Friday, April 12, 2013

April 12, 2013 - 9:32am

  POPLARVILLE - The student body at Pearl River Community College elected 20-year-old sophomores from Hattiesburg as Mr. and Miss PRCC 2013.
  Chosen were Zaccheus Husband and Stevany Jackson.
  Class favorites on the Poplarville campus are sophomores Presley Stiglets, 20, of Hattiesburg and Colton Turnage, 20, of Sandy Hook and freshmen Desmond Edmondson, 19, of Hattiesburg and Breanna Peters, 18, of Brandon.
  Forrest County Center class favorites are George E. Curtis, 23, of Glendale and Tiffany Moreno, 29,  of Columbia, sophomores; and Chris Harris, 19, and Tiffany Lee, 24, both of Hattiesburg, freshmen.
  Hancock Center favorites are Shantel  Zar, 34, and Jarrod Wilson, 21, both of Waveland, sophomores; and Miranda Rutherford, 25, of Bay St. Louis and Micah Steiner, 18, of Pass Christian, freshmen.
  Husband, a graduate of Hattiesburg High School, is the son of Geraldine Husband and Juan Husband, both of Hattiesburg. He is executive vice president of the Student Government Association, a member of the athletic training staff and a resident assistant. A history and sports/coaching education major, Husband plans to attend the University of Southern Mississippi.
  The daughter of Stevenson and Louise Jackson of Hattiesburg, Jackson is a graduate of North Forrest High School and a chemistry major. She is SGA sophomore vice president, secretary of Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society, a member of the String of Pearls dance team and an athletic trainer. She plans to attend Mississippi State University and then the University of Mississippi Medical Center to become a pediatrician or sports medicine physician.
  Stiglets is the daughter of Tracy and Stacey Stiglets of Hattiesburg and the late Gidget Necaise. A graduate of Oak Grove High School, she is a business marketing major and plans to attend Belhaven University where she will play soccer. She is captain of the Lady Wildcat soccer team, SGA executive president, a Fellowship of Christian Athletes leader, Miss PRCC Wildcat and a member of PTK and the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges All-State soccer team.
  Turnage, the son of Chris and Rachel Turnage of Sandy Hook, is a a graduate of West Marion High School and an instrumentation technology major. He is captain of the PRCC cheerleading squad and a works in the student activities office. He plans a career as an instrumentalist in the oil industry.
  A graduate of Hattiesburg High School, Edmondson is the son of Cleveland Edmondson of Hattiesburg. He is SGA freshman class president, a member of the Spirit of the River marching band and a social work major. He plans to attend MSU and earn a master’s degree in social work.
  Peters, a graduate of Northwest Rankin High School, is the daughter of Sherita Peters and Brian Crumb, both of Brandon. A kinesiology major, she is a member of the String of Pearls and is SGA freshman class secretary. She plans to attend USM.
                                                                   Forrest County Center
  Curtis, a graduate of Tabb High School in Yorktown, Va., is the son of Malcom and Gwendolyn Curtis Jr. of Glendale. He is a physical therapist assistant major and a member of the History and Humanities Club and the Forrest County Center SGA. He plans to purchase a barbershop and explore the world after graduating.
  Moreno, a Spanish major, is the daughter of Gwen Taylor and Tim Culpepper of Columbia. She is secretary of the Forrest County Center SGA and president of the History and Humanities Club. A graduate of the Mississippi Challenge Academy, she plans to attend USM.
  Harris is the son of Cathy Harris and a graduate of Petal High School. He is majoring in criminal justice and plans to attend USM.
  A graduate of Forrest County Agricultural High School, Lee is the daughter of Bobby and Ponda Lee. She plans to pursue a career in mortuary science/funeral service technology.
                                                                         Hancock Center
  Wilson is the son of Don and Sheila Wilson and a graduate of Bay High School. He plans to transfer to the University of South Alabama to major in physical therapy.
  Zar, a graduate of East Jefferson High School, is the daughter of Lisa M. Zar and Darryl J. Zar. She is a general studies major who plans to attend USM Gulf Coast. She is a member of the Bay Soccer Club and assistant coach for an under-12 team.
  Rutherford is the daughter of Denise Rutherford and the late Woody Rutherford. She graduated from Hancock High School and plans to transfer to USM after finishing her studies at PRCC.
  Steiner is the son of Mike and Linda Steiner and a graduate of Pass Christian High School. A history major, he plans to teach and coach baseball at his former high school.

Mr. and Miss PRCC at Pearl River Community College are, seated, Zaccheus Husband and Stevany Jackson, both of Hattiesburg. With them are, from left, Sophomore Class Favorites Presley Stiglets of Hattiesburg and Colton Turnage of Sandy Hook; and Freshman Class Favorites Desmond Edmondson of Hattiesburg and Breanna Peters of Brandon.

