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Info: Cathy Hayden is a 30-year career journalist with a bachelor's degree in journalism and English from the University of Mississippi and a master of theological studies from Spring Hill College in Mobile. Hayden, who covered education at The Clarion-Ledger for 17 years, came to Hinds Community College in January 2007.
Open house planned for Simulation Center Thursday
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08 January

Open house planned for Simulation Center Thursday

Hinds Community College has a ribbon-cutting and open house for the new Nursing and Allied Health Simulation Center at 1820 Hospital Drive in Jackson, which is near the college’s Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center on Chadwick Drive. The ribbon-cutting is 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9.

Because of limited parking, guests are asked to park at the Medical Arts Complex across the street from the Simulation Center.

“This new Nursing and Allied Health Simulation Center offers four simulation labs that will help our nursing and allied health students develop important clinical skills as they are being prepared to care for patients in local health care agencies. Simulation provides an opportunity to enhance professional competencies, experience specific clinical situations, and implement interdisciplinary care,” said Dr. Libby Mahaffey, Nursing and Allied Health dean.

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The building was donated to the college by brothers and physicians Dr. Christopher Ball and Dr. Kyle Ball. The building formerly housed their obstetrics and gynecology practice. The renovation and equipping of the Nursing Simulation Center was made possible by a $2.5 million U.S. Department of Labor Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) grant.

The Nursing/Allied Health Center enrolls about 900 students each semester. While most of the simulation activities will focus on patient care experiences, all nursing and allied health programs are expected to use the Nursing and Allied Health Simulation Center for some simulated activities.

These programs include associate degree nursing, dental assisting technology, diagnostic medical sonography, emergency medical sciences, health care assistant, health information technology, medical laboratory technology, physical therapy assistant, practical nursing, radiologic technology, respiratory care technology and surgical technology.

For information on Hinds’ programs see health-related professions under

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Degree leads alum to professional fashion marketing

DeShaun Williams, a December 2012 graduate of the Raymond Campus Fashion Marketing Technology program, recently participated in working New York’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week, Sept. 5-12, featuring the Spring 2014 Collections of major fashion designers.

“My life will never be the same again,” he said after the experience, expressing his appreciation to department chair Dana Bailey for “pushing me to work harder.”

Williams assisted the Daily Front Row online magazine with coordination of its events for New York Fashion Week.

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Williams, a 2009 graduate of Raymond High School where he also completed the high school marketing program under Emily Montgomery, learned of the opportunity through Laboratory Institute of Merchandising College’s media board. When the magazine learned of Williams’ Hinds degree, he was immediately offered a position.

He is enrolled in the Manhattan school, working on a bachelor’s degree in Fashion Marketing with a concentration in Fashion Journalism.  About three-fourths of his degree program is made up of transfer hours from his Hinds Community College program.

“My degree from Hinds Community College has allowed me to visit heights that I only once dreamed of,” he said. “After telling individuals in the fashion industry that I have a degree, I have been allowed to navigate past others and get hands-on experience in this very competitive industry.”

He credits his Hinds instructors with his success so far. “They saw the best in me when I did not, when I felt like giving up they encouraged me to continue, and lastly, they provided me with information that was more than useful to get into this industry,” he said.

His instructors on the Raymond Campus were Bailey, district coordinator and Raymond Campus chair, Leslie Staring, Barbie Ferguson, Lynn Holliday, Jo Ponder and the late Clayton Marble.

For more information, on the Hinds Fashion Marketing program, see the website at




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Spring registration continues this week

Hinds Community College continues spring class registration with extended hours this week. Classes begin on Monday, Jan. 13. Students can late register through Jan. 17, after classes start, with an additional fee.

Extended registration hours are as follows:

Jan. 8-9 – 8:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 10 – 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Jan. 13-16 – 8:15 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Jan. 17 – 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Rankin Campus bookstore has lots of items for sale.

New students must complete the application process and see an adviser before they can register for classes, either in person at one of six Hinds locations or online.

