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NCSRC Names Sugg '09 Educator of the Year

PCC Respiratory Therapy Instructor Is Also a 1994 Pitt Graduate

Rusty SuggPCC instructor Rusty Sugg was honored by his peers recently for dedication to student success in the respiratory care field.

Sugg, 42, is director of clinical education for PCC’s Respiratory Therapy program. In September, he attended the N.C. Society for Respiratory Care’s (NCSRC) annual conference in Winston-Salem and was presented with the 2009 Educator of the Year Award.

“I was very honored and privileged to be recognized with this prestigious award,” Sugg said. “I am very passionate about the education and success of future respiratory therapists.”


Retired Educator Elected Trustees' Chairman

Randy CollierEven though he is officially a retired educator, Randy Collier hasn’t strayed from his educational roots.

In fact, just this fall, the former principal and Pitt County Schools administrator assumed the role of chairman of the PCC Board of Trustees. Collier, 59, recently began his second term on PCC’s governing board after being appointed four years ago by the Pitt County Board of Education.

“Serving as a PCC Trustee is a very rewarding opportunity for me and a great way to volunteer in the community …,” Collier said. “The trustee appointment is a natural transition for me as an educator who has had an enjoyable working relationship with PCC for over 30 years.”


Grad Provides Unique Training Opportunity

Compressor Training '09PCC Air Conditioning, Heating and Refrigeration students received one-of-a-kind training last month from a graduate of their program and several of his C.C. Dickson Company co-workers.

Louis Ochoa, a 2004 PCC grad, teamed with Scott Moye, Lloyd Jackson and Dwight Cauley on Sept. 17 to provide students with a condensed version of specialized commercial compressor training that Ochoa and Moye received earlier this year.

As part of their unique instruction, the PCC students were able to completely break down commercial compressors and see their inner workings before rebuilding them. Along the way, they learned what to look for in diagnosing problems, typical causes for breakdowns and steps for making repairs.


Moore Receives $18,000 to Pursue Bachelor's

Advertising/Graphic Design Graduate Studying at Savannah College of Art & Design

Heather MoorePCC announced last month that recent graduate Heather Moore had received a pair of scholarships worth $18,000 to attend Georgia’s Savannah College of Art and Design.

Moore, a Kenansville native, earned an associate degree in Advertising and Graphic Design from PCC in May. She is enrolled at SCAD’s Atlanta campus this fall in pursuit a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree in Graphic Design.

The 21-year-old Moore was a Dean’s List student at PCC with a 3.9 grade point average. As a result of her classroom success, she earned a portfolio scholarship valued at $10,000 as well as an $8,000-academic scholarship to attend SCAD.


October Edition Quick Hitters ...

• The PCC Symphony Orchestra will present its fall concert Oct. 6 at Faith Assembly of God Church on Corey Road. The program begins at 7:30 p.m. and will feature a performance of Georges Bizet’s Carmen Suite No. 1. Students of all ages will be admitted free of charge. All other guests are asked to make a $5 donation to support the orchestra program. Tickets can be purchased from Sue Jefferson prior to the concert and will also be available at the door.

• The 4th Annual Greenville Area Green Building Tour kicked off at PCC Oct. 3 to give the community a chance to see firsthand various styles and sizes of ‘green’ building projects. (READ STORY)

• The PCC Alumni Association Speaker Series returns Oct. 6 with Greenville Utilities Commission’s Andy Yakim discussing ways individuals can save money through energy and water conservation. (READ STORY)

• The State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation presented scholarships Sept. 14 to PCC students Reginald Shaw and Melinda Underwood. (READ STORY)

• Classroom success paid off in the form of scholarships for radiography students Danielle Glancy and Sarah Fabish last month. (READ STORY)

• On Sept. 25, PCC held "Nu-Ku: A Haiku Fusion Poetry Slam" to help promote the Sixth Annual Eastern North Carolina Literary Homecoming at ECU. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• The PCC Foundation's annual Faculty/Staff Fund Drive--held Aug. 24 - Sept. 14--raised $38,430.25 in pledges and gifts. More than 81 percent of employees took part in this year's drive, which surpassed last year's total of $37,675.23.


• PCC's 6th Annual Leadership Institute will take place in New Bern Oct. 12-13 at the Hilton Riverfront Hotel. Dr. Scott Ralls, president of North Carolina Community Colleges, will speak to this year's participants Oct. 12.

• The college will hold its third annual open house on campus Oct. 24. Click HERE for more details.

• Don't forget, the PCC Foundation's Down East Holiday Show fundraiser is scheduled for Nov. 6-8 at the Greenville Convention Center.

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Bulldogs Take Diamond Against Team USA

The PCC Baseball team played the Team USA Baseball 18 and Under squad twice last month, dropping both games but gaining some valuable playing experience and exposure for the program.

Pitt and Team USA squared off at N.C. State University Sept. 19 with the national team taking a 15-5 victory. The teams squared off again the next day at Minges-Overton Baseball Complex with Team USA taking an 8-1 win.

The Bulldogs' exhibition games against Team USA were part of PCC's fall baseball practice regimen and helped the national club prepare for the 2009 COPABE Pan Am "AAA" (18U) Championships in Venezuela. With a 6-1 victory over Cuba Saturday, Team USA won gold and finished the tourney with a perfect, 8-0 mark.

In Other Sports News ...

• PCC Volleyball went 10-7 in September and is now 10-8 on the season. Next up for the Bulldogs is Brunswick Community College at home today at 5 p.m. in the Charles Coburn Center. Pitt has just three more home games this season after tonight's matchup: Central Carolina (Oct. 13), Guilford Tech (Oct. 18) and Lenoir Community College (Oct. 28).

• PCC Softball went 2-1 over the weekend with wins over Elon University and Chowan University and a loss to Meredith College. The Bulldogs' fall practice schedule continues Oct. 17-18 with a junior college showcase event in Florence, S.C., followed by an Oct. 30 game against East Carolina University.