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PCC's Largest Class Ever Turns Its Tassels
By Allison Deville
PCC Communications Intern
GREENVILLE—Pitt Community College’s largest-ever graduating class walked across the stage May 13 at East Carolina University’s Minges Coliseum.
The 2011 graduating class consisted of 1,037 students, an 11 percent increase from 2010. PCC administrators say 471 students participated in the ceremony.
PCC President G. Dennis Massey congratulated graduates, telling them they had earned the right to be part of the college’s 50-year tradition of excellence.
“Graduates, I urge you to be one of the proud alumni of Pitt Community College and take the opportunity to thank those faculty members who coached you to this victory,” Massey said.
Three Honored for Distinguished Service
GREENVILLE—While celebrating the college’s largest-ever graduating class, PCC administrators also took time to show their appreciation to several individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the school and community.
As part of this year's graduation ceremony at East Carolina University’s Minges Coliseum, college administrators presented Distinguished Service Awards to PCC Trustees chairman Randy Collier, former PCC Health Sciences Dean Judith Kuykendall, and Donnie Skinner, former PCC Foundation Board chairman.
PCC has presented Distinguished Service Awards each spring during graduation since the honor was created by the PCC Board of Trustees in 1989 to recognize individuals for their efforts to enhance the college’s mission and services.
PCC Will Benefit from Minges Scholarships
WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College administrators announced last month the school will receive scholarship funding from the Minges Bottling Group, Inc., for the next five years.
During a May 23 ceremony at the Birthplace of Pepsi-Cola Store in New Bern, Jeff Minges, president and CEO of the Minges Bottling Group, announced a $250,000-scholarship program for the eight community colleges within the company's service area. In addition to Pitt, Beaufort County, Carteret, Coastal Carolina, Craven, Lenoir, Martin and Pamlico community colleges will benefit from the program.
Minges said each community college would receive equal funding during the five-year period. The funds will be used to assist a total of 144 full-time students with tuition and fees for one year.
Killmon Wins Kiwanis Nursing Scholarship
GREENVILLE—Pitt Community College student Caroline Killmon received the Pitt Golden K Kiwanis/Clifton E. Boyd Nursing Scholarship in May, during one of the organization’s weekly meetings at Brook Valley Country Club.
Killmon, a Winterville resident and South Central High School graduate, posted a 4.0 grade point average in her first year at PCC, where she serves as a student ambassador and Student Government Association representative. She will receive $750 through the Kiwanis scholarship to be used toward her educational expenses as she pursues an associate degree in nursing.
“I have had the honor to work with Caroline in a variety of settings on campus and she consistently exhibits a strong work ethic and a very positive attitude,” said Leslie Rogers, PCC’s Assistant Vice President of Student Development Services.
June 2011 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 June 2011 update.
• Gov. Beverly Perdue visited The Roberts Company May 13 for the company's announcement of a large expansion that could lead to jobs for PCC Construction and Industrial Technology graduates. (PHOTO GALLERY)
• PCC Human Services Club officers presented a $250-donation to the Pitt County AIDS Service Organization (PiCASO) last month to help fund the group's programs. (PHOTO)
• PCC’s Beta Nu Upsilon Chapter of PTK, which held its charter induction in 2005, installed its newest inductees May 3, during a ceremony in the Craig F. Goess Student Center. (PHOTO GALLERY)
• On May 18, PCC employees participated in the 1st Annual Pedal to Pitt event as part of a Pitt County effort to foster a better and safer bicycling community. The three-mile bike ride also helped bring attention to the less-than-desirable pedestrian/cyclist crossing on Memorial Drive. (PHOTO)
• The Advertising & Graphic Design Department held its annual Graphic Design & Photography Portfolio Show at Greenville's Emerge Gallery May 3-14. An opening reception for the show took place May 6 and was part of Greenville's First Friday Art Walk tour.
• PCC employees and students taped a commercial May 9 for this fall's Bulldog 5k Charity Run. The ad will air this summer on WNCT to promote the Oct. 16 race, which will take place on the PCC campus to raise funds for scholarships and educational activities at the college. (PHOTO GALLERY)
• After showing a portion of the documentary, "Freedom Fighters," PCC hosted a discussion on civil rights issues. The forum took place 50 years after a group of civil rights activists boarded Greyhound and Trailways buses on a journey from Washington, D.C., to New Orleans to test segregation laws using non-violence and civil disobedience.
