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Scholarship a blessing for Hinds CC Rankin Campus student on long road to success
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Scholarship a blessing for Hinds CC Rankin Campus student on long road to success

Note: The following story appears in the fall issue of Hindsight alumni magazine. For more information about the Hinds Alumni Association, see the website. To apply for a Hinds Community College Foundation scholarship, go to the Admissions tab on college web site at www.hindscc.edu or click here.

PEARL – From a difficult birth into the world to a diagnosis of Asperger syndrome, Sarabian Ross hasn’t had an easy life. His elementary school years, academically and socially, were a series of arduous steps toward a fulfilling life.

“I didn’t even think I was smart enough to be in college,” said Ross, of Jackson, known to his friends and family as Ray. “My mom (Arlisha) and I didn’t know where the money would come from.”

Sarabian Ross

Sarabian Ross

Thanks to a Hinds Community College Foundation scholarship, the student who’s now quick with a hello to his buddies on campus hopes to build on successes he didn’t ever think was possible.

“The scholarship is important to me because I had no idea how I would make it through college,” he said. “So, I’m just feeling very blessed.”

Ross is attending Hinds on the Oscar Richard Ainsworth & Edith Wetzel Ainsworth Scholarship and is on track to graduate in 2018. He’s mapping out his plans for future one day at a time, but he’s impressed by what he’s seen so far in the college’s Animation and Simulation Design Technology program.

“I’ve been interested in animation and how those things came to life since I was a kid,” he said. “Before computers, it was just pencil and paper. I thought that was cool right there. In animation, whenever you build certain characters in 3-D, it starts out with just basic shapes. They’re all made up of polygons. It’s really just like a sculpture, one you have to mold from the polygons into a face.”

Since starting Hinds, Ross is achieving things far beyond what his mom expected. He has landed on the Dean’s List and became part of the Rankin Campus’ Phi Theta Kappa honor society chapter, Alpha Omicron Omega.

The classroom setting has been a welcoming sight for both mother and son. His mother works as a school crossing guard for the Jackson Police Department and is completing a degree at Mississippi College. Together, they’ve discovered new study strategies and feel relieved for the help in financing Ray’s education.

“The scholarship was a blessing because it took away the burdens and stress of him coming to school, the cost of the books, things like that,” Arlisha Ross said. “And he has excelled being here.”

Ray says young adults in his situation can make it, provided they have support and help from family, friends and peers.

“I want to encourage people who have autism and have Asperger’s that they can make it to college like I did,” he said. “I got here with the help of my mother, my godfather and my grandmother, who’s no longer with us. What I’d tell them is to have someone around who they can trust, like their mom or a counselor like I have, with whom they can open up about their feelings.”

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Strong foundation at Hinds CC laid foundation for local nursing chief
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27 September

Strong foundation at Hinds CC laid foundation for local nursing chief

Note: The following story appears in the fall issue of Hindsight alumni magazine. For more information about the Hinds Alumni Association, see the website.

RAYMOND – Solid foundations in healthcare are built one satisfied patient at a time.

For Brenda Howie, the essentials of caregiving are built with the kinds of foundations laid every day at Hinds Community College for its nursing students.

Brenda Howie

Brenda Howie

“Hinds was my foundation and I built it in the Associate Degree Nursing program,” said Howie, who marked her 40th year in nursing in 2017 alongside being named chief nursing officer at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center, where she’s worked since 1981. “My education at Hinds is the reason I am where I am today.”

Howie was in the Student Nursing Association during her time in the program at Hinds, when it was housed at the Raymond Campus with other science classes. The Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center opened in 1982.

“I lived at home during school and it was a busy two years,” she said. “I was taking all my prerequisites with my nursing. We had a checkoff labs back then instead of simulation labs. We did IVs and injections on each other.”

Howie began at Baptist as a staff nurse on a medical-surgical unit. She has served various roles, including staff nurse, educator, assistant manager, nurse manager and clinical director. Additionally, she has been an adjunct clinical instructor for both Hinds and Mississippi College School of Nursing.

