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5pm Academic and Career/Technical Graduation Ceremony
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15 May

5pm Academic and Career/Technical Graduation Ceremony

Former chief justice of the Mississippi Supreme Court James W. Smith, a Hinds Community College alumnus, spoke to graduates at four ceremonies Friday, May 15 about achieving success in life.

Of the total number of graduates, 73 are graduating summa cum laude, which is a perfect 4.0 grade point average; 151 are graduating magna cum laude, which is a 3.60 to 3.99 grade point average and 238 are graduating cum laude, which is a 3.20 to 3.59 grade point average.

The last Hinds ceremony will be at the Utica Campus at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 17 at J.D. Boyd Gym. Dr. Alfred Rankins Jr., president of Alcorn State University, will be the speaker. Nearly 100 students are expected to graduate that day.

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with more than 170 academic, career and technical programs. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2014. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Front row L-R- Lauren Walker of Terry, Vice President Jackie Granberry, Tershuna Bass of Byram, and Kelsey Robertson of Winona; back row L-R- Dallas Townsend of Raymond, Tyler Keefer of Florence, Sheera Lum of Port Gibson, and Landon Corken of Raymond.

Front row L-R- Lauren Walker of Terry, Vice President Jackie Granberry, Tershuna Bass of Byram, and Kelsey Robertson of Winona; back row L-R- Dallas Townsend of Raymond, Tyler Keefer of Florence, Sheera Lum of Port Gibson, and Landon Corken of Raymond.

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2015 Spring Commencement- Associated Degree Nursing Ceremony
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14 May

2015 Spring Commencement- Associated Degree Nursing Ceremony

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

Hinds is graduating nearly 1,200 over the three days of ceremonies, with more than 800 participating in one of the ceremonies. Those graduates will receive more than 1,500 certificates and degrees since some graduates will receive more than one credential.

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with more than 170 academic, career and technical programs. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2014. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Miss Hinds Community College 2015 named
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23 January

Miss Hinds Community College 2015 named

Maggie Shoultz, 19, of Pelahatchie was named Miss Hinds Community College 2015 in the annual pageant on Jan. 22.

As Miss Hinds Community College, Shoultz will participate this summer in the Miss Mississippi pageant.

Shoultz is a Raymond Campus freshman majoring in court reporting and music. She attended East Rankin Academy where she was a varsity soccer player, high school beauty pageant winner and manager of the basketball team. Her talent was a vocal – pop performance and her platform is “adoption is an option.”

First runner-up was Kaylee Scroggins, 20, of Brandon, a Raymond Campus business/marketing student.

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Five candidates to compete in Miss Hinds pageant Jan. 22
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14 January

Five candidates to compete in Miss Hinds pageant Jan. 22

Five Hinds Community College students will compete for the title of Miss Hinds Community College 2015 at 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 22 at Hogg Auditorium in Cain-Cochran Hall.

Miss Hinds Community College 2014, Porsha Gatson of Vicksburg, will crown the winner. The winner of the pageant is eligible to compete in the Miss Mississippi pageant over the summer.

The pageant is open to the public. Admission is $5.

The four contestants include:

  • Bekah Summerlin, 19, of Pearl, a Raymond Campus student majoring in elementary education. Her talent is dancing and her platform is animal adoption vs. breeding.
  • Kaylee Scroggins, 20, of Brandon, a Raymond Campus business/marketing student who will perform a jazz dance as her talent. Her platform is positive self-image.
  • Courtney Helom, 19, of Jackson, a Raymond Campus biology student. Her talent is dance and her platform is asthma awareness.
  • Anney Pearson, 19, of Brandon, a Raymond Campus communications student with singing as her talent. Her platform is theatre and performing arts benefits youth.
  • Maggie Shoultz, 19, of Pelahatchie, a Raymond Campus student majoring in court reporting and music. Her talent is vocal – pop and her platform is adoption is an option.

For more information, visit www.hindscc.edu.

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Hinds CC graduates more than 800 students at five ceremonies
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19 December

Hinds CC graduates more than 800 students at five ceremonies

When Lexus Burns graduated with her associate degree in general studies from Hinds Community College Dec. 19, she got much more than a diploma.

“I have a five-month old daughter out there watching me walk across that stage,” she said. “And even though she’ll be too young to remember this day, she won’t forget that I taught her the importance of perseverance. I’ve worked, been a mother, and gone to school full time, all at the same time, to achieve my goal. I’ve set an example to her that says ‘never give up’.”

