Here’s how PRCC students can win a full scholarship for Fall 2022
Submitted by loneill on April 8, 2022 - 10:21am
Pearl River Community College recently announced their new “ROAR with the BEST: Where YOU are the main character” theme for the 2022-23 school year. As part of this launch, PRCC is holding a scholarship contest for the Fall 2022 semester.
Are you a new or returning student coming to PRCC this fall? You are invited to share your main character energy through a video on TikTok. To be eligible to win, you must use the hashtags #MainCharacter #MainCharacterEnergy #MainCharacterPRCC and tag PRCC’s official TikTok account @PRCC_Wildcats. Students are encouraged to be creative with their submissions.
Three lucky Wildcats will win. One student will earn a full scholarship for the fall semester and two 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 (Forrest, Hancock, Jefferson Davis, Lamar, Marion, and Pearl River.)
Winners will be selected and notified on Wednesday, June 1.
HALF-PRICE TUITION FOR SUMMER 2022
PRCC is offering half-price tuition for all students attending the Summer 2022 semester. The offer applies for full and 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; PRCC will adjust the fees for you.
GETTING STARTED AT PRCC
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. In person ROAR events will be held in June and July.
Visit PRCC.edu/admissions to become a Wildcat today.
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.
April 8, 2022 - 10:21am
PRCC inducts members of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society
Submitted by loneill on April 11, 2022 - 3:27pm
Sixty-four students were welcomed into Pearl River Community College’s Beta Tau Gamma chapter of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society on April 4.
The induction ceremony was held in the multi-purpose room at the Forrest County Campus 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.
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, Dr. Jana Causey, Vice President for Forrest County Campus, Allied Health and Nursing Programs, spoke to the importance of membership in Phi Theta Kappa.
“Take advantage of what we have to offer here at PRCC including a strong educational foundation,” she said. “Embrace the challenges faced as you move on to bigger and better things.”
PRCC students inducted into Phi Theta Kappa Beta Tau Gamma chapter for 2022 spring semester are:
Tobias Adams, Hattiesburg; Aidan Aultman, Hattiesburg; Evan Bayles, Hattiesburg; Brennen Bennett, Hattiesburg; Charity Bolton, Hattiesburg; Jackson Bowering, Petal; Shelby Boyd, Hattiesburg; Amber Breeland, Hattiesburg; Patrick Breland, Brooklyn; Molly Kate Carley, Hattiesburg.
Ariana Clements, Hattiesburg; Hollie Courington, Hattiesburg; Honesty Dawkins Person, Hattiesburg; Ameze Ekunwe, Hattiesburg; William Eubank, Hattiesburg; Carlee Evans, Hattiesburg; Carlie Fortenberry, Hattiesburg; Hequinn Fox, Hattiesburg; Jackson Garner, Petal; Logan Green, Hattiesburg.
Sierra Greene, Sumrall; Laura Grossman, Hattiesburg; Monica Hampton, Hattiesburg; Benjamin Hartley, Purvis; Kristen Johnson, Hattiesburg; Grace Kirby, Hattiesburg; Kelly Knaak, Hattiesburg; Monica Knight, Hattiesburg; Jun Li, Guangzhou, China; Kymrie Lofton, Hattiesburg.
Patrick McGruder, Hattiesburg; Katie Anne McNair, Hattiesburg; Dylan Miller, Hattiesburg; Micah Mixon, Petal; Jacob Nasrat, New Augusta; Jenna Ochenrider, Hattiesburg; Ashlyn Payton, Hattiesburg; Monika Phillips, Laurel; Lindsey Philyaw, Hattiesburg; Ethan Pope, Hattiesburg.
Andrew Purvis, Sumrall; Logan Ratliff, Purvis; Jada Reedy, Hattiesburg; Janiya Revies, Hattiesburg; Ana Salas Mondragon, Hattiesburg; Kathryn Scharwath, Hattiesburg; Ella Seymour, Hattiesburg; Kayla Shaffer, Hattiesburg; Kendall Shoemake, Hattiesburg; Emily Smith, Purvis.
Kayla Smith, Hattiesburg; Ashlie Snyder, Hattiesburg; Kimberly Sosa, Hattiesburg; Wuendi Soto, Hattiesburg; April Stringer, Hattiesburg; Haley Sumrall, Hattiesburg; Kortlan Taylor, Hattiesburg; Noah Taylor, Brooklyn; Kayunna Thurmon, Hattiesburg; Merritt Wallace, Hattiesburg.
Ryan Wallace, Hattiesburg; Marina Wardlow, Hattiesburg; Brooks White, Hattiesburg; and Shelby Young, Hattiesburg.
(PHOTO 1) Sixty-four students were welcomed into Pearl River Community College’s Beta Tau Gamma chapter of Phi Theta Kappa international honor society.
(PHOTO 2) Advisors and officers in the Beta Tau Gamma chapter include from left: Dr. Ryan Ruckel, advisor; Dr. Doug Donohue, advisor; Hanna Lambert, Vice President; Camelia Jones, Vice President; Shui Lin, Vice President; Peyton Scanlon, Vice President of Recruitment; Jackson Bowering, Vice President of Scholarship; Patrick Dunkle, President; and Dr. James Collum, advisor. Not pictured are Allyna Pytleski, Vice President of Fellowship; Jericho Gardner, Vice President of Leadership; and Dr. Terri Ruckel, advisor.
April 11, 2022 - 3:27pm
Audiences wowed by PRCC’s production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid
Submitted by loneill on April 11, 2022 - 4:06pm
For three performances over as many days last week, PRCC students and staff worked together to bring “Disney’s The Little Mermaid” to life on the Brownstone Center for the Arts stage. The musical was well received by attendees with many commenting on how it exceeded their expectations.
