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Hinds CC English instructor Hammons wins top award
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07 March

Hinds CC English instructor Hammons wins top award

Hinds Community College English instructor Laura Hammons, a native of Brandon, won the Cowan Award, the top teaching award given by Two-Year College English Association—Southeast (TYCA-SE).

Hammons has a Bachelor of Arts in English from Belhaven University and a Master of Arts from Mississippi College. She has also done further coursework at both the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University.

She has been teaching at Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus for 16 years. Among the subjects she has taught for Hinds are Developmental English, Composition I and II, American Literature, World Literature, and a new course, Writing for Publication.Laura Hammons_web

As part of the award, Hammons delivered the Cowan lecture during the February conference in Charleston, S.C. In it, she gave tribute to many of her former and current colleagues, including retired Hinds instructor Beverly Fatherree. The two co-authored an English textbook called “For Our Students.” The book is sold at a low cost to students at a number of community colleges, and the two of them get no profits from the book.

Hammons said in her Cowan Award address that nearly 5,000 Hinds Community College students bought the textbook “For Our Students” since the first edition appeared. And that only includes Hinds students.

“I did simple math, the only math I’m capable of doing, and calculated that at Hinds CC alone, our book has saved students — very conservatively — $250,000.  And in the poorest state in the Union, that’s a lot of money,” she said.

Hammons noted that she is the seventh Hinds instructor to win the Cowan Award. “Honoring me with the Cowan Award is the highlight of my professional life. I am grateful to my college and to TYCA-SE for helping me grow as a human being and as a teacher,” she said.

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 High School Visit Day gives a roadmap into students’ futures
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07 March

Hinds CC Utica Campus High School Visit Day gives a roadmap into students’ futures

High school students from the Utica areas and beyond attended the Hinds Community College Utica Campus “Visit” day on Feb. 24. The day was designed to give students an inside look into college life, classrooms, organizations and majors.

Staff from Hinds’ Utica Campus led groups in campus tours to visit dorms, classrooms, student unions, and libraries to help students form an idea of what college will offer.

The day began with a welcome session where students met with staff representing, STEM, online classes, student services, teacher education preparation, wellness and more. Staff was available at information booths to give key information on starting a new college path, funding college, and how to be successful in college.

“It’s an enriching experience, one I will remember when pin pointing the college I plan to attend,” said Riczarius Bure, a senior at Hazlehurst High School. “Students from my area have never visited a college; this is my first time and I really like the atmosphere.”

The welcome sessions were filled with music, dancing, food and entertainment.

At the end of the tour, students, sponsors and Hinds Community College Utica staff met in classrooms to hear testimonies from current and former college students, gather information about choosing a major, financial aid, and the college selection process. Students also had the opportunity to play games and write questions for a panel. Many of the questions focused on strategies for paying for college and transitioning from high to 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.

Area high school students visit Hinds CC’s Utica Campus.

 

High school students visited Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus on Feb. 24 for the annual recruiting day. Among them were, from left, Hazlehurst High School seniors Frederick Jackson, Qualyne Fuller, Taylor Miller and Riczarius Bure, who spoke to STEM instructors Jonathan Townes of Greenwood and Justin Washington of Utica about their program. Bure would like to one-day work in a science field.

High school students visited Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus on Feb. 24 for the annual recruiting day. Among them were, from left, Hazlehurst High School seniors Frederick Jackson, Qualyne Fuller, Taylor Miller and Riczarius Bure, who spoke to STEM instructors Jonathan Townes of Greenwood and Justin Washington of Utica about their program. Bure would like to one-day work in a science field.

Canton High School senior Carrie Dixon spent some time at the Wellness booth receiving help from Wellness instructor, Lillie Hutton of the Utica Campus. Dixon wants to work in health and wellness, but is unclear of her emphasis. Hutton gives her detailed information on her options.

Canton High School senior Carrie Dixon spent some time at the Wellness booth receiving help from Wellness instructor, Lillie Hutton of the Utica Campus. Dixon wants to work in health and wellness, but is unclear of her emphasis. Hutton gives her detailed information on her options.

Lanier High School senior Derian Hine visits Yolanda Houston, director of Hinds CC Utica’s Teacher Education Preparation program. Hine has dreams of being a teacher. Houston gives him information to read to help him make an informed decision about his future.

Lanier High School senior Derian Hine visits Yolanda Houston, director of Hinds CC Utica’s Teacher Education Preparation program. Hine has dreams of being a teacher. Houston gives him information to read to help him make an informed decision about his future.

Hinds Community College Student Services employees Donny Epting, left, and Cynthia Perry give Canton High School seniors Trinity Torrey and LaSteveyian Sutton, far right, tools to be successful at Hinds Community College Utica. This was a first visit for the two students, who plan to attend Hinds CC in fall 2017.

