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Herman Simon Building Dedication Is Aug. 6

Herman Simon BuildingWINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College will dedicate the Herman Simon Building, a 34,000 square foot-addition to its health sciences facility, next month.

The ceremony is scheduled to take place at 10 a.m. on Aug. 6 in the Craig F. Goess Student Center. Tours of the Simon Building will follow the dedication.

Named for an ardent PCC supporter, the Simon Building will provide the college's Health Sciences Division with much-needed space for new classrooms, laboratories and offices. It will also house the school's VISIONS and HORIZONS programs, which Simon helped launch in 2004 as a way to help Pitt County high school students finish high school and transition into higher education.

To pay for the Simon Building's construction, the PCC Foundation launched a successful $8 million capital campaign in February 2008. Called Futures First, it was the first such endeavor in the college's nearly 50-year history.

In November 2008, PCC broke ground at the Simon Building site, which is located adjacent to the William E. Fulford Building on the college's main campus.

The Simon Building will be ready for students when fall classes begin Aug. 19.


Fall Enrollment Likely to Rise Once Again

PCC Warren CupolaWINTERVILLE—If an influx of admissions applications is any indication, Pitt Community College could be in for quite a student turnout this fall.

Already experiencing the highest summer enrollment (3,903 students) in its nearly 50-year history, PCC’s admissions office reported last month a 27 percent increase in the number of fall admissions applications it has received compared to the same point a year ago.

According to Dr. Donald Spell, Pitt’s Vice President of Student Development Services, the college had already received 4,052 admissions applications for Fall Semester 2010 by mid-June. That is 849 more than the school received at the same point a year ago for Fall 2009, when a record 7,710 students enrolled.

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Southern Bank Completes $100,000-Pledge

Southern Bank Completes Campaign PledgeWINTERVILLE—Southern Bank representatives visited the Pitt Community College campus last month to present the final installment of a pledge their organization made to the Pitt Community College Foundation’s Futures First Capital Campaign.

Two years ago, the Southern Bank Foundation agreed to contribute $100,000 to PCC’s $8 million-capital campaign, which had been launched earlier in the year to generate funding for the construction of a 34,000 square foot-addition to the college’s health sciences facility.

Southern Bank officials said supporting Futures First was another way for their business to serve the people and communities of Eastern North Carolina, something the bank has done since it was founded in 1901.

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PCC 'Hams' Demonstrate Communication Skills during ARRL's Annual Field Day

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2010 ARRL Field DayWINTERVILLE—Students in the Pitt Community College Amateur Radio Club participated in their first emergency field day operation in June.

The 24-hour event began at 2 p.m. June 26, drawing visitors from the community and local press. Among those stopping by to see the PCC students in action were PCC President G. Dennis Massey, Greenville Mayor Pat Dunn and Van Madray, dean of the college’s Construction and Industrial Technology Division.

PCC ‘hams’ were among thousands of amateur radio operators across the nation demonstrating emergency communication capabilities last month as part of the American Radio Relay League’s (ARRL) annual Field Day.

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Electrical/Electronics Adds Solar PV Course

Solar PV LabWINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College has added alternative energy coursework to its Electrical/Electronics Technology (EET) curriculum as part of an overall effort to emphasize sustainable housing through its Construction and Industrial Technology offerings.

According to Eddie Sherrod, EET Curriculum Coordinator, Photovoltaic Systems Technology (ALT 220) is being offered at PCC this summer and will be taught again in the fall. The course was first offered at the college in the spring.

In addition to emphasizing sustainable housing, Sherrod said PCC was offering the course in response to local interest in photovoltaic (PV) technology.

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July Edition Quick Hitters ...

• For the second straight year, the Grainger Foundation donated $5,000 to the PCC Foundation to fund scholarships for students in the college's Construction and Industrial Technology Division. (READ STORY)

• Architectural Technology students built 'canstructions' June 20 in support of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina's Kids Summer Stock Food Drive. The event took place on the Greenville Town Common. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• The Pitt Community College Foundation announced in June that Farmville Central graduate Justin H. Buck was named the 2010 recipient of the J.S. Flake Memorial Endowed Scholarship. (READ STORY)

• The Arts and Sciences Division's Summer Advising Center opened June 30 and will operate through Aug. 5. Located in Rooms 227-228 of the Raymond Reddrick Building, the center is open Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and on Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more details, click HERE.

• PCC's Business Division is also offering an advising center this summer from June 30 to Aug. 2. The center is located in Room 110 of the Robert Lee Humber Building. Its hours of operation are the same as those of the Arts and Sciences Summer Advising Center. Click HERE for more information.

• TRIO held Open Mic Beach Party June 23 in the Craig F. Goess Student Center. The event featured PCC students Walter Perez, who showcased his dancing skills, and Ayesha Quanette, who recited her original poetry. Community members Cheryl Easter and Maria Cochran presented original poetry, while TRIO Director LaTonya Evans and Administrative Assistant Jamelle Moore sang. A photo gallery from the event is available on PCC's facebook page.

• The Student Government Association's annual Summer Splash event will take place on campus July 8 at 10 a.m.

• PCC will hold New Student Orientation on July 20. The event takes place each summer to help incoming students get off to a great start. Orientation features divisional information sessions (9 a.m., 2 p.m., and 6 p.m.), placement testing, an information fair about various PCC and community services, campus tours, and an opportunity to meet with academic advisors to register for classes.

• PCC's VISIONS program held its annual Summer Institute June 21-25. The program introduced a new class of VISIONS students to PCC educational programs and services and to some of the potential employment opportunities available to them in the area. As part of the weeklong event, students took part in Kristi Overton-Johnson's In His Wakes program at Lake Kristi. A photo gallery is available on PCC's facebook page.

• Each month, PCC President G. Dennis Massey provides a "College Update" with the latest college news. Click HERE for Dr. Massey's July update.


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Three with PCC Ties Selected in MLB Draft

Jeff Ferrell, Robbie Penny and Jake Brown, l-r.WINTERVILLE—The route from Pitt Community College to the Major Leagues is becoming well-traveled of late with the drafting of pitchers Jeff Ferrell and Robbie Penny off the 2010 club and former Bulldog standout Jake Brown.

Last month, Ferrell, a freshman reliever on this year’s squad, was selected on day two of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft by the Detroit Tigers. A Wilmington native, he was taken in the 26th round, the 793rd overall selection.

A 6-3, 185-pound right hander, Ferrell posted a 3-3 record during the regular season and tied for the team-high in saves with four.

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Former Bulldog to Play in Futures Game

Former PCC baseball player Lonnie Chisenhall has been selected to participate in Major League Baseball's Futures Game July 11 in Anaheim, Calif.

Chisenhall, who played for Pitt in 2008, is currently playing third base for the Akron Aeros, the Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.

For more information on the game, click HERE.