August 2017

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Practical nursing students finish course
August 1, 2017 - 11:08am -- jbraswell

  POPLARVILLE- Graduates of the Pearl River Community College practical nursing course on the Poplarville campus and at the Forrest County Center received their certificates and pins during a ceremony on Thursday, July 27 at White Coliseum in Poplarville.
  They are now eligble to take the state licensing exams and go to work.
  Tyler Wagner of Slidell, La., was recognized as valedictorian of the Poplarville class, a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society and special honors graduate. Salutatorian Hilary Smith of Petal graduated with honors.
  Valedictorian of the Forrest County Center class was Emma Haynes of Tulsa, OK, who graduated with special honors, and salutatorian was Sarah Siders of Sumrall, who graduated with honors.
  Graduates from the Poplarville program include Meagan Lee of Picayune, PTK member and honors graduate; Calli Poche of Picayune, honors; Haylee Pierce of Columbia, PTK; Shalon Lopez, Brittany Marlborough and Tanesha Roche, all of Picayune; Angela Duncan, KaShandra Peters and Hailey Shoemake, all of Poplarville; Arica Bennett and Felicia Mitchell, both of Carriere; Mia Magee and Carrie Welborn, both of Hattiesburg; Jasmine Adams of Bassfield, Tiana Davis of Jackson Ashley Farmer of Wiggins, Waynika Hampton-Norris of Slidell, La., Kristi King of Sumrall, Kaisha Natiel of Diamondhead, Seth McCain of Columbia and Veronica Sanders of Perkinston.
Forrest County Center graduates are Monique Lowe of Long Beach, special honors and PTK; Carisa Breakfield of Foxworth, honors and PTK; Sabrina Sims and Jelisa Stewart, both of Columbia, honors and PTK; Carlie Benoit of Moselle, honors; Aisha Newell of Hattiesburg, PTK; Rebecca Lenkowski of Biloxi, honors; Sherika McGhee of Meadville, PTK; Precious Simmons of Yonkers, N.Y., PTK; Aaliyah Tate of Tylertown, PTK; Janica Bester, Tyesha Cooley, Marissa Lee, Whitney Palmer, Lori Poole, Lenora Robinson and Matthew Sims, all of Hattiesburg; Kayla Freeman and NiQueria McSwain, both of Richton; Dominiqua Harper and Undrea Harris, both of Hazlehurst; Amanda Brister of Purvis, Tabatha Lewis of McComb, Jaimi Jackson of Columbia, Elexis Simmons of Petal and Jason Tingle of New Augusta.

Graduates of the Pearl River Community College practical nursing programs at the Forrest County Center and the Poplarville campus are, first row from left, Matthew Sims of Hattiesburg, Amanda T. Brister of Purvis, Elexis Simmons of Petal, Monique Lowe of Long Beach, Emma Haymes of Tulsa, OK., Sarah Siders of Sumrall, Sabrina Sims of Columbia, Tyesha Cooley of Hattiesburg, Tabatha Lewis of McComb; second row, Aaliyah Tate of Tylertown, Precious Simmons of Yonkers, N.Y., NiQueria McSwain of Richton, Sherika McGhee of Meadville, Ashia Newell of Hattiesburg, Rebecca Lenkowski of Biloxi, Jaimi Jackson of Columbia, Jason Tingle of New Augusta, Jeslia Stewart of Columbia; third row, Carisa Breakfield of Foxworth, Carlie Benoit of Moselle, Kayla Freeman of Richton, Marissa Lee of Hattiesburg, Dominiqua Harper of Hazlehurst, Whitney Palmer and Mia Magee, both of Hattiesburg; Seth McCain of Columbia, Hailey Shoemake of Poplarville; fourth row, Brittany Marlborough of Picayune, Meagan Lee of Picayune, Felecia Mitchell and Arica Bennett, both of Carriere; Ashley Farmer of Wiggins, Angela Duncan of Poplarville, Kristi King of Sumrall, Calli Poche of Picayune, Janica Bester of Hattiesburg; fifth row, Tyler Wagner of Slidell, La.; Shalon Lopez of Picayune, Tiana Davis of Jackson, Veronica Sanders of Perkinston, Kashandra Peters of Poplarville, Kashia Natiel of Diamondhead, Haylee Pierce of Columbia, Waynika Hampton-Norris of Slidell, La.; sixth row, Carrie Welborn of Hattiesburg, Hillary Smith of Petal, Undrea Harris of Hazlehurst and Lori Poole of Hattiesburg. Not pictured are Jasmine Adams of Bassfield, Tanesha Roche of Picayune and Lenora Robinson of Hattiesburg.
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August 1, 2017 - 11:08am
Register Aug. 10 and 11 for fall semester
August 4, 2017 - 8:16am -- jbraswell

  POPLARVILLE - Pearl River Community College will have open registration Thursday, Aug. 10, and Friday, Aug. 11, at all locations.
  Registration at the Forrest County Center in Hattiesburg and at the Poplarville campus will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day. Hours at the Hancock Center in Waveland will be 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  The class schedule can be viewed at Click on the Academics tab at the top of the page and the class schedule link on the left.
  Classes begin Monday, Aug. 14.

