Ross Gift to Benefit College Band
The Panola College Foundation recently received a gift of $50,000 from Mrs. Frances Ross that will be used to purchase new instruments for the Panola College Band. When asked about the gift Professor Mike McGowan, Director of Instrumental Music, stated, "This wonderful gift from Mrs. Ross will go a long way toward the replacement of our band instruments, many of which are more than three decades old. On behalf of the music department, our students and myself, I would like to express our sincere gratitude for this donation."
“Over the years Mrs. Ross has been very generous to the College,” said Dr. Van Patterson, Vice President of Institutional Advancement. “Her gifts have made it possible for the College to purchase a stage which improved the overall professionalism of our graduation ceremonies. Another donation was used recently to purchase new tables and chairs to outfit a science lab, and this newest gift will allow us to replace many aging instruments. I am grateful for Mrs. Ross and her generosity to Panola College. I have no doubt that her legacy will be one of improving the lives of thousands of Panola College students.”
Biology Labs Benefit From Corporate Support
Dr. Greg Powell, Mr. Galen Knight, and Professor Kevin Rutherford
Dr. Greg Powell, President of Panola College, and Biology Professor, Kevin Rutherford, recently met with Mr. Galen Knight, Manager of the Carthage Walmart, to thank him for a $500 grant provided through the Walmart Foundation. The grant will be used to purchase anatomical and physiological models to educate biology students and those planning to pursue a career in the health care industry. Read more...
Lions Club Contributes to College Foundation
On September 27, 2012 the Carthage Lions Club joined the Panola College Foundation’s Sustainer Group.
Friends of Betsy Wheat Plan Scholarship
“Recently, I have been approached by several individuals in the community who expressed interest in raising money to create an endowed scholarship in memory of Mrs. Betsy Wheat,” said Dr. Van Patterson, Vice President of Institutional Advancement.
Panola College Foundation Awards Grants
On Monday, August 20 Panola College faculty returned to campus in anticipation of a new school year. As they arrived they were met by members of the Carthage Chamber of Commerce who welcomed them with words of encouragement, donuts, and cups of freshly brewed coffee.
Vincent Scholarship Established
Panola College announces the establishment of the Lynn C. Vincent Honorary Endowed Scholarship. This scholarship was established by the Vincent family to provide financial assistance to sophomore students based on financial need.
Rotary Club Helps Sustain College Foundation
On July 20, 2012 the Carthage Rotary Club joined the Panola College Foundation’s Sustainer Group. Rotary Club President, Judy Guthrie, presented Dr. Gregory Powell, President of Panola College, with a check for $1,000. “The Rotary Club is dedicated to improving our community,” said Guthrie. “Every year we distribute dictionaries to area schools. In addition, we provide as many scholarships as we can afford to local students planning to attend Panola College. It only made sense that we should also take steps to ensure that our local community college has all of the resources it needs to educate our children. The College’s Foundation has done a terrific job, and we are honored to be able to make this gift.”
Second Annual SGA 5K Run a Success
Photo: (L to R) Katherine Titterington, Angela Rittenberry, Crissy Adams, Jason Hill - SGA President, Brian Boyd, Will Foster, Kaylee Smith, Carol Vincent, Joanna Shutts, Shawn Simonson, Katt Conaway, Gene Giles - Panola College Foundation Board member, Robert Brown, Breanne Borders, Caleshia Summers, Sean Finley, Wes Jones, Mia Jones, and SGA sponsor Professor Brian Naples.
On Friday, April 27 members of the Panola College Student Government Association (SGA) presented a check for $25,000 to the Panola College Foundation. The students, under the guidance of Professor Brian Naples, organized its second annual 5K Run which was held on April 21. The SGA held its first 5K Run last year after the Panola College Foundation helped sponsor a SGA trip to Austin where students learned about the financial challenges faced by community colleges across the State.
Luminant Brightens Foundation’s Future
Mrs. Carol Vincent and Mr. Rick Hanning
On Thursday, April 26 Mr. Rick Hanning, Luminant Community Relations Manager, presented Mrs. Carol Vincent, Panola College Foundation Chair, with a $1,000 check for the Panola College Foundation’s Sustainers Group.
“Luminant was one of the first corporations to join the Panola College Sustainers Group when it was established in 2008. They have been a wonderful corporate neighbor, and we are grateful for their support,” said Vincent. “Their annual gift has helped make it possible for the Foundation to help students achieve their education goals.”
Community and College Come Together to Support Foundation
Foundation Board members Fannie Watson and Jean Bunyard (center left and center right) greeting 5K Run participants.
The Panola College Student Government Association 5k Run and Strong Man competition proved to be a huge success for Panola College and the city of Carthage. Despite cool temperatures on the morning of the event, more than 240 participants took part in the 5K Run.
Panola College Foundation Producing Results
The 2011-2012 Panola College Foundation Board includes Carol Vincent - Chair, Travis Wall, Wanda Hanszen, Bobby Phillips, Cindy Griffin, Stuart Lipsey, Jean Bunyard, Robert Sherman, Fannie Watson, Jackie Robinson, Sandy Payne, Matt Pool and David Chadwick – Vice Chair. (Not Shown: Kevin Smith, Tate Barber, Patricia Smith-Secretary, Gene Giles, Brett Biggs).
“Thanks to the hard work of its Board members and contributions from citizens of Panola, Shelby, Harrison, and Marion counties, the Panola College Foundation has been able to provide students with additional scholarships this year,” said Dr. Van Patterson, Vice President of Institutional Advancement. “Also, for the first time the Foundation was able to provide grants to fund several faculty projects.”
Family Celebrates Achievement
Ray and Angie Hollingsworth of Winnsboro, Texas celebrated their son’s graduation from Panola College by having a paver placed in the College’s Walkway of Honor to commemorate his achievement. “I thought the paver was a unique way of recognizing Kanen’s hard work, said Mrs. Hollingsworth. “Panola College was a good place for him to begin his college career, and I am pleased that there will always be a reminder that Kanen was here.”