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PCC Foundation's Holiday Show Is Nov. 5-7



2010 Down East Holiday Show Is Nov. 5-7!Each year, the Pitt Community College Foundation presents the Down East Holiday Show to raise funds for student scholarships and educational activities at the college. Started in 2002, the event features holiday decorations, gift ideas, food items and service vendors to help kick off the holiday shopping season.

This year's Holiday Show will take place Nov. 5-7 and feature more than 100 exhibitors at the Greenville Convention Center. Show times are Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets are $6 for those 11 and up. Children 10 and under will be admitted free of charge. Three-day passes will be available for $12 and may be purchased in advance through PCC's Institutional Advancement office, located in Room 2 of the Vernon E. White Building.

For more information, call (252) 493-7287.

DOE's Dr. Jane Summerson Speaks at PCC


Dr. Jane SummersonWINTERVILLE—Dr. Jane Summerson, a geologist with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), spoke at Pitt Community College last month about governmental procedures for protecting the environment and developing clean energy sources.

With students from PCC and East Carolina University in attendance, Summerson discussed the importance of the National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) of 1969 and how it requires government entities to consider how projects could impact the environment. She said each Environmental Impact Statement created for a project provides for public comment, which is a chance for citizens to hold the government accountable and be involved in the decision-making process.


RT Students Benefit from Equipment Donation

Radiation Therapy Equipment DonationWINTERVILLE--Since the beginning of fall semester in August, Pitt Community College Radiation Therapy students have been training on a fully functional simulator in a new simulation lab on campus thanks to a donation by Cape Fear Valley Health System’s Radiation Therapy Department.

The simulator, which normally carries a $600,000-price tag, was donated to PCC by Cape Fear Valley in the spring of 2008. It was in storage, however, while the college completed construction of the Herman Simon Building, which opened this fall.

Elaine Spencer, PCC’s Radiologic Sciences department chair, says the college’s Siemens Simview NT will vastly enhance her students’ clinical learning experience. She explained the simulator would allow them to develop a better understanding of the basic concepts associated with localizing cancer treatment areas prior to radiation delivery.


PCC Seeking Students for Second Round of Online HIT Training That Starts Nov. 15


WINTERVILLE—Having successfully launched new online training for prospective Health Care and Information Technology professionals in September, Pitt Community College is now seeking students for the second round of classes that begins Nov. 15.

Earlier this year, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology chose PCC to lead a regional consortium tasked with addressing the growing need for Health Information Technology (HIT) training. As part of the project, five universities developed a curriculum that provides students with the knowledge, skills and aptitudes needed to use, install and maintain electronic health records.

As a result of federal health care reform legislation, all medical records must be converted to an electronic format by 2014. Electronic health records are expected to improve the quality and efficiency of medical care by making information exchanges possible between health care providers and public health authorities.


November Edition Quick Hitters ...

• Each month, PCC President G. Dennis Massey provides a "College Update" with the latest college news. Click HERE for Dr. Massey's November update.

• PCC welcomed the community to campus for a fourth straight year with an Open House event on Oct. 30. Open House featured campus tours, information sessions and a special celebration of the college's upcoming 50th Anniversary. (PHOTO GALLERY) (WNCT-9 VIDEO)

• The PCC Student Government Association held its annual Fall Fest activity on Oct. 28. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• PCC's Continuing Ed Division sponsored the Disney Institute's newest professional development program, "Disney’s Approach to Quality Service for Health Care Professionals," at the Greenville Hilton Oct. 10. (WNCT-9 VIDEO)

• The PCC Foundation and PCC Alumni Association organized a breakfast reunion for the college's retirees. The event took place Oct. 19 in the Goess Student Center. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• The annual PCC Foundation Golf Classic took place at Greenville Country Club Oct. 7. Nearly 40 teams took part in the annual fundraiser, which generates revenue for student scholarships and educational activities. (PHOTO GALLERY) (TOURNAMENT RESULTS)

• The college's 2nd Annual Trunk or Treat event was a great success. Sponsored by PCC's Spirit Club, approximately 200 children dressed in their Halloween costumes and came out for candy and games in the Warren Building parking lot. Trunk or Treat, which took place Oct. 29, also resulted in the collection of 337 cans of food for the local food bank. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• Employees who took part in the 2010 PCC Leadership Institute last month have organized a clothing drive to benefit STRIVE, an organization that assists individuals throughout the job search process. The drive began Nov. 1 and will run through Nov. 12. (MORE INFORMATION)

• The PCC Symphony Orchestra presented its fall concert Oct. 12. French horn soloist Don Good joined the orchestra for Mozart's Second Horn Concerto. The concert also featured a performance of Schubert's Symphony No. 8 “Unfinished” and “The March to the Scaffold” from Symphonie.

• PCC students took part in the annual ECU/PCC Career Fair on Oct. 7.

• Medical Assisting and Nursing students took time last month to educate people on campus about organ and tissue donation. Individuals may sign up to become organ and tissue donors at www.donatelifenc.org.

• The Fifth Annual Greenville Area Green Building and Solar Tour kicked off at PCC Oct. 9, giving the community a chance to see firsthand various styles and sizes of ‘green’ building projects. The tour focused on energy efficiency, building science and renewable energy and featured three residential homes and a garage powered by a photovoltaic system. (WNCT-9 VIDEO)

• Each Monday at 6:30 p.m., catch the latest Pitt Community College news on PCC InSight. Hosted by PCC Alumni Relations Director Ashley Smith and Levy Brown, Director of Cooperative Education and Secondary Alliances, the 30-minute program airs on television (Cable Channel 7) and radio (WTIB 103.7). (MORE INFORMATION)

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Volleyball Finishes Regular Season 22-8

PCC Volleyball closed out the regular season with four straight victories, topping Louisburg, Brunswick, Rockingham and Wake Tech to go 22-8 overall, 13-2 in the Region X Conference.

Prior to their final home game against Rockingham, which turned out to be a win by forfeit, the Bulldogs honored their sophomore class -- Eleni Bates, Courtney Everette, Haley Galimore, Natalie Salter, Holly Sears, Morghan Stallings and Debbie Stotesbury.

Pitt will now play in the Region X Conference Tournament in Wentworth, N.C., Nov. 5-6. The Region X Tourney winner will represent the conference in the NJCAA Division II Tournament in Wisconsin Dells, Wis., Nov. 18. 

November Athletics Quick Hitters ...

• As part of its fall practice slate, PCC Softball scrimmaged East Carolina University on Oct. 30. After losing 8-1 in the first game of the doubleheader, the Bulldogs kept it close in game two before falling, 3-0. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• Basketball begins the 2010-11 season on the road Nov. 17 against Lenoir Community College at 7 p.m. The Bulldogs, who were 11-14 last season, play their first home game of the new year Nov. 20 against Sandhills Community College at 3 p.m. and will not return to the Coburn Center for a second home game until Jan. 6. Also of note, PCC will visit the Smith Center in Chapel Hill Dec. 11 to take on the UNC JV squad at 4 p.m.

• Baseball's Tyler Molinaro has verbally committed to play at UNC-Wilmington after PCC's 2011 season. (READ STORY)

• Volleyball Coach Tom Marsh will conduct tryouts for the 2011 PCC volleyball team on Dec. 11 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Coburn Center.