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Hinds CC Honors students name history instructor Faculty Member of the Year
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12 April

Hinds CC Honors students name history instructor Faculty Member of the Year

Eric Bobo of Brandon, a history instructor for almost 18 years at Hinds Community College’s Raymond Campus, was named Faculty Member of the Year by students in the Honors program and Phi Theta Kappa honor society.

Debbie McCollum, left, Eric Bobo and Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse

Bobo said getting an award for something that is done out of pleasure is gratifying.

“I think this is a job that we all have a calling to do,” he said. “When you get recognized for something you do out of pleasure – when you get up in the morning, you come to work and you enjoy what you do – that is wonderful.”

Debbie McCollum, dean of the Honors Institute, quoted some of the student comments about Bobo. Those included: “He is passionate about history and he makes that passion contagious,” and, “His classes are enjoyable because he uses humor as part of his teaching method.”

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse noted that students must have great teachers like Bobo helping them succeed. “The same is true whether you’re teaching history, or English, or chemistry or whatever,” he said.

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolls about 12,000 students each fall semester. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

 

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Two Hinds CC students win awards at state honors conferences
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15 February

Two Hinds CC students win awards at state honors conferences

RAYMOND – A pair of honors students at Hinds Community College have been recognized by state-level organizations.

Joanna Stevens, of Terry, won an award for best poster presentation in the two-year college category at the 2018 Mississippi State Honors Conference held Feb. 2-3.

Joanna Stevens, with her award-winning presentation

The poster’s theme was Cervical Cancer Risk Factors for Women with HIV: Recommendations to Decrease Mortality and cited research from various sources in the biomedical community. Stevens completed a Service Scholar internship last year with Mississippi INBRE (IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence) and was one of two students in the state to present a poster at the network’s regional meeting in West Virginia.

Lauren Ferguson

Stevens is a member of the Gamma Lambda chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society at the Raymond Campus, the All-Mississippi Academic Team, a Who’s Who scholar and has been nominated for the 3E Outstanding Student Award.

Lauren Ferguson, of Kosciusko, will present a research paper at the Alabama-Mississippi Sociological Association’s annual meeting Feb. 22-23.

The paper, titled “The Carney: Exploited Laborer or Thrill Seeking Adventurer,” will be presented in competition with other works for a $100 prize. Ferguson is a member of the Alpha Omicron Omega chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at the college’s Rankin Campus.

 

The state honors conference, hosted this year by Jackson State University, brings together directors and deans of Honors programs from colleges and universities across the state.

The sociological association supports the research of scholars from two- and four-year academic institutions.

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Hinds CC Honors Institute awards 19 scholars
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03 May

Hinds CC Honors Institute awards 19 scholars

RAYMOND — Hinds Community College’s Honors Institute presented 19 students with awards of excellence for the 2016-17 academic term. Each named a faculty mentor, who received a certificate as an Honored Faculty Member during a ceremony April 26.

Honors Scholars carry 12 or more honors hours and must maintain an overall GPA of 3.25 or better and have at least 20 hours of community service.

Distinguished Honors Scholars carry 18 or more honors hours and have two semesters in the Leadership Program. They must maintain an overall GPA of 3.5 or better and have at least 30 hours of community service.

Kaleel Brown, left, with Music Instructor Ben Bullock

Kaleel Brown, left, an Honors Scholar, with Music Instructor Ben Bullock

Ashleigh Chatfield, with Interpreter Training Technology Instructor Sandra Hester

Ashleigh Chatfield, an Honors Scholar, with Interpreter Training Technology Instructor Sandra Hester

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ada Ginger, right, with Spanish Instructor Nancy Ray

Ada Ginger, right, a Distinguished Honors Scholar, with Spanish Instructor Nancy Ray

Johnna Graise, who honored Director of Bands Shane Sprayberry. She is pictured with Music Department Secretary Annie Moore.

