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17 August

Hinds CC students begin first week of classes

Hinds Community College began fall classes on Aug. 13. Hinds offers more than 450 academic courses guaranteed to transfer to universities, plus more than 70 career and technical program options. Students can take classes day or night at any of our six locations, or take online classes from the convenience of their own home.Hinds also offers many different starting points, so students can begin college when they are ready.

On-campus classes:

  • 16-week (full term) classes – Aug. 13
  • Eight-week classes – Aug. 13 and Oct. 4
  • Six-week classes – Sept. 4 and Oct.15
  • Four-week classes – Aug. 13, Sept. 10, Oct. 9 and Nov. 5

Online classes

  • 15-week (full term) classes – Aug. 20
  • Eight-week classes –Aug. 20 and Oct. 15
  • 4-week classes – Aug. 20, Sept. 17, Oct. 15 and Nov. 12

“Hinds Community College takes pride in its mission of providing a quality, affordable education that fits the life needs of our students,” said Raymond Campus Dean of Academics Dr. Ben Cloyd.

For more information on programs of study and scheduling, see www.hindscc.edu.

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolls about 12,000 students each fall semester. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

Linda Holley of Natchez, left, a Hinds Community College student at Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center, purchases books for the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program with the help of bookstore employee Cynthia Smith of Terry.

Dilan Sanchez SanJuan of Brandon, left, and Anthony Davis of Brookhaven, are in the Emergency Medical Science-Paramedic Program at Hinds Community College’s Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center.

Associate Degree Nursing students Elason Kelly of Raymond, left, and Jessica Helder of Utica get the semester started at Hinds Community College’s Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center.

New students in the Diagnostic Medical Sonography program Alexis Rader of Vicksburg, Shelby Carroll of Clinton, Linda Holley of Natchez, Kacie McCluskey of Carrollton, Lindsey Jeselink of Clinton and Kathleen Lott of Carrollton get to know each other on their first day of class together at Hinds Community College’s Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center.

Respiratory Care Technology students took a tour on their first day of class on Aug. 13 at Hinds Community College’s Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. They are, from left, Kayla Moore of Jackson, Meagan Brazell of Brandon, Sydney Phillips of Raymond, Lonnie Caine of Pearl, Victoria McDonald of Richland, Shulette McBeth of Carthage and Keisha Hoover of Byram.

Industrial Maintenance instructor Geoffrey Horne at Hinds Community College’s Vicksburg-Warren Campus gets the first day of classes started. (April Garon/Hinds Community College0

Jalin McDonald, left, and Frantrell Windom, both of Jackson, shop for supplies on Monday, Aug. 13, at the bookstore at Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus. McDonald plans to study art and Windom to study music. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

 

Sandra Mullins, of Raymond, shops for a bookbag on Monday, Aug. 13 at the bookstore at Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus. Mullins is in her second semester at Hinds Community College and plans to study nursing. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Bookstore employee David Cruse, right, assists sophomore Stanley Kelker, of Jackson, on Monday, Aug. 13 at the bookstore at Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus. Kelker is a sophomore pursuing a degree in Physical Therapy.  (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

 

Freshman student Jessica Fant, of Clinton, visits the bookstore at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus on Monday, Aug. 13. Fant is pursuing a degree in Forensics. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

 

D’Ajah Miley, right, a sophomore Veterinary Technology student from Clinton, gets a helping hand finding her next class from Hinds CC Raymond Campus Police Captain LaTridia Chambers on Monday, Aug. 13.  (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

 

Freshmen Tarrius Kirkwood-Burr, left, and Christian Trejo sit outdoors Monday, Aug. 13 at Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus. Kirkwood-Burr, of Jackson, plans to study Diesel Technology; Trejo, of Clinton, plans to study music education. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

 

Hinds Community College employee Leigh Sarrett, left, gives freshman student Jamiracle Williams, of Vicksburg, directions to her next class on Aug. 13, the first day of fall classes. Williams plans to study nursing. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Hinds Community College employee Emily Mitchell, left, gives freshman student Nyjah Smith, of Greenwood, directions to her next class. Smith plans to study art.  (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

 

Chester Price, left, and Michael Parks, both of Jackson, are students in the Industrial Maintenance Technology program on the Raymond Campus of Hinds Community College. Parks, 54, said he came back to school to pursue opportunities for an enriching career. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

 

Joy Lawson gets her student ID photo taken Monday, Aug. 13 at Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus by Hinds employee Ray Westerfield. Lawson, of French Camp, is a sophomore Graphic Design Technology student.  (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

 

From left, Katelyn Foster, of Byram; Kaelyn Jones, of Terry; Hannah Gatewood, of Jackson; and Hallie Clark, of Jackson gather together on the first day of classes at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus. Classes for the fall semester are now in session. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

 

Ayana Alexander, of Byram, receives assistance from Test and Lab coordinator Hazel McLaurin-Dunbar as she signs in to take the Accuplacer Placement test on Monday, Aug.13 at Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus. Alexander is a first semester freshman. (Evelyn Stewart/Hinds Community College)

 

Freshman student Dahkeem Williams, of Utica, visits with Dr. Tyrone Jackson, vice president of the Utica Campus on Monday, Aug.13, 2018 at Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus. Williams traveled to Utica from Pennsylvania in hopes of playing basketball. (Evelyn Stewart/Hinds Community College)

 

DeKindre Dixon, left, and Jamar Williams, both of Utica, gets help from Librarian Jean Greene on Aug. 13 at Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus. Dixon, an incoming freshman, plans to study Engineering while Williams, a second semester freshman plans to become a Physical Therapist.  Classes for the fall are now in session.  Late registration continues through Aug. 17. (Evelyn Stewart/Hinds Community College)

 

Students at Hinds Community College’s Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center buy books and supplies the first week of school. Pictured are, from left, book store employee Jerrica Murray and students Sarah Brown and Michel Davis, all Jackson residents.