August 4, 2017 - 8:16am
Breerwood leads first professional develoment session
August 7, 2017 - 2:57pm -- jbraswell

  POPLARVILLE - The 2017-18 year at Pearl River Community College kicked off Monday with new president Dr. Adam Breerwood presiding over professional development meetings.
  All employees from custodians to vice presidents assembled in the Brownstone Center for the Arts to hear Breerwood base a message on the exploits of Hernan Cortez.
  The Spanish explorer ordered his crews burn their boats when they landed in Mexico to conquer the Aztecs and explained they would return home in boats seized from the Aztecs.
  “That’s the level of committment we need to get Pearl River Community College where we need to be,” Breerwood said in a short video. “We’re going to burn the boats, no retreat, no surrender.”
  He came to PRCC as a first-generation college student on a baseball scholarship and has served the college as a coach, teacher and administrator while completing his degrees.
  “There’s no place I’d rather be,” he said. “Why can’t Pearl River Community College be the best? I’ve never understood the concept of it’s ok to be second best.
  “I think about our students a lot, different ways to alleviate the challenges, the obstacles. I believe we can change lives here. I wouldn’t be standing here today if I didn’t.”
  Breerwood acknowledged PRCC faces budget challenges but said he and his administration will deal with them without lots of complaining. But he promised to communicate with employees, leading to transparency and responsibility.
  “Everybody has a role in this,” Breerwood said. “There’s only so much room on this boat. Give me an opportunity. I guarantee you we’ll change lives on a daily basis.”
  The faculty also heard from Dr. Sam Jones, motivational speaker and vice president for student affairs at Jones County Junior College. Jones also spoke to a breakfast for members of the PRCC Leadership Classes of 2011-2017.
  Classes begin Monday, Aug. 14. Registration continues Thursday and Friday at all three PRCC campuses.

Dr. Adam Breerwood, president of Pearl River Community College, speaks at the college’s professional development event on Monday, Aug. 7.

August 7, 2017 - 2:57pm
New employees meet for orientation
August 8, 2017 - 11:44am -- jbraswell

New employees at Pearl River Community College went through orientation on Tuesday, Aug. 1. They are, seated from left, football offensive coordinator Ryan Trevathan, biology instructor Amanda Lawler, Sarah Simmons, adult education navigator at Forrest County Center; Cassie Reid, FCC biology instructor; Hancock Center English instructor Shari Brooks, Stephanie Clark, Hattiesburg WIN Center case manager; standing, John Ladner, unmanned aerial systems instructor; chemistry instructor Erick Moffett, FCC chemistry instructor Jeff Tinnon, advisor Alexandra Kennedy, Daphne Stevens, coaching and professional development specialist; FCC electronics instructor Tim Donati, Melanie Davis, early childhood academy coordinator; Deloris Butler, Hattiesburg WIN Center adult education-computer instructor; and Darby Lenoir, Picayune WIN Center adult education-computer instructor. Not pictured is associate degree nursing instructor Malcolm Hotzman.
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August 8, 2017 - 11:44am
Clark named director of year
August 8, 2017 - 2:50pm -- jbraswell

   POPLARVILLE - Terri Clark, director of Adult Education Services at Pearl River Community College, was recently named director of the year for the southern region of the state of Mississippi.
   Clark’s award was presented at the Adult Education State Conference, which was sponsored by the Mississippi Community College Board.
   “It is an incredible honor to be recognized as Adult Education director of the year for the southern region,” said Clark.
   “I am fortunate to work alongside the best adult education staff in the state. During the 2016-2017 academic year, our team assisted more than 1,100 adults in our district with improving their reading and math skills. More than 250 of these adults earned their high school equivalency with PRCC.”
   Clark has been director of PRCC’s program since 2015. Prior to that time, she worked as adult education counselor at PRCC from 2009-15 and as a school counselor in the Forrest County School district from 2005-09.
   “I am honored to serve with such a strong instructional team who truly wants to assist adults in reaching their academic goals,” said Clark. “I am excited about the upcoming semester and look forward to serving many more adults needing a high school equivalency diploma.”

