Students in the occupational therapy assistant program showed Spirit around their lab.
October 18, 2018 - Spirit, Panola College’s pint size pony, has been traveling all over campus to bring awareness to Panola’s 2018 employee campaign, Searching for Spirit. Spirit helped the employees find their spirit of giving by visiting different departments, classrooms, and even making appearances out in the community. Spirit’s various adventures could be found on the College’s social media sites each day.
Each year, Panola College employees participate in a campaign during the first six weeks of the fall semester to help raise funds for student scholarships, athletics, fine arts, the Panola College Foundation, and any other program at the College that is important to them. The Employee Campaign began four years ago and has continued to grow each year.
“The employee campaign reminds us to give back. It’s fun, and it’s what we are supposed to do,” says Don Clinton, Vice President of Student Services. “We put a lot of time, effort, and money into all of our hobbies, our churches, our families, and we should do the same with our job to make it a better working environment and to help others. It’s what it is all about.”
This year the Panola College employee campaign raised over $19,000 in just a little over a month. Employees designated the largest portion to the Panola College Foundation, followed closely by a scholarship fund created specifically by the faculty and staff at the College to support students financially. Academic programs, fine arts, and athletic teams also received donations during the campaign.
While the amount the employees raised is impressive and generous, it is not the what Panola College considers the biggest triumph of the campaign. Jessica Pace, Director of Institutional Advancement, says it is really the percentage of participation in the campaign that shows real success.
“The percentage of participation is what we believe makes the largest statement. The number of participants we have in the employee campaign shows that the employees at the College truly care about the students that attend Panola and want to see students reach their goals. Employees want to see each student succeed, so giving back to support them seems fitting.”
Panola College’s 2018 employee campaign boasted a 67% participation rate, up from 60% in 2017. To make the campaign a little more exciting, each year the executive council at Panola College challenges employees to reach a certain goal. This campaign the goal was set at a 65% participation rate. Employees not only reached the goal but surpassed it. As a thank you and in the spirit of service, the executive council helped serve lunch at the annual Fall Frolic for the students, faculty, and staff.
“The employee campaign creates an atmosphere of giving, and it creates this atmosphere in a fun and exciting way,” said Sarah Bush, mathematics professor. “You want to give out of compassion. You feel a need and you want to meet that need. Sometimes you have to give because of that spirit that is in you to give.”
Reanna Hart, Panola College recruiter, shared her opinion about why she participated each year in the employee campaign.
“It’s kind of fun and competitive in one sense, but you also get to see what your giving does for other people. You get to see students when they come to Panola, and you get to see how the money is used so they can take classes and continue their education. These students may not have been able to complete those classes if the employees at Panola didn’t give.”
The employee campaign may only take place a few weeks out of the year, but the spirit of giving can be found daily at Panola College.
“I see examples of the spirit of giving all around campus. Whether it is the millions of dollars given to scholarships, Charles C. Matthews Foundation Student Center, the clock tower, the Spirit of Panola fountain, it can be seen everywhere,” says Greg Powell, President of Panola College. “The employee campaign is a great opportunity for the faculty and staff to give back to areas that are most important to them, and it demonstrates the family atmosphere that can be readily found at Panola College.”
Spirit poses with Library Director, Cristie Ferguson during his introduction at the faculty and staff convocation.
Spirit enjoyed lunch at Panola College Café with Professor Brian Naples.
Dr. Greg Powell serves lunch to Professor Jennifer Coon at the annual Fall Frolic to show his appreciation to the faculty and staff for their participation in the employee campaign.
October 18, 2018 - WEPA (WE Print Anywhere) print is now available at Panola College. WEPA print allows students to send documents from their laptops and other devices to the cloud-based printing service. There is no need to wait for the library to open to be able to print anymore. Students can send documents before they leave home and simply print when they arrive on campus. This allows students to send documents to the cloud at any time that is convenient to them and print on demand at the kiosks.
By creating an account, students may add $5.00 or more online from any debit or credit card, a pre-paid WEPA print card (sold in library), or PayPal. Students do not have to create an account. They can also swipe a credit or debit card or purchase a pre-paid print card from the M.P. Baker Library to use directly at any kiosks. The kiosks are located in three places on campus:
- The M.P. Baker Library (second floor). This station also has a scanner for copying.
