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U.S. Department of Education awards Hinds CC Utica Campus $5.1 million
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01 June

U.S. Department of Education awards Hinds CC Utica Campus $5.1 million

The Utica Campus of Hinds Community College has been awarded more than $5.1 million for four Upward Bound Programs for the next five years. The grant will provide more than $1 million per year, beginning Sept. 1, 2017, to help fund the program that will target students in grades 9 – 12 at the following high schools: Crystal Springs, Hazlehurst, Raymond, Terry, Vicksburg, Warren Central, Forest Hill in Jackson and Wingfield in Jackson.

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“We are very excited to partner with feeder school districts to assist with increasing state test scores, increasing graduation rates and increasing the number of students entering postsecondary institutions,” said Vice President Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson. “This will definitely help to establish a strong pipeline for both our academic and career and technical programs on the Utica Campus or entrance to other colleges or universities.”

Upward Bound provides fundamental support to participants in their preparation for college entrance. The program provides opportunities for participants to succeed in their pre-college performance and ultimately in their higher education pursuits. The goal of Upward Bound is to increase the rate at which participants complete secondary education and enroll in and graduate from institutions of postsecondary education.

“As a product of the Upward Bound program that was once on the Utica Campus, I truly understand the importance of the program, so it was my goal while writing the grants to include as many schools and students that I could,” said Dr. Mitchell Shears, executive director of Title III & Sponsored Grants. “I was very excited to know that we submitted favorable proposals that reviewers felt would impact families in this area for the next five years.”

Together, the programs will serve a minimum of 240 participants who are from low-income families, potential first-generation college students and/or individuals who have a high risk for academic failure. The programs will consist of an academic year component and a six-week summer component that will provide academic instruction in mathematics, laboratory sciences, composition, literature, foreign languages and other educational and cultural experiences.

Hinds CC Utica Campus receives grant for Upward Bound.

Hinds Community College is celebrating its 100th year of Community Inspired Service in 2017. Hinds opened in September 1917 first as an agricultural high school and admitted college students for the first time in 1922, with the first class graduating in 1927. In 1982 Hinds Junior College and Utica Junior College merged, creating the Hinds Community College District. Today, as Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution with six locations. Hinds offers quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Building graduates: The Importance of a degree at Hinds CC Utica Campus
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16 May

Building graduates: The Importance of a degree at Hinds CC Utica Campus

Hinds Community College-Utica Campus celebrated the academic success of 104 students earning associates degrees, technical certificates and career certificates. Graduates gathered early for pictures, stories of achievement and for the traditional grand processional from the administrative building to the gym.

Mississippi Valley State's President Dr. William B. Bynum Jr. gives an inspiring speech to the graduates on May 14 at Hinds Community College-Utica where he served as keynote speaker.

Mississippi Valley State’s President Dr. William B. Bynum Jr. gives an inspiring speech to the graduates on May 14 at Hinds Community College-Utica where he served as keynote speaker.

The weather was hot, but it was no bother to the students who had anticipated this day and were excited that their day had finally come.

Guest speaker for the event was Mississippi Valley State University President, Dr. William B. Bynum Jr. Bynum charged participants to be mirrors of Marian Williamson’s quote: “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our Light, not out Darkness, that most frightens us.” He also expressed to students that getting a college degree is similar to accepting their call to Christ God Almighty and that their true test begins now.

Graduates included one summa cum laude, five magna cum laude and 26 cum laude honorees. The class combined traditional with non-traditional students, athletics and brainiacs, all striving for the same thing, success! Students pursuing degrees received a necessary framework that many students need to be successful in life.

Amier Gardner of Demopolis, Ala., graduated on May 14 with an Associate in Arts degree. Gardner plans to attend Alcorn State University majoring in engineering.

Amier Gardner of Demopolis, Ala., graduated on May 14 with an Associate in Arts degree. Gardner plans to attend Alcorn State University majoring in engineering.

The theme of the graduation was that of inspiration. A college degree to some receives the stigma of being overrated and too much work. The lure of quick money and fast living takes precedence. This ceremony was designed to show other students that success is obtainable and that the hard work does pay off. A college degree in today’s time will help almost anyone achieve his or her goals. Students are learning that it is never too late to get the degree needed.

“A small minority of people have been able to be successful without a college degree. The majority of us out here are going to need that education and that degree to try to do some of the things that we would like to do in life. Therefore, it is important to have that degree. I have always been congratulatory of people who make it without it, but that is not the norm, by no means.” said Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson, vice president for the Utica Campus.

Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson introduces the keynote speaker at the May 14 graduation ceremony at Hinds Community College-Utica.

Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson introduces the keynote speaker at the May 14 graduation ceremony at Hinds Community College-Utica.

One such student who can appreciate Dr. Jackson’s views is Joseph Christmas of Crystal Springs. Christmas is a non-traditional student who wanted to restart his life with an Early Childhood Education degree. He hopes to attend Jackson State University and plans to one day teach small children. Christmas decided on Hinds because of the family atmosphere and great teachers.

Non-traditional student graduate Joseph Christmas received a degree in Early Childhood Education on May 14 and plans to continue his education at Jackson State University. He hopes to one day become a teacher.

