PRCC students excel at Honors Conference
Submitted by loneill on March 2, 2022 - 9:23am
Three Pearl River Community College students recently participated in the annual Mississippi Undergraduate Honors Conference hosted this year by the Mississippi University for Women.
The conference, held earlier this month via Zoom, featured PRCC students Sachi Ajmera of Poplarville, Kathryn Scharwath of Oak Grove, and Ryan Wallace of Hattiesburg.
They are all members of the Dr. William Lewis Honors Institute at PRCC.
The conference, entitled, “Back to the Future: Moving Forward with Academic Inquiry,” featured honors students from both two-year and four-year colleges in Mississippi.
Scharwath, a PRCC freshman who is also a Middle College student from Oak Grove High School, placed first among all Community College Oral Presentations.
Her topic: “Debs, Cleveland, and Public: Views of Socialism from the Pullman Strike.” Faculty sponsor was Dr. Ryan Ruckel.
Ajmera’s topic: “How Social Media Creates Political Polarization in America.” Faculty sponsor was Dr. Jennifer Seal.
Wallace’s topic: “What Situations Make UVC an Economically Viable Method to Fight Airborne Pathogens?” Faculty sponsor was Dr. Douglas Donohue.
Dr. Ruckel, Honors Dean at the Forrest County Campus, and Associate Dean at FCC, Dr. Donohue, also attended.
Donohue contributed his expertise in mathematics, statistics, and economics to serve as a judge for the Social Sciences oral presentations.
Mary Ann Stewart, PRCC speech instructor, works with the majority of the Honors students, both at the PRCC Poplarville and Forrest County campuses, to help them develop a presentation suitable for the MUHC.
Honors students have participated in the MUHC since its inception in 2013, which PRCC Honors faculty helped organize, along with other institutions.
Article written by Chuck Abadie.
March 2, 2022 - 9:23am
PRCC Foundation hosts Donor Appreciation Day
Submitted by loneill on March 3, 2022 - 8:35am
Pearl River Community College donors recently got to see firsthand where their charitable donations are being used. The PRCC Alumni Association and Development Foundation launched the Donor Appreciation Days to show Wildcat supporters exactly how — and who — their money is helping. Each stop at the Forrest County and Poplarville campuses included informative discussions and hands-on tours of PRCC’s facilities, many of which have been updated or renovated within the last couple of years.
Executive Director Delana Harris shared information about changes that have been made since she began her new role at PRCC, including a new way of marketing the Foundation scholarships to students and moving to digital forms for the alumni application and Alumni Awards nominations. Harris was joined by new Coordinator of Alumni Services Mary Alice Chandler. Both Harris and Chandler are PRCC graduates who are passionate about helping future Wildcats achieve their goals while helping to remove financial barriers.
The first day was held at the Forrest County Campus with several students from the Honors Institute as well as faculty and administrative leaders present. Vice President for Forrest County Center, Allied Health and Nursing Programs Dr. Jana Causey provided an overview of PRCC campus updates while Dean of Career and Technical Instruction at Forrest County Campus Dr. James David Collum addressed items specific to FCC.
Donors attending the event on Forrest County Campus included (left to right):Thomas Carr, Dr. Stanley Hill, Julie Pierce, Nancy Regan, and Bill Sanford.
After the presentations, donors went on a tour of the campus, spending time in different areas to learn more about the facilities and types of training received by students.
Thomas Carr and Bill Sanford view different equipment used by Precision Manufacturing Technology while instructor Robert Shaw describes what they do.
Thomas Carr, Julie Pierce, and Bill Sanford listen to Electronics Technology Instructor Sam McNease explain equipment used in training students.
The second day was specific for donors to Career Technical Education pathway scholarships and was held in the CTE building on the Poplarville Campus. Along with a few nursing students, most of the CTE programs had an instructor in attendance who could answer specific questions about their program. Vice President for Poplarville Campus and Student Services Jeff Long spoke about recent updates on the campus as well as future changes planned during 2022. Dean of Career & Technical Education for Poplarville and Hancock Campuses Dr. Amy Townsend then discussed the CTE programs including the strong need of local employers for PRCC graduates and the latest programs being pursued to meet demands in the area.
CTE Donor Day attendees included (left to right) Nursing student Lauren Haik, Mrs. Carol Williams, Mr. Craig Griffing, and nursing student Genifer Jones.
The final day was held on the Poplarville Campus. PRCC President Dr. Adam Breerwood provided an overview of the college including building improvements, growth of the college, and upcoming projects. Senior Vice President for Instruction/Provost Dr. Martha Smith then highlighted academic and fine arts programs on the Poplarville campus. She also talked about the growth of eLearning that allows students to take their courses online. The event was punctuated by tours of newly renovated Seal Hall and the James Barnes STEM building.
Long time donors gathered on the Poplarville Campus.
Former PRCC History Instructor Mr. Walt Lowe and his wife Myra Lowe admire the new interior of Seal Hall where he taught. PRCC President Dr. Adam Breerwood stands in the background.
ALUMNI ASSOCIATION AND DEVELOPMENT FOUNDATION
The Pearl River Community College Development Foundation Inc. accepts donations to fund a variety of scholarships or to help support the college as recommended by the Pearl River Community College Administration and approved by the Pearl River Development Foundation Board of Directors. Donations can be made electronically at prcc.edu/alumni/donate for several areas including the general scholarship fund. For more information about the Foundation, contact Harris at email@example.com.
PRCC alumni can visit www.prcc.edu/alumni/jointoday to become a member of the Alumni Association. Currently, there are four chapters in the six-county district. Nominations for the upcoming Alumni Awards are being taken until March 11 at prcc.edu/alumni-awards.
