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College to Dedicate Goess Center March 9th

Craig F. Goess Student CenterPCC will officially dedicate the Craig F. Goess Student Center on March 9 with a ceremony in the building's multipurpose room at 10 a.m.

Though it was certainly a long time in the making, Pitt students found out in January that good things do, in fact, come to those who wait. First proposed in 1969, PCC opened the doors to its 33,698-square foot student center on Jan. 12.

Named in honor of ardent PCC supporter and Greenville businessman Craig Goess, the center provides a ‘one-stop’ shop for students by combining key admissions and registration services under one roof.


PCC Campus Celebrates Black History Month

Jabali Afrika '09 Readers' Theater '09 Quiz Bowl '09 Changes to a Dream? '09

The PCC campus celebrated Black History Month throughout February with a variety of programs, including a performance by the musical group Jabali Afrika, a Readers’ Theater event, a blood drive, an original play, a poster display and a quiz bowl.

This year's Black History Month theme at PCC centered on the struggle to create and maintain equal citizenship for all Americans.The theme was a variation of the National Black History Month theme, "The Quest for Citizenship in the Americas."

For photos and stories on Pitt's Black History Month activities, click HERE.


Fine Arts Exhibit Opens in New Goess Center

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Fine Arts Exhibit '09Just weeks after the college opened the new Craig F. Goess Student Center, the facility’s interior took on a brand new look with the opening of the school’s first juried fine arts exhibit on Feb. 24.

According to Eleanor Willard, Chair of PCC’s Visual Arts Programs and the exhibit’s coordinator, more than 80 pieces of artwork were submitted by artists throughout Eastern North Carolina. Some of those artists were PCC students—past and present—and employees, she said.

Barbour Strickland, former director of the Greenville Museum of Art, served as the exhibit’s juror, and winners were announced during a reception to open the display.

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Economy May Limit Travel But Not Creativity

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Christina WeeksGREENVILLE—While state budget cuts resulting from a down economy may have forced BioForum 2009 organizers to alter their plans for a face-to-face conference, they couldn’t limit the creative thinking of BioNetwork Bioprocessing Center officials.

Because the State of North Carolina has restricted employee travel as a cost-cutting measure, the Bioprocessing Center, which is hosted by Pitt Community College, used video conferencing equipment to conduct a two-day workshop on “Fermentation and Expression of Green Florescent Protein in Escherichia Coli.”

According to Greg Smith, curriculum coordinator of the Bioprocessing Center, the workshop took place Feb. 10 and Feb. 12 and was open to community college administrators, faculty and students statewide via the N.C. Information Highway (NCIH). Even though participants weren’t in the same physical location, he said they were still able to observe, ask questions and take notes.

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Alumni Association Launches Speaker Series

Henry McNeese '09WINTERVILLE—The Pitt Community College Alumni Association kicked off a new speaker series in February to provide members of the community with valuable information that will help improve their daily lives.

Henry McNeese, a Greenville financial advisor, helped launch the series on Feb. 23 with a presentation on "15 Secrets to Prosperity in 2009."

According to PCC Community Relations Coordinator John Moore, the speaker series will feature experts, such as McNeese, touching on a wide variety of topics each month during the spring semester – everything from the world of finance to lawn care.

“The PCC Alumni Association has created the speaker series to provide the college with another avenue to meet the educational needs of the citizens we serve,” Moore said. “We want people to come out to these events and enjoy the fellowship they offer, hear from the experts we have lined up, ask those individuals questions relevant to their personal situations, and gain information they can use to make their lives better.”

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March Edition Quick Hitters ...

• The PCC Foundation held its annual scholarship auction at Rock Springs Center on Feb. 17. More than 400 people attended the event, helping raise more than $60,000 for student scholarships and educational activities at the college. Click HERE for a photo gallery from this year's auction.

• The PCC Orchestra will hold its winter concert tonight at 7:30 at the Faith Assembly of God Church on Corey Road. Joining the orchestra will be Marta Lambert for a performance of Max Bruch's Violin Concerto No. 1. Tonight's program will also feature Danse Macabre and the overture to Rossini's opera La Gazza Ladra as well as the premiere of a piece by local composer Otto Henry. Students of all ages are admitted free of charge. All other guests are asked to make a $5 donation to support the orchestra program.

