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Kuykendall to Address Class of 2011 May 13
WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College will hold its annual spring commencement May 13 with Dr. Judith Kuykendall addressing members of the school’s 2011 graduating class.
Kuykendall, who worked at PCC for 30 years before retiring in 2000, played a key role in developing the college’s health science offerings. She began in 1970, teaching students in the practical nursing program before eventually becoming dean of the Health Sciences Division.
“I was so blessed to be (at PCC) during such a time of growth,” Kuykendall said. “It was an exciting time as we expanded to give more students the opportunity to have careers in the health profession.”
A Greenville native, Kuykendall had 20 students in her first class at PCC, 17 of whom graduated. She helped the college develop an associate degree nursing program in 1974 and became the program’s first director.
College Shows Appreciation to Employees
WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College celebrated employee achievements last month with the 28th Annual Employee Appreciation and Recognition Evening at the Greenville Convention Center.
During the program, which took place April 15, the college honored recent retirees and presented a total of 63 service awards to employees who had a combined 685 years of service to the college. A number of special awards were also announced as part of the event.
The 2011 Joan and Ed Warren Staff Employee of the Year Award was presented to Rick Owens. As the college’s Assistant Vice President of Information Technology and Services, he is responsible for providing vision, leadership and coordination for information technology across campus.
Morgan Kern Named Coca-Cola Gold Scholar
WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College student Morgan Kern has been named a Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Gold Scholar.
A Greenville resident, Kern will graduate from PCC next week with an associate degree in medical sonography.
Kern, who is a Wisconsin native, was PCC’s nominee for the prestigious Robert W. Scott Leadership Award this year. She has been a PCC Student Ambassador in each of her three years at the college, including one year as the group’s president.
With a 4.0 grade point average, Kern was one of 50 Pitt students honored this spring during the annual Academic Excellence Awards. During the ceremony, she was one of two students to receive a President’s Award worth $500.
TRIO Honors Students during Annual Banquet
WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College's TRIO: Student Support Services program honored its student participants April 29 with an awards ceremony in the Craig F. Goess Student Center.
The event celebrated the success of 21 soon-to-be graduates and 43 students from the program who achieved academic excellence by posting cumulative grade point averages of 3.0 or higher.
The banquet also featured several special award presentations, including one for perseverance that was given to TRIO student Celestine Best, who is scheduled to graduate May 13. According to TRIO Program Director LaTonya Evans, Best overcame many personal tragedies in order to complete her program of study at PCC.
May 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 May 2011 update.
• University Transfer student Hakeem Suggs was notified in April that he has been awarded a Community College STEM Scholarship worth $1,000. Suggs, a freshman with a 3.7 grade point average, plans to transfer to a four-year institution to study astrophysics upon completing his program of study. (READ STORY)
• James Van Staalduinen, an Architectural Technology student, was recently named the Greenville Morning Rotary Club’s 2011 Sen. Ed N. Warren Scholarship recipient. A Greenville resident, Van Staalduinen is in his second year as a PCC Student Ambassador and has a 3.7 grade point average. (READ STORY)
• Caroline Killmon, a PCC Student Ambassador planning to major in nursing, took first place in the college's annual public speaking contest. This year's speech topic asked competitors to speculate about the educational climate at PCC 50 years from now. (READ STORY)
• The PCC Alumni Association Board of Directors recently selected officers and chose Christopher Sutton to serve as chairman. Sutton is a 1998 Business Administration: Marketing and Retailing graduate who also completed basic law enforcement training at Pitt. (READ STORY)
• For offering 50 years of educational opportunities to the Winterville community, Pitt County and surrounding counties, PCC was recognized as the Winterville Chamber of Commerce's 2011 Business of the Year. PCC is Winterville's largest employer, has attracted business & industry to the area, and has provided entertainment and publicity through its athletics success, making it an incredible asset to Winterville. (DAILY REFLECTOR ARTICLE)
• PCC students had a valuable opportunity to meet with area employers April 14, during the school’s annual career fair in the Craig F. Goess Student Center's multipurpose room. (PHOTO GALLERY)
• The N.C. Community College System honored more than 65 individuals during its 2011 excellence event, “The Great Within the 58,” April 14. The awards luncheon took place in Raleigh as part of a weeklong celebration of “North Carolina Community College Excellence in Education,” as proclaimed by Gov. Bev Perdue. Jason Donica, president of PCC’s Student Government Association, represented the college during the event.