Hinds Community College Medical Data Technology instructorAngela Garrett of Monticello, standing left, gets class started at Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. Students are, seated from left, Chavet Bryant of Jackson, Pakendra Hall of Jackson, Eboni Galtney of Clinton and Anastasia Ellis of Jackson.

Campus police Lt. Maurice Winford makes IDs for Hinds Community College students Sonya Watson of Canton, Alexus Jones of Jackson, Mayia Horton of Jackson and Katlyn Stokes of Jackson at Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center.

Hinds Community College student Ashlyn Rader, of Puckett, is studying in the Honors Center at the Rankin Campus where she attends classes. She is a member of the Honors program and Phi Theta Kappa, Alpha Omicron Omega Chapter at the Rankin Campus. Hinds students returned to classes on Aug. 13.

Hinds Community College students, from left, Destiny Little of Florence, Eric Kinan of Florence and Amber Williams of Brandon are all members of the Alpha Omicron Omega Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa on the Rankin Campus. Little, who is studying psychology, is the vice president for Scholarship and is the Mississippi/Louisiana Regional Central District Representative of Phi Theta Kappa. Kinan, who is studying Pre-Veterinary Science, and Williams, an accounting major, are both members of the Honors Institute.

Amanda Blair of Pearl instructs a chemistry course Thursday, Aug. 16 during the first week of classes at Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus. Classes for the fall semester are now in session. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Brandon Brown, left, of Florence, take notes Thursday, Aug. 16 during Amanda Blair’s Chemistry course during the first week of classes at Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus. Brown is planning to study occupational therapy. Classes for the fall semester are now in session. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Freshman students Jordan Fortenberry, left, of Brandon and Abigale Williams of Flowood take notes Thursday, Aug. 16 during Amanda Blair’s Chemistry course during the first week of classes at Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus. Classes for the fall semester are now in session. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Maya Miller, of Florence, prints materials at the Hinds Community College Rankin Campus library on Aug. 16. Miller plans to study biology. Classes for the fall semester are now in session. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Freshman student Estefania Armendariz, of Brandon, utlilizes the Hinds Community College Rankin Campus library on Thursday, Aug. 16. Armendariz plans to study biology. Classes for the fall semester are now in session. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Freshman student Kyshawn Smith, of Jackson, sits outdoors at Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus on Thursday, Aug. 16. Smith plans to study kinesiology. Classes for the fall semester are now in session. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

From left, Benjamin Chaffins, of Flowood; Maugra Luna, of Pearl; and Logan Hogue, of Brandon, hang out between classes Thursday, Aug. 16 at Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus. Classes for the fall semester are now in session. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Kathy Jones of Raymond, manager of the Hinds Community College Rankin Campus Bookstore, stocks shelves with textbooks on Thursday, Aug. 16. Classes for the fall semester are now in session. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Book store employee Sheryl Mounger helps Hinds Community College Vicksburg-Warren Campus students buy their books the first week of class. The students are Elizabeth Tucker, left, and D’Andra Chambers, both of Vicksburg.

 

Bookstore employee Stephanie Langley, right, helps sophomore student Alliyah McNair with her textbook list on Thurs, Aug. 16. Langley, of Sand Hill, plans to study nursing. Classes for the fall semester are now in session. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Michyla Adams, left, and Andrea Gaines, both of Jackson, walk to class Monday, Aug. 13 at Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus. They are pursuing degrees in nursing and criminal justice, respectively. Classes for the fall semester are now in session. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Kylan Osborn, of Sardis, stops to ask for directions on Monday, Aug. 13 at Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus. Osborn plans to take general studies classes this fall with the hopes of later majoring in engineering. (Evelyn Stewart/Hinds Community College)

Student Support Services Administrative Assistant Letoya Allen, of Utica, assist Freshmen students Takia Jenkins, of Belzoni (left) and Ernestine Chin of Vicksburg with job placement applications on Aug. 13. at Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus. (Evelyn Stewart/Hinds Community College)

Freshman student Nicholas Rogers, of Gluckstadt, walks to class Monday, Aug. 13, 2018 at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus. Rogers plans to study business. Classes for the fall semester are now in session. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

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Hinds CC graduates more than 600 in summer ceremonies
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30 July

Hinds CC graduates more than 600 in summer ceremonies

PEARL – Hinds Community College graduated 611 students during the summer semester at its six locations.

Among 319 participating in two ceremonies July 27 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus was Tierra Williams, of Jackson, who earned an Associate in Arts degree from the college.  

In all, 391 credentials were conferred to the 611 who graduated from the college. 

