POPLARVILLE - Dr. Pamela Jones brings a deeply-held personal interest to her presentation as the recipient of the Humanities Teacher of the Year Award at Pearl River Community College. Jones discussed “Dyslexia and the Music Student” on Oct. 25 at Malone Chapel on the Poplarville campus. A music instructor at PRCC in Poplarville, she has appeared in numerous stage productions in the Hattiesburg area. But it is her experience with her 12-year-old son, who is dyslexic, that sparked her interest in the topic. “Most people think that dyslexia only affects a person’s ability to read, but it can make it very difficult for a person studying music as well,” she said. “Students who have dyslexia have difficulty decoding symbols when they read. Music consists of symbols, so they have trouble remembering the note names, for example. “It’s very frustrating. It’s also hard for them to count, to learn rhythm. It’s hard for singers because it’s difficult to read the words and read the music at the same time.” Despite the difficulty, studying music can be very beneficial to a dyslexic student, a topic under study by the National Institutes of Health, she said. “When my own son started taking piano, his reading scores shot up several grade levels,” Jones said. “It’s helped him tremendously in processing information.” The Mississippi Humanities Council annually honors teachers from all regions of the state with the award. Each honoree receives a $500 honorarium and presents a special lecture in his or her discipline to the community. “Dr. Jones is an exceptional example of an instructor staying current in her chosen field,” said Dr. Martha Lou Smith, vice president for general education and technology services. “Not only is she active in performance and professional organizations, she explores ways in which to enhnace the learning experience of her students.” Jones teaches voice, music appreciation and theory lab at PRCC. She holds an associate’s degree from Jones County Junior College and the bachelor of music education and the master of music in vocal performance degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi.
She spent a year studying voice, opera and Italian language in Italy as an International Rotary Foundation graduate scholar and earned a diploma in Italian language from the L’Universitá Italiana per Stranieri in Perugia, Italy. Upon returning to the United States, she attended the University of Maryland, College Park where she completed the acclaimed Maryland Opera Studio program and received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Vocal Performance and Literature. While living in the Washington, D.C. area, Jones was a finalist in the National Symphony Orchestra Young Soloist Competition, appeared on the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Young Performers’ Recital Series and received the Maryland Governor’s Award for Excellence twice. She has appeared in numerous concerts and recitals in the U.S. and Italy. Jones has appeared with the Hattiesburg Civic Light Opera as Anna in The King and I, Elsa in The Sound of Music and Jenny Lind in Barnum. With Southern Opera and Musical Theatre, she performed the lead role in Susannah, Frasquita in Carmen, and a lead role in It’s a Grand Night for Singing. She attends Trinity Episcopal Church where she sings in the choir. Jones is a Pokémon League Leader and former Rome, Italy Pokémon champion. She and her husband, Luigi Zaninelli, have one son, Gian Luigi.
