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'College Bound: Here We Come' Encourages Minority Males to Pursue Higher Education
Minority males from each of Pitt County’s six high schools were on the Pitt Community College campus March 31 for a program emphasizing the importance of higher education.
The event – called “College Bound: Here We Come” – first began in 2007 as part of PCC’s commitment to removing barriers that may make it difficult for minority males to continue their studies after finishing high school.
This year’s program, which took place March 31 in the Craig F. Goess Student Center, featured a presentation by Elizabeth City’s Abel Sutton, an East Carolina University graduate and professional public speaker.
Students Honored for Academic Excellence
PCC paid tribute to a select group of students March 26 with the annual Academic Excellence Awards program.
Held in the Craig F. Goess Student Center, the ceremony honored 50 of PCC’s top students for excellence in the classroom, on campus, and in the community. Each student taking part in the event had been nominated by instructors and staff from the college.
In addition to an awards presentation, the program featured remarks from polysomnography student Mark Benton, who will represent Pitt at the N.C. Community College System’s academic excellence event April 14.
Martin Named 2010 'Woman of Substance'
Held in the Craig F. Goess Student Center, the March 8 program featured insight from Nancy Barnhill Aycock, Janice Faulkner and Rabbi Alysa Stanton. All three women discussed the challenges they had to overcome in order to be successful in their respective fields.
Aycock, a native of Martin County, graduated from Meredith College before moving on to earn a law degree from Wake Forest University. She is the first female general counsel for University Health Systems.
Also a Martin County native, Faulkner has served in a variety of leadership roles with the State of North Carolina over the years. In March 1996, former Gov. Jim Hunt named her the state’s first-ever female secretary of state.
TRIO Lends Support to Habitat for Humanity
Students and staff from PCC’s TRIO: Student Support Services program recently joined forces with Habitat for Humanity of Pitt County.
Thirteen students along with SSS staff members Kim Waters and Jamelle Moore volunteered at one of the local building sites and assisted with building a home for a family in the community. Students assisted with painting and building a deck for the home.
SSS places a strong emphasis on community involvement in order to encourage students to be active participants in making their community better. Each semester, students volunteer at a different community organization. The goal is to promote lifelong volunteerism, according to LaTonya Evans, TRIO program director.
Tugwell on NNAAP Test Development Panel
PCC's Lou Tugwell was recently selected as a test item writer/reviewer for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing’s National Nurse Aide Assessment Program (NNAAP).
Headquartered in Chicago, the National Council of State Boards of Nursing is responsible for developing examination content for the NNAAP.
Tugwell, a health care program director in Pitt’s Continuing Education Division, was approved and nominated by the N.C. Board of Nursing and the N.C. Division of Health Services, which governs the state’s nurse aide programs. She traveled to Chicago March 2-4 where she participated in the NNAAP test development panel meeting with other subject matter experts.
April Edition Quick Hitters ...
• Speed Networking will take place April 12. This is an opportunity for business professionals to connect with their peers in the community in a social atmosphere. The event is free to all PCC Alumni Association members. It is open to all other participants for $10. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information, contact the college's alumni relations office at (252) 493-7229
• PCC will host an employer panel April 19 for students and alumni interested in speaking with area business leaders and learning tips to make themselves more competitive when searching for employment. The program will take place in the Craig F. Goess Student Center’s multipurpose room from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m.
• The Spring 2010 edition of Career Focus magazine has been printed and is being mailed to Pitt County households this month. PCC EMS Coordinator Kyle Willis and two of his students are featured on the front cover. Inside are articles on a variety of the college's programs and services, including health curricula, continuing education fast-track options and distance education.
• For those flying with USAirways this month, be sure to pick up a copy of the airline's latest in-flight publication. The April 2010 edition of USAirways Magazine features Greenville and contains photos and information about PCC.
• PCC and Pitt County Schools partnered to offer "Career Connection Expo 2010" on campus March 10. Organizers say the event provided 180 high school students an opportunity to interact with faculty, staff and other students in an experiential learning environment. (PHOTO GALLERY)
• Health Sciences Dean Donna Neal reported that Medical Sonography and Echocardiography students from the college swept the competition at the North Carolina Ultrasound Society Quiz Bowl last month. She said it is the first time one school has won both competitions simultaneously.
