Emilie Aplin and Jolie Pervel named Outstanding PRCC Employees for Summer 2023 

August 29, 2023

Emilie Aplin, Technical Processing Librarian and Adjunct Instructor, and Jolie Pervel, Office Manager/ Recruiting Assistant, were recently recognized as the recipients of Outstanding PRCC Employee for July and June 2023, respectively. They were given certificates containing their nomination information and several goodies in honor of their hard work. 

A Wiggins resident, Aplin came to PRCC in 2020 as the Technical Processing Library Assistant. She moved into her current position in 2022. Along with her work in the Poplarville Campus Library, she teaches Orientation classes. 

Six women stand together outside building. One woman holds a certificate and bag, while another hold balloons.
Emilie Aplin receives recognition as the Outstanding PRCC Employee for July 2023.

“I am truly touched to receive this recognition, and it means even more knowing that the nomination came from one of my students,” said Aplin. “They are the reason we are here, after all.  

“A lot of times in life–no matter who you are or what you do–you don’t get a chance to know the impact you’re having on others. Then something like this happens, and just like that, you know what you’re doing is making a difference to someone. The people I’ve encountered at The River—students and employees alike—are some of the best when it comes to expressing appreciation and gratitude for a job well done.” 

Director of College Libraries Tracy Smith expressed her thoughts on why Emilie is so deserving of the recognition. 

“Emilie is an employee who exemplifies the Wildcat Way,” said Smith.  “She is the perfect blend of intelligence and compassion; she never fails to show empathy and kindness to everyone.  She possesses an outstanding work ethic, never shies away from a challenge, and is a relentless hard worker who always goes the extra mile.” 

Pervel began her association with PRCC as a child when her family lived on campus. Pervel earned her Associate of Applied Science degree in Business Management in May 2022. During her time as a student, she was the work-study for the Marketing Department and was active with the Baptist Student Union.  

“Working here at The River, we often hear how we should strive to provide good customer service,” said Pervel. “What is not spoken aloud, is that providing good service begins with having the heart of a servant.  

“In my time here as a student and now employee, I see this servant’s heart in many of those around me, committed to more than just “good customer service.” There are folks here who want to see these students’ lives change for the better. The Lord has allowed me this season to ensample that characteristic from those around me.” 

Pervel made the transition from PRCC graduate to staff member in July 2022 when she accepted the reimagined position of Office Manager/Recruiting Assistant. 

“Jolie is the epitome of what makes our Wildcat Family so great, as she always carries herself in the Wildcat Way, with pride, respect, class, and character,” said Kari Eve Valence. “Having known Jolie since she was a student and now to have her on our team as an employee, Jolie holds a very special place in my heart. I am so proud that she was chosen for this recognition, and I know she will continue to provide smiles, warm welcomes, and the best Wildcat experience to all she encounters here at Pearl River.” 

Jolie Pervel is surprised with recognition as Outstanding PRCC Employee for June 2023.

Anyone wishing to nominate a current PRCC employee can do so monthly through the PRCC website at prcc.edu/nominate-prcc-employee/.  


Emilie Aplin, Trael Hinton, Brad Frazier, Lisa Mapp, Jolie Pervel, Carlos Sanchez, and Robert Vincent. 

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Article by Laura O’Neill. Photography by Alexx Kennedy. Videography by River Roderick.

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