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Nov. 4 Gala is Hinds CC’s yearlong Centennial celebration’s last hurrah
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06 October

Nov. 4 Gala is Hinds CC’s yearlong Centennial celebration’s last hurrah

Hinds Community College alumni Gov. and Mrs. Phil Bryant are co-hosts for the Nov. 4 Centennial Gala, the culminating event of the year-long Centennial celebration. U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran is also scheduled to attend.

The Gala will be a festive time to don cocktail attire for an elegant dinner at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus, the perfect venue in beautiful surroundings. The Gala will showcase the best of Hinds Community College’s talent plus allow an opportunity for all to celebrate 100 Years of Community Inspired Service.

The evening will begin with a 5:30 p.m. reception and silent auction featuring a number of hand-crafted and custom-designed items. The Hinds family will be among those providing auction items, including a Chef’s Dinner for eight, a custom Christmas card design, a child’s playhouse, a fire pit, deer feeders and barbecue grills.

The reception will also feature a tribute to the presidents who have shepherded Hinds through 100 years with special emphasis on President George McLendon, President Dr. Robert Murrah Mayo and current President Dr. Clyde Muse, who is in his 40th year at the college.

The Centennial Gala dinner and program begin at 6:30 p.m. inside the Muse Center auditorium. Entertainment throughout the evening will include the Utica Campus Jubilee Singers, the Hinds Hi-Steppers, guitarist John Jackson, the Faculty Jazz Trio and the Hinds Jazz Band. The Montage Theatre of Dance will perform “Dancing through the Decades.” Alumni performers will present an original musical composition, “Dear Hinds,” created especially for the Centennial by Hinds music instructor Tracy Crosby.

The Gala brings the 2017 Centennial year to a close after more than 100 special events celebrating the rich history of the college. Alumni, business partners, community leaders, employees and friends of the college are invited to the Gala.

“With the proceeds from the Centennial Gala, we plan to create a Centennial Endowment that will be a lasting legacy for future needs of the college, including student scholarships,” said Jackie Granberry, executive director of the Hinds Community College Foundation.

Tickets to the Centennial Gala are $150 each and must be purchased in advance. Table sponsorships are also available for $1,000, which includes eight tickets and recognition in the Gala program.

Anyone unable to attend the Gala can make a donation to the Centennial Endowment or take advantage of the Centennial celebration to set up a new scholarship. For more information on individual tickets, table sponsorships or donations to the Centennial Endowment, call 601.857.3363 or email Granberry at jgranberry@hindscc.edu You can also click here for the form to give and/or purchase Gala tickets or click here to give and/or purchase Gala tickets online.

 

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Hinds Community College is celebrating its 100th year of Community Inspired Service in 2017. Hinds opened in September 1917 first as an agricultural high school and admitted college students for the first time in 1922, with the first class graduating in 1927. In 1982 Hinds Junior College and Utica Junior College merged, creating the Hinds Community College District. Today, as Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution with six locations. Hinds offers quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

 

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Hinds CC Rankin Campus inducts new Phi Theta Kappa members, officers
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02 October

Hinds CC Rankin Campus inducts new Phi Theta Kappa members, officers

PEARL – The Alpha Omicron Omega Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus inducted new members and officers Sept. 21.

From left, Angela Cole, Molly Graef, Summer Dunlap, Alexis Frederick; back row, MaKenzie Downs, Madison Brunt, Joshua Williamson, Trevor Williams, Corey Lovette, Dylan Smith, Rachel Clements and Camryn Willoughby, all of Brandon (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

