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Continental Tire looks to Hinds CC career-tech students to fill jobs at Mississippi plant
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30 March

Continental Tire looks to Hinds CC career-tech students to fill jobs at Mississippi plant

RAYMOND – An internship program launched by Continental Tire focuses on students enrolled in Hinds Community College’s Industrial Maintenance Technology, Electrical Technology, and Electronics Technology programs.

Continental’s Maintenance Technician Internship Program is a nine-week, paid summer program that will provide three Hinds students with scholarships and specialized training at the company’s tire plant in Mount Vernon, Ill. Interns will be placed with the organization‘s maintenance and engineering experts for on-the-job experience in electrical, electronic, mechanical and hydraulic systems. Over the course of the program, interns will learn to:

  • Install and maintain piping
  • Troubleshoot and repair various control devices, motors, and electronic devices
  • Establish, maintain and follow-up on the plant’s lubrication schedule
  • Perform machinist tasks
  • Assist in start-up of equipment for production

Construction on a $1.45 billion plant on more than 900 acres near Clinton began in November and is expected to be completed in 2019.

“The Continental Internship is an awesome opportunity for our students to get hands on practical experience in a commercial vehicle tire operation,” said David Creel, district Director of Manufacturing Training. “The tuition assistance along with the inside look at the Continental processes and plant culture will be invaluable to our students. After this experience, these interns can tell their classmates firsthand about Continental and what to expect to see at the Clinton operation.”

Continental will use the internship program to develop its emerging workforce in Mississippi. Maintenance technicians will be some of the first positions filled when hiring begins in the Clinton-based commercial vehicle tire plant in late 2018. As one of the key roles in Continental’s daily operations, maintenance technicians are responsible for both reactive and preventative maintenance of equipment throughout the facility.

“Continental Tire is happy to partner with Hinds Community College for the internship program,” said Grant Bovim, project manager for Continental’s future commercial vehicle tire plant in Hinds County. “By providing interns with on-the-job training that could lead to employment at our local tire plant, we sincerely believe that this experience will prove to be beneficial to the students and Continental.”

The Maintenance Technician Internship Program will run June 5 through Aug. 4. Eligible applicants must have a 3.0 GPA and a positive attendance record. Completed applications must include three letters of recommendation. Applications for the Maintenance Technician Internship Program are being accepted now through April 7 at http://www.continental-jobs.com/.

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Hinds CC Vicksburg-Warren Campus College Night offers fun, information
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30 March

Hinds CC Vicksburg-Warren Campus College Night offers fun, information

VICKSBURG – Prospective college students from local high schools and adults who want to continue their education are invited to College Night at Hinds Community College Vicksburg-Warren Campus from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 18.

The come-and-go event gives all who want to attend the Vicksburg-Warren Campus a chance to find out about everything they need to enroll at the college. At College Night, prospective students can meet with faculty and staff on campus, learn about admissions, majors, financial aid and registration – all while enjoying free food and prizes.

For more information or to register, visit hub.hindscc.edu/vicksburgcollegenight or call 601.857.3736. Activities will be centered in the Banks Building on the campus, which is located at 755 Highway 27, near Warren Central High School.

Hinds CC Vicksburg-Warren Campus College Night offers fun, information

 

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Hinds CC Music Department to present series of concerts for college Centennial
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28 March

Hinds CC Music Department to present series of concerts for college Centennial

RAYMOND – The Hinds Community College Music Department will present a series of concerts in April in celebration of the college’s 100th anniversary this year.

The first, on Tuesday, April 4, features the Hinds Concert Band, Steel Drum Band and Percussion Ensemble 2, under the direction of Ben Bullock, assistant Director of Bands, and Paul Heindl, Music Instructor.

To be featured by concert players includes “Rhumba Sincopada” by James Ployhar, music from the film “How to Train Your Dragon” and an arrangement of Gustav Mahler’s “Symphony #3.”

The percussion ensemble will perform “Three Brothers” by Michael Colgrass and “Ruska” by Apocalyptica. Steel Band players will do five pieces, “Pepita’s Dance”, by Julie Hill; “Flag Woman”, by Aldwyn Roberts and arranged by Lisa Rogers; “Volcano”, by Buffett, Sykes, Dailey and arranged by Kirk Gay; “Mo Java”, by Lalo Davila; and “Sunset”, by Len “Boogsie” Sharpe and arranged by Evan Brubaker.

