POPLARVILLE - Two South Mississippi musicians will perform this month at the Ethel Holden Brownstone Center for the Arts at Pearl River Community College. Travis Clark and The Adam Doleac Band will be on stage at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30. Clark and Doleac are both from the Hattiesburg area and are making names for themselves in country music. “We are excited to have hometown talent such as Adam and Travis join us for a special night of music,” said Dr. Kyle Hill, Brownstone Center director. “They are both very talented with very talented local musicians as part of their band. It will be a great showcase for local talent.” The concert is part of the Brownstone Center season ticket package. Individual tickets are $15 and $10 and are on sale at 601 403-1180 or at www.brownpapertickets.com.
POPLARVILLE - Pearl River Community College has released the Dean’s List for the fall 2016 semester. Students must maintain a grade point average of 3.4 or higher to be named to the list. They are listed by hometowns: Bassfield - Brian M. Broom, Samuel Carr. Bay Springs - Madison Nichole Scoggin. Bay St. Louis - Christopher L. Bruno, Jessie E. Kekko, Joseph Morris Lizana, Casey B. Osbourn, Keith Allen Rasmussen, Caroline Marie Vidrine, Megan Michelle Williams, John P.Young Benton - Shakeda L. McGhee. Biloxi - Olivia M. Holley, Blake Andrew McGrew, Amanda E. McKeny, John Joseph Moore, Reagan Lane Norwood. Brandon - Ellen Christian, Austin Fletcher. Brookhaven - Fernandria G. Byrd, Kayla Pendleton. Brooklyn - Taylor Morgan Barefoot, Chelsea B. Daughdrill, Virginia Vidalia Lee Reid, Katie V. Sellers. Carriere - Austin D. Ard, Rebecca Lee Barrett, Elisha S. Baucum, Dillon Beech, Arica Bennett, Baylie Michelle Billiot, Vanessa Katherine Bond, Stacy L. Brasington, Molly Grace Capell, Stephanie J. Champagne, Austin T. Devore, Alyssa N. Fuller, Kathryn Elizabeth Fuller, Joshua A. Giametta, Ashley Marie Graeter, Savannah M. Herty, Alyssa M. Holifield, Dalton R. Howe, Brooklynn Jade Kirk, Julie E. Lee, Morgan E. Lee, Vincent W. Leleux, Promise Grace Lemoine, Libby C. Lumpkin, Delta M. Magaraci, Jessica M. McDonald, Keith R. Mitchell, Kimberly Rae Mitchell, Michael Caleb Morrison, Brandon Murray, Davyn Carl Newman, Amanda Oliver, Brian C. Oliver, Will Garrett Owens, Cienna Marie Pearman, Anthony Pearson, Winston B. Penton, David M. Salser, Brandi Serio, Kristin T. Smith, Sarah E. Spence, Tina Norris Stein, Jared Daniel Stewart, Abby M. Unbehagen, Brooke A. Wactor, Olivia J. Winters. Carson - James Anthony Dyess. Collins - Lekala L. Coleman, Susan D. Warren. Columbia - Stephanie R. Abram, James Brandon Belk, George Colby Bilbo, William A. Boutwell, Joseph Blake Carroll, Illyana H. Cook, Monette N. Dampier, Parker J. Dungan, James R. Ellis, Elizabeth Caitlin Flynt, Bailey D. Giles, Nicolas Keyton Greenlee, Jaimi C. Jackson, Donaven Dishon Lewis, Seth Justin McCain, Aaron L. McKenzie, Miranda M. Meaux, Justin G. Montgomery, Kaela B. Moree, KaRon Penry, Haylee L. Pierce, Joshua S. Powell, Erin E. Spell, Jelisa K. Stewart, Matthew