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Posted by on 16 December

Energy management office evolves to oversee recycling

Hinds recently welcomed the addition of a new department, the Office of Sustainability, under Thomas Wasson, vice president for Physical Plant and Auxiliary Services. Jason Pope has been named the director of sustainability, while Mindy Stevens will serve as sustainability projects coordinator. Energy conservation will be the key focus of the department, but recycling will also fall under the office’s duties.

In 2008, the energy conservation effort was implemented district wide. The savings since its inception, which includes all utilities for all campuses, comes to approximately $6.3 million, or 29.4 percent.

“These district wide numbers are the reason the program has been such a huge success for the college,” Pope said. “This reflects a cohesive group effort on the part of our employees to be better stewards of taxpayer dollars.”

With the recycling initiative taking on a more defined role this coming year, with the introduction of desk-side recycling bins, the Office of Sustainability hopes to enhance the already existing program.

“Mindy Stevens was the obvious choice to lead the recycling program; she has demonstrated her passion for recycling in the local community and at the college for years,” Pope said. “Her enthusiasm and energy will continue to lead this program forward.”

According the Pope and Stevens, the college has a duty to help protect the environment through recycling efforts. There is, of course, the added benefit of all the recycling proceeds going toward scholarships in the Honors program and the GED program at the Hinds County Penal Farm, where inmates process and bail all of the recycled goods.

Recent legislation also played a role in the development of the new office. Gov. Phil Bryant recently signed House Bill 1296 during the 2013 Regular Session, which created the Mississippi Energy Sustainability and Development Act. This new law requires each state agency, including Hinds Community College, to submit an official Energy Management Plan to the Mississippi Development Authority.

Currently, the college is averaging about 80,000 pounds of cardboard, or about two semi-truck loads, per month, which is collected from throughout the county.

“Other types of recyclable materials, like paper and plastic, are growing rapidly,” Stevens said. “The college currently recycles paper, plastic, cardboard, aluminum and tin. We are planning on really encouraging people to recycle paper products more often.”

Stevens also spearheaded a program with the college’s cafeteria this fall. All leftover food is now taken to the penal farm and re-used for hog feed. Stevens said she implemented this initiative after traveling abroad to Costa Rica with an Honors group.

“After experiencing Costa Rica’s normal practice of not wasting food, we implemented a similar practice with the Hinds cafeteria,” Stevens said. “Vince Randazzo has been extremely helpful in supporting this initiative. The cafeteria is a huge contributor to all of the recycling on campus.”

All Hinds employees, throughout the district, are encouraged to help with the recycling initiative in the following ways:

– Start using existing recycle bins

– Promote recycling to students and coworkers

– Use the recycling bins for recycling only

-Request bins, if needed, from the Office of Sustainability

– Report recycling issues to the Office of Sustainability

– When in doubt: recycle it

The Office of Sustainability is aiming to get desk-side recycling bins out to eligible employees as soon as possible.

“It’s going to take some time to get all the bins distributed, but we are working diligently across the district to ensure everyone has their opportunity to contribute to the recycling efforts,” Stevens said.

Any employees who wish to get a head start on the recycling initiative may drop off recyclable items to the penal farm.


**Put following information in a break-out box**

District-wide energy savings since 2008 inception:$6,367,053 or 29.4 percent

Campus percentage savings since inception (electric, water, gas):

Raymond:           29%

Utica:                    25%

Rankin:                 34%

JATC:                     31%

Vicksburg:           42%

NAHC:                   31%

Environmental savings for the district as a whole:

MMBTU Avoided: 353,088 MMBTU

This equates to removing 5,801 cars from the road or 826,691 trees planted in a 10-year sequestration.

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Posted by on 16 December

Hinds CC Alum: Living with a purpose

Rhett and his wife, Juli, relax in one of SMr's hammocks.

Rhett and his wife, Juli, relax in one of SMr’s hammocks.

In 2009, Richard Rhett’s life changed forever.