“It is always wonderful when our graduates are recognized for excellence in their profession,” said Dr. Libby Mahaffey, current dean of Nursing and Allied Health, who also taught part of Howie’s doctoral program. “Brenda Howie is an outstanding example. This promotion is well deserved, and I know Brenda will continue to serve Baptist with excellence.”

In her current role, Howie provides leadership to more than 1,000 RNs in the hospital’s nursing department. She also oversees the Educational Resource Center and is the executive leader for service.

In August 2015, Howie obtained her doctorate degree in Nursing Education and Administration from William Carey University. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Her days in front of students in a classroom might be done, but she emphasizes that teaching never really stops in her world.

“You teach every day,” she said. “The biggest change is technology, especially with electronic medical records.”

The field today has many challenges, including keeping quality personnel.

“In today’s world, there’s so many more avenues, professionally, a nurse can take,” she said. “It’s challenging to keep a strong workforce. You have to adapt and learn with the generations.

“You have to learn how to take time to listen to the patients. They are why I’m still here today. You have to learn the right words at the right time, so you can communicate with them while utilizing all the advanced technology we have in healthcare today. Patients and their families are at the center of why we do what we do.”

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‘Sweetheart’ of Hinds CC allied health makes dreams come true for children
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27 September

‘Sweetheart’ of Hinds CC allied health makes dreams come true for children

Note: The following story appears in the fall issue of Hindsight alumni magazine. For more information about the Hinds Alumni Association, see the website.

VICKSBURG – Helping people get better and having fun doing it is what Melissa Smithhart is known for among friends and associates.

By day, she’s a physical therapist assistant at Scott Robbins Physical Therapy in Vicksburg, where she helps people recover from surgery or injuries to vital joints such as shoulders, hips and knees. For the past few years, though, it’s her work making dreams literally come true for children with life-threatening medical conditions that has taken her calling in life to another level.

Melissa Smithhart

Melissa Smithhart

“Working in physical therapy, you see a lot of personalities and types of people,” Smithhart said. “You need to be caring and compassionate. It’s rewarding to see people get back to their prior level of function.

“With a child that has an illness, to make them happy for one day and see the smile on their face is amazing. It takes a caring and compassionate personality to see that as well.”

About three years ago, Smithhart, a graduate of the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Hinds’ Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center, became a volunteer with the Make-A-Wish Foundation as part of her participation in Junior Auxiliary in Vicksburg. An official with the foundation had inquired about the local group’s interest in becoming liaisons between the organizations and children’s families.

“There was no one in Warren County to volunteer, so we got the staff together and said, ‘there’s no reason we can’t take this on,’” she said. “Conscience pushed me to say, ‘well, let me just say yes and see what happens.’”

This past summer, Smithhart and fellow volunteers helped make a “sensory room” for an 8-year-old girl with a debilitating developmental condition. The story made print headlines in Mississippi and beyond. Another involved a little boy who wanted to meet his favorite Disney character, Pluto, at Walt Disney World. “I love to plan kids’ parties anyway, so this was up my alley.”

Smithhart earned her Hinds degree after having already earned a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2005. During summer sessions in between, she took some of her core academic classes at the Hinds Vicksburg-Warren Campus.

Her chosen career chose her, in a way, as a teenager, she said.

“My senior year in high school, my uncle had a stroke,” she said. “He had physical therapy done, so I got to see it and it interested me. And I’ve always liked to exercise, so it seemed fitting.”

Her kindly manner with people made it easy to believe she had gone on to help people, said Pam Chapman, chair of the Physical Therapist Assistant program at NAHC.

“I passed the story on to some of her classmates from back then, and all they had to say was, ‘That’s Melissa!’ and how they fully expected her to get involved with something so good,” Chapman said. “Melissa was an excellent student and she’s amazing with everyone she works with. One of her fellow students referred to her as ‘Melissa Sweetheart.’”

Smithhart credits her Hinds experience for keeping her on track to live her own dreams.

“I studied a lot and I was just determined,” she said. “Hinds gave me the opportunity to have this career and the chance to make a difference in people’s lives.”

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Hinds CC instructor drafts new career as Fab Lab director
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26 September

Hinds CC instructor drafts new career as Fab Lab director

Note: The following story appears in the fall issue of Hindsight alumni magazine. For more information about the Hinds Alumni Association, see the website.

