brandon, STSO Jimmie Myles, of Jackson, LTSO Antoinette Path, of Pearl, TSO Clay Simmons, of Jackson, STO Bryan Stringer, of Brandon, TSO Thaddeus Brown, of Gulfport, STSO Rex Fields, of Starkville and TSO Stephen Hall, of Columbus. Completing the program but not present for the ceremony were TSO David Barry, of Gulfport, now transferred to Hawaii, TSO Michael Darden, of Meridian, TSO Christina Davis, of Jackson, TSO Eric Stenger, of Long Beach, and TSO Michael Jones, of Ellisville.

The nine credits earned in the program can be used toward an associate degree. At Hinds, the program’s classroom courses were taught at the Rankin Campus and instructed by Oscar Branch and Charlette Oswalt.

Hinds Community College was given a certificate by the Transportation Security Administration for its partnership with the agency on the associate's program offered at the college's Rankin Campus. From left, Hinds District Director of Aviation Stanley Whitfield, Hinds Aviation Technology Instructor Oscar Branch, TSA program instructor Charlette Oswalt, Hinds Associate Vice President of Career and Technical Education Sherry Franklin, TSA spokeswoman Erika Roberts, and Hinds Vice President of Career and Technical Education Dr. Chad Stocks.

Hinds Community College was given a certificate by the Transportation Security Administration for its partnership with the agency on the associate’s program offered at the college’s Rankin Campus. From left, Hinds District Director of Aviation Stanley Whitfield, Hinds Aviation Technology Instructor Oscar Branch, TSA program instructor Charlette Oswalt, Hinds Associate Vice President of Career and Technical Education Sherry Franklin, TSA spokeswoman Erika Roberts, and Hinds Vice President of Career and Technical Education Dr. Chad Stocks.

“I believe we’re celebrating two successes here today,” associate vice president of Career and Technical Education Sherry Franklin told honorees. “You’ve finished the associate’s program offered through TSA, but you’re actually our first graduating class. I’ve very proud of you all for taking a personal investment in yourselves.”

Cooperation was a key facet of the program’s success at Hinds, thanks to both entities and officers’ families, officials said.

“Never had I seen the enthusiasm and cooperation I’ve seen from TSA and all the people here to put this unique program together,” Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse said. “It gave us an opportunity to work with you to have one of the best, interactive, online face-to-face programs in the country.”

Jeffrey Redmann, director of the business management office in TSA’s office of training and development, lauded the officers and their families for being part of an agency he said screens 1.8 million travelers daily nationwide.

“Ours is a noble profession, often thankless, but very important,” Redmann said. “What you do and how you do it matters. In a given week, you’ll screen thousands of people and their bags. You’ve probably heard this before, but it bears repeating. Terrorists only have to be right once. You have to be right every single time.”

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Gala celebration to raise funds for Hinds CC Utica Campus scholarships
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21 March

Gala celebration to raise funds for Hinds CC Utica Campus scholarships

UTICA – Among those to be honored at the March 25 Hinds Community College Utica Campus Vice President’s Scholarship and Hall of Honors Gala are Congressman Bennie Thompson and U.S. Attorney Greg Davis. The gala will honor 14 distinguished graduates and supporters of Hinds’ Utica Campus, including two husband-and-wife teams, as well as raise money for student scholarships.

The gala is 7 p.m. Friday, March 25 at the Old Capitol Inn in Jackson. An individual ticket is $100 with opportunities for sponsorship packages that include multiple tickets.

“Throughout our history, we have relied on partnerships and community leaders to build effective programs to serve our students. We ask that you consider partnering with us to help send a student to college. A higher education prepares our students for today’s careers,” said Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson, vice president for the Utica Campus. Mays-Jackson is an alumna of the campus.

The honorees include:

Retired Utica Campus Vice President Dr. George Barnes: Barnes, a native of Collins, served as a professional educator and administrator for 50 plus years at Hinds Agricultural High School, Utica Junior College and Hinds Community College before retiring in June 2013. He graduated from Carver Central High School in Collins. He earned degrees from several different colleges/universities: Jackson State College (BS, mathematics); Louisiana State University (MA, mathematics); Mississippi State University (EdS, Community College Education) and University of Southern Mississippi (PhD, Educational Administration). He did further study at the University of Illinois and Auburn University.

George Barnes

George Barnes

Dr. Barnes landed his first position as a mathematics teacher at Hinds Agricultural High School in 1962. This began his 51-year profession and family life in Utica. Among his many positions, he served as assistant basketball coach, college math instructor, Hinds AHS principal, academic dean, acting president of Utica Junior College. When he retired, he was vice president for Utica/Vicksburg-Warren Campuses and for Administrative and Student Services.

