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Spring Enrollment Should Be Highest Ever

PCC Brick MarkerWINTERVILLE—By the time the final numbers are in, Pitt Community College’s Spring 2009 enrollment will likely be the school’s highest ever.

As of Thursday morning, PCC Registrar Joanne Ceres reported the college had 7,063 students enrolled. With about 40 additional Huskins students to be added to that figure, Ceres said PCC’s spring enrollment would be approximately 7,100 students, about 12 more than the previous record of 7,088 set in Fall 2008.

As of late last month, Weekend College enrollment had grown by 30 percent, Ceres said, adding that the number could be higher still.


Jabali Afrika Kicks Off BHM Celebration


Jabali Afrika helps PCC kick off Black History MonthWINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College got its 2009 celebration of Black History Month off to a rocking start Jan. 30 with a little help from the musical group Jabali Afrika.

Hailing from the East African nation of Kenya, Jabali Afrika entertained PCC students and employees with a one–hour concert in the multipurpose room of the college’s brand new Craig F. Goess Student Center.

The six-member group, whose origin can be traced to the Kenyan National Theatre Dance Troupe, wore African tribal costumes as they performed original compositions and traditional African melodies, often enlisting the audience’s participation.


PCC, ECU Team to Train at Harper Brush

GREENVILLE - Pitt Community College and East Carolina University recently combined efforts to train workers at Harper Brush Works, Inc., in practices that will help the Greenville manufacturing plant operate more efficiently.

“In some way, all 70 of our employees have been a part of PCC-provided instruction,” said Harper East General Manager Chuck Jones.

Over the past three years, PCC has provided Harper Brush with courses on safety, leadership training and general manufacturing. Hoping to increase productivity and efficiency, Harper officials requested Lean Six Sigma training not currently available through Pitt. That’s where ECU’s Center for Innovation in Technology and Engineering (CITE) was able to assist.


February Edition Quick Hitters ...

• The PCC Foundation will hold its annual scholarship auction at Rock Springs Center on Feb. 17 to raise funds for student scholarships and educational activities at the college. Click HERE for the invitation.

• PCC is holding a juried Fine Arts Exhibition that opens in the Craig F. Goess Student Center Feb. 24 and runs through March 24. For more information on how to enter, please click HERE.

• The PCC Foundation announced in January that Alexander Moore has been named this year’s recipient of the Dr. Garrie Moore Endowed Outreach Scholarship. (READ STORY)

• PCC will host a program Feb. 21 to provide high school seniors with assistance in completing and submitting Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms. (READ STORY)

• The PCC Alumni Association Speaker Series will get started Feb. 23 with Greenville's Henry McNeese providing attendees with "15 Secrets for Prosperity in 2009." The event is scheduled to begin with refreshments at 6 p.m. with McNeese's presentation slated to begin 30 minutes later. It will take place on the PCC main campus in the G.H. Leslie Building, Room 143.

• Students in Instructor Lee Armstrong's drama course received awards for their efforts in writing, directing and acting in their own short plays. Nearly 50 audience members watched the plays and voted for the award winners. Skyler Woodard received "Best Playwright" for his script, "My Meat's Cold." Caitlin McCullen won "Best Actress"for her role as a flighty waitress who served cold meat, and Leigh Caddigan won "Best Director" for the same play. Zach Heinbaugh received "Best Actor" for his role as an enraged customer with cold food.

• The Southern Bank ATM on campus has been moved from the old Pitt Stop to the Craig F. Goess Student Center. The ATM is now located in the room directly behind the information desk in the Goess Center.

• Dr. Robert Shaw, medical director of PCC's Respiratory Therapy Program, hosted a luncheon Jan. 28 to honor members of the student and practitioner teams from Respiratory Therapy who competed in the National Sputum Bowl in California in December.


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Softball Signs Conley's Brianna Richie for '10

Brianna RichieWINTERVILLE—With the 2009 season just getting started, PCC Softball Coach Junior Bailey is already preparing for a successful 2010 campaign, signing D.H. Conley outfielder Brianna Richie to a letter-of-intent on Jan. 23.

"I saw Brianna play this winter in a tournament at Myrtle Beach, and I knew right then that she was what we were looking for," Bailey said. "She has all the tools to do really well with us and then continue her playing career somewhere else when she has completed two years at PCC."

Bailey said Richie hits well from both sides of the plate and has good speed on the bases.

Richie transferred to D.H. Conley from Virginia's Dan River High School in 2007. She is a center fielder for the Vikings and will likely play that position for the Bulldogs next year, Bailey said.

Following her junior season at Conley, Richie was named Coastal 4A/3A All-Conference Honorable Mention. She was also NCSCA All-District and NCSCA All-State.

Bulldogs Sports Bullets ...

• With a 112-95 victory over Vance-Granville Community College Wednesday, PCC (13-2 overall) is riding a six-game winning streak heading into Saturday's home matchup with Patrick Henry Community College. It will be a chance at redemption for Pitt as Patrick Henry handed the Bulldogs their second loss of the season on Jan. 18 in Martinsville. After this weekend's game against the Patriots, two of Pitt's next three games will be at home. The only away game remaining on the schedule is a Feb. 11 contest against Lenoir Community College in Kinston.

• PCC Softball kicked off the 2009 campaign Sunday with a doubleheader against Mt. Olive College at Sara Law Softball Complex. After dropping the first game, 12-0, the Bulldogs kept it close in game two before falling, 5-4. Next up for Pitt is Methodist College JV at home on Feb. 8 with game one of the doubleheader slated to begin at 1 p.m.

• PCC Baseball will get the 2009 season under way on Feb. 12 at Mt. Olive College. The Bulldogs, who are ranked 13th in the NJCAA's preseason poll, are scheduled to play their first home game of the new season on Feb. 25 against Southeastern Community College.

• Special Olympics basketball players squared off in the Charles Coburn Center during halftime of the PCC-Surry Community College game on Jan. 30. For a photo gallery, click HERE.

• PCC Athletics is selling brick pavers to help cover the cost of improvements that have been made to the college's Minges-Overton Baseball Complex. Each brick costs $150 and will display a personalized message to honor or memorialize an individual. For more information, contact John Moore at (252) 493-7229.