June 2013

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Reserved football tickets, all-sports pass on sale at PRCC
June 3, 2013 - 8:10am -- admin

POPLARVILLE   Reserved season football tickets and all sports pass are now on sale at Pearl River Community College.
Tickets for all five home games, with seats in the chair back section on the 50 yard line, are $65 each. Season ticket holders will have first choice of seats and must renew by Aug. 1. Walk up individual tickets in the reserved section are $15 each.

The entire center section will be chair backs for reserved seating.

General admission tickets this season are $5 for students and $10 for adults.

The all sports pass will also be offered for 2013-14 for $100. This pass includes a reserved ticket for football, as well as entrance to any PRCC regular season sports event on campus.

The Pearl River Wildcats, who have won four MACJC state championships since 2003, will open their 2013 season with a home game against East Mississippi Community College in Dobie Holden Stadium on Thursday, Aug. 29.

The following week, on Thursday, Sept. 5, the Wildcats will host Mississippi Delta Community College. Both games will kick off at 7 p.m.

The first road game is Saturday, Sept. 14, at Jones County Junior College. Kickoff  is at 7 p.m.

Other home games include Southwest Community College on Thursday, Sept. 26, Gulf Coast Community College on Thursday, Oct. 3, and East Central Community College on Saturday, Oct. 19, for Homecoming.

Other road games include Coahoma Community College on Thursday, Sept. 19 (6:30 p.m.), in Clarksdale, Copiah-Lincoln Community College on Saturday, Oct. 12 (3 p.m.), in Wesson, and Hinds Community College on Thursday, Oct. 24 (7 p.m.), in Raymond.

The first round of the MACJC playoffs will begin Saturday, Nov. 2.

William Jones, 45, a native of Hot Springs, Ark. and assistant coach at PRCC from 2001-07, is the new head football coach at PRCC.

Jones comes to PRCC from East Mississippi Community College, where he has served as associate head coach and defensive coordinator. He helped guide East Mississippi to a five-year record of 44-10, including theschool’s first NJCAA national championship, two MACJC state championships and four MACJC North Division regular-season crowns.

To order, mail checks to the Pearl River Community College Department of Athletics, P.O. Box 5440, Poplarville, MS 39470 or call (601) 403 1179. Or email the athletic department at dherndon@prcc.edu.

June 3, 2013 - 8:10am
PRCC changes dates of June, July board meetings
June 3, 2013 - 3:57pm -- braswell

  POPLARVILLE - The Pearl River Community College Board of Trustees will hold its monthly meeting at 1 p.m. Thursday, June 6, in the Crosby Hall board room.
  The board voted to change the meeting date because of a schedule conflict with PRCC President Dr. William Lewis’s role as chairman of the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior College’s Presidents Association.
  The board also changed its July meeting to 1 p.m. Friday, July 12, at Mary Mahoney’s Restaurant in Biloxi.
  The change was made to accommodate the six school superintendents on the board who will be attending a state superintendents’ meeting on the Gulf Coast as well as PRCC trustees who will be attending the MACJC trustees conference.

June 3, 2013 - 3:57pm
Orientation at the River
June 10, 2013 - 8:36am -- braswell

Pearl River Community College director of recruitment and orientation Casey Rawls, second from left, talks to new students in the PRCC business office during orientation on Thursday, June. 6. New students can pre-register for orientation by calling 601-403-1197. Dates in Poplarville are June 18 and 27 and July 11, 18 and 24; in Hattiesburg, July 9, 15, 23 and 30.


June 10, 2013 - 8:36am
JazzCats at Blueberry Jubilee
June 10, 2013 - 8:44am -- braswell

The Pearl River Community College JazzCats with vocalist Mariah LeBlanc of Purvis were a crowd pleaser at Poplarville’s Blueberry Jubilee on Saturday, June 8.

