April 2014

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PRCC offering Waveland shipfitting course
April 4, 2014 - 2:46pm -- admin

Pearl River Community College will offer shipfitting at the Hancock Center in Waveland  this summer, beginning May 19.
Applications, including the $250 course fee, are due by the first day of class.

Students will receive an Industry Recognized Certificate in Pipefitting and Application for NCCER Certification in: Core curriculum (Introductory Craft Skills), Level 1 and 2 Pipefitting and a 10-hour OSHA card.

Students must provide their own protective gear: #10 welding shield, welding gloves and hat, steel-toed shoes, safety glasses, ear plugs and long-sleeve shirt. 

Students also must obtain a drug screening at their own expense.

Classes will meet from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday through July 21.

Applications can be obtained at the Hancock Center or at the welding shop at the Hancock Center. Applications and fees must be submitted to PRCC on the first day or class.

The Hancock Center is located at 454 Highway 90, Ste. D, in Waveland.

For information, contact Raymond Jarrell at 228-252-7011 or Troy Teadt at 228-688-3113.

April 4, 2014 - 2:46pm
 
PRCC offering Poplarville pipefitting course
April 4, 2014 - 2:48pm -- admin

Pearl River Community College will offer pipefitting on the Poplarville campus this summer, beginning June 2.

Applications, including the $300 course fee, are due by the first day of class.

Students will receive an Industry Recognized Certificate in Pipefitting and Application for NCCER Certification in: Core curriculum (Introductory Craft Skills), Level 1 and 2
Pipefitting and a 10-hour OSHA card.

Students also must obtain a drug screening at their own expense.

Classes will meet from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. June 2 through July 24.

Applications can be obtained by calling Gloria Wasmund at 601 403 1241, emailing gwasmund@prcc.edu or at the Career Education Office on Wildcat Drive in Poplarville.

Applications and fees must be submitted to Pearl River Community College, Career Education Building, 101 Highway 11 North, Poplarville MS 39470.

April 4, 2014 - 2:48pm
 
PRCC offering Poplarville welding course
April 4, 2014 - 2:51pm -- admin

Pearl River Community College will offer welding on the Poplarville campus this summer, beginning May 19.

Applications, including the $300 course fee, are due by the first day of class.

Students will receive an Industry Recognized Certificate in Welding and Application for Basic Lift Truck Operator OSHA Certification in: Core curriculum (Introductory Craft Skills), and Welding.

Classes will meet from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. May 19 through July 23.

Applications can be obtained by calling Gloria Wasmund at 601 403 1241, emailing gwasmund@prcc.edu or at the Career Education Office on Wildcat Drive in Poplarville.

Applications and fees must be submitted to Pearl River Community College, Career Education Building, 101 Highway 11 North, Poplarville MS 39470.

April 4, 2014 - 2:51pm
 
PRCC offering Poplarville electrical course
April 4, 2014 - 2:56pm -- admin

Pearl River Community College will offer an electrical course on the Poplarville campus this summer, beginning May 19.

Applications, including the $150 course fee, are due by the first day of class.

Students will receive a Certificate in Electrical and Application for NCCER Certification in: Core curriculum (Introductory Craft Skills), and Electrical Level 1 Modules.

Students also must obtain a drug screening at their own expense.

Classes will meet from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. May 19 to through June 26.

Applications can be obtained by calling Gloria Wasmund at 601 403 1241, emailing gwasmund@prcc.edu or at the Career Education Office on Wildcat Drive in Poplarville.

Applications and fees must be submitted to Pearl River Community College, Career Education Building, 101 Highway 11 North, Poplarville MS 39470.

April 4, 2014 - 2:56pm
 
PRCC offering Poplarville plumber’s helper course
April 4, 2014 - 2:57pm -- admin

Pearl River Community College will offer a plumber’s helper course on the Poplarville campus this summer, beginning May 19.

Applications, including the $100 course fee, are due by the first day of class.

Students will receive a Certificate in Plumber’s Helper Application for NCCER Certification in: Core curriculum (Introductory Craft Skills), and Plumbing Modules.