Johnna Graise, an Honors Scholar, who honored Director of Bands Shane Sprayberry, who was unable to attend the ceremony. She is pictured with Music Department Secretary Annie Moore.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mary-Saphrona Grey, left, with Art Instructor Sarah Teasley

Mary-Saphrona Grey, left, an Honors Scholar, with Art Instructor Sarah Teasley

Scottilyn Lloyd, left, with District Director of Student Recreation Mark Stanton

Scottilyn Lloyd, left, an Honors Scholar, with District Director of Student Recreation Mark Stanton

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allison Mack, with Biology Instructor Beth Guider

Allison Mack, an Honors Scholar, with Biology Instructor Beth Guider

Kaitlyn O'Keefe, left, a Distinguished Honors Scholar, with Music Instructor Jane Joseph

Kaitlyn O’Keefe, left, a Distinguished Honors Scholar, with Music Instructor Jane Joseph

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wyatt O'Keefe, right, an Honors Scholar, with Philosophy Instructor Stephen Wedding

Wyatt O’Keefe, right, an Honors Scholar, with Philosophy Instructor Stephen Wedding

Reginald Pickering, left, a Distinguished Honors Scholar, with Art Instructor and Gallery Director Melanie Atkinson

Reginald Pickering, left, a Distinguished Honors Scholar, with Art Instructor and Gallery Director Melanie Atkinson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tyler Tatum, left, a Distinguished Honors Scholar, with Business Administration Instructor Mike Clark

Tyler Tatum, left, a Distinguished Honors Scholar, with Business Administration Instructor Mike Clark

Taylor Scroggins, right, an Honors Scholar, with Theatre and Drama Director Alison Stafford

Taylor Scroggins, right, an Honors Scholar, with Theatre and Drama Director Alison Stafford

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alexis Thompson, left, an Honors Scholar, with English Instructor Tammy McPherson

Alexis Thompson, left, an Honors Scholar, with English Instructor Tammy McPherson

Jenny White, left, an Honors Scholar, with Hi-Steppers Director Angela Hite

Jenny White, left, an Honors Scholar, with Hi-Steppers Director Angela Hite

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Caroline Williams, right, an Honors Scholar, with Academic Counselor Simonee Miller

Caroline Williams, right, an Honors Scholar, with Academic Counselor Simonee Miller

Jabari Williams, left, an Honors Scholar, with Director of Sustainability Jason Pope

Jabari Williams, left, an Honors Scholar, with Director of Sustainability Jason Pope

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Logan Williamson, right, an Honors Scholar, with History Instructor Sheila Hailey

Logan Williamson, right, an Honors Scholar, with History Instructor Sheila Hailey

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also awarded as Honors Scholars were Jennifer Skeeter and Bradey Acy Owen, who were unable to attend the ceremony. Skeeter’s honored mentor is Chemistry Instructor Jason Webb. Owen’s honored mentor is Assistant Baseball Coach Nick Ammirati.

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Teamwork can preserve honeybee population, expert says at Hinds CC
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10 November

Teamwork can preserve honeybee population, expert says at Hinds CC

Continued teamwork between beekeepers and farmers will help preserve the world’s honeybee population, said a bee expert with the state during a special workshop on the subject Nov. 9 at Hinds’ Raymond Campus.

Recent field studies tracking the use of seed treatments to ward off pests to crops such as cotton and soybeans show common insecticides, when applied properly, dissipate by the time plants reach a productive stage most attractive to bees, said Dr. Jeff Harris, a research professor and entomologist at Mississippi State University.

Dr. Jeff Harris, a research professor and entomologist at Mississippi State University, discusses the state of beekeeping in Mississippi during the Bee Informed workshop Nov. 9 at Reeves Hall on the Raymond Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Dr. Jeff Harris, a research professor and entomologist at Mississippi State University, discusses the state of beekeeping in Mississippi during the Bee Informed workshop Nov. 9 at Reeves Hall on the Raymond Campus. On display in the background are suits worn by beekeepers. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Harris said beekeepers, researchers and farming interests need “to work together to give bees the best protection they can and minimize the risk” to the most traceable challenges to the bee population. Those include fungus, beetles and the Varroa mite, which is an external parasite first detected in the U.S. in the late 1980s.

The much-publicized “colony collapse disorder” affected some of the nation’s largest commercial beekeepers in the past decade, Harris said, and can be attributed to a combination of factors, including parasites, viruses and natural stressors for the insect, such as constant transportation.

About 15 to 25 families get a majority of income from beekeeping in Mississippi, Harris said. Before the Varroa mite invasion, there were 50 to 60, and in the 1920s and ‘30s, the state was a world leader in bee production, he said. More rigorous maintenance and threat prevention, coupled with higher startup costs for a bee box and other equipment, have combined to make “beekeeping as a way of life” rarer, he said.