Non-traditional student graduate Joseph Christmas received a degree in Early Childhood Education on May 14 and plans to continue his education at Jackson State University. He hopes to one day become a teacher.

Honor student and graduate Caitlin Richmond graduated May 14 with an Associate in Arts from Hinds Community College. She plans to continue her education at Tougaloo College. She hope to become a medical researcher.

Honor student and graduate Caitlin Richmond graduated May 14 with an Associate in Arts from Hinds Community College. She plans to continue her education at Tougaloo College. She hope to become a medical researcher.

Hinds Community College President Dr. Clyde Muse spoke to graduates May 14 about the important roles they play at Hinds Community College.

Hinds Community College President Dr. Clyde Muse spoke to graduates May 14 about the important roles they play at Hinds Community College.

Another honored graduate was Caitlin Richmond of Greenville. Richmond celebrated a number of accomplishments, graduating magna cum laude, receiving an honor cord for Phi Theta Kappa and receiving an associate in arts degree. Richmond plans to continue her education at Tougaloo College. Her plans are to become a medical researcher.

Most of the graduates already had their next steps in mind. Some would return to Hinds for additional degrees, others would join the workforce, and many would go on to universities.

”Education is the most important thing we have in our society today. You are here today because you believe that education could make a difference in your life. We are so pleased that you are here,” said Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse.

 

Hinds CC Utica graduates inspired by MVSU president.

 

Hinds Community College is celebrating its 100th year of Community Inspired Service in 2017. Hinds opened in September 1917 first as an agricultural high school and admitted college students for the first time in 1922, with the first class graduating in 1927. In 1982 Hinds Junior College and Utica Junior College merged, creating the Hinds Community College District. Today, as Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution with six locations. Hinds offers quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

 

Sunnye McDonald of Crystal Spring, center, graduated from Hinds Community College-Utica on May 14 with an Early Childhood Education degree. With her are from left, Steven McDonald, Rita McDonald and T.J. Keys, right, all of Crystal Springs.

Sunnye McDonald of Crystal Spring, center, graduated from Hinds Community College-Utica on May 14 with an Early Childhood Education degree. With her are from left, Steven McDonald, Rita McDonald and T.J. Keys, right, all of Crystal Springs.

Graduate Xavier Smith of Edwards strike a pose with Janelle Moody of Edwards after receiving his Associate in Arts degree May 14 at Hinds Community College-Utica.

Graduate Xavier Smith of Edwards strike a pose with Janelle Moody of Edwards after receiving his Associate in Arts degree May 14 at Hinds Community College-Utica.

Graduate Justin Hall of Indianola, center, receives his degree in residential services on May 14. Shown here with his family from left, Chandra Hall, Jason Hall and, Danielle Hall, right, also from Indianola.

Graduate Justin Hall of Indianola, center, receives his degree in residential services on May 14. Shown here with his family from left, Chandra Hall, Jason Hall and, Danielle Hall, right, also from Indianola.

Graduate Nicholas McKinney of Greenville, center, received an Associate in Arts degree May 14 from Hinds Community College-Utica. With him are from left, Lucille Shavers, Markevia Shavers, both of Greenville, and Alexis Hayes of Yazoo City, right.

Graduate Nicholas McKinney of Greenville, center, received an Associate in Arts degree May 14 from Hinds Community College-Utica. With him are from left, Lucille Shavers, Markevia Shavers, both of Greenville, and Alexis Hayes of Yazoo City, right.

Utica Campus Vice President Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson, center, poses with Spring 2017 graduation speakers left, Mississippi Valley State University President Dr. William B. Bynum Jr. and Hinds Community College President Dr. Clyde Muse at Hinds Community College-Utica on May 14.

Utica Campus Vice President Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson, center, poses with Spring 2017 graduation speakers left, Mississippi Valley State University President Dr. William B. Bynum Jr. and Hinds Community College President Dr. Clyde Muse at Hinds Community College-Utica on May 14.

Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson with her executive council and keynote speaker at the 2017 Spring Graduation at Hinds Community College-Utica. From left are Dr. Mitchell Shears, Kenisha Shelton, Dr. Timothy Rush Sr., Dr. William B. Bynum Jr., Dr. Marquise Loving and Larry Edwards.

Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson with her executive council and keynote speaker at the 2017 Spring Graduation at Hinds Community College-Utica. From left are Dr. Mitchell Shears, Kenisha Shelton, Dr. Timothy Rush Sr., Dr. William B. Bynum Jr., Dr. Marquise Loving and Larry Edwards.

Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson spends Graduation Day/Mother's Day with mother Mary Mays on May 14 at Hinds Community College-Utica.

Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson spends Graduation Day/Mother’s Day with mother Mary Mays on May 14 at Hinds Community College-Utica.

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Hinds CC Utica Campus Peer Educators win awards at Behavioral Health Policy Academy
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19 April

Hinds CC Utica Campus Peer Educators win awards at Behavioral Health Policy Academy

Peer Educators from Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus won two awards at the 2017 Dr. Lonnie E. Mitchell HBCU Behavioral Health Policy Academy held in Nashville March 17-19.

The Academy focused on Mental Health and Substance Abuse Issues on HBCU University/College campuses in the United States of America. The Utica Campus represented the only community college present.

