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Hinds CC’s colorful art tradition showcased in special Centennial show
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Hinds CC’s colorful art tradition showcased in special Centennial show

Pieces of artwork from about 40 artists with connections to Hinds Community College are expected to be submitted for the Centennial Art Show, slated to run Sept. 25-Oct. 27 in the Marie Hull Art Gallery on the Raymond Campus.

Showcase artists include Bob Dunaway, former chair of the Art Department at Hinds, Mississippi artists Wyatt Waters and Bill Dunlap, stained glass artist Jerry Hymel and fashion designer Gary Feazelle, among others.

“The theme here will be the connections these artists have to Hinds,” said Sarah Teasley, chair of the Art Department and director for the art gallery.

Sarah Teasley, director of the Marie Hull Art Gallery on the Raymond Campus of Hinds Community College, shows one of her pieces. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

Sarah Teasley, director of the Marie Hull Art Gallery on the Raymond Campus of Hinds Community College, shows one of her pieces. (Tammi Bowles/Hinds Community College)

Pieces from current faculty and other former faculty, students and alumni are also expected to be submitted, Teasley said.

A reception is scheduled in the gallery at 4 p.m. Oct. 10. For more information, contact Teasley at 601.857.3274 or sarah.teasley@ hindscc.edu.

“A visual arts program of study is essential to a well-rounded educational institution, and the prominent display of original works by Mississippi artists in areas throughout the Hinds campuses is a reminder of that,” Dunaway said.

Current and former faculty expected to participate in the exhibit note the longstanding influence the program at Hinds has had on the art scene in Mississippi and beyond.

One example is the ongoing, competitive art exhibit for art students in the state’s two-year colleges, largely organized by the Hinds Art Department, said Gayle McCarty, former art department chair and gallery director at Hinds, whose husband, Mike, also taught art at Hinds, at the Utica Campus. The McCartys’ two sons and grandson also attended Hinds.

“The competition is hosted by the different colleges throughout the state and provides an opportunity for a broad exposure to new ideas and insights,” McCarty said. “Many students who have been a part of the Art program over the years have told me how meaningful their experiences in Art at Hinds were to their career choices as well as to the enrichment of their lives.”

The Hinds Art Department was established in 1949 by Katherine Denton, for whom the art building on the Raymond Campus is named. According to a 1983 Hindsight article, classes were first held in a dorm room of Williams Hall, which burned in 2016.

The following year, the art program moved across the hall from President Dr. George McLendon’s office and had its first exhibit. As the program grew, it moved from location to location, including in the library, until McLendon suggested that “we just build an art

building. A fine arts building.”

The Katherine Denton Art Building, which opened in 1968, also houses the Marie Hull Gallery, named for the renowned Mississippi artist in 1972.

In 1980, another Mississippi artist Andrew Bucci, one of Hull’s former students, exhibited at Hinds. Hull donated several Bucci pieces to Hinds, and he donated several himself, for a total of 10. In 1983, Dunaway spearheaded having the reference room at the McLendon Library renamed the Andrew Bucci Reference Room in his honor.

Among the art show participants:

Current faculty/employees

Melanie Atkinson

Melanie John

LeeReyna Leyva

Brad Luke

Lee McCarty

Randy Minton

Phoenix Savage

Former Faculty (full-time and part-time)

Stephanie Busbea

Stephen Cook

Linda Denny

Katherine Denton

Bob Dunaway

Lee Dunlap

William Dunlap

Paula Duren

Paul Fayard

Michael Hataway

Jerry Hymel

Ky Johnston

Randy Jolly

Gayle McCarty

Mike McCarty

Randy Miley

Vicky Miley

Dana Moody

Russel Schneider

Albert Smathers

Traci Stover

Jimmy Tillotson

Louis Walsh

Gary Walters

Wyatt Waters

 

Alumni

Janet Akers

Madeline Bates

Nicolette Brokaw

Gary Feazell

Emelie Hebert

Jessica Hilton

Jeffery Hodges

Benjamin Ivey

Mark Millet

Brandon Moon

Easton Selby

Randall Teasley

Susan Teasley

Joel Walker

Jacob Walters

Centennial Art Show features prominent artists with ties to Hinds CC.

