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Hinds CC names Hinds Heroes for Spring 2017
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Hinds CC names Hinds Heroes for Spring 2017

RAYMOND – The Spring 2017 group of honorees in the Hinds Heroes employee recognition program have been named. Hinds Heroes are chosen because they represent the college well, provide exceptional customer service to all its customers and consistently promote the Hinds mission of service. Heroes selected receive a lapel pin, a token of appreciation and one free day off work.

Front row, from left, Brent Johnson, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, Hinds Board of Trustees President Paul Breazeale, Dr. Ben Cloyd; second row, from left, Doris McClure, Sherry Franklin, Christie Adair, Sue Steen, Pamela Williams-Bolden, Gerald Collins, Wendy Barnes and Judy Isonhood. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Front row, from left, Brent Johnson, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, Hinds Board of Trustees President Paul Breazeale, Dr. Ben Cloyd; second row, from left, Doris McClure, Sherry Franklin, Christie Adair, Sue Steen, Pamela Williams-Bolden, Gerald Collins, Wendy Barnes and Judy Isonhood. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

In alphabetical order, this semester’s honorees are:

  • Christie Adair, of Terry, an admissions manager and advisor in the Student Services Department at the Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. Her duties include giving guidance to admissions processors and advising students when registering for classes. She has been with Hinds for 10 years.
  • Wendy Barnes, of Raymond, a specialist in the Advancement Department at the Raymond Campus. Her duties include coordinating special events and the Hinds Hero program. She has been with at Hinds for seven years.
  • Ben Cloyd, of Jackson, academic dean at the Raymond Campus and the Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. His duties include promoting and maintaining quality academic programs for students and faculty. He has been with Hinds for 12 years.
  • Phil Cockrell, of Brandon, an instructor of Drafting/Design at the Raymond Campus. His duties include updating the program curriculum, creating semester schedules, advising and mentoring students, overseeing community service projects and coordinating a new Fab Lab starting in the fall 2017 semester. He has been with Hinds for nine years.
  • Gerald Collins, of Vicksburg, an instructor in the Electronics Technology program at the Utica Campus. His duties include instructing students in all methods, theories and applications needed for them to obtain an Associate of Applied Science degree in Electronics Technology. He has been with Hinds for five years.
  • Sherry Franklin, of Brandon, associate vice president of Career and Technical Education at the Rankin Campus. Her duties include assisting in leading the college’s career and technical programs and coordinating opportunities in workforce education and economic development. She has been with Hinds for 12 years.
  • Judith Isonhood, of Brandon, chair of the Reading/Education Department at the Rankin Campus. Her duties include classroom instruction, improving study and intermediate reading skills, interviewing and hiring adjunct instructors, scheduling classes for the department, completing bank orders and serving as an advisor for the Alpha Omicron Omega chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. She has been with Hinds for 28 years.
  • Brent Johnson, of Terry, director of the Diesel Equipment Technology program at the Raymond Campus and the Diesel Technology Academy in Richland. His duties include overseeing the daily operations of the academy and coordinating all aspects of the program with corporate partners, which involves recruiting students, advising more than 60 current students and serving on college committees as assigned. He has been with Hinds for 31 years.
  • Doris McClure, of Utica, administrative assistant for Title III grant programs at the Utica Campus. Her duties include assisting the program’s executive director in multiple areas, which include reporting, purchasing, bids, coordinating travel, inventory, office support, coordinating conferences and workshops, serving on college council and community committees for the campus and managing a budget for the program that totals $2.4 million. She has been with Hinds for 17 years.
  • Sue Steen, of Vicksburg, an adjunct instructor in developmental programs at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus. Her duties include instruction of developmental courses that include reading, improvement of studies and essential college skills. She has been with Hinds for five years.
  • Michael Williams, of Utica, a transportation coordinator at the Utica Campus. His duties include coordinating all trips for the district, hiring bus drivers, purchasing vehicles, and other duties associated with transportation. He has been with Hinds for 33 years.
  • Pamela Williams-Bolden, of Jackson, an administrative secretary at the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. Her duties include preparing payroll and hire packets for part-time instructors, as well as keying in course offerings and credentialing full- and part-time instructors. She has been with Hinds for 20 years.
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Centennial-themed concert strikes high note with alum’s composition
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Centennial-themed concert strikes high note with alum’s composition

RAYMOND — Part of the music for the occasion of Hinds’ Centennial comes courtesy of a budding composer whose talent was arranged on the Raymond Campus.

