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Thursday, March 24, 2022

March 24, 2022 - 8:08am

Thirty-nine students were welcomed into the Iota Mu Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa on Monday evening. The induction ceremony was held at the Brownstone Center for the Arts with family members and other guests in the audience. 

Phi Theta Kappa is known as the foremost honor society for two-year colleges with over 1,300 chapters worldwide. This evening was the Iota Mu Chapter’s 65th induction ceremony. The chapter covers both the Hancock County and Poplarville campuses. 

Students selected for membership are considered academically successful having completed at least 12 credit hours of non-remedial courses with a minimum cumulative 3.4 GPA.  

Scholarship, leadership, service, and fellowship are the four hallmarks of PTK. The current officers briefly shared how those hallmarks have played out for them as members of PTK. 

“It was so wonderful to welcome all the new inductees into Iota Mu’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa,” said Erin Clifford, president of the chapter. “Joining PTK was one of the highlights of my experience at PRCC, and I hope these students all feel proud of their achievements and commit to becoming active members during their time here.” 

In addition to presentations by the current PTK officers and Vice President for Poplarville Campus and Student Services Jeff Long, Dr. Sirena Cantrell, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students of the University of Southern Mississippi spoke on the theme of “Lead.” A key takeaway from her talk was that to be able to lead is something that requires steps no matter what is thrown at us. 

“The ceremony was wonderful but was bittersweet knowing that my time as an officer is coming to an end,” said Takia Young, Vice President of Scholarship for the Iota Mu Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa. “I would like to thank Mrs. (Robin) Nix for pushing me to join and be involved. I have met great people and had many opportunities to better myself as a student, leader, and person. I am forever grateful.” 

After the ceremony, inductees were able to meet with representatives from several area colleges and universities that also offer special transfer scholarships for PTK members. Schools represented included Belhaven University, Delta State University, Mississippi College, Mississippi State University, Mississippi University of Women, Tougaloo College, University of Mississippi, University of Southern Mississippi, and William Carey University. 

PRCC students inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Iota Mu Chapter for spring 2021 semester are: 

Mari Acosta, Hattiesburg 
Zian Arrington, Wiggins 
LaNia Bates, Summit 
Elizabeth Anne Barber, Franklinton, La. 
Ariane Boyda, Gulfport  
Cameron Brunson, Carriere  
Sierra Collum, Picayune  
Jesse Cortez, Picayune  
Weston Dubose, Hattiesburg  
Adoniyya Edwards, New Orleans, La.
Honor Elchos, Hattiesburg 
Adrienne Evans, Hattiesburg 
Emily Ezell, Franklinton, La. 
Victoria Fletcher, Pine, La. 
Taylor Grice, Mobile, Ala.  
Chandler Scott Guthrie, Petal 
Grant Holladay, Kiln  
Micayla Danielle Jefferson, Brooklyn  
Evelyn Lei Kimball, Poplarville  
Lauren-Anne Lagasse, Waveland  
Mallory Lee, Diamondhead  
Brittany Loveless, Picayune  
Brianna Lumpkin, Biloxi 
Jake Maroney, Poplarville  
Honesty McLeod, Leakesville  
Stephanie Miller, Bay St. Louis  
Miracle Mobley, Brookhaven  
Joshua Montes, Picayune  
Logan Alexander Newton, McNeill  
Jillian Nicholson, Carriere  
Tristen Opre, Carriere  
Logan Price, Poplarville  
Hannah Smith, Picayune  
Jessica Sramek, Picayune  
Caleb Thornton, Sumrall  
Wyatt Tomlinson, Pass Christian 
Justin Wakeland, Hattiesburg 
Kellie Meri Watts, Picayune  
Annabelle Wise, Picayune 

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March 24, 2022 - 10:35am

Pearl River Community College will be welcoming all prospective students to the annual Wildcat Experience on the Poplarville campus Tuesday, April 12. 

High school juniors and seniors as well as any non-traditional student interested in PRCC are invited to get first-hand experience of life at The River. The free event will be from 1 – 3 p.m. on The Green of the Centennial Courtyard on the Poplarville Campus. 

Faculty, staff and current students will be available to cover everything from the enrollment process to what your college experience could look like as a PRCC Wildcat. 

“The Wildcat Experience is an awesome day for prospective students to meet faculty, staff, administration and current students here at The River and learn more about what it means to be a part of the Wildcat Family,” said Coordinator of Recruitment & Marketing Kari Eve Valence. “The Office of Recruitment is excited to host this annual event where the ‘Wildcat Way’ will be on full display.” 

Registration is easy. Visit


Attendees can meet with staff members from key departments involved with the enrollment and registration process including Admissions, Financial Aid, Housing, and Student Services/ROAR. 