 

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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Deaf student starts new career thanks to Hinds CC, KLLM Driving Academy
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08 September

Deaf student starts new career thanks to Hinds CC, KLLM Driving Academy

RICHLAND – Byron Davis decided last year it was time for a change of life and career after years spent in low-paying jobs.

Byron Davis, center, completed the KLLM Driving Academy program this past summer and is now a lead solo driver with the company. With him are Charli Vos, an interpreter with the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services, left, and Loretta Sutton, an interpreter and coordinator in Disability Support Services with Hinds Community College, right. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Byron Davis, center, completed the KLLM Driving Academy program this past summer and is now a lead solo driver with the company. With him are Charli Vos, an interpreter with the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services, left, and Loretta Sutton, an interpreter and coordinator in Disability Support Services with Hinds Community College, right. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

What made his decision different from most was a challenge he’d been overcoming for years – but with the help of a partnership between Hinds Community College and KLLM Driving Academy, he motored right past it and plans to keep on trucking.

Davis, 38, Southaven native, lost his hearing during childhood as a result of an illness. Since high school, he’d worked a series of jobs in shipping and receiving and in auto body work. “I wasn’t happy doing it,” Davis said through an interpreter. “The pay wasn’t enough for me and wasn’t enough of a challenge.”

After a friend recommended the KLLM Driving Academy at Hinds, Davis sought and qualified for a waiver from the state allowing him to apply for a commercial driver’s license. With the help of two interpreters provided by the Mississippi Department of Rehabilitation Services, he completed the program this past summer and is now employed as a lead solo driver with the Richland-based transport company.

In the program, housed at KLLM’s facility in Richland, Davis learned the ins and outs of properly driving a big rig – upshifting, downshifting, proper lane changes and turning, space management and correct mirror usage. The curriculum also trains people to safely transport hazardous materials. Overall, it’s geared to help new drivers achieve the industry’s top priority, which is safety.

“You really have to focus with it, and you can’t play around,” he said. “I feel good about myself for having passed the course.”

Hinds’ partnership with KLLM to train truck drivers at the company’s Richland headquarters and boost their ranks began in fall 2012. KLLM handles the training. Hinds handles the coursework. The facility itself opened in March 2014.

Byron Davis completed the KLLM Driving Academy program this past summer and is now a lead solo driver with the company. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Byron Davis completed the KLLM Driving Academy program this past summer and is now a lead solo driver with the company. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“Byron was determined to provide for his family and fulfill his dream of becoming a truck driver,” said Josh Denson, manager of the KLLM Driving Academy and former disability examiner with MDRS. “He was able to accomplish all of these things through the opportunity provided by Hinds Community College and KLLM Transport Services.”

Davis credited the company and the Disability Support Services department at Hinds for taking care of the little things – such as the company paying for his bus ticket to town, helping to learn his schedule, and other things to “help get settled in”, he said.

“It’s been quite the partnership between Hinds, the Department of Rehabilitation and KLLM,” said Loretta Sutton, interpreter and coordinator in the college’s program that assists people with various physical challenges achieve their educational goals. “The three of us have been working together to make sure he’s very successful in this program.”

That success figures to have him on a fast track to a solid new career.

“My instructors have had a positive effect on me,” he said. “Some of them didn’t know anything about working with deaf students, but one of my instructors rode with me and learned some basic sign language so he can communicate with me.

The next major mile marker for Davis is obvious.

“I’d like to become an independent driver and own my own truck,” he said.

Deaf student starts new career thanks to #Hinds CC, KLLM Driving Academy 

 

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Hinds CC Rankin Campus celebrates college Centennial
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07 September

Hinds CC Rankin Campus celebrates college Centennial

The Rankin Campus will celebrate Hinds Community College’s 100 years of Community Inspired Service and nearly 35 years of Hinds being a part of the Rankin community with a meet-and-greet from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 12 in the Muse Center. The public is invited.