Class favorites at PRCC’s Forrest County Center are Chris Harris, from left, and Tiffany Lee, both of Hattiesburg, freshmen; and George E. Curtis of Glendale, sophomore. Not pictured is sophomore class favorite Tiffany Moreno of Columbia.

Jarrod Wilson of Waveland is sophomore class favorite at the Pearl River Community College Hancock Center. Not pictured is class favorite Shantel Zar, also of Waveland.

Freshmen class favorites at the Hancock Center of Pearl River Community College are Miranda Rutherford of Bay St. Louis and Micah Steiner of Pass Christian.
PRCC Public Relations photos

April 12, 2013 - 10:21am

  Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society awarded five prestigious honors to Pearl River Community College at the organization’s recent convention in San Jose, Calif.
  The Beta Tau Gamma chapter at the Forrest County Center was named a Distinguished Chapter and one of its advisors, Dr. Terri Smith Ruckel, received the Paragon Award for advisors with less than four years of experience.
  Dr. William Lewis, PRCC president, received the Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction, student Andy Sims of Petal received a $1,000 Coca-Cola Bronze Scholarship, Beta Tau Gamma received a Distinguished College Project award for its campus voter registration drive and was named a Top 100 Chapter.
  As a Distinguished Chapter, Beta Tau Gamma is ranked among the top 10 percent of PTK’s 1,325 chapters in the United States and abroad. The chapter was formed only two years ago.
  “It is an extremely big deal,” Ruckel said. The honor is based on the chapter’s scores on written reports on its College Project and Honors in Action Project, which was a political forum.
  “They really liked that we had a voter registration drive on our campus,” she said.
  The Paragon Award recognizes the work of advisors for new chapters. Ruckel was unable to accept the award in person because the chapter did not have enough money for seven students to attend and she forfeited her share.
  “Dr. Terri Ruckel is an inspiration to us,” said Melissa Fahrenbruch of Hattiesburg, the chapter’s vice president for communication. “She works hard for our college, chapter and us individually. She is compassionate, intelligent, and a leader that we trust. She has mentored the majority of us at one time or another; she makes us strive to exceed our goals. She is our watershed moment.”
  Ruckel teaches English and also advised the Sigma Kappa Delta English honor society.
  “We are extremely proud of our chapter’s accomplishments,” said Dr. Cecil Burt, PRCC vice president for Forrest County operations. “All of our advisors are outstanding, but we are so pleased that Dr. Terri Ruckel received the Paragon Award for her service as advisor to this club.
  Sims received the Coca-Cola Scholarship after being named to the PTK Mississippi All-Academic Team in March. Only eight students in Mississippi received the scholarships, Ruckel said.
  “Phi Theta Kappa is a wonderful organization for outstanding students,” Burt said. “There are tremendous opportunities for scholarships for club members.”
  Lewis was one of only 21 college presidents or chief executive officers to receive the Shirley B. Gordon Award of Distinction based on their efforts in promoting the goals of Phi Theta Kappa.
  “I am most humbled by the recognition from Phi Theta Kappa,” Lewis said. “I have great respect for this historic academic honorary society and for the work they do in community colleges internationally.  PTK is a true difference-maker in the molding of lives for our high achieving students.”
  The award is named for the late Dr. Shirley B. Gordon, PTK’s  longest serving chair of the board of directors and president emeritus of Highline Community College in Washington.
  The PRCC students at the conference were thrilled to see Lewis receive the award, said Dr. Ryan Ruckel, one of the chapter’s advisors.
  “They all held their phones up to try to take a picture of him,” he said. “They were so excited for him.”
  He described the convention as 3,500 screaming nerds with laser light shows and fog machines and the awards ceremonies as a lot of fun.
  “We’re just sitting there waiting as they call out each college that got an award,” he said. “For them to call our name was very exciting. I think I jumped about 10 feet.”
  Fahrenbruch accepted the Distinguished Chapter Award.
  “I was stunned at first, when our chapter’s name was called and showed on the screen,” she said. “I was honored and humbled that they chose me to go receive it on stage. I’m so proud to be a part of this chapter.”
  In addition to Sims and Fahrenbruch, students who attended are Will Smith of Hattiesburg; Carolyn Lucus and Louie Forsmark, both of Petal; Hope Lucas of Sumrall and Tiffany Gragg of Lumberton.
  The Beta Tau Gamma chapter and the Iota Mu chapter in Poplarville were also recognized as Five Star Chapters. Stephanie Lee is advisor for the Iota Mu chapter.

Dr. Terri Ruckel

Dr. William Lewis

Melissa Fahrenbruch