2012 Year-in-Review: Part I (Jan. - Apr.)
Accreditation, awards and new educational offerings highlighted the first four months of 2012 for students and employees at Pitt Community College. As another year draws to a close, the following is the first of three installments that look back on what took place at North Carolina’s seventh-largest community college in 2012.
• 1994 graduate Brian Moffitt is named Chief Executive Officer at Richard Petty Motorsports, a Concord-based racing operation that competes in the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series.
• Kenneth R. Ross and his wife, Phyllis, contribute $25,000 to establish an endowed scholarship with the PCC Foundation.
• PCC is selected to participate in a virtual computing environment project developed by N.C. State University in partnership with the N.C. Community College System. Through the project, which utilizes cloud computing technology, students and faculty at participating community colleges can request or reserve a computer with a desired set of applications and remotely access it over the Internet.
• Dr. David C. Herman, CEO of Vidant Health Care, tours the PCC campus to see firsthand the programs and services the college has to offer. The tour includes stops in the Craig F. Goess Student Center and the William E. Fulford and Herman Simon buildings, which are home to Pitt’s health sciences curricula.
• Dr. Barry Goldstein, vice president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, gives employees an opportunity to explore issues, questions and topics pertaining to the accreditation process.
• Employees and students celebrate the Chinese New Year with a program organized by the newly-formed PCC Chinese Culture Society. The event features food, music, paper cutting and folk dancing in addition to a calligraphy demonstration and tea ceremony.
• Second-year Occupational Therapy Assistant student Tiffany Wright is selected to represent PCC at the N.C. Community College System’s academic excellence program.
• The PCC Office of Sponsored Programs announces that the N.C. Biotechnology Center has awarded chemistry instructor Olga Paine a $19,137-grant to provide pharmaceutical-tailored training to biotechnology students.
• PCC receives a second round of grant funding from the N.C. Tobacco Trust Fund Commission to help continuing education students ‘skill-up’ for new careers.
• As part of Black History Month, students celebrate the contributions of African-American women to the music industry with a "Sing Off" competition. Jurrell Fullerton takes first out of 12 participants and receives $100 for his rendition of Ella Fitzgerald's "The Nearness of You."
• The PCC Small Business Center co-sponsors the Eastern North Carolina Women in Business 3rd Annual Conference as part of an effort to spread the word about resources the college has to offer local entrepreneurs.
• During the college’s annual Women’s History Month program, instructor Marguerite Parker receives the 2012 Woman of Substance Award in recognition of her outstanding campus and community involvement.
• A distinguished panel of North Carolina women—Hilda Pinnix-Ragland, Dr. C. Neill McLeod and Renee Robinson—share their stories of personal and professional success through education during the annual Women’s History Month celebration.
• Student Support Services (or TRiO) holds an open house at its new Educational Opportunity Center in Farmville’s H.B. Suggs Community Center.
• PCC honors 50 of its top students for excellence in the classroom, on campus, and in the community during the annual Academic Excellence Awards. Tamsey Evans receives the $1,000-President’s Scholarship while Tiffany Wright and Corey Staton receive President’s Awards worth $500 each.
• PCC and N.C. Wesleyan sign a transfer agreement in which associate degree graduates can move seamlessly into six different bachelor degree programs Wesleyan offers through its adult student programs. Wesleyan agrees to grant the transfers 64 credit hours toward a bachelor’s degree and junior standing.
• PCC modifies its registration process to allow current students to sign up for summer and fall classes during the spring semester. The move is made to improve academic advising and allows students to plan long-range.
• After an eight-year drought, the PCC Student Government Association brings home the coveted ‘Spirit Stick’ from the annual N.C. Comprehensive Community College Student Government Association Spring Conference. The award is given to the college whose SGA members display the most enthusiasm, charisma and integrity during the conference.
• PCC students share their thoughts on the country’s role as the world’s peacekeeper as they compete in a public speaking contest. Leah Baez, a first-year Paralegal Technology student, takes first and receives a $150-cash prize.
• PCC Foundation Board member David Vaughn is on hand for an announcement by baseball Hall-of-Famer Cal Ripken Jr. that renovations will be made to the Sarah Vaughn Field of Dreams, a baseball park specifically built for children with physical and developmental disabilities. Vaughn, a PCC alum, helped create the park in 2008.
• Future nursing student Shauna Burdoin is named the Greenville Morning Rotary Club’s 2012 Sen. Ed N. Warren Scholarship recipient.
• Through a $50,000-grant from the N.C. Rural Economic Development Center, PCC launches a continuing education program for individuals seeking employment in the logging industry. Bobby Goodson, whose logging company is featured in the reality TV show “Swamp Loggers,” speaks with students on the first day of class.
• The college celebrates employee achievements during the 29th Annual Employee Appreciation and Recognition Evening. In addition to honoring 15 retirees and presenting 73 service awards to employees with a combined 870 years of service, Gretchen Baugh receives the 2012 Joan and Ed Warren Staff Employee of the Year Award and Ray Taylor is named the 2012 Joseph E. Downing Excellence in Teaching Award recipient.
• Members of the PCC Association of Nursing Students are honored for their active membership and participation in a number of campus and community events.
• TRiO honors participants with a ceremony that celebrates the success of 17 soon-to-be graduates and 48 students who demonstrated academic excellence.
• Polysomnography students outduel their counterparts from Catawba Valley and Lenoir community colleges in the inaugural State Pajama Bowl. The team quiz competition followed a sleep review seminar and was held, in part, to help students prepare for their Board of Registered Polysomnographic Technologists sleep registry exam.