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Hinds CC caps off yearlong Centennial celebration with gala, festive entertainment
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07 November

Hinds CC caps off yearlong Centennial celebration with gala, festive entertainment

PEARL – A festive night of entertainment and fond memories Nov. 4 helped culminate the yearlong celebration of Hinds Community College’s Centennial.

Hosted by Gov. and Mrs. Phil Bryant, the event at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus showcased the best of the college’s talent and featured video clips of its evolution during its 100 Years of Community-Inspired Service.

From left, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, Deborah Bryant, Gov. Phil Bryant (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Bryant, a 1975 Hinds graduate, shared his story of being a student at Hinds and being the first of his family to attend college, which he noted as a continuing part of the college’s mission for its students.

“We have the opportunity to help each and every one of them go to college,” he said. “What a remarkable opportunity it was for me in the 1970s. I owe Hinds so much that it’ll never be able to be returned. We cannot overemphasize how important this great community college has been to the state of Mississippi. Our graduates go all over the world. We find ourselves in remarkable places.”

Part of that story involved his meeting his wife, Deborah, on the Raymond Campus.

“While I was there, not only did I get a remarkable education, but I found a soulmate,” Bryant said, just before Deborah Bryant appeared on stage being serenaded by the Utica Campus Jubilee Singers with a rendition of “My Girl.”

Members of the Utica Campus Jubilee Singers sing “My Girl” during the Hinds Community College Centennial Gala held Nov. 4 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Later, guests were treated to rousing performances by several student groups including the Hinds Hi-Steppers and the Hinds Jazz Band. A group of alumni performers sang the original composition “Dear Hinds,” composed especially for the Centennial by Hinds music instructor Tracy Crosby. The Montage Theatre of Dance performed a homage to popular songs and dances titled “Dancing through the Decades.”

The reception honored the achievements of the six presidents in the college’s 100 years of service, special emphasis on President George McLendon, President Dr. Robert Murrah Mayo and current President Dr. Clyde Muse, who is in his 40th year.

“The person who’s led this college for 40 years is probably the greatest that I’ve been around in my life,” said Larry Swales, president of the Hinds Community College Alumni Association and chancery clerk in Rankin County. “He gets the job done.”

During the program, Swales read a letter recognizing the college’s Centennial from U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran, whose parents met at Hinds and for whom Cain-Cochran Hall on the Raymond Campus is partially named.

Representing the student body during the program was Drew Shaw, a fourth-generation Hinds student attending the Raymond Campus.

Hinds Community College student Drew Shaw speaks at the college’s Centennial Gala held Nov. 4 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“To say Hinds is a tradition in my family is an understatement,” Shaw said. “Not only have we all been students, but we have taken full advantage of all the opportunities that Hinds had to offer.”

Dr. Muse reflected on his own experiences as a community college student, at East Central Mississippi Community College, and on his 40 years leading Hinds. He thanked Jackie Granberry, executive director of the Hinds Community College Foundation – hired during Muse’s first year as president – for organizing a year’s worth of special events including the gala.

“I’ve enjoyed the last 40 years of being able to help individuals get an education and help them set some life goals and other things so important to people,” Muse said. “The Bible says if you want to be the greatest, be a servant. Hinds Community College offered me that opportunity to do this for about 40 years, and I thank you.”

A silent auction before the program included several custom-made and handcrafted items, a Chef’s Dinner for eight, a custom Christmas card design, a child’s playhouse, a fire pit, deer feeders and barbecue grills.

Invited guests included alumni, business partners, community leaders, employees and friends of the college. Proceeds from ticket sales went toward starting a Centennial Endowment for future needs of the college, including student scholarships.

Members of the Hinds Community College Montage Theatre of Dance perform at the college’s Centennial Gala held Nov. 4 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Members of the Hinds Hi-Steppers perform at the college’s Centennial Gala held Nov. 4 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Members of the Hinds Eagle Jazz Band perform at the college’s Centennial Gala held Nov. 4 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

From left, Aliesha Phillips, Deanna Kemp Simpkins and Thomas E. Steadman Jr. perform “Dear Hinds” at the college’s Centennial Gala held Nov. 4 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From left, Larry Swales, Linda Swales, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, Deborah Bryant, Gov. Phil Bryant (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

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

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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Hinds CC honors ‘100 People Passionate about Hinds Community College’
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17 August

Hinds CC honors ‘100 People Passionate about Hinds Community College’

RAYMOND – Hinds Community College’s yearlong celebration of its 100th birthday continued Aug. 10 with a special program honoring those who’ve shown exemplary passion for the college.

