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PRCC’s Wildcat Wonderland returns for another magical night of family fun

PRCC’s Wildcat Wonderland returns for another magical night of family fun

5th annual Wildcat Wonderland November 18 5 to 7:30 p.m. at Pearl River Community College

Pearl River Community College will be welcoming community members onto the Poplarville campus for the fifth annual Wildcat Wonderland experience Nov. 18 from 5-7:30 p.m. 

This FREE event is guaranteed to have something for everyone in the family as PRCC comes to life with the holiday spirit. Much of campus is decorated with favorite shows in mind like “Peanuts,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” and, of course, “Frozen.” 

“There is an excitement in the air,” said Senior Vice President for Instruction/Provost Dr. Martha Lou Smith. “People are preparing to welcome the community to the campus. 

“Faculty, staff and students work hard to get ready for the event, and this night kicks off the holiday season for everyone. We are blessed that PRCC President Dr. Adam Breerwood is always supportive of the event and he passes on his appreciation of the time that individuals dedicate to the night’s success.” 

Kids can visit with Santa in the Brownstone Center for the Arts, decorate cookies with Mrs. Claus, take a ride on the “Polar Express,” write letters to Santa, enjoy reindeer games, watch a Christmas movie on the Dobie Holden Stadium videoboard or make crafts and slime. 

Polar Express Train at PRCC Wildcat Wonderland in 2018

Many very special guests have been confirmed, including the Grinch, Olaf from “Frozen,” Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse and Snoopy. 

As if that wasn’t enough, PRCC is bringing in a bounce house as well as a live Nativity and petting zoo. 

There will also be lights — plenty of them. Thousands of lights and displays will illuminate PRCC so that even Santa Claus himself will be able to see Poplarville as he travels the globe. 

“Wildcat Wonderland is the shared efforts of many people from many departments,” Smith said. “Instructors, support services and the physical plant are all important to the event’s success. The same could be said of Stocking the Sleigh. Supporting students, staff and the community is a shared responsibility.” 

Additionally, PRCC’s Museum will also be open to the public. 

“As an employee and parent this is one of my favorite events all year,” said Vice President of Enrollment Management and Business Services Candace Harper. “The pure joy on my children’s faces remind me why the Wildcat Family decided to pull together forces and create a free public event to kick off the holiday season.  

“We pride ourselves on being a family-first institution and this is a prime example of creating a generation of future Wildcats who will remember this event for years to come.” 

STOCKING THE SLEIGH 

Attendees are asked to join the “Stocking the Sleigh” donation drive that evening. Non-perishable items will be collected at the red sleigh outside the recruitment office during Wildcat Wonderland. Donations will go to benefit children and students associated with The Market and Backpack Buddies of Poplarville, Inc. This is an easy way to help our neighbors during the holiday season. 

PRCC Stocking the Sleigh Donation Drive List of items accepted

PRCC’s Faculty & Staff Association is also hosting a collection drive in front of the Ramey’s grocery store across from PRCC’s Poplarville campus from 9:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. on Nov. 18. Donations will go to “Stocking the Sleigh.” 

The donation drive is also being aided by the Wildcat Kids Club. 

The Market on the Poplarville Campus of PRCC is a food pantry for students, faculty and staff experiencing food insecurity. Items that are always needed include jelly, peanut butter, chicken noodle soup, fruit cups, hot chocolate packets, chips, soap, and toothpaste. 

Backpack Buddies of Poplarville was started in October 2014 and is housed at the First United Methodist Church of Poplarville. Their mission is to provide food for children within the Poplarville School District who have little or no food over the weekends and to provide unmet essential necessities throughout the school year. Donations are asked to be items that are individually packaged and typically with pull tab openings for younger children to manage. 

EXTRAORDINARY HOLIDAY PLAYLIST CONCERT 

Closing out the evening, PRCC students will perform at the Extraordinary Holiday Playlist concert held in the Brownstone Center for the Arts at 7 p.m. The audience will experience performances by The String of Pearls, PRCC Singers, The Voices, and Jazz Cats.  

Record with tree branches and lights around it. PRCC's Extraordinary Holiday Playlist

What is the Extraordinary Holiday Playlist? Well, Merry, who is something of a scrooge, remembers she has the spirit of Christmas in her after all. With help from her friends and a little Christmas magic from Santa, Merry hears the heart songs of everyday people and discovers hers, too. 

Tickets are $7 each and are available for purchase at prcc.edu/brownstone/events

Visit prcc.edu/wildcatwonderland for more information about the night. 

