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Pearl River announces Fall 2021 Dean's and President's lists

Pearl River announces Fall 2021 Dean's and President's lists

Congratulations Fall 2021 Deans List

The Dean’s and President’s lists for the Fall 2021 semester have been released by Pearl River Community College. A total of 938 students are being honored for their academic excellence with 296 students on the President’s List and 642 students that made the Dean’s List. 

To be recognized, students must have taken at least 15 credit hours for the semester. Those who earned a 3.4-3.99 GPA were named to the Dean’s List. Students who earned a 4.0 GPA were honored on the President’s List. 

Below is a complete list of last semester’s honorees grouped by hometown. 

DEAN’S LIST 

Angie, LA: Chase Kelehan 

Bassfield: Zaporia Betts and Emily Daniels 

Bay St. Louis: Hannah Coleman, Hunter Dear, Christopher Fortner, Brandie Hust, Brianna Ladner, Christopher Moore and Devin Redler 

Beaumont: Rebekah Cobb and Arabian Jones 

Belle Chasse, LA: Aunie Rethmeyer 

Biloxi: Grace Kirby, Charles Morton, and Ashley Whipple 

Birmingham, AL: John Hackbarth 

Bogalusa, LA: Lora Foreman, Caden O’Quinn, Karson Powell, and Mason Sandifer 

Brandon: Gabrielle Collier, Lexi Davis, and William Martin 

Brookhaven: Varissa Alexander, Tomayah Allen, Aerianna McGhee, Miracle Mobley, and Peyton Smith 

Brooklyn: Patrick Breland, Micayla Jefferson, Emily Mayfield, Hannah McCoy, and Makayla Mccullum 

Buckatunna: Candace Cooley 

Bush, LA: Lane Rosser 

Carriere: Alexis Barnett, Kolby Baucum, Christopher Beech, Melissa Bennett, Katlynd Bull, Kaylee Byrnes, Diana Chambliss, Damien Colgan, Sheila Crain, Kali Davis, Kolbe Delatte, Heather Dinger, Hannah Dossett, Damon Duke, Victoria Faciane, Hannah Fitzgerald, Joseph Forsman, Madison Fraise, Madison Gay, Kailey Hargraves, Crystal Herrera, Amber Hodnett, Garrett Hunter, Hunter Kahl, Kaylee Kennedy, Samantha Kennedy, Amy Klingenberger, William Ledet, Jada Lindsey, Xavier Lockhart, Jenna Morrison, Jillian Nicholson, Britainyah Onstott, Tristen Opre, Hannah Pearce, Keigan Pearson, Leah Penton, Madison Piazza, Calvin Rester, Emma Smith, Hannah Smith, Macayla Strong, Kaden Swanson, Dashiel Taggart, Michael Tatman, Destiny Taylor, Jamie Thompson, Dylan Wade, Cody Walker, Delaney Watkins, Landon Wheat, Mason Wheeler-Shigley, and Kevin Wilcox 

Carthage: Lillian Pope 

Clinton: Amaya Hughes 

Columbia: Elizjah Abram, Shelby Boyd, Demyrehia Brumfield, Brayan Garcia, Gracie Graham, Vendoria Greer, Stephanie Herzig, Aaliyah Howard, Kenneth Johnson, Marlon Johnson, Johnathan Lane, Amanda Little, Seth Mieras, Parker Mitchell, Madison Myers, Delana Ramshur, Cody Robbins, Zaria Russell, and Braydon Sistrunk 

Curitiba, Brazil: Julio Gruba 

D’Iberville: Kenneth Irving 

D’Lo: Ladiya Hayes 

Diamondhead: Kimberly Bolian, Kaylynn Bowley, Ariane Halstead, Taylor Lauckner, Mallory Lee, Ashton Simpson, Julia Smith, and Bianca Vellon 

Ellisville: Joshua Freeman 

Flowood: Merritt Wallace 

Foxworth: Natalie Broom, Mary-Catherine Galloway, Jared Harris, Maximus Jones, Nicholas Kroner, Travis Little, Dylan Miller, Samuel Peak, Coby Rowley, Jacob Smith, Alex Stringer, Caley Thornhill, Colby Turnage, and Ashley Vargas 

Franklinton, LA: Madelyn Burch, Branton Evans, Emily Ezell, Victoria Fletcher, Angela Matt, Raina McIntosh, Kayla Mitchell, Gregory Page, Cynthia Schilling, Trenton Smith, and Adrian Stevens 

Gulfport: Ariane Boyda, Cody Bozant, Peyton Donaldson, Aubrie Edwards, Arlene Hinton, Zakhia Jackson, Ana Jimenez-Becerra, Brennan Jones, Josiah Khan, Durron Myers, Martha O’Mara, Gavin Taylor, and Bianca Walker 