Hinds Community College Student Services employees Donny Epting, left, and Cynthia Perry give Canton High School seniors Trinity Torrey and LaSteveyian Sutton, far right, tools to be successful at Hinds Community College Utica. This was a first visit for the two students, who plan to attend Hinds CC in fall 2017.

Jim Hill High School ninth-grader Desiree Brize of Jackson came to Hinds Community College “The Visit” recruiting event on the Utica Campus to get a jumpstart on college preparations, but also had a good time playing Plinko and competing for prizes.

Jim Hill High School ninth-grader Desiree Brize of Jackson came to Hinds Community College “The Visit” recruiting event on the Utica Campus to get a jumpstart on college preparations, but also had a good time playing Plinko and competing for prizes.

Lanier High School senior Nekimble Anderson of Jackson enjoyed playing Plinko. The future early childhood education major played for prizes and tickets. Her plans are to attend Hinds Community College in fall 2017.

Lanier High School senior Nekimble Anderson of Jackson enjoyed playing Plinko. The future early childhood education major played for prizes and tickets. Her plans are to attend Hinds Community College in fall 2017.

Pearl High School senior Jerrick Floyd, left, gained pointers from carpentry instructor Leonard Knight. Floyd has dreamed of a career in carpentry for two years. His plans are to complete a degree from Hinds Community College and the start his own business.

Pearl High School senior Jerrick Floyd, left, gained pointers from carpentry instructor Leonard Knight. Floyd has dreamed of a career in carpentry for two years. His plans are to complete a degree from Hinds Community College and the start his own business.

Derrius Leflore of Jackson won a dance off while waiting to visit booths at “The Visit.” Participants were asked to show their best moves for prizes. Leflore won a gift basket full of Hinds Community College gear, which he plans to use to decorate his dorm room in the fall.

Derrius Leflore of Jackson won a dance off while waiting to visit booths at “The Visit.” Participants were asked to show their best moves for prizes. Leflore won a gift basket full of Hinds Community College gear, which he plans to use to decorate his dorm room in the fall.

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Hinds CC announces math contest winners
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03 March

Hinds CC announces math contest winners

The Hinds Community College Raymond Campus Mathematics Department hosted the district seventh and eighth grade mathematics competition, sponsored by the Mississippi Council of Teachers of Mathematics, on March 2.

Each year the middle schools and junior high schools in the Hinds district are invited to send their top two seventh grade mathematics students and their top two eighth grade mathematics students to this competition. These participants take a written, standardized test.

The first and second place winners in each grade qualify for the state competition on March 25 at Madison Middle School in Madison County.

Team trophies for gold, bronze and silver are also awarded to the teams that amass the most total points on the exams.

Winners include:

Individual awards: Seventh grade: First place, Thomas Wasson of Madison, Jackson Preparatory School; second place, Abigail Varsheese, Clinton Junior High School; third place, Abhay Chenuku, Clinton Junior High; fourth place, Worth Hewitt of Jackson, Jackson Preparatory School.

Eighth grade: First place, Caleb Miller, Clinton Junior High; second place, Saatvik Agrawal, Clinton Junior High; third place, Bradley Stafford of Jackson, Jackson Preparatory School; fourth place, Andrew Banks of Brandon, Jackson Preparatory School.

Team awards: Seventh grade: Gold, Jackson Preparatory School; Silver, Clinton Junior High; Bronze, Brandon Middle school.

Eighth grade: Gold, Clinton Junior High; Silver, Jackson Preparatory School; Bronze, Byram Middle School.

For more information about Hinds, see www.hindscc.edu.

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 announces winners of middle school math contest.
Winning individual awards for seventh grade were, from left, first place, Thomas Wasson of Madison, Jackson Preparatory School; second place, Abigail Varsheese, Clinton Junior High School; third place, Abhay Chenuku, Clinton Junior High; fourth place, Worth Hewitt of Jackson, Jackson Preparatory School.

Winning individual awards for seventh grade were, from left, first place, Thomas Wasson of Madison, Jackson Preparatory School; second place, Abigail Varsheese, Clinton Junior High School; third place, Abhay Chenuku, Clinton Junior High; fourth place, Worth Hewitt of Jackson, Jackson Preparatory School.

Eighth grade: First place, Caleb Miller, Clinton Junior High; second place, Saatvik Agrawal,Clinton Junior High; third place, Bradley Stafford of Jackson, Jackson Preparatory School; fourth place, Andrew Banks of Brandon, Jackson Preparatory School.

Eighth grade: First place, Caleb Miller, Clinton Junior High; second place, Saatvik Agrawal,Clinton Junior High; third place, Bradley Stafford of Jackson, Jackson Preparatory School; fourth place, Andrew Banks of Brandon, Jackson Preparatory School.