The awards included a second place for their 30 second radio promotion piece on “Anxiety and Depression” and an honorable mention for the descriptive research project on “Health Issues on Campus and how to address these.”web_Hinds CC Utica Campus Peer Educators

Those attending were, from left, students Donald Paige of Clinton, Edmond McDonald of Jackson, Jamie Williams of Utica, Pamela Williams of Jackson and Adviser Dr. Gloria Daniels.

 

Hinds CC Utica students win awards at policy academy.

 

Hinds Community College is celebrating its 100th year of Community Inspired Service in 2017. Hinds opened in September 1917 first as an agricultural high school and admitted college students for the first time in 1922, with the first class graduating in 1927. In 1982 Hinds Junior College and Utica Junior College merged, creating the Hinds Community College District. Today, as Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution with six locations. Hinds offers quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Hinds CC Utica Campus Holtzclaw Lecture series features Jubilee Singers director
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27 March

Hinds CC Utica Campus Holtzclaw Lecture series features Jubilee Singers director

UTICA – Hinds Community College Humanities chair Dr. Bobby Cooper will deliver a presentation entitled “Performing Jubilee: The History and Legacy of the Utica Jubilee Singers” as part of an ongoing National Endowment for the Humanities grant at Hinds’ Utica Campus.web_Bobby Cooper

This is the third public talk in the Holtzclaw Lecture Series, “The Black Man’s Burden: William H. Holtzclaw and the Mississippi HBCU Connection,” which is designed to bring nationally recognized scholars and experts on African American education in the South for public lectures in a variety of venues around the state.

Dr. Cooper’s talk will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 11. The lecture will take place in the Auditorium of the Bobby G. Cooper Fine Arts Center on the Hinds Community College-Utica Campus.

He will discuss the history and legacy of the Jubilee Singers, from its founding in the early years of the institution where the group accompanied Utica’s founder, William Holtzclaw, on fundraising trips to northern donors to its revival in the 1970s under Dr. Cooper’s direction. The talk will provide an in-depth overview of the music program on the Utica campus, paired with selections from the Jubilee’s extensive repertoire.

Dr. Bobby Cooper is the Humanities division chair, instructor of music and choral director on the Hinds-Utica campus. He has taught at the institution for 43 years and is currently the longest serving employee in the Hinds district. Dr. Cooper received degrees from Tougaloo College, the University of Illinois and the University of Colorado, as well as additional study at Chicago Music College.

Dr. Bobby G. Cooper directs the Jubilee Singers.

Dr. Bobby G. Cooper directs the Jubilee Singers.

During his illustrious teaching career, Cooper has received many awards including the Lifetime of Excellence Teaching Award, William Winter Scholar, Hinds Hero Award, and Humanities Teacher of the Year recognition. Dr. Cooper is also a long serving minister of music at Asbury United Methodist Church in Bolton and organist at Pratt United Methodist Church in Jackson.

“Black Man’s Burden: William Holtzclaw and the Mississippi HBCU Connection” is a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) grant to highlight the work of William Holtzclaw, a pioneer in African American education. The project will contribute to a growing body of research and interest in the “Little Tuskegees” as important forerunners of the Civil Rights Era in the Deep South. William Holtzclaw is the founder of the Utica Normal and Industrial Institute, which later became Utica Junior College, and is now Hinds Community College-Utica.

This two-year research program is designed to equip faculty and student-scholars to explore themes in Holtzclaw’s writing in humanities courses, combined with the development of a Summer Teachers’ Institute and teaching resource kit that will be used by other institutions (both on the high school and community college level) to extend the work beyond the institution.

Jubilee Singers director to give latest in Holtzclaw Lecture Series

 

Hinds Community College is celebrating its 100th year of Community Inspired Service in 2017. Hinds opened in September 1917 first as an agricultural high school and admitted college students for the first time in 1922, with the first class graduating in 1927. In 1982 Hinds Junior College and Utica Junior College merged, creating the Hinds Community College District. Today, as Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution with six locations. Hinds offers quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

ABOUT THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES:

Created in 1965 as an independent federal agency, the National Endowment for the Humanities supports research and learning in history, literature, philosophy, and other areas of the humanities by funding selected, peer-reviewed proposals from around the nation. Additional information about the National Endowment for the Humanities and its grant programs is available at: www.neh.gov.

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Hinds CC Utica Campus High School Visit Day gives a roadmap into students’ futures
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07 March

Hinds CC Utica Campus High School Visit Day gives a roadmap into students’ futures

High school students from the Utica areas and beyond attended the Hinds Community College Utica Campus “Visit” day on Feb. 24. The day was designed to give students an inside look into college life, classrooms, organizations and majors.

Staff from Hinds’ Utica Campus led groups in campus tours to visit dorms, classrooms, student unions, and libraries to help students form an idea of what college will offer.

The day began with a welcome session where students met with staff representing, STEM, online classes, student services, teacher education preparation, wellness and more. Staff was available at information booths to give key information on starting a new college path, funding college, and how to be successful in college.

“It’s an enriching experience, one I will remember when pin pointing the college I plan to attend,” said Riczarius Bure, a senior at Hazlehurst High School. “Students from my area have never visited a college; this is my first time and I really like the atmosphere.”