Students also must obtain a drug screening at their own expense.

Classes will meet from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 19 through July 24.

Applications can be obtained by calling Gloria Wasmund at 601 403 1241, emailing gwasmund@prcc.edu or at the Career Education Office on Wildcat Drive in Poplarville.

Applications and fees must be submitted to Pearl River Community College, Career Education Building, 101 Highway 11 North, Poplarville MS 39470.

April 4, 2014 - 2:57pm
 
 
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Delos Burks to be honored by PRCC
April 7, 2014 - 10:10am -- braswell

  POPLARVILLE - The late Delos Hudson Burks was proud of his humble beginnings, calling himself “just a country boy.”
  He graduated from Pearl River Junior College in 1946 and went on to serve with distinction in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and in numerous public service positions until his death in 2008.
  He is one of six alumni being inducted into the Pearl River Community College Lifetime Achievement Hall of Fame on April 17 at Southern Oaks House and Gardens in Hattiesburg. Other inductees are entertainer Jimmy Buffett, who will accept by video; retired banker James R. Ginn of Bay St. Louis, retired surveyor Francis Herrin of Hattiesburg, retired Secret Service agent Howell Purvis of Purvis and retired attorney Donnie Waits of Gulfport.
  Delos Burk served as a charter member of the Pearl River Community College Development Foundation board and was always an active member of the Pearl River County Alumni Association and took great pride in supporting our students at the college,” said Ernie Lovell, executive director of the Development Foundation. “He carried that support for education on to Jackson through his time in the Legislature. He was a tremendous proponent of education.”
  Burks’ granddaughter, State Sen. Angela Burks Hill of Picayune, will accept the award on behalf of the family.
  Marsha Burks Megehee of Picayune remembers her father talking about his days at Pearl River and the college’s impact on his life.
  “PRJC enabled country boys like him to obtain an education in his own community, providing a step up to him and those like him, to further their education at a four-year college,” she said. “He always believed the school was responsible for his later accomplishments in service to his state and country.”
  Burks came to Pearl River after graduating from Industrial High School in rural Pearl River County and worked on the college farm for 10 cents an hour. After graduation, he taught high school math for several years before enlisting in the Army Air Corps. He was commissioned a second lieutenant in May 1942 and two days later married Melva Rester.
  He and his crew flew 35 combat missions in B-26 Marauders and OA-10A Catalinas (PBYs) in the Pacific Theater, saving the lives of 172 downed pilots during sea rescues. Burks was promoted to major and left active duy in 1945 to pursue his bachelor’s degree at then-Mississippi Southern College.
  He earned the law degree in 1954 while serving in the state Legislature from 1952-1960 and as a National VFW Press Officer. He also served on the state Building Commission, as an assistant attorney general and on the Ethics Commission. Burks continued his military service in the Mississippi Air National Guard, retiring as a major general.
  He and his late wife had three children, seven grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.
  “He would be so proud that he is being honored at PRCC, a school he dearly loved and appreciated,” Megehee said.

Tickets for the gala are $100 and are available by calling 601 403-1191 through Friday, April 11.

Delos Burks

April 7, 2014 - 10:10am
 
Ginn, Waits named to Lifetime Achievement Hall of Fame
April 7, 2014 - 10:14am -- braswell

  Two Gulf Coast residents will be among those honored by Pearl River Community College with induction into the Lifetime Achievement Hall of Fame.
  James Ginn of Diamondhead and Donnie Waits of Gulfport will be inducted on Thursday, April 17, at Southern Oaks House and Gardens in Hattiesburg.
  Ginn, who is retired as executive vice president for Hancock Bank, played football at Pearl River and earned his degree in 1959.
  “I guess the thing that I looked back at is they cared for us,”  he said of his time at Pearl River. “Back then, you had to go to school. You couldn’t lay in the sack because if you had three unexcused absences you were out.”
  He went onto Delta State before starting his banking career in 1962. 
  Waits played on the Wildcat football teams of  1954 and 1955.
  “The people were down to earth and fun-loving but, at the same time, serious about going to school,” Waits said. After leaving Pearl River, he attended then-Mississippi Southern College and Tulane Law School.
  His career as an attorney included serving as Stone County prosecuting attorney and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi. He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps and Marine Reserves.
  Others to be inducted into the Lifetime Achievement Hall of Fame are entertainer Jimmy Buffett (who will accept by video), the late Delos Burks of Picayune, who served in several state positions including the Legislature and in the Mississippi Air National Guard; Francis Herrin of Hattiesburg, who had a 40-year career with Shell Oil Co.; and retired Secret Service agent Howell Purvis of Purvis.
  Corporate sponsor for the gala is Hattiesburg Coca-Cola. Tickets for the social at 6 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. are $100. They can be purchased through Friday, April 11, by calling 601-403-1191.