RAYMOND – Phil Cockrell has struck when the iron was hot, so to speak, many times in his professional career.

These days, the material he works with is more plastic than iron and his equipment is actually the “coolest” on campus.

Phil Cockrell, inside the Fab Lab (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Phil Cockrell, inside the Fab Lab (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Cockrell, a Magee native and Brandon resident, instructs courses in the Engineering and Drafting Design Technology program. He’s also the director of the Fab Lab on the Raymond Campus, which opened in August. He says it’s a place where students, faculty, industry and the public alike can, as Cockrell puts it, “Imagine, design and build.”

“It’s for prototyping products for any number of purposes, and it’s open to students, faculty and the public,” Cockrell said. “Theoretically, you could come up with an idea for a product and patent it, as teenagers in similar labs in other states have done.”

Located in the Vocational Technical Building A, the lab is outfitted with 3-D printing machines, laser cutters and related equipment capable of etching designs or cutting flat sheet material such as acrylic and metal. The resulting prototypes are limitless – from small trinkets such as a cartoon character’s crown to a full 3-D reproduction of parts used in heavy industry and the human form itself.

Printing in 3-D involves programming a set of instructions into a central control panel or a separate computer, then loading the appropriate material – often forms of polyvinyl plastic – into a feeder line where the material is melted and flows through mechanical arms to “print” an object based on the instructions.

The lab was financed through the Predominantly Black Institutions Formula grant and is the first member lab in Mississippi of the U.S. Fab Lab Network, a group of 76 high schools, colleges, universities and businesses nationwide. An introductory non-credit course launched the lab in August 2017  for students while Cockrell began training instructors to become certified on the equipment.

A mechanical arm inside a 3D printer prints an object in the Fab Lab. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

A mechanical arm inside a 3D printer prints an object in the Fab Lab. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

All the heady technology has transformed what was once simply called drafting, said Cockrell, a former Simpson County sheriff’s deputy who switched careers to return to school at age 28.

“I was getting married and I wanted to make a career change,” he said. “I did some research, and drafting and design was getting to be a hot field. Hinds’ program had a really good reputation, so I got out of law enforcement and came back to school.”

Cockrell’s wife, Rebecca, graduated from the Associate Degree Nursing program at Hinds and is Learning Lab/Clinical Placement coordinator at the Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center.

He earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Drafting and Design Technology, graduating summa cum laude. It was a line of work that was changing along with the world itself, as the Internet opened new possibilities.

“Technology made things easier,” he said. “Instead of working out a set of house plans by hand, I could sit at a computer and do a set of house plans in a fraction of the time. I could manipulate it a lot easier on a computer than by hand.

“As a student, I was well-prepared for the industry, as I worked part-time doing small parts for air conditioning systems and in construction,” he said. “Eventually, I was able to take a building, design it, estimate it and project-manage it. Hinds prepared me to do that.”

His instructors took note of his skill set when the time came to launch his second career.

“Phil was always a class leader, the first to volunteer for outside projects and excelled in his coursework,” said Cindy West, dean of Career and Technical Education for the Raymond Campus and Cockrell’s instructor for Drafting and Design. “Phil’s name was always at the top of my ‘short list’ of former students to call in the event there was ever an open instructor position.”

While the Cockrells vacationed in late 2007, and after he contemplated going to nursing school, a position indeed came open and his teaching vocation began.

“I enjoy the classroom setting, especially watching students as they start to get the concept. That’s a joy.”

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Hinds CC Nursing/Allied Health Center looks back, moves forward during Centennial celebration
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25 September

Hinds CC Nursing/Allied Health Center looks back, moves forward during Centennial celebration

JACKSON – Bobbie Anderson and Mary Ann Sones had a combined 58 years in positions leading a generation of future nurses and healthcare professionals at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center.

Decades’ worth of memories on top of theirs flowed freely from the two program pioneers and numerous retired faculty and alumni who reunited Sept. 21 at the Chadwick Drive complex as part of the college’s Centennial celebration.

