Pearl River Community College

March 2019

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PRCC’s PTK Chapters Win Big at MSU Awards Gala

PRCC’s PTK Chapters Win Big at MSU Awards Gala

All Locations -Pearl River Community College’s Beta Tau Gamma Iota Mu chapters of Phi Theta Kappa participated recently at the 2019 Phi Theta Kappa Awards Gala held at Mississippi State University in Starkville where chapter and individual awards were presented.

Beta Tau Gamma, located at PRCC’s Forrest County Center, came home with the following awards:

*Distinguished College Administrator: Dr. Jana Jenkins Causey, who serves as Vice President for Forrest County Operations.

“I am honored that our Phi Theta Kappa students and advisors nominated me for this award,” said Dr. Causey.  “I am thankful every day to have the opportunity to serve such great people who value service to our communities and are committed to changing the lives of our students.  Phi Theta Kappa is an awesome organization committed to these endeavors and I greatly appreciate them for recognizing me”

*Continued Excellence Advisor:  Instructor Dr. Ryan Ruckel, who serves as a Beta Tau Gamma advisor.

*Most Distinguished Chapter in the MS/LA Region: According to Dr. Terri Smith Ruckel, a Beta Tau Gamma advisor, this award means that PRCC’s chapter had the highest score for its Honors in Action and College Project.

“This is huge for our chapter,” said Dr. Terri Ruckel. “This means that our chapter had the highest score for our Honors in Action and college projects in Mississippi and Louisiana. Our chapter is only eight years old, so this is big news. This means our chapter has a good chance of being in the top 10 chapters internationally.

“This also means we are the cream of the crop. We have good teamwork and we had strong engagement. We have an excellent program. These students are hungry to make things better for us on our campus and in the community.”

*2nd Distinguished Honors in Action Project: For Beta Tau Gamma students, that meant working with school administrators, and helping other student organizations design and produce their own infomercial about their organizations.

Said Dr. Ruckel, “Our plan is to place TVs around campus and run these infomercials all the time.”

*1st Honors in Action Award: Economies of Everything. Students had to research a project and come up with an action plan. Beta Tau Gamma students researched why different neighborhoods in Hattiesburg had struggled to rebound from various catastrophic events (tornadoes, flooding, etc.,) in recent years.

Said Dr. Ruckel, “We looked at how these neighborhoods rebounded at different times and the challenges they faced. Some neighborhoods have come back from these catastrophes and some have not. The Mayor (Toby Barker) was instrumental in this project. We were able to make recommendations to the mayor and the Hattiesburg City Council.”

Some of the other awards Beta Tau Gamma and included:

*Golden Key Award: Josh Worbington of Purvis.  

* Regional Horizon Advisor Awards: Dr. Amanda Parker, Dr. Doug Donohue, James David Collum, Dr. Ryan Ruckel, and Dr. Terri Smith Ruckel. 

* The Beta Tau Gammas chapter was elected as Regional Webmaster Officer.

* Extemporaneous Speech Winner: Freshman Feizal Mjidho of Petal.

* Sophomore student Sarah-Ashlyn Barber was confirmed as the MS/LA Candidate for PTK International Vice President of Division II. 

*Five Star Chapter award: The Beta Tau Gammas chapter won this honor for fulfilling all the requirements set forth by PTK headquarters.

PRCC’s Iota Mu chapter, located on the Poplarville Campus and Waveland Center, was also proud to be recognized for the following awards:

*Distinguished Chapter Officer Team – 1st Runner-up

*7th Distinguished Chapter in the MS/LA Region

*9th Distinguished College Project

*9th Distinguished Honors in Action Project

*1st Runner-up HiA Theme Award – Powers of Connection

*Golden Key Award for Frederick McCollum of Prentiss

*Regional Horizon Advisor Awards for Dr. Trevor Hunt, Mr. Jeff McCoy, Mrs. Robin Nix, and Mrs. Lisa Wall

*Elected as Regional CTE Representative

*Five Star Chapter

"Our officers and active members have worked tirelessly this academic year to positively impact their campus and community,” said PTK Advisor, Lisa Wall. “The advisors are so proud of all their hard work, and they are most deserving of these awards!”

