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2pm Academic and Career/Technical Graduation Ceremony
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15 May

2pm Academic and Career/Technical Graduation Ceremony

Former chief justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court James W. Smith, a Hinds Community College alumnus, spoke to graduates at four ceremonies Friday, May 15 about achieving success in life.

Of the total number of graduates, 73 are graduating summa cum laude, which is a perfect 4.0 grade point average; 151 are graduating magna cum laude, which is a 3.60 to 3.99 grade point average and 238 are graduating cum laude, which is a 3.20 to 3.59 grade point average.

The last Hinds ceremony will be at the Utica Campus at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 17 at J.D. Boyd Gym. Dr. Alfred Rankins Jr., president of Alcorn State University, will be the speaker. Nearly 100 students are expected to graduate that day.

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with more than 170 academic, career and technical programs. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2014. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Tania Romano of Ridgeland graduated from Hinds Community College on May 15 with a graphic design degree and already has a job with the Ramey Agency in Jackson.

Tania Romano of Ridgeland graduated from Hinds Community College on May 15 with a graphic design degree and already has a job with the Ramey Agency in Jackson.

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Shamonica Roby of Jackson, left, and Regina Robinson of Pearl are thrilled to be graduating from Hinds Community College on May 15. Roby plans to transfer to Jackson State University for a biology degree. Robinson will use her new marketing degree in her own business.

Shamonica Roby of Jackson, left, and Regina Robinson of Pearl are thrilled to be graduating from Hinds Community College on May 15. Roby plans to transfer to Jackson State University for a biology degree. Robinson will use her new marketing degree in her own business.

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Associated Student Government members Abram Muhammed of Jackson, left, and Nathan Murrell of Vicksburg get ready to graduate from Hinds Community College on May 15.

Associated Student Government members Abram Muhammed of Jackson, left, and Nathan Murrell of Vicksburg get ready to graduate from Hinds Community College on May 15.

Michaele Duke congratulates her friend Jasmine Monroe, right, of Jackson after her May 15 graduation from Hinds Community College.

Michaele Duke congratulates her friend Jasmine Monroe, right, of Jackson after her May 15 graduation from Hinds Community College.

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Sherob McDonald Jr., 2, of Vicksburg celebrated the Hinds Community College graduation of his dad, Sherob McDonald Sr. on May 15.

Sherob McDonald Jr., 2, of Vicksburg celebrated the Hinds Community College graduation of his dad, Sherob McDonald Sr. on May 15.

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Christopher McCollum of Jackson graduated from Hinds Community College on May 15. Celebrating with him is his nephew Jeremiah Williams, 5.

Christopher McCollum of Jackson graduated from Hinds Community College on May 15. Celebrating with him is his nephew Jeremiah Williams, 5.

Shamonica Roby of Jackson, left, and Regina Robinson of Pearl are thrilled to be graduating from Hinds Community College on May 15. Roby plans to transfer to Jackson State University for a biology degree. Robinson will use her new marketing degree in her own business.

Shamonica Roby of Jackson, left, and Regina Robinson of Pearl are thrilled to be graduating from Hinds Community College on May 15. Roby plans to transfer to Jackson State University for a biology degree. Robinson will use her new marketing degree in her own business.

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Allea Paz of Jackson graduated from Hinds Community College on May 15. Celebrating with her are friends Reagan Chapman, left, and Christie Cloy, right.

Allea Paz of Jackson graduated from Hinds Community College on May 15. Celebrating with her are friends Reagan Chapman, left, and Christie Cloy, right.

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Spring 2015 Commencement- Allied Health Graduates
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14 May

Spring 2015 Commencement- Allied Health Graduates

Hinds has a record number of graduation ceremonies this spring with eight scheduled over three days. Nearly 1,200 will graduate in those commencement exercises, with more than 800 participating in the largest ceremony.

Those graduates will receive more than 1,500 certificates and degrees since some graduates will receive more than one credential.

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with more than 170 academic, career and technical programs. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2014. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Jerimy Brown of Clinton and his classmates received degrees in Radiologic Technology from Hinds Community College on May 14. He asked classmates including Kayla Hensarling of Terry, standing, and Kacey Thomas of Brandon, sitting, to sign a shirt for him as a going away present since he is moving.

Jerimy Brown of Clinton and his classmates received degrees in Radiologic Technology from Hinds Community College on May 14. He asked classmates including Kayla Hensarling of Terry, standing, and Kacey Thomas of Brandon, sitting, to sign a shirt for him as a going away present since he is moving.

