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Hinds CC Hi-Steppers plan Oct. 27 gala, Oct. 28 alumni performance for Centennial
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15 September

Hinds CC Hi-Steppers plan Oct. 27 gala, Oct. 28 alumni performance for Centennial

The Hinds Community College Hi-Steppers alumni will get together Oct 27 for a gala dinner and program in honor of the Hinds Centennial to celebrate their fame as one of the nation’s oldest college precision dance teams.

The gala will also raise money to pay for a beautiful new mural commemorating the history of the Hi-Steppers.

The gala will take place at Bee Hall on the Raymond Campus, home of the Hi-Steppers and named for longtime director Anna Cowden Bee. A reception and silent auction are at 6 p.m. with a dinner and program to begin at 7 p.m.

The next day, Oct. 28, the alumni Hi-Steppers will perform at the game that begins at 2 p.m. “It is my hope to have a record number of ladies returning to participate in both of these events,” said Carol Warren, president of the Hi-Steppers alumni chapter. “No matter what year you were a Hi-Stepper, the sisterhood that was formed and the love we have for having been through the program is immeasurable.”

The Hinds Hi-Steppers performed at the American Legion Convention in 1953.

The Hinds Hi-Steppers performed at the American Legion Convention in 1953.

Originally called the High-Steppers, the Hinds Hi-Steppers got their start in 1950 when the majorettes who accompanied the Hinds Junior College Band transitioned into a precision dance and drill team like the ones becoming all the rage at that time.

The first true group of Hi-Steppers as a dance team featured 22 young women. The Hi-Steppers made their first out-of-state appearance on New Year’s Day 1952 at the Oleander Bowl Game between Hinds and San Angelo Junior College in Galveston, Texas. The group also performed in February 1953 in the New Orleans Mardi Gras parade, and, in May, at the Cotton Carnival in Memphis.

The Hi-Steppers began to take off when Anna Cowden Bee was hired by then-President George McLendon as the director in 1953. Mrs. Bee modeled the Hi-Steppers on the Radio City Music Hall Rockettes, who are noted for their high leg kicks and jazz movements in a single-line formation.

In 1967, at the first New Orleans Saints game, the Hi-Steppers performed with Al Hirt.

In 1967, at the first New Orleans Saints game, the Hi-Steppers performed with Al Hirt.

Over the years, the Hi-Steppers have performed both in and out of state and internationally more times than can be counted. Among their many notable performances over the years was in 1954 at the Junior Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif., the first New Orleans Saints home game in 1967, annual appearances at the Neshoba County Fair, until Mrs. Bee retired, the Miss America Parade in Atlantic City, N.J. and World’s Fair expositions in New York City, New Orleans and Toronto.

The Hi-Stepper Alumnae Association organized in 1981. For a number of years, beginning in 1996, the Hi-Steppers hosted an annual gala to raise money for the Anna Cowden Bee Scholarship. Mrs. Bee served an astonishing 55 years as director until she retired in 2007. She died in 2013. Replacing her as director was former Hi-Stepper Angela Hite, who is the current director.

The Hi-Steppers today perform with the Eagle Marching Band at football games, exhibitions, parades and community and charitable events.

 

Tickets for the gala are as follows:

Gold Patron Sponsor of $500 includes four tickets to the Gala and a half page ad in the Commemorative Program.

Silver Patron Sponsor of $250 includes two tickets to the Gala and a listing in the Commemorative Program.

Friends of the Hi-Steppers Sponsor of $50 includes one ticket to the Gala.

For information contact Libby Posey at 601.857.3350 or olivia.posey@hindscc.edu.

 

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Hinds Community College is celebrating its 100th year of Community Inspired Service in 2017. Hinds opened in September 1917 first as an agricultural high school and admitted college students for the first time in 1922, with the first class graduating in 1927. In 1982 Hinds Junior College and Utica Junior College merged, creating the Hinds Community College District. Today, as Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution with six locations. Hinds offers quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Rankin Campus celebrates Hinds CC Centennial, its 35th year
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15 September

Rankin Campus celebrates Hinds CC Centennial, its 35th year

A number of Rankin countians were among the 100 People Passionate about Hinds Community College. Attending the Rankin Campus Centennial celebration on Sept. 15 from among those honorees were, from left, Dr. Mike Vinson, Rep. Tom Weathersby, Dr. Wayne Stonecypher, Jimmy C. Smith, Jim Smith, Sen. Dean Kirby, Irl Dean Rhodes and Chancery Clerk Larry Swales, who is president of Hinds' Alumni Association.

