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Convocation Gets Academic Year Under Way

Convocation 2008WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College employees assembled in the Charles Coburn Center for convocation last month to reflect on the year that was and plan for the one ahead.

This year’s annual gathering of college employees took place Aug. 12 and featured remarks from PCC President G. Dennis Massey, an introduction of new faculty and staff, and updates on the enrollment and physical growth the college is currently experiencing.

Massey led off the event by thanking employees for their help in providing Pitt County voters with information on the importance of a quarter-cent local sales tax increase. Voters approved the measure by a 59 percent majority in November 2007, and as a result, a portion of the funding generated by the tax increase will be used to construct new facilities at PCC.


College Welcomes International Students

2008 International Student WelcomeWINTERVILLE—When Pitt Community College administrators created a mission statement for the school, they made sure to include “empowering people for success in a global economy” as a primary objective.

That commitment to worldwide education continues at PCC, which currently features an enrollment boasting representation from 35 countries plus the United States. Last month, the college paid tribute to its international students with a reception welcoming them to campus.

This year’s event, which was sponsored by Pitt’s International Club and Student Government Association, took place in the Leslie Building and featured PCC graduates Derek Combs and Naidalyn Douglas discussing a trip they took to China earlier this summer as part of the PCC Abroad program.


Instructor Travels to Senegal on Educational Trip Through UNC's World View Program

Marguerite Parker in Senegal '08WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College instructor Marguerite Parker returned from Senegal recently after she and 34 other Tar Heel educators spent two weeks gaining a better understanding of the country’s educational system and culture.

Parker’s journey to the West African nation occurred in June and was sponsored by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill’s World View program. Each year, World View provides state educators with a closer look at education abroad.

"What World View is doing is absolutely priceless,” says Parker. “The program—in conjunction with the Global Education Initiative—is opening the channels of communication for the exchange of ideas between cultures. (It) provides an opportunity to broaden our perspectives as educators and equips us with first-hand experiences that will enable us to relate the commonalities rather than the differences between nations to our students.”


Police Car Graphics Design Earns Award

PCC Police Car Design Wins AwardDEERFIELD, IL—LAW and ORDER Magazine announced in August that the Pitt Community College Police Department had received People’s Choice Award honors in its 2008 International Police Vehicle Design Contest.

While a three-member panel of judges selected Pendleton (IN) Police Department as this year’s grand prize winner, a majority of nearly 6,000 online voters made PCCPD’s vehicle design their top choice among all of the entries received nationwide.

“It is always good to receive positive exposure for law enforcement agencies,” said PCC Police Chief Alan Edwards. “The People’s Choice Award from LAW and ORDER Magazine is especially meaningful because the vehicle graphics were designed by one of our officers, Tim Barfield. Of course, having our agency featured in a national magazine is also a source of great pride.”


September Edition Quick Hitters ...

• Students Win Biogen Idec Scholarships -- Four PCC students were among 25 North Carolina community college students to receive scholarships from Biogen Idec.


• PCC Foundation Fall Golf Classic -- The PCC Foundation will hold its annual golf tournament fundraiser at Greenville Country Club on Oct. 2.


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


Natural Gas Leak Leads to Fulford Evacuation -- College officials evacuated the William Fulford Building Aug. 20 after a road construction crew ruptured a natural gas line near campus.


• Faculty/Staff Fund Drive -- It's time again for college employees to demonstrate their financial support for the PCC Foundation. Last year, the Foundation awarded approximately $190,000 in student scholarships.


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Haithcock Outstanding in Pioneer Classic

Callie HaithcockSPARTANBURG, S.C.—PCC Athletics announced Aug. 26 that freshman volleyball player Callie Haithcock was named to the 2nd Annual Pioneer Classic All-Tournament Team.

Haithcock, a 2008 graduate of D.H. Conley High School, helped the Bulldogs go 3-2 and reach the title game of the Pioneer Classic, which was hosted by 22nd-ranked Spartanburg Methodist College Aug. 22-23.

For the tournament, Haithcock posted a .407 hitting percentage and tallied 40 kills, 10 aces, 36 digs and five blocks in 11 games over four matches.


Bulldogs Sports Bullets ...

PCC Volleyball plays its first home match of the 2008 season against Spartanburg Methodist College at 1 p.m. on Sept. 6. Click HERE for the full '08 schedule.

PCC Basketball releases 2008-09 Schedule, which includes a road contest against the University of North Carolina's JV hoops squad on Nov. 15.

 Former PCC baseball player Lonnie Chisenhall was selected to play in the New York-Penn League All-Star Game. (READ MORE)

Former Bulldog Freddie Bynum once again playing for the Norfolk Tides. (READ MORE)