The workshop, titled Bee Informed, was sponsored by the Honors Institute at Hinds and the Gamma Lambda Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. It was part of this year’s Honors in Action Project, which encourages students to take community action in response to a topic of global interest.

Martha Hill, director of the Landscape Management Technology program of study at Hinds, spoke of the best ways to make a home garden bee-friendly.

Martha Hill, director of the Landscape Management Technology program at Hinds, speaks on bee-friendly gardens at the Bee Informed workshop Nov. 9 on the Raymond Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Martha Hill, director of the Landscape Management Technology program at Hinds, speaks on bee-friendly gardens at the Bee Informed workshop Nov. 9 on the Raymond Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“Native plants are certainly great choices for our gardens and for pollinators,” Hill said.

Metro area beekeepers spoke on the highlights of their trade, plus some do’s and don’ts of handling a hive.

“I learn things all the time about beekeeping,” said Harold Watson, who’s been handling bees since 1960, and like Harris, is active in the Mississippi Beekeepers Association.

The best advice for beginner beekeepers is to start with a less-aggressive species and slowly work up to more active types.

“Working with a mentor is important because they can help minimize the stings and other things,” Harris said.

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Debbie McCollum, dean of the Honors Institute at Hinds Community College, handles a used honeycomb during the Bee Informed workshop Nov. 9 at Reeves Hall on the Raymond Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Debbie McCollum, dean of the Honors Institute at Hinds Community College, handles a honeycomb during the Bee Informed workshop Nov. 9 at Reeves Hall on the Raymond Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

A panel of metro Jackson-area beekeepers answered questions and spoke of the beekeeping trade at the Bee Informed workshop Nov. 9 at Reeves Hall at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus. From left, Dr. Jeff Harris, John Hackney, Harold Watson and Matthew Giammalvo. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

A panel of metro Jackson-area beekeepers answered questions and spoke of the beekeeping trade at the Bee Informed workshop Nov. 9 at Reeves Hall at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus. From left, Dr. Jeff Harris, John Hackney, Harold Watson and Matthew Giammalvo. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Logan Williamson, center right, hands a honeycomb to fellow Honors Institute student Jabari Williams during the Bee Informed workshop Nov. 9 at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus. At far left is Hannah Van Noy. At far right is Tyler Tatum. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Logan Williamson, center right, hands a honeycomb to fellow Honors Institute student Jabari Williams during the Bee Informed workshop Nov. 9 at Hinds Community College Raymond Campus. At far left is Hannah Van Noy. At far right is Tyler Tatum. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Hannah Van Noy, an Honors Institute student, handles a honeycomb during the Bee Informed workshop Nov. 9 at Reeves Hall on the Raymond Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Hannah Van Noy, an Honors Institute student, handles a honeycomb during the Bee Informed workshop Nov. 9 at Reeves Hall on the Raymond Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

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Hinds CC Honors Institute to host pollinator workshop
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01 November

Hinds CC Honors Institute to host pollinator workshop

RAYMOND – The importance of preserving the world honeybee population and how to make an attractive garden for them will highlight a pollinator workshop 12:30 p.m. Nov. 9 in Reeves Hall, Room 165 on the Raymond Campus. The event is free and open to the public.

honeybeeJeff Harris, a research professor and entomologist at Mississippi State University, will keynote the event, sponsored by the Honors Institute at Hinds and the Gamma Lambda Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. Harris is a bee specialist and is actively involved in the Mississippi Beekeepers Association.

Jeff Harris

Jeff Harris

A program on making a bee-friendly garden will follow at 1:30 p.m., moderated by Martha Hill, director of Hinds’ Landscape Management Technology program. Four metro-area beekeepers, Harold Watson, John Hackney, Matthew Giammalvo and Richard Wakefield, will hold a panel discussion at 2:30 p.m. to close out the program. Also, beekeepers are encouraged to display and sell their products as part of the event. The conference is expected to conclude at 3:30 p.m.

Martha Hill

Martha Hill

The workshop is part of this year’s Honors in Action Project, which encourages students to take community action in response to a topic of global interest.

Students in the program have been researching the importance of agricultural pollinators such as honeybees and environmental challenges they have faced in the 21st century. Honeybee populations have decreased significantly in recent years, and because bees are integral pollinators worldwide, many scientists see a need for protecting bee habitats and protecting them from manmade threats, such as certain insecticides. Hinds is happy to offer this workshop to increase awareness of pollinator issues in the community.

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Hinds CC Honors Institute to host pollinator workshop
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24 October

Hinds CC Honors Institute to host pollinator workshop

RAYMOND – The Hinds Community College Honors Institute and the Gamma Lambda chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society will host a[tweetable alt=””] free pollinator workshop 12:30 p.m. Nov. 9 in Reeves Hall, Room 165, on the Raymond Campus[/tweetable]. The event is open to the public.

jeff_harrisJeff Harris, a research professor and entomologist at Mississippi State University, will keynote the event. Harris is a bee specialist and is actively involved in the Mississippi Beekeepers Association. The program will include a program on pollinator gardens as well as a panel of metro-area beekeepers, who are encouraged to display and sell their products as part of the event. The conference is expected to conclude at 3:30 p.m.

The Honors Institute and Raymond Campus’ PTK chapter are sponsoring this workshop as part of this year’s Honors in Action Project, which encourages students to take community action in response to a topic of global interest.

Students in the program have been researching the importance of agricultural pollinators such as honeybees and environmental challenges they have faced in the 21st century. Honeybee populations have decreased significantly in recent years, and because bees are integral pollinators worldwide, many scientists see a need for protecting bee habitats and protecting them from manmade threats, such as certain insecticides. Hinds is happy to offer this workshop to increase awareness of pollinator issues in the community.

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Hinds CC Honors Institute awards 16 scholars
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02 May

Hinds CC Honors Institute awards 16 scholars

Hinds Community College’s [tweetable alt=””]Honors Institute presented 16 students with awards of excellence for the 2014-15 academic term.[/tweetable] Each named a faculty mentor, who received a certificate as an Honored Faculty Member during a ceremony Wednesday, April 27.

Receiving Honors Scholar awards were:

  • Sydney Bufkin, of Vicksburg, who honored Music Instructor Randy Mapes
Sidney Bufkin, with Music Instructor Randy Mapes.

Sidney Bufkin, with Music Instructor Randy Mapes.

  • Lena Dixon, of Raymond, who honored Associate Director of Housing Tara Dunn
Lena Dixon, with Associate Director of Housing Tara Dunn.

Lena Dixon, with Associate Director of Housing Tara Dunn.

  • Tainekia Dixon, of Utica, who honored Academic Dean Dr. Tom Kelly
Tainekia Dixon, with Academic Dean Dr. Tom Kelly.

Tainekia Dixon, with Academic Dean Dr. Tom Kelly.

  • Styler Ginger, of Byram, who honored History Instructor Sheila Hailey
Styler Ginger, of Byram, honored History Instructor Sheila Hailey. Hailey was unable to attend the ceremony due to a prior commitment.

Styler Ginger, of Byram, honored History Instructor Sheila Hailey. Hailey was unable to attend the ceremony due to a prior commitment.

  • D’Erra McClure-Carter, of Port Gibson, who honored Veterinary Technology Instructor Dana Woodward
D'Erra McClure-Carter, with Veterinary Technology Instructor Dana Woodward.

D’Erra McClure-Carter, with Veterinary Technology Instructor Dana Woodward.

  • Sidney Phillips, of Florence, who honored Art Instructor Paula Duren
Sidney Phillips, with Art Instructor Paula Duren.

Sidney Phillips, with Art Instructor Paula Duren.

  • Ryan Saxton, of Clinton, who honored Chemistry Instructor Jason Webb
Ryan Saxton, with Chemistry Instructor Jason Webb.

Ryan Saxton, with Chemistry Instructor Jason Webb.

  • Megan Stockton, of Clinton, who honored Sociology Instructor Audrey Glenn
Megan Stockton, with Sociology Instructor Audrey Glenn.

Megan Stockton, with Sociology Instructor Audrey Glenn.

  • Taylor Stockton, of Cleveland, who honored Philosophy Instructor Stephen Wedding
Taylor Stockton, with Philosophy Instructor Stephen Wedding.

Taylor Stockton, with Philosophy Instructor Stephen Wedding.

