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Founder’s legacy garners Humanities grant for Hinds CC Utica Campus
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17 December

Founder’s legacy garners Humanities grant for Hinds CC Utica Campus

Jean Greene, left, Dan Fuller

Jean Greene, left, Dan Fuller

Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to highlight the work of the campus’ founder, William Holtzclaw, a pioneer in African American education.

Black Man’s Burden: William Holtzclaw and the Mississippi HBCU Connection 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 the Utica Campus of Hinds Community College. The campus still has its status as an HBCU (Historically Black College and University).

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 to extend the work beyond the institution.

The work will be focused on the critical study of Holtzclaw’s 1915 autobiography as an important marker of African American education in the Deep South. One outcome of the project will be to publish a digitally typeset edition of Black Man’s Burden, with critical notes, to support student study both at the high school and college level through our summer teacher’s institute and humanities course.

The co-directors of the project are Jean Greene, head librarian and Holtzclaw Collection Archivist, and Dan Fuller, English instructor on the Utica Campus, who is also the 2015-2016 Mississippi Humanities Teacher Award recipient for Hinds.

“Students have struggled with the text of the book,” Greene said. “The timeline is not linear so students have difficulty keeping the process of the creation of the school in context.  An annotated version of this book will help students and faculty understand who Holtzclaw was and why his founding of this school is important in the Mississippi Black Experience.”

Fuller said he is eager to connect students with the work.

“I am thrilled that the NEH has recognized the importance of Dr. Holtzclaw’s legacy here in Mississippi. His story of perseverance in the face of adversity is one that deserves a wider audience. As an instructor, I’m excited about the opportunities to engage our students directly in this research.”

This project builds on the work the William H. Holtzclaw Library spearheaded with the Utica Institute Traveling Exhibit and the Utica Normal and Industrial Institute collection at the Mississippi Digital Library.

The project, like all NEH awards, has gone through four levels of review to reach the award stage.

Level 1: Knowledgeable persons independent of the agency read each application and advise the agency about its merits.

Level 2: NEH’s staff synthesizes the results of the outside review and prepares a slate of recommendations for the National Council on the Humanities.

Level 3: The National Council meets in Washington, DC, to advise the Endowment’s chairman on applications and matters of policy.

Level 4: The chairman considers the advice he or she has received and makes the final funding decisions. All levels of the review process prior to the chairman’s decision are advisory.

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.

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with more than 170 academic, career and technical programs. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2014. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC

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‘Bring It’ reality show, to be taped at Hinds CC, features Hinds student choreography
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11 December

‘Bring It’ reality show, to be taped at Hinds CC, features Hinds student choreography

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Fruits of the labor of Hinds Community College sophomore Javadric “Jay” Kelly could be showcased Dec. 19 as Lifetime’s “Bring It” reality show is set to tape at Hinds’ Utica Campus.

Kelly, 21, is a dance student on the Raymond Campus and manager for the Hi-Steppers dance team. He is one of the hip hop choreographers for Dianna Williams’ Dancing Dolls, the featured Jackson team that competes with other teams on the reality series entering its third season in January.

Kelly of Bolton and his buddy Timothy Jones have been dancing together 10 years. Jones had previously done some choreography for Williams, known as Miss Dianna on the show. When she called him to choreograph for the show, Jones stipulated that he and Kelly are a team.

“I teach hip hop to the girls and I help assist Miss Dianna. When she needs some new moves or new ideas, she calls me or my friend Tim,” Kelly said.

He has been dancing since he was 3 years old and is self-taught, but has learned technique in his Hinds classes taught by Tiffany Jefferson, director of Montage Theatre of Dance.

“I learned by watching Michael Jackson, James Brown, Chris Brown, Omari, everybody. I just started doing stuff they were doing,” he said. “But once I got to Hinds, Tiffany Jefferson taught me to get better technique – tap, jazz, ballet, modern, all those type dance genres.”

 

Jefferson said she first met Kelly when he was in the eighth grade through his work in a dance company.

“Anyone could tell then that he was destined to be a great performing artist. Javadric Kelly has boundless energy and talents. His charisma alone is so infectious, one can’t help but to fall for him,” she said. “Since he has been under our direction at Hinds, he has been very open-minded to learning any and everything about the art form of dance. He takes his craft very seriously even if he doesn’t take himself so seriously. He is very playful, but he is no nonsense about his dancing.”

“Bring It” will tapeSaturday, Dec. 19 at J.D. Boyd Gym at Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus. The doors open at noon with the show beginning at 2 p.m. Admission is $5 or $4 with a $1 discount by registering ahead of time at http://hub.hindscc.edu/bring-it-utica-campus .

