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January 11, 2023 - The Panola College Alumni Association is currently seeking nominations for its 2023 Alumni of the Year award. Nominations for this year’s award may be submitted through February 10 by completing the online form at

Presented annually during the spring semester, the award recognizes alumni who have enhanced the reputation of the College by distinguishing themselves in their careers and have made significant contributions to their community through professional service, public service, and civic activities.

“During our 75th anniversary celebration last fall, we were excited to honor so many of our incredible alumni with banners displayed around campus,” said Jessica Pace, Vice President of Institutional Advancement at Panola College. “This is another great opportunity for our alumni to be recognized for their accomplishments.”

The nominee must be a Panola College alumnus, someone faculty, staff, students, and alumni will take pride in and be inspired by, and be present at the May 2023 commencement ceremony. The complete list of criteria may also be found at

Those with questions may contact the Office of Institutional Advancement at Panola College by calling 903-693-2029 or emailing

January 9, 2023 - Panola College, in conjunction with the City of Carthage, will hold a celebratory ribbon cutting for the newly-updated turf baseball field on January 19 at 10am. The ceremony will take place at the Jim Reeves Memorial Baseball Field, located at the Carthage baseball complex, and is open to the public to attend.

“This field is a baseball coach’s dream and will be a great asset to the baseball program at Panola College,” said Don Clinton, Athletic Director at Panola College. “We are so thankful to the Panola College Board of Trustees and Dr. Greg Powell, plus the partnership with the City of Carthage, the Carthage City Commissioners, and City Manager Steve Williams for helping make this happen.”

Construction on the update began in September 2022 and was completed in early January, just in time for the upcoming baseball season. Following brief remarks and the ribbon cutting, refreshments will be available for those in attendance.

“We at the City of Carthage have long realized the economic and social impact Panola College has on our community,” said Carthage Mayor Lin Joffrion. “I believe partnering with Panola College on this project is a win for the College, the youth of our community, and all the citizens of Carthage.”

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December 15, 2022 - Panola College honored 26 faculty and staff members for their service to the College, who together represent 280 years. The awards were presented at a luncheon meeting on Tuesday, Dec. 6, in the Frances B. Ross Ballroom of the Charles C. Matthews Foundation Student Center.

“It is with great pride that we recognize our faculty and staff’s anniversary with Panola College,” said Dr. Gregory Powell, Panola College President. “At this important milestone, we express our sincere appreciation for their dedication. We strongly believe that each individual employee has the opportunity to add great value to our institution.”

Dazell Hicks was recognized for 40 years of service with the College; Board Chair William Goolsby and Dwayne Ferguson were recognized for 30 years; Julie Bertrand, Mickie Cash, Leslie Edelen, Whitney McBee, and Todd Shelton for 15 years; Clint Cassell, Daron McDaniel, Earnest Spencer for 10 years; and Board Trustee Brooke Lipsey, Board Trustee Fatha Burchette, Dr. Billy Adams, Amanda Clements, Roberta Collinsworth, Shay Joines, Brian Jones, Dr. Julie Leming, Cancee Lester, Lisa Miller, Kelly Reed-Hirsch, Charde Salone, Doug Snodgrass, Rachel Weekly, and Jaynellen Wylie for five years.

“I appreciate the genuine care you show for our students and for each other’s well-being,” added Powell.

November 11, 2022 - On November 9, 2022, dressed in his official service uniform, Jeffry Oney, an instructor in the Medical Assisting program at Panola College, presented four employees with Patriot Awards, an honor provided by the Department of Defense to recognize employers for their support of servicemembers.

Oney has served in the Army for almost 16 years and is currently an instructor for the 7th Battalion, 95th Training Regiment. He has been deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria, and has served as an engineer, medic, and instructor. He joined the faculty at the College in Aug. 2021.

Following remarks about his gratitude for the College’s support of the military and servicemembers, he presented the awards to Dr. Gregory Powell, Panola College President, Dr. Billy Adams, Vice President of Instruction, Kelly Reed-Hirsch, Dean of Health and Natural Sciences, and his direct supervisor and Chair of the Medical Assisting program, Lynn Hanson.

“It’s overwhelmingly nice to have a supportive staff all the way up,” said Oney, who nominated the four employees for the awards. “To work for a place and with people who show their appreciation to service, I wanted to give back to them, so I was extremely happy when all four of these individuals were approved for a Patriot Award.”

