April 3, 2017
Spring has arrived (again) and there is a lot of activity both on campus and off, especially by our students and friends in the community. I will not be able to call attention to it all, but I invite you to keep abreast by reading the announcements on our website and the PCC Portal. It is certainly the time of the year that inspires us in the work we do to “educate and empower people for success.”
The celebration today of over 50 students in the Academic Excellence Ceremony is a tangible example of this success. Thanks to the faculty and staff who took the time to thoughtfully, nominate students for these awards. And of course to the over 125 endowed scholarship funds and many donors who make these awards possible through the PCC Foundation and their impressive group of board members and volunteers. The students recognized represent only a fraction of the progress recorded by our credit and non-credit students.
The culminating event of the academic year is the upcoming Graduation Ceremonies on May 10 and 11, both credit and Transitional Studies high school completion. Also in May, our Small Business Center co-hosts with Pitt-Greenville Chamber of Commerce the Small Business of the Year awards on May 2, so there will be much to celebrate in next month’s Update.
This is also the time of the year when your President’s focus is on the State Biennial Budget being debated by the NC General Assembly. Along with students, trustees, and Presidents from all campuses, a NC Community College Day was held in Raleigh on March 29 to call attention to our budget priorities for 2017-19. I was joined by Presidents Michael Elam (Halifax CC), Jimmy Tate (Roanoke-Chowan CC) and Interim President Ken Boham (Martin CC) at a Northeast Regional Press Conference to kick off the statewide campaign in the Craig Goess Student Center on March 22. PCC Trustee Gloristine Brown was persuasive in arguing for employee support, and student Angel Andrade (PCC’s 2017 NC Academic Excellence recipient) spoke from the heart about what PCC has contributed to his achievements and his future. I will keep you updated on our progress as this important session of the General Assembly proceeds.
Accomplishments and Recognitions
- La’Quon Rogers (Former PCC and N4CSGA President) was elected President of East Carolina University’s SGA for 2017-18.
- Kendall Commodore (Respiratory Therapy) was appointed Clinical Coordinator for this Health Sciences Division department. Kendall is a PCC alum with a BSRT from UNC-Charlotte.
- Jeff Ramey (Health/PE), Lynda Cole (Human Services), Dr. Brandy Green (Human Services), and Sabrina Westerman (English) were selected by students of the first Faculty Innovation and Engagement awards.
- Elaine Spencer (Director, Radiation Therapy) announced that the Medical Dosimetry program has received accreditation for eight years from JRCERT.
- Peter Olson (Adjunct Instructor of Music) is presenting a paper on American Psalmody at the Society for American Music Conference in Montreal.
- Jeff Rorer (Chair), Vel Karaivanova, and Kenneth Pearce (Science) volunteered and presented on chemistry at the Go-Science Expo on March 10.
- Crystal Gooding (Health Information Technology) has been elected Regional Liaison for the NC Health Information Management Association.
- Katelynn Speas (Student Activities) reported on over 50 students (including 10 Early College students) who performed service in Alternative Spring Break activities at the Eastern NC Food Bank.
- Michael Stephenson (Music) conducted the PCC Orchestra at the Winter Concert, with a featured Flute Ensemble performance and many other interesting pieces. Please put on your calendars their next concert – May 2, at Reimage Church.
- Donna Neal (Dean, Health Sciences) announced a successful site visit of the Sonography/Echocardiography Department by accreditors. Congrats to Director Heather Constanzo and her faculty!
- Rosemary Wallace, Tonya Forrest, and Nancy Bunch (Human Services) earned two-year accreditation of Nurse Aide I training programs.
- Dr. Joy Moses-Hall (Physics) spoke on the geology and her recent novel, Wretched Refuge, at the Grifton Museum Quarterly Presentation on March 19.
- Lynn Braxton (Nursing) completed her Post-Masters Nursing Education certificate at UNC-Charlotte.
- Charity Valentine (Fine Arts) invites you to view PCC student photography inspired by Ansel Adams at the NC Museum of Art through May 14.
- Noel-Levitz testing was conducted by over 40 faculty, providing valuable information on student progress and attitudes. Many thanks!
So much is happening that is good at Pitt Community College. In addition to the upcoming Graduation, I will brief you on progress with buildings and grounds in my next Update.
G. Dennis Massey, President