  • Sara Terrell, of Bogue Chitto, who honored Agribusiness Technology Thomas Strickland
Sara Terrell, with Agribusiness Technology Thomas Strickland.

Sara Terrell, with Agribusiness Technology Instructor Thomas Strickland.

Honors Scholars carry 12 or more honors hours, an overall GPA of 3.25 or better and at least 20 hours of community service.

Receiving Distinguished Honors Scholar awards were:

  • Elijah Beatty, of Pearl, who honored Reading Instructor Jennifer Rodgers
Eli Beatty honored Reading Instructor Jennifer Rodgers. Rodgers was unable to attend the ceremony due to a prior commitment.

Eli Beatty honored Reading Instructor Jennifer Rodgers. Rodgers was unable to attend the ceremony due to a prior commitment.

  • Olivia DeGrado, of Benton, who honored Business Administration Instructor Mike Clark
Olivia DeGrado, with Business Administration Instructor Mike Clark.

Olivia DeGrado, with Business Administration Instructor Mike Clark.

  • Courtney Evans, of Raymond, who honored Psychology Sharon Dorman
Courtney Evans, with Psychology Sharon Dorman.

Courtney Evans, with Psychology Sharon Dorman.

  • Robert Harrison Hunter, of Hermanville, who honored Computer Science Instructor Johannah Williams
Robert Harrison Hunter, with Computer Science Instructor Johannah Williams.

Robert Harrison Hunter, with Computer Science Instructor Johannah Williams.

  • Michael Pham, of Byram, who honored Mathematics Instructor Jeff Hughes
Michael Pham, with Mathematics Instructor Jeff Hughes.

Michael Pham, with Mathematics Instructor Jeff Hughes.

  • Eric Rush, of Clinton, who honored English Instructor Tim Krason
Eric Rush, with English Instructor Tim Krason.

Eric Rush, with English Instructor Tim Krason.

Distinguished Honors Scholars carry 18 or more honors hours and have two semesters in the Leadership Program. They must maintain an overall GPA of 3.5 or better and have at least 30 hours of community service.

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Hinds CC Honors program offers classes at Rankin for spring semester
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04 December

Hinds CC Honors program offers classes at Rankin for spring semester

Students may now enroll in Honors courses at Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus through mid-January.

Rankin is offering Honors Calculus and Honors Principles of Geography, as well as two sections of Honors Forum. Students may also consider an Honors Contract for earning Honors credit.

“We encourage interested students to sign up through drop and add week in January,” District Honors Institute Dean Debbie McCollum said. “Staff at the Rankin Campus will be able to assist students with changing their schedules to add Honors classes even if they have already registered.”

The deadline to drop or add full-term on-campus classes is Jan. 15.

A full launch of the Honors program at the Rankin Campus is expected next fall.

“I was thrilled to hear about the Honors Program being placed in effect for Hinds Rankin Campus,” said Elysha Roush, 21, a psychology major from Clinton. “While I’ll only be able to enjoy the program for my last semester, the fact that hundreds of other students will be not only able to benefit but also enjoy the program is an incredible thought.”

In place at the Raymond Campus, since fall 1996, the Honors Institute provides an enhanced and supportive learning environment for students. The Institute offers programming in four broad areas – Honors Program, Leadership Studies, International Studies and Phi Theta Kappa.

Students can qualify for the program on three criteria – a composite score of 25 or better on the ACT, a 3.5 or better high school GPA (on a 4.0 scale) or a Hinds GPA of 3.5 or better based on college transfer credit classes.

Those enrolled can earn Honors scholarships each semester and be considered for priority enrollment in international study and leadership classes. Members of the Honors Program are awarded $150 to $300 in scholarships each semester. Studies abroad by Honors students last year included travels to England, Ecuador and Costa Rica.

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Hinds CC Rankin Campus inducts new Phi Theta Kappa members
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07 October

Hinds CC Rankin Campus inducts new Phi Theta Kappa members

The Alpha Omicron Omega Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds Community College’s Rankin Campus inducted new members and officers on Oct. 2.

PTK inductees

Newly inducted members include, front row, from left, Emily Hebert, Haley Current, Katelyn Brown, all of Brandon, Jazzma Hughes, of Terry, Samantha Walker, of Pelahatchie, Kimberly Measels, Lorena Flores and Christina Benton, all of Brandon; back row, from left, Jonathan Fail, of Clinton, Hunter Martin, of Pelahatchie, Eric Davis, of Flowood, Christian Whitfield, of Richland, and Dillian Lassiter, of Pelahatchie.

