PCC Holds 34th Employee Appreciation Event
GREENVILLE—Pitt Community College celebrated employee achievements this month with the 34th Annual Employee Appreciation and Recognition Evening at Rock Springs Center.
The April 7 program featured PCC administrators presenting service awards to 75 employees with a combined 910 years of service. Retirees were also honored during the event, and the recipients of several special awards were announced.
PCC President G. Dennis Massey told employees the program was a time to celebrate their achievements and show them appreciation for helping continue a “strong tradition of service” to students, the community and region.
“This annual event underscores how important our entire team of faculty and staff is to the success of Pitt Community College,” Massey said. “With the skills and a drive to continually improve our performance, we will demonstrate to our students and the local citizens our dedication to … ‘educate and empower people for success.’”
Greenville’s Scott Shook, who serves as chairman of the State Board of Community Colleges, was on hand this year to present PCC Vice President of Institutional Advancement Susan Nobles with the 2017 N.C. Community College System Staff of the Year Award. Nobles, who has worked at Pitt since 1987 and also serves as executive director of the PCC Foundation, was nominated for the honor by Massey.
Shook said the only surprise about Nobles receiving the award was that she hadn’t received it even sooner in her career. He mentioned her many contributions toward the success of PCC and its students in the past three decades and pointed out that she was selected for the award out of 34,000 community college staff members eligible to receive it statewide.
The 2017 Joan and Ed Warren Outstanding Staff Employee of the Year Award was presented to PCC Marketing Director Jane Power. In presenting the award, PCC Human Relations Director Ina Rawlinson said Power works diligently to promote and protect the college’s image.
“While (Jane) is not seen in the forefront, her work is seen throughout campus, the community and the state,” Rawlinson said. “… During her career at PCC, she has created thousands of publications, advertisements, brochures, posters, billboards, signs and images to promote the college and to showcase our students’ success.”
Power – now in her 15th year at Pitt – also won the award in 2005. This year, she was one of five Staff Excellence Award recipients, along with Brian Bothern, John Carrere, Jason Freeman and Shakeena White.
Five instructors—Gina Cox, Alison Davis, Sarah Hollis, Kelli Johnston and Tetyana Vilkomir—received Faculty Excellence Awards during the employee appreciation event. Of the five, Davis was named this year’s recipient of the Joseph E. Downing Award for Excellence in Teaching.
A Pitt County native, Davis teaches business courses and coordinates the PCC Business Division’s advising services. She also serves as co-advisor of the college’s Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.
“(Alison) has earned the respect of her students, other faculty and administrators for the quality of her work and her commitment to student success,” said PCC Vice President of Academic Affairs Tom Gould. “She teaches a variety of courses in her division, and students sing her praises.”
For the very first time, the college recognized employees who have made efforts to improve student retention and completion by implementing innovative and engaging teaching and learning methods in the classroom. Four instructors were selected to receive the new Faculty Award for Innovation and Engagement: Jeff Ramey, Lynda Cole, Brandy Green and Sabrina Westerman.
Also honored during the program were six recent retirees. Among them, Glenda Cannon and Darlene Smith-Worthington received the Cardinal Award, which the State of North Carolina created in 2014 to honor public servants who have worked 30 or more years in state and/or local government.