Tonight’s Centennial concert features the Hinds Wind and Percussion ensembles, the Delta State University Wind Ensemble, and a combined brass band between the two schools. The program also features a work by that talented young composer, Warren Ertle, who earned a degree from Hinds in 2012. His piece is titled “Beneath the Magnolias” and was commissioned by Music Chair and Director of Bands Shane Sprayberry last spring. As Ertle puts it, it has a “Mississippi theme.”

Warren Ertle

Warren Ertle

“The instrumentation is for a full wind ensemble. Anyone who’s been around Hinds for any length of time can be prepared to be entertained by it,” Ertle said. “It’s got high energy in some parts, but also has slower lyrical parts. It has about everything you’d want in a five-minute piece.”

Works by nationally-known composer/musicians Ivan Trevino and Kevin McKee round out the program. The music starts at 7 p.m. in Hogg Auditorium at Cain-Cochran Hall. Admission is free.

The concert is but another way Ertle’s composition talents have been put “out there” in the classical music world. His compositions for piano and marimba have been performed by some of the best in Mississippi, including the Jackson Metropolitan Chamber orchestra and the Mississippi College Symphonic Winds.

The Terry native credits his time in the Eagle bands for helping turn a budding passion for music into a career pursuit.

“A lot of folks just try to get their core credits out the way at Hinds or any community college,” he said. “But, I didn’t – I declared music as my subject right from day one. The music department will help guide you along the way, even if you’re just starting out and not sure about music. They can guide students and help them figure out whether music is for them or not.”

A prized pupil’s work was a natural choice when it came time to commission a piece for the Centennial Concert program.

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Warren Ertle sits at the piano

“Warren is an amazingly talented musician and composer,” Sprayberry said. “It was an honor to have him as a member of the Hinds Eagle Marching Band, Wind Ensemble and Music Department.”

After Hinds, Ertle joined the Mississippi Army National Guard and spent two years with the Army’s Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps in Rosemont, Ill. Last year, Ertle finished his bachelor’s degree in music at Mississippi College.

These days, he works at Jackson Prep accompanying the school’s show choirs on piano while staying in good musical shape taking composition classes at Mississippi College while working toward a master’s degree. His musical chops stay sharp as a pianist and percussionist for the 41st Army Band in Jackson. His fiancé, mezzo-soprano Jamie Ferguson, is pursuing hers at the Boston Conservatory.

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Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds CC inducts new members for Spring 2017
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Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds CC inducts new members for Spring 2017

The Gamma Lambda Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds Community College held a ceremony March 30 on the Raymond Campus to induct members for the Spring 2017 semester.

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for community and junior college students. Membership in Phi Theta Kappa is extended to students who have a 3.5 cumulative grade point average or above on 12 or more transferable credit hours. There are more than 1,285 Phi Theta Kappa chapters throughout the United States and abroad.

Gamma Lambda PTK chapter adds members for spring 2017
From left, Brianna Norris, of Byram; Caleb Pace, of Terry; Abby Taggart, of Byram; Audra Canoy, of Terry; Gregory D. Brown Jr., of Terry.

From left, Brianna Norris, of Byram, Caleb Pace, of Terry, Abby Taggart, of Byram, Audra Canoy, of Terry and Gregory D. Brown Jr., of Terry.

 

First row: Abbey Broome, Rebecca Derstler; Mohammed Algadhi, Ariel Ivan Merlin, Jose A. Arreguin; Isaura Camacho; Nancy Claypool; and Abigail Baker. Second Row: Sara Beth Pardue, Tiffany Williamson, Eric Hanson, Ahmed Al-Nakhif, Mary Vaughn, Tamaira Farlow. Back row: Ethan Austin, Jake Weathersby, Olivia Smith.

First row, from left, Abbey Broome, Rebecca Derstler; Mohammed Algadhi, Ariel Ivan Merlin, Jose A. Arreguin, Isaura Camacho, Nancy Claypool, and Abigail Baker; second row, from left, Sara Beth Pardue, Tiffany Williamson, Eric Hanson, Ahmed Al-Nakhif, Mary Vaughn, Tamaira Farlow; back row, from left, Ethan Austin, Jake Weathersby and Olivia Smith, all from Clinton.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First row: Denicia Diew, of Yazoo City; Xander Mosley, of Prentiss; Ayana Jones, of Philadelphia; Haley Smith, of Kosciusko; Joy Abby Coats, of Collins; Second row: Brock Thompson, of Flora; William Douglas Lum, of Port Gibson; Tarren Smith II, of Greenwood; Aaron Griffin, of Richland; Jennings Mills, of Bogue Chitto.

