The Hinds Community College Public Relations and Community Relations Departments won 10 awards at the annual College Public Relations Association of Mississippi Conference on May 22 at Holmes Community College.

The Community Relations and Public Relations departments include, front from left, Tre’ Thornhill, Community Relations; Renee Cotton, district director of Marketing and Community Relations; Mary Rousselle, Community Relations; Evelyn Stewart, Public Relations; second row, April Garon, Public Relations; Tammi Bowles, Public Relations; Cathy Hayden, district director for Public Relations; Jamar McQuarters, Community Relations; back row, Tracy Duncan, Public Relations; Jeremy Cole, Community Relations; Danny Barrett Jr., Public Relations and Daniel Hawthorne, Community Relations.

Seven of the 15 community colleges submitted 141 entries in the annual contest, with the photography categories receiving the highest number of entries. Only first and second places were awarded.

First place awards included:

Special publications: The 100 People Passionate about Hinds Community College book, Tammi Bowles, Cathy Hayden and Mary Rousselle, among others.

Photography: Graduation hug, April Garon.

Sports media guide: 2017 baseball media guide, Austin Biggs, Renee Cotton, Tracy Duncan, Alvin Franklin, Cathy Hayden and Sam Temple

Sports social media: Hinds CC Sports Twitter, Nick Ammirati, Tracy Duncan, Alvin Franklin, Daniel Hawthorne and Caleb Upton

Second place awards included:

Newswriting: “Hinds CC launches link to help Mississippians finish degree,” Danny Barrett Jr.

PR campaign: Centennial campaign, Renee Cotton, Laura Ivy, Mary Rousselle and Tre’ Thornhill, among others.

Institutional magazine: Hindsight, Danny Barrett Jr., April Garon, Jackie Granberry, Cathy Hayden, Libby Posey and Tre’ Thornhill.

College newsletter: On Campus, Danny Barrett Jr., Tammi Bowles, April Garon, Cathy Hayden and Mary Rousselle

Multimedia: Breanna Green student soccer player video, April Garon and Tracy Duncan.

Exhibit: Hi-Stepper mural, Mary Rousselle and Angela Hite.

As Mississippi’s largest community college, Hinds Community College is a comprehensive institution offering quality, affordable educational opportunities with academic programs of study leading to seamless university transfer and career and technical programs teaching job-ready skills. With six locations in central Mississippi, Hinds enrolls about 12,000 students each fall semester. To learn more, visit or call 1.800.HindsCC.

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