A number of Rankin countians were among the 100 People Passionate about Hinds Community College. Attending the Rankin Campus Centennial celebration on Sept. 15 from among those honorees were, from left, Dr. Mike Vinson, Rep. Tom Weathersby, Dr. Wayne Stonecypher, Jimmy C. Smith, Jim Smith, Sen. Dean Kirby, Irl Dean Rhodes and Chancery Clerk Larry Swales, who is president of Hinds’ Alumni Association. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus celebrated the college Centennial as well as nearly 35 years of the campus’ existence with a meet-and-greet reception at the Muse Center on Sept. 12. A cornerstone of the celebration was a video tracing the history of the campus from the 1982 ground-breaking to the present.

The Rankin Campus opened in fall 1983 with vocational courses for high school students during the day and college students at night. The campus is the second largest of the Hinds six locations, enrolling more than 3,000 students.

Among those attending the event were former and current Rankin County supervisors, Rankin County legislators and other public officials including Chancery Clerk Larry Swales, who is president of Hinds’ Alumni Association.

“I take my hat off to the people who had the vision to want to build a community college in Rankin County. It’s a tribute to all of you. You have made this happen. It’s your tax dollars and your leadership that made this campus what it is today,” Swales said. “Hinds Community College is about opportunity. It’s an investment in our community by giving students of all ages an opportunity to better their lives by acquiring marketable skills and by increasing their educational attainment.”

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, with Sen. Dean Kirby of Pearl and  Rep. Ray Rogers of Pearl at the Rankin Campus Centennial celebration

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, left, with Sen. Dean Kirby of Pearl and Rep. Ray Rogers of Pearl at the Rankin Campus Centennial celebration (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse also reminisced about Rankin County leaders who deserve credit for the campus, especially supervisors.

“They recognized that this county had a very low percentage of citizens with opportunity for a post-secondary education. They wanted to do something about it,” he said. “This campus belongs to the people of Rankin County because you, along with the leadership of the board of supervisors, have in fact helped to develop this campus.”

Hinds Community College Rankin Campus student Jake Watts (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Hinds Community College Rankin Campus student Jake Watts (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Speaking on behalf of students was freshman Honors program student Jake Watts. He graduated from Pearl High in May, was president of the student body and was named Mr. Pearl High School, among many other honors.

“When I thought about college, I wanted to go somewhere where I wouldn’t be just a number. I wanted to feel like I knew the instructors and my fellow classmates. Hinds was by far the best choice for me. I know my time here will prepare me for transferring to a four-year university,” he said. “The Honors program at Rankin gives me this opportunity. The Honors program allows me to push myself both inside and outside the classroom through rigorous classes and opportunities through community service.”

Watts is among about 500 students receiving a Hinds Community College Foundation scholarship, said Jackie Granberry, executive director of the Hinds Community College Foundation. “About 25 percent of the Foundation scholarships are given to Rankin County students,” she said.

Current Rankin Campus Vice President Dr. Norman Session, left, visits with retired Rankin Campus Vice President Jimmy C. Smith and Sen. Dean Kirby at the Sept. 12 Rankin Campus Centennial celebration. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Current Rankin Campus Vice President Dr. Norman Session, left, visits with retired Rankin Campus Vice President Jimmy C. Smith and Sen. Dean Kirby at the Sept. 12 Rankin Campus Centennial celebration. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Rankin Campus Vice President Dr. Norman Session said Watts is representative of the students the campus attracts.

“All of our students on the Rankin Campus have a wonderful opportunity to work on all the courses they need to then transfer to a university or straight to the workforce. Our excellent faculty and staff help prepare them for life after Hinds,” he said.

 

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Hinds Community College is celebrating its 100th year of Community Inspired Service in 2017. Hinds opened in September 1917 first as an agricultural high school and admitted college students for the first time in 1922, with the first class graduating in 1927. In 1982 Hinds Junior College and Utica Junior College merged, creating the Hinds Community College District. Today, as Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution with six locations. Hinds offers quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Hinds CC football field named for Gene Murphy
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15 September

Hinds CC football field named for Gene Murphy

Hinds Community College has named the football field at Joe Renfroe Stadium in honor of Gene Murphy, who stepped aside as head football coach in August because of health problems.

