academic excellence

Students from Panola College were recognized this past week for their academic excellence.

Panola College recognizes students for academic excellence

Panola College recognized several students at their Academic Excellence program Tuesday afternoon at the Q.M. Martin Auditorium on campus.

“I do wanna point out we don’t give a lot of these, so the students who are here, this is really something to get one of these,” history professor Bill Offer said as he welcomed the attendees. “I’m very proud of them. They have to be nominated by their professors, have to have a certain GPA and hours, so this is a tough gig.”

After a performance by the Panola Chamber Singers, government professor Brain Naples spoke about what excellence means. Naples gave the Latin translation of excellence correlating to virtue and mentioned that Aristotle said there were 12 virtues, four of which were cardinal.

“Justice, prudence, fortitude and temperance,” Naples said.

“We are concerned about freshman academics, for our excellence in study tells us who we are, from whence we came, to where we must go, and how we ought to get there,” he said. “This is why in college we must open out our minds to the studies of history, philosophy, literature, geography, economics, speech, theater, mathematics, physics, biology — and the list goes on.”

Naples congratulated the students on their achievements and wished them the best in their future studies.

Recognized during the program were:

■ Maryia Adashchyk from Minsk, Belarus

■ Cindy Baldazo from Overton

■ Kylie Brixey from Center

■ Martha Brown from Pineland

■ Maelbi Calderon from Seagoville

■ Michelle Cherry from DeBerry

■ Ethan Collins from Beckville

■ Lacey Dean from Beckville

■ Ashley Dollison from Center

■ Julianne Edge from Garrison

■ Shannon Freeman from Marshall

■ Maricruz Gonzalez from Center

■ Esther Hernandez from Carthage

■ Yareli S. Hernandez from Carthage

■ Lenell Henry from Chicago, Ill.

■ Cherrie Hudson from Marshall

■ Amber Jones from Mt. Enterprise

■ Abigael Joseph from Nairobi

■ Kirsten Mayfield from Garrison

■ Nicklaus Powell from Center

■ Ariel Rodriguez from Nacogdoches

■ Whitney Thomas from Center

■ Victoria Williams from Marshall

TSTC in Marshall adding precision machining night classes

Texas State Technical College in Marshall’s Precision Machining Technology program will offer its first night classes starting this fall.

“The goal of this is to try and help those who are working during the day to have an option for taking classes in the evening and to try to grow the PMT program in Marshall,” said Daniel Nixon, a TSTC program instructor. “I am looking forward to being able to serve our students during the evening hours.”

Kelly Overby, business retention and expansion director at the Longview Economic Development Corporation, applauded the night classes.

“We have an under-employed workforce, and not very many people can afford to just not work and go to school,” Overby said. “For TSTC to make the decision to offer the classes at night gives the affordability so people can work a full-time job and go to school at night to get their skills higher up and make more money.”

Faye Pettigrew, human resources director at Tyler Pipe and Coupling, said the company uses job search engines to fill available positions.

“The need is there,” she said. “A skilled trade alone, whether it is CNC (computer numerically controlled), electrical or millwright individuals, is extremely hard to fill.”

TSTC in Marshall’s program will continue to offer day classes. The program offers a machining certificate and an Associate of Applied Science degree in Precision Machining Technology.

For more information about Texas State Technical College, go to tstc.edu .