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Hard work pays off for SEC bound Dennis

 
Throughout Gene Murphy's tenure as head coach the Hinds Community College football program has developed some of the best talent to ever come through the state of Mississippi. Sophomore defensive back Kenya Dennis is a prime example of a player that needed the community college experience to reach the next level.

Dennis was a star on and off the field for Leland High School, a 2A school in a small delta town in Washington County.

"I heard Hinds had a great program my senior year and shortly after that they began to recruit me," said Dennis.

Dennis' position coach during the 2012 season, Chris Mattox, now at Coahoma Community College said, "We recruited Kenya because he was big, physical, and athletic, three things everyone wants in a corner. However, the type of person he is made me believe he would become a future SEC player."

A few months after his freshman season Dennis received a written scholarship offer from University of Missouri and in June of this year, he committed.

"It has always been my dream to play in the SEC," said Dennis. "Head coach Gene Murphy and his staff has done a fabulous job preparing me for the SEC and I cannot wait to go head to head with the best receivers in college football."

"Kenya is a physical freak of nature," said secondary coach Clarence McDougal. "He has tremendous heart, a high motor, and has great knowledge for the game."

It's that time again!

 

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Well yall, its that time again! School is back in session.

How was everyones summer? Mine was pretty amazing!! I managed to get alot done, but also enjoy the bright sun and cold swimming pools and lakes. I have now made it through my second week in new classes, and a new campus with new faces! I started at Hinds in Raymond last semester, but am taking classes on the Rankin campus now. I must say the Rankin campus is alot different than Raymond in many ways!

Luckily, all of my classes are in the same building for my busy days, and classes on my shorter days are the only ones in a different building. It would have been very stressful trying to walk or drive from building to building for my next class considering they are all back to back. At Raymond, all the buildings were close enough to walk-but not here!

Although I really like this campus, I do miss the cafeteria food at Raymond everyday (as weird as that sounds). Another thing I miss is all the new friends I made at the Raymond campus, but I am slowly making more new friends here at Rankin campus as well.

I hope everyone had an enjoyable summer and I wish the best for your school year at Hinds!

GO EAGLES!!

For education inspiration, try the obituary page

 

If you’re an adult who would like to go back to college but you’re afraid to, perhaps you should read the obituary of a lady The Clarion-Ledger, including on Aug. 26, the day I read it.

I’m in the habit of looking over the obituaries almost every day. I’ve gotten to the age, ahem, when I might know someone.

I don’t know Dr. L.C. Dorsey or her family at all. But her obituary caught my eye.

She was born in 1938. She left high school in her senior year “to become a wife and mother of six children.” In 1968, at the age of 30, she returned to school and received a GED, which is a high school equivalency certificate. But as the title of her obituary implies, she didn’t stop there.

Dr. Dorsey received a master’s degree in social work, a certificate in Health Management from John Hopkins University and a doctorate in Social Work from Howard University.

“She also studied in Israel, the People’s Republic of China, Kazakhstan, India, Russia and South Africa,” it says.

Wow.

She left behind six children, seven grandchildren, one great-grandson. Her family requests memorial gifts to be made to Tougaloo College, “which she loved dearly.”

I googled Dr. Dorsey and found a long and impressive career in public service in Mississippi. I won’t detail all that here. You can do the same and find what I found.

But if you’re on the fence about whether it’s “too late” to go back to school and get your GED, or “too late” to enroll in Hinds Community College and work on your associate degree, or “too late” to enroll in that bachelor’s or graduate program, just think about this: Every year you have a birthday. Every year you’re another year older. Those birthdays keep on coming, no matter what is going on in your life. Would you rather have your next birthday with another year wasted and no progress made? Or would you rather have that birthday come with the realization you are in the process of completing an educational goal on your bucket list?

I have a birthday coming up, one of those scary landmark ones that make you realize that time is marching on. Today, Aug. 26, is also the first day of my first class in the master’s program I enrolled in. I won’t lie – I’m nervous. But if Dr. Dorsey can do it, so can I.

If you’re interested in enrolling in Hinds and getting started, second eight-week classes begin on Oct. 15.

To get started, go to our website at www.hindscc.edu.

 

My Experience and Success at Hinds Community College

 

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Wow, I cannot believe that I am an official graduate of Hinds Community College. To this day, I still look back on the day in kindergarten when my teacher Mrs. Stewart asked me what I wanted to do when I grow up and my response was that I was going to graduate high school, go to Ole Miss and then medical school. As Hinds would end up being the first detour along the way to destination future, I am proud of my accomplishments up to this point. I encourage new Hinds students to be involved on campus and take advantage of all the opportunities offered.

