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PCC 2014 Year-in-Review Part II: May-August

By Rob Goldberg Jr.
PCC Media Relations Director

La'Quon Rogers (left) takes the oath of office to serve on the State Board of Community Colleges. (NCCCS Photo)


WINTERVILLE—Graduations, scholarships and a host of honors and recognitions highlighted the middle four months of the year for Pitt Community College students and employees.

As another year draws to a close, the following is the second of three installments that look back on the events that took place at North Carolina’s seventh-largest community college in 2014.


• Alum Jonathan Tribula addresses more than 500 graduates during commencement in East Carolina University’s Minges Coliseum.

• During graduation, administrators honor Raymond Reddrick Jr. for nearly 30 years of service on the PCC Board of Trustees.

• Foundational Studies holds graduation for students who have completed high school equivalency and adult high school program requirements.

• Student Brooke Belch receives the John Minges Criminal Justice Scholarship worth $500 for academic excellence.

• Justin Wooten, a 2010 PCC BLET graduate, is one of eight Greenville police officers given an American Police Hall of Fame Silver Star for bravery.

• Maureen Little, N.C. Community College System (NCCCS) Vice President for Customized Training, details the new NCWorks initiative at a Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce Power Luncheon.

• Dr. James Zemanek Jr. starts a scholarship for automotive systems students in memory of his friend and PCC alum Zach Russian.

• University transfer student Jeremy Piland wins the PCC Public Speaking Contest after sharing his thoughts on the prospect of a federally-recognized national language for the United States.

• The Pitt County American Legion Agricultural Fair, Inc., contributes $25,000 to the PCC Foundation to establish an endowed scholarship for select PCC vocational and technical students from Pitt County.

• The Men’s Resource Center (MRC) and Human Resources Department celebrate the successful first year of a new leadership program. It’s also an opportunity for MRC to present the first-ever “Man of Excellence Award” to employee Ernis Lee.

• The PCC Library establishes a station for students and employees to sign cards that will be delivered to military personnel as part of Operation Write Home.

• WITN-7 names 2009 PCC graduate Keoshia Allen "Teacher of the Week."

• Current nursing students Morgan Dawson and Rebecca Haislip, future nursing student Jarred Purvis, and nursing graduates Shaun Fitzpatrick and Brittany Hurst receive scholarships from the Pitt Golden K Kiwanis.


• The Summer Program for Academic Navigation gets underway to help recent high school and GED graduates successfully transition into higher education.

• A national Internet blogging lists PCC as one of the country’s best colleges to pursue an education in Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology.

• Pitt County native Rick Owens, who began working at PCC in 2006, is promoted to Vice President of Administrative Services.

• VISIONS students complete a whirlwind tour to gain a better understanding of career and educational possibilities available to them locally.

• The Human Services Department joins a national initiative to increase mental health literacy by offering training to help people identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness.

• PCC's bulldog mascot, Bruiser (aka 'Chico'), takes part in a photo shoot on campus after winning the 2014 Bulldog Beauty Contest in the spring.

• PCC receives $70,000 (from a $1.25 million-grant the Golden LEAF Foundation awards Pitt County) to collaborate with NC REAL on training and certifying middle school teachers in REAL (Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning) and REAL Youth programming.

• The cosmetology program partners with Bloom, a social media network that provides students with tools to find clients, jobs and showcase portfolios online.

• Former PCC baseball player Lonnie Chisenhall makes national headlines by going 5-for-5 from the plate with nine RBIs for the Cleveland Indians in a win over the Texas Rangers. The National Baseball Hall of Fame later asks Chisenhall for the bat he used during his career night for display purposes.

• Students wanting to apply for PCC scholarships learn they can now do so online.

• The PCC Alumni Association launches a new website to foster lifelong relationships between former students and their alma mater.

• Local Girl Scouts receive a prestigious award after redesigning the prayer garden at a local church with help from the PCC Horticultural Technology program.

• Out of more than 40 entrants, dual enrollment student Keith Dunbar wins the 2nd Annual PCC Student Poetry Contest.

• Three students and their instructor learn from some of the best technicians in the automotive customization and fabrication business while spending three days at the former race shop of legendary NASCAR driver Richard Petty.

• Polysomnography student Derrick White comes to the aid of a woman experiencing a medical emergency at Charlotte Douglas International Airport.

• Architectural Technology holds a camp for high school students.


• As president of the N.C. Comprehensive Community College Student Government Association, PCC student La'Quon Rogers is sworn-in as an ex-officio member of the State Board of Community Colleges.

• Farmville’s Randy Walters is appointed to the PCC Board of Trustees. Charles Long takes over as the board's chairman.

• Respiratory Therapy student Kellen Wilkerson is named the inaugural recipient of the Dr. Robert Shaw Respiratory Therapy Scholarship worth $500.

• The Pitt County Electrical Contractors Association awards $500-scholarships to Electrical Systems Technology students William Filmore and Tester Williams.

• Kristin S. Braswell is hired to oversee PCC’s continuing education programming.

• Long-time educator Mark Faithful is hired as dean of the Construction and Industrial Technology Division.

• The State Board of Community Colleges approves $26,300 for the PCC English as a Second Language Program to produce instructional videos.


• U.S. Department of Education data shows PCC is again one of the nation’s top institutions in terms of awarding associate degrees to African-Americans.

• The State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation presents $5,000-scholarships to students Brian Ennis and Jarred Purvis.

• The Hilton Greenville honors PCC as part of its Company of the Month program.

• During convocation, President G. Dennis Massey outlines four new goals that trustees have established as the college’s 2014-17 Strategic Plan.

• By meeting and/or exceeding NCCCS academic benchmarks, PCC receives $557,390 in Perkins funding for 2014-15.

• PCC's Tammy Atchison, Arwen Parris, Olivia Sutton and Katelynn James take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis.

• Students and alumni meet with area employers during a Part-Time Job Fair.

• The college holds a reception on campus to welcome international students.