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Photo Attached (From left, Back row): Panola College Foundation Board Members - Vicky Hudson, Ginger Borders, Brenda Giles (PC Foundation Chair), Patricia Smith, and Dr. John Ray. Recipients: Grant McMillan, Eddie Kite, Roberta Collinsworth, Jacky Andreatta, Sherri Baker, Jody Harris, Cheri Lambert, Cristie Ferguson, Betty Gruber, Michael Pace, Dwaine Hubbard, and Ginger Cook. (From left, Front row): Emily Zabcik, Amanda Clements, Teresa Beasley, and Shay Joines.

August 17, 2018 - On Wednesday, August 15 Panola College faculty returned to campus excited by a new year. The Panola County Chamber of Commerce welcomed faculty and staff with donuts, coffee and their own enthusiasm for the new semester.

After a brief welcome back by Dr. Billy Adams, Mrs. Brenda Giles, 2017-2018 Chair of the Panola College Foundation, was welcomed to the podium to announce the 2018 faculty and staff grant recipients.

Giles expressed the Panola College Foundation’s gratitude to all those who showed their support to Panola College over the years and then called the grant recipients forward to accept their award.

This year’s grant recipients include:

  • Cristie Ferguson & Jody Harris from Library and Student Services, receiving a $1,000 grant for Kanopy, a new video streaming service for students and instruction.
  • Emily Zabcik was awarded a field trip to Six Flags over Math for a total of $2,750.
  • Jacky Andreatta received $2,473 to purchase aMarcPro and Evac-U Splint system for kinesiology and athletic training.
  • Roberta Collinsworth was granted $500 to purchase math-based children literature for “Math for Teacher” courses.
  • Eddie Kite and Grant McMillan received a joint grant of $5,000 for a shoot away gun for both women’s and men’s basketball.
  • Amanda Clements will be purchasing $4,599 worth of art equipment to update the art labs.
  • Dwaine Hubbard received 3 new amps for the band for a total of $1,000.
  • Ginger Cook was awarded $6,200 to purchase 8 Yamaha P115-B pianos for the instrumental and vocal music department.
  • Shay Joines received $700 to purchase a Canon Digital camera to record and archive events on campus.
  • Sherri Baker was granted $2,000 to bring the Jacob A. Riis: How the Other Half Lives Exhibit to the Allison Art Gallery.
  • Teresa Beasley and the humanities department received $1,500 to take students on a museum field trip this fall and spring.
  • Betty Gruber received $2,782 to purchase new beds for the C.N.A. testing center in Marshall.
  • Cheri Lambert and the OTA department were awarded $6,088 to take her students to attend the national OTA conference.
  • Michael Pace with the School of Energy received a grant for $1,900 to provide fire extinguisher safety training to the energy program.

Information about how to make a gift to Panola College is available online at, or by calling 903-693-2029.

August 10, 2018 - Panola College at our Shelby College location in Center, is offering Certified Nurse Aide Courses beginning August 22-December 5, 2018. We have two options for prospective students. On Monday and Wednesday evenings from 4:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.  For more information and to register, contact the Shelby College Center at 936-598-9543 or email:

August 2, 2018 - Panola College at our Shelby College location in Center, is offering Certified Nurse Aide Courses beginning August 22-December 5, 2018. We have two options for prospective students. On Monday and Wednesday evenings from 4:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. For more information and to register, contact the Shelby College Center at 936-598-9543 or email:

July 20, 2018 - On Wednesday, July 18, a representative of the Gas Compressor Association, Mr. Gary Farr, from Cummins, presented Dr. Gregory Powell, President of Panola College, with a check for $14,000. This generous donation will be used to help enrich and grow Panola College’s School of Energy. The GCA has a long relationship with Panola College, wherein the Association supports the effort of the College to produce potential employees that want to make a career in Gas Compression.

From left: Daniel Hall, Billy Adams, Natalie Oswalt, Gary Farr, Greg Powell, and Paige Bussey

July 18, 2018 - Today, The Chronicle of Higher Education named Panola College as one of the “Great Colleges to Work For” and presented the institution the Honor Roll designation for the seventh consecutive year.