Burns, originally from Utica, attended the Raymond Campus and plans to attend Jackson State University where she will major in mathematics. Her ultimate career goal is to become a college professor.

Burns is among the more than 800 students who graduated on Dec. 18 and 19 at five fall ceremonies at Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus. The graduates earned a total 1,260 credentials including career and technical certificates as well as associate degrees, an increase over last December when 734 students earned 808 credentials.

“This is a remarkable increase,” said Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse. “Mississippi is beginning to recognize more and more how important college degrees are to the lives of the people of our state.”

Out of those, 45 are graduating summa cum laude, which is a perfect 4.0 grade point average; 94 are graduating magna cum laude,  which is a 3.60 to 3.99 grade point average and179 are graduating cum laude, which is a 3.20 to 3.59 grade point average.

Janet Wasson, English instructor on the Raymond Campus and the college’s representative for the Legislature’s Feb. 17, 2015, HEADWAE (Higher Education Appreciation Day – Working for Academic Excellence) program, spoke to all academic graduates Friday, Dec. 19.

“All of you came to Hinds at many different stages in your life – with varying circumstances, and today after much hard work, long hours, and probably a few tears, you will walk across this stage having earned something that no one can take away from you,” she said. “One of our graduates today worked two jobs to support her family while taking a full load each semester and still managed to graduate with honors. I know one of our graduates spent nights in his car because he had nowhere else to stay but was in class every day that his class met. As a community college instructor, I am inspired by you. I’m inspired by stories of personal and academic struggles just as I am inspired by the stories of triumphs and successes. I am inspired by what you students have taught me.”

The speaker for the Thursday ceremonies was Charlie Mitchell, assistant dean of the Meek School of Journalism and New Media and an assistant professor at the University of Mississippi, who spoke to nursing and allied health graduates.

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Hinds CC names Most Beautiful in annual Beauty Revue
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01 December

Hinds CC names Most Beautiful in annual Beauty Revue

Courtney Helom of Jackson was named Most Beautiful in the 2014 Eagle Beauty Revue pageant held Nov. 20 at Hinds Community College’s Cain Cochran Hall on the Raymond Campus.

Helom, 19, is a biology major on the Raymond Campus. Twenty-one women participated in the Eagle Beauty Revue, which is sponsored by The Eagle yearbook on the Raymond Campus.

The other top contestants, named as “Beauties”, were Courtney Walker of Crystal Springs; Taylor Jackson of Clinton; Shelby Simmons of Waynesboro; and Meagan Barnhart of Florence.

From left, Courtney Walker of Crystal Springs; Taylor Jackson of Clinton; Courtney Helom of Jackson, Most Beautiful; Shelby Simmons of Waynesboro; and Meagan Barnhart of Florence.

From left, Courtney Walker of Crystal Springs; Taylor Jackson of Clinton; Courtney Helom of Jackson, Most Beautiful; Shelby Simmons of Waynesboro; and Meagan Barnhart of Florence.

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Hinds CC’s Vicksburg-Warren Campus opens disc golf course
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12 November

Hinds CC’s Vicksburg-Warren Campus opens disc golf course

Vicksburg-Warren Campus PTK students gather around the new disc golf course. From left, Joshua Masterson, Haley Harmon, Tiffany Carroll and Thomas Dabney.

Vicksburg-Warren Campus PTK students gather around the new disc golf course. From left, Joshua Masterson, Haley Harmon, Tiffany Carroll and Thomas Dabney.

The Vicksburg-Warren Campus of Hinds Community College celebrated the grand opening of a disc golf course Nov. 11.

The new addition to the campus was the brain child of several administrators and students. Rip Engler, assistant dean of the Vicksburg-Warren Campus, came up with the idea several years ago, but wasn’t able to find the resources needed to get it going. Recently, Marvin Moak, the new dean of the campus, Mark Stanton, district director of student activities, and Dr. Sarah Nichols, Phi Theta Kappa advisor, along with several PTK students, took the time and energy to make Engler’s idea a reality.

“I am excited about the disc golf course because it’s a successful completion of our PTK project, and also because it’s going to give me something to do between classes,” said student Tiffany Carroll of Vicksburg. “I usually go home between classes because there’s nothing going on. But now I’ll be challenged to learn something new and also have an opportunity to socialize with friends.”

