2012 Year-In-Review: Part III (Sept. – Dec.)
Accreditation success, record enrollment, a new partnership with a North Carolina racing legend and a student-led effort to help victims of Hurricane Sandy highlighted the final four months of 2012 at Pitt Community College.
What follows is part three of a look back at the news taking place at PCC between September and December of 2012.
• PCC graduate Cameron Coburn completes a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at Fayetteville State University, making him the second Pitt student to take advantage of a transfer partnership between the two schools created in 2008.
• PCC administrators confirm the school is serving a record curriculum enrollment with 9,047 students signed up for credit classes during the fall semester, an 8.3 percent increase from the same point a year prior. The college’s previous enrollment high was 8,600 students during Fall 2010.
• PCC dedicates the new Charles E. Russell Building. Named for a former PCC president, the 54,000-square-foot building features 24 general purpose classrooms and computer labs and 26 offices for faculty and staff. The building serves as many as 1,175 students at any given time.
• The PCC Men's Resource Center holds the PCC Olympics to give students and employees a chance to showcase their talents outside the classroom.
• Former PCC Student Government Association (SGA) President Derek Combs presents the PCC Foundation with a $1,000-check in support of a scholarship he has established with the organization in memory of his grandfather, Billy Ray Combs Sr.
• PCC is chosen as one of 11 colleges to join the Plus 50 Encore Completion Program, a national initiative designed to train 10,000 baby boomers over the next three years for new jobs in health care, education and social service.
• As part of the college’s bid for reaccreditation, a team from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges visits campus. The team examines data and conducts interviews with various faculty and staff to determine the soundness of PCC’s Quality Enhancement Plan and to ensure the college is in compliance with SACSCOC’s “Principles of Accreditation.” The college receives high marks at the conclusion of the visit.
• Members of the Greenville City Council join Mayor Allen Thomas in recognizing PCC American Sign Language students and faculty for their efforts and proclaiming Sept. 24-30 as Deaf Awareness Week.
• PCC joins forces with Petty’s Garage, LLC, to help train students interested in pursuing careers within the automotive service industry. The partnership includes job-shadowing opportunities for a select group of PCC students each year.
• Susan Everett, Vice President of Administrative Services, retires after 20 years with the college.
• Alina Fernandez, daughter of controversial Cuban leader Fidel Castro, speaks on campus as part of the college's celebration of “National Hispanic Heritage Month.” Fernandez discusses her experiences growing up in Cuba before and after the revolution that transformed the country into a government-controlled nation with few freedoms for its citizens.
• The PCC Foundation holds its annual Fall Golf Classic at Greenville Country Club to raise funds for scholarships.
• PCC's celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month continues with a program that features dancing, singing and a presentation on Hispanic immigration.
• The college’s first-ever Women’s Resource Fair takes place in the Goess Student Center.
• The Construction and Industrial Technology Division goes on display for the public with a two-day open house event that features the Petty’s Garage tour rig, Snap-on Tools displays and demonstrations, a cruise-in car show, and the Building Construction program’s annual house auction.
• The CIT Division announces it will launch a new program in January 2013 for students interested in pursuing horticultural careers. Angela Campbell and Jerry Pittman are chosen to lead the new curriculum.
• The PCC Foundation recognizes student scholarship recipients and thanks the individuals and organizations responsible for establishing and supporting the awards. This fall alone, the Foundation awarded $143,000 in scholarships.
• PCC students go retro for Fall Fest with a tribute to the 1980s. The annual SGA event gives campus clubs and organizations a chance to raise funds and spread the word about their activities.
• A Veterans Resource Fair gives college personnel and students a chance to speak with veterans organizations about the resources and services they offer.
• In conjunction with National Respiratory Care Week, Respiratory Therapy students hold their annual Open House and provide tours of their training lab while also discussing various respiratory diseases, tests and treatment options.
• Under the direction of conductor Michael Stephenson, the PCC Symphony Orchestra returns to action at Reimage Church. The musicians perform works by Vivaldi, Mozart, Ralph Vaughn-Williams, Edvard Greig, Kenneth Alford, and Gilbert and Sullivan.
• 2012 graduate Jason Donica receives the N.C. Community College System’s Robert W. Scott Leadership Award for demonstrating leadership on a statewide level, active campus involvement, and the characteristics of a future community leader.
• An estimated 900 children and their families come to campus for the Spirit Club's 4th Annual Trunk-or-Treat. In addition to plenty of goodies for the children, the event also serves as a food drive to benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.
• The 2012 Down East Holiday Show sets new fundraising ($101,000) and attendance (11,500) records.
• PCC students Meghan Harper and Marilyn West design broadsides for U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Tretheway and present them to her during a poetry recital at East Carolina University.
• As an official wellness partner of the Arthritis Foundation Mid-Atlantic Region, PCC announces it has launched the Arthritis Foundation Walk with Ease program to teach individuals how to safely make physical activity a part of their daily lives.
• Col. Tim Wiseman, ECU assistant vice chancellor for Enterprise Risk Management, is the featured speaker for PCC’s annual Veterans Salute. The event is the 15th the college has held to honor the nation’s military personnel, past and present.
• Led by Erin Markowski, PCC nursing students collect relief items to take to the people of New Jersey affected by Hurricane Sandy.
• PCC respiratory therapy students take part a national quiz bowl competition a little more than a month after they won the N.C. Society for Respiratory Care’s annual Sputum Bowl.
• Student Ambassadors wrap up their annual service project by presenting a $1,533-check to the Greenville branch of the American Heart Association.
• Veteran freelance photographer Jerome De Perlinghi discusses the highs and lows of his line of work with students from the college’s Fine Art and Graphic Design departments.
• Representatives from the Research Triangle Foundation visit campus as part of a month-long bus tour they are on to reconnect with North Carolinians as they redevelop the Research Triangle Park.
• The PCC VISIONS Career Development and Scholarship Program welcomes its largest class ever to campus, when 63 Pitt County high school juniors meet for orientation on campus.
• The PCC Alumni Association announces it is seeking nominees for special awards to be presented to outstanding graduates during a planned Alumni Weekend this spring.
• At the conclusion of early registration, the college announces that 7,243 students have signed up for the 2013 spring semester, roughly three percent more than at the same point a year ago.
• Campus police announce that fines for violating campus traffic regulations will be more expensive, starting Jan. 1.
• PCC Foundation officials announce that family and friends of James E. Langston have established an endowed scholarship in his memory to support educational opportunities for PCC students.
• Pitt County resident Oscar Moore, a highly-decorated veteran of WWII and Korea and a good friend to PCC, passes away at age 86.
• PCC administrators announce that the N.C. Department of Transportation will make traffic improvements on campus over Christmas Break to make it safer for students and employees crossing Reedy Branch Road.