French horn players play their parts during a concert of the Hinds Community College Wind Ensemble. (Hinds Community College/File)

French horn players play their parts during a concert of the Hinds Community College Wind Ensemble. (Hinds Community College/File)

The second, on Thursday, April 6, features the Hinds Wind Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble and the Delta State University Wind Ensemble. Both are free and open to the public and start at 7 p.m. in Cain-Cochran Hall on the Raymond Campus.

Pieces for the fuller ensembles on stage in the second concert include composer Aaron Copland’s “Fanfare for the Common Man” and percussionist/composer Ivan Trevino’s “Reflector”. Also, Dr. Josh Armstrong, assistant band director and percussion instructor at DSU, joins Hinds’ percussion studio on “Flow”, also by Trevino. The DSU Wind Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. Erik Richards, will perform works by H.L. Clarke, Igor Stravinsky, Giacomo Puccini, and Gustav Holst.

“We are pleased to host Drs. Richards, Armstrong and the Delta State Wind Ensemble for this momentous occasion,” said Shane Sprayberry, chair of the Music Department and Director of Bands at Hinds. “Many Hinds graduates have been a part of the band at DSU over the years and it’s only fitting that they join us in this celebration.”

Commissioned specifically for the college’s yearlong Centennial celebration is “Beneath the Magnolias,” to be premiered April 6 by the Hinds Wind Ensemble. The piece is composed by Hinds and Mississippi College alumnus Warren Ertle, a Terry native and budding composer.

Warren Ertle

Warren Ertle

Other works on the April 6 program include compositions by Claude T. Smith, John Philip Sousa, Percy Grainger and Ola Gjeilo.

Members of the Hinds band have continued a rich tradition of excellence during and after their education. That includes participation in USA Honor Band, All-South Honor Band and the Mississippi All-State Lions Band, as well as memberships in internationally-known drum corps such as Phantom Regiment, Spirit of Atlanta, Blue Devils, Blue Coats, Cavaliers, Carolina Crown, Troopers and Madison Scouts, among others.

Performances by Hinds’ bands and ensembles in recent years includes the Percy Grainger Wind Band Festival in Chicago in 2012, the 70th anniversary of D-Day in 2014 in Normandy and Paris, and various other performances in cities all over the world.

The band department at Hinds offers generous service awards to all talented musicians. In addition, students may audition for Music Major scholarships. For more information on scholarships and auditions, contact Sprayberry at 601.857.3273 or at jssprayberry@hindscc.edu, or visit www.hindscc.edu/band.

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Hinds CC Utica Campus Holtzclaw Lecture series features Jubilee Singers director
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27 March

Hinds CC Utica Campus Holtzclaw Lecture series features Jubilee Singers director

UTICA – Hinds Community College Humanities chair Dr. Bobby Cooper will deliver a presentation entitled “Performing Jubilee: The History and Legacy of the Utica Jubilee Singers” as part of an ongoing National Endowment for the Humanities grant at Hinds’ Utica Campus.web_Bobby Cooper

This is the third public talk in the Holtzclaw Lecture Series, “The Black Man’s Burden: William H. Holtzclaw and the Mississippi HBCU Connection,” which 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.

Dr. Cooper’s talk will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 11. The lecture will take place in the Auditorium of the Bobby G. Cooper Fine Arts Center on the Hinds Community College-Utica Campus.

He will discuss the history and legacy of the Jubilee Singers, from its founding in the early years of the institution where the group accompanied Utica’s founder, William Holtzclaw, on fundraising trips to northern donors to its revival in the 1970s under Dr. Cooper’s direction. The talk will provide an in-depth overview of the music program on the Utica campus, paired with selections from the Jubilee’s extensive repertoire.

Dr. Bobby Cooper is the Humanities division chair, instructor of music and choral director on the Hinds-Utica campus. He has taught at the institution for 43 years and is currently the longest serving employee in the Hinds district. Dr. Cooper received degrees from Tougaloo College, the University of Illinois and the University of Colorado, as well as additional study at Chicago Music College.

Dr. Bobby G. Cooper directs the Jubilee Singers.

Dr. Bobby G. Cooper directs the Jubilee Singers.

During his illustrious teaching career, Cooper has received many awards including the Lifetime of Excellence Teaching Award, William Winter Scholar, Hinds Hero Award, and Humanities Teacher of the Year recognition. Dr. Cooper is also a long serving minister of music at Asbury United Methodist Church in Bolton and organist at Pratt United Methodist Church in Jackson.

“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 Hinds Community College-Utica.

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.