Front row, from left, Denicia Diew, of Yazoo City, Xander Mosley, of Prentiss, Ayana Jones, of Philadelphia, Haley Smith, of Kosciusko, Joy Abby Coats, of Collins; Second row, from left, Brock Thompson, of Flora, William Douglas Lum, of Port Gibson, Tarren Smith II, of Greenwood, Aaron Griffin, of Richland and Jennings Mills, of Bogue Chitto.

 

 

 

 

Alisha McDougal, of Jackson; Pamela Colbert, of Jackson; Nakira Willis, of Jackson.

From left, Alisha McDougal, Pamela Colbert and Nakira Willis, all of Jackson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ishamel Abraham Thompson, Kori Screws, Josh Price, Booth Buys, Olivia Catherine Oakes, Jesse Fuller.

From left, Ishamel Abraham Thompson, Kori Screws, Josh Price, Booth Buys, Olivia Catherine Oakes and Jesse Fuller, all of Vicksburg.

Nicolas Myers, of Pearl; Jaemie Grace Morato, of Richland; Samayah Lyles, of Pearl.

From left, Nicolas Myers, of Pearl, Jaemie Grace Morato, of Richland, and Samayah Lyles, of Pearl.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LaDaysha Washington, of Mendenhall; Mirdaryl Christian, of Mendenhall; Jessica Sanford, of McGee.

From left, LaDaysha Washington, of Mendenhall, Mirdaryl Christian, of Mendenhall, and Jessica Sanford, of Magee.

Anne Claire Ades, of Raymond; Brinkley Branch, of Raymond; Taylor Parsons, of Bolton; Mason Sollie, of Raymond; Marrissa Jones, of Raymond.

From left, Anne Claire Ades, Brinkley Branch, both of Raymond, Taylor Parsons, of Bolton; Mason Sollie and Marrissa Jones, both of Raymond.

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Hinds CC Early Childhood Education building renamed for former director, longtime educator
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Hinds CC Early Childhood Education building renamed for former director, longtime educator

JACKSON – For years, when people asked Dr. Mary Ann Greene what she did for a living, her answer spoke to the lives she helped to nurture to a solid footing in school and life.

“I always answered, ‘I work for the little children, and Hinds pays my salary’,” she said.

That selfless service to the children of the community was recognized Friday, March 31 when Hinds Community College honored Greene, of Clinton, who retired from Hinds in 2016 after 33 years in multiple roles in the college’s Early Childhood Education Technology program, by renaming the program’s building on the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center in her honor.

Dr. Mary Ann Greene

Dr. Mary Ann Greene

“This moment in time is much bigger than I am,” said Greene, during the program as she thanked Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, Dr. Leroy Levy, dean of the campus, her husband, Dr. Roger Greene, a professor of Christian Studies at Mississippi College, family and friends. “This moment in time is for the Early Childhood faculty and staff, and, finally, our graduates, who are changing children’s lives forever.”

The event was held as part of Hinds’ yearlong celebration of the college’s 100th anniversary.

“I think it is most appropriate that we are here today during our Centennial naming this building after a lady who has dedicated her life to serving others,” said Jackie Granberry, executive director of the Hinds Community College Foundation. “Because of the love and devotion she has shown to the little children and to those teaching the little children, her legacy will live on.”

Dr. Mary Ann Greene, top left, share a smile with Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse and children in the Early Childhood Education Technology program at the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center during a program March 31 to name the program's building in her honor. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Dr. Mary Ann Greene, top left, share a smile with Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse and children in the Early Childhood Education Technology program at the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center during a program March 31 to name the program’s building in her honor. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Greene served the campus as an instructor, Early Childhood Education program chairperson and director of the Laboratory Child Development Center. The building that now bears her name was built in 1998 and houses all the program’s curriculum-specific classrooms and office space.

“She’s one of the pioneers in Early Childhood Education in the state of Mississippi,” said Muse. “She spent over 30 years building this program here, from scratch.”

She holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Mississippi University for Women and a master’s degree in early childhood education from Mississippi College. Her doctorate is from Jackson State University, where she was a summa cum laude graduate. She also holds a master’s of religious education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Dr. Mary Ann Greene, seated at left, interacts with children from the Early Childhood Education Technology program at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center during a program March 31 to name the program's building in her honor. Also seated are Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, center, and JATC Dean Leroy Levy. At the podium is Dr. Ericka Davis, who succeeded Greene as program director. Standing with the children is Carolyn Watkins, an assistant in the Early Childhood Education Laboratory. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Dr. Mary Ann Greene, seated at left, interacts with children from the Early Childhood Education Technology program at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center during a program March 31 to name the program’s building in her honor. Also seated are Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, center, and JATC Dean Leroy Levy. At the podium is Dr. Ericka Davis, who succeeded Greene as program director. Standing with the children is Carolyn Watkins, an assistant in the Early Childhood Education Laboratory. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

 

 

 

Her influence on education programs for children in Mississippi and regionally is extensive, having led numerous workshops for the Mississippi Department of Education and coordinated programs for Early Education Week for the agency, as well as for state education departments in Alabama and Florida. Her civic life has included serving as president of the Friends of the Clinton Library and Clinton Music Club. She is a past vice president of the Mississippi College Faculty Wives Club.

