Hinds Community College Blog

Authentic education heroes highlight September

Posted by Cathy Hayden on Thu, Oct, 01, 2015 @ 14:10:00 PM

For me September was a month of honoring some of my favorite education heroes. Let me explain.

I started out September watching my boss, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, receive the Winter-Reed Partnership Award from the Mississippi Association of Partners in Education. He has been president of Hinds since 1978. We see the fruits of his labor throughout the college in the buildings and programs but, most of all, in the lives of the many students he has touched.

It was a joyous day made even more so by his receiving the award from former Gov. William Winter, the force behind the Education Reform Act of 1982. I used to tell my children that Gov. Winter was the reason they were able to go to kindergarten.

To see two of my heroes together, two people I have long admired for being just who they are, was such an uplifting experience. These are two down-to-earth guys who care passionately about education, about doing the most for the least.


For the news story about this event click here:

Then later in the month I had the pleasure of sitting down for an hour interview with another one of my favorite people. When I was an education reporter at The Clarion-Ledger from 1989 to 2006, Dr. Tom Burnham, former state superintendent of education, was, of course, one of my top sources for education news.

Burnham, a Hinds graduate, is our 2015 Alumnus of the Year.  He will be honored on Oct. 15 at the Alumni Recognition Dinner as part of our annual Homecoming activities.


He was one of the most open education officials I had the pleasure of working with. He always had such real passion for doing the right thing for kids. His was a story I always wanted to tell. I finally got the chance.

For the story about Dr. Burnham, which is also featured in our fall 2015 Hindsight alumni magazine,click here:

Yes, September was a great month for education heroes.  

My soul, my mind, my body: Student dancer's passion drives him to success

Posted by April Garon on Mon, Sep, 28, 2015 @ 07:09:00 AM

Javadric Kelly demostrates his strength and agility by holding this horizontal pose for several seconds. Kelly has been involved in dance since the age of three. "Most people think that dancing is not a sport, but it actually it is. When I'm finished dancing, my bones will be sore and I will ice down my body. Dancing keeps me in shape, it keeps me fit," Kelly said. 
Javadric Kelly is studying dance at the Raymond Campus of Hinds Community College. He is actively involved as a member of Montage Theatre of Dance, Phi Theta Kappa and as manager of the Hi-Steppers. 
As Kelly works toward his degree, he already has a flourishing professional career as a hip-hop dance choreographer. He is a star in the hit dance television series, "Bring It," which airs on Lifetime. 
Kelly demonstrated his talent and agility in the following images with acrobatics and flips.
"Dance is important to me because I can always express myself through movement. When I’m dancing, I feel as if I’m away from all my problems, away from the world. I know everybody goes through a lot of things in life, but dancing keep me focused and on track. It makes me feel some type of way, gives me the feeling that I love to feel all the time. It’s like a drug, and I’m addicted to it. I can’t stop dancing because it’s a part of my life. It’s a part of me and my soul, my mind, my body. I just love it."
Kelly performs a flip at the Courtyard on the Raymond Campus. He has travelled to perform with Montage Theatre of Dance to New York, Texas, Georgia and Tennessee. He got involved with the Lifetime's "Bring It" with friend Timothy Jones.  "Ever since I was on the hit TV show "Bring It" it has opened doors for me. People have invited me to  teach hip hop workshops at their studios and I get paid for it. If you get paid for choreography you are a professional dancer. This is my passion, I love to do it, I’ll do it for free if I have to. Because I eat and breathe dance. Dance or die, that’s me."
Kelly encourages individuals interested in dance to immerse themselves in the art. "All I have to say to all the people that can’t find the courage to dance but want to dance—just dance, just go to school and take technique classes. Even though I didn’t get started in the studio, I knew what I was missing."
Javadric_Kelly_-45Kelly encouraged fellow students to follow their dreams and follow up with hard work and dedication. "Don’t let nobody tell you what you need to do in life. It’s your life, you live your own life, so if you want to dance, you dance, if you want to be a nurse, be a nurse, if you want to be a police officer, be a police officer, just follow your dreams. I swear to you it will all pay off, you've just got to work hard. Everybody wants to be famous, but they don’t want to put the work in. Work hard and never give up on your dream, because I never did."
All photos by April Garon

Topics: PR

Braving the heat to see Eagles' blazing start

Posted by Danny Barrett Jr. on Fri, Sep, 18, 2015 @ 15:09:00 PM

A hot, humid night made better only by a quick-striking offense and a snappy marching band must mean one thing – it’s football season in the South again.

