Panola College

March 3, 2020 - The Christus Good Shepherd Mobile Breast Center mammography van will be at Panola College from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Tuesday, March 31. To schedule an appointment, call 903-315-2130. Appointments are limited to ensure adequate time for each exam, so anyone interested is encouraged to call soon.

Christus Good Shepherd will accept and file insurance at the normal rate for a mammogram and radiologist reading, or women may pay $99 for a discounted cash rate.

The Mobile Breast Center is equipped with advanced digital technology. Screenings are performed by all-female, advanced level certified mammography staff members. Digital mammography provides early diagnosis, saving thousands of women’s lives each year.

Women who are 40 and older should have a mammogram annually. Women are not eligible for the Mobile Breast Center mammogram if they have been diagnosed with breast cancer; are currently being treated for breast cancer; have a problem such as a lump, skin changes or discharge; are currently breast feeding or have breast fed within the past nine months.

“We are proud to offer this much-needed diagnostic tool at Panola College,” said Jessica Pace, Director of Institutional Advancement. “Early detection of breast cancer saves lives. We encourage women to call and make their appointments early. The last appointment for the day will be scheduled at 2:45 p.m.”

Cook takes Home the Gold!

February 28, 2020 - Logan Cook, of Alto, TX, won the Tie Down Roping, Saddlebronc, and Men’s All-Around this past weekend at the Texas A&M-Commerce Rodeo to lead the Panola Rodeo Team to a third place finish overall.

Teammates Daylon Swearingen, Blake Griffin, Grayson Royer, Michael Womack, and Macon Murphy added points to the team’s success. Swearingen, the reigning National Champion Bull Rider, scored big in the long go by winning the bull riding and tied for third in the bareback. Blake Griffin, a sophomore from Center, Tx, along with his partner took third overall in the team roping. Grayson Royer, a freshman from Tyler, scored points by placing 2nd in the long go in bareback. Michael Womack, a sophomore from Bastrop, LA, added points to the team totals with a 5th place finish in the saddle bronc. Macon Murphy, of Keatchie, LA, wound up the points for the team as he placed 6th in the long go in the tie down roping.

McKynzie Bush, of Center, TX, finished second in the barrel racing to lead the Women’s Team this weekend.

As the race for the College National Finals comes down to the final three rodeos, the Panola team is currently sitting 4th in the Southern Region, and only the top two teams qualify for Nationals. In each event the top three qualify for the National Finals. The Panola Team has several pushing for those top spots. Team Roper Healer Clayton Lowery and his partner are ranked #1; Logan Cook, who has qualified for the CNFR 4 straight years is currently sitting 2nd in saddle bronc; Freshman, Chase Runfola is 4th in the bullriding; Blake Griffin and his partner are ranked 7th in the team roping; McKenzie Bush has moved to 6th in the barrel racing as the only member of the women’s team ranked in the Southern Region.

The Panola Ponies are getting in the practice over the next few weeks before they head to the Texas A&M Rodeo March 14th and 15th.

February 27, 2020 - On Thursday, February 20 the Panola College School of Energy hosted its annual high school welding competition on the Carthage campus. Approximately 59 students from Texas and Louisiana high schools competed.

“We put on an annual welding competition in order for area high school students to become better involved in welding technology,” said Clint Cassell, Instructor of Welding Technology at Panola College. “It’s a great opportunity for students to compete against others their age and to better the skills they will need in the welding field down the road.”

Kaden Arvello, Timpson High School, earns First Place at Panola College' School of Energy annual Welding Competition

Finishing first was Kaden Arvello, Timpson High School; second: Shelton Eaves, Many High School; third: John Meshell, Ebarb High School; fourth: John Glynn, Many High School; and fifth: K.J. Carter, Many High School.

The first-place prize included a handmade trophy buckle, cutting torch set, and a $1,000 scholarship to Panola College. “I’m very happy,” said first place winner, Kaden Arvello. “All those welding rods paid off.”

February 27, 2020 - Are you interested in becoming part of the Panola Ponies Men’s Basketball team? Panola College will be hosting an open tryout on Sunday, April 5 at 3pm in the Arthur Johnson Gymnasium.

To register, visit and fill out the online form. A registration fee of $45 is required and must be paid online. The tryout will be limited to 40 participants.

February 20, 2020 - Panola College Workforce and Continuing Education is offering a Crochet Class by Diana Stanford of Crocheted Creatures at Shelby Regional Training Center (SRTC). The classes are March 2 - March 25, 2020, Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30 - 7:00pm. The cost is $50.

If you have any questions, please contact us at (936) 591-9075. Register today to come make COZY things with us!

SRTC is located at 678 Roughrider Drive, Center, Texas 75935.

Panola College students in 1981

February 25, 2020 - As Panola College plans for its 75th anniversary, the Alumni Association asks former students, employees and their families to share photos to be used in the celebration.

“We’re asking for photographs taken from 1947 to 2000,” said Jessica Pace, Director of Institutional Advancement. “We have access to old yearbooks, but we’d love to see personal photographs taken by our students and employees back then.”

The alumni photo submission form may be found at Digital images can also be sent via email to Please indicate that you are giving Panola College permission to use the photos as well as providing information about the photo.