“We cannot think of a much more deserving individual to have a building named after,” said Levy, during the program, held under the drive-up to the facility featuring Greene’s former coworkers and, in one case, a student who went on to work for her.

“Upon graduating from Hinds in 2009, I stated that one day, I would love to come back and work for you,” said Gayle Miles, a lab assistant at the Early Childhood Education Lab. “As you can see, the dream became a reality.”

The program featured several other lighthearted moments in honor of Greene, who “did things extraordinary,” said Dr. Ericka Davis, who succeeded Greene as director of the program at JATC.

During her address, Davis showed several items her coworkers knew her by, including a coffee mug and a short, stubby pencil.

Dr. Ericka Davis, director of the Early Childhood Education program at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center, shows a small pencil to attendees of a ceremony March 31 to name the program's building for her predecessor, Dr. Mary Ann Greene. Davis showed the pencil and other items as an example of items Greene used frequently during her 33 years at Hinds. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Dr. Ericka Davis, director of the Early Childhood Education program at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center, shows a small pencil to attendees of a ceremony March 31 to name the program’s building for her predecessor, Dr. Mary Ann Greene. Davis showed the pencil and other items as an example of items Greene used frequently during her 33 years at Hinds. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

“Every file folder in my office is a hand-me-down from when Dr. Greene was in my office,” she said. “These are the things she left behind, but it’s also things that move us forward as we continue to be a beam of light in our community and in the lives of students and children we serve.”

Greene was also honored by some of the children in the Early Childhood Technology program, who expressed their appreciation in the form of an oft-repeated quote from literature.

“Dr. Greene, I may forget what you said, but I will not forget how you made me feel…loved,” they said, after which she hugged her tiny bosses one more time.

Servant for children forever honored at Hinds CC Jackson Campus

 

 

Dr. Mary Ann Greene and Dr. Roger Greene

From left, Dr. Leroy Levy, Dr. Ericka Davis, Carolyn Watkins, Dr. Mary Ann Greene, Gayle Miles, Dr. Clyde Muse (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

From left, Jackie Granberry, Dr. Leroy Levy, Dr. Ericka Davis, Carolyn Watkins, Dr. Mary Ann Greene, Gayle Miles, Dr. Clyde Muse (Hinds Community
College/Tammi Bowles)

Dr. Mary Ann Greene and Dr. Roger Greene

Dr. Mary Ann Greene and her family near the sign of the renamed Early Childhood Education Building (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Dr. Mary Ann Greene and her family near the sign of the renamed Early Childhood Education Building (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

 

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Hinds CC student orientation leaders place second at regional workshop
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Hinds CC student orientation leaders place second at regional workshop

RAYMOND – Student orientation leaders from Hinds Community College joined more than 70 senior colleges and universities at the Southern Regional Orientation Workshop held March 10-12 at Georgia Southern University, winning second place in the Skit Competition as the lone two-year institution represented at the event.

LaDaysha Washington, left, of Mendenhall, Myia Harris, of Clinton, Shantianna Thames, of Louisville, and Aliyyah Blakely, of Flint, Mich. perform a version of a skit they performed at the Southern Regional Orientation Workshop held March 10-12 at Georgia Southern University. Attendees of the conference reenacted the skit March 29 during a student event. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

LaDaysha Washington, left, of Mendenhall, Myia Harris, of Clinton, Shantianna Thames, of Louisville, and Aliyyah Blakely, of Flint, Mich. perform a version of a skit they performed at the Southern Regional Orientation Workshop held March 10-12 at Georgia Southern University. Attendees of the conference reenacted the skit March 29 during a student event. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“This is the first time at Hinds Community College has won in any category at SROW,” said Steven Jones, associate director of Student Housing and Residence Life at the Raymond Campus. “This is a major accomplishment for our orientation leaders because SROW attracted nearly 2,200 students and professionals from more than 80 universities in 10 states.”

