Panola College

May 17, 2018 - Panola College/Shelby College Center is offering Summer Glam Camp, June 19th from 9am -3pm, for girls 7-13. The camp will consist of a day of pampering with our Cosmetology Department which will include makeovers and more. Lunch will be included.

The cost of the class is $55 and pre-registration is required. For more information, contact Shelby College Center at 936-598-9543 or email tmccann@panola.edu

May 17, 2018 - Panola College/Shelby College Center is offering Beginning Yoga classes June 4th - July 11th. The class will meet Monday and Wednesday. We will be offering two sessions for the summer (10:35 am 11:35 am or 5:05 pm 6:05 pm).

The cost of the class is $45 and pre-registration is required.

For more information, contact Shelby College Center at 936-598-9543 or email tmccann@panola.edu

May 17, 2018 - Panola College/Shelby College Center is offering Zumba Gold. This class takes the Zumba formula and modifies the moves and pacing to suit the needs of the older participant.

The class will meet Monday and Wednesday: June 4th - July 11th, from 9:30 am 10:30 am, at the Shelby College Center. The cost of the class is $45, and pre-registration is required.

For more information and to register, contact Shelby College Center at 936-598-9543 or email: tmccann@panola.edu

Graduates for the 5pm ceremony waiting for their processional to begin.

May 15, 2018 - Panola College conducted its 81st commencement in the Arthur Johnson Gymnasium on Thursday, May 10, 2018. The first ceremony took place at 5pm followed by a second ceremony at 7:30pm. Panola College had the largest graduating class in their history with 363 degree and certificate candidates and 242 of those students participated in the commencement ceremonies.

At the start of both ceremonies, Mr. Don Clinton, Vice President of Student Services, presented each graduating class of spring 2018 as Dr. Gregory Powell, President of Panola College led the processional of board members, faculty, staff, and students in to be seated while “Pomp and Circumstance” was played in the background.

The Panola College Chorale, directed by Mrs. Sandra Bauer, then sang the Alma Mater which was followed by the invocation given by Mr. Don Cocklin, professor of psychology at the 5pm ceremony and Mr. Earnest Spencer, professor of the School of Energy, at the 7:30pm ceremony.

Dr. Powell then welcomed the assembled and gave opening remarks to the graduates. At the 5pm ceremony, he took a moment to introduce the Panola College Alumni Association Chair, Dr. Berri O’Neal.

Dr. O’Neal recognized Mrs. Natalie Woods Stanyer, as the 2018 Panola College Alumna of the Year. Currently, Stanyer is the host for the number one new home television show, Hot On! Homes in Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, San Antonio, Austin, and Colorado Springs. She is also a producer for the hit show on CMT, Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders Making the Team and worked for the NFL as a producer during the 2018 NFL Draft this year.

Before the awards ceremony, Dr. Billy Adams, Vice President of Instruction, certified to Dr. Powell and members of the Panola College Board of Trustees that the graduating students had completed all work necessary to graduate from Panola College.

Dr. Kathy Watlington, Professor of Foreign Languages, then began the reading of graduates and Powell awarded diplomas to all graduating students.

For the closing of both ceremonies, the Panola College Choir sang the benediction, followed by Dr. Powell leading the recessional to the closing instrumentals.

Dr. Berri O’Neal presents Mrs. Natalie Woods Stanyer with the 2018 award for Panola College Alumna of the Year.
 
Panola College is proud to announce the following Spring 2018 Honor Graduates:

Summa Cum Laude 3.90 – 4.00
Michael Oluwasegun Awotula - Carthage, TX
Melissa Burt - Lufkin, TX
Cooper Lane Clinton - Carthage, TX
Hayley Cooke - Emory, TX
Raymond Cowart - Carthage, TX
Ryan Stone Florence - Center, TX
Phyllis LaCarol Jordan - Jefferson, TX
Michael David Lawson - Spring, TX
Tucker Ray Merritt - Carthage, TX
Gregory Waylon Murdock - Carthage, TX
Mallory A Nichols - Carthage, TX
Elizabeth Nicole Offer - Bethany, LA
Tina Palmer Sandidge - Carthage, TX                                   

Magna Cum Laude 3.75 – 3.89
Makenzie Marie Benoit - Kilgore, TX
Kassidee L. Cox - Hallsville, TX
Leticia De La Torre - Carthage, TX
Cole Bridges Donald - Carthage, TX
Daria Eremeeva - Russia
Shandon M Goldman - Evansville, AR
Whiteny Nyangate Kenani - Pittsburg, TX
Jacob Clay McClain - Logansport, LA
Kimberly Kruse Morris - Longview, TX
Casey Levasseur - Natchitoches, LA
MaryAnn Kimball Phillips - Big Sandy, TX
Matthew Nichols Sells - Fate, TX
Shana Smith - Logansport, LA
Wendy Spence - Gary, TX                                    
Mallory Jo Spencer - Henderson, TX
Nancy Vang - Beckville, TX                                                                
Easton Wilson - Carthage, TX