The welcome sessions were filled with music, dancing, food and entertainment.

At the end of the tour, students, sponsors and Hinds Community College Utica staff met in classrooms to hear testimonies from current and former college students, gather information about choosing a major, financial aid, and the college selection process. Students also had the opportunity to play games and write questions for a panel. Many of the questions focused on strategies for paying for college and transitioning from high to college.

Hinds Community College is celebrating its 100th year of Community Inspired Service in 2017. Hinds opened in September 1917 first as an agricultural high school and admitted college students for the first time in 1922, with the first class graduating in 1927. In 1982 Hinds Junior College and Utica Junior College merged, creating the Hinds Community College District. Today, as Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution with six locations. Hinds offers quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

Area high school students visit Hinds CC’s Utica Campus.

 

High school students visited Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus on Feb. 24 for the annual recruiting day. Among them were, from left, Hazlehurst High School seniors Frederick Jackson, Qualyne Fuller, Taylor Miller and Riczarius Bure, who spoke to STEM instructors Jonathan Townes of Greenwood and Justin Washington of Utica about their program. Bure would like to one-day work in a science field.

High school students visited Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus on Feb. 24 for the annual recruiting day. Among them were, from left, Hazlehurst High School seniors Frederick Jackson, Qualyne Fuller, Taylor Miller and Riczarius Bure, who spoke to STEM instructors Jonathan Townes of Greenwood and Justin Washington of Utica about their program. Bure would like to one-day work in a science field.

Canton High School senior Carrie Dixon spent some time at the Wellness booth receiving help from Wellness instructor, Lillie Hutton of the Utica Campus. Dixon wants to work in health and wellness, but is unclear of her emphasis. Hutton gives her detailed information on her options.

Canton High School senior Carrie Dixon spent some time at the Wellness booth receiving help from Wellness instructor, Lillie Hutton of the Utica Campus. Dixon wants to work in health and wellness, but is unclear of her emphasis. Hutton gives her detailed information on her options.

Lanier High School senior Derian Hine visits Yolanda Houston, director of Hinds CC Utica’s Teacher Education Preparation program. Hine has dreams of being a teacher. Houston gives him information to read to help him make an informed decision about his future.

Lanier High School senior Derian Hine visits Yolanda Houston, director of Hinds CC Utica’s Teacher Education Preparation program. Hine has dreams of being a teacher. Houston gives him information to read to help him make an informed decision about his future.

Hinds Community College Student Services employees Donny Epting, left, and Cynthia Perry give Canton High School seniors Trinity Torrey and LaSteveyian Sutton, far right, tools to be successful at Hinds Community College Utica. This was a first visit for the two students, who plan to attend Hinds CC in fall 2017.

Hinds Community College Student Services employees Donny Epting, left, and Cynthia Perry give Canton High School seniors Trinity Torrey and LaSteveyian Sutton, far right, tools to be successful at Hinds Community College Utica. This was a first visit for the two students, who plan to attend Hinds CC in fall 2017.

Jim Hill High School ninth-grader Desiree Brize of Jackson came to Hinds Community College “The Visit” recruiting event on the Utica Campus to get a jumpstart on college preparations, but also had a good time playing Plinko and competing for prizes.

Jim Hill High School ninth-grader Desiree Brize of Jackson came to Hinds Community College “The Visit” recruiting event on the Utica Campus to get a jumpstart on college preparations, but also had a good time playing Plinko and competing for prizes.

Lanier High School senior Nekimble Anderson of Jackson enjoyed playing Plinko. The future early childhood education major played for prizes and tickets. Her plans are to attend Hinds Community College in fall 2017.

Lanier High School senior Nekimble Anderson of Jackson enjoyed playing Plinko. The future early childhood education major played for prizes and tickets. Her plans are to attend Hinds Community College in fall 2017.

Pearl High School senior Jerrick Floyd, left, gained pointers from carpentry instructor Leonard Knight. Floyd has dreamed of a career in carpentry for two years. His plans are to complete a degree from Hinds Community College and the start his own business.

Pearl High School senior Jerrick Floyd, left, gained pointers from carpentry instructor Leonard Knight. Floyd has dreamed of a career in carpentry for two years. His plans are to complete a degree from Hinds Community College and the start his own business.

Derrius Leflore of Jackson won a dance off while waiting to visit booths at “The Visit.” Participants were asked to show their best moves for prizes. Leflore won a gift basket full of Hinds Community College gear, which he plans to use to decorate his dorm room in the fall.

Derrius Leflore of Jackson won a dance off while waiting to visit booths at “The Visit.” Participants were asked to show their best moves for prizes. Leflore won a gift basket full of Hinds Community College gear, which he plans to use to decorate his dorm room in the fall.

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Hinds CC vice president honored by Phi Theta Kappa
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03 March

Hinds CC vice president honored by Phi Theta Kappa

Hinds Community College Vice President Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson of Jackson is among 24 college administrators nationwide who will be honored with the 2017 Distinguished College web_Debra Mays-JacksonAdministrator Award presented by Phi Theta Kappa next month.

