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PCC Honors Academic Excellence Winners

PCC President G. Dennis Massey (center) poses for a photo with Corey Staton and Tiffany Wright, who were this year's recipients of the PCC President's Award. Both students will receive $500 as part of the award. (Rob Goldberg Jr./Pitt Community College)WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College paid tribute to a select group of students last month, during the annual Academic Excellence Awards program.

Held in the Craig F. Goess Student Center March 23, the ceremony honored 50 of the college’s top students for excellence in the classroom, on campus, and in the community.

“Every year, I’m blown away by the quality of our students and the strength of their commitment to education,” said Dr. Donald Spell, PCC Vice President of Student Development Services, in welcoming students and their guests to the program.

PCC President G. Dennis Massey agreed and said this year’s honorees were “an inspiration and example to students, faculty and staff.”


Panel Highlights Women's History Program

Following their presentations, Hilda Pinnix-Ragland, Dr. C. Neill McLeod and Renee Robinson, left to right, answered questions from the audience.A distinguished panel of North Carolina women highlighted the college's Women’s History Month celebration last month in the school’s Craig F. Goess Student Center.

The program, titled “Women’s Education – Women’s Empowerment” in conjunction with the national Women’s History Month theme for 2012, the featured Hilda Pinnix-Ragland, Dr. C. Neill McLeod and Renee Robinson sharing their stories of personal and professional success through education.

Pinnix-Ragland is Vice President-Corporate Public Affairs for Raleigh’s Progress Energy, where she began working in 1980. She is also chair of the North Carolina State Board of Community Colleges.


Students Teaming to Build New Sculpture

Matt AmanteStudents from several PCC curricula are combining efforts this semester to develop a new campus sculpture.

According to Matt Amante, a PCC Associate of Fine Arts instructor, the students are constructing a 13-foot metallic sculpture that will be installed on campus near the Ed and Joan Warren Building on April 13. Amante said Carl Billingsley, an East Carolina University professor, has designed the sculpture.

“I think a large sculpture impacts everyone on campus and anyone who visits campus,” Amante said. “This is a great way to beautify our campus, and with the location of this piece, everyone driving into campus on Reedy Branch Road will see it.”


Parker Named 2012 Woman of Substance

Marguerite ParkerDuring last month’s Women’s History Month program, PCC administrators presented Marguerite Parker with the 2012 recipient of the Woman of Substance Award in recognition of her outstanding campus and community involvement.

Parker, an English and communications instructor, began teaching at Pitt in 1998. In addition to her classroom responsibilities, she is an academic advisor and student club advisor for the college’s Student Government Association and Circle of Sisters Club.

"I was very proud to stand with all of the nominees for this year’s award,” Parker said. “I looked around and thought, 'Wow, I'm in good company!'


April 2012 Edition Quick Hitters ...

• Each month, President G. Dennis Massey provides a "College Update" with the latest college news. Click HERE for Dr. Massey's April 2012 update.

• PCC held an open house March 28 at the new TRiO Educational Opportunity Center in Farmville. The event took place at the center, which is located in the H.B. Suggs Community Center on South George Street. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• PCC will celebrate Earth Day with family-friendly event on campus April 18, from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

• The 3rd Annual Women in Business Conference took place March 8 in PCC's Craig F. Goess Student Center. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• On behalf of the N.C. Tobacco Trust Foundation Commission, Rick Smith, a commission member from Pitt County, presented a $10,000-check to PCC to help fund the school's Project Skill-Up program. (PHOTO AND MORE INFORMATION)

• Students took part in Spring Fling activities March 22 outside the Ed and Joan Warren Building. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• Atlanta-based mixed media artist Dubelyoo (pronounced W) spoke with students in PCC’s Advertising and Graphic Design and Associate in Fine Arts curriculums March 21. (PHOTO AND MORE INFORMATION)

• Progress on the new PCC Police Department headquarters is moving along. When the building has been completed this summer, PCC police will have 3,000 square feet of office space. For the past 19 years, the department has been using a single-wide trailer between the Vernon E. White and Clifton W. Everett buildings as its home base. (PHOTO)