The Vicksburg native and Hinds Community College alum was traveling to a remote village in Honduras on a mission trip with Woodlawn Baptist Church and an organization called Baptist Medical and Dental Mission International, a medical ministry with the goal of sharing Christ’s love and meeting physical needs of health care for those without. Rhett noticed that many people were sick, with the majority of illnesses stemming from polluted water sources.

“I thought at that moment, ‘What if every drop of water that went down my throat caused illness instead of refreshment?’” he said.

As his trip went on, he learned that water-borne illnesses are the leading cause of death in infants and the second leading cause of death in children across the globe.

“Knowing this and seeing it first hand with my own eyes, I knew I could not disregard those facts,” he said. “So, I set out to become an instrument of change.”

Rhett decided to start a company that sells outdoor gear for a purpose, that purpose being to provide clean water to those in need.

An outdoor enthusiast, Rhett said he has always enjoyed God’s creation.

“My dad took me to Alaska for my 21st birthday, and it was a trip that I will never forget. I was dumbfounded by the mountains and the vast vistas that we enjoyed as we traveled throughout the state.”

In 2008, Rhett’s love for the outdoors turned into a desire to be immersed in the wild, so he started to rock climb, mountaineer, kayak, surf, ski and snow board, doing everything he could to seek out new adventures.

“I was hooked. Also, I found that I really enjoy sleeping outside; it allows me to venture into areas of the world that are not commonly seen or experienced. In this, I am able to enjoy the simplicity of nature.”

Rhett says his inspiration for his number one selling item, his special hammocks, came from a first-hand experience in le Patarique. As he was camping each night, he thought of ways to make a more comfortable camping hammock. Upon his return to the U.S., he bought a sewing machine and made his first prototypes. His company, Sierra Madre research, or SMr, was launched in August 2010 with two products, both camping hammocks, called the Pares and the Solo.

Sierra Madre research illuminate S.A., or SMr illuminate, was incorporated in October 2011 in the city of Managua, Nicaragua. The illuminate was formed as the SMr production company, but more importantly to provide sustainable economic development for those with sewing skills. Currently, the company employs eight full-time Nicaraguan team members, and in November, the company interviewed and hired four additional employees.

“We are steadily expanding to catch up with our current orders,” said Rhett. “We are ecstatic about the opportunity to expand and offer more permanent positions to workers that desperately need the work.”

SMr illuminate manufactures the majority of SMr’s gear, which gives SMr the ability to monitor the entire production process and implement its own standard of quality for each product.

“This also gives reassurance to customers that workers are being paid good wages and working in a good environment made their product,” Rhett said. “SMr illuminate imports hand-picked raw materials from all over the world and then builds gear with a purpose.”

Rhett says his company is aiding in developing sustainable economic change by paying good wages to employees and providing an excellent work environment, which, in turn, gives hope to the entire community.

He plans to expand his company into all forms of outdoor products. Designs for tents, backpacks and sleeping bags, all with unique features, are in the works.

In addition to this, SMr has committed to bringing clean water to those without, so with each piece of gear purchased, a percentage goes directly to funding clean water. So far, the company has participated in the building of three new water wells, one in Guatemala and two in Honduras. They have also participated in a well repair in Haiti.

Recently, the company released a new hammock, the Nubé. Because of the success of the new product, SMr will be able to drill approximately nine water wells in Honduras.

“The way our system works is, when someone purchases a ‘ONE’ product, a portion of that sale gives clean water to one person for an entire year,” said Rhett. “One product, one person, one year of clean water.”

Rhett remembers his time as a Hinds student and reflects on how it has helped him achieve his dreams.

“Gary and Michelle (Davison) at the Hinds Baptist Student Union laid the groundwork in teaching me the two most important ways to live our lives: to love God with everything we have and to love people,” he said. “Hinds, in general, laid the groundwork for me to learn how to dedicate time to a goal, a long-term goal. Getting an education and having the discipline needed to, one day, be a useful contributor to this world, were the two goals I made during that time. I am glad to have Hinds as one of the paving stones in my journey of life.”

