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English Instructor Marguerite Parker Named 2012 Woman of Substance Award Recipient

Marguerite ParkerWINTERVILLE—During Wednesday’s Women’s History Month program, Pitt Community College administrators presented Marguerite Parker with the 2012 recipient of the Woman of Substance Award in recognition of her outstanding campus and community involvement.

Parker, an English and communications instructor, began teaching at Pitt in 1998. In addition to her classroom responsibilities, she is an academic advisor and student club advisor for the college’s Student Government Association and Circle of Sisters Club.

"I was very proud to stand with all of the nominees for this year’s award,” Parker said. “I looked around and thought, 'Wow, I'm in good company!'

“Not once did I think I would actually be given the award, honestly,” she continued. “When I realized it was me they were talking about during the presentation, I had to remember to breathe!"

Susan Everett, PCC’s Vice President of Administrative Services, presented Parker with her award, calling her “an outstanding role model for women” on campus.

“Our 2012 recipient … stays very busy using her many gifts,” Everett said. “She works closely with students not only as an instructor and a dedicated – or as the nomination form said ‘amazing’ – advisor, but also as a faculty advisor for student organizations.

“… She is an encourager, inspiring others to seek their passions while proving to be a living example of fulfilling those passions.”

Everett also noted Parker’s desire to hone her instructional skills and broaden her life’s perspective.

In 2008, Parker spent two weeks in Senegal gaining a better understanding of the African nation’s educational system and culture through UNC-Chapel Hill’s World View program. She also got a firsthand look at life in the U.S. Marine Corps by attending a four-day educator’s workshop at the USMC Recruit Depot on Parris Island, S.C.

Though she’s far less demanding than a Parris Island drill instructor, Parker says her courses can be challenging, which is why she was pleased to know some of her students had nominated her for the Woman of Substance Award.

"The biggest honor was knowing that students had also spoken up on my behalf,” Parker said. “While I think I'm pretty fun to have as an advisor, admittedly, I have a pretty 'tough' reputation as an instructor. I'm glad to know they still appreciate me."

A Greenville resident, Parker spends much of her time away from campus volunteering with her church and fueling her creativity as an independent small business owner. She also shares her intellect and language gifts through a women’s book club she founded locally and has published two works of inspirational fiction.

In addition to Parker, this year’s Woman of Substance nominees were Patricia Adams, Kathy Carnes, Hope Clark, Alison Flowers, Betty Foreman, Donna Gibbs, Kay Gooding, Sue Jefferson, Allison Knox, Jamelle Moore, Dana Parker, Ashley Smith, Starlette Vaught, Kim Waters and Eleanor Willard.

“All of this year's nominees have such great qualities,” Parker said. “I would have been grinning just as hard had the award been presented to any one of them."