James Ginn

Donnie Waits

April 7, 2014 - 10:14am
 
PRCC to honor successful alumni
April 7, 2014 - 10:24am -- braswell

  Three men with ties to the Hattiesburg area are among those in the 2014 class of the Pearl River Community College Lifetime Achievement Hall of Fame.
  Francis Herrin of Hattiesburg, Howell Purvis of Purvis and Donnie Waits of Gulfport will be inducted during a gala on Thursday, April 17, at Southern Oaks House and Garden.
  Herrin, a native of Prentiss, graduated from Pearl River in 1958 and enjoyed a 40-year career as a surveyor with Shell Oil Co. in Jeannerette and New Orleans, La.
  “Going there really made it for me, to tell you the truth,” Herrin said. “Now that I look back I have to say that was some of the best days of my lfie. After I got kind of settled in down there and got to know a lot of people, we had a lot of fun.”
  Purvis completed his degree at Pearl River in 1956 and began a varied career that included two stints as a Naval aviator and 20 years with the U.S. Secret Service.
  “I was in the band at Pearl River, played trumpet and really, really loved that,” Purvis said. “I made a lot of wonderful friends. We still email back and forth.”
  Purvis continues to play trumpet and has played “Taps” at more than 300 military funerals with the VFW Post 3036 Honor Guard.
  Waits, a Hattiesburg native, played football on the 1954 and 1955 Pearl  River teams.
  “The people were down to earth and fun-loving but, at the same time, serious about going to school,” Waits said.
  His career as an attorney included serving as Stone County’s prosecuting attorney and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi. He also served in the U.S. Marine Corps and Marine Reserves.
  Other PRCC alumni who will be honored with induction are entertainer Jimmy Buffett (who will accept by video), the late Delos Burks of Picayune who served in several state positions including the Legislature and in the Mississippi Air National Guard; and retired banker James Ginn of Diamondhead
  Corporate sponsor for the gala is Hattiesburg Coca-Cola. Tickets for the social at 6 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m. are $100. They can be purchased through Friday, April 11, by calling 601-403-1191.

Francis Herrin

Howell Purvis

Donnie Waits

April 7, 2014 - 10:24am
 
'Little Black Dress' benefits student fund
April 8, 2014 - 8:23am -- braswell

  POPLARVILLE - The Pearl River Community College Alumni Association is holding its annual Little Black Dress Charity Event from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the home of PRCC President Dr. William and Janet Gale Lewis.
  The event will include a fashion show, luncheon and silent auction which will include more than 100 accessories and handbags.
  Money raised at the event will go to the PRCC Student Needs Fund at the Development Foundation.
  Tickets are a $50 donation and can be purchased over the phone by calling 601-403-1193 using Visa, MasterCard or American Express. For more information contact Candace Harper at 601-403-1193 or charper@prcc.edu

April 8, 2014 - 8:23am
 
 
Hunt to present guitar recital
April 10, 2014 - 8:30am -- braswell

  POPLARVILLE - Trevor Hunt will be presented in a classical guitar recital at 10:50 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, at Malone Chapel at Pearl River Community College. The public is invited to attend.
  Hunt, PRCC guitar instructor, will perform “Preludios Epigramaticos” by Leo Brouwer, which consists for six movements, and “Sonata (Omaggio a Boccherini)” by Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.
  He also will present a recital at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at Bay Street Presbyterian Church in Hattiesburg.