Attending my first football game played outdoors since I tooted a clarinet in my high school band a million years ago surely brought back memories. For the Sept. 3 game against Northeast Community College, I must say my backside had fond memories of them as well, courtesy of the classic metal bleachers. I’ll have to remember to obtain a portable “stadium seat” for myself and for my girlfriend, Laura. Along with the motionless late-summer air, metal bleachers symbolize manly-man football to a T.


I’m never one for attending a game hungry, so I was sure to grab a hot dog from the housing folks who set up on the concrete pad. Once the action began, it was quite the time warp for me. Wide receiver Javon Wims glided through the middle of the Northeast defense with ease on a 65-yard catch-and-run. Soon, we’re up 17-0, then 34-7, en route to a 44-13 demolition job on the visiting Tigers. My old high school, also named the Eagles, was like that. They ran the old veer-option, which, physically, was a small-ball version of todays’ so-called spread offense that permeates high school and college football. We rarely lost in the regular season in my four years of high school but fell short of a state title each time.

Seeing members of the Eagle Band set up before the game and prep for halftime brought me back to my own field of dreams. Unlike the more muscular guys in shoulder pads, I was the shrimpy guy in a different kind of T-formation – the bat symbol from the “Batman” movie franchise. Composer Danny Elfman’s original score from the 1989 film was our field show music for senior year. It was some of the best fun I’ll probably ever have with a group of people. And I’ve been through many a staff meeting in my professional life, too.


The band’s rendition of “Seasons of Love” from the Broadway musical “Rent” capped off a solid halftime show, one that featured a recognition of some of Hinds’ gridiron greats through the years. Alas, the ungodly humidity did this old man and his lady in by halftime. She manages her asthma pretty well, but we found she manages even better with the car a/c full blast and the entertaining call of the game from 87.7 FM.

These Eagles are 3-1 and just a patch on a mistake here and there from being undefeated. If you haven’t been part of the crowd that’s packed Joe Renfroe Stadium so far, run and don’t walk to grab an inch of space. I’ll need company if I’m to see my first Eagle championship!




Journalism students take first try at interview techniques

Posted by Cathy Hayden on Mon, Sep, 14, 2015 @ 12:09:00 PM

News writing instructor Stacey Duke and I team teach the College Publications class for The Hindsonian student newspaper. Our first assignment in the class was to have our students divide into teams, come with a question to ask students and put together their answers along with the photos.

The idea: Just to get students used to coming up with good questions to ask and interviewing people. Here are the results of the first attempt:

By Armani Hutchins


What do you hope to accomplish while you are at Hinds Community College?



 “I plan on accomplishing many things, such as gaining knowledge, being sociable and becoming a better artist.” – Freshman Michael Neal, 18, of Vicksburg, 18, an art major on the Raymond Campus



“I want to accomplish plenty, like going to games, meeting new people and keeping my grades up.” - Freshman Bailey Johnson, 18, of Raymond, a history major on the Raymond Campus


By Demarquez Jones


What do you hope to accomplish while you are at Hinds Community College?


"Well I guess my biggest accomplishment would have to be to graduate and to make good grades." - Freshman Kristian Burnett, 18, of Byram



"I would love to keep a 3.0 or above while going to Hinds this year." Shakelle Meddow, 20, the Bahamas, a computer science major on the Raymond Campus


By Brianna Goode


How has Hinds influenced or inspired you so far?


"Now that I want to become an instructor, it is easier for me to respect and appreciate my teachers for the work they do.” - Steven Anderson, 23, of Richland, history major on the  Raymond Campus, who changed his career path from archeology to education



"Hair and cosmetology are evergrowing fields in which it is easy to expand your personal expression. – Sarah Slabach, 21, of Florence, Raymond Campus, who found her true passion in hairdressing after three semesters as an art major



By Dakota Powell


How has Hinds influenced or inspired you so far?


"The instructors at Hinds for many of my artistic classes such as creative writing always told me my writing was really good and always encouraged me to pursue it, which gave me a big confidence boost at the time when I was writing my lyrics and music." Chris has since produced a free album currently growing in popularity on his social media sights. – Sophomore Chris Mounger, 22, of Clinton, Raymond Campus


“I have always lived in a business-oriented community, and Hinds has helped me realize I actually have great interest in the field of business" - Sophomore Austin Rivers, 19, of Puckett, a Rankin Campus business major whose family owns a gardening company called Rivers.