Pastor Phillip A. Burks, alumnus: Burks began his education at Hubbard’s Elementary School in Edwards and later Mixon Elementary School in Utica. He graduated from Hinds AHS in May 1974. He later attended Utica Junior College, majoring in Auto Body Repair. He played in the concert band and marching band. He also ran track.

Phillip Burks

Phillip Burks

After graduating, he established Burks Body Repair Shop in Vicksburg. He furthered his studies at Jackson State University and received a state teacher’s license for Auto Body Repair. This certification allowed Burks to teach at Oakley Training School in Raymond. He retired from Oakley in 2006 after 28 years of service.

Being led by God, Burks accepted his calling to preach in April 1998 and several months later was elected pastor of Belmont Missionary Baptist Church where he has served dutifully for the past 17 years.

Dr. Bobby G. Cooper, the director of the renowned Jubilee Singers on the Utica Campus: Cooper, a Bolton native, is currently chairman of the Humanities Division for Hinds Community College-Utica Campus and is also director of Choral Activities. He also teaches voice, piano and courses in music theory. He is director of the Wesley Foundation, a ministry of the United Methodist Church.

Bobby Cooper

Bobby Cooper

He has taught at Hinds Community College for 43 years, where he has been instrumental in developing the music curriculum in 1974. Prior to Hinds, he began his teaching career at E.T. Hawkins High School in Forest where he was the choral director and biology teacher.

Cooper was inducted into the Tougaloo College national Alumni Hall of Fame in 2005 and is an active member of the Southwest Chapter of TCNAA. He holds a B.S. degree from Tougaloo College, an M.S. degree from the University of Illinois, and both the Ed.S, and Ed. D. degrees from the University of Colorado. He has done additional studies in Music at Chicago Musical College.

Alumnus Gregory Davis, U.S. attorney for the Southern District: Davis is a native of Utica where he attended Utica Junior College from 1980 to 1981. He attended Mississippi State University and received a degree in chemical engineering in 1984. He continued his studies at Tulane Law School, where he graduated cum laude in 1987. He was admitted to the Mississippi Bar in October 1987.

Gregory Davis

Gregory Davis

President Barack Obama nominated Davis for U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi on June 29, 2011.  He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on March 29, 2012, and entered duty on April 11, 2012.

As U.S. Attorney, Davis serves as the chief law enforcement officer for the Southern District of Mississippi. He is responsible for prosecution of all federal crimes, the defense of the United States in civil cases, and the collection of debts owed to the United States.  The district he serves includes 45 counties and more than 2 million people.

Community supporters James Drake and alumna and former instructor Rebecca Drake Rebecca Drake, a native of Ellisville, is a graduate of Louisiana State University School of Music with a master’s degree in piano performance. She arrived at Hinds Junior College in 1965, pursuing a teaching and performing career. She chose to stay connected to Hinds and taught at her alma mater for 20 years.

Rebecca and James Drake

Rebecca and James Drake

James Drake, a native of Reading, Mich., is a graduate of Michigan State University with a master’s degree in civil engineering He joined Waterways Experiment Station in 1965 as a research engineer. In 1983, he joined Applied Research Associates, Inc., a national engineering firm, as senior vice president and technical director.

The couple married in 1969 and has lived in Raymond since that time. A primary interest they share is helping to educate those who are talented and desire an education but need financial support. The Drakes created a scholarship in honor of Dr. Bobby G. Cooper, choral director at Hinds Community College Utica Campus and director of the famed Jubilee Singers.

Alumnus and supporter Jimmy Harris, who is being honored posthumously: Harris, who died in 2014, was a native of Lauderdale County who moved to Edwards at a young age. He attended Hinds AHS from 1966 to 1969 where he was active in band and played football.

Jimmy Harris

Jimmy Harris

He then attended Alcorn State University where he also played in the band. He and his wife LeeVella met at Alcorn.

A year after graduating, he was employed with Mississippi Valley Gas, now Atmos Energy, where he worked for nearly 40 years.

He was involved in a number of community organizations, including his church, New Lake Church of Christ Holiness USA and Habitat for Humanity. He was also active in Masonic organizations and was a member and worked with Rissah Temple #130, Jackson Consistory #117 and Flaming Sword Lodge #101. Additionally, he was active in the Shriner’s Motorcycle Club, Mississippi Valley Gas Credit Union, Hinds County PTA, Jackson Heart Study and helped to feed the football team every year for Hinds AHS.

After retiring, he returned to Edwards where he joined with his brother Otis to establish the Edwards Revival Center.

Alumna Dr. Beverly Wade Hogan, Tougaloo College president: Hogan has served as president at Tougaloo College since May 2002. She is the first woman and the 13th president to lead this historic institution.

