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Hinds CC to rename buildings to recognize distinguished current, former employees
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21 August

Hinds CC to rename buildings to recognize distinguished current, former employees

Hinds Community College will rename three buildings on the Utica and Vicksburg-Warren Campuses this fall in honor of three distinguished current and former college employees.

The Utica Campus will rename two buildings at 2 p.m. Thursday Sept. 25. The Fine Arts Building on the Utica Campus will be renamed the Dr. 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 building that housed the band for Hinds Agricultural High School on the Utica Campus will be renamed the Louis Edward Leon Lee Building after the former band instructor and director.

The Multi-Purpose Building at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus will be renamed the Joseph L. Loviza Building at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 30, after the former Vicksburg Campus dean and Hinds Community College Foundation member.

Dr. Bobby G. Cooper, a native of Bolton, has provided service and leadership to the Utica Campus and the Utica community for more than four decades. Best known as the director of the Jubilee Singers, Cooper is credited with re-establishing the preeminence of the historical African-American spiritual vocal group that traces its roots to the 1920s.

Among his many recognitions are the five-time Academic Instructor of the Year award, Distinguished Academic Instructor, Life Star Award, Hinds Hero, Hinds Humanities Teacher Award, the Distinguished Alumni Award, and the 3E Award (Emphasis on Excellence and Enrichment)—the highest award given by the college. He has also been honored by the Mississippi Legislature as an outstanding faculty member with the Higher Education Appreciation Day-Working for Academic Excellence Instructor (HEADWAE).

Louis Edward Leon Lee, a native of Hazlehurst, began his tenure at Utica Institute in 1953, immediately after receiving 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. His career spanned 39 years as the music teacher and band director at Hinds Agricultural High School. Other than a brief sabbatical to serve his country in the U.S. Army, Lee served Hinds Agricultural High School, the Utica Campus and the entire Utica community well until his retirement in 1992.

Joe Loviza is a 1960 graduate of Hinds Community College and was the first employee of the Vicksburg-Warren Campus, serving for 20 years. Loviza began his career with the Vicksburg Warren School System as Director of Vocational, Technical and Adult Education. When the college began providing secondary vo-tech training in 1973, Loviza was employed to serve as the director, and later, dean, of the center. The center expanded to offer post-secondary classes and in 2002 was officially named the Vicksburg-Warren Campus.

Loviza served as Mayor of the City of Vicksburg, 1993-97. After his retirement, he continued to support the city by serving on numerous boards and committees, including the Vicksburg Warren School District Board.  Loviza remains a loyal supporter of the college, working within the Alumni Association and as a contributor to the Hinds Community College Foundation.

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Posted by on 16 December

Utica Campus inducts PTK members

The Utica Campus Alpha Beta Xi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) held its 39th induction ceremony recently that included five student and five honorary inductees. The ceremonial theme was “The Culture of Competition.”



Honorees and advisers include, front from left, Christine Councell of Vicksburg, an early childhood education major; Kimwanna Terry of Utica, a general studies/medical assistant technology major; Beverly Trimble, PTK adviser; Kenjamin Newsome of Hazlehurst, an electronics technology major; Mildred Davis of Raymond, an early childhood education major; Von Shinnie of Jackson, Alpha Beta Xi president, a computer technology major; PTK adviser Denise Taylor and LeKeyo Tyler of Port Gibson, an electronics technology major; back, honorary members Dr. Bobby Cooper, Humanities Division chair; Deborah Danner, computer science instructor; Dr. Mae C. Jackson, Math and Science Division chair, Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson, vice president for Utica and Vicksburg-Warren campuses/Administrative Services, and former PTK president Ollie Riley Jr.

Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society serves to recognize and encourage the academic achievement of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership and service programming. Today, Phi Theta Kappa is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 2.5 million members and 1,275 chapters worldwide. In 1929, the American Association of Community Colleges recognized Phi Theta Kappa as the official honor society for two-year colleges.

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Posted by on 26 November

Utica Campus receives mini-grant for healthy living

Approximately four years ago, the Hinds Utica Campus Division of Social Sciences/Education began a peer educators initiative that sought to provide activities specific to the behavioral health needs of the student population. The initiative was designed to identify behavior or health needs, intervene when necessary, and refer treatment for those who needed it.

