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2013 Year-in-Review: Part I (January-April)

The PCC Foundation's "Dancing with the PCC Stars" in March was a highlight for the college in 2013.

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WINTERVILLE—Record spring enrollment, a fun, new Pitt Community College Foundation fundraiser, and a host of accolades highlighted the first four months of this year for Pitt Community College students and employees.

As another year draws to a close, the following is the first of three installments that look back on the events that took place at North Carolina’s seventh-largest community college in 2013.


• “Pair of Legals,” an original comedy about a crazy lawyer interviewing interns, was the big winner when instructor Lee Armstrong handed out PCC Drama Awards to students taking his Theater Appreciation course.
• The N.C. Department of Transportation completes work on a project to make it safer for students and employees to cross Reedy Branch Road.
• Golden LEAF Foundation awards PCC a $900,000-Mid-Skills Workforce Training Initiative grant to partner with Wayne Community College on enhancing training in mechanical engineering, computer integrated machining, solid works, and automated computer-aided design/drafting.
• The PCC Student Veterans Association hosts a “Welcome Back Lunch Social” to give student vets a chance to meet each other and learn more about scholarships, educational benefits, and opportunities for campus involvement.
• The college celebrates the life of Civil Rights pioneer Martin Luther King Jr. with a “Multicultural Affairs Scholarship Breakfast” that features Rev. Sidney Locks, former pastor of Greenville’s Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church. Following the breakfast is a presentation by Josephine Horne, who offers a personal account of her experience in Washington, D.C., when King delivered his famous “I Have a Dream Speech.”
• Students in a newly-redesigned developmental English course do their best Pelè impersonations. The exercise introduces them to soccer, which plays a key role in “Outcasts United,” a book they are reading as a class assignment.
• PCC police make arrests in connection with laptop computers stolen from a campus classroom during the fall semester.
• 8,500 students sign up for courses—a spring enrollment record. It’s roughly six percent more than the 8,015 students who signed up a year earlier.


• PCC celebrates the Chinese New Year with food and entertainment in the Craig F. Goess Student Center.
• The PCC Alumni Association raises public awareness of its mission and the college’s educational impact on the community during a “Bulldog Rally.”
• Pitt receives authorization from the N.C. Community College System (NCCCS) to offer associate degrees in Horticulture Technology, which focuses on plant science and materials, landscape practices, pest management, fertilizers, soils, nursery production, and horticultural business practices.
• The college’s Black History Month celebration features a presentation by U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield on the significance of the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and the March on Washington 100 years later.
• Officer Jay Shingleton is chosen to take over as chief of the PCC Police Department when Alan Edwards retires at the end of the month. Shingleton joined the department in 2000—the same year he completed Basic Law Enforcement Training at Pitt.
• PCC’s Phi Theta Kappa chapter welcomes 21 new members for demonstrating high academic achievement.
• Jordyn Roark, an Adult High School student, takes first in the annual “Rotary Against Drugs Speech Competition.”
• Charles Coburn, a 1973 PCC graduate who coached basketball at his alma mater and became its first athletic director, passes away Feb. 21 at age 65.
• Blake Herring, a Student Ambassador and pitcher on the college’s baseball team, is selected as PCC’s recipient of the NCCCS Academic Excellence Award.
• The PCC Orchestra presents its first-ever concert in the Town of Ayden.
• After a 30-year law enforcement career, including 23 as PCC police chief, Alan Edwards retires. Many improvements were made during his tenure, including construction of a 3,000-square-foot police headquarters in the center of campus.


