It’s not often people gather in person these days to talk constructively about education and politics. These days, social media provides something of a safe haven to express one’s views in anonymity (or at least the comfort of being alone with the tech device of your choice) without the apparent hassle of research or basing expressions online in actual life or work experiences.
Whether it be a funny moment or heartfelt thanks, every Hinds employee has a story to tell about their time working for Mississippi’s largest community college.
It’s been said that business is the engine of any free-market economy. I’ll add that people are the fuel that keeps the engine running. When you go to a bank, order a meal, drive on the highway, or buy a car, it takes people doing their jobs well to make those little trips run smoothly.
Surprises in the writing or reporting business can take on many forms – pleasant or not, they’re memorable for nearly all who do this for a living.
Even a writer who’s usually brain-deep in career-tech and academic programs gets a little football fever every now and again.
I’ve had the privilege of meeting some interesting people in my career as a writer, both on the news side and now promoting the merits of higher education at Hinds Community College.
It’s rare to check out true virtuosity from any art form’s masters AND students of any craft in the same show – all for free. You’ll pay top dollar even to see washed-up rock acts in the smallest of venues.Such wasn’t the case on April 16 when I caught the best of the morning and evening sessions of the Alcorn State University’s 36th annual Jazz Festival at the Vicksburg Convention Center. The Hinds Community College Stage Band turned into a top-flight jazz ensemble that Saturday morning, under the direction of Music Instructor Randy Mapes. I managed to snap a few photos from a distance with my cellphone.