Winning the seventh grade gold award was Jackson Preparatory School including, from left, adviser Tracye Eakes of Flowood, Thomas Wasson of Madison and Worth Hewitt of Jackson.

Winning the seventh grade gold award was Jackson Preparatory School including, from left, adviser Tracye Eakes of Flowood, Thomas Wasson of Madison and Worth Hewitt of Jackson.

Winning the seventh grade silver award was Clinton Junior High including, from left, Abigail Varsheese, sponsor Christi Oswalt and Abhay Chenuku.

Winning the seventh grade silver award was Clinton Junior High including, from left, Abigail Varsheese, sponsor Christi Oswalt and Abhay Chenuku.

Winning the seventh grade bronze award was Brandon Middle School, including, from left, Caroline McKinney and Aileen Chung. Not pictured is sponsor Jessie McClendon.

Winning the seventh grade bronze award was Brandon Middle School, including, from left, Caroline McKinney and Aileen Chung. Not pictured is sponsor Jessie McClendon.

Winning the eighth grade gold award was Clinton Junior High including, from left, Caleb Miller, Saatvik Agrawal and sponsor Christi Oswalt.

Winning the eighth grade gold award was Clinton Junior High including, from left, Caleb Miller, Saatvik Agrawal and sponsor Christi Oswalt.

Winning the eighth grade silver award was Jackson Preparatory School including, from left, adviser Tracye Eakes of Flwood, BradleyStafford of Jackson and Andrew Banks of Brandon.

Winning the eighth grade silver award was Jackson Preparatory School including, from left, adviser Tracye Eakes of Flwood, BradleyStafford of Jackson and Andrew Banks of Brandon.

Winning the eighth grade bronze award was Byram Middle School including, from left, Kailyn McNair, Jolene Brookins and sponsor Angela Ellison.

Winning the eighth grade bronze award was Byram Middle School including, from left, Kailyn McNair, Jolene Brookins and sponsor Angela Ellison.

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Hinds CC vice president honored by Phi Theta Kappa
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03 March

Hinds CC vice president honored by Phi Theta Kappa

Hinds Community College Vice President Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson of Jackson is among 24 college administrators nationwide who will be honored with the 2017 Distinguished College web_Debra Mays-JacksonAdministrator Award presented by Phi Theta Kappa next month.

Mays-Jackson has been vice president for the Utica and Vicksburg-Warren campuses since July 2013. The award will be presented to her at the April 6-8 Phi Theta Kappa annual convention in Nashville. The Distinguished College Administrator Award is given to college vice presidents, deans or directors who have demonstrated a strong level of support for Phi Theta Kappa during their tenure.

Mays-Jackson received her doctorate in education from Mississippi State University, a Specialist of Education degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Jackson State University, and a Masters of Music degree, also from JSU.

Mays-Jackson and Pearl River Community College Vice President Dr. Martha Smith are the only Mississippi recipients this year.

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 Gala honors 10 supporters, raising funds for student scholarships
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Hinds CC Utica Campus Gala honors 10 supporters, raising funds for student scholarships

Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus will present the Vice President’s Scholarship Hall of Honors Gala on March 31 to honor eight individuals and a husband and wife team who have contributed to the campus.

The honorees include Alonzo Bradley of Flower Mound, Texas, athletics; Willie Bradley of Edwards, alumni supporter; Dr. Afrachanna Butler of Clinton, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; Rep. Greg Holloway of Hazlehurst, government/politics; Tracy James of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, arts and humanities; Dr. Jesse J. Killingsworth Sr. of Utica, education; Rev. Kenneth M. Thrasher of Hazlehurst, religion; George and Julia Walker of Utica, community supporters and Mary Shears Williams of Byram, business.

The gala begins with a reception at 6 p.m. on March 31 with a banquet to begin at 7 p.m. at Old Capitol Inn in Jackson.

Tickets to the gala are $100 each. Tickets purchased after March 3 are $125 each. The proceeds go to support student scholarships at the Utica Campus, which is a HBCU. For more information contact, Tracie Jefferson at 601.885.7002.

Hinds CC Utica Campus gala honors supporters, funds student scholarships.

Alonzo Bradley, a native of Flower Mount, Texas, was a Utica Junior College standout from 1973-1975. He was inducted into the 2016 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Men’s Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.web_Alonzo Bradley

As a Utica Junior College student, Bradley caught the attention of many four-year programs. As a result of his success athletically and academically, Bradley garnered numerous awards including being twice named to the NJCAA All-America team and earning the Governor’s Merit Award of Excellence in 1975.
In spite of more prestigious programs seeking to sign the Utica star, Bradley decided to attend Texas Southern University, where he averaged 25.1 points and 8.1 rebounds a game over his two seasons and led the Tigers to back-to-back National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) national tournament appearances.