Hammond, LA: Sade Dillon 

Harvest, AL: Sutton Perry 

Hattiesburg: Marianna Acosta, Miracle Albert, Celeste Allen, Patrick Anderson, Anna Arroyo, Kanya Bacot, Kyle Badeaux, Shawn Baker, Amanda Barnes, Naliyah Barnes, Hayley Bellino, Jaden Bolling, Johnny Bolton, Shakiya Bolton, Jasmine Boone, Madison Boutwell, Bryce Brabham, Tyler Bradley, Anna Branan, Jasmine Braxton, Carter Breazeale, Rachel Brown, Alexander Burge, Krystal Chailland, Tammron Costilow, Nina Covington, Areauna Davis, Justus Dillon, Myesha Drake, Bobby Eaton, Adoniyya Edwards, Carlee Evans, Emett Fairey, Ethan Fairley, Ron Farrow, Haleigh Fitzgerald, Blaine Franklin, Julia-Grace Garmon, Daniel Goodwin, Abbie Graham, Logan Green, Deon Hall, Monica Hampton, Christopher Hampton, Brianna Haynes, Taylor Hilton, Harrison Holder, Hayden Hollomon, Antonia Hubbard, Dakota Johnson, Rachel Johnson, Meagan Jones, Alex Jordan, Harper Jordan, Kenneth Keith, Malachi Knight, Sylvia Lauderdale, Douglas Lawhead, Artez Magee, Samuel Manaway, Haleigh Marbury, Jenna Marsh, Morgan Mckenzie, Mary Mcclure, Ranija McCray, Justin McCullum, Patrick Mcgruder, Schunta McKenzie, Maura McLaughlin, Katie Anne McNair, Tristan Mcphail, Trey Mendel, Zachary Metz, Brianna Moss, Tessiah Naylor, Alexis Newell, Vaughn Nguyen, Kari Nickey, Robert Nixon, Holden Nored, Kayla Norwood, AlLasia Pittman, Andrew Purvis, Joshua Ratliff, Jada Reedy, Janiya Revies, River Roderick, Trinity Rogers, Xavien Russell, Michael Salow, Jennifer Satcher, Emma Scott, Carley Searcy, Kayla Shaffer, Isabella Sherer, Taurese Sibley, Matthew Simpson, Dominicka Sippio, Kayla Smith, Ktrel Solo, Wuendi Soto, Ivory Stallings, Riley Stephens, James Stewart, Donna Swanson, Turner Swistak, Abreonna Taylor, Kortlan Taylor, Lauren Thompson, Claire Thornton, Justin Wakeland, Christopher Walker, Nathaniel Welch, Jace Wheeler, Jack Whittington, Darkiseyah Williams, and Quintarius Willis 

Inverness: Crosby Stevens 

Jackson: Jariya Marshall and Kierra Mcnair 

Kaplan, LA: Amaly Smith 

Kentwood, LA: Karrigan Cagley 

Kiln: Spencer Bryant, Hailey Cabaniss, Dillon Desplas, Sebastian Fausett, Chance Hinkkanen, Brandon Krumm, Lendon Ladner, Tony Ladner, Kaile Lee, Tristan Necaise, Peyton Patterson, Evan Ruzicka, Vance Scaramuzzo, Jace Steiner, Chloee Swilley, and Raylee Wayland 

Kokomo: Lucas Fortenberry, Mackenzie Griffis, Avery Holmes, Hanna McCain, Hannah Miller, and Nick Thompson 

Lake: Maggie Gressett 

Latimer: Jason Irias 

Laurel: Sam Hill, Tremetricia Roberts, Mason Smith, and Colton Tolbert 

Leakesville: Shelby Beard, Brittany Brown, Zaria Crumpton, and Honesty Mcleod 

Liberty: Colby Welch 

Long Beach: Kristina Ladner, Isabella Orozco, Austin Schruff, and Aubrey Wawrek 

Lumberton: Laura Adkins, Dawson Allen, Carter Byrd, Grant Chiasson, Randall Chisholm, Kason Davis, Mckenzie Davis, Savannah Diamond, Zachari Eli-Piercy, Destiny Green, Matthew Harding, Kaitlyn Hendrix, Micah Jenkins, Cade Johnson, Ben Jones, Jeremy Lane, Madison Lawler, Paulo Lefatia, Candace McClelland, Joshua Motichek, Hannah Nelson, Caden Newby, Jolie Pervel, Abryah Robertson, Gage Salley, Matthew Speed, Genesis Williams, and Takia Young 

Magee: Carlee Cockrell and Mary Walker 

Magnolia: Jada Harrell 

Mandeville, LA: Kelan Ladner 

McComb: Brandon Robinson and Adrienne Thompson 

Mendenhall: Bethany Fewell, Macie Gray, and Taysha Rivers 

Mobile, AL: Taylor Grice and Claude Passeau 

Moselle: Haley DeLoach 

Moss Point: Reagan Cochran, Michael Goldman, McKenzie Hanson, Desmond Harris, and Marsha Howard 