Honorees, family, friends and others totaled nearly 1,000 people in Cain-Cochran Hall on the Raymond Campus for the event, dubbed “100 People Passionate about Hinds Community College.” A mix of addresses and multimedia presentations showed how the college has evolved from an agricultural high school to a thriving institutions with cutting-edge facilities.

Gov. Phil Bryant

Gov. Phil Bryant

The project started when the extended college family and alumni were asked to nominate people who are “passionate” about Hinds. Over the course of six months, from July to December 2016, a total of 658 people were nominated. From the 658 people nominated, a series of committees finally narrowed the nominations down to 100 people.

Hinds County Justice Court Judge Jimmy Morton, a member of the Centennial committee, emceed the program.

“At its core, this college has always been about people serving people,” Morton said. “We believe the story of Hinds is best told through the lives of the individuals deeply committed to the mission of the college.”

Among the 100 honored was Gov. Phil Bryant, introduced by Hinds PresidenCentennial-1t Dr. Clyde Muse. Bryant spoke for several minutes about what the college means to him personally and about being the first in his family, including three children, to earn a college degree.

“We cannot underestimate the effect the school has not only had on us, but the thousands and thousands of parents, wives, husbands who greet that simply joy of their loved one receiving a degree from Hinds Community College,” Bryant said.

Beverly Fatherree, a retired longtime English instructor at Hinds, and Jim Smith, a former chief justice of the state Supreme Court and past Alumnus of the Year at Hinds, both among the 100, reflected on the school’s impact on their lives, particularly when they were students.

“I loved it from the beginning, living first in Westside Dorm, which isn’t here anymore, and then in Davis, which is,” Fatherree said, citing as mentors Anne Hardy and Peggy Brent, both also English instructors on the list of 100 honorees. “They both encouraged and supported me in my plan to become an English teacher when I grew up.”

Beverly Fatherree

Beverly Fatherree

It didn’t take long, Smith said, to figure out “coming to Hinds, next to my salvation and my marriage, was probably the best decision I ever made in my life.”

“The foundation I received helped me immensely and continues to help me to this very day,” Smith said.

“The theme for our celebration has been 100 Years of Community Inspired Service,” said Jackie Granberry, executive director of the Hinds Community College Foundation, told event-goers. “To those of you being honored, you truly have been the foundation of this college. Hinds is all about service. And you have served the college and our communities well. You have set the bar high for all of us.”

Many of the 100 People are natives of the college’s district of Hinds, Rankin, Warren, Claiborne and Copiah counties, and about half of the 100 still live in the area. About three-fourths of them were Hinds employees at some point in their career, although presidents of the college were not among those considered for the list. Among employees, Lola Allen was in the first graduating class in 1923 and was then was employed at Hinds for 43 years until 1966.

Jim Smith

Jim Smith

In a handful of cases, couples are being honored together. Family members of those who are deceased are asked to represent their loved one but all will be honored. For more information about the Centennial, see 100.hindscc.edu.

 

From left, Adam Jenkins, Johnny Crisler, Bobby Cooper, Linden Haynes, Dr. George Barnes, state Rep. Greg Holloway representing the late Walter Washington, Charles Bell and Cleon McKnight (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

From left, Donald Oakes, Jane Lauderdale Flowers, Joe Loviza (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

From left, Donald Oakes, Jane Lauderdale Flowers, Joe Loviza (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

From left, state Sen. Dean Kirby, Mike Vinson, Larry Swales, Lynn Weathersby, Dr. Clyde Muse, Tom Burnham, Gov. Phil Bryant, Jimmy C. Smith, Jim Smith, Wayne Stonecypher, Tom Weathersby, Irl Dean Rhodes, Noelle Wynne, representing George Wynne. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

From left, Dr. Libby Mahaffey, Bobbie Anderson, Mary Ann Sones (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

From left, Dr. Libby Mahaffey, Bobbie Anderson, Mary Ann Sones (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