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. Everything about humans fascinates her and she becomes captivated by the handsome Prince Eric. Feeling out of place in her ocean home, she soon strikes a deal with the sea witch, Ursula, to get legs with the hope of winning the prince’s heart. Thankfully, she has a few great friends determined to see her succeed and regain calm under the sea.
This musical production included beloved songs originally in the animated version of the show along with a few new selections. While the main storyline remains, there were some variations to the plot to help the production work for a live action stage performance. This included having Ursula appear as her true sea witch self when using Ariel’s captured voice to keep Prince Eric from kissing her.
Music was provided by a dozen musicians seated in the orchestra pit and under the direction of Dr. LaDona Tyson, Director of Choral Groups at PRCC. The addition of live music helped to elevate the overall experience for those in the audience. Along with selections that were sung, there were transitional pieces played to help set the mood and fill time as the stage was changed for a new scene.
Setting the stage for this familiar show required a mix of creativity and the use of the audience’s imagination. The use of projected background images and video along with key physical components carried or wheeled onto the stage for each scene helped to make it possible.
One scene that had some squeal with glee was during the song “Under the Sea.” Sebastian (Justin Wakeland, Hattiesburg) led several castmates playing underwater creatures down the stairs and across the space between the orchestra pit and audience before returning to the stage. The auditorium also had rounds of applause when beloved characters like Ariel (Anna Resse Arroyo, Hattiesburg) and Ursula (Mallorie Saucier, Carriere) sang key notes of songs like “Part of Your World” and “Poor Unfortunate Souls.” And the scene of Chef Louis (Jonathan Freeman, Picayune) chasing Sebastian led to many laughing out loud.
Audience members were given the opportunity to meet different characters after each show. Several grabbed autographs and snapshots with their favorites.
POSITIVE REVIEWS FROM ATTENDEES
Both on social media and in person, people attending have had only positive things to say about the production. Attendees from Thursday night’s show were encouraging family and friends to get their tickets for the other shows.
The Molaison family from Carriere thoroughly enjoyed the performance. One of the girls especially liked Ursula, Sebastian, and Chef Louis who was “very entertaining.”
Marc Molaison brought his daughters to the production. “I am really impressed with the facility and the students did a great job with their performances. I will definitely be coming back to see future PRCC productions.”
The costumes for this production were amazing, both when viewed on stage and up close. Makeup for the show was done by PRCC Cosmetology students. Together, they helped to bring the characters to life.
Journi Spence of Carriere also enjoyed the show. “I really liked all the costumes. My favorite was Ariel’s wedding dress.”
Several young audience members signed up for a special meet-and-greet held on Saturday afternoon. They were given a special card to collect stickers and signatures as they went through seven different stations: get to know King Triton & Mersisters, visit Sebastian & Flounder, Meet Ariel, arts and crafts with a character, sail with Prince Eric and his crew, join Flotsam & Jetsam on a visit to Ursula's lair, and finally enjoy a cupcake with Chef Louis and more characters.
One special guest at the event was Luna McElroy of Covington, Louisiana who won the pre-event costume contest. Her aunt had seen the contest announcement on Facebook and knew her baby mermaid photo would be a great entry. The students involved in the production agreed, voting for her photo to be the winner.
McElroy had a wonderful time at the event with her parents and grandparents alongside her. She could be found twirling with the mermaids, giving Ariel all the hugs, and trying to not get blue frosting on her pretty white dress with an embroidered mermaid. She declared it “the most fun on land and sea!”
Kensley Myers of Bassfield was also super excited to meet some of her favorite characters and see the performance. She had a special interest in the production as her aunt Kajira Myers played different animals during the songs “Under the Sea” and “Kiss the Girl.”
“Ariel is my favorite,” said Myers. “And ‘Part of Your World’ is my favorite song that Ariel sings.”
UPCOMING EVENTS AT PRCC
Two student events for the spring semester will be happening at the Brownstone Center for the Arts this month.
Wind Ensemble & Concert Band — Tuesday, April 12 at 7 p.m.
JazzCats & The Voices — Thursday, April 21 at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $7 each with seats assigned at the time of purchase. They are available for advance purchase at prcc.edu/brownstone/events or at the door the night of the performance.
April 11, 2022 - 4:06pm
PRCC honors biology and zoology students enrich animal lives at Wild Acres
Submitted by loneill on April 14, 2022 - 2:03pm
Pearl River Community College students in the honors Biology II and Zoology classes on the Forrest County and Poplarville campuses got to go beyond the classroom in their learning this semester. They did this by constructing enrichments for select animals at Wild Acres, a unique by reservation only exotic animal experience in McHenry.
Enrichments are activities, environments or toys that are stimulating. Their use can have many positive outcomes for the animals including improved mental and physical health. These enrichments allow them to perform natural behaviors while also encouraging more activity and increased control over their own environment.
Prior to their construction, students spent time researching different animals and their habitats while keeping safety in mind. The classes decided upon four enrichments that could be used by a variety of animals.
“Each spring Bio II honor students enjoy researching, building, and implementing enrichments for animals at various facilities,” said Poplarville Biology Instructor Meagan Lee. “We were so thankful that this year we were able to work with a facility close to home, Wild Acres!
From the Poplarville Campus;
“We look forward to continuing to build partnerships with other facilities like this within our state and provide resources to be used for years to come.”
Selected for construction and installation were a puzzle box and hanging puzzle feeder for the capuchin monkeys, a ramp and platform for the leopard, and a rotating bottle feeder for the otters.
“This was such a wonderful experience for our students,” said Forrest County Campus Biology Instructor Abigail Warden. “They were able to interact with so many different types of animals and give back to a worthy organization by providing enrichment for these animals that have been provided a much-needed loving home.”