March 3, 2022 - 8:35am
PRCC Spring Variety Show delights audience and recognizes students
Submitted by loneill on March 9, 2022 - 3:13pm
A Tuesday night in late February found music lovers gathered at the Brownstone Center for the Arts for the Spring Variety Show. The PRCC Singers and The Voices were the main attractions for the evening with a short break for recognition of students.
The show both opened and closed with three songs performed by the PRCC Singers. Between those large group selections, several pieces were performed by smaller student groups who had to audition for a spot on the program.
Along with vocal talent, a few students incorporated instrumental performances.
This included a duet with student Alaysia Roberts on violin with Mrs. Hope Bass playing piano for “For the Beauty of the Earth” arrangement by Rickey Valadez.
Justin Wakeland and Micayla Jefferson performed the song “Shallow” by Stefani Germanotta.
Jonathan Freeman played guitar for several selections with different students singing the pieces “I’ve Got This Friend” by The Civil Wars, “Destination” by Nickel Creek, and “Flower Shops” by ERNEST.
Additionally, Nicholas Williams tickled the ivories for “Landslide” by Stevie Nicks with Taryn Monroe, Belle Moeller, and Mallorie Saucier joining him on vocals.
Attendees of the Spring Variety Show were able to hear The Voices perform “Hard Times” arranged by Jon Smith, one of the selections they sang at the American Choral Directors Association's Southern Region Conference in Raliegh, North Carolina.
The evening’s selections ended with “Stand Up” arranged by Roger Emerson for the movie “Harriet.” Students Joseph Mchenry and Kajira Myers had solos during the piece.
Along with the music, attendees learned about the 20/40/60 Challenge that students and faculty did from October 1 to February 1. The challenge was conceived and run by Dr. LaDona Tyson, Director of Choral Groups at PRCC, and Dr. Trevor Hunt, Director of the Brownstone Center for the Arts. Tasks include daily reading, healthy eating, exercise, water in-take, a social media post with #204060challenge in the caption, and daily practice of choir music.
While many began the challenge, few completed it. Students recognized for doing 20 consecutive days are Audrey Bolin, Charlie Byrd, Miranda Dixon, Jonathan Freeman, Brooke Jamison, and Jenna Morrison. Two students, Gracie Jones and Sam Miller, completed 40 days. And five students, Anna Resse Arroyo, Micayla Jefferson, Garret Rester, Brooke Stuart, and Justin Wakeland, completed 60 days.
Wakeland is a Hattiesburg resident and freshman this year. He found the challenge a struggle at times, but he was determined to dust himself off and keep going to reach the 60 consecutive days. “The challenge helped me with my health and with my work as it helped me create a schedule of things I needed to do.”
A Brooklyn resident and freshman PRCC student, Jefferson is continuing with aspects of the challenge. “I’ve kept the regular music practice and a few of the other things while adding other items to fit my goals. Daily reading was not something I liked, although the book “The Code. The Evaluation. The Protocols: Striving to Become an Eminently Qualified Human" by Jocko Willink did resonate with me on the topics of leadership and survival.”
As part of the 20/40/60 Challenge, the PRCC Singers voted on a charity to support. They collected over $500 plus additional donations for the Hope Clinic in Hattiesburg.
Tyson also presented the new Heart and Soul Award to a member of the PRCC Singers. This year’s recipient, Kajira Myers, is a shining example of a dependable, hardworking student who always comes to choir with a smile on her face.
“The inaugural Heart and Soul Award was given to Kajira Myers in recognition of her outstanding attitude and work ethic in choir each day,” said Tyson. “She promotes teamwork, diligence, and joy each day and I wanted to recognize that.
“We talk a lot about being good humans BEFORE being a good musician, and she exemplifies this ideal.”
April will offer several opportunities to enjoy performances by students at PRCC.
The Little Mermaid — April 7 & 8 at 7 p.m.; April 9 at 2 p.m.
Tickets for each event can be purchased at prcc.edu/brownstone/events or by calling 601-403-1180. Purchases are for assigned seats chosen at the time of purchase. A discount is given for groups of 11 or more tickets.
For more information about safety protocols in place at PRCC, please visit prcc.edu/coronavirus.
March 9, 2022 - 3:13pm
Pearl River sees 17 semesters of outperforming state enrollment average
Submitted by loneill on March 10, 2022 - 12:47pm
Pearl River Community College is once again trending for the Spring 2022 semester. The 10th Day Report has arrived, and PRCC has maintained its place as fourth largest community college in Mississippi. The college has also seen 17 consecutive semesters of outperforming the state headcount average. When comparing Spring 2022 to Spring 2021, PRCC saw an increase of .9 percent to 4,580 students.
PRCC saw a slight 0.1 percent decrease in spring-to-spring credit hours at 59,340.
Providing a variety of courses for students with high caliber instructors is at the core of PRCC’s approach to academics. Whether you’re a student seeking an associate degree before matriculating into a four-year school or a student in Career Technical Education looking to directly enter the workforce, PRCC is constantly aiming to provide the best possible classroom experience.
A big part of growing academics is the continued expansion of eLearning. Along with courses held exclusively online, instructors of traditional classes are embracing the digital. This includes building out their courses in Canvas and then using cameras in the classroom to record each class and allow students to remote into class when needed. They can receive training and assistance with Instructional Technology needs from eLearning.