As a result of the initiative, a mini grant was written through the Utica Campus Title III program and has been funded in the amount of $7,500 to continue in that effort. The Title III proposal, U-HELP: Utica Healthy Engagement Leads to Prevention, is now a collaborative project between the Social Sciences/Education Division and the Health and Wellness Program.

The aim of U-HELP is to strengthen the social, emotional and reasoning skills of the students in an effort to aid them in making wise choices. The main focus of the project is geared toward prevention of substance abuse through early intervention and clinical referrals. The mission of the project is to recruit and train student leaders to become peer educators. These students will then coordinate activities supported by the behavioral health component of the Health and Wellness Center on the Utica Campus.

The projects will provide opportunities for the peer educators to strengthen their leadership skills, become student mentors and role models, assist their peers in recognizing when help and change are needed, and assist their peers in locating services and activities that are available when needed.

Students who are particularly encouraged to become peer educators are those whose majors are in the area of social work/sociology, psychology, education and science. The requirements for becoming a peer educator include a faculty recommendation, a clean disciplinary record, an essay on “Why I Am a Suitable Candidate for the U-HELP Project” and at least a 2.2 GPA that leads to transferring to a four- year institution.

The project was funded by the Historically Black Colleges and Universities Center for Excellence (HBCU-CFE) in Behavioral Health. The directors of the project are Dr. Gloria Daniels, chairperson of the Social Sciences Division and Lena Mason, director of the Health and Wellness program. Dr. Tiffany Anderson is coordinator of the Title III-Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act (SAFRA) program.

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The Wellness Complex on the Utica Campus


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Posted by on 22 November

Utica Campus inducts its first NTHS members

The Utica Campus Career and Technical Education (CTE) Department held its first National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) induction recently. Thirteen members from various career and technical programs were recognized for their outstanding academic achievement. Each of the honorees were recommended by an instructor, had earned at least 12 semester hours and had an overall grade point average of 3.0 or better. The Utica Campus Career and Technical Education Department strives to prepare students with marketable work skills that will equip the graduate to compete in this rapidly changing world of work.

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Pictured are inductees, front row from left, Mariah Good of Utica, office systems technology major; Angela Hall of Vicksburg, radio/television production major; Tracy Romo of Utica, cosmetology major; Keara Shannon of Hazlehurst, cosmetology major; Landria Myles of Edwards, cosmetology major, and Thessalonia Bingham of Jackson, clothing & textiles services major; back from left, are Willie Barnes of Hazlehurst, residential carpentry major; Christopher McCaskill of Jackson, residential carpentry major; Bridget Brown of Crystal Springs, clothing & textiles services major, and Anthony Shelby of Canton, food production management major.

NTHS was established in 1984 as a non-profit organization to recognize outstanding students in vocational education. Its mission is to honor student achievement and leadership, promote educational excellence, award scholarships, and enhance career opportunities for the NTHS membership.

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Posted by on 22 November

Utica Campus choir to perform Christmas Cantata

The 45-member voice choir of the Choral Music Department on the Utica Campus, under the leadership of Dr. Bobby G. Cooper, will perform Cantata #142, “uns ist ein kind geboren,” at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 4 in the Fine Arts Building Auditorium.

The Cantata, which has been contributed to J.S. Bach, was originally written in German but will be performed in English.



The Cantata begins with a short overture that sets an anticipatory mood for the first choral movement, “for us a child is born.” This exciting movement is the longest of the work, imitative in musical style, followed by an aria for bass and a chorus of praise in triple meter, homophonic texture, and fast tempo. A tenor aria precedes a recitative and aria for alto. A concluding movement is an energetic chorale of praise entitled “Alleluia” that is simply written for the chorus but with a soaring continuously flowing sixteenth-note melody written above the voices.

Again this year, the Southern String Players, under the leadership of Alejandero Encinas, artistic director of Education for the Mississippi Symphony Orchestra, will provide the accompaniment for the Cantata. Also assisting at the piano for the Christmas work will be Utica native Judy Walker. She has served for many years as the accompanist for the college choir. Guest soloists for the work attributed to Bach will be tenor Jason Walker of Utica and Calvin Bogan of Jackson, a Utica Campus baritone graduate and Jackson State University senior music performance major.