Although these were constructed with specific animals in mind, these enrichments can be used for others in the future.
“We are so honored to have had PRCC’s Bio II Honors class come out to Wild Acres last week, and the efforts of the students have significantly improved the lives of our animals,” said the owners of Wild Acres, Cody Breland and Jake Fletcher. “From stimulating games for the capuchin monkeys, to challenging tasks for the Asian otters, all species the students chose to focus on have shown great interest and excitement day in and day out. Shuri the black leopard has a new favorite spot to spend time on, which is her new platform the students built from the ground up!
“Working with Ms. Lee, Ms. Warden and their students has been a wonderful process, and we are so thankful for everything they are learning about the amazing animal kingdom. From the staff of Wild Acres, thank you PRCC Honors.”
Students in the classes genuinely appreciated the opportunity to learn outside of the classroom. This hands-on project had students taking research and applying it to a problem faced by animals in captivity: boredom.
Freshman Kailey Travis of Picayune is one such appreciative student. “I really enjoyed watching how the animals interacted with the enrichments we built. How you could see them figuring out the puzzles was amazing."
For sophomore Paul Lee of Purvis, this experience was a great fit. “I enjoyed being able to work with the animals at Wild Acres,” said Lee. “It has always been a dream of mine to work that closely with animals.”
BECOME A STUDENT AT PRCC
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.
Any interested student with an ACT of 25 or higher and a minimum high school GPA of 3.4 can apply for the Dr. William Lewis Honors Institute after being accepted to PRCC. More information about the institute can be found at prcc.edu/honors.
April 14, 2022 - 2:03pm
PRCC’s 2nd Wildcat Experience a big hit with prospective students
Submitted by loneill on April 18, 2022 - 3:06pm
Pearl River Community College’s Poplarville campus was bustling with excitement from prospective students last Tuesday. The River hosted its second Wildcat Experience in the Centennial Courtyard, welcoming hundreds of high schoolers who got to see what PRCC is all about. The afternoon was packed with fun activities, food and all the information a prospective student might need. Families were also treated to free admission to that evening’s baseball doubleheader at Dub Herring Park and a performance inside the Ethel Holden Brownstone Center for the Arts.
When entering the courtyard, prospective students and their parents were greeted with colorful and elaborate Wildcat Experience signage constructed by Sign Gypsies of Pearl River. The entrance of the Administration Building and inside of Crosby Hall were decked out by Ballon Bash.
Attendees met with PRCC faculty and staff representing a wide array of departments. Everything from steps a prospective student needs to take to become a Wildcat to programs and activities available across the three campuses were all housed at booths set up around the Centennial Courtyard. Many of the booths also had giveaways and snacks for those students who stopped to visit.
Student Government Association, Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, Dr. William Lewis Honors Institute and the Baptist Student Union all had student representatives ready to answer questions.
Along with the informational component, those gathered were able to watch student groups in action including the UCA National Champion PRCC Cheerleaders, the String of Pearls dance team, and the Spirit of the River Marching Band’s drumline provided the beat. Guests were also treated to free refreshments including the very popular Kona Ice as well as popcorn and cotton candy provided by the Wildcat Den.
Recruiters and River Navigators also provided tours of the campus. Photo opportunities were scattered around for students to take pictures commemorating the event.
“PRCC’s Office of Recruitment was happy to host hundreds of prospective students during this amazing event,” said Coordinator of Recruitment & Marketing Kari Eve Valence. “This was the perfect opportunity to have all of our PRCC departments and organizations showcase their love for The River and tell prospective members of the Wildcat Family what it really means to live the Wildcat Way, with pride, respect, class, and character.”
Miss PRCC, Hannah Smith, greeted students and helped them find the booths and activities.
“It is hands down the greatest place on earth,” she said. “Definitely a great place to further your education. All of your teachers love you like they are your parents.”
Many of the students who attended had already decided to become a part of the Wildcat family. The main reasons for their decision included the variety of programs PRCC offers and the school’s affordability.
Gavin Medine from Hancock High was thankful for the chance to visit campus.
“I plan to go here in the fall,” she said, “so now we’re here to do the tour to check it out.”
Valence summed up the Wildcat Experience nicely.
“Feedback from students, parents, and PRCC participants have all been positive and enthusiastic and we’re already making plans for the next event,” she said.
GETTING STARTED AT PRCC
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.
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.
HALF-PRICE TUITION FOR SUMMER 2022
For Summer 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.
TIKTOK SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST
Three students will win either a full or half-price tuition scholarship for Fall 2022.
New and returning students are invited to share their main character energy through a video on TikTok. To be eligible to win, the student must use the hashtags #MainCharacter #MainCharacterEnergy #MainCharacterPRCC and tag PRCC’s official TikTok account @PRCC_Wildcats. Students are encouraged to be creative with their submissions.
To be eligible, you must have an admissions application on file at PRCC and live in one of our six county districts (Forrest, Hancock, Jefferson Davis, Lamar, Marion and Pearl River.)
Winners will be selected and notified on Wednesday, June 1.
April 18, 2022 - 3:06pm
PRCC worker hailed as hero after performing Heimlich Maneuver on fellow employee
Submitted by loneill on April 19, 2022 - 9:10am
Michael Yarbrough, a workforce project manager at Pearl River Community College, is being hailed as a hero by his fellow workers at the Woodall Advanced Technology Center after he performed the Heimlich Maneuver on a fellow worker.
The worker, custodian and handyman Doug Touchstone, was eating his lunch in the Woodall Center on April 12 when he began choking.
“I was eating a turkey sandwich, in a hurry,” said the 48-year-old Touchstone. “I took a large bite and started choking. I was holding my chest and trying to breathe.”
He was walking down the hallway and decided to enter the auditorium, thinking the downward slope toward the stage might help.