Among the dignitaries present for the 1982 Rankin ground-breaking ceremony were, from left, Dr. Lynn Weathersby, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, then-Gov. Ray Mabus, George Wynne, Dr. George Moody, Albert Moore and Jimmy C. Smith.

Among the dignitaries present for a Rankin Campus ground-breaking ceremony were, from left, Dr. Lynn Weathersby, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, Ray Mabus, George Wynne, Dr. George Moody, Albert Moore and Jimmy C. Smith.

The 5:30 p.m. program will feature a look back at the history of the campus, which opened in 1983 with high school career-tech classes during the day and college-level career- tech classes at night.

Growing the campus from a modest trailer and a $50 typewriter on a small plot of land took the efforts of the Rankin County Board of Supervisors, local legislators, city officials and many civic leaders who were committed to a quality higher education campus in Rankin County.

Today, the campus is the second largest of Hinds Community College’s six locations with eight buildings, including the Muse Center that opened in 2011. It has more than 100 acres over two locations, including the main campus off Highway 80 and the Rankin Career-Technical Building off Community College Boulevard, both in Pearl.

Hinds CC Rankin Campus celebrates Centennial 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sept. 12.

 

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 Agriculture Department to host Sept. 21 reunion, get-together
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07 September

Hinds CC Agriculture Department to host Sept. 21 reunion, get-together

Hinds Community College opened its doors for the first time in September 1917 with a handful of students and a couple of programs, including agriculture, that were key to Mississippi then and continues to be true today. Hinds will celebrate 100 years of Community Inspired Service in the Agriculture program with a reception and dinner that will reunite alumni from a variety of programs associated with the Agriculture Department and spotlight some of the community and business partners.

The Agriculture Department celebration is 6 p.m. Sept. 21 at the T.H. Kendall III Agriculture Complex. All events will be at McKenzie Arena off Seven Springs Road in Raymond. For more information, contact Wayne Boshart, 601.857.3583, Melissa Washburn at 601.857.3334 or mcwashburn@hindscc.edu. Also see the Hinds Community College Facebook page.

Dr. Roger Jones, who has worked in the Hinds Agriculture Department since 1970 and is now chair, keeps tabs on many of his former students but is hoping to reconnect with some of the alumni he hasn’t heard from in a while. Among the goals of the reunion is to begin a new alumni chapter.

“This is a chance for them to come back, be able to reflect on a lot of things and maybe help us get some ideas on the future of the Ag program,” he said. “I personally would like to invite former students from Agribusiness Management, Veterinary Technology, Meat Merchandising, the former Agriculture Diesel Program, the former Food Processing Technology Program and the academic transfer students who majored in programs in Agriculture, Pre-Vet and Forestry. Our student organizations such as Agriculture Club and the Livestock Judging Teams drew students from all these areas.”

He also envisions better connections with those who work in companies that cater to agriculture, such as feed, seed, equipment and chemicals, as a way to help his students get jobs.

High school students toured Hinds Community College's Agriculture facilities at the T.H. Kendall III Agriculture Complex off Seven Springs Road in Raymond.

High school students toured Hinds Community College’s Agriculture facilities at the T.H. Kendall III Agriculture Complex off Seven Springs Road in Raymond.

The role of agriculture at the college can be traced to the start of the college itself in 1917, as an agricultural high school. The school operated a farm for both instruction as well as a source of food for the cafeteria. Students had tuition paid in exchange for working on the farm. Initially, eggs, milk, meat and vegetables were produced and processed by the department.

Expansion starting in the 1960s, coupled with changes in agribusiness technology, have transformed what the department produces, but not its importance to the college and, by extension, sustained agriculture as the state’s biggest economic driver. The 1970s brought the start of animal technology programs, and agribusiness was added to the curriculum.

In 1983, the first phase of a $2.6 million complex on Seven Springs Road was completed. It houses the college’s Billie Banes Livestock Evaluation Center, more commonly known as simply the Bull Test Station, Mississippi’s first such public bull test facility; McKenzie Arena, which houses multiple special events put on by the ag program; holding facilities and a sales arena for livestock; and classroom space for the Veterinary Technology and Landscape Technology programs.