• Advertising/Graphic Design Instructor Richard Wilson, a 2007 PCC grad, is featured on the cover of the March edition of Sunshine Artist, a national publication highlighting premier arts and craft shows.
• The PCC Foundation holds its new “Dancing with the PCC Stars” fundraiser. The event, which raises $30,000 for scholarships and educational activities, features seven community teams participating in a dance competition. The event airs on local television and after a month of voting by the community, the Public Safety Team (Neil and Connie Elks, Eric Griffin, Tina Locklear-Knox, Marcia Perkins, Kimberly Robb, and Procopio and Heidi Serrano) is announced as the winner.
• PCC celebrates Women’s History Month with a panel discussion on “Women Inspiring Innovation through Imagination.” Sharing success stories are Grady-White Boats President Kris Carroll, City of Greenville Finance Director Bernita Demery, and Stephanie Sullivan, senior site process engineer for DSM Dyneema.
• Betty Foreman, secretary to the Assistant VP of Student Development Services, is named the college’s 2013 Woman of Substance Award recipient.
• PCC’s International Education Travel Scholarship, which gives students, faculty and staff opportunities to study abroad, earns the Institute of International Education’s prestigious Andrew Heiskell Award.
• Arts and Sciences Dean Stephanie Rook travels to India as one of 12 recipients of the 2013 Fulbright-Nehru International Education Administrators Seminar Award. There, she visits several colleges and universities to facilitate higher education collaborations and exchanges between the United States and India.
• PCC Associate in Science (Pre-Engineering) student Lindsay Arnold is named a Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholar, the second PCC student to ever earn the honor.
• Fifty top students are honored during the Academic Excellence Awards Program. Martin Maurer, a Human Services Technology/Substance Abuse student, receives the President’s Scholarship while Kristen Jones, a university transfer student and member of the PCC volleyball team, receives the President’s Award.
• PCC and N.C. Wesleyan College announce their “Two Degrees in Three” partnership, which makes access to a bachelor's degree in business administration more attainable and affordable.


• For the second year in a row, Paralegal Technology student Leah Baez wins the college’s public speaking contest. Competitors were asked to share their thoughts on how social media affects everyday communication.
• PCC partners with Pitt County Schools to give 130 high school students a closer look at manufacturing and engineering careers as part of “N.C. Manufacturing Awareness Week.” The students tour the college’s Construction and Industrial Technology Building and take part in a variety of hands-on learning activities.
• The PCC Alumni Association honors seven graduates for their accomplishments professionally, in the community and in service to their alma mater. Dan Nichols receives the Distinguished Alumni Award, while Justin Smith receives the Outstanding Young Alumni Award. Carolina Moreno, Will Pack and Thomas Stanfield earn Outstanding Alumni Awards, and PCC instructors Elizabeth Allen and Rosalie Hutchens are named the first Employee Alumni Award recipients.
• The alumni awards ceremony is part of an overall “PCC Alumni Weekend” that includes a party at the Hilton Greenville and the annual Bulldog Run 5K.
• Former VP of Administrative Services Susan Everett creates the R.O. Everett Family Scholarship Endowment Fund with the PCC Foundation in memory of her parents and to honor her family.
• The college hosts the Snap-on Masters of Metal Tour for automotive service technicians and their families. The event features interactive demonstrations, Cruz Pedregon’s NHRA Funny Car and the latest Snap-on tools and equipment.
• PCC holds “Information Night” to provide prospective students with details on admissions, placement testing and financial aid.
• PCC’s annual Earth Day Fair takes place on campus and features sustainable products from local businesses, recycled arts and crafts, and a farmer’s market.
• Andre Gregory receives the Joan and Ed Warren Staff Employee of the Year Award and Olga Paine receives the Joseph E. Downing Award for Excellence in Teaching during the PCC Employee Appreciation and Recognition Evening.
• Radiography student Jessica Camacho is named Greenville Morning Rotary Club’s 2013 Sen. Ed N. Warren Scholarship recipient.
• PCC cuts the ribbon on a new, student-built sculpture on campus. Designed by Matt Harding, an East Carolina University graduate student, the sculpture was built by PCC students taking welding, sculpture and fabrication courses.
• The TRiO: Student Support Services program celebrates the success of 13 soon-to-be graduates and 41 students from its ranks who demonstrated academic excellence by posting cumulative grade point averages of 3.0 or higher.
• University Transfer student Jessica Whitfield receives $100 for winning the college’s first student poetry contest
• Representatives from area business and industry speak with students about employment opportunities as part of the college’s “Mixed Majors Career Fair.”
• The TRiO Educational Opportunity Center in Farmville holds an "Employment and Hiring Workshop" in the H.B. Suggs Community Center. Thirty people attend the program, which focuses on job training and leadership opportunities.