Yarbrough was in the auditorium checking some equipment when he saw Touchstone struggling and motioning for help.
“I saw him come in the door and he was sort of panicking, but I wasn’t sure what was going on,” said Yarbrough. “When he spotted me, he turned around like he knew what I needed to do. I put my arms around him, put my fists in his stomach and then squeezed and backed up at the same time.”
On the third time, the food dislodged in his throat popped out on the floor. The incident was captured on surveillance video at the Woodall Center.
“He saved my life,” said Touchstone, who has had two previous incidents of choking on food. “This one was the worst.”
Yarbrough credits his recent attendance monitoring a first-aid CPR class PRCC conducted for a local company as a key for knowing how to respond. The Heimlich Maneuver, the world’s most famous technique for treating a choking victim, was one of the topics.
“In the moment, you don’t really think of the consequences,” said Yarbrough. “I am just thankful I was there. I hate to think what would have happened if I had not been there.”
Marissa Brandon, who teaches first-aid and CPR as part of her curriculum at PRCC, said it’s important to teach the Heimlich Maneuver in these classes. “This is one of those skills that you never know when it will be helpful,” she said. “I am glad to have been able to contribute to Michael’s efforts to help a fellow employee.”
Meanwhile, Touchstone was back at work at the Woodall Center the next day. His lunch menu: soup.
April 19, 2022 - 9:10am
PRCC Alumni Awards honorees announced for 2022
Submitted by loneill on April 19, 2022 - 2:05pm
Pearl River Community College Development Foundation will be hosting their annual Alumni Awards Banquet on Thursday, May 12. The event provides the opportunity to celebrate alumni and community partnerships that support PRCC.
The banquet will be held at the Lake Terrace Convention Center in Hattiesburg. A social hour will begin at 6 p.m. with dinner and the program starting at 6:30 p.m.
“We are excited to once again host events and recognize the many contributions that our alumni and supporters provide to our college,” said Executive Director of Development Foundation/Alumni Association Delana Harris. “This support is essential to the success of our Foundation for current and future Wildcats.
“PRCC graduates work, live, and give to our local communities. We are proud of the outstanding commitment to excellence that each of these honorees represent.”
Tickets are $100 and can be purchased by visiting our website at prcc.edu/alumni or by calling Mary Alice Chandler with the PRCC Development Foundation at (601) 403-1193. Tables may also be purchased directly from the Foundation.
Corporate sponsorship opportunities are also available. Sponsorship levels begin at $1,000 (Bronze Level), $2,500 (Silver Level) and $5,000 (Gold Level). Please contact the PRCC Development Foundation for sponsorships and packages.
HONOREES FOR 2022
Honorees for 2022 are:
Young Alumnus of the Year: Mrs. Hannah Davis Aucoin, Owner of H & Co. Salon in Poplarville
Alumnus of the Year: Mr. Kevin Hedgepeth, Director of Acute Care Services at Highland Community Hospital
Distinguished Service Award: Mr. Bryan Maxie, Regional Administrator for Forrest Health
Outstanding Partnership: Mississippi Power Company
Lifetime Achievement Award: Dr. James Sones, Retired PRCC Administrator
April 19, 2022 - 2:05pm
PRCC Brownstone filled with music at the 2022 Wind Ensemble spring concert
Submitted by loneill on April 20, 2022 - 2:40pm
Pearl River Community College was bursting with activity last Tuesday night as the Wind Ensemble brought pleasing melodies to the Ethel Holden Brownstone Center for the Arts.
With graduation ceremonies just a few short weeks away, the concert was the last time for some of the students to play their instruments at PRCC.
“I love band,” sophomore Sarah Harrington said. “I’ve been doing it since fifth grade. Thinking about doing it for the last time in college…its bittersweet.”
The groups were under the direction of Mike Bass. He was assisted by Assistant Directors Jerry Pickering and Dr. Andrew Gilstrap.
Bass reminded the students, “No matter how far they travel, they will always have a band family to come home to.”
Selections on the program included Accolade by Brad Massey, Pony Express by Chris M. Bernotas, Marche Diabolique by Brian Balmages, American Riversongs by Pierre La Plante, A Song for Friends by Larry Daehn, Arabian Dances by Roland Barrett, West Side story by Bernstein with arrangement by Bocook, and Ignition by Todd Stalter. Conducting of the pieces was split between Bass and Pickering.
Many of those attending had a family member or friend in the band. However, the audience also included prospective students who attended the Wildcat Experience earlier in the day as well as community members who appreciate the live music and venue.
Gnaita Night and her husband came for the music.
“I loved it,” she said. “I thought it was great. Those kids are marvelous.”
Sharon Bilbo of Poplarville came for her son Jared Bilbo’s final performance.
“It was awesome,” she said. “I just hate that it was the last one for some of the sophomores.”
Bilbo summed up what many of the sophomores were feeling when he said, “It’s a good last ride.”
FINAL PERFORMANCE FOR SCHOOL YEAR
The Voices and JazzCats will be performing on Thursday at 7 p.m. for the final concert of the school year. Tickets are $7 per seat and are available for advance purchase at prcc.edu/brownstone/events or at the door the night of the performance.
April 20, 2022 - 2:40pm
5 PRCC students receive Mississippi Space Grant Consortium STEM Student Stipend Award
Submitted by loneill on April 21, 2022 - 1:20pm
Five Pearl River Community College students have been selected to receive the Mississippi Space Grant Consortium STEM Student Stipend Award for 2022.
Applicants were selected based on their work completed in the STEM Club as an active member, their coursework at PRCC, service to school & community, and recommendations by instructors. Each student received $500 that can be used to offset the expenses of attending college.