For information and schedules, see the Hinds website at

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Mother, daughter among nearly 800 Hinds CC graduates

 The mother and daughter duo of Charlene Allen and Carla Johnson, both of Vicksburg, are particularly pleased they graduated together from Hinds Community College on Friday, Dec. 20. 

“I took extra classes so we could graduate together,” said Johnson, a business office technology major. “We’re both pretty excited.”

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Carla Johnson, Charlene Allen

Allen, Johnson’s mother, an early childhood major, was already scheduled to graduate during the fall 2013 ceremony.

On the same day, Tammie Norwood, 53, received a certificate in business office technology. She will receive another certificate next semester and then graduate with an associate degree in accounting in December 2014.

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Tammie Norwood

She started out, however, getting a General Education Development high school equivalency certificate after dropping out her senior year in high school because of family issues.

Now married with three grown children and three grandchildren, Norwood decided to return to school after an 18-year career as a floral designer. She lost her job and discovered she didn’t have the skills to get another.

“I decided it wasn’t too late to finally go to college and do what I wanted to do when I was younger,” she said. “At times it has been difficult but my family has been extremely supportive. I have been blessed. My approach has been that anything I do, I do the best I possibly can.”

Norwood decided to get the career certificates on the way to a degree because “I feel like it would look good on my resume and help my employer see the skills I have,” she said.

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Jane Flowers, Jackie Jackson

Graduation speaker Jane Flowers challenged graduates to behave like eagles, Hinds’ mascot, instead of chickens. She drew on a Blackfoot Indian story about an eagle that was raised by chickens in her remarks.

“Honored graduates, you are now eagles, and you are responsible for recognizing the potential in yourself,” said Flowers, Work-Based Learning coordinator at Hinds’ Vicksburg-Warren Campus as well as the faculty honoree for the legislative HEADWAE program in February.

Nearly 800 Hinds Community College students graduated over the two days in four ceremonies.  

Of those, a little more than 500 chose to participate in a ceremony. Twenty-eight graduates have perfect 4.0 grade point averages for summa cum laude, 63 have 3.60 to 3.99 grade point averages, magna cum laude and 160 have 3.20 to 3.59 grade point averages, cum laude.

For more information, see the Hinds website at

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Nursing, allied health students graduate Dec. 19

Medora McNair of Brandon, who describes herself as “22 times 2,” said getting her associate degree in nursing at Hinds Community College Thursday was “a long time in coming.”

The 44-year-old wife and mother, whose daughter is a pre-law student at Mississippi College, had one degree as a certified nursing assistant and decided to return to become a nurse. Having two college students in the household at the same time made life interesting, she said.



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“I guess it was just my time,” said McNair, who plans to return to her former employer, Premier Medical Group in Jackson. “I’ve always wanted to do it.”

Nearly 800 Hinds students graduate Thursday and Friday, Dec. 20, in a series of four ceremonies on the Raymond Campus.

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse said those are record numbers for a fall ceremony. “We are pleased with the fact that we are continuing to graduate more students each year,” he said.

Of those, a little more than 500 chose to participate in a ceremony. Twenty-eight graduates have perfect 4.0 grade point averages for summa cum laude, 63 have 3.60 to 3.99 grade point averages, magna cum laude and 160 have 3.20 to 3.59 grade point averages, cum laude.

 “Only you can define your success,” said Charlotte Dupre’, chief executive officer for Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, who spoke Thursday to graduates of Hinds Community College’s nursing and allied health programs.

Dupre’ quizzed her staff members about what she should tell the nursing and allied health graduates about post-graduation and came up with a 12-point message

Those include learning how to handle difficult patients and family members, looking professional learning compassion and empathy.

“It is a never-ending story. As we continue to grow our services, we learn new methods and gain new experiences,” she said.

Jane Flowers, Work-Based Learning coordinator at Hinds’ Vicksburg-Warren Campus as well as the faculty honoree for the legislative HEADWAE program in February, is the speaker on Dec. 20 for students whose last names begin with A to J at 10 a.m. and those whose last names begin with K to Z at 2 p.m.