Bobbie Anderson, left, retired dean at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center, speaks during a reunion of former deans and instructors at the facility Sept. 21. Also seated are Mary Ann Sones, center, also a retired dean, and Dr. Libby Mahaffey, right, the center's current dean. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Bobbie Anderson, left, retired dean at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center, speaks during a reunion of former deans and instructors at the facility Sept. 21. Also seated are Mary Ann Sones, center, also a retired dean, and Dr. Libby Mahaffey, right, the center’s current dean. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“It’s not often you get to the ground floor of something like this and see it get off the ground,” said Anderson, of Vicksburg, the first dean at NAHC who worked 24 years in the Associate Degree Nursing program. “It’s truly an honor.”

Testimonials to the nursing and allied health programs’ success since the Chadwick Drive facility opened in 1982 highlighted the ceremony, dubbed “Looking Back, Moving Forward”, as did an exhibit displaying the evolution of nursing school equipment through the years. Attendees signed a banner marking the complex’s part in the Centennial. Also, a time capsule was buried and a flowering plum tree was planted near the front of campus to mark the event. Anderson and Sones were presented personalized medallions marking each being among the “100 People Passionate about Hinds” honored at a separate ceremony in August.

“I was so lucky to have been in the right place at the right time when I became an instructor at Hinds Community College,” said Sones, a Kosciusko native and dean of the facility from 1993, when Anderson retired, through 2004. She spent more than 34 years overall at Hinds in various teaching and administrative positions. “I was fortunate to have wonderful people to work with. I learned so much from this lady, Ms. Anderson. I learned how to be an administrator from Bobbie Anderson.”

Standing, from left, Kay Jones, Shirley Williams, Dr. Libby Mahaffey, Florence Lewis and Judy Fortenberry; seated is Bobbie Anderson (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Standing, from left, Kay Jones, Shirley Williams, Dr. Libby Mahaffey, Florence Lewis and Judy Fortenberry; seated is Bobbie Anderson (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Nursing programs began at Hinds in 1966 with 26 students in one room of the Home Economics building on the Raymond Campus. Eight years later, with Anderson as its director, the program moved to a converted residence on campus and enrollment grew rapidly. It prompted a new home be built, at its current site beside the former Hinds General Hospital, now Merit Health Central.

Anderson remembered the move from Raymond to the current digs taking place over the span of just one weekend.

“Rebecca Tustain had set up our learning lab,” Anderson said. “Those tables in there, they must have weighed at least a hundred pounds. We had called a moving van to move them. She had dared them to have something fall and break.”

Today, the complex consists of the 51,000-square-foot original building which was renamed in 1993 for Anderson, a 33,000-square-foot annex building housing a majority of allied health programs and academic courses, and the Ball Simulation Center, which features five tech-driven labs for training purposes.

Lee Cooper, maintenance technician at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center, buries a time capsule during a reunion Sept. 21 of former deans and instructors at the facility. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Lee Cooper, maintenance technician at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center, buries a time capsule during a reunion Sept. 21 of former deans and instructors at the facility. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“I started work here when the Nursing Allied Health Center was opened,” said Dr.

Lee Cooper, left, maintenance technician at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center, and Mike Daniels, facilties manager for the facility, stand near a plum tree planted during a reunion of retired deans and faculty Sept. 21 at the facility. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Lee Cooper, left, maintenance technician at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center, and Mike Daniels, facilties manager for the facility, stand near a plum tree planted during a reunion of retired deans and faculty Sept. 21 at the facility. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Libby Mahaffey, dean of the facility since 2005. “So, this is all I have ever known at the college.”

Former NAHC faculty shared stories of the nursing program’s humble beginnings.

“We had three instructors to an office back then at Raymond,” said Kay Jones, retired former Associate Degree Nursing instructor and 34-year employee. “One day we came in, and there were so many books on the shelf that it fell off the wall and the books were on the floor.”

Technical and associate degree programs at NAHC are nationally accredited by specialty accrediting organizations. The career programs meet state accreditation/approval guidelines.

Through physical expansions, the program’s architects and instructors point to the spirit of family at Hinds that has produced the standard of excellence seen in NAHC’s graduates.

