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Class of 2009 Celebrates a Job Well Done
PCC put its seal of approval on the Class of 2009 May 13, during the school’s annual spring commencement ceremony in East Carolina University’s Minges Coliseum.
Approximately 400 of the 973-member graduating class participated in the event with former PCC student Darrell Robinson serving as this year’s graduation speaker.
Ten years ago, Robinson, who is now an attorney in the Washington, D.C. area, was a PCC Criminal Justice student. He had been struck by a car just six months prior and given a 50-50 chance at survival.
During a four-month recovery period that included seven surgeries, Robinson said he had plenty of time to reflect on his life. He said he determined that even though he was a high school dropout, he would pursue his long-time goal of becoming a lawyer if he recovered from his accident.
Farmville Vets Establish PCC Scholarship
Having raised more money than was needed to establish a memorial in their hometown, the Farmville Area Veterans Memorial Committee has decided to use its funding surplus to establish an endowed scholarship at PCC.
Last month, Hal Gordon, a Vietnam War veteran and member of Farmville’s American Legion Post 151, presented a $45,000-check to the PCC Foundation on the committee’s behalf.
Last November, during PCC’s Annual Veterans Salute, Gordon announced the committee would be creating a scholarship for veterans who wanted to attend Pitt.
“We just want to make sure that the vets coming out of the (current) conflicts and in the future can get an education,” Gordon said, adding that Farmville dedicated its veterans memorial on Nov. 1, 2008.
Employees Embrace Healthier Lifestyle
After 10 weeks of counting steps, gulping down water, snacking on fruits and vegetables and getting plenty of exercise, a group of PCC employees celebrated their pursuit of a healthier way of living.
On April 29, employees who participated in the Faculty/Staff Wellness Challenge this semester at PCC gathered in the college’s Craig F. Goess Student Center to enjoy their accomplishments and recognize individuals for outstanding achievement during the event.
According to Jeff Ramey, a PCC Health and Physical Education instructor, the 70-day challenge was a way to encourage employees to pursue healthier lifestyles by using a “fun and competitive format.” Overall, he said, 125 employees took part in the event, many forming teams while others competed individually.
Allen, Till Honored for Academic Excellence
Though this year’s awards ceremony was canceled, the N.C. Community College System still recognized students statewide for academic excellence, including PCC's Keoshia Allen and Adam Till.
The state’s current budget crisis led to the cancellation of the 2009 NCCCS Academic Excellence Awards Banquet in Raleigh. Nevertheless, the System Office still cited Allen and Till—and a pair of students from each of the state’s 57 other community colleges—for classroom success and volunteerism.
In addition to receiving medallions crafted by PCC Machining Technology students, all of the state’s Academic Excellence honorees are featured on the NCCCS website.
The System Office’s recognition of Allen and Till comes after the PCC Foundation honored the two Ayden-Grifton High School graduates in March.
A Medical Office Administration student, Allen will receive an associate degree Wednesday, during PCC’s 2009 Spring Commencement. She posted a 3.57 grade point average at Pitt and served as a PCC Student Ambassador for two years, assisting with numerous college functions and a pair of fundraising projects that benefitted local charities.
June Edition Quick Hitters ...
• The PCC Alumni Association Speaker Series resumes June 8 with "Getting a Job in Today's Economy: New Ways to Achieve Success.” The program, which begins at 6 p.m. in Room 138 of the Craig F. Goess Student Center, will feature remarks from Tami Kernen, PCC's Career Services Coordinator; Mary Paramore, Director of PCC's Business and Industry Services efforts; and Tonya White, a local human resources manager. (READ STORY)
• Budget restrictions resulting from a statewide budget shortfall has led PCC to find new ways of keeping the community informed while reaching out to potential students. Earlier this year, the college launched a Facebook page to publish the latest photos, news and information on special events and athletic contests. Facebook users can become fans of PCC’s page by searching for “Pitt Community College, Greenville, North Carolina” on the site. (READ STORY)
• Six teams of anxious students from PCC and East Carolina University presented their designs on April 29 for a Woodland Indian cultural center at the Wayne County Arts Council building in Goldsboro, N.C. The designs were evaluated by friends, family, and dignitaries, but more importantly, by the man who will use one team's design to build his dream. (READ STORY)
• Student Support Services (or TRIO) will hold a Summer Open Mic event June 25 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the Goess Student Center's multipurpose room. The event will have a disco theme, and those wishing to attend are encouraged to come dressed in 70s attire.
• The college will hold an orientation program July 15 to welcome new students to campus. Click HERE for more details.
Bulldogs Still Ranked in PGC's Top 50 Poll
PCC Baseball, which concluded the 2009 season in May with a loss to Surry Community College in the Region X Conference Tournament, is still ranked among the top 50 junior colleges by Perfect Game Crosschecker.
The Bulldogs, who finished the year 36-8 overall, are ranked 31st in PGC’s latest poll released on May 18. Spartanburg Methodist College (#3) and USC-Sumter (#14) are the only other Region X teams appearing in the rankings.
In other sports news ...
• PCC Softball will hold an open tryout session at Sara Law Softball Complex in Winterville on June 11. Check-in for the event begins at 9:45 a.m. (READ STORY)
• Pitt's baseball program will hold an open tryout June 6 for unsigned, high school seniors interested in playing for the Bulldogs. (READ STORY)
• PCC Basketball Coach Chad Reynolds will conduct several camps this summer to help players develop their hoops skills. For more information, click HERE.
• While Freddie Bynum is still settling in with the Harrisburg (PA) Senators, Lonnie Chisenhall has made himself right at home with the Kinston Indians. (READ STORY)