POPLARVILLE - A former Pearl River Community College assistant coach is coming back to lead the Wildcat football program. William Jones, 45, a native of Hot Springs, Ark. and assistant coach at PRCC from 2001-07, is the new head football coach at Pearl River Community College, pending approval by the PRCC Board of Trustees at its Dec. 13 meeting. “We feel very fortunate to be able to recommend Coach William Jones as the next head football coach at Pearl River Community College,” said PRCC President William Lewis. “Coach Jones is passionate about his profession and has a deep sense of commitment to the success of his players on and off the field. He has a proven track record of success on the field, but he also has the same record of success with developing his players for success after football. Coach Jones is a great fit for our program. “ Jones comes to PRCC from East Mississippi Community College, where he has served as associate head coach and defensive coordinator under head coach Buddy Stephens. He also served as assistant athletic director. He helped guide East Mississippi to a five-year record of 44-10, including the school’s first NJCAA national championship, two MACJC state championships and four MACJC North Division regular-season crowns. “This is the biggest moment in my professional career, being named head coach at Pearl River Community College,” said Jones. “I am very excited about the opportunity to lead a program that has won a national championship and you have the ability to win a national championship here. “There is work to be done in terms of hiring coaches, evaluating current personnel, looking at the facilities and getting everything in place.” He replaces Coach Tim Hatten, who resigned his position as head football coach last month. After having spent 12 years as a defensive coordinator in the Mississippi junior college league, Jones knows he has his work cut out for him. “It always starts with having good people, a good administration, good community support, and good players,” said Jones. “You have to build those relationships that help you find those good players. It all starts with caliber of football player and the kind of person you want in this program. I have to set the bar for that.” Jones also knows that his first game as the PRCC head coach next season will be at home against East Mississippi. “There will be some excitement about that,” he said. At PRCC, Jones served as defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. During that time, the Wildcats posted a composite record of 60-12 (.833), including an NJCAA National Championship in 2004 and four consecutive MACJC state titles (2003-06). PRCC consistently ranked among the national team defensive leaders during Jones’ tenure, and 10 Wildcat players collected NJCAA All-American accolades during his seven-year stay at the school, including 2003 NJCAA Male Athlete of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year Larry Kendrick. Upon earning his bachelor’s degree in life sciences (pre-veterinary medicine) from Louisiana Tech University in 1990, Jones served as vice president of scouting operations and personnel development for the Sportstek Management Group in Shreveport, La. He later earned a master’s degree in higher education administration, with a concentration in sports administration, from the University of Louisville in 1999. Jones’ debut in collegiate coaching came at Grambling State University, where he served as a defensive assistant coach under the guidance of legendary Hall of Fame coach Eddie Robinson. During his time at Grambling, the 1994 Tigers claimed the Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) championship and played in the inaugural Heritage Bowl.While Jones has divided his football coaching career between the community college and NCAA Division II ranks, he also has extensive experience at the professional level. Before switching to the community college coaching ranks in 2001, Jones spent six seasons at the NCAA Division II level at Kentucky State University, where he served as co-defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator before getting the call from Pearl River.
This is a story about one of our own alumni who has overcome many obstacles in her life. Her name is Katie Breland and she is our Alumni Spotlight 2012! She touched our hearts with her perseverance, dedication to make a difference, and strength to keep moving forward. Her story is inspiring and we could all learn from her experiences.
Written by Katie Breland: You often wonder where you will be years down the road, when college is over, careers begin, and families are started. Will you be successful? Will you be happy? What will become of your identity? Sometimes, life places before us a path that we never could have imagined. And though it may be hard, we are to walk it. Because that’s what we've been taught. Its part of "growing up". After my high school graduation, I was set on the fact that I would continue on to play college basketball. I knew I wanted to be a Physical Therapist and go to Southeastern Louisiana University. It was the second day of college that I called my mom to come get me. I thought I knew what I wanted but my heart told me different. It was then, I decided PRCC would become my home. I applied and was accepted to the Physical Therapist Asst. program. This began a new chapter of my life. I made many life long memories, friends, and was given a stable, rewarding career. It was 3 and a half years after I graduated that yet another new chapter was written for me. On October 13, 2011, I was in a terrible accident. I was hit broadside and then ejected from my car. The car then landed on top of me and it was there that I was trapped for 33 minutes. The engine was burning my back, my body was folded in half, and I knew that I couldn't feel my legs. A million things raced through my mind. I knew, that even though the road ahead of me was going to be full of heartbreak, valleys, hard work, and change, that I had to make a choice right then; I could take in my last breath, give up, and let go, or I could fight, with every ounce of my being. I chose to fight. I chose to believe. The next several months was the toughest I have ever lived. There were tons of surgeries, therapy, skin grafts, and adjustments. My mind was my biggest battle. I looked back at all the patients I had rehabed being a pta and now here I was on the other side. I wondered every second if I would one day walk again, if i would be able to run in another race, shoot another basketball. I wondered if I would have kids, start a family, and live a normal life. I had to understand though, that all I could do was my part. And my part was to give my everything to my recovery. I knew that there would be days where things seemed impossible, but I knew that my trust in God was strong, and my community, friends and family were behind me 100 %. It’s now been 10 months since my accident. I have faced a lot of things that I never would have imagined I would face. I’ve learned to appreciate the small things in life, to count my blessings before complaining about the small things, and to live every single minute to its fullest. We never know from day to day what may happen, or whose life we may be affecting along the way. People are watching us to see the stands we may make. It’s your decision, your choice to make the right ones. Make this short time we have here worth its while. Leave a legacy that people will stand on. I still believe that one day, I will walk again. I just hope that my story will touch other people’s lives in a positive way that inspires them to keep believing in themselves.