MAKING COLLEGE AFFORDABLE
One of the tenets of Dr. Breerwood’s presidency is to ensure education at Pearl River Community College is accessible and affordable. As a result, PRCC has maintained the same tuition rate for the last five years while continuing to add services and opportunities for students.
Making college affordable is done in part with scholarships for students in Academic, Allied Health, and Career Technical Education pathways to assist them with their educational goals.
For the 2021-22 school year, PRCC has provided more than $4.5 million in institutional scholarships. This includes academic and service scholarships.
Academic scholarships are based on either the student’s ACT score or successful completion of a CTE program at the high school level with at least a 3.0 GPA. The last four years has seen over 50% growth in the number of CTE scholarships awarded.
Students are also eligible for a variety of service scholarships for students involved in athletic and service endeavors while in college. Service scholarships can be stacked with academic or CTE scholarships. Service endeavors include activities such as The Spirit of the River Band, PRCC Cheer, PRCC Singers, River Navigators, and Resident Assistant.
Additionally, the PRCC Development Foundation has hundreds of scholarships students can qualify for through a simple application. These scholarships total over a million dollars each year and are made possible through the generosity of donors.
PROVIDING EXCELLENT EXPERIENCES
Along with good experiences in the classroom, the college has also engaged in forward thinking that improves the overall experience someone has from the moment they express interest in PRCC.
Both the Business Office and Financial Aid Office have created processes that put student needs first and allow them to complete everything digitally. This includes the ability to view bills, set up payment plan options, and understand when their financial aid awards are readily available.
Along with changes in the traditional administrative offices, PRCC recently opened The Wildcat Hub, a one stop shop for assistance. Their customer service agents are accessible through the chat feature of the PRCC website, from the mail phone number for the college, and from in person interactions in their newly created space inside Crosby Hall.
Since January, they have answered more than 1400 chats and during February handled over 700 phone calls. Their operational hours are expanding to be 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. for Monday through Thursday and then until 4 p.m. on Fridays. Any email inquiries and chat tickets are being answered within 24 hours.
REACHING OUT TO PROSPECTIVE STUDENTS
PRCC Recruiters are back out in the community more often to make connections with students that may find The River a good fit for their career goals. In February, three days were spent with over 800 students visiting either Allied Health or Career Technical Education programs on the Forrest County and Poplarville campuses.
They are also spending more time on school visits, bringing information about the college to local high schools. This included a big “Pathway to PRCC” day held last November at Hancock High School where students learned about the County Tuition Assistance Program available for all Hancock County residents.
The next big event for prospective students is the second Wildcat Experience to be held on Tuesday, April 12 from 1 – 3 p.m. on The Green of the Centennial Courtyard on the Poplarville Campus. This free event allows juniors and seniors from across south Mississippi to get a taste of life at The River. Tickets to the home baseball game against Hinds that afternoon and the PRCC Wind Ensemble Concert Band performance that evening will be given out to attendees. Interested students need to register at prcc.edu/wildcatexperience.
March 10, 2022 - 12:47pm
PRCC hosts Gulf South Regional Science Olympiad
Submitted by loneill on March 10, 2022 - 3:47pm
Pearl River Community College saw middle and high school students along with their teachers and parents enjoy a day of science fun at the annual regional Science Olympiad. PRCC has been hosting the Gulf South Regional Science Olympiad since 2015 with the 2021 competition done virtually.
“We were really excited to have all these young scientists on campus again,” said PRCC Instructor of Biology and Gulf South Regional Director Robert Maynard. “This collaborative effort showcases the best of science and technology, working with others as a team to achieve a common goal.
“It is also an excellent opportunity for students to visit our campus, so it is also a good marketing tool.”
Eight schools brought a total of 10 teams for the event. Middle school teams came from Pearl River County Middle School in Carriere, Oak Grove Middle School in Hattiesburg and St. Patrick Catholic High School in Biloxi. High school teams came from Northwest Rankin High School in Flowood, Parklane Academy in McComb, Pearl River Central High School in Carriere, Oak Grove High School in Hattiesburg and St. Patrick Catholic High School in Biloxi.
Each team could consist of up to 15 participants who compete in a variety of events in multiple science disciplines: Life, personal, and social sciences; Earth and space science; Physical Science and Chemistry; Technology and Engineering; and Inquire and Nature of Science. The focus of the events changes each year so that each annual competition is unique.
Some events require core knowledge that is judged through written tests, while others require participants to perform tasks on-site. This year’s non-spectator events for both levels included Anatomy, Disease Detectives, Green Generations, Ornithology, and Write It/Do It. Middle school students could also compete in Crime Busters, Food Science, and Solar System. High school students had the additional options of Astronomy, Chem Lab, and Forensics.
Abby Hammons was a team captain for Oak Grove High School this year and one of the only students from that school who participated in last year’s virtual competition.
“Doing the event virtually last year was really hard,” said Hammons. “This year’s Write It/Do It was also difficult. But being in person is so much better.”
Spectator events incorporated the need for students to build a device ahead of time and bring it on-site for testing.
The Bridge Building Event had student-built bridges put to the test with up to 15kg of weight being placed into an attached bucket. Instead of focusing on the sturdiest bridge, the final judgement was tied to the best weight to performance ratio. This meant that a bridge that was lighter but broke before reaching the maximum added weight could be declared the winner.
Connor McElroy and David Merrell represented St. Patrick’s with their well-constructed bridge. They had the only bridge that did not break under the added weight but placed second as they did not have the best weight to performance ratio.
“We made a great team and had a lot of fun,” said Merrell. “We hope to ‘upgrade’ our efforts this next year.”
Trajectory (high school) and Storm the Castle (middle school) were events focused on the science behind catapults that relies upon the transfer of energy from one item to another.