Pearl River is proud to be represented by these distinguished students at this level. 

Next up for PRCC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapters will be the International Convention in Orlando, Fla. Set for April 3-7.

Photo 1 Caption: A group of Beta Tau Gamma students, located at PRCC’s Forrest County Center, celebrate their numerous awards. 

Photo 2 Caption: A group of students from the Iota Mu chapter, located on PRCC’s Poplarville Campus and Waveland Center, are excited to take home several accolades. 

Article by: Alexx Kennedy, Communication Specialist  

Photo provided by: PRCC PTK Advisors 

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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.

March 8, 2019 - 3:30pm
 
 
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ADN Pledging Ceremony Spring 2019

ADN Pledging Ceremony Spring 2019

Poplarville - Pearl River Community College's first semester Associate Degree Nursing students took the Nightingale Pledge at their ceremony Monday, March 18th in Malone Chapel on PRCC's Poplarville Campus. 

The ADN Class of 2020 took the Nightingale Pledge. In doing so they were pledging to do all their power to maintain and elevate the standard of their profession and dedicating themselves to devoted service to human welfare. Each student was given their name badge and was pinned with it in a fashion that will be replicated at their final pinning ceremony at the conclusion of their program.

Students also heard from a nursing student in their last semester of the program, just 24 days from her last final exam. She encouraged the new nursing students to work hard and give the program all they have. She also reminded them that their instructors were their most valuable resources and when things seemed too tough to handle to always remember the reason they started the program in the first place. 

Several first semester students spoke about the importance of nursing's past and how it related to what they are continually endeavoring to do today with this program. 

Parents, friends, and PRCC staff cheered on the new ADN students as they took this first step of many toward their goals. 

PRCC wishes these students the best as they begin the journey in hopes of seeing them all again for their pinning ceremony at the conclusion of their program and semesters of dedication. 

March 18, 2019 - 2:17pm
 
 
PTK Iota Mu Induction Spring 2019

PTK Iota Mu Induction Spring 2019

Poplarville/Waveland - New members of Pearl River Community College’s Iota Mu chapter of Phi Theta Kappa honor society, which serves the Poplarville and Waveland campuses, were inducted March 18 on the Poplarville Campus. 

The record-setting ceremony welcomed over 150 new members to the society. This number making it the largest induction Iota Mu has had to date. This is the third year that the chapter has reached recruitment targets and received the corresponding “REACH” award from PTK. Family, friends, and PRCC employees cheered on the students as they each crossed the stage and were officially inducted. 

Current PTK officers J.D. O’Brian III; Chapter President; William Masters, Vice President of Scholarship; Kaley Hammet, Vice President of Leadership; Sydni Crain, Vice President of Service; and Christine Hook; Vice President of Fellowship spoke of the numerous opportunities that were made available to each of them through PTK and the projects they were involved in. Mississippi State University sponsored the induction ceremony and admissions counselor, Judd Williams, spoke with students about transfer opportunities. Inductees also had the chance to speak with several universities from across the state about scholarship options and PTK partnerships. 

Iota Mu advisors Dr. Trevor Hunt, Mrs. Robin Nix, Mr. Jeff McCoy, and Mrs. Lisa Wall facilitated the induction and encouraged students to become active excited members of this society. 

PRCC faculty member Robert Maynard commented after the event about the students taking an active role in inviting staff and faculty. “Receiving an invitation from several students to this event was very exciting,” said Maynard. “I was already planning to come but it was good to see students reaching out to staff members on campus for support and encouragement on a very special night!”

Dr. Adam Breerwood, PRCC President, also congratulated both the students being recognized and their parents in the audience for the hard work getting to this point. “Embrace that stress, accept the fact that you have potential and we are expecting you to far exceed that expectation,” said Breerwood. “We look forward to your future, your success, and always remember that PRCC is your home.” 