K. Thigpen. Columbus - Kasey Nicole Stanfield, Chineqwa S. Wilson. Diamondhead - Candice Horne Cox, Kristen L. Dubuisson, Noah Kyle Nicaud, Clinton C. Saucier, Blake Anthony Sprouse, Hannah A. Steele-Laureys. D’Iberville - Joshua Craig Diaz, Brandi R. Mann. Ellisville - Katelyn Danielle Robertson. Foxworth - Ivery Gene Boddie, Carisa May Breakfield, Carolyn E. Buchanan, Jessica Erin Fields, Chelsea Rae Gartman, Alex J. Little, Charles Cory Odom, Alandra C. Patterson, Alonzo Shaquille Pittman, Lisa C. Powell, Patrick Cody Regan, Jeremy D. Walley. Gulfport - Alexis Nicole Allen, Misty Nichole Doherty, Anthony Raymond Especto, Morgan Jessica Griebel, Elizabeth McCaffrey, Anna Marie Pachel, Crystal M. Prive, Matthew M. Sigler, Lyman Howard Tate. Hattiesburg - Juliann L. Aultman, Rebecca Lynn Barrett, Robert R. Bounds, Angela Brownlee, Chelsey R. Burge, Bradley C. Cameron, Joan Marie Charrier, Tyscha Renee Cooley, Aubrie M. Cronin, Jarred M. Daniels, Logan A. Dearman, William Z. Doherty, Jamelia Durr, Dylan K. Fields, Tyler Andrew Fiveash, Christopher B. Ford, Sarah Noel Fortenberry, Cameron M. Foxworth, Ferial Al-Farran Freitas, Demarcus Allen Gaines, Megan Renee Glory, John Elliot Gray, Jessie Gutierrez, Dalton M. Hamby, Bethany Nicole Harris, Undrea Harris, Murilo Hartrumpf, Claudia V. Hicks, Rashad Davon Hogan, Shauna Hogan, Andrea L. Holder, Shamicque N. Jackson, Mia Alynne Jefcoat, Alyssa Shay Johnson, Jonathan C. Johnson, Laken T. Jorns, Allacciah Knight, Wendy L. Lanning, Marissa Ryan Lee, LaMya RaOmbre Leflore, Rebecca A. Lenkowski, Erica Ann Lewis, Tabatha T. Lewis, Dustin Loftin, Ivory Lowe, Michael Dylan Maddox, Jasmine Antonia Marin, Samantha Shunta McGee, Sherika S. McGhee, K’Draianna S. McNair, Brittany Ann Miskell, Marshall Myers, Brianna M. Myles, Samatha N. Nicholson, Ericka Charlayne Ogden, Marlee Orrels, Travis G. Osborn, Joshua W. Oswalt, Whitney N. Palmer, Loan T. Pham, Holly Ann Pike, Abraxas Pittman, Leslie Meagan Powell, Tierra Renee Prewitt, Ronesha Rimpson, Joseph Lamar Robinson, Matthew A. Sims, Sabrina F. Sims, Alvin L. Smith, Ashley M. Smith, Katrina L. Smith, James Levi Sumrall, Vera E. Thacker, Alexis Watson, Myesha Ny’cole Whitsett, Jerry Wayne Williams, James Marcus Wilkinson. Hazlehurst - Urvi Patel. Hurley - Courtney Michelle Kempner. Jackson - Caleb Jeffrey Storck. Jayess - Latoya Sha’Mice Arrington. Kiln - Eli Joseph Arcement, Colby Keith Betz, Andrew Tyler Burks, Breanna Suzette Flowers, Caleb W. Gruys, Kelly M. Henley, Adrianna Hoda, Jessalynn Marie Jarrell, Gage M. Kennedy, Megan Lee Morales, Trever W. Serpas, Travis A. Stennett, Thomas E. Stockstill, Kelsey D. Svatko. Kokomo - Peyton I. Nace, Dalton M. Watts. Lake - Dylan M. Usry. Lakeshore - Marley M. Hicks. Laurel - Brittany C. Bright, Kyle Stewart Estess, Ja’Len Husband, Zhacardia Maurkale McCann. Leakesville - Melanie Elizabeth Snyder. Long Beach -Jordan Ahlgren, Reagan Ladner, Olivia Claire Moger, Patrick T. Worth. Lucedale - Mary Elizabeth Miller, Lucas D. Scott, Jordan L. Shaw. Lumberton - Kamry B. Bond, Destiny Lee Broome, Nicholas