Jasmine Coleman lost her mother several years ago and has dedicated each step in her education to her memory.

 “It was sudden to have lost her, just before my high school graduation,” Coleman said. “So, I’ve dedicated both my high school and college graduations to her.”

 Coleman, 22, of Jackson, earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Early Childhood Education, a field she’s eager to enter spread her caring sense and motherly instincts.

 “I have a son, Morgan, who is two, so he’s in that dedication as well,” Coleman said.

 Yolanda Houston, the college’s district director of Teacher Education, based on the Utica Campus, is a close confidant to Coleman and a family friend.

 “I taught her in grade school,” Houston said. “I’ve watched her mature and be strong through adversity and still be able to graduate.”

Of the total graduating, 197 did so with honors. That includes 85 who earned the cum laude designation, which is a 3.2 to 3.59 grade point average. Another 47 graduated magna cum laude, or a 3.6 to 3.99 grade point average, and 65 graduated summa cum laude, or a 4.0 grade point average. The total field of honor graduates equaled about one-third of the summer graduating class.  

Crystal Mays had waited a long time to celebrate a graduation in her family, which made her sister’s commencement from Hinds Community College all the sweeter.

“I’ve waited a long time for this,” Mays said amidst tears as she watched her sister, Eronda Graham-Daniels, walk across the stage after earning her Associate in Arts degree. “This is why I talk so much about finishing school.”

Peggy Hobson Calhoun, who represents District 3 on the Hinds County Board of Supervisors, spoke to graduates at both ceremonies. Calhoun implored graduates not to give up when adversity strikes when they enter the workforce.

“You may think your vision of becoming successful is too difficult to realize, but it can become real,” Calhoun said. “I don’t know what your aspirations and pursuits are, but don’t blind your vision. Hold on to your visions and your dreams. Your vision defines what it is you want to accomplish out of life.”

Shelby Blakenship, center-right, of Brandon, earned an Associate in Applied Science from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 27 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. She completed the Transition to RN program and plans a healthcare career. With her are her brother, Bryce; her mother, Maria; her father, Kirk; and Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, and Shelby Blankenship

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tirzah Burt, center, of Brandon, earned an Associate in Applied Science degree in Practical Nursing from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 27 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. From left are Hannah Burt, Lizzy Burt, Rachel Williams and Sarah Hartman, all her sisters, and Ella Kate Elmore, her cousin. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Andrea Felder, center, of Jackson, earned an Associate in Applied Science degree from Hinds Community College after having completed the Associate Degree Nursing program. With her during summer graduation ceremonies July 27 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus are husband Karick, son Avery, and son Everette. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Javeon Green, of Brandon, left, and Deloris Greer, bookstore manager at Hinds Community College Utica Campus, pose before summer graduation ceremonies July 27 at the Muse Center on Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. Green earned a Technical Certificate in Automotive Technology. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Jasmine Coleman, right, of Jackson, earned an Associate in Applied Science in Early Childhood Education during summer graduation ceremonies July 27 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. With her is District Director of Teacher Education Yolanda Houston, left.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crystal Mays, of Louisville, sheds tears as she watches her sister, Eronda Graham-Daniels, graduate from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Tierra Williams, of Jackson, was among more than 600 students who earned credentials during the summer semester at Hinds Community College. Williams earned an Associate in Arts degree during graduation ceremonies July 27. With her is friend Tamara Sullivan. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matthew Jiles, center-left, earned an Associate in Arts degee from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. He plans to study aerospace technology. With him are Joseph Jiles, his father, Esther Jiles, his mother, and Joseph Jiles Jr., his brother. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Ignatius Fluker, right, earned a Technical Certificate and a Career Certificate from Hinds Community College in Diesel Equipment Technology during summer graduation ceremonies July 27 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. With him is his grandmother, Christine Fluker. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sha’quitia Williams, center, of Vicksburg, earned a Career Certificate in business from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 27 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. With her, from left, are friends Kimmer Williams, Chasity Jefferson, Kontonia Smith, and Janeshia Jefferson. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

From left, Advancement Specialist Bethani England and Jackie Granberry, executive director of the Hinds Community College Foundation, who was the mace bearer for summer graduation ceremonies July 27.,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Erin Rawson, left, of Brandon, and Kimberly Prater, of Yazoo City, await summer graduation ceremonies July 27 at Hinds Community College. Both earned Associate in Applied Science degrees after completing the Transition to RN program. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

Christopher Hunsinger, right, of Clinton, earned an Associate in Arts degree from Hinds Community College during summer graduation ceremonies July 27 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. With him is his girlfriend, Shantenicka Henry. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

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Hinds CC helps make career changes possible for nursing, allied health graduates
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Hinds CC helps make career changes possible for nursing, allied health graduates

PEARL – When Judye Braneff’s job in the banking industry was eliminated, it was time to come up with Plan B.

Judye Braneff, left, of Jackson, and Tamara Daniels, of Vaughan, share a pose before summer graduation ceremonies July 27 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. Each earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Health Information Technology. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 “I lost my job in the industry and came to Hinds,” said Braneff, 60, of Jackson, who had her aptitude for getting into health data and statistics eyed early on by her instructors.