Mount Olive: Tamara Grim 

New Augusta: Kayla Hinton 

New Hebron: Lilyian Stephens 

Ocean Springs: Harper Baggett, Kathleen Brown, Terrick Bryant, Courtney Osby, Chloe Paske, Landen Payne, and Dwight Williams 

Osyka: Lauren Booty 

Palm Bay, FL: Amy Wright 

Pass Christian: Montrel Alexander, Dustin Allison, Gavin Beech, Jack Bonck, Brenham DeWitt, Koby Hathorn, Emilee Ladner, James Miles, Gannon Necaise, Aaron Rush, and Wyatt Tomlinson 

Pearl River, LA: Jodi Cutrer, Camryn Lyons, and Caleb Wells 

Pearlington: Joseph Doyle 

Pelahatchie: Jacob Perry 

Perkinston: Hannah Campbell, Nathaniel Campos, Brent Hickman, Annie Ladner, and Kelsey Peterson 

Petal: Rivers Brackett, Kaylyn Bryant, Mckenna Byrd, Taliea Carter, Danielle Duffield, Kara East, William Eubank, Clarissa Grames, Zachary Holmes, Kaitlyn Kindel, Madeline Lee, Mackenzie Long, Ryan Russell, Peyton Scanlon, Ella Seymour, Mackenzie Smith, Roderick Stewart, Logan Walters, and William Welborn 

Picayune: Gabrielle Andrews, Kaitlin Bennett, Allison Brauner, Brooke Breaux, Catherine Bridges, Hannah Brown, Cameron Bullock, Destiny Callahan, Troy Castiglione, Glenn Celino, Mykol Chambers, Xavier Cockerham, Sierra Collum, Martha Corona, Jesse Cortez, Lainey Covington,  Dustin Cuevas, Derrin Daughtry, Kaci Dean, Byron Dillard, Chayse Dorn, Kyrstin Dresser, Holly Falls, Peyton Ferreira, Jonathan Freeman, Devin Frierson, Lakendra Gray, Noah Hansford, Mariana Hebert, Isaac Hickman, Makaylah Holcomb, Kallie Hunt, Brooke Jamison, Mary Jarrell, Elijah Jenkins, Justin Jordan, Duaa Kasem, Emily Krol, Lauren Lagman, Payton Lee, Alyssa Liddell, Shelby McGough, Shawana Miller, Erin Mitchell, Zoe O’Neil, Haylie Penton, Macy Pigott, Luke Pinson, Bonnie Pittman, Ashantee Raine, Jesus Rodriguez, Desiree Shows, Antonio Smith, Elijah Smith, Jody Smith, Joseph Smith, Terence Smith, Jessica Sramek, Kyle Stockstill, Jada Thomas, Jorden Thornton, Amyya Tillman, Kailey Travis, Mason Treat, Cameron Vaughn, Mya Votano, Mallori Watkins, Caden Westmoreland, Justin Whitfield, Sarah Williams, and Charles Wright 

Poplarville: Elizabeth Amacker, Mason Anderson, Anna Barnett, Brennan Barras, Hunter Benefield, Audrey Bolin, Caydence Bond, Ethan Bounds, Cassidy Cartwright, Matthew Culliver, Karley Culpepper, Rebecca Cutie, Caleb Dortch, John Dufrene, Jaxon Dunaway, Melissa Enzor, Deanna Freeman, Amber Gamber, Paige Garthwaite, Kaden Graves, Sherry Greer, CaStandra Hart, Katrisha Henry, Genevieve Hughes, John Maroney, Brandon McCurdy, Bayly Mcgill, Beau Miller, Sydney Peterson, Lindsey Philyaw, Rebekah Raby, Zachary Red, Tabitha Robertson, Alyssa Rutherford, Erica Sanderson, Hayley Saucier, Andrew Smith, Christian Smith, Blake Stilwell, and Mason Theriot 

Port Gibson: Brittnee Martin 

Prentiss: Antaeveon Floyd 

Purvis: Aidan Aultman, Ladd Barrett, Natalie Bodin, Chelsey Brown, Sidni Clark, Ryder Evans, Walker Evans, Benjamin Hartley, Michael Hedrick, Mason Herrington, Hunter Jochumsen, Kathryn Lea, Joseph Lee, David Lees, Kristin LeFan, Jasmine Mattison, Trinity Murray, Branson Oneal, Alyssa Powell, Logan Ratliff, Hunter Robinson, Kia Robinson, Angel Romero, Trace Roseberry, Kaleb Shelby, Ashley Smith, Brannon Smith, Carmen Smith, Lori Steele, Colby Stringer, Taylor Toland, Marina Wardlow, Kayleigh Warren, Ashlee Watts, and Taylor Williams 