Recently friends and family of Katie held the Katie’s Kause 2nd Annual 5k Run to help support Katie and her costs that will occur when she goes to Michigan to work with a well known trainer who has experience dealing with spinal cord injuries. If you would like to help out “Katie’s Kause”, contact Candace Harper at the PRCC Development Foundation at 601-403-1193.
The Pearl River Community College Development Foundation hosted its annual Scholarship Donor Dinner Nov. 15 at the Olivia Bender Cafeteria on the Poplarville campus. The dinner provides an opportunity for scholarship recipients to thank their benefactors and for the donors to meet the students they are helping. The foundation awarded 297 scholarship worth more than $189,000 between July 2011 and June 2012. Since it was established in 1987, the foundation has awarded more than 5,000 scholarships valued at more than $3 million. Donors received copies of the PRCC Photographic History book at the dinner as a token of the college’s appreciation. RiverRoad, the PRCC showchoir, provided entertainment. Recipients of scholarships include: Laura Clinton of Sumrall - Samuel Abbott Memorial Scholarship. Chelsea Gascho of Picayune, Makayla Cooper of Columbia, Natalee Baggett and Tanner Peavy, both of Sumrall - Dr. Ted J. Alexander Leadership Scholarship. Debra cameron of Lumberton - Allen-Howse Scholarhip. Crystal Curtis of Sumrall and Hannah Roberson of Hattiesburg - American Business Wommen Association Pine Belt Chapter Scholarship. Katherine Mallini of Waveland - American Legiona Post 139 Scholarship. Joshua Hall of Foxworth - Anderson Paint and Carpet One Construction and Design Scholarship. Galen Doucet of Gulfport, Kristine Montgomery of Petal and Laura Wheat of Sumrall - Asbury Foundation Scholarship. Sarah Friday of St. Martin - Dr. and Mrs. John W. Askew Dental Hygiene Scholarship. Braxton Lee and Brittany Polderman, both of Picayune - Cody Bales Memorial Athletic Scholarship. Marius Tent, Abby Stockstill, Yamileth Deleon and Rachael Lee, all of Picayune - Ball Family Scholarship. Clayton Hession of Purvis and Katelyn Robertson of Sumrall - Ronald T. Barr Memorial Scholarship. Jennifer Quinn of Tylertown - BellSouth Scholarship. Hollie Chester of Gumpond - Hollis and Elaine Byrd Mathematics Education Scholarship. Rebecca Lowery of Lumberton - Classes of 1939-42 Scholarship. Taylor Trigg of Petal and Johnothan Nguyen of Picayune - John Clearman Baptist Student Union Scholarship. Leon Benson of Picayune - Coast Electric Power Association Scholarship. Micah Davis of Poplarville - Bobby Cochran Memorial Scholarship and Arthur Moore and Jessie Mae Gandy Scholarship. Rachel Raynes of Purvis, Ashley Ford of Sumrall, Brandisha Hinton and Suzanne Fortenberry, - Verlene Cole/Forrest-Lamar County Alumni Scholarship. Kendall Laster of Hattiesburg - Verlene Cole Scholarship. Michael Lee - Harry Cole Memorial Scholarship. Brittany Fortenberry of Columbia - Columbia Lions Club Scholarship. Devin Hernandez and Michael Harvison of Picayune, Kayla LaFontaine of Waveland - Comsouth Public Safety/Law Enforcement Scholarship. Whitney Armstrong of Foxworth - Sebe Dale Family Scholarship. Courtney Dyess of Bassfield - Daniels/Castleberry Scholarship. Dustin Slade of Bay St. Louis - Edith Dantagnan Nursing Scholarship. Jessica Breakfield of Columbia - Hollie N. and William M. Davis Jr. Scholarship. Whitney Quave of Carriere - Delta Kappa Gamma-Sigma Chapter Scholarship. Christopher