From left, Angela Cole, Molly Graef, Summer Dunlap, Alexis Frederick; back row, MaKenzie Downs, Madison Brunt, Joshua Williamson, Trevor Williams, Corey Lovette, Dylan Smith, Rachel Clements and Camryn Willoughby, all of Brandon (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Newly inducted members include Rachael Clements, biology; Angela Cole, graphic design, both of Brandon; MaKenzie Downs, of Brandon, biochemistry; Summer Dunlap, of Brandon, undecided; Lauren Ferguson, of Kosciusko, psychology; Alexis Frederick, radiologic technology; Molly Graef, physical therapy assistant; Taylor Hall, general studies, all of Brandon; Thomas Harkins, of Jackson, nursing; Eric Kinan, of Florence, mechanical engineering; Victoria Lawrence, of Pearl, pre-med; Lekitia Lee, of Pelahatchie, fashion merchandising; Destiny Little, of Madison, psychology; Corey Lovette, of Brandon, accounting; Courtney Lum, of Pelahatchie, nursing; Jacob Mahaffey, of Puckett, history; Breana McCord, nursing; Scarlett Mitchell, biochemistry, Shelby Moore, nursing, all of Pearl; Paula Morehead, of Morton, nursing, Sheridan Morris, of Puckett, interior design; Jordan Nowell, of Pearl, kinesiology; Faith Peterson, of Jackson, nursing; Ashlyn Rader, of Puckett, nursing; Keyana Robey, of Clinton, medical data technology; Dylan Smith, of Brandon, Spanish; Cristina Steinwinder, of Florence, nursing; Trevor Williams, poultry science; Josh Williamson, business administration; Camryn Willoughby, biological sciences, all of Brandon.

Also inducted were Corbin Billings, Michelle Brister, Benjamin Bristow, Jared Collum, McKenzi Crockett, Christopher Glass, James Hood, Khanya Ntoni, Karigan Teer, Shelby Trimm, Lindsee Washington, Brian Williams and Emily Yates.

New chapter officers, from left, Win Winstead, of Pelahatchie, Carlos Martinez, of Pearl, Madison Brunt, of Brandon, Hannah Stovall, of Brandon, Claudia Nelson, of Flowood; back row, from left, Jacob Mahaffey, of Puckett, Josh Williamson, of Brandon, James Flickner, of Pelahatchie, Eric Kinan, of Florence (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

New chapter officers, from left, Win Winstead, of Pelahatchie, Carlos Martinez, of Pearl, Madison Brunt, of Brandon, Hannah Stovall, of Brandon, Claudia Nelson, of Flowood; back row, from left, Jacob Mahaffey, of Puckett, Josh Williamson, of Brandon, James Flickner, of Pelahatchie, Eric Kinan, of Florence (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Officers include Madison Brunt, president, of Brandon; Hannah Stovall, of Brandon, president; James Flickner, of Pelahatchie, vice president of fellowship and MS/LA Regional Central District Representative; Josh Williamson, of Brandon, vice president of service; Jacob Mahaffey, of Puckett, vice president of leadership; Claudia Nelson, of Flowood, vice president of scholarship, Carlos Martinez, of Pearl, vice president of scholarship; Win Winstead, of Pelahatchie, vice president of public relations; Eric Kinan, of Florence, vice president of communications.

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 transferrable credit hours. There are more than 1,200 Phi Theta Kappa chapters throughout the United States and abroad. For more information about Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds, go to http://www.hindscc.edu/admissions/studentlife/clubs/ptk/index, email Faculty Adviser Joy Rhoads at jdrhoads@hindscc.edu or follow the society’s Hinds chapter on Twitter at @HindsRankinPTK. The new Honors Institute program at the Rankin Campus may be followed at @HCCHonorsRankin.

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Front row, from left,  Breanna McCord, of Pearl, Ashlyn Rader, of Puckett, Victoria Lawrence, Jordan Nowell, both of Pearl, Courtney Lum, of Pelahatchie; back row, from left, Scarlett Mitchell, of Pearl, Jacob Mahaffey, of Puckett, Eric Kinan, of Florence, Lakitia Lee, of Pelahatchie, Cristina Steinwinder, of Florence, Shelby Moore, of Pearl (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Front row, from left, Breanna McCord, of Pearl, Ashlyn Rader, of Puckett, Victoria Lawrence, Jordan Nowell, both of Pearl, Courtney Lum, of Pelahatchie; back row, from left, Scarlett Mitchell, of Pearl, Jacob Mahaffey, of Puckett, Eric Kinan, of Florence, Lakitia Lee, of Pelahatchie, Cristina Steinwinder, of Florence, Shelby Moore, of Pearl (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Keyana Robey, left, and Faith Peterson, both of Jackson (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Keyana Robey, left, and Faith Peterson, both of Jackson (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lauren Ferguson, left, of Kosciusko, and Paula Morehead, of Morton (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Lauren Ferguson, left, of Kosciusko, and Paula Morehead, of Morton (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

Destiny Little, left, of Madison, and Thomas Harkins, of Jackson (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Destiny Little, left, of Madison, and Thomas Harkins, of Jackson (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

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Hinds CC Raymond Campus Alpha Beta Gamma business honorary hears talk by accountant
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02 October

Hinds CC Raymond Campus Alpha Beta Gamma business honorary hears talk by accountant

Lori Liddell, senior manager at Horne LLP, spoke to the Raymond Campus chapter of Alpha Beta Gamma on Sept. 18. Alpha Beta Gamma is the international business honor society for two-year colleges.

