New Author and U.S. Army Veteran, Dr. Virginia A. Hines, Scheduled For Book Signing at Barnes and Noble Bookstore

 Virginia Hines PhD. (courtesy photo)
Virginia Hines PhD. (courtesy photo)

By Darlene Williams, Contributing Writer

BAKERSFIELD, CA-New author, Virginia Hines PhD., has written a book titled, “On Becoming an Individual, A Soldier, A Professional Licensed Clinical Social Worker…Transitions-A Lifelong Grind.” Ms. Hines is scheduled for several book signing stops throughout California and Las Vegas with the first stop in Bakersfield. The event will convene at 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. on Saturday May 4, 2019 at Barnes and Nobel Bookstore 4001 California Ave. The event is open to the public. Hines will be onsite to sign copies of the book which can be purchased for less than $15.

“I did not plan to do any of these things (pointing to a book and gospel CD). “God has exceeded my expectations by allowing me not only to author a book, but also to record a gospel CD in honor of the memory of my mother, Carrie B. Hines.” Hines also started a scholarship fund for high school students wishing to attend college.

The Saginaw Michigan native quite possibly did not foresee many of the accomplishments that would surround her, but attending college was always in her view .

“ I always knew that I wanted to attend college to become a social worker and to help others,” Hines said.

Shortly after graduating high school, in the top 10 percent, Hines applied to Michigan State University. But, after being accepted to MSU, Dr. Hines decided to enlist into the United States Army instead.

“When an army recruiter told me about the military and the benefits of serving my country, my antennas went up; it was one of the best decisions I’ve made,” Hines said.

After serving in the military for three years, Hines re-enlisted for an additional three-year term as a military police officer. With an honorable discharge, Hines set out to fulfill her college dream beginning at Maryland’s oldest historically black university, Bowie State University in Bowie, Maryland. She later transferred to Ferris State University in Grand Rapids, Michigan where she obtained a bachelor’s degree and then a master’s degree from the University of Maryland.

Dr. Hines dedication to higher learning soon afforded her a PhD in Human Services at Capella State University.

“When things come up, Hines said, and invariably things will come up on your journey but continue to be steadfast and grind( a euphemism for goal/plan/dream). Dreams come true. I believe it! God is faithful.”

Virginia A. Hines PhD, LCSW resides in Bakersfield. Hines is employed with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. She will celebrate a 33-year career with the U. S. Federal Government in August 2019. For more information regarding Hines’ book, CD, or donating to college scholarship fund, contact Dr. Hines at VHines30.a@gmail.com and or Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.