Raceland, LA: Arvanta Coleman 

Richton: Michael Cooper, Gregory Matthews, and Matt Mercer 

Ridgeland: Jaydon Slater 

Rolling Fork: Jacob Braxton 

Rose Hill: Brooklyn Blakeney 

San Tan Valley, AZ: Lily Lentz 

Sandy Hook: Matthew Burns, Conner Daugherty, and Gracie Jones 

Saraland, AL: Hollie Courington 

Saucier: Nolan Albritton, Cassady Bradford, Courtney Crosby, and Donovan Parker 

Seminary: Camellia Jones 

Semmes, AL: Mason Billiot 

Slidell, LA: Emily Bates and Abagail Engeron 

Starkville: Breanna Townsend 

Stonewall: Detread Williams 

Sumrall: Amber Breeland, Anna Bullock, Dalton Chambliss, Gavin Federowski, Austin Husband, Daniel Nelson, Jaleigh Rainey, John Rainey, Heather Roberts, Nataleigh Sandifer, Brookelynn Stuart, Caleigh Thompson, Caleb Thornton, Savannah Wolfe, and Shelby Young 

Taylorsville: Keelyn Rogers 

Tickfaw, LA: Molli Kinchen 

Townsend, DE: Morgan Meekins 

Tylertown: Markavious Andrews, Jordan Bailey, Rebecca Barber, Savannah McDaniel, Gabriel Poirier, and Ethan Thornhill 

Union: Summer Henry 

Vancleave: Erin Daughtery, Katelyn Davis, Abigail Ely, Gracie Grimes, and Julianah Overstreet 

Vicksburg: Wesley Bryan, Jacob Hynum, Nicholas Powell, Shelton Raner, Cameron Shaw, and Mary Willoughby 

Walnut Grove: Emma Reed 

Waveland: Anaysia Fulton, Gregory Gill, Lauren Anne Lagasse, and Victoria Walley 

Waynesboro: Janiya Royal 

Wesson: Jadarrian Allen and Kaitlyn Davidson 

Wiggins: Zian Arrington, Salena Boggs, Halle Breland, Kaitlin Crosby, Hunter Dearman, Dymond Harris, and Kianna Johnson-Nix 

Wilmer: Gabriel Broadus 

Yazoo City: Jaila Kohn 

PRESIDENT’S LIST 

Bassfield: Ashanti Adams 

Bay St Louis: Joshua Elkins, Khoa Nguyen, Rachel Meadows, Brooke Rasco, and Chase Seal 

Beaumont: Aliyah Brunet and Destiny Harvison 

Belden: Halle Traylor 

Biloxi: Raven Horton, Jackson Meeks, and Quentin Williams 

Bogalusa, LA: Virginia Mitchell, Jaleah Robinson, Katelyn Singley, and Emma Williams 

Braxton: Jenniya Milton 

Brewton, AL: Leyton Burkett 

Brooklyn: Joshua Gerald, Tucker Sellers, and Matthew Shattles 

Carriere: Sachi Ajmera, Lana Bagley, Carlee Baudoin, Alex Bordelon, Peyton Brossette, Chad Cruz Jr., Desiree Dennison, Ali Dore, Robyn Fisk, Jacob Foulon, Christopher Guillet, Jodi Jarrell, Isabella Landry, Lyndsey Lee, Jenna Mark, Victoria Michele, Anna Miley, Gabriel Mitchell, Joshua Montes, Logan Newton, Maranda Pullens, Aaron Ramsay, Kayla Stockstill, Jacqueline Strain, and Philip Toler 

Collins: Noah Taylor 

Columbia: Rachel Davis, Gavin Fairburn, Kaylee Holmes, Lindsey McLaughlin, Katherine Price, Joyce Toney, and Joe Whaley 

Columbus: Ryan Burt 

Denvilles, UK: Lucy Conway 

Diamondhead: Eli Grover and Chandani Patel 

Ethel, LA: Blake Lyons and Koby Sanchez 

Foxworth: Bonnie Branton, Joshua Foxworth, Rosa Gonzalez, Kaitlyn McAllister, Jordan McNabb, Shelby Smith, Isaac Stampley, and Cordarious Williams 

Franklinton, LA: Elizabeth Barber, Jared Jenkins, and Parker Seal 

Gulfport: Eloise Bonck, Bryan Maradiaga, and Delaney Owen 

Hattiesburg: Tobias Adams, Monique Addison, Brennen Bennett, Christopher Cain, Serina Carpenter, Tyson Caston, Cheyanne Clark, Ariana Clements, Sarah Cronin, Xavier Daley, Weston Dubose, Maia Ducksworth, Ameze Ekunwe, Honor Elchos, Adrienne Evans, Jalynn Flemings, Jessica Freeman, Kathleen Galloway, Jason Garner, Jed Guin, William Harrington, Hannah-Elizabeth Hosey, Christianna Hubbard, Felicia Jackson, Karrei Jackson, Kristen Johnson, Amiyah Kerry, Jun Li, Shui Lin, Kymrie Lofton, Chasity Magee, Gavin McCaffrey, Kitti Molnar, Zsanett Molnar, Ashlyn Payton, Jennifer Pledger, Adamari Posadas, Jayce Riggs, Kenya Robinson, SaMya Ruffin, Ana Salas Mondragon, Kathryn Scharwath, Kaliq Sims, Marquita Sims, Kimberly Sosa, Jonathan Stewart, Jonathan Trussell, Lauryn Watson, Chelse Whitehead, and Anna-Kate Williamson 