Liddell

Liddell discussed her extensive experience in forensic accounting that included economic damage analysis, shareholder disputes, and valuing closely-held businesses. Liddell also discussed different career paths in the field of accounting. She brought booklets published by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants for current accounting students on the Raymond Campus.

Karen Robbins is the adviser for the Raymond Campus chapter of Alpha Beta Gamma.

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Hinds CC Music Department to host U.S. Air Force brass quintet
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02 October

Hinds CC Music Department to host U.S. Air Force brass quintet

RAYMOND – The Hinds Community College Music Department will host Gateway Brass, a component of the U.S. Air Force Band of the West, on Friday, Oct. 6 in the Vashti Underwood Muse Band Hall.

Gateway Brass

Gateway Brass

The performance is from 11 a.m. to noon and is free and open to the public. Contact Hinds Music Department Chair Shane Sprayberry at 601.857.3273 or jssprayberry@hindscc.edu for more information.

Gateway Brass is a brass quintet with percussion which showcases military professionalism at Department of Defense ceremonies and entertaining public functions throughout the Gulf Coast region on behalf of the Air Force. The virtuoso group of active duty airman musicians perform musical styles spanning five centuries.

The ensemble is based at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas. All enlisted airmen must first pass through JBSA-Lackland, making it known as “The Gateway to the Air Force”, which became the inspiration for the group’s name.

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Scholarship a blessing for Hinds CC Rankin Campus student on long road to success
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27 September

Scholarship a blessing for Hinds CC Rankin Campus student on long road to success

Note: The following story appears in the fall issue of Hindsight alumni magazine. For more information about the Hinds Alumni Association, see the website. To apply for a Hinds Community College Foundation scholarship, go to the Admissions tab on college web site at www.hindscc.edu or click here.

PEARL – From a difficult birth into the world to a diagnosis of Asperger syndrome, Sarabian Ross hasn’t had an easy life. His elementary school years, academically and socially, were a series of arduous steps toward a fulfilling life.

“I didn’t even think I was smart enough to be in college,” said Ross, of Jackson, known to his friends and family as Ray. “My mom (Arlisha) and I didn’t know where the money would come from.”

Sarabian Ross

Sarabian Ross

Thanks to a Hinds Community College Foundation scholarship, the student who’s now quick with a hello to his buddies on campus hopes to build on successes he didn’t ever think was possible.

“The scholarship is important to me because I had no idea how I would make it through college,” he said. “So, I’m just feeling very blessed.”

Ross is attending Hinds on the Oscar Richard Ainsworth & Edith Wetzel Ainsworth Scholarship and is on track to graduate in 2018. He’s mapping out his plans for future one day at a time, but he’s impressed by what he’s seen so far in the college’s Animation and Simulation Design Technology program.

“I’ve been interested in animation and how those things came to life since I was a kid,” he said. “Before computers, it was just pencil and paper. I thought that was cool right there. In animation, whenever you build certain characters in 3-D, it starts out with just basic shapes. They’re all made up of polygons. It’s really just like a sculpture, one you have to mold from the polygons into a face.”

Since starting Hinds, Ross is achieving things far beyond what his mom expected. He has landed on the Dean’s List and became part of the Rankin Campus’ Phi Theta Kappa honor society chapter, Alpha Omicron Omega.

The classroom setting has been a welcoming sight for both mother and son. His mother works as a school crossing guard for the Jackson Police Department and is completing a degree at Mississippi College. Together, they’ve discovered new study strategies and feel relieved for the help in financing Ray’s education.

“The scholarship was a blessing because it took away the burdens and stress of him coming to school, the cost of the books, things like that,” Arlisha Ross said. “And he has excelled being here.”

Ray says young adults in his situation can make it, provided they have support and help from family, friends and peers.

“I want to encourage people who have autism and have Asperger’s that they can make it to college like I did,” he said. “I got here with the help of my mother, my godfather and my grandmother, who’s no longer with us. What I’d tell them is to have someone around who they can trust, like their mom or a counselor like I have, with whom they can open up about their feelings.”