A student demonstrates a combine simulator at Hinds Community College's Agriculture department at the T.H. Kendall III Complex off Seven Springs Road in Raymond.

A student demonstrates a combine simulator at Hinds Community College’s Agriculture department at the T.H. Kendall III Complex off Seven Springs Road in Raymond.

Further innovation in the 21st century’s opening decades has introduced the growing field of Precision Agriculture to Hinds. Students in the college’s Unmanned Aerial Systems program train to assist the farmers of today and tomorrow use technology to decide what to plant and where, variable rates of application of fertilizers and liming materials, as well as, to determine irrigation strategies, and pest control.

Another recently added program is the poultry option under agribusiness, which in May had its first three graduates. Adding new programs and updating existing curriculum is a constant need, one that Hinds alumni can help accomplish with their input, Jones said. “We are constantly trying to revise programs,” he said.

Hinds CC Agriculture program plans Sept. 21 reunion, program.

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 a perfect place to take next step in healthcare careers
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06 September

Hinds CC a perfect place to take next step in healthcare careers

JACKSON – Thoughts of advancing an already rewarding career in healthcare has Shadonna Lewis listening and learning from the experts at the fall 2017 Nursing Allied Health Showcase held Sept. 5 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center.

Shadonna Lewis, from left, Jayla Walker and Rayanna Lewis, all of Port Gibson, look on as pulmonary technician Jayla Hough explains the ins and outs of the Respiratory Care Technology lab at the fall 2017 Nursing Showcase on Sept. 5 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Shadonna Lewis, from left, Jayla Walker and Rayanna Harden, all of Port Gibson, look on as pulmonary technician Jayla Hough explains the ins and outs of the Respiratory Care Technology lab at the fall 2017 Nursing Showcase on Sept. 5 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“I’m a certified nursing assistant at a hospital,” said Lewis, of Port Gibson, as she listened to students in the Respiratory Care Technology program demonstrate techniques and equipment. “But, I’m here trying to do something to help myself move up.”

Another in her position was Willie Thompson, of Jackson, also a CNA looking to add to her current credentials.

“I’ve always had a caring nature with my elderly patients,” Thompson said. “And it’s been in my family, too, as my mother was once a CNA and my sister is also in nursing.”

Lewis was among about 150 people who attended this fall’s event, which is held each semester at the Chadwick Drive complex. Prospective students and others toured the campus’ learning labs, spoke with faculty, explored the college’s 12 health-related and two short-term programs and got the latest on requirements and deadlines.

“Guests spoke with our faculty one-on-one to learn about our programs of study and the promising careers in healthcare that Hinds graduates obtain,” said Kathryn Cole, district director of Enrollment Services.

Willie Thompson, left, of Jackson, chats with Practical Nursing Instructor Patricia Collins at the fall 2017 Nursing Showcase on Sept. 5 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Willie Thompson, left, of Jackson, chats with Practical Nursing Instructor Patricia Collins at the fall 2017 Nursing Showcase on Sept. 5 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Programs showcased included Associate Degree Nursing (RN), Dental Assisting Technology, Diagnostic Medical Sonography, Emergency Medical Science, Health Care Assistant, Health Information Technology, Medical Laboratory Technology, Physical Therapist Assistant, Practical Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Care Technology, Surgical Technology, and two short-term programs, Nursing Assistant and Phlebotomy.

“We are excited to offer nursing and allied health programs that provide excellent employment opportunities for our students,” said Nursing and Allied Health Dean Dr. Libby Mahaffey. “Graduates of our programs are employed at rates of 90 to 100 percent within a year of graduation and consistently meet national benchmarks for licensure/registry pass rates.”

The program’s solid reputation also brought out recent high school graduates, such as Mary Barton Rogers and Bailey Weldon, both of Brandon.

“I’m interested in finding out about the RN program for now,” said Rogers, a graduate of Hartfield Academy.

