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PCC Holds Employee Appreciation Evening

Radiography instructor Karen Lee, left, won this year's Joseph E. Downing Excellence in Teaching Award while counselor Ty Davis was named the Joan and Ed Warren Outstanding Staff Employee of the Year Award recipient for 2015.


WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College celebrated employee achievements this month with the 32nd Annual Employee Appreciation and Recognition Evening at Rock Springs Center.

The program, which took place April 17, featured PCC administrators presenting service awards to 74 employees with a combined 760 years of service. The college also honored recent retirees and announced the recipients of several special awards.

“Tonight is a night when we take time to celebrate, honor and show appreciation for our Pitt Community College employees,” PCC President G. Dennis Massey told those gathered for the event. “Pitt Community College is a strong and growing resource for our county and region because of you, your dedication, perseverance and special achievements.”

This year’s Joan and Ed Warren Staff Employee of the Year Award was presented to Tytishia Davis, who serves as a counselor and coordinator of the college’s Student Assistance Program.

PCC Vice President of Administrative Services Rick Owens presented Davis with the award, citing her “wonderful rapport” with students and genuine concern for their well-being. He also noted her superb customer service skills, participation on college committees, and efforts to develop collaborative partnerships with various departments on campus.

“Ty has demonstrated strong leadership skills, not only at PCC but throughout the N.C. Community College System by serving on state committees,” Owens said. “She has served in leadership positions on those committees, which has helped foster communication and sharing of best practices throughout the state.”

An active member of the community, Davis enjoys spending time with her family and taking part in church activities when she’s not at work. Earlier this year, she was named PCC’s 2015 Woman of Substance Award recipient for outstanding campus and community involvement, attitude of service, commitment and caring, and willingness to 'go the extra mile.’

Along with a plaque commemorating her “Employee of the Year” achievement, Davis will receive $400 and up to $1,500 to attend a regional or national professional development activity.

Davis was one of five Staff Excellence Award recipients this year, along with Amy Harris, Kathryn Minnick, Kelly Moore and Ayra Sundbom.

Five instructors—Allison Flowers, Karen Lee, Wendy Perrini, Krystal Sugg and Rusty Sugg—were presented with Faculty Excellence Awards during the employee appreciation event. Of the five, Lee was named the 2015 Joseph E. Downing Award for Excellence in Teaching recipient.

Lee, who serves as director of the college’s radiography program, has been described by her students as “exceedingly caring, encouraging, considerate and professional.” They say she “goes above and beyond” to provide them with everything needed for success in college and their future careers.

A 1982 graduate of the radiography program she now oversees, Lee has also earned a bachelor’s degree in health and human performance from East Carolina University as well as a master’s in adult education. She began working at PCC in 1990 as clinical coordinator for radiography and was promoted to her current role in 2009.

“Having been a recipient of the Excellent in Teaching Award in 1998 and nominated for the Joseph E. Downing Excellence in Teaching Award in 1991 and 2000, Karen exemplifies excellence in education and classroom instruction,” said PCC Vice President of Academic Affairs Tom Gould.

Like Davis, Lee will receive a monetary award as this year’s Downing Award recipient along with funding for a professional development activity. She will also serve as Pitt’s nominee for the N.C. Community College System’s teaching excellence award.

Also honored during this year’s employee appreciation program were eight employees who have either already retired or will soon retire. Among them, Ann Land, Leslie Rogers, Jody Venters and Rita Williams were given the Cardinal Award, which the State of North Carolina created last summer to honor public servants who have spent 30 or more years in state and/or local government.