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Men's Resource Center Holds Men's Day

WINTERVILLE—The Pitt Community College Men's Resource Center (MRC) sponsored "Men's Day" in the Craig F. Goess Student Center this month to give males at the college a chance to fellowship and learn more about the resources and activities available to them on campus and in the community.

Held Jan. 17, "Men’s Day” featured a variety of vendors, including representatives from Fit for Life, the National Guard and the Pitt County Health Department. PCC career counseling personnel were also on hand as were representatives from the college’s intramural sports program.

A video game tournament, organized by the PCC Video Game Club, highlighted the afternoon portion of “Men’s Day” and was followed by the PCC-Lenoir Community College basketball game, which the Bulldogs won, 99-90.

Kendrick Price, coordinator of PCC’s Weekend College and Evening programs, helped organize “Men’s Day.” He said the event was a way for the Men’s Resource Center “to get more men involved on campus” and to give them the tools and resources they need for success.

“We want to let men at PCC know that we’re here for them,” Price said. “We want them to know there is a place on campus for men to come when they have issues related to health or when they just want to talk and be around other males going through some of the same issues they are.”

Nicholas Vick, an English and Academic Specialist with PCC’s Student Support Services Program, said the MRC is a campus resource that was created to increase the academic and personal achievements of men at the college.

“Traditionally, men have struggled in higher education,” Vick said. “PCC has recognized this struggle that men have gone through. So the Men’s Resource Center was created to increase enrollment and retention of men at PCC.”

Vick said “Men’s Day” is just one of many events MRC personnel have planned for the year. Future events, he said, include intramural sports competitions and video game tournaments in addition to mentoring, economic and career counseling seminars, and round table discussions that touch on a variety of topics important to men.

Andre Gregory, PCC’s Minority Male Mentoring Program coordinator, explained the need for events like “Men’s Day,” pointing out that studies show extracurricular activities on campus help male students feel more connected to their schools.