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China Trip More than Just Seeing the Sights

Tiananmen SquareWINTERVILLE—While many Americans are headed to China this month for the Olympic Games in Beijing, a group from Pitt Community College recently returned from a two-week journey to the world’s most populous country.

From May 28 to June 9, a seven-member PCC delegation and eight members from the community traveled to China to visit Pitt’s sister school, Wuxi Institute of Technology (or WXIT), and learn more about an ancient country that is growing economically by leaps and bounds.

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Southern Bank Supports Capital Campaign

Southern Bank ContributionGREENVILLE—The Pitt Community College Foundation’s Futures First Capital Campaign is closer to its fundraising goal due to a sizeable contribution from the Southern Bank Foundation.

On June 30, Southern Bank representatives presented the first installment of a $100,000-campaign pledge to PCC President G. Dennis Massey and Susan Nobles, the PCC Foundation’s executive director. The presentation took place at Southern Bank’s newest Greenville location on Stantonsburg Road.

"The Southern Bank Foundation makes charitable gifts to support a variety of programs in areas of North Carolina served by Southern Bank and Trust Company,” said Wayne E. Murphy, a Southern Bank Senior Vice President and Regional Executive. “Through this donation, the Southern Bank Foundation is pleased to help the (PCC) Foundation fulfill its mission of campus facility growth and expansion and wishes it continued success in its future endeavors.”

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PCC Welcomes New Students for Orientation

Fulford BuildingWINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College welcomed new students to campus last month for orientation, and the number of newcomers attending this year’s event was significantly higher than in 2007.

According to PCC Registrar Joanne Ceres, 1,577 students registered during New Student Orientation on July 16. She said 1,064 registered during the same program last year.

“Everyone had lines of students they were helping …,” Ceres said.

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Paramore New Dir. of Business and Industry

Mary ParamoreWINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College administrators announced in July the school had hired Mary Sullivan Paramore to serve as the college’s Director of Business and Industry.

Paramore takes over for Lynn Creech, who spent 10 years with the college before leaving in January to accept a position with the N.C. Community College System Office.

Paramore is actually rejoining the PCC ranks, having previously served as the college’s Director of Individualized Training (Basic Skills). Prior to accepting her new position with the college, she served as the Greenville Utilities Commission’s training officer for 16 years and also provided training as a freelance consultant to industries throughout North Carolina and the Southeast.

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August Edition Quick Hitters ...

• Electrical/Electronics Students Awarded PCECA Scholarships -- David Bunch and Jeff Hale receive $500-scholarships from the Pitt County Electrical Contractors Association.

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• SGA Holds First-Ever Summer Splash Event -- Students, faculty and staff enjoy food and games in the summer sun in front of the Warren Building.

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PCC Goes Hawaiian for Open Mic Event -- Student Support Services program holds event for students and employees to show off their artistic talents.

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• PCC Foundation Seeking Teams, Sponsors for Golf Tourney -- College's chief fundraiser to hold annual golf outing at Greenville Country Club Oct. 2.

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• Down East Holiday Show Seeking Exhibitors -- Annual PCC Foundation fundraiser to be held Nov. 7-9 at Greenville Convention Center.

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Athletes Honored for Classroom Success

Kristi PipkinWINTERVILLE—The National Junior College Athletic Association honored three Pitt Community College athletes for academic excellence in July.

According to the NJCAA’s website, Pitt volleyball players Kristi Pipkin and Jessica Joyner have been named to the organization’s Academic All-American Team along with PCC baseball pitcher Hunter Sprague.

Pipkin, who graduated from the University Transfer program in May, posted a 4.0 grade point average at PCC to earn Distinguished Academic All-American status. Primarily a libero in her final season with the Bulldogs, the Camden County High School product led the team in aces (57) and digs (342).

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Bulldogs Sports Bullets ...

Softball catcher Ericka Taylor has signed on the play for Mount Olive College next season. Fellow sophomore Nicole Jordan has committed to playing for East Carolina next season and will join the Pirates in the Spring 2009 semester.

A total of 11 baseball players have signed with four-year schools to continue their playing careers. Josh Ashton, Daniel Benner, Max Schott and Lucas Martin will play for Montreat College next season while Logan Isaacs and Chip Wall will suit up for Wingate. Seth Austin will play at Limestone, Mike Brogan at Appalachian State, Landis Wilson at Arkansas-Little Rock, Austin Wright at Old Dominion, and Jake Brown will pitch for Georgia Southern.

• Lonnie Chisenhall, selected 29th overall by the Cleveland Indians in the 2008 Major League Baseball draft, was named Third-Team All-American by the NJCAA. Chisenhall is hitting .280 through 43 games with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers.

PCC volleyball welcomed five new players (Callie Haithcock, Mallory Meadows, Karen Perkins, Jessica Sweers and Kristen Whitehurst) to the team this month. With nine players returning from last season's 21-13 squad, the Bulldogs kick off the 2008 campaign with the Second Annual Pioneer Classic in Spartanburg, S.C. August 22-23. Pitt will play its first home game of the new season on Sept. 5 against Blue Ridge Community College at 7 p.m.