Weeks Named 2011 Woman of Substance
College Celebrates Women's History Month with Program in Goess Center
WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College students and employees celebrated Women’s History Month March 2 with an event in the Craig F. Goess Student Center that featured the reading of excerpts from “The Help.”
Written by Kathryn Stockett in 2009, “The Help” is about three ordinary women whose stories intertwine to reveal life in Jackson, Miss., during the early 1960s. PCC instructors Hilda Barrow, Danita Dudley, Allison Flowers and Sallie Stone read excerpts from Stockett’s best-selling novel along with Vice President of Academic Affairs Pamela Hilbert.
PCC has held a program each year since 2001 to celebrate the achievements of women. The event is held in March in conjunction with the nation's observance of Women's History Month.
As part of the college’s women's history celebration, PCC recognizes a female employee with the "Woman of Substance Award" for outstanding campus and community involvement, attitude of service, commitment and caring, and willingness to 'go the extra mile.'
This year’s “Woman of Substance Award” was presented to Christina Weeks, PCC’s Biotechnology Department chair.
Weeks, a Snow Hill native who now lives in Winterville, played an important role in developing the college’s biotechnology program and in helping bring the BioNetwork’s Bioprocessing Center to Greenville.
Those who nominated Weeks called her the “ultimate role model” for her students, saying she nurtures them to “educational maturity.” One nomination form also noted her positive outlook, consistent attitude of service, commitment, and concern for others.
Weeks and her husband, Jason, have two children – 8-year-old Mary Catherine and 2-year-old Baker.
In addition to Weeks, this year’s “Woman of Substance Award” nominees were Kathy Carnes, Joanne Ceres, Sue Jefferson, Jamelle Moore and Jane Power.