The 100 People Passionate about Hinds Community College are as follows:

Jerry Agent

A.A. Alexander

Lola Allen

Bobbie Anderson

Lou Anne Askew

Billie Banes

Sharp Banks

George Barnes

Anna Cowden Bee

Emma and T.T. Beemon

Charles Bell

Walter Bivins

Peggy Brent

Sue and Fred Brooks

Gov. Phillip Bryant

Bill Buckner

Tom Burnham

Robert Cannada

Emma Grace and

W.H. Cochran

Bobby Cooper

Rosia and Johnny Crisler

Lamar Currie

H.H. “Shine” Davis

Katherine and A.L. Denton

Bob Dunaway

David Durham

Beverly and Ben Fatherree

Pat Flaherty

Jane Flowers

D.G. “Sonny” Fountain

Howell Gage

Walter Gibbes

Albert Gore

Durwood Graham

Jackie Mangum Granberry

F.M. Greaves

Anne Hardy

Jim El and Jobie Harris

Colleen Hartfield

Mike Hataway

Linden Haynes

Troy Henderson

Mildred Herrin

Dan Hogan

Warren Hood

Adam Jenkins

Roger Jones

Ted Kendall III

Dean Kirby

Ann and Bob Laster

Earl Leggett

Dean Liles

Bell Lindsey

Joe Loviza

Con Maloney

Ray Marshall

Lee Mayo

W.M. McKenzie

Cleon McKnight

Joe Moss

Bob Mullins

Vashti Muse

Mary Etta Naftel

Clifford Nelson

Carla Nicks

Bill Oakes

Donald Oakes

J.B. Patrick

Nell Ann Pickett

Polly and Mike Rabalais

Geneva and Leslie Reeves

Joe Renfroe

Irl Dean Rhodes

Troy Ricks

Virginia and Marvin Riggs

Henry Riser

Grady Sheffield

Tom Shepherd

O.H. Simmons

Jim Smith

Jimmy C. Smith

Mary Ann Sones

Lurline Stewart

Wayne Stonecypher

Dale Sullivan

Larry Swales

E.E. “Tad” Thrash

Jack Treloar

Michael Vinson

Alice and Charles Walker

Gary Walker

René T. Warren

Walter Washington

Lynn Weathersby

Tom Weathersby

Gov. John Bell Williams

Liles Williams

R.E. “Ed” Woolley

George Wynne

David Yewell

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Hinds CC honoring ‘100 People Passionate about Hinds Community College’
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31 July

Hinds CC honoring ‘100 People Passionate about Hinds Community College’

It’s not every day that a college turns 100 years old, but for Hinds Community College, 2017 is a special year commemorating 100 Years of Community Inspired Service.

Hinds opened in September 1917 as an agricultural high school, becoming a junior college in the 1920s.

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Beginning in January 2017, the college has been putting a Centennial spin on annual events, special alumni reunions and numerous other activities to involve the community as well as employees in a year-long celebration.

One of the highlights of the Centennial celebration, which wraps up in November 2017, is the selection of 100 People Passionate about Hinds Community College. The 100 People will be honored at a special program and reception at 6:30 p.m., Aug. 10 at Cain-Cochran Hall on the Raymond Campus. The public is invited.

The project started when the extended college family and alumni were asked to nominate people who are “passionate” about Hinds. Over the course of six months, from July to December 2016, a total of 658 people were nominated, said Jackie Granberry, executive director of the Hinds Community College Foundation.

“There is no doubt that there are hundreds of others who could have just as well been on this list,” Granberry said. “With the rich and distinguished history of the college over the last 100 years, we realize that there are many more — much more than 100 — who have a passion for Hinds.”

From the 658 people nominated, a series of committees finally narrowed the nominations down to 100 people.

“This list was not intended to be a list of notable alumni, major donors, dedicated community leaders or even outstanding employees,” Granberry said. “This list was to include people who were passionate about Hinds Community College — individuals who through their actions and words have demonstrated that they felt very strongly about the college and the impact that it had on their life and the lives of others.”

Among the 100 are a current and former governor, both of whom attended Hinds.

