Pearl River Community College

August 2019

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PRCC Celebrates 2018-19 LPN Graduation

PRCC Celebrates 2018-19 LPN Graduation

Pearl River Community College celebrated the 2018-19 Licensed Practical Nursing graduates in the Ethel Holden Brownstone Center Tuesday, July 30th.  

Family, friends, and fellow Wildcats cheered as the students walked across the stage to receive their pins. 

“We think of it as a family degree,” said one LPN student’s mother, “because it really is a group effort to make it possible.”

PRCC congratulates all graduates and looks forward to the bright futures of these impressive Wildcats.  

Graduates are listed by hometown: 

Bassfield: Brianna O’Quin (NALPN member)

Beaumont: Cindy McDonald (PTK, NALPN, and NTHS member)

Brookhaven: Amanpreet Uppal 

Brooklyn: Amy Baughman (PTK and NALPN Member)

Carriere: Victoria Becerra (NALPN member), Nicole Huesmann (NALPN and PTK member), Maya Johnson (NALPN member), Erin Mullins

Columbia: Marlo Ball ( NALPN Member), Lisa Disbrow, Abby English ( NALPN member), Precious Harper (NALPN, PTK, and NTHS member), Kaitlyn Rogers, Kristina Rogers (NALPN member), Destini Swanigan (NALPN member)

Foxworth: Jessica Slocum 

Greenville: Marquita Rhymes (NALPN, PTK and NTHS member) 

Gulfport: Caren Dallas (NALPN, PTK and NTHS member), Natalya Kennedy (NALPN and NTHS member), Tawanda Nelson (NALPN and PTK member), 

Hattiesburg: Jana Battee (NALPN member), David Broome, Sean Copeland, Suzanne Copeland, Carisma Graves, Tashara Henry (NALPN member), Jelea McLeod, Rosalyn Moss, Alisha Shorts (NALPN, PTK, and NTHS member), Ashley Smigielski (NALPN member)

Kiln: Ashlyn Cuevas (NALPN member)

Monticello: Cadie Durr, Teran Madison

New Orleans: Esaw Mathews

Noxapater: Chelsea Moore (NALPN and NATHS member)

Petal: Kalee Keisman, Jerrica Son   

Picayune: Maylen Cooke (NALPN and PTK member), Hesper Miller (NALPN member), Jennifer Owens (NALPN and PTK member), Alison Robinson (NALPN member), Sabrina Williams (NALPN member), Tiffany Wooley

Poplarville: Alexis Eaton (NALPN member), Kolby Havard

Prentiss: Myia Hayes (NALPN member), Ahlexus Johnson (NALPN member), Victoria Pittman

Sumrall: Brooke Farve (NALPN member)

Wiggins: Morgan Danielle Martin (NALPN member)

Photo and article by: Alexx Kennedy, PRCC Communication Specialist

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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.

August 1, 2019 - 12:15pm
 
 
 
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Hancock Center Celebrates First CNA Workforce Graduation

Hancock Center Celebrates First CNA Workforce Graduation

The Pearl River Community College Hancock Center congratulates it's first Certified Nursing Assistant workforce graduating class!

The small class of five said they had become very close during their time in the program and were excited to be celebrating together with their friends and family. 

Some students commented they were excited to move straight into the community’s workforce. While others showed interest in going on to receive further certification through one of Pearl River’s many available programs including Welding & Cutting Technology, Practical Nursing, Unmanned Aerial Systems, Adult Education/GED, Workforce, and academic courses. 

The Hancock Center is also in the preparation process for the construction of its new campus site, allowing them to offer new programs including Instrumentation, Airframe & Propulsion Technology, Computer-Aided Design & Drafting and many more!

The college is excited for these Wildcat graduates and looks forward to what their bright futures hold. 

CNA graduates celebrate at their graduation with family and friends

For further information about PRCC’s workforce offerings, you can visit www.prcc.edu/workforce-training.

