POPLARVILLE - Planning is well underway for the 2014 Pearl River Community College Women’s Health Symposium in partnership with the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation. The foundation presented a grant of $17,000 to PRCC President William Lewis for the symposium, set for Jan. 25 on PRCC’s Poplarville campus. “The Women’s Health Symposium has grown to be a most significant event for Pearl River Community College,” Lewis said. “The participation that we have experienced for the past few years from the community has greatly enhanced our enthusiasm for promoting healthy lifestyles. Without the continuing support of the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation, this event would not be possible. “We’re most grateful for their continuing assistance.” Approximately 400 women have attended previous symposiums, which feature free health screenings and panel discussions by health professionals. “For the past few years, the symposium has been one of the best-attended events at the college,” said Dr. Ted Alexander, chief executive officer of the foundation. “We think it’s great that women have an opportunity to have some basic health information made available to them as well as the other events associated with the symposium. The foundation is pleased to partner with the college to assist in this annual event.” Keynote speaker for the eighth annual symposium is Jean Gatz, a motivational speaker who blends humor with her life experiences as a wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend. The day will also include an art walk, entertainment and information booths. “The LPRVF funds will help to provide greatly needed health services and information to the symposium participants, a majority of whom are from the Pearl River County area,” said Dr. Becky Askew, chair of the Symposium Steering Committee. “By providing free health screenings, having informative sessions and providing opportunities for those attending to ask questions of health professionals, it is hoped that the participants will make changes to their lifestyles, leading to healthier and more productive lives.”
Dr. Ted Alexander, chief executive officer of the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation, presents a grant to Dr. William Lewis, Pearl River College president, and Dr. Becky Askew, chair of the Women’s Health Symposium, to help fund the Jan. 25 symposium. PRCC Public Relations photo
POPLARVILLE - A Picayune sophomore will be crowned homecoming queen at Pearl River Community College on Saturday, Oct. 19. Melissa Dragon, 19, was elected by the PRCC student body to reign over Homecoming 2013, which has the theme “River of Dreams.” Her court includes sophomore maids Victoria Farmer of Picayune and Miranda Fazende of Poplarville, Forrest County Center sophomore maid Morgan Cutrer of Tylertown, freshman maids Chelsea Bolton of New Augusta, Shelby L. Perry of Sumrall and Kaitlin Cooper of Picayune, Forrest County Center freshman maid Jelea Williams of Hattiesburg and Hancock Center maid Morgan Gallagher of Kiln. The court will be presented at half-time of the football game against East Central Community College. Kick-off is at 2 p.m. at Dobie Holden Stadium. Other homecoming activities include the Sports Hall of Fame induction at 9 a.m. in the Technology Center, reunions at 10 a.m. and the Alumni Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. in Olivia Bender Cafeteria. Luncheon tickets are $20 through Oct. 11 and $25 after that date. They can be purchased by credit card by calling 601-403-1183. Dragon is the daughter of Mark and Tammy Dragon and a pre-med major. A graduate of Picayune Memorial High School, she is a cheerleader, a member of the spring String of Pearls, RiverRoad showchoir and PRCC Singers concert choir. She plans to transfer to Louisiana State University to study physical therapy. Farmer, 19, is the daughter of Kevin and Ruth Farmer. Also a Picayune Memorial High School graduate, she is captain of the String of Pearls and a Wellness Center spin instructor. Farmer plans to study kineseotherapy at the University of Southern Mississippi. A graduate of Poplarville High School, Fazende is the 19-year-old daughter of Chris and Sian Fazende. She plays on the Lady Wildcat softball team and is completing prerequisites to transfer to the dental hygiene program at the