Many of the 100 People are natives of the college’s district of Hinds, Rankin, Warren, Claiborne and Copiah counties, and about half of the 100 still live in the area. About three-fourths of them were Hinds employees at some point in their career, although presidents of the college were not among those considered for the list. Among employees, Lola Allen was in the first graduating class in 1923 and was then was employed at Hinds for 43 years until 1966.

In a handful of cases, couples are being honored together. Family members of those who are deceased are asked to represent their loved one but all will be honored. For more information about the Centennial, see 100.hindscc.edu

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The 100 People Passionate about Hinds Community College are as follows:

Jerry Agent

A.A. Alexander

Lola Allen

Bobbie Anderson

Lou Anne Askew

Billie Banes

Sharp Banks

George Barnes

Anna Cowden Bee

Emma and T.T. Beemon

Charles Bell

Walter Bivins

Peggy Brent

Sue and Fred Brooks

Gov. Phillip Bryant

Bill Buckner

Tom Burnham

Robert Cannada

Emma Grace and

W.H. Cochran

Bobby Cooper

Rosia and Johnny Crisler

Lamar Currie

H.H. “Shine” Davis

Katherine and A.L. Denton

Bob Dunaway

David Durham

Beverly and Ben Fatherree

Pat Flaherty

Jane Flowers

D.G. “Sonny” Fountain

Howell Gage

Walter Gibbes

Albert Gore

Durwood Graham

Jackie Mangum Granberry

F.M. Greaves

Anne Hardy

Jim El and Jobie Harris

Colleen Hartfield

Mike Hataway

Linden Haynes

Troy Henderson

Mildred Herrin

Dan Hogan

Warren Hood

Adam Jenkins

Roger Jones

Ted Kendall III

Dean Kirby

Ann and Bob Laster

Earl Leggett

Dean Liles

Bell Lindsey

Joe Loviza

Con Maloney

Ray Marshall

Lee Mayo

W.M. McKenzie

Cleon McKnight

Joe Moss

Bob Mullins

Vashti Muse

Mary Etta Naftel

Clifford Nelson

Carla Nicks

Bill Oakes

Donald Oakes

J.B. Patrick

Nell Ann Pickett

Polly and Mike Rabalais

Geneva and Leslie Reeves

Joe Renfroe

Irl Dean Rhodes

Troy Ricks

Virginia and Marvin Riggs

Henry Riser

Grady Sheffield

Tom Shepherd

O.H. Simmons

Jim Smith

Jimmy C. Smith

Mary Ann Sones

Lurline Stewart

Wayne Stonecypher

Dale Sullivan

Larry Swales

E.E. “Tad” Thrash

Jack Treloar

Michael Vinson

Alice and Charles Walker

Gary Walker

René T. Warren

Walter Washington

Lynn Weathersby

Tom Weathersby

Gov. John Bell Williams

Liles Williams

R.E. “Ed” Woolley

George Wynne

David Yewell

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 Vicksburg-Warren Campus celebrates college Centennial
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Hinds CC Vicksburg-Warren Campus celebrates college Centennial

VICKSBURG – It was the Vicksburg-Warren Campus’ turn to shine in Hinds Community College’s yearlong Centennial celebration.

A reception and campus tour April 6 highlighted resolutions of support for the college from local government and included the campus’ contribution to a list of 100 people through the decades passionate about Hinds. The college will announce the full list at a separate reception in August.

Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse and Warren County Board of Supervisors President Richard George

Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse and Warren County Board of Supervisors President Richard George

“Let me just say publicly, Dr. Muse, I don’t know of any other institution but Hinds that has made as much impact on my life,” Vicksburg Mayor George Flaggs said during the program, addressing Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse. “The time I had to come to this college couldn’t have come at a better time in my life.”

Warren County Board of Supervisors President Richard George lauded the 39-year college president for his vision and having details in line when it came to requesting funding for the new career-tech facility.

“The man came with a plan and a request,” George said. “We honored the request, and he delivered the plan. It’s a most gratifying and opportune moment for us to fund this organization and work with Dr. Muse.”

Muse credited the Warren County Board of Supervisors’ support, in particular their agreement to allocate more money to an existing property tax millage for Hinds. The funds will finance construction of a two-story, 40,000-square-foot Academic & Career-Technical Building in the front of campus. Two parking lots and a bus drop-off are also proposed as part of the project, plus a new access road to connect the new parking area to existing parking spaces.

