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Hinds CC Utica student named to 2017 HBCU All-Stars for second year
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18 October

Hinds CC Utica student named to 2017 HBCU All-Stars for second year

Hinds Community College Utica Campus sophomore Jeffery Fairley of Jackson knows firsthand that hard work and determination truly pay off on the highest level. Fairley was selected one of 50 students nationwide to receive All-Star status and served as an ambassador for the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU).

Jeffery Fairley was one of 50 students nationwide selected to be a 2017 HBCU All-Star and will serve a one year term as Ambassador for the White House Initiative on Historically Black College and Universities. Fairley is a biology pre-med major at Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus.

Jeffery Fairley was one of 50 students nationwide selected to be a 2017 HBCU All-Star and will serve a one year term as Ambassador for the White House Initiative on Historically Black College and Universities. Fairley is a biology pre-med major at Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus.

The Annual White House Summit was held Sept. 17-19 at the White House. The goal of the event was to give HBCU presidents and senior administrators the opportunity to engage with federal officials and representatives in order to meet challenges in higher education.

The summit served as an opportunity for HBCU staff and students as well as government officials to create a forum to discuss the priorities laid out in the Executive Order to Promote Excellence and Innovation at HBCUs, to discuss the most pressing policy and educational issues and to dialogue about the future of HBCUs.

The event also served as an opportunity to acknowledge the 2017 HBCU All-Stars, a group of distinguished undergraduate and graduate students who achieve great accomplishments in scholarship, leadership, and civil engagement.

“I like that this program highlights the positive side of HBCUs,” Fairly said. “I want to do my part in boosting enrollment, and possibly funding, for the college. This program is a great start to achieve that goal.”

Hinds CC sophomore, Jeffery Fairley was selected along with 50 Top Higher Educations students for the Annual White House Summit on Historically Black Colleges and Universities held Sept. 17-19. Fairley shown here with members of the Initiative's Council.

Hinds CC sophomore, Jeffery Fairley was selected along with 50 Top Higher Educations students for the Annual White House Summit on Historically Black Colleges and Universities held Sept. 17-19. Fairley shown here with members of the Initiative’s Council.

The program provides an opportunity to participate in regional and national events, along with web chats with initiative staff and other professionals from a wide range of disciplines that support a spirit of engagement and personal and professional development.

Fairley’s appointment will last one year and his primary role will be to provide outreach opportunities and communications to fellow students about the value of education and the initiative as a networking resource through social media, personal and professional relationships with community-based organizations.

Hinds CC Utica sophomore selected for HBCU White House initiative.

 

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 names 2017 Homecoming queen
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13 October

Hinds CC names 2017 Homecoming queen

Kontessa McClendon of Clinton, a graduate of Clinton High School, was crowned queen at Hinds Community College’s annual Homecoming celebration on Oct. 12.

DeAuntray Smith of Jackson, a Forest Hill High School graduate, left, and Kontessa McClendon of Clinton, a graduate of Clinton High School, react to her being named the 2017 Homecoming queen at Hinds Community College on Oct. 12.

DeAuntray Smith of Jackson, a Forest Hill High School graduate, left, and Kontessa McClendon of Clinton, a graduate of Clinton High School, react to her being named the 2017 Homecoming queen at Hinds Community College on Oct. 12.

She is the daughter of Michael and Tammy McClendon. A Raymond Campus sophomore, she is majoring in elementary education. She is a Dean’s Scholar, a Resident Assistant at Marshall Hall, serves as president of I.D.E.A.L. Woman and is a tutor at the Writing Center.

Her escort was DeAuntray Smith of Jackson, a Forest Hill High School graduate.

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 names Clinton graduate as Homecoming queen.
Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse crowns Kontessa McClendon of Clinton, a graduate of Clinton High School, as Homecoming queen for 2017 at Hinds Community College. Left is McClendon's escort, DeAuntray Smith of Jackson, a Forest Hill High School graduate. The flower girl was Hallie Faye Horne and crown bearer was Jax Mitchell.