June 10, 2013 - 8:44am
PRCC graduates ace national exam
June 10, 2013 - 1:02pm -- admin

                HATTIESBURG – All 16 graduates this spring from Pearl River Community College’s Medical Radiologic Technology Department at the Forrest County Center successfully passed the American Registry of Radiologic Technologist certification exam in Medical Radiography, the national certification examination.
                “The 100 percent pass rate indicates to us that they are well prepared to practice in medical radiography in any healthcare setting,” said David Armstrong, chair of PRCC’s Radiologic Technology Department.
                “They are also prepared to pursue higher education into the specialties in radiography such as C.T. scanning, MRI scanning, ultrasound, mammography, special procedures and other imaging technologies as well as radiation therapy.” 
                According to Armstrong, the pass rate for the program has been at 100 percent for six of the last seven graduating classes from PRCC. The seventh year was 93 percent.
                “Our average score based on national averages puts this class into the 100th percentile nationally,” said Armstrong. “Needless to say, we are proud of them.”
                Eight of the 16 graduates have secured positions while the others are pursuing higher education in areas of management, ultrasound and nursing.
                Armstrong has directed X-ray technology education programs in Hattiesburg since 1980, first with Hattiesburg Radiology Group for 18 years, then with Forrest General Hospital for a year while transitioning the program to PRCC. He is assisted by Hope Husband, who joined the PRCC staff in 2000 and serves as clinical coordinator and instructor.

June 10, 2013 - 1:02pm
PRCC print-version yearbooks available online
June 11, 2013 - 7:39am -- braswell

  POPLARVILLE - The full-color print version of the 2013 Pearl River Community College Wildcat annual is now available online. 
  The library quality book is printed on white paper and bound in a heavy, trade quality paper backing. The annual is handled for the college by Amazon.com. Cost of the 2013 Wildcat is $45 plus shipping. 
  The annuals are available online at:  https://www.createspace.com/4061119

June 11, 2013 - 7:39am
PRCC ranked No. 28 best community college in U.S.
June 17, 2013 - 1:27pm -- admin

                POPLARVILLE – A leading higher education-career website has ranked Pearl River Community College the 28th best community college in the country.
            TheBestSchools.org selected the 50 best community colleges in the U.S. based on a comparison of several studies and ratings of community colleges as well as the college’s reputation and review of a large number of notable community colleges.
            “This recognition implies that Pearl River ranks among the best community colleges in America, but it also indicates that our students are really doing well when compared nationally,” said PRCC President William Lewis.
            “In the long run, this is what really matters. We are extremely proud of the effort that our faculty and staff have put into transforming our institution into a nationally competitive college. This has been our goal for quite some time.”
            This is not the first time that PRCC has received national recognition in recent years. PRCC ranked No. 20 in the CNN Money listing of top community colleges in 2012. The Aspen Institute listed Pearl River Community College among the top 10 percent of all U.S. community colleges in 2012 and 2013.
            Also, the Beta Tau Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, located at the Forrest County Center, was recently named one of the top 100 chapters internationally.
            “It is pleasing to receive this recognition, but we realize that our college will always be in a continuous improvement effort,” said Dr. Lewis.
            PRCC is one of more than 1,100 community colleges in the U.S.
            According to the American Association of Colleges (AACC), community colleges enrolled nearly half of all undergraduates in the U.S. These community colleges graduate 20-25 percent of all first-time, full-time students. In May, PRCC graduated approximately 900 students, the largest class in the school’s history. 
            “We selected the top community colleges based on a comparison of several studies and ratings of community colleges, each with their own unique selection criteria, as well as the schools’ reputation and our review of notable community colleges,” said David Redfearn with TheBestSchools.org. “While completion/graduation rates are important to any college’s success, we identified several factors as especially significant to select the top community colleges.”
            They included:
            - Sustained Achievement Outcomes: Ongoing success in student perseverance and completion of Associate Degrees and/or transfer to four-year colleges.
            - Learning Outcomes: Values and practices that actively engage students and require them to stretch academically; explore learning freely; pursue a variety of educational experiences and areas of study.
            - Deployment Outcomes: Strong rates of employment, salaries and advancement for graduates matched with workplace skill needs.
            - Equitable Outcomes: Policies and practices that result in student diversity and success among low-income students and underrepresented racial/ethnic groups (African American, Hispanic/Latino and Native American).
            - Cost-to-Value Outcomes: Reasonable tuition costs, access to financial aid resources and an emphasis on minimizing post-school debt.
            According to Redfearn, TheBestSchools.org is an independent organization with no ties to any other educational institution. All its editors know the academic world inside out, with some holding Ph.D.'s and having extensive experience in teaching, research, and publishing at the university level.