The Patriot Award reflects the efforts made to support servicemembers through a wide range of measures, including flexible schedules, time off prior to and after deployment, caring for families, and granting leaves of absence if needed.

“I’m grateful for the opportunity to get everyone in the same room and express my sincere appreciation for everything that you all have done and continue to do in support of myself and other servicemembers,” Oney added after presenting each award and personally thanking each recipient.

October 14, 2022 - Panola College will host its 9th annual Veterans Day Dinner on November 11 at 5 p.m. in the Frances B. Ross Ballroom of the Charles C. Matthews Foundation Student Center. The event is free of charge for any East Texas service member and one guest.

Coordinating the event are two Panola College service organizations: The Green Jackets, who serve the College and community as goodwill ambassadors, and the Student Government Association. The event is sponsored by the Green Jackets and SGA, along with area individuals, organizations, and businesses.

Individuals who wish to honor a particular Veteran may purchase a Flag of Honor for $25. The 3’x5’ flag will be mounted on a 6’ pole and placed at Panola College along Bird Drive from October 31 to November 14. Each flag will include a sign with the Veteran’s name, branch of service, and a personal message from the donor.

Additional sponsorships are also available. An Event Sponsorship is available for $500 and a Table Sponsorship is available for $250. For $50, donors will be recognized as a Seat Sponsor. Signs and banners will recognize all sponsors, and their names will be printed in the dinner program.

Information about sponsorships may be found by visiting Funds raised from sponsorships will be used to fund this year’s Veterans Day Dinner, benefit the Panola County Texas Veterans Relief Fund, and fund future Panola College Veterans events.

Veterans and their guests who wish to attend the Veterans Day Dinner must make reservations in advance. Contact Katie Wright by emailing or calling 903-693-2094.

October 7, 2022 - Panola College will present two instrumental and vocal performances during October. The choir will present its fall concert on Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Q.M. Martin Auditorium, and the band will present its fall concert on Oct. 20 at 7 p.m. in the Frances B. Ross Ballroom of the Charles C. Matthews Foundation Student Center.

The choir will perform works by Pfautsch, Esmail, and Hagenberg, while the Panola Pipers will sing jazz and pop pieces.

The concert band will perform a variety of music from a traditional march, “The Trombone King” by Karl King, to the traditional British hymn, “I Vow to Thee My Country.” The band will also perform an arrangement of “It is Well With My Soul.”

The jazz band will celebrate the 75th anniversary of the College by presenting “Through the Decades,” music from the 40’s through today.

Both performances are free and open to the public to attend. For more information, visit

September 27, 2022 - The Panola College Associate Degree Nursing and Center Vocational Nursing programs are accepting applicants until October 1, 2022.

Students accepted to the VN track will begin the program in January 2023 on the Center campus. Applications can be picked up at either the Carthage or Center campus. Contact Yvette Royal at 903-694-4026 on the Carthage campus or Rachel Paddie at 936-598-9543 on the Center campus for additional information.

Students accepted to the ADN traditional track will begin the program in January 2023. Applicants are invited to schedule a mentoring appointment with Katie Davis by completing the Request a Mentoring Appointment form online.

More information can be found by visiting

September 14, 2022 - In honor of Panola College’s 75th anniversary, the Panola College Alumni Association will host an alumni meet up at the Fillies’ volleyball game on Sept. 22 at 6 p.m. in the Arthur Johnson Gymnasium. The event is open to the public and all alumni of the College are invited to attend. Tickets to the game are $5 each and will be available to purchase at the gate.

Featured Alumni who are in attendance will also be recognized prior to the game beginning. Information about Featured Alumni and the College’s milestone anniversary can be found by visiting

September 13, 2022 - Panola College is still one of the best colleges in the nation to work for, according to the Great Colleges to Work For program.

The results, released today in a special insert of The Chronicle of Higher Education, are based on a survey of 212 colleges and universities. In all, 68 of those institutions achieved ‘Great College to Work For’ recognition for specific best practices and policies. Results are reported for small, medium, and large institutions, with Panola College included among the institutions with 500 to 2,999 students.

Panola College won honors in nine categories this year:

  • Job Satisfaction & Support;
  • Compensation & Benefits;
  • Professional Development;
  • Mission & Pride;
  • Supervisor/Department Chair Effectiveness;
  • Confidence in Senior Leadership;
  • Faculty & Staff Well-being;
  • Shared Governance;
  • Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging

Panola College was also named to the Great Colleges Honor Roll, a status granted to only 42 colleges in the nation each year who are highlighted most across the recognition categories.

