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Hinds CC expands graduation ceremonies, announces speakers
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02 May

Hinds CC expands graduation ceremonies, announces speakers

Photo Cutline: Spring 2014 graduation speakers are, from left, Robert Graham, Timothy Moore, Malcolm White and Congressman Bennie Thompson. 

Hinds Community College will see its fourth year of record-breaking graduation numbers over seven ceremonies May 15-16 and May 18 on both the Raymond and Utica campuses.

With approximately 1,150 students receiving their diplomas, the college expanded its typical five ceremony plan into seven ceremonies to accommodate the large crowds. Last year, Hinds CC graduated 2,040 students total, including summer and fall graduation. For 2014that number jumped to 2,257.

“The college faculty and staff made a plan and a pledge to get more students to the graduation stage, and I am very proud of their effort and commitment to helping our students be successful,” said Hinds Community College President Dr. Clyde Muse. “The value of an associate degree or a career/technical certificate is demonstrated in marketable job skills and higher earning power.”

All nursing and allied health students will graduate in three ceremonies on Thursday, May 15, at 8:30 a.m., noon, and 3:30 p.m. with doors to open at 7:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. All other academic graduates will attend their ceremonies on Friday, May 16, at 8:30 a.m., noon, and 3:30 p.m. with doors to open at 7:30 a.m., 10:45 a.m. and 2:15 p.m. All Raymond Campus ceremonies will take place in Hogg Auditorium of Cain-Cochran Hall.

The Utica Campus graduation ceremony, which also includes Hinds Agricultural High School, will take place at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 18, in the J.D. Boyd Gymnasium.

Timothy Moore, president and CEO of the Mississippi Hospital Association, will speak to all nursing and allied health graduates May 15. Supervisor Robert Graham, who is getting a degree from Hinds Community College, will speak to academic graduates at the 8:30 a.m. ceremony on May 16. Malcolm White, director of tourism for the Mississippi Development Authority, will speak to academic graduates during the noon and 3:30 ceremonies May 16. Congressman Bennie Thompson will speak to all Utica Campus and Hinds AHS graduates May 18.

Moore has served as president and CEO of Mississippi Hospital Association (MHA) since Sept. 1, 2013.  MHA is the statewide organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care systems and their patients and communities.

Prior to his current role at MHA, Moore served as president of North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo.  Moore earned his master’s degree in health care management from the University of New Orleans, as well as a bachelor’s degree in industrial science at Mississippi State University.

Graham is District 1 Supervisor for Hinds County, serving his second term in office. The area for which he is responsible covers northeast and north Jackson.  Graham was first elected to office in 2008; he has served as board president three times and as vice president once.

Graham retired from the Jackson Police Department in 2007 after 30 years of service as a 911 dispatch commander, a reserve lieutenant, a police academy instructor, a Crimestoppers coordinator and a public information officer.

In 2010 Graham decided to return to school after 20 years.  In deciding which institution of higher learning to attend, he says there were several factors that led him to choose Hinds Community College:  its unique location, flexibility, availability of on-line classes and friendly atmosphere.

“Hinds gave me the foundation to continue my education and to pursue an advanced degree in Criminal Justice.  I can truly say Hinds Community College has made the difference in my education and in my future,” he said.

White, director of tourism for the Mississippi Development Authority, is responsible for the overall management, development and implementation of Mississippi’s story along with the creation of economic growth and opportunities for Mississippi through tourism.

White worked his way through the ranks of the hospitality industry and, along with his now deceased brother Hal, opened Hal & Mal’s in Jackson. White is the founder of the Mal’s St. Paddy’s  Parade, which benefits the Blair E. Batson Hospital for Children and attracts more than 75,000 visitors from around the country to Jackson each year, and WellsFest, a family festival also held annually in Jackson.

He graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi. He is chairman of the Mississippi Blues Commission and Mississippi’s Bicentennial Organizing Committee.

Thompson, originally from Bolton, is a graduate of Hinds Agricultural High School. After graduation, he earned a Bachelor of Science from Tougaloo College and a Master of Science from Jackson State University.

Thompson first worked as a school teacher and then served as alderman from 1968 to 1972 and mayor from 1973 to 1980, both in his hometown of Bolton. From 1980 to 1993, Thompson served as a Hinds County supervisor and was the founding member and president of the state’s Association of Black Supervisors. Thompson was elected to Congress in 1993 to represent the Second District of Mississippi and is now serving his 11th term.

