PJC Starting Jazz Ensemble

saxophoneExpanding jazz throughout the community while educating and enriching students by learning jazz music is the goal of a new class starting this fall at Paris Junior College.

“Students do not have to be music majors to play,” said PJC music instructor and director of choirs Philip Briggs. “We have scholarships for jazz band musicians and they can be in any field of study.”

PJC is seeking instrumentalists with at least a high school level of playing experience and competence. Instruments include trumpets, trombones, percussionists, keyboardists, and woodwinds (alto, tenor or bass saxophone). PJC will supply percussionists and keyboardists, all others should have their own instrument.

“We will have open call auditions and scheduled auditions prior to the beginning of fall semester,” said Briggs. “Probably the third week of August. Contact the music department about the scholarship application at 903-782-0343 or email music@parisjc.edu. This should be a lot of fun.”

 

PJC watchmaking student receives scholarship

Angelica Guevarra of Laredo with PJC horology instructor Frank Poye

Angelica Guevarra of Laredo with PJC horology instructor Frank Poye

A charitable trust and foundation combined efforts to award a scholarship in horology to Paris Junior College student Angelica Guevara, of Laredo. Horology is the art of watchmaking, one of several programs taught through PJC’s Texas Institute of Jewelry Technology.

“I believe Angelica was one of seven students who received the award nationally,” said PJC horology instructor Frank Poye.

The funds came from a donation by the Harold J. and Marie Borneman Greenwood Memorial Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation of $7,500 to the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute ELM Charitable Trust. Recipients must be students studying watchmaking and watch repair. PJC belongs to the Research and Education Council of the AW-CI. Each year fund trustees award an equal share of available funds to students at REC member schools.

Students must receive a recommendation from watchmaking faculty to be eligible. ELM stands for Education in watch and clock repair, Library funding to lend horological texts and publish horological books, and Museum funding to preserve unique timepieces and tools for study, research and local viewing. The Institute is located in Harrison, Ohio.

For more information on PJC’s Texas Institute of Jewelry Technology, call 903-782-0380.

“Not bad!” said Poye of the scholarship. “We are pleased on her behalf.”

 

 

PJC watchmaking student receives scholarship

Angelica Guevarra of Laredo, a horology student in Paris Junior College's Texas Institute of Jewelry Technology, recently received a scholarship from the combined efforts of the Harold J. and Marie Borneman Greenwood Memorial Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute ELM Charitable Trust. She is shown here with PJC horology instructor Frank Poye.

Angelica Guevarra of Laredo, a horology student in Paris Junior College’s Texas Institute of Jewelry Technology, recently received a scholarship from the combined efforts of the Harold J. and Marie Borneman Greenwood Memorial Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation and the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute ELM Charitable Trust. She is shown here with PJC horology instructor Frank Poye.

A charitable trust and foundation combined efforts to award a scholarship in horology to Paris Junior College student Angelica Guevara, of Laredo. Horology is the art of watchmaking, one of several programs taught through PJC’s Texas Institute of Jewelry Technology.

“I believe Angelica was one of seven students who received the award nationally,” said PJC horology instructor Frank Poye.

The funds came from a donation by the Harold J. and Marie Borneman Greenwood Memorial Fund of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation of $7,500 to the American Watchmakers-Clockmakers Institute ELM Charitable Trust.

Recipients must be students studying watchmaking and watch repair. PJC belongs to the Research and Education Council of the AW-CI. Each year fund trustees award an equal share of available funds to students at REC member schools. Students must receive a recommendation from watchmaking faculty to be eligible.

ELM stands for Education in watch and clock repair, Library funding to lend horological texts and publish horological books, and Museum funding to preserve unique timepieces and tools for study, research and local viewing. The Institute is located in Harrison, Ohio.

For more information on PJC’s Texas Institute of Jewelry Technology, call 903-782-0380.

“Not bad!” said Poye of the scholarship. “We are pleased on her behalf.”

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.