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Trustees Approve New Facilities Master Plan

Click here to enlargeAfter countless surveys, studies, interviews and focus group meetings since April, Pitt Community College has a new plan that will guide growth on campus through 2019.

During their October board meeting, PCC Trustees approved a new facilities master plan for North Carolina’s most crowded community college that builds upon a strategy administrators approved in 2004.

Despite opening a new student center in March and renovating the Robert Lee Humber classroom building in 2006, PCC still holds the unfavorable distinction of having the least amount of space per student.


Down East Holiday Show Is This Weekend

PCC Foundation Fundraiser Will Take Place at Greenville Convention Center

Holiday Show '09The PCC Foundation will hold its 2009 Down East Holiday Show Nov. 6-8 at the Greenville Convention Center.

The annual fundraiser features unique gift items from a wide variety of vendors to help individuals get their holiday shopping off to a great start.

This year’s show will be open from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Santa Claus will be on hand to take photos with children Friday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.


Program Still Developing Leadership at PCC


Leadership Institute '09PCC's commitment to professional development for faculty and staff continued with a program last month designed to help employees build leadership skills.

Held in New Bern Oct. 12-13, 29 college employees participated in the college’s 6th Annual Leadership Institute. The program featured seminars and activities designed to foster interaction among attendees while encouraging them to think about how they could contribute their leadership qualities to the college’s educational mission.

Dr. Brian Miller, who helps coordinate the institute each year as PCC’s Assistant to the President and Director of Institutional Effectiveness, said the program was created with the philosophy that leadership is measured by contribution, not position.


November's a Time for Counting Blessings

Employees who participated in the 2009 Leadership Institute are asking students, faculty and staff to help them collect canned food items for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

"(PCC) faculty, students and staff are widely known in our community for our spirit of helpfulness," said Lynn McCormick, the college's coordinator of Library Evening Services. "Here is another chance for us to continue with this proud tradition."

McCormick, who helped organize this year's Leadership Institute, said collection points for food items would be established in each main campus building during the third week of November. She said those who would like to participate in the food drive can bring in nonperishable food items (no glass containers please) to support those who would otherwise go hungry.

"Please help us to help those who are having trouble in this economy," McCormick said. "Many families are turning to the food bank because they are unable to meet the basic need of feeding themselves."

November Edition Quick Hitters ...

• For the third year in a row, PCC invited the public to its main campus to learn more about the quality educational programs and services that a record 7,710 curriculum students discovered this fall. This year’s PCC Open House was held Oct. 24 and gave more than 350 members of the community a chance to see the college's credit and non-credit programs and services firsthand. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• As part of "National Respiratory Care Week," the Respiratory Therapy program held an open house event Oct. 29 in the Fulford Building. The event featured RT students providing presentations and demonstrations to visitors about the respiratory care field. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• PCC will host representatives from more than 20 colleges Nov. 5 as part of a college fair in the Craig F. Goess Student Center. Click HERE for more information.

• Sissy Grubbs, chair of PCC's United Way Committee, reported Oct. 30 that the college reached its United Way fundraising goal of $20,000. Contributions will be accepted through Nov. 6, Grubbs said, adding that those who would like to participate in the fund drive can contact Ann Land in Fulford 103.

• The PCC Student Government Association held Fall Fest in the Goess Center Oct. 29. Click HERE for a photo gallery from the event.

• The PCC Foundation held its annual golf tournament fundraiser Oct. 1 at Greenville Country Club and generated more than $24,500 for student scholarships and educational activities at the college. (READ STORY)

• For a limited time, the N.C. Health and Wellness Trust Fund’s QuitlineNC is offering free Nicotine Replacement Therapy (NRT) to full-time PCC students, ages 18-29, who are North Carolina residents. QuitlineNC is free, confidential and available 8 a.m. to 3 a.m., seven days a week. Call 1-800-QUIT-NOW to connect with a Quit coach and double your chances of quitting for good.

• The PCC Foundation's annual Veterans Salute is scheduled for Nov. 10 in the Charles Coburn Center at 10 a.m. The event to honor all men and women who have served militarily is open to the public.

• Pitt County launched a new website last month to keep citizens up-to-date on the latest 2009 H1N1 Flu information.

• Respiratory Therapy raised a little more than $1,000 through the Cystic Fibrosis Great Strides Walk held on the PCC campus Oct. 10.

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Dawgs Win 6 Straight to End Regular Season

Jessica SweersThe PCC Volleyball team closed out the 2009 regular season on a six-game winning streak to claim second place in the Region X Conference standings at 5-3.

After three losses in the Cape Fear Community College Invitational Oct. 16-17, the Bulldogs (20-13 overall) caught fire. Pitt didn't lose a set in topping Guilford Tech, Wake Tech, Johnston Community College, Lenoir Community College, Blue Ridge Community College and Spartanburg Methodist College.

PCC's 3-0 victory over Lenoir Oct. 28 marked the final home game for sophomore Jessica Sweers and teammate Kirsten Kelly.

Next up for the Bulldogs is the Region X Conference Tournament Nov. 6-7 in Wilmington.

In Other Sports News ...

• The PCC Basketball team played a Blue-White scrimmage following the SGA's Fall Fest event. After playing in several tournaments this month, the Bulldogs will play their first home game of the 2009-10 season on Dec. 2 against Tidewater Community College at 7 p.m.

• PCC Baseball will take on Team Europe Nov. 8 in Cary. The game between the Bulldogs and 21 of the top junior national team players from Holland, Italy, Germany and France will be played at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. First pitch is scheduled for 1:15 p.m.

• PCC Softball played a doubleheader Oct. 30 against East Carolina University. The Bulldogs played the Pirates even for the first three innings of game one and trailed just 1-0 after four innings of play before ECU finally pulled away. For a photo gallery from game one, click HERE.