 

 Front Row L to R: Shamariah Geisel, Laken McGee, Amanda McLaurin

Back Row L to R: Jacey Davis, CNA Instructor; Sherry Dailey, Ashleigh Ingram

 

 

 

 

Photo and article by Alexx Kennedy, PRCC Communications Specialist

 

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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.

 

 

August 8, 2019 - 9:18am
 
 
 
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Teamwork makes the dream work at PRCC's 2019 professional development day

Teamwork makes the dream work at PRCC's 2019 professional development day

Pearl River Community College President, Dr. Adam Breerwood, welcomed the faculty and staff at the 2019 professional development session, using a team atmosphere, with the theme Fill Your Cup. 

During his welcome, he used the analogy of mountain climbing and the many team members it takes to reach the summit. Often climbers stop halfway ready to give up their goal but surrounded by a strong team an explorer can find success.   

“When you hit a bumpy patch during the semester, what is going to spill out of your cup?” Breerwood asked the faculty and staff. “Is it going to be complaints and negativity, or will it be patience and understanding?” 

Dr. Breerwood encouraged the group to “fill their cups” with positivity, empathy, and strong team members for the upcoming year.

After the group dismissed, the day continued at the Marvin R. White coliseum with teams participating in leadership building activities. They ran, jumped, completed projects, and built comradery among the members. 

Faculty will continue professional development activities with campus and departmental meetings throughout the week.  On Thursday, August 15th and Friday, August 16th, advisors will be working during open registration to assist new and returning students. Dorm students will move on campus Saturday, August 17th and Sunday, August 18th with the Fall 2019 semester beginning Monday, August 19th.   Pearl River’s team members are already “filling their cups” with enthusiasm for the upcoming school year. 

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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.
August 13, 2019 - 12:01pm
 
PRCC Hancock Center recognized as Business of the Year

PRCC Hancock Center recognized as Business of the Year

Pearl River Community College Hancock Center was recognized as one of Hancock County’s 2019 Businesses of the Year at the Annual Salute to Business & Industry Awards Gala, Thursday, August 8th. 

“The recognition by the Hancock Chamber of Commerce as the 2019 Waveland Business of the Year is a testament to the dedicated work of the PRCC Hancock Center Team,” said Raymunda Barnes, Assistant Vice President of the Hancock Center.

 

Left to Right: Dr. Adam Breerwood, PRCC President; Mike Smith, Mayor of Waveland; Alan Dedeaux, Hancock County Superintendent of Education 

Since 2005, the Pearl River Community College Hancock Center has been providing students with an opportunity to receive a quality education by preparing them to complete a degree or certificate program. The Hancock Center also provides workforce training programs required by local businesses, industries, educational and public service agencies. PRCC’s continued dedication to the success of their students allows for bright futures to be created within the walls of the institution and out in the community. This year, the Hancock Center will break ground on the Hancock Aviation Aerospace Workforce near Stennis International Airport to meet industry demands while increasing workforce development in Hancock County.

“It is very rewarding to be part of a team that is making a difference in the communities we live in. Every day I get the joy of meeting new people and sharing the vision of Pearl River Community College for today and in the future,” said Angie Kothmann, Pearl River’s Director of Government & Community Relations.

Raymunda Barnes also reiterated the importance of the impact The Hancock Center has on the local community. 

“On any given day, members of the Hancock Center Team can be found on campus and in the community making a difference in the lives of Hancock County residents,” said Barnes. “From contributing to the Hancock County Food Pantry through student can food drives to participating in Pearlington’s Library Trunk or Treat event, from active participation in county-wide Hancock Chamber events (Teacher Appreciation and High School Senior Breakfast) to participation in local Boy Scout Troop activities and CASA initiatives, this team continues to contribute to the community and is very much appreciative of the recognition.”

PRCC will continue to be an ever-present staple in the Hancock County community and a resource for local industry. 

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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.