Murphy was surprised with the announcement during a halftime ceremony Thursday night (Sept. 14) during the home game against Southwest Mississippi Community College. The naming of the field as Gene Murphy Field was approved by the Hinds Community College Board of Trustees earlier this month.

Gene Murphy surrounded by family members including son Kelly Murphy, an assistant football coach, and wife Dot Murphy, specialists coach, as the announcement is made that Hinds Community College named the football field Gene Murphy Field. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Gene Murphy surrounded by family members including son Kelly Murphy, an assistant football coach, and wife Dot Murphy, specialists coach, as the announcement is made that Hinds Community College named the football field Gene Murphy Field. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Surrounded by the coaching staff, football players and his family including wife Dot, the specialists coach who has coached alongside him many years, Murphy was presented with a photograph of the field with the heading “Gene Murphy Field” at the top by Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, Hinds Athletic Alumni Chapter President Rick Trusty and Jim Southward, director of Athletic Activities for the Mississippi Community College Board.

“I’m really honored. I just don’t know how to express it. It’s hard to describe it,” Murphy said through tears. “But I thank so many people who have been supportive. The players, obviously, for many, many years. Dr. Muse and all the administration. My coaching staff – I’ve had a lot of great coaches with me over the years that paved the way.”

Murphy, who remains athletic director, served as head coach twice for a total of 24 years. As of the time he stepped down from active coaching, he was the winningest active football coach in the National Junior College Athletic Association and is also the winningest football coach of all time at Hinds Community College.

Murphy said it has been difficult to watch from the sidelines. “I’ve been trying to make this transition ever since I’ve been feeling better,” said Murphy, who has been battling an inner ear problem. “I’ve just wanted to be around the kids and the coaches. I’m just glad to be a part of this season.”

He has been involved in Hinds football since 1983 when he was assistant football coach under Bill Buckner. He was head coach from 1987 to 2003 and then again from 2009 to 2017.  Murphy’s teams have gone 172-76-5 in his two tenures as coach, guiding teams to the state playoffs 14 times and eight junior college bowl games. During that stretch, numerous former Eagles have gone on to notable careers at four-year universities and more than 100 have played in the National Football League.

Hinds Community College coach Gene Murphy

Hinds Community College coach Gene Murphy (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

The Hinds Community College football field was named Gene Murphy Field in honor of the coach who stepped aside as head coach last month. At the Sept. 14 halftime ceremony were, from left, Rick Trusty, president of Hinds Athletic Alumni Association chapter; Murphy holding the photography; his wife Dot Murphy; Jim Southward, director of Athletic Activities for the Mississippi Community College Board and Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse. The announcement was made as Murphy was surrounded by his children and grandchildren, also pictured.

The Hinds Community College football field was named Gene Murphy Field in honor of the coach who stepped aside as head coach last month. At the Sept. 14 halftime ceremony were, from left, Rick Trusty, president of Hinds Athletic Alumni Association chapter; Murphy holding the photograph; his wife Dot Murphy; Jim Southward, director of Athletic Activities for the Mississippi Community College Board and Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse. The announcement was made as Murphy was surrounded by his children and grandchildren, also pictured. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

 

A tearful Gene Murphy is interviewed after the presentation.

A tearful Gene Murphy is interviewed after the presentation. (April Garon/Hinds Community College)

Marks of success both on the football field and off are evident in the 15 times the college has won the David Halbrook Award since 1987. The award is given to the community or junior college with the highest percentage of graduates or completers in its athletic programs district-wide.

Larry Williams, who is also defensive coordinator, assumed the role of head coach in August.

 

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The Murphy Years:

Assistant coach, 1983-1987

Head coach, 1987-2003

Head coach, 2009-August 2017

Athletic director, 1997-present

 

State Championships, six

Regional Championships, six

National Junior College Athletic Association Bowl Games, eight

 

All Americans, 42

National Junior College Athletic Association National Players of the Year, two

Professional players, more than 100

 

Region 23 Coach of the Year, six times

Halbrook Award for student-athletic graduation rates, 15 times

 

Overall record 172-76-5

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 receives additional $1.3 million for fifth Upward Bound program
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Hinds CC Utica Campus receives additional $1.3 million for fifth Upward Bound program

Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus has been awarded an additional $1.3 million for a fifth Upward Bound program from the U.S. Department of Education as part of their second round of funding. The grant will target 60 students in grades 9-12 at three Jackson high schools, Jim Hill, Lanier and Provine.

