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Record Enrollment at PCC This Semester

Enrollment Fall '09Though an official total is not yet available, PCC Registrar Joanne Ceres says the college is serving its largest enrollment ever this fall.

During a campus meeting Aug. 26, Ceres reported that 7,710 students had enrolled at PCC this semester, up an estimated nine percent from the same point a year ago. She pointed out that a final enrollment total could be even higher since students may still sign up for the college’s delayed start courses.

“Not a whole lot of seats are going empty,” Ceres said before noting that—as of Aug. 18—only 19 percent of all the seats available on campus during class hours were empty.  (READ MORE)

New Food Service Program Starts This Month

For those contemplating careers in the food service industry, a new program at PCC this month could be just what they need to land the job of their dreams.

According to Dr. David Lusk, dean of PCC’s Continuing Education Division, the college is launching a Basic Food Service Management program this month. The program, he said, is comprised of 330 hours of instruction in topics ranging from basic food preparation and food purchasing practices to dining room operations and off-site catering.  (READ MORE)

Convocation Focuses on Service, Growth

Convocation '09PCC held convocation Aug. 13 to give employees an opportunity to review the previous year’s progress and look ahead to what is in store for the college in the years to come.

Held in the Charles Coburn Center, convocation featured remarks from PCC President G. Dennis Massey, who thanked employees for helping the school earn exceptional status in a recent N.C. Community College System report. PCC met eight performance measures to achieve the honor, which Massey said demonstrated “not just the quantity but the quality of what (Pitt) is doing.”

With a record enrollment of nearly 8,000 this fall, Massey said PCC is meeting strategic goals administrators outlined for the school regarding student success, engagement with the community ...  (READ MORE)

Rorer Takes 4th in World Rifle Competition

Jeff Rorer '09As a PCC science instructor, Jeff Rorer understands the importance of precision. This summer, he took his appreciation for accuracy to a British rifle range and came home with an individual bronze and team gold in the F-Class World Championships.

The 35-year-old Rorer, who teaches chemistry at PCC, has been shooting competitively for nearly seven years. His interest in the sport began with a Daisy BB gun he received from his father as a 5-year-old and has only grown since he began shooting competitively in local action pistol matches.

Rorer has participated in rifle competitions for more than four years now, mostly at Camp Butner, which is about 15 miles from Durham. He has set five National Rifle Association national records ...  (READ MORE)

September Edition Quick Hitters ...

• Randy Collier is the new chairman of the PCC Board of Trustees, and two new members (Don Mills and SGA President Robin Hayson) joined the college's governing board in August. (PCC Trustees Page)

• The annual Faculty/Staff Fund Drive began Aug. 24 and will continue through Sept. 14. The PCC Foundation is seeking 100 percent participation by college employees and to exceed last year's fund drive total of $37,675.23.

• The PCC Foundation Golf Classic will take place Oct. 1 at Greenville Country Club. Sponsorship opportunities are still available. (READ STORY)

• PCC's associate degree nursing program has received accreditation from the prestigious National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission, Inc.

• With more than 90 countries represented by its current student population, PCC welcomed international students to campus with a reception in the Craig F. Goess Student Center. (READ STORY)

• A new group of Student Ambassadors trained for their roles as representatives of the college last month. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• The PCC Foundation has announced that Bell Arthur's Caroline Davenport is the 2009 recipient of the J.S. Flake Memorial Endowed Scholarship. (READ STORY)

• Continuing Education sponsored a professional development program on providing quality customer service last month. Approximately 50 members of the business community and local government officials attended the workshop, which was part of the world-renowned Disney Institute. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• PCC's 6th Annual Leadership Institute will take place in New Bern Oct. 12-13 at the Hilton Riverfront Hotel. Applications to attend the program are being accepted through Sept. 11. For more information, contact one of the following LI Planning Committee members: John Daugherty, Altrice Gales, Cynthia Jernigan, Lynn McCormick, Brian Miller or Bill Sypawka.

• Please click HERE for an important message concerning the 2009 H1N1 Flu from Pitt County Health Director John Morrow.

• Don't forget, the PCC Foundation's Down East Holiday Show fundraiser is scheduled for Nov. 6-8 at the Greenville Convention Center.

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Bulldogs Fall to CFCC in Season-Opener

• 2009 Volleyball Schedule

Jessica SweersWILMINGTON—Pitt Community College volleyball came up short in its 2009 season-opener Aug. 30 at Cape Fear Community College, falling to the Sea Devils, 3-0 in a non-conference tilt.

In PCC coach Tom Marsh’s first game back since retaking the helm after the Bulldogs’ 2008 campaign, Pitt found itself behind early in set one. But the Dawgs battled back and actually took a 19-17 lead over CFCC before a rash of errors led to a 25-20 loss.

PCC lost set two to the Sea Devils, 25-15, before narrowly falling in the third frame, 25-23.

Sophomore Jessica Sweers had 13 assists for the Bulldogs while freshman Haley Galimore led the way in kills with seven.

Pitt must shake off its loss to Cape Fear rather quickly as the Bulldogs travel to Sanford tonight for a Region X Conference showdown with Central Carolina Community College at 6 p.m.

In Other Sports News ...

• PCC Baseball has released its 2009 Fall Schedule. On the docket for the Bulldogs are a pair of games with the Team USA 18 & Under squad.

• PCC Softball will take on East Carolina University this fall. The Bulldogs are scheduled to face the Pirates at ECU on Oct. 30. For the entire fall softball schedule, click HERE.