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Phi Theta Kappa chapter at Hinds CC Vicksburg-Warren Campus inducts new members
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21 April

Phi Theta Kappa chapter at Hinds CC Vicksburg-Warren Campus inducts new members

VICKSBURG – The Alpha Omega Chi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa inducted 14 members for the spring semester.

Front row, from left, Shelby Wilson, Tabitha Cline, Kristi Thornton, Taylor Ballard, Dr. Elmira Ratliff, Samantha Hawn, Lyndsey Morgan, Jada Sims, Natasha Moran, chapter adviser Dr. Sarah Nichols; back row, from left, chapter adviser Margaret Bell, Katherine Goss, Sybil Carraway, KeAubrey Clark, Andrielle Green, Kayla Powell and Katelyn King

Front row, from left, Shelby Wilson, Tabitha Cline, Kristi Thornton, Taylor Ballard, Dr. Elmira Ratliff, Samantha Hawn, Lyndsey Morgan, Jada Sims, Natasha Moran, chapter adviser Dr. Sarah Nichols; back row, from left, chapter adviser Margaret Bell, Katherine Goss, Sybil Carraway, KeAubrey Clark, Andrielle Green, Kayla Powell and Katelyn King

They were Shelby Wilson, Tabitha Cline, Kristi Thornton, Taylor Ballard, Samantha Hawn, Lyndsey Morgan, Jada Sims, Natasha Moran, Katherine Goss, Sybil Carraway, KeAubrey Clark, Andrielle Green, Kayla Powell and Katelyn King.

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society of two-year colleges and academic programs. It is based in Jackson and has more than 2 million members in more than 1,250 chapters worldwide.

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Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds CC inducts new members for Spring 2017
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05 April

Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds CC inducts new members for Spring 2017

The Gamma Lambda Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds Community College held a ceremony March 30 on the Raymond Campus to induct members for the Spring 2017 semester.

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 transferable credit hours. There are more than 1,285 Phi Theta Kappa chapters throughout the United States and abroad.

Gamma Lambda PTK chapter adds members for spring 2017
From left, Brianna Norris, of Byram; Caleb Pace, of Terry; Abby Taggart, of Byram; Audra Canoy, of Terry; Gregory D. Brown Jr., of Terry.

From left, Brianna Norris, of Byram, Caleb Pace, of Terry, Abby Taggart, of Byram, Audra Canoy, of Terry and Gregory D. Brown Jr., of Terry.

 

First row: Abbey Broome, Rebecca Derstler; Mohammed Algadhi, Ariel Ivan Merlin, Jose A. Arreguin; Isaura Camacho; Nancy Claypool; and Abigail Baker. Second Row: Sara Beth Pardue, Tiffany Williamson, Eric Hanson, Ahmed Al-Nakhif, Mary Vaughn, Tamaira Farlow. Back row: Ethan Austin, Jake Weathersby, Olivia Smith.

First row, from left, Abbey Broome, Rebecca Derstler; Mohammed Algadhi, Ariel Ivan Merlin, Jose A. Arreguin, Isaura Camacho, Nancy Claypool, and Abigail Baker; second row, from left, Sara Beth Pardue, Tiffany Williamson, Eric Hanson, Ahmed Al-Nakhif, Mary Vaughn, Tamaira Farlow; back row, from left, Ethan Austin, Jake Weathersby and Olivia Smith, all from Clinton.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First row: Denicia Diew, of Yazoo City; Xander Mosley, of Prentiss; Ayana Jones, of Philadelphia; Haley Smith, of Kosciusko; Joy Abby Coats, of Collins; Second row: Brock Thompson, of Flora; William Douglas Lum, of Port Gibson; Tarren Smith II, of Greenwood; Aaron Griffin, of Richland; Jennings Mills, of Bogue Chitto.

Front row, from left, Denicia Diew, of Yazoo City, Xander Mosley, of Prentiss, Ayana Jones, of Philadelphia, Haley Smith, of Kosciusko, Joy Abby Coats, of Collins; Second row, from left, Brock Thompson, of Flora, William Douglas Lum, of Port Gibson, Tarren Smith II, of Greenwood, Aaron Griffin, of Richland and Jennings Mills, of Bogue Chitto.

 

 

 

 

Alisha McDougal, of Jackson; Pamela Colbert, of Jackson; Nakira Willis, of Jackson.

