A former student returns to manage the events of the Ole Miss student association

Carole Webb, a 2007 UM graduate with 14 years of experience in the hospitality industry, is the new Deputy Director of Events and Services Management at the Gertrude C. Ford Ole Miss Student Union. Photo by Kevin Bain / Ole Miss Digital Imaging Services

OXFORD, Mississippi – After spending 14 years in the hospitality industry, Carole Webb, a 2007 University of Mississippi graduate, has returned to campus to take on the role of Assistant Director of Events and Services Management at womb of student Gertrude C. Ford Ole Miss. Union.

Webb is responsible for overseeing the events and booking process for the Student Union, Grove, Circle, Quad, and Tad Smith Coliseum.

“I enjoy every minute of being back at my alma mater and being able to give back to the institution that I love,” said Webb. “This has been my most fulfilling role in my career so far.

“I enjoy working with students every day while using my customer service and event planning skills. “

Jim Taylor, associate professor in the Department of Nutrition and Hotel Management and one of Webb’s former teachers, praised his skills and approach to the field.

“Carole was an excellent student who not only had and continues to have a natural passion for the hospitality industry, but she was the type of learner who always seemed to ask the right questions,” said Taylor.

After earning her undergraduate degree in Family and Consumer Sciences with a specialization in Hospitality Management, Webb moved to Nashville, Tennessee, where she worked for three years as an Event Banquet Manager for the Hermitage Hotel. , gaining hands-on experience and training at five-star hotels in Tennessee.

After her work with The Hermitage, Webb worked three years for a family restaurant, Boxwood Bistro, in Franklin, Tennessee, where she gained experience in catering and event planning. In the fall of 2012, Webb returned to Oxford to be closer to his family and began working as an event manager for Magnolia Rentals and Sales.

“In my role, I have planned and executed events ranging from weddings and rehearsal dinners to University of Mississippi events and many more,” she said.

Webb was drawn to hotel management because she was interested in a career that could provide a creative outlet while allowing her to help others.

“No two days are the same in this industry, and that intrigued me,” she explained. “The hospitality industry has given me the opportunity to work in several different fields and to develop managerial skills that I have been able to develop in each position I have held.”

Webb believes his upbringing helped show him that the hospitality industry can have many types of outlets.

“There are endless career options in the hospitality industry, and being able to study many different aspects has prepared me to feel comfortable in the industry no matter what path I take. borrowed, ”she said.

For Webb, the class that best prepared her for her career was NHM 462, Quantity Foods. Participants in this course are responsible for the management of the student-run Lenoir Dining.

“During this course, you alternate positions between the front and the back of the house in a real restaurant in the Lenoir room,” she explains. “The experience opened my eyes even more to restaurant procedures and customer service.

“The hands-on approach to this course is something I have never forgotten. Part of it took me out of my comfort zone, and it was necessary for me to be successful after graduation.

Webb also attributes his success, in part, to his parents.

“I was shown from an early age where hard work and determination can take you,” Webb said. “Hard work has never scared me, and in my opinion, it is a trait that is necessary to be successful in this industry.”

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