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As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with more than 170 academic, career and technical programs. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2014. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with more than 170 academic, career and technical programs. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2014. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Graduating in Radiologic Technology from Hinds Community College on May 14 was Courtney Bullock of Florence.

Graduating in Radiologic Technology from Hinds Community College on May 14 was Courtney Bullock of Florence.

 

 

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Hinds CC Honors Institute awards 17 scholars
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01 May

Hinds CC Honors Institute awards 17 scholars

 

RAYMOND – Hinds Community College’s Honors Institute presented 17 students with awards of excellence for the 2014-15 academic term. Each named a faculty mentor, who received a certificate as an Honored Faculty Member during a ceremony Monday, April 29.

Receiving Honors Scholar awards were:

  • Keller Bradford, of Raymond, who honored District Director of Counseling Mary Lee McDaniel
  • Tiffany Gerlinger, of Brandon, who honored Spanish Instructor Nancy Ray
  • Jacob Holiday, of Clinton, who honored Biology Instructor Sharon Feaster
  • Allison Martin, of Monticello, who honored Mathematics Instructor Betsy Crook
  • Shane Savannah, of Edwards, who honored Biology Instructor Beth Guider
  • Britni Thomas, of Jackson, who honored Hall Director Cynthia Montgomery
  • Nicole Thomas, of Vicksburg, who honored District Coordinator of Student Success/Transitional Program Director Bridget Oakes
  • Dallas Townsend, of Raymond, who honored District Director of Student Activities Mark Stanton

Honors Scholars carry 12 or more honors hours, an overall GPA of 3.25 or better and at least 20 hours of community service.

Receiving Distinguished Honors Scholar awards were:

  • Jonathan Bethea, of Edwards, who honored Chemistry Instructor Jason Webb
  • Olivia Hall, of Jackson, who honored Sociology Instructor Audrey Glenn
  • Mary Harvey, of Forest, who honored Paralegal Technology Instructor Kathryn Ford
  • Natalie Minton, of Terry, who honored History Instructor Sheila Hailey
  • Asher Mitchell, of Silver Creek, who honored Music Instructor Alice Ballard
  • MaKensey Sanders, of Clinton, who honored Philosophy Instructor Stephen Wedding
  • Courtney Walker, of Crystal Springs, who honored Psychology Instructor Sharon Dorman
  • Emilee Ware, of Byram, who honored Speech Instructor Stacey Duke
  • Edward Williams, of Jackson, who honored English Instructor Jeanne Cook.

Distinguished Honors Scholars carry 18 or more honors hours and have two semesters in the Leadership Program. They must maintain an overall GPA of 3.5 or better and have at least 30 hours of community service.

Chemistry Instructor Jason Webb of Raymond, Miss. and Jonathan Bethea of Edwards, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

Chemistry Instructor Jason Webb of Raymond, Miss. and Jonathan Bethea of Edwards, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

Keller Bradford of Raymond, Miss. and District Director of Counseling Mary Lee McDaniel of Madison, Miss. at the honor student award ceremony.

Keller Bradford of Raymond, Miss. and District Director of Counseling Mary Lee McDaniel of Madison, Miss. at the honor student award ceremony.

Britni Thomas of Jackson, Miss. and Hall Director Cynthia Montgomery of Raymond, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

Britni Thomas of Jackson, Miss. and Hall Director Cynthia Montgomery of Raymond, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

Tiffany Gerlinger of Brandon, Miss. and Spanish instructor Nancy Ray of Flowood, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

Tiffany Gerlinger of Brandon, Miss. and Spanish Instructor Nancy Ray of Flowood, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

Sociology Instructor Audrey Glenn of Clinton, Miss. and Olivia Hall of Jackson, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

Sociology Instructor Audrey Glenn of Clinton, Miss. and Olivia Hall of Jackson, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

Paralegal Technology Instructor Kathryn Ford of Jackson, Miss. and Mary Catherine Harvey of Forest, Miss. at the honor student award ceremony.

Paralegal Technology Instructor Kathryn Ford of Jackson, Miss. and Mary Catherine Harvey of Forest, Miss. at the honor student award ceremony.

