Pearl River Community College

November 2019

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Halloween at the River transports audience to Emerald City

Halloween at the River transports audience to Emerald City


POPLARVILLE, Miss. – Halloween at the River displayed plenty of heart, brains and courage throughout the exciting evening Tuesday. Pearl River Community College’s Fine Art’s and Communication department had the Ethel Holden Brownstone Center filled to the brim with magical energy and audience members through their production of OZ. 

“What a show,” Director of Marching Bands and Instructor of Music Reuben McDowell said. “Hats off to all involved. What a fun faculty to work with and what great students. PRCC truly is the place to be.”

 

OZ

The show featured music from “The Wiz,” “The Wizard of Oz” and “Wicked.” The performance began with trumpet soloists Brandon Walker and Leigh Ann Gallagher serenading the audience in Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Soloists Riley Barber, Mallorie Saucier, Jessica Jordan, and Taylor Graham also dazzled with several songs and lyrical performances. 

 

The performance highlighted the skills of sever of Pearl River’s Fine Arts groups. The Jazzcats jazz band played throughout the show as singing groups The Voices, PRCC Singers and RiverRoad Pop Choir performed for the crowd. Dynamic jazz numbers by the String of Pearls dance team also accompanied the show.

 

A costume contest was held throughout the night with audience members crossing the stage in funny, cute and scary ensembles. IT the clown, his victim and Georgie claimed third place. Peter Pan and his shadow took second while Spongebob and family accepted first place. 

 

"This event is an opportunity to showcase the outstanding talents of the students and faculty of the department of fine arts and communications here at PRCC,” Director of Brownstone Performing Arts Center Dr. Trevor Hunt said.  “We are proud to offer this experience for the community to join us for a night of great music and Halloween fun. And, really, those are our main goals: to showcase the talented people on campus and offer world class entertainment to the community. 

 

“Best of all, we get to dress in costume, trick or treat in a safe environment, and have fun! We chose the OZ as this year's theme because of the timeless nature of the story; we felt like everyone could relate to it and enjoy it." 

 

Chili Cook-Off

A chili cook-off was hosted by the Poplarville/Hancock Faculty and Staff Association pre-concert and had 12 participants. Judges included Poplarville Mayor Rossie Creel, Poplarville business owners Russ Miller and Gale Harris, as well as PRCC employees Scottie Fletcher and Robert “Scooter” Parris. 

 

Attendees had the chance to try all 12 chili entries. Science Math and Business Department Chair Karen Bond took first place with Director of Nursing Education Dr. Arlene Jones taking second place and employee duo Jamie Amacker and Lisa Mapp claiming third.

“The chili cook-off was a great chance for employees across departments to interact with one another as well as an opportunity to invite the community to be a part of the fun before the Halloween concert,” Faculty and Staff Association President and Instructor of Biology Lonnie Burchell said. “The association would like to thank all those who participated and a special thank you to our fantastic chili cooks and judges.” 

 

Tricks or Treats 

The night ended with PRCC student groups treating young concert attendees to enchanting sweet treats in the Brownstone lobby as the audience exited the lobby. There were several engagement opportunities before their departure as kids and adults alike took pictures with members of the OZ cast in full bewitching costume. 

 

Upcoming Events

PRCC’s Forrest County Center Campus will the celebrating the holidays with a Making Sprits Bright holiday concert Nov. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Building 5 Multipurpose Room. Tickets will be $8 or $100 for a reserved table of 10 tickets. For ticket information call 601-554-5563.  

PRCC is already preparing for the 3rd annual Wildcat Wonderland free community event Nov. 21 from 5-7 p.m. on the Poplarville Campus. This event brought over 2,500 attendees last year and the college is looking forward to an even bigger crowd this year. Visitors can expect cookie decorating, ornament making, train rides, a live nativity, and much more.  Plenty of picture opportunities will be available including a visit by the jolly man himself as Santa accepts last minute present requests and poses for pictures in the Brownstone lobby throughout the event. Make sure to bring a camera. 