Mays-Jackson has been vice president for the Utica and Vicksburg-Warren campuses since July 2013. The award will be presented to her at the April 6-8 Phi Theta Kappa annual convention in Nashville. The Distinguished College Administrator Award is given to college vice presidents, deans or directors who have demonstrated a strong level of support for Phi Theta Kappa during their tenure.

Mays-Jackson received her doctorate in education from Mississippi State University, a Specialist of Education degree in Educational Administration and Supervision from Jackson State University, and a Masters of Music degree, also from JSU.

Mays-Jackson and Pearl River Community College Vice President Dr. Martha Smith are the only Mississippi recipients this year.

Hinds Community College is celebrating its 100th year of Community Inspired Service in 2017. Hinds opened in September 1917 first as an agricultural high school and admitted college students for the first time in 1922, with the first class graduating in 1927. In 1982 Hinds Junior College and Utica Junior College merged, creating the Hinds Community College District. Today, as Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution with six locations. Hinds offers quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Hinds CC Utica Campus Gala honors 10 supporters, raising funds for student scholarships
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14 February

Hinds CC Utica Campus Gala honors 10 supporters, raising funds for student scholarships

Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus will present the Vice President’s Scholarship Hall of Honors Gala on March 31 to honor eight individuals and a husband and wife team who have contributed to the campus.

The honorees include Alonzo Bradley of Flower Mound, Texas, athletics; Willie Bradley of Edwards, alumni supporter; Dr. Afrachanna Butler of Clinton, STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics; Rep. Greg Holloway of Hazlehurst, government/politics; Tracy James of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, arts and humanities; Dr. Jesse J. Killingsworth Sr. of Utica, education; Rev. Kenneth M. Thrasher of Hazlehurst, religion; George and Julia Walker of Utica, community supporters and Mary Shears Williams of Byram, business.

The gala begins with a reception at 6 p.m. on March 31 with a banquet to begin at 7 p.m. at Old Capitol Inn in Jackson.

Tickets to the gala are $100 each. Tickets purchased after March 3 are $125 each. The proceeds go to support student scholarships at the Utica Campus, which is a HBCU. For more information contact, Tracie Jefferson at 601.885.7002.

Hinds CC Utica Campus gala honors supporters, funds student scholarships.

Alonzo Bradley, a native of Flower Mount, Texas, was a Utica Junior College standout from 1973-1975. He was inducted into the 2016 National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Men’s Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.web_Alonzo Bradley

As a Utica Junior College student, Bradley caught the attention of many four-year programs. As a result of his success athletically and academically, Bradley garnered numerous awards including being twice named to the NJCAA All-America team and earning the Governor’s Merit Award of Excellence in 1975.
In spite of more prestigious programs seeking to sign the Utica star, Bradley decided to attend Texas Southern University, where he averaged 25.1 points and 8.1 rebounds a game over his two seasons and led the Tigers to back-to-back National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) national tournament appearances.

As a senior, Bradley was a key component in leading TSU to the 1977 NAIA national championship and a 31-5 mark, winning MVP honors at the national tournament and earning the NAIA Player of the Year Award. He was then chosen by the Indiana Pacers as the 29th overall selection in the 1977 NBA draft, but was traded to the Houston Rockets, where he would spend three seasons before concluding his career at the end of the 1979-1980 season. Bradley appeared in 43 games as a rookie, averaging nearly 19 minutes and seven points per game. That season Bradley averaged seven points per game and dished out 54 total assists.

In his post-playing career, Bradley spent time as the head coach of the Galveston Storm of the Southwest Basketball League and later, Unisys Space Systems, where he has served as chairman of the board, as well as being president and vice president of the National Association of Security Dealers (NASD).

Bradley, who holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and computer science from Texas Southern, is also an inductee in the Utica Campus Sports Hall of Fame, Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) Hall of Fame and Texas Southern University Tiger Athletics Hall of Fame.

Bradley works as a Sales Consultant for AT&T Corporation. He is a member of the National Management Association. He is married to Emma J. Bradley.

Bradley supports the Utica Campus because Hinds gives students in Utica and surrounding area a chance to be successful.

Willie Bradley is a native of Edwards. He attended Hinds AHS from 1968 to 1971 and Utica Junior College from 1977 to 1978.

web_Willie BradleyHe became a Friend of the College in 1976. While at Hinds, Bradley participated in a number of sports and was inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame.

Bradley worked as a cement finisher for the BASF Corporation for 25 years before retiring. He is an active member of the Edwards Revival Center, serving as church trustee and participating on the church food service committee, preparing food for the community. He volunteers his time to support and promote events on the Utica Campus.

Bradley has been married to Earlean Bradley for 42 years. He has three children, Rhonda, Gabriel and JarKarta. He also has 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Bradley supports the Utica Campus because he wants to give back to the college that gave him support.

Dr. Afrachanna D. Butler is a 1996 graduate of Hinds AHS and has been a Friend of the College since that year. Butler graduated from Jackson State University (JSU), receiving both her undergraduate and graduate degrees. In 2000, she received her B.S. in biology, in 2002, a master’s in biology, and in 2009 a Ph.D. in environmental science.

web_Africhanna ButlerButler currently works as a research physical scientist for the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center (ERDC). She also worked a detail as an acting branch chief at ERDC and served as an adjunct professor for local colleges and universities. She is a member of the International Humic Substances Society and First Mississippi Chapter of Blacks in Government.

