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N.C. Wesleyan to Begin Teaching Business Courses on PCC Campus in Spring 2013

PCC President G. Dennis Massey, left, and N.C. Wesleyan President James Gray III sign on to a new partnership between the schools that will allow PCC students and graduates to complete a bachelor's degree in business administration through Wesleyan College.WINTERVILLE—Pitt Community College and North Carolina Wesleyan College (NCWC) have entered into a partnership to enhance and expand the educational opportunities of associate degree graduates in Eastern North Carolina.

On Aug. 17, PCC President G. Dennis Massey and NCWC President James Gray III signed a memorandum of understanding that will allow Wesleyan to begin teaching business administration courses on the Pitt campus in January.

Massey said having N.C. Wesleyan offer courses at PCC to the college’s graduating students so they are able to remain in Greenville while pursuing bachelor’s degrees was “positive news” and would likely stimulate a higher associate degree completion rate at PCC.


Massey Reflects on 1-Year Term as President of North Carolina Presidents Association

President G. Dennis MasseyHaving just completed a one-year term at the helm of the N.C. Association of Community College Presidents (NCACCP), President G. Dennis Massey appeared both satisfied and relieved last month while discussing his service with the organization.

Massey, who called his experience “insightful” and “beneficial to PCC,” completed his term July 1 and handed over the reins to Mary Rittling, president of Davidson County Community College.

For the previous 12 months, Massey had been an extremely busy man, presiding over numerous N.C. Community College System (NCCCS) functions and convening monthly meetings with the state’s 58 community college presidents—all while continuing to carry out his duties with PCC.


Students Taylor-Graham and Storck Receive $5,000-SECU Foundation Scholarships

PCC students Tammie Taylor-Graham (second from left) and Margaret Storck (second from right) receive SECU scholarships from Karen Lee, director of PCC's Radiology Program and an SECU Foundation Board member, and Andrew Odum, SECU Vice President/City Executive.The State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) Foundation presented scholarships in August to Pitt Community College students Tammie Taylor-Graham and Margaret Storck.

Taylor-Graham, a Farmville resident, and Storck, who lives in Greenville, will each receive $5,000 ($2,500 per year for two years) through their awards to be used toward tuition and other educational expenses.

A polysomnography student, Taylor-Graham says she wants to work in the medical field and make a positive impact in the lives of others. Already, she is involved with the community through her church and visits local homeless shelters and adult long-term care facilities to show residents her support and offer help.


Heisey Named VP of Administrative Services

Donald HeiseyPCC President G. Dennis Massey announced last month that college administrators have selected Donald Heisey to take over as vice president of administrative services when Susan Everett retires later this year.

Heisey, a Seven Springs resident who was hired as PCC’s human resources director in October, will move into his new role Sept. 1 and work alongside Everett until her retirement later this month.

"After serving as human resources director under Vice President Susan Everett for almost a year, I believe Donald Heisey will transition smoothly into this important senior management position, bringing his extensive private sector experience in cost and program efficiencies to the challenging budget environment Pitt Community College faces now and in the future,” Massey said. “Donald was chosen from a very talented group of finalists for this important position, and I am confident that he will be a vital part of our senior staff team."


September 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 September 2012 update.

• The SACS Communication Committee has published a new edition of "SACS Facts" to provide employees and PCC supporters with the latest details on the school's bid for reaccrediation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

• PCC employees met for convocation last month to reflect on the previous 12 months, introduce new workers, catch up on the latest news and events, and prepare for the academic year ahead. (READ ARTICLE)

• More than 120 students and employees attended a reception last month to welcome international students to campus. (READ ARTICLE)

• The college's Compensatory Education program recently held an awards ceremony on campus in the Craig F. Goess Student Center multipurpose room. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• Juan Pimiento joined PCC's foreign language department in August, making him the third instructor to teach at the college through the prestigious Fulbright Foreign Language Teaching Assistant (FLTA) Program. (READ ARTICLE)

• PCC's newest group of student ambassadors was hard at work last month, taking part in three days of intensive leadership training in preparation for their duties this school year. (READ ARTICLE)

• At the request of Pitt County officials, PCC administrators have named all of the roads on campus in order to establish addresses for campus buildings in the county’s E-911 system. (READ ARTICLE)

• The PCC Foundation will hold its annual Down East Holiday Show fundraiser Nov. 2-4 at the Greenville Convention Center. (SHOW DETAILS)

• PCC's Forestry Equipment Operator course was featured in an article by the N.C. Rural Economic Development Center, Inc.