Kiln: Grant Holladay. Carah Lowery. Charles Norris. Aren Peterson. John Searles, and Maya Wood 

Kokomo: Logan Anthony, Mikala Holmes, and Hannah Rowley 

Laurel: Lizbeth Olivares, Zyria Pugh, and Madilyn Waters 

Leakesville: Jeremiah Pope 

Long Beach: Sydney Spataro 

Louin: Carson Ward 

Louisville: Dallyn Nance 

Lucedale: Elizabeth Bates and Natalie Howell 

Lumberton: Charles Byrd, Kenneth Carr, Chloe Courtney, Malorie Entrekin, Carson Frazure, Baylee Gray, Hannah Knight, Bethanna Lee, Josh Loper, and Camp Stewart 

McComb: Hallie Creel 

McNeill: Jacob Skantz 

Mendenhall: Caden Coulson and Walker Wallace 

Mize: Alicia Miller 

Mobile, AL: Leah Draine 

Monticello: Oliver Moreman 

Moss Point: Gene Byron and Alyssa Cade 

Mount Olive: Jessie Ponder 

Neely: Haley Crawford 

New Augusta: Charity Bolton and Jacob Nasrat 

New Orleans, LA: Lauren Nichols 

Ocean Springs: Emma Bahr, Grace Campbell, Allison Carpenter, Erin Clifford, and Lola Taylor 

Olive Branch: Avery Durdin 

Pass Christian: Kaitlyn Crossgrove, Evan Mccoy, and Houston Tripp 

Pearl River, LA: Madison Lang 

Perkinston: Karley Brooks, Kadence Dedeaux, and Faith Slade 

Petal: Jackson Bowering, Joseph Clayton, Honesty Dawkins Person, Patrick Dunkle, Chandler Dye, Sara Evins, Mikel Foley, Chandler Guthrie, Harrison Hooks, Jackie McCardle, Micah Mixon, Kyara Osorio, Allyna Pytleski, Kinlea Robinson, Rachel Russell, and Billy Snowden 

Picayune: Edwin Barajas, Edgar Barajas-Carillo, Braden Barone, Breanne Berthelot, Bailey Billiot, Elise Duke, Katie Farmer, Christopher Gonzalez, Rebecca Goss, Mitchell Harper, Timothy Helgerson, Zachary Jones, Codey Kirkland, Taylor Lancon, Lauren Lee, Aalayah Littles, Abbigayle Marrero, Adam Mason, Sarah McArthur, Mary Moeller, Cameran Moore, Seth Relayson, Kailee Spiers, Kellie Watts, and Brianna Wood 

Poplarville: Monica Alexander, Haven Babin, Peyton Barber, Heather Bazor, Joellyn Berry, Luke Bilbo, Akeema Bolton, Elena Borel, Anniston Childs, Breanna Davis, Sarah Erwin, Darion Harges, Macey Head, Seth Ladner, Corrina Law, Jacob Maroney, Hunter Martin, Garrett McCaskell, Dominic O’Neill, Rory O’Neill, Alycia Packard, Janna Peterson, Kalyn Pullens, Bradley Stines, Dylan Traylor, and Nicole Ware 

Purvis: Logan Cuevas, Riley Garner, Jake Harris, Trenton Hartfield, Lindsey Jeansonne, Emily Smith, and Haegan Tynes 

Raleigh: Kimberly Stockman 

Richton: Abigail Carney, Hanna Lambert, Callie Sizemore, and Hugh Tice 

Rolling Fork: Mary Martin 

Saucier: Alyson Waizenegger 

Seminary: William Jefcoat and Monica Knight 

Slidell, LA: Hunter Dejean, Olivia Lacoste, Brooke Moore, Karl Pichon, Cody Pomes, and Clayton Tebbs 

Soso: Justin Ulland 

Summit: Mckenna Hughes 

Sumrall: Evan Bayles, Allyson Davis, Sierra Greene, Hope Haddox, Hayley Hymel, Michael Lewis, Dylan Lowe, Jenna Mcraney, Jenna Ochenrider, Miguel Perez Arroyo, Samuel Schwarzauer, Haley Sumrall, and Abby West 

