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PCC Foundation Thanks Supporters, Honors Alumni during Nov. 18 President's Reception


GREENVILLE—The Pitt Community College Foundation gave thanks a week early this year, holding the annual President’s Reception the Thursday before Thanksgiving to show appreciation to supporters and recognize special alumni and donors with awards.

Held at Rock Springs Center, the Nov. 18 reception featured remarks from PCC President G. Dennis Massey, who said the college is “shining as a destination for training and education” as it approaches its 50th Anniversary in March 2011.

While the N.C. Community College System has averaged four percent enrollment growth within the past three years, Massey said Pitt has been “growing by double digits” in credit and non-credit programs during that time.

Earlier this year, he said, the college opened the new Herman Simon Building to health science students, began work on three new campus buildings, and is actively looking for ways to take programming to off-campus sites in the community. 


PCC Partnering with Region Q Dev. Board to Offer Short-Term Weatherization Training

WINTERVILLE— Pitt Community College and the Region Q Workforce Development Board are teaming to provide short-term training in weatherization and sustainable energy to students at four area community colleges.

Earlier this year, Region Q received a $900,000-grant as part of the N.C. Commission on Workforce Development’s effort to prepare workers ready to meet the current and emerging needs of North Carolina’s energy agencies. Region Q partnered with PCC to develop the training and offer it to unemployed, underemployed and dislocated workers.

The massive project will involve four levels of training offered at various sites within Region Q’s service area, which includes five counties (Beaufort, Bertie, Hertford, Martin and Pitt) in the eastern part of the state.


Davenport, Carrothers Earn Scholarships

WINTERVILLE—Classroom success paid off in the form of scholarships last month for a pair of Pitt Community College radiography students.

Holly Davenport and Caroline Carrothers were presented their awards Nov. 11 by their radiography instructors and PCC Foundation Executive Director Susan Nobles.

Davenport, a 1980 graduate of Rocky Mount Senior High School, received $1,200 from Greenville’s Eastern Radiologist, Inc., for having the highest grade point average in her class. The Winterville resident has a perfect, 4.0 grade point average.

Carrothers, a Woodland native who graduated from Northeast Academy in 2007, received $500 through the Paula R. Davis Scholarship, which is named for a former PCC radiography student who died from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Family members and classmates created the award to honor Davis and provide financial assistance to a worthy radiography student.

Both Davenport and Carrothers are scheduled to graduate from the radiography program in May 2011.

Goody Receives Criminal Justice Scholarship

WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College’s Legal Science/Public Service Division recently presented the John Minges Scholarship to criminal justice student Angela Goody in recognition of her classroom excellence.

A Greenville resident, Goody is a second-year PCC criminal justice student with a 3.4 grade point average. The 22-year-old is expected to graduate from PCC in May and plans to pursue a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice at Fayetteville State University.

Through the Minges Scholarship, Goody will receive $500 to help offset the cost of her educational expenses.

“It’s an honor,” Goody said of her award. “It really does help. I work full-time and go to school full-time. It is nice to know people out there are helping people go to school.”


December Edition Quick Hitters ...

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

• The Pitt Community College Symphony Orchestra will present its annual holiday concert at 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 7 at Faith Assembly of God (5005 Corey Road, Winterville). Students of all ages are admitted free. The cost is $7 for others. For more information, e-mail Larry Spell at lspell@email.pittcc.edu.

• The annual 'Lights of Knowledge' tree lighting ceremony will take place Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m. in the Goess Student Center lobby. The public is invited to attend.

• The PCC Foundation's Down East Holiday Show took place at the Greenville Convention Center Nov. 5-7. More than 9,000 attended this year's event, helping raise nearly $80,000 for student scholarships and educational activities. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• PCC saluted the nation's veterans Nov. 11 with a program in the Goess Student Center. The event featured music by the college's own Jeff Ramey and remarks from Dr. Steve Duncan, assistant vice chancellor at East Carolina University. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• Efforts are being made to create a PCC Veterans Club. Those interested in taking part are asked to attend a meeting Dec. 7 in Goess 135 at 3:30 p.m. A second interest meeting will take place Dec. 8 at 2 p.m. in Goess 137.

• Student Morgan Kern was a finalist in the Gov Robert Scott Leadership Awards and has been named the college's nominee for the 2011 All-USA team through Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society.

• PCC's BLET program was featured in a Nov. 18 WNCT-9 report, "Training to Expect the Unexpected." (WATCH VIDEO)

• A new and improved PCC off-campus housing service was launched in November.

• PCC’s celebration of International Education Week included a Tea & Travel program in the Leslie Building Nov. 16. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• The college was well represented Nov. 13 for a dedication event at the Lucille Gorham Intergenerational Center (formerly St. Gabriel's Catholic Church) in Greenville. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• The PCC Alumni Association's Speaker Series featured Faye Prosser ("The Coupon Queen") offering tips on how to save money through coupons. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• PCC Alumni Relations and Career Services sponsored an Etiquette Luncheon in the Goess Student Center Nov. 9. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• PCC graduate Craig Goess Jr. finished tenth in his first NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. Goess, who finished second in the 2010 ARCA Series point standings, drove his Greenville Toyota-sponsored truck to a top-10 finish at Talladega Superspeedway in the Mountain Dew 250.

• 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)

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At 0-3, Basketball Still Looking for First Win

2010-11 PCC Basketball Schedule

PCC Basketball is off to a slow start this season, falling to 0-3 with a loss to Brunswick Community College Nov. 21.

After dropping their season-opener, 117-97, to Lenoir Community College, the Bulldogs came up just short at home against Sandhills Community College Nov. 20. Time ran out on PCC in the 101-100 loss to the Flyers in the Coburn Center.

Pitt's next chance to enter the win column will come Dec. 4 at Rockingham Community College. The Bulldogs will then face Louisburg College Dec. 5 in Louisburg before facing the UNC-Chapel Hill JV squad in the Dean E. Smith Center Dec. 11.

PCC's next home game is Jan. 6 at 7 p.m. against LCC. The Dawgs have just one home game in January but will play eight of their 10 regular-season games in February in the Coburn Center.

December Athletics Quick Hitters ...

• Sophomores Courtney Everette, Natalie Salter and Morghan Stallings earned All-Region X Conference honors for their play during the 2010 volleyball season.

• The University of South Carolina announced last month that the Gamecocks's baseball program had signed PCC infielder Tanner Lovick, who will be a sophomore when the Bulldogs take the field this spring. (READ STORY)

• Volleyball Coach Tom Marsh will conduct tryouts for the 2011 PCC volleyball team on Dec. 11 from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Coburn Center.

• Former PCC basketball standout Johnny Godette made waves for Lee University this month when he dunked on a 7-foot Bluefield College defender in the Flames' 93-71 victory. The dunk was caught on video and made ESPN Sportsnation's "3 Cheers" segment.