“We have enjoyed working with all of you in Vicksburg and Warren County,” said Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, noting the presence of Vicksburg-area legislators present for the ceremony, state Sen. Briggs Hopson and state Rep. Oscar Denton. “Since I came here in 1978, it’s been a treasure. You’ve always been represented by outstanding people in the state legislature, on the board of trustees of Hinds, on our Foundation board and the list goes on and on.

“This would not have been possible without (Board President) Richard George and the other members of the Board of Supervisors for providing the funding so that it will be open and available 24/7 for economic development, training, academic classrooms and classrooms for River City Early College.”

For up-to-date information about Hinds Community College’s Centennial celebration, see the news and calendar section at www.hindscc.edu or 100years.hindscc.edu.

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Centennial-themed concert strikes high note with alum’s composition
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Centennial-themed concert strikes high note with alum’s composition

RAYMOND — Part of the music for the occasion of Hinds’ Centennial comes courtesy of a budding composer whose talent was arranged on the Raymond Campus.

[tweetable alt=””]Tonight’s Centennial concert[/tweetable] features the Hinds Wind and Percussion ensembles, the Delta State University Wind Ensemble, and a combined brass band between the two schools. The program also features a work by that talented young composer, Warren Ertle, who earned a degree from Hinds in 2012. His piece is titled “Beneath the Magnolias” and was commissioned by Music Chair and Director of Bands Shane Sprayberry last spring. As Ertle puts it, it has a “Mississippi theme.”

Warren Ertle

Warren Ertle

“The instrumentation is for a full wind ensemble. Anyone who’s been around Hinds for any length of time can be prepared to be entertained by it,” Ertle said. “It’s got high energy in some parts, but also has slower lyrical parts. It has about everything you’d want in a five-minute piece.”

Works by nationally-known composer/musicians Ivan Trevino and Kevin McKee round out the program. The music starts at 7 p.m. in Hogg Auditorium at Cain-Cochran Hall. Admission is free.

The concert is but another way Ertle’s composition talents have been put “out there” in the classical music world. His compositions for piano and marimba have been performed by some of the best in Mississippi, including the Jackson Metropolitan Chamber orchestra and the Mississippi College Symphonic Winds.

The Terry native credits his time in the Eagle bands for helping turn a budding passion for music into a career pursuit.

“A lot of folks just try to get their core credits out the way at Hinds or any community college,” he said. “But, I didn’t – I declared music as my subject right from day one. The music department will help guide you along the way, even if you’re just starting out and not sure about music. They can guide students and help them figure out whether music is for them or not.”

A prized pupil’s work was a natural choice when it came time to commission a piece for the Centennial Concert program.

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Warren Ertle sits at the piano

“Warren is an amazingly talented musician and composer,” Sprayberry said. “It was an honor to have him as a member of the Hinds Eagle Marching Band, Wind Ensemble and Music Department.”

After Hinds, Ertle joined the Mississippi Army National Guard and spent two years with the Army’s Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps in Rosemont, Ill. Last year, Ertle finished his bachelor’s degree in music at Mississippi College.

These days, he works at Jackson Prep accompanying the school’s show choirs on piano while staying in good musical shape taking composition classes at Mississippi College while working toward a master’s degree. His musical chops stay sharp as a pianist and percussionist for the 41st Army Band in Jackson. His fiancé, mezzo-soprano Jamie Ferguson, is pursuing hers at the Boston Conservatory.

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Hinds CC Early Childhood Education building renamed for former director, longtime educator
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Hinds CC Early Childhood Education building renamed for former director, longtime educator

JACKSON – For years, when people asked Dr. Mary Ann Greene what she did for a living, her answer spoke to the lives she helped to nurture to a solid footing in school and life.

“I always answered, ‘I work for the little children, and Hinds pays my salary’,” she said.

That selfless service to the children of the community was recognized Friday, March 31 when Hinds Community College honored Greene, of Clinton, who retired from Hinds in 2016 after 33 years in multiple roles in the college’s Early Childhood Education Technology program, by renaming the program’s building on the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center in her honor.

