Panola College

February 5, 2015 - Student Government Association (SGA) officers and members traveled to Austin on Tuesday, Feb. 3 to represent Panola College for Texas Community College Day. State Representative Chris Paddie met with the Panola College delegation to discuss some of the major issues affecting the State that will come before the Texas Legislature this session.

Among the topics discussed were water infrastructure, the Department of Transportation, and changes to Health and Human Services. Members of the SGA joined more than 2,000 students from 50 community colleges across the state in a rally on the steps of the Capitol. Following the rally, Rep. Paddie recognized the presence of Panola College on the House floor.

“We really enjoyed our visit. It is neat to know that my officers and I were recognized in the official records of the State of Texas,” said Melissa Crooks, SGA President.

Participating were SGA officers, Crooks, president; Sedric Black, vice president; Clint Kite, secretary; Jeffrey Oney, reporter and Blake Butler, parliamentarian. Panola College faculty and administrators accompanying the students were Dr. Gregory Powell, Panola College President; Steve Williams, Vice President of Fiscal Services, and Brian Naples, Government Professor and SGA faculty sponsor.

Pictured from left to right are: Steve Williams, Brian Naples, State Representative Chris Paddie, Blake Butler, Sedric Black, Clint Kite, Dr. Gregory Powell; front row from left to right, Jeff Oney and Melissa Crooks.

January 27, 2015 - On January 22, 2015, Mike Milliorn, Chevron Operations Supervisor, and Kim Smith, Operations Assistant, presented Dr. Joe Shannon, Vice President of Instruction, and Dean Natalie Oswalt with a $70,000 donation for Panola College’s petroleum technology department. “We appreciate Chevron for their continuing financial support. This generous donation will greatly benefit the growing need in our expanding program,” said Dr. Shannon.

Photo: (L to R) Dr. Joe Shannon, Kim Smith, Mike Milliorn, and Natalie Oswalt

January 8, 2015 - Panola College is proud to announce the names of those students named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2014 semester. To qualify a student must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours with a grade point average between 3.5 and 3.79. Only courses applying toward an associate degree or certificate are included in the computation.

Moises Arcibar
Liliana Castaneda
Nakristianna Crawford
Carla Denney
Brianna Evans
Osiel Garcia
Xochil Gonzalez
Brandon Holt
Taylor Hudspeth
Curtis McKenney
Iris Morales
Christina Powell
Alyssa Powell
Kaycee Ricketson
Cody Russel
Ethan Xieu

Stacey Casey
Sarah Ruff

Austin Bloodgood
Debbie Cates
Marzaveon Cooper
Angel Ebey
Meghan Swift
Brookelyn Wildes
Justin Wilson

Erica Collins
Matthew Hendricks
Efrain Hernandez
Joshua Hickman
Paul Tindol
Courtney Tovar

Christin Lundgren
William Lusk
Emily Ward

January 13, 2015 - Panola College announces their new spring hires. They are pictured above (left to right) Brandon Benton, Assistant Coach, Men’s Baseball; Brooke Cox, Instructor, Vocational Nursing; Sharon Peace, Instructor, Vocational Nursing; Amanda Stilley-Bickham, Instructor, Vocational Nursing; Jeffrey Collins, Rodeo Coach; Rebecca Courtney, College Store Manager; Sarah Bush, Professor, Preparatory Studies, Math; Reanna Hart, Healthcare Specialist, Workforce & Continuing Education; and Kelly Duszik, Part Time Office Assistant, Workforce & Continuing Education.

January 7, 2015 - The Panola Fillies fought hard in the second half after being down 38-32 in the first half but fell short overall 72-70 against Jacksonville College. After the second half started Coach Eddie Kite substituted the entire starting five for a fresh five. The Fillies started their run with R'Trevia "Archiee" Randolph's long two and Bianca Brown's 3 quick 3 pointers who was 3/3 from behind the arc.

The Fillies steadily chipped away at the lead during the second half and with less than a minute left the Fillies were tied 70-70. After Jacksonville College missed a shot, the Filles were able to get into a fast break having the advantage 2 on 1 but ended the possession with a charge. With less than twenty seconds left in the game Jacksonville's Christina Robinson drives to the goal and gets fouled while making the shot. Robinson misses the free throw, now 72-70 with 2.87 seconds left the Fillies were not able to get a shot of in time and ended up short.

Sophomores Julieh Clark and Taylor Washington both had (13) while Marianna Duran added (11). The Fillies now 9-4 overall and 2-2 in conference take action again Saturday at Carthage High School against Trinity Valley Community College at 4PM.

December 12, 2014 - On Thursday, December 11, Panola College conducted its 74th commencement at the Carthage Civic Center. Panola College had 214 degree and certificate candidates and 130 of those students participated in the commencement ceremony.