August 8, 2017 - 2:50pm
Board members recognized for service
August 9, 2017 - 8:18am -- jbraswell

Pearl River Community College President Adam Breerwood (right) presents Frank Ladner of Bay St. Louis with a plaque recognizing Ladner’s 25 years of service as a member of the PRCC Board of Trustees, representing Hancock County. The presentation was made Tuesday, Aug. 8, during the August board meeting.
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Pearl River Community College President Adam Breerwood (center) presents Tony Waits, left, of Prentiss and Dale Purvis of Sumrall with plaques recognizing their 10 years of service on the PRCC Board of Trustees. Waits, a pharmacist, represents Jeff Davis County. Purvis, president of COMSOUTH, represents Lamar County. The presentation was made Tuesday, Aug. 8, during the August board meeting.
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August 9, 2017 - 8:18am
Moving into the dorm
August 10, 2017 - 1:06pm -- jbraswell

Candace Martin of Gulfport laughs as Ben Jones of Poplarville, right, and Jared Truxillo of Bay St. Louis help her move into Forrest Hall at Pearl River Community College. Jones, Truxillo and other PRCC Wildcat cheerleaders were helping students move on Thursday, Aug. 10. Classes begin Monday, Aug. 14.
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Hannah Walker of Picayune, left, and Jasmine Evans of Collins fill out identification cards for head resident Mary Dell Smith on Thursday, Aug. 14, as they move into Forrest Hall for the fall semester at Pearl River Community College. Waiting her turn is Sharnece Evans of Lawrence.
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Janay Ross of Pascagoula struggles with a case of color guard flags as she moves into Forrest Hall at Pearl River Community College on Thursday, Aug. 14. Hidden behind the cart is her friend, Roy Rogers of Gautier.
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William Masters of Purvis and his mom, Leslie Masters, carry his belongings into Lamar Hall at Pearl River Community College. In the background is Noah Rafferty of Ocean Springs. Fall semester classes begin Monday, Aug. 14.

August 10, 2017 - 1:06pm
Radiologic technology students graduate
August 14, 2017 - 8:34am -- jbraswell

Nine graduates of the Radiologic Technology program at Pearl River Community College’s Forrest County Center received pins Aug. 10 at the Lowery A. Woodall Advanced Technology Center in a ceremony marking the end of their two years of study. They included, first row from left, Brooke Wactor of Picayune and Emilie Rushing of Wiggins; second row, Anna Smith of Petal and Brandon Lerner of Pass Christian; third row, Ashley Standberry of McComb and Taylor Smith of Purvis; fourth row, Ashley Pidcoe of Picayune and Ellen Christian-Thomas of Brandon. Not pictured is Toni Loomis of Picayune. Program director is Hope Husband and clinical coordinator is Kristie Windham. 

August 14, 2017 - 8:34am
Three area musicians to celebrate the blues
August 14, 2017 - 1:57pm -- jbraswell

  POPLARVILLE - Pearl River Community College will host a celebration of the blues on Tuesday, Aug. 29, as part of Mississippi Bicentennial observance.
  The event begins at 7 p.m. at the Brownstone Center for the Arts and is free.
  Dr. Mark Malone, coordinator of music education at William Carey University and former PRCC choral director, will present a history of the blues followed by performances by Wes Lee of Petal and Vasti Jackson of Hattiesburg.
  “We’re taking blues from its roots with the solo guitarist all the way through the rock influences with Vasti and his band,” said Dr. Kyle Hill, Brownstone Center director.
  The concert is funded through a Bicentennial grant from the Mississippi Humanities Council.
  Malone is co-author of the Mississippi Blues Trail Curriculum for the Mississippi Arts Commission. The study guide is written for fourth grade classes but can be adapted for use throughout high school.
  Lee plays a dobro-type blues guitar while Jackson’s music has more of a rock influence, Hill said.
  “Wes does a lot of solo work, which is the way the blues started,” Hill said. “He’s won a lot of awards and plays a lot of blues festivals. What he does is not mainstream. Vasti, of course, is Grammy nominated. He’s coming off a big year.”
  Tickets are not required for the concert.

