PJC students Find Learning Opportunities Outside the Classroom

Searching for fossils in the North Sulphur River are PJC student Marc Mercier of Roxton (left) and Forrest Lane of Honey Grove as PJC geology instructor Mike Barnett looks on.

Searching for fossils in the North Sulphur River are PJC student Marc Mercier of Roxton (left) and Forrest Lane of Honey Grove as PJC geology instructor Mike Barnett looks on.

Not all lessons for Paris Junior College students are taught in the classrooms, as both jewelry and science course students found out last semester. For both disciplines, students were able to bring back insights from the field.

A treasure hunt of sorts was on tap for PJC biology and geology students when they went looking for fossils along the North Sulphur River. That location provides outstanding opportunities to find shallow Marine Cretaceous fossils. Upper layers in the banks contain Pleistocene fossils such as mammoth teeth and bones.

Led by PJC biology instructor Jack Brown and geology instructor Mike Barnett, the group found fossils such as exogyra ponderosa, sand shark teeth, enchodus teeth (a fish also known as a saber tooth herring), a mososaur tooth, gastropod fossils, and exogyra costata (saltwater oysters).

The majors’ biology class went into detail on geologic history, evolutionary theory and the process of fossilization. The geology class also covered geological time periods and fossilization. Students from both classes learned by visiting the nearby location that the area was a shallow sea 90 million years ago.

“We have many fossils of extinct marine creatures that lived in shallow seas,” said Brown. “You can see the layers of time in the banks of the river and even see when they went extinct. The layers the marine creatures are in wash out, but many are still buried in the sides of the banks so you can dig in and find marine fossils from 90-70 million years ago. It is a wonderful way to get students to comprehend deep time and the changes that have occurred in the planet’s history.”

Attending a jeweler’s workshop at Stuller, Inc. in Lafayette, Louisiana, was a big plus for PJC’s Texas Institute of Jewelry Technology students. Stuller is the largest jewelry manufacturer in America.

“It was an amazing experience to be able to meet and network with professionals face to face in the largest jewelry manufacturing business in America,” said jewelry student association event coordinator Ricardo Ruiz. “PJC students were able to make many contacts for their future careers.”

Attendees were taken on a tour of the facilities, attended classes and interactive demonstrations as well as a tool sale. The trip left students excited and ready to get back to the bench to try all the new techniques they learned.

PJC nursing students receive scholarships from Roan Oak Masonic Lodge

Four Paris Junior College associate degree-nursing students have received $500 scholarships from the Roan Oak Masonic Lodge #860 of Garrett’s Bluff, Texas.

Receiving the scholarships are nursing students Danielle Gerhardt of Honey Grove and Kristi Baggett, Clayton Hanley and Sheila Sikes, all of Paris.

Four PJC nursing students are shown at the presentation of $500 scholarships from the Roan Oak Masonic Lodge #860 of Garrett’s Bluff, Texas. Left to right are: Clayton Hanley and Sheila Sikes of Paris, Lodge Secretary James Parsons, Lodge Worshipful Master Mike Parsons, Danielle Gerhardt of Honey Grove, Kristi Baggett of Paris and PJC Director of Health Occupations Marcia Putnam.

Four PJC nursing students are shown at the presentation of $500 scholarships from the Roan Oak Masonic Lodge #860 of Garrett’s Bluff, Texas. Left to right are: Clayton Hanley and Sheila Sikes of Paris, Lodge Secretary James Parsons, Lodge Worshipful Master Mike Parsons, Danielle Gerhardt of Honey Grove, Kristi Baggett of Paris and PJC Director of Health Occupations Marcia Putnam.

On hand for the presentation were Worshipful Master of the Lodge Mike Parsons and Lodge Secretary James Parsons.   “We do this so the kids can get through school,” said James Parsons. He explained that the lodge holds fundraisers to raise the money throughout the year.

“Many of our nursing students have been helped by Roan Oak Masonic Lodge scholarships,” said PJC Health Occupations Director Marcia Putnam. “The scholarships assist with expenses such as tuition, books and living expenses. The program is demanding, and to be successful students must devote time to their studies.”

As the students expressed their gratitude to the lodge representatives, Secretary Parsons charged them with a mission to finish their education.

Roan Oak Masonic Lodge wants to assist the community and support the students so they may go on to help others in the community.

The lodge’s major fundraiser, a fish fry at Garrett’s Bluff, is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 27 and everyone is invited to attend. For information about the event, call 903-732-4035.

For more information about PJC nursing programs call 903-782-0734.

 

 

 

Deport Masonic Lodge donates PJC jewelry student scholarship

pjc jewelry scholarshipThe Deport Masonic Lodge recently presented a $500 scholarship to Brittany Bean, a student attending the Paris Junior College Texas Institute of Jewelry Technology.

Fred Fangio, a member of the lodge’s scholarship committee, presented the scholarship to Bean.

“We are pleased that the Lodge can assist Brittany with her training in the Texas Institute for Jewelry Technology and hope we will have opportunities to help other students in the future,” said Fangio.

Also attending the presentation was PJC Institutional Advancement/Alumni Affairs Director Derald Bulls (at left).

Central Presbyterian Day School Enrolling

Central Day SchoolCentral Presbyterian Day School, currently has openings for the 2014-15 school year and is enrolling new students.

This private pre-school and kindergarten has been educating young children since 1959 and many of the business and civic leaders of Paris attended the school as children.

Central Presbyterian Day School is located in downtown Paris at 309 S. Church Street and offers a half-day kindergarten program and half-day pre-school classes for 3 and 4 year olds (3 year olds attend Tues/Thurs and 4 year olds attend M/W/F).

There is also a Mommy & Me class for 2 year olds and their caregivers that meets on Wednesdays from 11am-12:15pm.

For more information, call 903-784-0829 or email centraldayschool@att.net.

 

North Lamar ISD Names New Superintendent

John McCullough

John McCullough

Yesterday, July 8th, the NL ISD School Board approved John McCullough, current superintendent of Sulphur Bluff ISD, as the lone finalist to become North Lamar’s new superintendent.

Mr. McCullough has been at Sulphur Bluff ISD for two years and would be replacing James Dawson, who served as NL Superintendent for 26 years.  Currently, Assistant Superintendent Shelly McDowell is acting as interim superintendent.

Paul Jones, Paris ISD superintendent stated, “I have known John McCullough both personally and professionally for many years. He is both an experienced superintendent and a quality person. We were superintendents of neighboring school districts in Hopkins county and worked cooperatively sharing many services which benefited students of both school districts. We not only co-oped special services between our pervious districts–we were one of the few schools districts in the state of Texas that shared a business office. I look forward to his move to Lamar county.”

The North Lamar ISD School Board will have a vote to hire him in 21 days.