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Hinds CC names HEADWAE honorees for 2018
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13 November

Hinds CC names HEADWAE honorees for 2018

RAYMOND – Joy Rhoads and Anna Hite have been named Hinds Community College’s honorees for the Legislature’s HEADWAE program for 2018.

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Rhoads, of Brandon, is a history and geography instructor and coordinator of the Rankin Campus Honors Program. Hite, of Raymond, is a sophomore studying art on the Raymond Campus.

As the faculty honoree for the program, which stands for Higher Education Appreciation Day – Working for Academic Excellence, Rhoads is also the graduation speaker for fall ceremonies on Dec. 15 at the Muse Center on the Rankin Campus. Nursing and allied health students will graduate in a ceremony at 8 a.m. Academic and technical graduates will graduate at ceremonies set for 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Rhoads, a 24-year employee of Hinds, holds master’s degrees in geography and history from the University of Southern Mississippi and Mississippi State University, respectively. Her bachelor’s degree in history is also from MSU. She has directed the Honors Program since 2016 and is a faculty advisor for the Alpha Omicron Omega chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society for two-year colleges in the United States.

“I was exceptionally honored when I spoke to Dr. Muse,” Rhoads said. “The most striking things about it is that it demonstrated the confidence that he and the administration have in me to serve the student body.

“The most humbling experience I’ve had as a teacher was becoming a student again. Just a few years ago, I went back for a second master’s degree. At the time, I was married, had a child, my husband was deployed a lot of the time. I realized then that each time I walk into a classroom and say, ‘Good morning, ladies and gentlemen,’ I’m looking at people who have all kinds of things going on in their lives – good, challenging and the like. The technology we now use in the classroom really can foster the opportunity for students in this day and age to balance all of those demands.”

Anna Hite

Hite, a graduate of Central Hinds Academy, is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and will be an officer in the organization next semester. She is also vice president of the Gender and Sexuality Alliance and is a member of the Lendon Players theatre group.

“Being at Hinds has changed me in a couple of ways,” Hite said. “Before coming here, I never felt I was in an environment where I felt able to flourish, shine or feel accepted. Coming here, I felt I was coming home and needed that sense of security to find myself like I have this past year and a half.”

Hite is the recipient of multiple scholarships that have financed her education, including an ACT Presidential Scholarship and one from the Honors Institute at Hinds. After finishing classes in Raymond in May 2018, she plans to pursue art and English and possibly teach one of the subjects.

“I’m looking into being a teacher on a college level,” she said. “I’d love to teach about this exciting new thing I’ve learned how to do. I want to be able to share that with other people and show them how to do it in cool and exciting new ways.”

Rhoads is a member of the National Council for Geographic Education and the Southeastern Division of the Association of American Geographers. While at Hinds, she has been named a Hinds Hero and a Teacher of the Year for the campus PTK chapter and the Mississippi Humanities Council.

HEADWAE was established in 1988 to honor academically talented students and faculty who have made outstanding contributions in promoting academic excellence. The 31st annual program is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018.

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Hinds CC Rankin Honors, science classes wow high school students
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23 October

Hinds CC Rankin Honors, science classes wow high school students

PEARL – “It’s really beyond cool!”

About 75 high school juniors and seniors from Rankin County had much the same reaction throughout Honors Day, held Oct. 20 at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. The event showcased the Honors program and areas of study typically needed to pursue advanced degrees in math and science.

Justice Stewart, a student at Brandon High School, works a pump for a homemade bazooka used in a physics experiment during Honors Day on Oct. 20 at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Justice Stewart, a student at Brandon High School, works a pump for a homemade bazooka used in a physics experiment during Honors Day on Oct. 20 at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Justice Stewart, of Brandon High School, played a vital role in a demonstration by physics instructor Dr. Carl DeWitt. In it, students took turns pumping air into a bazooka made of PVC, then shot a projectile made of gumballs taped together.

“It’s all really just cool,” Stewart said after her work to pump the device provided the proper air pressure to make it work. “I’m interested in science and animals, possibly zoology,” Stewart said.

DeWitt said the lesson shows work can be measured in terms of energy once certain formulas were applied. “Work equals change in energy,” he said. “We can measure the amount of work you did and put a number to it.”