According to Rhett, although the success of a company is often measured by revenue, there are many more factors that determine what success really is.

“To me, this is what makes our company successful: people enjoying God’s creation, economic stability in a developing country, and clean water for people that do not have access to it. No, we haven’t made a ton of money, but God has truly provided everything that we have needed and much more.”

Rhett plans to keep his mission as the focus of the company, even as it expands.

“This is the core of SMr,” said Rhett. “To take the hope of Christ to the nations and water to the thirsty.”


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Posted by on 16 December

Onezime dances his way through Hinds

Editor’s Note: The following story was written by a staff member of The Hindsonian student newspaper produced on the Raymond Campus.

By Kimberly Stampley

Marcus John Onezime Jr., a dance performance and education major on the Raymond Campus, is involved in so many campus activities, you never know where you might see him next.

Onezime is a member of the Montage Theater of Dance, plays the clarinet in the Wind Ensemble for the Hinds band, is a member of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society and he also serves as a note-taker through Disability Support Services on the Raymond Campus.

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Photo by Kim Stampley

Marcus Onezime, left, performs at a half-time show with Hi-Stepper Kayla Mullen.


Onezime said he had never taken dance lessons until he took his first dance class at Hinds during the fall 2012 semester. “I have always had a love for dance, because I could not sing, and so I decided to move my body to the music,” said Onezime, a Terry resident and graduate of Jackson’s Hillcrest Christian School.

He participated in the Montage fall 2012 concert, “The Dance of Oz,” where he performed as the scarecrow.

He also performed in several dance numbers in the fall 2013 Montage fall concert, held in October on the Raymond Campus. He also performed in the lead role as Moses in the 2012 “Dance of Egypt.”

Dance Department Director Tiffany Jefferson had good things to say about Onezime as her student. She described him as well-rounded – from his intellect, humor and professionalism to his leadership skills.

Some advice she has given Onezime is, “Don’t go through life with regrets. Count your blessings, cut your losses and follow the yellow brick road.”

Onezime plans to apply for the new Jeffrey Gibbs Memorial Scholarship, which was named after a former Hinds student who died in a car wreck.

Gibbs was also a member of Montage. “I will be applying for the scholarship, if possible, in the spring of 2014,” he said.

Onezime is set to graduate in spring 2014 and plans to attend Kennesaw State University in Kennesaw, Ga., to pursue his dance emphasis in jazz and modern.

“I love the upbeat intensity that comes from the jazz genre and the ability to express myself and my personality in a fun, energetic way,” he said. “On the other hand, the modern genre allows me to express a more earthy, low and deep tone that is sometime required to convey an idea.”

Mackenzie Maslanka, a general studies major, said she has been friends with Marcus since her junior year in high school.

 “Marcus has inspired me by his amazing work ethic and his passion for what he does,” Maslanka said. “He is a very talented performer, and I am glad that being a part of this activity brought us together as friends.”

During Onezime’s spare time, he is most likely in Bee Hall or the Muse Band Hall playing with different dance combinations or creating color guard work. He always seems to be on the move. He has proven that you can do anything if you go after your calling and follow your dreams.

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Caring attitude shown in early years by nursing graduate
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13 December

Caring attitude shown in early years by nursing graduate

A dozen years ago, after the 9/11 attacks and the collapse of the Twin Towers, 12-year-old Amy Dykman worried about hurting and grieving children ­– and did something about it.

The little Brandon girl started an initiative called “Amy’s Bears Care – And So Do We,” collecting 12,000 bears for children affected by the terrorist attacks.  KLLM Transports in Richland, a trucking firm that currently has a partnership with Hinds Community College to teach truck driving, transported Amy Dykman’s bears to a New Jersey elementary school for distribution to children.

“I knew teddy bears had always given me comfort,” Dykman recalls now.

