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Hinds CC names Hinds Heroes for Spring 2017
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07 April

Hinds CC names Hinds Heroes for Spring 2017

RAYMOND – The Spring 2017 group of honorees in the Hinds Heroes employee recognition program have been named. Hinds Heroes are chosen because they represent the college well, provide exceptional customer service to all its customers and consistently promote the Hinds mission of service. Heroes selected receive a lapel pin, a token of appreciation and one free day off work.

Front row, from left, Brent Johnson, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, Hinds Board of Trustees President Paul Breazeale, Dr. Ben Cloyd; second row, from left, Doris McClure, Sherry Franklin, Christie Adair, Sue Steen, Pamela Williams-Bolden, Gerald Collins, Wendy Barnes and Judy Isonhood. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

Front row, from left, Brent Johnson, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, Hinds Board of Trustees President Paul Breazeale, Dr. Ben Cloyd; second row, from left, Doris McClure, Sherry Franklin, Christie Adair, Sue Steen, Pamela Williams-Bolden, Gerald Collins, Wendy Barnes and Judy Isonhood. (Hinds Community College/April Garon)

In alphabetical order, this semester’s honorees are:

  • Christie Adair, of Terry, an admissions manager and advisor in the Student Services Department at the Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. Her duties include giving guidance to admissions processors and advising students when registering for classes. She has been with Hinds for 10 years.
  • Wendy Barnes, of Raymond, a specialist in the Advancement Department at the Raymond Campus. Her duties include coordinating special events and the Hinds Hero program. She has been with at Hinds for seven years.
  • Ben Cloyd, of Jackson, academic dean at the Raymond Campus and the Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center. His duties include promoting and maintaining quality academic programs for students and faculty. He has been with Hinds for 12 years.
  • Phil Cockrell, of Brandon, an instructor of Drafting/Design at the Raymond Campus. His duties include updating the program curriculum, creating semester schedules, advising and mentoring students, overseeing community service projects and coordinating a new Fab Lab starting in the fall 2017 semester. He has been with Hinds for nine years.
  • Gerald Collins, of Vicksburg, an instructor in the Electronics Technology program at the Utica Campus. His duties include instructing students in all methods, theories and applications needed for them to obtain an Associate of Applied Science degree in Electronics Technology. He has been with Hinds for five years.
  • Sherry Franklin, of Brandon, associate vice president of Career and Technical Education at the Rankin Campus. Her duties include assisting in leading the college’s career and technical programs and coordinating opportunities in workforce education and economic development. She has been with Hinds for 12 years.
  • Judith Isonhood, of Brandon, chair of the Reading/Education Department at the Rankin Campus. Her duties include classroom instruction, improving study and intermediate reading skills, interviewing and hiring adjunct instructors, scheduling classes for the department, completing bank orders and serving as an advisor for the Alpha Omicron Omega chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. She has been with Hinds for 28 years.
  • Brent Johnson, of Terry, director of the Diesel Equipment Technology program at the Raymond Campus and the Diesel Technology Academy in Richland. His duties include overseeing the daily operations of the academy and coordinating all aspects of the program with corporate partners, which involves recruiting students, advising more than 60 current students and serving on college committees as assigned. He has been with Hinds for 31 years.
  • Doris McClure, of Utica, administrative assistant for Title III grant programs at the Utica Campus. Her duties include assisting the program’s executive director in multiple areas, which include reporting, purchasing, bids, coordinating travel, inventory, office support, coordinating conferences and workshops, serving on college council and community committees for the campus and managing a budget for the program that totals $2.4 million. She has been with Hinds for 17 years.
  • Sue Steen, of Vicksburg, an adjunct instructor in developmental programs at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus. Her duties include instruction of developmental courses that include reading, improvement of studies and essential college skills. She has been with Hinds for five years.
  • Michael Williams, of Utica, a transportation coordinator at the Utica Campus. His duties include coordinating all trips for the district, hiring bus drivers, purchasing vehicles, and other duties associated with transportation. He has been with Hinds for 33 years.
  • Pamela Williams-Bolden, of Jackson, an administrative secretary at the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. Her duties include preparing payroll and hire packets for part-time instructors, as well as keying in course offerings and credentialing full- and part-time instructors. She has been with Hinds for 20 years.

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Hinds CC names Hinds Heroes for fall 2016
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08 November

Hinds CC names Hinds Heroes for fall 2016

RAYMOND – The Fall 2016 group of honorees in the Hinds Heroes employee recognition program has been named.

Hinds Heroes are chosen because they represent the college well, provide exceptional customer service to internal and external customers and constantly promote the Hinds mission of service. Heroes selected receive a lapel pin, a token of appreciation and one free day off work.

