Awards, 5K Race, Bulldog Beauty Contest Highlight Annual PCC Alumni Weekend
By Rob Goldberg Jr.
PCC Media Relations Director
WINTERVILLE—The Pitt Community College Alumni Association honored a trio of outstanding graduates this month as part of its Alumni Weekend festivities that also included the annual Bulldog Run and inaugural Bulldog Beauty Contest.
Held in the Craig F. Goess Student Center April 5, the awards program featured PCC alums Tony Brinkley, Bobby Perkins and Lisa Elmore being recognized for their accomplishments professionally, in the community and in service to their alma mater.
Brinkley, a Winterville resident originally from Snow Hill, received an Outstanding Alumni Award. The 1980 Radiological Technology graduate also earned a bachelor’s degree from Mount Olive College, graduating magna cum laude in 1997. He currently works as a field clinical representative for Boston Scientific.
Billy McLawhorn, vice president of Wells Fargo Dealer Services, nominated Brinkley for his alumni award, calling him “an innovative self-starter” who is dependable and a tireless worker. “(Tony) often speaks of his training and time at Pitt Community College as an integral part of his business success,” he added.
A 2002 Welding Technology graduate, Perkins also received an Outstanding Alumni Award. Upon completing his studies at PCC, the Virginia native spent 10 years giving back to his alma mater as a welding instructor. During that time, he completed a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Technology at East Carolina University in 2008.
Perkins left PCC in 2013 to become the trades training instructional developer at Thomas Nelson Community College in Hampton, Va., but not before leaving a positive impression on his former co-workers.
“Bobby Perkins is an outstanding man, and PCC should be proud of the impact he has made on students and the community,” said Kimberly Williamson, PCC coordinator of counseling services.
The 2014 Employee Alumni Award was presented to Elmore, a 1987 Paralegal Technology graduate who has worked at her alma mater for the past 25 years. For the past 16 years, the Snow Hill native has served as administrative assistant to PCC Vice President of Institutional Advancement Susan Nobles, who nominated her for her award.
“(Lisa) has been a loyal, dependable employee …,” Nobles said. “In addition to her work at the college, she has provided countless volunteer hours to support special events for the college and the PCC Foundation. All the while, she has remained ‘true blue’ faithful to her alma mater.”
PCC’s Alumni Weekend continued Sunday with the 4th annual Bulldog Run, which consisted of a 5K race, one-mile fun run/walk and Kids Dash.
With a time of 19 minutes and 20 seconds, Winterville’s Nick Gingras crossed the finish line first to win this year’s 5K race. Austen Wade was second with a time of 19 minutes and 43 seconds, and Grady Dillon placed third with a time of 20 minutes and 18 seconds.
Greenville’s Chloe Cox was the 5K’s top female finisher. The 15-year-old turned in a time of 20 minutes and 44 seconds. Halei Ward (22:02) and Claudia Cox (22:17) were the second- and third-place female runners, respectively.
New to Alumni Weekend was the 1st Annual Bulldog Beauty Contest. Nine contestants representing a variety of bulldog breeds competed in the event and were scored by a panel of judges on their gait, pose and appearance.
At the event’s conclusion, Chico, a 7-year-old English Bulldog owned by Winterville’s Megan Boone, took “Best in Show” honors and will serve as PCC’s mascot for the next year. Vincenzo, a 6-year-old French Bulldog mix owned by Winterville’s Matthew and Alexandra Novarro, was named “Most Original,” while Roscoe, a 2-year-old English Bulldog owned by Ayden’s Ashley Pate, received “Most Beautiful” recognition. Darla, a 7-month-old English Bulldog wearing a PCC cheerleader outfit and owned by Winterville’s Brittany Box, earned “Most PCC Spirit” honors.