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

November 1, 2021 - 10:03am
 
 
88 PRCC students awarded Pearl River Valley Electric Round Up Scholarships

88 PRCC students awarded Pearl River Valley Electric Round Up Scholarships

Pearl River Valley Electric Round Up Scholarship check presentation at PRCC

Pearl River Valley Electric and PineBelt Foundation representatives came to the Poplarville Campus of Pearl River Community College on Wednesday for a check presentation and reception. Eighty-eight PRCC students have been awarded $500 Round Up Scholarships for the 2021–2022 school year.  

“When we heard about this program starting, we knew it would have a major impact,” said Dr. Adam Breerwood, president of Pearl River Community College. “Over 800 of our students have benefited from this program for a total of approximately $650,000 of scholarships in eight years. 

“For some of these students, this scholarship made all the difference and has propelled them into life changing opportunities.”   

The Round Up program relies upon the generosity of the Pearl River Valley Electric members. They can elect to round up their monthly bill to the next whole dollar with the difference put into the program fund.  

Pearl River Valley Electric CEO/General Manager Matthew Ware said, “We asked our members to participate and have had most of our members join.  

“Those pennies each month add up and have allowed us to help over 1,800 students since we began. We're working toward an endowment fund that allows us to do this for many years to come.”   

Since the Round Up program began in November 2012, more than $1.6 million has been collected and deposited in an account overseen by the PineBelt Foundation. Ten percent of each year’s funds are set aside in an endowed fund for future use. The remaining money is divided equally between the number of eligible applicants. 

“The PineBelt Foundation exists to serve as a clearinghouse for good charitable ideas like the Round Up Scholarship program,” said Michael Dixon, executive director of the PineBelt Foundation. “We manage the bookkeeping and logistics of getting the funds from the program to eligible students. PRCC is the school with the most recipients.” 

Freshman Omarion Husband, from Foxworth and a graduate of West Marion High School, is one of this year’s scholarship recipients. He is in the Welding and Cutting Technologies program is looking forward to the opportunities his education will open. 

“It really means a lot to my family that I got chosen,” said Husband. “Coming to PRCC was the easy decision. This scholarship is helping to make it possible.” 

Back row (left to right): Omarion Husband (Foxworth), PRCC President Dr. Adam Breerwood, Pearl River Valley Electric CEO/General Manager Matthew Ware, PineBelt Foundation Executive Director Michael Dixon, and Braydon Sistrunk (Columbia) 

Front row (left to right): Zaria Russell (Columbia), Carleigh Rawson (Lumberton), Destiny Green (Lumberton), Anna Reese Arroyo (Hattiesburg), Jaden Bolling (Hattiesburg), and Nicholas Sims (Bassfield)

 

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

November 3, 2021 - 4:00pm
 
National Technical Honor Society at Forrest County Campus Fall 2021 Induction

National Technical Honor Society at Forrest County Campus Fall 2021 Induction

The National Technical Honor Society at Pearl River Community College’s Forrest County Campus  November 2021

The National Technical Honor Society at Pearl River Community College’s Forrest County Campus held its fall induction ceremony Monday, Nov. 1 in the multi-purpose room in Hattiesburg. 

Inductees included from left: Front row – Ava Lichtenhan of Petal, Monica Knight of Seminary, Raven Jones of Hazelhurst, Aimee Green of Petal, Destiny Dufrene of Biloxi and Monique Addison of Hattiesburg. Standing - Nathaniel Welch of Hattiesburg, Jacob Nasrat of Nashville, Tenn., Jordan McKenzie of Oak Grove and Christionna Mallery of Petal. National Technical Honor Society advisors include Shannon Busby, Dusty Chambliss, Lori Little, Sam McNease, Ellie Primeaux and Amy Smith. 

 National Technical Honor Society Officers fall 2021

National Technical Honor Society Officers for the 2021-22 school year have been selected at Pearl River Community College’s Forrest County Campus. They are from left: Monica Knight of Sumrall, secretary; Kerri Nickey of Oak Grove, vice president; Samantha Ranger of Petal, president; and Sam McNease, instructor of Industrial Technology. Ranger is a Dental Hygiene Technology student, Nickey is an Electronics Technology student and Knight is in the Massage Therapy program. 