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse crowns Kontessa McClendon of Clinton, a graduate of Clinton High School, as Homecoming queen for 2017 at Hinds Community College. Left is McClendon’s escort, DeAuntray Smith of Jackson, a Forest Hill High School graduate. The flower girl was Hallie Faye Horne and crown bearer was Jax Mitchell.

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Hinds CC names 2017 Homecoming maids
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10 October

Hinds CC names 2017 Homecoming maids

Hinds Community College celebrates Homecoming Thursday, Oct. 12 with the presentation of the Homecoming Court and naming of the queen during the halftime of the game between the Hinds Eagles and East Central Community College Warriors. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. on Gene Murphy Field at Joe Renfroe Stadium on the Raymond Campus.web_Homecoming Court 2017-5

The Homecoming Court includes, front from left, sophomore maids, Kearra Keyes of Laurel, representing the Raymond Campus; Kontessa McClendon of Clinton, representing the Raymond Campus; Samayah Lyles of Pearl, representing Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center;  Breonna Owens of Jackson, representing Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center; Courtney White of Vicksburg, representing the Vicksburg-Warren Campus; and Denicia Diew of  Yazoo City, representing the Raymond Campus;

Back row, freshmen maids, Diamond Bigham of Champaign, Ill., representing the Rankin Campus; Kierra Carson of Jackson, representing Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center; Jasmine Elam of Vicksburg, representing the Vicksburg-Warren Campus; Kaci Cox of Forest, representing the Raymond Campus; Tiye Strong of Vicksburg, representing the Raymond Campus; Olivia White of Vicksburg, representing Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center and Kynsley Jones of Vicksburg, representing the Raymond Campus.

The women who are in the running for queen are sophomores McClendon, Lyles, Owens and White.

Hinds CC names Homecoming court.
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Nov. 4 Gala is Hinds CC’s yearlong Centennial celebration’s last hurrah
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06 October

Nov. 4 Gala is Hinds CC’s yearlong Centennial celebration’s last hurrah

Hinds Community College alumni Gov. and Mrs. Phil Bryant are co-hosts for the Nov. 4 Centennial Gala, the culminating event of the year-long Centennial celebration. U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran is also scheduled to attend.

The Gala will be a festive time to don cocktail attire for an elegant dinner at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus, the perfect venue in beautiful surroundings. The Gala will showcase the best of Hinds Community College’s talent plus allow an opportunity for all to celebrate 100 Years of Community Inspired Service.

The evening will begin with a 5:30 p.m. reception and silent auction featuring a number of hand-crafted and custom-designed items. The Hinds family will be among those providing auction items, including a Chef’s Dinner for eight, a custom Christmas card design, a child’s playhouse, a fire pit, deer feeders and barbecue grills.

The reception will also feature a tribute to the presidents who have shepherded Hinds through 100 years with special emphasis on President George McLendon, President Dr. Robert Murrah Mayo and current President Dr. Clyde Muse, who is in his 40th year at the college.

The Centennial Gala dinner and program begin at 6:30 p.m. inside the Muse Center auditorium. Entertainment throughout the evening will include the Utica Campus Jubilee Singers, the Hinds Hi-Steppers, guitarist John Jackson, the Faculty Jazz Trio and the Hinds Jazz Band. The Montage Theatre of Dance will perform “Dancing through the Decades.” Alumni performers will present an original musical composition, “Dear Hinds,” created especially for the Centennial by Hinds music instructor Tracy Crosby.

The Gala brings the 2017 Centennial year to a close after more than 100 special events celebrating the rich history of the college. Alumni, business partners, community leaders, employees and friends of the college are invited to the Gala.

“With the proceeds from the Centennial Gala, we plan to create a Centennial Endowment that will be a lasting legacy for future needs of the college, including student scholarships,” said Jackie Granberry, executive director of the Hinds Community College Foundation.

Tickets to the Centennial Gala are $150 each and must be purchased in advance. Table sponsorships are also available for $1,000, which includes eight tickets and recognition in the Gala program.