For more information, see the Hinds website at


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Utica Campus inducts PTK members

The Utica Campus Alpha Beta Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) held its 39th induction ceremony recently that included five student and five honorary inductees. The ceremonial theme was “The Culture of Competition.”



Honorees and advisers include, front from left, Christine Councell of Vicksburg, an early childhood education major; Kimwanna Terry of Utica, a general studies/medical assistant technology major; Beverly Trimble, PTK adviser; Kenjamin Newsome of Hazlehurst, an electronics technology major; Mildred Davis of Raymond, an early childhood education major; Von Shinnie of Jackson, Alpha Beta Xi president, a computer technology major; PTK adviser Denise Taylor and LeKeyo Tyler of Port Gibson, an electronics technology major; back, honorary members Dr. Bobby Cooper, Humanities Division chair; Deborah Danner, computer science instructor; Dr. Mae C. Jackson, Math and Science Division chair, Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson, vice president for Utica and Vicksburg-Warren campuses/Administrative Services, and former PTK president Ollie Riley Jr.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society serves to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership and service programming. Today, Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 2.5 million members and 1,275 chapters worldwide. In 1929, the American Association of Community Colleges recognized Phi Theta Kappa as the official honor society for two-year colleges.

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Onezime dances his way through Hinds

Editor’s Note: The following story was written by a staff member of The Hindsonian student newspaper produced on the Raymond Campus.

By Kimberly Stampley

Marcus John Onezime Jr., a dance performance and education major on the Raymond Campus, is involved in so many campus activities, you never know where you might see him next.

Onezime is a member of the Montage Theater of Dance, plays the clarinet in the Wind Ensemble for the Hinds band, is a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and he also serves as a note-taker through Disability Support Services on the Raymond Campus.

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Marcus Onezime, left, performs at a half-time show with Hi-Stepper Kayla Mullen.


Onezime said he had never taken dance lessons until he took his first dance class at Hinds during the fall 2012 semester. “I have always had a love for dance, because I could not sing, and so I decided to move my body to the music,” said Onezime, a Terry resident and graduate of Jackson’s Hillcrest Christian School.

He participated in the Montage fall 2012 concert, “The Dance of Oz,” where he performed as the scarecrow.

He also performed in several dance numbers in the fall 2013 Montage fall concert, held in October on the Raymond Campus. He also performed in the lead role as Moses in the 2012 “Dance of Egypt.”

Dance Department Director Tiffany Jefferson had good things to say about Onezime as her student. She described him as well-rounded – from his intellect, humor and professionalism to his leadership skills.

Some advice she has given Onezime is, “Don’t go through life with regrets. Count your blessings, cut your losses and follow the yellow brick road.”

Onezime plans to apply for the new Jeffrey Gibbs Memorial Scholarship, which was named after a former Hinds student who died in a car wreck.

Gibbs was also a member of Montage. “I will be applying for the scholarship, if possible, in the spring of 2014,” he said.

Onezime is set to graduate in spring 2014 and plans to attend Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga., to pursue his dance emphasis in jazz and modern.

“I love the upbeat intensity that comes from the jazz genre and the ability to express myself and my personality in a fun, energetic way,” he said. “On the other hand, the modern genre allows me to express a more earthy, low and deep tone that is sometime required to convey an idea.”

Mackenzie Maslanka, a general studies major, said she has been friends with Marcus since her junior year in high school.

 “Marcus has inspired me by his amazing work ethic and his passion for what he does,” Maslanka said. “He is a very talented performer, and I am glad that being a part of this activity brought us together as friends.”

During Onezime’s spare time, he is most likely in Bee Hall or the Muse Band Hall playing with different dance combinations or creating color guard work. He always seems to be on the move. He has proven that you can do anything if you go after your calling and follow your dreams.

 For more information on The Hindsonian student newspaper, see

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Caring attitude shown in early years by nursing graduate
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Caring attitude shown in early years by nursing graduate

A dozen years ago, after the 9/11 attacks and the collapse of the Twin Towers, 12-year-old Amy Dykman worried about hurting and grieving children ­– and did something about it.

