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Hinds Connection reunion at Hinds CC set for March 25
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08 March

Hinds Connection reunion at Hinds CC set for March 25

RAYMOND – In 1978, not long after her husband began his presidency of Hinds Community College, the late Vashti Muse envisioned a student group to represent the college at special events or for guests on campus.

Much has changed on campus in nearly 40 years, but the overall purpose of the organization hasn’t changed. Commonly referred to on campus simply as “Connection”, the group is the student-based arm of the college’s recruiting effort and represents the school as student hosts/hostesses, recruiters, and overall ambassadors on and off campus.

As part of Centennial festivities this year at Hinds, former Hinds Connection students are invited to return to their alma mater Saturday, March 25 for an afternoon and evening of reminiscing, renewing friendships and seeing the many changes at the college.

The event starts with registration at 3 p.m. in Fountain Hall on the Raymond Campus. Included is a dinner and program featuring Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse and put together by current and past sponsors of Connection. Cost for the dinner is $15. Past connection members are asked to send their contact information to Hinds Community College Foundation Executive Director Jackie Granberry at jgranberry@hindscc.edu. Please include specific years in Hinds Connection and, if applicable, maiden names.

Jackie Granberry

Jackie Granberry

After serving at Muse’s investiture as president, the organization quickly transitioned to include recruiting duties when Jackie Granberry was hired as the school’s first recruiter in 1979.

“Working with Hinds Connection has always been my favorite part of my job, no matter my role,” Granberry said. “When we first started, I was just their older sister. Now, I am old enough to be their grandmother. I very much treasure the friendships that I have made with Hinds Connection members. I am so excited about seeing many of them at the reunion.”

Lisa Bell Davis

Lisa Bell Davis

Lisa Bell Davis, who grew up in Raymond and whose father taught chemistry at the Raymond Campus, was among the group’s original members.

“I remember a friend’s mom talking to me and to some other friends about helping her with a new student group Dr. Muse wanted to start at Hinds,” she said. “We started out going to various special functions where we served food on campus.

Long-lasting friendships and, in some cases, marriages have developed through participation in Hinds Connection. For Davis, now a Hinds employee, at the Jackson Campus-Nursing/Allied Health Center, credits her Connection experience for her own such friendships.

“It was an amazing time in my life,” she said. “I gained friends. I was able to make contacts that I would later treasure and count on.”

Donald Lindsey, a 2000 graduate of Hinds who now works as an academic counselor at the Rankin Campus, said it’s a reunion of sorts each time he sees a fellow former member in his daily life.

Donald Lindsey

Donald Lindsey

“There is a bond with this group, former and present, that is special and hard to describe,” Lindsey said. “When fellow Connection members see each other out in the community, it feels like reuniting with family.”

Group memorabilia will be on display and attendees are welcome to bring or share anything from their time in Connection. Current members will give tours of the campus and of Fountain Hall, where most Connection meetings and social events take place.

The 2016-17 Hinds Connection membership

The 2016-17 Hinds Connection membership

Hinds Connection members to re-connect at reunion March 25
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Posted by on 29 September

Valley Services wins Hinds CC Alumni Service Award

It’s possible to change with the times and be a model of consistency – so says the leadership team that runs Valley Services, the Mississippi-based company that feeds students and faculty at Hinds’ cafeterias but also caters many of the college’s special events.

This year’s Alumni Service Award recipient plans to keep delivering champion service to the college, based on a commitment that dates to 1971. This is the first time Hinds has named a company, instead of an individual, as the recipient.

“It’s an honor for Valley Services to receive this award,” CEO Jim Walt said. “We’re certainly humbled.”

The most recent event Valley Services catered was the Winter-Reed Partnership Award ceremony that honored Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse. Valley Services was the title sponsor, also announcing a new Hinds scholarship to be given to a member of Hinds Connection, the student public relations and recruiting group that helps facilitate many Hinds events catered by Valley.

Jim Walt, CEO of Valley Services, left, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, center, and George Ardelean, Valley Services' executive vice president for dining and health services, stand during a break at the Winter-Reed Partnership Award ceremony. Valley catered the event Sept. 1 that honored Dr. Muse.

Jim Walt, CEO of Valley Services, left, Hinds President Dr. Clyde Muse, center, and George Ardelean, Valley Services’ executive vice president for dining and health services, stand during a break at the Winter-Reed Partnership Award ceremony. Valley catered the event Sept. 1 that honored Dr. Muse.

“We’ve had the distinct pleasure of working with the exemplary students in Hinds Connection at many events,” Walt said. “Valley, in support of Dr. Muse’s educational vision, each year will recognize a student of the Hinds Connection for the annual scholarship.”

Founded in 1960 by the late Bill Hogg, the company is the sixth-largest contract food service company in the U.S. and the single-biggest contractor that specializes in meals for seniors. It has been the contract food products provider for Hinds since 1971. Valley provides food products at nine other community colleges in the state, but its contract with Hinds is the longest-held in the education sector.

“We try to keep food to the students’ liking, and that means fresh,” said George Ardelean, the company’s executive vice president for dining and health services and chair of Hinds’ Golf Fun Fest. “Freshness is a big part of it, and it’s where the momentum has shifted in the industry.”

A commitment to keeping only the freshest romaine lettuce in the salad bar and catfish worthy of a Mississippian’s lunch plate began with the founder’s friendship with Muse.