Beverly Wade Hogan

Beverly Wade Hogan

A native Mississippian, Hogan attended high school at Hinds AHS. Hogan earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in psychology from Tougaloo College and master’s in public policy and administration from Jackson State University. She has done additional studies at the University of Southern Mississippi and University of Georgia. She is engaged in further doctoral studies in human development and organizational leadership at Fielding Graduate University.

Hogan serves on numerous state, regional and national boards including the United Negro College Fund and the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education. Hogan was appointed by President Barack Obama to serve on the President’s Board of Advisors on HBCUs and was selected by the Department of Defense to serve on the National Committee for HBCU/MI Programs.

Hogan is also a founding member and former president of the Central Mississippi Chapter, National Coalition of 100 Black Women, and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and the Links, Inc.

Dr. William H. Holtzclaw, the founder of Utica Normal and Industrial Institute, who is being honored posthumously: Holtzclaw founded the Utica Normal and Industrial Institute for the Training of Colored Young Men and Women in 1903 in a rented log cabin.  From 1903-1910, the school operated in the town of Utica near St. Peter M.B. church.

William Henry Holtzclaw

William Henry Holtzclaw

About 1907, Holtzclaw sought property on which to relocate the school in order to move away from the distractions of the town and to be near subterranean water. By 1910, Holtzclaw had raised $25,000 from friends to purchase 2,000 acres of land located about five miles south of Utica. Holtzclaw guided the Utica Institute for 40 years.  In his educational outreach, he organized the Farmer’s Conference to help raise the standards of Negro farms and farming at The Institute. He also organized the Black Belt Society to encourage economic self-sufficiency among rural Negroes through the sale of land to farmers.

In 1915, Holtzclaw wrote and published “The Black Man’s Burden,” making him one of the first Negroes to publish a book in Mississippi. In 1925, he organized the Utica Institute Jubilee Singers, a group of male singers who toured various cities to help raise funds for The Institute.

Holtzclaw died in 1943. In 1946, William Holtzclaw Jr. and his mother, Mary Ella Holtzclaw, agreed to donate the school and property to Hinds County.

The County Board of Trustees assumed control of The Institute, and the school’s name was changed to Hinds County Agricultural High School, Colored. Eventually the school became Utica Junior College, which became the Utica Campus of Hinds Community College in 1982.

Alumnus and former athlete Dr. Lacey Reynolds, Assistant Professor for health and kinesiology at Texas Southern University: Reynolds attended Utica Junior College from 1970 to 1972 and has been a member of the Friends of the College since he graduated. He was an honor student, a member of Who’s Who in 1972 and played basketball.

Lacey Reynolds

Lacey Reynolds

After graduating, he attended what was then Mississippi Industrial College in Holly Springs. He received a master’s degree in physical education from Delta State University in 1975.

He has had numerous assistant and head basketball coaching jobs over the years. He began his career at Mississippi Industrial College where he was head basketball coach and athletic director. He was an assistant coach and physical education instructor at LeMoyne-Owen College in Memphis from 1977 to 1983. He was head coach at Grambling State University from 1995 to 1999 and was head women’s basketball coach at Texas Southern University from 2000 to 2003.

He is now an associate professor in the College of Education at Texas Southern University after receiving his doctorate in education from TSU in 2007.

Alumnus Delmer Stamps, state resource conservationist and member of the Hinds Community College Foundation board: Stamps of Jackson attended Hinds AHS from 1970 to 1973 and Utica Junior College from 1973 to 1974. He has been a member of the Friends of the College since 1970. He received academic awards in chemistry, zoology, biology and botany and was one of two students enrolled in a pre-agronomy program with Alcorn State University.

Delmer Stamps

Delmer Stamps

He graduated from Alcorn State University in 1977 with a Bachelor of Science in agronomy.

Among his many honors, he was inducted into the Alcorn State University National Alumni Association Hall of Honor in 2001 and received the Sen. Henry J. Kirksey Trail Blazer Award presented by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. awards Committee in 2007.

He received a number of awards from the USDA, including Outstanding Performance award for leadership provided while serving as the state of Mississippi USDA point person in coordinating the development of the 2015 Gulf Restore Plan.

He is currently a member of the Hinds Community College Foundation Board of Directors.

After a 39-year career, he is retired as state resource conservationist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service. He is owner and manager of Stamps Livestock, Forestry, and Hunting Farms in Learned.

Congressman Bennie Thompson, alumnus: Thompson is the U.S. Representative for Mississippi’s Second Congressional District, serving since 1993.  In 2006 he became the first Democratic chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, and he has been the ranking member of the committee since 2011.   He has also served on the Agriculture, Budget and Small Business committees.

Bennie Thompson

Bennie Thompson

He is the longest serving African-American elected official in the state of Mississippi.

