Friday, November 15, 2013

November 15, 2013 - 10:46am

  POPLARVILLE - A Pearl River Community College student is combining his love of art with a promising career as a tattoo artist.
  The art of Derez Peters of Columbia is currently featured in Ink Pushers Magazine, which describes itself as an up-and-coming publication based in Seattle, Wash.
  Peters has been a licensed tattoo artist for two years and is manager of the Clan of the Red Claw Tattoos in Hattiesburg.
  “I plan to major in fine arts, but it’s kind of at my own pace,” he said.

  Peters has completed one year at PRCC and is taking more art courses.
  “I’ve had two other students who have worked professionally as tattoo artists,” said art instructor Charleen Null. “Tattoos require the same kind of artistic ability as a painting or drawing.”
  Peters explains in the magazine that he particularly enjoys black-and-gray realism and specializes in portrait tattoos. He has been drawing since age 6 and has always known he wanted a career in art.
  “If I get my degree, I’d like to do a little teaching,” he said.
  Peters can be followed on Facebook and Instagram by searching his name.

Derez Peters of Columbia holds Ink Pushers Magazine which features his tattoo artistry on two pages. Peters is an art student at Pearl River Community College.
PRCC Public Relations photo

November 15, 2013 - 1:15pm

  POPLARVILLE - Dr. Stephen Black, director of the Pearl River Community College Honors Institute, recently led a session at the National Collegiate Honors Council meeting in New Orleans.
  Black, along with Ben Skaggs of the Environmental Protection Agency at Stennis Space Center and Dr. Robert Kröger of Mississippi State University, discussed developing successful community involvement programs.
  Skaggs is director of the Gulf of Mexico Program which offers an intership to an honors student each semester. Kröger heads the REACH program at MSU and is working with PRCC students to monitor water quality in the area.
  Their presentation was entitled “First You Make the ‘Roux:’ Blending Pedagogical Ingredients to Transform Students and Community.”
  “We had a lot of good response from it,” Black said.
  Rachel Fowler of Purvis is the fall semester intern with the Gulf of Mexico Program. A spring semester intern will be selected after interviews in February.
  All PRCC honors students attended a day-long workshop on Nov. 12 at Stennis called “Getting Your Message Out.” The workshop focused on targeting audiences, preparing presentations and social media.
  For more information on the PRCC Honors Institute, contact Black at or 601 403-1274.