Copies of photographic prints may be mailed to Panola College Alumni Association, 1109 W. Panola, Carthage, TX 75633, delivered to the Institutional Advancement Office inside the Martha Miller Administration Building or to the main desk at the M.P. Baker Library. Prints cannot be returned, so please make copies of your originals before submitting. Panola College can also scan prints into digital photos of those brought to campus.

“The photo submission form has space for contributors to provide identification for the people in the photographs and tell us what year the photos were taken. We would love to hear your stories about the photos and your time at Panola, so please fill out the form with your experiences,” Pace said.

“In its almost 75 years in existence, Panola College has come a long way. As we look to the future with new programs to serve our students and community, we also want to take time to celebrate our past,” said Greg Powell, Panola College President. “I hope to see many photos and hear many stories from our alumni and their families.”

Clint Cage, System Sales Account Manager at Trane, photographed with Panola College School of Energy students and instructors in front of the donated HVAC system.

February 21, 2020 - On Wednesday, February 19 Trane, a manufacturer of heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) systems and building management systems, donated a 15-ton system to the Panola College School of Energy. The system will be used by Panola College students for testing and training purposes.

“The HVAC system donated by Trane will meet a huge need at Panola College,” said Michael Pace, School of Energy Instructor. “I’ve always discussed HVAC systems in class, but have never had one on site. It will be a tremendous help now that students can put their hands on one.”

Clint Cage, System Sales Account Manager at Trane, was on site to present the donation to the School of Energy. Cage attended Panola College from 2012 to 2014.

“Panola College served as a launching pad for me, and I saw this as an opportunity to give back,” said Cage. “My hope is that the HVAC system will help Panola students prepare for their future.”

February 21, 2020 - Mark you calendars! Panola College/Shelby College Center’s next Zumba and Yoga classes are approaching soon. Reserve your spot TODAY.

March 2 – April 15
Zumba Gold – Mondays and Wednesdays – 4pm to 5pm
Beginning Yoga – Mondays and Wednesdays – 5:05pm to 6:05pm

March 3 – April 16
Intermediate Yoga – Tuesdays and Thursdays – 4:25pm to 5:25pm and 5:30pm to 6:30pm

The cost of each class is $60, and pre-registration is required. For more information and to register, 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.

Members of the Diocese of Texas Episcopal Church Women and St. John’s Episcopal Church pose with care baskets in the Panola College Feed the Need comfort closet with Residence Life Coordinator, Katy Chance. Left to Right: Roxanne Brink, Francis Sidel, Judy Guthrie, Jennene Laurinec, Katy Chance, Liz Garrison, Lynda Sidel, Maudie Leach, and Joann Powell. 

February 20, 2020 - The Diocese of Texas Episcopal Church Women (ECW) gave St. John’s Episcopal Church $2,000 on Tuesday, February 18 to support Feed the Need, a Panola College program, which strives to assist students and faculty who may be experiencing basic living insecurities.

The Diocese of Texas ECW offers an outreach grant program to assist churches in their ministry efforts. It is one of the many ways that ECW lives into the commitment to support and enable the women of the Diocese to serve the Lord through service, worship, education, evangelism, and pastoral care.

“When we found out that we could write a grant to Episcopal Church Women for an outreach program, this is what came to mind” said Ms. Judy Guthrie, member of St. John’s Episcopal Church. “When we heard there were students at Panola College living in their cars who were in need of food and hygiene products, we thought this would be a great way to spend our money.”

February 7, 2020 - It’s not too late to live on campus. Panola College offers three housing options for students enrolled in the spring semester. Classes began on January 13, so students who move into the residence halls now will pay a prorated amount for the room and meal plan.

Katy Chance, Residence Life Coordinator, says space is available in Sharp Hall, the campus apartments, and O’Neal Hall (the newest apartment on campus.) Depending on residence hall choice, weekly cost ranges from about $160 to $200, which includes the room and 19 meals per week in the dining hall.

“The meal ticket is $5.58 per meal. It’s hard to beat that at home,” said Don Clinton, Vice President of Student Success.

Chance said living on campus helps students become more engaged in the learning process and build a sense of community. “Studies have shown that students who live on campus tend to have higher graduation rates, achieve greater academic success, are more involved in campus life, and tend to use campus resources more frequently than those not living on campus,” she said.

Campus resources include the M.P. Baker Library, the Charles C. Matthews Foundation Student Center, computer labs, high-speed WiFi, study rooms and recreational facilities including the weight room and Fitness Center gym.

Chance encouraged commuting students to consider the cost of fuel along with wear and tear on their vehicles in addition to the time wasted on the road. “Living on campus is a safer alternative, and when students really look at the numbers, they often realize they could save money and time by living in the residence halls,” she said. “Where else can you find a rental unit that provides safety, convenience, all utilities including high-speed internet and cable, and 19 meals a week for less than $1,000 a month?”

Living on campus expands opportunities to participate in cultural and academic events sponsored by the College, according to Clinton. “Students can walk from their dorm rooms to the auditorium for fine arts performances or to the Arthur Johnson Gym for games,” he said. “Living on campus gives you an opportunity to experience the complete collegiate environment that you would get at a university. We encourage all our students to get involved on campus, whether it is in the residence halls, extracurricular programs, student activities or intramural games, as well as attend athletic and performing arts events, and get involved in clubs and organizations.”

Find out more by contacting Katy Chance at, or 903-693-1176.