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

November 4, 2021 - 3:24pm
 
PRCC Iota Mu Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa welcomes new members

PRCC Iota Mu Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa welcomes new members

PRCC Iota Mu Chapter of PTK Fall 2021 Induction Students on stands

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

Phi Theta Kappa is known as the foremost honor society for two-year colleges with over 1,300 chapters worldwide. This evening was the Iota Mu Chapter’s 64th induction ceremony. The chapter covers both the Hancock County and Poplarville campuses. 

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

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

Before the students took the PTK oath, PRCC President Dr. Adam Breerwood addressed those gathered.  

“You are unlocking the door to tremendous opportunities tonight,” he said. “Take advantage of what we have to offer here at PRCC including a strong educational foundation. Embrace the challenges faced as you move on to big and better things.” 

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

  • Lana Bagley, Poplarville 
  • Kennedy Baham, Carriere 
  • Peyton Barber, Poplarville 
  • Cadence Bond, Poplarville 
  • Elena Borel, Poplarville 
  • Eryn Brady, Hattiesburg 
  • Anna Grace Branan, Hattiesburg 
  • Kaylyn Bryant, Petal 
  • Charles Byrd, Lumberton 
  • Hallie Creek, McComb 
  • Holly Falls, Picayune 
  • Ladiya Hayes, D’Lo 
  • Mikala Holmes, Kokomo 
  • Brooke Jamison, Picayune 
  • Olivia Lacoste, Slidell, LA 
  • Kristina Langley, Lumberton 
  • Stephanie Lockley, Poplarville 
  • Raina McIntosh, Franklinton, LA 
  • Jackson Meeks, Biloxi 
  • Dominic O’Neill, Poplarville 
  • Rory O’Neill, Poplarville 
  • Abby Pulver, Wiggins 
  • Antonio Smith, Picayune 
  • Desiree Shows, Kiln 
  • Destiny Taylor, Carriere 
  • Lauren Thompson, Hattiesburg 
  • Mya Votano, Picayune 
  • Carson Ward, Bay Springs 
  • Nicole Ware, Poplarville 

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

 

November 5, 2021 - 1:52pm
 
 
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The Voices invited to perform at prestigious Southern Regional Conference

The Voices invited to perform at prestigious Southern Regional Conference

PRCC The Voices members for 2021 – 2022 school year are (in photo from left): Jonathan Freeman, Anna Reese Arroyo, Gracie Jones, Sam Miller, Devin Lucas, Noah Hartfield, Sarah Harrington, Mallorie Saucier, Taryn Monroe, Hannah McCoy, Nicholas Williams, Be

Pearl River Community College offers different opportunities for choral groups, such as “The Voices,” which is an elite performing group. 

The Voices recently received an incredible honor when they were invited to perform at the American Choral Directors Association's Southern Region Conference, Feb. 23-26 in Raleigh, N.C. The ACDA’s invitation is just the latest for The Voices, which performed at the Louisiana ACDA Conference in 2019 and Briarcrest Invitational in 2021. 

The ACDA is the premier professional organization for choral directors in the United States. ACDA holds biennial national and regional conferences. Mississippi falls under the Southern Region of the organization. Performing choirs are a highlight of the event, featuring the best of performance and repertoire from across the region. 

“Singing at an ACDA conference is a prestigious honor and we are so excited for this opportunity,” said Dr. LaDona Tyson, who serves as the Director of Choral Groups at PRCC and is the President-elect, Mississippi ACDA. 

The Voices will sing two concerts on February 24 at the Fletcher Opera Theater, which is a part of the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts.   

The group will also be participating in a “Mississippi Concert” at First Presbyterian Church in Raleigh with the Southern Chorale from USM and Concert Singers from The University of Mississippi.   

“It has been such a fulfilling experience to be a part of The Voices and work together to make music,” said freshman Hannah McCoy from Brooklyn. “The leadership by Dr. Tyson has made us stronger individuals and a stronger team.  

“Being chosen to perform at the ACDA Southern Division Conference is a great accomplishment for our group. It is an honor for The Voices to be recognized and selected for the great opportunity.” 

The Voices perform an average of 25 concerts each year and each member of The Voices receives a ¾ tuition service award. The mission of The Voices is to demonstrate the Wildcat Way — Pride, Respect, Class, and Character — through meaningful performance and student leadership. 

