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Hinds CC Preview Day offers high school students glimpse into college life
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18 January

Hinds CC Preview Day offers high school students glimpse into college life

Hinds Community College kicks off a series of individual campus recruiting events with Preview Day to be held on the Raymond Campus beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Feb. 2.

Preview Day, at the Mayo Fieldhouse, is a way for high school seniors who are considering Hinds in fall 2018 to learn everything they need to know about the college.

“Preview Day is a great recruiting event to attend since so many of our faculty are there,” said Kathryn Cole, director of Enrollment Services. “Guests can meet instructors in more than 50 booths to talk about classes, programs of study, academic transfer majors and career/technical programs.”

The expo style event is come-and-go until noon. At Preview Day, high school seniors will get to meet faculty, staff and students, tour campus and learn about admissions, majors, housing, student life and more.  Participants can also enjoy food and prizes.

They will also learn about financial aid and scholarships, including the Hinds Community College Foundation scholarships, which have a Feb. 15 application deadline. For information see the scholarship tab under Admissions at www.hindscc.edu.

For more information or to register for Preview Day, visit Hub.hindscc.edu/previewday or call 601.857.3767.

Other upcoming recruiting events include:

Feb. 16  9 a.m. to noon  “See Ya at the U” recruiting event, Utica Campus

Feb. 23  9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ag Expo 2018, Kendall Agricultural Complex, Raymond Campus

March 2  8 a.m. to noon  March Madness recruiting event, Vicksburg-Warren Campus

March 8 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.  Nursing and Allied Health Spring Showcase, Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center

March 23  8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Rankin Campus College Day recruiting event, Muse Center

April 6  9 a.m. to 1 p.m. College Carnival recruiting event, Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center

April 10  3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Spring Sign-Up Day recruiting event, Vicksburg-Warren Campus

Get all the details about these special events at hub.hindscc.edu/events.

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolls about 12,000 students each fall semester. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.eduor call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Hinds CC Vicksburg-Warren Campus reopens for night classes tonight, Jan. 18
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16 January

Hinds CC Vicksburg-Warren Campus reopens for night classes tonight, Jan. 18

The Vicksburg-Warren Campus of Hinds Community College will be open for classes tonight, Thursday, Jan. 18. The campus will also resume a normal schedule tomorrow, Jan. 19.

Hinds Community College’s other five locations returned to a normal schedule today, Jan. 18.

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 enrolls about 12,000 each fall. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Scholarship helps fourth-generation Hinds CC student score goals on field, classroom
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02 January

Scholarship helps fourth-generation Hinds CC student score goals on field, classroom

RAYMOND – As one of the younger members of a “Hinds family,” Drew Shaw understands how unique the bond is between Hinds Community College and its students.

“Growing up, I always knew what the Hinds family was,” Shaw said. “My dad, my mom and my grandparents came to Hinds. I was always involved. We played the Golf Fun Fest every year.”

Drew Shaw

Shaw is a fourth-generation Hinds student, following behind his father, Russell, who is the college’s vice president for Business Services, his mother, Kathy Spann Shaw, a pharmacist, grandfather, Stuart Spann, a longtime computer science instructor, and great-grandmother, L.C. Spann, who was women’s basketball coach. The Central Hinds Academy alumnus and current defender on the Hinds Eagle men’s soccer team often finds himself being a gracious tour guide to fellow students on campus.

Shaw is attending Hinds on the Elizabeth Lloyd Schales Endowment for Excellence, which rewards high-achieving students. In his case, his aptitude rewarded by the scholarship is being used to follow in his mother’s career in pharmacy.

“My mom being a pharmacist started me down the path of wanting to pursue it,” Shaw said. “I love math, chemistry and physics, anything involved like that.

“Being on scholarship has made it easier about not having to worry about the financial situation while I balance school and soccer. Managing time can be pretty difficult during midterms, for example. I’ve spent many late nights studying up for them.”

He’s played soccer in some form since age four and is enjoying to the fullest his chance to begin his college education right in his own backyard. The same goes for his on-campus activities, as he’s a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes and the Baptist Student Union.

The Hinds Community College Foundation awarded more than 600 scholarships in the 2017-18 academic year. The deadline to apply for a scholarship is Feb. 15, 2018. For more information, visit www.hindscc.edu.