- The Charles C. Matthews Foundation Student Center (first floor by the cafeteria door).
- The Health and Natural Sciences Building (first floor in the hallway behind Dean Reed-Hirsch’s office, near OT area).
If a student leaves Panola and still has funds on their WEPA account, the funds will be returned to the student if they wish. If the student transfers to another school using WEPA, they can continue to use their existing funds on their account at that institution.
The prices are: Single-sided black & white – $.09, Two-sided black & white – $.17, Single-sided color – $.25, Two-sided color – $.47.
Students who have already utilized this new printing capability had some great comments. One student said, “The WEPA printing machine is a very good idea!”
Another student claimed, “The new printer is great. WE LOVE IT!”
One student’s comment was echoed throughout the student body, “PLEASE KEEP THIS!”
Panola College is excited to continually offer the latest technology to students to improve their college experience and help them be successful in their courses.
Community members are also welcome to use the printers, but it is encouraged that they use a print card or set up an account because the kiosk charges a $.49 cent fee for not making a $5.00 purchase, if a credit or debit card is used.
Fillies celebrate a point. (Photo Credit: Denise Rabius)
October 15, 2018 - After falling to #11 Tyler Junior College, the 13thranked Fillies picked up 4 solid road wins this weekend at the Missouri State-West Plains Grizzly Invitational, improving to 22-5 overall on the season.
In the mid-week conference showdown when Panola fell to TJC (21-25, 23-25, 20-25), the duo of Rebecca Rabius and Alyssa Lozoya led the offense with 8 kills apiece while MiKayla Ware added 6. Setter Bri McGown led with 16 assists and Molly Harris added 12. Hannah Ramirez led defensively with 10 digs and MiKayla Ware picked up 7; while Thaynara Godoi notched 2 block assists and 1 solo.
In their first match of the weekend, Panola defeated Hutchinson CC (25-23, 25-11, 22-25, 25-22). Rebecca Rabius led with 13 kills, Thaynara Godoi picked up 8, and Sabrina de Lima added 6. Molly Harris dished out 39 assists with 12 digs in the win. Godoi dominated at the net with 6 block assists, Rabius added 5 block assists and 1 solo, and Alyssa Lozoya added 4 block assists with 1 solo. Hannah Floyd matched her then career high and led the floor defense with 31 digs.
Against the home team, Missouri St West Plains, the Fillies battled out a 5-set victory (25-21, 23-25, 25-20, 20-25, 15-12). Daphinie Correa stepped up offensively with 14 kills, Rabius pounded out 13, MiKayla Ware added 9, and Alyssa Lozoya chipped in 8. Molly Harris controlled the offense by dishing out a career-high 53 assists, while Godoi picked up 2 block assists with 1 solo. Defensively, Hannah Floyd bested her career-high in digs racking up 32, while Hannah Ramirez stepped up notching 23 of her own.
In day 2 of the Grizzly Invite Panola swept Jefferson College (25-13, 25-20, 25-17). Thaynara Godoi led with 11 kills, Rebecca Rabius tallied 10, and Alyssa Lozoya chipped in 8. Molly Harris dished out 22 assists and Bri McGown added 20. Defensively, MiKayla Ware led with 14 digs, while the duo of Hannah Floyd and Hannah Ramirez picked up 10 apiece followed by 9 from McGown.
The final match of the weekend came with a hard fought 4-set victory over Indian Hills (23-25, 25-23, 25-15, 25-21). Once again Rabius led offensively with 10 kills, Ware added 8, and Godoi chipped in 7. Harris dished out 20 assists with McGown adding 14. Hannah Ramirez led with 19 digs, Ware and Harris picked up 8 each, and McKenzie Dimery added 7 of her own. Godoi led at the net with 2 block assists and 3 solo blocks.
Panola returns to action Wednesday night as they host Navarro College for their final match of Region XIV zone play at 7pm in Arthur Johnson Gymnasium.
October 10, 2018 - Panola College recognized new inductees into the Pi Beta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society in a ceremony at 6 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 4. The ceremony was held in the Frances B. Ross Ballroom of the Charles C. Matthews Foundation Student Center.
