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PCC Foundation Honors Students, Thanks Donors with Annual Scholarship Reception

PCC nursing student Jamie Benna, center, received the Ryan Collier Memorial Scholarship, which was established by family members of the late PCC alum. Some of those family members were on hand to meet Benna during last week's scholarship reception, including Randy Collier, Gene Mills, and Ruth and Oliver Joyner, left to right.WINTERVILLE—The Pitt Community College Foundation held a reception Oct. 18 to recognize student scholarship recipients and thank the individuals and organizations responsible for establishing and supporting the awards.

Each year, the PCC Foundation provides students with more than $250,000 in scholarships. This fall alone, the organization has awarded $136,000.

While many scholarships are given to students in recognition of outstanding academic achievement, others are presented to individuals with financial need. The PCC Foundation also provides a limited number of grants-in-aid as well as special funding for educational supplies.


College to Honor Nation's Veterans Nov. 12

Col. Tim WisemanCol. Tim Wiseman, assistant vice chancellor for Enterprise Risk Management at East Carolina University, will be the featured speaker Nov. 12, when PCC holds its annual Veterans Salute.

Wiseman, who joined ECU’s administration in 2009, served in the Army for more than 25 years as a finance corps officer and resource manager. His military career included oversight of management control programs, the use of composite risk management models and leading organizational transformation.

While in the Army, Wiseman commanded at every level up to and including brigade.  He served in numerous locations stateside and abroad, including three separate tours with the XVIII Airborne Corps and U.S. Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg.


Graduate Receives Scott Leadership Award

Jason Donica provides the graduate response during commencement in May 2012.Jason Donica, a 2012 PCC graduate, received the N.C. Community College System’s Robert W. Scott Leadership Award Oct. 27, during an N.C. Comprehensive Community College State Government Association Conference in Wilmington.

A Winterville resident, Donica served two terms as president of the PCC Student Government Association before earning an associate degree from the college’s university transfer program in May. He is currently enrolled at East Carolina University, where he is pursuing a bachelor’s degree in education with plans to become a middle school teacher.


Daughter of Fidel Castro Speaks at PCC

Alina FernandezAlina Fernandez, daughter of controversial Cuban leader Fidel Castro, spoke in the Craig F. Goess Student Center Oct. 2 as part of the college's celebration of “National Hispanic Heritage Month.”

The event featured Fernandez discussing her experiences growing up in Cuba before and after the revolution that transformed the country into a government-controlled nation with few freedoms for its citizens.


November 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 November 2012 update.

• Continuing students will have the first opportunity to sign up for courses when PCC begins priority registration for the 2013 Spring Semester on Nov. 8. (READ STORY)

• The Construction and Industrial Technology Division will launch a new program next year for students interested in pursuing horticultural careers. (READ STORY)

• The Therapeutic Massage Clinic will hold morning and afternoon relaxation massage clinics and chair massages in November and December. (MORE DETAILS)

• Last month, 31-year-old Joy Spivey became the most recent recipient of the Roselyn V. Armstrong OTA Endowed Scholarship. (READ STORY)

• Krystal Stallings, a second-year Occupational Therapy Assistant student, was awarded the Faye B. Gurganus OTA Scholarship in October. (READ STORY)

• A Petty's Garage car display was set up outside of the Construction and Industrial Technology Building Oct. 19 as part of the CIT Division's two-day open house event. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• There was a nice letter-to-the-editor in The Daily Reflector's Nov. 5 edition concerning PCC's automotive systems instructional facilities. (READ LETTER)

• The PCC Spirit Club's 4th Annual Trunk-or-Treat was a resounding success. More than 900 children and their families participated in the event, which also served as a drive for the local food bank. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• Dr. Teressa Banks, educational consultant for the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Division of Health Service Regulation, was the featured speaker last month, when PCC hosted the Eastern Region of Nurse Aide I Training Conference. A total of 55 nurse aide coordinators and administrators from North Carolina’s coastal region attended the Oct. 24 event, which focused on a new nurse aide curriculum to be implemented in 2013. It was also a chance for the college to showcase its new nurse aide lab in the Charles E. Russell Building.

