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PCC Dedicates New Herman Simon Building
WINTERVILLE—Nearly two years after breaking ground at the site of the Herman Simon Building, Pitt Community College dedicated its newest addition to campus Aug. 6 with a ceremony in the Craig F. Goess Student Center.
At a cost of just more than $5 million, PCC built the Simon Building to provide its Health Sciences Division with an additional 35,765 square feet for classrooms, laboratories and offices. The two-story building is connected to the William Fulford Building, which will still house many of the college’s health sciences programs.
PCC administrators say the benefits of the Simon Building’s addition are many. For instance, the college can move its medical sonography program from a storage area in Fulford that had been converted into a classroom into a spacious, new science lab. The polysomnography program will trade its cramped quarters in Fulford for a new sleep study center in Simon while the nursing program is expanding to serve 50 more students annually.
College Welcomes International Students
PCC welcomed its international student population to campus last month with a special reception in the Craig F. Goess Student Center.
Held Aug. 25, the annual PCC International Club-sponsored event had a Caribbean Island theme and featured presentations by international students, a musical performance and international cuisine.
PCC enrollment data shows there are 117 international students taking curriculum courses at the college this fall. Those students represent 41 different countries.
“This program is a great way to welcome international students to our college and to acknowledge that we have a link to the global community,” said Joy Tucker, PCC International Club advisor. “The welcome reception also gives students an opportunity to share their stories and become leaders in our campus community.”
PCC Police Conduct Active Shooter Training
WINTERVILLE—Members of the Pitt Community College Police Department took part in training last month they hope they will never have to call upon.
While faculty and students were on break, the officers practiced responding to emergencies involving an active shooter on campus. The exercise took place in PCC’s Raymond Reddrick Building Aug. 10.
According to PCC Police Chief Alan Edwards, officers were presented with multiple scenarios throughout the day – everything from a single shooter to multiple gunmen to situations involving hostages and dynamic room entry. The number of officers taking part in each scenario varied to better simulate a real-life emergency response, he said.
Grant Funding for TRIO Program Renewed
PCC received word in August that grant funding for its Student Support Services (SSS) program had been renewed for an additional five years.
Also called TRIO, the Student Support Services grant comes from the U.S. Department of Education and is worth more than $1 million.
TRIO helps PCC fulfill its mission to educate and empower people for success by providing traditionally under-represented students with the support and guidance they need in order complete their educational goals.
Employees Gather for Annual Convocation
WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College employees participated in convocation Aug. 17, giving them a chance to reflect upon recent achievements and plan ahead for the 2010-11 academic year.
Though the number of students enrolled this semester could still climb higher when late-start classes are factored in, nearly 8,600 students have signed up for classes this fall -- the college’s largest enrollment ever.
“What we’re seeing is epic,” PCC President G. Dennis Massey told employees during convocation. “I mean, it’s historical.”
Massey said PCC served record enrollments in spring and summer and received more than 10,000 financial aid applications for the fall semester, twice as many as it received at the same point a year ago.
September Edition Quick Hitters ...
• PCC's Continuing Education Division announced last month that the Disney Institute's newest professional development program, "Disney’s Approach to Quality Service for Health Care Professionals," is coming to the Greenville Hilton Oct. 10. (MORE INFORMATION)
• Each Monday at 6:30 p.m., catch the latest Pitt Community College news on PCC InSight. Hosted by PCC Alumni Relations Director Ashley Smith and Levy Brown, Director of Cooperative Education and Secondary Alliances, the 30-minute program airs on television (Cable Channel 7) and radio (WTIB 103.7). (MORE INFORMATION)
• The annual PCC Foundation Golf Classic will take place Oct. 7 at Greenville Country Club. The event raises money for PCC scholarships and educational activities. To learn more about sponsorship opportunities or to play, contact PCC's Institutional Advancement Division at (252) 493-7287.
• The PCC Leadership institute will be held at the Riverfront Hilton in New Bern Oct. 13-15. The application deadline for PCC employees wanting to participate in the professional development activity is Sept. 17. Contact Dr. Brian Miller at (252) 493-7421 for more information.
