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Goodman Named MRC's Man of Excellence

Charles Goodman, center, receives the 2015 Man of Excellence Award from PCC Men's Resource Center advisors Nicholas Vick, Kendrick Price, William Hitt and Jasmin Spain, left to right.

WINTERVILLE—The Pitt Community College Men’s Resource Center presented its 2015 Man of Excellence Award to science instructor Charles Goodman on April 15 in recognition of his dedication to higher education and student success.

Goodman, who started work at Pitt in 2006, teaches physics and astronomy and serves as an advisor for the college’s Associate in Science (Engineering) transfer curriculum. He also teaches a course on college transfer success.

In nominating Goodman for the award, PCC science instructor Joy Moses-Hall said her colleague “has never met a student he could not engage in a conversation about goals and aspirations.”

“Many is the Associate in Science (Engineering) student who would have never believed in him- or herself to be a candidate for a rigorous program like engineering,” Moses-Hall said. “But Charles’ enthusiasm for physics and engineering and his confidence in any student willing to take even halting steps toward lofty goals builds a ‘reach-for-the-stars’ attitude in such students.”

In addition to his teaching responsibilities at PCC, Goodman has served on a committee to develop pathways for engineering majors to seamlessly transfer from North Carolina community colleges to University of North Carolina institutions.

A native of Murfreesboro, Tenn., Goodman has lived in Greenville since 1993 and has been a longtime supporter of A Time for Science Nature and Science Center in Grifton. Last year, he played a pivotal role in helping the facility secure an inflatable planetarium that offers PCC astronomy students access to a tremendous simulation of the night sky.

“Charles is a visionary who sees the wildly fantastic as easily approachable,” Moses-Hall said. “As each dream gets checked off, he is already on to the next giant leap and carries PCC along with him. There are many excellent men at PCC, but Charles Goodman is one of the brightest stars in our part of the universe.”

Despite his efforts in the classroom and the many contributions he has made to the community in support of science education, including guest lectures, science fair judging and bringing telescopes to area stargazing events, Goodman was surprised to discover he’d been named this year’s “Man of Excellence.”

“I didn’t expect it,” he said. “I’ve been really lucky to have really good students, really good colleagues and really good administrators who have made my job fun.”

The PCC Men’s Resource Center established the Man of Excellence Award in 2014 to honor faculty and staff for serving as role models for the college’s male students and employees. The award is presented annually to a full-time PCC employee in recognition of outstanding service, community and campus involvement, and willingness to go the extra mile. Recipients are chosen by a selection committee.