Pearl River Community College

Thursday, October 22, 2020

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October 22, 2020 - 9:22am
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An artistic collaboration has allowed Pearl River Community College’s Wildcat Kids Club to inspire little Wildcats to stay creative with a new Wildcat Coloring Book. 

Pearl River Community College recently rejuvenated its Wildcat Kids Club. Membership is free and goes from the time the Little Wildcat is a newborn until eighth grade. The Wildcat Kids Club was created to encourage young Wildcats to strive for success and set big goals. The hope is that the Wildcat Kids Club can instill a culture of Pride, Respect, Class and Character in those Little Wildcats that will stick with them as they grow up maroon and gold.  

As part of the relaunch, the Wildcat Kids Club commissioned a new coloring book to hand out to its members and supporters.

The illustrations were done by PRCC student Skylar Boyd and PRCC Instructor of Art Matthew Gordon. 

“I think it’s important that we do this to show the community that we are involved,” Gordon said. “It’s also important to get the students involved so that they can be a part of something beyond their classes.” 

Gordon received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Sculpture from The University of Southern Mississippi and his Master of Fine Arts from Florida State University. He is currently a P.h.D. student in the College of Education at Mississippi State University. Gordon has been teaching various studio art classes for the past 12 years. He currently teaches Art Appreciation and studio art courses including Drawing, Design and Ceramics at PRCC. 

Cartoon art is not the type of art Boyd normally gravitates toward so this was somewhat of a new process for her. 

“It was very different for me,” Boyd said. “I do a lot of realistic portraits and I paint sometimes. I pulled from images I looked up and put things together to create something. It was fun.” 

Boyd graduated from Columbia High School in 2019. She is currently studying Art at PRCC and plans to transfer to the University of Southern Mississippi to major in graphic design. 

Boyd has been creating art ever since she was given finger-paints as a baby. She started taking classes at Bristles Art Studio in second grade and grew up attending art camps in Mississippi and Tennessee. She was the winner of the 2018 and 2019 Congressional Art Competition for her district, which came with the honor of displaying her art work in the United States Capital for the year. 

After the art was created, Assistant Director of Communications for Athletics Mark Franklin and Marketing and Communication Specialist Jacob Cochran compiled them to create the coloring book. 

“I’m very happy we could incorporate the art department,” Franklin said. “Any time we can collaborate with other departments of the college to reach out to the community, it’s a great opportunity. We are very thankful for Matthew and Skylar for their involvement. They did a phenomenal job and we look forward to passing these out to the Little Wildcats in our community.”

Parents or guardians wishing to sign their little Wildcat up for the Wildcat Kids Club can do so by visiting PRCCAthletics.com/Wildcat_Kids_Club.

Member perks include: invitations to free events, a monthly newsletter from Mr. W.C. Rivers about upcoming events, photo opportunities with Mr. W.C. Rivers, athletes and his friends, free admission to certain athletic events, Wildcat birthday greeting, members-only events, special on-field recognitions for academic achievements and meet-n-greets with players.  

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

 
October 22, 2020 - 12:58pm
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Pearl River Community College’s Beta Tau Gamma chapter of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society will receive an Honors in Action grant of $1,000 to enhance its 2020 Honors in Action project. 

Phi Theta Kappa and the Mellon Foundation teamed up to fund the 2020 Honors in Action grants. 

PRCC’s research project focuses partly on locating resources available to assist educators during the pandemic. 

Dr. Terri Ruckel, Dean of the Dr. William Lewis Honors Institute, and sophomore student Michelle Legg of Hattiesburg wrote the grant application. 

“We want this project to focus on the essential mental health needs for the faculty and staff of the college,” said Legg, 28, who is an English Education major. “COVID-19 has brought about big changes in how they connect with students and how their class meets up. We realize it has become one big bowl of stress for many of them.” 

According to Ruckel, the chapter is looking into the mental health effects of COVID-19 safety protocols on college personnel. 

“Beta Tau Gamma chapter is honored to have received one of these grants and will use the funds as part of an art therapy project for our faculty,” Ruckel said. 

This art therapy session, which would take place in the multi-purpose room at the Forrest County Campus, would take place at the end of the semester, right after the Thanksgiving holiday. A date and time has not been determined. 

Legg serves as the vice president for scholarships for the Beta Tau Gamma chapter. She sees this program as a teacher appreciation event and would like to have this list of resources available on the PRCC web site in the next five or six weeks. 

“Receiving this grant is not so much about winning awards, but more about giving back to and showing our faculty that we respect and care about them,” she said. 

Phi Theta Kappa’s home office praised PRCC for this project. 

“We so appreciate your willingness to go above and beyond with your Phi Theta Kappa engagement to apply for the grant and are proud of the work you do at your college and in your community with your participation in a robust Honors in Action project,” said Susan Edwards, Associate Vice President of Honors Programming and Undergraduate Research, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. 

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