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Smith Helps College Kick Off BHM Activities
PCC kicked off its Black History Month celebration Jan. 29 with a program in the Craig F. Goess Student Center that featured remarks from motivational speaker Kemba Smith.
Before a full house in the Goess Center's multipurpose room, Smith detailed a turbulent time in her life that began soon after she enrolled for classes at Hampton State University. Smith explained that she got in with the wrong crowd in an effort to 'fit in' with her new environment and trouble ensued.
She began dating a drug dealer and as a result of her connections with him, she was arrested, convicted and sentenced to 24.5 years in prison. After serving 6.5 years of that sentence, she was granted clemency in 2000 and released.
Now married with a 15-year-old son and another child on the way, Smith discussed the importance of making good choices at critical times in life. She detailed her life behind bars and the difficulties she faced in adjusting to family life after her release while emphasizing the enormous impact those choices can have.PCC will host several BHM activities this month, including Friday Film Fest ("A Soldier's Story) on Feb. 5 and Reader's Theater ("No Sounding Brass, No Tinkling Cymbal") on Feb. 17. On Feb. 23, Attorney Earl Brown will inspire students with a presentation ("Pursuing Success in Difficult Economic Times") that will be followed by the Second Annual Black History Quiz Bowl.
YEEHAW! PCC Scholarship Auction Is Feb. 16
The PCC Foundation will hold its annual scholarship auction fundraiser Feb. 16 at Rock Springs Center, which is located on Highway 43 West in Greenville.
Sponsored by The Clement Companies, this year's event, "Scholarship Auction Roundup," has a Western theme and will feature both silent and live auctions.
A social hour and silent auction are scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. A buffet dinner starts at 7 p.m. with live auctioning set to begin at 8 p.m.
Individual tickets are $50. The cost of a table for eight, which includes an ad in the event program, is $500. Proceeds from the auction are used to fund PCC scholarships and a variety of educational activities at the college.
Those planning to attend the auction are encouraged to wear Western or business casual attire.
For more information, contact the PCC Foundation at (252) 493-7287.
PCC-ECU Students Partnering for 7th Year
PCC and ECU students are working together this semester to develop an economical and ecologically-sustainable building design.
Led by PCC Architectural Technology Instructor Bill Hofler and Rebecca Sweet, associate professor with ECU’s Department of Interior Design and Merchandising, the project marks the seventh straight year students from the two schools have been asked to team up on a sustainable design.
This year’s collaboration began with a modified version of the national “Juicy Ideas Competition.” It was the first of three team-building exercises that will prepare the students for their final design project, the details of which have not yet been revealed.
PCC Certified to Teach Lead-Safe Practices
PCC's Continuing Education Division received certification last month to offer training that satisfies new Environmental Protection Agency regulations for contractors who work with lead-based paint.
In October, the EPA proposed expansion of the “Lead: Renovation, Repair and Painting Program” approved in 2008. The proposal, which is expected to take effect in April, requires contractors to be certified in lead-safe practices in order to renovate, repair or paint a pre-1978 dwelling.
Gail Nichols, PCC’s Small Business Center Coordinator, said Pitt began taking steps to teach lead-safe practices nearly a year ago, “when (it) first came to our attention” that companies working on pre-1978 structures could be heavily fined for violating the EPA’s expanded regulation.
February Edition Quick Hitters ...
• PCC faculty and staff are invited to attend the PCC Leadership Institute Alumni Speaker Program ("Lessons Learned") on Feb. 19. The program is scheduled to take place in the Goess Student Center from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. and will feature a presentation by State Sen. Don Davis and State Rep. Marian McLawhorn.
• PCC's Cooperative Education, Apprenticeship & Secondary Alliances Program will host an information session for parents and students interested in Concurrent Enrollment, Learn & Earn Online and Huskins courses on Feb. 22. (READ MORE)
• Nominations are now being accepted for the 2010 Woman of Substance Award. This year's award presentation will take place March 3, during PCC's annual Women's History Month program. All nominees must be employed by PCC. Nominators may be Pitt students, faculty and staff. (NOMINATION FORM)
• PCC Baseball Coach Tommy Eason, a former East Carolina University standout, has been named to the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Baseball Silver Anniversary team. (READ STORY)
• PCC alumni will be admitted free of charge to the Bulldogs' Feb. 6 basketball game against Guilford Tech at 3 p.m. A representative will be on site during the game to provide PCC Alumni Association membership information and details of the college's new alumni efforts.