“Every day was so enjoyable because of the people I worked with,” Sones said. “It was a wonderful 34 ½ years.”

Dr. Joycelyn Washington, director of Student Services/Counselor for NAHC, served as event chair for the NAHC Centennial event. Dr. Portia Travis, director of the Transition to RN program, presented roses to commemorate the center’s role in the Centennial celebration. Therese Winschel, chair of the Respiratory Care Technology program, and Mike Daniels, facilities manager for NAHC, headed up the time capsule and tree planting.

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Bobbie Anderson, seated, retired dean of Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center, receives a personalized medallion from Jackie Granberry, executive director of the Hinds Community College Foundation, during a reunion Sept. 21 of former deans and instructors at the facility. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Bobbie Anderson, seated, retired dean of Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center, receives a personalized medallion from Jackie Granberry, executive director of the Hinds Community College Foundation, during a reunion Sept. 21 of former deans and instructors at the facility. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Mary Ann Sones, a retired dean of Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center, holds a personalized medallion received during a reunion Sept. 21 of former deans and instructors at the facility. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Mary Ann Sones, a retired dean of Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center, holds a personalized medallion received during a reunion Sept. 21 of former deans and instructors at the facility. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From left, Judy Fortenberry, Martha Hopper and Dr. Libby Mahaffey gather following a reunion Sept. 21 of retired deans and faculty at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. Hopper was among the first students at NAHC, which opened in 1982. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

From left, Judy Fortenberry, Martha Hopper and Dr. Libby Mahaffey gather following a reunion Sept. 21 of retired deans and faculty at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. Hopper was among the first students at NAHC, which opened in 1982. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

From left, Christie Adair, Dr. Jane Skinner, Michelle McGuffee, Dottie Binkley, Marilyn Hughes, Lee Cooper, Dr. Libby Mahaffey and Mike Daniels

From left, Christie Adair, Dr. Jane Skinner, Michelle McGuffee, Dottie Binkley, Marilyn Hughes, Lee Cooper, Dr. Libby Mahaffey and Mike Daniels (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

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City of Pearl honors Hinds Community College Centennial with resolution
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20 September

City of Pearl honors Hinds Community College Centennial with resolution

The City of Pearl Board of Aldermen recognized Hinds Community College’s Centennial with a resolution on Sept. 19. Pictured are, front from left, Hinds Community College Foundation Executive Director Jackie Granberry, Pearl Mayor Jake Windham, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, Rankin Campus Vice President Dr. Norman Session; back, Ward 2 alderman  Michael Sartor, Ward 6 alderman Gavin Gill, Ward 1 alderman David Lucket, alderman at large Johnny McHenry, Ward 3 alderman Johnny Steverson, Ward 5 alderman James Thompson and Ward 4 alderman Casey Foy.

Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus, located in Pearl, is the second largest of the college’s six locations with more than 3,000 students.

(April Garon/Hinds Community College)

(April Garon/Hinds Community College)

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 Thursday Night Lights offers info for students, parents
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18 September

Hinds CC Thursday Night Lights offers info for students, parents

High school seniors and their parents are invited to get a taste of what Hinds Community College is all about at Thursday Night Lights on Sept. 28 at the Raymond Campus.

At the 2016 edition of Thursday Night Lights, attendees gather to watch the Eagle band, Hi-Steppers and cheerleaders perform.

At the 2016 edition of Thursday Night Lights, attendees gather to watch the Eagle band, Hi-Steppers and cheerleaders perform.

The Thursday Night Lights tailgating recruiting event will be in conjunction with the Hinds Eagles football game against Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College at Gene Murphy Field at Joe Renfroe Stadium. The game begins at 6:30 p.m.

Students and their parents will be treated to a free tailgate meal, see the Hinds Eagle band and Hi-Steppers and learn about scholarships, enrolling, residence halls and programs running the gamut of academic and career-technical as well as opportunities for student involvement.

Tailgating begins at 4:30 p.m. at Eagles’ Landing next to Renfroe Stadium. To rsvp, see the Hinds website at https://hub.hindscc.edu/tailgate.

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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Participants in Hinds Community College's Thursday Night Lights can visit different tents to learn about programs and get a bite to eat before the football game.

