• Panola College Drama's production of The Exonerated brought home 20 awards from the TCCSTA State Play Festival held at LCS-Kingwood this past week. Superior Production Trophy, Kyree Williams, Sophomore, was awarded the Bill Morton Acting Challenge Award (best actor), Avery Tindol, Superior-Acting, Darian Upshaw and Carenza Johnson, Excellence in Acting, The following students were awarded a Director's Superior in the following Technical areas, Ben Charrez,Stage Mangement, Mariah Fulbright, Assistant Directing, Christin Lindgren, Dramaturgy and Lobby Design, Alex Dutton, Lighting Design, Laura "Alfy" Lindsey, Sound Design, Keelan Moses, Costume Design, Nicole Cassell, Make-up Design Kaycee Ricketson, Scene Design, Ethan Xiu, Projection Design. Receiving the Respondents Award for Excellence in Tech were Kaycee Ricketson for Scene Design and Shadow Play Design, Ethan Xiu for Projection Design, Dewey Brannan III for Scrim Lighting Design. Panolal College's entire cast and crew received the Honor Crew award as well. PC Drama Director Karen King said, "I am so proud of these students. At the end of our production as the house went dark for the curtain call, the entire audience rose to their feet as one to give a standing ovation. It was an incredible moment for our students!" March 2, 2015

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Anderson to discuss petroleum reserves

Anderson to discuss petroleum reserves

American Chemical Society meeting at Panola College, 7 p.m., Monday, Feb. 11 in the Community Room.

The East Texas Section of the American Chemical Society will present Dr. Ken Anderson from Southern Illinois University on Monday, Feb. 11 at 7 pm in the M.P. Baker Library Community Room at Panola College.

Modern society is deeply dependent on petroleum as a source of both energy and raw materials.  Because of this, there is currently intense global concern about “peak oil” – the point in time at which global production of petroleum will reach its maximum and after which it will inexorably decline.

Forecasts of peak oil are often based largely on methods developed by M. King Hubbert.  In 1956, Hubbert forecast that U.S. crude oil production would peak in the early 1970’s.  His prediction was widely rejected at the time, but was subsequently vindicated when U.S. oil production peaked in 1971.

Hubbert’s methods have since been extended and widely applied to forecasting production of a range of resources, on a wide range of scales (from local to global).    The validity of these forecasts depends on the methods used to develop them and on whether or not the methodology is appropriate to the particular resource and scale being investigated.

It is important, therefore, to understand both the strengths and limitations of these methods when basing decisions on forecasts developed from them.  This presentation with discuss both the history and the science behind Hubbert’s methods including both the strengths and limitations of the approach and discussing examples including petroleum and coal production.

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