PTK officers

Officers include, front row from left, Savannah Jackson, of Brandon, vice president of fellowship; Natalie Blakely, of Brandon, vice president of records; Hannah Stotland, of Brandon, president; Sara Mayor, of Brandon, vice president of service; Elysha Roush, of Clinton, vice president of public relations; back row, from left, Sloan Session, of Flowood, vice president of scholarship, and Trevor Jordan, of Pelahatchie, vice president of leadership.

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society for community and junior college students. Membership in Phi Theta Kappa is extended to students who have a 3.5 cumulative grade point average or above on 12 or more transferrable credit hours. There are more than 1,200 Phi Theta Kappa chapters throughout the United States and abroad. For more information about Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds, go to http://www.hindscc.edu/admissions/studentlife/clubs/ptk/index, email Faculty Adviser Joy Rhoads at jdrhoads@hindscc.edu or follow the society’s Hinds chapter on Twitter at @HindsRankinPTK. The new Honors Institute program at the Rankin Campus may be followed at @HCCHonorsRankin.

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Hinds CC Honors program expands to Rankin Campus
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24 September

Hinds CC Honors program expands to Rankin Campus

The Honors Institute at Hinds Community College is expanding to the Rankin Campus effective for fall 2016, a move touted as a response to the community.

“Students and parents from Rankin County have been asking for an expansion of the Honors Institute for several years,” said Dr. Norman Session, vice president for the Rankin Campus and two-time Principal of the Year in the Rankin County school system at Pisgah High School where he was previously employed.

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse approved the expansion officially on Sept. 18. Some Honors classes will be offered in the spring, with a full launch next August. Joy Rhoads, chair of the Social Sciences Division, will coordinate the program at the Rankin Campus.

In place at the Raymond Campus, since fall 1996, the Honors Institute provides an enhanced and supportive learning environment for students. The Institute offers programming in four broad areas – Honors Program, Leadership Studies, International Studies and Phi Theta Kappa.

“We believe more Rankin County students will attend Hinds if they have access to the Honors Institute at the Rankin campus,” Session said. “There are dozens that qualify, some already on campus here.”

Rhoads said details such as class offerings and teaching assignments are under development.  Staff at Raymond and Rankin are working closely to establish quality programs on the Rankin Campus.

“We are very excited to have the opportunity to build on and expand an already successful Honors Program,” Rhoads said. “This expansion will afford students on the Rankin Campus an enhanced learning opportunity through a collaborative and inclusive environment as well as an opportunity to benefit the college and our community through leadership and service. Certainly, we are grateful for the support we have been given in this undertaking, and we expect that this expansion will serve our students well.”

Rhoads and Honors Program District Director Dr. Ben Cloyd will assist students in class selection and community service. “By next fall, a full range of Honors course offerings will be available to Rankin Campus students,” Cloyd said.

“Honors courses will be a boon to the Rankin Campus, for they will offer stimulation to students who wish to grow intellectually and to the faculty who teach them,” said Gary Fox, academic dean for the Rankin campus. “Naturally, the Rankin community also will profit from their growth.”

Students who enroll in Honors classes at Hinds will have the opportunity to earn Honors scholarships each semester and be considered for priority enrollment in international study and leadership classes.

Session said the Honors Program will be a draw for high school graduates who have participated in the college dual enrollment program. “This program is a new scholarship opportunity for students attending the Rankin Campus,” he said.

The program remains inclusive and requires no previous Honors experience, said District Honors Institute Dean Deborah McCollum. Students can qualify for the program on three criteria – a composite score of 25 or better on the ACT, a 3.5 or better high school GPA (on a 4.0 scale) or a Hinds GPA of 3.5 or better based on college transfer credit classes.

“The Hinds program was developed according to guidelines established by the National Collegiate Honors Council, and we proudly remain a member of this organization today. We are very pleased to offer this programming to students on the Rankin Campus,” McCollum said.

 

For more information on the Honors Program at Hinds, call 601.857.3531/3837, email Joy Rhoads at JDRhoads@hindscc.edu or visit http://www.hindscc.edu/admissions/studentlife/clubs/honors.

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