 

The Brownstone Center is also preparing for a holiday season of performances starting with the Holiday Traditions concert Nov. 21 after the Wildcat Wonderland with audience members being treated to an exploration of holiday celebrations throughout the year performed by PRCC Fine Arts and Communication students. The semester will close with performances of The Nutcracker by the South Mississippi Ballet on Dec. 7-8. 

 

To purchase tickets for upcoming events and to learn more about the Brownstone Center’s schedule visit prcc.edu/brownstone or call 601-403-1438. 

 

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

November 1, 2019 - 2:19pm
 
 
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Pearl River prepares for magical night, Wildcat Wonderland free community event

Pearl River prepares for magical night, Wildcat Wonderland free community event


POPLARVILLE, Miss. –
Pearl River Community College is already decking the halls in preparation for the third annual Wildcat Wonderland. The free community celebration will be held on the Poplarville campus Nov. 21 from 5-7:30 p.m. 

“Wildcat Wonderland is an opportunity for college employees and students to come together to host an evening of holiday enjoyment the community,” Vice President of Poplarville Campus and Instruction Dr. Martha Smith said. “The first year, we weren’t sure how many people would be able to join us.  We estimate that about 900 people shared their time with us that evening.  The second year, we estimated that about 2,000 people visited the campus.  We are excited to share with an even larger audience this year.  From Whoville to Reindeer Games to letters to Santa to Mickey’s Christmas, there is so much to see and do.  For those who are able to stay for the evening’s Holiday Tradition’s performance, you will see the amazing talent of the students in the Fine Arts and Communications programs.”

Wildcat Wonderland promises to be a fun night for children and those young at heart alike. The festival will feature cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus, ornament making in the elves’ workshop, plenty of reindeer games, face painting, a live Nativity, train rides and several interaction opportunities with holiday characters. Charlie Brown, Snoopy and friends will be right next to Whoville where The Grinch is said to be visiting. Buddy the Elf is sure to be running around causing mischief while Mickey Mouse waits to give out candy canes to anyone that comes near. The PRCC museum will be open to tour giving guests the opportunity to learn about the college’s rich history. Visitors will get the chance to write their letters to Santa in Crosby Hall before heading over to the Ethel Holden Brownstone Center lobby to see the jolly man himself for any requests they would like to make in person. Parents should plan to come with cameras in hand for all the festive picture opportunities.

“Wildcat Wonderland is a family tradition that continues to grow each year by leaps and bounds,” Associate Vice President of Marketing and Communication Candace Harper said. “PRCC is honored to pour into our local communities by expanding our free activities each year to support this growth. It is truly a joyous occasion that leaves everyone feeling grateful and excited about the holidays.”

With white twinkling lights cascading across courtyards and festive wreaths and red bows spotted on lamp posts and columns, the campus is set to be transformed into a southern snowscape for a night of magical delight.

Those wishing to round out the night with a magical and musical experience can attend the Fine Arts and Communications Department’s Holiday Traditions concert the same night at 7 p.m. in the Brownstone Center. 

“The Fine Arts and Communications department is excited to present a concert of Holiday Traditions in conjunction with this year's Wildcat Wonderland,” Director of Brownstone Performing Arts Center Dr. Trevor Hunt said. “It's never too early to get in the holiday spirit, and an evening with the JazzCats, Pearls, The Voices, River Road, and PRCC Singers will be sure to lift spirits for the season.”

The event will follow holiday traditions throughout the year, ending with a New Year’s Day. The concert will conclude with a bang as the audience will be encouraged to continue the celebration outside the Brownstone Center for a fire works show. 

Tickets for the Holiday Traditions concert are $5 and can be purchased by visiting prcc.edu/brownstone or calling 601-403-1438. 

Whether strolling through Whoville, enjoying sweets in the gingerbread house, or petting a camel from the live Nativity any and all are invited to find something holly to delight in at PRCC’s Wildcat Wonderland. 

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

 

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.