 “This was a perfect fit for me,” she said as she prepared to graduate among 319 people participating in two summer graduation ceremonies July 27 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. In all, 391 credentials were conferred to 611 who graduated from the college. 

Braneff, who earned an Associate in Applied Science in Health Information Technology, was among about 130 who participated in the 8 a.m. ceremony for nursing and allied health graduates, many of whom switched careers to take advantage of Hinds’ stellar offerings in health-related areas of study. Graduates in academic and career-technical programs received credentials at a ceremony held at 11 a.m.

 “This was a wonderful opportunity to come to Hinds,” said Cherilyn Switzer, 45, of Pearl, who was a teacher’s assistant before moving over to healthcare.

Clyde Wilson, 45, of Jackson, was in a management position before pursuing his own Associate in Applied Science credential in the same field.

Peggy Hobson Calhoun speaks to graduates during summer graduation ceremonies July 27 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“It’s been a change for me, but I’ve gotten a whole new career now,” Wilson said.

Wilson was among 197 who graduated with honors, in his case cum laude, which is a 3.2 to 3.59 grade point average. Another 47 graduated magna cum laude, or a 3.6 to 3.99 grade point average, and 65 graduated summa cum laude, or a 4.0 grade point average. The total of 197 honor graduates equaled about one-third of the summer graduating class.  

Peggy Hobson Calhoun, who represents District 3 on the Hinds County Board of Supervisors, spoke to graduates at both ceremonies.

“Evaluate needed areas of improvement, and keep your vision alive for your profession,” Calhoun said. 

Clyde Wilson, of Jackson, prepares for summer graduation ceremonies July 27 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. Wilson earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Health Information Technology. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Cherilyn Switzer, of Pearl, adjusts a fellow graduate’s cap before summer graduation ceremonies July 27 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. Switzer earned a Technical Certificate in Surgical Technology. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

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Once a Jubilee, always a Jubilee: Hinds CC’s Cooper retires, leaving legacy of excellence
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Once a Jubilee, always a Jubilee: Hinds CC’s Cooper retires, leaving legacy of excellence

Dr. Bobby Cooper didn’t plan to stay at Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus for 45 years. Goodness knows, he had plenty of opportunity to go to his alma mater Tougaloo College, Jackson State University, Alcorn State University or other places.

As the longest serving employee this year, with 45 years of service, Dr. Bobby Cooper was presented with a special momento – a framed 45 record of the song ‘Amen, Amen” and a paper copy of the musical score. The song is one performed many times by Cooper’s Jubilee Singers over the years. Cooper retired at the end of June 2018.

He was lured to what was then Utica Junior College in 1972 as a music instructor by the college’s participation, along with Jackson State and Tougaloo, in Opera/South, a now-defunct black opera company based in Jackson.

“Utica was looking for someone to work with their opera chorus for Opera/South,” he recalled. “I didn’t come to stay – not to be there forever. Things changed when I got there. I really liked what I was doing.

“I was mainly just a one-person music department. I taught piano, I taught voice, I taught theory. You name it, I did it. I enjoyed it very, very much,” he said.

Then he had a life-changing experience. He read “Black Man’s Burden” by Utica Institute founder Dr. William Holtzclaw, learning about the all-male Jubilee Singers group formerly used as a fund-raising tool to keep the historically black college afloat. The group was active from 1922 to 1941.

“I said, ‘Wow, this is something I would like to do.’ When I was at Tougaloo College, I was in a male group. I wanted to continue it so I said, ‘I’m going to start this back.’ It took off.”

Cooper resurrected the Jubilee Singers in 1982, right around the time Utica Junior College and Hinds Junior College merged because of a federal higher education desegregation court order.

Cooper retired at the end of June as the current longest serving Hinds employee. Along the way, he was recognized many times for his work. His awards include Outstanding and Distinguished Academic Instructor of the Year, Hinds Humanities Teacher of the Year, Life Star, Hinds Hero, HEADWAE recognition and the college’s most prestigious recognition, the 3E Award. The Fine Arts Center on the Utica Campus bears his name.

Two scholarships have been established in his honor, the Dr. Bobby Cooper’s Jubilee Singers Scholarship in 2012 and the Daughters of Bobby Cooper Singers Scholarship in 2015. He established the Dr. Bobby Cooper Endowed Scholarship in 2002.

He plans to stay productive in his retirement. He has applied for a National Endowment for the Humanities grant to write the story of the Jubilee Singers and embark on a book tour. As the motto goes, “Once a Jubilee, always a Jubilee.”

Dr. Bobby Cooper directs the Jubilee Singers at the May 2018 graduation ceremony on the Utica Campus.

Cooper leaves behind a legacy of excellence in his music program but will always be best known for the Jubilee Singers and their rebirth.

Dr. Clyde Muse, who became Hinds president July 1, 1978, before the merger of the two institutions, recognized the jewel the college had in Cooper and the Jubilee Singers.

“I’ve been pleased to support them over the years. They truly are great ambassadors for us,” he said.

Muse recalls attending a national community college convention in New Orleans a few years ago when the Jubilee Singers performed. “I’ve been going to those meetings for years. Very seldom does anybody get a standing ovation, but theirs was automatic when they performed,” he said.

Retired Utica Campus Vice President Dr. George Barnes, who worked at the campus from 1962 to 2013, counts Cooper as a friend.