This year’s honorees were Magee’s Carlee Cockrell, Honor Elchos of Hattiesburg, Annie Ladner of Necaise, Ahmarion Luckett of Sallis and Kellie Watts of Picayune.
“Being part of the Mississippi Space Grant Consortium helps provide opportunities for our STEM students to explore different STEM career pathways, STEM internships, and funding to continue student's educational goals,” said PRCC Space Grant (MSSGC) Coordinator and Instructor of Biology Melinda Miller. “We are fortunate to have our PRCC administration support our Space Grant program goals each year along with the NASA Space Grant in Mississippi and the NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement.”
2022 STEM AWARD RECIPIENTS
Cockrell is a sophomore who graduated from Simpson County Academy. She is quite active on serving as Vice President of Leadership for Phi Theta Kappa, a River Navigator (Student Recruiter), Sophomore Representative for the Dr. William Lewis Honors Institute, and a Sophomore Representative for Student Government Association. She is also a Forrest General Hospital Student Ambassador and works at The Vault Restaurant in Magee as a waitress on the weekends.
She plans to attend Mississippi College to further her studies in Biology-Medical Sciences while minoring in Chemistry. She aspires to attend the University of Mississippi School of Medicine with the goal of becoming an anesthesiologist.
“This award helps me pay for my schooling at PRCC while I am becoming one step closer to my long-term goal of becoming an anesthesiologist,” said Cockrell.
Elchos is a freshman who graduated from Sumrall High School. He is currently a freshman representative for the Honors Institute and an active member of PTK. After PRCC, he plans to attend Mississippi State University to get a degree in biomedical engineering.
“This award is a great help in paying for school supplies and brings peace of mind so that I do not have to worry about funds as much,” said Elchos.
Ladner is a sophomore who graduated from Hancock High School graduate. She is currently the Vice-President of the Dr. William Honors Institute and a member of PTK. She plans to attend Mississippi State university in the fall to pursue a degree in civil engineering.
“This reward will help me to cover the cost of tuition at Mississippi State,” said Ladner.
Luckett is a freshman who graduated from Leland High School. He plans to attend Mississippi State University or University of Southern Mississippi to study physical therapy.
“Receiving this award would help me buy the equipment to prepare for this long journey ahead,” said Luckett.
Watts is a freshman who graduated from Picayune High School. She plans to attend Mississippi State to major in electrical engineering. Her current career aspirations are to work for a company needing electrical engineers, such as NASA, Chevron, etc.
“Receiving this award helps me expand on my education goals with extra and needed backup,” said Watts. “I am using this money to fund my future education in additional expenses at PRCC. I am also using this to support the direction of leadership and fellowship I wish to take with other programs, such as Phi Theta Kappa, which will help with the drive of my academic processes.”
ABOUT THE PRCC SPACE GRANT
The PRCC Space Grant program is an affiliate of the Mississippi Space Grant Consortium (MSSGC). The MSSGC program is designed to Empower, Enhance, and Enlighten the next generation of Mississippi explorers through opportunities to engage with and contribute to NASA’s mission.
PRCC Space Grant programs are designed to focus on the Human Research Program of NASA’s mission to apply knowledge and technology to improve our nation’s competitiveness, education, and quality of life on Earth. The STEM student stipend is designed to assist the students with their current or future educational expenses and/or their continued project needs in their focused STEM area.
PRCC is one of ten community colleges in Mississippi that participate in the program. Along with the STEM student stipend, funds are used to assist with Honors Biology and Zoology projects, middle school and high school science competitions, K-12 STEM teacher development, Community College STEM professional development opportunities, and promoting STEM to the general public.
April 21, 2022 - 1:20pm
PRCC recognizes exceptional students at 2022 Awards Day
Submitted by loneill on April 22, 2022 - 10:44am
Pearl River Community College hosted its annual Awards Day ceremony on Tuesday in the Ethel Holden Brownstone Center for the Arts. Students, faculty, staff, family and friends joined together in celebrating the success of these students while wishing them success in their future endeavors.
Vice President for Poplarville Campus and Student Services Jeff Long welcomed everyone to the ceremony. He took time to thank each group in attendance as each played a role in making it all possible.
The presentations began with recognizing the two students in Phi Theta Kappa named to the All-Mississippi Academic Team this year, Erin Clifford of Ocean Springs and Takia Young of Lumberton. Clifford was also recognized as a Phi Theta Kappa 2022 Coca Cola Gold Scholar.
PRCC President Dr. Adam Breerwood presented the University of Southern Mississippi Presidential Transfer Scholarship to Maggie Gressett of Lake.
Each department representing career technical education programs and main academic pathway presented a “Student of the Year” award to the top student. The nursing department presented several different awards for specific areas of nursing instruction.
Department of Business Technology
Accounting Technology: Taliea Carter of Petal
Department of Family & Consumer Sciences
Barbering: Victoria Faciene Evans of Carriere
Department of Drafting & Instructional Technology
Automation & Controls Technology: Connor Lee of Bay St. Louis
Department of Fine Arts and Communication
Theatre: Miranda Dickson of Lucedale
Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
Criminal Justice: Holden Nored of Hattiesburg
Department of Marketing, Media, & Information Technology
Business Marketing & Management Technology: Lauren Lee of Picayune
Department of Nursing Education
Dosage Calculations for Nursing: Mikel Foley of Petal
Department of Occupational Training
Automotive Technology: Troy Chambliss of Hattiesburg
Department of Science, Mathematics, and Business
Accounting: Lyndsey Lee of Carriere
Leadership: Christopher Fortner of Bay St. Louis
Department of Health, Physical Education and Recreation
Male Scholar Athlete: Matt Mercer of Richton
The Wildcat Way Award 2021-2022
Every year faculty nominate students who best exemplify living out the “Wildcat Way.” They show the attributes of Pride, Respect, Class, and Character both in and out of the classroom.