PRCC The Voices members for 2021 – 2022 school year are (in photo from left): Jonathan Freeman, Anna Reese Arroyo, Gracie Jones, Sam Miller, Devin Lucas, Noah Hartfield, Sarah Harrington, Mallorie Saucier, Taryn Monroe, Hannah McCoy, Nicholas Williams, Belle Moeller, Gabe Manning 

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

November 8, 2021 - 9:06am
 
The Aspen Institute names Pearl River one of 150 U.S. community colleges eligible for 2023 Aspen Prize

The Aspen Institute names Pearl River one of 150 U.S. community colleges eligible for 2023 Aspen Prize

The Aspen Institute Names Pearl River one of 150 U.S. Community College Eligible for 2023 Aspen Prize

The Aspen Institute recently named Pearl River Community College one of the 150 institutions eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, the nation's signature recognition of high achievement and performance among America's community colleges. The colleges selected for this honor stand out among more than 1,000 community colleges nationwide as having high and improving levels of student success as well as equitable outcomes for Black and Hispanic students and those from lower-income backgrounds.  

The 150 eligible colleges have been invited to submit data and narratives as the next steps in an intensive data and practice review process, culminating in the announcement of the Prize winner in spring 2023. 

The Aspen Prize spotlights exemplary community colleges in order to elevate the sector, drive attention to colleges doing the best work, and discover and share highly effective student success and equity strategies. 

“In an era of persistent inequity and workforce talent gaps, our nation’s best community colleges are stepping up to deliver more degrees to increasingly diverse students so they are prepared for the good jobs waiting to be filled,” said Josh Wyner, executive director of the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program. “Leaders of exceptional community colleges understand that achieving excellence requires expanding college access and increasing degree completion, but it doesn’t stop there.  They are committed to ensuring that all students—including students of color and those from low-income backgrounds—graduate with the skills needed to secure a job with family-sustaining wages or successfully transfer to and graduate from a university.

“That same commitment that stands at the center of the Aspen Prize: to advance the goals of social mobility and equitable talent development.”

Previous winners include San Antonio College (Texas; 2021), Miami Dade College (Fla.; 2019), Lake Area Technical Institute (SD; 2017), Santa Fe College (Fla.; 2015), Walla Walla Community College (Wash.; 2013), Santa Barbara City College (Calif.; 2013) and Valencia College (Fla.; 2011).

For a full list of the top 150 eligible institutions and to read more on the selection process, visit highered.aspeninstitute.org/aspen-prize.

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

November 9, 2021 - 8:43am
 
PTK inductions at Forrest County Campus for Fall 2021

PTK inductions at Forrest County Campus for Fall 2021

Ph iTheta Kappa Beta Tau Gamma Chapter at Forrest County Campus Fall 2021 Inductees

New members of the Beta Tau Gamma chapter of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society were inducted Monday, Nov. 8, at the Forrest County Campus of Pearl River Community College.

They include from left: Dalton Bond of Petal, Harrison Dye of Sumrall, Macie Gray of Mendenhall, Zachary Holmes of Petal, Cameran Housely of Purvis, Camellia Jones of Seminary, Hannah Knight of Lumberton, Peyton Scanlon of Petal, Kaitlyn Schock of Hattiesburg and Genesis Williams of Lumberton. 

Beta Tau Gammas advisors are Drs. David Collum, Terri Smith Ruckel, Ryan Ruckel and Doug Donohue.

Phi Theta Kappa is known as the foremost honor society for two-year colleges with over 1,300 chapters worldwide. 

The Beta Tau Gamma chapter covers the Forrest County Campus.

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

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

Patrick Dunkle of Petal serves as president of the Beta Tau Gamma chapter. Other Beta Tau Gamma chapter officers include Jackson Browning, vice president of scholarship; Jericho Gardner, vice president of leadership; Camellia Jones, vice president of service; Hanna Lambert, vice president of fellowship; Allyna Pytleski, vice president of fellowship, social media and photography; Shui Lin, vice president of transfer readiness; Peyton Scanlon, vice president of recruitment; and Lori Steele, vice president of chapter engagement.

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

November 10, 2021 - 2:19pm
 
 
GRAMMY winner Jason Crabb wows audience at PRCC concert

GRAMMY winner Jason Crabb wows audience at PRCC concert

Jason Crabb and band on stage of the Brownstone Center of the arts Nov 2021 concert

Pearl River Community College welcomed GRAMMY award winning artist Jason Crabb for an evening of Christian music at the Brownstone Center for the Arts. Hundreds of concert goers eagerly embraced both the energy and messages from the performance. 

Early in the evening, Crabb paused to recognize members of the Armed Forces for Veterans Day. His touching performance of “God Bless America” had the audience on its feet while paying tribute to those who have served. 