“This has really been an exciting year for the Utica Campus as it relates to seeking and being awarded external funding to fully engage in outreach opportunities to the surrounding communities,” said Dr. Mitchell Shears, executive director of Title III and Sponsored Grants.

Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.

“As a product of the Utica Campus Upward program, I am very knowledgeable about the impact the program can and will have on the students we will serve,” Shears said. “Our goal will be to provide intense support to them through an after-school tutorial program and to motivate them to enroll in college by providing a six-week summer component on the Utica Campus.”

Earlier this year, the campus was awarded more than $5.1 million for programs to serve students at Crystal Springs, Hazlehurst, Raymond, Terry, Vicksburg, Warren Central, Forest Hill and Wingfield. Together, the programs will serve a minimum of 300 participants who are from low-income families, potential first-generation college students and/or individuals who have a high risk for academic failure. The programs will consist of an academic year component and a 6-week summer component that will provide academic instruction in mathematics, laboratory sciences, composition, literature, foreign languages and other educational and cultural experiences.

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Hinds Community College is celebrating its 100th year of Community Inspired Service in 2017. Hinds opened in September 1917 first as an agricultural high school and admitted college students for the first time in 1922, with the first class graduating in 1927. In 1982 Hinds Junior College and Utica Junior College merged, creating the Hinds Community College District. Today, as Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution with six locations. Hinds offers quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Hinds CC former head coach Murphy to be honored at tonight’s game
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14 September

Hinds CC former head coach Murphy to be honored at tonight’s game

Hinds Community College’s Gene Murphy, who stepped aside as head football coach in August, will be honored tonight at the halftime of the home football game in Raymond against Southwest Mississippi Community College. The game begins at 6:30 p.m. at Joe Renfroe Stadium.

Joe Renfroe Stadium on the Raymond Campus of Hinds Community College

Joe Renfroe Stadium on the Raymond Campus of Hinds Community College

Murphy, who remains athletic director, was head football coach twice for a total of 24 years. As of the time he stepped down from active coaching, he was the winningest active football coach in the National Junior College Athletic Association and is also the winningest football coach of all time at Hinds Community College.

He has been involved in Hinds football since 1983 when he was assistant football coach under Bill Buckner. He was head coach from 1987 to 2003 and then again from 2009 to 2017.  Murphy’s teams have gone 172-76-5 in his two tenures as coach, guiding teams to the state playoffs 14 times and eight junior college bowl games. During that stretch, numerous former Eagles have gone on to notable careers at four-year universities and more than 100 have played in the National Football League.

Marks of success both on the football field and off are evident in the 15 times the college has won the David Halbrook Award since 1987. The award is given to the community or junior college with the highest percentage of graduates or completers in its athletic programs district-wide.

Larry Williams, who is also defensive coordinator, replaced Murphy as head coach in August.

 

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The Murphy Years:

Assistant coach, 1983-1987

Head coach, 1987-2003

Head coach, 2009-August 2017

Athletic director, 1997-present

 

State Championships, six

Regional Championships, six

National Junior College Athletic Association Bowl Games, eight

 

All Americans, 42

National Junior College Athletic Association National Players of the Year, two

Professional players, more than 100

 

Region 23 Coach of the Year, six times

Halbrook Award for student-athletic graduation rates, 15 times

Overall record 172-76-5

 

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 launches link to help Mississippians finish degree
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11 September

Hinds CC launches link to help Mississippians finish degree

RAYMOND – A better future is a click away for thousands of Mississippians who have some college coursework under their belts but are still short of a degree. Hinds Community College is among the state’s higher education institutions partnering to help those Mississippians complete their degrees in order to compete in today’s job market.

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Complete 2 Compete, launched in August by the Mississippi Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning (known informally as the state College Board), provides information and resources available to help working-age adults in the state return to college and complete requirements necessary to earn their degrees. The site is accessible at www.msc2c.org.

Current or former Hinds Community College students can check into their progress toward a degree at http://www.hindscc.edu/complete-to-compete.