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Strong foundation at Hinds CC laid foundation for local nursing chief
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27 September

Strong foundation at Hinds CC laid foundation for local nursing chief

Note: The following story appears in the fall issue of Hindsight alumni magazine. For more information about the Hinds Alumni Association, see the website.

RAYMOND – Solid foundations in healthcare are built one satisfied patient at a time.

For Brenda Howie, the essentials of caregiving are built with the kinds of foundations laid every day at Hinds Community College for its nursing students.

Brenda Howie

Brenda Howie

“Hinds was my foundation and I built it in the Associate Degree Nursing program,” said Howie, who marked her 40th year in nursing in 2017 alongside being named chief nursing officer at Mississippi Baptist Medical Center, where she’s worked since 1981. “My education at Hinds is the reason I am where I am today.”

Howie was in the Student Nursing Association during her time in the program at Hinds, when it was housed at the Raymond Campus with other science classes. The Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center opened in 1982.

“I lived at home during school and it was a busy two years,” she said. “I was taking all my prerequisites with my nursing. We had a checkoff labs back then instead of simulation labs. We did IVs and injections on each other.”

Howie began at Baptist as a staff nurse on a medical-surgical unit. She has served various roles, including staff nurse, educator, assistant manager, nurse manager and clinical director. Additionally, she has been an adjunct clinical instructor for both Hinds and Mississippi College School of Nursing.

“It is always wonderful when our graduates are recognized for excellence in their profession,” said Dr. Libby Mahaffey, current dean of Nursing and Allied Health, who also taught part of Howie’s doctoral program. “Brenda Howie is an outstanding example. This promotion is well deserved, and I know Brenda will continue to serve Baptist with excellence.”

In her current role, Howie provides leadership to more than 1,000 RNs in the hospital’s nursing department. She also oversees the Educational Resource Center and is the executive leader for service.

In August 2015, Howie obtained her doctorate degree in Nursing Education and Administration from William Carey University. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Masters of Science in Nursing from the University of Mississippi Medical Center.

Her days in front of students in a classroom might be done, but she emphasizes that teaching never really stops in her world.

“You teach every day,” she said. “The biggest change is technology, especially with electronic medical records.”

The field today has many challenges, including keeping quality personnel.

“In today’s world, there’s so many more avenues, professionally, a nurse can take,” she said. “It’s challenging to keep a strong workforce. You have to adapt and learn with the generations.

“You have to learn how to take time to listen to the patients. They are why I’m still here today. You have to learn the right words at the right time, so you can communicate with them while utilizing all the advanced technology we have in healthcare today. Patients and their families are at the center of why we do what we do.”

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‘Sweetheart’ of Hinds CC allied health makes dreams come true for children
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27 September

‘Sweetheart’ of Hinds CC allied health makes dreams come true for children

Note: The following story appears in the fall issue of Hindsight alumni magazine. For more information about the Hinds Alumni Association, see the website.

VICKSBURG – Helping people get better and having fun doing it is what Melissa Smithhart is known for among friends and associates.

By day, she’s a physical therapist assistant at Scott Robbins Physical Therapy in Vicksburg, where she helps people recover from surgery or injuries to vital joints such as shoulders, hips and knees. For the past few years, though, it’s her work making dreams literally come true for children with life-threatening medical conditions that has taken her calling in life to another level.

Melissa Smithhart

Melissa Smithhart

“Working in physical therapy, you see a lot of personalities and types of people,” Smithhart said. “You need to be caring and compassionate. It’s rewarding to see people get back to their prior level of function.

“With a child that has an illness, to make them happy for one day and see the smile on their face is amazing. It takes a caring and compassionate personality to see that as well.”

About three years ago, Smithhart, a graduate of the Physical Therapist Assistant program at Hinds’ Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center, became a volunteer with the Make-A-Wish Foundation as part of her participation in Junior Auxiliary in Vicksburg. An official with the foundation had inquired about the local group’s interest in becoming liaisons between the organizations and children’s families.

“There was no one in Warren County to volunteer, so we got the staff together and said, ‘there’s no reason we can’t take this on,’” she said. “Conscience pushed me to say, ‘well, let me just say yes and see what happens.’”