• The ECU Gourmet Group presented a $500-check to PCC in May in support of the college's Basic Food Service Management Program. (PHOTO)
• PCC's Student Services staff set up Exam Relief stations on campus last month to help give students a pep talk and extra burst of energy to finish out the semester strong. Students who stopped by the stations received water, snacks and words of encouragement. (PHOTO GALLERY)
Upcoming Events ...
• June 2011 - New Student Orientation Sessions
• June 14 - Softball Tryout
• July 18-22 and July 25-29 - Kids' College
• Aug. 15 - Convocation
• Aug. 17 - First Day of Fall Semester Classes
• Oct. 6 - PCC Foundation Golf Classic
• 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 Andre Gregory, Minority Male Mentoring and International programs coordinator, the 30-minute program airs on television (Cable Channel 7) and radio (WTIB 103.7). (MORE INFORMATION)
• Be sure to watch "PCC Outreach with Ernis Lee" Mondays at 8:30 p.m. on Cable Channel 23.
Softball's Season Ends in National Tourney
PCC Softball earned a second straight bid to the NJCAA Divison I Softball Championship in St. George, Utah, where the Bulldogs gave the eventual national champion a run for its money before ultimately going 0-2 in the tournament to finish the season 48-10 overall.
The Bulldogs qualified for the national tourney by winning the Region X Conference/District J Tournament for a second straight year. After topping USC-Sumter to open Region X Tournament play in Spartanburg, S.C., Pitt beat Louisburg College, 2-0, to advance to the championship round.
In the final round of the conference championship, PCC fell to Spartanburg Methodist College, 4-0, before bouncing back to top the Pioneers, 4-3, in the decisive final game and move on to the national tournament.
Seeded 16th in the national championship, the Bulldogs faced Yavapai College (AZ) -- the nation's top-ranked team -- in the first round at St. George's scenic Canyon Softball Complex. After falling behind 2-0 in the first inning, PCC played the nation's number-one team to a 1-1 draw over the final six innings before falling, 3-1.
Pitt was eliminated from the national tournament the next day with a 9-0 loss to Iowa Western Community College.
PCC Coach Junior Bailey's sophomore class had a remarkable two seasons at Pitt, finishing with an 87-23 overall mark, a 39-5 conference record, two Region X Conference regular-season titles, a pair of Region X Conference Tournament championships, and two national championship appearances.
Baseball Comes up a Run Short of Series
With a 6-4 loss to Potomac State College (WVa.) in the decisive third game of the Eastern District Championship, PCC Baseball fell just short of a second straight trip to Grand Junction, Colo., for the 2011 JUCO World Series.
After going 4-0 to win the Region X Conference Tournament in Burlington, the Bulldogs traveled to Keyser, WVa., and dropped game one to the Catamounts by a 2-1 count. Pitt battled back to even the series with a 4-1 victory in game two of the Eastern District tourney and had the winning run on third base twice late in game three but couldn't come up with the win.
Coach Tommy Eason's Bulldogs finished the season with a 38-13 overall record.
PCC Removes 'Interim' from Mullins' Title
WINTERVILLE—When Darrick Mullins took over as interim head coach of the Pitt Community College basketball program earlier this year, he said one of his goals would be to have the term ‘interim’ removed from his title.
That wish came true May 11, when PCC Athletic Director Junior Bailey announced Mullins had been chosen as the Bulldogs’ new head coach.
Mullins took the basketball helm at PCC in January on an interim basis, after Chad Reynolds resigned midway through the 2010-11 season. The Bulldogs were 0-7 when Mullins took over before finishing 7-16 overall and reaching the Region X Conference Tournament semifinals.
June Athletics Quick Hitters ...
• First Baseman Tyler Molinaro was named the Region X Conference Player of the Year last month, as he and several of his Bulldog teammates earned post-season honors for their play during the 2011 season. (READ STORY)
• Coach Junior Bailey was named the 2011 Region X Conference Coach of the Year - the second straight year he has received the award - and several PCC softball players earned post-season honors for their outstanding play in 2011. Charity Watson was named Region X's Pitcher of the Year. Christie Brown and Brittany Gibson earned First-Team All-Region X honors, and Amanda Daw and Kelli Patrick earned Second-Team All-Region X recognition.
• PCC cheerleaders took first place in the Open Division of the Midwest Cheer and Dance Association competition in Charlotte on May 1. The event took place at Carowinds. (VIDEO)
• Former PCC centerfielder Brett Williams--now playing for N.C. State--made a spectacular diving grab last month in the ACC Tournament against Florida State. The catch was a top play on ESPN. (VIDEO)