• PCC Alumni Relations Director Ashley Smith is seeking outstanding alumni nominees for special awards to be presented during the annual President's Reception Nov. 18. Nomination forms are available on the PCC website and must be completed and returned to the Alumni Relations Office by Sept. 14. For additional information on the alumni award nomination process, contact Smith at (252) 493-7229.
• In collaboration with East Carolina University, PCC's Arts and Sciences Division will host a Readers' Theater event Sept. 9. The program will take place from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Fulford 153 and is part of the lead up to the 2010 Eastern North Carolina Literary Homecoming. To perform in the Readers' Theater, contact PCC Developmental English Instructor Regina Garcia by telephone at (252) 493-7568 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
• PCC Student Ambassadors participated in training activities last month in preparation for their work during the 2010-11 academic year, including a trip to the East Carolina University ropes course. (PHOTO GALLERY)
• Each month, PCC President G. Dennis Massey provides a "College Update" with the latest college news. Click HERE for Dr. Massey's September update.
Athletics to Hold Reverse Drawing Sept. 23
Pitt Community College Athletics will hold a reverse drawing Sept. 23 to raise money for the college’s four intercollegiate sports teams.
According to PCC Athletics Director Junior Bailey, the fundraiser is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. and will take place at the Greenville Shrine Club on Old Tar Road. Tickets are $100 each, which includes entry to the drawing and dinner for two.
For those unfamiliar with reverse drawings, the goal is to be holding the last ticket number called. Bailey said a total of 200 tickets would be sold for PCC’s event with the winner receiving a $3,000 prize.
Volleyball Starts 2010 Season with a Win
A new division, new recruits and seven returning players should give Pitt Community College volleyball coach Tom Marsh had plenty to look forward to when his club opened the regular-season play Aug. 31.
PCC kicked off the 2010 campaign at home with a 3-1 (25-21, 25-11, 14-25, 25-22) victory over Wake Technical Institute.
The Bulldogs, who finished 21-14 last year and narrowly missed a chance to reach the national championship tournament in Iowa, are playing in the NJCAA’s Division II this fall, after competing at the Division I-level since the program’s inception.
Marsh said the switch to Division II was the right move for Pitt, explaining that Division I programs can offer scholarships that cover an athlete’s room and board in addition to tuition, books and fees. Since North Carolina community colleges, including PCC, do not offer campus housing, Marsh said the Bulldogs were at a disadvantage in Division I.
September Athletics Quick Hitters ...
• Former PCC pitcher Robbie Penny has been stellar in his first season as a pro. On Aug. 30, the Whiteville native held the Danville Braves scoreless for three innings, helping the Burlington Royals secure their first playoff berth since 1993 with a 3-2 victory. In the process of picking up his fifth save of the year, Penny lowered his ERA to 1.75 in 46 1/3 innings.
• After going 5-5 with the Gulf Coast League Tigers, former PCC pitcher Jeff Ferrell is now starting for the NY Tigers of the Class A Short-Season NY-Penn League. Ferrell pitched his first game for Connecticut Aug. 30. He tossed three innings, allowing five hits and two earned runs. In 12 games as a pro, Ferrell has a 3.28 ERA in 60 1/3 innings.
• Jake Brown, who played two seasons at Pitt before continuing his collegiate career at Georgia Southern, is pitching in relief for the Vancouver Canadians. The left-hander is 2-3 overall and has appeared in 18 games as a pro with a 1.95 ERA. Thus far, Brown has K'd 29 batters in 27 2/3 innings.
• Former PCC infielder Lonnie Chisenhall is hitting .279 for the Akron Aeros, the Double-A affiliate of the Cleveland Indians. Chisenhall, who played for the Bulldogs during the 2008 season, has 17 homers and 80 runs batted in in 111 games this season.
• The Lindenwood University men’s basketball team recently announced the addition of two players for the 2010-11 season. Efkan Eren and Devin Johnson will both bring size to the Lions lineup. Eren starred for PCC during the 2009-10 season. (READ STORY)
• Lee University men's basketball coach Tommy Brown took the advice of former assistant when he began recruiting and signed former PCC standout Johnny Godette. (READ STORY)