August 13, 2019 - 1:25pm
 
 
Pride. Respect. Class. Character. The Wildcat Way.

Pride. Respect. Class. Character. The Wildcat Way.

Pride. Respect. Class. Character.  The Wildcat Way. These are the principles upon which Pearl River Community College was built. Over the past year, the Wildcat Way thread has continued to weave itself throughout the culture of the institution. While many of its students face insurmountable challenges in order to make it to one of its three locations for the first day of classes, they continue not only to survive but thrive. Faculty and staff have embodied the Wildcat Way by implementing it in their instruction and embracing student’s challenges like never before. 

The Faculty Associations at both the Poplarville/Hancock and Hattiesburg locations met this week to discuss the upcoming year and had the opportunity to ask questions of their president, Dr. Adam Breerwood. Questions regarding campus projects, policies, and parking were rattled off from the group as Dr. Breerwood took them in stride. 

From left: David Collum, Career Education Department chair, president; Chris Christen, Health and Science Department chair, vice president; Sharon Clark, Mathematics instructor, secretary; and Doug Donohue, Mathematics instructor, treasurer.

“I value your opinion,” said Breerwood. “I want to be completely transparent and talk with you anytime I can.”

Poplarville/Hancock Faculty Association President, Lonnie Burchell, announced at the group’s first meeting that a vote has been settled to change their name to the Faculty and Staff Association as to be more inclusive of those employees able to join the organization. They are also taking on several major projects including a Food Drive for the Poplarville campus Food Pantry “The Market” on Friday, August 16th at Ramey’s Market Place in Poplarville. They will be working dorm move-in weekend to assist students and their families move their personal items into their rooms. Alongside these endeavors, the group has agreed to take on collecting dorm essential items to create baskets for students that are in need of basic necessities for college life. 

Over 1500 students have “ROARED” through PRCC’s new student orientation this summer. Over 60 advisors met for 17 total orientation sessions to get these students registered and prepared for their first day of classes. These new Wildcats have much to look forward to. 

Former students have found their passions and because of the strong leadership opportunities and student-led avenues for success, these students were afforded the opportunity to chase those dreams. 

The Wildcat Way has never been more evident than through our athletic programs. By holding these student-athletes accountable on and off the field, the college continues to create competitive athletes as well as productive citizens. Success on the field and on the court translates into success in the classroom.

Exciting changes are happening at PRCC including an unprecedented amount of concurrent construction projects across campuses. However, one thing that does not seem to be changing at The River anytime soon is the dedication to the Wildcat Way.  

As Pearl River begins the 2019-20 school year, it continues to help students walk The Wildcat Way so that PRCC graduates become the leaders, the doers, and the entrepreneurs in the communities which they serve. The River is Rising. 

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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.

August 15, 2019 - 8:03am
 
Poplarville Shows Up for PRCC Food Drive

Poplarville Shows Up for PRCC Food Drive

The people of Poplarville showed up in force at Ramey’s Marketplace, Friday, August 16, for the food drive benefitting Pearl River Community College’s food pantry, The Market.

The college’s Faculty and Staff Association organized the event along with Ramey’s Marketplace of Poplarville. The faculty and staff organization made collecting donations for The Market one of its first priorities after starting off the year under the direction of the new association president, Lonnie Burchell. 

“We want to the thank Ramey’s and all of its employees, our faculty, staff, the college, and the community members for making this event such a wonderful success,” said Burchell. 

In addition to the food that was donated they collected over $100 in monetary donations for future food purchases throughout the year. The Market has served over 600 students facing food insecurity to date. 

The PRCC organization also has taken on the task of collecting, storing, and distributing dorm necessities to students that lack items like sheets, pillows, soap etc. 

“What a great example of The Wildcat Way the PRCC faculty and staff are showing today by hosting a food drive for The Market, our pantry on campus,” said Carol Williams, PRCC Market coordinator. “The food collected here today will benefit the commuters, dorms students, and staff dealing with food insecurity. What a great way to start off the school year!”

