Hinds Connection: Sponsors
Hinds Connection is the student recruiting and public relations group for Hinds Community College. Members of this group are carefully selected and trained. They not only recruit prospective students, they work with the administration, faculty and staff of the college.
Jackie Granberry came to Hinds in 1979 as an academic counselor. After one year as a counselor, she started performing recruiting duties for Hinds and began working with the Hinds Connection. Hinds Connection started in 1978 under the direction of Alice Walker as a hospitality group to serve at luncheons and teas specifically with the purpose of serving as the investiture of Dr. Clyde Muse, College President. When Jackie came on board to work with Connection, she began using them in recruiting efforts.
Jackie was named Director of Development in 1987 and then as additional responsibilities were added the position title was changed to Director of Institutional Advancement. In 1998, she was named Vice President for Institutional Advancement, a position she has held since. She also served as Director for the Campaign for Hinds, the first comprehensive capital campaign conducted by Hinds which raised funds to rebuild the burned Cain Hall and for scholarship and faculty/staff development. She is responsible for the areas of Enrollment Services (Student Recruiting, Hinds Connection, Admissions and Records); Alumni; Foundation; District Student Activities and special events. Jackie holds a B. S. and M. Ed. degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi.
She has received the 3E Award, been named a Life Star Recipient, and chosen Most Outstanding and Distinguished Administrator.
Jackie and her husband Kenny reside in Raymond and are the parents of two grown children (Michael and Christy) who were both Hinds Connection members.
Reggie Harris was a standout athlete at Vicksburg High School, where he was MVP in baseball and football for two years and was named Outstanding Defensive Player in the Red Carpet Bowl. He received the Thom Mcan Award for Best Athlete on the Field and in the Classroom, and was named to Who’s Who Among High School Students. He Attended Hinds 1985-1987 on a football scholarship and lettered for two years as an outstanding linebacker for the Eagles.
He was named captain of his team and stayed active with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes throughout his student career at Hinds and later at Delta State University (DSU). Recruited to DSU on a football scholarship, Harris lettered there for two years as a linebacker and served as team captain. He led the team in tackles during the 1988 season, and during the 1989-90 season he served as a student coach for the linebackers.
He received his bachelor’s degree in business administration in 1990. He returned to Hinds to serve as a recruiter and later earned his master’s degree in education at Jackson State University. Harris was been with the college for 19 years where he has served as District Recruiting Coordinator at Hinds for the last nine years. Harris was inducted into the HCC Sports Hall of Fame in 2003.
Reggie and his wife, Angela, reside in Raymond with their children Grant, Thomas, and Carmen. The family is active with Bright Morning Star where Harris serves as Minister.
Kathryn began at Hinds Community College in 2001 after graduating summa cum laude from Mississippi College with a Bachelors of Science in Family & Consumer Science in Health Education. She began as the Workforce Enhancement Project Manager on the Nursing/Allied Health Campus in Jackson focusing on recruiting and healthcare career awareness. Kathryn worked to increase enrollment in Hinds’ healthcare programs and recruited long-term by partnering with schools, YMCA’s, libraries, summer camps, and more to educate youth on the many opportunities in the medical field.
After recruiting and hiring medical professions in the hospital setting for five years, Kathryn returned to Hinds in 2008 as Student Pathfinder at the Nursing/Allied Health Campus of Hinds. She continued to recruit for the health-related programs of study and provided career counseling and admissions advising to prospective students. In 2011 Kathryn became District Director of Enrollment Services where she is over college-wide recruitment, high school dual enrollment, and helps develop marketing strategies. She also became a Hinds Connection sponsor upon beginning this role.
Kathryn and her husband, Jeremy, live in Raymond with their two children, Katelyn and Sam.
Mark came to Hinds Community College in 2008 as the Student Activities and Intramural Director for the Raymond Campus. He came as an alumnus of Delta State University, where he completed a Master's In Physical Education and Recreation while serving as the Graduate Assistant to the Intramural Director and adjunct faculty for the Physical Education Department. Since his arrival in 2008, the intramural program has expanded to include over 28 sports year-round. Numerous Student Activities have come to be offered including events during Fall Welcome Week, Spring Welcome Week, Spring Fever, and many other Student Activity Challenges.
In Summer 2010, due to tremendous growth, Student Activities and Intramurals became a district-wide program, offering activities to the remaining 5 Hinds Community College campuses. In addition, Mark became a sponsor for Hinds Connection where he is excited about the opportunity to develop relationships with the students.
Prior to his work at Hinds Community College, Mark served as the Assistant to the Director of the Baptist Student Union at Delta State University. He was also Minister to Youth at Ruleville Baptist Church in Ruleville, MS from 2002 to 2008. He received a Bachelor’s degree in Social Science Education at Delta State University in 2003.
Mark and his wife, Roxanne, reside in Clinton with their daughter, Aubrey.