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Zariah Frierson, a Panola College student from East Chicago, Indiana, helped Hazell recite the Pledge of Allegiance as part of the show.

April 18, 2019 - Comedian Pat Hazell’s ride back in time in his show “The Wonder Bread Years” played to a packed house in the Q.M. Martin Auditorium at Panola College on Tuesday, April 16. The show was sponsored by the B.F. and Mary Payne Fund for the Preservation of Texas Culture.

From left: Dr. Greg Powell, Panola College President, Pat Hazell, and David Murphy, representing the B.F. and Mary Payne Fund for the Preservation of Texas Culture.

The one-man show is a fast-paced, hilarious production that gracefully walks the line between stand-up and theater. Remembering pop rocks, milk snorts, sugar-highs and Atari, The Wonder Bread Years evolved from the realization that people have many more things in common than they have differences, many of which happen to be laugh-out-loud-funny.

Showtime declared Pat Hazell, “One of the Five Funniest People in America.” Hazell made his first appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1989 and has since made six more appearances with Jay Leno. Hazell served as Jerry Seinfeld’s opening act and became one of the original four writers for the NBC series “Seinfeld.” The Wonder Bread Years, a one-man show and tell, has been taped as a one-hour PBS special.

Hazell shared his memories of pop culture and vintage product advertising.

Art student Morgan Ray and Professor Amanda Clements look over Morgan’s paintings. The Fay Allison Gallery of the M.P. Baker Library will showcase the end-of-semester Panola College Student Visual Art Exhibit beginning Monday, April 22.

April 18, 2019 - The M.P. Baker Library will host the Panola College Student Visual Art Exhibit in the Allison Gallery starting Monday, April 22.  

The exhibition is free and open to the public during the Library’s operating hours: Monday – Thursday 7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m. and Sunday 4 – 9 p.m. For additional information please call 903-693-2052 or email

Amanda Clements, art professor, said 16 students will display their work this spring. They include Sarah Allen, Omotayo Amidu, Sheli Caserta, Christy Corliss, Makayla Cortinas, Bethany Crowe, Maci McDaniel, Erin Phillips, Shirley Williams, Morgan Ray, Sarah Hooten, Kacie Caserta, Jade Allen, Emily Hannah, Hannah Humphries and Joel Martinez Gonzalez.
Photography students include Alexis Barlow, John Carter, Sheli Caserta, Lacy Dean, Paige Groce, Samantha Hay, Kristina Mayo, Julie Montgomery, Anthony Norwood, Weronika Nowakowska, Malaysha Peel, Camberly Smith, Kristye Wall, Sadie Wilson, Joshua Wood, Renata Malone, Sandra Olalde, Selena Pacheco, Phat Chung and LaToya Johnson.
“Be sure to stop by and see the wonderful photography and art work done by our talented students,” said Cristie Ferguson, Panola College Librarian.

April 17, 2019 - Panola College is holding a Career Exploration Fair on Tuesday, April 30 from 11am to 1pm. The event will be held at the Shelby College Center at 3600 Loop 500.  

We hope you will come and learn about various programs offered at Panola College, many available right here in Shelby County or completely online!  

There will be door prizes, music, and games. Visit with admissions and financial aid representatives to answer any questions you may have to start on your new career path today.

April 8, 2019 - Panola Baseball started the second half conference play against the Paris Dragons. The Ponies took the series and are now 28-9 on the year and 13-5 in region 14 east play. Panola currently sits at the top of the conference in first place.

Game 1-
The series opener was dominated by the Ponies. The game was shortened to 7 innings due to run rule. Sophomore Jarret Whorff got the start on the mound and went a solid 6 innings giving up 3 earned runs and struck out 7. Garret Hermes threw the 7th inning and struck out one of his own. The offense was a group effort. 6 of the 9 starters had at least 1 rbi in the game and 8 of the 9 recorded at least 1 hit. Panola took the opener by a score of 12-4.

Game 2-
The first game of Friday’s double header was a struggle for the Ponies. RHP Tyler Davis went a complete game for Panola giving up 3 runs and striking out 11. The Panola offense struggled to score runs and dropped the second game of the series by a score of 3-0.

Game 3-
The rubber match of the series was back and forth early but the Ponies pulled out of reach from the Dragons. Trey Lindsay got the start and gave the Ponies a quality start giving up 3 earned runs and 5 strikeouts over 6.2 innings of work. Chris Edwards and Hayden Collins combined to finish the final 2.1 innings giving up only 1 hit and striking out 4. Cam Sibley and Ryan Snell lead the offense. Snell had a double and a 2 run homerun while Sibley added an rbi double of his own. Panola won the series finale by a score of 7-3.

The Ponies are back at home this Thursday against NTCC starting at 3pm 

Area 8th graders spent the day on the Panola College campus recently to explore academic and career options.

April 5, 2019 - Eighth grade students from 11 area public schools visited Panola College recently to explore options for academic and career education opportunities. 

“Even as students begin high school, they can make decisions that benefit their life after graduation,” said Angie Musgrove, Panola College Dual Credit Director. “Each student is on a unique path, whether preparing for a career choice, examining college credit opportunities, or examining the necessary skills for a technical trade.”