By Andrew Rideau



How has your experience living in a residence hall on the Raymond Campus been so far?


“Good things: I’d say having certain furnishings such as a fridge, mattress… just the basic things. Bad things: I have complaints about having a lack of microwaves, which is a bit inconvenient… Also, not having locks on the bathroom doors can be awkward and being forced to have a Meal Plan is not quite what I expected but I am glad to have one now. Overall, it is a worthwhile experience to meet new people and make new friends.” – Freshman Marcus R. Armstrong, 18, of Clinton, a computer programming major who lives in Greaves Hall on the Raymond Campus



“It has been a good experience because of the walking that I do to get to places, which is more convenient than having to commute.” – Sophomore Katie Greer, 23, of Clinton, a graphic design major who lives in Davis Hall on the Raymond Campus after living in Pickett Hall the first year



 “The bad part about living on campus for myself was that I had a hard time finding the book store so I could get my books for certain classes. I loved that I had more freedom here than from my strict high school. I like that I can stay out or be with friends when I can.” - Freshman Zaria Ragsdale, 18, of Clinton, an accounting major who lives in a residence hall on the Raymond Campus




 “I reside here on campus due to the convenience of being close to my classes. I enjoyed meeting new people and developing many friendships during my stay. That has been my favorite part of the experience. My only complaint is the curfew. I believe as a resident, that we should not have a curfew. We are grown-ups and are more of the consequences than we did as high school students.” – Sophomore Lindsey Brown, 20, of Crystal Springs, a computer engineering major in lives in a residence hall on the Raymond Campus

Do you 'see' a photo or just 'look' at it?

Posted by Tracy Duncan on Fri, Sep, 11, 2015 @ 16:09:00 PM

See versus look

According to Merriam-Webster's dictionary, online at www. Merriam-Webster.com, the definition for "see" includes the phrases, to perceive by the eye; to come to know; to be aware of. And the definition for "look" includes, to exercise the power of vision.

I would interpret these terms and actions, in regards to using ours eyes to view, as two different ways and depths of viewing a photograph.

"Looking'' is taking in a quick and overall view, while ''seeing'' is actually engaging in finding the details of the photograph, movie, or visual.

Take the vintage photo below, for instance, of Hinds Community College from 1917, when it was just starting out as Hinds County Agricultural High School. Look at the photo and think about what is in the image. This is a photo that I scanned and plan to colorize for use in 2017, 100 years celebration.

Become aware, don't just use your power of vision.

Hinds Community College 1917

Circa. 1917 - Hinds Community College, in its infancy. 

The land in this photograph has since been reworked and the buildings razed and rebuilt, with the exception of the left one in the forground which was the Old Main Women's Residence and remains a girls dorm today, Pickett Hall. The Main building and the Old Main Men's Residence in the right background are gone.

When asked, you might say you saw: three buildings and some trees, a house and a car, all in a grassy area. That's what I saw, at first. Then I started ''seeing'' more subjects in the photo. My co-worker, Tammi Bowles an experienced Hinds photographer, was viewing it while I ''looked'' at it. She ''saw'' a chicken. I missed the fowl. I asked her if she ''saw'' the people way in the background, she hadn't. Then we both began to really ''see'' things in the photo that had been missed by our eyes while just looking before. See (no pun intended this time) if you can find some of the many other objects and people in the photo. You'll have to do more than just 'look'. Really try to ''see'' the details. 

Do you ''see'' any of the things I have since found?...the rooster; the hen; the bored little child waiting behind the steering wheel of one of the cars for someone (probably the photographer of this photo as noted by Tammi, ); the road sign; the resting cow; the white posts surrounding the white house; the lady in the white dress next to the man with two mules; the men in a wagon under the trees; the person in the open, dark window; the four men and the old flat-bed pick-up truck. 

I realize that you might not be able, in this blog, to zoom in on the large photo the way I could, so I helped you out here.

By the way, the original photograph hangs in the McLendon Library on the Hinds - Raymond campus, so take some time to visit the library and ''see'' what else you can find in this old photo. child




As a graphic artist, photographer and and sometimes just nit-picky person, I look for the details in photos or objects either for production purposes or just to find little things that most people don't notice. 

'See' things from a different angle in the future.