Case Jordan, left foreground, of Brandon High School, prepares to fire a homemade bazooka as Dr. Carl Dewitt, right, physics instructor at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus, looks on. The experiment was part of this year's Honors Day event on campus Oct. 20. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Case Jordan, left foreground, of Brandon High School, prepares to fire a homemade bazooka as Dr. Carl Dewitt, right, physics instructor at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus, looks on. The experiment was part of this year’s Honors Day event on campus Oct. 20. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

In another room, prospective students to the Rankin Campus got to hold fire in their hands, literally, with chemistry instructor Amanda Blair as a moderator of sorts. Methane gas was pumped into dish soap, where students then took turns igniting the suds with a match. The bubbles burst into an impressive but manageable fireball in the air.

Jason Lin, of Brandon High School, and Charlie Hillman, of Richland High School, got quite the jolt from Blair’s experiment. “Strike it, light it,” Blair told them. “You can actually hold fire and water in your hands without getting burned.”

Students also toured the Honors Center lounge area in the George Wynne Building, as well as the most important details of the Honors program from coordinator Joy Rhoads. To qualify for the Honors program, entering freshman must have a high school GPA of 3.5 or a 25 on the ACT college entrance exam – but not both. Rhoads emphasized the program’s ability to bring learning to life outside the classroom, particularly trips to England and Costa Rica where students earn between three and seven hours of college credit.

Joy Rhoads, coordinator of the Honors Program at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus, talks to students who attended this year's Honors Day held on campus Oct. 20. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Joy Rhoads, coordinator of the Honors Program at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus, talks to students who attended this year’s Honors Day held on campus Oct. 20. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“It’s a great opportunity for students to learn outside the classroom,” she said. “Sometimes, you remember more about those activities and lessons where you actually get your hands dirty.”

Many students who qualify for the Hinds Honors program will also earn the grades to become members of the Phi Theta Kappa honor society for two-year college students. Those students are eligible for high-dollar transfer scholarships to the state’s four-year public and private universities.

Both featured instructors pointed out the Honors program isn’t the only draw to Hinds.

“We have smaller classes and we care about you,” Blair said. “We want you to visit us in our offices and ask us questions. It’s a great foundation.”

DeWitt reminded students hands-on physical science is the best way to get into most science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers.

“Any kind of engineering field you go into, you’ll have to take physics,” DeWitt said.

The same goes for those planning on taking core courses at Hinds on their way to healthcare jobs as well.

“I’ve liked and enjoyed the open house event,” said Kimberly Mills, a senior at Brandon High School. “I plan on going into chemistry, then trying to be a surgeon.”

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Dr. Carl DeWitt, physics instructor at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus, holds a small rubber pumpkin he used as the projectile for a small catapult during this year's Honors Day event held on campus Oct. 20. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Dr. Carl DeWitt, physics instructor at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus, holds a small rubber pumpkin he used as the projectile for a small catapult during this year’s Honors Day event held on campus Oct. 20. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Jason Lin, of Brandon High School, holds flaming soap suds in his hands as part of an experiment at Honors Day at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus Oct. 20. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Jason Lin, of Brandon High School, holds flaming soap suds in his hands as part of an experiment at Honors Day at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus Oct. 20. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Case Jordan, of Brandon High School, dips his hands in water as chemistry instructor Amanda Blair looks on during an experiment at Honors Day at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus on Oct. 20. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Case Jordan, of Brandon High School, dips his hands in water as chemistry instructor Amanda Blair looks on during an experiment at Honors Day at Hinds Community College Rankin Campus on Oct. 20. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

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Hinds CC Rankin Campus instructor named Humanities Council winner
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24 October

Hinds CC Rankin Campus instructor named Humanities Council winner

Hinds Community College instructor Joy Rhoads of Pearl, chair of Social Sciences and coordinator for the Rankin Campus Honors program, and a faculty adviser for the Alpha Omicron Omega chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, has been selected as Hinds’ recipient for the Mississippi Humanities Council 2016 Humanities Teacher Award.

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As a recipient, Rhoads will offer a lecture at 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at the George Wynne Building on the Rankin Campus. Her lecture is titled “Legislated Landscape: Historical Political Influence on Mississippi Communities.”

A reception will follow in the building’s first floor lobby.

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 enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2016. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

 

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