“Degree completion and student success are our goals at Hinds Community College,” said Stephanie Hudson, district Dean for Student Advancement and district Registrar. “C2C participants will get personalized assistance with the Admissions and Registration processes to ensure they are able to take advantage of all of the resources available to them and complete their degree in the shortest amount of time possible.”

The Complete 2 Compete website will serve as an important resource for thousands of Mississippians:

  • More than 2,400 former students age 21 or over have enough credits to earn a bachelor’s degree with no additional coursework.
  • An additional 28,000 students have enough credits to earn an associate degree with no additional coursework.
  • More than 100,000 former students can earn either an associate or bachelor’s degree with some additional coursework.

“As a statewide initiative, Complete 2 Compete has the potential to impact hundreds of thousands of Mississippians,” said Dr. Andrea Mayfield, Executive Director, Mississippi Community College Board. “Expanding career and wage opportunities are just two, of many, benefits of Complete 2 Compete. I am excited to see this collaborative effort become a reality. Without the partnership and efforts of many, this initiative would not be possible. I look forward to the positive impact on individuals, employers, and Mississippi’s economy.”

There is no cost for submitting information through the C2C website and doing so may help an individual determine how close they are to completing degree requirements. Depending on what programs are needed to satisfy an individual’s career and educational interests, the Complete 2 Compete website will match potential students to a list of schools that offer the classes needed to complete a degree.

Tuition and fees for enrollment in courses may be assessed according to the established tuition and fee schedule at each institution. Some incentives, including academic forgiveness, virtual tutoring, adult learner scholarships and tuition assistance, prior learning assessment and repayment plan options may be available at some of the institutions.

“Complete 2 Compete will grow our skilled, educated workforce, in turn growing economic development across the state,” said Gov. Phil Bryant. “This partnership will ensure Mississippi remains attractive to business and industry looking for a favorable tax climate and a workforce ready to excel on day one. I am grateful to everyone involved in making it a reality.”

Mississippi public universities, the Mississippi Community College Board and the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges are partners in the effort to identify target groups, implement adult learner services and re-engage adult students to help them complete their degrees.

The Mississippi Department of Human Services has provided funding through a grant designed to help low-income Mississippians improve their job skills. An additional grant for the program has been provided by the Mississippi Department of Employment Security.

“This website provides important information that can have life-changing results for many Mississippians,” said Dr. Glenn Boyce, Commissioner of Higher Education. “Workforce studies have shown that the vast majority of future jobs will go to those with a post-secondary degree or credential of value beyond high school. I would encourage individuals to access this website as it could be an important first step in helping them achieve a goal that will ultimately lead to a better, higher-paying job and greater job and financial security.”

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City of Raymond presents Hinds CC president with resolution honoring Centennial
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City of Raymond presents Hinds CC president with resolution honoring Centennial

The City of Raymond presented a resolution to Hinds Community College President Dr. Clyde Muse in honor of the college’s Centennial celebration. The resolution, passed unanimously by the Board of Aldermen, was presented to Muse by Alderman Jack Moss on Sept. 9 at the annual Raymond Country Fair.

City of Raymond Alderman Jack Moss, left, reads a resolution about Hinds Community College before presenting it to Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, right.

City of Raymond Alderman Jack Moss, left, reads a resolution about Hinds Community College before presenting it to Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, right.

The resolution was signed by Mayor Isla Tullos, Moss and aldermen Lou Anne Askew, Aubrey Barnett, Randall Harris and Joey Jamison.

“On half of the city of Raymond, we appreciate all Hinds does for the city of Raymond,” Moss said.

The resolution acknowledged the intertwined history of the college and the city as well as Muse’s tenure as president.

“I’ve enjoyed the 40 years I’ve been here and been a part of the Hinds Community College family. We’ve enjoyed being a part of Raymond all these years,” Muse said

If it weren’t for the City of Raymond’s desire to be the home of a boarding agricultural high school in the early 1900s, there might not be a Hinds Community College today. When the state Legislature opened the door with seed money to create schools to educate rural high school boys and girls, Raymond jumped at the chance.

With its central location and offer of land and other support, Raymond won a county school board’s approval over several other towns in May 1916.  The town issued bonds in the amount of $5,000 and, on Feb. 8, 1917, paid $2,000 to Raymond Mayor A.H. Sivley and his wife for about 45 acres of land, partly within the corporate limits of Raymond, but mostly to the east.