Jubilee Singers director to give latest in Holtzclaw Lecture Series

 

Hinds Community College is celebrating its 100th year of Community Inspired Service in 2017. Hinds opened in September 1917 first as an agricultural high school and admitted college students for the first time in 1922, with the first class graduating in 1927. In 1982 Hinds Junior College and Utica Junior College merged, creating the Hinds Community College District. Today, as Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution with six locations. Hinds offers quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. 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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Mississippi Legislature honors Hinds Community College for 100th birthday
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27 March

Mississippi Legislature honors Hinds Community College for 100th birthday

The Mississippi Legislature recognized Hinds Community College on March 24 with separate resolutions in the House and Senate for its Centennial and 100 years of Community Inspired Service.

The House resolution was authored by Rep. Alex Monsour and co-sponsored by Reps. Alyce Clarke, Credell Calhoun, Mark Baker, Oscar Denton, Deborah Butler Dixon, Andy Gipson, Ray Rogers, Sara Thomas and Tom Weathersby and Speaker of the House Philip Gunn.

The Senate resolution was authored by Sen. David Blount and co-sponsored by Sens. Albert Butler, Hillman Frazier, Briggs Hopson, Robert Jackson, Dean Kirby, Sollie Norwood, Derrick Simmons, Willie Simmons and Sampson Jackson II.

The resolutions also recognized the 40-year service of Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse.  In speaking to the resolution, Sen. Frazier, D-Jackson, called Muse “a giant in public education.”

The resolutions said, in part, “it is the intention of the Mississippi Legislature to publicly express its greatest appreciation and warm wishes to Hinds Community College in commemorating 100 years of community-inspired service and do hereby acknowledge a special recognition for contributions of Hinds Community College to the State of Mississippi.”

Muse addressed senators, saying, “Many members of this body have helped us so much over this period of years. We appreciate what you’ve done for us, what you’re doing for us today and what you will do for our community college system, which happens to be the number one system in the United States.”

 

April Garon/Hinds Community College Front from left, Jackie Granberry, executive director of the Hinds Community College Foundation; Rep. Oscar Denton, D-Vicksburg; Rep. Tom Weathersby, R-Florence; Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse; Rep. Deborah Butler Dixon, D-Raymond; Rep. Alex Monsour, R-Vicksburg; Colleen Hartfield, executive assistant to the president, Hinds Community College; Renee’ Cotton, district director of Marketing and Community Relations; back row, Randall Harris, vice president for Advancement, Hinds Community College; Rep. Ray Rogers, R-Pearl; Rep. Andy Gipson, R-Braxton; Rep. Mark Baker, R-Brandon; and Rep. Brent Powell, R-Brandon.

Front from left, Jackie Granberry, executive director of the Hinds Community College Foundation; Rep. Oscar Denton, D-Vicksburg; Rep. Tom Weathersby, R-Florence; Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse; Rep. Deborah Butler Dixon, D-Raymond; Rep. Alex Monsour, R-Vicksburg; Colleen Hartfield, executive assistant to the president, Hinds Community College; Renee’ Cotton, district director of Marketing and Community Relations; back row, Randall Harris, vice president for Advancement, Hinds Community College; Rep. Ray Rogers, R-Pearl; Rep. Andy Gipson, R-Braxton; Rep. Mark Baker, R-Brandon; and Rep. Brent Powell, R-Brandon.

April Garon/Hinds Community College From left are Hinds Community College Vice President for Advancement Randall Harris; Sen. Briggs Hopson, R-Vicksburg; Sen. Dean Kirby, R-Pearl; Sen. Albert Butler, D-Port Gibson; Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse; Sen. John Horhn, D-Jackson; Sen. David Blount, D-Jackson; Sen. Sollie Norwood, D-Jackson; Colleen Hartfield, executive assistant to the president, Hinds Community College; Jackie Granberry, executive director of the Hinds Community College Foundation and Renee’ Cotton, Hinds Community College district director of Marketing and Community Relations.

From left are Hinds Community College Vice President for Advancement Randall Harris; Sen. Briggs Hopson, R-Vicksburg; Sen. Dean Kirby, R-Pearl; Sen. Albert Butler, D-Port Gibson; Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse; Sen. John Horhn, D-Jackson; Sen. David Blount, D-Jackson; Sen. Sollie Norwood, D-Jackson; Colleen Hartfield, executive assistant to the president, Hinds Community College; Jackie Granberry, executive director of the Hinds Community College Foundation and Renee’ Cotton, Hinds Community College district director of Marketing and Community Relations.