Dr. Mary Ann Greene

Dr. Mary Ann Greene

“This moment in time is much bigger than I am,” said Greene, during the program as she thanked Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, Dr. Leroy Levy, dean of the campus, her husband, Dr. Roger Greene, a professor of Christian Studies at Mississippi College, family and friends. “This moment in time is for the Early Childhood faculty and staff, and, finally, our graduates, who are changing children’s lives forever.”

The event was held as part of Hinds’ yearlong celebration of the college’s 100th anniversary.

“I think it is most appropriate that we are here today during our Centennial naming this building after a lady who has dedicated her life to serving others,” said Jackie Granberry, executive director of the Hinds Community College Foundation. “Because of the love and devotion she has shown to the little children and to those teaching the little children, her legacy will live on.”

Dr. Mary Ann Greene, top left, share a smile with Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse and children in the Early Childhood Education Technology program at the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center during a program March 31 to name the program's building in her honor. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Dr. Mary Ann Greene, top left, share a smile with Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse and children in the Early Childhood Education Technology program at the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center during a program March 31 to name the program’s building in her honor. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Greene served the campus as an instructor, Early Childhood Education program chairperson and director of the Laboratory Child Development Center. The building that now bears her name was built in 1998 and houses all the program’s curriculum-specific classrooms and office space.

“She’s one of the pioneers in Early Childhood Education in the state of Mississippi,” said Muse. “She spent over 30 years building this program here, from scratch.”

She holds a bachelor’s degree in music from Mississippi University for Women and a master’s degree in early childhood education from Mississippi College. Her doctorate is from Jackson State University, where she was a summa cum laude graduate. She also holds a master’s of religious education from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Dr. Mary Ann Greene, seated at left, interacts with children from the Early Childhood Education Technology program at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center during a program March 31 to name the program's building in her honor. Also seated are Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, center, and JATC Dean Leroy Levy. At the podium is Dr. Ericka Davis, who succeeded Greene as program director. Standing with the children is Carolyn Watkins, an assistant in the Early Childhood Education Laboratory. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Dr. Mary Ann Greene, seated at left, interacts with children from the Early Childhood Education Technology program at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center during a program March 31 to name the program’s building in her honor. Also seated are Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, center, and JATC Dean Leroy Levy. At the podium is Dr. Ericka Davis, who succeeded Greene as program director. Standing with the children is Carolyn Watkins, an assistant in the Early Childhood Education Laboratory. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

 

 

 

Her influence on education programs for children in Mississippi and regionally is extensive, having led numerous workshops for the Mississippi Department of Education and coordinated programs for Early Education Week for the agency, as well as for state education departments in Alabama and Florida. Her civic life has included serving as president of the Friends of the Clinton Library and Clinton Music Club. She is a past vice president of the Mississippi College Faculty Wives Club.

“We cannot think of a much more deserving individual to have a building named after,” said Levy, during the program, held under the drive-up to the facility featuring Greene’s former coworkers and, in one case, a student who went on to work for her.

“Upon graduating from Hinds in 2009, I stated that one day, I would love to come back and work for you,” said Gayle Miles, a lab assistant at the Early Childhood Education Lab. “As you can see, the dream became a reality.”

The program featured several other lighthearted moments in honor of Greene, who “did things extraordinary,” said Dr. Ericka Davis, who succeeded Greene as director of the program at JATC.

During her address, Davis showed several items her coworkers knew her by, including a coffee mug and a short, stubby pencil.

Dr. Ericka Davis, director of the Early Childhood Education program at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center, shows a small pencil to attendees of a ceremony March 31 to name the program's building for her predecessor, Dr. Mary Ann Greene. Davis showed the pencil and other items as an example of items Greene used frequently during her 33 years at Hinds. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Dr. Ericka Davis, director of the Early Childhood Education program at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center, shows a small pencil to attendees of a ceremony March 31 to name the program’s building for her predecessor, Dr. Mary Ann Greene. Davis showed the pencil and other items as an example of items Greene used frequently during her 33 years at Hinds. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

“Every file folder in my office is a hand-me-down from when Dr. Greene was in my office,” she said. “These are the things she left behind, but it’s also things that move us forward as we continue to be a beam of light in our community and in the lives of students and children we serve.”

Greene was also honored by some of the children in the Early Childhood Technology program, who expressed their appreciation in the form of an oft-repeated quote from literature.