Jacob Holiday of Clinton, Miss. and Biology Instructor Sharon Feaster of Clinton, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

Jacob Holiday of Clinton, Miss. and Biology Instructor Sharon Feaster of Clinton, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

Allison Martin of Monticello, Miss. and Mathematics Instructor Betsy Crook of Raymond, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

Allison Martin of Monticello, Miss. and Mathematics Instructor Betsy Crook of Raymond, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

Music Instructor Alice Ballard Raymond, Miss. and Asher Mitchell of Silver Creek, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

Music Instructor Alice Ballard Raymond, Miss. and Asher Mitchell of Silver Creek, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

Nicole Thomas of Vicksburg, Miss. and staff member Bridget Oakes of Raymond, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

Nicole Thomas of Vicksburg, Miss. and District Coordinator of Student Success/Transitional Program Director Bridget Oakes of Raymond, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

Philosophy instructor Stephen Wedding of Raymond, Miss. and MaKensey Sanders of Clinton, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

Philosophy instructor Stephen Wedding of Raymond, Miss. and MaKensey Sanders of Clinton, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

Biology Instructor Beth Guider of Utica, Miss. and Shane Savannah of Edwards, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

Biology Instructor Beth Guider of Utica, Miss. and Shane Savannah of Edwards, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

 

District Director of Student Activities Mark Stanton of Clinton, Miss. and Dallas Townsend of Raymond, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

District Director of Student Activities Mark Stanton of Clinton, Miss. and Dallas Townsend of Raymond, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

Courtney Walker of Crystal Springs and Psychology Instructor Sharon Dorman of Jackson, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

Courtney Walker of Crystal Springs and Psychology Instructor Sharon Dorman of Jackson, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

Speech Instructor Stacey Duke of Brandon, Miss.  and Emilee Ware of Byram, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

Speech Instructor Stacey Duke of Brandon, Miss. and Emilee Ware of Byram, Miss. at the honors student award ceremony.

Edward Williams, of  Jackson, Miss., and English Instructor Jeanne Cook at the honors student award ceremony.

Edward Williams, of Jackson, Miss., and English Instructor Jeanne Cook at the honors student award ceremony.

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Eagle Experience 2015
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06 February

Eagle Experience 2015

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Eagle Experience recruiting event at Hinds CC draws crowd

RAYMOND – More than 1,000 prospective students, parents and school officials turned out for Hinds Community College’s annual Eagle Experience recruiting event on Feb. 6.

Eagle Experience is a come-and-go expo style event that gives high school seniors and their parents an opportunity to find out everything they need to know about enrolling at Hinds.

 Eagle Experience offered Raymond Campus tours, interaction with current students and all the college basics a new student needs to know about including admissions, scholarships, majors, housing, student life and more.  Participants can also enjoy food and prizes.

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with more than 170 academic, career and technical programs. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2014. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

 

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Hinds CC’s Vicksburg-Warren Campus opens disc golf course
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12 November

Hinds CC’s Vicksburg-Warren Campus opens disc golf course

Vicksburg-Warren Campus PTK students gather around the new disc golf course. From left, Joshua Masterson, Haley Harmon, Tiffany Carroll and Thomas Dabney.

Vicksburg-Warren Campus PTK students gather around the new disc golf course. From left, Joshua Masterson, Haley Harmon, Tiffany Carroll and Thomas Dabney.

The Vicksburg-Warren Campus of Hinds Community College celebrated the grand opening of a disc golf course Nov. 11.

The new addition to the campus was the brain child of several administrators and students. Rip Engler, assistant dean of the Vicksburg-Warren Campus, came up with the idea several years ago, but wasn’t able to find the resources needed to get it going. Recently, Marvin Moak, the new dean of the campus, Mark Stanton, district director of student activities, and Dr. Sarah Nichols, Phi Theta Kappa advisor, along with several PTK students, took the time and energy to make Engler’s idea a reality.

“I am excited about the disc golf course because it’s a successful completion of our PTK project, and also because it’s going to give me something to do between classes,” said student Tiffany Carroll of Vicksburg. “I usually go home between classes because there’s nothing going on. But now I’ll be challenged to learn something new and also have an opportunity to socialize with friends.”

The Vicksburg-Warren Campus’ disc golf course is only one of two courses in all of Vicksburg, and is the only public course. Anyone from the community is welcomed to use it. The course opens at dawn and closes at dusk.

“We hope this will bring more visitors to campus to see what the college has to offer,” said Stanton. “We plan to hold a disc golf intramural tournament here in the spring, as well.”

For more information, visit www.hindscc.edu.

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Hinds CC honors Neilsen, Alumni Service Award winner
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22 October

Hinds CC honors Neilsen, Alumni Service Award winner

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Hinds Community College will honor Ray Neilsen, the 2014 Alumni Service Award winner, at the Alumni Dinner, held at 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 23 in Mayo Gymnasium on the Raymond Campus.

