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8am Academic and Career/Technical Graduation Ceremony
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15 May

8am Academic and Career/Technical Graduation Ceremony

RAYMOND – 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.

Hinds has a record number of graduation ceremonies this spring with eight scheduled over three days and nearly 1,200 receiving credentials. 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.

Surrounded by members of her family, Kim Brookins of Jackson shows off the degree in office systems from Hinds Community College on May 15. Brookins, 45, said she is the first person in her family to graduate from college. “In order to increase my career opportunities, I needed a degree,” she said.

Surrounded by members of her family, Kim Brookins of Jackson shows off the degree in office systems from Hinds Community College on May 15. Brookins, 45, said she is the first person in her family to graduate from college. “In order to increase my career opportunities, I needed a degree,” she said.

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Develle Collier of Brandon, center celebrates his degree with soon-to-be-fiancé Kanesha McAllister, left, and his dad Clyde McAfee. Collier plans to major in business administration at Belhaven College.

Develle Collier of Brandon, center celebrates his degree with soon-to-be-fiancé Kanesha McAllister, left, and his dad Clyde McAfee. Collier plans to major in business administration at Belhaven College.

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Mario Evans of Jackson received a certificate in welding on May 15 at Hinds Community College. With him are his sister Jamanda Durke, left, her baby Calli, his girlfriend Schawanda Pierre and her sister Tiffany Pierre, far right.

Mario Evans of Jackson received a certificate in welding on May 15 at Hinds Community College. With him are his sister Jamanda Durke, left, her baby Calli, his girlfriend Schawanda Pierre and her sister Tiffany Pierre, far right.

Mary Catherine Harvey of Forest is surrounded by her family after graduating from Hinds Community College on May 15. Harvey represented Hinds Community College in the HEADWAE event in February and is an officer in the Raymond Campus chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

Mary Catherine Harvey of Forest is surrounded by her family after graduating from Hinds Community College on May 15. Harvey represented Hinds Community College in the HEADWAE event in February and is an officer in the Raymond Campus chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

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Andrew Bailey Coomes of Vicksburg graduated from Hinds Community College on May 15 and plans to major in marine biology at the University of Southern Mississippi. With him are his parents John and Kim Coomes.

Andrew Bailey Coomes of Vicksburg graduated from Hinds Community College on May 15 and plans to major in marine biology at the University of Southern Mississippi. With him are his parents John and Kim Coomes.

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Betsi Turner, left, celebrates with new Hinds Community College graduate Mkaysha Butler of Clinton.

Betsi Turner, left, celebrates with new Hinds Community College graduate Mkaysha Butler of Clinton.

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 Tracy Duncan of Florence graduated with an associate degree in auto body repair on May 15 at Hinds Community College. With him are his children, from left, Aiden, Laura and Ben. Duncan is the sports marketer/photographer at Hinds.


Tracy Duncan of Florence graduated with an associate degree in Applied Science- occupational education, automotive collision repair on May 15 at Hinds Community College. With him are his children, from left, Aidan, Laura and Ben. Duncan is the sports marketer/photographer at Hinds.

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James Davis of Jackson celebrates graduating from Hinds Community College on May 15 with his nephew and adopted son, Jarontae Craft. Davis plans to major in social work at Jackson State University.

James Davis of Jackson celebrates graduating from Hinds Community College on May 15 with his nephew and adopted son, Jarontae Craft. Davis plans to major in social work at Jackson State University.

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Former Hi-Steppers Kaylee Scroggins of Brandon, left, and Shelby Byrd of Florence head to the University of Southern Mississippi after graduating from Hinds Community College on May 15. The Hinds Hi-Steppers is one of the oldest precision dance teams in the country.

Former Hi-Steppers Kaylee Scroggins of Brandon, left, and Shelby Byrd of Florence head to the University of Southern Mississippi after graduating from Hinds Community College on May 15. The Hinds Hi-Steppers is one of the oldest precision dance teams in the country.