He is the longest-serving African-American elected official in the state of Mississippi. He is also the only Democrat in the Mississippi Congressional Delegation.

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Hinds CC student named All-Academic Team member for Phi Theta Kappa
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09 April

Hinds CC student named All-Academic Team member for Phi Theta Kappa

Georgia Swinford

Georgia Swinford

Georgia Bailey Swinford of Brandon, a sophomore mathematics major on the Raymond Campus, has been named a member of Phi Theta Kappa’s 2014 All-USA Community College Academic Team. She is one of only 20 students nationwide to receive this honor. The winners were selected from more than 1,700 students nominated by more than 800 community colleges.

She traveled to Washington D.C. with Hinds Community College President Dr. Clyde Muse and PTK adviser Dr. Johanna Williams and was presented her award during the annual meeting of the American Association of Community Colleges on April 7.

“The Hinds Raymond Campus Honors Institute is fortunate to be able to work with talented students like Georgia,” said Debbie McCollum, dean of the Honors Institute. “Not only does she have an outstanding academic record, but she has been a leader in community service efforts, too.”

In addition to being a full-time student, Swinford works as a server at a local restaurant, is a member of the Hinds Honors Program where she is a leader on the executive board, and is a member of Student VOICES, a student-led community college advocacy group that appeals to the Mississippi Legislature for equitable funding for two-year colleges.

She is also the recipient of the Mississippi-Louisiana Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges’ scholarship, is a President’s Scholar at Hinds CC, and is a member of the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math program at Hinds.

She says her goals in life are divided into both short-term and long-term categories.

“In my life, I have heard that goals are the best way to get something done,” she said. “My goals are based on a subject I love, mathematics. My first short term goal is to graduate from a university with my master’s degree. My dream job would be to teach math at the community college level.

My two long-term goals include becoming the head of my department wherever I decide to teach and earning my Ph.D. in mathematics. Mathematics has been my passion since ninth grade, and I would like to study and teach as long as I can in order to share my love of the subject with future generations.”

Swinford said her big “Aha!” moment happened recently while tutoring Carver Middle School students, a program she organized and cultivated herself.

“I met one day a week with a sixth grade girl, tutoring her in math. As with many girls, she hated the subject and did not understand much of the lecture in class. By the end of the semester, she had a B in math. I then grasped how fulfilling helping others could be.”

PTK’s All-Academic Team honors students of all ages and backgrounds who have overcome a range of challenges to pursue their dreams and are thriving in U.S. community colleges. Those selected display an outstanding combination of academic achievement and community service.

Sponsored by Follett Higher Education Group, with support from the American Association of Community Colleges, each winner receives a $2,500 scholarship. To be eligible, the student must have been nominated by his or her college.

“Community colleges provide students a high-quality, affordable education,” said Don Germano, president of Follett Higher Education Group. “All of us at Follett are so pleased to recognize and support these outstanding students — driven, brilliant students on a path to be our future leaders.”

For more information on PTK, visit For more information on Hinds Community College’s Gamma Lambda chapter, visit or contact Cheryl Bozeman at 601.857.3837.


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Hinds CC offers educational forums as part of Sexual Assault/Abuse Month
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03 April

Hinds CC offers educational forums as part of Sexual Assault/Abuse Month

Hinds Community College’s office of student services is coordinating preventative educational programs throughout the college’s district in recognition of April as Sexual Assault/Abuse Awareness Month.

Hinds will host Denim and Maroon Day on Thursday, April 10. The Raymond Campus’ program will be held that day at 2 p.m. in room 165 of Reeves Hall.

Other campuses will have programs as follows:

April 10, 11 a.m. – Rankin

April 23, 12 p.m. – Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center

TBA – Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center

The college is working in a collaborative effort with Hinds County Sherriff Department, Victim Assistance Coordinator Kewanna Ward, and in conjunction with several other organizations.

“It is vital to educate and enrich our campus communities with preventive programs and resources,” said Sharon Alexander, district coordinator of student conduct and development at Hinds. “Even though, some employees and students may not have dealt with sexual assault or abuse personally, it is of the utmost importance to have knowledge and resources available.”

For more information on the programs, contact Sharon Alexander at 601.857.3371 or

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Vicksburg-Warren Campus to host College Night
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27 March

Vicksburg-Warren Campus to host College Night

Hinds Community College’s Vicksburg-Warren Campus will host a College Night from 4-6 p.m. on Monday, April 28.

