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Tickets on Sale for March 7 PCC Fundraiser
WINTERVILLE—Tickets to the Pitt Community College Foundation’s new “Dancing with the PCC Stars” fundraiser are now available and will remain on sale through Feb. 8.
Sponsored by The Clement Companies, the event will take place March 7 at Greenville’s Rock Springs Center and feature a dance competition, silent auction, dinner and cash bar.
“We thought this program would be something interesting and exciting that the community could get behind,” said PCC Foundation Development Director Lynne James. “It’s a full evening of entertainment, and I hope people will come out and support it.”
Golden LEAF Awards PCC $900,000-Grant
The Golden LEAF Foundation has awarded PCC a $900,000-grant to partner with Wayne Community College on enhancing training in mechanical engineering, computer integrated machining, solid works, and automated computer-aided design/drafting.
The grant was one of nine totaling more than $5.7 million that Golden LEAF’s board of directors approved in December as part of the foundation’s Mid-Skills Workforce Training Initiative. The funds will help 14 North Carolina community colleges deliver hands-on training in skill areas that are in demand by the state’s industries. The projects will serve 25 counties across the state and target more than 3,580 employment opportunities identified by industry over a 2-3 year period.
Students Play Soccer for Class Assignment
Students in a newly-redesigned developmental English course PCC is piloting this semester may have appeared to be doing their best Pelè impersonations last month, but they were actually preparing for a class assignment.
PCC Foundational Studies Dean Hilda Barrow explained that students enrolled in DRE 098 classes at Pitt this spring spent class time Jan. 14 playing soccer in the college’s Charles Coburn Center. The exercise, she said, was intended to introduce them to the sport, since it has a featured role in “Outcasts United,” a book they have been assigned to read this semester.
Barrow says “Outcasts United,” which was published in 2009, is a non-fictional account of how Jordanian-born Luma Meflah organized a soccer team for refugee children living in Clarkston, Ga. She said the team—called the Fugees—still plays to this day on a new soccer field built through funding generated by the book’s popularity.
Locks Urges Americans to 'Push Forward'
As part of the college's celebration of the life and legacy of civil rights pioneer Martin Luther King Jr. last month, the Multicultural Activities Committee organized a breakfast program to raise money for a new scholarship.
Held in the Goess Student Center Jan. 18, the “Multicultural Activities Scholarship Breakfast” featured a presentation by Rev. Sidney Locks, former pastor of Greenville’s Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church and a member of the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. to which King once belonged.
Tickets to the breakfast were $10 each with proceeds going toward the establishment of a Multicultural Activities Scholarship at the college. PCC’s Jasmin Spain, who helped organize the event, said the program generated $680 for the scholarship.
February 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 February 2013 update.
• Enrollment is up more than 500 students this semester compared to the same point a year ago – and the record number for a spring semester at the college is expected to climb even further, once all registration data becomes available. (READ ARTICLE)
• The Alumni Association will hold a “Bulldog Rally” Feb. 13 to raise public awareness of the organization’s mission and the college’s educational impact on the community. (READ ARTICLE)
• PCC police arrested two men last month and are seeking a third person in connection with laptop computers stolen from a campus classroom during the fall semester. (READ ARTICLE)
• Nominations are now being accepted for the 2013 PCC Woman of Substance Award, which will be presented during the college's annual Women's History Month program March 13. (MORE DETAILS)
• "Pair of Legals,” a comedy about a crazy lawyer interviewing interns, was the big winner when PCC drama instructor Lee Armstrong handed out his annual PCC Drama Awards. (READ ARTICLE)
• The PCC Student Veterans Association hosted a "Welcome Back Lunch Social" for student veterans Jan. 15 in the Goess Student Center multipurpose room. (PHOTO GALLERY)
• PCC's Men's Resource Center sponsored "Men's Day" Jan. 24 to help give male students on campus the tools they need for personal and academic success. (PHOTO GALLERY)
• The N.C. Department of Transportation completed a project last month that will make it safer for students and employees to cross Reedy Branch Road. (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 email Rob Goldberg, PCC communications director, so we can be sure to include you on our "Creating Success" web page.
Upcoming Events ...
• Feb. 5 - Black History Month Film Fest
• Feb. 7 - Chinese New Year Celebration
• Feb. 13 - Bulldog Rally
• Feb. 21 - American Red Cross Blood Drive
• Feb. 26 - PCC Symphony Orchestra Concert
• March 7 - Dancing with the PCC Stars
• March 13 - Women's History Month Celebration
• Be sure to watch "PCC Outreach with Ernis Lee" Mondays at 8:30 p.m. on Cable Channel 23.
Basketball Tops RCC, CVCC to go 16-3
With victories over Rockingham Community College and Catawba Valley this past weekend, PCC Basketball has now won five straight games and eight of its last nine.
The Bulldogs are 16-3 overall this season, 9-1 in the Region X Conference, heading into tonight’s game in Lexington against Davidson Community College.
February 2013 Athletics Quick Hitters ...
• PCC Softball evened its record to 2-2 this season with a pair of victories over College of the Albemarle Saturday at Winterville Recreation Park. The Bulldogs, who lost both games of a doubleheader with Mt. Olive College to start the season, rebounded nicely against the Dolphins, taking game one by a 3-0 count before winning game two, 2-1.
Pitt squares off with COA once again this Saturday in Elizabeth City. First pitch of the doubleheader is set for 12 p.m.
• The PCC baseball team kicks off its 2013 campaign today at 4 p.m. against College of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City. The Bulldogs will play their home opener tomorrow at Minges-Overton Baseball Complex against Mt. Olive College's JV squad. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.
• Bertie County’s George Cowand and Jamesville’s Frank Modlin took the $250-grand prize in last month’s PCC Athletics Cornhole Tournament. A total of 24 teams competed in the tourney, which took place Jan. 17 and generated $500 for the college’s athletics program. Greenville’s Jerry Sneed and Derek Fateiger finished second to win $100, and Greenville’s Steven Coleman and Cameron Reed took third to win free entry into the next cornole tourney PCC Athletics organizes.
Upcoming Home Athletic Events ...
• Feb. 6 - Baseball vs. Mt. Olive College JV
• Feb. 9 - Basketball vs. Louisburg College
• Feb. 10 - Basketball vs. Patrick Henry Community College
• Feb. 13 - Baseball vs. N.C. Wesleyan (Doubleheader)
• Feb. 16 - Basketball vs. William Peace University
• Feb. 20 - Baseball vs. Lenoir Community College
• Feb. 20 - Basketball vs. Wake Tech
• Feb. 27 - Basketball vs. Lenoir Community College