Vehicles constructed out of items such as CDs for wheels were entered into Mousetrap Vehicles (middle school) and Gravity Vehicle (high school.) The mousetrap vehicles relied upon the release of kinetic energy from the snap of attached mousetraps. The gravity vehicles needed to be released from a tethered spot on a ramp that was also constructed by the teams.
Shivers Gymnasium hosted three different events related to flight. The Wright Stuff and Electric Wright Stuff had students building flying devices within certain parameters that were then launched across the gym floor by the student. Ping Pong Parachute used compressed air to propel the ping pong and attached parachute towards the roof of the gym before it drifted down to the floor. All three competitions had a focus on time aloft.
After a long day of events, attendees gathered for the awards ceremony where the top three students or partner teams for each event were announced. This was followed by the announcement of the overall winners.
For B Division (middle school), third place went to team B-8 from Oak Grove Middle School, second place went to team B-6 from Pearl River County Middle School, and first place went to team B-4 from St. Patrick.
Gulf South Regional B Division First Place Team from St Patrick
For C Division (high school), third place went to team C-5 from Oak Grove High School, second place went to team C-4 from Parkland Academy, and first place went to team C-3 from Northwest Rankin.
Gulf South Regional C Division Third Place Team from Oak Grove High School
Gulf South Regional C Division Second Place Team from Parklane Academy
Gulf South Regional C Division First Place Team from Northwest Rankin High School
Northwest Rankin Team Captain Ben Curry was happy they could come to PRCC for the competition. They normally attend the Southwest Regional one at Copiah-Lincoln Community College which was cancelled for this year.
“Science Olympiad really pushes me to learn new things I like such as astronomy,” said Curry. “It felt good to have the regional experience this year. Everyone here has been so nice, and we’ve enjoyed the beautiful campus.”
The top teams from the regional events qualify to compete at the State Tournament at the University of Southern Mississippi in April. The winners at State are invited to attend the National Science Olympiad.
One of the science teachers had a special surprise of a complimentary ticket to the Mississippi Science Teachers Association Conference to be held in Biloxi this April. Erin Seal from Pearl River County Middle School is in her first year of teaching and was thrilled to receive the ticket.
ABOUT SCIENCE OLYMPIAD
Science Olympiad tournaments have a variety of events that test knowledge of science facts, concepts, processes, skills, and science applications. The main goal of the event is to elevate science education and learning to a level of enthusiasm and support that is normally reserved only for varsity sports programs.
In Mississippi, the regional tournaments allow as many teams from any individual school as the coach wishes to bring. At the state tournament only one team per school may advance. This can be an exact duplicate of a regional team, or a mix/match of the best competitors from the school's regional teams.
The Mississippi Science Olympiad is an official chapter of Science Olympiad, Inc.
March 10, 2022 - 3:47pm
PRCC Student Erin Clifford named Gold Scholar on Coca-Cola 2022 Academic Team
Submitted by loneill on March 11, 2022 - 11:08am
Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society has made their selections for the Coca-Cola 2022 Academic Team and Pearl River Community College sophomore Erin Clifford has been named a Gold Scholar.
The award recognizes outstanding academic achievement and leadership accomplishments. The selection was based on the score she earned in the All-USA Academic Team competition which has more than 2,000 applications.
As a Gold Scholar, Clifford will receive a gold medallion and a check for $1,500.
From Ocean Springs, Clifford is studying Political Science with a Pre-Law emphasis on the Poplarville Campus. Her ultimate career goal is to serve as a Child-Advocacy attorney.
She serves as president for the Iota Mu Chapter and as the Career Technical Education representative for the MS/LA Region of PTK. She also played on the PRCC soccer team and currently has a 3.93 G.P.A.
After graduating from PRCC in May, Clifford plans to attend Mississippi State University with a full scholarship. She plans to be involved on campus like she has been at PRCC with the goal of entering law school in the fall of 2024.
ABOUT THE COCA-COLA ACADEMIC TEAM
The Coca-Cola Academic Team recognizes high achieving college students who demonstrate academic excellence and intellectual rigor combined with leadership and service that extends their education beyond the classroom to benefit society.
A total of 150 students are named each year, equally split between Gold, Silver, and Bronze Scholars. A state may have multiple Gold, Silver, or Bronze Scholars.
To be eligible for this program, students must apply for the All-USA Academic Team and be selected as a nominee by their college.
The Coca-Cola Academic Team is sponsored by The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation.
March 11, 2022 - 11:08am
Farris, Loper receive $1500 Kohler scholarships
Submitted by loneill on March 11, 2022 - 11:19am
Pearl River Community College students Sungjin Farris and Joshua Loper have been awarded $1500 Kohler Manufacturing ready-to-work scholarships this semester.
Farris, 20, and Loper, 25, are sophomores majoring in Electronics/Industrial Technology at the Forrest County Campus. Farris attended Oak Grove High School and Loper attended Purvis High School.
Farris said he wants to be an electronics technician by trade. He is a member of the National Technical Honors Society.
“I was surprised, honored and grateful for receiving this scholarship,” he said.
“I have enjoyed my time at Pearl River and the opportunity to make many friends. I also enjoy my teachers who always help me and make sure I understand the lessons.”
Industrial Technology instructor Sam McNease said Farris is deserving of this scholarship.
“Sungjin can quickly figure out any puzzle you hand him,” said McNease. “He really enjoys working with technology and has excellent reviews from his internship supervisor. It's every employer's dream to have employees like him.”
Loper, who is also a member of the National Technical Honors Society, wants to be an industrial electrician.