Pride, Respect, Class, and Character make up The Wildcat Way Williams is referring to. It has become a way of life for those at Pearl River and the concept meshes well with the giving nature of the community that surrounds it. 

“People in Poplarville come together when things need to be done,” said one PRCC employee present at the event. 

That “get it done” attitude was more than apparent when looking at the back of the truck holding the abundance of donations made that day. 

“They are part of our community, so we take care of them,” commented one shopper making her donations. 

Carol Williams also mentioned there are more ways to donate than running to the store. Monetary donations are also accepted by visiting www.prcc.edu/alumni/donate and choosing ‘Wildcat Career Closet and The Market’ as the recipient.

The River continues to be appreciative of the outpouring of support the community has shown PRCC students. Together, The River is Rising. 

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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.

August 16, 2019 - 3:59pm
 
 
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PRCC Dorm Move-In Weekend Weathers Heat and Rain

PRCC Dorm Move-In Weekend Weathers Heat and Rain

Through rain and shine the Poplarville campus of Pearl River Community College was buzzing with excitement this weekend as over 750 new and returning Wildcats settled into their new homes in the dorms for the semester.

In true Wildcat Way fashion faculty, staff, and administrators were waiting for them with dollies, carts and a helping hand to get them out of the heat or rain and into their rooms.

“This staff was truly a blessing we don't know if we would have made it without them,” said Melody Gallowy, Wildcat mom. “I already feel at ease with leaving my daughter in such great hands. Thank y'all again!”

PRCC students will begin classes this week, for some the first time and others once again. They look forward to Welcome Week activities to follow including an ice cream social, field day, tie-dye spirit shirt making, the Wildcat Olympics, and more! Many commented they had much to look forward to this semester including participating in their team sports and meeting new friends.

“Being able to give students a helping hand as they begin their new semester just makes me proud to be a member of the Wildcat Family,” said one PRCC employee working the event.

While more than 700 students moved into dorms this weekend, at least 500 students remain on the waiting list. To counter this demand PRCC has two new dorms currently under construction that will eventually house over 260 more students.

Article and photos by Alexx Kennedy, Marketing & Communications Specialist 

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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.

August 18, 2019 - 3:50pm
 
Pearl River rolls out new marketing team

Pearl River rolls out new marketing team

PRCC New Marketing and Communication Team

POPLARVILLE, Miss. — The first day of school in Poplarville isn’t only about Pearl River Community College’s constantly-increasing student body.

President Dr. Adam Breerwood has long envisioned a new way for Pearl River to spread its message.

On Monday, Breerwood announced the school’s new eight-person marketing & communications team. 

“We have assembled a team of highly qualified and uniquely talented individuals to promote the life changing opportunities that are available at Pearl River Community College,” Breerwood said. “I am confident in the visionary leadership and ability of this team to bring our message to our surrounding communities.”

Breerwood has tasked new Associate Vice President for Marketing & Communications Candace Harper with bringing his vision to life. As a long-time resident of Pearl River County and PRCC alum, Harper is more than up to the challenge.

“Following in Dr. Breerwood’s leadership, we have big goals for our new team,” she said. “I’m excited to work with such a talented group. This team has already hit the ground running with fresh ideas and a new marketing theme for the new school year.” 

Other members of PRCC’s new marketing & communications team include Director of Marketing & Communications Patrick Ochs; Marketing & Communications Specialists Alexx Kennedy, Carol Williams, Kristi Harris, Kari Eve Valence and Chuck Abadie; and Assistant Director of Communications for Athletics Mark Franklin.

CANDACE HARPER

Candace Harper will serve as the Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communication. Harper has an extensive background in marketing, having been an adjunct instructor at PRCC for more than 10 years. Additionally, Harper received the Sales and Marketing Professionals Pine Belt Award for her rebranding of the campus bookstore in 2016.

