PRCC honors retirees, others at annual appreciation dinner

POPLARVILLE – Pearl River Community College honored eight retirees at the annual Faculty-Staff Appreciation Dinner on May 5 at the home of President William and Janet Gale Lewis on the Poplarville campus.They are Dr. Joyce Applegate, biology instructor; Mary Benson, Forrest County Center librarian; Richard Byrd, automotive mechanics technology instructor; Peggy Dease, director of nursing education; Charles Ferguson, biology instructor; Dr. John Grant, vice president for instruction; Catherine Merrikin, office systems technology instructor at the Forrest County Center; and Don Welsh, director of career and technical education.Together, they have taught or worked at PRCC for almost 200 years.Also at the dinner, which was a western-themed barbeque, 25 employees were recognized for benchmark years of service. They include:Ten years – Karen Bond, math instructor; Melissa Bryant, dual enrollment practical nursing instructor, Forrest County Center; Dr. Bob Escudero, Student Support Services director; Judith Shaw, early childhood development technology instructor; and Ruby Smith, GED instructor, Forrest County Center. They received PRCC pins.Fifteen years – Lourie Barnett, electronics technology instructor; Carlene Hague, nursing education secretary; Karen Carlisle, dental assisting technology instructor, Forrest County Center; Dr. Patti Crowson, physical therapist assistant director, Forrest County Center; Gwendolyn Jordan, early childhood development technology assistant; Scott Kimball, history and geography instructor; Porter Soley, brick, block and masonry instructor; and Dr. Aleta Sullivan, biology instructor. They also received PRCC pins.Twenty years – Rick Baker, transportation manager; James Bryant, custodian, Forrest County Center; Barbara Mathis, English instructor; Richard Mathis, basketball coach and athletic director; Janice Stevens, medical office technology instructor; Carol Williams, business marketing and management technology instructor; and Kaye Holston, financial aid secretary, Forrest County Center. They received PRCC soft-sided brief cases.Thirty years – Buddy Elbers, electrical technology instructor; Lindsay Loustalot, nursing instructor; Dr. Ann Moore, counseling center director. They received PRCC clocks.Thirty-five years – Peggy Dease, nursing education director; and Jeanne Dyar, librarian. They received PRCC briefcases and clocks.

Each community college president is asked to bring two (2) wrapped door prizes, minimum value of $50 each. We will have a station set up at the conference for you to drop off the door prizes.

Each community college is asked to provide name tags for their Board members, administration, and staff attending the conference.