• The PCC International Club and the Muslim Student Association of South Central and J.H. Rose high schools will present the Free Bethlehem film and discussion on campus April 14 at 5 p.m. in the Goess Student Center. The name of the film is "Sacred Space Denied: Bethlehem and the Wall." The showing will be followed by a discussion of the movie. The event is open to PCC students, staff and faculty as well as members of the community.
• The PCC Symphony Orchestra's spring concert is scheduled for May 4 at 7:30 p.m. at Faith Assembly of God Church on Corey Road in Winterville. Call (252) 493-7789 for advance ticket information.
• The Student Government Association had ideal weather conditions for its annual Spring Fling festivities. This year's event took place outside the Ed and Joan Warren Building on March 31. (PHOTO GALLERY)
• Disney Institute is bringing its renowned professional development program, “Disney’s Approach to Business Excellence,” to Greenville on April 14. Sponsored locally by PCC, the full-day event will give area professionals an opportunity to “experience the business behind the magic.” (READ STORY)
• PCC's Communications Department recently announced the return of its public speaking contest. The event will take place April 15 in Leslie 143 and is open to any full-time PCC student. (MORE INFORMATION)
• PCC will hold a career fair for students on April 16. (MORE INFORMATION)
• Phi Theta Kappa will hold a yard sale fundraiser April 17 from 7 a.m. to 12 p.m. (MORE INFORMATION)
• The second installment of the PCC Leadership Institute Alumni Speaker Program took place March 12 in the Goess Student Center. Kris Carroll (President, Grady White Boats), Charles Long (Retired Pitt County Schools Educator/PCC Board of Trustees Member), Chief William Anderson (Greenville Police), Kurt Kern (Greenville Plant Manager, NAACO Materials Handling Group) and Janet Mulaney (Chief Administrative Officer, University Health Systems) were the featured presenters and provided insight on the lessons they've learned through the leadership roles they've performed during their careers. For a photo gallery from the first two LI Alumni Speaker events, click HERE.
Dawgs Rebound with USC-Lancaster Sweep
After dropping three straight and four of five, PCC Baseball rebounded nicely this past weekend with a four-game sweep of USC-Lancaster to improve to 24-6 overall, 14-4 in the Region X Conference.
The Bulldogs had climbed to the No. 2 spot in the nation in March before dropping three of four at home against Louisburg College. Now ranked No. 12 in the latest NJCAA Division I poll, PCC will host Lenoir Community College Wednesday at 7 p.m. before facing USC-Sumter in a pair of doubleheaders this weekend at Minges-Overton Baseball Complex.
Softball Riding 7-Game Streak into Louisburg
With a sweep of Region X Conference-rival Spartanburg Methodist College this past weekend, PCC Softball is on a roll, having won seven straight and 14 of the last 15 games.
Heading into Wednesday's doubleheader at Louisburg College, Coach Junior Bailey's Bulldogs are 22-9 overall, 9-1 in Region X action.
PCC freshman pitcher Charity Watson is having a remarkable first season for the Bulldogs. In 155 2/3 innings pitched, she's struck out 272 batters and compiled an 18-4 record.
A 2009 Washington High School graduate, Watson has a 0.54 earned run average in 29 appearances. In March, the NJCAA named her its “Player of the Week” after she struck out 61 batters and earned five wins within a four-day period.
Offensively, the Bulldogs are led by sophomore Elizabeth Massey. The shortstop is batting .389 (37-for-95) this season with 11 doubles, 18 runs batted in and 24 runs scored.
Catcher Kristen Garner is hitting .372 (29-for-78) in her first season with Pitt. Garner leads the team in RBIs with 32 to go along with 12 runs scored, four doubles and three triples.
Freshman Melissa Avent has gone 30-for-92 (.326) from the plate with six doubles, 11 RBIs and 18 runs scored.
Volleyball Camps to Take Place in June
PCC volleyball coach Tom Marsh has announced dates for this summer's volleyball camps. For sign-up information, click HERE.