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.
At 9:30 AM faculty and staff thanked the Chamber Ambassadors before moving into the Q. M. Martin Auditorium to begin a full day of meetings. One of the first presentations was by Mrs. Carol Vincent, Chair of the Panola College Foundation. Mrs. Vincent started the morning off with words of encouragement. She then thanked faculty and staff for supporting the various fundraising activities conducted by the Foundation throughout the year. Other members of the Foundation Board in attendance include Mr. David Chadwick who will chair the Foundation beginning in September and Mrs. Wanda Hanszen.
“The generosity of faculty, staff, and so many others in our community has made it possible for the Foundation to provide additional resources to Panola College,” said Vincent. “Last year the Foundation was able to fund just over $5,000 in grant requests. This morning I am proud to announce that we are able to provide faculty with more than $20,000 in grants.”
This year’s grant recipients include Professor Kevin Rutherford who received $1,001 to purchase anatomical models that will be utilized in three Anatomy and Physiology Labs at the Carthage campus. Approximately 700 students will benefit from this grant.
Professor Ann Boland received a grant in the amount of $1,669. These funds will be used to take a group of art students to a major museum.
Professor Kevin Frizzell also received a grant valued at $1,818 to purchase anatomical models that will be utilized in the Anatomy and Physiology 1 & 2 Labs at the Shelby Regional Training Center in Center, Texas. Approximately 225 students will benefit from this grant annually.
Professor Becky Gullette received a grant in the amount of $1,995. These funds will be used to purchase field equipment that will be used in teaching botany, zoology, and biology for non-science majors. The equipment will be utilized by approximately 230 students per year.
Dr. Barbara Cordell received a $4,452 grant to purchase a mannequin to help train nursing students. The purchase of this mannequin will allow the College to add mid-fidelity simulations at ETMC Carthage so students can train at two facilities at once. Approximately 600 students will benefit from the purchase of this equipment. Our community will benefit as well from the addition of well trained nurses into our local hospitals and clinics.
The final grant went to Jo Ellen Russell in the amount of $9,477. The grant will be used to purchase equipment for a new Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technicians program. This program has unique needs for a laboratory. Since there is no existing lab on campus that can be used for this program, a new lab had to be designed. Approximately 48 students will be enrolled next year. They will benefit from having a properly stocked laboratory in which to conduct their studies. Without this grant it is doubtful that this new program could have been started at this time.
“As State funding continues to decline, it is important that we find ways to increase the Panola College Foundation endowment. This coming year earnings from this endowment will provide the College with additional funds that can be used to purchase equipment or meet other program needs. While the endowment is relatively new, and these earnings represent just a drop in the bucket compared to the amount of money the State has cut from our budgets, it does make a difference,” said Dr. Van Patterson, Vice President of Institutional Advancement. “I would also like to express my sincere thanks to all those who purchased raffle tickets, helped sponsor or participated in the SGA 5K Run, became a Sustaining member of the Foundation, included the College in their will, or just made a contribution because they appreciate the benefits Panola College brings to our community. Your kindness and generosity is helping meet the needs of the College and is very much appreciated.” Information about how to make a gift to Panola College is available online at www.panola.edu/foundation, or by calling 903-693-2029.