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College Holds Event to Thank Employees


Dr. Ray Taylor and Gretchen BaughWINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College celebrated employee achievements this month with the 29th Annual Employee Appreciation and Recognition Evening at Rock Springs Center.

During the program, which took place April 20, the college honored 15 retirees and presented a total of 73 service awards to employees with a combined 870 years of service, including Larry Dendy and Mary Daughtry with 35 years each and Joe Brittain with 30.

A number of special awards were also announced during the event, including the 2012 Joan and Ed Warren Staff Employee of the Year Award, which was presented to Gretchen Baugh.


Goodson Helps Kick Off Logging Course

Bobby Goodson leads a slideshow presentation on logging at PCC's Greenville Center.For a college launching a new program to train individuals for work in the logging industry, it was only natural for Bobby Goodson to speak with students on the first day of class.

Goodson, a Jacksonville resident whose logging company is featured in the reality show “Swamp Loggers” on Discovery Channel, visited the Greenville Center April 16 to speak with students taking the college’s new Forestry Equipment Operator course.

A fourth-generation logger, Goodson is delighted that PCC is training people for work in what is unarguably a dangerous occupation.


SGA Officers Bring 'Spirit Stick' Back to PCC

PCC SGA Officers dsiplay the 'Spirit Stick' they won at the 2012 N4CSGA Spring Conference.After an eight-year drought, PCC's Student Government Association has once again brought home the coveted ‘Spirit Stick’ from the annual N.C. Comprehensive Community College Student Government Association (N4CSGA) Spring Conference, which took place March 30-April 1 in Durham.

Jason Donica, a university transfer student who is concluding his second term as Pitt’s SGA president, said the ‘Spirit Stick’ is the top award presented at the N4CSGA Conference. It is given to the college whose SGA members display the most enthusiasm, charisma and integrity during the conference.


Youmans Takes 1st in NCCCS Art Contest

Lindsey YoumansInstructor Lindsey Youmans was selected as the first-place winner in the 2012 N.C. Community Colleges Art Exhibition and was recognized for her achievement last month.

Youmans, who began working at PCC in 2011 and teaches drawing, figure drawing and painting, earned the exhibition’s top honor for her original painting, “Mom in Studio.” Her work was chosen from among 302 submissions representing all 58 of the state’s community colleges.

Youmans said “Mom in Studio” is a portrait of her mother, who taught art courses at PCC in the 1980s. The artwork will be displayed on the second floor of the NCCCS office building in Raleigh.


May 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 May 2012 update.

• The college will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony on campus May 3 for the new Construction and Industrial Technology (CIT) Building and Facilities Services Complex. (READ MORE)

• Shauna Burdoin, an Associate in General Education student with plans to study nursing, was named the Greenville Morning Rotary Club’s 2012 Sen. Ed N. Warren Scholarship recipient last month. (READ MORE)

• Members of the PCC Association of Nursing Students were recognized last month for active membership and participation in a number of campus and community events during the 2011-12 academic year. (READ MORE)

• PCC held a pair of career fairs in April to give students and alumni a chance to speak with area employers. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• The college's annual Earth Day Fair took place April 18 in and around the Craig F. Goess Student Center. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• The PCC Financial Aid Office has established May 15 as the priority deadline for applying for financial aid for the 2012 Fall Semester, which begins Aug. 15. (READ MORE)

• A sculpture designed by East Carolina University professor Carl Billingsley and developed by students from several PCC curricula was dedicated on campus April 13. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• Cynthia Marks, a part-time Business Division instructor, was awarded the prestigious Order of the Long Leaf Pine on March 31. (READ MORE)

• Students shared their thoughts on the country’s role as the world’s peacekeeper last month as they competed against one another in a public speaking contest. Leah Baez, a first-year Paralegal Technology student, took first place in the competition and received a $150-cash prize. (READ MORE)