“Dr. Muse had a business relationship with Bill for many, many years and were friends,” Walt said. “It’s been a very long and tenured relationship with the college.”

Valley’s service to Hinds extends beyond student and employee cafeterias at the Raymond and Utica campuses. The company’s products grace tables at the Eagle’s Nest Grille and at Eagle Ridge Conference Center.

The company also caters for fundraisers and other functions at the college. That includes being the title sponsor of the golf fest and Employee Appreciation Day, both annual events, providing breakfast monthly for President’s Cabinet meetings and donating food for many other Hinds events as well as state-level events Hinds participates in. In the community, Valley sponsors fundraising breakfasts for local Boy Scout troops.

Staying ahead of market trends is simply standard practice for Valley.

“Each year, we evaluate our program to keep up with trends in our industry,” Walt said. “We’ve made changes through the years to keep up with the different taste preferences of students, faculty and guests.”

Valley maintains a Hinds presence with administrative office space and Vince Randazzo as the manager and has a distribution center in Flowood.

Vice President for Advancement Jackie Granberry, who oversees all district-wide special events for the college, can testify to the company’s standard of service.

“I depend on Valley quite a bit, and they have never let me down,” Granberry said. “Whether it is a very dignified dinner for a few at the president’s home, a dinner for 500, a reception for dignitaries or anything in between, they always provide the best service and the best food.”

The company views technological or logistical changes in the industry as chances to keep serving up good service.

“It’s such a well-oiled machine, so I think there’s been a consistency that we’ve been able to maintain from a culinary feature,” Ardelean said. “We’ve had at least two recent executive chefs come from the (Hinds) culinary program. It’s been a good flow, and it’s indicative of the management staff we have.”

Walt reminds that it all started with Hogg, who died in 2008. He started the business by selling foods to grocery stores out of his pickup truck. It’s a simplicity and consistency that still resonates with the current chief.

“The company, along with Bill Hogg if he was still alive, feels it’s a great honor for our organization,” he said. “A lot of hard work and dedication by a lot of different people through the years went into this.”

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Posted by on 13 November

Rankin County students, employees meet with legislators

Hinds Community College hosted the annual fall legislative luncheon on Nov. 8, giving local lawmakers a chance to talk to students and employees and hear about the priorities of the 15 community colleges in Mississippi.

The students who met with legislators were members of either the Hinds Connection student recruiting and public relations group or Student VOICES, a statewide organization designed to empower community college students to become civically engaged at the local, state, national and global levels. One of their missions is to support mid-level funding, which is a per-student funding level for community colleges midway between funding for K-12 and regional public universities students.

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Among those attending from Rankin County were Hinds Community College Rankin Campus Dean of Career-Technical Education Sherry Franklin, Hinds Connection member Tylar Keefer of Brandon, Rep. John Moore of Brandon, Rep. Ray Rodgers of Pearl, Rankin County Chancery Clerk and president of the Hinds Community College Alumni Association Larry Swales, Sen. Josh Harkins of Flowood, Student VOICES member Georgia Swinford of Brandon, Rep. Tom Weathersby of Florence and Raymond Campus Student VOICES adviser and math instructor Jeff Hughes of Richland.

For more information about Hinds, see www.hindscc.edu.

 

 

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Posted by on 13 November

Hinds County legislators, students attend forum

Hinds Community College hosted the annual fall legislative luncheon on Nov. 8, giving local lawmakers a chance to talk to students and employees and hear about the priorities of the 15 community colleges in Mississippi.

The students who met with legislators were members of either the Hinds Connection student recruiting and public relations group or Hinds’ Student VOICES, a statewide organization designed to empower community college students to become civically engaged at the local, state, national and global levels. One of their missions is to support mid-level funding, which is a per-student funding level for community colleges midway between funding for K-12 and regional public universities students.

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Among those attending from Hinds County were, front from left Sen. Hillman Frazier of Jackson, Honors Institute Dean Dr. Ben Cloyd of Jackson , Rep. Adrienne Wooten of Jackson, Connection student Terhuna Bass of Raymond, Student VOICES member Mesha Blackshear of Jackson, Connection student Landon Corkren of Raymond, Rep. Deborah Butler Dixon of Raymond, Sen. Sollie Norwood of Jackson; back, Rep. Brad Oberhousen of Jackson, Connection student Eddie Anderson of Jackson, Student VOICES member Christiane Stephens of Jackson, Sen. David Blount of Jackson, VOICES member James Newell of Terry.

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Among those attending from Hinds County and other areas were, front from left, Sen. Hillman Frazier of Jackson, Connection student Terhuna Bass of Raymond, Utica Campus employee Beverly Trimble, Rep. Adrienne Wooten of Jackson, Student VOICES member Mesha Blackshear of Jackson, Rep. Deborah Butler Dixon of Raymond, Connection student Landon Corkren of Raymond, Sen. Sollie Norwood of Jackson, Sen. David Blount of Jackson; back, Connection member Eddie Anderson of Jackson, Dr. Debra Mays-Jackson, vice president of the Utica and Vicksburg-Warren campuses; Student VOICES member Christiane Stephens of Jackson, Rep. Albert Butler of Port Gibson and Student VOICES member James Newell of Terry.

For more information about Hinds, see www.hindscc.edu.

 

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