Fall 2016 Hinds Heroes and others, front row, from left, Lisa Morgan, Jo Ponder, Anna "Shelley" Hearn, Joy Rhoads; second row, from left, Cindy Smith West, Deloris Garner-Knight, Kelly Reeves, Sharon Hudson, Cindy Johnson; back row, from left, Reginald Dillon, Hinds Board of Trustees President Paul Breazeale, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, Melvin Christian. Not pictured is Denise Taylor. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

Fall 2016 Hinds Heroes and others, front row, from left, Lisa Morgan, Jo Ponder, Anna “Shelley” Hearn, Joy Rhoads; second row, from left, Cindy Smith West, Deloris Garner-Knight, Kelly Reeves, Sharon Hudson, Cindy Johnson; back row, from left, Reginald Dillon, Hinds Board of Trustees President Paul Breazeale, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, Melvin Christian. Not pictured is Denise Taylor. (Hinds Community College/Tammi Bowles)

In alphabetical order, this semester’s honorees are:

Melvin Christian, of Raymond, a night shift leader in the Janitorial Department on the Raymond Campus. His duties include interior maintenance of all buildings on the campus, including floors, carpet and restrooms. He has been with Hinds for 17 years.

Reginald Dillon, of Raymond, assistant football coach and head coach for men’s and women’s track and field on the Raymond Campus. He is also the director of Sheffield-Woolley residence hall for men. He has been with Hinds for 17 years.

Deloris Garner-Knight, of Pearl, a navigator at the Jackson Campus-Nursing Allied Health Center. Her duties include assisting students in nursing and allied health areas of study navigate barriers to successful program completion. She has been with Hinds for 30 years.

Anna “Shelley” Hearn, of Vicksburg, an adviser in Financial Aid at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus. Her duties include assisting students with all forms of financial aid for their education. She has been with Hinds for six years.

Sharon Hudson, of Brandon, a department chair and district curriculum coordinator in the Business Office Technology program at the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. Her duties include scheduling courses, promoting excellence in teaching and service, advising students and maintaining accurate records and reports. She has been with Hinds for nine years.

Cindy Johnson, of Clinton, administrative assistant to the Vice President for Business Services at the Raymond Campus. Her duties include assisting the vice president with college finance and budget preparation and maintenance district-wide, assisting employees with department budget matters and training, and managing the vice president’s office. She has been with Hinds for 15 years.

Lisa Morgan, of Vicksburg, an English instructor on the Vicksburg-Warren Campus. Her duties include instructing the English curriculum on the campus. She has been with Hinds for 17 years.

Jo Ponder, of Brandon, an instructor in the Computer Programming Technology program on the Raymond Campus. Her duties include teaching, advising students, assisting in revisions to the curriculum, and student tracking. She has been with Hinds for 15 years.

Kelly Reeves, of Pelahatchie, an administrative assistant to the Academic Dean at the Rankin Campus. Her duties include assisting the dean in managing the department and an array of clerical duties that include managing classroom assignments and data entry of classes, assigning section electronic online learning resources verifying attendance.  She has been with Hinds for 13 years.

Joy Rhoads, of Pearl, chair of Social Sciences and coordinator of the Honors Program on the Rankin Campus. Her duties include instructing American History, World Regional Geography and Principles of Geography, working with adjunct instructors in the department and coordinating the Honors Program on campus. She has been with Hinds for 22 years.

Denise Taylor, of Utica, administrative assistant in the Student Services Department on the Utica Campus. Her duties include assisting the dean of the department to carry out office responsibilities and coordinate office functions and procedures. She has been with Hinds for 17 years.

Cindy Smith West, of Raymond, dean of Career and Technical Education on the Raymond Campus. Her duties include oversight of all career-tech programs on the campus. She has been with Hinds for 32 years.

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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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Hinds CC grants emeritus status to retirees

From left to right, Dr. Clyde Muse, Hinds Community College president, Dr. David Durham, Kay Jones, Joanne Cooper, and Jackie Granberry, vice president for advancement and student success, gather before Durham, Jones and Cooper are recognized with emeritus status at the Jan. 7 spring 2013 opening convocation.

From left to right, Dr. Clyde Muse, Hinds Community College president, Dr. David Durham, Kay Jones, Joanne Cooper, and Jackie Granberry, vice president for advancement and student success, gather before Durham, Jones and Cooper are recognized with emeritus status at the Jan. 7 spring 2014 opening convocation.

Hinds Community College recognized retirees Dr. David Durham of Clinton, Kay Jones of Jackson and Joanne Cooper of Pelahatchie, who were granted emeritus status by the college Board of Trustees, at the Jan. 7 spring 2014 opening convocation.

To date, Hinds has recognized 27 retirees with emeritus status. Emeritus status is an honor granted to retired faculty members and non-teaching professionals who have served Hinds Community College with distinction. They must have a minimum of 30 years of service to education with a minimum of 15 years of distinguished service at Hinds Community College. Nominees are approved by the Hinds Community College Board of Trustees.

Dr. David Durham, dean emeritus, came to work at Hinds in 1970 as a physics instructor and division chair.  In 1972, he became chairman of the science division and in 1973 he was named chairman of the mathematics and science division. He continued to teach physics until 1982 when he was named academic dean. He served in that position until 1996 when he was named dean of information technology.