Andrew Chester, Claire Chiasson, Haley M. Childs, Edward Treavor Coombs, Rodney T. Dobson, Katrina Falvey, Allison Marie Hale, Virginia Ellen Hall, Caitlynn Elizabeth Harper, Summer E. Hartfield, Zackary Jarell Marsh, Lindsey R. Martin, Susan M. Morris, Sheila D. Pierce, Samantha A. Recatto, Wesley E. Seay, Billy K. Stringer, Megan D. Wright, Megan E. Wright. Madison - Thomas Cole Guyton. Magee - Molly Elizabeth McCool. McLain - Caitlyn Penton. Meadville - Abbey E. Smith. Mendenhall - Jesse P. Sykes. Monticello - Megan Lindsey Rippy. Moss Point - Nyke’Onna M. Brandon, Jasmine Monique Clemons, Ilyssa-Leigh Easton, Myles Andrew Ellis, Kayla M. Nobles, Mia Monique Richardson. Mt. Olive - Austin S. Moffett. Natchez - Anna Grace Roboski. New Augusta - Raevin Ashley Wade. Ocean Springs - Adam R. Chanecka, Gabriel Alexander Davis, Kyle Michael Hillyard, Mary Elizabeth Rieger, Baylea Morgan Williams. Oxford - Elizabeth Alexis Jenkins. Pascagoula - Matthew Eaton, Jakwaize Marttrell Walker, Brian L. Wright. Pass Christian - Vincent Dale Canoy, Alexandra Cardenal, Rachel L. Ladner, Briton Scott Meadows, Samuel J. Palode. Perkinston - Coleman J. Dedeaux, Joshua Miles Ferguson, Kraigon Dayne Ladner, Stanton Myles Ladner, Shyann M. Odom, Trevor Gerald Smith, Justin F. Steinkamp, Linda A. Steinkamp. Petal - Chiquita M. Bolton. Cody A. Cameron, Toree L. Clifton, Hanna Michelle Eckie, Conner I. Ferguson, Alexa Adriana Garcia, Carlos O. Garcia, Samantha Jordan Henderson, Kaitlyn E. Jackson, Jacob G. Lee, Erin Little, Susan L. Morgan, Joel D. Myers, Kaiman W. Parker, Lauren M. Pearce, Jordan M. Reynolds, Lenora A. Robinson, Elexis D. Simmons, Morgan Leigh Walley, Kate Ward, Brantley Bernard Welsh. Picayune - Lauryn Arthur, Brandon T. Ashe, Tristan T. Baggett, Bradley J. Bennett, Julius Bryant Bowens, Anna F. Breeland, Dylan J. Bryant, Dalton Michael Chamel, Megan Elizabeth Corona, Katelyn Marie Credeur, Danica Rae Creel, Taylor R. Deese, William C. Devore, Payton K. Dillard, Khaleb Emanuelle Duhon, Hayden A. Falls, Gonathun D. Hart, Dalton R. Hedgepeth, Devin R. Hedgepeth, Dylan Shawn Jarrell, Jonathan E. Jones, Lauren Michelle Julian, Gerrell R. Keaton, Mattie D. Kellar, Alisha L. Kennedy, Jacob Randall Kutch, Brittney Trenae Ladner, Raegan Ann Lee, Vannesa L. Long, Toni L. Loomis, Sarah A. Mancuso, Brittany Anna Marlborough, Taylor Rose Martinolich, Dominic M. McConnell, Zachary Joseph Mervich, Abigail C. Montgomery, David Daniel Mosteller, Jacob M. Namias, Scott-Michael Trung Nguyen, Kerry Nobles, Anthony G. Palmer, Colton Lane Penton, Jessica Drue Penton, Van M. Pflueger, Ashley M. Pidcoe, Calli A. Poche, Tyler B. Polderman, Meghan S. Pomes, Cameron Max Roussel, Alexandra Anne Samples, Jasper S. Sauls, Ryan M. Savoie, Dennan C. Seal, Hunter C. Seal, Hayle R. Shoemake, Hunter Blake Spiers, Danielle Stasney, Samaria O. Stevenson, Marsha Stewart, Cheyenne Autumn Terry, Daniel L. Thomas, Ebonisha C. Thompson, Nicholas Anthony Thompson, William Austin Watson, Mallory Rene Whitfield, Allison Makayla Wilson, Theodore Charles Zagel. Poplarville - Ashton Briann Barnes, Caylen Beall, Tyler W. Breland, Melissa L. Crain, Angela Christien Duncan, Austin B. Fazende, Tyler R. Fricke, Deanna M. Hernandez, Breanna G. Hoelzel, Malloree D. Jenkins, Robert Allen Jenkins, Leyton R. Jolly, Gordon D. Kleyle, Tyler Lawrence Ladner, Jessica D. Lambert, Anthony B. Lee, Caitlen N. Lee, Emma R. Lenoir, Samuel C. Lott, Kayla Ashley Lumpkin, Noel Daniel Marks, Brandon E. McBride, Victoria McMurray, Chadrick W. McClendon, Haley B. McClendon, Bryan W. Mitchell, Jonathan Scott Necaise, Mallory J. Nuccio, Bridget Michelle Orr, Troy Allan Perry, Justin Reed Philyaw, Naru J. Rodrigue Jr., Alfredo Miguel Silva, Brianna S. Smith, Michael Tyler Smith, Dalton Hank Spiers, Courtney Brooke Taylor, Donovan James Touchet, Kaleb J. Wheat, Tamantha (Tammy) Dawn Williams, Aubrey Katherine Witsell. Prentiss - Chakalyn Easterling. Purvis - Christopher Bradey Anderson, Breana M. Arnold, Joseph Michael Austin, Samuel N. Austin, Tyler L. Bond, Clifton Blake Brown, Kimberly Jane Coons, William B. Curtis, Brandon A. Davis, Riley Aritt Davis, Brittany Dillender, Alexander Duckworth, Michael W. Evans, Aerial B. Everett, Kimberly A. Franklin, Zachary L. Garris, Robert Gmerek, Seth Logan Grover, Cody S. Hudson, Katelynn M. Keith, Taylor Renee McCarter, Summer Rachelle Mitchell, Jackie M. Norman, Melissa D. Novak, Valerie Nicole Perryman, Anthony D. Shaw, Abby V. Wade, Amanda Rae Wolfe. Richland - Kyle R. Rankin. Richton - Krista Noel Byrd, Cameron Alan Ford, Abigail Maria Henderson, Heidi Elizabeth Lockhart, Parker Thoms. Roxie - Dedrick A. Weathersby. Sandy Hook - Meshellie L. Boddie, Yasmine Boddie, Shelby Elizabeth McDaniel, Preston D. Taylor. Saucier - Haley M. Lizana, Lonnie A. Scarborough, Jacqueline Rose Shows. Seminary - Rita Jones, Brittney Nicole Mauldin. Silver Creek - Gabriel J. Ericson, Stateline - Cortney Steede West. Summit - Campbell M. Newcomb. Sumrall - Carrie J. Aultman, Jonah G. Brooks, Collin D. Carpenter, Carmen J. Douglas, Demi Goolsby, Kaylie M. Hatten, Timothy W. Hicks, Zachary P. Hicks, Savannah P. Holloway, Kaylan Alexis Inmon, Tristan King, Herman K. Lanham, Hanna P. Lofton, Torian J. Miller, Cammie N. Moree, Cursten J. Newsome, Kameron B. Ochenrider, Abby Riley Pendarvis, Shelby Lee Perry, Rebecca L. Pullen, Sarah Jessica Siders, Nathan Forrest Young. Taylorsville - Josiah Raysionne Hicks. Thaxton - Kelsey S. Bevill. Tupelo - Haley Walker. Tylertown - Chaz W. Coleman, Landon David Jenkins. Union - Jessica Denise Joyner. Walnut - Kevin Dewayne Wells. Waveland - Eddie Demond Chaney, Jaime Rain Hirstius, Mark Johnson, Havalynn L. Smith. Waynesboro - Brooklyn Jade Smith. Wiggins - Devon D. Hand, Breanna N. Johnson, William A. Richey. Winona - Rachel Marie Montgomery. Woodville - Jessica Marie Hendry. Northport, Ala. - Sydney Ellyn Baird. Cantonment, Fla. - William Thomas Russell. Angie, La. - Marypage Mulford. Bogalusa, La. - Shallon Noelle Freeman, Baylee Jewel Mixon, Franklinton, La. - Samantha Leann Jenkins. Slidell, La. - Nicholas J. Breland. Las Cruces, N.M. - Harold Givens.
