College Breaks Ground on Simon Building
WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College administrators broke ground last month at the site of the future Herman Simon Building, a 34,000-square-foot addition to the college’s health sciences facilities.
Expected to open in May 2010, the Simon Building will provide much-needed space to PCC, which carries the unwelcomed distinction of being North Carolina’s most crowded community college. The two-story building will provide classrooms, labs and offices for health sciences curricula and will also house the college’s VISIONS and HORIZONS programs.
Simon, a financial consultant with the Eddie and Jo Allison Smith Family Foundation, has been an ardent PCC supporter and a leader in allocating financial resources to programs and students at the college. With shovel in hand and a broad smile on his face, he participated in the Nov. 20 groundbreaking.
Foundation Thanks College's Supporters
WINTERVILLE—The Pitt Community College Foundation held a President’s Reception Nov. 20 to express its appreciation to everyone who has contributed time and money in support of the college’s educational mission.
Held at Rock Springs Center, the reception featured special presentations to several alumni and remarks from PCC President G. Dennis Massey, PCC Foundation Chairman Billy Dunn and PCC Student Ambassadors President Rachel Barnum.
The event took place just hours after the college broke ground on the Herman Simon Building, a 34,000-square-foot addition to the school’s health sciences facilities. The PCC Foundation has been raising funds to pay for the building’s construction, and many of those who have contributed to the project attended the reception.
2008 Holiday Show a Record Success
WINTERVILLE—PCC Foundation officials reported last month that the 2008 Down East Holiday Show was a record success.
According to Susan Nobles, executive director of the PCC Foundation, the three-day shopping extravaganza drew 8,300 attendees to the Greenville Convention Center between Nov. 7-9. That’s nearly 2,000 more than the show’s previous attendance record of 6,500, which was set last year.
Nobles said this year’s Holiday Show featured 123 vendors and is expected to generate more than $63,000 for student scholarships and educational activities at PCC.
Campus Celebrates International Education
WINTERVILLE--PCC students and employees celebrated International Education Week in November with a variety of programs that included talks on China, Hungary, Myanmar and Senegal, salsa dancing lessons, movies and a rededication of the college's Peace Pole.
Held Nov. 17-21 this year, International Education Week is an opportunity to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. A joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education, it is part of the government's efforts to promote programs that prepare Americans for a global environment and attract future leaders from abroad to study, learn, and exchange experiences in the United States.
Ambassadors Raise Money for Local Charity
WINTERVILLE—PCC Student Ambassadors concluded their annual service project in November and presented a $1,570-check to representatives from Greenville’s Little Willie Center.
Through three fundraisers this fall, the ambassadors surpassed their fundraising goal by more than $400. The students presented a check to Melissa Alston, volunteer coordinator with the Center, and Rodger Harris, vice president of the Center’s Board of Directors.
Started in 1990, the Little Willie Center provides tutoring and mentoring services to at-risk children ages 3 to 17. It is an all-volunteer organization with a mission to empower local youth, strengthen the community and help re-establish the family structure.
Foundation Holds Tree Lighting Ceremony
WINTERVILLE—The PCC Foundation held the annual Lights of Knowledge Tree Lighting Ceremony Nov. 24 to honor loved ones and remember those who have passed on.
Revenue generated by the fundraiser will be used to purchase children’s books for the PCC Child Care Center and library.
This year's ceremony featured music by PCC's gospel choir, Elements of Praise, and PCC Foundation Board member Mike Weeks reading the names of each person honored and remembered with lights on the tree.
The star on top of this year's Christmas tree was dedicated to the memory of Karen Perry, a former PCC nursing student and Student Government Association president, who died in a Feb. 20 car accident.
December Edition Quick Hitters ...
• PCC held its annual Veterans Salute Nov. 10 to pay tribute to those who have defended America in times of war for the cause of peace.
• Three PCC health sciences instructors took part in a World View Community College Symposium on “Globalization and Global Health Issues" at UNC-Chapel Hill Nov. 12-13.
• Hard work in the classroom paid off for PCC Radiography students Michele Albertson and Jack McNally, who received scholarships last month.
• PCC masonry students put the finishing touches on a revenue-generating sign at the J.H. Rose High School soccer field in November.
• The PCC Symphony Orchestra will present its annual Holiday Concert Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Faith Assembly of God Church. The concert will feature popular Christmas carols and a celebration of the 200th anniversary of the premiere of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6.
• The Medical Assisting Department collected needed items for the Greenville Community Shelter this fall. The shelter had been at or near its 78-bed capacity for two straight months.
In 2005, the shelter served 432 residents followed by 513 in 2006. There were 531 served in 2007. During the period of July 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008, a total of 555 were served.
As the number of residents increases, the amount of supplies quickly decreases. With the community's help, the residents' needs are being met.
• After a year of fundraising activities, members of Delta Epsilon Chi - PCC's student marketing organization - donated toys valued at $500 to the WITN-TV/Marine Corps Toys-For-Tots campaign.
To raise money for the Toys-For-Tots effort, DEC members Corey Tugwell, Brian Taylor, Tierra Byrd and Christine Glennon and DEC advisor Hope V. Clark operated the Shad-O game at the Grifton Shad Festival this year. Delta Epsilon Chi members also operated tables at the PCC Student Government Association's Spring Fling and Fall Fest events.
Bulldogs Victorious in Season-Opener
PORTSMOUTH, Va.—Led by Adonte McCarter’s 26 points and 19 more from Johnny Godette, PCC made a triumphant return to college basketball, topping Tidewater Community College, 90-68, on Nov. 20.
Competing in basketball for the first time in 14 years, PCC jumped out to a 46-34 halftime lead in its season-opener by shooting 60 percent from the floor, including four 3-pointers.
For the game, McCarter, a guard out of J.H. Rose High School, finished 4-for-5 behind the arc and 6-of-7 from the free throw line. He also grabbed five rebounds and dished out six assists.
Godette, meanwhile, handled the inside duties for the Bulldogs. In addition to his inside scoring, the 6-4 center finished with eight boards and five blocked shots.
Bulldogs Sports Bullets ...
• PCC basketball has a pair of home games this month. The Bulldogs host Tidewater Community College Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. in the Coburn Center before kicking off Region X Conference play Dec. 6 at 3 p.m. against Louisburg College. For a photo gallery of this year's team, click HERE.
• PCC Baseball Coach Tommy Eason has reloaded for 2008, having signed 18 players to replace the 17 he lost to graduation from last year's squad that finished 41-15 and came within a win of the NJCAA World Series.
• PCC Softball coaches and players conducted a one-day softball skills clinic Nov. 29 for players from Grifton Elementary and Farmville Middle schools.
"This was an opportunity for our players to give back some of their softball knowledge to the community, whose support allows them to continue playing the sport they love," PCC Softball Coach Junior Bailey said. "This was a great experience for us all to be involved in. Too many times we forget where we were at this age. It's fun to go back and see the excitement of the players that were there.
"I hope that some of these players also may be future PCC Bulldogs; you never know," he added.
Bailey said he hoped the clinic would become an annual event. "It's a great way for us to just be in the community and our way of saying, 'Thank you,' for supporting PCC softball," he said.
For a photo gallery from the softball clinic, click HERE.