2011 Year-in-Review: Part III (Sept.-Dec.)
• Gov. Beverly Perdue visits the PCC campus as part of her assessment of damage done to the state’s community colleges by Hurricane Irene. Shortly after her arrival by helicopter, the governor tours PCC by bus to see firsthand the rooftop damage and downed trees resulting from Irene’s fierce winds and heavy rains.
• The director of the PCC-led Region D Health Information Technology (HIT) Consortium reports a successful first year for the 20 community colleges she oversees as part of a federally-funded program that prepares workers to implement electronic health records.
• The Human Service Technology program pays tribute to PCC retiree Maggie Barbee, a woman credited with helping start the curriculum 41 years ago. Barbee is given a plaque in recognition of her nearly 31 years of service to the college.
• Already a decorated sharpshooter, PCC science instructor Jeff Rorer adds a U.S. National Championship to his list of accomplishments as a marksman.
• PCC’s welding program is featured in a national welding newsletter article detailing how the college is making good use of the VRTEX 360 virtual welding system, which provides students with realistic welding scenarios through 3-D stereo eyepieces and sound.
• The N.C. Society for Respiratory Care names PCC graduate Christy Ginn its 2011 Respiratory Care Practitioner of the Year.
• PCC holds the first ever Bulldog Run, a fundraising event on campus that features a competitive 5K race and a one-mile fun run/walk. The event draws 142 participants and raises $4,000 for the PCC Foundation.
• PCC Foundation officials announce that AT&T will be the presenting sponsor of the 2011 Down East Holiday Show.
• The PCC Foundation holds a reception to recognize student scholarship recipients and thank the individuals and organizations responsible for establishing and supporting the awards.
• As part of its 50th Anniversary celebration, the college releases a book commemorating half a century of service to the community. Titled, “A Resolve to Serve … Pitt Community College: Celebrating 50 Years of Academic Excellence,” the book was written by local historian Roger Kammerer. Its 258 pages chronicle PCC’s start in March 1961 as an industrial education center with fewer than 100 students on up to its current status as one of North Carolina’s largest community colleges with a curriculum enrollment of nearly 8,500.
• Trunk or Treat draws approximately 500 children and their parents to campus. The annual Halloween celebration also serves as a canned food drive for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.
• Respiratory Therapy students claim first place in the N.C. Society for Respiratory Care's annual Sputum Bowl competition in Wilmington, N.C.
• After several fundraisers, the PCC Human Services Technology Club donates $250 to the Pitt County Council on Aging.
• With a 14-2 record, PCC Volleyball wins the Region X Conference regular-season title for the first time since 2006. The Bulldogs finish 28-8 overall.
• The PCC Foundation holds its annual President's Reception to thank donors, recognize outstanding alumni, and celebrate its recent accomplishments and service to the college. During the reception, which also marks the conclusion of the college’s 50th Anniversary celebration, John O. Moore is announced as the 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award recipient while Taheera Blount, Cindy Hinton and Karen Spruill receive Outstanding Alumni Award honors. Krissy Johnson is named the 2011 Outstanding Young Alumni recipient.
• PCC and East Carolina University sign an agreement that creates a pathway for the college’s pre-engineering transfer students to move on to the university and complete a four-year engineering degree.
• The Public Service/Fine Arts Division presents the John Minges Scholarship to criminal justice student Azareel Young in recognition of his classroom excellence.
• PCC Foundation officials report that the 2011 Down East Holiday Show has set new fundraising (nearly $86,000) and attendance (11,460 shoppers) records for the event.
• The N.C. Rural Economic Development Center announced last month that Pitt Community College has been awarded a $50,000-grant to standardize a curriculum for individuals seeking employment in the logging industry.
• Student Ambassadors wrap up their annual service project and present a $2,900-check to representatives of the Ronald McDonald House of Eastern North Carolina.
• Collegiate DECA students raise $500 to purchase toys for this year's WITN-TV/Marine Corps Toys-for-Tots campaign.
• PCC Compensatory Education student Scotsha Brown is named the Eastern Carolina Vocational Center's Employee Success Story of the Year 2011 Award winner.
• N.C. Treasurer Janet Cowell holds a meeting at PCC to stress the need for financial literacy among college students.
• The League for Innovation in the Community College honors PCC’s Happy Gingras and Jasmin Spain for their spirit of innovation and experimentation. The duo created an intervention workshop to help students in jeopardy of losing their financial aid benefits.
• Respiratory Therapy students and faculty take part in a two-day training exercise at ECU’s Brody School of Medicine.
• The college honors the nation’s military on Veterans Day with the annual Veterans Salute, featuring Marvin Williams, District First Sergeant for the N.C. State Highway Patrol, as the keynote speaker.
• PCC demolishes its former facilities maintenance building to make way for a new campus police headquarters, a new connecting road and green space.
• Volleyball coach Tom Marsh is named the 2011 Region X Conference Coach of the Year while freshman Megan Mansfield takes home Region X Player of the Year honors. In addition to being named POY, Mansfield is named to the 2011 All-Region X Conference Team along with teammates Catherine Barber and Stephanie Zampini.
• PCC’s re-accreditation efforts take shape as the school moves closer to an on-site visit from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges. The college’s Quality Enhancement Plan, a key component of the re-accreditation process, focuses on improving academic advising and career planning services, since both play a critical role in student persistence and completion.
• The Institutional Advancement Division celebrates Gene Hemby’s retirement from the college after nearly 45 years of service.
• Rick Owens, PCC’s Assistant Vice President for Information Technology and Services, graduates from the Certified Government Chief Information Officers Program at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Government.
• G.I. Jobs includes PCC on its annual listing of the country’s most military-friendly schools. The national magazine rates Pitt as one of the best colleges and universities in terms of offering active-duty military personnel and veterans a quality education, value and welcoming attitude.
• The PCC Small Business Center assists with the state’s Small Business Taxpayer Recovery Program, which is designed to help North Carolina small businesses get back on their feet. Larry Biggs, a business counselor with the Small Business Center, says his office is currently working with seven businesses through the program.
• The PCC-led Region D Health Information Technology Workforce Training Program is granted a no-cost extension that gives the program additional time to use unexpended funds in its effort to prepare workers for the implementation of electronic health records.