POPLARVILLE - Pearl River Community College has released the President’s List for the fall 2016 semester. Students must maintain a 4.0 average to be named to the President’s List. They are listed by hometowns: Bay St. Louis - Jerrod Rigby, Brice Alexander Thomas. Biloxi - Amber Dreanna Battise. Brandon - Adam Joseph Minton. Brooklyn - Danielle N. Baker, Kevin A. Grice, Justin O. Souvinette. Carriere - Alejandra Amado Alcantara, Lloyd Alexander, Grisela Marina Amado-Somerville, Christian John Arcement, Taylor Lynn Autin, Dylan N. Baker, Allie B. Cooper, Sarah Copling, Gary R. Easterling, Sarah Marie Egger, Allison R. Fuller, Joseph Grabert, Bradley Thomas Guillot, Blake A. Hendrix, Caitlyn M. Herrin, Michael F. Holmes, Kaylynn Alexis Lange, Gerald Hamilton Lord, Bozena K. Miller, Arnold R. Spiers, Elizabeth Ashley Vogel, Nathan H. Wise. Columbia - Autumn Frances Bowling, Ashley E. Creel, John Dennis, Shaun Christopher Fortenberry, Katelynn E. Franklin, Heath Tyler Greenlee, Philip R. Ham, Cary Lee, Garyn R. Miller, Curtis D. Peters, Alexander Ann Smith, Kelle DeAnna Thigpen, Maria D. Wells. Columbus - Morgan Lott. Foxworth - Cordale Andrew Blocker, Jeremy Matthew Bracey, Gregory Morgan Green, Jessica A. Slocum, Lonnie James Slocum, Abbie S. Stringer, Jarod A. Wild. Grenada - Marquita Natalya Tidwell. Gulfport - Brittany Morgan Carraway, Christopher G. Clark, Billy Moon, Sarah Elizabeth Simmons. Hattiesburg - Lauren Arnold, Rachel A. Beach, Thomas Beasley, Annie Beaugh, Brian P. Breland, Adam H. Brenner, Brandon Edward Brisolara, Mario Joseph Carl, Dewitt Wayne Carney, Olivia M. Carter, Lorenzo Anthony Catlett, Amanda M. Collier, Kevin A. Craft, Karissa Danielle Davis, Carlos Deangloe Denham, Tillman Donati, Axel B. Doyle, Anthony Ray Garner, Christine Gabrielle Guidry, Emma Haymes, Chyna J. Hill, Meaghan Nicole Holsen, Samuel E. Hudson, Taylor C. Lewis, William C. Lofton, Brooke Ashley Lopez, Morgan J. Manring, April K. Martin, Kristen Ashleigh Martin, Brendan R. Massey, Trannie R. McCardle, Alison C. McIntyre, Hettie M. Miller, Lonnie I. Miller, Megan Nicole Mischler, Megan Ann C. Moody, Vance Sims Moore, Lacey B. Morse, Kelvin Newson, Robin Whitehead Oswalt, Joseph David Palermo, Jonathan Lee Parks, Shandria Renee Pharr, Laurel A. Ramsey, Cody Wade Sassman, Gavin Lee Schmittling, Megan N. Seyfarth, Lauren Mary Sibley, Elijah J. Smith, Ashley J. Standberry, Jay C. Van Orsdol, Jeffrey S. Waites, Carrie Ellen Welborn, Stephen K. Wetzel, Clara India Williams, Carley Wilson, Gerald Wilson, Jessica Breanna Wilson. Kiln - Caroline Susan Grafe, Charles Kennedy, Hannah M. Ladner, Carson Maiden, Andrew Roberts, Kaylie J. Sellier, Christopher John Smith, Frank S. Venezia. Laurel - Alexis Brianna Stroud. Leakesville - Mekayla H. Williams. Long Beach - Monique Raenette Lowe. Lucedale - Taylor B. Bolton, Jocelyn Blair Taylor. Lumberton - Kristie L. Belton, Austin Coker, Mason Colby Davis, Dewey Kirk Graham, Walter A. Harry, Leigh Anne Howe, Rebecca Kelly, Jenna Michaela Lee, Jasmine McGill, Raegen C. Miller, Tracey N. Neal, Samuel G. Thompson. Mendenhall - Macy Breanna Green. Moselle - Carlie Olivia Breanne Benoit, Brianna M. Patterson. Moss Point - Sarah Helen Walden. Neely - Samantha Danyale Jackson. Ocean Springs - Rylee Orell Foster. Pass Christian - Caitlin N. Church, Calynn D. Ladner. Pearlington - Maranda Dawn Bennett, Chase D. Bosarge, Jessica J. Steele. Perkinston - Justin D. Anderson, Kristi Alane Guarino, Brady Lee Wilson. Petal - Destiny Elizabeth Barrett, Zachary R. Burrow, Laiken Carter, Jocelin Foster, Gregory M. McClain, Said D. Otwane, Michael Wayne Palmer, Anna Blake Smith, Annie Ruth Woods. Picayune - Emilee K. Burns, Heather Michelle Estis, Hannah Ashley Falls, Cory Keith Guidry, Jenna M. Lee, Taylor Wayne Light, Christian Gage Mitchell, Earl Jacob Nastasi, Caroline Araceli Olvera, Jacob Petitfils, Brandon Lee Rose, Olivia R. Segari, Alaina D. Smith, Erik Wallace Smith, Kaitlyn Denae Smith, Kayla L. Stein, Madden E. Stockstill, Megan Alice Stockstill, Victoria GabriellaVoss, Hannah F. White. Poplarville - Rachel E. Barras, Taylor L. Blossman, Amanda Brumfield, Darlene W. Burge, Alex Jay Copeland, Amanda Blair Davis, David Scott Davis, Jacob Harrison Davis, Bradford C. Garrett, Claude Wayne Halcomb, McKinsy C. Harris, Callie Anna Johnson, Chassidy L. Johnson, Vincent Anthony Martino, Brennon V. Neff, Dustin T. Northrop, Jason N. Pearson, Justin Wyatt Rahmel, Jared Jeffery Revere, Dalton E. Richardson, Grover C. Sanders, David M. Simms, Drew Taylor Smith, Mary Elizabeth Smith, Meagan M. Wheat. Prentiss - Carrie N. Broome, Frederick Dewayne McCollum, Tressa T. Polk. Purvis - James Travis Bryant, Amanda Cain, Melissa Ann Clontz, Alexander T. Dore`, Travis Adam Evans, Jonathan C. Geddes, Clayton C. Hession, Faith B. Lee, Logan D. Lovdahl, Jeffrey Glenn Marshall, Thomas L. Mitchell, Justyce C. Moffett, Keri E. Smith, Zachary J. Tuck. Sandy Hook - Drew Anthony Reagan, Rakeem M. Watson. Saucier - William Christopher Morgan, Shawn Michael Paris. Soso - Stacey Gunter. Summit - Moriah Noel Johns. Sumrall - Shelley Michelle Everett, Stephen T. Foster, Matthew C. Jones, Madeline C. Kerley, Joshua D. Stanley. Waveland - Juwan Brian Hollins, Colleen Quinlan Kirby, Arianna Meghann Selg. Wiggins - Kaylin L. Hickman, Whitney Ruth Miller, Otho Otto Sisson, Meghan J. Sundstrom. Bogalusa, La. - Jordan W. Busby, Caleb S. Kimble, William Patrick McCullough, Presley Olivia Seal. Folsom, La. - Kale J. Killingsworth. Franklinton, La. - Angel Elaine Altentaler Slidell, La. - Tyler Matthew Wagner.