On Thursday, Dec. 19, Dykman, now 24, continues her quest to help others when she walks across the stage at Cain-Cochran Hall on the Raymond Campus of Hinds Community College to receive an Associate Degree in Nursing, or ADN. She’s a student at Hinds’ Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center.

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Amy Dykman

 “I always had a notion that I wanted to be in a field where I could help people. I hate to see people hurting or in pain. I want to be the person who is there for you and relieve some of the pain,” she said.

Those traits mean Dykman is exactly where she needs to be, said Cynthia Casey, learning lab manager and co-adviser for the Omega chapter of Alpha Delta Nu honor society that Dykman is president of.

Dykman “exemplifies all of the characteristics that we expect from our nursing students,” Casey said. “She has a very caring spirit, not only with her patients but with her classmates. She demonstrates leadership but in an unassuming way. She actively seeks to help others and is always professional and gracious.”

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Amy Dykman, Cynthia Casey


Among family members who will see her graduate are mom Jennifer Dykman, who says Amy has always had a streak of compassion for others. She believes the reason is “without sounding cliché because it’s the truth – the Lord,” said Jennifer Dykman, who attending Hinds in the 1970s.

It’ll be Amy Dykman’s third degree from Hinds. She received a degree in medical office technology in May 2010 and a business accounting degree in December 2010. And she worked more than 20 hours a week in the River Oaks Hospital accounting department the whole time she was in nursing school.

She decided to come to Hinds after asking people she worked with at River Oaks in Flowood where she should enroll. “I’ve been told that people are more likely to hire a Hinds graduate than they are other graduates,” she said.

It’s easy for Dykman to sympathize with others. She’s had her share of troubles. As a young child, she required extensive speech therapy from age 3 to second grade. Then at age 16, serious headaches led to the discovery of a cyst in a sinus cavity. Surgery caused continuing short-term memory issues that Dykman has worked hard to combat throughout her college career.

Nursing school “has definitely been the toughest thing I’ve ever done in my life. It’s all the knowledge that we have to acquire to know how to treat our patients safely and effectively,” she said.

Her technique for remembering material: Relate a topic to someone she knows. For instance, she related the study of hypertension to her dad, who has hypertension, and pretended she was talking to him about it.

She and her study group partners would meet over the weekend and text or call instructors any time they had a question. “They were always there for us,” she said. “Even if you didn’t have an instructor personally, you could go to any instructor and they would explain things to you.”

Her next step will be to study for the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX®) for registered nurses and seek a job at an area hospital. She has her eye on Jackson’s Baptist Medical Center.

Dykman was recognized a number of times as a child for her Amy’s Bears project, including receiving the USA Today Make A Difference Day award, the Baptist Strong Woman award, and the Mayor’s Humanitarian of the Year award from former Mayor Roe Grubbs.

At Hinds, she was named to Who’s Who and was a 3E winner, in addition to being president of Alpha Delta Nu.


Hinds has four graduation ceremonies on Dec. 19 and 20. More than 700 students are expected to graduate.

Charlotte Dupre’, chief executive officer for Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, is the speaker on Dec. 19 for the 10 a.m. allied health and practical nursing graduation ceremony as well as the 2 p.m. Associate Degree Nursing ceremony.

Jane Flowers, Work-Based Learning coordinator at Hinds’ Vicksburg-Warren Campus as well as the faculty honoree for the legislative HEADWAE program in February, is the speaker on Dec. 20 for students whose last names begin with A to J at 10 a.m. and those whose last names begin with K to Z at 2 p.m.

For more information, see the Hinds website at or


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Rankin County physician establishes scholarship

Brandon physician Dr. C. Ron Cannon has recently established a scholarship at Hinds Community College in memory of his late wife, Sharon Strickland Cannon, who died in May 2012, to benefit a Rankin County student who exemplifies her attributes.

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Mrs. Cannon graduated from Brandon High School in 1971 and was a second-generation Hinds student. Her father, the late Louis Gene Strickland, also attended Hinds.