Forrest County Center. Cutrer, 20, is the daughter of Yvette and Ronald Cutrer of Tylertown. A graduate of West Marion High School, she is a first-year student in the respiratory therapy program. She plans to work in a hospital setting after graduation. Bolton, 18, is the daughter of Doris and Edward Bolton of New Augusta. A nursing student at PRCC, she was student body president at Perry Central High School. She plans to further her education at Auburn University. Perry is the 18-year-old daughter of Todd and Tammy Perry of Sumrall. A graduate of Sumrall High School, she is on the Lady Wildcat softball team and is completing requirements for the PRCC dental hygiene program. Cooper, 18, is the daughter of Robert and Kelly Cooper of Picayune and a pre-med major. A graduate of Picayune Memorial High School, she is a member of the PRCC River Navigators recruitment team and the honor society. She plans to study physical therapy at the University of South Alabama. Williams is the 18-year-old granddaughter of Janice Williams of Hattiesburg and the daughter of the late Donna Kaye Williams. She is a graduate of Hattiesburg High School, a pre-med major and vice president of the Forrest County Center freshman class. She plans to attend the University of Mississippi to become a hospitalist. Gallagher, 18, is the daughter of Vanessa and Kerry Gallagher of Kiln. A graduate of Hancock High School, she is a freshman pre-med student. She plans to further her education in mortuary science and medicine with the goal of becoming a medical examiner. All members of the court will be escorted by their fathers, with the exception of Williams who will be escorted by a friend, Jeremy McDougle.
Photo caption: Melissa Dragon of Picayune, seated far left, has been elected 2013 Homecoming Queen. The court is, seated from left, sophomore maids Victoria Farmer of Picayune and Miranda Fazende of Poplarville and Forrest County sophomore maid Morgan Cutrer of Tylertown; standing from left, freshman maids Chelsea Bolton of New Augusta, Shelby Perry of Sumrall and Kaitlin Cooper of Picayune; Forrest County freshman maid Jelea Williams of Hattiesburg; and Hancock Center maid Morgan Gallagher of Kiln. PRCC Public Relations photo
Freddie Jordan fondly recalls his first season at Pearl River Community College. It was the 1969-70 school year. “That was the year of Hurricane Camille,” Jordan said. “You can’t forget that. The storm hit us in August. We actually had to practice at various high schools around the area until they could redo the floor at (White Coliseum.)” Once the season began, Jordan, 62,became an instant star for the Wildcats under coach Miller Hammill. During his two years (1970-72), Jordan averaged 20 points a game and was a two-time all-state player. Jordan’s accomplishments on the basketball court have earned him a place in the college's Sports Hall of Fame. He will be inducted at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, during 2013 Homecoming festivities. “You know, as an 18- or 19-year-old playing ball, it never enters you mind that you might make the Hall of Fame one day,” said Jordan. “This is certainly a rewarding experience for me. I am very prideful and honored to receive this.” Jordan, who was a point guard, was no stranger to area basketball fans. He played at Picayune High School for three years under legendary coach J. Larry Ladner. He led the Maroon Tide to the state finals for two years. “I had some offers from some of the smaller schools, but nothing big,” said Jordan. “I ended up at the River and I am glad I did. The school was great. I met a lot of nice people. It was a nice stepping stone for me. The education was as good as any you could expect.” During his playing time, he recorded several 30-point games, including a career-best 39 points against Southwest. Said Hammill, “When I took the job as coach, we didn’t have any players coming back. Freddie was the first player I recruited. We were a .500 club for the most part, but Freddie was one of the best players in the state, especially his second season.”
NAME: Freddie Jordan HOMETOWN: Picayune FAMILY: Wife, Charlotte Jarvis; two step children and five grandchildren. EDUCATION: Graduated from Picayune High School, 1969; graduated PRCC, 1972; graduated University of Southern Mississippi, 1974, degree in education. OCCUPATION: Oil field business.