“Being recognized in this way for 11 consecutive years is a very satisfying affirmation of Panola College, but our real goal is not recognition – it’s being a community that values the needs and contributions of every individual,” said Dr. Greg Powell, Panola College President. “I am extremely proud of the Board of Trustees, the faculty, staff, and all of our students.”

The survey results are based on a two-part assessment process: an institution questionnaire that captured employment data and workplace policies from each institution, and a survey administered to faculty, administrators, and professional support staff. The primary factor in deciding whether an institution received recognition was the employee feedback. 

The Great Colleges to Work For program is one of the largest and most respected workplace-recognition programs in the country. For more information and to view all current and previously recognized institutions, visit the Great Colleges program website at and ModernThink, a strategic human capital consulting firm, administered the survey and analyzed the results.

September 1, 2022 - Panola College drama will present ‘The Mousetrap’ by Agatha Christie as its annual dinner theatre production on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 16 and 17, and as a dessert matinee on Sunday, Sept. 18. ‘The Mousetrap’ is produced by special permission from Samuel French, Inc.

As news spreads of a murder in London, a group of seven strangers find themselves snowed in at a remote countryside guesthouse. When a police sergeant arrives, the guests discover – to their horror – that a killer is in their midst. One by one, the suspicious characters reveal their sordid pasts. Which one is the murderer? Who will be the next victim? Can you solve this world-famous mystery for yourself? For almost 70 years, Agatha Christie’s ‘The Mousetrap’ has kept millions of people from every corner of the globe on the edge of their seats. Due to the surprise twists of this show, audiences are asked not to reveal the ending.

The show features Mollie Ralston, Taylor Alexander, Sophomore, Gary; Giles Rolston, Jared Jackson, Freshman, Alto; Christopher Wren, Scott Eddins Jr, Freshman, Colmesneil; Mrs. Boyle, Autumn Stewart, Freshman, Maydelle; Major Metcalf, Jacob Phillips, Sophomore, Mt. Enterprise; Miss Casewell, Jessica Bailey, Sophomore, Nacogdoches; Mr. Parvacinni, Turner Mullican, Freshman, Palmer; Sgt. Trotter, Dylan Essery, Sophomore, Gary; and Radio Voice, Julien Lawrence, Sophomore, Timpson; and MC, Jaedon Lewis, Sophomore, Mt. Enterprise.

Crewing the production are Assistant Director, Sarolyn Musick, Sophomore, Gary; Stage Manager, Dawson Windham, Sophomore, Shelbyville; Assistant Stage Manager, Caleb Ridgeway, Sophomore, Shelbyville; Lights, Donovan Williams, Sophomore, Gary and Kady Matthews, Freshman, Union Grove; Dramaturgy, Andrea Rosenbaum, Freshman, Portland; Sound Design; Cason Grimaldo, Sophomore, Grapeland; Costume Design, Haven Heiman, Freshman, Shelbyville; Props, Katelyn Guerro, Freshman, Colmesneil; Make-Up, Hair, and Poster Design, Chelsey Caldwell, Sophomore, Mt. Enterprise, assisted by Evelyn Boles, Freshman, Mt. Enterprise; Special Effects, Estrella Villanueva, Orange, and Center Piece Design Tameka Alexander, Freshman, Centerville, and Scenic Painter, Katy Chance.

The production is staged in the Elizabeth R. Hedges Studio Theatre located on the Panola College campus. Seating is limited and reservations are required. For the dinner theatre productions on Friday, Sept. 16, and Saturday, Sept. 17, dinner starts serving at 5:30 p.m. and ends at 6:40 p.m., with the show starting at 7 p.m. For the dessert matinee production on Sunday, Sept. 18, doors open at 12:30 p.m. and the show begins at 1:30 p.m. Dinner will be a full Italian meal with salad, a side, bread, dessert, water, coffee, and tea. Dessert will feature a selection of pies, cake, and cookies, along with water, coffee, and tea.

Tickets for the dinner theatre are $40.00 for adults and $35.00 for seniors, students, and children. Dessert matinee tickets are $20.00 for adults and $15.00 for seniors, students, and children. All tickets are pre-paid and no tickets are sold at the door. Tickets go on sale Saturday, Sept. 3, and are available at Tickets may be pre-purchased via check or cash by visiting the theatre department at Panola College. For more information or to make arrangements to pay by check or cash, email or call 903-693-2064.