The new inductees of the Iota Mu chapter of Phi Theta Kappa are as follows: 

Kadin Adcox, Zachariah Allen, Elly Anderson, Evan Anthony, Kealan Baggett, Landry Bagley, Ronald Baker, Ryan Barnes, Terry Barnes, Jr., Gracie Barnett, Josiah Bates, Amy Baughman, Kaylee Beachner, Brian Beech, Madison Beets, Crystal Black, Landon Bolton, Jeremiah Borley, Amanda Bozeman, Lexey Breerwood, Tyler Broom, Mark Brumley, Elizabeth Burge, Payton Burge, Lewis Caleb Burke, Angelica Cantrell , Faith Cantrell, Vanessa Carrillo, Nicholas Cary, Aimee Cason, Autumn Clark, Caitlyn Cobbert, Jenna Comeaux, Jonathan Conerly, Camryn Cooper, Brandi Crawford, Angelique Croom, Dalton Cummins, Keyerra Davis, Tatum Davis, Hailey Dobson, Hayden Dodd, Kasey Donaldson, Jordan Dubose, Jarret Dunhurst, Conner Evans, Brooke Fagan, Corrin Fairley, Abigail Farmer, Michael Felber, Ethan, Finley, Emily-Kate Ford, Anna Funderbunk, Emori Gavin, Shelby Gehrmann, Olivia Gex, Destiny Golden, Tyler Golden, Trenton Gordon, Rebecca Goss, Cooper Grafe, Katrina Grahn, Andrew Guillet, Shelby Hall, Devin Hamilton, Cameron Havard, Landon Hawk, Asa Haynes, Rachelle Henderson, Jamya Herring, Elisha Hickman, Kacey Holifield, Andrea Hood, Lauryn Kennedy Hudson, Ariel Jackson, Mike Jimenez, Kelly Johnson, Tiyana Johnson, Kyleigh Jordan, Blake Katz, Bria Keith, Marivic Klein, Brianna Kreeger, Nicolas Ladner, Cameron Leblanc, Mallory Lee , Shantrice Lewis , Gabrielle Lewis, Jalen Lott, Ka’Derryah Luckett, Tra’Shawn Mackey, Shamyah Magee, Melanie Mannion, Yana Masino, Trinity Mason, Mary Matheny, Steven Mayeaux, Ashley McLeod, Logan Meadows, Anya Merrell, Edwin Merwin IV, Harlie Miley, Emily Mille, Harrison Miller, Mia Missimer, Dylan Mitchell, Nickolas Murray, Alyssa Necaise, Brennon Neff, Tawanda Nelson, Justin Newton, Arieanna Norwood, Devon Olafson, Jennifer Owens, William Packwood, Dywana Parker, Brandon Pasquini, Solange Pearson, Emily Peno, Allana Madison Phillips, Riley Phillips, Jacob Pierce, Cynthia Pittman, Amanda Powe, Ja’Mecia Profit, Hannah Rasberry, Patricia Reese, Peggy Rester, Faith Robinson, Candace Rogers, Kristin Rouse, Brianna Safford, Jeri Sanders, Garrett Sauls, Tyler Seals, Logan Shockey, Charles Sidock, Carlizia Simmons, La’Keirah Sims, Caitlin Sixkiller, Molly Smart, Aaron Smith, Alan Smith, Hannah Smith, Kaley Smith, Kirsten Speights, Mallory Spiers, Sametria Stallings, Grady Lane Steele, Hannah Steverson, Gabriel Story, Lindsay Grace Stringer, Reagan Sumrall, Katelyn Taylor, Makinley Taylor, Whitney Tobin, Shawn Trahan, Kyle Tynes, Matthew Tyler, Asher Umbehr, Kyle Van Marcke , Emily Victory, Gabriella Voss, De’Andra Wade, Ian Wallace, Kaitlyn Warden, America Washington, Brooke Watkins, Samantha Webb, Brittney West, Peyton Whitten, Tyler Wilbanks, Caleb Wilson, Heidi Wise, Adam Wright, Lisa Wright, Ahortor Zigi Yayira, and Maria Zuniga.

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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.

 

March 20, 2019 - 1:38pm
 
 
 
 
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