Students qualifying for membership in the fall semester included Pamela Painter of Marshall; Katie Alexander of Longview; Anayeli Aguilar of Tenaha; Toluwani Ayodele of Lagos, Nigeria; Mya Boyd of Beckville; Victor Chinaka of Dallas; Hannah Galaviz of Shelbyville; Abigail Garcia of Carthage; Savanna Gwinn of Carthage; Brantley Klinger of Henderson; Bethany Roberts of Longview; Giselle Rico of Tenaha; Rayna Sokol of Beckville; and Hailey Woodworth of DeBerry.
Students who qualified for PTK membership but were unable to attend the formal induction ceremony included Dalayna Daw of Joaquin; Emily Liedtke of Carthage; Ladestiny Boyd of Marshall; Jordan Ford of Logansport; Brooke Brown of Marshall; Elizabeth Chavez-Gomez of Center; Drew Diverdi of Center; Madison Isbell of Carthage; Peyton Jones of Carthage; Rebecca Reames of Shreveport; Paige Shedd of Center and Darian Wood of Nacogdoches.
PTK faculty sponsors are math professors Roberta Collinsworth, Chasity Klinger and Emily Zabcik. Student officers for the 2018-2019 year are Alyssa Bell and Christy Corliss.
Corey Johnson, biology professor at Panola College and a PTK alumnus, presented a short program. Sandra Bauer, professor of vocal music and choir director, led the Panola Pipers in two songs.
Established in 1918, Phi Theta Kappa International Honor Society serves to recognize and encourage the academic achievements of two-year college students and provide opportunities for individual growth and development through honors, leadership and service programming. Today, PTK is the largest honor society in American higher education with more than two million members in 1,200 chapters located in 50 United States, U.S. territories, Canada and Germany. In 1929, the American Association of Community Colleges recognized Phi Theta Kappa as the official honor society for two-year colleges.
Correa and Godoi block a TVCC attack. (Photo Credit: Denise Rabius)
October 8, 2018 - With aggressive serving and a balanced attack, the 16th-ranked Panola College Fillies defeated #6 Trinity Valley Wednesday night in Athens in 4 sets (17-25, 25-22, 25-20, 25-19).
Sophomore Daphinie Correa was a force offensively with 12 kills hitting .526. The trio of Sabrina de Lima, Rebecca Rabius, and MiKayla Ware added 8 kills apiece, with Alyssa Lozoya adding 6 of her own. Sophomore setter Molly Harris dished out 20 assists and freshman Bri McGown added 16 assists with 9 digs.
Ware also came up big defensively for the Fillies by notching 15 digs, and Hannah Ramirez picked up 14 digs in the win.
"Just as expected, Region XIV North has been another tight battle of four very talented teams so far," Head Coach Amber McCray said. "This was a critical road victory to put us back in the hunt, and we know we can compete when we show the balance that we did this match."
Panola is now 16-4 overall and 2-2 in Region XIV zone play. They will return to action Saturday in a home tri-match against Cedar Valley College at 12 pm and Region XIV south opponent Wharton County CC at 4 pm.
October 8, 2018 - Panola College Volleyball hosted Cedar Valley College and Wharton County Junior College Saturday, finishing with a sweep of both opponents.
In their first match of the day, Panola took down Cedar Valley (25-13, 25-16, 25-20) with one of their most efficient hitting performances of the season at .343. Freshman MiKayla Ware led the offense with 9 kills on .471 hitting, Alyssa Lozoya pounded out 8 kills, and Sabrina de Lima added 7 of her own. Molly Harris dished out 22 assists with Bri McGown adding 17. Defensively, freshman Hannah Floyd led with 15 digs, Ware added 8, and Harris chipped in 7.
Panola picked up the victory over Wharton County (25-17, 25-19, 25-15) capitalizing on a balanced attack that boasted 6 Fillies with 6 or more kills. Thaynara Godoi and MiKayla Ware led with 8 kills each, the trio of Daphinie Correa, Alyssa Lozoya, and Rebecca Rabius added 7 apiece, and Sabrina de Lima chipped in 6. Molly Harris dished out 19 assists with 5 digs while Bri McGown added 17 assists with 8 digs. Ware was a stud defensively as well, leading with 14 digs followed by 11 from Hannah Floyd.
