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Foundation Holds Event to Thank Supporters
Organization Also Honors Several Alumni During President's Reception
The PCC Foundation held its annual President’s Reception at Rock Springs Center last month to thank its many supporters and recognize several alumni with special awards.
Susan Nobles, PCC Foundation executive director, said the college’s primary fundraising organization had much to be thankful for this year, including a successful $8 million-capital campaign, the opening of a new student center on campus, and construction of the Herman Simon Building.
Nobles said despite the nation’s economic woes, the foundation fulfilled its purpose by contributing to PCC’s educational mission with scholarships, instructional equipment purchases, funding for numerous educational activities, and support for the school’s athletic teams.
PCC employees and students came together in November and gave back to the community by donating more than 3,200 items to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.
LI Participants Lead Successful Food Drive
Organized by this year’s PCC Leadership Institute (LI) participants, the food drive was so successful, a representative from the local food bank had to make two trips to campus in order to collect all of the items.
“I received a fax (Nov. 25) from the food bank, and they said that we collected 2,284 pounds of food,” said Lynn McCormick, PCC’s coordinator of Library Evening Services. “That's over a ton. That's about the same weight as a classic Volkswagen Beetle automobile.”
Smith Hired to Lead PCC Alumni Association
PCC administrators announced last month that Winterville native Ashley Dews Smith has been hired to serve as the college’s alumni relations director.
The 29-year-old Smith comes to PCC from the Martin County Chamber of Commerce, where she spent two years as executive director. In her new role, she will be responsible for recruiting current and former PCC students into the college’s Alumni Association.
“I am excited about the opportunity to encourage PCC alumni to connect with each other through fellowship, fun and service to form a lifelong commitment to the college that helped make them who they are today,” Smith said.
Developing a strong alumni base, Smith said, is important to PCC’s future success.
PCC Pays Tribute to Military with Salute
PCC paid tribute to the nation’s veterans last month with a special ceremony in the school’s Charles Coburn Center.
Held Nov. 10—the day before Veterans Day—the event featured nearly 200 Pitt County JROTC students, an East Carolina University ROTC honor guard and remarks from Army Capt. Chauncey McLeod.
A combat veteran with service in Afghanistan, McLeod is a readjustment counseling therapist with the Veterans Outreach Center in Greenville. During his speech at PCC, he emphasized the importance of thanking the nation’s veterans for their sacrifices and discussed the services available to them locally through the outreach center.
Angela Cline, PCC’s Veterans Affairs Certifying Official, said the number of veterans enrolled at Pitt is continually rising with each new semester. She said there are approximately 250 veterans and dependents currently enrolled at the school, which was named by G.I. Jobs magazine as a “Military Friendly School” for 2010.
Ambassadors Present $1,800-Check to CPC
PCC Student Ambassadors recently concluded their annual service project and presented an $1,800-check to a Carolina Pregnancy Center (CPC) representative last month.
Through several fundraisers this fall, ambassadors were able to surpass their fundraising goal by $600. On Nov. 16, the students presented a check to CPC Executive Director Blake Honeycutt.
According to its website, CPC is a non-profit, non-denominational, non-political organization committed to providing compassion, information and support to those facing unintended pregnancies. Through two centers in Greenville and Washington, the organization has served more than 15,000 people over the past 24 years.
To raise money for CPC, ambassadors teamed with Brueggar’s Bagels on Oct. 21 and received a percentage of the business’s proceeds that day. They also generated money during Fall Fest and sold tickets for a gift basket drawing during the PCC Foundation’s Down East Holiday Show.
December Edition Quick Hitters ...
• More than 8,400 people attended this year's Down East Holiday Show Nov. 6-8, a record for the annual PCC Foundation fundraiser. (PHOTO GALLERY)
• The White House issued a press release Nov. 4 to announce that President Barack Obama had nominated former PCC Trustee James A. Wynn for a position on the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals. (READ STORY)
• The Lights of Knowledge tree lighting will take place Dec. 7 at 5:30 p.m. in the main lobby of the Craig F. Goess Student Center. This year, PCCAEOP has assumed sponsorship of the event. (READ ANNOUNCEMENT)
• The PCC Symphony Orchestra will present its annual Holiday Concert Dec. 8 at 7:30 p.m. at Faith Assembly of God Church. Joining the orchestra will be students and teachers from the Greenville Suzuki Association for a performance of popular Christmas carols and other selections. Students of all ages are admitted free of charge. All other guests are asked to make a $5 donation to support the orchestra program.
• A total of 169 people contributed to PCC's United Way fund drive this fall to raise $20,178 for the organization.
• The college issued its 2008-2009 Annual Report in November.
• The PCC Foundation honored this year's scholarship recipients Nov. 3 with a reception in the Craig F. Goess Student Center. (PHOTO GALLERY)
• Children in the PCC Preschool Laboratory got into the Thanksgiving spirit by making Native American outfits. (PHOTO)
Basketball 2-3 Heading into Home Opener
With back-to-back losses to Community College of Baltimore County-Dundalk and Tidewater Community College, the PCC basketball team is 2-3 heading into Wednesday's home opener.
After beating a tough Davidson County Community College squad on the road Nov. 7 to start the season, the Bulldogs lost to College of Southern Maryland six days later, 94-89.
Pitt rebounded with a 25-point victory over Germana Community College Nov. 14 before losing to CCBC-Dundalk (70-62) and Tidewater (73-72).
The Bulldogs, who went 2-0 against TCC last season, are scheduled for a rematch with the Storm on Dec. 2 in the Charles Coburn Center. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m.
In Other Sports News ...
• PCC Volleyball’s late-season run took the team all the way to the Region X Tournament’s championship game Nov. 7 but ended just a few points short of a trip to Iowa for the NJCAA Tournament. (READ MORE)