Barron of Carriere - Dr. Wes and Dora Mae Estey Eagle Scout Scholarship. Kristine Montgomery of Petal - Rita Haley Memorial Scholarship. Victoria Necaise of Kiln, Katerine Maillini, Alexandria Flood and Shane DeMayo, all of Bay St. Louis - Hancock County Alumni Association Scholarship. Asa Alyssa Goins - Hancock-Pearl River County Voiture Scholarship and R.E.L. Sutherland Memorial Scholarship. Joshua Dolan of Hattiesburg - Bruce Hankins Memorial Scholarship. Sarah Bynum of Purvis - John C. Harden Scholarship. Katelin Jackson of Sumrall - Lynn Cook Hartwig Scholarship. Kevin Broome of Columbia - Francis and Joyce Herrin Scholarship. Tran Diep of Biloxi, Annie Cardenas of Liberty and Jessica Walley of Richton - Dr. and Mrs. Stan Hill Dental Hygiene Scholarship. Leslie Haney of Columbia - Debbie Hinton Memorial Scholarship. Joe Klein of Bay St. Louis - Dobie Holden Memorial Scholarship. Presley Stiglets of Oak Grove - Warren and Virginia Rawls Holden Scholarship. Amanda Ferrell and Megan Cooper, both of Poplarville - Hope Haven Scholarship. Rusty Moore of Purvis - Benny and June Hornsby Vocational/Technical Scholarship. Kristina Brady of Oak Grove - Jessica Victoria House Memorial Scholarship. Stacey Kolb of Poplarville - John Houston Family Scholarship. Courtney Dyess of Carriere - Betty Lou Courtney Hudson Memorial Scholarhip. Conner Ball of Picayune - L.A. Hurst Jr. Endowed Schoalrship Jason Meidl of Columbia and Maurice Young of Hattiesburg - Jacobs Facility Operating Service Scholarship. Haley Sellers of Columbia - Naomi Kendrick Memorial Scholarship. Amber Courtney of Sumrall - Lamar County Scholarship. Joann Guillot of Poplarville - Ken Langnecker Memorial Scholarship. Rebecca Canfield of Perkinston - Berlon Lee Scholarship. Jansen Owen of Poplarville - Virginia Mauldin Lowe Memorial Scholarship. Natalie Johnson of Columbia - Marion County Retired Teachers Scholarship. Haley Hartzog and Taylor McKenzie, both of Columbia - Marion/Jeff Davis County Alumni Association Scholarship. Haley Weaver of Bay St. Louis - Robert A. McArthur Sr. Memorial Scholarship. Daniel Magee of Poplarville - Pamela M. McGill Memorial Scholarship. Katelyn Kelly of Pass Christian - J.S. and Kathryn Moody Nursing Scholarship. Michael Coleman of Poplarville - Angelina Barbieria Navoy Memorial Scholarship. Sofia Tent of Carriere - Arthur B. Nicholson Memorial Scholarship. Danielle Rogers of Petal - Ray Patten Memorial Scholarship. Victoria Mitchell of Poplarville, Hillary Dickens of Picayune and Erica Rubio of Carriere - Pearl River County Alumni Scholarship. Alvin Richard of Picayune - Pearl River County Homebuilders Scholarship. Recipient Lacey Hampton and Jonathan Brockhaus, both of Picayune - Picayune Kiwanis Club Scholarship. Whitney Quave and Rabecca Davis, both of Carriere - Picayune Lions Club Scholarship. Heather Ruffin and Veronica Mustain, both of Picayune - James Horris and Minnie Rae Pigott Memorial Scholarship. Shelby Sattler of Kiln - PRCC Board of Trustees Scholarship. Clay Williams of Purvis, Shelby Champaigne of Carriere and Drew Hedgepeth of Picayune - PRCC Foundation Ambassador Scholarship. Amy Simmons of Hattiesburg - Duane Raanes Family Scholarship. Sarah Anthony of Columbia - Clark and Lucy Robertson Memorial Scholarship. Brittany LeBlanc of Lafayette, La. - Margaret Fairley Rogers Memorial Scholarship. Mary Bilbo and Blake Weyenberg, both of Poplarville - Rotary Club of Poplarville Scholarship. Chris