The renowned Utica Jubilee Singers will also perform in the winter concert. Their repertoire will consist of original materials as performed by the founding Utica Jubilee Singers. Additionally, they will sing contemporary Christmas tunes, spirituals and blues genres.

Tamarceo Show of Florence and Jasmine Jones of Jackson will be featured soloists at the winter concert. Shaw, a Utica Campus music graduate, received a Bachelor of Music Performance degree in April 2012 from Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa. Jones is a Utica Campus sophomore graphic design major.

A variety of well-known anthems and spirituals will also be featured during the concert. As customary, the concert will conclude with a number of rousing renditions of contemporary gospel selections. Cedric Smith, Calvin Bogan, Jeremy Bew, Maurice Durr, Raphael McDonald, Cedric Stinson and Dijhonne Singleton, all Utica Campus graduates and former Jubilees, will assist the choir with this section of gospel music.

The concert will be dedicated to Frank Crump Jr., who was a long time director and faculty of Vocational-Technical Education on the Utica Campus, and Jimmie Lewis, a graduate of both Hinds AHS and Utica Junior College, who was an outstanding member and soloist with the college choir.

Admission to the concert is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact Dr. Bobby Cooper at .601.885.7079 or see the Hinds website at or

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Hinds CC completes first week of classes
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23 August

Hinds CC completes first week of classes


UTICA – Classes got under way this week at Hinds Community College, including on the Utica Campus where residence halls were full and classes busy with new and returning students from as far away as Virginia and as near as Utica.

More than 12,000 students have enrolled in classes at Hinds this fall, comparable to enrollment this time last year.

“I am in my last semester and have mixed emotions,” said Olivia Jackson of Crystal Springs, a business office technology major on the Utica Campus, shown at right. “Every experience that I have had on this campus has been one of a teaching experience. I have received a ‘real’ education since enrolling at the Utica Campus, and I feel confident in going out into the ‘real’ world.”

Many students filled the halls for assistance from the special programs, such as Student Support Services, which is only offered at the Utica Campus The program provides day and evening tutorial assistance, counseling, advisement and financial literacy and assistance through grant aid to the 65 students it serves. Additionally, the program provides cultural enrichment activities and trips for the students.

“This year I am competing against a new group of students that are at the top of their game in the science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) programs,” said Ranisa Kyles of Edwards, a biology major who plans to become a pediatrician.

“I was one of the 25 students to be accepted into the program last year, and this year a whole new group has emerged. I met some of them this summer during the Learning to Learn Camp, and they are sharp,” she said. “We, the sophomores, are ready for the challenge because we all are just real competitive by nature and welcome any challenge.”

Photo: Cristiana James of Jackson, left, a science technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) major, and Olivia Jackson of Crystal Springs, a business office technology major, share in a light moment about the plans for the new school year.

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Posted by on 22 July

Utica Campus, high school host Community Days

Local communities can learn more about the Hinds Community College’s Utica Campus and Hinds Agricultural High School during a series of Community Days that also include a meet-and-greet with new Vice President Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson, who is an alumna.

The Community Days are at 6 p.m. for the following dates and locations:

  • July 25, Fountain Hall, Raymond Campus
  • July 29, Fine Arts Complex, Utica Campus
  • July 30, City of Bolton Town Hall
  • Aug. 1, City of Edwards Town Hall

Hinds AHS and college recruiters will be on hand to talk to interested students about attending either Hinds Agricultural High School or the Utica Campus. Students will be able to complete admissions applications and enroll for fall classes while enjoying hot dogs, snow cones and popcorn.

Alumni from both Hinds AHS and the college campus, which have a 110-year legacy educating mostly African American students, will be on hand to talk about their experiences.

Hinds AHS is located on the Utica Campus of Hinds Community College. It’s a school of choice for any student in Hinds County – including the Clinton, Jackson and Hinds County school districts – and students in Copiah and Claiborne counties who have permission from the local school board. High school students can dual enroll in classes on the Utica Campus tuition-free.