Following a stellar career as a baseball star at Morgan City High School in Morgan, City, La., Greg Guidry wasn’t real sure about his future. He was a catcher mostly, but he did a little pitching and played some shortstop as well. He had a 12-1 pitching record as a senior, 8-1 as a junior. But catching was his main love. Former Pearl River Community College baseball coach Jim Nightengale had recruited Guidry out of high school. “Dad was at Panola (Texas) Community College at the time, but then he moved to Biloxi to start a business,” said Guidry. “Coach Nightengale called me and asked me if I wanted to catch. Well, I wanted my dad to see me play college ball, I had visited (PRCC) and liked it.” According to MACJC rules, Gulf Coast Community College had to give Guidry his release to play at PRCC. Gulf Coast complied, so he came to Poplarville, where he played two seasons (1993-94) for the Wildcats. In 1994, he was named player of the year on the All-Region 23 JuCo baseball team. He also played some third base and pitched for the Wildcats. As a sophomore, he hit .415 with 13 home runs and 58 RBIs, helping lead the team to a 34-24 record and runnerup in the state tournament. He was named first-team All-State and also a first-team All-American. Guidry’s accomplishments on the baseball field have earned him a place in the college's Sports Hall of Fame. He will be inducted at 9 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 19, during 2013 Homecoming festivities. ‘This is truly a great honor,” said Guidry. “I came from a small town, so this was perfect for me. I loved the new dorms at the time. We were all close together, it was a close-knit environment. I enjoyed JuCo ball way more than I did Division I ball. The competition was great. “Gabe Ishee became my best friend. He was a good player, too. We became pretty close through it all there.” He was primarily a catcher for the Wildcats but Nightengale occasionally called on him to play some third base, and even pitch in relief. But catching was what he loved most. As a sophomore, he hit three walk-off home runs, including one against Gulf Coast. Guidry went on to sign with Louisiana Tech where he caught for two seasons. As a senior, he hit .362 and stole 25 bases and made the All-Sun Belt Conference first team. He began his coaching career as a graduate assistant at the school. After working at the college level, he became a high school coach in Louisiana, receiving 1998 coach of the year honors and taking his team to the state tournament.
NAME: Greg Guidry HOMETOWN: Morgan City, La. FAMILY: Wife, Kristine; three step children, Marissa, Sarah and Thomas. EDUCATION: Graduated from Morgan City (La.) High School, 1992; graduated PRCC, 1994; graduated Louisiana Tech University, 1996. OCCUPATION: Currently head baseball coach at Dekaney High School (7th year) in Spring, Texas; prior to that he served as a high school coach in Louisiana.
WAVELAND - The public is invited to the first in the Pearl River Community College Hancock Center Lecture series at 12 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 15. Jack Donovan of Gulfport will discuss “The History, Influence and Impact of Tattoos on American Culture.” Donovan is the owner of Jack and Dianne’s Tattoo Parlor and has more than 30 years of experience in the profession. The Hancock Center is located at 454 Highway 90, Suite D, in Waveland. For more information, contact Raymunda Barnes at 228-252-70000 or email@example.com.
POPLARVILLE - Pearl River Community College will honor a longtime employee and one of the college’s major benefactors during Homecoming 2013 on Saturday, Oct. 19. The Alumnus of the Year Award will be presented to Dr. John Grant of Poplarville, and the Distinguished Service Award will go to The Asbury Foundation of Hattiesburg. Both awards will be presented during the Homecoming Alumni Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. in Olivia Bender Cafeteria. Tickets are $25 if purchased after Oct. 11. “John Grant has spent almost his entire lifetime associated with Pearl River Community College,” said Dr. William Lewis, PRCC president. “He has truly given of his time and his talents to help this institution and its students succeed.” Grant’s 43-year career in education included 32 years at PRCC as a teacher and administrator. The son of a science teacher, Grant came to Pearl River as a 7-year-old. The family lived on campus and Grant roamed the college and its farm as his personal playground. He played high school football on the old Pearl River field and enrolled as a student just a week after high school graduation. After class, he pushed a big-wheel mower around the campus where he used to play. Grant took pictures for the yearbook, developing the film in a closet under the stairs in Moody Hall; was in the French Club with Jimmy Buffett and sang bass in the choir. He graduated in 1966 and went to the University of Mississippi where he earned his bachelor’s degree. He began his teaching