The Iota Mu chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Pearl River Community College in Poplarville inducted new members into the honor society for two-year college students on Feb. 28. They are, seated from left, Tiffany Tucker of Diamondhead, Jennifer Ginn of Bay St. Louis, Sarah Silver of Ceasar, Rachel Fowler of Purvis, Shassidy Ramshur of Columbia, Ashley Craft of Picayune, Carlie Case of McCall Creek, Jasmine Madison and Brandi Logan, both of Hattiesburg; second row, Alicia Buckalew of Picayune, Rachel Murphy of Carriere, Heather Fullilove and Victoria Pichon, both of Picayune; Caitlyn Herrin of Carriere, Ginger Mitchell of Purvis, Rashawn Johnson of Columbia; third row, Anthony Hemphill of Bogalusa, La., Reese Gill of Diamondhead, Jansen Owen of Poplarville, Kevin Broom and Bradley Holmes, both of Columbia, and Andrew Wilkes of Brandon.
The Lady Wildcat Softball team is raising money for the Favre4Hope Foundation (formally Deanna Favre Hope Foundation). On Saturday, March 9th we will be “Playing for a Cure”. We will be hosting Southwest Community College at 12/2 p.m. During the game, we will have fish plates and hamburger plates to purchase.
First place winners in Skills USA state competition are, seated from left, masonry student Travis Moore and his helper Austin Szura, both of Wiggins; and cosmetology student Hannah Davis of Poplarville. Not pictured is Jeremy Cooper of Kiln, first place in computerized numerical control milling. They will go to national competition June 25-28 in Kansas City. Standing are, from left, Olivia Dawsey of Pearlington, second place in nail care; cosmetology student Marie Miley of Poplarville, third place in job interview; cosmetology student Jennifer Dedeaux of Poplarville, third place in promotional bulletin board; and Shelbie McBeth of Carriere, Dawsey's hand model. PRCC Public Relations photo
POPLARVILLE - The Pearl River Community College Development Foundation and Alumni Association are hosting a benefit fish fry during the March 20 Wildcat baseball games against Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. All proceeds from the event will go to the PRCC Employee Emergency Assistance Fund approved recently by the Board of Trustees. Plates are $10 and include fish, fries, hush puppies and drink. Plates will be available starting at 3 p.m. The fish fry will be held at the PRCC baseball field where the Wildcats will host a double-header with MGCCC starting at 4 p.m. For further information, contact Candace Harper at 601 403-1193.
POPLARVILLE - Pearl River Community College instructor Dr. Benny Hornsby recently received the John & Suanne Roueche Excellence Award from the League for Innovation in the Community College in Dallas, Texas. Hornsby, 71, is chair of the social sciences department at PRCC’s Forrest County Center in Hattiesburg. He also serves as president of the Mississippi Association of Educators, the largest teacher organization in Mississippi. “We congratulate Dr. Hornsby on this award,” said PRCC President William Lewis. “He has made significant contributions toward developing an outstanding learning environment for our students at the Forrest County Center. His efforts are greatly appreciated.” The Roueche Award was created by the League, of which PRCC is a member, in 2012 to “celebrate outstanding contributions and accomplishments by community college faculty and staff, and to recognize exceptional teaching and leadership abilities.” The award honors Dr. John E. Roueche, President of the Roueche Graduate Center at National American University, and formerly Director of the Community College Leadership Program at the University of Texas, where he held the first endowed faculty position in the field of community college education. Hornsby served on active duty in the Navy as a Southern Baptist chaplain for 36 years, serving 18 years at sea and visiting more than 100 foreign countries. He retired in 1996 with the rank of Captain. He has taught at eight colleges, universities, and religious seminaries. He was selected as the PRCC Humanities Teacher of the Year for 2008-2009. He has taught full-time at PRCC since 2005. Hornsby has also been accepted for admission to the Institut de Francais, a French language immersion school in Villefrance-sur-Mer, France, used by the United Nations and many non-government-organizations (NGOs) where he will spend the entire month of July.
POPLARVILLE - Two of Pearl River Community College’s music performance groups will present their spring concerts at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 26. The JazzCats jazz band and RiverRoad showchoir will perform in Olivia Bender Cafeteria in Poplarville. Archie Rawls, chairman of the PRCC Department of Fine Arts and Communication, directs the JazzCats. RiverRoad is under the direction of LaDona Tyson, PRCC director of choral groups. The concert is free and open to the public.
POPLARVILLE - A student from Gulfport High School has been named overall winner of the 2013 Congressional Art Forum hosted by 4th District Congressman Steven Palazzo. Sydney Garguilo’s painting titled “Gulf Coast Blue Crab” will hang in the U.S. Capitol tunnel in Washington, D.C., for a year along with the works of other high school artists from around the country. Garguilo also will receive an expense-paid trip to attend a reception for the winners. Marissa Hakes of Petal High School was named overall runner up with a mixed media entry titled “Alter Ego.” Her piece will hang in Palazzo’s Gulfport office. Palazzo announced the awards Monday, March 25, at Pearl River Community College where the work is on display. “I never get tired of participating in this,” he said. “The artwork is fantastic, and the students I meet are even more fantastic.” Garguilo and Hakes were the first-place winners in their respective categories of painting and mixed media. Other winners by category are: Painting - Cecilia Grace of Gulfport High, second; Summer Wilson of West Jones High, third. Drawing - Hannah Hutson of West Jones, first; Tracey Nguyen of Perry Central High School, second; and Shelby Ishee of West Jones, third. Mixed media - Morgan Breitling of West Jones, second, and Tobiath Wilson of Columbia, third. Computer-generated - Jagannath Nicaud of Columbia High School, first. Photography - Weston Widener of West Jones, first. Collage - Emily Sullivan of West Jones, first; Kimberly Simmons of Petal, second; and Peyton Cliburn of Petal, third. Students from Forrest County Agricultural and South Jones high schools also entered work. Judges were Dr. Amy Townsend, Maggie Smith and Jason Ramshur, all of PRCC.
Fourth District Congressman Steven Palazzo presents the blue ribbon to West Jones High School student Hannah Hutson in the drawing cateogry in the 2013 Congressional Art Forum. The artwork is on display at Pearl River Community College. PRCC Public Relations photo
Congressman Steven Palazzo presents the blue ribbon for photography in the 2013 Congressional Art Forum to Weston Widener, a student at West Jones High School. PRCC Public Relations photo
Fourth District Rep. Steven Palazzo presents the second place award in mixed media to Morgan Breitling of West Jones High School at the 2013 Congressional Art Forum at Pearl River Community College. PRCC Public Relations photo
POPLARVILLE - Pearl River Community College presents the Pearl River Singers and The Voices in concert at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 2, at Malone Chapel on the Poplarville campus. The Pearl River Singers choir will perform a selection of songs centered on the theme of home. They include Shenandoah, Homeland, That Ever I Saw, Return, Homeward Bound, Ride On, King Jesus and Somewhere. The Voices, 12 students selected by audition, will sing In Your Eyes, Mallory Cumberland of Picayune, soloist; Time After Time, Claire Loper of Lumberton, soloist; Lonesome Road, Frank Henry of Poplarville, soloist; True Colors, Rachel Pierce of Columbia, soloist; and How Far We’ve Come, Jonathan Morris of Brooklyn and Pierce, soloists. Both groups are conducted by LaDona Tyson, PRCC director of choral groups. The concert is free and open to the public