POPLARVILLE – Dr. William A. Lewis, 70, the president of Pearl River Community College since July of 2000, will retire June 30 of this year with almost 50 years of public service in various Mississippi educational institutions. Dr. Lewis informed the PRCC Board of Trustees of his decision Tuesday during its monthly meeting. On July 1, Dr. Adam Breerwood, Vice President for the Poplarville campus and Hancock Center, takes over as PRCC’s 11th president. In April 2015, the PRCC Board of Trustees designated Breerwood president-elect of the two-year college, to succeed Dr. Lewis upon his retirement. “This service to our college has truly been a blessing to me and my family,” said Dr. Lewis. “I believe that our institution has made great strides in becoming a modern-day institution of higher learning that services the needs of our local district and the state of Mississippi.” In his letter to the board of trustees, Dr. Lewis added, “While the best days are ahead for our college, I am convinced that our God has a time and place for each of us. With that in mind, I have spent much time lately considering my future and that of the college while prayerfully seeking guidance. I have now concluded that the time has come for me to move on in life to other endeavors.” During Dr. Lewis’ tenure as head of Mississippi’s first community college, the school has experienced a significant growth in enrollment, developed a national reputation for excellence in teaching and learning, produced a national championship in football, and is widely recognized for the high quality of its arts programs. He was also the driving force behind campus reconstruction following Hurricane Katrina on Aug. 29, 2005. “Pearl River Community College has been extremely blessed to be led by Dr. Lewis for the past 17 years,” said Alan Lumpkin, board of trustees chairman and superintendent of Pearl River County Schools. “His thumbprint can be seen throughout this institution through the planning, construction and renovation of old and new buildings on all campuses. Dr. Lewis has led PRCC into the 21st century with new programs and job training opportunities for not only students of the PRCCdistrict but all of Mississippi and its neighboring states. His leadership has impacted every student and faculty member who has graced the campuses of PRCC. Dr. Lewis will be a Wildcat for life.” Dr. Breerwood, 42, has been affiliated with PRCC as an employee since 1997 when he was hired as assistant baseball coach and previously played baseball at The River in 1994 and 1995. In 2002, he began his career in Community College Administration serving as PRCC’s assistant director of recruitment and orientation before being promoted to director in 2003. A year later, he was named dean of student services where he served for eight years, in 2011 he was promoted to vice president of the College’s main campus. “Dr. Lewis’ impact on Pearl River Community College and the State of Mississippi is immeasurable,” said Breerwood. “I am blessed for having the opportunity to serve with him for 17 years. His experience, wisdom and insight to the field of education were evident every day. He has set a standard of excellence and long-term vision for our institution and his legacy will live forever in the rich history and tradition of PRCC. He will be missed.” Dr. Lewis, a native of Clinton, earned a Bachelor's degree from Mississippi College as well as the Master's and Doctoral degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi. During his service to the state's public education system, his experiences as a professional educator have included teaching, coaching, and administrative assignments in Mississippi's public schools, community colleges, and universities. In 1991, he was appointed superintendent of the Petal School District. During his tenure, the Petal schools consistently ranked among the top districts in Mississippi on statewide measurements of student achievement. The Public Education Forum of Mississippi named Dr. Lewis as executive director in January 1998. In this role he was responsible for directing the activities of a business-support organization established to promote improvement in the state's public education system. During homecoming activities at Mississippi College in October 1999, Dr. Lewis was presented the College's Distinguished Alumni Award from the Department of Teacher Education. In 2014, he was inducted into the Alumni Hall of Fame at the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Lewis is married to the former Janet Ladner of Gulfport. They have two children: Kelli and Jay, and four grandchildren.
POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College Board of Trustees members H.R. Nobles (right) of Petal and Frank Ladner (center) of Hancock County congratulate PRCC President William Lewis after his retirement announcement during Tuesday’s monthly board meeting. PRCC Public Relations photo
POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College Board of Trustee member Don Welsh of Pearl River County, and former director of career and technical education programs, congratulates PRCC President William Lewis after his retirement announcement during Tuesday’s monthly board meeting. PRCC Public Relations photo
POPLARVILLE - Pearl River Community College recently received a grant to start a new career-technical program to meet the needs of a 21st century industry. PRCC received a $215,250 Career and Technical Education Challenge Grant through the Mississippi Community College Board to implement an unmanned aerial systems program. “This is the start-up capital to get this up and going,” said Dr. Scott Alsobrooks, vice president for workforce and economic development. “Our goal is to start classes in August.” PRCC and Tyonek Services Overhaul Facility at Stennis International Airport in Kiln are working together to start the program. “We need a workforce to cover what we do,” said Dean Oden, Tyonek site director. The company, a native American firm based in Alaska, specializes in aircraft modication and unmanned aerial systems or drones at its Kiln facility. The PRCC Board of Trustees officially accepted the grant at its monthly meeting Tuesday, Jan. 10, and authorized a search for an instructor. Classes will be taught at PRCC’s Hancock Center in Waveland. “We’ll use the airport and other places to do lab experiences,” Alsobrooks said. Students will earn a two-year associate in applied science degree. “They will be working their way to the FAA Part 107 operator’s license,” Oden said. “They will learn how to operate and maintain the UAS platform.” Hinds Community College is the only Mississippi community college with a similar program, Alsobrooks said. He can be reached at 601 403-1260 or email@example.com.