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Me in Kindergarten with Stewie the bear :) 

Instead of going straight to Ole Miss, I was informed about an honors program at Hinds Community College in Raymond. I would later go with my dad to register for classes. At the time, I thought I would be commuting back and forth between school and home. After I turned in my cap and gown after high school graduation, I was told of a Resident Assistant (RA) postion that would guarantee housing for me at Hinds.


Unlike most students who get a feel of the school after classes start, I moved into Marshall Hall a few weeks prior for RA training. Although being an RA is time consuming, I managed to be involved in other campus orginizations such as RHA, ASG, honors program, public relations and biology club. Each of these orginizations benefitted me as a person and helped mold me into the person I am today.


Where did I find the time to be so involved on campus? As a college student, we must learn time management and I improved managing my time over the past two years.

My first semester as a writer for the Hindsonian, introduced me to faculty, staff, and other students who are a part of the Hinds family. This helped me in other orginizations as well, and I learned to communicate with people I didn't know well. I enjoyed writing for the newspaper and I know that I can look back on this and know I have improved not only in communication with others, but also as a writer. 

RHA opened up many doors for me. It was my membership in RHA that paved the way for my future endeavors. Over the past two years, I have been to both Ole Miss and Mississippi State University in order to attend MREAL leadership conferences. My first year attending would be the first time I would step foot onto the Ole Miss campus and I knew that it is exactly where I want to go after graduating from Hinds. Athough this was a good experieince, nothing could prepare me for what accomplishments I would have at MSU. While attending the MREAL conference at MSU this past February, I was introduced to a Housing Department falculty member from Ole Miss who works with the RAs, I was elected as the 2013-2014 Associate Director of Communications. The following weekend I went to an interview at Ole Miss and was hired as a RA. 

In ASG, I completed over 200 service hours while being involved in community service activities such as volunteering at the Stew Pot, Bethlahem Daycare Center, and Tour De Cure. I was sworn in as Vice President for the 2012-2013 school year. During that time, I worked alongside President Javarian Richards in helping improve Hinds and provide our service to the community. I left with many memories. I had the honor to receive the Joe Cooper Service Award. If I had the chance to live these three semesters over again, I would not hesistate.


Last, but not least, the highlight of my college experience would be studying abroad in England. While growing up, I had only been to a few close states for field trips or family related trips, and I never thought I would go any further. During Spring Break my last semester, I spent a few days with my host family and several days in a hotel in London. While on this trip, we were not confined to classes, but had the chance to see so much more. My favorite part of the trip was going to see a play. It felt weird knowing that I saw a major theatre production in England before visiting Broadway in New York. If it was not for Hinds, I doubt I would have ever had the chance to enjoy an experience such as this. 


I cannot help but think back on all that I have learned and accomplished since my admission at Hinds. If not for Hinds and the people here who have helped me along the way, I would not have had so many opportunities. I can without a doubt say that no matter what goal you may have for your future, Hinds is the perfect place to start.  


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                      Me and my mother the night I graduated from High School 
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Inspiring words take root

 

Hinds wrapped up a series of 2012-2013 graduation ceremonies on June 6 with a special one for GED achievers in our district – adults who did not get a high school diploma by the traditional route but passed a battery of tests to get an equivalency certificate.

About 100 folks who may or may not have had a previous connection with our college came to celebrate their achievement with us. It’s always an honor for me to see the happy faces of the graduates and their family and friends at these ceremonies.

When my boss Colleen Hartfield, who oversees adult education, asked the General Education Development graduates who have already enrolled at Hinds to continue their education to stand up, about half of them did. Impressive.

Local attorney Jonathan Bullock did a fabulous job offering an inspiring message. Bullock dropped out of Clinton High School after a troubled adolescence, realized his mistake and got his GED. He started his college career with us before moving on to Mississippi State and getting a law degree at the University of Tulsa in Oklahoma. Yep, that’s right. From high school dropout to lawyer, with Hinds Community College a step on the path.

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As an aside in his remarks, Bullock mentioned a talk by Frank Melton, then CEO of WLBT, he heard in the old Cain Hall (before it burned in 1998) during his first semester at Hinds in the early 1990s. He remembers it pretty well.

Frank, as he insisted everyone call him, gave a pretty kick-butt speech to young people, one that I heard a number of times in my years as an education reporter. He would swoop into an auditorium in his three-piece suit with a couple body guards. He’d give his speech, then to close it out he’d start a chant in segments and get the kids to repeat the phrases after him over and over:

 “I can be…

 anything I want to be….