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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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2015 Spring Commencement- Associated Degree Nursing Ceremony
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14 May

2015 Spring Commencement- Associated Degree Nursing Ceremony

Hinds graduated more than 200 in nursing and allied health programs on Thursday. Lorie Ramsey, chief operating officer at Merit Health River Region, was the speaker for all three.

Hinds is graduating nearly 1,200 over the three days of ceremonies, with more than 800 participating in one of the ceremonies. 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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Mary Tate of Jackson, center, graduated on May 14 with an Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College. With here are Jasmine Course, left, and Nikki Moore, right.

Mary Tate of Jackson, center, graduated on May 14 with an Associate Degree in Nursing from Hinds Community College. With here are Jasmine Course, left, and Nikki Moore, right.

Graduating with an Associate Degree in Nursing on May 14 at Hinds Community College are, from left, Lindsey Thompson, Caitlyn Voyles, Fraser Adams, Memory McPherson and Todd Pitts, all of Jackson.

Graduating with an Associate Degree in Nursing on May 14 at Hinds Community College are, from left, Lindsey Thompson, Caitlyn Voyles, Fraser Adams, Memory McPherson and Todd Pitts, all of Jackson.

Victoria Gilmore of Jackson graduated with an Associate Degree in Nursing on May 14 at Hinds Community College. Celebrating with her is friend Lena Gilmore.

Victoria Gilmore of Jackson graduated with an Associate Degree in Nursing on May 14 at Hinds Community College. Celebrating with her is friend Lena Gilmore.

Oralia Sanchez of Richland graduated with an Associate Degree in Nursing on May 14 at Hinds Community College. With her are Sergio Sanchez and Natalie Sanchez, 1.

Oralia Sanchez of Richland graduated with an Associate Degree in Nursing on May 14 at Hinds Community College. With her are Sergio Sanchez and Natalie Sanchez, 1.

The  graduation speaker on May 14 for the Hinds Community College nursing and allied health ceremonies was Lorie Ramsey, chief operating officer at Merit Health River Region.

The graduation speaker on May 14 for the Hinds Community College nursing and allied health ceremonies was Lorie Ramsey, chief operating officer at Merit Health River Region.

Heather Horner of Ridgeland celebrates her May 14 graduation from Hinds Community College with an Associate Degree in Nursing with her parents and grandparents, from left, Jerry Horner, Gene Horner, Andrea Horner and Cille Horner.

Heather Horner of Ridgeland celebrates her May 14 graduation from Hinds Community College with an Associate Degree in Nursing with her parents and grandparents, from left, Jerry Horner, Gene Horner, Andrea Horner and Cille Horner.

Happy graduates at the May 14 Associate Degree Nursing ceremony at Hinds Community fling their hats in the air.

Happy graduates at the May 14 Associate Degree Nursing ceremony at Hinds Community fling their hats in the air.

The  graduation speaker on May 14 for the Hinds Community College nursing and allied health ceremonies was Lorie Ramsey, chief operating officer at Merit Health River Region.

The graduation speaker on May 14 for the Hinds Community College nursing and allied health ceremonies was Lorie Ramsey, chief operating officer at Merit Health River Region.

Celebrating their graduation from Hinds Community College on May 14 with  Associate Degrees in Nursing are, from left, Taylor Wages of Pearl, Virginia Johnson of Jackson, Nathan Goss of Brandon, Johnny Jones of Pelahatchie, Jason Hawthorne of Lake and Donielle Hartt of Pearl.

Celebrating their graduation from Hinds Community College on May 14 with Associate Degrees in Nursing are, from left, Taylor Wages of Pearl, Virginia Johnson of Jackson, Nathan Goss of Brandon, Johnny Jones of Pelahatchie, Jason Hawthorne of Lake and Donielle Hartt of Pearl.

