June 2017

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PRCC board adopts $37.2 million budget
June 14, 2017 - 3:05pm -- admin

     POPLARVILLE - The Pearl River Community College Board of Trustees approved a budget of $37.2 million for the 2017-18 academic year during the regular June meeting on the Poplarville campus Tuesday.
     The budget includes both restricted and unrestricted funds. The new budget is an increase from last year’s budget of $36,767,231.

    Revenue projections for fiscal year 2018 reflect a decrease in state funding ($1.6 million), while funding support from Pearl River Community College’s six-county district included an increase of $174,208.
     Tuition for a full-time student (15 hours or more) is $1,625, a raise of $200 from last year. The hourly rate for in-state students (less than 15 hours) is going from $125 to $140.

      In other business, the board: 

  • Approved a new 10-year contract with Valley Services, Inc., which includes a $600,000 renovation project in the Crosby Hall cafeteria. Work is expected to begin immediately and take up to six weeks.  
  • Approved the hiring of instructors Amanda Lawler (biology, Poplarville), Erick Moffett (chemistry, Poplarville), Cassie Reid (biology, Forrest County Center), Tillman Donati (electronics engineering technology, Forrest County Center), and Ted Egger (interim head football coach).     
  • Approved the new position of WIN Center Case Manager, at the Hattiesburg WIN Center, a 12-month position.
  • Approved the retirement of Kenny Russell from the position of compositor and printer, effective June 30.    
June 14, 2017 - 3:05pm
Lions Band coming to PRCC
June 15, 2017 - 1:03pm -- jbraswell

  POPLARVILLE - The Mississippi Lions All-State Band arrives in Poplarville on Tuesday, June 20, for 10 days of intense rehearsal.
  The band will practice at Pearl River Community College before competing at the Lions International Convention in Chicago.
  About 150 high school musicians, selected by audition, make up the band.
  “This will be the first time Pearl River has hosted the Lions Band in about 30 years,” said Dr Kyle Hill, PRCC director of bands. “The Lions Band is composed of the top band students in the state of Mississippi in grades 9 through 12.”
  Jeff Cannon, who is retired from Pearl High School, is director.
  Six dancers, 16 color guard members, jazz band and percussion musicians begin rehearsals on June 20. The remainder of the band checks in and begins rehearsals on June 21.
  The next six days will be spent in intense preparation with two-a-day parade rehearsals, three concert rehearsals and one lobby show practice. Marching practices will be held near Lamar Hall dormitory on the PRCC campus at 8 a.m. and 6 p.m daily.
  The Mississippi Lions All-State Band holds 32 championships overall and 14 in the past 15 years in the parade competition. The International Parade will be on Sunday, July 2.
  A Grand Concert Finale will be presented at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 28, at the PRCC Brownstone Center for the Arts. The concert is free and open to the public.

June 15, 2017 - 1:03pm
Seal, Ruckel will lead PRCC Honors Institute
June 26, 2017 - 3:12pm -- admin

POPLARVILLE – Dr. Jennifer Seal and Dr. Terri Smith Ruckel have been named new deans of Pearl River Community College’s Honors Institute.

Dr. Seal will serve the Honors Institute on the Poplarville campus and Dr. Ruckel will serve the Honors Institute at the Forrest County Center in Hattiesburg. They will work collaboratively across campuses to plan joint opportunities for Honors students.

“We are very pleased with the progress that the PRCC Honors Institute has experienced since its inception a few short years ago,” said PRCC President William Lewis. “The quality students that are participating in this program are a real asset to our institution.  At the same time, the programmatic and scholarship opportunities that are afforded these students are significant and, in some cases, life-changing.

“I am most confident that the leadership roles that Dr. Ruckel and Dr. Seal have assumed for this program will enable the Honors Institute to continue to grow and to benefit many more Pearl River Community College students.” 

Dr. Seal will add the duties of dean to her role as vice president for planning and institutional research, a position she has held since 2014. Prior to that, she was director of institutional effectiveness and served as a reaffirmation review committee member for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC), the College’s accrediting body.

“The Honors Institute provides an excellent experience for students who want to challenge themselves academically,” said Dr. Seal.  

She chairs several college committees, including the Women’s Health Symposium steering committee, and has served on the Honors Institute advisory board. In addition, Seal currently serves as president of the Hancock County School District Board of Education and as president of the Rotary Club of Poplarville. 

Dr. Ruckel has served as Honors Coordinator at the Forrest County Center since 2012 and has served as a member of the Honors Institute advisory board from its inception. She currently serves Mississippi and Louisiana as the associate regional coordinator for Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society for the two-year colleges, while she continues to work with Beta Tau Gamma, the award-winning local chapter on the Forrest County Center campus.