Since joining PRCC’s family as a professional in 2004, Harper has served in a number of roles, including recruiter, cheerleading coach, student activities coordinator, alumni coordinator and most recently Director of Bookstore Services, in addition to her instructor responsibilities. Harper is retaining her current bookstore responsibilities.

Harper has an associate’s degree in business marketing from PRCC, a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Southern Miss and a MBA from Troy. She’s also working towards her doctorate from USM.

A Carriere native, Harper is married to Andy Harper. They have three children, Parker, Preston and Piper.

Harper can be reached at charper@prcc.edu.

PATRICK OCHS

After previously serving as the Director of Communications for Athletics at PRCC over the last 13 months, Ochs is transitioning into a larger role at the college. Ochs will still oversee communications for athletics, but will now work with the new marketing & communications team to ensure continuity between all of PRCC’s outreach efforts.

During his time at Pearl River, Ochs has worked to modernize the athletic department’s social media and web interests to better reach the surrounding communities.

Prior to joining the PRCC family, Ochs worked in the newspaper business at the Natchez Democrat, Oxford Eagle and most recently the Sun Herald.

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Ochs graduated from Ole Miss with a bachelor’s degree in marketing communications. 

Ochs is married to the former Jaime Weaver. They have one daughter, Alexandria Grace.

Ochs can be reached at pochs@prcc.edu.

CHUCK ABADIE

Abadie is a 20-year veteran of Pearl River, previously serving as the school’s Director of Public Relations for 18 years before retiring from full-time responsibilities last June. 

Under Abadie’s guidance, PRCC developed a promotional recruitment video that won several national awards and created the state’s first regular coach’s show. 

Abadie returned to PRCC four months later as a communications assistant, focusing mainly on the Forrest County Center and Lowery Woodall Advanced Technology Center in Hattiesburg.

Prior to joining the PRCC family, Abadie enjoyed a 28-year award-winning career as reporter and editor of the Hattiesburg American. Abadie was named Mississippi Sportswriter of the Year in 1986 and 1988 and received the company’s President’s Award for Outstanding Customer Service in 1990 and 1992.

Abadie graduated from Southern Miss with a bachelor’s in athletic administration.

Abadie is married to Martha. They have two daughters, Miriam and Catherine.

Abadie can be reached at cabadie@prcc.edu.

MARK FRANKLIN

Franklin is entering his second season at PRCC as Assistant Director of Communications for Athletics. During Franklin’s first year, Pearl River experienced extensive growth as he oversaw the department’s evolving livestreaming effort. Franklin also helped coordinate communication efforts with the Athletics Department, overseeing releases, interviews and stat keeping for all of PRCC’s teams.

Franklin is a Carriere native and Pearl River Central grad who received his associate’s degree from PRCC before going on to earn his bachelor’s degree in integrated marketing communications from Ole Miss.

Franklin can be reached at afranklin@prcc.edu.

KRISTI HARRIS

PRCC will capitalize on Harris’ unique skillset to provide unparalleled photo and video content. Harris is entering her second year as a full-time employee at The River. Harris was hired prior to last season as the first Director of Football Media and Creative Services in program history. In addition to several duties pertaining to the football staff, Harris helped to organize photography, videography and print publications for PRCC’s athletics programs.

Prior to joining the PRCC family, Harris launched her own video magazine for high school and junior college sports called "Hometown Hype" in 2016. 

Harris also owns her own photography and video design company, Bee Seen Designs. 

Harris previously owned Bluejack Ridge Kids Ranch and has also worked as a sales manager at Hancock Bank Trust Service. Harris was raised in Picayune and graduated from Picayune Memorial High School in 1991. She graduated from the University of South Alabama in 1995. 

Harris and her husband, Darrin, have two children, Mckinsy and Houston.

Harris can be reached at kharris@prcc.edu.