Tylertown: Azaria Williams 

Vancleave: Anthony Foto, Payton Mckerchie, Sydney Salter, and Amber Wilson 

Waynesboro: Brooke Bartolo, Christopher Cherry, and Emily Rigney 

Wiggins: River Gates, Hayden Necaise, Abby Pulver, and Jeana Valdez 

Woodville: Tiandre Lanus 

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

January 6, 2022 - 9:26am
 
Pearl River offering Applied Behavior Analysis course for educators

Pearl River offering Applied Behavior Analysis course for educators

PSY 2543 course flyer for Spring 2022

Educators looking to earn Registered Behavior Technician (RBT) Certification can get one step closer by taking the Applied Behavior Analysis course offered this spring at Pearl River Community College. For the third year in a row, educators located in PRCC’s six-county district (Forrest, Hancock, Jefferson Davis, Lamar, Marion, and Pearl River) can take the course for free. 

Applied behavior analysis uses a scientific approach to understand behaviors, particularly as to how they are impacted by the environment and how learning occurs. The goal is to establish and reinforce socially important behaviors that will enhance independence and quality of life for the student. This approach can work with individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) as well as other developmental disorders.  

Any assistant teacher or teacher who is working with autistic students or other types of special needs students can benefit from this course. It offers the training required to qualify for observation in practice by a certified professional and then eventually sit for a national board exam for RBT certification. 

The course is encouraged by Lieutenant Governor Delbert Hosemann and is not offered widely across the state. PRCC is the second community college in Mississippi and one of only five higher education institutions in the state to offer it. 

The course will be delivered as a Term 2, seven-week, synchronous online hybrid that begins in March 2022. Interested individuals need to apply to PRCC as a student and then complete a special form available from FCC Administrative Assistant Michelle Campbell at mowen@prcc.edu

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

January 7, 2022 - 3:05pm
 
 
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Ruckel, Donohue set to continue tradition of excellence for Honors Institute at PRCC

Ruckel, Donohue set to continue tradition of excellence for Honors Institute at PRCC

Dr. Doug Donohue on left in dark blue suit with blue shirt and blue paisley tie; Dr. Ryan Ruckel on right with tan tweed jacket, striped shirt and dark tie

Dr. Ryan Ruckel and Dr. Doug Donohue have been named new deans of Pearl River Community College’s Dr. William Lewis Honors Institute at the Forrest County Campus in Hattiesburg. 

Dr. Ruckel will serve as the second Dean of the Honors Institute. Dr. Donohue will serve as the Associate Dean.

They will work collaboratively across all PRCC campuses to plan joint opportunities for Honors students.

“We are so fortunate to have both Dr. Ruckel and Dr. Donohue leading the education of the very talented and bright students of our Dr. William Lewis Honors college at the Forrest County Campus,” said Dr. Jana Causey, Vice President for Forrest County Center, Allied Health and Nursing Programs. “Dr. Ruckel has been involved with the honors college since its inception and played a huge part in laying the foundation that has paved a road of success for this program. Dr. Donohue has also been involved from the beginning in which he served as honors faculty to teach and mentor these students.”

Dr. Ruckel is a graduate of Oak Grove High (1984), Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, and the University of Southern Mississippi. He holds a doctorate in history from Louisiana State University. 

He has served the students of PRCC for the past 25 years as an instructor of History and English. He also serves as the Mississippi-Louisiana Regional Coordinator of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, a Phi Theta Kappa chapter advisor, and Chair of the Humanities and Social Sciences Department.

“The full support of the faculty, staff, and administration at Pearl River has empowered us to build a magnificent ‘opportunity engine’ by which our students have gained access to world-class scholarships and experiences,” said Dr. Ruckel. “I am deeply honored to have been entrusted with the responsibility of generating even more opportunities for even more individuals who can come to PRCC and find their future.”

Dr. Donohue, a 1988 graduate of Hattiesburg High, earned a doctorate in Community College Leadership from Mississippi State University. He is also an alumnus of USM and of the University of Alabama at Birmingham. 

He has served the students of PRCC for the past 18 years as an instructor of Mathematics and Statistics, as a member of the Honors faculty, and as an advisor for the Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. 

He is a graduate of the Mississippi Community College Leadership Academy, a past president of the Mississippi Faculty Association for Community Colleges, and a current student pursuing additional graduate work in Economics at Harvard University.  

“I am honored that PRCC has entrusted me with the care and development of some of the best and brightest students in south Mississippi,” said Dr. Donohue. “I am excited to work with Dr. Ruckel to champion these amazing young scholars and create opportunities for them to grow and flourish under the guidance of the outstanding Honors faculty at the Forrest County campus.”

Dr. Jennifer Seal will continue to serve as the Dean of the Honors Institute at the Poplarville Campus. 

PRCC Honors alumni have gone on to earn scholarships and degrees from colleges and universities across the country including Michigan, Columbia, Tulane, Kansas, Colorado, William Carey, Ole Miss, South Alabama, Mississippi College, Millsaps College, Mississippi State, Jackson State, Mississippi University for Women, Alabama, Louisiana State, and Southern Miss. 