• The 2010 Pitt County Special Olympics basketball team will play a 20-minute game at halftime of PCC's Feb. 7 contest against Johnston Community College. Pitt and JCC tip off at 3 p.m. in the Charles Coburn Center.
• PCC is one of five colleges across the state participating in a pilot project that provides free nicotine replacement therapy (NRT), such as nicotine patches, to eligible students. The project, funded by the N.C. Health and Wellness Trust Fund, began Oct. 1 and provides free NRT for a limited time to full-time students at participating schools ages 18-29 who are North Carolina residents. To participate, eligible students should call Quitline NC at 1-800-QUIT-NOW, a free, confidential service available 8 a.m. to 3 a.m., seven days a week. Callers will be connected to a Quit Coach, a trained professional who will work to create a “quit plan” tailored to the individual caller’s situation. Research shows that working with quitline can double a person’s chances of quitting for good. For more information, please call the quitline at 1-800-QUIT-NOW or learn more about the quitline at www.Quitlinenc.com
Baseball Ranked in Pair of National Polls
The preseason baseball rankings have been released and the prognosticators are expecting PCC to have an outstanding 2010 season.
Pitt checks in at #10 in the NJCAA's preseason ranking of Division I junior college teams. In Perfect Game Crosschecker's preseason poll, the Bulldogs are ranked #13.
Coach Tommy Eason's club went 36-8 a year ago and will kick off the 2010 campaign Feb. 10 with an exhibition game against Mt. Olive College's junior varsity squad at Minges-Overton Baseball Complex. First pitch is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.
PCC will open regular-season play Feb. 13 with a doubleheader at Southeastern Community College in Whiteville. The two teams are scheduled to play again the next day at Minges-Overton Baseball Complex, starting at 1 p.m.
Pitt has 11 players returning from a year ago. Five Bulldogs from last year's squad moved on to four-year schools to continue their playing careers.
Winter Storm Delays Softball Season Start
PCC Softball was scheduled to kick off the 2010 campaign Jan. 30 with a doubleheader against Mt. Olive College, but Mother Nature had other plans.
A winter storm this past weekend dropped snow and ice throughout eastern North Carolina, forcing the Bulldogs and Trojans to reschedule their matchup for Feb. 4 at Sara Law Softball Complex in Winterville. First pitch is set for 4 p.m.
The Bulldogs, who have four returning players from a season ago, are looking to build upon last year's 27-10 mark. Coach Junior Bailey's 2009 squad reached the championship game of the Region X Conference Tournament in Hartsville, S.C., but fell to Spartanburg Methodist College.
After Thursday's games against Mt. Olive, PCC Softball does not play at home again until March 2, when the Dawgs take on Wake Tech at 5 p.m.
PCC Basketball 8-9 Heading to Louisburg
The PCC basketball team will look to end a three-game slide and avenge an earlier-season loss Feb. 3, when the Bulldogs visit Louisburg College at 7 p.m.
After falling to the Hurricanes 77-64 on Jan. 9, Pitt (8-9 overall, 3-5 in Region X Conference play) put together back-to-back wins over Catawba Valley and Lenoir Community College before losing to Wake Tech, Patrick Henry and Guilford Tech.
Saturday's game against Rockingham Community College was postponed due to inclement weather, meaning Wednesday's game against the 'Canes will be the first time in more than a week the Bulldogs have taken the court for a regular-season game.
Following the Louisburg game, PCC returns home this weekend for a pair of games. Saturday's contest against GTCC will be PCC Alumni Day with alumni receiving free admittance while Sunday's matchup with Johnston Community College will feature the Pitt County Special Olympics basketball team playing a 20-minute game at halftime.