The surgical technology program at Pearl River Community College’s Forrest County Center will hold a come-and-go information session from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, in the Allied Health Building, Room 119. The deadline for applying for the January 2015 class is Oct. 1. Surgical technology is a two-year program that prepares students to work in hospital operating and delivery rooms, surgeons’ offices and sterile processing departments. For additional information contact instructors Tammy Allhoff at firstname.lastname@example.org or Brittney Hawkins at email@example.com or telephone 601-554-5542 or 5507.
POPLARVILLE - Tickets remain available for the Sept. 15 performance of the Annie Moses Band at the Brownstone Center for the Arts in Poplarville. The 7 p.m. concert is the first of five Premier Performance hosted by Pearl River Community College in 2014-15. The Annie Moses Band’s The Art of American Music features favorites from Aaron Copland, George Gershwin and other quintessential American legends. The show fuses Appalachian bluegrass, Irish fiddle, beloved classical themes and roots music to create a beautiful and transporting concert experience. Reserved tickets are $25 for orchestra level and $20 for balcony. Season tickets for all five Premier Performance Events are available through Sept. 15 for $70 for orchestra level seating. Tickets can be purchased online at brownpapertickets.com or by calling the Brownstone Center box office at 601-403-1180 between 9 and 11 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. Monday through Friday.
POPLARVILLE - The Pearl River Community College cheerleaders will host the PRCC Lil’ Wildcat Cheerleader Clinic on Saturday, Oct. 11. The clinic will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Shivers Gym on campus. Kids from 2 to 14 years old can attend. The non-refundable $25 registration fee includes a t-shirt, pizza and drink. Participants will learn cheers and dances and perform at the Homecoming Tailgating Carnival at 1 p.m. on the football practice field. After their performance, they can enjoy games, fun jumps, activities and live music. The little cheerleaders will also be recognized duing the Homecoming football game which begins at 2 p.m. Registration deadline is Friday, Oct. 3 (late registration is $30 and will not guarantee a t-shirt). For a registration form, contact Candace Harper at 601 403-1193. Mail the form and check to PRCC Cheerleaders, P.O. Box 5389, Poplarville, MS 39470. For more information, contact assistant cheerleading coach Makayla Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org or 601 674-6562.
POPLARVILLE - Tickets are available for the Homecoming Alumni Luncheon at Pearl River Community College. The luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 11, in Olivia Bender Cafeteria. Tickets are $20 by Oct. 6; $25 after Oct. 6. They can be purchased by credit card at 601 403-1183. Other homecoming activities include Sports Hall of Fame induction at 8:45 a.m., rededication of White Coliseum at 10 a.m. and dedication of the Dr. Thomas J. and Patricia Malone Honors Institute Library at 11 a.m. A free tailgating carnival will be held from 12 to 2 p.m. on the football practice field across from Dobie Holden Stadium. Food will be available for purchase. Tickets to the 2 p.m. football game against Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College are $15 for reserved chair back seats, $10 general admission and $5 students. They can be purchased in advance by calling 601 403-1179. Homecoming queen Larke Bickham of Poplarville and her court will be presented at half-time.
The Forrest/Lamar County Chapter of the Pearl River Community College Alumni Association will hold a fish fry on Tuesday, Sept. 30, at the South Mississippi Electric Power Association on Mississippi 42 West in Hattiesburg. Dine-in or take-out plates are $8 and will be available from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Proceeds will go toward scholarships for PRCC students from Forrest and Lamar counties. To purchase tickets in advance, contact Verlene Cole at 601 434-1420 or Candace Harper at 601 403-1193.
POPLARVILLE - Recruiters from Kohler Engines in Hattiesburg came to Pearl River Community College Tuesday, Sept. 23, looking for temporary part-time employees. “Obviously the technical trades are coveted, but it’s open to anyone,” said Trey Smith, senior human resources generalist with Kohler. Students who take the jobs will get a foot in the door and be more likely to work into full-time jobs. “We prefer to promote from within, so this would be ideal for them,” Smith said. Industries such as Kohler like PRCC’s block schedule - used by many of the technical programs - because it gives students a week or two weeks of work time between classes, said Dr. Scott Alsobrooks, PRCC vice president of economic and community development. While on campus, the Kohler personnel got a look at several of the technical programs, including instrumentation, electronics, electricity and precision machining. The temporary part-time positions will be available from November through May on Monday-Wednesday-Friday or Tuesday-Thursday schedules. Students can go to www.kohlerjobs.com to apply.
