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PCC Holds Annual Employee Appreciation and Recognition Evening at Rock Springs

Andre Gregory, left, received the 2013 Joan and Ed Warren Staff Employee of the Year Award while Olga Paine received the 2013 Joseph E. Downing Award for Excellence in Teaching.

2013 PCC Employee Appreciation & Recognition Evening Slideshow

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College celebrated employee achievements this month with the 30th Annual Employee Appreciation and Recognition Evening at Rock Springs Center.

During the program, which took place April 19, the college honored recent retirees and presented a total of 63 service awards to employees with a combined 665 years of service to the college. A number of special awards were also announced as part of the event.

The 2013 Joan and Ed Warren Staff Employee of the Year Award was presented to Andre Gregory, who coordinates a pair of key programs within the college’s Student Development Services Division.

As coordinator of the Minority Male Mentoring Program, Gregory seeks to increase the enrollment of minority males at PCC. He also coordinates the college’s international education efforts and played a pivotal role in the 2013 Andrew Heiskell Award PCC received from the Institute of International Education for working to “internationalize the community college.”

“No one quite fits the mold or has had an impact on the college and community as Andre Gregory during the last five years,” said Dr. Donald Spell, PCC Vice President of Student Development Services. “Andre stretches others around him and has revolutionized our approach to student services.”

Gregory said he felt humbled to have been honored by his peers for his work at the college.

“I was always taught that one is supposed to work hard because that is the right thing to do,” he said. “I am only able to do my job because of all the great professionals I work with. PCC will always have a special place in my heart.”

Gregory was one of five Staff Excellence Award recipients this year along with Louise Germain, Angie Peaden, Jessica Sides and Jody Venters.

Five instructors—Samantha Chauncey, Ulla Dittmar, Sandra Mathis, Olga Paine and Gayle Pate—were presented with Faculty Excellence Awards during the employee appreciation event. Of the five, Paine was named the 2013 Joseph E. Downing Award for Excellence in Teaching recipient.

A chemistry instructor, Paine says she strives to bring enthusiasm to her classroom. It’s clear her students have noticed.

“She stands out from other instructors I have had on campus because of her passion and love of teaching,” one of Paine’s former students is quoted as saying. “She has an astonishing ability to connect with all of her students, no matter what their level of knowledge is.”

Last year, the N.C. Biotechnology Center awarded Paine a $19,137-grant to provide pharmaceutical-tailored training to biotechnology students.

“Most students have an innate fear of chemistry at the beginning of the semester and are quite intimidated by the subject,” Paine said. “Therefore, I try to make my lectures as interactive and engaging as possible by tying topics to real world examples or medical applications.”

As this year’s Downing Award recipient, Paine will now serve as PCC’s nominee for the N.C. Community College System’s teaching excellence award.

Also honored were five employees who have either retired or will soon retire. Greg Baldwin, Larry Dendy, Judy Harris, Judith Kasperek and Roy Lanier were given the Order of the Long Leaf Pine – one of the highest honors North Carolina’s governor can bestow upon a citizen of the Tar Heel State – for contributing more than 30 years of dedicated and enthusiastic service to the State of North Carolina.