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Volunteer’s generous heart shaped at Hinds CC
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02 January

Volunteer’s generous heart shaped at Hinds CC

Note: The following story appears in the winter 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.

RAYMOND – What began as a random tagalong trip with friends to the island nation of Jamaica has turned into a calling for Kathy Farris, of Raymond.

“It affected me in such a way that I knew I wanted to do something else with my life like that,” Farris said. “I had never done volunteer work before.”

Kathy Farris, background, of Raymond, and some of the children in Jamaica with whom she has worked as part of Great Shape! Inc. since 2012 (Hinds Community College/Submitted by Kathy Farris)

Since 2012, Farris, a technical assistant at the McLendon Library at Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus, has volunteered at least a few weeks a year with children and educators in Jamaica to make lives better in every way possible – whether that’s team-teaching computer skills or helping get eyeglasses and shoes to those most in need.

She’s done so as part of Great Shape! Inc., an Oregon-based nonprofit founded after Hurricane Gilbert ravaged the island nation in 1988. An effort then to rebuild schools and roads there evolved into an ongoing mission to help students get everything they need to thrive in school. In the past decade, it’s grown to establish computer labs to aid education, sponsor the purchase of mandatory uniforms for Jamaican children and provided expertise in dental and eye care for schoolchildren. The organization says only 43 percent of Jamaica’s population of 2.8 million has ever seen or been treated for eye health issues, while the literacy rate in rural parts of the island is just 40 percent.

Farris has done a majority of her work while staying in hotels owned by Sandals Resorts, which sponsors reading efforts in the country’s schools.

“Just being in the schools with the children is amazing, because they’re such loving children and you get so much more out the project by being there,” she said. “One little 12-year-old girl came in who had no idea her eyesight was bad, and they fitted her with glasses. She cried, her mom cried. It was a touching story. It makes me tear up because I’m so vested there. There’s just so much we take for granted in the U.S.”

Her friends and co-workers have pitched in either supplies or their own elbow grease to Farris’ volunteer work.

“To say the least, it was the most humbling experience that I have had in my life,” said Leigh Mann, a friend of Farris’ whose curiosity turned to action for the past few trips. “I had run by to see her, and she pulled out her tablet to show me the videos and all the stories. I asked question after question, then just decided it was time for me to make a difference and be part of this journey.”

For Melanie John, among Farris’ five fellow technical assistants in the library, it was a chance to contribute to children who need the essentials for school. That list includes children’s books, backpacks and school supplies such as pencils, paper, notebooks, pencil sharpeners, glue sticks, stickers and markers.

“I thought it was such a wonderful way to give back to those who were lacking educational needs and also teaching resources for the teachers,” John said.

Farris credits her experience in the DECA program as a Hinds student, in the retail management area, for shaping her development later on helping people in the library and in her mission work. The organization recognizes student achievement in various fields of business administration, finance, marketing and hospitality.

“We placed nationally when I was coming to school here,” she said. “Nowadays, I enjoy helping students in the library and like seeing that light bulb come on when studying. It’s made me want to do more in the volunteering area.”

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Hinds CC helps Farr dance her way to Mrs. Mississippi title
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02 January

Hinds CC helps Farr dance her way to Mrs. Mississippi title

Note: The following story appears in the winter 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.

RAYMOND – Getting back into shape after her daughters were born meant dusting off the old tiara for Marisa Lepard Farr.

“I wanted to set a goal for myself to get back in shape, so I decided to go for it this past January,” Farr said of her decision to compete in the 2017 Mrs. Mississippi United States pageant in Tunica in June, as Mrs. Rankin County.

Marisa Lepard Farr

It was quite the splashy return to the stage for Farr, a Terry native who won this past year’s state title and took it to Orlando, where she competed for Mrs. United States a month later. Though the run ended there, the former Montage Theatre of Dance member at Hinds Community College looks forward to big things during her yearlong reign as the state’s top married beauty queen.

Her platform as this year’s title-holder stems from an experience she had while about a year ago driving along Highway 18 in Brandon. She came upon a terrible wreck scene that resulted in the deaths of two children, aged just three and five years old.