Two women with arms raised looking towards stage at Jason Crabb concert PRCC November 2021

Crabb and his band performed older titles like “Love Is Stronger” and “If I Shout” as well all five of the selections from his new extended play (EP) “Just as I Am.” The EP was written and recorded after the initial wave of the pandemic including the title song, “Heart Wide Open,” “Send Me (The One),” “Friend in the Fire,” and the striking “Before.” 

Between sets, Crabb spent time reflecting on common Christian themes such as forgiveness and love. He talked about the challenges faced by many during 2020. 

Jason Crabb singing at PRCC Nov 2021

During an extended break for the band, Crabb discussed his choice to become an advocate for ChildFund International. He shared how skeptical he was when they first approached him. Then how he flew into San Salvador, El Salvador, and then was driven out to a small village to meet the first child he would sponsor. The trip converted him and his family now sponsors nine children. 

“Until you step on foreign soil, you don’t know how good you have it here,” said Crabb. 

Crabb also performed “Being Home for Christmas,” one of the songs from his newest EP release “Home for Christmas.” This performance allowed Crabb’s vocal ability to shine with only acoustic guitar to accompany him. 

ABOUT JASON CRABB 

From Kentucky, Crabb has been honored with 2 GRAMMY awards along with 22 GMA Dove Awards including Artist, Male Vocalist and Song of the Year. He is the youngest member to be inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and his hometown of Beaver Dam, KY recognized him by naming a street as Jason Crabb Drive. 

Crabb’s electrifying stage presence, powerhouse vocals and magnetic personality have endeared him to millions across the world – through extensive personal appearances, media coverage, and social media including over 20 million views on YouTube. 

In addition to his music, he has penned ten children’s books featuring the Jase the Crabb® who helps to educate children on the Ten Commandments. 

Jason Crabb singing under the lights at PRCC Nov 2021

UPCOMING EVENTS 

The Brownstone has two events left for the fall semester. Thursday, Nov. 18 at 7 p.m. will be PRCC’s Extraordinary Playlist, the annual holiday concert featuring performances by The String of Pearls, PRCC Singers, The Voices, and Jazz Cats. Tickets are $7 for the public. 

The Nutcracker will follow with three performances by the South Mississippi Ballet Theatre on Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and then Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $17 for balcony and $22 for orchestra seating. 

Tickets are available for purchase at prcc.edu/brownstone/events

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

November 12, 2021 - 2:27pm
 
 
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Hannah Smith crowned as Miss PRCC 2022

Hannah Smith crowned as Miss PRCC 2022

Hannah Smith crowned Miss PRCC 2022 by Miss PRCC 2021 Gabrielle Lewis

Seven ladies competed for the title of Miss PRCC on Saturday at the Ethel Holden Brownstone Center. Along with bringing poise and talent to the building, the candidates and audience celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Miss America competition.  Freshman Hannah Smith of Poplarville was crowned Miss PRCC 2022. 

Tavia Keys was selected as first alternate. She also won three additional awards: Congeniality (voted by the candidates), Talent, and Red Carpet. Victoria Fletcher was chosen to be second alternate and Skylar Penton was named third alternate. Other award winners that evening included Alexis Johnston for most ad sales and Smith for interview. 

Miss PRCC 2022 competition award winners

Left to right: Alexis Johnston, Victoria Fletcher, Miss PRCC 2022 Hannah Smith, Tavia Keys, and Skylar Penton.

The evening began with a welcome by Director of Miss PRCC Lauren Baker. PRCC’s Coordinator of Recruitment & Marketing Kari Eve Valence then took the helm as master of ceremonies. Valence shared a brief history of the Miss America competition, including the shift to a scholarship program in the 1940s. The winner of Miss PRCC competition receives a full year scholarship. Finally, the judges were introduced to the audience.  

Before the public component of the competition began, Miss PRCC 2021 Gabrielle Lewis expressed her gratitude for the opportunity her reign as Miss PRCC provided. She then showcased her talent and platform of second language programs with her sign interpretation of “You Say” by Lauren Daigle.    

Performance by Miss PRCC 2021 Gabrielle Lewis

Judges for this year’s competition included Dr. Janice Touchstone of Hattiesburg, Katie Crosswhite of Slidell, Louisiana, Blake Travis of Diamondhead, Christina Holcomb of Poplarville, and Dr. Kellye Bolar of Picayune. Candidates are judged on four categories including a private interview earlier in the afternoon, an on-stage interview, poise in an evening gown plus their social impact statement, and talent.  