As a senior, Bradley was a key component in leading TSU to the 1977 NAIA national championship and a 31-5 mark, winning MVP honors at the national tournament and earning the NAIA Player of the Year Award. He was then chosen by the Indiana Pacers as the 29th overall selection in the 1977 NBA draft, but was traded to the Houston Rockets, where he would spend three seasons before concluding his career at the end of the 1979-1980 season. Bradley appeared in 43 games as a rookie, averaging nearly 19 minutes and seven points per game. That season Bradley averaged seven points per game and dished out 54 total assists.

In his post-playing career, Bradley spent time as the head coach of the Galveston Storm of the Southwest Basketball League and later, Unisys Space Systems, where he has served as chairman of the board, as well as being president and vice president of the National Association of Security Dealers (NASD).

Bradley, who holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and computer science from Texas Southern, is also an inductee in the Utica Campus Sports Hall of Fame, Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Hall of Fame and Texas Southern University Tiger Athletics Hall of Fame.

Bradley works as a Sales Consultant for AT&T Corporation. He is a member of the National Management Association. He is married to Emma J. Bradley.

Bradley supports the Utica Campus because Hinds gives students in Utica and surrounding area a chance to be successful.

Willie Bradley is a native of Edwards. He attended Hinds AHS from 1968 to 1971 and Utica Junior College from 1977 to 1978.

web_Willie BradleyHe became a Friend of the College in 1976. While at Hinds, Bradley participated in a number of sports and was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame.

Bradley worked as a cement finisher for the BASF Corporation for 25 years before retiring. He is an active member of the Edwards Revival Center, serving as church trustee and participating on the church food service committee, preparing food for the community. He volunteers his time to support and promote events on the Utica Campus.

Bradley has been married to Earlean Bradley for 42 years. He has three children, Rhonda, Gabriel and JarKarta. He also has 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Bradley supports the Utica Campus because he wants to give back to the college that gave him support.

Dr. Afrachanna D. Butler is a 1996 graduate of Hinds AHS and has been a Friend of the College since that year. Butler graduated from Jackson State University (JSU), receiving both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. In 2000, she received her B.S. in biology, in 2002, a master’s in biology, and in 2009 a Ph.D. in environmental science.

web_Africhanna ButlerButler currently works as a research physical scientist for the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC). She also worked a detail as an acting branch chief at ERDC and served as an adjunct professor for local colleges and universities. She is a member of the International Humic Substances Society and First Mississippi Chapter of Blacks in Government.

Butler has received a number of awards, including the National Women of Color Career Achievement Award in 2008 for Research Leadership, the U.S. Army ERDC Achievement Medal for Civilian Service-Recognition for Exceptional Service in 2012, the U.S. Army ERDC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Technology Transfer, also in 2012.

She also received the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service-Recognition for leadership and service in community outreach efforts and STEM education and research in 2013 and Community Service Achievement Award-Presented at the Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) Gala for outstanding service shown throughout the Government in 2016.

Butler is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.  She is also a member of the JSU National Alumni Association and one of its Affinity Groups, The Alumni J-Sette Organization, where she currently serves as an Executive Board Member.

Butler supports the Utica Campus because she appreciates the role the campus plays in helping deserving students get an education.

Rep. Gregory Holloway is a graduate of Hazlehurst High School. He earned a B.A. degree in political science from Alcorn State University, and a M.A. degree in Public Policy and Administration from Jackson State University. He is a Henry Toll Fellow for the class of 2004 at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. He was elected into the Mississippi House of Representatives in 2000.web_Greg Holloway

Prior to being elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives, he worked at Jackson State University. While there, he served as chairman of the Housing Disciplinary Committee, staff senator, program coordinator and head homecoming parade marshal.

Holloway is a member of various civic, professional organizations and committees. He was selected among Outstanding Young Men of America and has received numerous commendations, including Outstanding Support to Community Faith-Based programs presented to him by former State Attorney General Mike Moore. In 2004, the Council of State Governments selected him as one of the 40 top lawmakers in the country.

In 2005, he received the Jimmy Thornton Legislator of the Year Award. In 2010, he received an award for exemplary commitment and support at the American Society of Public Administrator Conference. In 2015 he received the Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major Award for outstanding contributions to Hinds County-Terry communities.

Holloway serves as vice chairman of the Universities and Colleges Committee in the Mississippi House of Representatives and is a member of the Agriculture, Municipalities, Public Property, Entergy and Rules committees. In 2016, he was appointed by the Speaker of the House to the board of directors as a legislative adviser for the Mississippi College Savings Board. Since his 2000 election, Holloway has been instrumental in authoring and co-authoring major legislation in the Mississippi Legislature. He has sponsored legislation naming Robert Johnson Blues Memorial Highway, Tommy Johnson Blues Memorial Highway, Dr. Walter Washington Memorial Parkway, Steven Garner Memorial Highway and many others.