This past summer, Smithhart and fellow volunteers helped make a “sensory room” for an 8-year-old girl with a debilitating developmental condition. The story made print headlines in Mississippi and beyond. Another involved a little boy who wanted to meet his favorite Disney character, Pluto, at Walt Disney World. “I love to plan kids’ parties anyway, so this was up my alley.”

Smithhart earned her Hinds degree after having already earned a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2005. During summer sessions in between, she took some of her core academic classes at the Hinds Vicksburg-Warren Campus.

Her chosen career chose her, in a way, as a teenager, she said.

“My senior year in high school, my uncle had a stroke,” she said. “He had physical therapy done, so I got to see it and it interested me. And I’ve always liked to exercise, so it seemed fitting.”

Her kindly manner with people made it easy to believe she had gone on to help people, said Pam Chapman, chair of the Physical Therapist Assistant program at NAHC.

“I passed the story on to some of her classmates from back then, and all they had to say was, ‘That’s Melissa!’ and how they fully expected her to get involved with something so good,” Chapman said. “Melissa was an excellent student and she’s amazing with everyone she works with. One of her fellow students referred to her as ‘Melissa Sweetheart.’”

Smithhart credits her Hinds experience for keeping her on track to live her own dreams.

“I studied a lot and I was just determined,” she said. “Hinds gave me the opportunity to have this career and the chance to make a difference in people’s lives.”

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Hinds CC instructor drafts new career as Fab Lab director
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26 September

Hinds CC instructor drafts new career as Fab Lab director

Note: The following story appears in the fall issue of Hindsight alumni magazine. For more information about the Hinds Alumni Association, see the website.

RAYMOND – Phil Cockrell has struck when the iron was hot, so to speak, many times in his professional career.

These days, the material he works with is more plastic than iron and his equipment is actually the “coolest” on campus.

Phil Cockrell, inside the Fab Lab (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Phil Cockrell, inside the Fab Lab (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Cockrell, a Magee native and Brandon resident, instructs courses in the Engineering and Drafting Design Technology program. He’s also the director of the Fab Lab on the Raymond Campus, which opened in August. He says it’s a place where students, faculty, industry and the public alike can, as Cockrell puts it, “Imagine, design and build.”

“It’s for prototyping products for any number of purposes, and it’s open to students, faculty and the public,” Cockrell said. “Theoretically, you could come up with an idea for a product and patent it, as teenagers in similar labs in other states have done.”

Located in the Vocational Technical Building A, the lab is outfitted with 3-D printing machines, laser cutters and related equipment capable of etching designs or cutting flat sheet material such as acrylic and metal. The resulting prototypes are limitless – from small trinkets such as a cartoon character’s crown to a full 3-D reproduction of parts used in heavy industry and the human form itself.

Printing in 3-D involves programming a set of instructions into a central control panel or a separate computer, then loading the appropriate material – often forms of polyvinyl plastic – into a feeder line where the material is melted and flows through mechanical arms to “print” an object based on the instructions.

The lab was financed through the Predominantly Black Institutions Formula grant and is the first member lab in Mississippi of the U.S. Fab Lab Network, a group of 76 high schools, colleges, universities and businesses nationwide. An introductory non-credit course launched the lab in August 2017  for students while Cockrell began training instructors to become certified on the equipment.

A mechanical arm inside a 3D printer prints an object in the Fab Lab. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

A mechanical arm inside a 3D printer prints an object in the Fab Lab. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

All the heady technology has transformed what was once simply called drafting, said Cockrell, a former Simpson County sheriff’s deputy who switched careers to return to school at age 28.

“I was getting married and I wanted to make a career change,” he said. “I did some research, and drafting and design was getting to be a hot field. Hinds’ program had a really good reputation, so I got out of law enforcement and came back to school.”

Cockrell’s wife, Rebecca, graduated from the Associate Degree Nursing program at Hinds and is Learning Lab/Clinical Placement coordinator at the Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center.

He earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in Drafting and Design Technology, graduating summa cum laude. It was a line of work that was changing along with the world itself, as the Internet opened new possibilities.

“Technology made things easier,” he said. “Instead of working out a set of house plans by hand, I could sit at a computer and do a set of house plans in a fraction of the time. I could manipulate it a lot easier on a computer than by hand.

“As a student, I was well-prepared for the industry, as I worked part-time doing small parts for air conditioning systems and in construction,” he said. “Eventually, I was able to take a building, design it, estimate it and project-manage it. Hinds prepared me to do that.”

