Thursday, February 20, 2014

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February 20, 2014 - 9:41am
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                POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College athletic teams have not only recorded success in competition but they have also excelled in the classroom.
                In the fall semester of 2013, teams in all seven sports on the campus continue to show marked improvement in grade-point average.
                “Here at Pearl River, our student-athletes are truly students first,” said Jason Francis, PRCC athletic director. “Our coaches dedicate large amounts of time and effort in making sure their student-athletes are succeeding in the classroom.”
                Leading the way was the softball team with a 3.57 grade-point average.  “As coaches we are very proud of our team for earning and accomplishing our team’s success in the classroom,” said softball coach Leigh White.
                She recognized six players for outstanding work in the classroom. They all achieved a perfect 4.0 GPA in what White describes as “challenging courses” for the fall semester.
The list includes: Kelsea Lewis and Heather Boutwell of Oak Grove, Ashton Rogers of Poplarville, Megan Scronce of Petal, Katelyn Lamb of Hancock, and Becky Mitchell of Pearl River Central.
            Some other sports teams had better-than 3.0 GPAs. They were women’s soccer (3.32), men’s soccer (3.14), men’s basketball (3.13) and baseball (3.10). The other sports were women’s basketball (2.82) and football (2.45).
            Girls soccer players who scored 4.0 GPAs were Taylor Scarbrough of Vancleave, Natalie Lechner and Courtney Lechner of Pascagoula and Karly Mitchell of Poplarville.
            “We have a great academic support system in place and our student-athletes utilize it,” said Francis. “This academic excellence is nothing new. The majority of our sports teams maintain GPA’s of 3.0 or higher each and every year.”

 
February 20, 2014 - 1:12pm
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           Chelsie Dobbins POPLARVILLE – Chelsie Dobbins sees her return to Pearl River Community College as the school’s recruiter as the answer to a prayer.
            Dobbins, who received an associate in arts degree from PRCC in 2011, was approved by the PRCC Board of Trustees during its February meeting. She began her duties Feb. 12.
            “As a student and being very involved in campus activities at Pearl River, I feel like this place is my home,” said Dobbins. “This school helped me build my foundation both personally and professionally.”
            During her time at PRCC, Dobbins was treasurer of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society, a member of the 2010 Homecoming court, a member of the PRCC cheerleading squad for two years and was selected for the PRCC Leadership Forum.
            “My first couple of months we will be focusing on recruiting well-rounded scholars to Pearl River, the high achieving students,” she said. “We want to make students aware that making the choice to go to a community college like Pearl River is not only a good one, but it’s a good transition to a four-year college.
“We have a lot of good things to talk about, such as being ranked nationally by several organizations.”
            Dobbins, who graduated from Presbyterian Christian School in Hattiesburg, has already hit the ground running, beginning with high school visits.
            “We are thrilled to have Chelsie join our team as the new PRCC recruiter,” said Casey Rawls, director of recruitment and orientation. “Her excitement and passion for Pearl River are undeniable.
“Her main role as recruiter will involve visiting the high schools within our district and assisting prospective students throughout the enrollment process. Chelsie’s high energy level and organization skills will also be great assets to our office when it comes to planning and executing larger events such as Wildcat Fest and Summer Orientation.”
            In 2013, she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in speech pathology from the University of Southern Mississippi. She is currently enrolled part-time in the master of education program in higher education with an emphasis in student affairs at USM.
            “I look forward to learning about all areas of the college, as well as becoming more knowledgeable about the field of higher education and how that can be applied to my role as a recruiter,” Dobbins said.

 
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