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Wuxi Partnership Produces First Graduates
WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College’s partnership with China’s Wuxi Institute of Technology (WXIT) passed an important milestone this summer, as 35 students from the Chinese vocational school received degrees and/or certificates through the collaboration.
Wearing blue caps and gowns like their PCC counterparts in North Carolina, the students took part in a special graduation ceremony on the WXIT campus on June 16. In attendance were parents, classmates and Pitt and Wuxi faculty and staff members responsible for fostering the partnership between the two schools.
Of the 35 graduates, 21 received International Design and Manufacturing certificates while 14 earned both the certificate and an associate degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology.
Nursing Student Saves Duke Athlete's Life
On the NCAA playing fields, their schools have battled as bitter rivals for as long as anyone can remember. But when Duke University football player Blair Holliday nearly died after a jet skiing accident last month, it was Chelsea Gibbons, a former N.C. State cheerleader and current PCC nursing student, working to keep his heart pumping.
Though Holliday is still recovering at the UNC Hospitals Trauma Center in Chapel Hill, the 19-year-old California native is probably still alive because of Gibbons’ skill and quick reaction.
Holliday and teammate Jamison Crowder were jet skiing on Lake Tillery July 4 when the two collided around 5 p.m. The impact sent Holliday airborne and left him unconscious with serious head injuries. Though visibly shaken, Crowder was not seriously hurt.
Gooding, Walston Travel to White House
PCC's Kay Gooding and Carol Walston joined a diverse group of health care providers this summer for a meeting with senior Obama Administration officials on the status of health information technology (HIT).
The invitation-only town hall meeting, which took place June 19 in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex, focused on ways HIT can improve health care quality and patient health.
As a result of federal health care reform legislation, all medical records must be converted to an electronic format by 2014. Electronic Health Records (EHRs) are expected to improve the quality and efficiency of medical care by making information exchanges possible between health care providers and public health authorities.
PCCPD Has New Campus Headquarters
PCC police officers moved into their new campus headquarters last month, leaving behind the single-wide trailer they have called home for nearly 20 years.
Construction of the new 3,000-square-foot PCC Police Department began in February and was completed earlier this month. Officers moved into their new home July 16.
“It was a good feeling walking into the new building and knowing that this is the new home for the Pitt Community College Police Department,” said PCC Police Chief Alan Edwards. “I’m happy for the officers and staff and feel confident they will enjoy their new work environment for many years to come as they continue to keep campus safe for students and employees.”
August 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 August 2012 update.
• The SACS Communication Committee published the second edition of "SACS Facts" last month to provide employees and PCC supporters with the latest details on the school's bid for reaccrediation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.
• The PCC Alumni Association is selling “Bulldog Bites” cookbooks to raise money for student scholarships and educational activities at the college. The books are $10 each and feature 168 recipes for everything from soups, salads and side dishes to appetizers, desserts and main dishes. The recipes were submitted by PCC alumni, employees and retirees as well as friends of the college. (READ ARTICLE)
• Campus expansion west of Reedy Branch Road has prompted the college to purchase a pair of Global Electric Motorcars (GEM) to help employees continue providing campus services efficiently. (READ ARTICLE)
• The annual Student Government Association-sponsored Summer Splash event took place on campus July 26 and featured food and information tables in addition to a variety of activities that gave students a much-needed break from classes. (PHOTO GALLERY)
• The first round of Explore! Summer Youth Programs took place last month. The annual program (formerly known as Kids' Camp) was open to children 7-14 years old and featured programs on everything from music and science to robotics and art. (PHOTO GALLERY)
• Student Development Services held New Student Orientation July 19 to introduce newcomers to campus and to give them an opportunity to meet with academic advisors and sign up for fall courses. (PHOTO GALLERY)
• Jeff Rorer, a full-time science instructor for the past eight years, has been named chairman of the college’s science department, the school announced in July. (READ ARTICLE)
• PCC administrators announced last month that employee Andrew Walker has moved into a new role with the college and is now serving as director of Career and Academic Planning (CAP). (READ ARTICLE)
• Though somewhat dismayed by the cancelation of their original travel plans, a 14-member group participating in the PCC Abroad program this spring found consolation, instead, exploring the nations of Turkey and Greece. (READ ARTICLE)
• We are proud of our current students and graduates and love sharing their stories of success. If you are a PCC student or alum and have a success story you would like to share, please let us know, so we can be sure to include you on our "Creating Success" web page.
• For a look back at the way things used to be at PCC in the 1960s and early 1970s, check out the Digital NC Library.
Upcoming Events ...
• Aug. 1 - Summer Classes End
• Aug. 2 - Early Registration Ends
• Aug. 13 - Convocation
• Aug. 14 - Walk-In Registration
• Aug. 15 - First Day of Fall 2012 Semester Classes
• Aug. 17 - Weekend College Begins
• Sept. 7 - Charles E. Russell Building Dedication
• Sept. 18-20 - COC Review Team Visit
• Oct. 4 - PCC Foundation Golf Classic
• Nov. 2-4 - Down East Holiday Show
• Be sure to watch "PCC Outreach with Ernis Lee" Mondays at 8:30 p.m. on Cable Channel 23.
August Athletics Quick Hitters ...
• PCC Basketball released its 2012-13 schedule. The slate features 28 regular season contests, 11 in the Charles Coburn Center. The Bulldogs play their first home game of the new season Nov. 17 against Mid-Atlantic Christian University. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. (FULL SCHEDULE)
• Croatan High School's Brittany Baker signed with PCC softball last month. (READ CARTERET COUNTY NEWS-TIMES ARTICLE)
• Former PCC baseball pitcher Mark Peterson is now a reliever for the Burlington Royals minor league team. (READ THE TIMES-NEWS ARTICLE)
Upcoming Athletic Events ...
• Aug. 20 - Volleyball Scrimmage vs. N.C. Wesleyan
• Aug. 25 - Spirit Club Cheerleading and Dance Team Tryouts
• Aug. 29 - Volleyball vs. Louisburg College