Raymond Honors/PTK officers attend two-day staff retreat

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Raymond Honors/PTK officers attend two-day staff retreat
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09 September

Raymond Honors/PTK officers attend two-day staff retreat

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RAYMOND – Officers from the Hinds Community College Raymond Campus Honors/PTK program recently attended a two-day work session at Wilsonwood Retreat south of Vicksburg where they organized service projects and scholarship activities for the fall semester.

The officers shared research that they had collected this summer on World War II salvage (recycling) efforts. This semester they will examine how salvage efforts on the home front during the war contributed to victory. As part of their research, they are planning an oral history project in order to learn first-hand how people in this area were part of those recycling efforts. The group has also planned many activities that will emphasize the continuing importance of the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, recycle).

These student officers also completed fun team-building activities in order to get to know one another better and to see the natural leaders in the group in action.  Part of that team building included turning over preparation of all meals for a group of 11 to the students. The group’s faculty advisers simply observed.

“Having everybody work together as a team was a great experience.  It was a lot of fun,” said officer Mesha Blackshear. At the conclusion of the retreat, the group worked in open forum to select team leaders for this school year.

Students with a 3.5 cumulative GPA on at least 12 hours earned at Hinds are encouraged to join the Phi Theta Kappa chapter on their campus and get involved.  Not only will members build strong resumes through the leadership and service opportunities that Phi Theta Kappa provides, but they will also be eligible for transfer scholarships at Mississippi’s four-year college and universities. To learn more about the PTK chapter on each campus or the Honors Institute at Raymond, phone 601.857.3837.

Hinds Community College Raymond Campus Honors/Phi Theta Kappa officers for 2013-2014 include, seated from left, Jessica Glenn of Ridgeland, co-president; Christiane Stephens of Jackson, co-vice president of Chapter Relations/Social Media; standing from left, Mesha Blackshear of Jackson, Associate Student Government representative and photographer; Georgia Swinford of Brandon, co-president; Mahlon Tompkins of Edwards, co-vice president of Membership; Akua Twumasewaah of Clinton, vice president of Service/Grants Researcher; Allan Harris of Jackson, vice president of Operations; Nick Lalo of Brandon, co-vice president of Chapter Relations/Videographer; Deisha Escanear of Wiggins, vice president of Publications/Kappa Chronicle editor. Not pictured are Genevieve Walker of Vicksburg, vice president of Archives and  MS/LA Regional Historian and Deonne Ervin of Pearl, vice president of Membership.

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Classic cars, planes featured in Oct. 6 showcase

RAYMOND – Classic cars and airplanes will be showcased in a new event called “Pistons and Props” on Sunday, Oct. 6 at Hinds Community College’s John Bell Williams Airport outside Raymond.

The “drive and fly-in” is being co-sponsored by the airport, Hinds’ Aviation Department, the annual Renaissance Euro Fest Classic European Auto and Motorcycle Show and the Experiential Aircraft Association.

The event will be a combined automobile, motorcycle and aircraft show. The European autos of the Renaissance show will be joined by autos from the Mississippi Corvette Club making for a major showing of more than 100 cars, motorcycles and aircraft.

The event is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Oct. 6. Food and drink concessions including ribeye steak sandwiches, hamburgers and hot dogs will be sold by Hinds Community College Aviation Technology students for the benefit of their activities.

For more information, contact Michelle Jackson, John Bell Williams Airport manager, 601.857.3884; Marion Eifling, Hinds Community College aviation maintenance technology instructor, 601.857.3822; Mike Dalton, aircraft, 601.605.5580,; or Mike Marsh, cars, 601.946.1950 or

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Seminar on African American males planned

Steve Perry

RAYMOND – Educators are invited to a free seminar at Hinds Community College by Dr. Steve Perry, who has written a book called “Push Has Come to Shove: Getting Our Kids the Education They Deserve – Even If It Means Picking A Fight.”

Perry, who specializes in issues of African American Males, is speaking at 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Sept. 19 at Cain-Cochran Hall on the Raymond Campus. His visit is sponsored by the Minority Male Leadership Initiative (M2M), which is based at Hinds’ Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center on Sunset Drive.

The goal of the seminar is to “acquaint educators with excellent strategies and tips on how to help African American males and other under-resourced students in the classroom,” said Dr. Joyce Scott, director of M2M. “The seminar will further provide guidance and capacity building training.”