From left, Alisha McDougal, Pamela Colbert and Nakira Willis, all of Jackson.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ishamel Abraham Thompson, Kori Screws, Josh Price, Booth Buys, Olivia Catherine Oakes, Jesse Fuller.

From left, Ishamel Abraham Thompson, Kori Screws, Josh Price, Booth Buys, Olivia Catherine Oakes and Jesse Fuller, all of Vicksburg.

Nicolas Myers, of Pearl; Jaemie Grace Morato, of Richland; Samayah Lyles, of Pearl.

From left, Nicolas Myers, of Pearl, Jaemie Grace Morato, of Richland, and Samayah Lyles, of Pearl.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LaDaysha Washington, of Mendenhall; Mirdaryl Christian, of Mendenhall; Jessica Sanford, of McGee.

From left, LaDaysha Washington, of Mendenhall, Mirdaryl Christian, of Mendenhall, and Jessica Sanford, of Magee.

Anne Claire Ades, of Raymond; Brinkley Branch, of Raymond; Taylor Parsons, of Bolton; Mason Sollie, of Raymond; Marrissa Jones, of Raymond.

From left, Anne Claire Ades, Brinkley Branch, both of Raymond, Taylor Parsons, of Bolton; Mason Sollie and Marrissa Jones, both of Raymond.

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Hinds CC places 11 students on All-Mississippi Community College Academic Team
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24 March

Hinds CC places 11 students on All-Mississippi Community College Academic Team

JACKSON – Eleven Hinds Community College students were named to the 2016 All-Mississippi Community College Academic Team, tops among the state’s 15 two-year colleges.

Honored among 15 students statewide named Academic First Team at a ceremony March 22 at the Jackson Convention Complex was Julia McKinney, of Brandon, a student at the Rankin Campus. She is a nursing major and a member of the Alpha Omicron Omega chapter of Phi Theta Kappa.

Julia McKinney, Academic First Team

Julia McKinney, Academic First Team

Ten students named to the Academic Second Team were:

  • Terrece Dotson, of Carthage, a student at the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center, Academic Second Team, general studies/pre-law track major
  • Breanna Gillard, of Falkner, a student at the Utica Campus, Academic Second Team, English literature/linguistics major
  • Mary-Saphrona Grey, of Yazoo City, a student at the Raymond Campus, Academic Second Team, fine arts major
  • Kayla Powell, of Vicksburg, a student at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus, Academic Second Team, pre-med track major
  • Jennifer Renaldo, of Brandon, a student at the Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center, Academic Second Team, respiratory care technology major
  • Caitlyn Richmond, of Clinton, a student at the Utica Campus, Academic Second Team, biology major
  • Summer Rodrigue, of Lindenhurst, Ill., a student at the Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center, Academic Second Team, nursing major
  • Brittany Vargas, of Pearl, a student at the Rankin Campus, Academic Second Team, pre-med major
  • Jabari Williams, of Jackson, a student at the Raymond Campus, Academic Second Team, biology major
  • Shelby Wilson, of Vicksburg, a student at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus, Academic Second Team, elementary education major
Terrece Dotson, Academic Second Team

Terrece Dotson, Academic Second Team

Mary-Saphrona Grey, Academic Second Team

Mary-Saphrona Grey, Academic Second Team

Breanna Gillard, Academic Second Team

Breanna Gillard, Academic Second Team

 

The All-Mississippi Academic Team, begun in 1994 as the first state-level academic recognition program for community and junior college students, recognizes the scholarly achievements and leadership accomplishments of students enrolled in community and junior colleges across the state. This year’s 63 team members were selected following several rounds of judging from education officials, business leaders from across the United States and a distinguished panel of representatives from federal agencies and national education associations based in Washington D.C.

Kayla Powell, Academic Second Team

Kayla Powell, Academic Second Team

Caitlin Richmond, Academic Second Team

Caitlin Richmond, Academic Second Team

Jennifer Renaldo, Academic Second Team

Jennifer Renaldo, Academic Second Team

 

Students named to the First Team received $1,000 scholarships. First and Second Team members receive special medallions, certificates and printed resolutions from each chamber of the Mississippi Legislature. They are also eligible for scholarships at many four-year universities designed exclusively for All-Mississippi Academic Team members.