“Louis Gene was a personal friend of mine. He and I were classmates at Delta State University. When I first came here he was coaching at Brandon High school,” said Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse. “He had a great love for Hinds. When he came to Hinds, Hinds really took him in, gave him a job and helped him through school. He was a good football player here.

“I was so pleased to hear about Dr. Cannon setting up the scholarship for his wife because it enables us to keep that kind of tradition going. Her daddy would have needed a scholarship like that when he was a student here at Hinds,” Muse said.

Preference will be given to a student majoring in special education, child development or a related area as well as a student who has membership or affiliation with the Daughters of the American Revolution or Children of the American Revolution.

Mrs. Cannon also attended Mississippi State University, graduating with a degree in special education.

She was instrumental in the formation of the Rankin Chapter of the Hinds Alumni Association, serving as its president in 1983 through 1984. She devoted much time to the Louis Gene Strickland Golf Tournament for Rankin County to raise funds for the college.

Her husband describes her as a “loving and devoted Christian daughter, wife, mother, sister and friend to many.”

“She was my very best friend. She made me a better person than I actually am,” Cannon said. “I value what she valued. She really loved Hinds. The scholarship is a way for some students to be able to further their education. Through that effort Sharon’s memory will live on.”

She was very involved in her church and her community, having served in the nursery ministry, teaching Sunday school and hosting church events. Additionally, she participated in many international mission trips and served as the president of several PTO organizations.

“She was a fine person. She loved people. She never met a stranger. She had a number of people that she helped. She thought God put them in her path, so she would do whatever she could to help them and encourage them,” Cannon said.

She was also very involved in the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Children of the American Revolution, serving in numerous capacities and offices over the years in both state and national chapters. On a national level she served as chairperson of the Platform Committee and served as the personal page to the president and general of the DAR, traveling extensively both nationally and internationally.

She and Dr. Cannon have three grown sons and two granddaughters.


At Hinds Community College, scholarships are awarded on the basis of a student’s desire for achievement, involvement in extracurricular activities, financial need, grades and letters of recommendation.

Endowed scholarships may be established with a minimum gift of $15,000 donated to the Hinds Community College Foundation. The gift will constitute the initial principal for the endowment. The principal will be maintained and only the income earned will be awarded in the form of scholarships.

Non-endowed scholarships may be established with a minimum gift of $500. All gifts of cash and/or stocks are fully tax deductible.

For more information about establishing a scholarship at Hinds Community College, contact Betty Carraway, 601.857.3800,

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Speakers named for Dec. 19-20 graduation

Hinds Community College has selected two graduation speakers for ceremonies on Dec. 19 and 20 at Cain-Cochran Hall on the Raymond Campus.

Charlotte Dupre’, chief executive officer for Central Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, is the speaker on Dec. 19 for the 10 a.m. allied health and practical nursing graduation ceremony as well as the 2 p.m. Associate Degree Nursing ceremony. Jane Flowers, Work-Based Learning coordinator at Hinds’ Vicksburg-Warren Campus as well as the faculty honoree for the legislative HEADWAE program in February, is the speaker on Dec. 20 for students whose last names begin with A to J at 10 a.m. and those whose last names begin with K to Z at 2 p.m.

Dupre’ has been at Central Mississippi Medical Center since January 2011. She has a Bachelor of Science degree with a major in business education and a minor in journalism from Louisiana State University and a Master of Business Administration from Tulane University in New Orleans.

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She has continued her professional development over the years with a variety of business-related conferences and symposiums.

Among her positions, Dupre’ was executive director for Women’s Health Services at Woman’s Hospital Foundation in Baton Rouge from October 1994 to March 1997, administrator for the Duke Center for Living at Duke University Medical Center from March 1997 to June 2002 and held three different positions with LifePoint Hospitals including chief executive officer for River Parishes Hospital from July 2002 to July 2010.

She is a member of the advisory board for Hinds’ Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center.

Flowers began her education as a student at Hinds, graduating in 1973 with a degree in distribution and marketing technology. She went on to Mississippi State University to obtain her bachelor’s degree in distributive education and her Master of Education in industrial education.


