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William “Bucky” McElroy, Hinds Alumnus
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22 May

William “Bucky” McElroy, Hinds Alumnus

William "Bucky" McElroy

Eagles football hall of famer William “Bucky” McElroy (1950) looks forward to a completely different sport every April at Hinds Community College – golf.

McElroy, who many of his generation say is the greatest football player to ever wear an Eagles uniform, is still active with the Hinds Community College Alumni Association. He also fields two teams of four people each in the college’s annual Golf Fun Fest, traveling from his home in Monroe, La. The Golf Fun Fest is April 19 at Eagle Ridge Golf Course in Raymond.

Like a lot of people associated with Hinds Community College – alumni and other supporters – McElroy’s generous giving is not limited to just the Golf Fun Fest. He has contributed to athletic scholarships over the past few decades, hoping to give other young athletes a start at Hinds like he had.

“I would do anything for Hinds Community College,” McElroy said. “I owe it to them. I answer the call every time because if I’m able to give a kid a boost through scholarship funds or anything, I’m going to do it.”

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

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Joey Sherman, Hinds Alumnus
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22 May

Joey Sherman, Hinds Alumnus

Joey Sherman

Probably few people can boast that they received degrees from two different colleges in the same month, but Hinds alumnus Joey Sherman can.

Sherman, a Terry High graduate, attended Hinds Community College from 2005 to 2007 but did not graduate before transferring to Mississippi State University to finish his degree in civil engineering.

A member of the Hinds golf team, Sherman said his experience at Hinds was so good he wanted not just an MSU degree but one from Hinds as well.

“I really enjoyed my time at Hinds,” Sherman said. “I met lots of new people there and established friendships that I continue to have today. The fact that it was so close to home made it even better because it allowed me to make a smooth transition from high school to college.”

The quality of instruction, caring teachers and small class size – coupled with the opportunity to save money by commuting from his home and drawing on scholarship dollars – all made Hinds a great choice for him.

Now that alumni can “transfer hours back” to Hinds from universities they’ve also attended, students like Sherman can still earn their Hinds degree. In December 2011, Sherman did just that, transferring 32 hours back to Hinds Community College for his associate’s degree at the same time he earned a bachelor’s degree from MSU.

Now he works as an engineer for Entergy’s Grand Gulf Nuclear Power Station in Port Gibson.

Other alumni who are interested in following in Sherman’s footsteps can contact Ann Travis at 601.857.3214 to find out about earning their degree from Hinds Community College. 

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Ola Hall, Hinds Student
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22 May

Ola Hall, Hinds Student

Ola Hall

Olubusola “Ola” Hall of Terry came to Hinds to learn how to help people.

Originally from Lagos, Nigeria, she is married and has four children, including two stepchildren. As an adult she enrolled at the Raymond Campus to begin working on an associates degree before moving on to a four-year university, and hopes to one day return to her hometown to open a clinic.

Ola learned about Hinds from peers who told her about the smaller class sizes and the specialized attention from instructors.

“Hinds has helped me obtain an impressive and competitive resume,” she said. “I have had the opportunity to participate in international studies and have also taken advantage of many local community service projects. Hinds offer more opportunities than most universities. This is not your average community college; this is a life-changing experience.”

Ola’s list of accomplishments include; co-president for the Raymond Campus Gamma Lambda Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, vice president for the Associated Student Government, an officer in the Honors Institute, a member of Psi Beta and a member of the All-Mississippi Academic Team. She was also recognized by the state Legislature as this year’s HEADWAE honoree.

Ola is working on her bachelor’s degree in biology and pre-med from Mississippi College and hopes to enroll in their physician’s assistance program. Her ultimate goal is to become a medical doctor, using her education and knowledge to practice medicine in countries such as Guatemala, Costa Rica and other countries in Africa.

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Jessica McMullin, Hinds Student
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Jessica McMullin, Hinds Student

Jessica McMullin

Jessica McMullin, a first generation student on the Raymond Campus, came to Hinds for a very important reason: to set an example for her children.

“Even though being a first-generation student is difficult, I push through because I want my kids to have someone to look up to; someone to set an example for them.”

McMullin says that coming from a family where education was not a major priority has made it difficult to transition.

“You don’t realize what a disadvantage you’re at until you have to go into something blind and figure it out yourself,” she said. “Not having parents that knew about emerging technology has really made simple things like completing my math homework online a struggle.”

But with Hinds being conveniently located, affordable and flexible enough to allow her to maintain a work schedule, McMullin feels sure that she will succeed in attaining her associate’s degree and moving towards her career goal of becoming an accountant.

McMullin is the recipient of the Liles and Ruth Ann Williams Scholarship through the Hinds Community College Foundation, which works to provide financial assistance through scholarships to help deserving students. Scholarship funding assists with a variety of expenses, from full tuition to covering the cost of books. For the fall 2011-2012 academic year, the Hinds foundation awarded 485 scholarships with a total value of more than $470,000.

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Alexis Levy, Hinds Student
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22 May

Alexis Levy, Hinds Student

Alexis Levy

Alexis Levy of Jackson considered jumping into university life when she graduated from Terry High School last spring but concluded she wasn’t ready for that.

“I wanted to stay close to home. I didn’t think it was time for me to move away yet,” she said. “Most people who go away end up coming back. You end up saving a lot of money.”

Instead, she came to Hinds’ Raymond Campus to participate on the women’s track team coached by Bill Ferguson and get started on her major – athletic training.

Levy expects to graduate in May 2013 with her associate’s degree but in the meantime she’s getting valuable experience as a trainer for the Eagles football team.

“I really like sports. I wanted to be in a medical field, and athletic training is kind of in between,” Levy said.

She works with the football team early in the morning, goes to class and runs track in the afternoons, a schedule that keeps her pretty busy.

“The teachers have really been helpful. I’ve grasped the work,” she said.

Next spring she’s considering going to the University of Southern Mississippi but in the meantime she’s enjoying what she’s doing and getting a head start on her career.

“I plan to get my education and do athletic training on a national level or even for a college like Hinds,” she said.

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Chris Potter, Hinds Student
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Chris Potter, Hinds Student

Chris Potter

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

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

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

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

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

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

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J’Vontez Blackmon, Hinds Student
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J’Vontez Blackmon, Hinds Student

J’Vontez Blackmon

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

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

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

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

Blackmon signed with the University of Tennessee-Martin.

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Jacob Iles, Hinds Alumnus
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Jacob Iles, Hinds Alumnus

Jacob Iles

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

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

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

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

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Tameka Wilson, Hinds Student
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Tameka Wilson, Hinds Student

Tameka Wilson

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

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

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

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

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

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