Destiny Hudson, a second-year nursing student at Hinds Community College, chats with Mary Barton Rogers, right, of Brandon, in the Associate Degree Nursing lab at the fall 2017 Nursing Showcase on Sept. 5 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Destiny Hudson, a second-year nursing student at Hinds Community College, chats with Mary Barton Rogers, right, of Brandon, in the Associate Degree Nursing lab at the fall 2017 Nursing Showcase on Sept. 5 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Rayanna Harden and her mother, Angela, both of Port Gibson, visited the showcase to find out about opportunities in the sonography program.

“I enjoy working with babies when they’re born,” Rayanna said.

Technical and associate degree programs at NAHC are nationally accredited by specialty accrediting organizations. The career programs meet state accreditation/approval guidelines. The Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center is at 1750 Chadwick Drive. For more information on individual programs, call 601.376.4807 or visit http://www.hindscc.edu.

Hinds CC a perfect place to take next step in healthcare career

 

 

Lekishi Davis, a second-year nursing student at Hinds Community College, demonstrates usage of a nasogastric tube on a cross-section model at the fall 2017 Nursing Showcase on Sept. 5 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Lekishi Davis, a second-year nursing student at Hinds Community College, demonstrates usage of a nasogastric tube on a cross-section model at the fall 2017 Nursing Showcase on Sept. 5 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Timothy Wilson, left, of Pearl, chats with Practical Nursing Instructor Patricia Collins at the fall 2017 Nursing Showcase on Sept. 5 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Timothy Wilson, left, of Pearl, chats with Practical Nursing Instructor Patricia Collins at the fall 2017 Nursing Showcase on Sept. 5 at Hinds Community College Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From left, Felicia Jones, a Single Stop site coordinator; Anna Jones, her daughter, both of Rolling Fork; and Kim Neely, Health Continuing Education Coordinator, at the fall 2017 Nursing Showcase at the Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

From left, Felicia Jones, a Single Stop site coordinator; Anna Jones, her daughter, both of Rolling Fork; and Kim Neely, Health Continuing Education Coordinator, at the fall 2017 Nursing Showcase at the Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

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Hinds CC Utica Campus reopens newly renovated Student Center
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01 September

Hinds CC Utica Campus reopens newly renovated Student Center

The Utica Campus of Hinds Community College officially opened the newly renovated J. Louis Stokes Student Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Aug. 31.

The building underwent a massive multi-million dollar renovation and took four years to complete. The student center is home to Student Services and dining areas, as well as computer labs, financial aid and the campus bookstore.

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse addresses the crowd at the newly renovated J. Louis Stokes Student Center at the Utica Campus of Hinds Community College. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse addresses the crowd at the newly renovated J. Louis Stokes Student Center at the Utica Campus of Hinds Community College. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Ceremony speakers included Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, Utica Campus Vice President Dr. Tyrone Jackson, Board of Trustees President Paul Breazeale and Alexis Williamson, president of the Utica Campus Student Government Association. Among the guests were family members of J. Louis Stokes, for whom the building was named in 1998.

Renovations on the building began October 2013 and concluded this summer. The $5 million project was funded by the Title III, Part B Strengthening HBCUs funding formula.

In his remarks, Jackson noted that the facility will serve three main purposes: To recruit and retain students, promote the “third space” concept, which is learning outside the classroom, and serve as a catalyst for student success.

“The Student Center will assist students tremendously when matriculating through the system.  A popular concept in higher education is call ‘third space.’ Its focus is on learning that takes place outside of the classroom. This fine facility will assist students in supplementing classroom instruction. Research supports just as much learning takes place outside of the classroom as it does inside of the classroom. This facility serves as a catalyst,” Jackson said.

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse and a number of guests helped to celebrate the ribbon-cutting for the J. Louis Stokes Student Center at Hinds Community College's Utica Campus. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse and a number of guests helped to celebrate the ribbon-cutting for the J. Louis Stokes Student Center at Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Hundreds of students and staff, as well as guests toured the 21,066-sq.-ft. building enjoying live music and food.  Patrons were allowed to visit labs and offices, the bookstore and the many dining areas. Decked out with new furniture and creative amenities, the renovated student union received rave reviews from all in attendance.