Hession of Purvis - LaRue and Mary Jean Saulters Scholarship. Drew Barras of Carriere, Leyton Jolly of Poplarville, Krisjon Wilkerson of Bay St. Louis - Leo W. Seal Jr. Memorial Scholarship. Hailey Breisacher of Poplarville - David R. Smith Memorial Scholarship. Aerial Davis of Poplarville - Dolores and Martin T. Smith Scholarship. Mallory Cumberland of Picayune - Michael Sprinkell Memorial Scholarship. Stacey Kolb, Terri Mura, Audra Aubert, Amanda Ferrell and Kerrie Davis, all of Poplarville; Grisela Amado-Summerville and Arthur Bienvenu, both of Picayune; Amanda Kerry and Michael Spencer, both of Carriere; Michael McArthur of Columbia and Charles Draughn of Hattiesburg - St. Michaels Foundation Scholarships. Christopher Stevens and Alexandria Sinclair, both of Purvis - Annelle Steele Memorial Scholarship. Raven Bridges of Picayune - Daphne Delphine Tate Memorial Scholarship. Graham Tant of Hattiesburg - Jean Baughman Wessel Scholarship. Melanie Haden of Carriere - Henry and Carolyn Smith Thomas Memorial Scholarship. Brittany Kinsey of Sumrall and Leah Terrell of Foxworth - Hugh and Juanita White Scholarship. Shelly Pavolini of Bay St. Louis and Tyler Aucoin of Lumberton - Marjorie Lenora White Scholarship. Chelsea Parson of Biloxi and Paul Pickerrell of Elizabethtown, Ky. - Dr. Marvin White Presidential Scholarship. Hunter Seal of Picayune - Wildcat Disc Golf Scholarship. Nathaniel Stafford of Sandy Hook - Cary and Ann Williams Scholarship. Benjamin Stewart of Picayune - Williams Foundation Scholarship.
Photo caption: Recipients of the St. Michaels Foundation Scholarship attending the Pearl River Community College Scholarship Donor Dinner are, front row from left, Stacey Kolb and Terri Mura, both of Poplarville; Amanda Kerry of Carriere, Audra Aubert and Kerrie Davis, both of Poplarville; Grisela Amado-Summerville of Picayune; second row, donor representative John Houston, Michael McArthur of Columbia, Michael Spencer of Carriere, Arthur Bienvenu of Picayune, Charles Draughn of Hattiesburg and donor representative Dr. Robert Escudero. Not pictured is Amanda Ferrell of Poplarville. PRCC Public Relations photo
POPLARVILLE - The 2013 Pearl River Community College Women’s Health Symposium will be held Saturday, Jan. 26, in Crosby Hall on the Poplarville campus. Featured speaker will be Barb Bancroft, who is noted for humourous, information-packed presentations. The symposium will also include a panel discussion on women’s health concerns, free health screenings, an art walk, luncheon and entertainment by The Voices, PRCC’s elite vocal ensemble. The registration fee is $20. For information or a registration form, telephone 601-403-1317 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. after PRCC offices re-open on Jan. 3.
Registration for the spring semester at Pearl River Community College begins on Friday, Jan. 4. The schedule is as follows: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, Jan.4, at the Hancock Center; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at the Forrest County Center; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 8, on the Poplarville campus. These times are for students who did not register before the fall semester ended. All PRCC offices will be closed for the Christmas break until 8 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3. For more information, go to the PRCC website at www.prcc.edu. Day and night classes begin Wednesday, Jan. 9.