But in the meantime, she taught at Hinds as an adjunct instructor beginning in 1975, working as a secondary cooperative distributive education instructor and coordinator, as well as a marketing and fashion merchandising instructor. She left the Hinds secondary program from 1981 to 1990 to raise her children, returning to the college campus in 1990.

During her 29 years of Hinds service, Flowers has served in a number of roles and on numerous committees. She is a member of the Mississippi and National Association of Developmental Education Teachers.

Flowers has been named a Hinds Hero, received the 3E Award (Emphasis on Excellence and Enrichment), the college’s highest honor, and has been awarded numerous instructor of the year awards, among many other awards.

For more information about graduation, see the website at

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Posted by on 26 November

Utica Campus receives mini-grant for healthy living

Approximately four years ago, the Hinds Utica Campus Division of Social Sciences/Education began a peer educators initiative that sought to provide activities specific to the behavioral health needs of the student population. The initiative was designed to identify behavior or health needs, intervene when necessary, and refer treatment for those who needed it.

As a result of the initiative, a mini grant was written through the Utica Campus Title III program and has been funded in the amount of $7,500 to continue in that effort. The Title III proposal, U-HELP: Utica Healthy Engagement Leads to Prevention, is now a collaborative project between the Social Sciences/Education Division and the Health and Wellness Program.

The aim of U-HELP is to strengthen the social, emotional and reasoning skills of the students in an effort to aid them in making wise choices. The main focus of the project is geared toward prevention of substance abuse through early intervention and clinical referrals. The mission of the project is to recruit and train student leaders to become peer educators. These students will then coordinate activities supported by the behavioral health component of the Health and Wellness Center on the Utica Campus.

The projects will provide opportunities for the peer educators to strengthen their leadership skills, become student mentors and role models, assist their peers in recognizing when help and change are needed, and assist their peers in locating services and activities that are available when needed.

Students who are particularly encouraged to become peer educators are those whose majors are in the area of social work/sociology, psychology, education and science. The requirements for becoming a peer educator include a faculty recommendation, a clean disciplinary record, an essay on “Why I Am a Suitable Candidate for the U-HELP Project” and at least a 2.2 GPA that leads to transferring to a four- year institution.

The project was funded by the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Center for Excellence (HBCU-CFE) in Behavioral Health. The directors of the project are Dr. Gloria Daniels, chairperson of the Social Sciences Division and Lena Mason, director of the Health and Wellness program. Dr. Tiffany Anderson is coordinator of the Title III-Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA) program.

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The Wellness Complex on the Utica Campus


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Hinds CC names student, faculty HEADWAE honorees
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25 November

Hinds CC names student, faculty HEADWAE honorees



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

Flowers began her education as a student at Hinds, studying distribution and marketing technology, in 1973. She went on to Mississippi State University to obtain her bachelor’s degree in distributive education and her Master of Education in industrial education.

She came back to her alma mater in 1975, where she began her Hinds career as a secondary cooperative distributive education instructor and coordinator, as well as a marketing and fashion merchandising instructor. During her 29 years of service to the college, Flowers has served as a tourism and hospitality instructor; developmental education instructor; career exploration instructor; public relations assistant; career center director; speech, music, art, nutrition and reading departmental chair; and her current role, work based learning and developmental education studies coordinator. She also worked as a full-time mother to her three children from 1981 to 1990. All of her Hinds positions were served on the Vicksburg/Warren Campus.

Flowers is a member of the district student services committee, district scholarship committee, adult education and community services committee, student affairs committee, and the Hinds Community College education association. She is also a member of the Mississippi and National Association of Developmental Education Teachers. Flowers has been named a Hinds Community College Hero, received the 3E Award, the college’s highest honor, and has been awarded numerous instructor of the year awards, among many other titles.

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

After finishing his classes in Raymond, Upton plans to move on to a four-year university to continue his studies, with the ultimate goal of becoming a coach and mentor to young athletes.

