Community College Leaders Discuss Need for Additional Funding with State Legislators
WINTERVILLE—Administrators from the N.C. Community College System and Pitt Community College met with state legislators from the area to discuss long-term funding for North Carolina’s community colleges.
Held on the PCC campus Dec. 4, the meeting was attended by State Senators Don Davis and Clark Jenkins and State Representatives Marian McLawhorn and Edith Warren. Several PCC Trustees were also on hand for the meeting, which featured remarks from NCCCS President Scott Ralls concerning the community college system’s need for additional state funding.
Ralls, who took over as NCCCS president in May, told legislators he would like the state to spend an additional $1,000 per North Carolina community college student annually within the next 4-6 years. He said the increased funding would help the community college system fulfill five priorities it has identified as key to meeting North Carolina’s educational needs.
PCC Will Have Many Fond Memories of 2008
Increased enrollment, construction of the Craig F. Goess Student Center, a groundbreaking at the site of the future Herman Simon Building, fundraising successes, and classroom and athletic achievements marked a tremendous year of progress at Pitt Community College in 2008. For a recap of the year that was, check out the links below:
Help from BioNetwork Bioprocessing Center Allows PCC and Piedmont to Train Together
WINTERVILLE—With assistance from the BioNetwork Bioprocessing Center, Pitt Community College and Piedmont Community College shared strategies on fermentation operations last month.
Utilizing the Bioprocessing Center’s video conferencing equipment, Pitt’s Christina Weeks and Piedmont’s Randy Durren shared ideas for classes and laboratories. The department chairs also shared similar fermentation equipment, which made the two-hour training session worthwhile for each school.
Students and administrators from both Pitt and Piedmont participated in the training exercise. Since Weeks had several years of experience operating the fermentor used in the training session, she was able to share some of its idiosyncrasies with the audience. She also provided useful tips for teaching fermentation of E-Coli bacteria to produce Green Fluorescent Protein.
January Edition Quick Hitters ...
• Nearly two years ago, family, friends and former students of the late Roselyn Armstrong began raising money to establish a scholarship in memory of the late PCC Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) instructor. Last month, their efforts finally paid off. (READ MORE)
• TRIO and Phi Theta Kappa recently worked together on a drive that ultimately benefitted 10 needy families (22 children) during the holidays. The effort resulted in donations from various PCC student organizations, individual students, and faculty and staff. Contributions included clothing, food, toys, and educational items, such as books and puzzles, which were given to low-income TRIO students who had completed a form indicating their needs.
• After raising funds during the fall semester, the Human Services Technology Club presented a check to the Greenville Community Shelter last month. (READ MORE)
• The Small Business Center hosted an N.C. Green Business Fund workshop at the Greenville Center last month to provide information on the fund, how to apply for it, and tips for writing an N.C. Green Business Fund proposal.
• The Criminal Justice Department presented the very first John Minges Criminal Justice Scholarship to Maury resident Deborah Kincannon. (READ MORE)
• The PCC Foundation announced in December that Winterville's Phillip Jackson had been named the 2008 recipient of the “Diane Murphrey Make It Happen Endowed Scholarship.” (READ MORE)
• The PCC Symphony Orchestra presented its annual Holiday Concert Dec. 9 at the Faith Assembly of God Church. The concert featured popular Christmas carols and a celebration of the 200th anniversary of the premiere of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 6.
Baseball's Eason Reloads for 2009 Season
WINTERVILLE—After finishing the 2008 season a win shy of the NJCAA World Series, Pitt Community College Baseball Coach Tommy Eason hit the recruiting trail to reload for 2009.
Eason, who has a 103-50 record in three seasons with PCC, has signed 18 players to replace the 17 he lost to graduation, including Cleveland Indians first-round draft pick Lonnie Chisenhall.
Pitt has 11 players returning from last season’s club that finished 41-15 and won the Region X Tournament title before falling to Hagerstown Community College in the Eastern Districts.
Eason said he was pleased with his club’s effort during fall practice. “They worked hard, made good adjustments and competed every day,” he said. “We are extremely talented, but that doesn’t always win ballgames.”
Bulldogs Sports Bullets ...
• PCC basketball went 4-1 during the month of December with key Region X Conference victories over Louisburg College and Rockingham Community College. After topping Tidewater Community College, Louisburg and Central Carolina Community College to start the month, the Bulldogs dropped their first and only game of the season thus far to Vance-Granville Community College. A week later, Pitt got back on track with a road victory over Rockingham. Next up for the 5-1 Bulldogs is Lenoir Community College at home on Jan. 7. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Charles Coburn Center.
• PCC Athletics is selling brick pavers to offset the cost of improvements that have been made to the college's baseball park. Through Jan. 12, each brick will cost $100 and will display a personalized message to honor or memorialize an individual. After Jan. 12, bricks will cost $150. For more information, contact John Moore at (252) 493-7229.
• Softball will hold its 2nd Annual Softball Showcase/Skills Clinic on Jan. 10 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Sara Law Softball Complex on Reedy Branch Road. The event is open to high school juniors and seniors interested in playing softball at PCC. "We picked up five quality players from this showcase last year," Coach Junior Bailey said.
• PCC softball will resume preparations for the 2009 season on Jan. 12. The Bulldogs have seven players returning from last year's squad that finished 26-23. Pitt's first game will be Feb. 1 against Mt. Olive College.
• The Washington Nationals announced in December that former PCC baseball player Freddie Bynum had signed a minor league contract and would be among 13 new players the team has invited to participate in Spring Training next month. (READ MORE)
• PCC Athletics has announced that Tom Marsh will take over coaching duties for Pitt volleyball next season. Marsh, a psychology instructor at the college, led the volleyball program to the NJCAA national tournament during a previous coaching stint at PCC.