Neilsen believes in second chances. His second chance came at the College of Idaho where history professor Howard Berger saw potential, while others saw a brash kid from a middle-upper class family who was passed from grade to grade, more trouble than untapped potential.

The relationship got off to a rocky start when Berger challenged Neilsen’s ability to read. He recalls the “horrible” experience of being asked to read aloud and struggling to string the words together. After taking a written entrance exam, Berger told Neilsen, “Ray, your writing skills stink.”

“I didn’t know how bad I was until I met someone who cared about me and my success,” Neilsen says. “He opened my eyes to the value of education and learning.”

It was just the second chance he needed. With Berger’s help — and a lot of hard work and dedication — Neilsen committed himself to his education, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Over a 20-year period, Neilsen earned his way up the ladder, from busser to chairman of Ameristar Casinos with eight locations in six states and more than 7,000 employees.

Neilsen began his relationship with Hinds in 2006 when his passion for learning surfaced in an onsite GED preparation program at Ameristar Casino in Vicksburg. As general manager he recognized that many Ameristar team members missed opportunities to grow with the company because they lacked a high school diploma. Their second chance came with a boss who gave them a pathway to personal fulfillment and $1,000 when they passed the GED test.

His father, Craig H. Neilsen, was the founder of Ameristar Casino. “He was proud of the GED program we established at Ameristar Vicksburg,” Ray Neilsen says. Wanting to make a bigger impact in his adopted community of Vicksburg, Neilsen called upon the resources of the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, which was established by his father in 2002 to support spinal cord injury (SCI) research and rehabilitation. Ten percent of the foundation’s resources go to other entities helping to improve lives.

Craig Neilsen, who became quadriplegic after a 1985 car accident, rarely spoke about his injury, but once said, “…I think that most people – when push comes to shove – take their hard knocks and then pick up the pieces and go on.”

Perhaps prophetically, the Neilsen Foundation is doing just that – helping Adult Education students pick up the sometimes messy pieces of their lives and go on to better things. With Ray Neilsen’s urging, the Neilsen Foundation made a $50,000 gift in 2009 to establish the Education Pays program, which awarded $500 checks to Warren County GED achievers enrolled in the college’s Adult Education program.

From that initial investment, the foundation has awarded more than $600,000 to support the ABE/GED program at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus and the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. From a computer lab staffed by tutors to instructional dollars to provide more class time for adult learners, the Neilsen Foundation has been the college’s partner in improving outcomes in Adult Education. This year Neilsen Foundation funds support a Single Stop office at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus and a basic computer applications course designed specifically for adult learners who must now take a computer-based GED test.

Most recently, the Neilsen Foundation is funding scholarships and supplemental support for two Hinds students with spinal cord injuries. After his father’s death in 2006, Ray Neilsen was named cotrustee and chairman of the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation.

“After several years of therapy, my dad only had limited use of a few of his fingers, nothing else,” Neilsen explains. “The accident only slowed him down for a little while, and over time, his focus and attention became more laser-like and intense.”

Those same words might be used to describe Ray Neilsen, says Colleen Hartfield, vice president for Community Relations and Governmental Affairs at Hinds. “When Ray makes a decision to be personally involved in a project or a cause, he’s all-in. He expects that same commitment from others.”

She credits the Neilsen Foundation for being a catalyst for positive changes in the Adult Education program. “Ray doesn’t just write a check; he brings resources and connections gained over a successful career to the college. Most of all, he brings a genuine concern, coupled with an incredible drive to make a difference,” Hartfield says, adding with a laugh. “It can be exhausting trying to keep up with his mind.”

Neilsen says, “There’s this crazed energy, under the surface. It’s doesn’t make my life easy, but I can’t imagine doing it any other way.”

Today, Neilsen and his wife Nancy, a Vicksburg native, live in Edwards on a meticulously landscaped ranch, where visitors will find a rock garden. Etched into the rocks are words that describe his personal brand, and nestled among words such as “integrity,” “courage” and “family,” are rocks inscribed with “Hinds Community College” and “GED.”

“It’s a place of honor,” Hartfield says. “I am so pleased that the college is responding, in kind, and recognizing Ray with the very well-deserved Alumni Service Award.”

Neilsen says he is honored and pleased to accept on behalf of the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation and the Adult Education students at Hinds Community College.

“I believe the American dream is still alive,” he says. “However, I tell students in the program that to succeed, an education is paramount. I tell them that education gives you hope that your life can be better. I teach them what my Dad taught me—success must be earned, and you must do what you do better than anybody else. That’s the difference the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation and Hinds CC are making in the lives of Adult Education students and in our community. It is my intention that our partnership will continue for many years to come.”