career at Harrison Central High School before returning home to teach at Poplarville High. Like many young teachers, he attended night classes and summer school to earn his master’s degree and doctorate. Coming back to Pearl River, Grant taught calculus, physics and a beginning physical science course, announced Wildcat football games and eventually became department chairman. In 2000, Grant became Dean of Academic Affairs until administrative reorganization gave him the title of Vice President for Instruction and added career, technical and workforce programs to his academic responsibilities. Grant served five terms on the Poplarville Board of Aldermen and is an active member of First Baptist Church. He and his wife, the former Gwen Gandy, are the parents of two children - Brennan, grounds supervisor at PRCC, and Mary Jessica Perry of Auburn, Ala. - and have a 6-month-old grandson, Grant Perry. “This is really quite an honor,” Grant said. “People land here and they don’t have any reason to want to leave. It’s a good place to work, a good place to be.” The Asbury Foundation has given more than $620,600 in grants and scholarships to PRCC. But president and chief executive officer Bill Ray is quick to say the foundation is not supporting the college. “We’re supporting the kids who go to Pearl River,” he said. The Asbury Foundation is a private organization serving Hattiesburg and the surrounding area. The reallocation of assets from the sale of Wesley Health System in September 1997 provided the funds the foundation uses to strengthen education and health and to offer initiatives to improve the quality of life. An outside investment company manages the funds and grants are awarded four times each year from the interest and dividends. The foundation gave PRCC a $262,241 grant in 2007-08 for the purchase of medical radiologic technology equipment. Pearl River was the first community college in the state to train its students with the state-of-the-art equipment. The foundation also funded the purchase in 2011 of digital imaging equipment, computers and software for the dental hygiene program at the Forrest County Center. The upgraded equipment allows students in the two-year program to learn charting and other aspects of a dental practice by computer as well as imaging. “The Asbury Foundation has been a true partner in helping Pearl River Community College to grow its allied health and special scholarship programs,” Lewis said. “The foundation’s support has been an invaluable source of opportunity for our students to experience exposure to world-class medical equipment and instructional programs“. The foundation also made a $200,000 donation to the PRCC Development Foundation to endow the Asbury Scholarship. Three full-tuition scholarships have been awarded for the 2013-14 academic year. “We’re well aware of the contributions to health care and the health-care related entities at Pearl River and we want to continue to support those,” Ray said. Although the scholarships are unrestricted, the preference is to assist students enrolled in an allied health or nursing program. The Asbury Foundation charter requires recipients of its grants to live in Covington, Forrest, Jefferson Davis, Jones, Lamar, Marion, Pearl River or Perry counties. Homecoming activities kick off with the PRCC Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony at 9 a.m. at the Technology Center. Inductees are Greg Guidry of Spring, Texas, an All-American baseball player at PRCC from 1993-94; Freddie Jordan of Picayune, a basketball star in 1969-71; Audosha Kelley of Savannah, Ga., also a basketball standout from 2003-05; Jeffrey Posey of Hattiesburg, a football star from 1993-94; and James W. “Snuffy” Smith of Foxworth, an All-American linebacker from 1972-73. Alumni reunions will be held from 9 to 11 a.m. They include the four 2003-04 state championship teams (men’s soccer, men’s basketball, baseball and football), the 2005, 2009 and 2012 soccer championship teams, the 2002-03 Region 23 champion women’s basketball team and the 50th Reunion Class of 1963, all in the Technology Center. The Classes of 1934-52 will meet at the Alumni House and associate degree nursing alumni will be in the Nursing Building. The Voices ensemble will perform at the Alumni Luncheon. Recipients of two memorial scholarships also will be recognized - Tanner Bryan of Picayune, recipient of the Dobie Holden Memorial Scholarship, and Carson Miller of West Point, who received the Keith Daniels Memorial Scholarship. The Wildcats will host East Central Community College at 2 p.m. at Dobie Holden Stadium. The Sports Hall of Fame inductees, Grant and the Asbury Foundation will be recognized during pre-game ceremonies. The homecoming court will be presented at halftime before the Spirit of the River marching band performs its Buffett at the River show. The PRCC Museum will be open from 9 -11:30 a.m. and 12:30 - 3 p.m. in the old Hancock Hall across from the PRCC Police Department.