One of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country, “Great Colleges to Work For” identifies colleges and universities that work to provide an exemplary work environment for faculty and staff. The results, released today in The Chronicle’s eleventh annual report on The Academic Workplace, are based on survey responses from more than 53,000 people at 253 colleges and universities. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was the employee feedback.

“The unity of purpose among faculty, staff, students, the community, and our Board of Trustees is what makes Panola College a great place to work. The word "family" is frequently used to describe Panola College,” said Dr. Greg Powell, President of Panola College. “I am proud of our caring culture and our strong commitment to help students succeed.”

Panola College is listed as one of only 84 institutions that achieved the “Great College to Work For” recognition and one of only 12 two-year institutions to make the Honor Roll, which recognizes distinguished institutions for creating exceptional work environments.

Panola College was also placed on the Honor Roll as a stand out college in its size category for winning honors in 11 categories this year. These categories included:

Collaborative Governance: Faculty members are involved appropriately in decisions related to academic programs.

Compensation and Benefits: Pay is fair, and benefits meet the needs of employees.

Confidence in Senior Leadership: Leaders have the necessary knowledge, skills and experience for institutional success.

Facilities, Workspaces and Security: Facilities adequately meet needs, the appearance of the campus is pleasing, and the institution takes steps to provide a secure environment.

Job Satisfaction: Provides insight into the satisfaction with job fit, autonomy and resources.

Professional/Career Development Programs: Employees are given the opportunity to develop skills and understand requirements to advance in their careers.

Respect and Appreciation: Employees are regularly recognized for their contributions.

Supervisor/Department-Chair Relationship: Supervisors make expectations clear and solicit ideas.

Teaching Environment (Faculty only): Faculty members say the institution recognizes innovative and high-quality teaching.

Work/Life Balance: Policies give employees the flexibility to manage their personal lives.

“Great Colleges to Work For® looks at employee perceptions of the quality of their work environment. It examines aspects of the worker experience in a quantifiable and measurable way. This allows you to act on your faculty’s and staff’s feelings about job satisfaction, interdepartmental collaboration, pride in work and other important areas,” states Liz McMillen, editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education.

Great Colleges to Work For is one of the largest and most comprehensive workplace study in higher education. To administer the survey and analyze the results, The Chronicle worked with ModernThink LLC, a strategic human capital consulting firm that has conducted numerous “Best Places to Work” programs, surveying hundreds of thousands of employees nationwide.

July 12, 2018 Colorado Springs, CO – The NJCAA National Baseball team has announced its 25-man roster for the 84th annual National Baseball Congress, NBC) World Series. Guided by Tyler, TX head coach Doug Wren, the team will make the trek to Wichita, KS August 1-11.

Michael Lawson of Panola, TX

A roster of 13 pitchers, two catchers, five infielders, four outfielders, and one utility player will take on top talent from around the world. 20 different NJCAA schools are represented from 10 different states and all three divisions.

Members of this year's roster include the 2018 ABCA/Rawlings NJCAA DII Baseball Player of the Year Brandon Parker of Mississippi Gulf Coast, 2018 Spalding® NJCAA DI Baseball Defensive Player of the Year Michael Lawson of Panola, TX, and 2017 ABCA/Rawlings NJCAA DIII Player of the Year Taylor Broadway of Tyler. 14 players on the roster have committed to four-year programs that inclue the likes of Florida, LSU, Ole Miss, and Tennessee. 11 players on this year's team recently concluded their freshman season at their NJCAA program.

Jarret Whorf of Panola, TX

Panola led the way with three selections: Lawson of Conroe, TX; Jarret Whorf of Winnsboro, TX; and Kade Clemens of Gilmer, TX; while Howard, TX; Santa Fe, FL; and Tyler will each send two representatives.

Wren takes over the program after serving as an assistant in 2016. The four-time NJCAA World Series champion will be assisted by Ryan Cougill of Yavapai, AZ and Sam Temple of Hinds, MS. Joe Bauth, the NJCAA Baseball Coaches Association president will serve as the general manager while Tyler Eddy McGuire has been tapped as the team's athletic trainer.

Kade Clemens of Panola, TX

The NBC World Series will be held at Lawrence-Dumont Stadium which has hosted the event since 1935. The NJCAA team finished fourth in 2016 with a 3-1 record and was named the Most Outstanding Offensive Team.