Cum Laude 3.50 – 3.74
Esmeralda Acosta - Center, TX
Joseph Beard - Garrison, TX
Arturo Benitez - Marshall, TX
Lilia M. Benitez - Longview, TX
Hugo Carrasco Bohorquez - Timpson, TX
Shelby Brown - Carthage, TX
Jayme D’shonta Cole - Marshall, TX
Jeremy Culver - Nacogdoches, TX
Shayla Jo Eugene - Fort Worth, TX
Diane Hawkins - Longview, TX
Laine Holeman - Garrison, TX
Michael O. Iwalesin - Nigeria
Elijah Brian Jackson - Carthage, TX
Ekaterina Karchevskaya - Belarus
John C. Langford -  Carthage, TX
Stefany Lourenco - Brazil 
Lori Elaine Manchack - Nacogdoches, TX
Justin A. Mott - Center, TX
Courtney Marie Pipkin - Marshall, TX
Kaycee Lynn Richard - Lake Charles, LA
Spencer James Rolland - Keithville, LA
Casi Shadowens - Carthage, TX
Taylor LeAnn Sledge - Henderson, TX
Kenya Charmette Smith - Jefferson, TX
Rebecca Leigh Smith - Carthage, TX
Emmalee Rea Tomaszewski - Tenaha, TX
Blair Ellen Viehe - Paris, TX
Raven E. Wallace - Gary, TX
Christopher Welch - Joaquin, TX
Krissi Wells - Waskom, TX
Jarred Allen Zumwalt - Luling, TX

May 7, 2018 - On Wednesday, May 2, 2018 Panola College held a retirement ceremony to honor two longtime employees, Mr. David Godwin and Mrs. Carolyn Lawson. Together these retirees accumulated 47 years of experience. Dr. Greg Powell, President of Panola College, presented each retiree with a token of appreciation and thanked them for their many years of dedicated service.


David Godwin honored for 18 years of service with Panola College.


Carolyn Lawson honored for 29 years of service with Panola College.

May 4, 2018 - The Center for Digital Education’s Digital Community Colleges Survey Awards honor community colleges utilizing technology to engage students, collaborate with K-12 and other educational institutions, and improve learning.

Panola College earned a spot in the top 10 ranking of Digital Community Colleges in the most recent survey and competition. Panola College was the only college in Texas to be awarded in the small college category of schools with under 5,000 students and placed seventh in the top ten. Allen West, Panola College Director of Information Technology, made the announcement on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.

Now in its thirteenth year, the Digital Community Colleges Survey analyzes how community colleges use a range of technologies to improve services to students, faculty, staff, and the community at large.

Award winners demonstrated innovative uses of technology, including online courses and mobile environments, mobile apps, secure platforms, and wireless networks.

The survey also revealed insights about community colleges’ technology priorities. Colleges surveyed indicated that mobility devices/app support is their top priority for the coming year, followed by cyber security tools and testing, website redesign/updates, upgrading classroom technologies, digital content and curriculum, and disaster recovery/business continuity. The survey revealed that 34% of colleges have a strategy in place for the use of mobile devices; 35% have a full-time Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) or similar full-time staff in charge of cybersecurity; 71% of the colleges’ websites have responsive web design; and 88% of colleges have off-site data storage redundancies in place.

All accredited U.S. community colleges are eligible to participate in the Digital Community Colleges Survey within three classifications based on enrollment size.

About the Center for Digital Education

The Center for Digital Education (CDE) is a national research and advisory institute specializing in K-12 and higher education technology trends, policy and funding. CDE provides education and industry leaders with decision support and actionable insights to help effectively incorporate new technologies in the 21st century. Learn more at: www.centerdigitaled.com

CDE is a division of e.Republic, the nation’s only media and research company focused exclusively on state and local government and education.


From left: Coach Grant McMillan, Alex Holcombe, Marlon Taylor, Adam Blaylock

May 4, 2018 Carthage – The Panola College men’s basketball program announces the signing of two sophomores, Alex Holcombe and Marlon Taylor. Holcombe signed his National Letter of Intent to Youngstown State University while Taylor inked with Louisiana State University. This makes six division one signees for the 2017-18 Panola College Men’s basketball team.

“I am so proud of these two men. They came to work every single day this year and deserve this moment.” Head Coach Grant McMillan stated. “It will be hard to see these guys move on but it’s the reason why they came to our program. We feel they will be more than ready to contribute at their division one schools. Also, to have six players sign division one is a major accomplishment for our program.”

Other Panola College signees include: Shandon Goldman to Northern Iowa, TJ Killings to Portland State, Jeremy Roscoe to Akron and Juwan Williams to Portland State.