Butler has received a number of awards, including the National Women of Color Career Achievement Award in 2008 for Research Leadership, the U.S. Army ERDC Achievement Medal for Civilian Service-Recognition for Exceptional Service in 2012, the U.S. Army ERDC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Technology Transfer, also in 2012.

She also received the Achievement Medal for Civilian Service-Recognition for leadership and service in community outreach efforts and STEM education and research in 2013 and Community Service Achievement Award-Presented at the Black Engineer of the Year Award (BEYA) Gala for outstanding service shown throughout the Government in 2016.

Butler is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.  She is also a member of the JSU National Alumni Association and one of its Affinity Groups, The Alumni J-Sette Organization, where she currently serves as an Executive Board Member.

Butler supports the Utica Campus because she appreciates the role the campus plays in helping deserving students get an education.

Rep. Gregory Holloway is a graduate of Hazlehurst High School. He earned a B.A. degree in political science from Alcorn State University, and a M.A. degree in Public Policy and Administration from Jackson State University. He is a Henry Toll Fellow for the class of 2004 at the University of Kentucky in Lexington. He was elected into the Mississippi House of Representatives in 2000.web_Greg Holloway

Prior to being elected to the Mississippi House of Representatives, he worked at Jackson State University. While there, he served as chairman of the Housing Disciplinary Committee, staff senator, program coordinator and head homecoming parade marshal.

Holloway is a member of various civic, professional organizations and committees. He was selected among Outstanding Young Men of America and has received numerous commendations, including Outstanding Support to Community Faith-Based programs presented to him by former State Attorney General Mike Moore. In 2004, the Council of State Governments selected him as one of the 40 top lawmakers in the country.

In 2005, he received the Jimmy Thornton Legislator of the Year Award. In 2010, he received an award for exemplary commitment and support at the American Society of Public Administrator Conference. In 2015 he received the Martin Luther King Jr. Drum Major Award for outstanding contributions to Hinds County-Terry communities.

Holloway serves as vice chairman of the Universities and Colleges Committee in the Mississippi House of Representatives and is a member of the Agriculture, Municipalities, Public Property, Entergy and Rules committees. In 2016, he was appointed by the Speaker of the House to the board of directors as a legislative adviser for the Mississippi College Savings Board. Since his 2000 election, Holloway has been instrumental in authoring and co-authoring major legislation in the Mississippi Legislature. He has sponsored legislation naming Robert Johnson Blues Memorial Highway, Tommy Johnson Blues Memorial Highway, Dr. Walter Washington Memorial Parkway, Steven Garner Memorial Highway and many others.

He is also a member of the St. Peter Church of Christ Holiness U.S.A.

Holloway is married to the former April Singleton. They have two children, Gregory L. Holloway II and Joshalyn Holloway. He has three grandchildren, Christopher, Kyrann and Isys.

Holloway supports the Utica Campus because he appreciates its great legacy and countless number of successful graduates.

Tracy A. James, an Ohio native, is best known for her angelic voice and her ability to reach the masses with her gift of song.

web_Tracy JamesJames has worked as a voice music teacher and a Peer Assistant and Review consulting teacher on special assignments. She has also worked as a choir director for the Women’s and Pastoral Choirs of First Church of God. She is currently a vocal music teacher with Columbus City Schools in Columbus, Ohio.
James has taught voice on many levels for 33 ½ years. While attending Utica College, she was a member of the Music Educators National Conference, which is now the National Association for Music and Education. James is also choir director for the Columbus Girls’ Choir in Columbus, Ohio, The Kids Are Music Choir in Columbus, Ohio, Upward Bound at The Ohio State University and The Young Scholars at the Ohio State University.

James has received many accolades including Excellence in Teaching and Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges. She was also a Deans’ List Scholar, Presidential Scholar and graduated Summa Cum Laude. She holds an A.A. degree in music (voice) from Utica College, a B.A. degree in music (voice) from Tougaloo College and a M.A. degree in music education from the Ohio State University.

Tracy James has been married to Robert M. James for 19 years.

James supports the Utica Campus because Hinds gave her an amazing start into her professional career.

Dr. Jesse J. Killingsworth Sr. of Utica retired from Hinds Community College in 2013 as dean of Career-Technical Education after 35 years. He worked for Utica Junior College from 1972 to 1981 and Hinds from 1987 to 2013.

web_Jesse KillingsworthHe served as mayor of Utica from 2008 to 2009. He is Hinds’ 2010 Executive of the Year, IAAP, Utica Magnolia Chapter. Killingsworth served as adviser for the Student Government Association and the Veteran Club. He also served as president of the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges Dean and Directors of Vocational-Technical Education-State.

Killingsworth attended Mississippi Valley State University in Itta Bena from 1965-1969, receiving his B.S. in industrial arts education. He later attended the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, receiving both an M.S. degree in vocational education and ED. D in educational administration and supervision in higher education. Killingsworth served 34 years in the U.S. Armed Forces in the highest enlisted rank of sergeant major. He was also selected as Kappan of the year for Phi Delta Kappa International Utica Chapter #1101, in 2001 and 2008.

