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2012 Pitt Community College Year-in-Review
WINTERVILLE—Accreditation, awards and new educational offerings highlighted the first four months of 2012 for students and employees at Pitt Community College. The following is a look back on what took place at North Carolina’s seventh-largest community college during the previous year.
• 1994 graduate Brian Moffitt prepares for a new season as Chief Executive Officer at Richard Petty Motorsports, a Concord-based racing operation that competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
• Kenneth R. Ross and his wife, Phyllis, contribute $25,000 to establish an endowed scholarship with the PCC Foundation.
• PCC is selected to participate in a virtual computing environment project developed by N.C. State University in partnership with the N.C. Community College System. Through the project, which utilizes cloud computing technology, students and faculty at participating community colleges can request or reserve a computer with a desired set of applications and remotely access it over the Internet.
Alumni Association Seeking Award Nominees
The PCC Alumni Association is seeking nominees for special awards that will be presented to outstanding graduates during a special Alumni Weekend this spring.
According to PCC Alumni Relations Director Ashley Smith, the association began collecting nomination forms in November and will continue to do so until Jan. 31. She said the organization is seeking outstanding alums from each of the following divisions: Arts and Sciences, Continuing Education and Community Services, Business, Health Sciences, Public Services and Fine Arts, and Construction and Industrial Technology.
Smith said the alumni association is also seeking nominees for young, employee, distinguished and honorary alumni awards. She said eligibility requirements and nomination forms are available on the PCC website.
VISIONS Welcomes Largest Class to Campus
The college's VISIONS Career Development and Scholarship Program welcomed its largest class ever to campus last month, when 63 Pitt County high school juniors met for orientation Dec. 5.
According to Marianne Cox, PCC VISIONS High School Coordinator, President G. Dennis Massey welcomed students and their parents to the orientation session, which took place in the Craig F. Goess Student Center. She said the event also featured testimonies from previous VISIONS participants and added that the newcomers were asked to sign contracts to officially join the program.
Langston Scholarship Established at PCC
PCC Foundation officials announced in December that family and friends of James E. Langston have established an endowed scholarship with the organization in his memory.
Langston, a Winterville native, was the owner of Winterville Insurance for many years. Prior to his death in September, he was actively involved with many organizations and activities that support youth in the Winterville community.
According to Susan Nobles, PCC vice president of Institutional Advancement and executive director of the PCC Foundation, the scholarship created in Langston’s memory will support educational opportunities for PCC students.
January 2013 Edition Quick Hitters ...
• Each month, President G. Dennis Massey provides a "College Update" with the latest college news. Click HERE for Dr. Massey's January 2013 update.
• Fines for violating campus traffic regulations became more expensive at the start of the new year. (READ ARTICLE)
• Last month, PCC employees Melissa Rees and Kenneth Peel won tickets from the college to attend the 2012 Army-Navy game at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia. Check out Ken's photos from the game HERE and Melissa's HERE.
• PCC lost a good friend when Oscar Moore passed away Dec. 12. Moore, a highly-decorated veteran of World War II and Korea, attended the college's annual Veterans Salute each year. He will be missed. (PHOTO GALLERY)
• An article in the East Carolinian newspaper last month on college graduates pursuing associate degrees after receiving a bachelor's features PCC's Kimberly Williamson. (READ ARTICLE)
• The PCC Symphony Orchestra held its annual holiday concert Dec. 4 at Faith Assembly Church in Winterville. Check out the pics PCC's Genna Baugh took during the event on Facebook.
• Student Support Services (or TRiO) staff received praise from The Daily Reflector last month for their efforts to make Christmas brighter for students in need. (FACEBOOK PHOTO GALLERY)
• PCC's Gamma Beta Phi students donated $700 to the American Red Cross last month to help victims of Hurricane Sandy.
• 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 email Rob Goldberg, PCC communications director, so we can be sure to include you on our "Creating Success" web page.
Upcoming Events ...
• Jan. 10 - International Club Meeting
• Jan. 11 - Weekend College Session I Begins
• Jan. 15 - Welcome Back Social for PCC Military Veterans
• Jan. 18 - MLK Celebration/Black History Month Kickoff
• Jan. 21 - Martin Luther King Holiday (Campus Closed)
• Jan. 22- Student Government Association Meeting
• Be sure to watch "PCC Outreach with Ernis Lee" Mondays at 8:30 p.m. on Cable Channel 23.
Basketball's Winning Streak Halted at Eight
The PCC basketball team reeled off eight straight wins before falling to visiting Tidewater Community College Jan. 4, 98-89.
James Nolan led the Bulldogs in scoring with 17 points to go along with four rebounds. Dee Robinson, Jaquan Blount and Mike Tyson scored 15 points apiece for Pitt. Tyson added 12 rebounds for a double-double, while Robinson added nine assists.
PCC trailed 46-40 at halftime against Tidewater. A 10-2 run at the start of the second half gave TCC a 14-point advantage before the Bulldogs mounted a furious comeback to tie the game at 62-all with 12:40 remaining.
After several lead changes, Tidewater took the lead for good at 90-88 with 2:20 to go and held PCC to just one point the rest of the way.
Friday's non-conference loss dropped the Bulldogs to 8-2 overall, heading into tonight's Region X Conference matchup against Johnston Community College in the Charles Coburn Center. Tip off is set for 7 p.m.
January 2013 Athletics Quick Hitters ...
• Baseball has released its full 2013 schedule, which includes 29 home games, including key Region X Conference contests against Spartanburg Methodist College, Guilford Tech and USC-Lancaster. For the full 2013 schedule, click HERE.
• Softball's 2013 slate includes 18 home games, but the Bulldogs start out on the road Jan. 27 with a doubleheader at Mt. Olive College. For the full 2013 softball schedule, click HERE.
Upcoming Athletic Events ...
• Jan. 9 - Basketball vs. Johnston C.C.
• Jan. 12 - Basketball at Catawba Valley C.C.
• Jan. 13 - Basketball at Patrick Henry C.C.
• Jan. 16 - Basketball at Wake Tech
• Jan. 19 - Basketball at Rockingham C.C.
• Jan. 20 - Basketball at Guilford Tech
• Jan. 27 - Softball at Mt. Olive College (DH)
• Jan. 29 - Basketball at Lenoir C.C.