Several students from the PRCC Honors Institute have received the coveted Jack Kent Cooke transfer scholarship, and many others have earned transfer scholarships that covered their costs to complete their degrees.

Prospective students who are interested in learning how to become Honors Institute scholars should send e-mail to rruckel@prcc.edu or ddonohue@prcc.edu.

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

January 20, 2022 - 8:07am
 
Committed headlines concert to wrap up a capella workshop at PRCC

Committed headlines concert to wrap up a capella workshop at PRCC

5 men sitting on stools while singing. Members of Committed (left to right): Maurice Staple, Brent Hoyle, Theron “Therry” Thomas, Robbie Pressley, and Dennis “DJ” Baptiste Jr.

NBC’s “The Sing-Off" champion Committed brought plenty of positive energy to Pearl River Community College’s Brownstone Center of the Arts on Friday night. The concert ended a day of workshops for a capella groups from around the region.

A Cappella 101 is an annual Mississippi American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) event that is hosted at PRCC. The day included individual group coaching and breakout sessions targeted at singers and directors. Spending time with the five members of Committed was part of the day’s experience.

“This event is an excellent opportunity for beginner to advanced school a cappella groups to develop their musicianship and performance skills,” said ACDA Contemporary and Commercial Music Chair Jeffery Coulter. “The opportunity to perform in such an incredible space only enhances the experience for these students." 

 

Greenwood Singing Bulldogs sing When I Think About the Lord at Committed Concert 2022

 

The evening concert began with each of the five schools that attended the workshop having the opportunity to perform.

The Greenwood Singing Bulldogs performed “When I Think About the Lord.” Brandon Middle School’s group, Brilliance, sang a song titled “Natalie.” Sounds of PRC from Pearl River Central High School sang “Stitches.” PRCC’s own, The Voices, performed three selections: “Plastic Hearts,” “Every Breath You Take,” and “Greedy.” Finally, OneVoice from Briarcrest Christian School in Tennessee sang “Wings” and “Scars to Your Beautiful.”

 

Briarcrest Christian School's OneVoice performs at Committed Concert January 2022

 "It is such a privilege to host this event each year and have amazingly talented students and educators gather on campus to learn, share music, collaborate,  and perform,” said Trevor Hunt, Director of the Brownstone Center for the Arts. "Events like this exemplify the purpose of the arts and the vision for the Brownstone Center.

"A Cappella 101 is a unique event that brings a community of musicians together and allows them an opportunity to perform alongside world-renowned musicians, all in their own backyard. It doesn't get much better than that!"

After the school performances, Committed set the tone for the evening for audience participation. The initial song, “Don’t Worry, Be Happy,” had a three-part harmony that was quickly taught to the audience.

During introductions of each member, the audience learned that the group is heavily influenced by the Jamaican artist Bob Marley. They also discussed how they have been able to travel the world, sharing harmonies for over a decade while also teaching groups. Also, audience members were informed that Brent Hoyle was subbing for their regular bass.

Other selections sung included custom arrangements of familiar songs like “One Love, One Heart,” “Battle Cry of Freedom,” and “What’s Going On?” They also performed the original piece, “Do Anything.”

Later in the concert, the four choir directors in attendance were brought on stage for an arrangement of “I Can See Clearly Now” that was learned on the fly. The high school students were thrilled to see their directors perform with the group and members of Committed encouraged video recording and sharing of that piece.

To finish the evening, the audience was invited to dance in the aisles as they sang the oldie, but goodie, “September.”

“The Brownstone Center brings such amazing talent to our community,” said Poplarville resident Catherine Griffin. “I loved being able to bring my family to see Committed so close to home. They’re such a talented bunch who really encourage audience participation and that meant the world to my son.”

Myles Griffin agreed.

“My favorite part through the whole thing was being able to sing and dance right along with them,” he said.

ABOUT COMMITTED

Committed, which is comprised of Robbie Pressley, Theron “Therry” Thomas, Maurice Staple, Dennis “DJ” Baptiste Jr., and Geston Pierre won Season 2 of the NBC hit musical competition The Sing-Off in December 2010 where they sang a cappella arrangements of “Motownphilly” with Boyz II Men and “Hold My Hand” by Michael Jackson & Akon.

BROWNSTONE SCHEDULE

Several other musical performances will be at the Brownstone Center this spring.

  • Mississippi Symphony Orchestra — Jan. 31 at 7 p.m.
  • “A Journey Through Black Music” featuring 2021 Grammy Music Educator of the Year Jeffrey Murdock & “Triumph” — Feb. 11 at 7 p.m.
  • Spring Variety Show — Feb. 22 at 7 p.m.
  • The Little Mermaid — April 7 & 8 at 7 p.m.; April 9 at 2 p.m.
  • Wind Ensemble & Concert Band — April 12 at 7 p.m.
  • JazzCats & The Voices — April 21 at 7 p.m.