“This building will be important for our students and will serve the campus well. You won’t find a facility of this kind more beautiful and functional then this building. We’re very proud of the outcome,” said Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse.

The student union was dedicated on March 19, 1998, to J. Louis Stokes, the sixth and final president of Utica Junior College. Stokes held the position during the college’s merger with the Hinds Junior College District in 1982. From 1987-1993, he was vice president for Continuing Education and Community Services. From 1993 until his retirement in 1997, he served as executive assistant to the president for special projects.

 

J. Louis Stokes Student Center reopens at Hinds CC Utica Campus.

 

Family members of J. Louis Stokes' family outside the building named in his honor at Hinds Community College's Utica Campus.

Family members of J. Louis Stokes’ family outside the building named in his honor at Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus.

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 Utica Campus to unveil renovated J. Louis Stokes Student Center
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Hinds CC Utica Campus to unveil renovated J. Louis Stokes Student Center

Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus will hold a ceremony at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 31 to officially re-open the student center.

The J. Louis Stokes Student Center, a 21,066-square-foot facility, will be open to students, staff and the public. It houses computer labs, Student Services offices, the campus bookstore and dining areas.

The newly remodeled Student Union on the Utica Campus of HCC. This lounge area has room for 100 students to gather and socialize between classes.

The newly remodeled Student Union on the Utica Campus of HCC. This lounge area has room for 100 students to gather and socialize between classes.

Speakers for the ceremony include Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, Utica Campus Vice President Dr. Tyrone Jackson, Hinds Community College Board of Trustees President Paul Breazeale and Alexis Williamson, president of the Utica Campus Student Government Association.

Renovations on the building began October 2013 with the first of three phases, which concluded this summer. The $5 million project was funded by the Title III, Part B Strengthening HBCUs funding formula.

“The third phase was the addition,” said project architect Bill Campbell. “We gutted the entire first floor and put on additions to three sides of it to increase student dining, to create a student lounge space and create an enlarged kitchen and dining area.”

The student center on the Utica Campus was dedicated on March 19, 1998, to J. Louis Stokes, the sixth and final president of Utica Junior College. Stokes held the position during the college’s merger with the Hinds Junior College District in 1982. From 1987-1993, he was vice president for Continuing Education and Community Services. From 1993 until his retirement in 1997, he served as executive assistant to the president for special projects.

Renovated Stokes Student Center reopens at Hinds CC Utica Campus.

 

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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Sanderson Farm internship gives Hinds CC Utica Campus student something to squawk about
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30 August

Sanderson Farm internship gives Hinds CC Utica Campus student something to squawk about

Hard work and determination go a long way when you begin your career with that belief.  At the age of 19, Utica Campus sophomore Khadejiah Summers is ready to put that theory to the test.

Summers, a Port Gibson native studying plant soil science, completed a 10-week summer internship at Sanderson Farms in Hazlehurst learning the ins and outs of producing, processing and positioning poultry for consumer consumption.

Khadejia Summers completed a Ten-Week Internship at Sanderson Farms this summer.  There, she gain experience and knowledge on producing, processing and packing poultry products for consumer comsumption.

Khadejia Summers completed a 10-week internship at Sanderson Farms this summer. There, she gained experience and knowledge about producing, processing and packing poultry products for consumer consumption.

The internship required 10 weeks of work, broken down into specified sections. As an intern, Summers received training and rotated through several divisions, from live production, to processing and then onto foods. She also received a mentor to guide her through the internship.

She was paid for 40 hours a week, received regular feedback and evaluations plus an opportunity to advance into Sanderson Farms’ Beginning Trainee Program. Among the processes she learned about were preparing the poultry, including evisceration and deboning, and packing and shipping the products.

“This internship was the first job I have ever had. I loved it and learned so much.  There is so much opportunity at Sanderson Farms. Everybody there is family and they made me feel at home. Some things, I liked. Shipping and packaging was great. Some things, not as much — evisceration.  But I truly enjoyed my summer with them and hope to go back next year,” Summers said.