POPLARVILLE - Three new events will be part of Pearl River Community College’s Homecoming 2014 on Saturday, Oct. 11, in Poplarville. In addition to the traditional PRCC activities, the college will rededicate the Marvin R. White Coliseum, dedicate the Dr. Thomas J. and Patricia Malone Honors Institute Library and host a free tailgating carnival. Sophomore Larke Bickham of Poplarville was elected homecoming queen and will be crowned at halftime of the game against Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. Her court includes sophomore maids Kaitlin Cooper of Picayune and Jamie Davis of Wiggins; Forrest County Center sophomore maid Jelea Williams of Hattiesburg, freshman maids Caroline Cooper and Alexia Leleux, both of Picayune and Ashton Whitfield of Carriere; Forrest County Center freshman maid Marissa Lee of Hattiesburg and Hancock Center Maid Shekinah Lewis of Waveland. Homecoming activities begin at 8:45 a.m. Oct. 11 with the Sports Hall of Fame induction. Honorees are football standouts Larry Kendrick of Haynes City, Fla., J.W. Rawls of Hattiesburg and Bill Wallace of Dothan, Ala.; star pitcher Gabe Ishee of Ridgeland, soccer star Erin Holder Schmitt of Buras, La., and softball star Brandi Tynes of Hattiesburg. A PRCC Lil’ Wildcat Cheerleader Clinic will be going on from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Shivers Gym for kids 2 to 14 years old. Cost is $25 (includes t-shirt, pizza and drink) with the registration deadline on Friday, Oct. 3. The new White Coliseum will be rededicated at 10 a.m. with the dedication of the Malone Library at 11 a.m. The annual Homecoming Alumni Luncheon will begin at 11:30 a.m. in Olivia Bender Cafeteria. Hattiesburg businessman Gene Owens will receive the Alumnus of the Year Award while Dr. Elton and Joyce Raby of Hattiesburg will receive the Distinguished Service Award. Tickets are $20 if purchased by Oct. 6; $25 after that date. Call 601 403-1183 to purchase. The free tailgating carnival - featuring fun jumps, inflatables, prizes, face painting and a miniature train ride - will be held from 12 to 2 p.m. at the football practice field. Food will be available for purchase. The Hall of Fame, Alumnus of the Year and Distinguished Service Award recipients will be recognized on the field before kickoff of the PRCC Wildcats-MGCCC Bulldogs game at 2 p.m. The homecoming court will be presented at half-time. Homecoming Court Bickham, 19, is the daughter of Keith and Lorrie Bickham of Poplarville. A President’s List scholar, she is a student trainer for PRCC athletics, a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society and 2013-14 Freshman Class Favorite. She is a physical therapy major with plans to study kinesiotherapy at the University of Southern Mississippi and earn a doctorate in physical therapy at the University of South Alabama. At Poplarville High School, she was a cheerleader, on the soccer and tennis teams and a member of the PHS Hall of Fame, First Priority and Beta Club. Kaitlin Cooper, 19, is the daughter of Robert and Kelly Cooper of Picayune. She is a member of the PRCC Honors Institute and the River Navigators recruitment team and a vice president of Phi Theta Kappa Iota Mu chapter. She is a physical therapy major and plans to earn further degrees at the University of Mississippi and Louisiana State University. She was varsity soccer captain and a member of the Student Council, Beta Club and National Honors Society at Picayune Memorial High School. The 19-year-old daughter of Kenney Davis and Belinda Davis, both of Wiggins, Davis is majoring in music education and plans to transfer to USM or William Carey University. She is a PTK vice president, a member of the PRCC Singers and RiverRoad showchoir and landed a starring role in the 2014 musical production of “Guys and Dolls.” At Stone High School, she was cheerleading caption, president of the National Honors Society, valedictorian and a member of the Beta Club, Student Council, Believers Club and concert choir. Williams, 19, is the daughter of the late Donna Williams and the granddaughter of Janice Williams of Hattiesburg. She is majoring in biochemistry with an emphasis on pre-medicine and plans to attend the University of Mississippi to become a neurologist. She is vice president of the Forrest County Center Student Government Association, a member of the PRCC Honors Institute, the Science Club and PTK Beta Tau Gamma chapter. She was a 2013 homecoming maid and 2013-14 class favorite. At Hattiesburg High School, Williams was a member of the National Beta Club, Student Council, Hosa and alumnae chapter of Del-Teen and captain of the Forrest General Hospital Spirit Girls. Caroline Cooper, 17, also is the daughter of Robert and Kelly Cooper of Picayune. She is majoring in pre-veterinary medicine and plans to attend LSU Veterinary School. At Picayune Memorial High School, she was soccer captain and a member of the Student Council, Beta Club and National Honors Society. Leleux is the 18-year-old daughter of Eddie and Michelle Leleux of Picayune and a member of the PRCC String of Pearls dance team. A nursing major, she plans to transfer to Ole Miss and major in pediatrics. At Picayune Memorial High School, she was a cheerleader and a member of the PMHS Hall of Fame, Student Council, Beta Club, Art Club, Security Council and National Honors Society. Whitfield, 18, is the daughter of Troy Whitfield and Krsity Whitfield, both of Carriere. She is a PRCC cheerleader and a kinesiology major. She plans to attend Ole Miss to earn a physical therapy degree. Whitfield was a cheerleader and a member of the Student Council and Beta Club at Pearl River Central High School. Lee is the 18-year-old daughter of Karinna and Jonathan Lee of Hattiesburg. A nursing major, she plans to attend Ole Miss. She was a member of the cross country, basketball, softball and dance teams at Sacred Heart Catholic High School as well as Future Business Leaders of America. Lewis, 21, is the daughter of Michael and Victoria Lewis of Waveland. She is secretary of the Hancock Center Student Government Association and is majoring in nursing with plans to be a hospital nurse. She was captain of the basketball and track teams at Bay High School and was involved in student government, Students Against Drunk Driving and KaBoom clean-up.