 The only thing I need to do…

 is to want to be something.”

While they were occupied screaming the chant, Frank would disappear, almost magically in a puff of smoke it seemed, leaving behind the message.

It made a huge impression on Bullock, and on countless others as well.

“He gave the most passionate, motivating, goal-oriented speech I’ve ever heard,” Bullock recalled. “And I’ve heard a lot of them. But I never forget what he said. It was a packed house. It was about staying in school. Working on your grades. Creating goals. Staying off drugs. And doing the right thing. That stayed with me for many, many years.

“I wrote him a letter when I graduated law school and I told him ‘Thank you for that wonderful speech. You don’t even know who I am but I was a little person in the crowd when you gave the speech.’ It just happened to be the right time when I needed to hear something like that.”

He told the graduates, “Hopefully, this might be the right time for some of you as you go forward in your career paths and in life.”

Bullock’s words triggered in me the thought that you never know when you might be a positive influence on someone else, either by your actions in persevering through difficult circumstances or motivating words at just the right time.

Frank Melton influenced him. Jonathan Bullock may have influenced someone in the crowd. Who knows who you and I can influence today.

Spring 2013 Graduation is almost here!

 

It's hard to believe it's graduation time again! It seems like yesterday Hinds CC students and faculty were returning from the holiday break and preparing for the new semester. I guess the old cliché "time flies when you're having fun" is true.

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Throughout this semester, our student bloggers wrote entries on a variety of topics, including the weather (January snow day), student events (Ms. Hinds Community College pageant, blood drive), studying abroad (Honors Institute's exchange with Bridgwater College), sports (Spring Football practice) and cultural events (Marie Hull Art exhibit). I have enjoyed reading our student bloggers' entries and hope you have as well.

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Now that finals are almost over and the semester is offically coming to an end, I'd like to be the first to congratulate two of our graduating student bloggers, Christi and Danielle. Ladies, congratulations on a job well done! I am confident you both will continue to excel wherever life takes you. Thank you for your contributions to Hinds Community College and please stay in touch! 

I'd also like to congratulate another graduating student blogger, Megan. Megan is a dual enrolled student and Hinds cheerleader who will be graduating from Mendenhall High School later this month. Well done Megan! We look forward to more blog entries from you in the fall! 

Graduation Storify

With graduation only days away, I'd like to remind everybody that they can be a part of Hinds Community College's Spring 2013 graduation ceremonies. To participate in graduation, simply include the official Hinds CC graduation hashtag (#hindsgrad) when posting to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! Feel free to upload photos, status updates and tweets; your posts could even be featured on Hinds Community College's Spring 2013 Graduation Storify page!

For those who are unable to attend graduation, don't worry! You can follow our graduation Storify page for live updates and/or watch the ceremonies via webcast.

Congratulations Class of 2013!   

Hinds Students Spend Spring Break 2013 in England

 

Hinds Leadership and Business students took advantage of a ten day travel abroad opportunity to England. Students and faculty departed for England March 7 and returned March 17.

Hinds Community College and Bridgewater College have been sending students and faculty members back and forth for nineteen years and look forward to many more successful exchanges.

Students sat in on classes at Bridgewater, had fun shopping in London, and attended a play of their choice. In addition to tourism, students also had fun in the remake of their own version of the Harlem Shake upon Glastonbury Tor.

Below is a recap of this year's study abroad trip to give you an idea just how much this trip is worth the deal offered to us at Hinds.

 

Hinds Football Team Continues To Prepare For 2013 Season

 

HindsCC Coach Gene Murphy and his staff have been working hard to lead this year's Eagle football team back to the top. Defensive Backs coach, Chris Mattox, works with his db's on and off the field.

Dirty Brownies Recipe

 

This is a really popular recipe that is very tasty and rich! The best thing is it does not take long to make and is not very messy! I have made this SEVERAL times! This is a great treat for crazy chocolate lovers!

                                ~INGREDIENTS~

  • 1 Box of brownie mix (plus the ingredients to make the brownies)
  • 1 Bag of chocolate chip cookie mix (plus the ingredients to make the cookies)
  • 1 Bag of double stuffed oreo cookies   
  1. Line a 9x9 or 8x8 pan with tin foil. (You dont have to do this but it will make things way easier later.)--Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Prepare chocolate chip cookie mix.
  3. Press the cookie dough into the bottom of the pan.
  4. Press down the oreos in lines on top of the cookie dough. (Fit as many as you can)
  5. Prepare the brownie mix.
  6. Pour the brownie mix over the oreos covering the whole pan.
  7. Bake for 45 minutes. Check corners with a toothpick (or metal butter knife)
  8. Let them cool for about 15 minutes.
  9. ENJOY!!! :)

**If anyone decides to try these delicious treats, please let me know what you think about 'em!  Thanks!!

 

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Spring Break 2013: HindsCC Honors Institute Across the Pond

 

Hey guys!