The Vicksburg-Warren Campus’ disc golf course is only one of two courses in all of Vicksburg, and is the only public course. Anyone from the community is welcomed to use it. The course opens at dawn and closes at dusk.

“We hope this will bring more visitors to campus to see what the college has to offer,” said Stanton. “We plan to hold a disc golf intramural tournament here in the spring, as well.”

For more information, visit www.hindscc.edu.

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Hinds CC PTK names new inductees, honors officers
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28 October

Hinds CC PTK names new inductees, honors officers

Hinds Community College’s Gamma Lambda chapter of Phi Theta Kappa inducted new members and recognized officers at a ceremony held Oct. 24. The guest of honor was Sharon Leggett of Raymond.

For more information about Phi Theta Kappa and the Hinds Honors Institute, call Cheryl Bozeman at 601.857.3837/3531 or visit www.hindscc.edu/departments/honors.

Pictured are, from back left, Sharon Leggett, guest of honor, and PTK officers Jonathan Bethea of Edwards, Edward Williams of Puckett, Olivia Hall of Jackson, Emilee Ware of Byram, Shane Savannah of Edwards, MaKensey Sanders of Clinton, Courtney Walker of Crystal Springs, Natalie Minton of Byram, Mary Harvey of Forest and Tiffany Gerlinger of Brandon.

Pictured are, from back left, Sharon Leggett, guest of honor, and PTK officers Jonathan Bethea of Edwards, Edward Williams of Puckett, Olivia Hall of Jackson, Emilee Ware of Byram, Shane Savannah of Edwards, MaKensey Sanders of Clinton, Courtney Walker of Crystal Springs, Natalie Minton of Byram, Mary Harvey of Forest and Tiffany Gerlinger of Brandon.

Several inductees were from Clinton. They are, from left, Ryan Gill, Slara Wells and Eric Rush.

Several inductees were from Clinton. They are, from left, Ryan Gill, Slara Wells and Eric Rush.

Several of the inductees were from Hinds County. They are, from back left, Tainekia Dixon of Utica, Shanice Gray of Raymond, Susan Moore of Jackson, and Keyiona Redd of Terry.

Several of the inductees were from Hinds County. They are, from back left, Tainekia Dixon of Utica, Shanice Gray of Raymond, Susan Moore of Jackson, and Keyiona Redd of Terry.

Makafui Tona, left, and Marquise Hillman of Madison were among the inductees.

Makafui Tona, left, and Marquise Hillman of Madison were among the inductees.

From back left, Asher Mitchell of Silver Creek, Lisa Kinnison of Brookhaven, Darrell Jones of Oxford, Lena Dixon of Chicago, Illinois and Andrew Bishop of Mize.

From back left, Asher Mitchell of Silver Creek, Lisa Kinnison of Brookhaven, Darrell Jones of Oxford, Lena Dixon of Chicago, Illinois and Andrew Bishop of Mize.

Several inductees are from Rankin County. They are, from back left, Edward Williams of Puckett, T’Ondrea Noble of Brandon, Eli Beatty of Pearl, Joel Montoya of Richland, Tori Douglas of Brandon and Tiffany Gerlinger of Brandon.

Several inductees are from Rankin County. They are, from back left, Edward Williams of Puckett, T’Ondrea Noble of Brandon, Eli Beatty of Pearl, Joel Montoya of Richland, Tori Douglas of Brandon and Tiffany Gerlinger of Brandon.

Elizabeth Hesselberg of Vicksburg was among the inductees.

Elizabeth Hesselberg of Vicksburg was among the inductees.

 

 

 

 

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Hinds CC honors Neilsen, Alumni Service Award winner
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22 October

Hinds CC honors Neilsen, Alumni Service Award winner

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Hinds Community College will honor Ray Neilsen, the 2014 Alumni Service Award winner, at the Alumni Dinner, held at 5 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 23 in Mayo Gymnasium on the Raymond Campus.

Neilsen believes in second chances. His second chance came at the College of Idaho where history professor Howard Berger saw potential, while others saw a brash kid from a middle-upper class family who was passed from grade to grade, more trouble than untapped potential.

The relationship got off to a rocky start when Berger challenged Neilsen’s ability to read. He recalls the “horrible” experience of being asked to read aloud and struggling to string the words together. After taking a written entrance exam, Berger told Neilsen, “Ray, your writing skills stink.”