Thompson is a lifelong resident of Bolton, near Jackson. He attended Hinds County Public Schools and Hinds AHS before earning a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Tougaloo College in 1968 and a Master of Science in educational administration from Jackson State University in 1973.

Thompson initially worked as a schoolteacher before entering politics. He served as an alderman from 1968 to 1972 and then mayor of his hometown of Bolton from 1973 to 1980. From 1980 to 1993, Thompson served on the Hinds County Board of Supervisors and was a founding member and president of the state’s Association of Black Supervisors.

Alumnus Col. (retired) Paul Willis and alumna Dorothene Willis, owners/operators of Gazebo Lake Ranch in Utica Torry-Willis is from Utica. She is a 1975 graduate Hinds AHS and a 1978 Utica Junior College graduate with an Associate of Arts Degree in Social Services. She continued her studies at Alcorn State University and Chicago State University. Most recently she worked as the Regional Family Support coordinator for the Mississippi Valley Division Corps of Engineers in Vicksburg.

Paul and Dorothene Willis

Paul and Dorothene Willis

Col. Paul L. Willis hails from Edwards. He graduated from Hinds AHS in 1975 and Utica Junior College in 1977 where he was Mr. UJC and co-valedictorian. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Alcorn State University in May 1979.

In May 1989, Col. Willis received his Master of Science Degree in Education from Chicago State University.  He was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Transportation Corps.

Col. Willis retired from active duty in August 2004 after serving more than 25 years. He assumed his current position as director of Army Instruction in Jackson Public Schools in July 2004.

Mr. and Mrs. Willis are the owners/operators of Gazebo Lake Ranch in Utica.

For information about the gala, see http://hub.hindscc.edu/gala.

In 1903, William Henry Holtzclaw founded the Utica Campus as the Utica Normal and

Industrial Institute (UNII), later transitioning to Hinds County Agricultural High School / Utica Junior College. As a student of Thurgood Marshall, Holtzclaw was challenged to go into a rural area and educate the underprivileged while also providing meaningful services. He opened the doors of UNII to local farmers and their families.

From its humble beginnings through the court-ordered merger with Hinds Community College in 1982, the Utica Campus of Hinds Community College continues to serve the community 113 years later in a Historically Black College & University (HBCU) status.

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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Energy savings at Hinds CC reaches $10 million mark since start of effort
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Energy savings at Hinds CC reaches $10 million mark since start of effort

Energy consumption across Hinds Community College’s six locations has hit a milestone since a concerted effort to cut energy spending began in 2008.

In December 2015, Hinds surpassed the $10 million mark for energy savings, said Jason Pope, district director of Hinds’ Office of Sustainability. The mark reflects a 30.4 percent reduction in energy consumption and results directly from all employees and campuses.

“One of the main reasons that this program has worked is because of the unified efforts of everyone involved in helping reduce energy consumption,” Pope said. “It’s has been really neat watching the program evolve into what it is today.”

Savings since 2008 are equivalent to 167,791 passenger cars not driven for one year, Pope said. Of Hinds’ six locations, the Raymond Campus saved the most in raw dollars, at $4.9 million, while the Vicksburg-Warren Campus had the biggest percentage reduction in energy consumption, at 42.4 percent. Of individual buildings district-wide, Pope noted the Jimmy C. Smith Building on the Rankin Campus reduced its energy use by 52.3 percent.

 

Campus Dollar Savings Percent Reduction in Energy Consumption
Raymond $4.9M 29.2%
Utica $2.1M 28.7%
Rankin $1.4M 34.8%
Jackson ATC $699K 31.5%
Vicksburg-Warren $569K 42.4%
Jackson NAHC $442K 28.3%

 

“We arrived at the $10 million mark by making sure things, such as office equipment, are turned off at the end of the workday,” Pope said. “Many people assumed that their computer or monitor really didn’t matter. However, the savings really adds up with the thousands of computers and peripherals throughout the district. We also target the HVAC systems to make sure they are operated as efficiently as possible.”

The Office of Sustainability began in 2013, as an outgrowth of Hinds’ initial energy savings program, and manages the college’s recycling program. Since then, initiatives in recycling paper and plastic have expanded to providing receptacles district-wide specifically for plastic, aluminum cans and other recyclables.

“We are always looking for new ways to conserve energy,” said Mindy Stevens, sustainability projects coordinator. “Right now, we are researching ways to make our vending machines for energy efficient, considering lighting changes, and working with outside vendors on several different projects.”

Proceeds from recycling efforts go to fund scholarships at Hinds. Student organizations at Hinds, such as the Honors Institute, has completed several service-hour projects through Sustainability, including an effort planned district-wide to increase the amount of white office paper recycled at the college through a shredding service. Also, Hinds students at the KLLM Driving Academy have trained for delivering large loads of material by driving rigs filled with cardboard to a facility in Meridian where it is recycled.

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