The next time you take the time to view a photograph, stop for a brief moment and really try to ''see'' it and what the photographer has captured, on purpose or just by accident. You'll be amazed at how much you will find that you never knew was there.

I suppose this ''seeing'' philosophy can be applied to everyday life, college life, raising children, a marriage or a friendship as well as many other important things in our lives. 

As the old saying goes, ''stop to smell the roses,'' and while you're at it, you might just ''see'' a few extra blooms while you're sniffing.


Take a Walk in “Your Own” Shoes

Posted by Tammi Bowles on Thu, Sep, 03, 2015 @ 16:09:00 PM


Most of my past blogs have been about me going back to school… this one is going to be about something a bit different.

I have shot many graduations during my photography career here at Hinds Community College. A few years ago, at a spring graduation, I noticed the shoes a bit more than normal. Keep in mind that the only thing you can see, on a well thought out outfit, on graduation day, is the shoes! So that got me to thinking (and snapping) as the graduates made their way across that stage to receive that diploma!

At Cain-Cochran Hall, where graduation has been held for many years, if you are the photographer you will most likely be sitting on the front row. This is about eye level with the stage…perfect for taking shoe shots! So here are a few of the many shoes that I noticed that day.

Now I should probably make this blog somewhat helpful for those of you that want to “standout” at YOUR graduation, so here are some tips:

1. Being comfortable on graduation day is a must. You will be walking, standing, sitting, posing and more! If you don’t want to go the sandals route, I suggest finding a pair of wedges that is comfortable to walk in. They will give you support and make your look more dressed-up than flats.                                    


2. Ankle straps are your friends. If wedges aren't your thing, consider looking for a pair of graduation shoes that buckle around the ankle. Ankle strap shoes make your legs look longer, which is great when you're wearing a huge robe. Not to mention, if you're an amateur high heels walker, it can help to have something holding your ankle in place.

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3. No need to match your shoes to your dress (or suite for you guys). Go crazy with color! It might feel weird wearing shoes that may clash with your cap and gown, but embrace it!

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4. Heels or not! Doesn’t really matter. If you aren't feeling heels for graduation, ditch 'em and wear flats, sneakers or even boots!

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Graduation is your big day, and aside from the cap and gown, you're free to determine your wardrobe. You worked hard to get where you are, so don't let convention get in the way of showing off your style.


Topics: PR

Why not Hinds? Here are 10 reasons why "yes" Hinds

Posted by Dan Rives on Tue, Aug, 25, 2015 @ 13:08:00 PM

This is a question I typically ask potential student-athletes that are in the recruiting phase of their high school careers.

Why not Hinds?

This is in no way saying that there aren’t other options out there that are of high quality, but in a non-biased way (or maybe just a bit biased), I feel that Hinds is THE best option out there in the state of Mississippi in choosing a community college.

Here are just 10 reasons (in no particular order) as to why I feel this way, mainly from an athletic-minded point of view:

1. Phil Bryant (pictured below), the Governor of the state of Mississippi, is a Hinds graduate. The face of our state still speaks glowingly of his time spent here.


2. Philip Gunn, the Speaker of the House for the state of Mississippi, sent his twin sons, Andrew & Alex, to Hinds to be student-athletes as a part of the baseball program

3. Trell Kimmons (pictured below), a former Hinds All-American, was a silver medalist in the 2012 London Olympics as a part of the 4x100 meter relay team for the United States


4. The Hinds Community College men’s track and field program, led by Reginald Dillon, has claimed 21 national championships since 2005. Meanwhile, the Lady Eagles women’s track and field program, currently led by Dillon and Bill Ferguson before him, has won four national championships since the program was reinstated in 2009

5. The Eagles football program has won 13 Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) state championships, has had more than 50 players selected in the NFL draft since 1987 and are led by Gene Murphy, who is the active wins leader in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) ranks with a 164-66-5 overall record.

6. The Hinds baseball program, led by Sam Temple, has won eight MACJC state championships, including the 2010, 2012 & 2015 titles, along with winning the 2014 Region XXIII championship and playing in the national championship game in Enid, Okla. The 2015 version of Hinds baseball set a school record with 43 wins and spent eight weeks in the No. 1 spot in the NJCAA polls.

(pictured: 2015 Hinds baseball team after winning the MACJC state title)


7. The men’s soccer program, led by Doug Williams, has won nine state championships since 2000, including five consecutive titles from 2004-2008. The Lady Eagles women’s soccer program, headed by Marcille McLendon, has won eight state titles, including seven in a row from 1998-2004.