Head Coach Amber McCray is pleased with both the balance and growth the Fillies showed this weekend .
"Both opponents made huge defensive plays on some of our biggest swings that would have been major momentum killers for us in the past," she commented. "But this time we countered with several big plays of our own and then fed off of that to seal the wins."
Panola is now 18-4 and will return to action in Region XIV zone play Wednesday when they travel to #13 Tyler Junior College.
Photo: Fillies celebrate a point Saturday (Photo Credit Denise Rabius)
October 3, 2018 - The Panola College Rodeo Team was back in action September 28th and 29th at Bar None Cowboy Church in Tatum, Texas. The Ponies and Fillies had a great rodeo and we want to thank everyone that came out to watch. Here are some of the athletes who represented Panola well.
Travis Chapman, sophomore from Woodville, Texas, cleaned up in the bareback riding with an 83-point ride. Travis is a young man who finished fourth in the Nation in the 2017 NIRA standings. Chapman has big goals to return to the CNFR this season and bring home a gold buckle. Coach Collins says, “Travis is a scrappy young man, very athletic, and has lots of will power to win. I will expect him to be a team leader and carry a heavy load for this team this season.”
Ross Freeman, Bull Rider from Kountze, Texas, made a great ride for 81 points and a second place finish. Ross went to a lot of rodeos this Summer and has matured into a very physical and mental athlete. “Ross is going to be a great asset to our team and is definitely going to be someone for us to watch in the future of Pro Rodeo,” says Coach Collins.
Seth Rustin, freshman criminal justice major, won 3rd place in the Bull Riding event with a 76-point ride. Seth has been riding well in practice and working on little things to help make his rides way more successful. Seth is eager to work and takes care of business well, be looking for his name a lot here this season.
Maison Davis, freshman from Kilgore, Texas placed 5th in the barrel racing event with a 17.280. Maison is a three event cowgirl with a hard driven determination, great attitude, and a burning desire to win. Maison’s other two events breakaway and goat tying will be something to be watching for in the future.
Jackson Williams, Steer Wrestler from Greenbrier, Arkansas, laid his steer down in 6.8 seconds for a sixth place finish. The cattle were big and rank and Williams weighing in at 145 seemed to be a David and Goliath match up. Jackson was up for the task and will be at the upcoming rodeos as well.
Campbell Grover, sophomore from Purvis, Mississippi ran the clover leaf pattern in 17.320 seconds for an 8th place finish. Her and her horse P have been working hard and beginning to reap the rewards of their labor. P is just a five-year-old that Campbell started in the barrel racing event last year, P really blew up and grew some over the Summer making her a top horse in the Southern Region.
Macon Murphy, freshman from Kechi, Louisiana, teamed up with his heeler, Logan Fontenot to tie one up in 7.4 seconds for an 8th place finish. Macon is a two event hand working both the Calf Roping and Team Roping events equally as well. Coach Collins says, “Macon has a great attitude, he loves the sport, and works relentlessly to achieve his goals. This kid’s future is very big and bright in the sport of rodeo.”
Panola College Ponies Men’s Team ended up with a 4th place finish while the Fillies ended up with a 7th place finish.
Panola College Rodeo Team will travel to Uvalde, Texas October 5th and 6th for the second NIRA Southern Region Rodeo.
September 25, 2018 - Members of the Panola College Chorale performed with choirs from the Ark-La-Tex area and the Shreveport Symphony Orchestra on Sunday, Sept. 16, at First Baptist Church in Shreveport, La.
Presented by YouthCUE, “Look at the World: Timeless Music, Ageless Beauty” was an incredible two-hour musical extravaganza. The 225-voice mass choir consisted of singers from Panola College, East Texas Baptist University, Southern Arkansas University, San Antonio Youth Chorale, First Baptist Church and Broadmoor Presbyterian Church. The group was directed by YouthCUE founder, Randy Edwards. The program included a poem performed by Angelique Feaster Evans and several musical selections performed by soloist Jonathan Burton, as well as the Shreveport Symphony.
The concert was an awareness-builder and fundraiser for Volunteers of America in North Louisiana. YouthCUE presented the VOA with a donation check for $10,000 and the performers also presented a check for $2,156.78.