Taylor Wages of Pearl, left, and Donielle Hartt of Pearl get ready for graduation on May 14 at Hinds Community College. Both received an Associate Degree in Nursing.

Taylor Wages of Pearl, left, and Donielle Hartt of Pearl get ready for graduation on May 14 at Hinds Community College. Both received an Associate Degree in Nursing.

Hinds employee Kathy Price helps Kelly Parker of Brandon get ready for graduation on May 14 at Hinds Community College. Parker, 47, was a sales representative before deciding to go to nursing school. “This was my dream,” she said. She already had a degree in marketing from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Hinds employee Kathy Price helps Kelly Parker of Brandon get ready for graduation on May 14 at Hinds Community College. Parker, 47, was a sales representative before deciding to go to nursing school. “This was my dream,” she said. She already had a degree in marketing from the University of Southern Mississippi.

Lacy Pippin of Flowood, standing, and Ana Recinos of Pearl graduated from Hinds Community College on May 14 with an Associate Degree in Nursing.

Lacy Pippin of Flowood, standing, and Ana Recinos of Pearl graduated from Hinds Community College on May 14 with an Associate Degree in Nursing.

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Matthew Kessler of Vicksburg, left, and William McMullan of Pearl graduated from Hinds Community College on May 14 with an Associate Degree in Nursing. McMullan, 37, was a network engineer before going to nursing school. “It was rough at times, but worth it,” he said.

Matthew Kessler of Vicksburg, left, and William McMullan of Pearl graduated from Hinds Community College on May 14 with an Associate Degree in Nursing. McMullan, 37, was a network engineer before going to nursing school. “It was rough at times, but worth it,” he said.

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Hinds employee Bessie Cox helps Tammy Uthoff of Bentonia with her hat. She graduated from Hinds Community College on May 14 with an Associate Degree in Nursing. Uthoff, 42, was a dental assistant before going to nursing school. “I raised my kids and decided I wanted to do this. I’ve always wanted to be a nurse,” she said. She and her husband got married on May 1 and between them they have five children ages 8 to 24 and two grandchildren. “My fiancé was just great. They all helped,” she said.

Hinds employee Bessie Cox helps Tammy Uthoff of Bentonia with her hat. She graduated from Hinds Community College on May 14 with an Associate Degree in Nursing. Uthoff, 42, was a dental assistant before going to nursing school. “I raised my kids and decided I wanted to do this. I’ve always wanted to be a nurse,” she said. She and her husband got married on May 1 and between them they have five children ages 8 to 24 and two grandchildren. “My fiancé was just great. They all helped,” she said.

Katie Holder of Crystal Springs, Lauren Alford of Carthage, Joseph Easterling of Morton graduated from Hinds Community College on May 14 with an Associate Degree in Nursing.

Katie Holder of Crystal Springs, Lauren Alford of Carthage, Joseph Easterling of Morton graduated from Hinds Community College on May 14 with an Associate Degree in Nursing.

Hinds Community College Admission employee Ann Travis checks in Nathan Goss of Brandon. He graduated from Hinds Community College on May 14 with an Associate Degree in Nursing.

Hinds Community College Admission employee Ann Travis checks in Nathan Goss of Brandon. He graduated from Hinds Community College on May 14 with an Associate Degree in Nursing.

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Eagle Experience 2015
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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 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’s Utica Campus receives new deans
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Hinds CC’s Utica Campus receives new deans

Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus recently added two new positions: Kanisha Shelton accepted the title of Dean of Career and Technical Education, and Dr. Mitchell Shears accepted the title of dean of academics.

Shelton is an Alcorn State University graduate, with both her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, bringing years of career experience in the educational field to the college.

Shelton has her specialist degree in educational leadership from Mississippi State University and is currently working on her doctorate in school administration, also from MSU.

She has worked as a classroom teacher for Leland public schools, an academic and vocational counselor at Coahoma AHS, a curriculum coordinator and professional development coordinator for schools, director of career technical education at Clarksdale schools, adjunct instructor at Coahoma Community College, and has her own educational consulting business.