McMillan is in his third year as head coach and has won 70 games while producing 17 division one basketball players. He is assisted by Adam Blaylock.

Dr. Powell and Dr. Tidwell pose with the Panola College mascot after the signing.

April 25, 2018 - Panola College signed an articulation agreement with the University of Texas at Tyler on Thursday, April 19, in the Health and Natural Sciences Building on the campus of Panola College.

Dr. Greg Powell, president of Panola College, and Dr. Michael Tidwell, president of UT Tyler, sign the articulation agreement.UT Tyler’s president, Dr. Michael Tidwell, and Panola College’s president, Dr. Gregory Powell, signed the agreement that offers students at Panola College and UT Tyler access to enhanced educational experiences for students attending both institutions. This agreement will assist in providing a clear pathway for students with technical or applied degrees to progress towards a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences. The agreement will work to maximize the coursework students have completed for the associate degree that may be applied towards the baccalaureate degree.

“We are pleased to begin this partnership with Panola College,” said Dr. Tidwell. “We feel that Panola College’s commitment to their students is inline with our new strategic plan and that this partnership will be beneficial to both Panola College and UT Tyler students.”

Panola College’s partnership with the University of Texas at Tyler marks Panola’s fourth articulation agreement with institutions in the region. Part of the prominent University of Texas system, the University of Texas at Tyler is one of 14 institutions located throughout the State. UT Tyler offers students more than 80 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs on their 259-acre Tyler campus, or on one of their regional campuses in Palestine, Longview, and Houston.

“Panola College is delighted to enter into this agreement with UT Tyler,” said Dr. Powell. “Establishing this clear pathway with UT Tyler is part of Panola College’s commitment to provide our students with continued access to higher education beyond an associate degree.”

Located in Carthage, Texas, Panola College is an award-winning community college. Panola College first opened its doors to students seventy years ago with just two temporary buildings. Now, the institution stands with 19 permanent buildings and serves around 2,700 students in the counties of Marion, Panola, Shelby, and Harrison.

Powell and Shadduck pose for a photo prior to entering into a partnership between UNT and Panola College to help students further their college careers.

April 24, 2018 - Panola College signed an articulation agreement with the University of North Texas on Thursday, April 19, in the M.P. Baker Library on the campus of Panola College.

Dr. Greg Powell, Panola College president, signs an articulation agreement with the University of North Texas B.A.A.S. program faculty director, Dr. Peggy Shadduck.anola College’s president, Dr. Gregory Powell, and the University of North Texas (UNT) B.A.A.S. program faculty director, Dr. Peggy Shadduck, signed the agreement that will offer students at Panola College and UNT clear pathways for an enhanced educational experience for students attending both institutions. This agreement will assist students with technical or applied degrees to progress towards a Bachelor of Applied Arts and Sciences. The agreement will work to maximize the coursework students have completed for the associate degree and apply those credits towards the baccalaureate degree. This will allow students to complete their degree with as few as 30 hours from the UNT.

“The faculty and staff at Panola College have all been wonderful to work with to set up this articulation agreement,” said Dr. Shadduck. “We can tell from the students we have already met with today that this is going to be a great partnership.”

Panola College’s partnership with UNT marks Panola’s fifth articulation agreement with institutions in the State. The University of North Texas, located in Denton, Texas, is one of the nation’s largest universities. The University offers 103 bachelor’s, 85 master’s and 38 doctoral degree programs. UNT has a total enrollment of over 38,000 students and 4,900 faculty and staff to focus on helping those students succeed.

“The partnership with the University of North Texas may be one of the best pathways we currently offer our associate of applied science students who wish to continue their college career to complete a Bachelor of Arts and Applied Science,” said Dr. Powell. “Our students will enjoy a seamless transition to pursue a baccalaureate degree with the University of North Texas after completing their associate degree.”

Located in Carthage, Texas, Panola College is an award-winning community college. Panola College first opened its doors to students seventy years ago with just two temporary buildings. Now, the institution stands with 19 permanent buildings and serves around 2,700 students in the counties of Marion, Panola, Shelby, and Harrison.

April 23, 2018 - Three Panola College band students performed with the Texas Community College All State Band in San Antonio as part of the Texas Music Educators Association Convention. They include, from left: Savana Hanaway, flute, Carthage; Urias Quetzala, trombone, Garrison, and Esmeralda Acosta, flute, Center.

Six Panola College vocal music students were selected to perform with the All State Choir in San Antonio as part of the Texas Music Educators Association Convention. They include, front row, from left, Shelby Brown, Tatum; Shannon James, California; and Jame’Cia Taylor, Georgia; back row, from left, Ahmad Casel, Jacksonville; Christion Taylor, Longview, and Hunter Moon, Beckville.

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