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New Ambassador Group Meets for First Time

PCC's newest group of student ambassadors met with college administrators this month in preparation for the 2015-16 academic year, which begins in August. Pictured are, left to right: Allison Knox, Hannah Cooke, Justice Payton, Hannah Moore, Keena Champion, Bryce Fleming, Jill Berry and Allison Lennon. Not pictured are Cody Beachum and Jarred Purvis.

GREENVILLE—A new group of Pitt Community College Student Ambassadors met for the first time this month to begin preparations for their responsibilities during the 2015-16 academic year.

Selected through an application and interview process this spring, the ambassadors will receive scholarships from the PCC Foundation to attend Pitt. In return, they will essentially serve as the ‘face’ of the college by conducting campus tours and assisting with recruiting and school-related events and activities. They must also perform weekly service hours and maintain a 3.0 grade point average or better.

“I’m going to be leaning on you to be helpers during a multitude of events this year and to represent the college to students, parents and many others,” PCC President G. Dennis Massey told the students during their June 12 meeting at the Hilton Greenville.

This year’s 10-member ambassador group is comprised of six newcomers—Jill Berry, Hannah Cooke, Bryce Fleming, Allison Knox, Allison Lennon and Hannah Moore—and four returnees—Cody Beachum, Keena Champion, Justice Payton and Jarred Purvis.

Berry, a Farmville Central High School graduate, is also part of the PCC VISIONS Career Development and Scholarship Program. She is studying Paralegal Technology and taking University Transfer courses with plans to one day become a lawyer.

A North Pitt graduate, Cooke is a University Transfer major. Having participated in the Health Sciences Academy in high school, she says she looks forward to the similar leadership and service opportunities that being an ambassador will bring.

Fleming, a Greenville resident, will play baseball for the Bulldogs next spring. The Farmville Central graduate plans to enroll in the nursing program and eventually pursue a bachelor’s degree in the field.

Knox, who graduated from D.H. Conley, will take the University Transfer curriculum. She wants to become an interpreter at either Disney World or a university.

A native of Vacaville, Calif., Lennon graduated from J.H. Rose. She is participating in the Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses program, which provides a pathway for PCC nursing students to move on to East Carolina University for bachelor’s degrees once they have completed an associate degree.

Moore was the valedictorian of her graduating class at Wilson Beddingfield this year. In addition to her role as an ambassador, she will be a defensive specialist on the PCC intercollegiate volleyball team this fall, as she pursues a degree in University Transfer.

Returning for a third straight year as an ambassador, Beachum is seeking a degree in radiography. The D.H. Conley graduate from Grimesland says he enjoys making a positive difference on campus and in the community through the ambassador program.

Also a third-year ambassador, Champion is pursuing a nursing degree. The South Central graduate says she hopes to one day work as labor and delivery nurse at Vidant Medical Center.

Purvis, who is also in the nursing program, recently returned from a PCC study abroad trip to China. Like Beachum and Champion, this will be the Elm City resident’s third year as an ambassador.

Rounding out the ambassadors group is Payton, a J.H. Rose graduate in her second year with the program. The Winterville resident is taking Paralegal Technology and University Transfer courses with the intention of earning a law degree and practicing international corporate law.