Dr. Mark Malone

Vasti Jackson

Wes Lee

August 14, 2017 - 1:57pm
Cafeteria has new look, menus
August 16, 2017 - 8:48am -- jbraswell

  POPLARVILLE - Pearl River Community College students discovered a lot of new looks and food options Tuesday when the remodeled Olivia Bender Cafeteria serving line opened.
Valley Services, which operates PRCC food services, spent $600,000 to rip out the old serving lines and install new stations that offer some old favorites along with new food choices.
  “This is a new system for the company,” said Leah Woodward, PRCC food services manager. “We’re the guinea pig. I’m trying to figure out what the kids like, what we’re going to change.”
  The new area opened Tuesday to generally positive reviews from returning sophomores.
  “The food’s a lot better,” said Hunter King of Carriere.
  Lucas Williams of Picayue praised the look but complained that students milling around made it seem crowded.
  Woodward acknowledged that everybody has to get used to the new routine - no trays, several stations for picking up food rather than one long line, drink dispensers away from the food lines.
  “Once it gets in order, I think it will be good,” said Ashlyn Smith of Picayune.
  The revamped cafeteria offers nine stations:
 • Rotisserie - slow roasted chicken and other meats along with traditional side dishes.
• Pizza and Italian - flatbreads, calzones and pizzas.
• Current trends - vegetarian, Vietnamese, Italian, Chinese, Mexican, barbeque.
• Café Classics - traditional southern food.
• Deli Depot - sandwiches and wraps, house-made pickles and chips, side salads.
• Salad bar - traditional along with seasonal local ingredients.
• Soup, baked potato and pasta bar.
• Sweet Sensations - hot desserts, ice cream and toppings, “Itty Bitty” desserts.
• Breakfast - waffle bar and cereal available at all meals.
  Digital signs display the various menus.
  “Most of it changes from day to day,” Woodward said. The menu for the evening meal isn’t as elaborate, she said.
  Valley designed the layout specifically for PRCC, said Todd Hickman, district manager.
  “That’s completely unique,” he said. “We have nine of the community colleges in the state. That is by far the best serving area of all the community colleges.”
  As with any project, a few kinks remained on opening day - the big rotisserie and ice cream dispensers weren’t operational yet.
  The cafeteria is open 7 to 9 a.m. for breakfast, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. for lunch and 4:30 to 6 p.m. for supper. Visitor prices are $4.85 plus tax for breakfast and $6.50 plus tax for other meals. All prices are all-you-can eat.

Annie Fowler, center, and Fay Donston serve students at the Café Classics station in the revamped Pearl River Community College cafeteria.
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The Deli Depot at the Pearl River Community College cafeteria offers sandwiches, side salads and housemade chips and pickles.
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Food service employee Gerrica Morris, center, and food services manager Leah Woodward fix dishes at the trends station at the remodeled Pearl River Community College cafeteria.
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Pearl River Community College information technology employee Tevin Noel gets chicken from Randy King at the Rotisserie station while assistant baseball coach Anthony Izzo waits his turn.
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August 16, 2017 - 8:48am
Foundation funds Honors lecture series
August 16, 2017 - 2:04pm -- jbraswell

  POPLARVILLE - A grant from the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation will allow Pearl River Community College to present two free programs to students and the public during the 2017-18 year.
  The $30,000 grant funds the Dr. William A. Lewis Honors Institute Lyceum Lecture Series, beginning with an Oct. 17 presentation by undersea explorer Dr. Robert Ballard.
  “The Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation has provided outstanding opportunities for our faculty, staff and students over the years,” said Dr. Adam Breerwood, PRCC president. “The Dr. William A. Lewis Honors Institute lecture series is one of the most anticipated events on our campus each fall and would not be possible without the support of the LPRVF.”
  Ballard, best known for his discovery of the wreckage of the Titanic, is also an author and college professor. He was featured in a National Geographic television program chronicling discovery of the Titanic and also discovered the wreckages of the German battleship Bismarck, the American aircraft carrier Yorktown, John F. Kennedy’s PT-109 and the lost fleet of Guadalcanal.
  “Those who are aware of Dr. Ballard know of his significant contributions to the oceanography world,” said Dr. Jennifer Seal, dean of the Honors Institute on the Poplarville campus and vice president for planning and institutional research. “Those who are unaware of Dr. Ballard’s contributions will be amazed at his underwater explorations and their impact on society.
  “Dr. Ballard is a truly passionate explorer and motivates others to ask questions in order to open doors to the unknown.”
  The lecture series, which has featured physicist Michio Kaku, ABC news anchor John Quinones and British actor David Payne, is free and open to the public. A second program will be held during the spring semester.
  “The foundation is pleased to partner with the college in bringing educational enrichment to both students and adults in our region,” said Clyde Dease, foundation president. “Through the lecture series, a variety of talented individuals who have national acclaim can be brought to campus and expose our students to the best in the arts, scientific, technical and academic accomplishments. This exposure may be the spark that motivates one of our students to achieve greatness.”

