2011 Year-in-Review: Part I (January-April)
• Enrollment data shows Pitt Community College is serving more than 8,500 students during the Spring 2011 Semester—the school’s highest enrollment ever for a spring term.
• Student Brandon Shackelford submits the winning entry in a script-writing competition at the college and will have his play, “American Men,” performed during Black History Month.
• Student Jessie Christine Smith wins the title of Miss Kinston-Lenoir County and earns the right to compete in the 2011 Miss North Carolina Pageant.
• The PCC Alumni Association creates a new 20-member advisory board to guide the organization in its effort to create a strong alumni base.
• The National Association for Developmental Education (NADE) presents PCC with the 2011 John Champaign Memorial Award for Outstanding Developmental Education Program. PCC instructor Hilda Barrow also receives the 2011 Henry Young Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution to NADE.
• Student Jason Donica receives the National Society of Leadership and Success’s “Award of Accomplishment” for going above and beyond the group’s normal membership commitments. Donica, who is president of PCC’s Student Government Association and a 2011 Academic Excellence Award recipient at the college, received a $1,000-check for his award.
• PCC employees and supporters celebrate the school's 50th Anniversary with a gala at the Greenville Convention Center.
• U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) visits the PCC campus March 22 to meet with college administrators and tour the new Herman Simon Building.
• Mount Olive College and PCC reach an agreement that allows PCC associate degree graduates to transfer seamlessly into the full range of bachelor degree programs at any of Mount Olive College’s seven locations in Eastern North Carolina.
• A one-time Dallas-Cowboy-turned-junkie, 55-year-old Harold Randolph draws from his personal experiences to provide encouragement to local youths participating in PCC’s annual “College Bound: Here We Come” program.
• Students and employees celebrate Women’s History Month with an event featuring the reading of excerpts from “The Help.” During the celebration, Christina Weeks, PCC’s Biotechnology Department chair, receives the "Woman of Substance Award" for outstanding campus and community involvement, attitude of service, commitment and caring, and willingness to 'go the extra mile.'
• PCC holds a ceremony to unveil a new sculpture on campus created by world-renowned artist Hanna Jubran. Called “A Moment of Discovery,” the stainless steel-and-bronze sculpture commemorates the college’s 50th Anniversary.
• The Student Support Services program honors participants with an awards ceremony that celebrates the success of 21 soon-to-be graduates and 43 students who achieved academic excellence by posting cumulative grade point averages of 3.0 or higher.
• For offering 50 years of educational opportunities to the Winterville community, Pitt County and surrounding counties, PCC is recognized as the Winterville Chamber of Commerce's 2011 Business of the Year.
• Six representatives from area businesses form a panel to answer questions about what employers are looking for in entry-level candidates and how individuals can make themselves competitive in today's job market.
• In observance of Earth Day and the college’s Earth Day Green Fair, PCC Biology students offer nature trail tours on the college's main campus.