• Students will test their oratory skills when the college holds its annual public speaking competition in the G.H. Leslie Building auditorium (Room 143) April 12. (READ MORE)

• The PCC Foundation held its annual Scholarship Auction March 1 at Rock Springs Center to raise funds for student scholarships and educational activities at the college. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• PCC English Instructor Tabitha Miller has returned to China to teach at the Wuxi Institute of Technology and has resumed her journal blog for those who would like to follow her experiences. (READ BLOG)

• Friends and family honored former PCC coach Charles Coburn March 10 for his many years of work as an umpire. (READ DAILY REFLECTOR ARTICLE)

• The PCC Alumni Association held "Coffee & Conversation" at Bruegger's Bagels on Greenville Boulevard March 28.

Upcoming Events ...

• April 6-8 - PCC Closed

• April 11 - All Majors Career Fair

• April 12 - Health Sciences Career Fair

• April 12 - Public Speaking Contest

• April 16 - Registration Begins (Continuing Students)

• April 18 - Earth Day Celebration

• April 19 - Empowering Excellence Workshop

• April 24 - Final SGA Meeting of the Semester

• May 1 - PCC Symphony Orchestra Spring Concert

• May 11 - Graduation

• May 19 - Bulldog Run

• 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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Softball's Gibson Signs with Mars Hill

Brittany Gibson signs on to play with Mars Hill College.WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College softball player Brittany Gibson will continue her playing career at Mars Hill College next season, after signing a letter-of-intent to play with the Lions.

Gibson, a sophomore centerfielder from Laurinburg, was part of PCC's 2011 squad that finished 49-9 overall and made it to the NJCAA Division I Fast-Pitch Softball Championship in Utah. This year’s team is 30-15 overall with the Region X Conference Tournament—and a potential trip to the national tourney—still on the docket.


Basketball to Hold Open Tryouts April 21

The PCC basketball program will hold tryouts April 21 for those interested in spots on the 2012-13 squad.

The tryout is open to PCC students and unsigned high school seniors and will feature three sessions that will take place between 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Each session will last an hour and 15 minutes with a 40-player maximum per session.

Players will be admitted to each session on a first-come, first-served basis.


April Athletics Quick Hitters ...

• PCC sophomore basketball players Chuckie Becton and Keovonta McDuffie earned All-Region X Conference honors for their play during the 2011-12 season. McDuffie was named First-Team All-Region X while Becton earned Third-Team recognition. (PHOTO)

• With the first scheduled to be held in May, PCC Volleyball coach Tom Marsh will lead several camps for young players looking to enhance their skills. (MORE INFORMATION)

• The Wilmington Star News published a nice article on former PCC baseball player Matt Campbell. (READ ARTICLE)

• The PCC Softball team swept a doubleheader with Wake Tech March 28 at Winterville Recreation Park. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• A diving stop at short by Matt Ashorn, a Ryan Cranmer homer and Nick Conner's ability to get the Bulldogs out of a bases-loaded jam with no outs highlighted a 7-2 PCC win over Lenoir Community College March 13 at Minges-Overton Baseball Complex. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• Former PCC Bulldogs Taylor Buran and Nick Abrahamson took the field for Virginia Commonwealth last month as the Rams faced East Carolina University at Clark-LeClair Stadium. (PHOTO)

Upcoming Athletic Events ...

• April 1 - PCC Softball vs. Spartanburg Methodist College

• April 3 - PCC Baseball vs. CCBC-Catonsville

• April 6-7 - PCC Softball vs. USC-Salkehatchie

• April 6-7 - PCC Baseball vs. USC-Salkehatchie

• April 11 - PCC Softball vs. Louisburg College

• April 11 - PCC Baseball vs. Brunswick Community College

• April 18 - PCC Baseball vs. College of the Albemarle

• April 21 - Basketball Tryouts

• April 21-22 - PCC Baseball vs. Florence-Darlington

• April 25 - PCC Baseball vs. Lenoir Community College