Pearl River Community College

Sunday, February 2, 2020

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February 2, 2020 - 3:04pm
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HATTIESBURG, Miss – Dr. Rudy Gatlin, a music and psychology instructor at the Forrest County Center, is Pearl River Community College’s Humanities Teacher of the Year for 2019-20.

Gatlin, 47, who has more than 25 years in the education profession, also serves as advisor to the Travel Club, the Music Club and the Social Science Club. 

The Mississippi Humanities Council annually recognizes teachers from all regions of the state with the award. Each honoree receives a $500 honorarium and presents a special lecture in his discipline to the community.

Gatlin’s lecture on The Psychology of Music will be at 12:15 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20, in the multipurpose room at the Forrest County Center.

“I feel extremely blessed to call PRCC my workplace and my home,” said Dr. Gatlin. “Being named Humanity Teacher of the Year is such an unexpected honor. I feel unworthy and extremely humbled by this award. To me, it is one of the highest awards I can ever receive.”

He holds an associate’s degree from Jones County Junior College, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from William Carey University and the University of Southern Mississippi and the PhD in Music Education from USM.

Gatlin began his professional experience in 1995 as assistant choral director at Petal High School and has served as coral director at West Jones and North Forrest high schools. 

He has taught at both the high school, junior college and university levels and has taught at PRCC as an adjunct instructor since 2005.

“When the possibility to teach here full time in 2012 opened up, I jumped at the opportunity,” said Gatlin. “I love working here. My co-workers and my students make working seem more like spending quality time with family and friends than an actual job.”

Besides his work in education, Gatlin has also served as minister of music, pianist and voice instructor at several area churches.

“Dr. Gatlin is a fantastic instructor who cultivates an appreciation of music into our students, faculty, and staff through his teaching in the classroom as well as an event we host at the college called Making Sprits Bright,” said Dr. Jana Causey, Vice President of Forrest County Operations.

“He is a very talented musician who gives generously of his personal gifts and Pearl River Community College has benefitted tremendously from his membership in our Wildcat family.”

Besides his teaching duties, Gatlin has also performed as a tenor soloist and countertenor soloist USM, William Carey, Bethel University and local churches.

Said Gatlin, “I really could go so far as to say I love the whole community college experience. I am a product of community college education and my experiences at the community college level prepared me for my future educational endeavors. From the moment I decided I wanted to teach, I knew I wanted to teach at a community college; my own experiences reinforcing that feeling.”

For the latest news on Pearl River Community College, visit PRCC.edu and follow us on Twitter (@PRCC_Wildcats) and Facebook (@PRCCMKTG).

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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.

 
February 2, 2020 - 3:17pm
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POPLARVILLE, Miss – Pearl River Community College received the gift of culture through an alumnus’ donation of 5 famous artists’ pieces. 

Craig Griffing graduated from Pearl River in 1977 before continuing his education and entering the medical field. Griffing started his art collection more than 30 years ago due to an interest in history and art. It was through a visit to Pearl River’s Poplarville campus that his idea to share part of that collection with the institution began. 

“This institution grown so rapidly since my time here," Griffing said. "I’m a donor, supporter and have been an art collector for over 30 years. The first time I walked into the Brownstone Center for a concert I thought ‘this needs some art.’”

Because of this visit Griffing decided take a few pieces of art from his collection to add to the cultural experience to which students at Pearl River would find themselves exposed.

“I want the students of south Mississippi to be exposed to true fine art and there is an old saying in the art world ‘every great institution deserves great art’ and I think PRCC is a great institution not only for Pearl River County but for all of South Mississippi.

“Art is not just painting pictures It involves advertising, interior decorating and multiple professions. If some of my art can help spark some of the students here to go into those various fields of artistic endeavors, I would feel grateful."

Executive Director of Development Foundation/Alumni Association, Ernest Lovell Jr., pointed out the chance this would give Pearl River students to see art they would otherwise never expereince. He says he does not take this lightly and understands the imprtance of protecting this donation. 

“Craig came to us a couple of years ago because he had such a great experience at the college,” Lovell said. “He always had an interest in helping young people be successful and so he wanted to contribute back to the arts in this way. He has bestowed this gift to the college through the foundation and we are going to take care of it.” 

Griffing met with Lovell and Department Chair/Director of Brownstone Performing Arts Center Dr. Trevor Hunt to consider display options in the Ethel Holden Brownstone Center for the Arts.

The donated art includes pieces by Rembrandt Van Rijn, Robert Indiana, Pablo Picasso and George Ohr. 

For the latest news on Pearl River Community College, visit PRCC.edu and follow us on Twitter (@PRCC_Wildcats) and Facebook (@PRCCMKTG).

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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.

 
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