ALEXX KENNEDY

Kennedy will have an enhanced role in the new Marketing & Communications Department, specializing in the daily happenings at PRCC. 

She previously served as a marketing specialist for PRCC. Kennedy began working full-time at PRCC in 2015 in the General Education office before moving as an academic advisor. During her time as an advisor, Kennedy implemented a new parent information session during orientation.

Kennedy received her associate’s degree from PRCC in 2013 and later earned her bachelor’s in communication studies from USM in 2015. She’s also working toward a master’s degree in communications at USM.

Kennedy and her corgi, Bojangles, are proud Poplarville residents.

Kennedy can be reached at akennedy@prcc.edu.

KARI EVE VALENCE

As a Marketing & Communications Specialist, Valence will primarily focus on media relations and community outreach. Valence has worked for the last several years as a columnist for the New Orleans Times-Picayune and NOLA.com, covering community events, benefits and fundraisers. She has also worked as a freelance journalist and blogger for several websites and publications across the country. Prior to freelancing, Valence worked at WLOX News in Biloxi, Miss., as a multi-media journalist and producer. While at WLOX she covered breaking news stories, anchored the “Around the Region” daily news segment, wrote in-depth pieces for air, website, and social media spots, and learned how to deliver a clear, concise message to the viewing audience. Before joining WLOX, Valence was employed at WDSU in New Orleans as a part of the morning/weekend Assignment Team and interned at the station while getting her BA in English from The University of New Orleans. Valence is originally from Buras, LA in southern Plaquemines Parish (home of the Wildcats) and now lives here in Poplarville with her husband Jonah, their son Little Jonah, and their baby daughter Gentry. 

Valence can be reached at kvalence@prcc.edu.

CAROL WILLIAMS

Williams is a 29-year veteran of Pearl River Community College. Williams dedicated the first 25 years of her career to working with students in the field of Business Marketing Technology. During that time, Williams and her colleagues grew enrollment to the largest Business Marketing program in the state of Mississippi. She was also instrumental in launching the first comprehensive online Business Marketing program.  

In 2015, Williams retired from the classroom and shifted her focus to the Public Relations Department, where she became the college-wide social media coordinator and marketing assistant. Additionally, Williams has led the way in implementing PRCC’s Market and Career Closet, which aim to assist students.

Williams holds an associate in arts from PRCC. She also has a bachelor’s degree in marketing education and a master’s in education, both from USM.

Williams has been married to Jon for 42 years. They have two children and five grandchildren. 

Williams can be reached at cwilliams@prcc.edu

HOW TO CONTACT US

To request or coordinate coverage, email media@prcc.edu.

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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.

August 19, 2019 - 3:15pm
 
 
 
 
Pearl River's overflowing during Back to School Week

Pearl River's overflowing during Back to School Week

POPLARVILLE, Miss. — Pearl River Community College reanimated this week with students after a relatively quiet summer of slumber — and progress. 

A consistently increasing student body was welcomed back to the Poplarville campus — plus Forrest County and Hancock County centers — by eager faculty and staff.

The first week of school got off to a wonderful start as faculty and staff helped welcome more than 750 Wildcats by pitching in and hauling their belongings to their dorm rooms.

“The first week of school has shown that the campus is going to experience a great semester,” said Dr. Martha Smith, Vice President for the Poplarville Campus and Instruction. “Dorm move-in weekend allowed us the opportunity to interact with students and families. Classes are full and students are excited about upcoming events.”

Pearl River’s Forrest County Center, which was opened in 1967 with an Allied Health emphasis, has continued to grow as PRCC’s enrollment has climbed. Just like in Poplarville, this week was as busy as ever at the FCC.

“The first week of school has been fantastic. Classes are full, students are enthusiastic, and our faculty is excited to get the semester rolling,” said Dr. Jana Causey, Vice President for the Forrest County Center.