The event will allow prospective students and their parents to explore the Vicksburg-Warren Campus; learn about admissions, scholarships, financial aid, majors and more; speak with faculty and staff members; apply and register for summer and fall classes; and enjoy food and prizes.

The event is come-and-go style. Those interested in attending should register online at  or call 1.800.HINDSCC for more information.

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Rankin Campus PTK inducts new members, officers
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04 March

Rankin Campus PTK inducts new members, officers

The Alpha Omicron Omega chapter of Phi Theta Kappa on the Hinds Community College Rankin Campus inducted both officers and members at a ceremony held Feb. 21.

Spring 2014 officers for the Alpha Omicron Omega chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, Rankin Campus.

Spring 2014 officers for the Alpha Omicron Omega chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, Rankin Campus.

The new officers are, left to right,  Caleb Jones of Pelahatchie, administrative vice-president; Sarah Webb of Pelahatchie, recording secretary; Haylee Jones of Harrisville, vice-president of membership; Destany Raines of Florence, vice-president of leadership; Blaire Hill of Pelahatchie, president; Victoria Biggers of Florence, vice-president of scholarship; Rachel Shirley of Brandon, vice-president of fellowship; and Tyler Williamson of Pearl, public relations secretary.

The newest members of the Alpha Omicron Omega chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, Rankin Campus.

Spring 2014 members of the Alpha Omicron Omega chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, Rankin Campus.

New members are, from back row, left, Caleb Jones, of Pelahatchie; Leslie Gilmore of Pelahatchie; Kelley Hansbrough of Flowood; Meagan Coleman of Brandon; William Bristow of Brandon; and Bo Young of Brandon. Third row, from left, are Pamela Bales of Brandon; Ruth Recinos of Pearl; Olivia Glass of Star; Kimberly Underwood of Jackson; Madeline Davis of Morton; Brittany Champion of Morton; Joshua Taylor of Morton; and Karen Holifield of Pearl. Second row, from left, are Stephanie Jackson of Detroit, Mich.; Leeann Ivey of Florence; Kaylace Beatty of Polkville; Halleigh Derrick of Pelahatchie; Shawna Huff of Florence; Kayla Pettigrew of Braxton; Kelsea Butts of Brandon; Kristin Bates of Sandhill; Arielle Blakes of Florence; Victoria Nielson of Pearl; and Huiping Qi of Brandon. Front row, from left, are Wesley Rucker of Pearl; Tyler Williamson of Pearl; Rebecca Bales of Brandon; Norma Solis of Richland; Margaret Dykes of Brandon; Lydia Pittman of Brandon; Cierra Williams of Brandon; Charles Rowzee of Starkville; Amanda Rowzee of Starkville, Dawn Brooks of Brandon; and Sophie Ventura of Slidell, La.

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Posted by on 20 February

Hinds CC student, faculty honored at HEADWAE

From left, student honoree Caleb Upton, Hinds CC President Dr. Clyde Muse, Rep. Oscar Denton, facutly honoree Jane Flowers, and her brother, Joe Lauderdale.

From left, student honoree Caleb Upton, Hinds CC President Dr. Clyde Muse, Rep. Oscar Denton, facutly honoree Jane Flowers, and her brother, Joe Lauderdale.

Jane Flowers of Vicksburg, work based learning and developmental studies coordinator on the Vicksburg/Warren Campus, and Caleb Upton of Natchez, a general studies student and baseball player on the Raymond Campus, were honored  at the Legislature’s Feb. 18, 2014, HEADWAE (Higher Education Appreciation Day – Working for Academic Excellence) program.

Flowers began her education as a student at Hinds 1973. She has served the college as an employee for 29 years.

Upton is a member of the Hinds Eagles baseball team, the Honors program and the Baptist Student Union. He has been named for the Dean’s and President’s lists and is the recipient of the G.J. Cain Memorial Foundation Scholarship.

HEADWAE was established by Mississippi Legislative Resolution to annually honor the academically talented students and faculty members of Mississippi’s higher education institutions who have made outstanding contributions in promoting academic excellence.

On Appreciation Day, the honorees were invited to the state capitol where they were recognized by name in front of their guests, institution leaders, corporate sponsors, and legislators.

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Posted by on 12 February

Marie Hull Gallery boasts spring art lineup


The Marie Hull Gallery on the Raymond Campus hosts a variety of art mediums throughout the spring 2014 semester.

