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August 20, 2019 - The Panola College Foundation presented 24 grants totaling more than $58,000 to faculty and staff at Panola College to support various programs and initiatives. Dr. John Ray, Chair of the Panola College Foundation, announced the recipients of the 2019 faculty and staff grants in a faculty and staff meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 14.

“We appreciate the community and the College support of the Panola College Foundation,” said Dr. Ray as he addressed the faculty and staff. “We were able to award almost $10,000 more than last year due to your support.” Dr. Ray then called the grant recipients forward to accept their award.

This year’s grant recipients include:

  • A mobile device research lab for students and employees for IT Services.
  • A Whirlpool table and two TheraGun massage guns for the Kinesiology department.
  • 15 Wi-Fi hotspots and two router subscriptions shared between all three campuses for the M.P. Baker Library.
  • Two iPads and stands for directory use at the M.P. Baker Library.
  • GED practice exams to increase student retention and success in the AEL program.
  • Yoga mats, blocks, resistance bands, Zumba toning sticks and DVDs for course in Shelby County.
  • A museum field trip in the fall and spring for the Art and Humanities Department.
  • A trip to a Dallas Symphony concert for the Choral Department.
  • Five new lighting instruments for the auditorium and studio for Theatre.
  • A video camera to record instrumental and vocal music performances.
  • A medical lift chair for CNA courses.
  • Two iPads for instructors in the EMT program.
  • SIMTICS Simulation Modules for the Medical Assistant program.
  • Four anatomical muscular models for the Occupational Therapy Assistant program.
  • Four Littmann teaching stethoscopes for the Nursing program.
  • Egg hunt prizes to increase student engagement/recruiting within Residence Life.
  • Financial support for the Trailblazer Retreat, a student leadership/engagement retreat through student services.
  • A satellite supply store for student course supplies in Shelby County.
  • A Cosmetology Department grant for the Armstrong McCall World's Fair Trade Show.
  • Various HVAC and electrical tools for the School of Energy.
  • Two Cutaway Briggs and Stratton small engines for the small engines lab.
  • Funding to support the cost of a truck to pull a mobile lab for the School of Energy.

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

August 19, 2019 - Panola College/Shelby College Center is offering “Beginning Computers”. This class will teach the basics of using a computer, the internet, sending emails and other computer software. Classes will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning August 27 – September 5, from 9:30 am – 11:30 am at the Shelby College Center. The cost of the class is $50.00 and pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, contact the Shelby College Center at 936-598-9543 or email:

Alex Furr has been named head coach of the Panola College Fillies Basketball Team.August 16, 2019 - Leading the Panola College Women’s Basketball team for the 2019-2020 season will be Alex Furr, the 2018 Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Assistant Coach of the Year. Furr, an East Texas native, has spent the past four years at New Mexico Junior College, working as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator.

A 2010 graduate of Athens High School, Furr earned her bachelor of science degree from Fresno State University in Fresno, Calif., in 2014, and her master of science in sports psychology from Fresno State in 2016.

During her time at Fresno State, Furr played for three head coaches, earning the coveted Iron Bulldog Award for the Fresno State Strength and Conditioning Program. She also won the Paul Schechter Courage Award, presented annually to student-athletes who have overcome a physical challenge to become a champion. While at Fresno State, she earned a spot in the Top 10 All-Time in “three pointers made” and “career free throws percentage.”

Furr comes to Panola from New Mexico Junior College where she worked with the #1 Pre-Season NCJAA team in the nation. The team had the best finish in school history, as national runner up to the NJCAA tournament.

While playing at Athens High School, Furr was named the 2010 Texas Association of Basketball Coaches “Miss Texas” award, earned all-state recognition three years in a row, recorded 3.169 career points, made 337 total three-pointers, averaged 36 PPG as a senior player; averaged 25.7 PPG over her career; scored more than 40 points in 29 games, scored more than 50 points four times, and had a career high of 54 points in one game.

At New Mexico Junior College, Furr adjusted her approach from player to coach, sharing her knowledge and experience with her players. “There is no doubt in my mind that I have found what I have been waiting for,” she said, when discussing her decision to take on the head coaching position at Panola College.

Don Clinton, Athletic Director and Vice President of Student Services, said he is excited to have Coach Furr join the Panola College coaching staff.

“She has an incredible basketball pedigree with her dad being a highly successful JUCO coach at TVCC,” Clinton said. “She has grown up in the gym and has excelled as a player and a young coach. She has been deemed as one of the rising coaching stars in the country and was voted assistant coach of the year. She has only been coaching three years in college and has been around success continuously. We are excited for the energy and all of what she will bring to the program.”

August 16, 2019 - Panola College recognizes it can be hard to make it to our offices before we close at 5 pm, so we are staying open late just for you! On Monday, August 19th, our offices at the Shelby Regional Training Center in Center will be open until 7 pm to help get you ready for the fall semester. Stop by to receive advising, register, or talk about financial aid options before the semester begins on Wednesday, August 21st. The main campus in Carthage will also be open until 7 pm on Monday. 

August 15, 2019 - Panola College announces their new employess for the fall semester.