“I am very honored and appreciative to receive this scholarship,” Loper said. “I’ve had some excellent teachers at Pearl River who have taught me a lot and answered my questions along the way. I’ve also made several friends.”
Said McNease about Loper, “Josh has been a star student from day one. His hard work stems from his curiosity in electronics and is reflected in his perfect grades throughout the program.”
Dr. James David Collum, Dean for Career and Technical Education at the Forrest County Campus, said PRCC is appreciative of Kohler’s donation.
“We greatly value our partnership with Kohler,” he said. “These scholarships play a direct role in the success of our Industrial Electronics program by allowing our students to persist and focus on the skills that will help them find employment.”
For more information about the Industrial Electronics Technology program at PRCC, contact McNease at 601-554-5477 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Article written by Chuck Abadie.
March 11, 2022 - 11:19am
Two PRCC students selected as semifinalists for Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship
Submitted by loneill on March 11, 2022 - 11:59am
POPLARVILLE, Miss. — The list of semifinalists for the prestigious Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship has been released and two students at Pearl River Community College have made the cut. Hanna Lambert and Shui Lin, both students at the Forrest County Campus, are this year’s semifinalists from PRCC.
This highly competitive scholarship is awarded to the nation’s top community college students seeking to complete their bachelor’s degrees at four-year colleges or universities. The award covers a significant portion of their educational expenses, including tuition, living expenses, books and required fees.
Awardees can receive up to $55,000 per year for two to three years at a four-year accredited undergraduate school for any area of study. They do need to meet a financial need requirement to be considered for the scholarship.
This year, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation received more than 1,200 applications for the scholarship and named 440 as semifinalists.
Lambert is from Richton where she graduated from Richton High School. During that time, she was a member of the Beta Club and Science Club while also being named to the honor roll each year.
As a PRCC student, she has been an active member of the Dr. William Lewis Honors Institute, the Beta Tau Gamma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, and the Science Club. This year, she has served as the President of the Student Government Association.
She is on a STEM pathway with plans to attend Mississippi State University in the fall. Her goal is to become a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
Lin is an immigrant from China who moved to Hattiesburg four years ago where his sister lives. He worked for a few years to save up money to attend college. Pearl River Community College has been his first school experience in the United States.
At PRCC, Lin has been preparing for a degree in mathematics and computer science. His big dream is to become a medical doctor, something rekindled after seeing the deaths and tolls experienced by the medical professionals during the last two year. Alternatively, he may pursue the goal of becoming a college professor. Working in the Student Success Center, he found a passion for helping students struggling in STEM subjects.
Along with his studies and work, Lin is extremely active on campus. He is an active member of the Dr. William Lewis Honors Institute, the Beta Tau Gamma Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, the Mu Alpha Theta Math Society, the Sigma Kappa Delta English Society, the Science Club, and is a regional officer for the Mississippi/Louisiana Region of Phi Theta Kappa. He has also maintained a 4.0 G.P.A. throughout his time at PRCC.
“What excites me most about being a PRCC student is that there are some of the best instructors and advisors in the world,” said Lin. “I am so lucky because every instructor I have met at PRCC has been so patient in helping me step by step towards academic success. Not only did they answer any questions I had during work hours, but they also even sacrificed their time outside of work for my academic success.
“They are like my family in school. Therefore, advisors and instructors are one of the most successful parts of PRCC and will continue to shine and help more students succeed.”
Lin has applied to several schools including Columbia University, Duke University, Mississippi State University, and Yale University, but has not made a final decision of where he will attend. Given that his income puts him below the poverty line, he will have to defer his education without the help of scholarships like this one.
“When I first heard about this scholarship, I thought it was a whole other planet thing for me,” said Lin. “As a non-native English speaker in an American school for the first time in my late 20s, I even was surprised to be eligible for this scholarship.
“Fortunately, I met so many people who helped me in my college. For example, my advisor is always encouraging and helping me to become a better person. Therefore, I am so grateful for the surprise to this loving society. If I don't win this scholarship, it also would be a great honor in my life.”
Last year, Pearl River Community College had three Jack Kent Cooke scholarships awarded to students. This was a record number of awardees for the school.
March 11, 2022 - 11:59am
PRCC’s Iota Mu Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa welcomes new members
Submitted by loneill on March 24, 2022 - 8:08am
Thirty-nine 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 65th induction ceremony. The chapter covers both the Hancock County and Poplarville campuses.
Students selected 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.
In addition to presentations by the current PTK officers and Vice President for Poplarville Campus and Student Services Jeff Long, Dr. Sirena Cantrell, Associate Vice President for Student Affairs & Dean of Students of the University of Southern Mississippi spoke on the theme of “Lead.” A key takeaway from her talk was that to be able to lead is something that requires steps no matter what is thrown at us.
After the ceremony, inductees were able to meet with representatives from several area colleges and universities that also offer special transfer scholarships for PTK members. Schools represented included Belhaven University, Delta State University, Mississippi College, Mississippi State University, Mississippi University of Women, Tougaloo College, University of Mississippi, University of Southern Mississippi, and William Carey University.
PRCC students inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Iota Mu Chapter for spring 2021 semester are:
Mari Acosta, Hattiesburg
March 24, 2022 - 8:08am
Dive into college life at PRCC’s Wildcat Experience 2022
Submitted by loneill on March 24, 2022 - 10:35am
Pearl River Community College will be welcoming all prospective students to the annual Wildcat Experience on the Poplarville campus Tuesday, April 12.
