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PRCC Opens Food Pantry on Campus

PRCC Opens Food Pantry on Campus

The Market Ribbon Cutting

Left to Right: Candace Harper, Director of Bookstore Services; Carol Williams, Public Relations/Marketing Coordinator; and Dr. Adam Breerwood, PRCC President, cut the ribbon for The Market.

Poplarville – Monday, August 13, 2018, Pearl River Community College’s Poplarville Campus hosted a ribbon cutting for a new food pantry facility, The Market.

The Market is a free food pantry for students, staff, and faculty with food insecurity. Students, both commuter and dorming, can access The Market with a current PRCC ID. It is completely free and its visitors are kept anonymous. Carol Williams, Maghan James, Dr. Adam Breerwood, Candace Harper, and Dr. Martha Smith, participated in the ribbon cutting and several faculty and staff were also there to show support for this opening.

The Market was created in just 4 short months from inception to grand opening. Carol Williams, Public Relations/Marketing Coordinator, had come across information on the percentage of students that were left hungry at community colleges and it inspired her. She emailed Dr. Adam Breerwood, President of PRCC, only one week later, April 16th 2018, and asked permission to pursue the possibility of a food pantry on the Poplarville campus. She felt her integral work with Poplarville’s Backpack Buddies program gave her a unique opportunity to use her knowledge of non-profits to create something that could make a difference at PRCC. Dr. Breerwood gave Williams the go ahead to begin the process and it never slowed down. By May 16th, 2018 the building had been chosen to house The Market and the transition was all but complete. The last step was filling The Market with food items. PRCC’s Rotary Club made an initial donation of $500 to get the program started. Beyond that, staff, faculty, administrators, and community members have all contributed to making The Market a possibility. The Market holds not only food but also essentials such as laundry detergent, binders, and a few backpacks. A college student’s purchase of these items often take the place of a meal.

Four months, one email, and a lot of hard work later PRCC is the only community college in the state of Mississippi to be a registered member of the College and University Food Bank Alliance. This allows them to gain resources for funding and much more.

The Market is located in what was once PRCC’s police station and so now is named The Station. The station not only houses The Market but also the Wildcat Career Closet. The Wildcat Career Closet, which was stared on year ago by PRCC’s Bookstore, Office of Recruitment, and Business, Marketing and Management program, gives students access to professional clothing they can use for interviews and presentations. Dorm students can visit The Market every other week and receive 5 items and commuter students can visit once a week and get 3 days’ worth of food.

“I’m excited that Pearl River will be able to offer another resource to our students to help with their success. Food insecurity inhibits concentration, which hopefully the addition of The Market will eliminate among our students,” said Carol Williams.

Donations for The Market should be non-perishable food items. Those interested in making a donation to this program should contact Carol Williams at 601-549-2187.

PRCC Marketing and Communications photo/ Article by: Alexx Kennedy, Communications Specialist

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Pearl River Community College offers equal education and employment opportunities. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, veteran status, or disability. For inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies or to request accommodations, special assistance, or alternate format publication please contact Tonia M. Seal, Director of Admissions and Records/ ADA/Civil Rights Coordinator at P.O. Box 5559, Poplarville, MS 39470 or 601-403-1060 or Maghan James, Assistant Vice President of Student Services/Title IX Coordinator at P.O. Box 5805, Poplarville, MS 39470 or 601-403-1132.

August 15, 2018 - 10:07am
 
PRCC Faculty Member Appointed to PTK Honors Program Council

PRCC Faculty Member Appointed to PTK Honors Program Council

Hattiesburg – Pearl River Community College faculty member, Dr. Terri Smith Ruckel, Dean of the William Lewis Honors Institute, has been appointed as the humanities representative to the Honors Program Council by the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. 

The Honors Program Council is made up of Phi Theta Kappa faculty, advisors, and consultants. Council members take on the responsibility of planning the Phi Theta Kappa’s Honors Institute summer conference, select study topics for focus by chapters and colleges, as well as serve on the Editorial Board of Civic Scholar: Phi Theta Kappa Journal of Undergraduate Research. 

“I am honored to serve on a national level as Humanities Representative for Phi Theta Kappa’s Honors Council. Phi Theta Kappa helps community college students achieve their educational dreams which is exactly what I get to do each semester at Pearl River Community College. I’m especially excited to serve on the editorial board of Civic Scholar: Phi Theta Kappa Journal of Undergraduate Research,” said Dr. Terri Ruckel. 

Phi Theta Kappa is a premier honor society that recognizes the academic achievements of students and helps them grow as scholars, leaders, and contributing community members. There are more than 3.5 million members in the Society and nearly 1,300 chapters in 10 nations. To learn more about Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society please visit ptk.org. 

Terri Ruckel

Dr. Terri Ruckel, Dean of the William Lewis Honors Institute

 

PRCC Marketing & Communications photo / Article by: Alexx Kennedy, Communications Specialist 

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Pearl River Community College offers equal education and employment opportunities.  The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, veteran status, or disability.  For inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies or to request accommodations, special assistance, or alternate format publication please contact Tonia M. Seal, Director of Admissions and Records/ ADA/Civil Rights Coordinator at P.O. Box 5559, Poplarville, MS 39470 or 601-403-1060 or Maghan James, Assistant Vice President of Student Services/Title IX Coordinator at P.O. Box 5805, Poplarville, MS 39470 or 601-403-1132.

August 15, 2018 - 3:30pm
 
 
 
 
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