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President's Reception an Opportunity to Thank Donors and Honor Outstanding Alumni

Left to right: Karen Spruill (2011 Outstanding Alumni Award Recipient), Cindy Hinton (2011 Outstanding Alumni Award Recipient), Connie Corey (accepting the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award on behalf of her brother, John O. Moore), Taheera Blount (2011 Outstanding Alumni Award Recipient) and Krissy Johnson (2011 Outstanding Young Alumni Award Recipient). (Rob Goldberg Jr./Pitt Community College)GREENVILLE—The Pitt Community College Foundation held its annual President's Reception at Rock Springs Center Nov. 18 to thank donors, recognize outstanding alumni, and celebrate its recent accomplishments and service to the college.

The reception, which also marked the conclusion of PCC’s 50th Anniversary celebration, featured a historical presentation on the school's four presidents – Lloyd Spaulding (May 1962-August 1964), Dr. William E. Fulford (September 1964-January 1984), Dr. Charles Russell (January 1984-August 2003) and Dr. G. Dennis Massey (August 2003-present). Special gifts were presented to the families of each president during the program.

In addition to President Massey’s annual "Report to the Community," the PCC Alumni Association recognized several alums for outstanding achievement and service in a profession, civic group, community affairs, and/or in service to the college.


PCC and ECU Sign Agreement that Creates New Pathway for Future Engineers

ECU Provost and Senior Vice Chancellor Marilyn Sheerer, left, and PCC President G. Dennis Massey sign an agreement between the two schools regarding transfer of engineering students.WINTERVILLE—PCC and East Carolina University have signed an agreement that creates a pathway for the college’s pre-engineering transfer students to move on to the university and complete a four-year engineering degree.

The articulation was signed Nov. 10 at PCC, during a special ceremony attended by administrators and faculty who played key roles in creating the pact.

Through the agreement, PCC students who complete the Pre-Engineering Associate in Science degree—or accrue enough hours in the curriculum—can transfer into ECU’s Department of Engineering for the continuation and completion of their engineering studies. Graduates from ECU’s program will be awarded a Bachelor of Science in one of the following concentrations: Industrial and Systems Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Bioprocess Engineering, Biomedical Engineering and Electrical Engineering.


Azareel Young Receives Minges Scholarship

Azareel Young (center) receives the John Minges Scholarship from Dr. Dan Mayo (left), Dean of PCC's Public Services and Fine Arts Division, and Phil Baggett, PCC's Criminal Justice Department Chair.WINTERVILLE—PCC's Legal Science/Public Service Division recently presented the John Minges Scholarship to criminal justice student Azareel Young in recognition of his classroom excellence.

A Plymouth resident, Young is a second-year student with a 3.1 grade point average. The 20-year-old is expected to graduate next summer and plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at either UNC-Charlotte or Fayetteville State.

Through the Minges Scholarship, Young will receive $500 to help offset the cost of his educational and transportation expenses. A father of twin daughters, Young spends two hours each day driving to and from school.


2011 PCC Holiday Show Is a Record-Setter

Santa was on hand throughout the Holiday Show to take photos with children and listen to their Christmas wishlists.WINTERVILLE—With the final totals calculated, PCC Foundation officials reported in November that the 2011 Down East Holiday Show set new fundraising and attendance records for the event.

According to Susan Nobles, the PCC Foundation’s executive director, this year’s show drew 11,460 shoppers to the Greenville Convention Center during its three-day run – approximately 2,000 more than last year’s record attendance. More importantly, the show generated nearly $86,000 for student scholarships and educational activities at PCC, she said.


December 2011 Edition Quick Hitters ...

• Each month, President G. Dennis Massey provides a "College Update" with the latest college news. Click HERE for Dr. Massey's December 2011 update.

• The N.C. Society for Respiratory Care recently named 1990 Respiratory Therapy graduate Christy Ginn its 2011 Respiratory Care Practitioner of the Year. (READ MORE)

• Student Ambassadors raised $2,900 for the Ronald McDonald House of Eastern North Carolina as part of their annual community service project. (READ MORE)

• Collegiate DECA students managed the Santa photo booth during the 2011 Down East Holiday Show and raised $500 to purchase toys for this year's WITN-TV/Marine Corps Toys-for-Tots campaign. The students were scheduled to purchase and deliver the toys Dec. 5.