• The Small Business Center will conduct a free seminar March 4 to provide small businesses with tips on how to survive and thrive as the economy changes. Titled “Business Success in Tough Times,” the program will be held in Room 301 of PCC’s Greenville Center on Memorial Drive from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Though there is no charge for the seminar, the event does require pre-registration by calling (252) 493-7541.

• PCC hosted FAFSA Day for area high school seniors on Feb. 21. According to Lisa Reichstein, PCC's Director of Financial Aid Services, 143 students attended the program to receive asssitance with completing and submitting Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) forms.

• ABC's Extreme Makeover: Home Edition television show is coming to northeastern North Carolina to surprise a lucky and deserving family with an extreme home makeover. Show organizers are seeking volunteers to help build the home, which will begin later this week. For more information, visit http://www.extremeebheroes.com/.

• The TRIO Student Support Services program will sponsor Open Mic Fiesta Party on March 20 in the Goess Student Center multipurpose room from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. The event will feature poetry and music. Students, faculty and staff wanting to participate must register by March 18. For additional information, contact Tabitha Miller at (252) 493-7765.

• A PCC Talent Show will take place April 24 at the Ayden Arts and Recreation Center from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Tickets are $5 with proceeds going toward the PCC Foundation's Karen Perry Memorial Scholarship. An active student at PCC, Perry died in a car accident on Feb. 20, 2008. For more information on the talent show, e-mail the event's organizer at pcctalentshow@yahoo.com.


Grants Corner

GRANTS RECEIVED (2008 Fall Semester):

• The Golden LEAF Foundation, $350,000 toward equipping labs in the future Herman Simon Building.

• The Greenville Women for Women and Greater Greenville Community Foundations: $10,000 to help launch the "Working Women's Project" at PCC. This new project assists working women attending PCC who do not qualify for other financial aid.

•The TestOut Corporation: $8,000-product grant to assist students preparing for professional certification exams and careers in the IT field.

GRANTS IN PROCESS:

The N.C. Green Business Fund: $20,800 to purchase a solar energy system for Construction Technology students to install on annual project houses, affording the students the opportunity to gain experience and technical training needed to fill green jobs in the solar energy sector.

GRANTS RECENTLY SUBMITTED:

• United Way of Pitt County: $60,000 to provide scholarships to Pitt County youth to attend PCC's Summer Kid's College or the ECU Summer Science Camp (PCC Partner) for both 2009 and 2010.

• United Way of Pitt County: $4,120 to offer additional REAL (Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning) to train Pitt County residents in the fundamentals of starting a small business, increasing success in new businesses, creating new jobs in the area, and enhancing the lifestyle and financial well-being of these new business owners.

• United Way of Pitt County: $69,168 to increase nursing assistants at the C.N.A. I and II Level in Pitt County and provide immediate employment for graduates to meet this demand in today's job market.

• U.S. Department of Education: $269,437 (in collaboration with East Carolina University) to address high-risk alcohol consumption within our shared community of college students.


Bulldog Sports Logo

• With an 84-76 loss to Louisburg College in the first round of the Region X Tournament Feb. 27, PCC's first basketball season after a 14-year hiatus came to an end. The Bulldogs, who beat the Hurricanes twice during the regular season, finished the 2008-09 campaign with a 9-11 overall record and 6-10 mark in conference play. Six of Pitt's losses were forfeitures.

Lenoir Community College topped host Rockingham Community College to win the 2009 Region X Tourney. Rockingham upset regular-season champion Patrick Henry Community College earlier in the event.

• By sweeping doubleheaders from Mt. Olive College's JV team (Feb. 12) and Southeastern Community College (Feb. 25), PCC baseball is 4-0 on the season. Pitt was scheduled to face Guilford Technical Community College in a four-game series Feb. 28 and March 1, but heavy rain forced the postponement of those games.

Next up for the Bulldogs will be Lenoir Community College on March 4 at 2 p.m. in Kinston.

• PCC Softball is 4-2 this season after recording four straight wins. The Bulldogs lost twice to Mt. Olive College to begin the 2009 campaign but rebounded to sweep doubleheaders from the Methodist College JV team (Feb. 8) and Patrick Henry Community College (Feb. 14). Pitt's matchup with visiting N.C. Wesleyan this week has been moved from Wednesday to Thursday (March 5) to allow more time for the field at Sara Law Softball Complex to dry.

The softball team will travel to Savannah, Ga., this weekend to participate in the Savannah College of Art and Design Tournament March 6-8.