Killingsworth served on numerous boards, including Utica Area Habitat for Humanity, Friends of Utica, Phi Delta Kappa International-Utica Chapter, Habitat for Humanity Mississippi Capital Area and the Hinds County Mental Health Commission.

Killingsworth is married to the former Mary Ann Braxton. The couple has three children, Kenyetta, Jesse Jr. and Jessica. They have nine grandchildren.

Killingsworth supports the Utica Campus because it has a rich legacy as a Historically Black College (HBCU).

Kenneth M. Thrasher of Hazlehurst graduated from Hinds Community College Utica in 1997 with an A.A. degree in music education. In 2013 he completed a B.S. degree in Interdisciplinary Studies/ Religion and Humanities from Liberty University, graduating Cum Laude. He is the founder and currently Chief Operations Officer of Safe Place Daycare and Learning Center of Hazlehurst and senior pastor of Apostolic Worship Center Church of Jackson.

web_Kenneth ThrasherThrasher was recognized as one of Who’s Who Among Students in America’s Junior College and received awards including First Place Oratorical Contest Winner, Choral Choir Music Assistant Plaque and Annual Choir Appreciation Awards. In recent years, he was the first vice president of the Hazlehurst Branch of the NAACP. He has been awarded an Army Commendation Medal, Iraqi Campaign Medal, Overseas Service Ribbon, Armed Services Reserve Medal with M device and Certificate of Appreciation by Brigade Commander for outstanding logistical support of holiday morale events.

Other awards include a Certificate of Appreciation for outstanding ministry in support of the brigade, chaplain’s religious support program and installation and a Chaplain’s Coin for providing outstanding logistical and musical support of post wide religious events. He also earned the Battalion Commander’s Coin in appreciation of outstanding religious support during mobilization, deployment and redeployment.

He was awarded the Post Sergeant’s Major Coin for providing outstanding leadership during mobilization convoy commander’s lane training.

Thrasher currently serves as minister of music of the Copiah County Ministerial Alliance and as a mentor in the Copiah County Ministerial Alliance Youth Up Mentorship Program. He also serves as a mentor in the National Guard Youth Challenge Program.

Kenneth M. Thrasher is married to Dr. Nonya Cage Thrasher and has one daughter, Kyla Marie Thrasher.

Thrasher supports the Utica Campus because Hinds supported him when he was a student needing help.

George and Julia Walker of Utica have been Friends of the College since 1978. The Walkers share a passion for education and community service.web_George and Julia Walker

Judy (Julia) Hegwood Walker taught school aged children for many years. She worked as an elementary school teacher, a church school teacher, a bus driver and a minister of music for several Baptist churches. Julia served on Boards for Charleston Opera Company, Friends of Utica, Town of Utica Christmas Parade and the National Night Out Committee. She has a true passion for music and loves to teach others how to play piano and sing. Julia attended Charleston Southern University receiving a B.A. degree in 1976.

George Walker is best known as alderman for the Town of Utica. He taught and coached at Terry High School from 1970 to 1974. He also taught at Hanahan High School in Charleston, S.C., from 1974 to 1978. Walker worked as head football coach and vice principal and senior principal at Utica High School from 1989 to 1994. He also worked as vice principal at Raymond High School until his retirement.

George Walker served as volunteer assistant coach at Hinds AHS from 2010 to 2014. He is also a broad member for the Town of Utica, deacon at Utica Baptist Church and member of the Terry Lions Club.

The Walkers have been married 43 years. They are the parents of two children, Mandy and Jason and have one grandson, Roy.

The Walkers support the Utica campus because of the vital role it plays in the community.

Mary Shears Williams of Byram attended Hinds AHS from 1979 to 1982 and Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus from 1982 to 1984.web_Mary Shears Williams

She received academic awards and titles including Ms. Library, Ms. Tri- Hi-Y and Who’s Who Among College Music. She graduated with an A.A. degree in Applied Science in 1984 and obtained a B. A. in Business Administration from Belhaven University in 2003.
Williams currently works in contract management and administration. She is assistant vice president of Sales Management for Trustmark National Bank. From 1995 to 2000 she worked as a manual property rater for Allstate Insurance Company. In 1992 to 1995 she worked as an NAS Adjudicator under a federal employee program.

Williams accredits her professional diversity to her educational background. Her skills and titles include database administrator, customer service, sales and performance management, and human resources.

Williams is a mother of two daughters, Tanesha Clark Brown and Kyesha Clark Morgan.

Williams supports the Utica Campus because of its ability to empower students and prepare them for their futures.

Hinds Community College is celebrating its 100th year of Community Inspired Service in 2017. Hinds opened in September 1917 first as an agricultural high school and admitted college students for the first time in 1922, with the first class graduating in 1927. In 1982 Hinds Junior College and Utica Junior College merged, creating the Hinds Community College District. Today, as Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution with six locations. Hinds offers quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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Hinds CC Utica Campus inducts new Phi Theta Kappa members
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11 November

Hinds CC Utica Campus inducts new Phi Theta Kappa members

The Alpha Beta Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus has inducted new members for fall 2016.