8. Raymond, the site of our main campus, is roughly 10 minutes away from our state capital of Jackson, and 30 minutes or less from the suburbs and places such as Brandon, Clinton, Madison and Pearl.

(pictured: Raymond Courthouse)


9. Hinds is the largest community college in the state of Mississippi and features six locations: Jackson (two, A/TC and Nursing Allied Health Center); Rankin, Raymond, Utica and Vicksburg. The tuition costs are very affordable and scholarship opportunities abound.

10. Again, this is from an unbiased opinion (slightly), but our campuses and the surrounding facilities are second to none. This goes for both the outside and the inside of the academic and athletic facilities, as well as the sheer beauty of our campuses.

(pictured: Cain-Cochran Hall on the inside)


I could go on and on as to why Hinds would be the best option in choosing a community college, but the better question is: Why not Hinds?

Hinds Adds Three New Agriculture Programs

Posted by Jamie Nash on Mon, Aug, 24, 2015 @ 15:08:00 PM

Hinds Community College offers over 70 Career and Technical Programs for those seeking high-wage, high-skill and high-demand jobs.  From Court Reporting to Graphic Design to Electronics Technology, there is a program for everyone! Career Tech Programs at Hinds are an affordable option if you're considering a career change or just want to gain additional skills that will give you a competitive advantage in the workplace. 

Career Tech program options continue to grow as Hinds Community College adds three new program options under the  Agriculture Food and Natural Resources curriculum for the Fall 2015 semester.  The three program options are: 

  • Precision Agriculture Technology
  • Animal Science Technology (Poultry Option) 
  • Animal Science Technology (Beef Option)
2015-08-24_145827_00001Precision Agriculture Technology:  Recent developments in un-manned aircraft, entomology, plant pathology, and weed science in conjunction with advanced technologies such as remote sensing, global positioning, geographic information systems, and variable rate technology are dynamically influencing agricultural productivity. In addition, the implementation of these technologies can greatly improve environmental quality by reducing the volume of agricultural chemicals applied. The emergence of these technologies has increased the demand for technically trained workers.


2015-08-24_145846_00001Animal Science Technology – Poultry Option:  The Animal Science Technology Poultry Option is designed to provide students with skills in the following areas: poultry management, agribusiness management, basic maintenance technology, and human relations. Specific jobs may include: farm managers, agribusiness managers, agriculture supply representatives, equipment sales, poultry sales, chemical sales, research assistants, soil conservation technicians, food processing supervisors and other entry level management positions.


Animal Science Technology – Beef Option:  The Animal Science Technology Beef Production Option allows students to pursue a variety of agriculture careers. Through this program, students will aquire skills and expereince in: livestock management, agribusiness management, basic maintenance technology, and human relations. Specific jobs may include: farm and ranch managers, agribusiness managers, agriculture supply representatives, equipment sales, livestock sales, chemical sales, research assistants, soil conservation.

Danny Barrett's new release 'HindsCC Agriculture Department adds three classes for Fall 2015'  quoted Dr. Chad Stocks:

“These new Agriculture programs take a unique approach to instruction by using industry driven curriculums that included industry partners at the table leading their development,” said Dr. Chad Stocks, VP of Workforce Development and Coordination of Career/Technical Education. “The classes are hands-on, with field trips to local farms and related agriculture businesses.” Stocks also said that Mississippi-based egg producer Cal-Maine, the nation’s largest producer and marketer of shell eggs, helped form the curriculum and is offering paid internships to students who complete the program. 


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Topics: Career Tech

‘Dynamic duo’ gets Hinds CC Rankin students off on right foot

Posted by Cathy Hayden on Mon, Aug, 17, 2015 @ 12:08:00 PM

The second most exciting day at Hinds Community College — after my favorite event, graduation — is the first day of fall classes in August. We get a lot of fresh, eager — and lost  faces ready to start their educational careers. And it’s “all hands on deck” for the entire college. Everyone does whatever is necessary to help.

In my former life as a newspaper reporter, I spent a considerable amount of time covering the first day of classes in the K-12 realm, a lot of times focusing on the cute kindergarteners or the terrified freshmen.

At Hinds, I have spent the last several years visiting our Rankin Campus, in the county where I live, wielding a camera and notepad.  PR colleagues Danny Barrett Jr. and April Garon handled the first day of classes on the Raymond Campus.

