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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 www.hindscc.edu or http://www.hindscc.edu/departments/health_related_professions/adn/default.aspx

 

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Posted by on 12 December

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, ecarraway@hindscc.edu.

See the Hinds website at http://www.hindscc.edu/future_students/scholarships/default.aspx

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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.

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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 http://www.hindscc.edu/admissions/graduation/default.aspx

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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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Posted by on 22 November

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 www.hindscc.edu or http://www.hindscc.edu/departments/careertech.aspx

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Posted by on 22 November

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.

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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 www.hindscc.edu or http://www.hindscc.edu/Map_Locations/ut/default.aspx.

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Dalton named Most Beautiful in annual Beauty Revue

 

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Jade Dalton of Flora, a graduate of Bartlett High School, was named Most Beautiful in the 2013 Eagle Beauty Revue pageant at Hinds Community College on Nov. 14.

Dalton, 19, is a freshman political science major on the Raymond Campus. As a high school student, she was a member of theater, debate team, and a young adult fiction writing club. She plans to get her bachelor’s degree in political science from a four-year university and eventually attend law school at the University of Mississippi.

Twenty-five women participated in the Eagle Beauty Revue, which is sponsored by The Eagle yearbook on the Raymond Campus.

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Posted by on 13 November

Rankin Campus inducts fall PTK members

The Alpha Omicron Omega Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus inducted new members on Oct. 25.

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They include, front from left, Kimberly Storey of Brandon, Jessica Jasper of Brandon, Amber Bynum of Pearl, Daniel Ray of  Pearl, Emily Mitchell of Brandon, Alyn Parker of Brandon, Kerri Ozborn of Brandon; middle row, Tammy Watts of Florence, Mallory Walker of Brandon, Bruce Odems of Austin, Texas, Danielle Dobbins of  Florence, Courtney Crockett of Pelahatchie, Jessica Stagner of West Chicago, Ill., Alexandra Peterson of Richland and Lana Yates of Richland; back, Nicholas Altobelli of Brandon, Jodie Ortner of Monticello, Ark., Collins Rice of Pearl, Shaeron Owen of Yazoo City, John Yoakum of Richland, Letretia McMillion of Sumrall, Benjamin Polk of San Diego and Chris Stayton of Byram.

For more about Hinds Phi Theta Kappa see:

http://www.hindscc.edu/studentlife/activities/clubs/ptk/default.aspx

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Rankin County students, employees meet with legislators

Hinds Community College hosted the annual fall legislative luncheon on Nov. 8, giving local lawmakers a chance to talk to students and employees and hear about the priorities of the 15 community colleges in Mississippi.

The students who met with legislators were members of either the Hinds Connection student recruiting and public relations group or Student VOICES, a statewide organization designed to empower community college students to become civically engaged at the local, state, national and global levels. One of their missions is to support mid-level funding, which is a per-student funding level for community colleges midway between funding for K-12 and regional public universities students.

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Among those attending from Rankin County were Hinds Community College Rankin Campus Dean of Career-Technical Education Sherry Franklin, Hinds Connection member Tylar Keefer of Brandon, Rep. John Moore of Brandon, Rep. Ray Rodgers of Pearl, Rankin County Chancery Clerk and president of the Hinds Community College Alumni Association Larry Swales, Sen. Josh Harkins of Flowood, Student VOICES member Georgia Swinford of Brandon, Rep. Tom Weathersby of Florence and Raymond Campus Student VOICES adviser and math instructor Jeff Hughes of Richland.

For more information about Hinds, see www.hindscc.edu.

 

 

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