Speech Team at PSC Continues Winning Season


From left to right, Thaddeus Carr, Plascilla Foster, Jimmie Johnson, Joshua Cochran, Terrance Clanton, Kate Mathews, Jovan Gudger, and Emily Allen. (PHOTO SUPPLIED)

Chicago Heights, IL–(ENEWSPF)– The Prairie State College (PSC) speech team captured six individual medals and placed fourth overall at a recent tournament held at Kishwaukee College in Malta, Ill.

Individual winners are as follows: Terrance Clanton, of Park Forest, second place in Persuasive Speaking; Emily Allen, of Chicago Heights, second place in Speech to Entertain; Thaddeus Carr, of Olympia Fields, third place in Informative Speaking; Jimmie Johnson, of Matteson, third place in Persuasive Speaking; Jovan Gudger, of University Park, third place in Communication Analysis; and Kate Mathews, of Lynwood, sixth place in Program Oral Interpretation.

Also competing were Placialla Foster, of Riverdale, and Joshua Cochran, of Chicago Heights.

The team is coached by professors of communication Ed Schwarz, Elighie Wilson, and David Naze.

“While other schools have competed at five competitions already, this is only our second tournament of the season,” said Naze. “We are in great shape for the upcoming season schedule.”

The team’s next tournament is at the College of Lake County.

PSC Offers Free Tuition for Senior Citizens

After Mickey Mangum retired eight years ago, he spent his time relaxing and watching TV. But he grew bored and rather than continuing a new career as a couch potato, Mangum decided to take advantage of the free tuition offer for senior citizens at Prairie State College (PSC) and enrolled in a computer class. Since then he has taken more than a dozen courses including English, humanities, and math. This semester he is enrolled in pre-calculus.

“Being with younger people is invigorating,” said Mangum, a resident of South Chicago Heights. “Taking classes keeps my mind sharp, and I learn something new at the same time.”

Residents of PSC’s district aged 65 or older may enroll in any PSC credit course at no charge for tuition. The senior tuition waiver does not include the $10 registration fee, textbooks, materials, and course fees. Proof of age is required.

Seniors can choose from hundreds of classes such as photography, computers, math, English, sociology, business, music, biology, and Spanish. Seniors must take classes for credit. The tuition waiver does not apply to those who wish to audit a class.

“All the teachers at PSC are pleasant and inspirational,” said Magnum. “I love going to school, and I encourage all retired people who are bored to try it. They won’t regret it.”

Classes for the spring 2009 semester begin January 20. Students who register now have until January 7 to pay in full or set up an installment payment plan; contact the college’s Business Office at (708) 709-3577 for details. For those who can’t start in January, PSC offers dozens of Late Start classes beginning February 16. The schedule can be viewed online at prairiestate.edu. Print copies of the schedule were recently mailed to district households.

For more information about the tuition free offer for senior citizens, call the Office of Enrollment Services at (708) 709-3516.