Perry is nationally known for his presentations, including a TVONE docudrama “Save My Son.” He began a charter school with a 100 percent success rate in terms of graduation and retention and then he succeeded with a 100 percent college entrance rate, Scott said.

“He works with the poorest of the poor in the Connecticut area and deals with students who are under-resourced, just like the students we deal with, particularly in the M2M projects,” Scott said.

Perry is a strong advocate of personal and civic responsibility in all aspects of life. He emphasizes the social issues that aim at building up both the individual and the community so that the next generation can be better contributing members of society.

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Hinds CC completes first week of classes
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23 August

Hinds CC completes first week of classes


UTICA – Classes got under way this week at Hinds Community College, including on the Utica Campus where residence halls were full and classes busy with new and returning students from as far away as Virginia and as near as Utica.

More than 12,000 students have enrolled in classes at Hinds this fall, comparable to enrollment this time last year.

“I am in my last semester and have mixed emotions,” said Olivia Jackson of Crystal Springs, a business office technology major on the Utica Campus, shown at right. “Every experience that I have had on this campus has been one of a teaching experience. I have received a ‘real’ education since enrolling at the Utica Campus, and I feel confident in going out into the ‘real’ world.”

Many students filled the halls for assistance from the special programs, such as Student Support Services, which is only offered at the Utica Campus The program provides day and evening tutorial assistance, counseling, advisement and financial literacy and assistance through grant aid to the 65 students it serves. Additionally, the program provides cultural enrichment activities and trips for the students.

“This year I am competing against a new group of students that are at the top of their game in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs,” said Ranisa Kyles of Edwards, a biology major who plans to become a pediatrician.

“I was one of the 25 students to be accepted into the program last year, and this year a whole new group has emerged. I met some of them this summer during the Learning to Learn Camp, and they are sharp,” she said. “We, the sophomores, are ready for the challenge because we all are just real competitive by nature and welcome any challenge.”

Photo: Cristiana James of Jackson, left, a science technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) major, and Olivia Jackson of Crystal Springs, a business office technology major, share in a light moment about the plans for the new school year.

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Watercolor art exhibit is Aug. 26-Sept. 20

The Marie Hull Gallery on the Raymond Campus of Hinds Community College presents a Mississippi Watercolor Society exhibit, “Selected Works from Current Members,” from Aug. 26 through Sept. 20.

Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m. to noon, Friday. The gallery is closed for all college holidays including Labor Day on Sept. 2. There is no admission fee.

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Classes opened Aug. 19; late registration continues
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19 August

Classes opened Aug. 19; late registration continues


For Samantha McWilliams of Richland, left, and Kassy Ayers of Florence, the opportunity to pursue a medical career through classes close to home motivated them to enroll at the Rankin Campus of Hinds Community College.

Classes opened on Aug. 19 but students can register late for classes through Friday, Aug. 23. Late registration with an additional fee continues until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23.

McWilliams plans to major in surgical technology; Ayers plans a career in medical assisting. “It’s close to home and I’m able to work,” Ayers said.

Hinds has enrolled nearly 12,000 for the fall 2013 semester.

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Registration continues through Aug. 23

Registration for fall classes that begin at Hinds Community College on Monday, Aug. 19 continues all week with extended hours.

Registration is open until 5:30 p.m. at all six locations through Thursday with registration ending on Friday at 4 p.m.

Late registration with an additional fee is Aug. 19-23 until 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and until 4 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23.

The fall term for face-to-face classes begins on Aug. 19 with MS Virtual Community College (online) classes beginning Aug. 26.

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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Fall GED test dates help with 2013 deadline

People who aspire to finish their General Education Development (GED) high school equivalency certificate should connect with Hinds Community College’s Adult Basic Education/GED program and make a special effort to finish in 2013.

The official GED test will change in 2014 and will be more difficult and more expensive. Plus, the test will move from a pencil and paper test to a computer-based test.

Those aspiring to finish their GED credential can only take the test three times in 2013 before scores on sections already passed expire and the new test is implemented on Jan. 1, 2014.

Hinds’ Adult Basic Education program offers test dates throughout the remainder of the calendar year.

Call 601.857.3912 for more information or see the website at

Fall dates and contact information include the following:

Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center 601.987.8763 or 601.987.8150

Orientation: Wednesday, Sept. 4, 8:30 a.m. Test: Saturday, Sept. 21, 8:30 a.m.

Orientation: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 8:30 a.m. Test: Saturday, Oct. 19, 8:30 a.m.

Orientation: Tuesday, Nov. 5, 8:30 a.m. Test: Saturday, Nov. 16, 8:30 a.m.