Students can learn more about academic pathways and courses offered on campus from faculty members. Academic disciplines that will be available include Fine Arts and Communications, Honors Institute, Humanities and STEM.  

Career Technical Education will be present, including representatives from our popular Allied Health and Nursing options.  

Dual enrollment will be there to help any junior or senior who wants an early start on college credit at a reduced fee. 

Finally, key components of student life are covered with representatives from Athletics and Student Activities. 



Along with the informational tables around The Green, refreshments will be served and attendees can see the National Champion PRCC Cheerleaders, String of Pearls dance team and PRCC Spirit of the River Marching Band perform.  

Students who register for the event will receive FREE tickets to the home baseball game against Hinds that afternoon as well as the PRCC Wind Ensemble Concert Band performance that evening will be given out at the event. 

For more information, contact the Office of Recruitment by calling 601-403-1197, emailing recruitment@, or visiting the webpage  

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

March 24, 2022 - 11:12am

Pearl River Community College and William Carey University joined forces once again Wednesday to better assist aspiring Health Sciences healthcare students in the Pine Belt and South Mississippi.

During a ceremony inside WCU’s Tatum Court, PRCC President Dr. Adam Breerwood and William Carey Executive Vice President Dr. Ben Burnett signed a Memorandum of Understanding specifically targeted at their allied health students and programs. Dr. Janet Williams, WCU’s Associate Vice President for College of Health Sciences, and PRCC’s Dr. Jana Causey, Vice President of PRCC’s Forrest County Campus, Allied Health and Nursing Programs, were also involved in the partnership.

The agreement will help create another pathway for PRCC graduates who want to continue their education at WCU.

“We are ecstatic to engage in this partnership. Dr. Burnett has been a true visionary leader here at William Carey and is a dear friend,” Dr. Breerwood said. “He has reached out on numerous occasions to us to try and create pathways where we can remove obstacles that would normally impede education.

“For our students, for the opportunity now locally to continue their education and have a clear pathway is something we’ve sought after for a long time. We are thrilled to engage in this agreement.”

At the core of the latest MOU is the Pine Belt and South Mississippi communities.

“Dr. Causey and I have talked about this multiple times,” Dr. Breerwood said. “Most of our students begin their high school career, their college career and ultimately reside within a 45-mile radius of our campuses. I think it’s brilliant to want to build this local economy. Through education we know we can do it.”

Another major component of the agreement is the intention to keep costs down for students. As part of the MOU, William Carey agrees to provide healthcare programs specific courses for dual enrollment of PRCC students who are currently enrolled in pre-professional and healthcare programs — at PRCC’s tuition rate.

“One of the biggest roadblocks in higher education is the cost and if you can take away one year of the cost, that’s huge,” Dr. Burnett said. “This will help students know they need to start planning while they’re at Pearl River so they can take the right courses and graduate — that’s important, to graduate — in two years, spend one year with us and then be eligible to pursue a variety of healthcare programs here at William Carey. 

“The quicker we can get students out, the less debt we have. A huge part of the equation in Mississippi economics is the debt they graduate with.”

One obvious hope with the latest MOU between PRCC and WCU is that it will directly help ease the ongoing healthcare shortage facing the country, and specifically Mississippi.

“We do not have enough health care professionals in our hospitals and it boils down to not having that skilled workforce that’s ready to go to work,” Dr. Causey said. “A partnership such as this one will help us meet the needs of our healthcare community.”

Wednesday’s ceremony is just the beginning, Dr. Williams said.

“We have looked for new and innovative ways to get that done over the years. We have some exciting things we’re doing as a university but this is game changing,” she said. “We’re not coming together, taking a pretty picture and moving on. This agreement means we’re going to send a representative to Pearl River once a week to advise these students, to be there for them and encourage them to come through those programs.”

Other key elements of the MOU include:

WCU will assist PRCC with initiating pre-professional programs for physical therapy, pharmacy, health information management, health administration and education, and RN-BSN offerings

Students who are dually enrolled at PRCC and WCU will receive academic support from William Carey

WCU and PRCC will work together to promote open communications, evaluation of current programs and future planning


Wednesday’s announcement marks the fourth time in four years the two colleges have partnered together in the best interest of students in the Pine Belt and South Mississippi. In 2018 the two schools signed an Elementary Education Partnership to address the teacher shortage facing Mississippi. In 2020 the Wildcats and Crusaders came together once again to sign two more memorandums. The first provided classes for third- and fourth-year students at PRCC’s Hancock County Campus. The second agreement in 2020 made it easier for PRCC’s academic and technical students to transfer to WCU with their credits largely intact and pursue a Bachelor’s degree.

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

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