Mississippi Legislature honors Hinds CC for Centennial

 

Hinds Community College is celebrating its 100th year of Community Inspired Service in 2017. Hinds opened in September 1917 first as an agricultural high school and admitted college students for the first time in 1922, with the first class graduating in 1927. In 1982 Hinds Junior College and Utica Junior College merged, creating the Hinds Community College District. Today, as Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution with six locations. Hinds offers quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Hinds CC places 11 students on All-Mississippi Community College Academic Team
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24 March

Hinds CC places 11 students on All-Mississippi Community College Academic Team

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

Honored among 15 students statewide named Academic First Team at a ceremony March 22 at the Jackson Convention Complex was Julia McKinney, of Brandon, a student at the Rankin Campus. She is a nursing major and a member of the Alpha Omicron Omega chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

Julia McKinney, Academic First Team

Julia McKinney, Academic First Team

Ten students named to the Academic Second Team were:

  • Terrece Dotson, of Carthage, a student at the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center, Academic Second Team, general studies/pre-law track major
  • Breanna Gillard, of Falkner, a student at the Utica Campus, Academic Second Team, English literature/linguistics major
  • Mary-Saphrona Grey, of Yazoo City, a student at the Raymond Campus, Academic Second Team, fine arts major
  • Kayla Powell, of Vicksburg, a student at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus, Academic Second Team, pre-med track major
  • Jennifer Renaldo, of Brandon, a student at the Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center, Academic Second Team, respiratory care technology major
  • Caitlyn Richmond, of Clinton, a student at the Utica Campus, Academic Second Team, biology major
  • Summer Rodrigue, of Lindenhurst, Ill., a student at the Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center, Academic Second Team, nursing major
  • Brittany Vargas, of Pearl, a student at the Rankin Campus, Academic Second Team, pre-med major
  • Jabari Williams, of Jackson, a student at the Raymond Campus, Academic Second Team, biology major
  • Shelby Wilson, of Vicksburg, a student at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus, Academic Second Team, elementary education major
Terrece Dotson, Academic Second Team

Terrece Dotson, Academic Second Team

Mary-Saphrona Grey, Academic Second Team

Mary-Saphrona Grey, Academic Second Team

Breanna Gillard, Academic Second Team

Breanna Gillard, Academic Second Team

 

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. This year’s 63 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.

Kayla Powell, Academic Second Team

Kayla Powell, Academic Second Team

Caitlin Richmond, Academic Second Team

Caitlin Richmond, Academic Second Team

Jennifer Renaldo, Academic Second Team

Jennifer Renaldo, Academic Second Team

 

Students named to the First Team received $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.

Summer Rodrigue, Academic Second Team

Summer Rodrigue, Academic Second Team

Jabari Williams, Academic Second Team

Jabari Williams, Academic Second Team

Brittany Vargas, Academic Second Team

Brittany Vargas, Academic Second Team

 

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.

Shelby Wilson, Academic Second Team

Shelby Wilson, Academic Second Team

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 receive $100,000 in scholarships.

11 from Hinds CC named to state all-star academic team
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Hinds CC Phi Theta Kappa chapters, members honored at regional convention
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24 March

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

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

Honored with the distinctions March 3-4 at the organization’s Mississippi/Louisiana Regional Conference at the University of Mississippi were:

  • Gamma Lambda chapter, at the Raymond Campus. The chapter also won awards for Most Distinguished Chapter Officer and Advisor teams, for Outstanding Newsletter, for Regional Project Exhibit, placed in the top 10 for the Honors in Action and College Project categories and the top three for Distinguished Chapter. The chapter was a runner-up for its Honors Study Theme, Natural & Engineered.
  • Alpha Omicron Omega chapter, at the Rankin Campus. The chapter also won an Outstanding Award for Honors Study Theme, Beauty and Vulgarity, and was elected Southern District Representative.
  • Alpha Beta Xi chapter, at the Utica Campus. The chapter was a runner-up for the Chapter Officer Team award. A Horizon Award for Advisors went to Apryl Trimble, for her work with the chapter.
From left, Johannah Williams, faculty advisor, of Byram, Tyler Tatum, of Clinton, Reginald Pickering, of Clinton, Kaitlyn O'Keefe, of Terry, Tim Krason, faculty advisor, of Clinton; back row, from left, Jabari Williams, of Jackson, Victoria Mulqueen, of Clinton, Audra Canoy, of Terry (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

From left, Johannah Williams, faculty advisor, of Byram, Tyler Tatum, of Clinton, Reginald Pickering, of Clinton, Kaitlyn O’Keefe, of Terry, Tim Krason, faculty advisor, of Clinton; back row, from left, Jabari Williams, of Jackson, Victoria Mulqueen, of Clinton, Audra Canoy, of Terry (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Chapters operating at Hinds’ Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center, Alpha Iota Kappa, and Vicksburg-Warren Campus, Alpha Omega Chi, won 2-star and 1-star awards, respectively. A Horizon Award for Advisors went to NAHC chapter advisor Joycelyn Washington.