April 10, 2014 - 8:30am
 
Spring 2014 Final Examination Schedule
April 10, 2014 - 10:12am -- admin

Night Classes:

Wednesday: April 23 Thursday: April 24 Monday: April 28 Tuesday: April 29
(Night class exams are to be given at regularly scheduled times.)
DATE TIME CLASS TIMES
Wednesday, May 7 8:00 - 9:50 8:00 - 9:18 TR
10:00 - 11:50 12:00 - 12:53 MWF
12:00 - 12:18 MW/12:15 - 1:33 MW
1:00 - 2:50 9:25 - 10:43 TR
3:00 - 4:50 3:00 - 4:23 TR
Thursday, May 8 8:00 - 9:50 8:00 - 8:53 MWF
8:00 - 9:18 MW
10:00 - 11:50 1:40 - 2:58 TR
1:00 - 2:50 10:00 - 10:53 MWF
10:00 - 11:18 MW/10:50 - 12:08 MW
3:00 - 4:50 4:30 - 5:48 MW
Friday, May 9 8:00- 9:50 9:00 - 9:53 MWF
9:00 - 10:18 MW/9:25 - 10:43 MW
10:00 - 11:50 11:00 - 11:53 MWF
11:00 - 12:18 MW
1:00 - 2:50 12:15 - 1:33 TR
3:00 - 4:50 3:00 - 4:18 MW/3:05 - 4:23 MW
5:00 - 6:50 4:30 - 5:48 TR
Saturday, May 10 8:00 - 9:50 1:00 - 1:58 MWF
1:00 - 2:18 MW
10:00 - 11:50 2:00 - 2:53 MWF
2:00 - 3:18 MW/1:40 - 2:58 MW
1:00- 2:50 10:50 - 12:08 TR

A student with three examinations on one day may see their instructor on or before Wednesday, April 30, 2014, to request moving an examination to another day.

April 10, 2014 - 10:12am
 
Dr. Becky Askew receives national honor
April 11, 2014 - 11:05am -- admin

 Dr. Becky Askew               POPLARVILLE – Dr. Becky Askew, Vice President for Planning and Institutional Research for Pearl River Community College, received the 2014 Mildred Bulpitt Woman of the Year award by the American Association of Women in Community Colleges.
            Mildred Bulpitt, was a founding member of AAWCC and a passionate advocate for women in leadership in community colleges and beyond.
According to the AAWCC, the Bulpitt Award is bestowed upon a woman who has an outstanding record of service to women in the two-year college setting. Additionally, she must be a woman whose service to women in two-year colleges deserves national recognition as a role model for two-year college women throughout the country.
          “If ever there was a person who has demonstrated a capacity for leadership and whose attitude, values, and actions portray a broader notion of how she inspires positive changes in her work environment and community, it is Dr. Askew,” said PRCC President William Lewis.
            “Her experience as a veteran educator has proved to be a valuable asset to PRCC as well as the community.”
            Dr. Askew received her award Monday, April 7, at the annual AAWCC awards breakfast in Washington, D.C.
            “Receiving this award has given to me the opportunity to thank my colleagues and my family for their encouragement and assistance throughout the years,” said Dr. Askew. “I believe that any success that I have had is because of team work.
“I accepted the award on behalf of the many strong women who have guided me throughout my life and on behalf of the women at Pearl River Community College who work to ensure that our students are successful and have a bright future.”
           As PRCC’s Vice President for Planning and Institutional Research, Dr. Askew serves as the SACSCOC accreditation liaison for the college and coordinates strategic planning efforts, personnel evaluations, grant proposals, and professional development activities for faculty, staff, and administrators. In her various roles, she encourages women on campus to continue their education in order to achieve leadership positions.
Dr. Askew has served as the chair of PRCC’s annual Women’s Health Symposium since its beginning in 2007. She leads the planning of all aspects of the Symposium, giving numerous women at the College and in the community the opportunity to serve in leadership positions.  Outstanding speakers inspire and motivate approximately 450 women not only to take action to improve their health and the health of their family members, but also to lead more productive and fulfilling lives.
She was the second woman to serve as President of the Rotary Club of Poplarville and provided leadership and training for female presidents who followed her.  She served as Governor of Rotary District 6840, composed of Rotary Clubs in South Mississippi and Southeastern Louisiana, and has participated in the training of Rotary Governors in regional activities.
Dr. Askew also serves as board member and treasurer of the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation. She encourages and promotes grant activities for women and others throughout the Lower Pearl River Valley region.  She was named Administrator of the Year by the PRCC Association of Educational Office Professionals and served as Chair of the PRCC Honors Institute Steering Committee.
The AAWCC, organized in 1973, proclaims on its website that it is the leading national organization that champions women and maximizes their potential.