After retiring in 2004, Durham returned to Hinds as an administrative assistant to the vice president of administrative services. However, Durham’s service to the college extended beyond his job descriptions. He has served on the scholarship committee, developed a format for evaluation of employees, guided the implementation of Colleague, the college’s administrative software, and written hundreds of customs reports, among many other achievements. Durham has been named a Hinds Hero, 3E Award Recipient, and Distinguished Non-Teaching Professional.  He also serves as an adjunct at Mississippi College teaching physics.

Kay Jones, professor emeritus of nursing, began her career at Hinds in 1974 serving as an instructor of associate degree nursing. Her areas of expertise were pediatric nursing and community nursing. She was nominated as Outstanding Educator of the Year for the Mississippi Organization of Associate Degree Nursing and was selected as Outstanding Instructor of the Year for Hinds.

While an instructor, she was involved in many committees and served as a Phi Theta Kappa advisor. She has been active in a number of professional and community organizations including Delta Kappa Gamma, Mississippi Organization for Associate Degree Nursing, Sigma Theta Tau, Wells Memorial United Methodist Church, Stewpot Community Services, Meals on Wheels, Grace Place, Girls Scouts, and has served as the coordinator for Bailey Avenue Health Education Foundation.  In addition, she has made a number of presentations including “New Faculty in AD Nursing” funded by the SREB Kellogg Foundation Grant.

JoAnn Cooper, professor emeritus of information systems technology, came to work at Hinds in 1982 as an information systems instructor.  In addition to teaching in a traditional setting, she also worked as a recruiter and taught business and industry through Eagle Ridge Conference Center. In 1995, she moved to the private sector where she worked with clients across the Southeast. She returned to Hinds in 1998 and has taught, supervised, and scheduled information system technology classes for online, traditional and hybrid courses. She also served as district coordinator for information system technology.

At Hinds, Cooper was a recipient of the 3E Award and the Life Star Award, selected as a commencement speaker, named Outstanding and Distinguished Career and Technical Instructor, selected as the HEADWAE instructor and named a Hinds Hero. She also boasts a number of professional affiliations and honors. Cooper is currently serving as an adjunct instructor for the Rankin Campus.

 

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Posted by on 20 December

Hinds CC recognizes exceptional employees with Hinds Heroes

Hinds Community College recently named the fall 2013 group of winners in the Hinds Heroes employee recognition program at the November Board of Trustees meeting.

Hinds Heroes are chosen because they represent the college well, provide exceptional customer service to internal and external customers and constantly promote the Hinds mission of service. Winners received a lapel pin, a token of appreciation and one free day off from work.

The fall 2013 Hinds Heroes are:

Norma Jean Scrivener of Clinton, who serves as an assistant registrar in the Admissions and Records department on the Raymond Campus. She is responsible for the online catalog, athletic eligibility, building programs and courses approved by the college. She has been with Hinds for five years.

Scrivnener

Scrivnener

Randy Wilson of Utica has been with Hinds for nine years. As an instructor for the Raymond Campus, Wilson teaches electrical classes and is an authorized OSHA Outreach Trainer for 10 and 30 hours training.

Wilson

Wilson

Margaret Ann Bell of Clinton, an English instructor on the Utica Campus, has been with Hinds for 11 years. She also has worked at Hinds as a librarian.

Bell

Bell

Catherine McGill of Utica is the director of Housing at the Utica Campus and  manages three residence halls on the Utica Campus. She has been with the college for 10 years.

McGill

McGill

Amber King of Raymond teaches Beginning English, Intermediate English, Composition I and is an adviser for Associated Student Government and Phi Theta Kappa on the Raymond Campus.  She has been with Hinds for five years.

King

King

Timothy Rush of Jackson, a 13-year employee, is the dean of Students for the Utica and Vicksburg -Warren campuses.

Rush

Rush

Ernest Dixon of Raymond has been with Hinds for seven years.  Dixon is a residence hall director for the Raymond Campus and oversees the hall and staff.

Dixon

Dixon

Jean Williamson of Mendenhall has been with Hinds for more than 14 years. Williamson serves as the administrative secretary for the vice president’s office on the Rankin Campus and coordinates day-to-day operations.

Williamson

Williamson

Eric Smith of Florence, director of the Career Technical Center on the Rankin Campus, has been at Hinds for 15 years. He is responsible for the high school career and technical center on the Rankin Campus.

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Smith

Jan Carraway of Utica has been with Hinds for 14 years. Carraway is the district supply buyer for the Raymond Bookstore and is also responsible for ordering supplies and gifts for all six Hinds bookstores.

Carraway

Carraway

Patricia Grantham of Brandon has been with Hinds for 27 years. Grantham is a Child Development Tech instructor on the Rankin Campus.  She also advises and implements state objectives for Child Development Technology.

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Grantham

Libby Mahaffey of Raymond, dean of the Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center, has been with Hinds for 31 years.  She oversees all nursing and allied health programs.

Mahaffey

Mahaffey

The next group of Heroes will be named at the April 2014 Board of Trustees meeting. The program is sponsored by the Hinds Community College Foundation and coordinated by the foundation office. To nominate someone deserving of recognition, visit the Hinds web page at www.hindscc.edu or contact the foundation office and submit a nomination by paper. Nominations can be submitted at any time.

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