Jaiden Burnes of Carriere
April 22, 2022 - 10:44am
Students showcase 7 short films at 2022 PRCC Invitational Short Film Expo
Submitted by loneill on April 25, 2022 - 2:30pm
The sixth annual Invitational Short Film Expo (ISFX6) was held last Monday evening in the Ethel Holden Brownstone Center for the Arts. Students in PRCC’s Film and Video Technology program premiered seven short films completed over the last two years.
The students rotated production roles gaining experience across the board. A few of the students also acted in the films while other roles were cast in the area. Except for “Matty,” the films were written and directed by Instructor Ronn Hague.
The Expo’s films included ZAMZUMMIN, Cassandra, The Switch, The Water Balloon Affair, Goblin!, Shooter, and Matty.
Sherry McGowan of Poplarville came with several family members to support Gavin Scott McGowan, a student in the program. McGowen said “I liked that the Expo captured many genres of films. Comedies like ‘The Water Balloon Affair’ and ‘Goblin!’ were my favorites. Also, I enjoyed seeing footage taken from the Poplarville area.”
McGowan’s grandmother, Sherlay Stephens of Crossroads, was also thankful to have attended the expo.
“The films were absolutely marvelous,” said Stephens. “I am so glad we could see them.”
Aiden Thomas of Hattiesburg came with his mother Adrienne Evans, a student in the program who was on screen as the principal in “The Water Balloon Affair.” Thomas said, “I liked all of the films. ‘Goblin!’ was the best, especially the ending when the boys get tied up by the goblin.”
Evans will be finishing the program in December.
“I’ve enjoyed being in front and behind the camera,” she said. “The experiences will help to open up more opportunities for me in the industry.”
ZAMZUMMIN: The new boy in town is invited to join three others for their role play game group. After they describe fantastical truths about their families, they demand the new boy visit the house of the town’s local legend, Zamzummin. But it is the local legend that gets the last spooky word.
Cassandra: A mom decides it’s time for her son to get a wife and have kids, and to encourage him, she buys an AI cube named Cassandra. Things do not work as she intended.
The Switch: A bully gets a taste of his own medicine when fate switches him into his victim’s body and vice versa. It’s a regular Twilight Zone.
The Water Balloon Affair: Two boys are called to the principal’s office after they soaked her with water balloons dropped from a rooftop on campus.
Goblin!: When a Goblin visits his room, a fourteen-year-old boy, takes matters into his own hands to catch the goblin. But, things don’t work out as intended as the Goblin takes the boy into his own hands!
Shooter: A bully and his victim are called to the principal’s office. Before they arrive, a shooter enters the building and the school goes on lockdown. Locked out of their classroom, the two boys must work together to find a place to hide and a way to survive.
Matty: A teenage foster care system runaway gets caught in a derelict house that is being remodeled by a young carpenter, Danny, working on the house. Danny recognizes Matty as a former neighbor and takes time to catch up on their lives. He learns life has been hard since Matty ran off and that Matty has turned to drugs as “medicine.”
ABOUT FILM AND VIDEO TECHNOLOGY PROGRAM
The Film and Video Technology program is in its fourth year at PRCC. Students are prepared for a career in fields relating to film and video including all aspects of film, broadcasting, and live production. A combination of class work and hands-on instruction gives students the opportunity to acquire the background and skills necessary to enter the audio-video workforce.
Students can earn a career certificate, a technical certificate, and/or an Associate of Applied Science Degree. For more information, contact Hague at email@example.com or 601-403-1316.
April 25, 2022 - 2:30pm
3 PRCC graduates inducted into Fine Arts Hall of Fame
Submitted by loneill on April 27, 2022 - 8:40am
Three former Pearl River Community College students were recently inducted into the Fine Arts Hall of Fame immediately before the final concert of the school year. At last Thursday’s concert in the Ethel Brownstone Center for the Arts, performances alternated between The Voices a capella arrangements under the direction of Dr. LaDona Tyson and the lively music of the JazzCats under the direction of Mike Bass.
Prior to the concert, inductees Billy and Jennifer Kilpatrick Carr attended an intimate reception with their children at the Alumni House. The third inductee, Ancel Ray Patten, Jr., died in 2020 and was honored posthumously. His award was presented to his widow, Jerri Patten, earlier in the school year.
Biographical information about each honoree was given again at the start of the evening’s concert with images placed on the screens flanking the stage.
2022 FINE ARTS HALL OF FAME RECIPIENTS
Billy Carr graduated from Purvis High School in 1996. He attended PRCC where he was a member of RiverRoad, The Pearl River Singers, and the Baptist Student Union. Since graduating, he has worked in the commercial construction industry.
He is currently a Senior Project Manager/Estimator for Hanco Construction in Hattiesburg. Billy has been able to use his knowledge of performing arts and construction to engineer and build the sets for Spark, Petal Middle School’s award winning show choir. In 2020 he was elected Parent of the Year at Petal Middle School.
Jennifer Kilpatrick Carr graduated from Petal High School in 1995. As a student at PRCC, she was a member of RiverRoad, The Voices, and The Pearl River Singers. She was also a Student Government Representative and a member of Phi Theta Kappa. Following PRCC she attended the University of Southern Mississippi, earning her bachelor's degree in Elementary Education.
She began her teaching career in Lamar County and spent thirteen years in the classroom teaching mostly middle school math. She started a show choir group at Baxterville School and enjoyed sharing her love of performing with other students. Jennifer earned her Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern Mississippi in 2012. She is currently serving as the Assistant Principal of Petal Elementary School.