Pitchers - Taylor Broadway (Tyler, TX), Juan Cabrera (Cochise, AZ), Indigo Diaz (Iowa Western), Antonio Frias (Monroe, NY), Devin Hemenway (Santa Fe, FL), Irving Martin (Arizona Western), Giovanni Nieves (Wabash Valley, IL), Shemar Page (Pearl River, MS), Jared Shemper (Wallace Dothan, AL), Michael Spinozzi (Tyler, TX), Tyler Spring (Jones County, MS), Brooks Warren (East Central, MS), Jarret Whorff (Panola, TX)
Catchers - Michael Hoehner (Cisco, TX) and Colton Onstott (Dodge City, KS)
Infielders - Josh Bristyan (Paradise Valley, AZ), Saul Garza (Howard, TX), Michael Lawson (Panola, TX), Tommy Sacco (Yavapai, AZ), Bryan Sturges (Howard, TX)
Outfielders - Brant Blaylock (Northwest Mississippi), Brock Edge (Santa Fe, FL), Brandon Parker (Mississippi Gulf Coast), and Alex Whipple (Erie, NY)
Utility Player - Kade Clemens (Panola, TX)


Head Coach - Doug Wren (Tyler, TX)
Assistant Coaches - Ryan Cougill (Yavapai, AZ) and Sam Temple (Hinds, MS)
General Manager - Joe Bauth (Erie, NY)
Athletic Trainer - Eddy McGuire (Tyler, TX)

Submitted by Don Clinton

July 10, 2018 - Panola College and Timpson ISD are graduating high school students with their Associate’s Degree, core complete, and with technical certifications.  President Dr. Powell, Dean Oswalt, Vice President Don Clinton and Dr. Mid Johnson Superintendent of Timpson ISD were on campus to congratulate the Seniors of Timpson High School.  The success students at Timpson are incurring would not be possible without the partnership we have with Panola College.

Timpson ISD (TISD), through its Collegiate Center offers to pay tuition, books, and fees for students to earn an Associate’s Degree or gain college credit for courses that will earn students a certificate or license in the vocational and technical fields. The number of students taking dual credit college classes through Timpson ISD has more than tripled in the past 2 years.

In many cases, taking dual credit classes is the only way many students will be able to afford college. In addition to having the cost of tuition, fees, and books paid for by the school district, students can also save on cost because they are living at home and do not pay fuel cost or dormitory housing expenses.

Many of our Timpson ISD students did not think they had the ability to pass a college class, but after being successful in their first college class, they are inspired to continue towards their goal of earning their Associate’s Degree and eventually their Bachelor’s Degree.  Helping our students to complete a college degree or earn a vocational technical certification will not only benefit our students and their future families, but will also benefit the community by enabling them to be tax payers and contributing members of society. 

Timpson ISD currently has over half of its high school student body taking dual credit college classes that lead toward an Associate’s Degree or certification/licensing program. 

After graduation, students will have the opportunity to continue taking classes at the Timpson Collegiate Center. Although the district will not pay tuition, books, and fees after students graduate, the district will provide a place in town for former students to take college classes that work into a Bachelor’s Degree. This will allow former students to save on fuel and housing cost and continue their educational goals.

Timpson ISD had a passing rate of 92% of students who took college classes during the Fall 2018 semester. This high 92% passing rate of students was possible because a monitor is assigned to each room where students take classes. The monitors ensure that students are focused and are on task. Monitors also teach students study skills, test taking skills, and arrange for them to get tutoring from fellow high school teachers, if needed. Mrs. Tina Samford and Mr. Vernett Richardson have years of experience here at Timpson ISD working with dual credit students.  

The staff members at Timpson ISD are committed to ensuring that every student who graduates from Timpson High School can exit THS High School doors with something more than a high school diploma. The Timpson community passed a $9,000,000 million dollar bond to build the Timpson Collegiate Center and we are currently on track for move into the new facility in August/September of 2018.

The Collegiate Center excitement and ongoing program success is reaching out into the surrounding communities. Timpson has also had an increase in districts’ enrollment, adding students who have transferred into Timpson ISD to further their education, students who truly care about getting an education. Research shows that if a student takes at least one dual credit class while in high school it doubles their chances for successfully graduating.