“They were not in proper car seats at all,” she said. “I have always believed in car seat safety for my own children, so seeing the wreck and the negative impact of not using proper car seats took it to a different level for me.”

Farr, who now lives in Flowood, is pursuing certification as a Child Passenger Safety Technician and plans to lobby state lawmakers to strengthen child seat safety laws.

It’ll be a chance to do what she’s done a fair amount of since her college days – teaching.

She was part of the first Montage Theatre of Dance troupe, started by current program director Tiffany Jefferson. After Hinds, she moved on to the University of Southern Mississippi, where she majored in Elementary Education. She taught middle school briefly and still teaches dance, at Northwest Rankin Middle School. Currently, she is a sales agent for Younique, a cosmetics maker. She and husband, Coleman, have two daughters, Sarah and Ava.

She had done Miss Teen Mississippi USA and competed in the Eagle Beauty Revue as a Hinds student. “After I got married, a friend suggested I do Mrs. Mississippi,” she said. “I didn’t know they had pageants for married women.”  She won first runner-up in a few of them before having her two daughters.

Jefferson choreographed a solo routine in one of those pageants.

“Marissa had a strong interest in dance and pageantry even while she was here at Hinds,” Jefferson said. “A course she studied with me was Jazz/Hip Hop, and during that time we studied the Bob Fosse style. She gravitated toward it with fondness and decided to do ‘All That Jazz’ for her talent.”

Her dancing feet led her to what is now the state’s community college system’s only full dance program.

“We had no dance class in high school, so when I came to Hinds I randomly signed up for a jazz dance class,” she said. “It happened to be Tiffany Jefferson’s very first dance class that eventually became Montage.”

“We did a few competitions that first year, and traveled to San Antonio and danced. She’s really taken off since then and helped get opportunities for her dancers.”

Hinds has a special place in her heart, as she and Coleman met while members of the Baptist Student Union and their career paths fell into place after some initial stress.

“It was a blessing to me at that time in life,” she said. “After high school, I had planned to go into fashion merchandising at another university in the state. But the program wasn’t there anymore once I went to apply. I didn’t know what I was going to do. Thankfully, I got a full scholarship to Hinds, which was helpful to my parents at the time. Hinds was like my little sanctuary, where everything fell into place with what I wanted to do with my life, which was to teach.

“My husband and I talk about it all the time, about how if just one thing been different, we’d have never known each other or had our beautiful children. We have Hinds and the BSU to thank for that.”

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Deadline for Hinds CC Foundation scholarships is Feb. 15
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02 January

Deadline for Hinds CC Foundation scholarships is Feb. 15

New or current students who want to apply for a Hinds Community College Foundation Scholarship for the 2018-2019 academic year have until Feb. 15, 2018, to turn in their complete application packets. 

About 85 percent of students at Hinds receive financial aid of some kind. Through the generosity of donors, the Hinds Community College Foundation awards scholarships to more than 600 students each year ranging from $300 to $2,400. The Foundation manages nearly 300 scholarship funds.

The application process for Foundation Scholarships is easy. Students can access the required forms on the college web site. Go to www.hindscc.edu and click on the Admissions tab.

Unless otherwise indicated, Foundation Scholarships are awarded to full-time students who enroll in a minimum of 15 credit hours. Minimum grade point average varies per Foundation scholarship; however all applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or above. Students wishing to be considered for scholarships on the basis of financial need should have the results of their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) sent to Hinds CC prior to the Feb. 15 deadline.

Foundation scholarship candidates must submit all required documentation to the Office of Enrollment Services, P.O. Box 1100, Raymond, MS 39154 for consideration. Scholarship decisions are generally made in early April and are awarded for the fall semester. For questions, please call 601.857.3744 or email scholarships@hindscc.edu.

Persons interested in providing scholarships may contact Robyn Burchfield, Foundation specialist, at 601.857.3800.

Another scholarship opportunity for high school seniors is the ACT scholarship. ACT scholarships range from $1,000-$3,000 per semester. Students who attend Hinds as their first college after high school graduation will automatically receive an ACT scholarships if they have a 21 or above on the ACT. Eligible recipients must also be a Mississippi resident.

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolls about 12,000 students each fall semester. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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