High school juniors and seniors as well as any non-traditional student interested in PRCC are invited to get first-hand experience of life at The River. The free event will be from 1 – 3 p.m. on The Green of the Centennial Courtyard on the Poplarville Campus.
Faculty, staff and current students will be available to cover everything from the enrollment process to what your college experience could look like as a PRCC Wildcat.
“The Wildcat Experience is an awesome day for prospective students to meet faculty, staff, administration and current students here at The River and learn more about what it means to be a part of the Wildcat Family,” said Coordinator of Recruitment & Marketing Kari Eve Valence. “The Office of Recruitment is excited to host this annual event where the ‘Wildcat Way’ will be on full display.”
Registration is easy. Visit PRCC.edu/WildcatExperience.
ALL ABOUT THE EXPERIENCE
Attendees can meet with staff members from key departments involved with the enrollment and registration process including Admissions, Financial Aid, Housing, and Student Services/ROAR.
Students can learn more about academic pathways and courses offered on campus from faculty members. Academic disciplines that will be available include Fine Arts and Communications, Honors Institute, Humanities and STEM.
Career Technical Education will be present, including representatives from our popular Allied Health and Nursing options.
Dual enrollment will be there to help any junior or senior who wants an early start on college credit at a reduced fee.
Finally, key components of student life are covered with representatives from Athletics and Student Activities.
Along with the informational tables around The Green, refreshments will be served and attendees can see the National Champion PRCC Cheerleaders, String of Pearls dance team and PRCC Spirit of the River Marching Band perform.
Students who register for the event will receive FREE tickets to the home baseball game against Hinds that afternoon as well as the PRCC Wind Ensemble Concert Band performance that evening will be given out at the event.
For more information, contact the Office of Recruitment by calling 601-403-1197, emailing recruitment@ prcc.edu, or visiting the webpage Prcc.edu/recruitment.
March 24, 2022 - 10:35am
PRCC, William Carey align for ‘game changing’ partnership
Submitted by loneill on March 24, 2022 - 11:12am
Pearl River Community College and William Carey University joined forces once again Wednesday to better assist aspiring Health Sciences healthcare students in the Pine Belt and South Mississippi.
During a ceremony inside WCU’s Tatum Court, PRCC President Dr. Adam Breerwood and William Carey Executive Vice President Dr. Ben Burnett signed a Memorandum of Understanding specifically targeted at their allied health students and programs. Dr. Janet Williams, WCU’s Associate Vice President for College of Health Sciences, and PRCC’s Dr. Jana Causey, Vice President of PRCC’s Forrest County Campus, Allied Health and Nursing Programs, were also involved in the partnership.
The agreement will help create another pathway for PRCC graduates who want to continue their education at WCU.
At the core of the latest MOU is the Pine Belt and South Mississippi communities.
Another major component of the agreement is the intention to keep costs down for students. As part of the MOU, William Carey agrees to provide healthcare programs specific courses for dual enrollment of PRCC students who are currently enrolled in pre-professional and healthcare programs — at PRCC’s tuition rate.
One obvious hope with the latest MOU between PRCC and WCU is that it will directly help ease the ongoing healthcare shortage facing the country, and specifically Mississippi.
Wednesday’s ceremony is just the beginning, Dr. Williams said.
Other key elements of the MOU include:
— WCU will assist PRCC with initiating pre-professional programs for physical therapy, pharmacy, health information management, health administration and education, and RN-BSN offerings
— Students who are dually enrolled at PRCC and WCU will receive academic support from William Carey
— WCU and PRCC will work together to promote open communications, evaluation of current programs and future planning
Wednesday’s announcement marks the fourth time in four years the two colleges have partnered together in the best interest of students in the Pine Belt and South Mississippi. In 2018 the two schools signed an Elementary Education Partnership to address the teacher shortage facing Mississippi. In 2020 the Wildcats and Crusaders came together once again to sign two more memorandums. The first provided classes for third- and fourth-year students at PRCC’s Hancock County Campus. The second agreement in 2020 made it easier for PRCC’s academic and technical students to transfer to WCU with their credits largely intact and pursue a Bachelor’s degree.
March 24, 2022 - 11:12am
‘ROAR with the BEST’ at Pearl River Community College
Submitted by loneill on March 25, 2022 - 1:44pm
Pearl River Community College is inviting prospective and returning students to “ROAR with the BEST: Where YOU are the main character” in 2022-23. PRCC launched its new theme for the upcoming school year Friday with the hopes of empowering Wildcats to define their own success while pursuing a first-class education.
With more than 40 Career Technical Education pathways and numerous academic pathways for those seeking to continue at a four-year college or university, there is something for practically everyone at PRCC.
In Fall 2021, PRCC climbed to the fourth largest community college in Mississippi for the first time in the modern era of the school. The college has also stayed above the state’s enrollment average for 17 consecutive semesters. The continued growth has been fueled by a solid foundation for academics or career technical training and the commitment to keep PRCC affordable and accessible
“ROAR with the BEST comes from believing that what we have to offer at PRCC will be the best two years of a student’s journey,” said Vice President of Enrollment Management and Business Services Candace Harper. “As Mississippi’s fastest growing community college, we have proven that we strive to do our best to offer a quality education at an affordable price with a dedication to offering the best service we can.
“Students will learn from some of the best instructors in the state, participate in some of the best athletics and fine arts programs in the community college system, and do those things in the best facilities at this level.”
PRCC wants to tap into the idea of “Main Character Energy” as the underlying vibe for the upcoming school year. This idea of being the main character of your life in all you do has gained significant traction on social media in the last few years. At the heart of it is the idea of knowing your self-worth and taking actions that will help you control your path in life.