November 6, 2019 - 4:37pm
 
 
 
 
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Miss PRCC 2020 Crowned

Miss PRCC 2020 Crowned

POPLARVILLE, Miss – Pearl River’s Ethel Holden Brownstone Center was filled with poise and talent Thursday night as the candidates for the 2020 Miss Pearl River Community College Preliminary Scholarship Competition graced the stage. The night ended with the crowning of PRCC’s next representative in Miss Mississippi 2021; Miss PRCC 2020, Hollie Morgan, of Hattiesburg.  

Third Alternate, Sciena Lavergne, Second Alternate Gabrielle Lewis and First Alternate Alyssa Rogers embraced and congratulated Miss PRCC 2020 Morgan upon her crowning. Miss Congeniality and Talent Winner was Sciena Lavergne. The overall Ad Sales Winner was Brooke Kitchens and the Evening Gown Winner was Kaitlyn Warden. The competition, consisting of nine candidates, was diverse with the ladies exemplifying their abilities through a plethora of events including Private Interview, On-Stage Interview, Evening Gown/Social Impact Statement and Talent. Between performances, Sunni’s Elite Dance Academy of Poplarville entertained the audience with energetic dance numbers. 

The candidates started their day in closed interviews with the judges before moving on to the stage portion of the night. Mistress of Ceremonies and PRCC Marketing and Communications Specialist Kari Eve Valence welcomed the ladies to the stage as they prepared to answer on stage interview questions. Miss PRCC 2019 Jessie Besanson then wowed the audience with a performance of the talent she took to Miss Mississippi 2019. The candidates then showed their skills through the talent portion of the evening. The talents ranged in variety including song, tap jazz and lyrical dance, flag routine, and monologue. After highlighting their poise crossing the stage in evening attire, each candidate shared their social impact initiative with the audience and judges. 

The Candidates 

KyLeigh Richardson, of Fruitdale, AL, tap danced to “Feat Don’t Fail Me Now” and represented an initiative of Organ Donation. She plans to pursue her education to become a Special Education Teacher. 

Brooke Kitchens, of Purvis, performed a color guard routine to “Strangers Like Me’ and promoted Anxiety Awareness. Kitchens is working toward a career as a Pediatric Nurse. 

Gabrielle Lewis, of Poplarville, performed a sign interpretation of the song “You Say” and promoted the education of our future readers. Her lifelong dream is to become an Overseas Missionary and is working toward that goal by majoring in linguistics. 

Hollie Morgan, of Hattiesburg, performed the song “Popular” from Wicked and hoped to encourage young men and women through her initiative Secure Your Insecurities: Confidence Awareness. Her career goal is to become a doctor of Clinical Nutrition. 

Cambri Brewer, of Petal, tap danced to “U Can’t Touch This” and encouraged the audience to consider the health of the state through her initiative Promoting a Smoke-Free Mississippi. Brewer’s ambition is to become a dentist. 

Alex Harrell, of Poplarville, performed a monologue from Peter Pan and talked about her personal journey with education through her initiative Learning Disability Awareness. Harrell’s ambition is to continue her path of entrepreneurship. 

Alyssa Rogers, of Purvis, performed a jazz dance to the song “Big Spender” and promoted her social initiative Shining Lights. Her ambition is to become a clinical analyst. 

Kaitlyn Warden, of Ovett, sang “For Good” for her talent and had the audience consider their use of social media through her campaign Post Only Positive #POP. Warden’s ambition is to become a retail manager for evening wear designers. 

Sciana Lavergne, of Long Beach, performed a lyrical dance to the song “Heaven” dedicated to her grandmother and spoke about her personal family connection to Autism through her social initiative TEAAM Autism. Lavergne’s ambition is to become a nurse practitioner. 

Newly Crowned Miss PRCC Hollie Morgan will begin her reign immediately and will represent Pearl River at the Miss Mississippi Competition in June. 

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

 

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.

