Pearl River Community College

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

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December 13, 2017 - 8:26am
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  POPLARVILLE - Thirty eight associate degree nursing students at Pearl River Community College received pins and diplomas Monday, Dec. 11, in a ceremony at the Brownstone Center for the Arts.
  They are now eligible to take the licensure exam to be registered nurses.
  “You have earned the right to be here,” said Dr. Karen Baxter, ADN department chair. “No one gave you this.”
  Eight of the graduates were inducted earlier in the day into the Beta Mu chapter of Alpha Delta Nu honor society. They are Katherine Ferguson of Poplarville, Jeffrey Marshall of Purvis, Lara McDonald of Hattiesburg, Danielle McGill of Lumberton, Victoria Powell of Picayune, Kimberly Travis of Petal, who earned a practical nursing degree from PRCC in 2012; Terri Kinler and Robert Schwab, both of Carriere.
  “To be sitting here as the best of the best has to be exciting,” PRCC President Dr. Adam Breerwood told them. “You have distinguished yourself, separated yourself.”
  Dr. Arlene Jones, PRCC director of nursing education, presented awards and recognized graduates who are members of the Mississippi Organization for Students of ADN (MOSA).
  Autumn Votano of Picayune received the academic excellence award; Abbie Stringer of Foxworth, patient care award; Charmin Edwards of Hattiesburg, the PRCC Wildcat Nursing Award given to a student who persevered despite obstacles.
  Receiving cords signifying their MOSA membership were Ferguson, Kinler, McDonald, McGill, Powell, Schwab, Travis, Marissa Baker of Poplarville, Seth LeBert of Hattiesburg, Megan LeDuff of Carriere and Jamie Lytwn of Slidell, La.
  Also graduating were Amy Archer, Morgan Glidewell, Laura Roche and Georgie Sessions, all of Carriere; Krystal Graham, Breanna Herndon, Jaren Johnson, Victoria Marisco and Megan Northrop, all of Poplarville; Ternisha Binion, Christie Lanier and Melanie Linton, all of Hattiesburg; Kasie Burr, Lisette Fayard, Jessica Gabrielle and Jessica Van Buren, all of Picayune; Diazha Dillon and Meagan Hutchinson, both of Foxworth; Leigha Keaton and Holly Thomas, both of Bogalusa, La., Melissa Bobbit of Kiln, Courtney Gerald of Columbia and Kaitlyn Wilson of Slidell, La.

Associate degree nursing students inducted into the Beta Mu chapter of Alpha Delta Nu honor society at Pearl River Community College are, front from left, Danielle McGill of Lumberton, Lara McDonald of Hattiesburg, Victoria Powell of Picayune, Kimberly Travis of Petal; back, Terri Kinler of Carriere, Katherine Ferguson of Poplarville, Jeffrey Marshall of Purvis and Robert Schwab of Carriere.
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Pearl River Community College awarded pins and diplomas Monday, Dec. 11, to 38 students who completed the two-year associate degree in nursing program. They are, first row from left, Amy Archer of Carriere, Marissa Baker of Poplarville, Melissa Bobbitt of Kiln, Kasie Burr of Picayune, Daizha Dillon of Foxworth, Charmin Edwards of Hattiesburg, Lisette Fayard of Picayune, Katherine Ferguson of Poplarville, Jessica Gabrielle of Picayune, Courtney Gerald of Columbia, Morgan Glidewell of Carriere; second row, Krystal Graham and Breanna Herndon, both of Poplarville, Meagan Hutchinson of Foxworth, Jaren Johnson of Poplarville, Leigha Keaton of Bogalusa, La., Terri Kinler of Carriere, Christie Lanier and Seth Lebert of Hattiesburg, Megan LeDuff of Carriere, Melanie Linton of Hattiesburg, Jamie Lytwn of Slidell, La., Victoria Marisco of Poplarville; third row, Jeffrey Marshall of Purvis, Lara McDonald of Hattiesburg, Danielle McGill of Lumberton, Victoria Powell of Picayune, Laura Roche, Robert Schwab and Georgie Sessions, all of Carriere; Abbie Stringer of Foxworth, Holly Thomas of Bogalusa, La., Kimberly Travis of Petal, Jessica Van Buren and Autumn Votana, both of Picayune, and Kaitlyn Wilson of Slidell, La. Not pictured are Ternisha Binion of Hattiesburg and Megan Northrup of Poplarville.
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December 13, 2017 - 8:32am
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  POPLARVILLE - The offices of the Pearl River Community College Development Foundation and Alumni Association have been named in honor of Verlene Cole of Oak Grove.
College officials announced the decision Dec. 7 at a dinner sponsored by the Development Foundation.
  “She means the world to us,” said foundation director Ernie Lovell.
  Cole, 85, was a Pearl River student in 1949-51.
  “You will live on our campus forever,” PRCC President Dr. Adam Breerwood told Cole. “Thank you from the bottom of our hearts.”
  The announcement took Cole by surprise.
  “I feel very honored,” she said. “I never thought an old lady like me deserved anything like that. I told Adam and Ernie that what I did for the college was for my own satisfaction and not to gain recognition. I’m just overwhelmed with it. It’s the most special thing that’s ever happened to me.”
  Verlene Norton enrolled at Pearl River in the fall of 1949, planning to become an elementary school teacher. She played basketball, worked in the registrar’s office and joined the Wesley Foundation and the Math Club. She received the college’s Citizenship Award her sophomore year.
  After graduation, she took a temporary job at First National Bank of Hattiesburg to earn tuition money. But the pay of $142 a month was so good, she never left the bank and was the first female promoted to officer in 1970. By the time Cole retired in 1989, the bank had become Bancorp South and she was first vice president.
  Cole helped form the Forrest-Lamar chapter of the PRCC Alumni Association and continues to be an active member. She served on the Development Foundation board from 2005 until earlier this year, serving as chairman in 2009-10. The Alumni Association awarded Cole the Distinguished Service Award in 2005 and the Alumnus of the Year Award in 2009.
  She funds scholarships through the Development Foundation and the scholarship given annually by the Forrest-Lamar Alumni Chapter is named for her.
  Cole and her late husband, Harry, are the parents of a daughter, Linda.
  “Verlene Cole has been a dedicated supporter of Pearl River for many years,” Lovell said. “As past chairman of the college Foundation board, she repeatedly stated that ‘We do what is best for the college and our students.’. In every function or event of the college that involved the foundation’s participation you can see Verlene’s handprint.”

The Pearl River Community College Development Foundation and Alumni Association surprised Verlene Cole of Oak Grove with the decision to name the Alumni House in her honor. Pictured with her at a Dec. 7 dinner on campus are, from left, Foundation director Ernie Lovell, Foundation chairman Francis Herrin and Dr. Adam Breerwood, PRCC president.
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