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Two Vicksburg residents among Hinds CC Heroes for Spring 2020

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Jack and Michelle Lee. (Photo courtesy Hinds CC)

Two Vicksburg residents have been named to the Spring 2020 group of honorees in the Hinds Heroes employee recognition program at Hinds Community College.

Jack and Michelle Lee, of Vicksburg, are among the honorees. Jack is a maintenance supervisor and has been with Hinds for 24 years. His duties include being responsible for the daily operation of the Raymond Campus Maintenance Department and staff, which includes staff carpenters, plumbers, electricians, painters, HVAC technicians and preventive maintenance technicians. Michelle is a history instructor and has been with Hinds for 15 years as a fulltime employee. Her duties include instructing history and criminal justice classes both in-person and online, maintaining student records and other duties related to the instructional process.

Hinds Heroes are chosen because they represent the college well, provide exceptional customer service to all its customers and consistently promote the Hinds mission of service. Heroes selected receive a lapel pin, a token of appreciation and one free day off work.

In alphabetical order, this semester’s other honorees are as follows:

Carolyn Barnes, of Utica, a custodian on the Utica Campus. She has been with Hinds for 22 and a half years. Her duties include maintaining the cleanliness of buildings on campus through sweeping, vacuuming, mopping floors, cleaning and restocking restrooms and cleaning windows.

Betty Bolden, of Madison, an adjunct instructor for business technology on the Jackson Campus-Academic/Technical Center. She has been with Hinds for 15 years. Her duties include ensuring all students receive high-quality training through lectures, hands-on learning student input and special training.

Wayne Boshart, of Madison, an agribusiness technology instructor at the Raymond Campus. He has been with Hinds for five years. His duties include instructing the agribusiness technology animal science beef instructor.

Gay Lynn Caston, of Raymond, district director of Human Resources, based on the Raymond Campus. She has been with Hinds for 19 years. Her duties include daily management of the Human Resources Department including hiring, benefits, payroll, evaluations, terminations and more.

Tricia Harmount, of Clinton, comptroller in the office of business services, based on the Raymond Campus. She has been with Hinds for nine years. Her duties include managing the Accounting Department and all its daily functions.

Felicia Jones, of Rolling Fork, counselor at the Vicksburg-Warren Campus. She has been with Hinds for five years. Her duties include providing personal counseling advisement services in a competent, informed and professional manner for the students.

Donnie Lindsey, of Flowood, academic counselor at the Rankin Campus. He has been with Hinds for 13 years. His duties include assisting students navigate academic and technical curricula, choose majors based on their strengths and be a resource for them beyond graduation. He is also deputy Title IX coordinator for the Rankin Campus.

Irish Patrick-Williams, of Jackson, associate degree nursing instructor at the Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Campus. She has been with Hinds for 19 years. Her duties include instructing theory and application of nursing classes both in-person and online, including clinicals, development of course curriculum, counseling and advisement, chairs staff recruitment and development committee and is a member of the Student Nurse Organization and the campus Community Outreach Program.

Katherine Puckett, of Canton, dean of eLearning, based on the Raymond Campus. She has been with Hinds for seven years as a fulltime employee and 20 years overall. Her duties as dean of the department include education, training, course review, online pedagogy, program review, course curriculum alignment, rigorous assessment and course engagement.

Dr. Chad Stocks, of Raymond, vice president for workforce and economic development, based on the Raymond Campus. He has been with Hinds for 17 years. His duties include oversight of Career and Technical Education, Workforce Development and Adult Basic Education.

Chris Woodard, of Raymond, auto maintenance instructor at the Raymond Campus. He has been with Hinds for nine years. His duties include being lead instructor for the Automotive Technology program, which involves teaching and scheduling classes, participating in curriculum revisions, selecting and reviewing course materials and maintaining relationships with industry, among other duties.

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Alcorn student leader works to advance other students in STEM fields

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Alexandria Williams (photo courtesy ASU)

Last year, Alcorn State University was granted its official charter for the National Organization for the Professional Advancement of Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers Chapter. This year, the organization appointed its first student leader.

Alexandria Williams, a junior computer science major from Detroit, Michigan, was named the first Miss NOBCChE for the Alcorn chapter. The organization assists aspiring STEM students in gathering knowledge about the field and becoming STEM professionals.

Solidifying her leadership role in the chapter is significant for Williams because she feels the chapter can achieve excellence. She’s happy to play a critical role in the chapter’s legacy on campus.

“It’s an incredible honor to be crowned Alcorn’s first Miss NOBCChE,” Williams said. “Alcorn’s chapter is destined for greatness, so this is history in the making. To be a part of this history feels amazing.”

Sonia Eley, NOBCChE adviser and chemistry professor, is confident in Williams’ ability to represent the chapter.