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Hinds CC honors Mullins, Alumnus of the Year
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16 October

Hinds CC honors Mullins, Alumnus of the Year

Hinds Community College will honor Bob Mullins, the 2014 Alumnus of the Year, at the Alumni Dinner, held at 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 23 in Mayo Gymnasium on the Raymond Campus. Also being honored at the Alumni Dinner is Ray Neilsen, the 2014 Alumni Service Award winner, and the 2014 Hinds Community College Sports Hall of Fame inductees.

As vice president for Economic Development at Hinds, Mullins spent a large portion of his time developing relationships, marketing the college and doing public relations.

“When I worked at Hinds, it wasn’t a job – it was a position. It was a position that I loved,” he says. Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse “wasn’t just my boss, he was my friend. I traveled with him to the state and nation’s capitals to promote the good things we were doing at the college. We worked together on making strong relationships within the community.”

Muse says Mullins had a large impact on the college and the community.

“Bob was one of the most talented and gifted vice presidents I have worked with,” Muse says. “He is creative and has tremendous energy as well as a unique ability to work with business and industry to help them develop a skilled workforce.”

Mullins first started at Hinds in 1967 as a student, then received a bachelor’s degree at the University of Southern Mississippi. Mullins was hired to teach by Walter Gibbes and was called to active duty training for the National Guard shortly after. When he returned from service, he finished his master’s degree at USM and picked up right where he left off, teaching at Hinds.

After two years of teaching architectural drawing, surveying, math and industrial psychology, Mullins began overseeing night school programs at the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center.

He eventually moved back to the Raymond Campus as assistant dean of Vocational and Career-Technical programs, and then started taking care of industry training courses for the entire college district.

“We were able to do a lot of training and also make a profit,” he says. “We paid all our expenses plus contributed to the college. That’s when we began discussing a conference and training center.”

After several years of budgeting and finding the right funding, Eagle Ridge Conference Center was born.

Mullins also spearheaded a partnership with Bridgwater College in the United Kingdom, growing the roots of what has become one of the college’s most popular international study abroad options for students and faculty.

“Someone from the U.K. was visiting the states and saw the Hinds CC sign. They came to meet Dr. Muse, he referred them to me and the next thing you know, I’m getting a call from someone with a British accent asking when they can send their students to visit our college,” Mullins says. Jackie Granberry, vice president for Advancement and Student Success, remembers going on the first Bridgwater trip overseas with Mullins.

“I am overjoyed to see how the program has grown over the years, and I know it wouldn’t have happened without him,” she says. “He’s always been very visionary and a step ahead of his time.”

After 28 years as a college employee, Mullins accepted a position at Nissan North America, where he began as section manager for training and communications. He was the first employee the company hired at its Canton plant. By the time he retired in 2013, he had advanced to senior manager for training and was responsible for technical training for the entire North American district.

Although Mullins is technically retired, he owns and operates his own consulting business and provides services nationally and internationally. He also has a unique hobby of making stained glass, and has pieces in two Raymond churches and more than 60 churches across the state.

Mullins is married to Deborah Mullins. He has a daughter, a son-in-law and two grandchildren, all of Pelahatchie. The family enjoys spending their time at their Eagle Lake retreat.

“Although I don’t get to spend as much time with the college as I used to, Hinds is a special place to me still, because it helped create a lot of things that led to success in my life,” he says. “The things I learned there — the value of getting things done, making contacts and being fair and honest with people — that’s invaluable.”

For more information on Hinds Community College homecoming events, visit www.hindscc.edu.

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Hinds CC Lendon Players present fall production
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29 September

Hinds CC Lendon Players present fall production

Hinds Community College’s The Lendon Players student theater group presents “Greater Tuna” as their fall production. Shows will be held at 7 p.m. Oct. 20-22 and again Oct. 24 at Brooks Theater on the Raymond Campus. House opens at 6:30 p.m. and admission is free for faculty and staff, $4 for students in advance (with ID), $5 for students at the door, and $8 for general admission. No children under the age of 10 will be admitted.

The first in a series of four comedic plays, “Greater Tuna” was written by Jaston Williams. Joe Sears and Ed Howard. Offering a hilarious look into small-town, southern life, the play is set in the fictional town of Tuna, Texas, and features many eccentric characters.

For more information on ticket purchase or other details, call the Speech and Theater department at 601.857.3266.

 

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