POPLARVILLE - The Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation recently approved a third grant to Pearl River Community College for continuation and expansion of its Wildcat Wellness initiative. PRCC received $147,493 for the initiative’s third phase. “We are so honored to have this opportunity to help improve the health and wellness of individuals living in this area,” said Dr. Tara Rouse, Wellness Center director. The Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Mississippi Foundation awarded $286,270 to PRCC in 2012 to replace outdated exercise equipment and construct an outdoor walking track. A $68,000 grant from the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation financed lighting and restrooms at the track. Blue Cross awarded a second grant of $198,171 in 2015 to enhance the Wildcat Wellness Initiative through summer camps for elementary school children, assistance with the “Get Ready to Run” program in Poplarville elementary schools and purchasing outdoor exercise equipment along with bicycles for PRCC students to lease. The latest grant will allow for continuation of the camps, running programs and nutrition demonstrations along with purchase of workstation exercise equipment and construction of a campus bike lane. Monthly fun runs will begin in February, and a healthy cooking demonstration will be part of the Feb. 21 Parent University at Poplarville Lower Elementary School, Rouse said. The Go-Cub-Wild kids’ camps will be held June 19-22. Online registration is available at www.gocubwild.com. Call 601 403-1340 for details.
Pearl River Community College is offering an electrical course at the Jeff Davis VocTech Center in Carson. The course will meet from 5 to 10 p.m. on Wednesday nights from Feb. 1 through March 29 and from 5 to 10 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday nights from April 4 through June 29. Cost is $250. The course will allow students to apply for NCCER credentials in core curriculum and Level 1 electrical. Applications are available at the VocTech Center and must be turned in with clean results of a drug screen at the applicant’s expense and a receipt for full payment. Students must be 18 before the class begins. Tuition assistance is available through the WIOA program at the WIN Job Centers or the SNAP program at the Department of Human Services. For information about tuition assistance, contact Sonya Hunt at 601 336-0069 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For details about the course, contact Cheryl Frierson at 601 403-1113.
A crew from Hunter Engineering Co. installs an alignment rack in the Pearl River Community College automotive technology shop on the Poplarville campus. The rack, which was made in Mississippi, will lift longer and heavier vehicles than the one it replaced, instructor Austin Barrett said. PRCC Public Relations photo
POPLARVILLE - Pearl River Community College recently was notified that it has been designated a Military Friendly® school. The designation, awarded by Victory Media, recognizes higher education institutions for exhibiting leading practices in recruiting and supporting post-military students. PRCC has provided service to more than 200 students who receive veterans education benefits in 2016-17, said Gloria Wasmund, VA Certifying Official. “Generally, about half of those are in academic degree pathways, while the other half are in a career technical program of study,” she said. About 90 percent are enrolled full time. “Our students are a combination of veterans, current service members, spouses and dependents,” Wasmund said. “We provide support to students seeking veterans education benefits, Federal Tuition Assistance, the State Education Assistance Program (SEAP) as well as various other types of benefits or needs.” The Military Friendly® brand is nationally recognized as the original resource on post-military education and employment options for veterans and military families. “Pearl River Community College is very pleased to have been awarded the distinction of being a Military Friendly® college campus,” said Roger Knight, vice president for business and administrative services. “We are very proud of the men and women who serve our country through the military and the sacrifices that they perform for us every day. We consider it an honor to return that service by providing educational opportunities for them to improve upon their careers.”
HATTIESBURG – Classes at Pearl River Community College’s Forrest County Center on Highway 49 have been cancelled for Monday due to the uncertainty of the power situation on the campus as the result of Saturday’s tornado. “Mississippi Power is uncertain as to whether we would have power or not, so we have made the decision to go ahead and cancel classes for Monday and resume on Tuesday,” said PRCC President William Lewis. Classes on PRCC’s main campus in Poplarville and Hancock Center in Waveland will meet as usual on Monday.
Pearl River Community College offers equal education and employment opportunities. The College does not discriminate on the basis of race, religion, color, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, or disability. For inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies or to request accommodations, special assistance, or alternate format publication please contact Tonia Moody, Director of Admissions and Records, ADA/Civil Rights Coordinator, and Title IX Coordinator at P.O. Box 5537, Poplarville, MS 39470 or 601-403-1060.