“When you work with best, you believe you’re the best,” said Harper. “We want that confidence to spill over into our students as we pour into them. This is where our ‘ROAR with the BEST: Where YOU are the main character’ theme comes into play.
“We want our students to know that they have the ability to write their own story, to choose the main character they aspire to be, and become the best version of themselves. It is an honor to help them write their story and we believe there’s no place better than PRCC to lay that framework.”
ROAR with the BEST SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST
High school seniors and returning Pearl River Community College students, do you want to earn free tuition for Fall 2022? We want to see how YOUR Main Character Energy will help you ROAR with the BEST at PRCC!
All you need to do is post a video to TikTok showing off your Main Character Energy! To be eligible to win, you must use the hashtags #MainCharacter #MainCharacterEnergy #MainCharacterPRCC and tag PRCC’s official TikTok account @PRCC_Wildcats.
THREE (3) lucky Wildcats will win! ONE (1) student will earn a full scholarship for the fall semester and TWO (2) more will receive half-price tuition in Fall 2022.
To be eligible, you must have an admissions application on file at PRCC and live in one of our six county districts.
Winners will be selected and notified on Wednesday, June 1.
HALF-PRICE TUITION SUMMER APPRECIATION PROGRAM
For Summer of 2022, PRCC will be offering half-price tuition for all students attending, whether full-time or part-time. Many of the classes are offered online to allow students to complete the work on a more flexible schedule.
All that is needed to receive this discount is to register for the classes. The college will adjust the fees for you.
Any prospective student who is interested in attending PRCC is invited to the upcoming Wildcat Experience on Tuesday, April 12 from 1–3 p.m. on the Poplarville Campus. This free event will have faculty, staff and students on hand to cover everything from the enrollment process to what your college experience could look like as a PRCC Wildcat. Attendees will also receive FREE tickets to both the baseball doubleheader against Hinds and the PRCC Wind Ensemble Concert Band performance that evening.
Registration is easy, visit PRCC.edu/WildcatExperience.
HOW TO ENROLL
Enrolling at Pearl River Community College requires just four simple steps:
1. Apply for Admissions online and have your transcript sent
2. Apply for Financial Aid, including doing your FASFA
3. Apply for Housing if needed
4. Sign up for ROAR, our orientation program to help you have the BEST experience as a Wildcat
Visit PRCC.EDU/Admissions to become a Wildcat today.
HOW TO SCHEDULE A TOUR
Anyone interested in a tour of the Forrest County Campus or Poplarville Campus can reach out to the Office of Recruitment by calling 601-403-1197, emailing recruitment@ prcc.edu, or visiting the webpage Prcc.edu/recruitment.
March 25, 2022 - 1:44pm
Join PRCC “Under the Sea” at Disney’s The Little Mermaid musical in April
Submitted by loneill on March 25, 2022 - 3:15pm
Pearl River Community College students are bringing Disney’s beloved tale, “The Little Mermaid,” to life on stage April 7-9. The family-friendly musical performances will be held in the Brownstone Center for the Arts on the Poplarville Campus.
Based on the Hans Christian Anderson story and subsequent animated classic, “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” is the story of Ariel who dreams of life above her ocean home. She longs to meet the handsome Prince Eric and soon strikes a deal with the sea witch, Ursula. Thankfully, she has a few great friends determined to see her win the prince’s heart and regain calm under the sea.
“The Little Mermaid” will be performed for the public on April 7 and 8 at 7 p.m. and on April 9 at 2 p.m. Tickets for the musical production are available for sale at prcc.edu/brownstone/events with seats assigned at purchase. Balcony seats are $17 each and Orchestra seats are $22 each. Groups of 11 or more people are eligible for a discounted rate.
FAMILIAR CHARACTERS AND MUSIC
The main characters from the beloved story that will be brought to life on stage include Ariel (Anna Resse Arroyo, Hattiesburg), Chef Louis (Jonathan Freeman, Picayune), Flotsam (Immanuel Green, Richland), Scuttle (Joseph Lee, Purvis), Grimsby (Gabriel Manning, Gautier), Prince Eric (Joe McHenry, Monticello), King Tritan (Garrett Rester, Carriere), Windward & Leeward (Micaiah Rosa, Bogalusa, LA), Ursula (Mallorie Saucier, Carriere), Sebastian (Justin Wakeland, Hattiesburg), Flounder (Jordan West, Purvis), and Jetsam (Nichola Williams, Gulfport.) Twenty-seven additional supporting roles will round out the cast.
“Being a part of this production has opened many creative and expressive doors for myself as well as many others,” said McHenry, who plays Prince Eric. “I am extremely excited to share this magical thing with so many people!"
Musical selections include fan favorites like “Part of Your World,” “Under the Sea,” “Poor Unfortunate Souls,” and “Kiss the Girl.” In total, the musical contains 30 pieces that will be performed during the two-act production.
“Being a part of The Little Mermaid has been a unique but very fun experience for me,” said Saucier, who plays Ursula. “I love being pushed out of my comfort zone, especially with performing and it has done just that. I am thankful for the bond it has created with me and my other cast mates and it's something I will remember for the rest of my life.”
Ariel is being portrayed by Arroyo.
“I’ve loved being a part of The Little Mermaid this year,” she said. “I have grown a lot throughout this process. Being in this cast has been such a fun experience, I’m so grateful for everyone’s hard work and time put into this production. This experience has meant the most to me!”