Panola students rehearsed more than 20 hours outside of class before attending mass choir rehearsals in Shreveport on September 15 and 16. Sydnee Taylor, a Panola College music student said, “Rehearsals were every day and they were very long, but it was so much fun to hear our group get better each day. The songs were powerful and the performance made every rehearsal completely worth it. I hope everyone gets to experience something like this one day -- a sense of fullness and being a part of something much bigger than yourself.”
“The performance was inspiring and uplifting to the listening audience,” said Sandra Bauer, Panola College music professor and director of choral activities. Bauer is serving as president of the Texas Two-Year College Choral Directors Association this year.
Panola College music students performing in the concert included Sydnee Taylor, Carthage; Dakota Brown, Marshall; Lucy Eke, Lagos, Nigeria; Hunter Moon, Beckville; Whitney Ramsey, Center; Maggie Sims, Center; Pamela Painter, Marshall; Loren Caserta, Beckville; Aaron Tello, Center; Emma Harden, Bullard; Afrikina Dotson, Center; Carrie Lilly, New Caney; Toluwani Ayodele, Lagos, Nigeria; Victor Chinaka, Lagos, Nigeria; Funminiyi Alabi, Loma Linda, California, and Kacia Johnson, Tatum.
Several Panola College Chorale Alumni as well as Mia Sartor and Panola College Band Director Dwaine Hubbard also performed with the group. Panola music student Emma Harden, said, “It was great to meet new people and see Panola graduates that I haven’t seen in a while. I am very thankful that I was able to be a part of this amazing event, and I will remember it for years to come.”
Bauer said, “I am very thankful that we were invited to participate in this event. Our students took pride in their preparation and performance. They represented Panola College and our community very well. It was also very humbling to see so many community members supporting our singers at the concert.”
Panola music student, Kacia Johnson said, “During the performance I was extremely emotional. I had tears falling down my face during the last song because it was so powerful. Every voice and every instrument came together to create such raw emotion. If given the chance to do this again, I definitely would, 100 percent. It was an amazing experience.”
September 23, 2018 - Panola College Volleyball improved to 15-4 overall after a two-stop trip to Dallas with a 4-set win over Brookhaven College (25-23, 22-25, 25-18, 25-22) and a sweep of North Lake College (25-19, 25-11, 25-16).
Panola was led offensively against Brookhaven by Rebecca Rabius who tallied 13 kills, while Carol Santana and MiKayla Ware added 8 apiece. Molly Harris and Bri McGown dished out 22 and 19 assists, respectively. At the net, Thaynara Godoi, Alyssa Lozoya, and Sabrina de Lima picked up 2 block assists each. Hannah Ramirez racked up a season-high 27 digs with Ware adding 15 of her own.
The Fillies then swept North Lake College with a balanced attack led again by Rabius with 10 kills, Riley Seegers added 8, and MiKayla Ware chipped in 7. Bri McGown and Molly Harris dished out 19 and 16 assists each, and the pair was 2 digs short of notching a double-double with 8 digs apiece. Seegers was also a force at the net assisting in 4 blocks, and Hannah Ramirez again led the floor with 15 digs.
The Fillies will return to action October 3rd to begin round 2 of Region XIV-North play at Trinity Valley.
Hannah Ramirez passes a ball in serve receive. (Photo Credit: Kraig Cain)
September 21, 2018 - The Panola College Fillies had their chances Wednesday night in a key match-up with 6th-Ranked Navarro, but fell short in 4 sets (20-25, 25-20, 25-27, 25-10).
Offensively, Thaynara Godoi led with 12 kills hitting a stellar .607, while Sabrina de Lima and Daphinie Correa followed with 9 each. Molly Harris dished out 23 assists and Bri McGown added 16.
At the net, Alyssa Lozoya finished the night with 3 block assists and de Lima chipped in 2. Three Fillies finished with double-digit digs including Hannah Ramirez who led with 18, and Harris and Carol Santana who each added 12.
"Navarro is a talented team playing with a ton of confidence right now, and we knew in order to win on the road in such a tough atmosphere we were going to need to play a complete match," said Head Coach Amber McCray. "We put ourselves in position to have a shot, but ultimately we did not execute when it mattered most."
The Fillies will return to action this weekend as they travel to Brookhaven and Northlake College for matches at 11am and 4pm.