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Gov. Assesses Hurricane Damage at PCC

PCC President G. Dennis Massey (center) discusses damage to the Pitt campus caused by Hurricane Irene as N.C. Gov. Beverly Perdue and N.C. Community Colleges President Scott Ralls listen. (Rob Goldberg Jr./Pitt Community College)Gov. Beverly Perdue visited the PCC campus Sept. 1 to assess damage done to the state’s community colleges by Hurricane Irene.

Shortly after her arrival by helicopter, the governor toured campus by bus to see firsthand the rooftop damage and downed trees resulting from Irene’s fierce winds and heavy rains.

Tropical storm force winds pounded North Carolina’s eastern counties for hours before the hurricane finally made landfall near Cape Lookout around 7:30 a.m. on Aug. 27. The storm crept slowly along the coastline from there, remaining in the eastern part of the state until well after nightfall.

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Ralls Addresses Employees at Convocation

Dr. Scott RallsPCC held convocation Aug. 15 with Dr. Scott Ralls, president of the N.C. Community College System, serving as the event’s keynote speaker.

Ralls, who became NCCCS president in May 2008, centered his remarks on the need for community colleges to continue helping students achieve their dreams in spite of what he referred to as a “perfect storm” – divergent skill distributions, demographic shifts and a changing economy.

According to Ralls, there is no group more important to helping America solve its economic woes than community colleges. “We are the cavalry,” he said. “… We are the people we’ve been waiting for.”

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J. Paul Davenport Named BOT Chairman

J. Paul DavenportJ. Paul Davenport, a retired military officer and local businessman, has been named chairman of the PCC Board of Trustees.

Davenport, a Pactolus resident, has served on the college’s governing board since he was appointed by Pitt County Commissioners in 2005. His current term runs through June 30, 2013.

He was elected chairman during the board's May meeting and assumed the role July 1.

A 1961 East Carolina University business education graduate, Davenport says serving as a trustee is an important way for him to give back to the community and help PCC continue to grow. He says his role as chairman is to ensure trustees meet their objectives for 2011-12 and beyond.

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Pair of Fulbright ScholarsTeaching at PCC 

Valeria Guerra (left) and Xiu-Wen LinWhen Pitt employees met for convocation last month, President G. Dennis Massey announced the addition of two new instructors who will be teaching foreign language courses at the college this year through the Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program.

Sponsored by the federal government, the Fulbright Program is the country’s flagship international educational exchange effort. It was established to increase mutual understanding between U.S. citizens and people of other countries and has provided learning opportunities to nearly 300,000 participants.

"The Fulbright Program is another tool that PCC is using to better prepare our students and our community for the global economy,” said Andre Gregory, PCC’s International Programs and Services Coordinator. “It is an honor for any college or university to host a Fulbright scholar. It is very rare that a community college has the opportunity to host one, let alone two.”

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September 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 September 2011 update.

• During their Aug. 23 meeting, PCC Trustees honored long-time employee Michael Bridgers for his many years of service to the college. (READ MORE)

• Construction and Industrial Technology (CIT) students have once again combined efforts to produce a pair of homes to be sold by public auction for the benefit of future CIT training activities. (READ MORE)

• The State Employees’ Credit Union Foundation presented scholarships last month to students Raven Creech and Lesley Matos. (READ MORE)

• A new campus smoking policy recently approved by PCC administrators went into effect Aug. 15 and allows for smoking on campus in designated areas only. (READ MORE)

• At the conclusion of each semester, PCC compiles a list of graduates, Dean's List honorees and Honor Roll students. All full-time students in a major who maintain a semester grade point average between 3.50 and 4.00 are recognized on the Dean's list at PCC. Those who maintain a semester grade point average between 3.00 and 3.49 are recognized on the Honor Roll.

• PCC’s Continuing Education Division teamed with Lowe’s Home Improvement Aug. 13 for Greenville’s First Annual Energy Expo. Event organizers said their goal was to educate the community on sustainable energy benefits and how to reduce energy costs.

• PCC police officers trained last month on how to respond to an emergency involving an active shooter on campus. The exercise was held in the college’s Raymond Reddrick Building Aug. 8, during a break between semesters. (READ MORE)

• Support the PCC Foundation by purchasing a chance to win a Bushnell Laser Rangefinder bonus pack. (CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION)

• Of the many images taken in the wake of Hurricane Irene, many news media outlets have chosen to use this photo to depict the devastation the storm left behind. Pictured is PCC Health Information Technology graduate Erin Stinson (right) being comforted by her father, Billy, and mother, Sandra, on the steps of where their cottage stood in Nags Head before being destroyed by the hurricane.

• PCC’s Continuing Education Division wrapped up a successful Kids’ College program this summer, having served approximately 90 children through 10 different classes over the course of two weeks. (READ MORE)

• Aug. 16 was 'Turn It Blue Tuesday' and the PCC Pride Patrol spotted the Developmental Studies crew demonstrating quite bit of PCC pride. (PHOTO)


Upcoming Events ...

• Sept. 8 - Clubs and Subs

• Sept. 13 - ECU Extends

• Sept. 13 - PCC Volleyball vs. Louisburg College

• Sept. 14 - International Student Welcome Reception

• Oct. 6 - PCC Foundation Golf Classic

• Oct. 11 - PCC Symphony Orchestra Concert

• Oct. 12 - Fall Fest

• Oct. 15 - Open House

• Oct. 16 - Inaugural Bulldog Run

• Oct. 18 - PCC Foundation Scholarship Reception

• Oct. 28 - Trunk or Treat

• Nov. 4-6 - Down East Holiday Show

• 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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Volleyball 3-3 Overall after Pioneer Classic

Megan MansfieldSPARTANBURG, S.C.—While many took advantage of the rest and relaxation opportunities associated with Labor Day Weekend, the Pitt Community College volleyball team was hard at work.

The Bulldogs traveled to South Carolina Friday to participate in the Pioneer Classic at Spartanburg Methodist College Saturday and Sunday and finished a respectable third out of five teams after going 2-3.

Pitt started tournament play with a 3-0 victory (25-8, 25-6 and 25-14) over Lackawanna College (PA) Saturday before dropping two straight to NJCAA Division I powerhouses Wallace State and Brevard Community College.

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September Athletics Quick Hitters ...

• PCC Basketball, under the direction of new head coach Darrick Mullins, has released its 2011-12 schedule. The Bulldogs will play 13 home games this season plus the annual Blue-White game on Oct. 29. For the complete schedule, click HERE.

• Former PCC baseball pitcher Gary Ward signed with the Bethel University Wildcats. (READ STORY)

• Former PCC outfielder Micah Jarrett has signed on to play baseball at UNC-Wilmington. (READ STORY)