But if you happened to be looking for the “dynamic duo” on Aug. 17, I know where they were and what they were doing — helping new students on the Rankin Campus find their classes.

One half of that duo was our new vice president, Dr. Norman Session, whom we stole from Rankin County schools. Dr. Session oversees two campuses, the Rankin Campus and Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center.  The other half was Jack Hust, director of physical plant for the Rankin Campus.

The two of them spent their morning figuring out where lost students needed to be and helping them get there. They have honed their skills at reading students’ schedules and pointing them in the right direction.

To learn more about our Rankin Campus see the Hinds website at



Kimberly Measels of Brandon, Session and Hust



Hust and Mary Murphree of Brandon



Hust and Caleb Bradford of Pearl



Hust and nursing student Christiaan Presley of Lena



Brooke Barnes of Pearl, physical therapy assisting major, and Session



Hust and Nicholas Attkinsson of Brandon 



Session, Hust and Taylor Kitchens of Brandon


So the moral to this story is this: If you're lost and wondering where to go, come to Hinds' Rankin Campus and somebody there will point you in the right direction.

Topics: Rankin Campus, HindsCC

Say cheese! Oh, wait…not yet

Posted by Danny Barrett Jr. on Thu, Aug, 13, 2015 @ 15:08:00 PM

Got a leak? Call a plumber. Got a broken a/c unit? Call the repairman. Need a photograph taken? Call a photographer.

Weeelllll…..that last part isn’t so simple when your office is in-between full-time staff photographers. An all-day workforce development seminar in which Hinds and other entities participated landed on July 27 – nearly two weeks after we bid former multimedia specialist Melanie Boyd best of luck in the world of modern-day daily newspapers. Interviews for a replacement were incomplete, so that left me, a writing specialist and functional idiot when it comes to pro cameras, as the lone option to cover the event.


With smartphones, life is good. Tap an app, and you get pretty much what you want. Taking pictures on a phone can turn anyone into an expert. That goes double for me, who is simply afraid to press one of the multiple buttons on a Canon EOS Rebel T2i, pictured above. Fear of doing this, of course, is akin to accidentally pressing the nuclear button, or at the very least the fire alarm in one of the buildings here. Staying in one’s element is needed to keep order in the world, no?

I’ll admit my fear was borne of inexperience and the need for training an old journalist needs when the prefix “photo” wasn’t ever in his job title. A decade in daily news with dedicated photographers around most of the time often kept me from operating anything more complex than a small, “point-and-shoot” camera. Those are nice – one main button, stay away from anything shaped like a wheel, and I’m good to go!

On that note, I’m indebted to public relations/photography assistant Tammi Bowles for a quick tutorial the previous Friday on what to press and what not to press on this bulky object. Oh, and making sure the batteries were charged enough. That’s important, too, they tell me. And so is not pressing the “ISO” button instead of the shutter. In my mind, touching anything but the shutter would be like crossing the streams in the original “Ghostbusters” – extraordinarily bad, as Egon would say. Heading into it, I would have volunteered happily to learn how to do purchasing orders with Tammi rather than impersonate a photographer.

Overall, the pictures didn’t look too shabby once I remembered to hook up the flash bar. Zooming in and out presented its challenges, as seen in this weirdly-focused shot of David Campbell, the assistant chief of the Vicksburg Warren School District.   


Ditto for the next two, of Vicksburg Warren Campus Dean Marvin Moak and of Dr. Clay Walden, of Mississippi State. Each is publishable only in the context of showing bad photography.



But, finally, my inner shutterbug buzzed a little louder with some group shots that evolved with each try. Case in point being the group pics of our president, Dr. Clyde Muse, and some event participants and organizers. Kudos to Vice President Colleen Hartfield for asking them to corner themselves for a few seconds for this novice’s sake.



Alas, my days as the staff photographer, already numbered, ended later that week with the hiring of April Garon. She’s quite the capable multimedia specialist with whom I’ll team to bring events at Hinds to life. I’ll stick to painting pictures with words; it’s what I do best.

In the meantime, I’m all in favor of a PDI session on photography. You could even call it Photography for Dummies, in the spirit of the popular series of how-to manuals. There, I’m sure I’ll figure out what all those symbols on the gear wheel mean. Be gentle with me, I’d ask the moderator, as I learn best by making mistakes first.

It’s one instance where the photographer and not the subject had to worry about breaking the camera.