Pearl River Community College homecoming queen Larke Bickham of Poplarville is seated at left. With her are, seated from left, sophomore maids Kaitlin Cooper of Picayune and Jamie Davis of Wiggins; Forrest County Center sophomore maid Jelea Williams of Hattiesburg; standing freshman maids Caroline Cooper of Picayune, Ashton Whitfield of Carriere and Alexia Leleux of Picayune, Forrest County Center freshman maid Marissa Lee and Hancock Center Maid Shekinah Lewis of Waveland. PRCC Public Relations photo
POPLARVILLE - A three-judge panel of the Mississippi Court of Appeals listened to oral arguments Wednesday, Sept. 24, at Pearl River Community College. The Court on the Road program convened at the Ethel Holden Brownstone Center for the Arts on the Poplarville campus, the first of three stops this fall. The judges heard oral arguments on the appeal of a felony DUI case from Marion County Circuit Court. Before the arguments began, Chief Justice Joe Lee explained that the judges had already studied transcripts of the trial along with written arguments and that a decision would not be made for several weeks. Following the hearing, the judges removed their robes and returned to the stage to take questions from the audience. “People don’t realize there’s so much that goes on beyond the scenes,” said psychology major James Montgomery from Columbia. “It makes me believe a little bit more in the system. A lot of people, especially the younger people, don’t realize they have a voice.” In response to a question, each of the judges told the audience what they feel they brought to the court when they were sworn into the office. The practical experience of 40 years as a trial lawyer and everyday life are among his assets, said Lee, who attended Pearl River. “I know what goes on in a courtroom,” he said. “When I’m reading a transcript, I can put myself in the room.” Her years as a defense attorney, prosecutor and military attorney help Judge Virginia Carlton of Columbia maintain perspective, she said. “I brought a sense of balance to the table,” Carlton said. Judge Gene Fair of Hattiesburg also referred to his years of experience in private practice as the foundation of his judicial work. “Lawyers are real lucky in that every day they get to deal with different people, different situations,” he said. “It’s the breadth of experience.” The hearing was the first time Court on the Road came to PRCC. “This was a good way to show students that PRCC is broad,” said social work major Michaela Andrews of Foxworth, Student Government Association president. “We got lots of insight. It’s good for PRCC to let us see this.” The hearing gave students an opportunity few receive, especially through the question-and-answer period, said political science and history instructor Jason Ramshur. “I hope they got a clearer understanding of how the legal system works,” Ramshur said. “A lot of them hit the very basics of the legal system.” The Court on the Road program will be at the University of Southern Mississippi on Nov. 14 and at Mississippi State University on Nov. 18.
Court of Appeals Judge Gene Fair was guest speaker at the Rotary Club of Poplarville on Sept. 24 before the court heard an appeal at Pearl River Community College as part of the Court on the Road program. PRCC Public Relations photo
A three-judge panel of the Mississippi Court of Appeals listens to oral arguments Sept. 24, at the Ethel Holden Brownstone Center for the Arts at Pearl River Community College. The judges are, from left, Virginia Carlton, Chief Judge Joe Lee and Gene Fair. The session was part of the Court on the Road program and included a question-and-answer period after the hearing. PRCC Public Relations photo
POPLARVILLE - Complimentary tickets remain available for the Oct. 9 lecture by John Quiñones at Pearl River community College. Quiñones will speak on The Power of Education at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9, at the Brownstone Center for the Arts. His presentation is part of PRCC’s Honors Institute Lecture Series and is sponsored by the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation. Quiñones is the Emmy Award-winning co-anchor of the ABC newsmagazine Primetime and anchor of the What Would You Do? series on Primetime. “Growing up in a migrant worker’s family, his access to high paying jobs was quite limited,” said Dr. Stephen Black, Honors Institute director. “It was only through the power of education that doors of opportunity were opened up.His inspiring personal story will motivate others to do the same.” Complimentary tickets are available by calling the Brownstone Ticket Office at 601 403-1180.