Hinds Connection is the student recruiting and public relations team for Hinds Community College. Members are carefully selected and trained to recruit for Hinds and serve as ambassadors for the college in the public and at special events. If you are interested in serving as an ambassador for the college, we invite you to explore Hinds Connection!
- About Connection
- How to Apply
Hinds Connection is a selected group of student leaders who serve the college as ambassadors on a volunteer basis. Founded in 1978 by college president, Dr. Clyde Muse, the purposes of Hinds Connection is to recruit prospective students to the college and serve as ambassadors at official college events.
Some Connection Responsibilities include:
- Giving campus tours to prospective students
- Work at recruiting events such as tailgates, senior days, open houses, and more
- Attend local high schools with Hinds Recruiters
- Serve at events sponsored by the Office of Advancement such as receptions, golf tournaments, luncheons, legislative events, and more
- Assisting with events sponsored by the District Student Recreation Office including spring fever, homecoming, welcome week, and more
To qualify for Connection, applicants must meet these requirements and must maintain these requirements for membership:
- Be a full time student enrolled in 12 or more credit hours.
- Be free of any disciplinary action in high school or college.
- Complete high school with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above – or – have an ACT composite score of 21 or higher. Applicants who’ve already completed one semester of college must have a cumulative college GPA of 2.5 or above.
- Be of good moral character and integrity.
- Show involvement in extracurricular activities.
- Be supportive and loyal to Hinds Community College.
Complete these steps to be considered for selection to Hinds Connection:
- Complete the Hinds Connection Application.
- Submit your high school transcript or college transcript.
- Provide two letters of recommendation. Recommendation letters should be from individuals who knows you well and can attest to your personality, character, and leadership abilities (Teachers, Youth Group Leaders, Counselors, etc. Not family members.)
- Attend one of our “Get Acquainted Sessions” where you’ll have the opportunity meet the Sponsors and some current Connection members. You’ll learn more about Connection, the responsibilities and requirements, and view photos and video highlights of all we did last year!
All of our “Get Acquainted Sessions” will be located in the Meeting Room of Fountain Hall on the Raymond Campus.
- Get Acquainted Session #1: Tuesday, June 27, 2016 @ 1:00 pm
- Get Acquainted Session #2: Monday, July 25, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
- Get Acquainted Session #3: Monday August 15, 2016 @ 5:00 pm
- Get Acquainted Session #4: Tuesday August 16, 2016 @1:00 pm
Applicants will be selected for an interview with the Connection Advisory Board after the Get Acquainted Session.
Each year, one Connection member receives the Kay Cliffe Memorial Award:
In 1988, Kay Cliffe, came to Hinds as a freshman from St. Louis, Missouri. Her sister, Colleen Hartfield, vice president for Community Relations at Hinds, encouraged her to enroll at Hinds. While at Hinds, Kay was full of life and active in campus life. She was an outstanding Hinds Connection member and was a fierce competitor in intramurals sports, according to Jackie Granberry, sponsor for Hinds Connection and vice president for Institutional Advancement.
Granberry said, "Her beauty was not just on the outside, but truly on the inside as well." After earning an associate's degree at Hinds, Kay transferred to Mississippi State University and finished there with a bachelor's degree in communications. She returned to St. Louis in 1993, began a career in marketing and enrolled in a MBA degree program.
Kay's life was brought to an untimely and tragic end by a senseless act of domestic violence in February of 1999. Her family and friends, wishing to keep the memory of Kay Cliffe forever alive, have established the Kay Cliffe Kay Cliffe Memorial Award Memorial Award.
The Kay Cliffe Memorial Award is given to a Hinds Connection member who meets the following criteria:
- A second year Hinds Connection member
- Possessing a 2.75 or higher grade point average
- Who exhibits the love of life and love of Hinds Connection that Kay displayed on a daily basis
- Whose beauty is inside as well as outside
- Who blossomed after coming to Hinds and being involved in Hinds Connection
The award recipient will receive a monetary gift as well as a memento of the award. A permanent tribute of the coveted award remains in the Enrollment Management Office and lists the names of all recipients.
2001 - Megan Reeves
2002 - Anna King
2003 - Veronica Shaw
2004 - Christy Granberry
2005 - Courtney Hamil
2006 - Ashley Ray
2007 - Lyndsey Thornton
2008 - Chelsea LeBlanc and Jon Thomas Smith
2009 - Jake Hartfield
2010 - Tatum Turan
2011 - Mark Jimmerson
2012 - Alexander Gandy
2013 - Leigh Sarrett
2014 - Kelsey Robertson
2015 – Marion Lee
If you are interested in giving, please learn more about donating to the Hinds Community College Foundation.
For more information or to establish a scholarship, contact Tracy.Morgan@hindscc.edu, 601-857-3800, firstname.lastname@example.org.
As members of Hinds Connection, you’ll spend time networking with many employees and administrators of the college, as well as work closely with these Connection Sponsors:
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 Thomas McCan 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 Bachelor 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 and helps develop marketing strategies. She also became a Hinds Connection sponsor upon beginning this role.
Kathryn and her husband, Jeremy, live in Clinton 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 children, Aubrey and Max.