June 17, 2013 - 1:27pm
PRCC alumni can win prizes
June 27, 2013 - 3:48pm -- admin

  POPLARVILLE - Pearl River Community College alumni could win an iPad Mini or other gifts, simply by updating their contact information.
  The PRCC Alumni Association will enter the names of all alumni who provide updates by July 31 into a drawing for the iPad Mini, a PRCC All-Sports Pass, an alumni gift basket and other prizes.
  “We love to hear from our alumni,” said Candace Harper, alumni coordinator. “Help us to better serve you by providing us current information.”
  Alumni are asked to provide name, address, email address and the years they attended PRCC by email to charper@prcc.edu, by Facebook message on the Prcc Alumni-Wildcats page or by telephone at 601-403-1183. Deadline is July 31.

June 27, 2013 - 3:48pm
PRCC receives three grants from Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation
June 27, 2013 - 3:50pm -- admin

  POPLARVILLE - Pearl River Community College received grants totaling $159,689 on Monday, June 17, from the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation to enhance learning in three departments.
  The bulk of the funds - $150,000 - will be used for a nursing simulation lab so that students will graduate with more hands-on experience in critical care decision making.
  The PRCC Wellness Center will receive $5,762 for a preventive health and classroom enhancement initiative, and $3,927 will go to modernize physiology experiments in the anatomy and physiology (A&P) labs.
  “We’re excited about the opportunity the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation has afforded us to enhance the learning opportunities for our students,” said Dr. William Lewis, PRCC president. “We’re very grateful for their support of our effort to continually improve classroom instruction.”
  The nursing simulation lab will supplement the experience students receive in clinical settings where they frequently are not allowed to provide direct care for the most challenging and/or complex cases.
  “They are going to be able to participate in emergency situations, make life-and-death decisions and participate in end-of-life care,” said Dr. Arlene Jones, PRCC director of nursing education.
  The upgraded equipment will also give faculty an additional opportunity to evaluate students’ progress, she said.
PRCC construction personnel will modify the existing lab to accommodate the new equipment, which is expected to be installed and operational for the spring 2014 semester.
  “Nurses are held to a very high standard of performance and are required to compete for good scores on the examination process for all nursing programs,” said Dr. Ted Alexander, chief executive officer of the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation. “In order to stay abreast of the technology, the foundation board felt that this was a wise investment relative to the health and well-being of our constituents.”
  The grant for the Wellness Center will provide an overhead projector and screen, computer and speakers in a new cycling or spinning classroom to engage the millennial generation and community members to encourage healthier lifestyles, said Tara Rouse, center director.
  “This initiative should increase physical activity, decrease obesity and improve the overall well-being,” she said. “It is expected that those who participate will improve their blood pressure, heart rate, weight, cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance and flexibility.”
  The technology will allow for such innovations as an “Ireland Road Tour” with a virtual Spinning Master Instructor guiding participants through Ireland’s rugged cliffs, lush rolling hills and charming villages, she said.
  “Like other program activities at PRCC, demand for good instruction is increasingly dependent on upgrades in equipment and, in this instance, technology,” Alexander said. “The foundation is pleased to assist in this regard.”
  The equipment is expected to be in place for the fall 2013 semester.
  The A&P lab grant will be used to buy ultramodern sensors and sensor interface devices to collect and analyze data about the human body, said Karen Bond, chair of the department of science, mathematics and business.
  “The students can actually do the tests,” she said. “It’s a technical device where the students can take their own samples.”
  Through their lab work, students will increase their proficiency in the use of technology, data collection, data analysis and date reporting skills, she said.
  “Technical changes in A&P are increasingly dependent on the introduction of new processes and procedures,” Alexander said. “For A&P students to have a chance to do their lab work with this technology will greatly enhance the science department in general and A&P in particular. The foundation board is pleased to assist in helping these positive changes come about.”

Dr. Ted Alexander, chief executive officer of the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation, second from left, presented grants totaling $159,689 to Pearl River Community College for a nursing simulation lab, Wellness Center spinning equipment and computer enhancements for the anatomy and physiology lab. Accepting the grants on Monday, June 17, were, from left, Dr. Becky Askew, vice president for planning and institutional research; Wellness Center director Tara Rouse; Karen Bond, chair of the science, mathematics and business department; Dr. Arlene Jones, director of nursing education; and Dr. William Lewis, PRCC president.
PRCC Public Relations photo

June 27, 2013 - 3:50pm