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PCC Celebrates 50th Anniversary with Gala
WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College employees and supporters celebrated the school's 50th Anniversary Saturday with a gala at the Greenville Convention Center.
The event featured remarks from key PCC leaders, past and present, including current President G. Dennis Massey and former President Charles Russell, who led the college from 1984 to 2003.
Started as Pitt Industrial Education Center in March 1961, PCC has grown significantly in terms of enrollment, facilities and curricula over the past 50 years. It became Pitt Technical Institute in 1964 and by June of that year, was serving more than 1,000 Pitt County citizens through 170 courses.
Today, PCC serves more than 21,000 students annually through 60 curriculums and a host of Continuing Education programs and course offerings. The college’s educational services are far-reaching, as evidenced by a presentation Saturday night by administrators from Wuxi Institute of Technology, PCC’s sister school in China.
50 Top Students Awarded for Excellence
WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College paid tribute to a select group of students Friday with the annual Academic Excellence Awards program.
Held in the Craig F. Goess Student Center, the ceremony honored 50 of the college’s top students for excellence in the classroom, on campus, and in the community. Each student participating in the event was nominated by a PCC instructor and/or staff member.
In addition to an awards presentation, the program featured remarks from Matthew Broadwell, a second-year criminal justice student from Knightdale with a 4.0 grade point average (gpa).
"I am truly honored to be speaking today about what Pitt Community College and its staff has done for me,” Broadwell said. “… When I graduate next year, I can honestly say that I don’t know exactly what I want to do with the rest of my life or career, but I can say that being here has given me the tools to succeed and the feeling that I can do anything I want to do if I set my mind to it.”
PCC Unveils Jubran Sculpture on Campus
WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College held a ceremony this month to unveil a new sculpture on campus created by world-renowned artist Hanna Jubran.
Called “A Moment of Discovery,” the stainless steel-and-bronze sculpture was purchased in commemoration of PCC’s 50th Anniversary. It has been placed just outside of the Craig F. Goess Student Center and faces Reedy Branch Road to provide more exposure.
At 13-feet tall and six-and-a-half-feet wide, Jubran’s latest masterpiece is two-feet deep and weighs approximately 1,400 pounds. Including planning and design, he says it took him more than two months to complete.
Jubran, a native of Israel, teaches at East Carolina University, where he is the Sculpture Department’s area coordinator.
In addition to the new PCC sculpture, Jubran’s local works include the “Hands of Hope” statue at the East Carolina Heart Institute in Greenville and the pirate statue outside of ECU’s Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. He said his wife, Jodi, is involved in the development of nearly all of his sculptures.
“A Moment of Discovery,” Jubran says, was created specifically for the PCC campus. He added that the piece carries the ‘four elements’ (earth, water, fire and wind) as a theme from top to bottom.
NADE Honors Developmental Ed. Faculty
WINTERVILLE—The National Association for Developmental Education held its annual conference in Washington, D.C., last month and recognized Pitt Community College with several awards.
PCC administrators announced this week that NADE presented the college’s Developmental Studies Department with the 2011 John Champaign Memorial Award for Outstanding Developmental Education Program. It also bestowed instructor Hilda Barrow with the 2011 Henry Young Award for Outstanding Individual Contribution to NADE.
Pitt received the Champaign Award as a result of its commitment to student excellence and faculty development. The award is based upon recognized program quality by peers and campus administrators, quality of service to students, and demonstrated effectiveness through achievement of objective criteria.
Weeks Named 2011 Woman of Substance
WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College students and employees celebrated Women’s History Month March 2 with an event in the Craig F. Goess Student Center that featured the reading of excerpts from “The Help.”
Written by Kathryn Stockett in 2009, “The Help” is about three ordinary women whose stories intertwine to reveal life in Jackson, Miss., during the early 1960s. PCC instructors Hilda Barrow, Danita Dudley, Allison Flowers and Sallie Stone read excerpts from Stockett’s best-selling novel along with Vice President of Academic Affairs Pamela Hilbert.
PCC has held a program each year since 2001 to celebrate the achievements of women. The event is held in March in conjunction with the nation's observance of Women's History Month.
April 2011 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 April 2011 update.
• U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC) visited the PCC campus March 22, 2011. During his hour-long visit, he met with college administrators and toured the Herman Simon Building. (PHOTO GALLERY)
• Progress continues on three new buildings on the west side of campus. At a cost of approximately $28 million, PCC is building a new academic classroom facility, a construction and industrial technology building, and a new maintenance headquarters on property formerly known as the Bowen Farm. When the buildings have been completed in 2012, office and classroom space on campus will have increased by 20 percent. (PHOTO GALLERY)
• The PCC Alumni Association has a new advisory board that will guide the organization in its effort to create a strong alumni base. The 20-member board of directors met for the first time in February and will assemble quarterly in the future to discuss and coordinate the college’s upcoming alumni programming. (READ MORE)
• Check out how much PCC has changed (and stayed the same) over the past 50 years with the "Celebrating 50 Years: PCC Then and Now" photo gallery on facebook.