“He’s done a lot of things for people. He’s done a lot of things for me. He is just a fine person who has worked hard,” Barnes said. “I have a great respect for him.

“He was tough. He was kind and friendly but he wasn’t always soft,” Barnes said. “If something needed tightening down, he knew when he needed to do it. He was firm and fair. Students had a lot of faith in him. They loved him.”

Cooper’s Jubilee Singers started small – four young men, three of them from Illinois where he had gone to graduate school. Now the groups average about 12 to 15 singers. “These were my better singers. Just because you were a part of the choir did not mean you would be one of my Jubilee Singers,” he said.

The Jubilee Singers traveled extensively and performed widely. One of Cooper’s favorite performances was at the Vatican in Rome in 1999 where they sang “Ave Maria” and the group’s trademark “Amen” for Pope John Paul II.

“It was so exciting to sing at the Vatican. People came and talked to us and talked to the fellows. We were really celebrities. We enjoyed it so much,” he said.

Things haven’t always been smooth. There have been a few trials along the way. And he and his wife have been awakened more than once by a student calling at midnight after getting into a difficult situation.

“Kids who were not quite sure about themselves and what they can do –you get a chance to work with them because enrollment was small. You your own kids,” he said. “I always had a house full of my students.

But I enjoyed it and still hear from those kids today about their experiences. It was an environment that you could help the kids, and they wanted to do better. I’ve got former students everywhere.”

One of those is James Adams (1996, 2001), senior program manager for a Dallas nonprofit called Big Thought. “I experienced some rough years while in college at Hinds, and Doc was always there to say it would be all right. He supported me however he could and taught me, as a choir member and Jubilee Singer, to be a gentlemen of honesty and excellence. I saw the best example in the life he walked before us all,” Adams said.

Tracy James, one of the first Utica Campus music graduates, has known Cooper since 1977. She’s a vocal music teacher at a middle school in Ohio. “Music became my livelihood, so I owe much to Dr. Cooper for his wisdom and inspiration he instilled in me,” she said. “One thing Dr. Cooper taught me was always bring your ‘A’ game to the classroom.”

Calvin Bogan Sr., a music major from fall 2009 to summer 2013, is youth pastor at West Point Baptist Church in Hattiesburg.

“Dr. Cooper is a voice of assurance, the portrait of grace and the epitome of kindness. One of his many wonderful attributes I’ve noticed is his timeliness. My most memorable moment with Dr. Cooper is testament to his impeccable timeliness,” he said.

Students had planned a birthday celebration for Cooper on Nov. 3, 2010, but Bogan wasn’t able to be there after his mother died of cancer and her funeral was on that day.

“I viewed my mother for the last time. As I stood there, I felt a firm, but gentle hand on my shoulder. That hand was that of Dr. Cooper. He spent his birthday with my family and I as we funeralized my mother,” Bogan said. “I can say for me and everyone else that Dr. Cooper has always been there for anyone who needed him and is always in time.”

 

Dr. Cooper Legacy Giving

The Humanities Department at Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus is soliciting donations for two projects in honor of Dr. Bobby Cooper.

One is for a museum exhibit focused on his legacy that is being called the Utica Jubilee Experience.The plan is to display some of Dr. Cooper’s archival materials, along with historical information about the Jubilees – both the original group from the 1920s and 1930s, and Dr. Cooper’s Jubilees. The museum is to feature interactive exhibits allowing visitors the chance to experience one of Dr. Cooper’s Jubilee concerts, as well as educational materials for teachers bringing their classes to the exhibit.

The other option is a gift to the Dr. Bobby G. Cooper Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships to deserving music education students at the Utica Campus. The recipients are selected each year based on their talent, financial need and potential to impact the world.

For more information on how to give to either project, contact Dan Fuller, 601.885.7097 or daniel.fuller@hindscc.edu or the Hinds Community College Foundation at 601.857.3363.

 

Editor’s Note: This story was originally published in the summer 2018 issue of Hindsight alumni magazine.

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolls about 12,000 students each fall semester. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Hinds CC announces speaker for summer graduation ceremony
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17 July

Hinds CC announces speaker for summer graduation ceremony

RAYMOND – Summer graduation ceremonies are set for July 27 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus as students earn career or technical certificates and associate’s degrees from Hinds Community College.

Peggy Hobson Calhoun

The college will confer 389 credentials to 591 students in two ceremonies. All nursing and allied health graduates will receive their credentials at 8 a.m., with commencement for academic and career-tech graduates to follow at 11 a.m.

Peggy Hobson Calhoun, who represents District 3 on the Hinds County Board of Supervisors, is the speaker at both ceremonies.

Calhoun, of Jackson, was first elected in 1992 and has championed issues of economic development, public health and safety. Over the years, she has received numerous awards and recognitions for services rendered to promote the development of women, as well as small and minority-owned businesses.

In 2017, Calhoun was selected by fellow county supervisors on the Mississippi Association of Supervisors to be the organization’s president for the 2017-18 term.

She is a member of Mount Nebo Missionary Baptist Church and has two adult children with her husband, state Rep. Credell Calhoun.

