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Chance Hiller, mezzo, will perform “Who’ll Buy My Lavender” by Edward German. Mezzo Katharine Wiebe will perform “Sebben Crudele,” by Antonio Caldara and “Widmung” by Robert Schumann. Tenor Greg Morrison will perform “Old Man” by Neil Young and “She’s Not There” by Rod Argent.
“Young and Beautiful” by Lana Del Ray and Rick Nowels will be performed by mezzo Mae Mabry, and soprano Anna Lowrie will perform “Per la Gloria D’adoravi” by Giovanni Buononcini. Lowrie and Mabry are joined by Chris Watts to perform “Flightless Bird” by Iron & Wine.
All vocalists are from the studio of PJC music instructor Philip Briggs. The concert is free and the public is invited. For more information call 903-782-0343.
Representatives of the Collins Masonic Lodge 356 from Tigertown, Texas, awarded four $500 scholarships to Paris Junior College students recently. On hand to give the awards were Worshipful Master Jayson Coward, Past Worshipful Master Jodi Birdsong, and Lodge Secretary Larry Stahl, as well as PJC President Dr. Pamela Anglin.
“Every year we donate money to a scholarship fund,” said Stahl. “We appoint a scholarship committee that goes to the school after March and selects the recipients from the 10 to 15 applicants. We like for students to attend Paris Junior College.”
Receiving scholarships are Kelsie Adams of Sulphur Springs, Jamie Landers of Lake Creek, Jacob Barnett of Sumner, and Alexis Mathews of Paris.
The Lodge plans to increase the amount donated for scholarships in the future.
Paris Junior College’s Continuing Education Department is offering several classes in December. Unless otherwise stated, the classes are in the Bobby R. Walters Workforce Training Center. Call the PJC Continuing Education Department at 903-782-0447 for further information on the new classes.
The Initial Basic Life Support teaches lifesaving skills for respiratory and cardiac emergencies and meets from 5:30-9 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 10-11. The American Heart Association certifies the class.
Basic Life Support Recertification for CPR certified cardholders is offered from 8 a.m.-12 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 13. 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 a.m.-4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7.
Welcome to the World of Computers will meet from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. each Monday and Wednesday, Dec. 2-11. This class is designed for the person that has very limited, if any, computer training.
A Microsoft Excel Intermediate class will meet from 6-8 p.m., Mondays and Wednesdays, Dec. 2-11. Training covers advanced techniques to analyze data, enhance charts and automate worksheet tasks.
Microsoft Word Intermediate will be held from 6-8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, Dec. 3-12. Students will learn advanced formatting techniques to enhance documents.
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 6-8 p.m. each Tuesday and Thursday, Dec. 3-12.
The Defensive Driving Course will meet from 6-9 p.m., Monday and Tuesday, Dec. 9-10.
Paris Junior College baseball players Callaway Kirkpatrick, Bradley McDonald and Heston Van Fleet have signed National Junior College Athletic Association letters of intent to play for universities in the fall of 2014.
Kirkpatrick, a graduate of Aledo High School and son of Jennifer and Coby Kirkpatrick, will attend Marshall University in Huntington, W. Va. Callaway was a 2013 All Conference left-handed pitcher for the Dragons as he posted a record of 2-2 with 45.2 innings pitched and an ERA of 2.16. He pitched in the opening game of the 2013 Region XIV Tournament to assist the Dragons in a 3-2 extra inning victory. Callaway will pursue an education degree while at Marshall.
Van Fleet, a graduate of Rivera High School and son of Annette and Jody Van Fleet, will also be attending Marshall University. He was 6-1 as a right-handed pitcher for the Dragons in 2013 with 33 strikeouts in 54.1 innings, allowing only 16 walks. Van Fleet will continue working on a business degree at Marshall.
McDonald, a graduate of Wills Point High School and son of Susan Miller and Kevin McDonald, will attend the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond, Okla. As a catcher, he represented PJC as a member of the 2013 Texas New Mexico Junior College All Star team. In his 2013 spring performance he hit .312 with 4 doubles and 13 RBI. McDonald will continue pursuing his education degree while at UCO.
PJC Baseball Coach Deron Clark has high expectations for these three young men as they continue their education/athletic experience.
“All three players have contributed in a big way to the success of our program,” Clark said. “The time and commitment contributed to the classroom and field are both appreciated and respected. Our staff wishes them the best in both the upcoming season and their future endeavors.”
Another clean audit report was received by the Paris Junior College Board of Regents Monday evening from the accounting firm of McClanahan and Holmes.
“In our opinion, the financial statements referred to present fairly in all material respects the respective financial position of Paris Junior College as of Aug. 31, 2013,” said Andy Reich from McClanahan and Holmes of the 2012-2013 audit. “You have a clean opinion on your audit.” Reich added that there was a net increase of about $2 million, so it was a positive year even with all the improvements done with college funds.
The Regents also received a report from Vice President of Instruction Dr. Barbara Buchanan about the changes to the Texas Success Initiative. The state will now require students to test into developmental courses just as they have to test into college-level courses. A statewide testing score has also been mandated.
Because PJC is mandated to assist all students, a new adult basic education course will be offered through PJC’s continuing education department. Students will receive basic education to gain skills for entry level jobs and be ready to take developmental education courses. The regents approved the new non-credit basic skills course, COMG 1003, with a tuition fee of $294.
In other business, the Regents: