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Local attorney, alum to speak at GED ceremony
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24 May

Local attorney, alum to speak at GED ceremony

Jonathan Bullock

Hinds Community College alumnus and local attorney Jonathan Bullock of Madison is the speaker for the GED achiever ceremony on June 6.

All 2012-2013 GED achievers in Hinds Community College’s district of Hinds, Rankin, Warren, Copiah and Claiborne counties are invited to participate in the ceremony at 6 p.m. at Cain-Cochran Hall on the Raymond Campus.

Bullock received a General Education Development (GED) high school equivalency certificate in 1991.

His college work began at Hinds Community College. He enrolled at Mississippi State University in 1995, where he received his B.A. in Political Science in 1998. He has also attended Mississippi College School of Law and The University of Tulsa College of Law, where he received his Juris Doctorate in 2003.

Bullock is an attorney with Shell Buford, PLLC in Flowood. His areas of practice include all forms of civil litigation defense, including professional liability, products liability and medical malpractice defense, general liability, fidelity and surety litigation, personal injury litigation, commercial litigation, workers’ compensation defenses and construction litigation.

He served eight years with the United States Naval Reserves and was honorably discharged from service in 2001. Bullock is currently a captain in the Mississippi Army National Guard where he serves as a JAG officer. He is currently assigned to 2nd Battalion/20th Special Forces Group in Jackson and served one tour of duty in Afghanistan where he earned a Bronze Star Medal for meritorious service.

Among his many commitments to community service he has served as an advisory council member for the Rankin County Adult Education Council and was a member of the Mississippi Department of Education’s Drop-Out Prevention Task Force Committee. Bullock has given numerous speeches on drop-out prevention and has given several speeches to GED recipients at commencement exercises all across the state.

Adults who have gotten their General Education Development high school equivalency certificate in the past year can participate in the ceremony, even if they received instruction through another program. The deadline to sign up to participate in the ceremony is May 23. There is no charge for participation.

For more information, contact Marshand Crisler at 601.857.3913 or see the website at http://www.hindscc.edu/Departments/abe_ged/graduation.aspx

Participants in the Hinds GED graduation receive a certificate commemorating their high school equivalency achievement and will wear a cap and gown for the ceremony, at no charge. They are encouraged to bring family and friends.

Each year Hinds Community College serves nearly 2,000 high school dropouts in its Adult Basic Education instructional and GED testing programs. The majority of these students are preparing to take the GED tests. Hinds, with the assistance of a Dollar General Literacy Foundation, waives the GED testing fee for students enrolled in the Hinds ABE program.

Those who pass the test are awarded a certificate equivalent to a high school diploma that allows them to continue their education at Hinds Community College and other higher education institutions.

“The GED has become a very popular education credential in today’s job market,” said Marshand Crisler, District Director of Adult Education and Dropout Recovery. “This ceremony provides an excellent opportunity for GED recipients to commemorate a huge accomplishment. The test is extremely challenging and according to the most recent data, only 60 percent of graduating high school seniors would past the GED on the first attempt.”

Hinds offers the first college class free to GED achievers who are first-time college students and awards a half-tuition scholarship to high-scoring GED recipients.

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Jane Flowers, Hinds Employees
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22 May

Jane Flowers, Hinds Employees

Jane Flowers

Jane Lauderdale Flowers, work-based learning coordinator on the Vicksburg-Warren Campus, came to Hinds as a college student, earned her degrees from both Hinds (1973) and Mississippi State University, returned as an employee and hasn’t looked back since.

“I feel like I am a part of Hinds,” she said. “Not only am I an alumnus, but I have been a member of the faculty on the Vicksburg-Warren Campus for 29 years, and I am still passionate about what I do.”

In 2010 Flowers won the college’s top employee award – the 3E, for Emphasis on Excellence and Enrichment – because of her work on behalf of the college in economic development.

Flowers and her siblings, Bill, Joe and Chris, are first-generation college students and all have strong Hinds connections. “Three of us rode the Hinds school bus from Vicksburg each semester, and my oldest brother drove it for extra money. Our time and investment with studying at Hinds gave my siblings and me the opportunity to have a comfortable life.”

In addition to her administrative duties, Flowers is a part-time instructor, teaching at least one class per semester. Reflecting on her 29-year stint as a Hinds employee, Flowers says that her favorite thing about Hinds is how welcoming the administration has been to her ideas.

“The administration recognized that I had ideas for improvements, and they not only listened, but implemented many of those suggestions. That motivated me to keep trying harder to make the college, and education in general, better for our students. I want to keep encouraging them to excel academically.”

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Larisa Garner, Hinds Student
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22 May

Larisa Garner, Hinds Student

Larisa Garner

Larissa Stinson Garner of Vicksburg has known for some time she wanted to be in some sort of helping profession. It wasn’t until after she received her first Hinds Community College degree in May 2011 that she finally figure out what she wanted to do – nursing. “I just knew that nursing was for me,” she said.

Garner is finishing her second semester in the Associate Degree Nursing Program at Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center.  She attended the Vicksburg-Warren Campus for her first two years, racking up numerous awards and recognitions.

She is married to Michael Garner, and they have three sons, Joshua, Jacob and Jessie, one of whom is a senior in high school.With all the expenses of raising a family and attending nursing school, Garner is especially grateful that she’ll be receiving the Carla McCulloch Scholarship in fall 2012 to help her finish her last year of nursing school.

 

She was working two jobs while going to school full time, but has had to stop working for now. “With nursing school, it’s pretty much all consuming,” she said.

The scholarship was created by the McCulloch family in memory of their daughter Carla, a Simpson Academy graduate who was a Hinds nursing student at the time of her death in an April 1991 accident. The award is made annually to a second semester nursing student who demonstrates the caring and enthusiasm for nursing that Carla embodied.

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Anna Sanders, Hinds Student
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22 May

Anna Sanders, Hinds Student

Anna Sanders

At age 28, Anna Sanders says she was “truly petrified to be a college student” at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus two years ago.

As a teenager, Anna became a mom with two sons and has lost one child to cancer. In her two years at Hinds she married her best friend.

Despite the changes in her life and the struggles she’s experienced, “I knew that I had to walk through the doors of Hinds in order to put my life where I felt it needed to be for myself and my family,” she said.

She graduates May 11 with a degree in business office technology. “As I walk across the stage, I will reflect on the great memories and skills that have been acquired while at Hinds. I will also be giving a final salute of gratitude to the ones who gave me their endless support. I say thank you from the depths of my being.”

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David Yewell, Hinds Alumnus
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22 May

David Yewell, Hinds Alumnus

David Yewell

It was in the produce section of a Kentucky A&P grocery store that David Yewell’s life was changed forever.

Yewell (1962), a past member of the Hinds Community College Foundation board, worked at the store sorting produce.

In fall 1960, he was just a few days removed from high school graduation from Owensboro High School in Kentucky when a local man who had an eye for talent and an interest in helping students further their academic careers approached Yewell.

Donald “Quack” Butler asked Yewell, a standout high school basketball player, if he wanted to go to college. After Yewell replied it wasn’t financially possible, Butler told him to expect a phone call from Hinds Junior College basketball coach Troy Ricks. Two days later he and his father began the ride down to Raymond.

“It was a trip that opened a completely new world to me and changed my life forever,” Yewell said. “I fell in love with Raymond immediately. It felt like home after a few days.”

Yewell flourished during his two years in Raymond. He became interested in learning, studying and writing, all fostered by an “attentive, truly loving faculty, one of whom was Ricks.”

“I have a great appreciation for Hinds Community College and especially Coach Ricks for the opportunity they gave me to play basketball,” Yewell said. “I would not be where I am today, I’m sure of it.”

Yewell has been practicing law for more than 40 years. He currently counsels clients through Yewell Law, LLC, in Owensboro, KY. Yewell received his associates degree from Hinds, his bachelor’s degree from Transylvania University and his Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky College of Law.

For the complete story, see the spring 2012 issue of Hindsight alumni magazine.

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Chris Potter, Hinds Student
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22 May

Chris Potter, Hinds Student

Chris Potter

After Chris graduated from Clinton High School, he enrolled in the automotive technology program on the Raymond Campus. Chris then finished his degree and entered the work world.

Fast forward a few years and Chris, now 22, is re-enrolled at Hinds working on his second degree, this one in landscape and irrigation management.

While he thought the automotive technology program was good, he thinks the landscape field is a better fit. Although settling on a career has been challenge, picking his college has never been.

He sees plenty of pluses. “The affordability, campus life and the scheduling – everything is right here,” he said.

“There’s no point in spending the big money to do the core classes at a big four-year university when you can just do it here at Hinds. It transfers. And you’re saving a lot more money. It’s just a great school in general,” Chris said.

After he graduates in May, he plans to transfer to Mississippi State University for a third degree – a bachelor’s in landscape contracting.

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J’Vontez Blackmon, Hinds Student
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22 May

J’Vontez Blackmon, Hinds Student

J’Vontez Blackmon

Playing football at Hinds Community College was a decision that may have saved the life of Forest Hill High School graduate J’Vontez Blackmon, 20.

During a routine preseason physical a doctor sent Blackmon to the hospital for further examination where it was confirmed he had a hole in his enlarged heart.  Doctors recommended surgery and Blackmon, one of the top Eagles in 2010, returned to play for his sophomore season.

“There were times during rehab when I thought I wouldn’t even be able to go to school any more, much less play football,” Blackmon said.  “I’m lucky to be alive and I’m ready to see if football is in my future.”

Blackmon, a computer science major, started every game as a safety in 2011 and collected 56 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss, five pass breakups and three interceptions.

Blackmon signed with the University of Tennessee-Martin.

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Jacob Iles, Hinds Alumnus
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22 May

Jacob Iles, Hinds Alumnus

Jacob Iles

Jacob Iles of Bolton has an associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree and one-year career certificate, but the experience of working in the Hinds bookstore turned out to be the training he needed to become a successful radiologic technologist.

“At Hinds, people came through the door looking for assistance and wanted me to be kind and helpful,” Iles said. “In the ER, it is not that different. The people skills that I learned there continue to help me today.”

Iles graduated from Hinds in May 2003 with an associate degree in liberal arts. He chose Hinds because of the proximity to his home and scholarship opportunities, as well as the opportunities to participate in the work-study program, Hinds Connection and community college tennis.

After graduating from the University of Mississippi radiologic technology program, he began working full time at UMMC’s emergency room in 2009 and then last fall enrolled in the radiology therapy program at 21st Century School for Oncology in Florida.

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Tameka Wilson, Hinds Student
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22 May

Tameka Wilson, Hinds Student

Tameka Wilson

Like a lot of converts to a new idea, Hinds sophomore Tameka Wilson has become a zealous proponent of getting a college education.

She is using her pulpit as president of the community college honor society Phi Theta Kappa International – yes, that’s international – to push her vision of college completion to as many people as possible.

“I want to visit as many campuses as possible and push college completion,” Wilson said.

Students in the United States “are not finishing and not going ahead into their career field and making progress,” she said. “That’s extremely important. It takes them finishing now so they can be that next generation because that’s what it takes for us to make progress.”

Wilson went into the Air Force at 19 and then worked for a defense contractor in St. Louis. Later, she moved to Mississippi for college, landing at Hinds Community College and getting heavily involved in the Gamma Lambda Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa and Honors on the Raymond Campus.

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Montage Theater of Dance to perform with Universoul Circus
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08 May

Montage Theater of Dance to perform with Universoul Circus

Johnny Burgess Montage UniversoulHinds Community College’s Montage Theater of Dance will be performing the opening act for Universoul Circus on Thursday, May 16 at MetroCenter Mall.

Johnny Burgess of Jackson, a 2012 graduate of Hinds Community College, is living out his dreams traveling the world as a professional dancer for Universoul Circus.

After graduating from high school, Burgess attended a community college in central Mississippi on a basketball scholarship. His goals of becoming a professional athlete soon changed, however, when he was injured and forced to take a break from his sport. Later, in Jackson, Burgess met a young man from the dance program at Hinds Community College at an event, and his interest was sparked.

“I had taught myself some dance in high school, but had never taken any classes or had any formal training,” Burgess said. “I always had dancing in the back of my mind, but didn’t even know who to talk to in order to take that first step. When I made contacts at Hinds, it opened the door for me.”

When Burgess enrolled at Hinds, he planned on taking a few dance classes while pursuing a different major. But he soon fell in love with the art of dance and decided to pursue a career in the field. He auditioned for the Montage Theatre of Dance under Tiffany Jefferson’s instruction and found himself traveling the country doing performances in places such as Carnegie Hall. Now, as a member of Universoul Circus, Burgess performs break dance, hip hop choreography and gymnastics, among other feats, during up to three performances a day, all over the world.

In the future, Burgess hopes to share his wisdom and experience with others, through authoring and teaching.

“I want to be a positive influence and mentor to young dancers, the way my Hinds instructors and peers were to me,” he said. “I have many more professional goals to reach before I’m done, but that goal of giving back is really, really important.”

From May 15-19, Universoul will be touring in Jackson. Hinds Community College’s Montage Theater of Dance will be performing the opening act on Thursday, May 16 at MetroCenter Mall.

All Hinds students, graduates, and community members are encouraged to attend the event wearing their favorite Hinds Community College gear to support the Montage group.
For more information on event times and tickets, visit www.universoulcircus.com.

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