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Environmental passion honed through Hinds’ CC Honors program
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Environmental passion honed through Hinds’ CC Honors program

RAYMOND – Christopher Lockhart is as plugged into the “connected” world as any self-respecting millennial. But, he hasn’t forgotten his love of the outdoors since graduating from Hinds just a few years ago.

Christopher Lockhart

“Growing up, I was one of those kids playing outside – digging in the dirt, bringing bugs in the house,” Lockhart said. “I caught a lot of stuff. Right now, even, I have a pet snapping turtle.”

That passion for enjoying a beautiful day on land or sea fuels both his jobs these days, teaching biology at Clinton High School and owning Capital City Kayaks, which offers tours of local waterways including the Pearl River and the reservoir.

“It’s a way to get people accustomed to the water,” he said of his business, started three years ago as an extension of his many outdoor hobbies as a kid. “There are pockets of hidden gems around here to see in a kayak where you feel like you’re not even in the city.”

Lockhart graduated from Murrah High School in 2008, then honed his aptitude for math and science at Hinds before earning a bachelor’s degree in biology education from Mississippi State University in 2012.

“It was a wonderful transition,” he said of his Hinds experience.

He credits his experiences in the Honors Institute and the Gamma Lambda chapter of Phi Theta Kappa on the Raymond Campus for becoming a well-rounded student – in particular the community service projects that open Honors students’ eyes to the world.

“I love all those instructors,” he said. “They gave me the opportunity to go to Costa Rica and study environmental science for free. And I got to kayak there, which was the highlight of my trip right there. We saw a sloth coming down a tree, which was a rare sight.

“We did a lot of team and character-building activities. It was definitely an experience being able to learn from those people, the kinds of people where you’re definitely not the smartest person in the room.”

Retired biology instructor and Honors dean Kristi Sather-Smith remembers the trip with Lockhart to Costa Rica well.

“That’s when I learned about how passionate he is about all things living,” Sather-Smith said. “Chris always took every opportunity to learn and ran with it. He never wasted time, but never seemed to be in a hurry.”

 

Starting his education at Hinds eased him into his higher education and offered a multitude of perspectives from peers.

“Hinds offered a four-year feel but in a more intimate space,” he said. “You still meet people from all around, even though it’s a community college. I met people in the dorm from Jamaica, from Russia, from all kinds of different places.”

His connection with Hinds has continued in the past few years, as he’s giving an assist to the same Honors program he enjoyed as a student.

“I was approached by the college’s Office of Sustainability and the Honors program to help out on community service projects geared toward preserving the environment, mainly donating some boats and time to work with Hinds’ Honors students,” he said. “I said ‘I most certainly would!’

“I saw some of my recent former students at Clinton High in the program. It was a heart-touching moment seeing them there, since it hadn’t been that long since I was in it. A lot of them hadn’t been in a kayak before. Before you knew it, they were paddling around picking up trash like professionals.”

 


Note: This story appears in the summer 2018 issue of Hindsight alumni magazine. Find out more information about the Hinds Alumni Association and Foundation scholarships.

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Scientist flies high in new career with help from Hinds CC
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Scientist flies high in new career with help from Hinds CC

VICKSBURG – Career changes can happen for a variety of reasons and at any time in a working man’s life.

Shea Hammond

For Shea Hammond, the reason was to hop on the latest wave of technology before it passed him by, with the help of the Unmanned Aerial Systems program at Hinds.

“It was time to see what I could do with drones, perhaps start a business and make money off this technology,” Hammond said recently, from his office at the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC) in Vicksburg, where he works as a wildlife biologist and lead UAS pilot and developer in the Environmental Systems Branch.

The 42-year-old Greenville native had joined the U.S. Marine Corps right out of Vicksburg High School, where his family moved when he was 12. It was during his days in uniform as a reconnaissance officer that technology first spurred his career and became a common thread in each step of the way.

“While in the Marines, I got to play with some of the toys of the time,” he said. “It was when GPS was coming out and when people were just learning to send texts and other digital messages. It was also when I began working with thermal night-vision glasses.”

After leaving the Marines, he earned a master’s in biological sciences at the University of Southern Mississippi, then went to work for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service studying bats and managing caves in the Ozark Plateau National Wildlife Refuge in eastern Oklahoma. “I don’t mind getting rained on, getting muddy or being bit by bugs,” he said.

Over time, he saw the potential value in using Unmanned Aerial Systems, or drones, to do the kind of geospatial mapping that had been done for years using satellites in space. “An image coming off a satellite might be rather large, 30 meters by 30 meters per pixel, but one coming from a drone can be down to millimeters or centimeters in size per pixel. So, the resolution is much better and the questions you can ask from a biological standpoint become more resolute.

“I could see this wave coming with the technology,” he said. “So, my wife and I made a really tough decision, along with my mother-in-law who lives with us, to move back home to Mississippi and leave the comfort and security of working with the federal government so I could educate myself in this new technology.”

A few online searches and a conversation with Hinds’ UAS program director Dennis Lott helped him overcome his lack of experience with the aircraft, which have revolutionized aerial photography and related mapping technologies just in the past decade.

“I had no aircraft experience whatsoever,” he said. “I only had experience with the data.”