He is also a member of the St. Peter Church of Christ Holiness U.S.A.

Holloway is married to the former April Singleton. They have two children, Gregory L. Holloway II and Joshalyn Holloway. He has three grandchildren, Christopher, Kyrann and Isys.

Holloway supports the Utica Campus because he appreciates its great legacy and countless number of successful graduates.

Tracy A. James, an Ohio native, is best known for her angelic voice and her ability to reach the masses with her gift of song.

web_Tracy JamesJames has worked as a voice music teacher and a Peer Assistant and Review consulting teacher on special assignments. She has also worked as a choir director for the Women’s and Pastoral Choirs of First Church of God. She is currently a vocal music teacher with Columbus City Schools in Columbus, Ohio.
James has taught voice on many levels for 33 ½ years. While attending Utica College, she was a member of the Music Educators National Conference, which is now the National Association for Music and Education. James is also choir director for the Columbus Girls’ Choir in Columbus, Ohio, The Kids Are Music Choir in Columbus, Ohio, Upward Bound at The Ohio State University and The Young Scholars at the Ohio State University.

James has received many accolades including Excellence in Teaching and Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges. She was also a Deans’ List Scholar, Presidential Scholar and graduated Summa Cum Laude. She holds an A.A. degree in music (voice) from Utica College, a B.A. degree in music (voice) from Tougaloo College and a M.A. degree in music education from the Ohio State University.

Tracy James has been married to Robert M. James for 19 years.

James supports the Utica Campus because Hinds gave her an amazing start into her professional career.

Dr. Jesse J. Killingsworth Sr. of Utica retired from Hinds Community College in 2013 as dean of Career-Technical Education after 35 years. He worked for Utica Junior College from 1972 to 1981 and Hinds from 1987 to 2013.

web_Jesse KillingsworthHe served as mayor of Utica from 2008 to 2009. He is Hinds’ 2010 Executive of the Year, IAAP, Utica Magnolia Chapter. Killingsworth served as adviser for the Student Government Association and the Veteran Club. He also served as president of the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges Dean and Directors of Vocational-Technical Education-State.

Killingsworth attended Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena from 1965-1969, receiving his B.S. in industrial arts education. He later attended the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, receiving both an M.S. degree in vocational education and ED. D in educational administration and supervision in higher education. Killingsworth served 34 years in the U.S. Armed Forces in the highest enlisted rank of sergeant major. He was also selected as Kappan of the year for Phi Delta Kappa International Utica Chapter #1101, in 2001 and 2008.

Killingsworth served on numerous boards, including Utica Area Habitat for Humanity, Friends of Utica, Phi Delta Kappa International-Utica Chapter, Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Capital Area and the Hinds County Mental Health Commission.

Killingsworth is married to the former Mary Ann Braxton. The couple has three children, Kenyetta, Jesse Jr. and Jessica. They have nine grandchildren.

Killingsworth supports the Utica Campus because it has a rich legacy as a Historically Black College (HBCU).

Kenneth M. Thrasher of Hazlehurst graduated from Hinds Community College Utica in 1997 with an A.A. degree in music education. In 2013 he completed a B.S. degree in Interdisciplinary Studies/ Religion and Humanities from Liberty University, graduating Cum Laude. He is the founder and currently Chief Operations Officer of Safe Place Daycare and Learning Center of Hazlehurst and senior pastor of Apostolic Worship Center Church of Jackson.

web_Kenneth ThrasherThrasher was recognized as one of Who’s Who Among Students in America’s Junior College and received awards including First Place Oratorical Contest Winner, Choral Choir Music Assistant Plaque and Annual Choir Appreciation Awards. In recent years, he was the first vice president of the Hazlehurst Branch of the NAACP. He has been awarded an Army Commendation Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Armed Services Reserve Medal with M device and Certificate of Appreciation by Brigade Commander for outstanding logistical support of holiday morale events.

Other awards include a Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding ministry in support of the brigade, chaplain’s religious support program and installation and a Chaplain’s Coin for providing outstanding logistical and musical support of post wide religious events. He also earned the Battalion Commander’s Coin in appreciation of outstanding religious support during mobilization, deployment and redeployment.

He was awarded the Post Sergeant’s Major Coin for providing outstanding leadership during mobilization convoy commander’s lane training.

Thrasher currently serves as minister of music of the Copiah County Ministerial Alliance and as a mentor in the Copiah County Ministerial Alliance Youth Up Mentorship Program. He also serves as a mentor in the National Guard Youth Challenge Program.

