With Capital Campaign Under Way, PCC Proceeding with Health Sciences Addition
WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College administrators recently announced that Greenville’s JKF Architecture had been awarded the contract to build an addition to the school’s health sciences facility.
At a cost of $6.5 million, PCC is adding 34,000 square feet to the current home of its allied health programs, the William Fulford Building, in order to meet rising demand for health care training.
To pay for construction of the health sciences addition, which will be named in honor of ardent PCC supporter Herman Simon, the PCC Foundation launched an $8 million capital campaign in February. Called Futures First, it is the first such endeavor in the college’s 47-year history.
Enrollment Up 7 Percent This Summer
WINTERVILLE—Summer courses are under way at Pitt Community College, and the school is experiencing a seven percent increase in enrollment compared to the same point a year ago.
According to PCC Registrar Joanne Ceres, 2,790 students were enrolled in Pitt’s summer semester as of May 23, which was up 183 students from the same point in 2007.
Ceres noted that the number of full-time students taking courses at Pitt this summer increased significantly. She said 282 full-time students are enrolled at the college this summer compared to 218 last year, a 29 percent increase.
Even though a new semester has already started at PCC, Ceres says students can still register for the college’s second summer mini-session, which begins June 24.
College Celebrates Success of Class of 2008
WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College held its spring commencement May 11 in East Carolina University’s Williams Arena at Minges Coliseum.
On the same day America celebrated Mother’s Day, family and friends came out to show their appreciation for the hard work put in by members of PCC’s Class of 2008. Approximately 400 of the 610 students graduating this spring took part in Sunday’s ceremony.
West Falls Short in Honor Society VP Bid
WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College student Christopher M. West gave a tremendous effort but came up short in his attempt to become vice president of Phi Theta Kappa International.
During the organization’s convention in Philadelphia, West was topped by Kerry Cutler of Trident Technical College (S.C.). Cutler will now serve as one of five officers representing the largest honor society in American higher education with more than 2 million members.
West, who serves as president of PCC’s Beta Nu Upsilon chapter of PTK, campaigned for two days at the convention with the help of fellow PCC student Debbie Crutchfield, who is also a PTK officer at Pitt.
Clinton Campaign Makes Stop at PCC
WINTERVILLE—Seeking to generate support among North Carolinians in her bid to become the Democratic Party’s presidential nominee, Sen. Hillary Clinton spoke on the campus of Pitt Community College May 5.
Though Clinton’s visit was not announced until Saturday evening, several hundred still came out to PCC’s Charles Coburn Center to hear the former First Lady and current New York senator speak.
Clinton’s remarks touched on a variety of issues, including suspending the federal gas tax this summer. She said she would offset the cost of such a measure by taxing the record profits oil companies are currently enjoying.
Baseball Just Misses World Series Trip
HAGERSTOWN (Md.) -- The Pitt Community College baseball team's journey to the NJCAA World Series ended May 19, one win shy of a trip to Grand Junction, Colorado, where the tournament will begin later this week.
After splitting the first two games of the Eastern District Championship Series with Hagerstown Community College, PCC lost the decisive third game on Monday, 7-3.
With the loss, the Bulldogs finished the 2008 season with a 41-15 record.
Jordan to Continue Softball Career at ECU
WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College softball standout Nicole Jordan, whose.589 batting average in 2007 ranks fifth all-time among NJCAA Division I hitters, will continue her softball career at East Carolina University next season.
PCC softball coach Junior Bailey announced on May 22 that Jordan had signed with the Pirates, meaning she will follow in the footsteps of former Bulldog Stacey Andrews, who wrapped up her ECU softball career earlier this month.
Bailey said the Pirates are getting a talented, coachable player and an outstanding individual in Jordan, who was an All-Region X Conference First Team selection in each of her two seasons at Pitt.
Bynum Named Orioles’ Starting Shortstop
KANSAS CITY, MO—His recovery from pre-season surgery complete, Freddie Bynum is back in a Baltimore Orioles uniform and has been named the team’s starting shortstop.
Bynum was called up from a rehab assignment in Double-A Bowie recently and immediately sent to Kansas City for a game against the Royals.
The former Pitt Community College standout finished 2-for-4 in his 2008 debut last night in Kansas City with a run scored as Baltimore took a 4-1 victory to go 17-18 on the year.