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2013 Year-in-Review: Part III (Sept.-Dec.)

PCC President G. Dennis Massey thanks supporters moments after final elections results show a majority of Pitt County voters approved a $19.9 million bond referendum for the college.

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• RELATED LINKS: 2013 YIR: Part I      ¦      2013 YIR: Part II

WINTERVILLE—Record fall enrollment, scholarship presentations, fundraising, and passage of a $19.9 million-bond referendum highlighted the final quarter of 2013 for Pitt Community College students and employees.

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


• The PCC Foundation and Winterville's ACR Supply Company team up to sponsor a one-day "Scroll Compressor Technology" training seminar for approximately 40 PCC Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration Technology students and local HVAC contractors.
• The Men’s Resource Center teams up with Human Resources to sponsor a new monthly speaker series for employees on leadership preparation. PCC Trustee Virginia Hardy becomes the series’ first speaker on Sept. 18.
• For the third year in a row, the college’s foreign language faculty includes instructors participating in the prestigious Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program. Of note is the fact PCC is the only U.S. community college to host two FLTA instructors during the 2013-14 academic year.
• Argentinians Pamela Aichele and Giselle Dubinsky, who are teaching foreign language courses through the Fulbright program, help students and employees celebrate Hispanic Heritage with a presentation on their home country.
• Administrators announce the college is once again serving a record curriculum enrollment, as 9,117 students sign up for credit classes during the fall semester.
• A three-man team from Robersonville’s Anne’s House of Nuts claims the top prize in the college’s “First Annual Forklift Rodeo.” Eight teams compete in the event, which takes place at Overton’s and features three challenges that test the skill of competitors while placing an emphasis on forklift safety.
• Lt. Gov. Dan Forest visits PCC to meet with local business leaders at the Greenville Center and tour the main campus. “I’m out here to listen to the people of North Carolina,” Forest said. “Every elected official should do the same, regardless of political affiliation.”
• Rodney Bullock, an instructor with the Continuing Education Division’s Altitude Academy of Barbering, receives the “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants Award” from the Minority and/or Women Business Enterprise organization.
• Wells Fargo and Pitt County new car dealers partner with the PCC Foundation to provide scholarships for Automotive Systems students. In announcing the partnership, Wells Fargo’s Ed Tew and Andrea Barnett present a $17,250-check to the PCC Foundation. The funding will provide full scholarships to several automotive students as they train for careers with local dealerships.
• PCC employees visit local businesses as part of "PCC in the Community Day" in an effort to spread the word about Pitt programs and services and to gather information on how the college can better serve the community's educational needs.


• The PCC Foundation takes fundraising to new heights when it drops hundreds of numbered golf balls from a helicopter onto Minges-Overton Baseball Park. Bethel’s Matthew Bailey ends up taking home the $500-prize, after his golf ball lands closest to the pin in the outfield. The next day, the Foundation holds its annual Fall Golf Classic at Greenville Country Club.
• Continuing Education launches a new course through its ed2go partnership on “Using Social Media in Business.” The course teaches participants how to use five of the most popular social media platforms—Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Pinterest and Google+—to grow and promote their businesses.
• The Automotive Systems Department holds its “Second Annual Cruise-In/Open House.” The event features a variety of cars on display, Snap-on tool exhibits, raffles and the Petty's Garage Show Rig. Also on display is the Buick stock car Richard Petty drove to victory lane in NASCAR’s 1981 Daytona 500.
• First Citizen Bank’s Sterling Edmonds is the featured speaker when PCC’s NEXT LEVEL Minority Male Mentoring Program holds a workshop on fiscal responsibility. Edmonds discusses the importance of money management and the major role financial literacy plays in people’s lives.
• The State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation awards $750-Continuing Education Scholarships to three PCC Nurse Aide I students.
• PCC administrators schedule a public forum on campus as part of a concerted effort to educate Pitt County citizens about a $19.9 million-bond referendum the college is voters approve Nov. 5.
• Freshman Zach Gurganus donates two of his paintings to benefit the college’s 2013 United Way fundraising campaign.
• The PCC Foundation holds a reception to recognize student scholarship recipients and thank the individuals and organizations responsible for establishing and supporting the awards. During the 2012-13 academic year, the Foundation provided students with nearly $279,000 in scholarships and mini-grants.
• PCC’s Transitional Studies Program encourages students to complete high school equivalency testing before a new version of the test goes into effect at the start of 2014.
• Classroom success pays off for radiography student Katie Lasnicki in the form of a $900-scholarship established by Greenville’s Eastern Radiologist, Inc.
• Dawn Purvis, a second-year Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) student, is awarded the Faye B. Gurganus OTA Scholarship worth $300.
• PCC's Respiratory Therapy Program holds its annual Open House in celebration of National Respiratory Care Week.
• Phi Theta Kappa welcomes 20 new members for demonstrating high academic achievement at the college.
• A pair of OTA students—Michelle Mann and Alexandra Briley—receive Roselyn V. Armstrong OTA Endowed Scholarships in recognition of their academic success.


• PCC Foundation officials report that the 2013 Down East Holiday Show has set new fundraising (more than $109,000) and attendance (12,000) records.
• Hours after a $19.9 million bond referendum passes by a 10,735-6,479 margin, a group of students and employees stand alongside Highway 11 to express their appreciation to Pitt County voters. The funding approved by voters will allow PCC to construct a new science building and move law enforcement training closer to the main campus.
• Daniel Coward, a second-year Electrical Systems student, receives a tool set from the Klein Tool Company as part of the annual “Tools for Success Contest.”
• Sgt. Major Mario P. Fields of the U.S. Marine Corps is the keynote speaker when PCC honors the nation’s veterans with its annual “Veterans Salute.”
• College administrators announce the development of short-term training for individuals interested in work within the pharmaceutical industry. Funding comes through the N.C. Community College System’s N.C. Back-to-Work initiative.
• PCC Global announces that it is seeking travelers interested in participating in a 12-day European educational adventure this spring.
• Students interested in pursuing nursing careers are encouraged to apply for participation in the Eastern North Carolina Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses partnership. The program helps Associate Degree Nursing grads transfer seamlessly to East Carolina University to complete bachelor’s degrees in the field.
• Dr. Thomas Gould is hired as Vice President of Academic Affairs and begins his duties with PCC Nov. 15. He fills the void left by Dr. Pamela Hilbert, who moved on earlier in the year to become president of Robeson Community College.
• Student Ambassadors raise $2,200—double the amount of their original fundraising goal—for the American Kidney Fund.
• The PCC Alumni Association launches an online community to help former students and graduates reconnect with each other and support their alma mater.
• The N.C. Society of the American Institute of Building Design presents a Gold Award to recent Architectural Technology graduate Sara Baker as part of the inaugural North Carolina’s Finest in Residential Design Competition.


• Ronald Cotton, who spent nearly 11 years behind bars for a crime he didn’t commit, speaks with students who are reading the book he helped write regarding his wrongful conviction, time in prison and eventual pardon.
• PCC Trustees and senior administrators meet with members of the North Carolina General Assembly on campus to discuss the college's recent accomplishments and to outline future needs and goals.
• The PCC Orchestra presents its Holiday Concert at Winterville’s Reimage Church.
• The Tutorial and Academic Success Center organizes Exam Jam to help students prepare for upcoming exams. The two-day event features relaxing music, food, and plenty of tutors on hand to provide a strong learning atmosphere.
• PCC Trustees hold their regularly-scheduled meeting in the training facility at Greenville Fire/Rescue Station No. 6 on 10th Street. There, they stress the importance of the college partnering with the City of Greenville to provide emergency training.