“Alexandria possesses the qualities it takes to lead this chapter,” Eley said. “Her intelligence, rapport with her peers and love for STEM make her the ideal selection for the position. I have faith that she will be an excellent leader whose exceptional decision-making skills would move this chapter forward.”

In her decision making, Williams relies on faith to steer her into her purpose. She’s confident that accepting her leadership role is the right path for her.

“I try to align everything I do with God’s purpose in my life,” she said. “I joined NOBCChE last school year and served as the social media and graphic design chairman. Through my experience, I learned more about my field of study, gained community service hours and made new friends. I had such an amazing experience that when I was presented with the opportunity to represent the organization, I couldn’t resist accepting the position.”

The chapter showcases the talent of Alcorn’s science, technology, engineering and mathematics majors. Williams applauds NOBCChE for providing a platform for aspiring Black STEM professionals.

“I believe that Alcorn’s NOBCChE chapter is important because the world needs to recognize the power of talented Black STEM students,” she said. “We are capable of being great in this space, and we possess the ability to change the STEM profession’s landscape. NOBCChE is one of many platforms that showcases our talent and worth.”

Ever-changing technological advances inspired Williams to become a computer science major. Watching these advancements fuel her desire to be one of the future’s leading engineers.

“We witness technological advances often. The world is transitioning to a new technological age,” she said. “We have autonomous vehicles, face detection in the palm of our hands and scientists are equipped to reverse paralysis. During this change, the world is searching for people to develop new technologies and introduce them to the world. Those professionals are engineers, and for some time, I’ve been dreaming about becoming one.”

Encouraging younger students to pursue STEM programs and careers also excites Williams. Last summer in her hometown, she created Coder Gals, a four-week program that introduces girls in grades three through five to STEM and coding concepts. Williams prepares a curriculum for the students, hosts workshops, trains mentors and distributes newsletters to parents. The lack of women engineers was Williams’ motivation for starting the initiative.

“I started a chapter in my community because of the lack of female representation in STEM fields. We strive to spark young girls’ interest in coding through fun, creative, and collaborative projects and create the foundation for their future success. We instill in them that they can succeed in any male-dominated field that they choose.”

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USACE publishes mainline levees Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement

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Friday, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers published its Final Supplement II to the 1976 Final Environmental Impact Statement, Mississippi River and Tributaries Project, Mississippi River Mainline Levees in the Federal Register.

Through evaluation of information and data obtained from levee inspections, seepage analyses, research, studies and engineering assessments, the USACE Memphis, Vicksburg and New Orleans districts collectively identified 143 additional work items along various reaches of the Mississippi River mainline levees  feature of the MR&T project. These work items are remedial measures to control seepage and/or raise and stabilize deficient sections of the existing levees and floodwalls to maintain the structural integrity and stability of the MRL system.

The 143 work items constitute the proposed action for this Final SEIS II and are located across portions of seven states: Illinois, Missouri, Kentucky, Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi and Louisiana. This document is intended to supplement and, as necessary, augment the 1976 FEIS and 1998 Supplemental EIS to achieve USACE’s primary goals for the MR&T:

  • providing flood risk reduction from the Project Design Flood; and
  • being an environmentally sustainable project.

The Final SEIS II is available online at the USACE Vicksburg District website. The 30-day review period begins Friday, Nov. 13, and ends Monday, Dec. 14.

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VPD reports a string of burglaries from Tuesday through Thursday

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The Vicksburg Police Department reports that several burglaries occurred this week from Tuesday through Thursday.

On Tuesday, Nov. 10, at 5:58 a.m. officers responded to 1601 North Frontage Road in reference to a residential burglary. The victim advised he discovered the lock on his trailer was broken and multiple power tools valued at $5,000 were missing.

Tuesday at 11 p.m., officers responded to Parts Supply, 2406 South Frontage Road, in reference to an auto burglary. The victim stated he saw a white male wearing a camo jacket run from the cab of his truck carrying his lunch box while the driver was making a delivery to the store.

On Wednesday, Nov. 11, a victim came to the police department at 11:59 a.m. to report an auto burglary. The theft occurred on either Bridge Street or Evans Alley, sometime between Nov. 2 and Nov. 3. A Taurus 9-mm handgun was taken from the unlocked vehicle.

On Thursday, Nov. 12, at 8:41 a.m. a victim came to the police department to report an auto burglary. A black, white and lime green Scott bicycle was stolen off the back of the victim’s 2017 Nissan Altima. The bicycle is valued at around $3,000.

Also on Thursday, officers responded to Tri-State Tires, 2209 Washington St., at 10:19 a.m. for a business burglary. The complainant stated one of the U-Haul transports valued at $9,000 was stolen Tuesday, Nov. 10.

If you have information on any of these incidents, please call the Vicksburg Police Department at 601-636-2511.

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