Hinds’ six PTK chapters “did us proud,” said Honors Institute Dean Deborah McCollum, faculty advisor for Gamma Lambda chapter. “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.

From left, James Flickner, of Pelahatchie, Lindsey Bowen, of Camarillo, Calif., Brittany Barnes, of Pearl, Win Winstead, of Pelahatchie. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

From left, James Flickner, of Pelahatchie, Lindsey Bowen, of Camarillo, Calif., Brittany Barnes, of Pearl, Win Winstead, of Pelahatchie. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“Certainly, we are proud of Alpha Omicron Omega Chapter’s success at the regional conference and look forward to bringing home even more awards at the next,” said Joy Rhoads, faculty advisor for the Rankin Campus chapter and coordinator of the campus’ Honors Program.

Students honored individually at the regional competition were:

  • Erin Harrison, Most Distinguished Chapter Officer, Alpha Omicron Omega
  • Kaitlyn O’Keefe, Most Distinguished Chapter Member runner-up, Gamma Lambda

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.

Three PTK chapter at Hinds earn Five-Star ratings
Front row, from left, Beverly Trimble, faculty advisor, Jorene' Evans, of Clinton, Daphine Ndishabandi, of Jackson, Ra'Shay Watts, of Port Gibson, Marion Brooks, of Canton, Artasia Stewart, of Fayette; back row, from left, Jeffery Fairley, of Jackson, Apryl Trimble, faculty advisor (Hinds Community College)

Front row, from left, Beverly Trimble, faculty advisor, Jorene’ Evans, of Clinton, Daphine Ndishabandi, of Jackson, Ra’Shay Watts, of Port Gibson, Marion Brooks, of Canton, Artasia Stewart, of Fayette; back row, from left, Jeffery Fairley, of Jackson, Apryl Trimble, faculty advisor (Hinds Community College)

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Hinds CC Jackson Campus College Carnival offers fun, information
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22 March

Hinds CC Jackson Campus College Carnival offers fun, information

JACKSON – Prospective college students from local high schools and adults who want to continue their education are invited to Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center for College Carnival on April 7.

The come-and-go event is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. It gives all who want to attend the Jackson Campus a chance to find out about everything they need to enroll at the college. At College Carnival, prospective students can meet with Jackson Campus faculty and staff, learn about admissions, majors, financial aid and registration – all while enjoying free food and prizes.

For more information or to register, visit hub.hindscc.edu/jacksoncarnival or call 601.987.8758. Activities will be centered inside Bivins Hall on campus, as well as outside, weather permitting. The campus is located at 3925 Sunset Drive, just off Interstate 220.

College Carnival at Hinds CC Jackson Campus set for April 7
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Hinds CC students to participate in inaugural Mississippi Intercollegiate Honor Band
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20 March

Hinds CC students to participate in inaugural Mississippi Intercollegiate Honor Band

RAYMOND – Sixteen members of the Hinds Community College band are among students from a dozen state institutions of higher learning who have been selected to participate in the inaugural Mississippi Intercollegiate Honor Band.

French horn players play their parts during a concert of the Hinds Community College Wind Ensemble. (Hinds Community College/File)

French horn players play their parts during a concert of the Hinds Community College Wind Ensemble. (Hinds Community College/File)

The event is March 23-25 at Hinds’ Raymond Campus and includes three days of rehearsal culminating with a concert 1 p.m. Saturday, March 25 in Hogg Auditorium at Cain-Cochran Hall. Admission is free and open to the public.

