Hinds Community College Blog

Employees: Learn about Social Media at Hinds CC & Earn PDI Credit!

Posted by Jamie Nash on Wed, Oct, 31, 2012 @ 07:10:00 AM

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I will be presenting a one-hour session for faculty and staff showcasing how Hinds Community College uses social media on a daily basis. During this session, I will cover popular social media tools such as Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and YouTube and explain how Hinds CC uses them to answer inquiries, publicize news/events and create a strong online presence. I will also be happy to answer questions you have about social media.

Join me for one session and earn one hour of PDI credit!

Social Media at Hinds CC will be offered in the Bob White Room at Eagle Ridge Conference Center on:

Thursday, November 8th:

10:00AM – 11:00AM

11:00AM – 12:00PM

Friday, November 9th:

10:00AM – 11:00AM

11:00AM – 12:00PM

Note: Space is limited, so please sign up quickly & arrive on time! 

Topics: social media, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, faculty, socialmedia, professional development, Pinterest, pdi, staff

Instagram: Take & share photos worth more than a 1,000 words

Posted by Jamie Nash on Wed, Sep, 12, 2012 @ 10:09:00 AM

Consider this situation: You’re out with your family and friends and a great photo opportunity comes up. Unfortunately, you don’t have your digital camera with you. You have your iPhone or Android device, but you don’t like the way the photos come out. So, what do you do next? One excellent solution is to download a free mobile photography app called Instagram.

Instagram, or “IG” as called by super fans, is an easy, quick tool to make your photos beautiful. Instagram works by allowing users to snap photos, select from a variety of filters and frames and share within and outside (i.e. email, Facebook, Flickr, Foursquare, Tumblr, Twitter) its network. Users are able to describe their photos with #hashtags and text as well as geotag where they took their pictures. Instagram also allows users to build up their photo-sharing network by locating and inviting friends or contacts via username, social network (Facebook) and suggested users.     

Hinds Community College uses Instagram in several ways. First, we use Instagram to document on-campus activities and sporting events. Recently, we took several IG photos at the first Hinds CC Football home game (Hinds Eagles vs. Coahoma Tigers); check out the screenshot below to see photos from the game. We’ve also documented events such as exhibitions at the Marie Hull Art Gallery, Raymond Welcome Week Student Activity Fair, Student Activities & Intramurals’ Ice Cream Social and Graduation ceremonies

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Next, Hinds CC uses Instagram to display its academic programs. IG photos give potential students a sneak peek in the life of a Hinds CC student. For example, a recent trip to the John Williams Bell Airport in Clinton allowed Hinds CC followers the opportunity to see the new Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) training program. Other various fields of study, such as commercial truck driving and fine art (pottery & theater), have also been captured for users to view on Instagram.  

Lastly, we use Instagram as a visual tool to help visitors and new students with on-campus buildings. Since creating our IG account in July 2012, we have documented several buildings on the Raymond and Rankin campuses for future reference. A prime example of using IG for this purpose is the recent opening of the Allen-Dukes-Whitaker Residence Hall. We were able to document this new living space for students by snapping photos of individual dorm rooms, common spaces and hall amenities. 

So what should you do next? If you have an iPhone or Android device, download the Instagram app from the iTunes and Google Play stores. Install Instagram and friend “HindsCC”. If you don’t have an iPhone or Android device, don’t worry. You can still enjoy Hinds Community College’s IG photos by viewing the Hinds CC feed on GramFeed.

We look forward to seeing you all on Instagram! 

Topics: social media, Instagram, mobile photography, photo sharing, iphonegraphy, droidgraphy

Social Media at Hinds

Posted by Jamie Nash on Mon, Sep, 10, 2012 @ 08:09:00 AM

Welcome to Hinds Community College’s blog! My name is David Mora and I am the Social Media Specialist for Hinds Community College. I am originally from New Orleans, Louisiana, but I’ve lived in various cities in Louisiana, Mississippi and Georgia throughout my life. I am a proud two-time alumnus of the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. I have a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communication and Journalism (Film emphasis) and a Master’s degree in Instructional Technology from Southern Miss. I came to Hinds Community College from the Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD) in Savannah, Georgia, where I worked as an eLearning Specialist.

Since starting at Hinds CC in July 2012, my goal has been to increase the college’s presence within the world of social media. So far, my progress has been excellent; I post regularly to Hinds CC’s Facebook and Twitter pages. I’ve also created and maintained official Hinds CC accounts on FourSquare, Instagram, Pinterest and Storify. As technology continues to change, Hinds will evolve as well.

Communication within our social media sites is important. The recent events associated with Hurricane/Tropical Storm Isaac highlight the need for right information quickly. Before Isaac reached Central Mississippi, I was able to use Hinds’ Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts to communicate the operating status of Hinds Community College. Being able to receive your questions and comments helps Hinds become a better place. That being said, we want you to be involved in this process!

One of the easiest ways to be a part of Hinds social media is to use the Hinds CC hashtag: #hindscc. Whenever I post updates to Hinds Twitter account (http://www.twitter.com/HindsCC) or upload photos on Hinds’ Instagram (http://www.gramfeed.com/hindscc) from my mobile phone, I always use the #hindscc hashtag. Using #hindscc also allows us to view your Hinds content. For example, during graduation, we use our Storify account (http://www.storify.com/HindsCC) to document the events of the day with our content as well as social media content from those who use the #hindscc hashtag.

Hinds Community College also uses social media as a tool to help our students. Our Pinterest account (http://www.pinterest.com/HindsCC) contains several virtual pin boards focused on healthy habits, student involvement opportunities and general college success tips. Hinds has also established a FourSquare account (http://www.foursquare.com/HindsCC) to help new students find their way around campus via a virtual map. Lastly, the Hinds CC Facebook page  (http://www.facebook.com/HindsCC  provides students with important updates and general Hinds community news.

We’ve created this blog to provide information and tips to the Hinds Community. Topics such as academic programs, campus life, online netiquette, professional development opportunities and much more will be covered. If there is anything you want us to cover, please let us know!

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                          Hinds Community College's Joe Renfroe Stadium at Sunrise

Topics: social media, Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, foursquare, Pinterest