“When ‘Bring It’ first came out, we were always behind the scenes with the girls but we never received any recognition for it. Season 2 is when they started adding us into the shows and letting us be a part of the episodes,” Kelly said. “Me and Tim had a whole episode to ourselves when we came in and taught the girls a hip hop routine. They won first place. Season 2 we danced in the season finale. She (Williams) utilized us as the secret weapons, and they won first place as well.”

Kelly said being involved with the production and teaching the Dancing Dolls is fun. “I love working with the Dancing Dolls,” he said. “We are in a roomful of young ladies who are very, very talented, diverse and versatile. It’s kind of fun dealing with all the personalities. They catch on real fast so that makes the job even easier and funner. They have these great, goofy, enormous personalities that I love, and they have enormous energy.”

Kelly and Jones aren’t paid for the work they do with “Bring It,” but it has led to some paid outside gigs, both performances and teaching.

It has also led to some recognition. When he and Jones were at Disney World, he heard passersby say, “‘Oh, my God, there go Tim and Jay.’ This is really real. They knew us, he said. “It opens plenty of doors for us.”

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with more than 170 academic, career and technical programs. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolled nearly 12,000 credit students in fall 2014. To learn more, visit www.hindscc.edu or call 1.800.HindsCC.

 

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Utica instructor named Hinds CC Humanities Teacher of the Year
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20 October

Utica instructor named Hinds CC Humanities Teacher of the Year

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Dan Fuller, English instructor and Uticanite yearbook adviser on the Utica Campus, is Hinds Community College’s 2015 Humanities Teacher Awardee for the Mississippi Humanities Council.

As the awardee, he will have a presentation, “From Gilgamesh to the Green Lantern – Uncovering an Ancient Near East Superhero in a Technology Infused World,” at 9 a.m. Oct. 21 in the Bobby G. Cooper Fine Arts Center Auditorium.

The public is invited. Admission is free.

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Hinds CC Utica student named to 2015 HBCU All-Stars
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02 October

Hinds CC Utica student named to 2015 HBCU All-Stars

Erica Harris was among 83 students from the nation’s Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) named a top achiever by The White House.

Harris, a sophomore studying physical education, was named earlier this semester to the 2015 HBCU All-Stars by the White House Initiative on Historically Black Colleges and Universities.

Erica Harris

Erica Harris

As part of the honor, Harris participated in this year’s White House HBCU Conference Sept. 21-22 in Washington, D.C.

“It’s been a pleasure to be an All-Star and I had a wonderful time,” Harris said. “We met with Vice President Joe Biden, who spoke to us about how we all need to come together as a whole.”

Harris, of Edwards, said the spirit of teamwork on the Utica Campus is what she’ll take away from her Hinds experience, as she plans to attend Alcorn State University next year.

“It’s been wonderful,” Harris said. “I’m happy I picked Hinds to come to school. The people help out a lot.”

“Erica displays scholarship, service and leadership on and off campus,” said Dr. Mitchell Shears, academic dean for the Utica Campus. “We are proud that she was able to elevate to the top tier of the over 450 applications that were submitted.

Chances to share ideas with other scholars and professionals is a shared objective between initiative leaders and individual HBCUs.

“It’s opportunities like this that validates our mission,” said Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson, vice president for the Utica and Vicksburg Warren campuses. “It is great to be able to provide students with an opportunity to be exposed to once-in-a-lifetime events and programs.”

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.

In addition to attending the conference, Harris 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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Hinds CC sets ‘Terrific Tuesday’ summer registration events
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04 May

Hinds CC sets ‘Terrific Tuesday’ summer registration events

Hinds Community College will have “Terrific Tuesday” special registration events all summer at the six locations to draw students to campus earlier rather than later to register for classes.

“We want to prepare new students for the first day of classes by making sure they have financial aid or payment plans in place, make sure they understand their bill, show students how to login into My.Hinds, show them where the bookstore on their campus is located, and more,” said Kathryn Cole, dean of Enrollment Services.

During Terrific Tuesdays, each campus will offer extended registration hours, popcorn, drinks and a free t-shirt to all who register for classes.

Terrific Tuesday will be held at the following times and locations:

  • June 2, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center
  • June 9, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Vicksburg-Warren Campus
  • June 16 1 p.m. to 5 p.m., Utica Campus
  • June 23, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Rankin Campus
  • June 30, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Raymond Campus
  • July 7, 1 p.m. to 7 p.m., Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center
  • July 21, 1.p.m. to 7 p.m., Raymond Campus
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Hinds CC Utica Campus Hosts Student Leadership Forum
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10 October

Hinds CC Utica Campus Hosts Student Leadership Forum

Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber addresses the audience of high school and college students.

Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber addresses the audience of high school and college students.

Students seated inside of the Bobby G. Cooper Fine Arts Center for the closing session

Students seated inside of the Bobby G. Cooper Fine Arts Center for the closing session

Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber signs autograph for ninth-grader Litako Towers of Wingfield High School.

Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber signs autograph for ninth-grader Litako Towers of Wingfield High School.

Utica Campus Vice President Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson and Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber

Utica Campus Vice President Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson and Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber

The Student Learning Assistant Program sponsored its 21st Annual Student Leadership Forum, Friday, Oct. 10 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus.

The one-day leadership conference was geared toward high school and community college student leaders who are members of clubs and organizations on their campuses and in their communities. Breakout sessions included: building effective teams, career goals, civic engagement, leadership styles and other character building topics.

“Being a great leader takes hard work and dedication, but most of the necessary skills can be learned if you’re willing to put in the time and effort. If you want a seat at the big table or you have aspirations of greatness, then certain leadership skills are necessary to take you to the next level and that is what this conference is designed to do,” said Dr. Priscilla Robinson, director of student learning assistance program, who is in charge of the conference.

“We want all students who want to become better leaders to attend the conference,” she said. “We want to help students enhance their leadership skills.”

The keynote speaker was Jackson Mayor Tony Yarber. His message to the audience of more than 300 high school and college students was that leadership is selfless and when you lead, you lead not for yourself but for everyone else.

“Leadership is about more than you, it is about the people that may never meet you but may be impacted by what you do,” Yarber told the audience.

For more information about the Utica Campus, see the website at http://www.hindscc.edu/Map_Locations/ut/default.aspx

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Hinds CC Utica Campus music directors honored with building dedications
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30 September

Hinds CC Utica Campus music directors honored with building dedications

 

Family members of Louis Lee along with Hinds Community College Board of Trustees President Robert Pickett, far left, unveil the sign for the Louis Edward Leon Lee Classroom Building on the Utica Campus.

Family members of Louis Lee along with Hinds Community College Board of Trustees President Robert Pickett, far left, unveil the sign for the Louis Edward Leon Lee Classroom Building on the Utica Campus.

Dorothy Shannon Lee, widow of Louis Lee, cuts the ribbon for the new Louis Edward Leon Lee Classroom Building on the Utica Campus with the help of her daughter, Dr. Clara Lee.

Dorothy Shannon Lee, widow of Louis Lee, cuts the ribbon for the new Louis Edward Leon Lee Classroom Building on the Utica Campus with the help of her daughter, Dr. Clara Lee.

 

Dr. Clara Lee stands beside the plaque that will go in the building named for her father, Louis Edward Leon Lee, at Hinds Community College's Utica Campus.

Dr. Clara Lee stands beside the plaque that will go in the building named for her father, Louis Edward Leon Lee, at Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus.

 

Speakers at the Sept. 25 Hinds Community College Utica Campus ceremony to rename two buildings include, from left, Elder Kenneth M. Thrasher, Utica Campus alumnus; Beverly Trimble, coordinator of Workforce Investment Act; Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, Utica and Vicksburg-Warren Campus Vice President Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson; Dr. Clara Lee, daughter of Louis Lee; Dr. Bobby Cooper, Jubilee Singers director and honoree; Bolton Mayor Lawrence Butler and Hinds Board of Trustees President Robert Pickett.

Speakers at the Sept. 25 Hinds Community College Utica Campus ceremony to rename two buildings include, from left, Elder Kenneth M. Thrasher, Utica Campus alumnus; Beverly Trimble, coordinator of Workforce Investment Act; Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, Utica and Vicksburg-Warren Campus Vice President Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson; Dr. Clara Lee, daughter of Louis Lee; Dr. Bobby Cooper, Jubilee Singers director and honoree; Bolton Mayor Lawrence Butler and Hinds Board of Trustees President Robert Pickett.

 

Dr. Bobby G. Cooper, director of the Jubilee Singers at Hinds Community College's Utica Campus

Dr. Bobby G. Cooper, director of the Jubilee Singers at Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus

 

Current and former members of the Utica Campus Jubilee Singers gathered to honor Dr. Bobby Cooper during the Sept. 25 ceremony naming the building for Cooper. It's now the Bobby G. Cooper Fine Arts Center.

Current and former members of the Utica Campus Jubilee Singers gathered to honor Dr. Bobby Cooper during the Sept. 25 ceremony naming the building for Cooper. It’s now the Bobby G. Cooper Fine Arts Center.

 

Family members of Dr. Bobby Cooper gather for the ribbon-cutting for the building on the Utica Campus.

Family members of Dr. Bobby Cooper gather for the ribbon-cutting for the building on the Utica Campus.

Hinds Community College honored two distinguished Utica Campus employees and musicians by renaming buildings in their honor on Sept. 25.

The Fine Arts Building on the Utica Campus was renamed the Bobby G. Cooper Fine Arts Center, after the chairman of the Humanities Division and coordinator of music and art. He is best known as the director of the renowned Jubilee Singers, the historical African-American spiritual vocal group that traces its roots to the 1920s. As part of the ceremony, a number of former Jubilee Singers joined current members to perform on stage at the Cooper Center.