“Dr. Greene, I may forget what you said, but I will not forget how you made me feel…loved,” they said, after which she hugged her tiny bosses one more time.

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Dr. Mary Ann Greene and Dr. Roger Greene

From left, Dr. Leroy Levy, Dr. Ericka Davis, Carolyn Watkins, Dr. Mary Ann Greene, Gayle Miles, Dr. Clyde Muse (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

From left, Jackie Granberry, Dr. Leroy Levy, Dr. Ericka Davis, Carolyn Watkins, Dr. Mary Ann Greene, Gayle Miles, Dr. Clyde Muse (Hinds Community
College/Tammi Bowles)

Dr. Mary Ann Greene and Dr. Roger Greene

Dr. Mary Ann Greene and her family near the sign of the renamed Early Childhood Education Building (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Dr. Mary Ann Greene and her family near the sign of the renamed Early Childhood Education Building (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

 

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Mississippi Legislature honors Hinds Community College for 100th birthday
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27 March

Mississippi Legislature honors Hinds Community College for 100th birthday

The Mississippi Legislature recognized Hinds Community College on March 24 with separate resolutions in the House and Senate for its Centennial and 100 years of Community Inspired Service.

The House resolution was authored by Rep. Alex Monsour and co-sponsored by Reps. Alyce Clarke, Credell Calhoun, Mark Baker, Oscar Denton, Deborah Butler Dixon, Andy Gipson, Ray Rogers, Sara Thomas and Tom Weathersby and Speaker of the House Philip Gunn.

The Senate resolution was authored by Sen. David Blount and co-sponsored by Sens. Albert Butler, Hillman Frazier, Briggs Hopson, Robert Jackson, Dean Kirby, Sollie Norwood, Derrick Simmons, Willie Simmons and Sampson Jackson II.

The resolutions also recognized the 40-year service of Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse.  In speaking to the resolution, Sen. Frazier, D-Jackson, called Muse “a giant in public education.”

The resolutions said, in part, “it is the intention of the Mississippi Legislature to publicly express its greatest appreciation and warm wishes to Hinds Community College in commemorating 100 years of community-inspired service and do hereby acknowledge a special recognition for contributions of Hinds Community College to the State of Mississippi.”

Muse addressed senators, saying, “Many members of this body have helped us so much over this period of years. We appreciate what you’ve done for us, what you’re doing for us today and what you will do for our community college system, which happens to be the number one system in the United States.”

 

April Garon/Hinds Community College Front from left, Jackie Granberry, executive director of the Hinds Community College Foundation; Rep. Oscar Denton, D-Vicksburg; Rep. Tom Weathersby, R-Florence; Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse; Rep. Deborah Butler Dixon, D-Raymond; Rep. Alex Monsour, R-Vicksburg; Colleen Hartfield, executive assistant to the president, Hinds Community College; Renee’ Cotton, district director of Marketing and Community Relations; back row, Randall Harris, vice president for Advancement, Hinds Community College; Rep. Ray Rogers, R-Pearl; Rep. Andy Gipson, R-Braxton; Rep. Mark Baker, R-Brandon; and Rep. Brent Powell, R-Brandon.

Front from left, Jackie Granberry, executive director of the Hinds Community College Foundation; Rep. Oscar Denton, D-Vicksburg; Rep. Tom Weathersby, R-Florence; Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse; Rep. Deborah Butler Dixon, D-Raymond; Rep. Alex Monsour, R-Vicksburg; Colleen Hartfield, executive assistant to the president, Hinds Community College; Renee’ Cotton, district director of Marketing and Community Relations; back row, Randall Harris, vice president for Advancement, Hinds Community College; Rep. Ray Rogers, R-Pearl; Rep. Andy Gipson, R-Braxton; Rep. Mark Baker, R-Brandon; and Rep. Brent Powell, R-Brandon.

April Garon/Hinds Community College From left are Hinds Community College Vice President for Advancement Randall Harris; Sen. Briggs Hopson, R-Vicksburg; Sen. Dean Kirby, R-Pearl; Sen. Albert Butler, D-Port Gibson; Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse; Sen. John Horhn, D-Jackson; Sen. David Blount, D-Jackson; Sen. Sollie Norwood, D-Jackson; Colleen Hartfield, executive assistant to the president, Hinds Community College; Jackie Granberry, executive director of the Hinds Community College Foundation and Renee’ Cotton, Hinds Community College district director of Marketing and Community Relations.

