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***Vote Online and Help Pick the 2013 DWTPCCS Grand Winner***
WINTERVILLE—Though the actual dance competition took place March 7, Pitt Community College Foundation officials say there’s still time to help them pick the overall winning team from the first-ever “Dancing with the PCC Stars” fundraiser.
According to PCC Foundation Development Director Lynne James, more than 282 online votes had been cast as of the morning after the competition to select a grand winner. In addition to votes cast during the event, which are still being tabulated, online voting began in February at www.pccdancingstars.com, she said, and will continue until 11:59 p.m. on March 20. The winning team will be announced the following day.
Each vote costs $10, with proceeds going toward student scholarships and educational activities at PCC. There is no voting limit.
College Wins IIE's Esteemed Heiskell Award
Three years after creating the International Education Travel Scholarship to give students, faculty and staff opportunities to study abroad, the program has earned PCC accolades from the Institute of International Education (IIE).
According to Andre Gregory, PCC International Programs coordinator, IIE announced last month that it will present PCC with a prestigious Andrew Heiskell Award in New York City March 22 for the college’s efforts to “Internationalize the Community College.
Wilson Featured in National Publication
PCC instructor Richard Wilson is featured on the cover of this month's edition of Sunshine Artist, a national publication that highlights premier art and craft shows around the country.
A 2007 graduate of PCC’s Advertising and Graphic Design program, Wilson has been teaching drawing at his alma mater as an adjunct instructor for nearly six years. In addition to his classroom responsibilities, the 41-year-old Greenville resident maintains a busy show and gallery schedule.
“Teaching at PCC is important to me, because it allows me to give back in some way,” Wilson says. “I enjoy showing students what I’ve learned and letting them know that if they choose to follow in my footsteps professionally, the can have a very rewarding career. They just need to stay focused and passionate about achieving their dreams.”
Jay Shingleton Promoted to Police Chief
A little more than two years after he was promoted to captain, Officer Jay Shingleton took over as chief of the Pitt Community College Police Department when Alan Edwards retired at the end of February.
PCC President G. Dennis Massey says Shingleton’s promotion is well-deserved. He noted that the college’s new police chief has garnered the respect and loyalty of PCC’s administration, faculty and staff by responding to crisis situations over the years with sound judgment.
"We are most pleased that after a thorough search and interview of highly-qualified candidates for Pitt Community College police chief, Mr. Jay Shingleton from our own force was selected for this key leadership position,” Massey said. “Jay and all the members of the police department provide a safe environment for our crowded campus.
March 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 March 2013 update.
• Charles Coburn, a 1973 PCC graduate who coached basketball at his alma mater and became its first athletic director, was laid to rest Feb. 24 in La Grange, after passing away three days earlier at age 65 with his family by his side. (READ ARTICLE)
• PCC held a retirement reception for Police Chief Alan Edwards Feb. 26. Edwards, who had served as chief of the college's police force since Aug. 7, 1989, retired from his post at the end of last month. (PHOTO GALLERY)
• Blake Herring, a member of the college’s student ambassador program and intercollegiate baseball team, has been selected as PCC's recipient of the N.C. Community College System Academic Excellence Award. (READ ARTICLE)
• The Alumni Association held a “Bulldog Rally” Feb. 13 to raise public awareness of the organization’s mission and the college’s educational impact on the community. (PHOTO GALLERY)
• The Beta Nu Upsilon chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society will hold its annual spring yard sale fundraiser April 13 on the college’s main campus. (READ ARTICLE)
• Though slightly later than previously anticipated, PCC received authorization from the N.C. Community College System in January to begin offering a Horticulture Technology curriculum this spring. (READ ARTICLE)
• The PCC Symphony Orchestra performed in Ayden Feb. 26. A short video from the concert has been posted on Facebook of the orchestra playing a portion of a Beatles medley.
• PCC celebrated the Chinese New Year Feb. 7 with a program in the Craig F. Goess Student Center that featured Chinese food and a variety of entertainment, including folk dancing, singing and a calligraphy demonstration. (PHOTO GALLERY)
• The college's celebration of Black History Month continued Feb. 19 with a presentation by U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield on the significance of the Emancipation Proclamation and the March on Washington. (PHOTO GALLERY)
• PCC's Phi Theta Kappa chapter welcomed 19 new members into its ranks Feb. 22 for demonstrating high academic achievement at the college. (PHOTO GALLERY)
• Juan Pimienta, a Fulbright Scholar teaching foreign language at PCC during the 2012-13 academic year, gave a presentation Feb. 20 on university life in his home country of Uruguay. The event was sponsored by the University Transfer and Foreign Languages Department. (FACEBOOK PHOTO)
• Dr. Pamela Hilbert left PCC in February to become the new president at Robeson Community College in Lumberton. (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 ...
• March 22 - Academic Excellence Reception
• March 29-31 - Campus Closed (Easter)
• April 10 - Spring Fling
• April 13 - PTK Yard Sale
• April 13 - Alumni Awards Presentation (Alumni Weekend)
• April 14 - Bulldog Run 5K
• Be sure to watch "PCC Outreach with Ernis Lee" Mondays at 8:30 p.m. on Cable Channel 23.
NJCAA Names PCC's Casey Hargett Its Division I Softball Player of the Week
WINTERVILLE—The National Junior College Athletic Association announced last week that Pitt Community College’s Casey Hargett had been named its Division I Softball Player of the Week for games played Feb. 25-March 3.
Hargett, a freshman out of J.H. Rose High School, earned the national honor by helping the Bulldogs improve to 11-3 this season with her leadership at the plate.
For the week, Hargett batted .692 (9-for-13), including three doubles and a home run while driving in 12 runs. She was a perfect 5-for-5 at the plate in a 19-2 blowout of Patrick Henry Community College (Va.), recording seven RBIs and coming within a triple of hitting for the cycle.
Through 14 games this season, Hargett has a team-high 14 RBIs to go along with a .550 batting average.
March 2013 Athletics Quick Hitters ...
• After finishing the regular season with a 20-7 overall record and 13-3 mark in Region X Conference play, PCC Basketball lost to Patrick Henry Community College, 72-70, in the first round of the conference tournament in Hickory.
• Check out the photo gallery from PCC Basketball's "Sophomore Night" on Facebook.
• Former PCC Bulldog Brett Williams grabbed national attention last month with an amazing catch in center field for the N.C. State Wolfpack. The YouTube video of the play has already been viewed more than 4.2 million times.
• PCC Athletics is seeking announcers/scoreboard operators for softball and baseball games. (MORE DETAILS)
Upcoming Home Athletic Events ...
• March 15 - Softball vs. Florence-Darlington Technical College
• March 16 - Softball vs. USC-Lancaster
• March 17 - Softball vs. USC-Lancaster
• March 20 - Baseball vs. College of the Albemarle
• March 23 - Baseball vs. Spartanburg Methodist College
• March 24 - Baseball vs. Spartanburg Methodist College