Kenneth M. Thrasher is married to Dr. Nonya Cage Thrasher and has one daughter, Kyla Marie Thrasher.

Thrasher supports the Utica Campus because Hinds supported him when he was a student needing help.

George and Julia Walker of Utica have been Friends of the College since 1978. The Walkers share a passion for education and community service.web_George and Julia Walker

Judy (Julia) Hegwood Walker taught school aged children for many years. She worked as an elementary school teacher, a church school teacher, a bus driver and a minister of music for several Baptist churches. Julia served on Boards for Charleston Opera Company, Friends of Utica, Town of Utica Christmas Parade and the National Night Out Committee. She has a true passion for music and loves to teach others how to play piano and sing. Julia attended Charleston Southern University receiving a B.A. degree in 1976.

George Walker is best known as alderman for the Town of Utica. He taught and coached at Terry High School from 1970 to 1974. He also taught at Hanahan High School in Charleston, S.C., from 1974 to 1978. Walker worked as head football coach and vice principal and senior principal at Utica High School from 1989 to 1994. He also worked as vice principal at Raymond High School until his retirement.

George Walker served as volunteer assistant coach at Hinds AHS from 2010 to 2014. He is also a broad member for the Town of Utica, deacon at Utica Baptist Church and member of the Terry Lions Club.

The Walkers have been married 43 years. They are the parents of two children, Mandy and Jason and have one grandson, Roy.

The Walkers support the Utica campus because of the vital role it plays in the community.

Mary Shears Williams of Byram attended Hinds AHS from 1979 to 1982 and Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus from 1982 to 1984.web_Mary Shears Williams

She received academic awards and titles including Ms. Library, Ms. Tri- Hi-Y and Who’s Who Among College Music. She graduated with an A.A. degree in Applied Science in 1984 and obtained a B. A. in Business Administration from Belhaven University in 2003.
Williams currently works in contract management and administration. She is assistant vice president of Sales Management for Trustmark National Bank. From 1995 to 2000 she worked as a manual property rater for Allstate Insurance Company. In 1992 to 1995 she worked as an NAS Adjudicator under a federal employee program.

Williams accredits her professional diversity to her educational background. Her skills and titles include database administrator, customer service, sales and performance management, and human resources.

Williams is a mother of two daughters, Tanesha Clark Brown and Kyesha Clark Morgan.

Williams supports the Utica Campus because of its ability to empower students and prepare them for their futures.

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 landscape student awarded nursery association scholarship
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01 February

Hinds CC landscape student awarded nursery association scholarship

De’quincy Hughes of Liberty is the recipient of a scholarship from the Mississippi Nursery and Landscape Association. Hughes, a sophomore, graduates in May from Hinds Community College’s Landscape Management Technology program.

He is currently working for the Hinds Community College Grounds Department completing his internship requirement and also works for UPS.

web_De'Quincy HughesPictured are Haley Barrett, executive secretary/treasurer of the Mississippi Nursery and Landscape Association, left, De’quincy Hughes and Martha Hill, chairman of Hinds Community College’s Landscape Management Technology 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.

 

Hinds CC landscape student wins nursery scholarship.
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New Hinds CC scholarship honors legacy of now-closed Gilfoy School of Nursing
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30 January

New Hinds CC scholarship honors legacy of now-closed Gilfoy School of Nursing

Although the closure of the Mississippi Baptist Hospital/Gilfoy School of Nursing in 1971 marked the end of an era, its 1,407 graduates received the skills and knowledge to provide the best of care for their patients.

The majority of the practicing nurses who graduated from the Gilfoy School of Nursing felt that its memories and legacy were still very much alive. Before its closure, the school had a long association with Hinds Community College, which taught the academic studies to provide the foundation for the three-year course of study.

For many years, the Gilfoy School of Nursing continued to have an active Alumni Association, which was established in the early 1930s. One of the objectives of the Alumni Association was to provide scholarships for nursing students. The scholarship program began in 2000 with Hinds Community College as one of the recipients. Monies raised by the alumni and gifts to the Alumni Association began the trust accounts that were established for such a purpose.

In August 2016, the Mississippi Baptist Hospital/Gilfoy School of Nursing Alumni Association, which had in the past served in the distribution of the scholarship awards, was permanently closed. With these funds now at Hinds Community College, the wishes of the graduates to maintain the legacy of the school will be honored.

One of these graduates is Leola Cowart, a 1948 graduate of the Mississippi Baptist Hospital / Gilfoy School of Nursing. In March 2012, she established the Dennis D. and Leola K. Cowart Scholarship at Hinds Community College at the request of her husband, who died on Feb. 24, 2012.