Between the different portions of the evening, Sunni’s Elite Dance Academy of Poplarville entertained the audience with four different dance numbers.   

THE CANDIDATES 

All candidates for the Miss PRCC 2022 competition

(Left to right: Karley Brooks, Lexie Johnston, Victoria Fletcher, Miss PRCC 2022 Hannah Smith, Tavia Keys, Skylar Penton and Michelle Boland.)

Keys of Hattiesburg promoted mental health awareness and showcased her talent of spoken word with a recitation of “Still I Rise” by Maya Angelou. She is a student in the Radiologic Technology program and plans to be a radiologist. 

Johnston of Richton had the social impact platform of inspiring my hometown for a better tomorrow. She played “Trust in You” by Lauren Daigle on the piano for her talent. She is in the nursing program and plans to become a NICU nurse. 

Michelle Boland of Picayune addressed the need to break down barriers for women in a male dominant workplace. She played a clarinet piece from Act III of Tosca by Puccini for her talent. Boland is in the Drafting & Design Technology program. 

Smith promoted the need for recognizing “it is okay to not be okay” as the focus of her mental health platform. She did a lyrical dance to “The Girl Behind the Mask” for her talent. A freshman representative for the Dr. William Lewis Honors Institute, Smith plans to pursue a degree in law with a minor in business administration. 

Penton of Bogalusa, Louisiana shared her desire to help students have what they need to succeed through Miss Mandy’s Mighty Mission. This organization exists in honor of her mother who worked in the school system for 20 years. She sang “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion for her talent. Her career goal is to become an English teacher. 

Fletcher of Franklinton, Louisiana delivered an impassioned message surrounding the importance of early detection for men and women for her platform for breast cancer awareness. Her talent for the evening was a dance performed to “Feeling Good” by Michael Bublé. She is currently a student in the Business Management program. 

Karley Brooks of Perkinston highlighted the struggles of children in foster care and her idea for “The Carry On Program” to help those children during transition times. Brooks sang “Don’t Forget to Remember Me” by Carrie Underwood for her talent. She is studying business and marketing management. 

Newly Crowned Miss PRCC Hannah Smith will begin her reign immediately and will represent Pearl River at the Miss Mississippi Competition in Vicksburg in June. Miss PRCC is a preliminary competition to the Miss Mississippi and Miss America scholarship programs. 

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

November 15, 2021 - 1:38pm
 
PRCC Honors Lecture Series features Dr. Browning

PRCC Honors Lecture Series features Dr. Browning

Dr Dan Browning speaks at FCC Honors Lecture series Nov 2021

Pearl River Community College’s Dr. William Lewis Honors Institute hosted its second Faculty Lecture Series Tuesday at the Forrest County Campus. Faculty and students attended the lecture, presented by Dr. Dan Browning, Instructor of History, Religion, and Geography.

Dr. Browning’s topic: “All Roads Lead to … Risk: Disease Avoidance on Roman Roads by St. Paul; A Geographic Information System Analysis.”

Dr. Browning was introduced by freshman Jackson Bowering of Petal, a member of the Honors Council.

Student members of the 2021 Honors Council include Bowering, Ben Hartley, Shui Lin, Peyton Scanlon, Jericho Gardner, Kristen Johnson, Allyna Pytleski and Genesis Williams.

Following the lecture, the Mississippi Department of Health hosted a free Covid-19 Vaccine Pop-up Clinic facilitated by Dr. Brent Lindley.

Upcoming Honors Institute events include:

Nov. 17: Honors Research Symposium, 1 p.m., Thad Cochran Center, the University of Southern Mississippi.

Feb. 1, 2022: Honors Faculty Lecture Series, Heather Peerboom (12:15 p.m., Multipurpose Room).

Honors Council at Dr Browning lecture Nov 2021

          

PHOTO CAPTION:

Honors Council officers of the Dr. William Lewis Honors Institute at PRCC’s Forrest County Campus for Dr. Dan Browning’s lecture included from left: Dr. Ryan Ruckel, Honors Faculty; Patrick Dunkle of Petal, Jackson Bowering of Petal, 

Dr. Dan Browning, Peyton Scanlon of Petal, President; Hanna Lambert of Hattiesburg and Tobias Adams of Hattiesburg. 

Article and photos by Chuck Abadie.