Pearl River’s Hancock Center, which was recently recognized as one of Hancock County’s 2019 Businesses of the Year, is looking forward to continuous growth and change as it implements new programs such as Airframe & Propulsion Technology, Computer Aided Design & Drafting, Precision Manufacturing, and much more. The center also will be looking to break ground on a new location in Hancock County later this year.

“Hancock Center students are excited to begin and return to campus,” said Assistant Vice President for the Hancock Center, Raymunda Barnes. “Seeing the parking lot consistently full reminds the faculty and staff of the importance of promoting Pride, Respect, Class, and Character. 

“We look forward to having a successful semester.”

PARDON OUR PROGRESS

Construction continues on the Poplarville campus as PRCC’s science building is undergoing major renovations that include a new wing that will house state-of-the-art labs and upgrades to the existing structure.

The school is also in the midst of building two new dorms that will offer more than 260 students modern comforts and unique vistas of both Dub Herring Park and Dobie Holden Stadium. 

WELCOME WEEK

While the first week at The River was bustling, there’s plenty more ahead as PRCC kicks off a jam-packed Welcome Week, starting Monday with Field Day at Student Life Park from 6 p.m. until dark.

Tuesday is Tie Dye Spirit Shirts Day from 1-5 p.m. under the oaks at the outdoor courts. Students are asked to bring shirts to tie dye with Wildcat Maroon and Wildcat Gold.

The Student Information Fair is from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. Wednesday at Crosby Hall. Wildcats are encouraged to stop by and learn about the many student services and organizations offered on the Poplarville campus.

Let the games begin on Thursday with the Wildcat Olympics. The fun includes Freshmen vs. Sophomores in a wide variety of activities. Event sign-up sheets will be posted. The fun spans from 11 a.m. until dark.

Welcome Week wraps up Friday with an Ice Cream Social, sponsored by the PRCC Alumni Association, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. at the Alumni Gazebo.

BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE!

A wide variety of online courses are offered through PRCC’s E-Learning department. The first eight-week and full-term online classes begin Aug. 26. There is still time to sign up for the second eight-week online coursework. Those interested have until Oct. 18 to speak with an advisor and register for second term online classes. Those interested in registering or learning more can visit PRCC.edu/elearning/register-now.

#HearOurROAR

With the new school year comes a new slogan from Pearl River. This year’s rallying cry from PRCC is “Hear Our ROAR.” 

Current Wildcats, alumni and local businesses are asked to share what Pearl River means to them by posting their “Roars” with PRCC, either by uploading videos on social media with the hashtag #HearOurROAR or sending their clips to the Pearl River Marketing and Communications Department at media@prcc.edu.

“We are really excited about the ‘Hear Our Roar’ campaign. No one is more suited to tell the stories and share Pearl River’s voice than our students, employees, alumni and friends,” said new Associate Vice President for Marketing and Communications Candace Harper.

TUNE IN

Pearl River recently partnered with SuperTalk 97.3 FM to launch a new weekly radio show that focuses on PRCC’s vital workforce development. Hosted by Marketing and Communications Specialist Chuck Abadie, the 30-minute show airs every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m. and hits on a number of topics, including different programs, class offerings and job training. Click HERE to listen to previous shows.

ATHLETICS

Pearl River’s athletics campaign had a soft launch Thursday with the annual Meet The Wildcats extravaganza at Dobie Holden Stadium. The home stands were filled as PRCC introduced its fall sports, including football, men’s and women’s soccer, rodeo, the new volleyball team and the school’s trainers. Additionally, the Spirit of the River Marching Band, String of Pearls and PRCC Cheerleading Team all performed.

The athletics calendar officially gets underway Saturday as Mississippi’s first junior college volleyball program hosts Coastal Alabama-East at 1 p.m. at the newly renovated Shivers Gymnasium. The soccer teams and football program get underway next week; soccer travels to Hinds on Monday and LSU-Eunice on Wednesday before hosting Meridian on Friday at 5 p.m. Football begins its 2019 campaign at Itawamba on Thursday. Kickoff is set for 6:30 p.m. All football games and every home competition this season will be livestreamed at PRCCAthletics.com and PRCCMedia.com.