Participants in Hinds Community College’s Thursday Night Lights can visit different tents to learn about programs and get a bite to eat before the football game.

Cheryl Bozeman with the Hinds Community College Honors program talks to Thursday Night Lights guests about the program.

Cheryl Bozeman with the Hinds Community College Honors program talks to Thursday Night Lights guests about the program.

 

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Hinds CC Hi-Steppers plan Oct. 27 gala, Oct. 28 alumni performance for Centennial
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Hinds CC Hi-Steppers plan Oct. 27 gala, Oct. 28 alumni performance for Centennial

The Hinds Community College Hi-Steppers alumni will get together Oct 27 for a gala dinner and program in honor of the Hinds Centennial to celebrate their fame as one of the nation’s oldest college precision dance teams.

The gala will also raise money to pay for a beautiful new mural commemorating the history of the Hi-Steppers.

The gala will take place at Bee Hall on the Raymond Campus, home of the Hi-Steppers and named for longtime director Anna Cowden Bee. A reception and silent auction are at 6 p.m. with a dinner and program to begin at 7 p.m.

The next day, Oct. 28, the alumni Hi-Steppers will perform at the game that begins at 2 p.m. “It is my hope to have a record number of ladies returning to participate in both of these events,” said Carol Warren, president of the Hi-Steppers alumni chapter. “No matter what year you were a Hi-Stepper, the sisterhood that was formed and the love we have for having been through the program is immeasurable.”

The Hinds Hi-Steppers performed at the American Legion Convention in 1953.

The Hinds Hi-Steppers performed at the American Legion Convention in 1953.

Originally called the High-Steppers, the Hinds Hi-Steppers got their start in 1950 when the majorettes who accompanied the Hinds Junior College Band transitioned into a precision dance and drill team like the ones becoming all the rage at that time.

The first true group of Hi-Steppers as a dance team featured 22 young women. The Hi-Steppers made their first out-of-state appearance on New Year’s Day 1952 at the Oleander Bowl Game between Hinds and San Angelo Junior College in Galveston, Texas. The group also performed in February 1953 in the New Orleans Mardi Gras parade, and, in May, at the Cotton Carnival in Memphis.

The Hi-Steppers began to take off when Anna Cowden Bee was hired by then-President George McLendon as the director in 1953. Mrs. Bee modeled the Hi-Steppers on the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, who are noted for their high leg kicks and jazz movements in a single-line formation.

In 1967, at the first New Orleans Saints game, the Hi-Steppers performed with Al Hirt.

In 1967, at the first New Orleans Saints game, the Hi-Steppers performed with Al Hirt.

Over the years, the Hi-Steppers have performed both in and out of state and internationally more times than can be counted. Among their many notable performances over the years was in 1954 at the Junior Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., the first New Orleans Saints home game in 1967, annual appearances at the Neshoba County Fair, until Mrs. Bee retired, the Miss America Parade in Atlantic City, N.J. and World’s Fair expositions in New York City, New Orleans and Toronto.

The Hi-Stepper Alumnae Association organized in 1981. For a number of years, beginning in 1996, the Hi-Steppers hosted an annual gala to raise money for the Anna Cowden Bee Scholarship. Mrs. Bee served an astonishing 55 years as director until she retired in 2007. She died in 2013. Replacing her as director was former Hi-Stepper Angela Hite, who is the current director.

The Hi-Steppers today perform with the Eagle Marching Band at football games, exhibitions, parades and community and charitable events.

 

Tickets for the gala are as follows:

Gold Patron Sponsor of $500 includes four tickets to the Gala and a half page ad in the Commemorative Program.

Silver Patron Sponsor of $250 includes two tickets to the Gala and a listing in the Commemorative Program.

Friends of the Hi-Steppers Sponsor of $50 includes one ticket to the Gala.

For information contact Libby Posey at 601.857.3350 or olivia.posey@hindscc.edu.