POPLARVILLE - A Pearl River Community College student recently won the Washington Parish Free Fair poster contest and has signed copies of the print to be sold at the fair. Emily Murray of Bogalusa, La., first tried to enter the contest two years ago. “But then they announced there was no poster contest,” she said. “I entered last year and it didn’t win.” Murray revamped her design of squares depicting Washington Parish life, making the artwork simpler. This time, she won. The prize is the prestige although she does have the opportunity to make some money from her work. “You do get prestige,” she said. “They gave me 30 copies that I can sell for whatever I can get.” She will be at the fair to add a personal signature, called a remark, to the previously-signed copies and will receive a small percentage of the sales of those. The fair runs from Oct. 17-19 in Franklinton, La. A sophomore at PRCC, Murray is an art major. “She writes and draws all her own cartoons, which are really neat,” said art instructor Charleen Null. Murray also is a member of the PRCC Singers choir and has performed in PRCC and Poplarville Association of Performing Arts theater productions. She wants to pursue a career in cartooning or illustrating and possibly attend the Savannah School for Art and Design after PRCC. She is the granddaughter of the late Lewis V. Murray Jr., PRCC football coach from 1955-59 and a member of the PRCC Sports Hall of Fame. The high school football stadium in Bogalusa is named for him. Emily Murray’s cousin, Nathan Murray of Franklinton, La., also was a baseball coach at PRCC.
Emily Murray holds her award-winning poster for the Washington Parish Free Fair in Franklinton, La. PRCC Public Relations photo
The Iota Mu chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at Pearl River Community College inducted new members into the honor society on Monday, Oct. 7. They are, seated from left, Linda Nguyen of Picayune, Whitney Fairley of Brooklyn, Katarina Powell, Makayla Cooper and Haylee Pierce, all of Columbia, Hannah Williamson of Oak Grove; standing, Lylla Royston of Perkinston, Karly Mitchell of Poplarville, Alexander VonRobke of Henleyfield, Dustin Tims of Purvis, Chris Borecki of Picayune, Ashley Chasez of Waveland, Cara Larsen and Dazia Raine, both of Poplarville. PRCC Public Relations photo
Three generations of Wildcats were on hand Monday, Oct. 7, when Hannah Williamson of Oak Grove, was inducted into Phi Theta Kappa honor society. She is shown with her grandparents, Donnie and Sandra Williamson of Foxworth, who attended PRCC in 1969-71 and 1975-76 respectively; and her father, Dr. Justin Williamson, a student in 1994-96 and a PRCC English instructor. PRCC Public Relations photo
Officers of the Iota Mu chapter of Phi Theta Kappa are, seated left to right, Hannah Bowman of Poplarville, vice president of fellowship; Tiffany Tucker of Diamondhead, co-president; Chelsea Gascho of Picayune, vice president of leadership; standing, co-president Jansen Owen of Poplarville, Darion Matthews of Richton, vice president of scholarship, and Kevin Broom of Columbia, vice president of service.
The student nurse association is conducting a fundraiser for the Pink Hearts, an organization that gives free wigs to children and women with cancer. This organization also provides transportation for cancer patients who need rides to their doctor appointments, and are located in Gulfport. The students are selling raffle tickets for $5.00 each for a “pink heart” quilt. The quilt was donated by the Jubilee Quilt Guild located here, in Poplarville. The quilt is unique: each square was completed by a member of their Guild. One of the squares, with an angel, was completed by a lady who subsequently died with cancer. Another square was completed by a lady who was diagnosed with cancer while she was making the square! All proceeds will go to the Pink Hearts. If you are interested in a raffle ticket, please contact Marilyn Dillard, Ella Mae Penton, at 601-403-1070, or Amy Esslinger at 601-403-1083. Students will come to you with the raffle tickets!
