Two PJC students named to the PTK All-Texas Academic Team

Paris Junior College students Andrew Bothwell (left) and Destiny Mullens (right), both of Paris, show the medals they received at a ceremony in Austin when they were recognized as making the Phi Theta Kappa All-Texas Academic Team. Originally among 1700 nominated nationwide for the All-USA Academic Team, they were among 103 selected for the All-Texas honor.

Paris Junior College students Andrew Bothwell (left) and Destiny Mullens (right), both of Paris, show the medals they received at a ceremony in Austin when they were recognized as making the Phi Theta Kappa All-Texas Academic Team. Originally among 1700 nominated nationwide for the All-USA Academic Team, they were among 103 selected for the All-Texas honor.

The academic achievement and community service of two Paris Junior College sophomores has received statewide recognition. Destiny Mullens and Andrew Bothwell, both of Paris, were recently named to the 2014 Phi Theta Kappa All-Texas Academic Team. PTK is the two-year college honor society.

The two were presented with medallions and certificates in the Auditorium at the LBJ Presidential Library on the University of Texas campus in Austin on March 28. Offering keynote remarks during for the ceremony was Representative Donna Howard, who serves on the House Higher Education Committee and the House Appropriations Committee where she works directly on higher education funding issues.

Each two-year college in Texas may nominate two students per campus to the All-USA Academic Team. Students from Texas nominated to the national team comprise the All-Texas Academic Team. Nominations are based on outstanding academic performance and service to the college and community.

To be named All-Texas, Bothwell and Mullins were among 1700 students nationwide nominated from 800 colleges to the All-USA Community College Academic Team.

“The ceremony was incredible,” said Mullens. ”You don’t realize what an accomplishment you’ve made until you’re there and they say there were 1700 All-USA applicants and we were among the 103 who made All-Texas.”

“We appreciate everything Ty did,” Mullens said, referring to PJC history instructor and PTK sponsor Ty Welborn. “He was very instrumental in helping with the application process and the essays.”

“It really surprised me to find out how many applicants there were,” said Bothwell. “We were up around the top five percent. I’ve never seen anything like that application in my life. It was very interesting.”

Mullens is majoring in biomedical sciences and hopes to transfer to Texas A&M University. She would like to finish medical school and have a career in medical research. She was named to the President’s List, is currently PTK Vice President, and plans to serve as PTK’s Region III alumni representative after she graduates in the spring.

Bothwell, a veteran of the U.S. Navy, is majoring in computer networking. He plans to transfer to Austin College for his bachelor’s degree, begin a career in the information technology industry, then pursue his master’s degree. He has been named to both the Dean’s and President’s List, was awarded the Literacy Council Scholarship, is a pledge of Delta Psi Omega (the theatre honor society), and currently serves as PTK liaison officer.

Phi Theta Kappa, two-year college presidents, and community college state associations co-sponsor All-State Academic Team recognition programs in 32 states. The PTK chapter at PJC was established in 1934 and is celebrating their 80th anniversary.


PJC drama students presenting free comedic medley

pjc playParis Junior College sophomore Haley Hines is directing an all-student production to be performed in the Ray Karrer Theater, April 10-11 at 7 p.m. Members of Delta Psi Omega, a national honor society for participants in collegiate theater, are producing, acting and singing in the performance.

The production is a comedic medley of songs and scenes. Musical numbers are student-selected from various shows. Dramatic vignettes are from the show, “Check Please,” a comedy following a series of blind dates that couldn’t get any worse – until they do.

“It’s very interesting, ” said Hines. “This is my first show to direct by myself completely. I’m really excited about it. It’s been really chaotic but it’s been fun. I would do it again. “

Pointing to stage manager Cody Rice, Hines said. “He’s the actors’ go-to guy.”

“I write down everything and get props, ” Rice said of his role.

DPO is offering the play for free. The Ray Karrer Theater is located in the Administration Building on the northwest corner of the campus. For more information call 903-782-0488.

Cast List

Girl: Sydney Case of Paris; Guy: J.J. Freelen of Paris; Louis and Ken: Austen Naron of Paris; Melanie and Linda: Paige Collins of Paris; Mary: Samantha Turner of Arlington; Mark: Colin Bridgers of Paris; Pearl: Gwen Steinecke of Blossom; Tod and Brandon: Riley Collard of Sumner; Sophie and Mimi: Amanda Lair-Barnett of Roxton; and Manny: William Domengeaux of Paris.


Director, Haley Hines of Winnsboro; Stage Manager, Cody Rice of Paris; Costume Designer, Kaytlyn Zimmer of Paris; Music Designer, Caleb Curtis of Hugo, Okla.; and Choreographer, Elizabeth Schneider of Paris. Tech Crew: Curtis and Tori Hunt of Roxton.

Graduating high school seniors offered summer scholarship at PJC

Paris Dragons LogoParis Junior College is offering a scholarship covering tuition for one summer class to high school seniors graduating this year. The summer scholarship is in addition to the recently announced $1 million in scholarships for the 2014-2015 academic year beginning with the fall semester.

Students should apply as soon as possible.

The summer tuition offer is available to graduating seniors from high schools in the PJC service area in Delta, Fannin, Lamar, Hunt, Hopkins and Red River counties.

PJC’s scholarship funds come from an allocation of the Paris Junior College Memorial Foundation. This fall, the $1 million will enable PJC to award around 800 scholarships for the coming academic year.

“We’ve been able to do more this year because of generous donations from groups and individuals,” said PJC President Dr. Pam Anglin, ”especially those former students who credit PJC with setting them on the path to their present success. That’s important, because in the past few years we’ve seen more and more students needing help to be able to attend college.”