The Marie Hull Gallery on the Raymond Campus hosts a variety of art mediums throughout the spring 2014 semester.

The Marie Hull Art Gallery on Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus is gearing up for a variety of art displays for the spring 2014 semester.

Currently, works from the Hinds CC Permanent Collection, “Twenty-five of Mississippi’s Best,” are on display.

“It represents 25 well-known Mississippi artists with 27 pieces of work in the show,” said Melanie Atkinson, gallery director and art instructor on the Raymond Campus. “All the pieces are various two-dimensional medias.” These pieces will remain showcased until Feb. 22.

From March 24-29, works from Steve Cook, entitled “Fondren and Other Works”, will be displayed. Cook is an instructor in Mississippi College’s art department.

In April, Hinds CC students will show and compete with their art work. The display ranges from April 8 – May 3, with a reception from 5-6:30 p.m. on April 8.

The Marie Hull Gallery features regional and local exhibitions in a variety of media. There are six exhibits during the school year from September through May. The gallery is located in the Katherine Denton Art Building on the Raymond Campus and is handicap accessible. Gallery hours are Monday – Thursday, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. – noon. The gallery is closed all school holidays and during June, July, and August. Admission is free.

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Posted by on 24 January

Hinds CC, Camp Shelby to sign off on joint project

Hinds Community College and the Camp Shelby Joint Forces Training Center will have a signing ceremony for a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for a joint Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) project.

The signing will be at 11:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 27 and includes a demonstration by Hinds students of the UAV program now taught at the college.

The signing is at the Aviation Department hangar at Hinds Community College’s John Bell Williams Airport. The address is 4100 Airport Rd., Bolton, MS 39041, which is off Raymond-Clinton Road.

Media representatives are invited but are asked to rsvp to Cathy Hayden, or 601.857.3322.

The Hinds Community College Aviation Department and Camp Shelby have been working on a mutually beneficial partnership that will capitalize on the growing trend of unmanned aircraft.

Camp Shelby is a National Center of Excellence for training Army Guard and Reserve unmanned aircraft operators from across the country. The Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) curriculum at Hinds CC will develop specific coursework and college credit geared towards military students and their pursuit of a Career/Technical Certificate or Associate of Applied Science in Aviation Technology. Also a partner in the effort, Pearl River Community College will provide academic coursework for military students in Hattiesburg.

This partnership will allow an on-site presence at Camp Shelby and will facilitate the training of Hinds Community College UAS students within their restricted airspace.

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Posted by on 23 January

‘Eagle Experience’ offers preview of Hinds CC Raymond Campus

High school seniors thinking about attending Hinds Community College in fall 2014 are invited to visit the Raymond Campus Feb. 7 for the “Eagle Experience.”

The expo style event is come-and-go from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. It gives seniors and their parents an opportunity to find out everything they need to know about enrolling at Hinds.

Eagle Experience offers Raymond Campus tours, interaction with current students and all the college basics such as admissions, scholarships, majors, housing, student life and more.  Participants can also enjoy food and prizes.

To register, visit or call 601.857.3767.

Activities will be centered at Mayo Gymnasium on the Raymond Campus.

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Posted by on 17 January

Miss Hinds Community College 2014 named

From left to right are second runner-up, Anna Taggart of Raymond; Miss Hinds 2014 Porsha Gatson of Vicksburg; and first runner-up, Jade Dalton of Flora.

From left to right are second runner-up, Anna Taggart of Raymond; Miss Hinds 2014 Porsha Gatson of Vicksburg; and first runner-up, Jade Dalton of Flora.

Porsha Gatson of Vicksburg was named Miss Hinds Community College 2014 in the annual pageant on Jan. 16.

As Miss Hinds Community College, Gatson will participate this summer in the Miss Mississippi pageant.

Gatson is a sophomore on the Raymond Campus majoring in nursing. Some of her scholastic honors include Who’s Who, Dean’s List, and Honor Society. She is also a member of the Hi-Steppers.

Her platform is “Children Matter,” a program focusing on providing activities, tutoring and meals to children in need.

For her talent she performed an excerpt from the song “Somewhere over the Rainbow.”

First runner-up was Jade Dalton of Flora, a freshman majoring in philosophy on the Raymond Campus.

Second runner up was Anna Taggart of Raymond, a sophomore elementary education major on the Raymond Campus.

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