• Six representatives from area businesses formed a panel April 12 to answer questions about what employers are looking for in entry-level candidates and how individuals can make themselves competitive in today's job market. (PHOTO GALLERY)
• The PCC Police Department held a retirement ceremony for Sgt. Lee Bowen in the Craig F. Goess Student Center April 21. (PHOTO GALLERY)
• Some of Pitt County’s top high school students met at Pitt Community College April 26 for the final session of their semester-long Teen Leadership Institute. Sponsored by the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce, the Institute is designed to develop leadership skills in the county’s high school students. Participants were chosen based on their leadership potential and interest in leadership. (PHOTO GALLERY)
• In observance of Earth Day and PCC's Earth Day Green Fair, which took place April 18, Biology 112 students offered nature trail tours on the college's main campus April 25-29. (PHOTO GALLERY)
• Construction continues on three new buildings on the west side of campus. (PHOTO GALLERY)
• PCC's Student Government Association sponsored an Easter Egg Hunt for children in the college's pre-school on April 18. (PHOTO GALLERY)
• Faculty and staff joined Developmental Studies faculty in the Reddrick Building April 4 to celebrate the Developmental Studies Department's NADE awards. (PHOTO GALLERY)
• PCC's Financial Aid Office helped students complete applications for federal student aid April 27 during FAFSA Day, which took place in the counseling center located in the Craig F. Goess Student Center.
• The college held an Earth Day celebration outside the Goess Student Center April 18. (PHOTO GALLERY)
• The N.C. Joint Legislative Committee on Regulatory Reform made a stop on the PCC campus April 4 to allow for public comment on state rules and regulations. (PHOTO GALLERY)
Upcoming Events ...
• May 13 - Spring Commencement
• May 18 - Pedal to Pitt
• May 24 - AWARE Camp Application Deadline
• May 26 - PCC Alumni Association Speaker Series
• June 2011 - New Student Orientation Sessions
• July 18-22 and July 25-29 - Kids' College
• 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.
Baseball Preparing for Region X Tournament
PCC Baseball closed out the 2011 regular season with wins in 15 of their final 17 games, including a 22-5 rout of Lenoir Community College in their home finale April 19.
After finishing Region X Conference play with a 16-10 mark, the Bulldogs are 33-11 overall heading into the Region X Conference Tournament, which takes place May 7-11 at Burlington Athletic Park in Burlington, N.C.
First up in the conference tourney for third-seeded PCC is sixth-seeded Louisburg College Saturday at 10 a.m.
May Athletics Quick Hitters ...
• With a sweep of Florence-Darlington Technical College April 29-30, PCC Softball improved to 42-6 overall, 20-2 in the Region X Conference. Six sophomores played their final home games for the Bulldogs in the sweep of the Stingers. With at least a four-game set against Spartanburg Methodist College May 7-8 and the Region X Tournament May 13-15, PCC's 2011 sophomore class--Melissa Avent, Christie Brown, Amber Mills, Casey Mitchell, Charity Watson and Daniqua Taylor--is already 81-19 overall, 36-4 in Region X Conference play.
• The NJCAA announced April 13 that PCC pitcher Charity Watson had won Division I Softball Pitcher of the Week honors for a third time this season. At the time of the announcement, Watson, a sophomore from Washington, led the nation in total strikeouts (255), strikeouts per inning (1.93) and had a 0.32 earned run average.
• PCC Baseball Coach Tommy Eason was the headline speaker for a tournament organized by West Carteret High School and spoke to players and coaches of all the clubs in the tournament during a banquet at Big Rock Stadium. (READ STORY)
• PCC Volleyball is seeking attendees for this year's volleyball camps. (REGISTRATION FORM)