Orientation: Tuesday, Dec. 10, 8:30 a.m. Test: Saturday, Dec. 14, 8:30 a.m.

Raymond Campus – District Adult Education Center– 601.987.8763

Orientation: Thursday, Sept. 5, 9:30 a.m. Test: Thursday, Sept. 12, 9:30 a.m.; Friday, Sept. 13, 9:30 a.m.

Orientation: Thursday, Oct. 3, 9:30 a.m. Test: Thursday, Oct. 10, 9:30 a.m.; Friday, Oct. 11, 9:30 a.m.

Orientation: Friday, Oct. 25, 9:30 a.m. Test: Thursday, Nov. 7, 9:30 a.m.; Friday, Nov. 8, 9:30 a.m.

Orientation: Tuesday, Dec 3, 9:30 a.m. Test: Thursday, Dec. 5, 9:30 a.m.; Friday, Dec. 6, 9:30 a.m.

Raymond Campus – Denton Hall – 601.857.3467 or 601.857.3852

Orientation: Monday, Sept. 9, 8:30 a.m. Test: Monday, Sept. 16, 8:30 a.m.; Tuesday, Sept. 17, 8:30 a.m.

Orientation: Monday, Oct. 7, 8:30 a.m. Test: Monday, Oct. 15, 8:30 a.m.; Tuesday, Oct. 16, 8:30 a.m.

Orientation: Monday, Nov. 4, 8:30 a.m. Test: Monday, Nov. 11, 8:30 a.m.; Tuesday, Nov. 12, 8:30 a.m.

Orientation: Monday, Dec. 2 8:30 a.m. Test: Monday, Dec. 9, 8:30 a.m.; Tuesday, Dec. 10, 8:30 a.m.

Utica Campus – 601.885.7022/7128 or 601.987.8763

Orientation and testing will be held in Walter Washington Administration Building, Room 130

Orientation: Monday, Oct. 7, 8:30 a.m. Test: Tuesday, Oct. 8, 8:30 a.m.; Wednesday, Oct. 9, 8:30 a.m.

Vicksburg-Warren Campus – 601.629.6873

Orientation: Wednesday, Aug.14, 9:30 a.m. Test: Wednesday, Aug. 21, 9:30 a.m.

Orientation: Wednesday, Aug. 28, 9:30 a.m. Test: Wednesday, Sept. 4, 9:30 a.m.

Orientation: Wednesday, Sept.11, 9:30 a.m. Test: Wednesday, Sept. 18, 9:30 a.m.

Orientation: Wednesday, Sept. 25, 9:30 a.m. Test: Wednesday, Oct. 2, 9:30 a.m.

Orientation: Wednesday, Oct. 23, 9:30 a.m. Test: Wednesday, Oct. 30, 9:30 a.m.

Orientation: Wednesday, Nov. 6, 9:30 a.m. Test: Wednesday, Nov. 13, 9:30 a.m.

Orientation: Wednesday, Nov. 20, 9:30 a.m. Test: Wednesday, Dec. 4, 9:30 a.m.

Orientation: Wednesday, Dec. 11, 9:30 a.m. Test: Wednesday, Dec. 18, 9:30 a.m.


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Doug Sills, Sen. Briggs Hopson speak at Friday graduation

Hinds Community College has named Doug Sills, Chief Executive Officer at River Region Health System in Vicksburg, and Sen. Briggs Hopson, District 23, Issaquena, Warren and Yazoo counties, as speakers for the summer 2013 graduation ceremonies Aug. 2.

Sills will speak to 10 a.m. nursing and allied health graduates and Hopson will speak at 2 p.m. for the academic and technical education graduation. Both ceremonies are held in Cain-Cochran Hall of the Raymond Campus.

Sills has more than 32 years of health care management experience and has received numerous accolades for professional achievement. He and his wife, Rebecca, came to River Region in 2011 from Northern Louisiana Medical Center in Ruston, La. Sills is active in the Vicksburg community and in Mississippi’s healthcare community and serves on the Board of Directors for the Vicksburg Warren County Chamber of Commerce, Central Mississippi Trauma Region and the Mississippi Hospital Association. The Sills’ have two children and two grandchildren.