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Flanking the inductees on either side is Vice President Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson, left, and Academic Dean Dr. Marquise Loving, right. Inductees include Eddie Perry of Port Gibson, Tybrea Vivians of Jackson, Erykah Wilson of Utica, Teraneka Terrell of Utica, Ra’Shay Watts Port Gibson, Kathryn Green of Greenville, Artashia Stewart of Fayette, Areleatha Gibson of Montgomery, Ala., Marion Brooks of Canton and Jeffery Fairley of Jackson.

Three of the inductees received most of their credits while enrolled in dual credit courses in high school. From left, Erykah Wilson of Utica and Teraneka Terrell of Utica, who attended Crystal Springs High Schools, and Tybrea Vivians of Jackson, who attended Jim Hill High School.

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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.

Hinds CC Utica Campus inducts new Phi Theta Kappa members.
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Hinds CC Utica Campus continues Holtzclaw Lecture Series
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20 September

Hinds CC Utica Campus continues Holtzclaw Lecture Series

UTICA – A decorated author and historian on race and class issues in U.S. history will address the next installment of the Holtzclaw Lecture Series, sponsored in part by the Humanities Department at Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus.

Jacqueline Jones

Jacqueline Jones

Jacqueline Jones, chair of the History and Ideas Department at the University of Texas, will speak at 7 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Gore Art Gallery at Mississippi College on a chapter of her 2013 book, “A Dreadful Deceit: The Myth of Race from the Colonial Era to Obama’s America.” The chapter is dedicated to William H. Holtzclaw, who founded the Utica Normal and Industrial Institute in 1903 that is now the Utica Campus. The lecture itself is titled “A Dangerous Thing: Black Schooling in William Holtzclaw’s Mississippi.”

Jones will be signing copies of the book at 6:30 p.m., before the lecture.

The Holtzclaw Lecture Series is designed to bring nationally recognized scholars and experts on African American education in the South for public lectures in a variety of venues around the state. This lecture is co-sponsored by Hinds, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Mississippi Humanities Council, the Mississippi College School of Humanities, with major funding by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Jones’ has penned eight books on American social history with emphases on race, class and gender. A Mastin Gentry White Professor of Southern History at UT, she won a Bancroft Prize for her 1985 work, “Labor of Love, Labor of Sorrow: Black Women, Work, and the Family from Slavery to the Present.” The prize is awarded annually by Columbia University for books about diplomacy or history of the Americas. That book and “A Dreadful Deceit” were finalists for a Pulitzer Prize. In 1999, Jones was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship, awarded for exemplary creativity in a wide array of disciplines.

The series is part of a National Endowment for the Humanities grant announced in 2015, “The Black Man’s Burden: William Holtzclaw and the Mississippi HBCU Connection,” that highlights the work of Holtzclaw in African-American education. The project will contribute to a growing body of research and interest in the “Little Tuskegees” as important forerunners of the Civil Rights Era in the Deep South.

This two-year research program is designed to equip faculty and student-scholars to explore themes in Holtzclaw’s writing in humanities courses, combined with the development of a Summer Teachers’ Institute and teaching resource kit that will be used by other institutions (both on the high school and community college level) to extend the work beyond the institution.

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Hinds CC Utica student named to 2016 HBCU All-Stars
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26 August

Hinds CC Utica student named to 2016 HBCU All-Stars

UTICA – Always a people person, Hinds CC Utica sophomore Sabrevian Davis can now count herself among a select group of high-achieving people chosen by the nation’s highest office.

Davis, a Raymond native, is among 73 students from the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) named a top achiever by the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Sabrevian Davis

Sabrevian Davis

As part of the honor, Davis, who is studying biology toward a pre-dental major, will participate in this year’s White House HBCU Conference Oct. 23-26 in Washington, D.C.

Sixty-three HBCUs nationwide are represented on this year’s list, comprised of undergraduate, graduate and professional students. All are recognized for their accomplishments in academics, leadership and civic engagement.

Davis is a member of the Hinds CC Lady Bulldogs basketball team and of the campus’ Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics Undergraduate Program (STEM-UP) Academy. She has attended multiple events associated with STEM careers, including conferences in the nation’s capital, a STEM internship at Jackson State University and a BalloonSAT experience in Huntsville, Ala.

“All these experiences allow me to have an advantage over other students in both community colleges and other undergraduates on the university level,” Davis said, adding her experience at Hinds has opened doors on many levels for her.

“The best part of my Hinds experience so far has been meeting new people,” Davis said. “I’ve always been a people-person, but I was a bit shy when I came out of high school. I’ve learned to open up and accept people easier. The people here, especially administration and staff, have definitely made my experience as a Bulldog worth it.”

HBCU All-Stars serve as ambassadors of the White House initiative by providing outreach and communication with fellow students on the value of education and the initiative’s role as a networking resource. Through social media and their relationships with community based organizations, the All-Stars will share promising and proven practices that support opportunities for all young people to achieve their educational and career potential.

“I am extremely excited for Sabrevian,” said Dr. Mitchell Shears, executive director of Title III (HBCU) and Sponsored Grants at the Utica Campus. “She is respected on our campus as a star athlete and performs well in her academic studies. This will be an opportunity that she will never forget, as she will have an opportunity to network and develop relationships with many White House officials and other students across the country.

In addition to attending the conference, Davis and other All-Stars will take part in various national events and web chats with professionals from a range of disciplines.

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