April 11, 2014 - 11:05am
 
 
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JazzCats, The Voices to perform together
April 14, 2014 - 2:37pm -- braswell

  POPLARVILLE - Two Pearl River Community College groups will come together in concert for the first time on April 24.
  The JazzCats band and The Voices ensemble will also perform individually during the Spring Concert at 7 p.m. April 24 at the Brownstone Center for the Arts.
  The groups will perform together on “It Had Better Be Tonight,” a Henry Mancini composition used in the Pink Panther movie and popularized in recent years by Michael Buble`, and “Smack Dab in the Middle,” a standard recorded by several artists include The New York Voices.
  The Voices will also perform a number of selections varying from a cappella pop to traditional vocal jazz.
  The JazzCats will play several tunes, include “Manteca,” a Dizzy Gillespie classic; “Indiana,” “Mr. GK,” a tribute to drummer Gene Krupa; “Soulful Strut,” “Little Big Gumbo” and “Cold Duck Time.”
  LaDona Tyson directs The Voices. The JazzCats are directed by Archie Rawls, assisted by Michael Bass.
  There is no admission for the concert.

April 14, 2014 - 2:37pm
 
'Pearls' bring home more championship trophies
April 15, 2014 - 8:51am -- braswell

  POPLARVILLE - The String of Pearls dance team at Pearl River Community College returned from national competition in Dallas March 28 and 29 with two team first-place awards and one individual top honor.
  The team won the American Dance and Drill Team championship for its pom routine in the large ensemble category and the academic championship in the community college division based on the team grade point average.
  Freshman Regan al-Jabi of Carriere won the solo dance competition while freshman Emily Rhodes of Hattiesburg came in second. They competed against 12 other dancers.
  The team also placed second in hip hop, the first year to compete in this category, and fourth in jazz routine.
  Director is Kara Fleming.
  In addition to al-Jabi and Rhodes, team members are Emily Fleming, Brooke Wactor, Bridgett Patterson and Caitlynn Herrin, all of Carriere; Megan Varnado, Annakae Frierson, Reanna Reese, Melissa Dragon, Victoria Farmer, Hanna Falls and Linzy Hudson-Kline, all of Picayune; Gabby Burge, Meghan Witworth and Carley Harrell, all of Poplarville; Taylor Thames and Taylor Turcotte, both of Waveland; Breanna Peters of Brandon, Darion Matthews of Richton and Amber Pineda of Hattiesburg.


The String of Pearls dance team at Pearl River Community College recently won the American Dance and Drill Team national championship for the pom routine in the large ensemble category and the  national academic championship against all other community college in the competition based on the members' grade point averages. They are, kneeling from left, Regan al-Jabi, Emily Fleming, both of Carriere; Breanna Peters of Brandon, Brooke Wactor of Carriere. Megan Varnado of Picayune, Bridgett Patterson of Carriere, Emily Rhodes of Hattiesburg, Darion Matthews of Richton; standing, Gabby Burge of Poplarville, Annakae Frierson of Picayune, Meghan Witworth of Poplarville, Reanna Reese , Melissa Dragon, both of Picayune; Carley Harrell of Poplarville, Victoria Farmer of Picayune, Amber Pineda of Hattiesburg, Hanna Falls of Picayune, Caitlyn Herrin of Carriere, Taylor Thames of Waveldna, Linzy Hudson-Kline of Picayune and Taylor Turcotte of Waveland.