“There are so many exciting opportunities associated with this position, not the least of which is working with Dr. Seal,” said Dr. Ruckel. “The commitment of Dr. Lewis and Pearl River to outstanding scholarly activity has clearly made a difference in the past six years, and I am looking forward to working with Dr. Seal to strengthen and advance an already strong reputation in honors education.”

An honors education at Pearl River includes personal attention, award winning faculty, lectures and seminars, study-travel experiences, research opportunities, and career-building studies – all designed to enhance a classic education and to prepare students for a lifetime of achievement.

According to Dr. Ruckel, “The Honors Institute provides opportunities like those which might be found at a much more expensive liberal arts college.”

The opportunities are significant, as last spring’s numbers prove: Honors graduates earned more than $500,000 in total transfer scholarships. As a means of growing that impressive figure, Seal and Ruckel are planning a series of workshops for Honors Institute students on both campuses.

June 26, 2017 - 3:12pm
PRCC athletes earn Academic All-State honors
June 28, 2017 - 5:01pm -- admin

PRCC AD Jeff LongPOPLARVILLE – The 2016-17 school year was another banner year for student-athletes at Pearl River Community College, as 52 Wildcats were selected as Academic All-State by the MACJC.

Athletes who posted a 3.25 grade-point average or better were eligible for the recognition, and those student-athletes who finished the year with a GPA of 3.80 or better were honored as Distinguished All-State selections.

PRCC athletes earning Distinguished All-State honors were Gage Clark, baseball (4.0); Jerrod Rigby, men’s basketball (4.0); Kristen Martin, softball (3.96); Sarah Walden, women’s soccer (3.92); Kayla Nobles, women’s soccer (3.90); Jordan Ahlgren, women’s soccer (3.85) and Tyler Polderman, men’s soccer (3.83).

“One thing we’re extremely proud of is the success of our student-athletes in the classroom,” said PRCC athletic director Jeff Long.

“This is something we’ve really focused on the last year or two, and that’s being students first. This recognition shows that that emphasis has paid off across the board with all of our sports.”

In addition to the individual honors, the Wildcat women’s soccer team and the baseball team were named as All-State Academic Team of the Year after finishing the year with the highest team GPA of any MACJC school in their respective sports.

The Lady Wildcat soccer team posted a team GPA of 3.47, while the baseball Wildcats finished with a GPA of 3.21.

“In my 10 years here, we’ve been in the 3.3s a few times, but we’d never broken 3.4, and to not only do that, but finish above 3.45 is something we’re extremely proud of,” said veteran Lady Wildcats coach Jack Byrd. “We’re going to strive to do better than that next year.”

In all, 13 players from the Lady Wildcat soccer team made the All-State list. The Wildcat softball team also had 13 players on the All-State list, along with 12 baseball players, nine men’s soccer players, three from women’s basketball and two from football.

“This is something I take a great deal of pride in,” said Michael Avalon, who recently completed his first season as PRCC baseball coach.

“During my five years at Mississippi Delta, we were either first or second, and ranked nationally, all five years, and that was one of my goals for us when I came here.”

Other Academic All-State honorees were: Mikel Anderson (football), Taylor Anderson (men’s soccer), Brody Bray (baseball), Luke Bradley (baseball), Rylee Dawsey (softball), Sarah Depperschmidt (softball), Parker Dungan (baseball), Ilyssa Easton (softball), Kyle Estess (men’s soccer), Rylee Foster (women’s soccer), Jason Garrett (baseball), Karsen Gildea (women’s soccer), T.J. Gines Jr. (men’s soccer), Caroline Grafe (women’s soccer), Travis Harper (men’s soccer), Abby Henderson (women’s soccer), Olivia Holley (softball), Mark Johnson (men’s soccer/football), Kaley Lambert (softball), Peyton Lee (baseball), Spencer Martin (men’s soccer), Austin Moffett (baseball), Olivia Moger (women’s soccer), Kyla Malone (women’s basketball), John Moore (baseball), Susan Morgan (softball), Noah Nicaud (baseball), Lacey Polderman (women’s soccer), Kyle Rankin (men’s soccer), Mia Richardson (women’s soccer), Mary Rieger (women’s soccer), Krista Robles (softball), Alycia Schwartz (women’s soccer), Madison Scoggin (softball), Jackie Shows (softball), Brook Smith (softball), Melly Snyder (women’s soccer), Kiersten Stanford (softball), Adyn Strickland (women’s basketball), Ramee Taylor (softball), Parker Thoms (baseball), Dylan Usry (baseball), Charisma Walker (women’s basketball), Logan Walters (baseball) and Brian Wright (men’s soccer).

June 28, 2017 - 5:01pm