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PCMH Volunteers Endow Scholarship at PCC

PCMH Volunteer Auxiliary Check PresentationWINTERVILLE—Members of the Pitt County Memorial Hospital (PCMH) Volunteer Auxiliary were on the Pitt Community College campus June 30 to demonstrate their support for health care education.

The group, which was responsible for various volunteer services at PCMH before recently disbanding, presented the PCC Foundation with a check for just under $110,000 to establish a scholarship endowment for students pursuing health care careers.

Etsil Mason, retired volunteer director at PCMH, said auxiliary members recognized the need for well-trained health care professionals – from nurses to radiologists to respiratory therapists – in eastern North Carolina.


Girls Introduced to Electronics, Robotics 

By Allison Deville
PCC Communications Intern

PCC AWARE Camp participants visit the East Carolina Heart Institute.WINTERVILLE—For a group of young girls taking part in AWARE Camp at Pitt Community College last month, the lazy days of summer took a back seat to electronics and robotics.

Held June 20-24, the Advancing Women in Automation Robotics Engineering (AWARE) Camp, introduced 16 rising seventh and eighth-grade girls to the male-dominated field of electronics engineering. The event was funded through a $140,000-grant from the National  Science Foundation.

Though most of the campers participating in the event were from Pitt County, several came from other parts of the state, including Wake, Johnston and Halifax counties.

Carmel Sutton, 12, was interested in the camp because of a family connection. “My dad is in robotics at Bosch [in Greenville] and so I wanted to learn more about it,” she said.


VISIONS Holds Annual Summer Institute 

2011 Visions Summer InstituteWINTERVILLE—The Pitt Community College VISIONS Program held its annual Summer Institute in June to introduce a new group of students to career and educational opportunities available to them in their own back yards.

Each summer, the VISIONS Career Development and Scholarship Program welcomes a new group of rising Pitt County seniors. Created in 2004, the program provides participants with the support and guidance they need in order to complete high school, enroll in higher education, and ultimately find employment.

This year’s institute featured a tour of Greenville’s Grady-White Boats, where students received words of encouragement and advice from the company’s president, Kris Carroll. Participants also took part in a variety of hands-on activities and presentations on the PCC campus to become more familiar with the college’s curricula.


Business Division to Offer Two New Programs

WINTERVILLE—Starting this fall, Pitt Community College students will have a couple of new curriculum programs from which to choose.

When classes begin in August, the Business Division will begin offering the entire two-year Simulation and Game Development (SGD) curriculum along with Healthcare Business Informatics (HBI).

Though PCC students have been able to take SGD coursework on campus since the fall of 2007, the program was offered in partnership with Wake Technical Community College. As a result, students completed the first year of the program at Pitt before moving on to Wake Tech to finish their studies.


July 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 July 2011 update.

• PCC's Arts and Sciences Student Success Center held a grand opening June 7 to provide academic advising services to university transfer and pre-health sciences students. (READ MORE)

• PCC’s Business Division Academic Advising Center opened July 1 for students enrolling this fall in the Business Administration, Administrative and Medical Office Technology, and Information Systems Technology programs. (READ MORE)

• Meet PCC's 2011-2012 Student Ambassadors.

• The college's Information Systems Technology Department has joined the Apple iOS Developer University Program, an initiative created for higher education institutions wanting to introduce iOS development into curricula. (READ MORE)

• PCC administrators announced last month the addition of several enhancements to the college's six-month Health Information Technology (HIT) certificate program. (READ MORE)

• PCC's Student Development Services Division held eight New Student Orientation sessions in June to help new enrollees get off to the right start. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• Following a national search, the PCC Board of Trustees appointed Dr. Dan Mayo dean of the college’s Public Services and Fine Arts Division. (READ MORE)

• As part of a campus-wide wellness program, PCC employees were challenged to ride bikes as part of an exercise regimen during the month of May. Accounting instructor Robert Tallo took the prize for having logged the most miles during the event. (PHOTO)

• Construction continues on three new buildings on the west side of campus. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• For participating in a 2011 graduation survey, Medical Assisting graduate Felicia Fields was the recipient of a diploma frame from the PCC Bookstore. (PHOTO)

• Learn more about PCC's accreditation efforts by watching "Wheel of Jeopardy."

Upcoming Events ...

• July 18-22 and July 25-29 - Kids' College

• Aug. 15 - Convocation

• Aug. 17 - First Day of Fall Semester Classes

• Oct. 6 - PCC Foundation Golf Classic

• 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.

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NJCAA Honors Salter for Classroom Success

Natalie SalterCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – The NJCAA announced in June that Pitt Community College volleyball player Natalie Salter has been recognized by the organization for academic excellence.

Salter, a Havelock High School graduate, spent the past two seasons with the Bulldogs as a libero and outside hitter. A university transfer student, she posted a 3.6 grade point average at PCC to earn 2010-11 NJCAA Academic Student-Athlete honors.

Earlier this year, Salter was one of 50 students Pitt recognized for excellence in the classroom, on campus, and in the community. During the ceremony, she also received the inaugural Female Student-Athlete Award.

In addition to Salter, more than 1,470 NJCAA student-athletes met the requirements for individual academic honors this year while more than 370 teams qualified for academic team accolades.


Several Bulldogs Chosen in 2011 MLB Draft

Tyler MolinaroWINTERVILLE—PCC first baseman Tyler Molinaro and former Bulldogs centerfielder Brett Williams were selected by the New York Yankees and Arizona Diamondbacks, respectively, on June 7—the second day of the 2011 Major League Baseball Draft.

Molinaro, who will play at UNC-Wilmington next season if he does not sign with the Yankees, led Pitt in hitting as a sophomore, finishing with a .396 batting average (59-for-149) in 49 games. The Charlottesville, Va., native was taken by New York with the 479th overall pick.

In two seasons with the Bulldogs, Molinaro compiled a .371 batting average (104-for-280) in 95 games, finishing with 24 home runs, 107 runs scored, 23 doubles and 91 runs batted in.


July Athletics Quick Hitters ...

• PCC Basketball Coach Darrick Mullins held his annual basketball camp June 20-24. The 15th Annual Winners Unlimited Basketball Camp took place in the college's Charles Coburn Center with more than 30 youngsters taking part. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• The Cleveland Indians announced last month that Columbus Clippers third baseman and former PCC infielder Lonnie Chisenhall has been called up to the major leagues. (READ MORE)

• The PCC Baseball program held a tryout June 29 for unsigned seniors and student-athletes who have already finished high school. (PHOTO GALLERY)