Summers hopes to one day teach plant soil science on a college level.

 

Sanderson Farms internship benefits Hinds CC Utica Campus student.

 

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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Welcome Back to Hinds CC Utica: First day jitters
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18 August

Welcome Back to Hinds CC Utica: First day jitters

The Utica Campus’ new students came ready to make their mark on the grounds as well as in life.

Classes began at Hinds Community College on Aug.14, welcoming new and returning students. Welcome week events included orientations, socials, teambuilding activities, food and fun. Students reconnected over ice cream, glow parties and tours of the new Student Union Building, scheduled for a grand opening on Aug. 31. Parents also joined in the activities, walking students to classes and ensuring that their student affairs were in order.

“As an incoming freshman, I get nervous about this year,” said Dewuyne Kirk of Jackson.

“I am seeing many new things, which can be intimidating. But, I look forward to classes and seeing what happens next.”

Parents like Patrick and Peri Freeman of Canton wanted to visit the campus to get a first-hand view of what their child would face. “Guidance is important at this stage, we can’t just drop them off and leave,” they said.

Beginning college can be a very scary time in a student’s life. First day jitters happens to most and require a solid support system. The Utica Campus offers student support services, resources and activities that promote academic leadership, friendships building and retention for student success, said Vice President Dr. Tyrone Jackson, who is also district dean of Students.

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.

 

Hinds CC Utica Campus students began fall 2017 semester.

 

Patrick and Peri Freeman of Canton takes time for a photo while waiting to speak with  the financial aid department.

Patrick and Peri Freeman of Canton takes time for a photo while waiting to speak with the financial aid department.

Career and Technical Dean Kenisha Shelton helps a student and her parent find a class on campus during Aug. 14 first day of school activities.

Career and Technical Dean Kenisha Shelton helps a student and her parent find a class on campus during Aug. 14 first day of school activities.

Vice President Dr. Tyrone Jackson took time to greet students and parents during the first day of school activities, including freshman Allen Rouse of Jackson.

Vice President Dr. Tyrone Jackson took time to greet students and parents during the first day of school activities, including freshman Allen Rouse of Jackson.

Dr. Erin Vaughn Jones, director of Instruction and Intervention Equals Retention and Graduation, assists student Eric Terry and mother with paperwork on Aug. 14 during first day activities at Hinds CC Utica.

Dr. Erin Vaughn Jones, director of Instruction and Intervention Equals Retention and Graduation, assists student Eric Terry and mother with paperwork on Aug. 14 during first day activities at Hinds CC Utica.

Student filled lines stretched far and wide during the first day of school at Hinds CC Utica on August 14.

Student filled lines stretched far and wide during the first day of school at Hinds CC Utica on August 14.

Chief Percy Terrell helped to point a mom and daughter team in the right direction during the Aug. 14 first Day of school activities.

Chief Percy Terrell helped to point a mom and daughter team in the right direction during the Aug. 14 first Day of school activities.

Librarian Jean Greene took many photos for students for ID purposes on Aug. 14 during the first day of school activities on the Utica campus. Shown here with Dewuyne Kirk of Jackson.

Librarian Jean Greene took many photos for students for ID purposes on Aug. 14 during the first day of school activities on the Utica campus. Shown here with Dewuyne Kirk of Jackson.

Crystal Henry, director of Student Housing and Residence Lifee, was on hand to cool the students down with snow cones while the found their way across campus on Aug. 14.

Crystal Henry, director of Student Housing and Residence Lifee, was on hand to cool the students down with snow cones while the found their way across campus on Aug. 14.

Hinds CC Utica Campus staff welcomed students with T-Shirts and smiles as they made their way to classes on the first day of school. They are, from left, Sharron Melton, Brianna Watkins, Margaret Mims, Joshua Knox, Diana Brown and Jean Greene.

Hinds CC Utica Campus staff welcomed students with T-Shirts and smiles as they made their way to classes on the first day of school. They are, from left, Sharron Melton, Brianna Watkins, Margaret Mims, Joshua Knox, Diana Brown and Jean Greene.

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