His instructors took note of his skill set when the time came to launch his second career.

“Phil was always a class leader, the first to volunteer for outside projects and excelled in his coursework,” said Cindy West, dean of Career and Technical Education for the Raymond Campus and Cockrell’s instructor for Drafting and Design. “Phil’s name was always at the top of my ‘short list’ of former students to call in the event there was ever an open instructor position.”

While the Cockrells vacationed in late 2007, and after he contemplated going to nursing school, a position indeed came open and his teaching vocation began.

“I enjoy the classroom setting, especially watching students as they start to get the concept. That’s a joy.”

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Hinds CC Nursing/Allied Health Center looks back, moves forward during Centennial celebration
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25 September

Hinds CC Nursing/Allied Health Center looks back, moves forward during Centennial celebration

JACKSON – Bobbie Anderson and Mary Ann Sones had a combined 58 years in positions leading a generation of future nurses and healthcare professionals at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center.

Decades’ worth of memories on top of theirs flowed freely from the two program pioneers and numerous retired faculty and alumni who reunited Sept. 21 at the Chadwick Drive complex as part of the college’s Centennial celebration.

Bobbie Anderson, left, retired dean at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center, speaks during a reunion of former deans and instructors at the facility Sept. 21. Also seated are Mary Ann Sones, center, also a retired dean, and Dr. Libby Mahaffey, right, the center's current dean. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Bobbie Anderson, left, retired dean at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center, speaks during a reunion of former deans and instructors at the facility Sept. 21. Also seated are Mary Ann Sones, center, also a retired dean, and Dr. Libby Mahaffey, right, the center’s current dean. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“It’s not often you get to the ground floor of something like this and see it get off the ground,” said Anderson, of Vicksburg, the first dean at NAHC who worked 24 years in the Associate Degree Nursing program. “It’s truly an honor.”

Testimonials to the nursing and allied health programs’ success since the Chadwick Drive facility opened in 1982 highlighted the ceremony, dubbed “Looking Back, Moving Forward”, as did an exhibit displaying the evolution of nursing school equipment through the years. Attendees signed a banner marking the complex’s part in the Centennial. Also, a time capsule was buried and a flowering plum tree was planted near the front of campus to mark the event. Anderson and Sones were presented personalized medallions marking each being among the “100 People Passionate about Hinds” honored at a separate ceremony in August.

“I was so lucky to have been in the right place at the right time when I became an instructor at Hinds Community College,” said Sones, a Kosciusko native and dean of the facility from 1993, when Anderson retired, through 2004. She spent more than 34 years overall at Hinds in various teaching and administrative positions. “I was fortunate to have wonderful people to work with. I learned so much from this lady, Ms. Anderson. I learned how to be an administrator from Bobbie Anderson.”

Standing, from left, Kay Jones, Shirley Williams, Dr. Libby Mahaffey, Florence Lewis and Judy Fortenberry; seated is Bobbie Anderson (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Standing, from left, Kay Jones, Shirley Williams, Dr. Libby Mahaffey, Florence Lewis and Judy Fortenberry; seated is Bobbie Anderson (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Nursing programs began at Hinds in 1966 with 26 students in one room of the Home Economics building on the Raymond Campus. Eight years later, with Anderson as its director, the program moved to a converted residence on campus and enrollment grew rapidly. It prompted a new home be built, at its current site beside the former Hinds General Hospital, now Merit Health Central.

Anderson remembered the move from Raymond to the current digs taking place over the span of just one weekend.

“Rebecca Tustain had set up our learning lab,” Anderson said. “Those tables in there, they must have weighed at least a hundred pounds. We had called a moving van to move them. She had dared them to have something fall and break.”

Today, the complex consists of the 51,000-square-foot original building which was renamed in 1993 for Anderson, a 33,000-square-foot annex building housing a majority of allied health programs and academic courses, and the Ball Simulation Center, which features five tech-driven labs for training purposes.

Lee Cooper, maintenance technician at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center, buries a time capsule during a reunion Sept. 21 of former deans and instructors at the facility. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Lee Cooper, maintenance technician at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center, buries a time capsule during a reunion Sept. 21 of former deans and instructors at the facility. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“I started work here when the Nursing Allied Health Center was opened,” said Dr.

