“Being the son of a deputy sheriff and a nurse, I knew I wanted to do something to help people,” he said. “My parents taught me to get involved in the community and help someone who doesn’t have a voice.”
“Hinds alumnus Chad Bradford (1995) was inducted into the Mississippi Community and Junior College Sports Hall of Fame on April 27.”
Dr. Debbie Norris (1977) says she was quite the serious student throughout high school and beyond, though she still credits her Hinds experience as life-shaping and critical. Norris, associate provost and graduate dean at Mississippi College, grew up in Raymond. Among her influences was her mother, Martha Robinson, who taught business technology for years on the Raymond Campus.
Natasha Haynes (1992) isn’t a chef by trade, but cooks up the best fast-and-healthy eats the Mississippi State Extension Service website has to offer. She credits her years as a Hinds student, including the college’s student public relations and recruiting group Hinds Connection, for why her food video series has been a success.
Jenny Laird (2002) began her career in scientific research two decades ago cleaning storage tanks where invasive species of plants were kept for study. Since then, her career hasn’t as much grown as it has flown – by way of expansive aviation technology used by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to fulfill its civil works missions, military, emergency response and research and development missions.
Sue Longest Brooks, of Clinton, who taught in the Speech and Theatre Department at Hinds for 25 years and long respected by faculty and students alike, died Oct. 29. She was 86.
Hinds Community College celebrated Homecoming differently this year, with events divided over two days to facilitate social distancing because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Jordan Sutton (2008) was named employee of the month for January at Mississippi State Hospital. She is a registered nurse working in Female Receiving and has worked at MSH for 12 years.
Irl Dean Rhodes (1957) won the 2020 President’s Distinguished Service Award. Rhodes, chairperson of the Hinds Community College Foundation Board for 2020, was awarded for his devotion to the prosperity of Rankin County.
Emily Ruth Phillips (2006) won the 2020 Ambassador of the Year award. Phillips is a Realtor at Havard Real Estate Group. She was honored for her attendance at nearly all the chamber’s ribbon-cutting ceremonies and time spent volunteering at numerous chamber events.
Dr. Ray Morgigno (1991) won the 2020 Pillar of the Community award. Morgigno is superintendent of the Pearl Public School District and holds advanced degrees from Delta State University, the University of Mississippi and Mississippi State University.