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Professor Mike Hataway Addresses Hinds Community College Graduation

May 20, 2008

Mississippi College professor Michael Hataway will bring insights of four decades as an educator when he addresses Hinds Community College's summer commencement.

An MC graduate and graphic design coordinator on MC's Clinton campus, Hataway will speak at two commencements August 1 at Cain-Cochran Hall's Hogg Auditorium in Raymond. The graduations are set for 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.

Hataway knows his way around the Raymond campus. He taught classes at Hinds for 33 years before "retiring" in 2004 and bringing his teaching talents to MC. A Louisville native, Hataway has won numerous awards during his career. In December 1983, he was named National Teacher of the Year by the American Vocational Association. Last fall, Hataway was named for the seventh time to "Who's Who Among American Teachers and Educators."

The son of a Jackson police officer, he attended Hinds for two years before earning his bachelor's degree in education from MC in 1968, with art as his major. Hataway later received his master's from MC with an emphasis on painting and graphic arts. Hataway has also served as a reserve police officer for more than a decade and worked part-time for police departments at Raymond and HCC.

In mid-May, Hataway penned a guest column for The Clinton News on the topic of today's fast changing technology and noted how it dramatically impacted his teaching style over the years. "Change isn't easy, but it is the only choice for those wanting to keep current with technology," he wrote. "Education has changed drastically, and I either had to change or become an ill-prepared teacher. It has changed the way we teach, but also the way a student learns."

Hinds President Clyde Muse recently invited Hataway to speak. One of Hataway's watercolors of the old Cain Hall is a favorite of the Hinds president, who keeps it in a prominent spot on the Raymond campus.

Whether he's encouraging a student, helping colleagues or assisting a neighbor, Hataway, 62, truly enjoys his work. "God has been very nice to me to allow me to be blessed in a field that is always changing and is always a challenge to teach," he said. "I have been blessed to work in a job that I love and enjoy every day."

The Raymond resident began his career in 1968 as head of the art department at the old Central High in Jackson. The building near the Capitol is home of the Mississippi Department of Education.

PHOTO: Professor Mike Hataway

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