Students who attended the conference were Denicia Diew, of Yazoo City; Abigail West, of Hamilton, in Monroe County; Amber Gladney, of Jackson; Brinkley Branch, of Raymond; Evan Jefferson, of Jackson; Aliyyah Blakely, of Flint, Mich.; Myia Harris, of Clinton; Shantianna Thames, of Louisville, Miss.; LaDaysha Washington, of Mendenhall.

The Hinds contingent’s 4-minute skit was judged for plot/theme development and how it was connected to the orientation program. Students portrayed characters on campus who would seek assistance from student services.

The event was put on by NODA, an international association of education professionals, students, faculty and related organizations which promotes the fields of orientation, transition and retention.

Hinds CC student orientation leaders place second at regional workshop     
Front row, from left, Denicia Diew, of Yazoo City; Abigail West, of Hamilton, Miss.; Amber Gladney, of Jackson; back row, from left, Brinkley Branch, of Raymond; Evan Jefferson, of Jackson; Aliyyah Blakely, of Flint, Mich.; Myia Harris, of Clinton; Shantianna Thames, of Louisville, Miss.; LaDaysha Washington, of Mendenhall, Cyla Logan, of Edwards.

Front row, from left, Denicia Diew, of Yazoo City; Abigail West, of Hamilton, Miss.; Amber Gladney, of Jackson; back row, from left, Brinkley Branch, of Raymond; Evan Jefferson, of Jackson; Aliyyah Blakely, of Flint, Mich.; Myia Harris, of Clinton; Shantianna Thames, of Louisville, Miss.; LaDaysha Washington, of Mendenhall, Cyla Logan, of Edwards.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Continental Tire looks to Hinds CC career-tech students to fill jobs at Mississippi plant
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Hinds CC Vicksburg-Warren Campus College Night offers fun, information
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30 March

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Warren Ertle

Warren Ertle

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

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

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

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

Hinds CC Centennial band concert series set for April 4, 6
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Hinds CC places 11 students on All-Mississippi Community College Academic Team
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Hinds CC places 11 students on All-Mississippi Community College Academic Team

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

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

Julia McKinney, Academic First Team

Julia McKinney, Academic First Team

Ten students named to the Academic Second Team were:

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

Terrece Dotson, Academic Second Team

Mary-Saphrona Grey, Academic Second Team

Mary-Saphrona Grey, Academic Second Team

Breanna Gillard, Academic Second Team

Breanna Gillard, Academic Second Team

 

The All-Mississippi Academic Team, begun in 1994 as the first state-level academic recognition program for community and junior college students, recognizes the scholarly achievements and leadership accomplishments of students enrolled in community and junior colleges across the state. This year’s 63 team members were selected following several rounds of judging from education officials, business leaders from across the United States and a distinguished panel of representatives from federal agencies and national education associations based in Washington D.C.

Kayla Powell, Academic Second Team

Kayla Powell, Academic Second Team

Caitlin Richmond, Academic Second Team

Caitlin Richmond, Academic Second Team

Jennifer Renaldo, Academic Second Team

Jennifer Renaldo, Academic Second Team

 

Students named to the First Team received $1,000 scholarships. First and Second Team members receive special medallions, certificates and printed resolutions from each chamber of the Mississippi Legislature. They are also eligible for scholarships at many four-year universities designed exclusively for All-Mississippi Academic Team members.

Summer Rodrigue, Academic Second Team

Summer Rodrigue, Academic Second Team

Jabari Williams, Academic Second Team

Jabari Williams, Academic Second Team

Brittany Vargas, Academic Second Team

Brittany Vargas, Academic Second Team

 

The All-State team is coordinated by the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior College, the Mississippi Community College Board and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Dr. Gary Spears, president of Northwest Mississippi Community College, is the program chair.

Shelby Wilson, Academic Second Team

Shelby Wilson, Academic Second Team

The All-State Academic Team recognition program is an outgrowth of the All-USA Community College Academic Team, administered by Phi Theta Kappa. Twenty students named to the team will receive $100,000 in scholarships.

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

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

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

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

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

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

Hinds’ six PTK chapters “did us proud,” said Honors Institute Dean Deborah McCollum, faculty advisor for Gamma Lambda chapter. “These hard working young men and women are the future leaders of our communities, and the skills they learn through PTK not only enhance their professionalism but also help promote their engagement in their communities.”

Five-Star designations show chapter engagement in PTK activities.

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

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

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

Students honored individually at the regional competition were:

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

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society of two-year colleges and academic programs. It is based in Jackson and has more than 2 million members in more than 1,250 chapters worldwide.

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

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

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