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PCC Foundation Holiday Show is Nov. 7-9

2008 Down East Holiday ShowThe PCC Foundation's 7th Annual Down East Holiday Show will be held Nov. 7-9 at the Greenville Convention Center.

This year’s event will feature more than 100 exhibits for shoppers, Santa Claus posing for photos with children, and ‘Hubby Parking,’ an area set aside for husbands (and anyone else) needing a break from shopping.

Chef Pia will also be on hand each day of the show to provide hassle-free holiday entertainment and cooking tips.

Tickets are $6 for adults, $1 for children ages 6-12 years old and free for those five and under. Show hours are Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Proceeds from the Holiday Show are used to fund student scholarships and educational activities at the college.


College Welcomes Community to Campus


WINTERVILLE—For the second straight year, PCC opened its doors to the community with an Open House designed to showcase the educational opportunities the school has to offer.

Attendance at this year's Open House was significantly higher than in 2007 despite rainy weather conditions.

PCC Registrar Joanne Ceres said employees from the college were able to interact with visitors, adding that the school received a number of admissions applications from potential students during the event.

PCC President G. Dennis Massey said he was pleased with the success of this year's Open House. "I spoke with many students, parents and friends who attended the Open House, and they all spoke very positively about PCC and our employees," he said.

In addition to informational displays in the Charles Coburn Center, Open House featured campus and individual program tours. Information on the college's new alumni association was also available.

Product Grant to Help IT Students Train

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College’s Computer Information Technology program has received an $8,000-product grant from TestOut Corporation that will help students at the school better prepare for professional certification exams and careers in the IT field.

Emily Harrington, PCC’s CIT coordinator, said students and faculty would have unlimited access to TestOut’s Library of Certification Suites. LabSim, she said, allows users to simulate hardware, operating systems and network simulations without the need for purchasing additional hardware or software.

“It is like having an interactive learning lab, without the expensive setup costs,” Harrington said.


Organ Donation Has Touched Lives at PCC

Donate LifeWINTERVILLE—An emotion-filled event at PCC this fall shed light on the importance of organ and tissue donation and the impact it has had on the school’s faculty, staff and students.

The program, held in the Raymond Reddrick Building on Sept. 25, was part of a month-long effort by PCC Medical Assisting students to encourage North Carolinians to sign up as organ and tissue donors through a newly-created online registry, www.donatelifenc.org.

The event was organized by Marsha Hemby, the college’s Medical Assisting department chair, who spearheaded PCC’s Donate Life activities and became a donor herself through the effort along with 72 others from the college community.


Grant to Help Working Women Attend PCC

Sandra Hardison and Lynn McCormickWINTERVILLE—Local charitable organizations recently provided grant funding to Pitt Community College to help working women at the school pay for educational expenses.

According to Sandra Hardison, PCC’s coordinator of Resource Development, the Women for Women and Greater Greenville Community foundations granted Pitt $10,000 to help launch the “Working Women Project” at the college in January. Hardison, who co-wrote the grant request with PCC’s Lynn McCormick, said the project would provide funding for tuition and books to women who must work to support themselves and their families.


PCC Students Take Part in ECU Career Fair

Career Fair '08GREENVILLE—Pitt Community College students made the most of an opportunity to meet with potential employers last month as East Carolina University held its annual career fair Oct. 9.

The event featured approximately 180 employers representing a variety of occupations meeting with students at the Greenville Convention Center and ECU’s Health Sciences Building.

As in previous years, PCC counselors worked with Career Services staff at ECU to organize Pitt’s participation in the fair. They also held workshops on campus to help students prepare for the event.


PCC Praised as Hope Middle Students Honored for Writing Competition Success


GREENVILLE—Hope Middle School students were honored recently for their success in a statewide writing competition sponsored by the N.C. Press Association’s Newspapers in Education (NIE) program.

The students—all members of teacher Anne Roth’s classes—placed first (Catherine Cary), second (Emily McGregor) and fourth (John David Hodges) in the contest in which they were asked to write an original continuation chapter of Nell Wise Wechter’s book, “Taffy of Torpedo Junction.”

During the celebration, a 10-year partnership between Pitt Community College and The Daily Reflector was lauded for its role in bringing the NIE program into local classrooms. PCC sponsored a chapter of “Taffy of Torpedo Junction” in The Reflector each week for the Hope Middle School students to read.



November Edition Quick Hitters ...

Tony Gallardo, coordinator of PCC's Industrial Systems Technology program, has been selected to serve on the Fluid Power Educational Foundation Board of Trustees. The 44-year-old Ayden resident will serve a two-year term that ends in October 2010. For six years, Gallardo has been a member of the International Fluid Power Society, which facilitates and promotes the advancement of technology and professionalism of the fluid power and motion control industry through awareness, education and certification.

• The American Welding Society (AWS) and the Welding Equipment Manufacturers Committee (WEMCO) recently announced that Roy Lanier was selected to receive the 2008 Image of Welding Award for the Educators Category. Lanier, who chairs PCC's Welding Department, was recognized for his exemplary dedication to promoting the image of welding in his community during the AWS and FABTECH Welding Show in Las Vegas.

Frank Cassiano will be the featured speaker this month when the PCC Foundation holds its annual Veterans Salute Nov. 10 in the Charles Coburn Center. For more details, click HERE

• ECSU Drummers Help Make Fall Fest 2008 a Hit -- PCC students took a break from the classroom Oct. 29 to enjoy crisp, fall weather and the raucous beat of the Elizabeth City State University drumline. (READ MORE) | PHOTO GALLERY

• College Sought RFPs to Manage Food Services -- With the new Craig Goess Student Center set to open in early 2009, PCC requested proposals from vendors wanting to manage an expanded array of food and/or vending services, including catering. (READ MORE)

The annual "Lights of Knowledge" Tree Lighting ceremony will take place Nov. 24 in front of the Vernon White Building at 5:30 p.m. Lights may be purchased through the PCC Foundation at a cost of $10, which is tax deductible, in honor or memory of an individual. Call (252) 493-7287 for more information.

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Volleyball Season Ends in Region X Tourney


Region X Volleyball TournamentWINTERVILLE—After topping Wake Tech for a third time this season, Pitt Community College’s 2008 campaign came to an abrupt end Nov. 1 with a loss to Spartanburg Methodist College in the Region X Conference Volleyball Tournament.

PCC hosted this year’s conference tourney in the Charles Coburn Center and led off the single-elimination event with a three-set victory over the fifth-seeded Eagles, 25-15, 25-19 and 25-17. The win led to a showdown with top-seeded Spartanburg, which went 2-1 against the Bulldogs during the regular season.

Behind 14 kills from Region X Player of the Year Tiffany Dean, the Pioneers proved too tough for PCC once again, topping the Dawgs 25-19 in the first two sets before closing out the match with a 25-14 win in the third frame.


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• In preparation for the upcoming season, PCC Softball traveled across town Nov. 1 for a pair of scrimmages against East Carolina University. The matchups marked the first time PCC Softball has ever faced the NCAA Division I Pirates. For a photo gallery from the contests, click HERE.

 PCC Basketball will play exhibition games against Methodist College's JV team (Nov. 11), UNC-Chapel Hill's JV team (Nov. 15) and Raeford Athletic twice (Nov. 19 and Nov. 30) this month. The Bulldogs kick off the regular season against Tidewater Community College on the road Nov. 20. For the full 2009 schedule, click HERE.