• Compensatory Education Student Scotsha Brown was named the Eastern Carolina Vocational Center's Employee Success Story of the Year 2011 Award Winner. (READ STORY)

• N.C. Treasurer Janet Cowell held a meeting at PCC last month to stress the need for financial literacy among college students. (READ MORE)

• FBI Special Agent Bruce Perry visited students in PCC's Basic Skills Program Nov. 7 to discuss careers with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The presentation, which took place in the college's G.H. Leslie Building, was also attended by students and faculty from the school's criminal justice program. (PHOTO ONE) (PHOTO TWO

• In November, the League for Innovation recognized Happy Gingras and Jasmin Spain for their spirit of innovation and experimentation. The duo created an intervention workshop to help students in jeopardy of losing their financial aid benefits. (READ MORE)

• Students and faculty from the college's Respiratory Therapy program took part in a two-day training exercise at East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine earlier this semester. (READ MORE)

• PCC English Instructor Tabitha Miller is teaching at China's Wuxi Institute of Technology from Nov. 3 to Dec. 10. She recently started a live blog about her overseas teaching experience.

• The college paid tribute to the nation’s military on Veterans Day with the annual Veterans Salute, featuring Marvin Williams, District First Sergeant for the N.C. State Highway Patrol, as the keynote speaker. (READ MORE)

• PCC demolished its former facilities maintenance building in November to make way for a new campus police headquarters, a new connecting road and green space. The 4,000-square-foot structure was built by PCC students from December 1977 to August 1978 as part of a hands-on teaching project proposed by former PCC President William E. Fulford Jr. (WATCH VIDEO)

• Gov. Beverly Perdue honored the City of Greenville in November for being an innovative and creative small business community. Greenville was one of nine communities recognized by the governor for a program designed to help small businesses in the city. PCC played a role in the award-winning plan. (READ STORY)

• With funding through UNC-Chapel Hill, several of PCC's yearbooks have been digitized and added to the DigitalNC Library. Check them out HERE.

Upcoming Events ...

• Nov. 30 - Dec. 9 - QEP Logo Contest

• Dec. 6 - PCC Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert

• Dec. 8 - PCC Basketball (HOME)

• Dec. 8 - Theatre Appreciation Group Performance

• Dec. 21 - Jan. 2 - PCC Closed

• Jan. 4-5 - Walk-In Registration

• 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.

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After Hot Start, Bulldogs Now Sitting at 4-5

2011-12 PCC Basketball Schedule        ¦        • Basketball Photo Gallery

Darren Wilson (#32) leans in for the shot in a recent game against Wake Tech.After starting the season 3-0 with a big win over 12th-ranked Baltimore City Community College, the Pitt Community College basketball team cooled off – losing its next five contests before finally halting the skid on Saturday with an 89-63 win over Vance-Granville Community College.

At 4-5 overall, the Bulldogs are scheduled to face Mid-Atlantic Christian University (MACU) Dec. 8 before taking part in the Tidewater Community College Tournament Dec. 9-11 and the Brunswick Community College Classic Dec. 17-18.

Under new head coach Darrick Mullins, PCC began the 2011-12 campaign with victories over MACU (77-55) and Montgomery College-Rockville (69-65) in addition to the 89-87 Baltimore City C.C. win.

Following a Nov. 10 scrimmage against Methodist University, the Bulldogs lost their first game of the season, 80-70, to Brunswick C.C. in the Charles Coburn Center. Pitt then fell to Sandhills, USC-Sumter, UNC-Chapel Hill’s JV team and Wake Tech.

In topping Vance-Granville in Henderson this past weekend, PCC was led by Darren Wilson, who finished with 20 points and 14 rebounds. Carlton Becton added 12 points and 12 boards for Pitt, which connected on 23-of-28 from the free-throw line to improve to 1-1 in the Region X Conference.

PCC’s next home game will take place Jan. 6 against Tidewater C.C. The Bulldogs are scheduled to play a total of seven home games in January before hitting the road for eight of their final 10 regular-season contests.

December Athletics Quick Hitters ...

• After guiding PCC Volleyball to a 28-8 overall mark, Coach Tom Marsh was named the 2011 Region X Conference Coach of the Year while freshman Megan Mansfield took home Region X Player of the Year honors. (READ MORE)

• PCC Volleyball will hold a tryout Dec. 10 in the Charles Coburn Center for spots on the 2012 squad. (MORE INFORMATION)