Tickets for each event can be purchased at prcc.edu/brownstone/events or by calling 601-403-1180.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Jolie Pervel, Pearl River Marketing & Communications

January 20, 2022 - 2:58pm
 
 
 
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Heather Peerboom named PRCC 2022 Humanities Teacher of the Year

Heather Peerboom named PRCC 2022 Humanities Teacher of the Year

Heather Peerboom PRCC 2022 Humanities Educator of the Year in striped shirt with light grey background behind her.

Heather Peerboom, an instructor of English at the Forrest County Campus, has been selected as Pearl River Community College’s Humanities Teacher of the Year. The award is funded by the Mississippi Humanities Council and includes recognition at the Mississippi Humanities Council’s 2022 Public Awards Ceremony on March 25. 

Peerboom will present “Health and Social Wellbeing: The Benefits of Book Reading” on Tuesday, Feb. 1 at 12:15 p.m. in the building 5 multipurpose room on the Forrest County Campus. The lecture is part of the William Lewis Honors Institute Forrest County Center Honors Lecture series and is open to the public.  The Benefits of Book Reading” presentation at Forrest County Campus of PRCC on February 1, 2021

The annual award is part of the council’s programming to recognize academics at all of Mississippi’s colleges — public and private, two-year and four-year — by having them share their interests in a public setting. PRCC academic leaders in the humanities, led by Provost Dr. Martha Lou Smith, worked to identify a worthy nominee whose efforts in the classroom and service to the college deserve to be recognized. 

“Ms. Peerboom has consistently challenged students to investigate the world around them via the humanities, not just in the classroom, but also through her leadership of the Forrest County Campus's chapter of the English Honor Society, Sigma Kappa Delta,” said Dean of Academic Instruction Dr. Greg Underwood.  

“I am very proud for her, and I look forward to hearing her presentation showing us how the very humanistic act of reading can offer a path to help us navigate what has certainly been a trying last few years in terms of health and sociability.” 

Peerboom received her master’s degree in English from the University of Southern Mississippi and has been teaching for close to 15 years. She’s been an instructor at Pearl River Community College for almost seven years and typically teaches freshman-level Composition, Honor’s English and World Literature.  

She is a wife, mother, dog lover, wannabe world traveler and book lover.  

“It was my love of literature and my desire to share that love that encouraged me to become an educator in the humanities, said Peerboom. “Like Margaret Atwood, I believe ‘A word after a word after a word is power.’” 

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January 26, 2022 - 9:48am
 
2021 GRAMMY Music Educator of the Year Dr. Jeffrey Murdock coming to PRCC

2021 GRAMMY Music Educator of the Year Dr. Jeffrey Murdock coming to PRCC

Image of Dr. Jeffery Murdock sitting on steps with piano in background. Information about his February 2022 talk written out: A Journey Through Black Music Feb 11 at 7 pm Sponsored by Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation

The Dr. William Lewis Honors Institute, along with sponsor Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation, will welcome Dr. Jeffrey Murdock to Pearl River Community College’s Ethel Holden Brownstone Center For The Arts on Feb. 11.  

Murdock, 2021 GRAMMY Music Educator of the Year, will be presenting “A Journey Through Black Music.” The evening will also feature the PRCC Singers and East Marion Gospel Choir joining Murdock on stage.  

" I am ecstatic to come back to South Mississippi where I got my start," said Murdock. "It's a 'coming home' of sorts, and the first time I've given a concert of any kind in the area since I left in 1999! I can't wait!"

The Honors Institute Lyceum Lecture Series charts a bold direction in intellectual discourse and academic inquiry at Pearl River. The Dr. William Lewis Honors Institute seeks to host speakers who engage, challenge, provoke, and quite possibly, change lives.    

Tickets for the event are free with advance seating reservations available at prcc.edu/brownstone/events/dr-jeffrey-murdock 

ABOUT DR. JEFFREY MURDOCK 

Murdock is internationally known as a conductor, clinician, and skilled gospel musician. He currently serves as Associate Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Arkansas. He is the 2016 Connor Endowed Faculty Fellow in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Science, and 2019 Most Outstanding Faculty at the University of Arkansas. He is the 2021 GRAMMY Music Educator of the Year. 

Murdock has conducted regional and state honor choirs, and headlined conferences in 26 states and 5 countries. His research interests include Culturally Responsive Pedagogy in the Choral Classroom, Music in Urban Schools, and Social Justice in Music Education. 

Murdock holds a Bachelor’s degree in Music Education and a Master of Music degree in Choral Conducting, both from the University of Southern Mississippi, and a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Music Education from the University of Memphis.  

For more information about current safety protocols at PRCC, please visit prcc.edu/coronavirus.  

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