With the closure of the Alumni Association, she has now established the Dennis D. and Leola K. Cowart Endowed Scholarship/ Mississippi Baptist Hospital and Gilfoy School of Nursing Alumni Association Scholarship at Hinds.

April Garon/Hinds Community College Retired Hinds nursing learning lab manager Dene Bass Cook, left, Leola Cowart and Renee Cotton, district director of marketing and community relations, were on hand for the Gilfoy School of Nursing Alumni meeting, which included a presentation about the new Dennis D. and Leola K. Cowart Endowed Scholarship/Mississippi Baptist Hospital and Gilfoy School of Nursing Alumni Scholarship Scholarship to be awarded at Hinds Community College.

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Retired Hinds nursing learning lab manager Dene Bass Cook, left, Leola Cowart and Renee Cotton, district director of marketing and community relations, were on hand for the Gilfoy School of Nursing Alumni meeting, which included a presentation about the new Dennis D. and Leola K. Cowart Endowed Scholarship/Mississippi Baptist Hospital and Gilfoy School of Nursing Alumni Scholarship Scholarship to be awarded at Hinds Community College.

Dennis D. Cowart attended Hinds Junior College from 1949 to 1950. Leola Cowart also attended Hinds as a part-time student after she completed nursing school. The Cowarts lived on campus in a small cottage when their daughter was born.

After completing nursing school in 1948, Leola Cowart worked for the Mississippi Department of Public Health for 13 months. She was then employed by Foster General Military Hospital, which later became Veterans Administration Hospital. She retired 36 years later. She also served as a nurse volunteer for the American Red Cross for more than 50 years.

The Cowart family includes Dr. Mary Ann Cowart Wilkerson and husband Joe of Meridian; grandson, Dr. Ben Wilkerson, and his wife Kelly of Covington, La., and granddaughter, Dr. Shelley Wilkerson Ellis, and her husband Todd of Meridian.

To apply for a Hinds Community College Foundation scholarship, go to the Admissions tab on college web site at www.hindscc.edu or click here. The deadline for fall 2017 is Feb. 15.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of a student’s desire for achievement, involvement in extracurricular activities, financial need, grades and letters of recommendation.

For more information about establishing a scholarship at Hinds Community College, contact Jackie Granberry, 601.857.3630, jgranberry@hindscc.edu.

New Hinds CC nursing scholarship honors Gilfoy School of Nursing.
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Hinds CC Scholarship endowed in honor of late Vicksburg businessman
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30 January

Hinds CC Scholarship endowed in honor of late Vicksburg businessman

The late David L. May of Vicksburg drew on his skills in finance to help guide the Vicksburg-Warren Campus. His widow, Martha Ann May Klaus, has endowed a scholarship in his name to continue his legacy of involvement in education, especially at Hinds Community College.web_David May

May was a member of the Hinds Community College Foundation Board of Directors and was chairman of the advisory board for the Vocational/Technical Center on what is now the Vicksburg-Warren Campus. He also served on the board for Warren County Schools.

“He was involved in every level, and he was always available for advice on financial matters,” said Joe Loviza, director and dean of the Vicksburg-Warren Campus from 1973-93.

As a businessman, he founded May & Company, a certified public accounting firm. His businesses also included his marine towing business, real estate development and other enterprises. May, who died in 1995, grew up in Mobile and graduated from the University of Alabama. He was married to Martha Ann Johnston for 42 years until his death.

David May Scholarship at Hinds CC honors late Vicksburg businessman.

To apply for a Hinds Community College Foundation scholarship, go to the Admissions tab on college web site at www.hindscc.edu or click here. The deadline for fall 2017 is Feb. 15.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of a student’s desire for achievement, involvement in extracurricular activities, financial need, grades and letters of recommendation.

For more information about establishing a scholarship at Hinds Community College, contact Jackie Granberry, 601.857.3630, jgranberry@hindscc.edu.

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 Louis Strickland Scholarship targets Rankin County students, aviation majors
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30 January

Hinds CC Louis Strickland Scholarship targets Rankin County students, aviation majors

Late Hinds Community College alumnus Louis Gene Strickland (1947) of Brandon received numerous recognitions for his service to Hinds Community College during his lifetime.  Now, the former Hinds athlete has a scholarship endowed in his name by family and friends.web_Louis Gene Strickland

The Louis Gene Strickland Memorial Endowed Scholarship gives special preference to Hinds students who are from Rankin County or who are interested in aviation. Strickland served Hinds as a member of the Hinds Community College Foundation Board, Hinds Alumni Association and the Rankin County Alumni Chapter. Strickland was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame in 1986 and honored as the 1992 Hinds Community College Alumnus of the Year.

He later reflected on his time at Hinds with these sentiments: “I fell in love with the place. Hinds had a tremendous influence on my life. It was very unusual for anyone in my community to go to college … and I feel blessed that I had the opportunity to go to Hinds.”