WAVELAND - During his 32 years in the tattoo business, Jack Donovan has seen major changes - some good, some not so good. Donovan, owner of Jack and Dianne’s Tattoo Parlor in Gulfport, was the speaker in the PRCC Hancock Center Lecture Series on Oct. 15 at the center in Waveland. “This will be the beginning of a lecture series we will have throughout the year,” said Raymunda Barnes, PRCC assistant vice president for the Hancock Center. When Donovan first got into the business, customers were limited to certain groups of people but all segments of society sport tattoos today, he said. “When I started, they were on the fringes of society,” Donovan said. “It’s totally different now. The oldest person I’ve tattoed was 90. She was in a wheelchair and got the Saints logo, the fleur de lis.” The woman waited until after the death of her husband, who disapproved, to get the tattoo. “A tattoo to a woman means much more than to a man,” Donovan said. “They’re more in tune with life.” Safety in the industry has increased tremendously during his years in business but the wealth of designs available on the Internet has changed the creative nature of the art. “When you see all those gorgeous pictures on the wall, the artist didn’t do them,” he said. “That’s one reason why we see poorly-executed tattoos. Our repair business has increased many fold.” Donovan and other tattoo artists used to have to make their own stencils, ink and needles - extremely tedious chores - but quality ink is available for purchase and pre-made, sterilized needles are very economical today. “There’s no excuse to reuse needles,” he said. “Gloves and needles are huge developments in safety.” He urged students interested in getting a tattoo to do some research before spending their money. “Look at portfolios, ask questions,” Donovan said. “Look is very important. Tattoos are ‘the’ look. The problem with that is fashion and looks go out of style. Is it possible that tattooing will become so cool and popular it won’t be cool and popular?” He wonders about the impact if a major entertainment or sports star starts having tattoos removed. “What happens then,” he asked. For students interested in becoming tattoo artists, he again suggested plenty of research. “When I started, the tattoo artist knew every single part of the business,” Donovan said. “With the advent of technology, most of them have zero familiarity with what they’re doing. Tattooing is no different than any business. You’ve got to have a plan.”
Jack Donovan, owner of Jack and Dianne’s Tattoo Parlor in Gulfport, talks to students and staff at the Pearl River Community College Hancock Center on Oct. 15 about the history and impact of tattoos. Donovan was the first speaker in the Hancock Center Lecture Series. PRCC Public Relations photo
Pearl River Community College is the Poplarville Area Chamber of Commerce’s featured business for October. Presenting the sign to Dr. William Lewis, PRCC president, is chamber president Maggie Smith, left. With them are Brenda Wells, PRCC representative to the chamber; Dr. Adam Breerwood, vice president for the Poplarville campus and Hancock Center; and Archie Rawls, Brownstone Center for the Arts director.