Summer Rodrigue, Academic Second Team

Summer Rodrigue, Academic Second Team

Jabari Williams, Academic Second Team

Jabari Williams, Academic Second Team

Brittany Vargas, Academic Second Team

Brittany Vargas, Academic Second Team

 

The All-State team is coordinated by the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior College, the Mississippi Community College Board and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. Dr. Gary Spears, president of Northwest Mississippi Community College, is the program chair.

Shelby Wilson, Academic Second Team

Shelby Wilson, Academic Second Team

The All-State Academic Team recognition program is an outgrowth of the All-USA Community College Academic Team, administered by Phi Theta Kappa. Twenty students named to the team will receive $100,000 in scholarships.

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Hinds CC Phi Theta Kappa chapters, members honored at regional convention
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24 March

Hinds CC Phi Theta Kappa chapters, members honored at regional convention

RAYMOND – Three chapters of Phi Theta Kappa organizations at Hinds Community College have earned Five-Star Chapter distinctions.

Honored with the distinctions March 3-4 at the organization’s Mississippi/Louisiana Regional Conference at the University of Mississippi were:

  • Gamma Lambda chapter, at the Raymond Campus. The chapter also won awards for Most Distinguished Chapter Officer and Advisor teams, for Outstanding Newsletter, for Regional Project Exhibit, placed in the top 10 for the Honors in Action and College Project categories and the top three for Distinguished Chapter. The chapter was a runner-up for its Honors Study Theme, Natural & Engineered.
  • Alpha Omicron Omega chapter, at the Rankin Campus. The chapter also won an Outstanding Award for Honors Study Theme, Beauty and Vulgarity, and was elected Southern District Representative.
  • Alpha Beta Xi chapter, at the Utica Campus. The chapter was a runner-up for the Chapter Officer Team award. A Horizon Award for Advisors went to Apryl Trimble, for her work with the chapter.
From left, Johannah Williams, faculty advisor, of Byram, Tyler Tatum, of Clinton, Reginald Pickering, of Clinton, Kaitlyn O'Keefe, of Terry, Tim Krason, faculty advisor, of Clinton; back row, from left, Jabari Williams, of Jackson, Victoria Mulqueen, of Clinton, Audra Canoy, of Terry (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

From left, Johannah Williams, faculty advisor, of Byram, Tyler Tatum, of Clinton, Reginald Pickering, of Clinton, Kaitlyn O’Keefe, of Terry, Tim Krason, faculty advisor, of Clinton; back row, from left, Jabari Williams, of Jackson, Victoria Mulqueen, of Clinton, Audra Canoy, of Terry (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Chapters operating at Hinds’ Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center, Alpha Iota Kappa, and Vicksburg-Warren Campus, Alpha Omega Chi, won 2-star and 1-star awards, respectively. A Horizon Award for Advisors went to NAHC chapter advisor Joycelyn Washington.

Hinds’ six PTK chapters “did us proud,” said Honors Institute Dean Deborah McCollum, faculty advisor for Gamma Lambda chapter. “These hard working young men and women are the future leaders of our communities, and the skills they learn through PTK not only enhance their professionalism but also help promote their engagement in their communities.”

Five-Star designations show chapter engagement in PTK activities.

From left, James Flickner, of Pelahatchie, Lindsey Bowen, of Camarillo, Calif., Brittany Barnes, of Pearl, Win Winstead, of Pelahatchie. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

From left, James Flickner, of Pelahatchie, Lindsey Bowen, of Camarillo, Calif., Brittany Barnes, of Pearl, Win Winstead, of Pelahatchie. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

“Certainly, we are proud of Alpha Omicron Omega Chapter’s success at the regional conference and look forward to bringing home even more awards at the next,” said Joy Rhoads, faculty advisor for the Rankin Campus chapter and coordinator of the campus’ Honors Program.

Students honored individually at the regional competition were:

  • Erin Harrison, Most Distinguished Chapter Officer, Alpha Omicron Omega
  • Kaitlyn O’Keefe, Most Distinguished Chapter Member runner-up, Gamma Lambda

Phi Theta Kappa is the international honor society of two-year colleges and academic programs. It is based in Jackson and has more than 2 million members in more than 1,250 chapters worldwide.