Cooper attended Tougaloo College, the University of Illinois and the University of Colorado, furthering his studies at Chicago Musical College.

“My love affair with this campus started in August 1972,” Cooper said. “Little did I know that that love affair would someday be turned into a building that would bear the name Bobby G. Cooper Fine Arts Center. What a thrill! I am indeed humbled by this honor.”

The building that housed the band for Hinds Agricultural High School on the Utica Campus is now the Louis Edward Leon Lee Classroom Building after the former music instructor and band director who retired in 1992 and died in 2007. Lee received a Bachelor of Science degree in music at the Jackson College for Negro Teachers (now Jackson State University). He was a member of the Jackson College band and Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

Dr. Clara Lee, representing the Lee family, said the Utica Campus as well as the community was special to her father. “Louis Lee loved this campus. For 39 years he drove 70 miles (from Jackson) to come here to be with the students and be a part of the faculty,” she said. “It is such an amazing blessing to know that Louis Edward Leon Lee’s name will forever be a part of this campus. And it’s so special because I can certainly tell all of you that you will always certainly be a part of him.”

Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse knew both men.  Lee “was a great teacher, he was well liked and certainly deserving of his name being on the building, a building in which he taught for so many years,” he said.

Muse credited Cooper with resurrecting the Jubilee Singers, which had long time been identified with the campus.  “He is one of the best ambassadors this college has and we appreciate him,” Muse said.

Current Utica Campus Vice President Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson was a student of both men. Cooper convinced her to change her major from accounting to music. Lee was responsible for teaching her to play the saxophone.

“I am only one of countless students who have personal and precious stories we will cherish for a lifetime,” she said. “As with music, both Mr. Lee and Dr. Cooper have shown no boundaries, no biases, no prejudices. They have exposed and nurtured thousands of students.

 “Their humble spirits resonate from each conversation and performance. Their contributions have enhanced the music department and enriched the culture of the Utica Campus as a whole surpassing our surface knowledge of their work,” Mays-Jackson said.

Bolton Mayor Lawrence Butler was a driving force behind the naming of the Cooper Center.

“When I think of Dr. Cooper, I think of a man of faith and education, a man who has really committed himself to the Utica Campus of Hinds Community College,” he said. “From now on when we talk about Utica … this is what I’m going to say. ‘You go to Utica. Look to your left. It’s Dr. Cooper’s building.’ ”

Robert Pickett, president of the Hinds Board of Trustees, was a contemporary of Lee at a Brookhaven high school. “He mentored me; he taught me how to play,” Pickett said. “He was a good person. I don’t think he ever changed. He was a kind person, always liked to make jokes and converse with you.”

“When the college and the Board of Trustees make the decision to name a building in honor or memory of the individual, it is a decision made with deliberate thought,” Pickett said. “I think this event is significant because we’re honoring two people who have dedicated their entire lives at this institution.”

For more information about the Utica Campus, see http://www.hindscc.edu/Map_Locations/ut/default.aspx

 

 

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Posted by on 07 July

Hinds CC continues to provide transportation to Utica Campus

 

Utica Campus in the fall

Utica Campus in the fall

Transportation is still being provided to Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus despite the fact that Hinds Agricultural High School, which was located on the college campus, closed after the end of the 2014 school year.

College students who attend the Utica Campus will be bused from routes located in Edwards, Bolton/Clinton, Crystal Springs/Hazlehurst, Jackson, Port Gibson, Vicksburg and Utica. Buses are timed to get to campus in time for 8 a.m. classes and leave at 4 p.m.

“Transportation has long been a tradition for this campus, and we believe we should continue to provide it to our students who need it,” said Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson, Utica Campus Vice President.

For detailed information on the times and locations of each route, after July 18, 2014, see the college website at http://www.hindscc.edu/Map_Locations/ut/default.aspx.

Students also have the option of living in residence halls on the Utica Campus. For information on housing see http://www.hindscc.edu/studentlife/dorms/residencehalls.aspx.

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Posted by on 17 February

Hinds CC’s Utica Campus hosts Career Fair

The Entrepreneurship Program at Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus will sponsor a Career Fair on Wednesday, Feb. 26 for those seeking employment and for those seeking employee. Jessica Smith, director of the Utica Campus Business Development Program, says she expects a large pool of job seekers as well as employers to be on hand for the event. 

The Career Fair is especially targeting career and technical students who will soon be graduating and joining the workforce. Opportunities will include internship, co-op, seasonal, part-time and full-time employment.

The Career Fair will be 10 a.m. to noon and held in the J.D. Boyd Gymnasium.  It is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Jessica Smith at 601.885.7118 or email at jessica.smith@hindscc.edu

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