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Ken and Phyllis Ross Endow Scholarship

Ross ScholarshipWINTERVILLE—The Pitt Community College Foundation announced last month that Kenneth R. Ross and his wife, Phyllis, created an endowed scholarship with the organization.

According to Susan Nobles, executive director of the PCC Foundation, the Rosses established the Kenneth R. and Phyllis P. Ross Endowed Scholarship with an initial contribution of $25,000. It is the intention of the Rosses to continue building the endowment with additional contributions to the endowment fund and the scholarship fund, she said.

"Kenneth and Phyllis Ross have been long-time supporters of the Pitt Community College Foundation and its scholarship program,” said Nobles, who is also PCC’s Vice President of Institutional Advancement. “They have provided leadership, financial support, and volunteered for many PCC Foundation activities.


PCC Grad Named CEO at Petty Motorsports

Richard Petty and Brian MoffittPCC graduate Brian Moffitt has been named Chief Executive Officer at Richard Petty Motorsports (RPM), a Concord-based racing operation that cars that compete in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.

“We’ve worked hard to put together a solid executive management team,” team co-owner Richard Petty said in an RPM news release. “Brian Moffitt has played an important role in the Petty organization for many years. He knows the ins and outs and strengths and weaknesses of this organization, and he was an obvious choice to lead the team.”

A 1994 graduate of PCC’s Marketing and Retailing and Business Administration curriculums, Moffitt received an Outstanding Alumni Award from his alma mater in 2008 and was featured on the cover of the college’s very first edition of Career Focus magazine in 2005. Upon completion of his studies at Pitt, Moffitt attended East Carolina University.


PCC's Cannon Publishes Children's Book


Deborah CannonThe college held a book-signing last month for employee Deborah P. Cannon, who published her first book, “When the Bull Saw Red,” in the fall.

Cannon, a Greenville resident, has taught in PCC’s pre-school laboratory for more than 22 years. In November, she had a 24-page children’s book published by Indiana-based AuthorHouse.

“I have received an overwhelming response to my book,” Cannon says. “People have been so kind.”

Cannon says “When the Bull Saw Red” is a fictional account about what happens after a docile, unassuming bull named Hector sees a red scarf the wind has blown into his pasture. Mayhem ensues, she says, setting off a chain of events that disrupt the entire farm routine and turn an ordinary day for Hector and his rural companions into anything but ordinary.


Vidant Health Care Chief Tours Campus

Dr. David Herman tours PCC.Dr. David C. Herman, president and chief operating officer of Vidant Health Care, toured the PCC campus in January to see firsthand some of programs and services the school has to offer.

PCC President G. Dennis Massey and Donna Neal, dean of the college’s Health Sciences Division, showed Herman around campus during his visit. The tour included stops in the Craig F. Goess Student Center and several classroom facilities, including the William E. Fulford and Herman Simon buildings, which are home to PCC’s health sciences curricula.

“Dr. Herman is new to Pitt County, as of last summer, and I wanted to make sure he knows as much as possible about Pitt Community College, which is an important Vidant partner,” Massey said. “… I stressed to him the importance of PCC’s partnership with Vidant and the ways we are using the resources provided by Vidant and others, such as Cape Fear Valley Health System, for our students.”


February 2012 Edition Quick Hitters ...

• Each month, President G. Dennis Massey provides a "College Update" with the latest college news. Click HERE for Dr. Massey's February 2012 update.

• Employees and students celebrated the Chinese New Year Jan. 30 with a program in the Craig F. Goess Student Center. (READ ARTICLE)

• PCC alumni and friends of the college will have an opportunity to reconnect and network with members of the community Feb. 22 at Da-Night in Bethel.