Then with $75,000 in funding from the Hinds County Board of Supervisors, construction began on three brick buildings: a two-story dorm for females, a three-story administration and classroom structure, and a matching two-story dorm for males in that order on a semi-ellipse on the north side of the Raymond-Jackson highway.

Beginning on Sept. 2, 1917, a week before the beginning of the fall term and with no students on campus, the AHS hosted the annual convention of the State Conference of Teachers with attendees allowed to board in the new dorms. A week later, on Sept. 9, 1917, Hinds County Agricultural High School Superintendent W.N. Taylor greeted 117 students.

 

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Hinds Community College is celebrating its 100th year of Community Inspired Service in 2017. Hinds opened in September 1917 first as an agricultural high school and admitted college students for the first time in 1922, with the first class graduating in 1927. In 1982 Hinds Junior College and Utica Junior College merged, creating the Hinds Community College District. Today, as Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution with six locations. Hinds offers quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Summer interns at Continental have tuition at Hinds CC paid by company
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11 September

Summer interns at Continental have tuition at Hinds CC paid by company

RAYMOND – Four Hinds Community College students who interned with Continental Tire over the summer have even more of a reason to cherish their nine weeks of paid training at the company’s tire plant in Mount Vernon, Ill.

Continental has covered tuition for the fall 2017 semester for Dylan Canant, Mack Pope, Samuel Williams and Cody Waddell. The students had been placed at Continental’s maintenance department for on-the-job experience in electrical, electronic, mechanical and hydraulic systems.

Hinds students Dylan Canant, from left, Mackie Pope, Samuel Williams and Cody Waddell spent their summer as interns for Continental Tire in Mount Vernon, Ill. (Submitted to Hinds Community College)

Hinds students Dylan Canant, from left, Mack Pope, Samuel Williams and Cody Waddell spent their summer as interns for Continental Tire in Mount Vernon, Ill. (Submitted to Hinds Community College)

The students’ enthusiasm and aptitude for their budding careers with the company building a $1.45 billion plant in western Hinds County near Clinton that’s planned to open in 2019.

“During my visit to Mount Vernon, I heard nothing but positive feedback about our interns from Mississippi. They obviously did a great job and were great ambassadors,” said Michael Egner, project manager with Continental. “The student’s success is proof that we’ve found a strong partner in Hinds Community College. Together, we can build a great workforce and future for Continental in Mississippi.”

Pope, an Electronics student on the Raymond Campus, and Canant, an Electrical Technology student on the Raymond Campus, counted the exposure to new people and faces as a plus to go along with the diversified workforce training.

“Being an electronics tech I came here expecting to do electronics,” Pope said. “However I was hired as a multi-tech, meaning that I would also do electricians and mechanics work on top of that. It has been a wonderful experience meeting new people.”

“My experience has been really great and I am really proud of myself and the people who pushed me to do this,” Canant said. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime thing for anybody who gets this opportunity. It is one of the best experiences I have ever had in my life.”

Waddell, an Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology student at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus, took note during his internship of the vibrant culture that existed in the plant as he learned to troubleshoot, install and repair tire components in the mixing department.

“This company cares about their employees and it’s obvious to anyone who works here,” Waddell said. “And that alone is most interesting thing to me about this experience.”

Maintenance technicians will be some of the first positions filled when hiring begins in the commercial vehicle tire plant in late 2018. As one of the key roles in Continental’s daily operations, maintenance technicians are responsible for both reactive and preventive maintenance of equipment throughout the facility.

Williams, an Industrial Maintenance Technology student at the Rankin Campus, hopes to fill one of those roles thanks to the unique opportunity he had this past summer.

“I’ve learned new things I didn’t think were possible,” Williams said, adding he learned correct workplace safety tips through the use of Personal Protective Equipment. “This has been one of the best opportunities of my life and I am truly blessed to be a part of it.”

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

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

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Hinds Community College is celebrating its 100th year of Community Inspired Service in 2017. Hinds opened in September 1917 first as an agricultural high school and admitted college students for the first time in 1922, with the first class graduating in 1927. In 1982 Hinds Junior College and Utica Junior College merged, creating the Hinds Community College District. Today, as Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution with six locations. Hinds offers quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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

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