Participating students were selected by audition earlier this year. Hinds students in the band are:

  • Kaleel Brown, of Jackson, trumpet
  • Reid Browning, of Pearl, percussion
  • Sean Collins, of Florence, percussion
  • Lindsey Garcia, of Pearl, clarinet
  • Cody Gardner, of Vicksburg, percussion
  • Tanner Gardner, of Vicksburg, trumpet
  • Madalyn Harkness, of Ecru, alto saxophone
  • Riley Irwin, of Florence, trombone
  • Jennifer Keeter, of Jackson, clarinet
  • Matthew Lewis, of Silver Creek, percussion
  • Blake Lowman, of Brandon, French horn
  • Patricia Nance, of Florence, trumpet
  • Hudson Poole, of Crystal Springs, percussion
  • Cole Smith, of Florence, percussion
  • Raven Turbeville, of Pearl, French horn
  • Destinee Waldrep, of Vicksburg, flute

In addition to Hinds, the state collegiate honor band participants represent Blue Mountain College, Delta State University, Itawamba Community College, Jones County Junior College, Mississippi College, Mississippi State University, Mississippi Valley State University, Northwest Mississippi Community College, Pearl River Community College, University of Southern Mississippi and William Carey University.

Over the course of the clinic, the students will receive instruction from guest clinician Ray Cramer, Indiana University professor and director of bands emeritus.

“We’re honored to host this inaugural event on the Raymond Campus,” said Shane Sprayberry, chair of the Music Department and Director of Bands at Hinds. “Our students will benefit greatly from rehearsing and performing with other musicians from colleges all over the state. It’s equally exciting to have Ray Cramer visit our campus. He is such a wonderful teacher and mentor to many band directors and students all over the United States.”

For additional concert information, call 601.857.3273 or visit www.hindscc.edu/band.

16 Hinds CC band members to play in first state honor band
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Hinds Connection reunion at Hinds CC set for March 25
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08 March

Hinds Connection reunion at Hinds CC set for March 25

RAYMOND – In 1978, not long after her husband began his presidency of Hinds Community College, the late Vashti Muse envisioned a student group to represent the college at special events or for guests on campus.

Much has changed on campus in nearly 40 years, but the overall purpose of the organization hasn’t changed. Commonly referred to on campus simply as “Connection”, the group is the student-based arm of the college’s recruiting effort and represents the school as student hosts/hostesses, recruiters, and overall ambassadors on and off campus.

As part of Centennial festivities this year at Hinds, former Hinds Connection students are invited to return to their alma mater Saturday, March 25 for an afternoon and evening of reminiscing, renewing friendships and seeing the many changes at the college.

The event starts with registration at 3 p.m. in Fountain Hall on the Raymond Campus. Included is a dinner and program featuring Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse and put together by current and past sponsors of Connection. Cost for the dinner is $15. Past connection members are asked to send their contact information to Hinds Community College Foundation Executive Director Jackie Granberry at jgranberry@hindscc.edu. Please include specific years in Hinds Connection and, if applicable, maiden names.

Jackie Granberry

Jackie Granberry

After serving at Muse’s investiture as president, the organization quickly transitioned to include recruiting duties when Jackie Granberry was hired as the school’s first recruiter in 1979.

“Working with Hinds Connection has always been my favorite part of my job, no matter my role,” Granberry said. “When we first started, I was just their older sister. Now, I am old enough to be their grandmother. I very much treasure the friendships that I have made with Hinds Connection members. I am so excited about seeing many of them at the reunion.”

Lisa Bell Davis

Lisa Bell Davis

Lisa Bell Davis, who grew up in Raymond and whose father taught chemistry at the Raymond Campus, was among the group’s original members.

“I remember a friend’s mom talking to me and to some other friends about helping her with a new student group Dr. Muse wanted to start at Hinds,” she said. “We started out going to various special functions where we served food on campus.

Long-lasting friendships and, in some cases, marriages have developed through participation in Hinds Connection. For Davis, now a Hinds employee, at the Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center, credits her Connection experience for her own such friendships.

“It was an amazing time in my life,” she said. “I gained friends. I was able to make contacts that I would later treasure and count on.”

Donald Lindsey, a 2000 graduate of Hinds who now works as an academic counselor at the Rankin Campus, said it’s a reunion of sorts each time he sees a fellow former member in his daily life.

Donald Lindsey

Donald Lindsey

“There is a bond with this group, former and present, that is special and hard to describe,” Lindsey said. “When fellow Connection members see each other out in the community, it feels like reuniting with family.”

Group memorabilia will be on display and attendees are welcome to bring or share anything from their time in Connection. Current members will give tours of the campus and of Fountain Hall, where most Connection meetings and social events take place.

The 2016-17 Hinds Connection membership

The 2016-17 Hinds Connection membership

Hinds Connection members to re-connect at reunion March 25
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