• Members of Greenville’s Iota Kappa Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., presented $500 to the PCC Foundation recently to help fund the Addie Gore Scholarship. (READ ARTICLE)

• The PCC Men's Resource Center sponsored "Men's Day" in the Craig F. Goess Student Center last month to give males at the college a chance to fellowship and learn more about the resources and activities available to them on campus and in the community. (READ ARTICLE)

• PCC has been selected to participate in a virtual computing environment project developed by North Carolina State University in partnership with the N.C. Community College System. (READ ARTICLE

• Dr. Barry Goldstein, vice president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges, was on the Pitt campus earlier this month to assist with the college’s re-accreditation bid. (READ ARTICLE)

• The PCC Small Business Center has formed a partnership with the N.C. Rural Economic Development Center to make loans of up to $25,000 available for the startup or expansion of rural businesses. (READ ARTICLE)

• At the conclusion of each semester, PCC compiles a list of graduates, Dean's List honorees and Honor Roll students. All full-time students in a major who maintain a semester grade point average between 3.50 and 4.00 are recognized on the Dean's list at PCC. Those who maintain a semester grade point average between 3.00 and 3.49 are recognized on the Honor Roll.

• The PCC Alumni Association is putting together a cookbook. Those interested in having their recipes added to the publication should send them to Lisa Elmore by Feb. 14. When submitting a recipe, please add your name, year graduated from PCC, year(s) attended, or indicate that you are a friend of the college.

• The Circle of Sisters Club sponsored a successful blood drive on campus Jan. 27. Thirty-eight pints were collected, surpassing the drive's goal of 30 pints.

Upcoming Events ...

• Feb. 11 - Baseball (Home)

• Feb. 11 - Basketball (Home)

• Feb. 12 - Baseball (Home) 

• Feb. 14 - Baseball (Home)

• Feb. 17 - Black Women in American History

• Feb. 18 - Baseball (Home)

• Feb. 18 - Basketball (Home)

• Feb. 22 - Coffee and Conversation

• Feb. 22 - BHM "Sing Off" Competition

• Feb. 26 - Softball (Home)

• Feb. 28 - PCC Symphony Orchestra Concert

• Mar. 1 - Scholarship Roundup

• Mar. 14 - Women's History Celebration

• Mar. 23 - Academic Excellence Awards

• 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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Basketball Tops Wake to Halt Losing Skid

Keovonta McDuffieRALEIGH—Pitt Community College ended a three-game losing streak Sunday by knocking off off Region X Conference-foe Wake Tech on the road, 86-83.
Keovonta McDuffie scored 23 points to power the Bulldogs past the Eagles.

Chuckie Becton added 11 points and seven rebounds for Pitt, while Darren Wilson finished with 18 points and nine boards.

PCC shot 58 percent from the floor in the first half against Wake Tech in taking a 42-34 lead into intermission. But the Eagles came out hot in the second half, scoring on three straight possessions to close to within two at 42-40.


Softball Sweeps Mt. Olive to Open Season

Brittany GibsonWINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College opened the 2012 season Jan. 29 with a doubleheader sweep of Mt. Olive College at Winterville Recreation Park.

After falling behind 1-0 in game one of Sunday’s action, the Bulldogs rallied back with three runs in the fifth en route to a 3-1 victory. In game two, PCC broke a 3-3 tie in the bottom of the seventh for a 4-3 win.

Game One

A leadoff double by Christie Wright in the top of the third helped Mt. Olive score the first run of game one. After a pair of walks loaded the bases, Katie Moore’s fielder’s choice brought Wright in from third to make it 1-0.

Pitt answered with three runs in the bottom of the fifth.


February Athletics Quick Hitters ...

• PCC Baseball will kick off the 2012 campaign this weekend at home against Hartford Community College. For the entire 2012 slate, click HERE.

• Pitt came up just short in its home game against Catawba Valley Jan. 28, falling 71-70. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• Pitt County Special Olympians scrimmaged each other during halftime of the PCC-Catawba Valley Community College basketball game Jan. 28. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• Meet the 2012 PCC Baseball team ... (FACEBOOK PHOTO GALLERY)

• Meet the 2011-12 PCC Basketball team ... (FACEBOOK PHOTO GALLERY)

• Meet the 2012 PCC Softball team ... (FACEBOOK PHOTO GALLERY)