From left are Hinds Community College Vice President for Advancement Randall Harris; Sen. Briggs Hopson, R-Vicksburg; Sen. Dean Kirby, R-Pearl; Sen. Albert Butler, D-Port Gibson; Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse; Sen. John Horhn, D-Jackson; Sen. David Blount, D-Jackson; Sen. Sollie Norwood, D-Jackson; Colleen Hartfield, executive assistant to the president, Hinds Community College; Jackie Granberry, executive director of the Hinds Community College Foundation and Renee’ Cotton, Hinds Community College district director of Marketing and Community Relations.

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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 Landscape Management program reunion set for Feb. 24-25
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Hinds CC Landscape Management program reunion set for Feb. 24-25

RAYMOND – For Eric Skipper of Brandon, Hinds Community College’s Landscape Management Technology program was the gateway to owning his own business, Blue Sky Landscaping.

“Through my internship with the program I was able to gain knowledge that can’t be taught in the classroom while also establishing a relationship with my biggest client today,” said Skipper, who started his own business in 2005 after earning a credential. “I’ve been able to recommend classmates of the program to jobs and have also received recommendations from those same classmates.”

The program is celebrating 30 years with a two-day reunion for all past graduates on Feb. 24-25. Hinds celebrates 100 Years of Community Inspired Service with a nearly a year’s worth of activities, of which the reunion is a part.

Martha Hill, director of the Landscape Management Technology program

Martha Hill, director of the Landscape Management Technology program

Events begin at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24 with an afternoon of fishing and games. A reception and dinner program for adults only are planned Saturday, Feb. 25, starting at 4:30 p.m. Both events are at Eagle Ridge Conference Center on the Raymond Campus. Cost is $25 per adult for Friday and Saturday. For Saturday only, the cost is $20 for adults.

“I am looking forward to the 30th anniversary reunion of the Landscape Management program and catching up with former students, their families, and their careers,” said Martha Hill, of Clinton, director of the program. “Many of our former students are successful business owners, managers of landscape companies, employees of city public works departments, and more.”

Relationships made through the Landscape Management program have resulted in jobs and, for those who’ve become entrepreneurs with the degree earned, long-lasting business contacts. And, graduates of the program have gone on to successful careers after coming through a close-knit program that felt like family.

“Going to Hinds and being in Martha Hill’s program was one of the best decisions I had ever made,” said Mara Wood, a 2014 graduate who now works as a utility arborist for Alabama Power. “In the close-knit Landscape Management group we not only studied together, but did projects outside and learned a trade together.”

For more information, contact the alumni office at 601.857.3363 or 601.857.3290. Potential attendees are asked to register there by phone or online at hub.hindscc.edu/LMTreunion.

Lodging is available at Eagle Ridge and may be reserved by contacting the center, at 601.857.7100, and mentioning the Hinds Community College Landscape Management Reunion.

For up-to-date information about Hinds Community College’s Centennial celebration, see the  news and calendar section at www.hindscc.edu or 100years.hindscc.edu.

Hinds CC Centennial Celebration calendar for March-April

  • March 25, 3 pm. – Hinds Connection reunion, Fountain Hall; registration and visiting from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. with dinner at 5; dinner tickets are $15. For more information, please contact Mark Stanton at stanton@hindscc.edu or 601.857.3388.
  • March 31, 2 p.m. – Naming of Mary Ann Greene Building at Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center
  • April 4, 7 p.m. – Hinds Concert Band and Steel Drum Band Spring Concert; Cain-Cochran Hall, Hogg Auditorium; admission is free
  • April 6, 7 p.m. – Hinds Wind Ensemble and Percussion Ensemble, Delta State University Wind Ensemble and Hinds/DSU combined brass Spring Concert; Cain-Cochran Hall, Hogg Auditorium; admission is free.
  • April 8 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. – Softball and Baseball Reunion; attendees can play golf at Eagle Ridge Golf Course in the morning; tee time is 8 a.m. Food and visiting are 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. before games get started; Joe G. Moss Baseball Field and Rene’ Warren Softball Field

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