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Q&A with Trustees Chairman Randy Collier
As PCC prepares for the start of the 2010-11 academic year, Randy Collier, chairman of the PCC Board of Trustees, took time to answer questions about the college, which is preparing to serve its largest fall enrollment ever when classes begin Aug. 19. Collier, a retired Pitt County educator, is starting his second year as chairman of the college's governing board.
Q: We have a new board member, Kathy Frazier, who replaces former chair Gary Evans. Can you tell me a little about the makeup of the board and how you feel Mrs. Frazier will fit in?
A: I am delighted that Kathy Frazier has joined the trustees as a new board member. Kathy will be a great asset to the board. She is an educator with many successful years of experience; is very familiar with Pitt Community College and its programs; is a true advocate for students, and will certainly add to the team in making the best decisions for the college and its students.
The current board of trustees is comprised of a great team of members who are a good mix of educators, community leaders and business individuals, all of whom have experiences with students and making the best ‘common sense’ decisions for moving PCC forward, responding to the community’s and region’s needs, and serving students. It is my belief that the trustee board is truly a team who comes together collectively and consistently considers the most positive impacts on students.
Financial Aid Staff Fighting to Keep Up with Spike in Number of FAFSA Submissions
Despite the addition of two new positions to help with processing, a 48 percent increase in the number of financial aid applications for fall semester has overwhelmed PCC's Financial Aid staff.
PCC Director of Enrollment Management Joanne Ceres said the college had received 9,354 financial aid applications as of July 28 compared to 4,839 at the same point last year. The school had also received more than 5,000 new admissions applications for the fall, she said.
Though more than 2,000 students have already been awarded financial aid for the Fall 2010 Semester (a 50 percent increase compared to the same point in 2009), Ceres said the tremendous increase in the number of financial aid applications has left the college’s financial aid staff fighting to keep up.
PCC Hosts Conference for HIT Consortium
PCC hosted a conference in Cary last month to ensure members of a newly-formed health information technology (HIT) training consortium are on the same page.
Earlier this year, the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) created five regional consortiums to address the growing demand for highly-skilled HIT specialists. PCC was chosen to lead the Region D Consortium, which includes 21 community colleges in 13 states, stretching from the Southeast to New Mexico.
According to Kay Gooding, director of the Region D Consortium, the conference July 12-13 was an opportunity for consortium members to review components of the HIT training program ONC requires. It was also a chance for them to provide feedback that will lead to a cohesive plan for training thousands of new HIT professionals, she said.
Former Dean Encourages TRIO Students
Garrie Moore Helps Close Out Program's 2010 Summer Access Camp
PCC's Student Support Services (SSS) program closed out its annual Summer Access Camp in July with a ceremony featuring remarks from Dr. Garrie Moore, the college’s former Dean of Student Services.
Moore, who lived and worked on a tobacco farm growing up, drew upon his life’s experience to encourage camp attendees to work hard and use PCC as a starting point to fulfill their dreams. He said receiving an associate degree from Pitt opened the door to opportunities he had never imagined.
A proponent of youth leadership opportunities, Moore volunteers much of his time to helping Pitt County students become successful. SSS staff said his presentation provided “wonderful closure” to two weeks of intense academic and leadership training provided through the camp.
Paralegal adds Post-Baccalaureate Diploma
PCC has launched a new post-baccalaureate diploma option within its Paralegal Technology curriculum for students who have a bachelor’s degree in any area of study from an accredited college or university.
Starting this fall, the 40-credit diploma covers eight required paralegal classes, two general education classes (most post-baccalaureate students will already have credit for these), and 12 credit hours chosen from a list of 13 electives.
According to Dr. Lora Clark, PCC’s Paralegal Technology Department Chair, the college instituted the program to meet the needs of its students, approximately one-third of whom already possessed a bachelor’s or master’s degree
August Edition Quick Hitters ...
• The college recently hired six employees to oversee a 21-community college consortium that will train thousands of new health information technology (HIT) professionals. (READ STORY)
• PCC may have appeared to be at the center of a breaking news story last month, but that wasn’t the case. Instead, the media storm was part of new management training for law enforcement offered by the college’s Public Safety Program. (READ STORY)
• More than 1,600 students attended New Student Orientation (NSO) July 20, up 16.5 percent from the 2009 event. NSO featured divisional information sessions, 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. (PHOTO GALLERY)
• The Student Government Association held its annual Summer Splash event in front of the Warren Building July 8. The event featured games, food, and, of course, plenty of fun -- despite the extreme heat. (PHOTO GALLERY)
• Chelsea Sweet from Greenville's Sweet Pets visited Kids College last month with several of the animals for sale at her store. That same day, kids who took part in Pharaoh's Treasure made their own mummies. (PHOTO GALLERY)
• PCC’s nursing program welcomed its largest incoming class ever for New Nursing Student Orientation July 14. With the opening of the Herman Simon Building later this month, the Associate Degree Nursing program increased enrollment capacity from 150 students to 200. (PHOTO GALLERY)
• The Arts and Sciences Division's Summer Advising Center will continue operating 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 Marketing and Retailing graduate Craig Goess Jr. finished third in the ARCA Series race at Pocono Raceway July 31. With the top-5 finish, Goess gained 20 points on series leader Justin Marks in the season points standings. He is now second in the standings, 30 points behind Marks with nine races to go. (READ STORY)
• Anthony Biller of Cary’s Coats and Bennett law firm visited campus in July to discuss what marketers need to know about copyrights and trademarks. (READ STORY)
• Each month, PCC President G. Dennis Massey provides a "College Update" with the latest college news. Click HERE for Dr. Massey's August update.
PCC Signee Scores 10 in East-West Game
GREENSBORO—In front of 2,892 at the Greensboro Coliseum, PCC basketball signee Jerrel Williams and his East squad teammates topped the West team, 99-98, in the annual North Carolina East-West Men’s Basketball Game.
Williams, a 6-5, 183-pound forward out of Fike High School, was a perfect 3-for-3 from the floor and 4-for-6 from the free-throw line to finish with 10 points.
The East squad pulled ahead for good on a free throw from Rocky Mount’s TaShawn Mabry in the closing seconds after trailing for much of the game. In fact, the East was down 17 at 71-54 three minutes into the third quarter before turning things around.
Baseball Bulldogs in the Pros ...
• Lonnie Chisenhall participated in Major League Baseball's Futures Game July 11 in Anaheim, Calif. Officially, he finished 0-1 with a run scored and a run batted in. Chisenhall, who played for Pitt in 2008, is currently playing third base for the Akron Aeros, the Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians.
• Robbie Penny gave up one unearned run over 3 2/3 innings in his most recent relief appearance for the Burlington Royals. After picking up his first win as a pro July 21 against the Princeton Rays, Penny now sports a 1.67 earned run average in 27 innings out of the bullpen. He also has two saves on the season to go along with 22 strikeouts.
• Jeffrey Ferrell is now 3-3 with the Gulf Coast League Tigers after losing his last two starts on the mound. Ferrell has a 2.92 ERA in 37 innings pitched. He's struck out 33 and has one complete game shutout on his professional resume.
• Jake Brown, who played two seasons at Pitt before continuing his college career at Georgia Southern, is pitching in relief for the Vancouver Canadians. The left-handed rookie has appeared in 10 games this season with a 2.45 ERA. Brown has K'd 17 batters in 18 1/3 innings as a pro.
• Former PCC shortstop Freddie Bynum has played in 13 games this season for the Orix Buffaloes of the Japan Baseball League. Bynum spent several years in the Major Leagues before signing with Orix earlier this year.