As these students enter public high school, they choose endorsements set up by The Texas Education Agency to help students stay on track for academics and careers. Endorsements group courses together by specific interests. The five endorsements include STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), business and industry, public services, arts and humanities, and multi-disciplinary studies.

Panola College offered the area schools a chance to take a look at these options more closely. The 872 students participating in the fall and spring sessions at Panola visited science labs, welding and petroleum labs, and cosmetology. They also had sessions in academic areas, such as the arts and humanities.

During lunch, they explored different career pathways with the help of Texas Career Check, an online program offered by the Texas Workforce Commission. They completed an interest inventory and compared salaries and trends. The career check also identifies required training and degree requirements for each occupation.

High school counselors accompanied their students and were enthusiastic about the event. “The response from our students was very positive, and I feel this event had a great influence on what many of them will do in the future,” said Angie Bishop, counselor at Carthage Junior High School. “The Panola College students talking about what they had planned for their futures really helped our students to get a little perspective on what their future could be. Hopefully, Panola College will be able to continue this event because it has been a great asset.”

Daniel Hall, Petroleum Technology instructor, demonstrates a welding simulator in the lab.

The Waskom counselor agreed. “The 8th Grade Preview Day was wonderfully organized and executed by the faculty and staff. Our students loved the hands-on aspect of the tour, as well as lunch on campus. It was a fantastic event that provided a plethora of information about the many programs offered by Panola College. Waskom ISD will certainly be attending this event in the future,” said Melinda Bowden, middle and elementary school counselor.

Schools participating in the fall included Jefferson, Tatum, Woden, Waskom, Timpson and Harleton. In the spring session, Joaquin, Beckville, Carthage, Garrison and the Panola Early College High School brought students to campus.

Musgrove compiled results from the student survey, which revealed that the 8th Grade Preview Day helped students with decision-making. According to the survey results, before the visit, only 46.2 percent had a career plan. Almost 100 percent of those surveyed said the event helped them identify areas of interest, learn how to look for occupational salaries and trends, and helped them more clearly understand their options.

“We also charted responses from male and female students,” Musgrove added. “One of our objectives was to let students know that men and women can choose any occupation in the career and technical fields. Of the total students surveyed, the highest level of interest was in our health science programs, followed closely by business and welding.”

Cheri Lambert, Occupational Therapy Assistant chair, led students in a simulation of a therapy session.

She said in the career and technical fields, welding and business were the top favorites for male students, while the female students participating in the survey chose health science and cosmetology as their top picks.

“The preview day has proven to be a great way to introduce students to career options they may never have considered. The students really seemed enthusiastic about participating. They can now more carefully select the right endorsement based on their areas of interest. The next step is for them to sit down with their school counselors and make a plan before they enter high school,” Musgrove said.

April 4, 2019 - Panola College/Shelby College Center is offering Zumba® Gold and Yoga Classes.

Zumba® Gold 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,  April 15 – May 22, from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm 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 Shelby College Center at 936-598-9543 or email:

Panola College/Shelby College Center is offering Beginning to Intermediate Yoga classes. The Beginning class will meet Monday and Wednesday, April 15 – May 22, from 5:05 - 6:05 pm. The Beginning/Intermediate class will meet on Tuesday and Thursday, April 23 – May 30, from 4:25 – 5:25 pm and the Intermediate class will meet Tuesday and Thursday, April 23 – May 30, from 5:30 – 6:30 pm. The cost of each class is $50.00 and pre-registration is required.  For more information, contact Shelby College Center at 936-598-9543 or email

Panola College students visited the R.L. Norton Gallery and Gardens in Shreveport recently.

April 3, 2019 - Panola College students and three faculty members toured the R.L. Norton Gallery and Gardens in Shreveport, Louisiana, on Thursday, March 28. The Panola College Foundation provided grant funds for the field trip.

“We appreciate the Foundation for recognizing the benefit to our students to visit a museum. The Norton Gallery showcases art from around the world, and includes important regional art,” said Dr. Kathy Watlington, professor of Spanish and the humanities.

Participating students included Nash Coultas, Joy Jekayinoluwa, Abigail Joseph, Lucy Eke, Vanessa Flores, Diana Kazo, Joy Latipat, Julianne Edge, Christy Corliss, Lucero Luna, Serena Rascoe, Jade Allen, Kacie Caserta, Sheli Caserta, Liberty Moser, Morgan Ray, Emilee Sellers, Brooklyn Killen, Shauna Aycock, Sam Fuller, Lynda Seidel and Kinsley Middlebrooks.

Nash Coultas and Emilee Sellers toured the gallery.

The R.W. Norton family of Shreveport created an art foundation that established the art gallery, which is open to the public, free of charge. More than 400 paintings and sculptures representing over 100 artists are on display in the gallery. The collection represents many styles from a variety of time periods. The R.L. Norton Botanical Gardens encompass 40 acres of landscaped grounds behind the gallery, exhibiting thousands of plants including introduced and native azaleas.