One of seven children from a family in Yazoo County, Strickland graduated from high school at Hinds and returned as a college student on a football scholarship after having entered the U.S. Air Force at age 18.

During his time at Hinds, he was recognized as an All-State center. He treasured the profound impact that Hinds Community College coach Jobie Harris had on his life and considered him not only a teacher and coach but a father figure. He completed his degree and college football career as a student at Delta State University.

Strickland “was a devoted Christ follower who lived daily to glorify God,” said Stephanie Strickland Smith, one of his three daughters. “His leadership as a teacher in the classroom, coach on the football field, director in the workplace and elder in the church had life-changing impact on many in the community.

“This scholarship is endowed in memory of the 64 years lived by Louis Gene Strickland and in honor of the God he served who lives forever,” she said.

He began his professional career as a teacher and coach at Picayune High School. He spent nine years as the head football coach at Brandon High, and the high school football field is named for him. He concluded his coaching career by winning the Little Dixie Championship.

He devoted the next 24 years of his career counseling, teaching and directing rehabilitation programs for the blind in Mississippi. He was instrumental in establishing the Addie McBryde Rehabilitation Center for the Blind in Jackson where he served as director from 1972 until his 1990 retirement. The Center was recognized worldwide as a model for educating and equipping the blind to live productive lives.

Strickland had a lifelong love of aviation and enjoyed piloting his Cessna and listening to live ATC transmissions on his radio in the evenings. His greatest fulfillment, however, came from helping other people – whether sharing vegetables from his garden or through his service with the Brandon Lions Club, Smith said.

He and his wife, Bonnie Jean, had three daughters – the late Sharon Cannon, Susan Crawford and Stephanie Smith.

The deadline to apply for the Louis Gene Strickland Scholarship at Hinds CC is Feb. 15.

To apply for a Hinds Community College Foundation scholarship, go to the Admissions tab on college web site at www.hindscc.edu or click here. The deadline for fall 2017 is Feb. 15.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of a student’s desire for achievement, involvement in extracurricular activities, financial need, grades and letters of recommendation.

For more information about establishing a scholarship at Hinds Community College, contact Jackie Granberry, 601.857.3630, jgranberry@hindscc.edu.

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 Wiley Magee Scholarship targets agriculture or health care major
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30 January

Hinds CC Wiley Magee Scholarship targets agriculture or health care major

Friends and family of the late Wiley Magee, who graduated from Hinds Community College in 1964, established a scholarship in his name that is available to be awarded to a Hinds student majoring in the agriculture or healthcare fields of study. The deadline for applying for a Hinds Community College Foundation scholarship is Feb. 15.

Magee, who lived in Mendenhall, was circuit clerk in Simpson County from 1984 until he retired in 2004. Magee died on Nov. 9, 2010, at age 67.

“I met Wiley at Hinds and developed a lifelong friendship,” said longtime friend Woody May. “Wiley remains one of the most positive people I ever met. He was a living example that life is not about your problems or your obstacles, but how you react to them.”

William Wiley Magee was born in a one-room shack across the road from where he raised his family in Mendenhall. His family, including four siblings and parents Bill and Lucia Magee, raised horses, cattle and various other livestock in Simpson County. He graduated from Mendenhall High School in 1961.

At Hinds Community College, he was involved in many campus activities before graduating in 1964. He also attended the University of Southern Mississippi and the Mississippi College School of Law.

He served as Director of Mississippi Department of Public Welfare in Simpson County and was later elected to five consecutive terms as circuit clerk of Simpson County. During his years in office, Magee modernized the Circuit Clerk’s office by digitizing the voter rolls and court documents. He also was an active member of the Mississippi Circuit Clerks’ Association and helped train newly elected clerks.

He and his wife Elizabeth raised two children, Lucy Magee Roark, an alumna of Hinds Community College and Robert Magee, an alumnus of USM and William Carey University.web_Magee Photo

One of the highlights of his life was coaching Dixie Youth baseball. He thought of his players as his own children and would spend many hours not only teaching them the game of baseball but also instilling in them the values and morals that would make them successful members of society.

He was an active member of First Baptist Church Mendenhall, serving as deacon, Sunday school teacher, singing in the choir, and serving on numerous committees until his death.

To apply for a Hinds Community College Foundation scholarship, go to the Admissions tab on college web site at www.hindscc.edu or click here.

The deadline to apply for the Wiley Magee Scholarship for fall 2017 is Feb. 15.

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of a student’s desire for achievement, involvement in extracurricular activities, financial need, grades and letters of recommendation.

For more information about establishing a scholarship at Hinds Community College, contact Jackie Granberry, 601.857.3630, jgranberry@hindscc.edu.

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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