• A Daily Reflector article centered on the need for additional space at PCC and the college's importance to the local economy. (NOTE: This article requires a Daily Reflector subscription in order to view it in its entirety.)

• Dr. Scott Ralls, president of the N.C. Community College System, discussed PCC nursing student Chelsea Gibbons in his report to the State Board of Community Colleges last month. Gibbons was also honored by The Durham Herald Sun last month for coming to the aid of Duke football player Blair Holliday after a July 4 jet ski crash. (READ STATE BOARD REPORT)

President Massey met with Dr. Linda K. Thomas-Glover, president of Virginia's Eastern Shore Community College, last month as part of the college's bid for reaccreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Thomas-Glover, who was on campus Aug. 23-24, is chair of the SACSCOC committee that is visiting PCC Sept. 18-20 to examine data and conduct interviews as part of the accrediting process.

• PCC hosted a pair of AWARE (Advancing Women in Automation Robotics Engineering) camps this summer to introduce young girls to the male-dominated field of electronics engineering. (PHOTO GALLERY)

Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton, a candidate for North Carolina governor, was on the PCC campus Aug. 16 for a town hall discussion. U.S. Sen. Kay Hagen also visited PCC in August to gather feedback from constituents.

A Daily Reflector editorial cited PCC's importance to the community. (NOTE: This article requires a Daily Reflector subscription in order to view it in its entirety.)

• We are proud of our current students and graduates and love sharing their stories of success. If you are a PCC student or alum and have a success story you would like to share, please let us know, so we can be sure to include you on our "Creating Success" web page.

Upcoming Events ...

• Sept. 18-20 - COC Review Team Visit

• Sept. 27 - Blood Drive

• Sept. 29 - Sigma Alpha Pi Orientation

• Oct. 4 - PCC Foundation Golf Classic

• Oct. 4-5 - Faculty/Student Fall Break

• Oct. 10 - TRiO Open Mic

• Oct. 18 - Fall Fest

• Oct. 30 - Trunk or Treat

• Nov. 2-4 - Down East Holiday Show

• Be sure to watch "PCC Outreach with Ernis Lee" Mondays at 8:30 p.m. on Cable Channel 23.

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PCC Volleyball improved its season record to 8-5 overall by taking three of four games in the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) Tournament held in La Plata, Md., Sept. 14-15.

After topping Anne Arundel Community College (Md.), 3-0, and Potomac State College (WVa.), 3-2, on Sept. 14, the Bulldogs fell to Hagerstown Community College the next day, 3-0. Pitt rebounded later in the day, though, topping CSM, 3-1.

For the Bulldogs' full 2012 Schedule and Results, click HERE

September Athletics Quick Hitters ...

• The list of former PCC baseball players who have moved on to four-year institutions to continue their playing careers continues to grow. Click HERE to see where members of the 2012 squad will be playing in 2013.

• PCC Basketball's 2012-13 slate features 28 regular season contests, 11 in the Charles Coburn Center. The Bulldogs play their first home game of the new season Nov. 17 against Mid-Atlantic Christian University. Tip-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. (FULL SCHEDULE

• Former PCC pitcher Jeff Ferrell excelled for the West Michigan Whitecaps minor league baseball team in August.

Upcoming Athletic Events ...

• Sept. 21 - Volleyball vs. Surry Community College

• Sept. 21 - Volleyball vs. Spartanburg Methodist College

• Sept. 22 - Volleyball vs. Guilford Technical Community College

• Sept. 22 - Softball vs. Stingers Elite Softball Club

• Sept. 28 - Softball at Campbell University (5 p.m. and 7 p.m.)

• Sept. 29 - Volleyball vs. Northern Virginia Community College

• Sept. 29 - Volleyball vs. Wake Technical Community College

• Sept. 29 - Softball vs. Carolina Wildcats Softball Club