“It has long been a dream of mine to serve as a dean of career and technical education,” she said. “I want to prepare students for the workforce.”

Some of Shelton’s current day-to-day duties include data analysis, coordinating professional development for faculty and staff, coordinating student activities, recruitment and retention, and developing relationships within the community.

“My main focus is to prepare hopeful, committed and competent students that are ready to go into the workforce,” she said. “I also want to increase our enrollment and see 100 percent job placement.”

Shelton resides in Clarksdale.

Shears is no stranger to the Utica Campus. In fact, his first job was a part-time gig as a Utica Campus custodian.

“It’s so neat to be back here again – going from custodian to dean,” he said. “That custodial job meant so much to me. It was my very first job and taught me so much.”

Shears received his bachelor’s degree in mass communications and master’s degree in elementary education from Alcorn State University. He also has a specialist degree in educational leadership and his educational doctorate from Mississippi College.

After receiving his first degree, Shears spent two years working public relations for Alcorn State, taught fourth and fifth grade in the Jackson school district, then moved to the central office as an instructional specialist. He served as principal of two elementary schools in Jackson before moving to executive director of 19 schools.

As dean of academics, Shears will begin his new position working to make sure each student gets the most out of their time at Hinds.

“I am so happy to be here,” he said. “I want to spend my time making sure every student gets a quality education.”

Shears was born in Jackson and raised in Utica. He currently resides in Pearl.

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Hinds CC offers educational forums as part of Sexual Assault/Abuse Month
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Hinds CC offers educational forums as part of Sexual Assault/Abuse Month

Hinds Community College’s office of student services is coordinating preventative educational programs throughout the college’s district in recognition of April as Sexual Assault/Abuse Awareness Month.

Hinds will host Denim and Maroon Day on Thursday, April 10. The Raymond Campus’ program will be held that day at 2 p.m. in room 165 of Reeves Hall.

Other campuses will have programs as follows:

April 10, 11 a.m. – Rankin

April 23, 12 p.m. – Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center

TBA – Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center

The college is working in a collaborative effort with Hinds County Sherriff Department, Victim Assistance Coordinator Kewanna Ward, and in conjunction with several other organizations.

“It is vital to educate and enrich our campus communities with preventive programs and resources,” said Sharon Alexander, district coordinator of student conduct and development at Hinds. “Even though, some employees and students may not have dealt with sexual assault or abuse personally, it is of the utmost importance to have knowledge and resources available.”

For more information on the programs, contact Sharon Alexander at 601.857.3371 or sralexander@hindscc.edu.

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Hinds CC names student, faculty HEADWAE honorees
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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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Foundation adds Moffett Scholarship

The Hinds Community College Foundation recently added the Fred Douglas and Matlean Allen Moffett’s Scholarship to its list of endowments.

The Moffetts spent 77 years teaching boys and girls in pre-K to eighth grades at Midway, Belmont and Cayuga. Both ended their careers at Mixon Junior High School.

This scholarship resulted from the efforts and labors of Belmont and Rohelia Missionary Baptist Churches in Utica and Little Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Edwards. Neighboring churches, family friends and the Moffett family helped to develop the scholarship.

“Mother and Daddy believed, as do I, that education is the key to a successful and useful life, and there is plenty of room for additional talented, dedicated and concerned teachers to assist the children,” said Naomi Lyles, one of the couple’s six children.

A committee and the family founded the scholarship to encourage high school graduates to pursue a career in teaching. The committee and the family believe additional male teachers are needed in the intermediate and upper elementary grades.

“My parents enjoyed working in the two-room schools as well as the final years spent at Mixon Junior High School,” said daughter J. Moffett Walker, 1959 Hinds graduate. “We are proud of this endowment. We encourage families, churches and other groups to establish scholarships to help inspire students interested in teaching, the most important career for helping others achieve their goals.”

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