SATURDAY PRESHOW EVENT
There will be a special meet-and-greet from 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. prior to the Saturday, April 9 performance where attendees can visit seven stations. This includes meet and greet with Ariel, join Flotsam & Jetsam on a visit to Ursula's lair, enjoy cupcakes with Chef Louis, get to know King Triton and the Mersisters, meet Sebastian and his Crustacean Band, sail with Prince Eric and his crew, and color coral with the sea creatures. Each station visited gets a stamp for the passport card and dinglehoppers will be given out at the end.
Admission to the Meet-and-Greet requires an additional ticket, including parents accompanying their child. The price starts at $5 for just the meet-and-greet, or $20 - $23 with a commemorative t-shirt included. Sales end on April 8 or when capacity is reached. Tickets for the Meet-and-Greet must be purchased in advance and will not be available at the door.
March 25, 2022 - 3:15pm
Pearl River drops tuition pricing for Summer 2022
Submitted by loneill on March 29, 2022 - 10:26am
Pearl River Community College strives to make education accessible and affordable to students. This summer, affordability has become economical with tuition rates being cut in half. This special offer applies to both full-time and part-time students and requires no extra steps as PRCC’s staff will do the work for you.
This offer is a great fit for someone hoping to get ahead with their coursework, to fill in any gaps needed for graduation, to pick up fully transferrable general education classes closer to home, or to gain new skills that impact employability.
General education classes being offered in person during the summer include Art Appreciation, English Composition I and II, College Algebra, Intro to Sociology, and World Civilization I and II. Many of these are offered at an accelerated pace compared to the traditional school year.
Those options plus others like General Biology, General Chemistry, American Literature, Music Appreciation, General Psychology and Public Speaking are offered through eLearning in an online format. Many of the eLearning courses can be completed on the student’s schedule anywhere you have an internet connection. There are set deadlines for work to be submitted and proctored exams may require coming onto a PRCC campus.
HALF-PRICE OFFER DETAILS
Full-time students taking 15 to 21 credit hours will pay $813 instead of $1,625. Part-time students will pay $70 per credit hour instead of the normal $140 per hour.
This deal is applicable only to summer courses at PRCC. This deal only includes the cost of the course by credit hour. The promotion is for regular tuition paying students only. Promotion does not apply to already discounted programs. Dual enrollment students do not qualify due to their current discounted program.
HOW TO ENROLL
Enrolling at Pearl River Community College requires just three simple steps:
1. Apply for Admissions online and have your transcript sent.
2. Apply for Financial Aid, including doing your FASFA.
3. Sign up for ROAR, our orientation program to help you have the BEST experience as a Wildcat.
Visit PRCC.EDU/Admissions to become a Wildcat today.
March 29, 2022 - 10:26am
National Technical Honors Society holds induction ceremony at FCC
Submitted by loneill on March 30, 2022 - 8:28am
Pearl River Community College’s Forrest County Campus recently honored 10 students with a National Technical Honors Society induction ceremony.
The National Technical Honor Society currently serves more than 100,000 active members and nearly 2 million alumni since its inception in 1984.
“For these students, to be a member of NTHS is to be recognized and honored for their hard work and achievements as they prepare for a technical career,” said Sam McNease, PRCC Industrial Technology instructor and NTHS advisor.
“Additionally, we strive to build members' confidence, compassion, and leadership skills by organizing projects and events to help the community. It's about growth just as much as recognition.”
Awarding more than $2 million in scholarships since 2005, NTHS honors the achievements of top CTE students, provides scholarships to encourage the pursuit of higher education, and cultivates excellence in today’s highly competitive, skilled workforce.
National Technical Honor Society officers at the Forrest County Campus include: President, Sam Ranger of Petal; Vice President: Kari Nickey of Hattiesburg; Secretary: Monica Knight of Seminary; and Historian: Hannah Knight of Purvis.
Officers for the National Technical Honor Society at Pearl River Community College’s Forrest County Campus for 2021-22 included from left: Monica Knight of Seminary, secretary; Kari Nickey of Hattiesburg, vice president; Hannah Knight of Purvis, historian; and Sam Ranger of Petal, president.
“Being a member of National Technical Honors Society is an honor and gift that I am truly grateful for,” said Ranger.
“It is a privilege to be surrounded by so many talented and creative minds that we may better the technical fields in ever evolving ways. I am grateful for the mentorship of our advisors and would not be where I am today without them. The scholarship opportunities and career readiness are second to none. All of these aspects make me so proud to be a part of this wonderful group.”
For more than 30 years, NTHS has been the acknowledged leader in the recognition of outstanding student achievement in career and technical education.
During the induction, elements of the organization were explained including the seven candles that represent the seven attributes of membership: skill, honesty, service, responsibility, scholarship, citizenship and leadership.
Any questions about NTHS can be directed to Sam McNease at email@example.com.
National Technical Honor Society inductees
Inductees for the National Technical Honor Society at Pearl River Community College’s Forrest County Campus for 2021-22 included from left: Darla Kittrell of Richton, Carrie Johnson-Jenkins of Petal, Hannah Knight of Purvis, Natalie Goodin of Philadelphia, Miss., and Morgan Benoit of Poplarville. Standing – Patrick Breland of Brooklyn, Crosby Stevens of Inverness, Kaylyn Bryant of Petal, Kitti Molnar of Oak Grove, and Marlon Johnson of Columbia.
National Technical Honor Society advisors
Advisors for the National Technical Honor Society at Pearl River Community College’s Forrest County Campus for 2021-22 included from left: Shannon Busby, Lori Little, Ellie Primeaux, Sam McNease, Dr. James Collum and Dusty Chambliss.
March 30, 2022 - 8:28am