November 16, 2021 - 3:15pm
 
 
 
Holiday spirit abounds at PRCC’s 5th Annual Wildcat Wonderland

Holiday spirit abounds at PRCC’s 5th Annual Wildcat Wonderland

People talking in groups and visiting with Olaf from Frozen under an oak tree with lights on it

The holiday spirit was free flowing at Pearl River Community College Thursday night as an estimated crowd of more than 4,000 community members filled the Poplarville campus for the fifth annual Wildcat Wonderland. Many ended the evening of festivities by attending the PRCC Extraordinary Holiday Playlist concert in the Brownstone Center. 

WILDCAT WONDERLAND 

Children, adults, and a small menagerie of animals came together for a fun filled evening on the campus. All activities were free. 

Many beloved characters were present including Elsa and Olaf, Snoopy, Minnie and Mickey Mouse, and The Grinch. Santa and Mrs. Claus were also on hand for photo opportunities. 

Along with decorations and lights, there was a live Nativity with students from the PRCC Baptist Student Union filling the familiar roles. And, behind them was a favorite stop: a petting zoo that included a camel, a pen of small animals and ponies for children to experience a guided promenade around Centennial Green. 

camel on ground with person holding a lead

The town of Who-Ville was quite popular with the children. Sensory play tables near the colorful wooden cutouts entertained toddlers and preschoolers while older children made Grinch-approved slime with the STEM Club students. Cosmetology students were on hand in the gazebo to help attendees become more festive with Who-Ville hair, makeup and holiday themed face painting. 

Girls provide hair and makeup services to be festive for holidays

Thousands of children visited Mrs. Claus for the opportunity to decorate a sugar cookie and warm up with a cup of hot cocoa inside the cafeteria. Also, inside Crosby Hall were crafting stations along with more festive displays. 

After visiting photo opportunity spots including Elf, a festive green screen and a fireside scene, attendees could play reindeer games, grab a bag of reindeer food to feed Santa’s reindeer on Christmas Eve, and even guess the number of chocolates in a large jar. Several families paid a visit to the PRCC Museum to learn more about the school and get a break from the cooler weather. 

The ever-popular train ride transported guests on a special light-filled ride around campus. Nearby, “The Polar Express” was playing at the stadium. 

Many children took time for a visit with Santa Claus in the Brownstone. Santa had Miss PRCC, Hannah Smith, serving as his special helper for the evening.  

The evening also included an opportunity for community members to give back through a food drive for The Market and Backpack Buddies of Poplarville. PRCC’s Faculty Staff Association also joined the great cause, holding a donation drive in front of Ramey’s. Several staff members from Pearl River County Hospital & Nursing Home were conducting a toy drive as well. 

Carol Williams stands by sleigh full of food donations

Photos from Wildcat Wonderland are available for free by visiting PRCC’s Facebook page: Facebook.com/PRCCMKTG

PRCC’S EXTRAORDINARY HOLIDAY PLAYLIST 

With a nod to the popular television show “Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist,” students and a few faculty members presented a music filled production telling the story of Merry who does not have Christmas spirit. The performances featured The String of Pearls, PRCC Singers, The Voices, and Jazz Cats.  

Girls wearing red costumes and reindeer headbands dance on stage

The audience met Merry as she left a holiday concert with jazzy dancing and music. As she unknowingly sat down next to Santa on a bench, she started to hear heart songs from people she encountered. The songs included “Blue Christmas,” “I’ll Be Home for Christmas,” and “In the Bleak Midwinter.” 

Each of those heart songs touched her so that by the time her friends roped her into attending a Christmas party her Christmas spirit had returned. They then went to a Vespers service where another friend was singing. With her heart full, Merry’s evening with friends ended with an invitation to spend Christmas with a friend’s family. On her way home, she bumped into Santa again and learned that he used some Christmas magic to let her hear the heart songs of others to heal her own heart. Merry and Santa on stage

MORE HOLIDAY FUN 

The Nutcracker will follow with three performances by the South Mississippi Ballet Theatre on Dec. 4 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and then Dec. 5 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $17 for balcony and $22 for orchestra seating.  

Tickets are available for purchase at prcc.edu/brownstone/events

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

November 19, 2021 - 3:41pm
 
 
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Pearl River honors students showcase research at annual symposium

Pearl River honors students showcase research at annual symposium

Eleven Pearl River Community College students are joined by former PRCC President William Lewis standing in two rows

Eleven students from Pearl River Community College participated in the Fall 2021 Dr. William Lewis Honors Institute Research Symposium hosted at University of Southern Mississippi’s Thad Cochran Center. They gave oral presentations of research conducted covering a variety of topics in the areas of STEM, Social Science, and Humanities. 