The Utica Campus is home to the renowned Jubilee Singers under the direction of Dr. Bobby Cooper. The campus features residence halls, a five-year-old Fine Arts Complex and a newly renovated Wellness Complex. With small class sizes and a personal atmosphere, students can shine in college activities including leadership and athletics.

Among those who have attended the high school and/or the college campus are U.S. Rep. Bennie Thompson, Tougaloo College President Beverly Hogan and 2004 Silver Medal Olympian in track Otis Harris.

For more information about Hinds AHS, contact the school at 601.885.7083. For information about the Utica Campus, call 601.885.6062.

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Posted by on 18 July

Utica Campus trains future business owners


The Utica Campus of Hinds Community College recently hosted 15 future business owners during a 10-day Dream Builders Entrepreneurship Institute. The participants were high school students from Jackson, Hazlehurst, Utica, Terry and Harrisville.

During the Institute, students were divided into teams and were given assignment and projects to complete. They participated in seminars, workshop and simulations on a daily basis, all of which were designed to stimulate, strengthen and increase their ideas and skills in producing a successful business.

During the last week of the Institute, the groups implemented the business plan that included purchasing the products, marketing and selling.The three groups were set up on campus and sold their goods for three days. The businesses included HighTrendality, an accessories and apparel company; Healthy Treats, a healthy foods company, and Da Snack Shack, a snack company.

Of the three business groups, Da Snack Shack was the most successful, with a 49 percent profit. Members of that group were Allyson Banks from Hazlehurst High School, Breykia Cooper and Joshua Gandy from Raymond High School and Randy Smith and Shandria Sutton from Hazlehurst High School.

The institute culminated with each group giving a presentation of skills developed during the nine-day Dream Builders Entrepreneurship Institute.

The Dream Builders Entrepreneurship Institute is sponsored with Title III funds. Dr. Tiffany Anderson is coordinator of Title III. Jessica Smith, business entrepreneurship director, coordinates the Institute.

Members and consultants of the Dream Builders Entrepreneurship Institute are, front from left, Jonnese Goings, consultant, Port Gibson High School; Brieanne Brown, Raymond High School; Shandria Sutton, Stacey Porter and MyJewels Bates, Hazlehurst High School; and Cordasha Bland, Raymond High School; middle row, Delesha Butler, Hinds AHS; Derek Taylor and Miyah Little, Terry High School; Jennifer Smith, Mendenhall High School and Allyson Banks, Hazlehurt
High School.; back, Joshua Gandy and Breykia Cooper, Raymond High School; Randy Smith, Titus Smith and Johnathan Lynch, Hazlehurt High School and Jeremiah Thomas, consultant, Crystal Springs High School.

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Posted by on 09 July

Alum named middle school Principal of the Year

Joe Nelson Jr., a graduate of Hinds Agricultural High School and Hinds’ Utica Campus, was recently named the Mississippi Middle Level Principal of the Year by the Mississippi Association of Secondary School Principals. The MetLife/ National Association of Secondary School Principals’ (NASSP) National Principals of the Year Program designated Nelson as a State winner, thereby qualifying him as a contender for the National Principal of the Year honor.

“Any honor that I receive is a reflection of and a tribute to the people with whom I work; therefore, I am humble and pay homage to my staff. Here, at Pass Christian Middle School, we work as a team. That is how we get the job done of providing our students with a first-class education,” Nelson said.

The Pass Christian Middle School principal credits the education he received from Hinds AHS and the Utica Campus for paving the way for his accomplishments. “The professionalism, genuine concern, and education that I received while attending Hinds AHS and the Utica Campus as well as growing up on that Campus were awesome for me. Even when I was not in class, I was around excellent role models like President. J. Louis Stokes and his wife, Mrs. Faye Stokes, and Mr. Melvin and Mrs. Magnolia Hampton,” Nelson said. “All of these people treated me like family.”

Nelson remembers his college days on the Utica Campus as the springboard to the educational leader he is today. “Both my parents were educators, and my father was the basketball coach for many years at Utica Junior College and the Utica Campus of Hinds Community College. They instilled certain qualities into my brother and me: teamwork, perseverance, commitment, honesty, and hard work. That is the foundation on which I stand,” Nelson said.