November 13, 2019 - 9:55am
 
 
PRCC students provide haircuts to Hattiesburg residents in need

PRCC students provide haircuts to Hattiesburg residents in need

POPLARVILLE, Miss --  Pride, Respect, Class and Character, the Wildcat Way, was shown through Pearl River Community College’s Barbering and Cosmetology departments in Hattiesburg on Tuesday morning as students offered their services free of charge at The Fieldhouse for the Homeless. 

“We at the Fieldhouse for The Homeless were truly blessed by PRCC’s Barbering and Cosmetology departments today,” Fieldhouse representative Cynthia Simmons said. “This morning, about 30 participants came to give free haircuts, washes, and for a few of the guys, braiding. They were all so polite and showed great respect for those who have been going through some very difficult situations in life and have sought refuge here at the Fieldhouse. We are extremely grateful just to be thought of today.

“Some of the guys haven’t had hair cuts in a very long time and were excited about the opportunity to look better on the outside while working through some things on the inside. With the cold weather bearing down on Hattiesburg, more people come here to stay warm, have coffee, and eat warm meals.”

The Fieldhouse is the hub of services for homelessness people in Hattiesburg/Pine Belt area and describes itself as a turning point, a central source of life-changing care. The Fieldhouse provides escape from heat or cold, a place to rest, access to bathrooms, to laundry, showers, job search, health, screenings, housing assistance, ID assistance and other services homeless men and women need to escape life on the street. The center also provides services such as case management, life skills classes, and bus tokens for work and medical appointments.

According to its website, The Fieldhouse has “taken an unflinching look at the human experience of homelessness and… are responding” by opening its doors to the public. The Fieldhouse’s goal is to make homelessness a season of life, not a way of life.

This is not the first time PRCC students have volunteered their time at The Fieldhouse. Pearl River’s Lady Wildcats basketball team also visited the residents for the fifth straight year before their season began and hope to continue this tradition for years to come. 

PRCC student Isaiah McSwain worked with both The Fieldhouse and the cosmetology and barbering department to set up and organize the event. 

The PRCC Cosmetology and Barbering students cut hair and trimmed beards as visitors shared stories of their past and hopes for their futures.

One service recipient, Carl, had just returned to Hattiesburg after serving his sentence. During that time he saw many young people imprisoned and hated to see opportunities and potential being wasted. 

“It was almost like they couldn’t wait to get in there,” Carl said of the many 15-19 year-olds he encountered during his sentence. "We have a mouth to speak truth, hands to help show the way and prayer when we don't know what else to do.”

Pearl River Barbering Instructor Tyrone Mclaurin had the opportunity to speak with Carl while he was getting a trim. 

“Only being home a month, with no vehicle to ride in, he is content with the fact that the PRCC family became the vehicle he needed to share his story,” he said. “This service opportunity was just one of the many ways to hear our ROAR.” 

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.

November 15, 2019 - 10:07am
 
127 PRCC students receive "Round Up for Education" scholarships

127 PRCC students receive "Round Up for Education" scholarships

POPLARVILLE, Miss – Pearl River Community College and Pearl River Valley Electric Power Association came together Thursday to celebrate 127 PRCC students receiving scholarships through the “Round Up for Education” program. 

“We are so grateful to all of you,” PRCC President Adam Breerwood said. “Our campus is very diverse and we know that this program is a commitment to their education.” 

“We’ve been able to provide scholarship to 1,300 students by raising approximately $1.3 million in funds,” General Manager for PRVEPA Randy Wallace said. “All this money is provided by our members. There are some parents sitting here today. I thank them for their participation because it couldn’t be done without the parents

Each student received $500 totaling to $53,500 in scholarship funds. 

“I’m so grateful,” scholarship recipient Lauren Sumrall said. “ They are investing in so many people they don’t even know.” 

Ten percent of the money generated through the program is put into a fund managed by the Pinebelt Foundation which will allow future deserving community college students the ability to receive these financial aid opportunities. 

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.

November 15, 2019 - 10:10am
 
 
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