“I didn’t know how bad I was until I met someone who cared about me and my success,” Neilsen says. “He opened my eyes to the value of education and learning.”

It was just the second chance he needed. With Berger’s help — and a lot of hard work and dedication — Neilsen committed himself to his education, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees. Over a 20-year period, Neilsen earned his way up the ladder, from busser to chairman of Ameristar Casinos with eight locations in six states and more than 7,000 employees.

Neilsen began his relationship with Hinds in 2006 when his passion for learning surfaced in an onsite GED preparation program at Ameristar Casino in Vicksburg. As general manager he recognized that many Ameristar team members missed opportunities to grow with the company because they lacked a high school diploma. Their second chance came with a boss who gave them a pathway to personal fulfillment and $1,000 when they passed the GED test.

His father, Craig H. Neilsen, was the founder of Ameristar Casino. “He was proud of the GED program we established at Ameristar Vicksburg,” Ray Neilsen says. Wanting to make a bigger impact in his adopted community of Vicksburg, Neilsen called upon the resources of the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation, which was established by his father in 2002 to support spinal cord injury (SCI) research and rehabilitation. Ten percent of the foundation’s resources go to other entities helping to improve lives.

Craig Neilsen, who became quadriplegic after a 1985 car accident, rarely spoke about his injury, but once said, “…I think that most people – when push comes to shove – take their hard knocks and then pick up the pieces and go on.”

Perhaps prophetically, the Neilsen Foundation is doing just that – helping Adult Education students pick up the sometimes messy pieces of their lives and go on to better things. With Ray Neilsen’s urging, the Neilsen Foundation made a $50,000 gift in 2009 to establish the Education Pays program, which awarded $500 checks to Warren County GED achievers enrolled in the college’s Adult Education program.

From that initial investment, the foundation has awarded more than $600,000 to support the ABE/GED program at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus and the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. From a computer lab staffed by tutors to instructional dollars to provide more class time for adult learners, the Neilsen Foundation has been the college’s partner in improving outcomes in Adult Education. This year Neilsen Foundation funds support a Single Stop office at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus and a basic computer applications course designed specifically for adult learners who must now take a computer-based GED test.

Most recently, the Neilsen Foundation is funding scholarships and supplemental support for two Hinds students with spinal cord injuries. After his father’s death in 2006, Ray Neilsen was named cotrustee and chairman of the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation.

“After several years of therapy, my dad only had limited use of a few of his fingers, nothing else,” Neilsen explains. “The accident only slowed him down for a little while, and over time, his focus and attention became more laser-like and intense.”

Those same words might be used to describe Ray Neilsen, says Colleen Hartfield, vice president for Community Relations and Governmental Affairs at Hinds. “When Ray makes a decision to be personally involved in a project or a cause, he’s all-in. He expects that same commitment from others.”

She credits the Neilsen Foundation for being a catalyst for positive changes in the Adult Education program. “Ray doesn’t just write a check; he brings resources and connections gained over a successful career to the college. Most of all, he brings a genuine concern, coupled with an incredible drive to make a difference,” Hartfield says, adding with a laugh. “It can be exhausting trying to keep up with his mind.”

Neilsen says, “There’s this crazed energy, under the surface. It’s doesn’t make my life easy, but I can’t imagine doing it any other way.”

Today, Neilsen and his wife Nancy, a Vicksburg native, live in Edwards on a meticulously landscaped ranch, where visitors will find a rock garden. Etched into the rocks are words that describe his personal brand, and nestled among words such as “integrity,” “courage” and “family,” are rocks inscribed with “Hinds Community College” and “GED.”

“It’s a place of honor,” Hartfield says. “I am so pleased that the college is responding, in kind, and recognizing Ray with the very well-deserved Alumni Service Award.”

Neilsen says he is honored and pleased to accept on behalf of the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation and the Adult Education students at Hinds Community College.

“I believe the American dream is still alive,” he says. “However, I tell students in the program that to succeed, an education is paramount. I tell them that education gives you hope that your life can be better. I teach them what my Dad taught me—success must be earned, and you must do what you do better than anybody else. That’s the difference the Craig H. Neilsen Foundation and Hinds CC are making in the lives of Adult Education students and in our community. It is my intention that our partnership will continue for many years to come.”

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