The Carrs met during their time together in RiverRoad and are thankful for the opportunities and experiences they were provided by PRCC. They are members of Asbury Church and enjoy serving together on the Asbury Praise Team. They live in Petal with their two children, Nate and Audrey Kate, who are students at Petal High School and members of the Petal High show choirs.
Ancel Ray Patten, Jr. spent his boyhood years in Rolling Fork, where his father was the band director. He began playing in his father’s band in the second grade, learning to play whatever instrument his father needed in the band. Eventually he settled on the euphonium, and he became one of the best players in the country. His family moved to Mississippi when his father Ray Patten took the position of Band Director and Chairman of the Fine Arts Department at PRCC.
After moving to Poplarville, he was selected to be in the Lion’s Club all-state band all four summers in high school. He went on to graduate from Pearl River Jr. College in 1970 and from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1972, where he was president for a time of the Golden Eagles Marching band.
Patten spent four years as a bandsman in the U.S. Air Force and found himself playing many funerals at Arlington National Cemetery during the Vietnam war as well as various ceremonies at the White House. He then spent a year as the band director at Purvis High School before answering the call to ministry and attending seminary.
After graduation, he was called to a small rural community, where he served as pastor of the Boistfort Community Church for almost 20 years. During this time, he wrote and directed children’s musicals at the church and used his lunch hour to volunteer as the band director at the small K - 8 school in the community. He loved to get students started on their instruments and made it possible for many of them to continue in the high school band when they transferred into town.
In 1999, Patten left the ministry to return to being a full-time music teacher teaching everything from elementary school music to choirs and high school bands. His favorite position was as the elementary school music teacher in a school with less privileged kids. He had a sacred calling to love those students and give them a good foundation in music.
When he could no longer teach due to his illness, he would take his whistles and flutes down to the hospital and play for the patients who had to spend hours getting chemo and dialysis treatments. He would often play their requested songs and then just sit with them to help pass the time.
JAZZCATS AND THE VOICES CONCERT
This final concert was full of lively music to bring the 2021-2022 season for the Brownstone to a close. For each piece played, soloists were recognized with many in the audience showering them with vibrant applause.
Selections performed by The Voices were “Fly Away” arranged by Wilson Smith featuring soloist Belle Moeller (Picayune), “Burning” arranged by Rob Dietz featuring soloist Sarah Harrington (Lumberton), “How Will I Know” arranged by Wilson Smith featuring soloist Mallorie Saucier (Carriere), “Midnight Sky” arranged by Rob Dietz featuring soloist Taryn Monroe (Carriere), “Hard Times” arranged by Jon Smith, “Your Man” arranged by Rob Dietz featuring soloist Noah Hartfield (Hattiesburg), “Plastic Hearts” arranged by Rob Dietz featuring Monroe as soloist, “Every Breath You Take” arranged by Wilson Smith featuring soloist Anna Reese Arroyo, and “Greedy” arranged by Rob Dietz featuring Saucier as soloist.
The JazzCats performed “Doxy” arranged by John Berry, “It’s Only a Paper Moon” arranged by Rick Stitzel, “Latinova” by Lennie Niehaus, “Blues In Hoss Flat” arranged by Mark Taylor, “Without a Trace” by Doug Beach with Dr. Andy Gilstrap on the vibraphone, “Watermelon Man” arranged by Mike Kamuf, “125th Street Blues” by Dave Mills, and “Chameleon” arranged by Michael Sweeney. Also, the Percussion Ensemble with Dr. Gilstrap on piano performed “Black Orpheus” by Luiz Bonfa.
April 27, 2022 - 8:40am
PRCC students receive recognition at awards day program
Submitted by loneill on April 27, 2022 - 10:26am
The Forrest County Campus of Pearl River Community College presented annual awards to top students in Career-Technical Education and Academic ceremonies on April 21.
Students, faculty, staff, family and friends joined together in celebrating the success of these students while wishing them success in their future endeavors.
Dr. Jana Causey, Vice President for Forrest County Campus, Allied Health and Nursing Programs, welcomed everyone to each ceremony.
“Students, remember the Wildcat Way – Price, Respect, Class and Character when you leave us,” she said.
PRCC President Dr. Adam Breerwood told the groups that this was “A day of celebration. You are the best of the best. You have put yourself in position to succeed at the next level.”
Wildcat Way Awards were presented to Samantha Ranger of Petal and Shui Lin of Fuzhou, Fujian Province, China. Every year faculty nominate students who best exemplify living out the Wildcat Way. They show the attributes of Pride, Respect, Class, and Character both in and out of the classroom.
Presentations went to two students in Phi Theta Kappa named to the All-Mississippi Academic Team. They were Patrick Dunkle of Petal and Lin.
Hanna Lambert of Petal and Lin were also recognized as Jack Kent Cooke semifinalist scholars. Finalists will be announced in May.
PRCC students Shui Lin of Fuzhou, Fujian Province, China and Hanna Lambert of Richton were recognized as Jack Kent Cooke semifinalist scholars. They are pictured with Dr. Doug Donohue (left) and Dr. James Collum, Phi Theta Kappa advisors.
Jackson Bowering of Petal received the Phi Theta Kappa Golden Key Award.
Members of the Beta Tau Gamma chapter of Phi Theta Kappa, along with the Honors College graduates, were also recognized.
Career-Technical Education awards went to:
Associate Degree Nursing: Marquita Rhymes of Hattiesburg.
Biomedical Equipment Repair: Merritt Wallace of Portland, Ore.
Commercial and Residential Construction: Marlon Devon Johnson of Columbia.
Computer Coding Technology: Andrew Blythe of Hattiesburg.
Court Reporting: Jessie Morgan Ponder of Hattiesburg.
Dental Assisting Technology: Tessiah Naylor of Hattiesburg.
Dental Hygiene Technology: Tayler Grant of Perkinston.