In a six-month span of time in 2016, Hammond took classes that covered the piloting, construction, design and practical mechanics of multi-rotor and fixed-wing drones. “I pretty much pitched a tent and lived there in the hangar,” he said. “We learned the nuts and bolts of how these things work, plus take data with the kinds of sensors drones carry.”

Lott recognized the willingness of the ex-Marine – one with a master’s degree in one science already – to learn a whole new science and enhance an already impressive resume’.

“Shea Hammond was the perfect student,” Lott said. “He came to the Hinds CC Unmanned Aerial Systems program anxious to learn all he could as fast as he could. He never missed a class and always engaged in discussions. Not only that, but he expanded the discussion.”

ERDC’s interest in a sensor Hinds owned turned into a job opportunity for the budding UAS specialist.

“I happened to be there the day they came in to see what the sensor could do,” he said. “Down the road, they told me they were interested in thermal tracking. Turns out, they developed the toolkit and software I was using to track bats with in the Ozarks.”

His job at ERDC involves all the skills he learned in just a few months in the UAS program at Hinds. When it comes to the aircraft themselves, flying them might be the smallest part of it all.

“It’s one of the most interdisciplinary jobs you can have in any STEM career,” he said. “There’s the biological sciences, the geographical sciences, the mechanical and electrical engineering, and the software, since these are basically flying robots. Then, you also have to be able to write about the science. We have to work as a team to make these systems work. When you go to the field with them and they don’t work, you need to be able to fix them on the spot.”

Those skills are easily accredited to Hinds and the level of instruction he received in a short period of time.

“I didn’t initially see myself transitioning into a completely different field,” he said. “I’m not a bat biologist anymore – I’m a pilot, a roboticist and developer. And that wouldn’t have happened without Hinds. I get the opportunity each day to play with $250,000 aircraft with state-of-the-art equipment.”

 

 


Note: This story appears in the summer 2018 issue of Hindsight alumni magazine. Find out more information about the Hinds Alumni Association and Foundation scholarships.

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Self-made businesswoman credits Hinds CC for ‘major role’ in life, career
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Self-made businesswoman credits Hinds CC for ‘major role’ in life, career

PORT GIBSON – Born into a family of 10 children in agrarian Lake Providence, La., Jeanette Felton was a breadwinner before she even learned to read at grade level.

Jeanette Felton

She had very little choice, she recalls.

“I missed a lot of classes in school since I was the oldest of 10,” Felton said. “I had to keep the children so my mother could work. A lot of basic things most people would have in school, I didn’t have. And I think I was the only black student in the class. I felt unprepared.”

Felton dropped out of high school in the 10th grade and, by 1973, had left her hometown. She and her husband landed in the Valley Park community in Issaquena County with her husband to work the vast tracts of farmland that blanket the South Delta.

It was the start of a long journey that continued at Hinds’ doorstep as one of the many success stories of the college’s Adult Basic Education program through the years. Now 67 and head of a company that’s among Mississippi’s largest home healthcare businesses, Felton continues to be awestruck by how big a role Hinds played in her personal and professional development.

“Hinds is absolutely the best,” Felton said. “They did things so well and so organized. People were always so encouraging. Hinds played a major role in my life and career.”

A mother of five by age 23, Felton felt a desire to work and make her own money in life despite not having completed her high school education. “After a while, I really wanted to start work,” she said. “But, if you don’t have a GED, you can’t get a job.”

In 1977, she aced her high school equivalency test on the second try, then worked at Rolling Fork Elementary in a variety of positions over the next several years. “I was a bus driver, then a cook,” she said. “The following year, I was able to work as a teacher’s assistant. Doing those jobs, I wasn’t even earning what the teachers were, but I liked the profession.”

Being around educated people made her want that level of achievement that much more, she said.

I knew nothing about college. I was out of my comfort zone. But, I just knew I wanted to do something. Working in the school system, these people had educations. And I wanted to prove myself.

“Elementary education was the early drawing point for me, but coming to Hinds and being exposed to other people taking classes in different things showed me nursing was a field where you could also earn a good living and go further in life.”

With that in mind, Felton went for broke on her education. She quit her jobs and set her sights on her first healthcare credential, which came in 1985 with her associate degree in Practical Nursing at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus and passing a licensure test. “You know the pressure was on, then. Failing was not an option. Back then, it took about three months to get the results back, but when I got them it gave me such a sense of accomplishment.”

The desire to keep helping people and the earnings potential of doing so propelled her to her next degree three years later. “Back then, you really weren’t supposed to be working while going to nursing school, but I did because I had to. And like today, nursing school isn’t easy. In LPN school, we started with a hundred people and graduated with about 17. But, when I finished, I was happy I’d be able to provide better for my children.”

 

In 1998, she earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Alcorn State University. Shortly thereafter, she began At Home Care, in Port Gibson.

The business has grown mightily in just 20 years – now employing about 450 people in its 11 offices statewide, including the main office along Church Street in Port Gibson. Its caregivers work in 48 Mississippi counties offering in-home care to those dealing with chronic medical conditions that might otherwise result in permanent residency in nursing homes.

“We try to help people in those situations stay at home longer,” she said. “As people age and if they’ve been self-sufficient all their lives, they prefer staying in their own homes. They can do that with the help our service provides, which include running errands for them, cooking for them, assisting them with a bath. It definitely has an important place in these people’s lives.”