• PCC employees - past and present - celebrated the college's 50th Anniversary with a reception in the Goess Student Center March 15. (PHOTO GALLERY)
• The PCC Foundation held its annual scholarship auction Feb. 22 at Rock Springs Center. Nearly 500 people attended the fundraiser, which featured both silent and live auctions and raised approximately $40,000. (PHOTO GALLERY) (VIDEO)
• PCC celebrated Black History Month this year with a variety of events, including performances by Joyce Greer and Ernest Silver, a birthday tribute to Martin Luther King Jr., a presentation by PCC's LaTonya Evans, and performance of "American Men" and "The Yearning." (VIDEO)
• The Continuing Education Division held a Career Readiness Certificate (CRC) information session at Greenville's Rep Express Feb. 16. The event featured presentations by Mary Paramore, Director of Business and Industry, and CRC Coordinator Steven Pearce. (PHOTO GALLERY)
• The PCC Symphony Orchestra presented its annual Winter Pops Concert March 1 at Winterville's Faith Assembly of God. The program featured well-known folk and patriotic tunes as well as pieces by Aaron Copland and Duke Ellington. (PHOTO GALLERY)
• Student Ambassadors-past and present-met for a reunion in the Goess Student Center March 18. (PHOTO GALLERY)
Upcoming Events ...
• This spring, the PCC Greenhouse will offer many bedding plants in flats and 4-inch and 5-inch pots. Geraniums, roses, hanging baskets, numerous types of vegetables, small shrubs and herb plants will be available as well. Special Saturday sales will take place throughout April. (MORE INFORMATION)
• The annual PCC Speech Competition will take place April 7 at 2 p.m. in Leslie 143. The topic will be "It’s the Year 2061, Our Centennial! Describe the educational climate at PCC." (MORE INFORMATION)
• Various industry leaders will form an "Employer Panel" April 12 to provide job search tips, tips for helping individuals stand out to potential employers and business success tips. "Ask the Experts" will take place from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. in Goess 137.
• The college will host a pair of career fairs in the Goess Student Center April 14. (MORE INFORMATION)
• PCC will celebrate "Earth Day" April 18. (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 Andre Gregory, Minority Male Mentoring and International programs coordinator, the 30-minute program airs on television (Cable Channel 7) and radio (WTIB 103.7). (MORE INFORMATION)
• Be sure to watch "PCC Outreach with Ernis Lee" Mondays at 8:30 p.m. on Cable Channel 23.
Softball Rolling at 25-4 overall, 3-0 Region X
PCC Softball has won five straight games and is 25-4 overall, 3-0 in Region X Conference play heading into this weekend's series against Aiken Technical College at Winterville Recreation Park.
After splitting a doubleheader with 8th-ranked Navarro College (TX) on March 17, the Bulldogs topped College of the Albemarle twice and Louisburg College once before taking both games of a doubleheader (16-0 & 12-2) March 26 against USC-Salkehatchie in Allendale, S.C. Sunday's doubleheader between the two teams was rained out.
Next up for Pitt is a four-game series with Aiken Tech at Winterville Recreation Park April 2-3.
April Athletics Quick Hitters ...
• PCC Baseball started the season 18-1 before dropping eight straight to close out the month. After sweeping a four-game series against Louisburg College March 12-13, the Bulldogs were swept in a four-game series with Spartanburg Methodist College the next weekend before losing four more against USC-Sumter.
Pitt will look to get back on track at home April 2-3 with a pair of doubleheaders against Guilford Tech.
• In March, the National Junior College Athletic Association selected Kelli Patrick as its Division I Player of the Week and teammate Charity Watson as the country’s Division I Pitcher of the Week. Watson ended up winning the award twice in March. (READ ARTICLE)
• PCC Basketball's season came to an end March 4 with a 64-63 loss to Guilford Tech in the Region X Conference Tournament quarterfinals. Dennis Mesidor's free throw with 4.1 seconds left broke a 63-63 tie and gave GTCC its first lead of the second half. The Bulldogs finished the season 7-16 overall, having won six of their final nine games.
• PCC Volleyball is seeking attendees for this year's volleyball camps. (REGISTRATION FORM)
• PCC Basketball will hold tryouts for spots on the 2011-12 squad April 2. (MORE INFORMATION)
• Nice article in The Wilmington Star Newspaper on former PCC baseball standout Matt Campbell, who is now playing third base for the UNC-Wilmington Seahawks. (READ ARTICLE)
• Fomer PCC baseball player Brett Williams is fitting in nicely with his new team, the N.C. State Wolfpack. (READ ARTICLE)