• PCC held a reception April 9 to celebrate the upcoming retirements of instructors Greg Baldwin and Cecilia Moore-Cobb. The event took place in the Craig F. Goess Student Center. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• The PCC Men's Resource Center sponsored a flag football tournament on campus April 26 to give students a chance to relieve stress before the start of final exams. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• Major League Baseball Hall-of-Famer Cal Ripken Jr. was in town last month to announce a partnership that will result in the refurbishment of the Sarah Vaughn Field of Dreams, a baseball park specifically built for children with physical and developmental disabilities. Joining the legendary Baltimore Orioles shortstop at the ceremony were PCC Foundation Board member David Vaughn and his 12-year-old daughter, Sarah, for whom the Elm Street ballpark is named. (READ MORE)

• Students representing each of Pitt County’s six public high schools and Greenville’s The Oakwood School met at PCC in April for the final session of their 2011-2012 Teen Leadership Institute. (READ MORE)

• PCC and North Carolina Wesleyan College signed an agreement that will enhance and expand transfer options for Pitt students. (READ MORE)

Upcoming Events ...

• May 1 - PCC Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert

• May 3 - Job Fair

• May 3 - Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony

• May 10 - Portfolio Show Opening Reception

• May 11 - Graduation

• May 15 - Financial Aid Priority Deadline for Fall 2012 Semester

• May 19 - Bulldog Run

• May 26-28 - PCC Closed for Memorial Day Holiday

• 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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Darren Wilson Signs with York College

With head coach Darrick Mullins (left) in attendance, Darren Wilson signs on to play for York College (Neb.).WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College basketball player Darren Wilson will head west to continue his playing career after signing with Nebraska’s York College last month.

Wilson, a graduate of Fayetteville’s Westover High School, averaged 11 points and 9.5 rebounds per game in two seasons with the Bulldogs. During his sophomore campaign, the 6-5 forward grabbed 12 boards per contest, good for fifth nationally among NJCAA Division II players.


Several Bulldogs Named All-Conference

PCC Softball All-Conference HonoreesHaving led their team to a 33-17 overall mark during the 2012 campaign, several PCC softball players were recognized by the Region X Conference for their accomplishments this season.

Sophomores Amanda Daw, Nicole Delarosa, Brittany Gibson and Kelli Patrick earned First Team All-Conference honors while fellow sophomore Courtney Baker was a Second Team All-Conference selection. Freshman Kate Hanley was selected as All-Conference Honorable Mention.

Daw, a second baseman out of Northside High School, has signed on to play at Campbell University next season.

A center fielder from Scotland High School in Laurinburg, Gibson will take the field for Mars Hill College in 2013.

Daw and Patrick also received All-Region X Conference Tournament honors for their play this past weekend in Sumter, S.C. Joining them on the all-tournament team were freshman Cassie Harrell and sophomore Heather Jackson, both from Williamston.

May Athletics Quick Hitters ...

• Freshman left fielder Dana Branch was named the NJCAA's Division I Softball Player of the Week on April 11. (READ STORY)

• PCC Softball swept its final two home games of the regular season April 11 on "Sophomore Day." The Bulldogs came from behind in dramatic fashion to beat Louisburg College in game one, 5-4, before taking game two from the Hurricanes by a 3-1 count. Playing their final home games for Pitt were sophomores Courtney Baker, Brittany Barrow, Amanda Daw, Nicole Delarosa, Brittany Gibson, Heather Jackson and Kelli Patrick. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• With the first one scheduled for later this month, PCC Volleyball coach Tom Marsh will lead several camps for young players looking to enhance their skills. (MORE INFORMATION)

• The Wilmington Star News recently published a nice article on former PCC baseball player Tyler Molinaro. (READ ARTICLE)

• Former PCC Bulldogs Matt Campbell, Micah Jarrett and Tyler Molinaro took the field for UNC-Wilmington last month as the Seahwaks faced East Carolina University at Clark-LeClair Stadium. (PHOTO)

Upcoming Athletic Events ...

• May 5-9 - Region X Conference Tournament (Burlington, N.C.)

• May 29-31 - PCC Middle School Volleyball Camp

• June 4-6 - PCC High School Prep Volleyball Camp

• June 11-13 - PCC Middle School Volleyball Camp