Timpson ISD is striving to also implement another exciting program: “Grow Your Own Teachers.”  The Grow Your Own program main focus is to recruit teachers. The Grow Your Own Teachers program will allow staff members and student to gain either a bachelor’s degree or master’s degree and become the next generation of educators.

The parents of the Timpson ISD community have continued to support, guide, and stand side by side the students to keep them encouraged throughout this amazing transition period. The Timpson ISD teachers and staff are committed to making a difference in lives of our students. 

July 9, 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: July 16 – August 22, 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:

(L to R) Harley Wilson and Nat Lankford with a check for the Charlie Woods Memorial Scholarship to the Panola College Foundation.

June 29, 2018 - On Wednesday, June 27, 2018 Harley Wilson and Nat Lankford presented the Panola College Foundation with a check for $13,501.39 towards the Charlie Woods Memorial Scholarship.

The Charlie Woods Memorial Scholarship was established six years ago by his friends and family to help sophomore students enrolling in Panola College’s petroleum technology program. Scholarship funds are raised through an annual raffle and the Charlie Woods Memorial Fishing Tournament held each year on Toledo Bend in May.

Charlie Woods graduated from Carthage High School in 1972.  He attended Panola College before entering a Ranch Management Program at Texas Christian University. Following graduation Charlie worked most of his life in the oilfield.

Charlie was an avid fisherman. His love of the sport began at an early age when he fished with his “Papaw” Spurlock. Charlie fished the FLW Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League where he won first place in one of the tournaments on the Texas Tournament Trail. He also took first place in the Texas Oilman’s Tournament and the Louisiana Oilman’s Tournament. He and Harley Wilson also won a boat at the Toledo Bend Classic tournament. Charlie was also a member of the Carthage Bass Fishing League. He particularly loved the fishing trips with his friends to Lake Falcon in South Texas on the Texas – Mexico border. His plans were to eventually travel to Brazil to fish for Peacock Bass.

(L to R) Jim Payne, Ray Schieffer, Richard Ballenger, Robert Underwood, Vern Reeder, and David Bush (Not pictured) John Conway

June 20, 2018 - On Tuesday, June 19, the Charles C. Matthews Foundation met at Panola College to view the new Yamaha AvantGrand piano the Foundation had recently donated to the College. The Yamaha AvantGrand piano will reside in the Frances B. Ross Ballroom located in the Charles C. Matthews Foundation Student Center. This state-of-the-art electric piano utilizes innovative technology to produce a grand piano performance at any volume. The addition of the piano will allow for the Panola College music department to host additional concerts in the ballroom, and since the piano does not require tuning, the piano can be moved throughout the Student Center to be used at a variety of functions.

The elegant piano was just one of three generous donations the College received from the Charles C. Matthews Foundation this summer. The School of Energy received funding to purchase the program’s first piece of robotic technology, a KUKA Robotics KORE welding machine. This robot is a hands-on education robot that will be utilized in programmable logic and welding courses. Students will learn how to use the equipment as a robotic tack or track welder with the addition of a Miller wire welding machine to complete the weld. The robot is also capable of being programmed to sketch with the use of a dry erase marker.

The Charles C. Matthews Foundation also established the Charles C. Matthews Foundation Endowed Scholarship to help support a growing financial need students face in noncredit workforce and continuing education programs that offer certification. One of the main obstacles the 1,301 workforce and continuing education students faced this past year when enrolling in their courses was the lack of financial aid resources. Even though these programs offer an almost instant return for students to earn a wage, it is often difficult for students to obtain the upfront cost of their education.

Students in a workforce program are not eligible for federal financial aid and have minimum opportunities for obtaining a loan to complete their education. With the new endowed scholarship made available by the Charles C. Matthews Foundation, Panola College workforce and continuing education students have the opportunity to be awarded up to 50% of the total cost of their program. This scholarship will help students gain marketable skills and certifications that they otherwise may not have the financial resources to complete. Programs that will benefit from this new scholarship will include certified nurse aide, dental assistant, EKG technician, medication aide, pharmacy technician, phlebotomy, truck driving, welding, and real estate. 

“The Charles C. Matthews Foundation has been a wonderful benefactor to Panola College and to our community,” said Dr. Greg Powell, President of Panola College. “We value their continued support and strive to be good stewards of their generosity.”