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New Students Urged to Attend Orientation

Bruiser, PCC's bulldog mascot, entertained students and their parents during last year's New Student Orientation sessions.WINTERVILLE—With the first session a little more than a week away, Pitt Community College Student Development Services personnel are stressing to new students the importance of attending orientation this month.

Clarence Scott Jr., PCC Student Success Coordinator, says orientation is a chance for new students to learn more about the services available at the college and the educational requirements of their respective programs of study. He said it is also an opportunity for them to meet with academic advisors and sign up for fall courses.

“For students just starting out at PCC, new student orientation is really the beginning of their educational journey here,” Scott said. “It’s a chance for them to receive the tools they need in order to be successful during their time at Pitt.”


Report Shows Pitt a Leader in Awarding Associate Degrees to African-Americans

Camille Arrington, Christopher Hardy Jr., and Angela Oden, left to right, earned associate degrees from PCC's Occupational Therapy Assistant program this month as the college continues to be a national leader in awarding associate degrees to African-Americans.Preliminary data from the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics shows PCC is among the nation’s top institutions when it comes to awarding associate degrees to African-Americans.

In a report published in the May 10 issue of Diverse Issues in Higher Education magazine, Pitt ranked 97th in the number of associate degrees awarded to African-Americans during the 2010-11 academic year.

According to the report, PCC awarded 205 associate degrees from all disciplines to African-Americans (63 males and 142 females) in 2010-11. The total represented 26 percent of all graduates from the college that year as well as a 26 percent increase from the previous year, when Pitt awarded 163 associate degrees to African-American students in 2009-10.


PCC Cuts Ribbon on Two New Buildings


PCC administrators and supporters cut the ribbon on the college's new CIT Building.PCC administrators cut the ribbon last month on the college’s new Construction and Industrial Technology (CIT) Building and Facilities Services Complex.

Designed by Greenville’s Hite Associates, the buildings add more than 90,000 square feet of instructional space, offices and storage areas to the west side of campus at a cost of $10.2 million.

The 57,796-square-foot CIT Building features a center hallway stretching nearly a tenth of a mile with offices and classrooms on one side and labs and work bays on the other. The building is home to the Automotive Systems Technology and Building Construction Technology programs.


Second Annual Bulldog Run a Success


PCC's bulldog mascot, Bruiser, helps runners get the 2012 Bulldog Run 5K race under way.With a time of 18 minutes and 16 seconds, Pink Hill’s Oscar Gutierrez crossed the finish line 19 seconds ahead of second-place Edgar Bautista to win the 2nd Annual PCC Bulldog Run, a 5K race to generate funding for student scholarships and educational activities at the college.

While the 26-year-old Gutierrez was the top overall finisher, Winterville’s Elizabeth Turnage posted the fastest time among female competitors. The 35-year-old Turnage, who is a PCC instructor, crossed the line in 22 minutes and 32 seconds – good for eighth overall.


June 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 June 2012 update.

• Members of PCC's Class of 2012 turned their tassels May 11, when the school held its annual spring commencement in East Carolina University’s Minges Coliseum. Out of 1,197 graduates, 484 participated in the ceremony. Student Government Association President Jason Donica was the featured speaker. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• PCC administrators took time during graduation to show appreciation to Vice President Susan Everett, who has made outstanding contributions to the school and community for more than 20 years. (READ MORE)

• The Continuing Education Division held graduation for Basic Skills and Adult High School Diploma students at the Greenville Convention Center May 24. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• Institutional Advancement published another edition of Career Focus magazine this spring. The issue was distributed to homes throughout Pitt County in May and has also been posted for viewing online.

• The VISIONS program celebrated the success of its Class of 2012 students during a special program at Rock Springs Center. (READ MORE)

• Recent retirees Jenny Edwards, Joe Brittain, Kathy Collins and Lit Woodard were honored for long-term service to the college by the PCC Board of Trustees on May 22. (PHOTO)

• The Basic Skills Department recently received an English Literacy/Civics Education Grant from the U.S. Department of Education to develop online resources that will expand civics instruction for English as a Second Language students. (READ MORE)

• PCC polysomnography students outdueled their counterparts from Catawba Valley Community College in the championship match of the inaugural State Pajama Bowl this spring. (READ MORE)

• Students Allison Paige Chappell, Caroline Killmon, Mark Loomis and Olivia Steward received the Pitt Golden K Kiwanis/Clifton E. Boyd Nursing Scholarship this spring. (READ MORE)

• Gamma Beta Phi Honor Society students exceeded their pledged Relay for Life goal and raised $1,506.15 to be used toward finding a cure for cancer.

• Through donations and chair massages at Relay for Life, students in the PCC Student Massage Therapy Association raised $810 to be used toward finding a cure for cancer.

• At the conclusion of the Spring 2012 Semester, PCC released a list of graduates, Dean's List honorees and Honor Roll students.

• Continuing Education is now accepting registrations for the 2012 “Explore!” program (previously known as Kids’ College). (READ MORE)

• The TRIO: Student Support Services program honored its student participants with an awards ceremony in the Craig F. Goess Student Center. (READ MORE)

• Students in Earth Science class (PHS130) recently spent two Saturdays in the field -- one at Grifton's A Time For Science and the other at the Estuarium in Washington -- to measure and compare data on weather, soil, ponds/estuary and species. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• PCC students now hold all four officer positions of the North Carolina/Virginia State Gamma Beta Phi Society. (PHOTO)

• The PCC Foundation's annual golf tournament is set for Oct. 4 at Country Club of Greenville's Greenville course. (READ MORE)

Upcoming Events ...

• June 26 - Mini-Semester A Classes End

• June 27 - Mini-Semester B Classes Begin

• July 4 - Independence Day (PCC Closed)

• July 16 - Payment Due for Fall 2012 Classes

• July 17 - Fall 2012 Registration Re-Opens for Continuing Students

• 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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Amanda Daw Signs with Campbell Camels

With Coach Junior Bailey at her side, Amanda Daw signs on to play next season for Campbell University.WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College softball player Amanda Daw will continue her playing career at Campbell University next season, after signing a letter-of-intent to play with the Fighting Camels this spring.

Daw, a sophomore second baseman from Pantego, 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 advanced to the final day of the Region X Conference Tournament before finishing with a 33-17 record.

In her sophomore campaign with the Bulldogs, Daw batted .319 with 14 runs batted in. She tallied 61 hits—including seven doubles, a pair of triples and a home run—and stole 21 bases to go along with a .950 fielding percentage.


June Athletics Quick Hitters ...

• Future PCC softball player Jaimee Radel was recently named WITN-7's "Player of the Week." (WATCH VIDEO)

• Former PCC baseball players Matt Campbell and Tyler Molinaro earned All-Conference honors at UNC-Wilmington. (READ STORY)

• The Washington Daily News featured an article on PCC softball players Amanda Daw and Cassie Harrell in its May 8 edition. (READ STORY)

• Former PCC baseball player Jeff Ferrell returns to the mound after Tommy John surgery. (READ STORY)

• PCC softball signee Brooke Bell named Wilson Times' "Student-Athlete of the Week." (READ STORY)

Upcoming Athletic Events ...

• June 4-6 - PCC High School Prep Volleyball Camp

• June 11-13 - PCC Middle School Volleyball Camp

• June 11-15 - Winners Unlimited Basketball Camp