It’s the first time a company, instead of an individual, has won the award. “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.
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.
At Hinds, the company serves student and employee cafeterias at the Raymond and Utica campuses, as well as Eagle’s Nest Grille and Eagle Ridge Conference Center. The company also caters fundraisers and other functions at the college, such as being the title sponsor of the April Golf Fun Fest and Employee Appreciation Day, both annual events, providing breakfast monthly for President’s Cabinet meetings and donating food for many other Hinds events.
“I depend on Valley quite a bit, and they have never let me down,” said Vice President for Advancement Jackie Granberry. “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 content & images from this post are from the October 2015 OnCampus Publication
Tom Burnham (1967), the Hinds Community College 2015 Alumnus of the Year, is the director of the Principal Corps based at the University of Mississippi where he recruits great teachers to become public school principals and visionary leaders.
After eight plus years, I’ve been at Hinds Community College long enough that I am seeing students I encountered in some form or fashion “making good” in the world. And one fun thing about social media, I can keep up with former students and what they're doing. (I typically don’t accept friend requests until after they graduate.)
Wow, I cannot believe that I am an official graduate of Hinds Community College. To this day, I still look back on the day in kindergarten when my teacher Mrs. Stewart asked me what I wanted to do when I grow up and my response was that I was going to graduate high school, go to Ole Miss and then medical school. As Hinds would end up being the first detour along the way to destination future, I am proud of my accomplishments up to this point. I encourage new Hinds students to be involved on campus and take advantage of all the opportunities offered.