POPLARVILLE - Renowned physicist Dr. Michio Kaku painted a fascinating picture of the future Thursday, Oct. 17, when he spoke at Pearl River Community College where he was the inaugural Honors Institute Lecture Series speaker. “In the future, you will mentally control the things around you,” Kaku said after predicting revolutionary advances in computer chips that will connect the human brain and machines. Kaku’s presentation, sponsored by the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation, came close to filling the new Ethel Holden Brownstone Center for the Arts on the PRCC campus. “It made me feel like I was involved in something a lot larger than just Pearl River because he’s so knowledgeble about a lot of things,” said Honors Institute student Brandon Edenfield of Diamondhead. “He gives that impression of power without being 6 foot 6 and 300 pounds. It was very enjoyable. He made it very personable even though he was speaking to a group.” As both the size and cost of computer chips continue to shrink, they will control more and more of everyday life and lead to a revolution as signficant as the development of steam power in the 1850s, Kaku said. “Computer power will be everywhere and nowhere,” Kaku said. “You will assume the floor, the walls, the ceilings are computerized.” Internet glasses will become the must-have fashion accessory and will recognize the faces the wearer sees and print sub-titles if the wearer encounters someone speaking a foreign language, he said. “Chips are the driving force behind this technology,” he said. “Augmented reality is how we will live in the future. We will take for granted that we will know everything about what or who we’re looking at. We’re talking about the digitalization of commerce.” The music industry is already digitized with the communications business - newspapers, magazines and movies - following suit and education, medicine and transportation next on the horizon, he said. Nano-particles already locate and kill cancer cells in the laboratory and eventually will do the same in the human body, he said. “We will see an incredible invention that will remove the word tumor,” Kaku predicted. Through state-of-the-art toilets and DNA chips, cancer colonies will be detected 10 years before they grow into a tumor, he said. “This is incredible,” Kaku said. “This could revolutionize medicine.” Laboratory researchers already grow human heart valves, blood vessels and cartlidge and are gradually penetrating the brain, he said. But Kaku linked scientifc advances to economic hard times as profits are invested. “Wealth comes from science and technology,” he said. “Science comes in waves and creates bubbles. Bubbles burst, and there’s the crash.” He cited history - the invention of steam power in the 1800s led to the crash of the London Stock Exchange, creation of electricity and the internal combustion engine preceded the Crash of 1929 and the rise of Silicon Valley led to the most recent downturn. “This created a huge bubble,” Kaku said. “In America, this bubble went into real estate. This bubble burst in 2008.” Before his public presentation, Kaku met with Honors Institute students from the Poplarville campus and the Forrest County Center, taking time to answer questions, autograph books and pose for cell phone photos. The next PRCC Honors Institute Lecture Series event will be The Spirit of Harriet Tubman, a one-woman show by Leslie McCurdy, on Feb. 25.
Dr. Michio Kaku talks with Pearl River Community College Honors Institute students before his public lecture Thursday, Oct. 17. PRCC Public Relations photo
Krislyn Branford of Carriere and Joshua Matthews of Hancock County talk with Dr. Michio Kaku during a reception and meeting with Honors Institute students at Pearl River Community College. Kaku spoke the night of Thursday, Oct. 17, at at the Ethel Holden Brownstone Center for the Arts. PRCC Public Relations photo
POPLARVILLE - Pearl River Community College celebrated homecoming Saturday, Oct. 19, with the presentation of awards, the crowning of Melissa Dragon as queen and a big win on the football field. The day began with the induction of five star athletes into the PRCC Sports Hall of Fame. They include baseball standout Greg Guidry of Spring, Texas, basketball star Freddie Jordan of Picayune, All-American basketball player Audosha Kelley of Savannah, Ga., former NFL player Jeffrey Posey of Hattiesburg and All-American linebacker James W. “Snuffy” Smith of Foxworth. At the annual Alumni Luncheon, Dr. John Grant Jr. of Poplarville was presented the Alumnus of the Year Award. Grant graduated from PRCC in 1966 and earned degrees from the University of Mississippi and the University of Southern Mississippi. He taught high school for several years before returning to PRCC where he spent 32 years as a teacher and administrator. “Perhaps the greatest accolade is the thing I hear the most - that John Grant was a master teacher,” PRCC President Dr. William Lewis said before presenting the award. Grant retired in 2011 as vice president for instruction. “It’s gratifying and humbling to be included with others who have won this award,” Grant said. “I’ve been dedicated to doing whatever I could to help students learn. When all is said and done, that’s why we’re here.” Lewis presented the Distinguished Service Award to The Asbury Foundation of Hattiesburg, which has given more than $620,600 in grants for allied health programs and scholarships at PRCC. “I look forward to a continued relationship with Pearl River,” said Bill Ray, chief executive officer of the foundation. “They do a great job.” Recipients of scholarships honoring former PRCC coaches were also recognized - Tanner Bryan of Picayune received the Dobie Holden Memorial Scholarship and Carson Miller of West Point received the Keith Daniels Memorial Football Scholarship. Grant and members of the Sports Hall of Fame were recognized on the field at Dobie Holden Stadium before kickoff against East Central. The Wildcats defeated the Warriors 45-7. Dragon, a sophomore from Picayune, and her court were presented at half-time. Her court included sophomore maids Victoria Farmer of Picayune and Miranda Fazende of Poplarville, Forrest County Center sophomore maid Morgan Cutrer of Tylertown, freshman maids Chelsea Bolton of New Augusta, Shelby L. Perry of Sumrall and Kaitlin Cooper of Picayune, Forrest County Center freshman maid Jelea Williams of Hattiesburg and Hancock Center maid Morgan Gallagher of Kiln.