Felton credits several instructors and counselors at the Vicksburg campus and in the ADN program for providing just the right helping hand at all the right times. “John Thomas, at the Vicksburg campus, was a counselor there and talking to him was always very encouraging. Becky Tustain taught some of my classes in the RN program, and, of course, Bobbie Anderson was the dean.”

In February, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse spoke at this year’s Industry Appreciation Banquet in Claiborne County, organized by the county’s Economic Development District. There, Felton was recognized as an outstanding business leader.

“If you’re an economist and want to look at from here to here,” Muse said, holding his hands apart to demonstrate distance, “Look what we were able to help her do – not only for herself but her family and her community in economic development. That’s the kind of story you love to hear and tell people about.”

Her best advice to any young person in a similar situation to hers, particularly single mothers, is that there’s no substitute for persistence. It’s advice that, nowadays, she and her current husband, the Rev. Columbus Felton, impart to their 12 children, 17 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

“You have to stick to it and not give up,” she said. “You’ve got to lock your mind up around that. You can’t do anything else but keep moving. I’ve never been a lazy person. If you’re lazy, you can forget it. God will allow you to do whatever you want to do.”

 


Note: This story appears in the summer 2018 issue of Hindsight alumni magazine. Find out more information about the Hinds Alumni Association and Foundation scholarships.

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Career-tech scholarship eases struggle for Hinds CC student
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Career-tech scholarship eases struggle for Hinds CC student

 

RAYMOND – The struggle has been real for Gena Barlow long before the concept became a popular talking point. 

Gena Barlow

“I was diagnosed with dyslexia at the age of six,” said Barlow, who grew up around the Byram and Terry area. “Back then, there just wasn’t much you could do about it. 

 

“I had a problem keeping up in school. I’d stay up all night studying, but I just struggled with it so bad. With dyslexia, you’re still as smart as everybody else. It just takes a little longer to get it. When you get older, you then have so much more life experience to draw on, so your mind has calmed down.” 

 

The 54-year-old mother of five left high school early, but earned a GED a few years later. To support her family, she learned bookkeeping from her own mother and managed apartments and other rental properties.  

 

“I really wanted to go back to school, because I could hardly support myself since I lived on the properties,” she said. “I just had a fear of failing, and I was busy being a mom.”

 

A leasing agent at her last apartment complex, who was also attending college at the time, persuaded her to go back to school. 

 

“I was nervous about taking notes, but she just said, ‘Nah, they have people now who can take notes for you.’ I just said ‘Wow’!” 

 

Two years later, Barlow finds herself achieving things in school she thought weren’t meant for her. She’s attending Hinds on the Excellence in Career-Technical Education Scholarship, which has helped tremendously in paying for her continuing education. She’s been inducted into the Gamma Lambda Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa on the Raymond Campus and is on track to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree by spring 2019. 

 

She chose to focus on carpentry based on a previous try at a career in real estate brokerage.  

 

 “I’ve always liked working with my hands and like to fix things myself,” she said. “I’ve worked around real estate and property management, so now I want to start making money by building the houses myself.”  

Her experience at Hinds far exceeded all her initial expectations about going back to school. 

 

“The help I got getting through my first few classes is how I got here,” she said. “I wouldn’t have made those grades to get the scholarship. And I had no idea what Phi Theta Kappa was at first – I thought it was a sorority! But having an honor society on your resume will get you into so many things after school. 

 

“I have loved it because everybody is so nice. I just can’t say enough about the instructors and the people here.” 

 

 


Note: This story appears in the summer 2018 issue of Hindsight alumni magazine. Find out more information about the Hinds Alumni Association and Foundation scholarships.

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Hinds CC awarded for work to renovate Jenkins Hall on Raymond Campus
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Hinds CC awarded for work to renovate Jenkins Hall on Raymond Campus

RAYMOND – Hinds Community College has won an award from the state’s premier historic preservation organization for the renovation of Jenkins Hall on the Raymond Campus.

From left, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, Belinda Stewart, lead architect, and Bill Campbell, project architect at Hinds (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

The Mississippi Heritage Trust recognized the renovation among 43 other restoration efforts across the state as part of the 2018 Heritage Awards Celebration on June 7 in Ocean Springs.

“The pride of the college and the community is evident through the care and commitment to the structures and landscapes of each campus,” said Belinda Stewart, of Belinda Stewart Architects, PA, lead architect on the project and who nominated the project to MHT for consideration. “The Jenkins building is a wonderful example of rehabilitating an important historic campus resource to meet the current needs of the college.”

Jenkins Hall was first built in 1951 and is named for Adam Jenkins, a longtime former employee of the college who retired in 2002 as vice president for Business Services. It was called simply the Administration Building until it was renamed for Jenkins. The renovation was a three-year effort financed by state bond proceeds and cost about $3 million.

Offices for the Financial Aid and Veterans Services departments occupy space in the newly renovated structure, as does the campus’ Honors Institute and offices for the Vice President for the Raymond Campus and the Academic Dean.

Every other year, the MHT awards significant restorations around the state to recognize the work of individuals, civic organizations, educational institutions and local, county and state governments to preserve the places that tell the story of Mississippi. 

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