 

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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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Rankin Campus celebrates Hinds CC Centennial, its 35th year
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15 September

Rankin Campus celebrates Hinds CC Centennial, its 35th year

A number of Rankin countians were among the 100 People Passionate about Hinds Community College. Attending the Rankin Campus Centennial celebration on Sept. 15 from among those honorees were, from left, Dr. Mike Vinson, Rep. Tom Weathersby, Dr. Wayne Stonecypher, Jimmy C. Smith, Jim Smith, Sen. Dean Kirby, Irl Dean Rhodes and Chancery Clerk Larry Swales, who is president of Hinds' Alumni Association.

A number of Rankin countians were among the 100 People Passionate about Hinds Community College. Attending the Rankin Campus Centennial celebration on Sept. 15 from among those honorees were, from left, Dr. Mike Vinson, Rep. Tom Weathersby, Dr. Wayne Stonecypher, Jimmy C. Smith, Jim Smith, Sen. Dean Kirby, Irl Dean Rhodes and Chancery Clerk Larry Swales, who is president of Hinds’ Alumni Association. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus celebrated the college Centennial as well as nearly 35 years of the campus’ existence with a meet-and-greet reception at the Muse Center on Sept. 12. A cornerstone of the celebration was a video tracing the history of the campus from the 1982 ground-breaking to the present.

The Rankin Campus opened in fall 1983 with vocational courses for high school students during the day and college students at night. The campus is the second largest of the Hinds six locations, enrolling more than 3,000 students.

Among those attending the event were former and current Rankin County supervisors, Rankin County legislators and other public officials including Chancery Clerk Larry Swales, who is president of Hinds’ Alumni Association.

“I take my hat off to the people who had the vision to want to build a community college in Rankin County. It’s a tribute to all of you. You have made this happen. It’s your tax dollars and your leadership that made this campus what it is today,” Swales said. “Hinds Community College is about opportunity. It’s an investment in our community by giving students of all ages an opportunity to better their lives by acquiring marketable skills and by increasing their educational attainment.”

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, with Sen. Dean Kirby of Pearl and  Rep. Ray Rogers of Pearl at the Rankin Campus Centennial celebration

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, with Sen. Dean Kirby of Pearl and Rep. Ray Rogers of Pearl at the Rankin Campus Centennial celebration (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse also reminisced about Rankin County leaders who deserve credit for the campus, especially supervisors.

“They recognized that this county had a very low percentage of citizens with opportunity for a post-secondary education. They wanted to do something about it,” he said. “This campus belongs to the people of Rankin County because you, along with the leadership of the board of supervisors, have in fact helped to develop this campus.”

Hinds Community College Rankin Campus student Jake Watts (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Hinds Community College Rankin Campus student Jake Watts (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Speaking on behalf of students was freshman Honors program student Jake Watts. He graduated from Pearl High in May, was president of the student body and was named Mr. Pearl High School, among many other honors.

“When I thought about college, I wanted to go somewhere where I wouldn’t be just a number. I wanted to feel like I knew the instructors and my fellow classmates. Hinds was by far the best choice for me. I know my time here will prepare me for transferring to a four-year university,” he said. “The Honors program at Rankin gives me this opportunity. The Honors program allows me to push myself both inside and outside the classroom through rigorous classes and opportunities through community service.”

Watts is among about 500 students receiving a Hinds Community College Foundation scholarship, said Jackie Granberry, executive director of the Hinds Community College Foundation. “About 25 percent of the Foundation scholarships are given to Rankin County students,” she said.

Current Rankin Campus Vice President Dr. Norman Session, left, visits with retired Rankin Campus Vice President Jimmy C. Smith and Sen. Dean Kirby at the Sept. 12 Rankin Campus Centennial celebration. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Current Rankin Campus Vice President Dr. Norman Session, left, visits with retired Rankin Campus Vice President Jimmy C. Smith and Sen. Dean Kirby at the Sept. 12 Rankin Campus Centennial celebration. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Rankin Campus Vice President Dr. Norman Session said Watts is representative of the students the campus attracts.

“All of our students on the Rankin Campus have a wonderful opportunity to work on all the courses they need to then transfer to a university or straight to the workforce. Our excellent faculty and staff help prepare them for life after Hinds,” he said.

 

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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 football field named for Gene Murphy
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Hinds CC football field named for Gene Murphy

Hinds Community College has named the football field at Joe Renfroe Stadium in honor of Gene Murphy, who stepped aside as head football coach in August because of health problems.