A follow-up survey revealed that many of the participating students had never visited a museum. “It was an amazing experience, and I learned a lot of things. I’m so happy to be able to be a part of this trip,” one student wrote.

“A lot of college students do not go to museums these days so they only have access to online art. Taking a trip to the museum will help them see first-hand art and paintings. We should take school excursions more often,” said another student.

Vanessa Flores and Diana Kazo view sculptures and paintings in the Norton Gallery.

David “Glynn” Russell Announced as 2019 Alumnus of the Year

April 3, 2019 - The Panola College Alumni Association is proud to announce the selection of David “Glynn” Russell as 2019 Alumnus of the Year. Russell will be recognized by Dr. Berri O’Neal, Chair of the Panola College Alumni Association, and recipient of the 2016 Alumna of the Year, at the spring commencement ceremony scheduled for Thursday, May 9, at 7:30 pm in the Arthur Johnson Gymnasium.

David “Glynn” Russell was born and raised in Center, Texas where he graduated from Center High School in 1972. He went on to attend Panola College from 1972 to 1973 where his fondest memories included spending time in the chemistry lab and playing ping pong in the Student Center.

Following Panola College, he went on to obtain his bachelor’s degree in meteorology from Texas A&M in 1976. He would later put his degree to work developing, growing, and maintaining his passion for his peach orchard, better known as The Peach Shed. After college, he returned to East Texas where he opened a flooring store in Carthage, Russell’s Floors, in 1985. He later expanded his business to a second location in his hometown of Center and would eventually consolidate the stores into one location.

Russell has given back to his community over the years by serving on the local water board, Flatfork Water System. He is also responsible for the sound systems and participates in outreach ministries at his local church, Center Christian Fellowship.

“Glynn is an integral part of Panola County and Shelby County. Our schools, colleges, and life experiences make us who we are, but it is what we give back that makes our communities,” said Vicky Hudson, sister of Glynn Russell.  “I believe my brother is an excellent choice for the 2019 Panola College Alumnus of the Year, because Panola College is where it all started.” When he is not working or volunteering, you can find him in a national park hiking with his wife, Sandra.

April 2, 2019 - Local educators and the public are invited to hear a presentation by Sheri Doss, president of the Texas Parent-Teachers Assn. at 5:30 p.m. on April 8 at the Murphy-Payne Community Rooms at the Panola College Library Building, Carthage, TX.

Mrs. Doss is the 54th president of the Texas PTA and is the first African-American to serve in this position. She has more than 15 years experience working at all levels of the PTA.

She has received numerous awards including outstanding volunteer at her school district. She also has received PTA Honorary Life Membership, Extended Service Award and National PTA Life Achievement Award.
With a passion for public education, Sheri was one of 18 members selected to serve on the 2017 Texas State Board of Education Long Range Plan for Public Education Steering Committee.

Prior to making the decision to become a full-time volunteer, Sheri worked as a project manager, systems analyst and independent consultant in the telecommunications industry. She has a B.S. in computer science and math from the University of California, Davis, and an M.B.A. from Rutgers Graduate School of Management.

Sheri recently earned a certification in Nonprofit Leadership and Management and in Volunteer Management from the Center for Nonprofit Studies. She is the daughter of Rev. Norman and Mrs. Ola Jackson of Carthage.

The event is sponsored by Panola College and community educators.

March 28, 2019 - Panola College invites the community to enjoy an evening of comedic delight with former Seinfeld writer, Pat Hazell, as he takes us on a hilarious ride back in time in The Wonder Bread Years on Tuesday, April 16, 2019, in the Q.M. Martin Auditorium at 7:00 pm.

Pat Hazell’s one-man show & tell, The Wonder Bread Years, is a fresh and funny salute to Americana. The Wonder Bread Years is a fast-paced, hilarious production that gracefully walks the line between standup and theater. Remembering pop rocks, milk snorts, sugar-highs and Atari, The Wonder Bread Years evolved from the realization that people have many more things in common than they have differences, many of which happen to be laugh-out-loud-funny. The show’s strong sense of American pop culture earned it an invitation to represent the United States at the Vancouver International Comedy Festival. Funnyman Pat Hazell recalls specific influences of parenting and pop culture, and audiences from 8 to 80 roar in recognition. He reminds us that there is still a kid inside all of us, and a sense of wonder waiting to be unlocked.

Showtime declared Pat Hazell, "One of the Five Funniest People in America." Hazell made his first appearance on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1989 and has since made six more appearances with Jay Leno. Hazell served as Jerry Seinfeld’s opening act and became one of the original four writers for the NBC series Seinfeld. As a playwright, his first endeavor, Bunk Bed Brothers, which he co-wrote with Matt Goldman, was critically acclaimed and eventually filmed as the sitcom, American Pie, for NBC Studios. The Wonder Bread Years, a one-man show & tell, has been taped as a one-hour PBS special.

Sponsored by the B.F. and Mary Payne Fund for the Preservation of Texas Culture, the program is free, and no reservations are required. For additional information, please call 903-693-2000.