Clyde Dease, president of the Lower Pearl River Valley Foundation, presents a grant to Dr. Jennifer Seal, dean of the Honors Institute at Pearl River Community College, and PRCC President Dr. Adam Breerwood for the Lyceum Lecture Series.
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August 16, 2017 - 2:04pm
Cheerleaders ready for football season
August 23, 2017 - 10:54am -- jbraswell

  POPLARVILLE - The Pearl River Community College Wildcat cheer squad came back from summer camp with prizes, ribbons and titles.
  The cheerleaders were named one of two Most Improved squads at the Universal Cheerleading Association camp at the University of Alabama. The other was from the University of Mississippi.
   The Wildcats placed third overall in their division and won competitions for their game day and fight song routines. The cheerleaders and mascot also received All-Superior ribbons each of the four days of camp, which was held July 27-30.
  “They did incredibly well,” said second-year cheer coach Meghan Byrd. “This is one of the most tightly knit group of young people I’ve ever been around.”
  Captain Hana Pitts of Sumrall and Jason Davis of Poplarville received a perfect score in partner stunt competition.
  The rest of the squad includes Abbey Fisher of Pass Christian, Elizabeth Glenn of Diamondhead, Karrigan White of Long Beach, Green Grayson of Magee, Harlee Stuart, Addison Smith, Ben Jones and Mckinsy Harris, all of Poplarville; Hailey Bernard, Kirsten Brunson and Austin Watson, all of Picayune; Makinley Taylor and Juan Hudson, both of Hattiesburg; Savannah Peterson and Brailey Raphael, both of Kiln; Kallie Ezell of Lucedale, Gillian May of Columbia, Carmen Douglas of Sumrall, captain Dylan Ingram of Carriere, Deshawn Evans of Gulfport and Jared Truxillo of Bay St. Louis.
   Mascots are Richard Patton of Poplarville and Wesley Fortenberry of Columbia. Assistant coach is Corey Willis.

The 2017-18 Wildcat cheer squad at Pearl River Community College is, kneeling from left, Karrigyn White of Long Beach, Savannah Peterson of Kiln, Makinley Taylor of Oak Grove, Grayson Green of Magee, Kirsten Brunson of Picayune, captain Hana Pitts of Sumrall, Brailey Raphael of Kiln, Kallie Ezell of Lucedale, Hailey Bernard of Picayune, Elizabeth Glenn of Diamondhead, Carmen Douglas of Sumrall, Harlee Stuart of Poplarville; standing, coach Meghan Byrd, mascot Wesley Fortenberry and Gillian May, both of Columbia; Mckinsy Harris, Ben Jones of Poplarville and Jason Davis, all of Poplarville; Juan Hudson of Hattiesburg, captain Dylan Ingram of Carriere, Jared Truxillo of Bay St. Louis, Deshawn Evans of Gulfport, Austin Watson and Addison Smith, both of Picayune; Abbey Fisher of Long Beach, mascot Richard Patton of Poplarville and assistant coach Corey Willis.
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August 23, 2017 - 10:54am
PRCC to host Lunch and Learn
August 29, 2017 - 8:37am -- jbraswell

  POPLARVILLE - Pearl River Community College in cooperation with the Poplarville Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Lunch and Learn meeting at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 7, in the west dining room of the Bender Cafeteria.
  County supervisors will present a briefing about courthouse annexes and upcoming county projects.
  Tickets are $7 for chamber members and $10 for non-members. Reserve a seat by calling 601 403-1420 or 601 403-1379 or by emailing

August 29, 2017 - 8:37am
FCC ACT boot camp registration is Sept. 6
August 29, 2017 - 8:54am -- jbraswell

  The registration deadline is Wednesday, Sept. 6, for the fall ACT Boot Camp at Pearl River Community College’s Forrest County Center.
  The camp will be held on Friday, Sept. 15, for junior and senior high school students preparing for the ACT. Cost is $55 and includes a study guide.
  The camp will be taught by Dr. Jennifer Seal, ACT Prep Specialist and PRCC vice president. She will provide tips and techniques to improve scores.
  Subject area topics include punctuation marks and right answer vs best answer for the English portion of the test; translating word problems into solutions and overall math review; differences in question types and increasing reading comprehension; and recognizing differences in science problems and the Scientific Method.
  Register by 4 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 6, with Brenda Wells, PRCC director of professional and community development, 101 Highway 11 North, Box 5558, Poplarville, MS 39470; 601 403-1379;

August 29, 2017 - 8:54am