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Public Schools Student Services Personnel Participate in Conference Hosted by PCC
Student services personnel from Pitt County Schools met at Pitt Community College last month for a conference designed to build partnerships and provide new ideas for meeting the county’s educational needs.
Hosted by PCC’s Student Development Services Division, the April 21 conference featured concurrent sessions led by Pitt faculty and staff. Topics ranged from computer technology to concurrent enrollment to tips for pursuing a healthy lifestyle.
Conference organizers say they received positive feedback from participants. Some attendees said they would like to see the conference held annually while others noted that they enjoyed the event’s keynote speaker, Dr. Scott Ralls, president of the N.C. Community College System.
College Honors Employees with Reception
Pitt Community College held its 26th Annual Employee Appreciation and Recognition Evening at Rock Springs Center on April 17. During the event, PCC administrators presented several special awards and recognized numerous employees for their years of service to the college. The school's recent retirees were also honored. (READ STORY)
TRIO Banquet Celebrates Student Success
Pitt Community College’s Student Support Services program (or TRIO) recently honored its student participants with an awards banquet in the Craig F. Goess Student Center.
Held April 23, the event celebrated the success of 16 soon-to-be graduates and 46 students who achieved academic excellence by posting cumulative grade point averages of 3.0 or higher.
The banquet also featured several special award presentations, including one for perseverance given to SSS student Pamela Grantham, who is scheduled to graduate this month. According to TRIO Program Director LaTonya Evans, Grantham overcame numerous health challenges in order to complete her program of study at PCC.
Event Offers Glimpse of Life with Disabilities
PCC's Disability Services Department held a program in April to offer the campus a glimpse of what it is like to face life with a disability.
Titled “Walk a Mile in My Shoes,” the event shed light on the different types of disabilities and functional limitations present in today’s society. It also provided insight on the needs of students with disabilities and the resources PCC has to offer them.
Throughout the Craig Goess Student Center, where the event was held, a number of simulations gave attendees firsthand experience of what it is like to have physical, sensory and cognitive disabilities. One simulation asked participants to wear glasses with lenses coated in a thin layer of Vaseline while others required blindfolds and earplugs.
Talent Show Benefits Perry Scholarship
The creativity and talents of Pitt Community College’s students and employees were on display April 24, when the school held a talent show at the Ayden Arts and Recreation Center.
According to PCC Instructor Don King, who chaired the college’s Talent Show Committee, the event was not a competition but rather an opportunity to showcase talent at Pitt. The show featured a variety of performances, everything from music and comedy to poetry and baton twirling, he said.
King said the show generated more than $1,700 for the Karen Perry Memorial Endowed Scholarship. Perry was an active PCC nursing student before she died in a car accident last year.
Students Get Chance to Meet Employers
PCC students had a valuable opportunity to meet with area employers last month during the school’s annual career fair.
Nearly 50 employers from various businesses and industries participated in the April 3 event, which was held on campus in the Charles Coburn Center. Organizers were hopeful the fair would result in employment offers for students expected to graduate next month.
Tami Kernen, PCC’s Career Services Counselor, organized the fair and said students that participated were pleased with the variety of employers in attendance. Several students sent Kernen thank you notes to express their appreciation.
May Edition Quick Hitters ...
• Lisa Elmore, administrative assistant to PCC’s Vice President of Institutional Advancement, was recently elected president of the N.C. Association of Educational Office Professionals. (READ STORY)
• The N.C. State Board of Examiners of Electrical Contractors held its 80th Annual N.C. Electrical Institute in Raleigh in April and named Pitt Community College’s Wiley Ray Hardee Jr. the 2008 Continuing Education Instructor of the Year. (READ STORY)
• Casey Manning, a PCC Respiratory Therapy student, was recently named the Greenville Morning Rotary Club’s 2009 Sen. Ed N. Warren Scholarship recipient. (READ STORY)
• PCC Accounting Instructor Robert Tallo was the keynote speaker at Nash Community College's Gamma Beta Phi Induction on March 25. It was a record class for Nash, and their president, Dr. William Carver, personally presented medallions to every inductee. Tallo is PCC's Gamma Beta Phi advisor and is the national honor society's president-elect.
• PCC students performed well during the recent N.C. Ultrasound Society Quiz Bowl competition. The college’s general sonography team easily took first place in the annual event, beating out four other teams from sonography programs across the state. Pitt’s echocardiography team came in second in their specialty, and with individual projects submitted by eight schools and working sonographers, PCC students placed third in each of the following specialties: ob/gyn, abdomen and echocardiography.
• Retired Col. Danny McKnight will be speaking in PCC's Goess Student Center on June 1. A former Army Ranger, McKnight will discuss "Leadership in Difficult Conditions." In 1993, McKnight was part of a mission to capture Somali warlords when a Black Hawk helicopter was shot down and a pitched battle ensued. The episode was depicted in the motion picture, "Black Hawk Down," which will be shown at PCC on May 28 at 2 p.m. in the Goess Center. Space for McKnight's presentation is limited. Those wishing to take part must call (252) 493-7572 to RSVP by May 22.
• The PCC Alumni Association Speaker Series continues May 18 with representatives from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission discussing boating safety. The event will take place at 6 p.m. in the Leslie Building, Room 143.
• The college will hold its annual Spring Commencement May 13 in East Carolina University's Minges Coliseum at 7 p.m. Attorney Darrell Robinson, a former PCC student, will serve as this year's graduation speaker. For more information, click HERE.
• Several PCC employees and students took time on Earth Day (April 22) making the campus a little tidier by spending nearly an hour picking up cigarette butts. For photos, click HERE.
• The PCC Symphony Orchestra will present its spring concert May 5 at the Faith Assemby of God Church on Corey Road. Click HERE for more details.
PCC Athletes Honored with Reception
PCC Athletics held a reception last month in the school's Craig F. Goess Student Center to celebrate the achievements of its athletic teams.
The April 23 event featured remarks from PCC administrators and coaches representing each of the college's five athletic teams: baseball, basketball, golf, softball and volleyball.
Sophomores from each of the teams received special recognition from their respective coaches.
For photos from the reception, click HERE.
In other sports news ...
• PCC softball (24-8 overall, 12-4 conference) blanked USC-Salkehatchie, 3-0, in the first round of the Region X Conference Tournament today in Hartsville, S.C. The Bulldogs, who secured third place in the Region X standings at the end of the regular season, will play the winner of today's matchup between Spartanburg Methodist College and Stanly Community College tomorrow.
• With a 15-8 victory over Lenoir Community College April 29, the 18th-ranked PCC baseball team (35-6 overall, 23-6 conference) wrapped up the 2009 regular season and will now aim to repeat as Region X Conference Tournament champions. (READ STORY)
• PCC Volleyball Coach Tom Marsh signed Greenville's Haley Galimore out of J.H. Rose High School to play for the Bulldogs this fall. (READ STORY)
• Pitt golfers competed in the Glenn Heath Memorial Shipbuilders Tournament in April and finished third in the overall standings out of seven teams. (READ STORY)
• Former PCC baseball standout Lonnie Chisenhall is starting at third base for the Kinston Indians. In 20 games for the Indians, Chisenhall is batting .274 with four homers and 20 runs batted in. (Kinston's Official Team Website)