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.

August 23, 2019 - 3:52pm
 
 
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Two PRCC students secure Coca-Cola scholarships

Two PRCC students secure Coca-Cola scholarships

Two Pearl River Community College students recently received Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarships.

Lane Anderson and Shawn Lowe, both sophomores from Purvis, will receive $1,000 to help defray the cost of college attendance for their sophomore years at PRCC.

Both students are members of Phi Theta Kappa and the Dr. William Lewis Honors Institute. Anderson, 19, is vice president of fellowship in Phi Theta Kappa. Lowe, 19, serves as vice president of service.

Dr. Jana Causey (center), Vice President for Pearl River Community College’s Forrest County Center, presents Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarships last week to PRCC students Shawn Lowe (left) and Lane Anderson (right). 

“Last spring, nearly 900 applications were received nationwide for these prestigious scholarships,” said Dr. Terri Ruckel, Associate Regional Coordinator for the MS/LA Region of Phi Theta Kappa.

“Lane and Shawn were among the 200 chosen to receive this honor. These scholarships are based on their outstanding academic achievements and leadership potential. Their success underscores Pearl River's continued recognition as a premier college on a national level.” 

A pharmacy major, Anderson plans to continue his education at either the University of Mississippi or William Carey University.

“What excites me the most about being a student at PRCC is that I am able to get an outstanding education so close to home,” said Anderson.

Pearl River Community College staff on hand for the presentation of Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarships last week to PRCC honors students Shawn Lowe (left) and Lane Anderson (right) were from right: James Collum and Dr. Doug Donohue, advisors for the Phi Theta Kappa’s Beta Tau Gamma chapter; Lowe, Anderson, Dr. Terri Ruckel, Associate Regional Coordinator for the MS/LA Region of Phi Theta Kappa; Dr. Jana Causey, Vice President for PRCC’s Forrest County Center; and Dr. Ryan Ruckel, Regional Coordinator for the MS/LA Region of Phi Theta Kappa.

Lowe is majoring in biochemistry. He is a member of Sigma Kappa Delta and Mu Alpha Theta, and serves as president of the Honors Institute. He is planning to enroll at Mississippi State University in fall 2020 and then go on to medical school.

“The thing that excites me about Pearl River is that I learn something new every day while being around some wonderful people,” Lowe said.

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.

August 28, 2019 - 2:48pm
 
PRCC ROARS thank you to its donors

PRCC ROARS thank you to its donors

Pearl River Community College celebrated its ROARING Alumni Tuesday, at the annual Major Donor Dinner.  

Dr. Adam Breerwood, PRCC President, spoke to the donors about the immense impact their donations make on the lives of those attending The River. 

“It’s life-changing,” Breerwood said. “We are trying to build better mothers, fathers, and children in the community. You are changing generations of families.”

Ernie Lovell, Executive Director of Development Foundation/Alumni Association, thanked the donors for their continued faith in the work PRCC does and the support they offer students that may not otherwise have the opportunity to reach their educational goals. 

Several students volunteered their time to be part of a thank you video shared with those attending the dinner. 

“I would just like to say thank you to the donors for not only your financial contributions but everything you do to make this college everything that it is,” said PRCC scholarship recipient Ethan Speirs. “Personally, it has been a blessing for me. It allows me to focus on my academic goals and not have to worry about financial debt.”

The servers during the dinner were also PRCC Honors Institute students that gave their time to the event. 

“We take our students and say ‘look at these resources that we have here to allow you to succeed,’” shared Breerwood at the dinner’s close. “We try to remove the obstacles that would impede their education and impede their opportunity for success. With your help, we are able to let them know that they can be anything they want to be if they just give Pearl River a chance.”

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.

August 29, 2019 - 10:21am
 
 
 
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