I trust that everyone is gearing up for the end of the semester! Students are being stuffed with papers, quizzes, projects, and tests. It's hard to catch some down time between all the school work, our jobs, and extra curricular activities.

So I thought I would take a break for just a few minutes and tell y'all about my Spring Break adventures this year. No, I wasn't working like I usually do: I was traveling across the Atlantic to visit Great Britain.

Through the Honors Institute, a group of students were given the opportunity of a life time. We got to see many historic and ancient sites, and experience a whole new culture. Hinds has an amazing partnership with Bridgwater College in the town of Bridgwater, Somerset, England. It has lasted for 19 years so far! During the ten days abroad, we had the chance to work with British students to do research for a company based out of Jackson called Bomgar, Inc. For our housing, each student was assigned to a host family that we stayed with for the week. We made friendships and connections that we will never forget.

Here is a list of all the places we went (We could talk about it all day long otherwise):

Windsor Castle: Where the queen lives. We toured much of the castle where royals lived for hundreds of years.

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Stonehenge: It is huge! I almost thought it would be over-rated, but now I understand why people are so intrigued by it.

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Exmoor National Park (English Coastline): We went hiking up a mountain trail that overlooked the Atlantic ocean. The view from this area was breathtaking.

Beutiful view of the atlantic photo by Hinds student Danielle Creel

Wells Cathedral: One of the oldest and most beautiful cathedrals in the world. It is covered in hundreds of statues and stained glass windows.

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Ancient Roman baths in Bath: dating back to the roman age, these natural springs were said to have healing powers. People would come from hundreds of miles away to have a dip in this lead lined pool and hopefully be cured.

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Glastonbury Tor and Glastonbury Abbey: Glastonbury is famous for its steep tor ("hill") and ancient watch tower at the very top. It is also where the ruins of Glastonbury Abbey and the supposed grave of the legendary King Arthur and Queen Guinevere is located.

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Clifton Suspension Bridge and the SS Great Britain: Bristol, England is home to the Clifton Suspension bridge which was designed buy Isambard Kingdom Brunel, who is credited to be one of the greatest Englishman in history. Brunel also buil the SS Great Britain, the first iron steamer to travel the Atlantic.

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Buckingham Palace: Need I say more?

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Palace of Westminster and Big Ben: Where the heart of the government lies!

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Westminster Abbey

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Churchill War Rooms: Now a museum, the Churchill war rooms are shown in the state they were during WWII when Churchill had to flee underground for saftey. Most of the rooms were left exactly as they had been since they were abandoned after the war.

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Trafalgar Square

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The things that we were able to see and experience goes way beyond the money spent. There is something invaluable to being able to make friendships and see the world. Not only did we make British friends, we were about to create bonds within our own group. I grew so close to the friends I already had. As students, we don't get to know out teachers very well. Through this trip, I was able to get to know our teachers Mr. Jason Pope, Ms. Debbie McCollum, and Dr. Ben Cloyd on a much more personal level. For instance, I had no idea before this trip who Mr. Pope was, but afterwards I learned that his parents were music ministers at my church! And also that he has a fanatic love for the Royal Family. I also learned that Dr. Cloyd is a pescetarian (or as he says, "A vegetarian with no morals!") and Ms. McCollum is just the coolest woman ever. How many women do you know that have roasted marshmallows over volcanoes? Only Ms. McCollum. ;).

We spent two days in London, visiting a few places of our choosing as well as seeing a musical. This was my favorite part: seeing Les Miserables at Queen's Theater in Picadilly Circus. I also was able to visit the British museum, which has so many rooms and artifacts and ancient life packed into it that it can make your head spin.

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Where, oh where would I be without my Hinds family? We all had a wonderful time getting to meet new people and learning more about each other. I will never forget Christi rambling away on the bus (and picking on her about talking too much) or Charli speaking French from the back seat, or Jarrick and his absurd love of chocolate and sweets! Nor will I forget my host family, Toni and Helley Wilmot, who laughed and talked and joked through the night with me and became my British family.

Most people keep telling me, "You probably won't ever go back to England again!" Or, "You will never see these people again!"

It will be a goal to prove this idea wrong. This is far from the end of my travels!

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