Three PTK chapter at Hinds earn Five-Star ratings
Front row, from left, Beverly Trimble, faculty advisor, Jorene' Evans, of Clinton, Daphine Ndishabandi, of Jackson, Ra'Shay Watts, of Port Gibson, Marion Brooks, of Canton, Artasia Stewart, of Fayette; back row, from left, Jeffery Fairley, of Jackson, Apryl Trimble, faculty advisor (Hinds Community College)

Front row, from left, Beverly Trimble, faculty advisor, Jorene’ Evans, of Clinton, Daphine Ndishabandi, of Jackson, Ra’Shay Watts, of Port Gibson, Marion Brooks, of Canton, Artasia Stewart, of Fayette; back row, from left, Jeffery Fairley, of Jackson, Apryl Trimble, faculty advisor (Hinds Community College)

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Hinds CC student wins $1K scholarship for writing meme caption
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14 December

Hinds CC student wins $1K scholarship for writing meme caption

RAYMOND – With scholarship money on the line, Kristen Stull didn’t crack under pressure.

In fact, she cracked up those in charge of a scholarship program sponsored by GEICO by creating the funniest meme caption submitted for the program.

Kristen Stull's winning meme caption.

Kristen Stull’s winning meme caption

Stull, of Florence, a freshman on the Raymond Campus studying business, has been selected as a 2016 MEME 4 Money: GEICO Creativity Scholar by the national Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. The insurance provider awarded five such scholarship based on the comedic value of captions submitted by PTK members nationwide for a meme photo on the scholarship application.

Stull’s was chosen among those five best out of nearly 1,000 entries. Her $1,000 scholarship award covers expenses for the spring 2017 semester. Captions submitted had to be 100 words or shorter, Stull said.

“We had a few pictures to choose from,” she said. “There was the eggs, which is the one I chose. There were some other pictures, like a dog at a beach.

“Coming up with a meme was more challenging than I thought it would be. It took me a while to come up with the egg joke. I happened to be talking to a friend, and they said something about ‘cracking up’. I thought, ‘Hey, I could use that!’”

Kristen Stull

Kristen Stull

In addition to PTK, Stull’s activities on campus also include being a member of the Hinds Hi-Steppers precision dance team. She says her interest in studying business is an outgrowth of being part of the business academy at Florence High School.

“We actually had a coffee shop that we had to run, as students,” she said. “I was the marketing manager for a couple of years. I loved the business aspect of it.”

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. Its national headquarters is located in Jackson.

Hinds CC student cracks up competition to win scholarship
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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.

Teamwork needed to preserve honeybee population, state bee expert says
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 Vicksburg-Warren Campus inducts new Phi Theta Kappa members
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07 November

Hinds CC Vicksburg-Warren Campus inducts new Phi Theta Kappa members

VICKSBURG – The Alpha Omega Chi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds Community College Vicksburg-Warren Campus have inducted new members for fall 2016.

vix-ptk-fall-2016New members include, front row, from second-left, Sarah Legg, Kristi Thornton, Shelby Wilson, Sybil Carraway; back row, from left, Kayla Powell, Andrielle Green, Amanda Morris, Laurent Hateyekimona, Kon’Tonia Smith, Louis Parsons and Yolanda Watson. At opposite ends of the front row are Dr. Sarah Nichols and Margaret Bell, faculty advisors for the chapter.

Alpha Omega Chi Chapter of PTK inducts new members for fall 2016
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Hinds CC Nursing Allied Health Center inducts new Phi Theta Kappa members
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03 November

Hinds CC Nursing Allied Health Center inducts new Phi Theta Kappa members

JACKSON – The Alpha Iota Kappa Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds Community College’s Jackson Campus-Nursing Allied Health Center inducted new members Oct. 28.

nahc-ptk-fall-2016Newly inducted members include, front row, from left, Austin May, of Vicksburg, Emergency Medical Technology; Sabrina Givens, of Madison, Health Information Technology; Shelby Carroll, of Clinton, Radiologic Technology; second row, from left, Laura Buchanan, of Clinton, Practical Nursing; Candace Blanks, of Vicksburg, Health Information Technology; Rebecca Bradley, of Flowood, Health Information Technology; back row, from left, Summer Rodrigue, of Brandon, Associate Degree Nursing; Danielle Gipson, of Saginaw, Mich., Respiratory Care Technology; Amanda Even, of Clinton, Associate Degree Nursing.

Nursing and allied health PTK chapter inducts new members

 

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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.

Preserving, attracting honeybees headline free workshop at Hinds CC
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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 free pollinator workshop 12:30 p.m. Nov. 9 in Reeves Hall, Room 165, on the Raymond Campus. 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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