The little Brandon girl started an initiative called “Amy’s Bears Care – And So Do We,” collecting 12,000 bears for children affected by the terrorist attacks.  KLLM Transports in Richland, a trucking firm that currently has a partnership with Hinds Community College to teach truck driving, transported Amy Dykman’s bears to a New Jersey elementary school for distribution to children.

“I knew teddy bears had always given me comfort,” Dykman recalls now.

On Thursday, Dec. 19, Dykman, now 24, continues her quest to help others when she walks across the stage at Cain-Cochran Hall on the Raymond Campus of Hinds Community College to receive an Associate Degree in Nursing, or ADN. She’s a student at Hinds’ Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center.

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Amy Dykman

 “I always had a notion that I wanted to be in a field where I could help people. I hate to see people hurting or in pain. I want to be the person who is there for you and relieve some of the pain,” she said.

Those traits mean Dykman is exactly where she needs to be, said Cynthia Casey, learning lab manager and co-adviser for the Omega chapter of Alpha Delta Nu honor society that Dykman is president of.

Dykman “exemplifies all of the characteristics that we expect from our nursing students,” Casey said. “She has a very caring spirit, not only with her patients but with her classmates. She demonstrates leadership but in an unassuming way. She actively seeks to help others and is always professional and gracious.”

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Amy Dykman, Cynthia Casey


Among family members who will see her graduate are mom Jennifer Dykman, who says Amy has always had a streak of compassion for others. She believes the reason is “without sounding cliché because it’s the truth – the Lord,” said Jennifer Dykman, who attending Hinds in the 1970s.

It’ll be Amy Dykman’s third degree from Hinds. She received a degree in medical office technology in May 2010 and a business accounting degree in December 2010. And she worked more than 20 hours a week in the River Oaks Hospital accounting department the whole time she was in nursing school.

She decided to come to Hinds after asking people she worked with at River Oaks in Flowood where she should enroll. “I’ve been told that people are more likely to hire a Hinds graduate than they are other graduates,” she said.

It’s easy for Dykman to sympathize with others. She’s had her share of troubles. As a young child, she required extensive speech therapy from age 3 to second grade. Then at age 16, serious headaches led to the discovery of a cyst in a sinus cavity. Surgery caused continuing short-term memory issues that Dykman has worked hard to combat throughout her college career.

Nursing school “has definitely been the toughest thing I’ve ever done in my life. It’s all the knowledge that we have to acquire to know how to treat our patients safely and effectively,” she said.

Her technique for remembering material: Relate a topic to someone she knows. For instance, she related the study of hypertension to her dad, who has hypertension, and pretended she was talking to him about it.

She and her study group partners would meet over the weekend and text or call instructors any time they had a question. “They were always there for us,” she said. “Even if you didn’t have an instructor personally, you could go to any instructor and they would explain things to you.”

Her next step will be to study for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX®) for registered nurses and seek a job at an area hospital. She has her eye on Jackson’s Baptist Medical Center.

Dykman was recognized a number of times as a child for her Amy’s Bears project, including receiving the USA Today Make A Difference Day award, the Baptist Strong Woman award, and the Mayor’s Humanitarian of the Year award from former Mayor Roe Grubbs.

At Hinds, she was named to Who’s Who and was a 3E winner, in addition to being president of Alpha Delta Nu.


Hinds has four graduation ceremonies on Dec. 19 and 20. More than 700 students are expected to graduate.

Charlotte Dupre’, chief executive officer for Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, is the speaker on Dec. 19 for the 10 a.m. allied health and practical nursing graduation ceremony as well as the 2 p.m. Associate Degree Nursing ceremony.

Jane Flowers, Work-Based Learning coordinator at Hinds’ Vicksburg-Warren Campus as well as the faculty honoree for the legislative HEADWAE program in February, is the speaker on Dec. 20 for students whose last names begin with A to J at 10 a.m. and those whose last names begin with K to Z at 2 p.m.

For more information, see the Hinds website at or


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