Sen. Hopson, R., has more than five years’ experience with the Mississippi Legislature. He is a graduate of the University of Mississippi and is an adjunct professor at the Mississippi College School of Law. Hopson is also a practicing attorney. He is a member of several legislative committees, including the Judiciary, A and B committees, and is chair of Judiciary A. He is also a member of Accountability, Efficiency, Transparency; Appropriations; Education; Tourism and Universities and Colleges, among others. Hopson is also a member of Mission Mississippi, Mississippi River Trail, the United Way, the Mississippi Bar and the Red Carpet Bowl. He is married to the former Alison Quaid. They have three children, Liam, Walt and Jane.

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McLendon Library sets Lincoln Exhibit program

As part of the Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War, Hinds Community College is hosting a prestigious national traveling exhibit from Aug. 12 through Sept. 20 at the McLendon Library on the Raymond Campus.

Along with the 1,000-foot exhibit, “Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” Mary Beth Applin, dean of Learning Resources, has planned a series of programs during September, spring boarding off the exhibit.

“We have a terrific line-up of performances, lectures and activities that is sure to appeal to everyone.  We think students, faculty/staff, local schools and community members will find something fascinating to see or do at our library while learning about one of our greatest presidents,” she said.

Scheduled activities include:

Sept. 5

10 a.m. Opening Reception, Hinds CC President Dr. Clyde Muse

10:30 a.m. Hinds-Utica Campus Jubilee Singers, Civil War spirituals, Dr. Bobby Cooper, Director

11:30 a.m. Dr. Ben Cloyd, Honors Director and History Instructor at Hinds CC

1 p.m. Mississippi College Debate Team, Dr. Merle Zeigler, Director

Sept. 10

9 a.m. Brigadier General Parker Hills, Ret., Expert on Vicksburg and Raymond campaigns

10 a.m. Ralph Miller, Musician

1 p.m. Maddrama, Jackson State University’s theatrical production company (readings, excerpts from diaries of soldiers), Dr. Mark Henderson, Director

Sept. 17

10 a.m. Hinds CC Montage Dancers, Tiffany Jefferson, Director

1 p.m. Shannon Thames, History Instructor & Dr. Dernoral Davis, Professor of History, Jackson State University

2 p.m. Garrad Lee, History Instructor at Hinds CC

As part of the exhibit, Hinds is extending a specific invitation to schools to book trips to see the exhibit and attend some of the special programs. The national project has curriculum materials and other materials aimed at students. For more information and to register, go to the page on the Hinds website,

The exhibit was organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association and is made possible by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

According to the American Library Association website, the exhibit “brings into focus the constitutional crises at the heart of this great conflict. The exhibition identifies three crises — the secession of the Southern states, slavery, and wartime civil liberties — and explores how Lincoln sought to meet these political and constitutional challenges.”

The traveling exhibition content is organized into six thematic sections:

•           The Introduction lays out the three critical questions—concerning slavery, secession, and civil liberties—facing the nation in 1860, when Lincoln was elected President with less than 40 percent of the vote.

•           “Oath of Office” focuses on Lincoln’s inauguration on March 4, 1861, at a time when the Constitution was being challenged and the United States was falling apart. The new president promised that the government would not attack the South if the South did not attack the Union, but he also took a solemn oath to “preserve, protect, and defend” the Constitution.

•           “Divided” asks the question, “Are we a single nation or a confederacy of sovereign and separate states?” Lincoln believed that his inaugural oath compelled him to preserve the Union, that secession was unconstitutional and undemocratic. The Southern states believed that they were under attack.

•           “Bound” reflects the nation’s struggle with the problem of slavery, with which it had been vexed since America’s founding. The Constitution left the matter of slavery in the hands of the individual states. But many asked, “How can a country founded on the belief that ‘all men are created equal’ tolerate slavery?”

•           “Dissent” raises the question: “Must civil liberties give way to save the Union?” In face of the chaos and danger facing Lincoln and the Union, Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus—the constitutional provision that protects citizens of the United States against arbitrary arrests.

•           “Legacy” focuses on the Gettysburg Address and on the work yet to be done to achieve the ideals of equality, freedom, and democracy articulated in the Constitution and cherished by Lincoln. Acknowledging the shortcomings of his own age, Lincoln challenged future generations of Americans to continue the work of realizing our nation’s highest ideals. Using self-stick notes on an exhibition panel, visitors are invited to answer the question, “Has America lived up to the ideals Lincoln fought for?”

“Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War,” a traveling exhibition for libraries, was organized by the National Constitution Center and the American Library Association Public Programs Office. The traveling exhibition has been made possible by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Lincoln: The Constitution and the Civil War is based on an exhibition of the same name developed by the National Constitution Center.

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