Dr. John Grant Jr. of Poplarville, left, received the 2013 Alumnus of the Year Award from Pearl River Community College President Dr. William Lewis during homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 19. PRCC Public Relations photo
Bill Ray, left, chief executive officer of The Asbury Foundation of Hattiesburg, accepted the Pearl River Community College Distinguished Service Award from PRCC President Dr. William Lewis at homecoming on Saturday, Oct. 19. PRCC Public Relations photo
The 2013 Pearl River Community College homecoming court is, from left, freshman maids Chelsea Bolton of New Augusta and Shelby Perry of Sumrall, Forrest County Center sophomore maid Morgan Cutrer of Tylertown, sophomore maid Miranda Fazende of Poplarville, queen Melissa Dragon of Picayune, Forrest County Center freshman maid Jelea Williams of Hattiesburg, Hancock Center maid Morgan Gallagher of Kiln, sophomore maid Victoria Farmer and freshman maid Kaitlin Cooper, both of Picyaune. PRCC Public Relations photo
Pearl River Community College President Dr. William Lewis congratulates Melissa Dragon of Picayune after crowning her 2013 Homecoming queen Saturday. Looking on is her father Mark Dragon. The PRCC Wildcats defeated East Central 45-7. PRCC Public Relations photo
Pearl River Community College honored Dr. John Grant of Poplarville, left, as Alumnus of the Year at Homecoming Saturday. Also honored were Sports Hall of Fame inductees, from left, Freddie Jordan of Picayune, Greg Guidry of Spring, Texas; Jeffrey Posey of Hattiesburg and James W. "Snuffy" Smith of Foxworth. PRCC Public Relations photo
POPLARVILLE - Pearl River Community College along with a number of Poplarville area businesses will sponsor a 5K Walk and other events Saturday, Oct. 26, at the PRCC Wellness Center. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer of Poplarville begins with registration at 8 a.m. and lasts until 12 p.m. Activities include the 5K Walk, music, vendors and a silent auction. Registration fee for the walk is $25 and includes a t-shirt. In addition to PRCC, sponsors are Pearl River County Hospital and Nursing Home, Uniforms by Bales, Pearl River Drug, Boone’s Pharmacy, White Funeral Home, Pot Licker’s Catering and the Pearl River County Board of Supervisors. For more information, contact Jolynn Davis at 601 240-2046 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Tara Rouse at 601 403-1342 or email@example.com.
Current students may now begin registration for the 2014 Spring semester. For proper advice on courses needed for graduation, your major and/or transferring, please see a counselor or advisor. Student accounts must have balances paid in full at the Business Office and must be clear of all holds in order to register.
Where to go for advisement:
Poplarville Campus – You may schedule an appointment with an assigned advisor based on your major or program of study. Advisor listings are posted in Crosby Hall, the Science Building, Seal Hall and the Wellness Center. The counselors/advisors located in the Counseling, Advisement and Placement Center are highly skilled in advising and registering students, and they welcome you to schedule an appointment.
Forrest County Center –Please see advisor listings posted in buildings at the center.
Hancock Center—Front office- contact Ms. Patsy Williams to schedule an appointment with an advisor.
How you can Register
You can self-register for day and night classes throughRiverGuide.