From left: (Back Row) Jeff Jones, Police Chief; Jo Lynn Field, Success Coordinator, Associate Degree Nursing; Chris Collins, Professor of English/Preparatory Studies; Nicole Thorn, Head Coach - Women's Volleyball/Instructor of Kinesiology; Grant Freels, Assistant Coach - Men's Baseball; Aaron Smith, Head Coach - Men's Basketball / Professor of Kinesiology; Dr. Anthony Edwards, Professor of Biology; Brad Adkins, Instructor of Welding; and G. Todd Shelton, Assistant Coach - Men's Basketball (Front Row) Brooke Works, Receptionist/Secretary - Marshall College Center; Kristy Parker, Instructor of Medical Assisting; Rocky Hayden, Maintenance Worker; Texas Reardon, Educational Technology Coordinator & Webmaster; Carol Brightwell, Accounts Payable Specialist; Macy Cherry, Assistant Coach - Women's Volleyball; Whitney Sienko, Professor of Accounting; Haylie Amison, Professor of Humanities/English; and Rebecca Morris, Professor of Education.

August 5, 2019 - Panola College/Shelby College Center is offering Intermediate Yoga. The class begins August 6thSeptember 12th, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:15 pm – 6:15 pm. The cost of the class is $50.00 and pre-registration is required. For more information, contact Shelby College Center at 936-598-9543 or email

Panola College is an Equal Opportunity Institution that provides educational and employment opportunities on the basis of merit and without discrimination because of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, veteran status, disability, or genetic information. 

August 1, 2019 - Nash Coultas of Carthage has been named a 2019 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholar and will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Coultas is one of 207 Phi Theta Kappa members nationwide who has received this honor.

Originally from China, Coultas moved to Carthage seven years ago and graduated from Carthage High School. In addition to maintaining a 4.0 grade point average at Panola College, Coultas was involved with the Pi Beta Chapter of PTK, and served as the event coordinator for the History Club. He has volunteered at Mission Carthage and Animal Medical Center of Panola County. He will serve as vice president of PTK for the 2019-2020 year. This summer, Coultas is working as a customer service assistant at H-E-B.

"Nash is a very determined and involved PTK member. We are proud that he has received this national recognition of his hard work,” said Emily Zabcik, Panola College PTK sponsor. “ We look forward to him continuing his education at Panola this fall as our new Vice President of our local chapter.”

Nash will return to Panola for the 2019-2020 academic year to complete his associate degree. He plans to transfer to Stephen F. Austin State University to pursue a business management and human resources degree.

“Panola College is a great school to attend right after high school,” Coultas said. “The professors are very friendly and are willing to help you since the professor-to-student ratio is small. There are plenty of new people to meet (even international students), lots of social activities, and, last but not least, you can save a lot of money while still getting to enjoy the college experience that you want from a four-year university.”

The Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholarship Program awarded $207,000 this year to help PTK members defray educational expenses.

“The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation has a long history of providing financial assistance to outstanding students at community colleges,” said Jane Hale Hopkins, president of the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. “We are proud to partner with Phi Theta Kappa, make it possible for more deserving students to achieve their educational goals, and support tomorrow’s leaders of the global community.”

July 30, 2019 - The Panola College Volleyball coaches are hosting a Team Volleyball Camp this Monday - Wednesday. Eleven teams and ten different East Texas high schools are represented at the camp this week, where each team and fine tuning their volleyball skills to get ready for the season which begins next week. 

The high schools attending include: Carthage, Longview (2 teams), Hallsville, Elysian Fields, Gary, White Oak, West Rusk, Hawkins, Linden Kildare, and Trinity. 

"It has been a great camp the last two days," says head Panola volleyball coach, Nicole Thorn. "We had a great turnout of teams and we look forward to seeing these young ladies compete this year."

July 29, 2019 - Panola College/Shelby College Center is offering “Beginning Computers”. This class will teach the basics of using a computer, the internet, sending emails and other computer software. 

Classes will be offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays, beginning August 27 – September 5, from 9:30 am – 11:30 am at the Shelby College Center. 

The cost of the class is $50.00 and pre-registration is required. 

For more information and to register, contact the Shelby College Center at 936-598-9543 or email:

July 23, 2019 - Lamar University and Panola College have formalized an articulation agreement to better serve the needs of students interested in pursuing bachelor’s degrees. 

Lamar University President Kenneth Evans and Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs James Marquart and Panola College President Gregory Powell and Vice President of Instruction Billy “Bubba” Adams signed an agreement on the Lamar University campus Thurs., July 18, creating innovative 2+2 programs allowing students to easily transfer to Lamar University to pursue four-year degrees after completing a two-year associate degree at Panola College. 

Beginning this fall, Lamar University will offer Panola College students with associate degrees full access to online bachelor degree programs specific to their associate degrees in business, communication, criminal justice and industrial technology. 

Panola College was established in 1947 and is a public community college in Carthage, Texas.

The 135-acre campus, located about 175 miles directly north of Beaumont, serves residents of Harrison, Marion, Panola and Shelby Counties and nearby Louisiana parishes. The college also serves United States Air Force personnel stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base.

The articulation agreement is the first of a dozen agreements Lamar University will be formalizing with Texas community colleges in the coming months to increase access to four-year degrees through 2+2 online programs. 

On July 31, LU will renew its agreement with Lamar State College Orange. 

With approximately 15,000 students, Lamar University is a research institution serving Southeast Texas and beyond with more than 100 programs of study leading to bachelors, masters and doctoral degrees. LU is a member of the Texas State University System and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. The 300-acre campus located 90 miles east of Houston and 25 miles west of Louisiana, is recognized for the quality of its core curriculum, diversity of its student body and low student-to-faculty ratio. In addition to its five academic colleges, LU offers students the opportunity to study in the Reaud Honors College in numerous locations across the world through faculty-led study abroad programs and in co-op work programs as well as dynamic partnerships with business and industry.