Murphy was surprised with the announcement during a halftime ceremony Thursday night (Sept. 14) during the home game against Southwest Mississippi Community College. The naming of the field as Gene Murphy Field was approved by the Hinds Community College Board of Trustees earlier this month.

Gene Murphy surrounded by family members including son Kelly Murphy, an assistant football coach, and wife Dot Murphy, specialists coach, as the announcement is made that Hinds Community College named the football field Gene Murphy Field. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Gene Murphy surrounded by family members including son Kelly Murphy, an assistant football coach, and wife Dot Murphy, specialists coach, as the announcement is made that Hinds Community College named the football field Gene Murphy Field. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Surrounded by the coaching staff, football players and his family including wife Dot, the specialists coach who has coached alongside him many years, Murphy was presented with a photograph of the field with the heading “Gene Murphy Field” at the top by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, Hinds Athletic Alumni Chapter President Rick Trusty and Jim Southward, director of Athletic Activities for the Mississippi Community College Board.

“I’m really honored. I just don’t know how to express it. It’s hard to describe it,” Murphy said through tears. “But I thank so many people who have been supportive. The players, obviously, for many, many years. Dr. Muse and all the administration. My coaching staff – I’ve had a lot of great coaches with me over the years that paved the way.”

Murphy, who remains athletic director, served as head coach twice for a total of 24 years. As of the time he stepped down from active coaching, he was the winningest active football coach in the National Junior College Athletic Association and is also the winningest football coach of all time at Hinds Community College.

Murphy said it has been difficult to watch from the sidelines. “I’ve been trying to make this transition ever since I’ve been feeling better,” said Murphy, who has been battling an inner ear problem. “I’ve just wanted to be around the kids and the coaches. I’m just glad to be a part of this season.”

He has been involved in Hinds football since 1983 when he was assistant football coach under Bill Buckner. He was head coach from 1987 to 2003 and then again from 2009 to 2017.  Murphy’s teams have gone 172-76-5 in his two tenures as coach, guiding teams to the state playoffs 14 times and eight junior college bowl games. During that stretch, numerous former Eagles have gone on to notable careers at four-year universities and more than 100 have played in the National Football League.

Hinds Community College coach Gene Murphy

Hinds Community College coach Gene Murphy (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

The Hinds Community College football field was named Gene Murphy Field in honor of the coach who stepped aside as head coach last month. At the Sept. 14 halftime ceremony were, from left, Rick Trusty, president of Hinds Athletic Alumni Association chapter; Murphy holding the photography; his wife Dot Murphy; Jim Southward, director of Athletic Activities for the Mississippi Community College Board and Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse. The announcement was made as Murphy was surrounded by his children and grandchildren, also pictured.

The Hinds Community College football field was named Gene Murphy Field in honor of the coach who stepped aside as head coach last month. At the Sept. 14 halftime ceremony were, from left, Rick Trusty, president of Hinds Athletic Alumni Association chapter; Murphy holding the photograph; his wife Dot Murphy; Jim Southward, director of Athletic Activities for the Mississippi Community College Board and Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse. The announcement was made as Murphy was surrounded by his children and grandchildren, also pictured. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

 

A tearful Gene Murphy is interviewed after the presentation.

A tearful Gene Murphy is interviewed after the presentation. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Marks of success both on the football field and off are evident in the 15 times the college has won the David Halbrook Award since 1987. The award is given to the community or junior college with the highest percentage of graduates or completers in its athletic programs district-wide.

Larry Williams, who is also defensive coordinator, assumed the role of head coach in August.

 

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The Murphy Years:

Assistant coach, 1983-1987

Head coach, 1987-2003

Head coach, 2009-August 2017

Athletic director, 1997-present

 

State Championships, six

Regional Championships, six

National Junior College Athletic Association Bowl Games, eight

 

All Americans, 42

National Junior College Athletic Association National Players of the Year, two

Professional players, more than 100

 

Region 23 Coach of the Year, six times

Halbrook Award for student-athletic graduation rates, 15 times

 

Overall record 172-76-5

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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