Anyone unable to attend the Gala can make a donation to the Centennial Endowment or take advantage of the Centennial celebration to set up a new scholarship. For more information on individual tickets, table sponsorships or donations to the Centennial Endowment, call 601.857.3363 or email Granberry at jgranberry@hindscc.edu You can also click here for the form to give and/or purchase Gala tickets or click here to give and/or purchase Gala tickets online.

 

Hinds CC Centennial Gala on Nov. 4 features the Bryants, college talent.

 

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 Raymond Campus Alpha Beta Gamma business honorary hears talk by accountant
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02 October

Hinds CC Raymond Campus Alpha Beta Gamma business honorary hears talk by accountant

Lori Liddell, senior manager at Horne LLP, spoke to the Raymond Campus chapter of Alpha Beta Gamma on Sept. 18. Alpha Beta Gamma is the international business honor society for two-year colleges.

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Liddell discussed her extensive experience in forensic accounting that included economic damage analysis, shareholder disputes, and valuing closely-held businesses. Liddell also discussed different career paths in the field of accounting. She brought booklets published by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants for current accounting students on the Raymond Campus.

Karen Robbins is the adviser for the Raymond Campus chapter of Alpha Beta Gamma.

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

City of Pearl honors Hinds Community College Centennial with resolution

The City of Pearl Board of Aldermen recognized Hinds Community College’s Centennial with a resolution on Sept. 19. Pictured are, front from left, Hinds Community College Foundation Executive Director Jackie Granberry, Pearl Mayor Jake Windham, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, Rankin Campus Vice President Dr. Norman Session; back, Ward 2 alderman  Michael Sartor, Ward 6 alderman Gavin Gill, Ward 1 alderman David Lucket, alderman at large Johnny McHenry, Ward 3 alderman Johnny Steverson, Ward 5 alderman James Thompson and Ward 4 alderman Casey Foy.

Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus, located in Pearl, is the second largest of the college’s six locations with more than 3,000 students.

(April Garon/Hinds Community College)

(April Garon/Hinds Community College)

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

Pearl honors Hinds CC with Centennial resolution.
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Hinds CC Thursday Night Lights offers info for students, parents
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18 September

Hinds CC Thursday Night Lights offers info for students, parents

High school seniors and their parents are invited to get a taste of what Hinds Community College is all about at Thursday Night Lights on Sept. 28 at the Raymond Campus.

At the 2016 edition of Thursday Night Lights, attendees gather to watch the Eagle band, Hi-Steppers and cheerleaders perform.

At the 2016 edition of Thursday Night Lights, attendees gather to watch the Eagle band, Hi-Steppers and cheerleaders perform.

The Thursday Night Lights tailgating recruiting event will be in conjunction with the Hinds Eagles football game against Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College at Gene Murphy Field at Joe Renfroe Stadium. The game begins at 6:30 p.m.

Students and their parents will be treated to a free tailgate meal, see the Hinds Eagle band and Hi-Steppers and learn about scholarships, enrolling, residence halls and programs running the gamut of academic and career-technical as well as opportunities for student involvement.

Tailgating begins at 4:30 p.m. at Eagles’ Landing next to Renfroe Stadium. To rsvp, see the Hinds website at https://hub.hindscc.edu/tailgate.

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 Thursday Night Lights provides info to students, parents.

 

Participants in Hinds Community College's Thursday Night Lights can visit different tents to learn about programs and get a bite to eat before the football game.

Participants in Hinds Community College’s Thursday Night Lights can visit different tents to learn about programs and get a bite to eat before the football game.

Cheryl Bozeman with the Hinds Community College Honors program talks to Thursday Night Lights guests about the program.

Cheryl Bozeman with the Hinds Community College Honors program talks to Thursday Night Lights guests about the program.

 

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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.

 

Hinds CC Hi-Steppers planning gala celebration.

 

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.

 

Hinds CC Rankin Campus celebrates Centennial.

 

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.

 

Hinds CC football field named ‘Gene Murphy Field’ for former head coach.

 

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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