HVAC and Refrigeration Technology: Andrew Royce of Hattiesburg.
Industrial Electronics Technology: Josh Loper of Purvis.
Massage Therapy: Emmanuel Naylor of Meridian.
Medical Laboratory Technology: Elizabeth Halie Bates of Benndale.
Occupational Therapy Assistant: Hollie Courington of Mobile, Ala.
Physical Therapist Assistant: Amber Wilson of Vancleave.
Practical Nursing Day: Marquita Sims of New Augusta.
Practical Nursing Night: Tycelin McDonald of Hattiesburg.
Precision Manufacturing and Machining Technology: Kody Warren of Petal.
Radiologic Technology: Taylor Daley of Purvis.
Welding and Cutting Technology Day: Caden Newby of Lumberton.
Welding and Cutting Technology Night: Maximus McPhail of Hattiesburg.
Academic Awards went to:
Accounting: Zachary Brown of Hattiesburg.
Biological Sciences: Lindsey McLaughlin of Columbia.
Chemistry: Hanna Lambert of Richton.
Communications: Sierra Greene of Sumrall.
Computer science: Shui Lin of Fuzhou, Fujian Province, China.
English: Dalton Bond of Petal.
Fine arts: Lindsey McLaughlin of Columbia.
Geography: Walker Fairey of Hattiesburg.
History: Andrew Purvis of Sumrall.
Mathematics: Patrick Dunkle of Petal.
Philosophy/religion: Allyna C. Pytleski of Petal.
Physics: Noah Taylor Collins.
Psychology: Danielie Duffield of Petal.
Sociology: Ameze Ekunwe of Hattiesburg.
Spanish: Danielie Duffield of Petal.
Writing: Amber Breeland of Hattiesburg.
Article written by Chuck Abadie.
Featured image at top is of members of the Dr. William Lewis Honors Institute graduation class for 2022. The list includes Dalton Bond of Petal, Jackson Bowering of Petal, Mckenna Byrd of Hattiesburg, Patrick Dunkle of Petal, Jericho Gardner of Hattiesburg, Julia-Grace Garmon of Hattiesburg, Jackson Garner of Petal, Elvin Jackson of Hattiesburg, Camellia Jones of Hattiesburg, Hanna Lambert of Richton, Shui Lin of Fuzhou, Fujian Province, China, Lindsey McLaughlin of Columbia, Adamari Posados of Hattiesburg, Allyna Pytleski of Petal, Peyton Scanlon of Petal, Lori Steele of Hattiesburg, Myles Tate of Hattiesburg, Ryan Wallace of Hattiesburg, Genesis Williams of Lumberton and Zsanett Molnar of Hattiesburg.
April 27, 2022 - 10:26am
PRCC William Lewis Honors Institute holds 2022 Medallion Ceremony
Submitted by loneill on April 27, 2022 - 3:08pm
The Dr. William Lewis Honors Institute at Pearl River Community College held its annual Medallion Ceremony in the Ethel Holden Brownstone Center for the Arts on the Poplarville campus Monday.
PRCC President Dr. Adam Breerwood assisted Dr. Jennifer Seal, dean of the Honors Institute on the Poplarville Campus, in welcoming the students, family, friends, and faculty in attendance.
Dr. Ryan Ruckel, dean of the Honors Institute on the Forrest County Campus, provided an overview of the institute. This included its creation in 2011 with the vision to expand PRCC’s base of intellectually gifted students and to provide exceptional opportunities for these students.
To receive a medallion, students had to complete at least 21 hours of honors coursework and maintain a cumulative 3.4 grade point average. The honors coursework covers the same material as covered in regular sections of a course but in greater depth with more opportunity for students to pursue individual interests.
Jackson Bowering and Peyton Scanlon, both from Petal and attending the Forrest County Campus, as well as Carlee Cockrell of Magee and Maggie Gressett of Lake, both attending the Poplarville Campus, were chosen to say a few words on behalf of their compatriots.
Dr. Jana Causey, Vice President for Forrest County Center, Allied Health, and Nursing Programs, shared information about each student’s achievements and associations as a PRCC student. The physical presentation of the medallion was done by Dr. Breerwood and Dr. Seal.
STUDENTS AWARDED AN HONORS MEDALLION
Anna Barnett of Poplarville (did not attend ceremony)
Dalton Bond of Petal
Jackson Bowering of Petal
Cassady Bradford of Saucier
Mckenna Byrd of Petal
Carlee Cockrell of Magee
Patrick Dunkle of Petal
Hannah Embry of Vicksburg
Sarah Erwin of Poplarville
Jericho Gardner of Petal (did not attend ceremony)
Julia-Grace Garmon of Hattiesburg
Jackson Garner of Petal
Tyler Gomillion of Lakeshore
Maggie Gressett of Lake
Hayley Hymel of Sumrall
Elvin Jackson of Hattiesburg (did not attend ceremony)
Camellia Jones of Seminary
Annie Ladner of Perkinston
Hanna Lambert of Richton
Lauren Lee of Picayune
Shui Lin of Fuzhou, Fujian Province, China
Haleigh Marbury of Hattiesburg
Lindsey Mclaughlin of Columbia
Jenna Mcraney of Sumrall
Belle Moeller of Picayune
Aren Peterson of Kiln
Adamari Posados of Hattiesburg
Allyna Pytleski of Petal
Sydney Salter of Vancleave
Peyton Scanlon of Petal
Lori Steele of Purvis
Bradley Stines of Poplarville
Brookelynn Stuart of Sumrall
Myles Tate of Sumrall
Ryan Wallace of Hattiesburg
Madilyn Waters of Laurel
Genesis Williams of Lumberton
Brianna Wood of Picayune
April 27, 2022 - 3:08pm