Lee Cooper, left, maintenance technician at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center, and Mike Daniels, facilties manager for the facility, stand near a plum tree planted during a reunion of retired deans and faculty Sept. 21 at the facility. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Lee Cooper, left, maintenance technician at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center, and Mike Daniels, facilties manager for the facility, stand near a plum tree planted during a reunion of retired deans and faculty Sept. 21 at the facility. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Libby Mahaffey, dean of the facility since 2005. “So, this is all I have ever known at the college.”

Former NAHC faculty shared stories of the nursing program’s humble beginnings.

“We had three instructors to an office back then at Raymond,” said Kay Jones, retired former Associate Degree Nursing instructor and 34-year employee. “One day we came in, and there were so many books on the shelf that it fell off the wall and the books were on the floor.”

Technical and associate degree programs at NAHC are nationally accredited by specialty accrediting organizations. The career programs meet state accreditation/approval guidelines.

Through physical expansions, the program’s architects and instructors point to the spirit of family at Hinds that has produced the standard of excellence seen in NAHC’s graduates.

“Every day was so enjoyable because of the people I worked with,” Sones said. “It was a wonderful 34 ½ years.”

Dr. Joycelyn Washington, director of Student Services/Counselor for NAHC, served as event chair for the NAHC Centennial event. Dr. Portia Travis, director of the Transition to RN program, presented roses to commemorate the center’s role in the Centennial celebration. Therese Winschel, chair of the Respiratory Care Technology program, and Mike Daniels, facilities manager for NAHC, headed up the time capsule and tree planting.

[tweetable alt=””]Hinds CC Nursing/Allied Health Center looks back, moves forward during Centennial celebration[/tweetable]            

Bobbie Anderson, seated, retired dean of Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center, receives a personalized medallion from Jackie Granberry, executive director of the Hinds Community College Foundation, during a reunion Sept. 21 of former deans and instructors at the facility. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Bobbie Anderson, seated, retired dean of Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center, receives a personalized medallion from Jackie Granberry, executive director of the Hinds Community College Foundation, during a reunion Sept. 21 of former deans and instructors at the facility. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Mary Ann Sones, a retired dean of Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center, holds a personalized medallion received during a reunion Sept. 21 of former deans and instructors at the facility. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Mary Ann Sones, a retired dean of Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center, holds a personalized medallion received during a reunion Sept. 21 of former deans and instructors at the facility. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From left, Judy Fortenberry, Martha Hopper and Dr. Libby Mahaffey gather following a reunion Sept. 21 of retired deans and faculty at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. Hopper was among the first students at NAHC, which opened in 1982. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

From left, Judy Fortenberry, Martha Hopper and Dr. Libby Mahaffey gather following a reunion Sept. 21 of retired deans and faculty at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. Hopper was among the first students at NAHC, which opened in 1982. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

From left, Christie Adair, Dr. Jane Skinner, Michelle McGuffee, Dottie Binkley, Marilyn Hughes, Lee Cooper, Dr. Libby Mahaffey and Mike Daniels

From left, Christie Adair, Dr. Jane Skinner, Michelle McGuffee, Dottie Binkley, Marilyn Hughes, Lee Cooper, Dr. Libby Mahaffey and Mike Daniels (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

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City of Pearl honors Hinds Community College Centennial with resolution
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City of Pearl honors Hinds Community College Centennial with resolution

The City of Pearl Board of Aldermen recognized Hinds Community College’s Centennial with a resolution on Sept. 19. Pictured are, front from left, Hinds Community College Foundation Executive Director Jackie Granberry, Pearl Mayor Jake Windham, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, Rankin Campus Vice President Dr. Norman Session; back, Ward 2 alderman  Michael Sartor, Ward 6 alderman Gavin Gill, Ward 1 alderman David Lucket, alderman at large Johnny McHenry, Ward 3 alderman Johnny Steverson, Ward 5 alderman James Thompson and Ward 4 alderman Casey Foy.

Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus, located in Pearl, is the second largest of the college’s six locations with more than 3,000 students.

(April Garon/Hinds Community College)

(April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Hinds Community College is celebrating its 100th year of Community Inspired Service in 2017. Hinds opened in September 1917 first as an agricultural high school and admitted college students for the first time in 1922, with the first class graduating in 1927. In 1982 Hinds Junior College and Utica Junior College merged, creating the Hinds Community College District. Today, as Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution with six locations. Hinds offers quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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