For the STEM category, there was a tie with both Kadence Dedeaux and Seth Ladner being recognized. Sachi Ajmera was selected as the Social Science category winner. Allyna Pytleski was chosen as the winner of the Humanities category. 

Woman with blue shirt, man in suit with striped tie, girl with grey shirt, girl with purple shirt and black sweater

“Innovative community colleges across the nation — and Pearl River is definitely in that list — are providing research and presentation opportunities to students because of the significant value research has in engaging students and increasing student success at the university level,” said Dr. Terri Ruckel, Instructor of English/Hattiesburg Honors Institute Dean. “As a member of the National Collegiate Honors Council, we are following the leading advocate for research symposiums as an exchange of ideas between undergraduate students, providing a platform where students can engage with advanced learning.  

“In fact, these PRCC students are rehearsing for the next level of engagement this coming February at the Mississippi Honors Conference to be hosted by Mississippi University for Women in Columbus, Mississippi. From the state level, they can progress to a regional as well as to a national conference.” 

Dr. Jennifer Seal, dean of the Dr. William Lewis Honors Institute on the Poplarville Campus, served as host. After her welcome, students and guests heard opening remarks from Academic Dean of Forrest County Campus Dr. Greg Underwood, Vice President of Forrest County Campus Dr. Jana Causey, and Interim Dean of USM Honors College Dr. Sabine Heinhorst. 

Judges for this year's competition included Dr. David Collum, Dean of Career and Technical Instruction of Forrest County Campus; Dr. Douglas Donohue, Instructor of Mathematics at Forrest County Campus; Ms. Heather Peerboom, Instructor of English at Forrest County Campus; and Dr. Ryan Ruckel, Instructor of Humanities and Social Sciences/Academic Department Chair at Forrest County Campus. In addition to selecting a winner for each of the three categories, they provided valuable feedback for the students on their presentations. 

Dr. William Lewis, former president of Pearl River Community College, was in attendance for the presentations. 

“It was most pleasing to witness the mission of the Honors Institute being carried out in the presentation of the research developed by these outstanding students,” Lewis said. “The depth of their inquiry into topics that impact today's culture was truly insightful. Their ability to organize their findings and to present the materials verbally and visually was inspiring.  

“I am truly proud of these young scholars and grateful that my name is associated with the preparation of these future leaders for our society.” 

SYMPOSIUM PRESENTATIONS 

Group One: STEM topics 

— Cassady Bradford presented “Recovery While Standing Up versus Bent Over” 

— Dedeaux “Animal Agriculture Effects on our Environment” 

— Tyler Gomillion “Climate Change in Mississippi” 

— Ladner “Chronic Wasting Disease: The Silent Killer” 

Group Two: Social Science 

— Ajmera “The Role Social Media Plays in Political Polarization in America” 

— Jackson Bowering “The Effects of COVID-19 on Globalization” 

— Kathryn Scharwath “Why Hasn’t America Embraced Worker’s Movements? 

— Hannah Smith “Nature vs. Nurture: Are Criminals Born or Made” 

Group Three: Humanities 

— Grant Holladay “Language: Its Acquisition and Benefits” 

— Andrew Purvis “Historiography of American Films: Why Is It Important?” 

— Pytleski “Desensitization in Generation Z” 

ABOUT THE HONORS INSTITUTE 

The Dr. William Lewis Honors Institute at Pearl River Community College, Mississippi's first public two-year institution, was formally inaugurated in 2011 with a mission to expand the College’s base of intellectually gifted students and to offer special opportunities to students who demonstrate high academic potential, as well as intellectual curiosity and ambition. Continuing the Pearl River tradition of leading Mississippi education into new arenas, our Honors Institute provides such students with enriched and challenging curriculum, fosters individual scholarship and research, offers experiential opportunities, and extends this spirit of academic enrichment beyond the campus and into the community at large. 

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

Photo 1: Participants in the Fall 2021 Honors Research Symposium (from left)  
Back row: Jackson Bowering, Dr. William Lewis, past president of PRCC, Kadence Dedeaux, Seth Ladner, Grant Holladay, and Andrew Purvis.
Front row: Hannah Smith, Kathryn Scharwath, Sachi Ajmera, Allyna Pytleski, Cassady Bradford, and Tyler Gomillion. 

Photo 2: Awardees (from left) Allyna Pytleski, Seth Ladner, Kathryn Scharwath, and Sachi Ajmera 

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