Dr. Joe Shannon, Vice President of Instruction, presented the graduating class of Fall 2014 as Dr. Gregory Powell, President of Panola College led the processional of board members, faculty, staff and students in to be seated while Sir. Edward Elgar played “Pomp and Circumstance”.

Following the alma mater, sang by Panola College Chorale and directed by Mrs. Sandra Bauer, Dr. Powell welcomed the assembled and gave opening remarks.

Before the awards ceremony, Dr. Shannon certified to Dr. Powell and members of the Panola College Board of Trustees that the 130 graduating students had completed all work necessary to graduate from Panola College.

Following certification of the graduates, Dr. Kathy Watlington, Professor of Foreign Languages began the reading of graduates and Dr. Powell awarded diplomas to the students.

Mr. Freddy Mason, Dean of Liberal Arts & Sciences, gave the benediction to end the ceremony. Dr. Powell then led the recessional as Mr. Mike McGowan, Professor of Instrumental Music played the closing instrumentals.

Panola College is proud to announce the following Fall 2014 Honor Graduates:

Summa Cum Laude (3.90 – 4.00)

Justin Henry Beason
Amber Lynn Boswell
Alyssa Brooke Burney
Kendra Lyn Davenport
Charlotte Cotton Fannin
Randall Aaron Jackson
Bonnie Vanessa Reed
Jackie Elanie Rentz
Scott Harrison Tatum
Justin Earl Taylor

Magna Cum Laude (3.75 – 3.89)

Melody Mitchell Averett
Travis Shade Gilbert
Melissa Kay Jones
Justin Kizer
Leah W. Martin
Monica Yvette Perry
Dolar Gene Robinett III
Joumana Ann Tabch
Justin Lynn Tatom
Karah Lynn Weaver

Cum Laude (3.50 – 3.74)

Deanna Anders
Carmen Alyssa Andrews
Kady Lynn Armstrong
Nakristianna Monique Crawford
Haley Michelle Griffith
La’Tamela Hall
Megan Courtney Hanna
Holly Renee Harvey
John M Heath
Sarah Ann Hendricks
Christina Lee Johnson
Stephanie Marie Jones
Jessica Marie Kindley
Alisa Rebecca King
April Kruger
Anna Mae McCreery
Jesus Guadalupe Quintero
Nancy Rebecca Robbins
Meghan Monnette Swift
Tracy Hunter Taylor
Debra Andrea Ware
Stacy Leann Youngblood

National Student Day set for October 9

CARTHAGE, TX, October 9 – Panola College Store and Panola College Student Activities are joining almost 2,000 other college campus stores across the U.S. and Canada Oct. 9 to celebrate and promote social responsibility during the fourth annual National Student Day.

National Student Day, sponsored by the National Association of College Stores (NACS), is a day dedicated to celebrating and promoting social responsibility by college and high school students.

“We decided to take part in National Student Day because we see our students committing selfless acts every day,” said Jessica Pace, Store Manager. “From volunteering at New Destinations or RampUp to organizing fundraisers, our students continue to improve the campus and community beyond. We are proud of our students and are taking the opportunity to recognize them. We hope to use this day to celebrate the current volunteerism our students are doing and to involve students who are presently looking for a way to give back to their community.”

Panola College Student Activities and Panola College Store have activities set up to promote volunteer opportunities from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on October 9 in the Phoebe Sue Perlman Student Center. Several different charity organizations from Carthage, Center, Marshall, Longview, and other surrounding areas will be setting up booths to display their services and student opportunities. Panola College will be passing out free National Student Day items and serving free popcorn.

Students can win one of several prizes from Panola College Store and Student Activities by submitting a photo of themselves volunteering at their chosen charity. Students can submit the photos by emailing a copy to, uploading to the Panola College Store Facebook, or by bringing a copy to the store. Prizes will vary from gift certificates to the Panola College Store, Bluetooth speakers, DVDs, and other items. The photos will be used on National Student Day filling the store’s windows to display the amazing acts and involvement of our students.

Students can also win cool prizes from NACS by sharing a selfie showing their social responsibility. Students can submit photos of themselves giving back to their community by uploading them to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #NSDvolunteer. The three randomly selected students will receive $1,000, and $1,000 will be donated to the 501(c)(3) charity of their choice.

For more information on National Student Day, go For more information on what Panola College has planned or if you would like to involve your nonprofit organization, contact Shannon Singh at 903-693-2094, or email

The Panola College Workforce and Continuing Education office is now offering a Medication Administrator course. The class is divided into two sections; the first is scheduled on Monday, September 22, 2014 through Thursday, October 23, 2014, beginning 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and costs $385.00. The second section is scheduled on October 27, 2014 through December 10, 2014, beginning 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. and costs $280.00. Registration for both sections is required for full class credit. For more information and to register, contact the Continuing Education office at 903-693-2067, email:, or register and pay online at