Both Flowers and Upton will be honored at the HEADWAE luncheon in downtown Jackson on Feb. 18.

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Utica Campus inducts its first NTHS members

The Utica Campus Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department held its first National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) induction recently. Thirteen members from various career and technical programs were recognized for their outstanding academic achievement. Each of the honorees were recommended by an instructor, had earned at least 12 semester hours and had an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better. The Utica Campus Career and Technical Education Department strives to prepare students with marketable work skills that will equip the graduate to compete in this rapidly changing world of work.

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Pictured are inductees, front row from left, Mariah Good of Utica, office systems technology major; Angela Hall of Vicksburg, radio/television production major; Tracy Romo of Utica, cosmetology major; Keara Shannon of Hazlehurst, cosmetology major; Landria Myles of Edwards, cosmetology major, and Thessalonia Bingham of Jackson, clothing & textiles services major; back from left, are Willie Barnes of Hazlehurst, residential carpentry major; Christopher McCaskill of Jackson, residential carpentry major; Bridget Brown of Crystal Springs, clothing & textiles services major, and Anthony Shelby of Canton, food production management major.

NTHS was established in 1984 as a non-profit organization to recognize outstanding students in vocational education. Its mission is to honor student achievement and leadership, promote educational excellence, award scholarships, and enhance career opportunities for the NTHS membership.

For more information, see the Hinds website at or

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Utica Campus choir to perform Christmas Cantata

The 45-member voice choir of the Choral Music Department on the Utica Campus, under the leadership of Dr. Bobby G. Cooper, will perform Cantata #142, “uns ist ein kind geboren,” at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 4 in the Fine Arts Building Auditorium.

The Cantata, which has been contributed to J.S. Bach, was originally written in German but will be performed in English.



The Cantata begins with a short overture that sets an anticipatory mood for the first choral movement, “for us a child is born.” This exciting movement is the longest of the work, imitative in musical style, followed by an aria for bass and a chorus of praise in triple meter, homophonic texture, and fast tempo. A tenor aria precedes a recitative and aria for alto. A concluding movement is an energetic chorale of praise entitled “Alleluia” that is simply written for the chorus but with a soaring continuously flowing sixteenth-note melody written above the voices.

Again this year, the Southern String Players, under the leadership of Alejandero Encinas, artistic director of Education for the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, will provide the accompaniment for the Cantata. Also assisting at the piano for the Christmas work will be Utica native Judy Walker. She has served for many years as the accompanist for the college choir. Guest soloists for the work attributed to Bach will be tenor Jason Walker of Utica and Calvin Bogan of Jackson, a Utica Campus baritone graduate and Jackson State University senior music performance major.

The renowned Utica Jubilee Singers will also perform in the winter concert. Their repertoire will consist of original materials as performed by the founding Utica Jubilee Singers. Additionally, they will sing contemporary Christmas tunes, spirituals and blues genres.

Tamarceo Show of Florence and Jasmine Jones of Jackson will be featured soloists at the winter concert. Shaw, a Utica Campus music graduate, received a Bachelor of Music Performance degree in April 2012 from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. Jones is a Utica Campus sophomore graphic design major.

A variety of well-known anthems and spirituals will also be featured during the concert. As customary, the concert will conclude with a number of rousing renditions of contemporary gospel selections. Cedric Smith, Calvin Bogan, Jeremy Bew, Maurice Durr, Raphael McDonald, Cedric Stinson and Dijhonne Singleton, all Utica Campus graduates and former Jubilees, will assist the choir with this section of gospel music.

The concert will be dedicated to Frank Crump Jr., who was a long time director and faculty of Vocational-Technical Education on the Utica Campus, and Jimmie Lewis, a graduate of both Hinds AHS and Utica Junior College, who was an outstanding member and soloist with the college choir.

Admission to the concert is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Dr. Bobby Cooper at .601.885.7079 or see the Hinds website at or

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