PJC’s scholarship application is online at Select Financial Aid from the Quick Links drop down menu at the top of the page, then scroll down to the scholarships section to find more information and the application link.

High school seniors wanting the summer class scholarship should enter “graduating senior 2014″ in the scholarship application box that asks for ”semester/year to attend PJC.”

For questions or more information contact Amie Cato at 903-782-0431 or <> or Sheila Reece at 903-782-0211 or <>

Guest Artist’s Vividly Painted Animals at PJC’s Foyer Gallery

pjc artDepicting the dynamism and vibrant vitality of the natural world is the goal of artist Avery Kelly, whose works will be on display at the Foyer Gallery April 1-18.

“Recently, my work addresses animal life,” said Kelly. “I want the viewers to sense a compelling relationship between themselves and the animal(s), and also among the animals within the painting. My hope is that the animals in these paintings express themselves as individuals who carry their own characteristics, perspectives, aims, and decisions throughout daily life in the ways that they interact with each other and the viewer.

“I am interested in how the unique worlds of different species or individual animals overlap in certain instances. While each species has its own way of approaching the world, there are particular moments when individuals of different species may be mentally engaged in a way that relates to one another. For example, badgers and coyotes are known to hunt together as a team.”

The artist explains that she works quickly with both brush and palette knife to infuse a sense of motion and force in her work. She chooses colors that to her embody a primordial, intense energy she hopes will convey the power and mystery in nature.

For more information about the exhibit, call 903-782-0438.

April continuing education classes at Paris Junior College

Pyro_PJC_SliderParis Junior College is offering a wide variety of continuing education classes during the month of April. Unless otherwise stated, all courses are in the Bobby R. Walters Workforce Training Center. Call the PJC Continuing Education Department at 903-782-0447 or go to for further information.

Safely managing those working at height is the focus of a new class offered by Paris Junior College’s Continuing Education Department in April. Occupational Safety & Health: Fall Protection Competent Person is for managers or immediate supervisors of persons working at height, and those responsible for the supervision, implementation and monitoring of a managed fall protection program.

The class includes Competent Person and Competent Inspector, and students learn to identify hazardous conditions, develop programs and make equipment selections to properly deal with fall hazards. The class incorporates extensive classroom and hands-on-training and both written and practical examinations based on the requirements of U.S. OSHA Regulations, ANSI Z359.2 standard and CSA. (OSHT1015-Safety and Accident Prevention). It is offered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, April 10.


The OSHA 30-hour General Industry Outreach Training course is a comprehensive safety program designed for anyone involved in general industry and specifically for safety directors, foremen, and field supervisors. The program provides complete information on OSHA compliance issues.  Note: The 30 Hour General Industry Outreach course is NOT equivalent to the OSHA 510 or 511 courses and will not meet the course prerequisites to take the OSHA 500 or 501 courses. (OSHT1003-Workplace Safety)  April 1-4, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.


Microsoft Office introduces the integration of word processing, database and spreadsheets. This class is offered Mondays through Thursdays, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., April 28-May 1.

The Microsoft Access Essentials database class will meet from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. each Monday and Wednesday, April 14-23. This program is used to manage data that is organized into lists such as customer information, products, inventory, sales, vendors and more.

A Microsoft Excel Essentials class will be offered on the electronic spreadsheet application. The course will meet 6 to 8 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 1-10.

Microsoft Word Essentials will meet 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays, April 15-24. The class gives an overview of the word processing program.

Welcome to the World of Computers will meet from 1 to 3 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday, April 8-17. This class is designed for the person that has very limited, if any, computer training.

Windows Essentials teaches how to create, copy and delete files using the Windows operating system, entering and editing data and customizing Windows to fit the user’s needs. The class meets from 1 to 3 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday, April 22-May 1.


Spanish for Fun is offered from 6 to 7:30 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday from April 22 to May 8.


The Driver’s Education class, approved by the Texas Department of Public Safety, meets from 4 to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday, April 7-May 1.

Oversize Load Pilot Car Training will be offered from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturdays, April 5-12. Training covers requirements for pilot car drivers, routing, safety, equipment and techniques for guiding oversize loads.

Professional Truck Driving II is scheduled from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, April 21-May 2. Basic and advanced skills drill and safe operating practices for shifting and backing are included in this class.


The Kids Hurt Too Seminar will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m., Tuesday, April 1. This seminar is designed to help parents understand the needs of their children throughout the process of divorce.

The Initial Basic Life Support class on lifesaving skills for respiratory and cardiac emergencies will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, April 12. The American Heart Association certifies the class.

Basic Life Support Recertification for CPR certified cardholders will be offered from 5 to 9 p.m. on Friday, April 18. The American Heart Association certifies the class.

The Heartsaver First Aid CPR & AED (automated external defibrillator) class targets day care workers, church nursery staff and parents wanting to adopt. The course teaches basic first aid and CPR/AED procedures, including first aid skills recommended by the Occupational Safety and Health Agency, to those with a duty to respond to a first aid or cardiac emergency. It will meet from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 25.

Medication Aide Update will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 18 (ITV class). The course content fulfills Texas Department of Health specifications on annual renewal requirements for certified medication aides. Medication aides should take this course one month before their certification card expires.

A Nurse Aide class will be offered from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, April 1-May 7. The class offers preparation for entry level nursing assistants.


Racquetball Basics teaches the basics of racquetball, including rules and proper gear. The course meets 5 to 7 p.m., Monday and Thursday April 7-May 29.