• The college celebrated Hispanic Heritage Month Oct. 11 with a program that featured dancing, music and a presentation by Romeo Garcia, a Dominican Republic native and associate minister at Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church in Greenville. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• The PCC Foundation held its annual Fall Golf Classic Oct. 4 at Greenville Country Club. (RESULTS AND PHOTOS)

• The Women's Resource Center hosted a Women's Resource Fair in the Goess Student Center multipurpose room Oct. 17. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• PCC hosted its first-ever Veterans Resource Fair Oct. 23 to give college personnel and local organizations a chance to speak with veterans about the resources and services they have to offer them. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• In conjunction with National Respiratory Care Week (Oct. 21-27, 2012), Respiratory Therapy students held their annual Open House Oct. 25 in the William E. Fulford Building. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• Students went retro for Fall Fest Oct. 18 with a tribute to the 1980s. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• The PCC Symphony Orchestra will present its first chamber music concert Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. at the Music Academy of Eastern Carolina in Greenville. (READ STORY)

• The Multicultural Activities Committee held the first of its 'story buffets' Oct. 17. The event featured plenty of good food and Dr. Maximiliano Cuevas providing a historical look at the people of his home country, the Dominican Republic. (FACEBOOK PHOTO GALLERY)

• We are proud of our current students and graduates, such as P.J. Corbett, 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 email Rob Goldberg, PCC communications director, so we can be sure to include you on our "Creating Success" web page.

Upcoming Events ...

• Nov. 7 - PCC Appreciation Day at Chick-Fil-A

• Nov. 7 - MAC Midweek Movie: "A New World"

• Nov. 8 - Priority Registration Begins

• Nov. 8 - ECU College of Business Transfer Options Visit

• Nov. 10 - PCC Symphony Orchestra Chamber Music Concert

• Nov. 12 - PCC Veterans Salute

• Nov. 13 - Personal Health Records Seminar

• Nov. 13 - Last Day to Officially Withdraw (16-Week Courses)

• Nov. 14 - 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament

• Nov. 21 - Faculty/Student Break (No Classes)

• Nov. 22-25 - Thanksgiving Holiday (Campus Closed)

• Nov. 28 - American Red Cross Blood Drive

• Be sure to watch "PCC Outreach with Ernis Lee" Mondays at 8:30 p.m. on Cable Channel 23.

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Catawba Loss Ends Bulldogs' 2012 Season

Catherine Barber, Ginny Howard and Megan Mansfield, left to right, earned all-conference honors for their play during the 2012 season.

PCC volleyball players gave everything they had but came up just short Saturday against Catawba Valley Community College in the Region X Conference Tournament held at Brunswick Community College.

Down two sets, the Bulldogs rallied to win sets three and four before dropping the final frame by a 15-10 count to end the 2012 season at 21-13 overall. Pitt finished 12-6 in Region X play.

Sophomores Catherine Barber, Ginny Howard and Megan Mansfield earned All-Conference honors for their efforts during the 2012 campaign.

In the first round of the conference tourney Nov. 3, the Bulldogs avenged a pair of earlier losses to Wake Tech this season. PCC routed the Eagles in three sets (25-17, 25-20 and 25-20) to advance to the next day’s game with CVCC.

For a look back at PCC's full 2012 "Schedule and Results," click HERE

November Athletics Quick Hitters ...

• Basketball kicked off the 2012-13 season in the Montgomery College Tip-Off in Rockville, Md. The Bulldogs faced Southern Tech Nov. 3, falling 88-84 despite 20 points and 11 rebounds from freshman Mike Tyson. PCC bounced back the next day, however, with a 94-79 victory over Montgomery College-Rockville. Led by 23 points from Kelly Marsh, four Bulldogs scored in double figures to secure their team's first win.

• The PCC softball team scrimmaged Southeastern Community College at Winterville Recreation Park Oct. 26 as part of the squad's fall practice slate. (FACEBOOK PHOTO GALLERY)

• Softball will scrimmage East Carolina University in a doubleheader Nov. 6 at the ECU Softball Stadium. First game starts at 4 p.m. The Bulldogs and Pirates will scrimmage again at 4 p.m. on Nov. 14.

Upcoming Athletic Events ...

• Nov. 6 - Softball at East Carolina University (Doubleheader - Scrimmage)

• Nov. 10 - Basketball at Prince George's Community College

• Nov. 14 - Softball at East Carolina University (Doubleheader - Scrimmage)

• Nov. 17 - Basketball vs. Mid-Atlantic Christian University

• Nov. 27 - Basketball at Peace University

• Nov. 29 - Basketball at Johnson-Wales University

• Dec. 1 - Basketball at St. Andrews JV

• Dec. 3 - Basketball at Mid-Atlantic Christian University

• Dec. 15 - Basketball vs. Guilford Tech