“Mrs. Hampton was my high school English teacher. She transferred over to the college where she and Mrs. Bessie Brown taught me college English. I thought they were tough on me, but it paid off as I pursued my advanced degrees,” Nelson said.

From a pool of outstanding administrators, six national finalists will be named and then two national winners will be chosen by a distinguished panel of judges. The national finalists will each receive a $1,500 grant and the national winners will receive a $5,000 grant. Nelson, along with the other state winners, will be honored at a three-day event in Washington, D.C, and Sept.18 – 21, 2013.

“NASSP is honored to recognize the outstanding work of Joe Nelson,” said JoAnn Bartoletti, NASSP executive director. “Great schools don’t happen without strong, visionary leadership. The stories of such leadership that we capture in the MetLife/NASSP Principal of the Year program continue to impress us and inspire us.”

During the four-day networking event, Sept. 18 – 21, 2013, some of the nation’s “best principals” will visit Capitol Hill to meet with legislators. The event will culminate with a black-tie gala to recognize the achievements of each of the state honorees, the national finalists, and the national winners.


Registration is now in progress until July 19 for new students and transfer students, grades 9-12, who plan to attend Hinds Agricultural High School for the 2013-2014 school year.

The designated time for registration is 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday or 8:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. on Tuesday.  Students who have pre-registered should bring their birth certificate, social security card, two proof of residency and final grade report card from the last school they attended in order to complete registration. Transfer students should bring their withdrawal papers, a copy of their transcript, birth certificate and social security card and two proof of residency.

For more information, please call the Principal’s Office at 601.885.7047 or the Counselor’s Office at 601.885.7046.

Hinds Agricultural High School is a school of choice for any student in Hinds County – including the Clinton, Jackson and Hinds County school districts – and students in Copiah and Claiborne counties who have permission from the local school board. It’s located on the Utica Campus of Hinds Community College.


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Posted by on 08 July

New vice president named for Utica, Vicksburg/Warren Campuses

debra.jackson[1]The Board of Trustees has unanimously approved the selection of Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson as the new vice president for the Utica Campus, Vicksburg-Warren Campus and Administrative Services, replacing Dr. George Barnes. She will oversee the operation of both campuses and Hinds Agricultural High School and will be the administrator in charge of the district’s non-discrimination policies and compliance.


“We are very fortunate to have someone with her background and educational experience,” said Dr. Clyde Muse, Hinds Community College president. “She is uniquely suited to this leadership position at the college and to the duties associated with Hinds Agricultural High School.  As an alumnus of the Utica Campus, she fully appreciates the mission of the college and the Utica Campus’ special historical significance.”

Dr. Mays-Jackson is currently serving as executive director of academic support for high schools in the Jackson Public School District and supervises the academic programs of seven high schools and two specialty schools, including the International Baccalaureate, the Academic and Performing Arts, JROTC and Career Development Center.

She previously served as principal of Forest Hill High School, from 2007-2011. While at Forest Hill, she led the school from “Underperforming School “status to “Successful” status in one school year and helped the school to maintain “Successful” status for three consecutive years. In 2011, she was recognized as the Administrator of the Year for JPS.

Other previous positions include choral director for Powell Middle School and Canton High School, middle school assistant principal for Hardy Middle School, and high school assistant principal for Murrah High School.

In 2011, Dr. Mays-Jackson delivered the commencement address at the Utica Campus and, most recently, she worked with the college to establish a Mississippi Works/Early College partnership between JPS and Hinds.

Her talent and love of music was nurtured at the Utica Campus under the tutelage of Dr. Bobby Cooper. She earned an Associate of Arts degree from Hinds in 1989.

“I’m honored to return to Hinds Community College, Utica Campus, in in this capacity,” she said. “It was at the Utica Campus where my foundation for adult life and a career were established. It is my desire to effectively lead our campuses with passion and integrity. We will, in a family-oriented atmosphere, continue to serve students and prepare them for success. I am eager to begin the work on July 22.”

Dr. 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. She is currently serving as an adjunct professor in the JSU Educational Leadership department.

She and her husband G. Torrie Jackson, Jr. currently live in Terry, Miss., and have two children, sons Cameron, 16, and Kendall, 13.

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