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Nursing Students Collect Supplies to Deliver to Hurricane Sandy Victims in New Jersey

PCC nursing students Jenna Camp, Cierra Carmon and Erin Markowski, left to right, sort through and prioritize items collected for Hurricane Sandy victims in New Jersey.WINTERVILLE—When Pitt Community College nursing student Erin Markowski visited her sister in Seaside, N.J., shortly after Hurricane Sandy’s departure, the devastation she witnessed there drove her to find a way to help the people of her home state.

With assistance from fellow PCC student Cacy McKeever and their nursing classmates, Markowski set a goal of collecting perhaps 5-10 boxes of donations to take to the people of New Jersey. Instead, the students collected more than 100 boxes of various toiletries, baby items, food and toys, and dozens of bags of men's and women's clothes, jackets and shoes.

Markowski said the virtual sea of donations in the PCC nursing labs brought tears of joy to her eyes.


2012 Holiday Show Establishes New Records

With tickets in hand, shoppers wait for the doors to open on the first day of the 2012 Down East Holiday Show at the Greenville Convention Center.With the final numbers tallied, PCC Foundation officials reported last month that the 2012 Down East Holiday Show set new fundraising and attendance records for the event.

According to Susan Nobles, executive director of the PCC Foundation, this year’s show drew 11,500 shoppers to the Greenville Convention Center during its three-day run – roughly 100 more than last year’s then-record attendance. More importantly, the show generated nearly $101,000 for student scholarships and educational activities at PCC, she said.


College Honors Veterans with Annual Salute

Col. Tim Wiseman, assistant vice chancellor for Enterprise Risk Management at East Carolina University, was the featured speaker when Pitt Community College held its annual Veterans Salute Nov. 12.PCC paid tribute to those who have served the country militarily with its annual Veterans Salute in the Craig F. Goess Student Center Nov. 12.

Col. Tim Wiseman, assistant vice chancellor for Enterprise Risk Management at East Carolina University, was the program’s featured speaker. Wiseman, who joined ECU in 2009, served in the Army for more than 25 years as a finance corps officer and resource manager.

Wiseman, who has a son currently attending PCC, told his audience of students, employees and members of the general public, that he considered it a privilege to live in a community that “thinks so highly” of the military. He noted that 792,000 veterans currently reside in North Carolina, 10,000 of them in Pitt County.


Ambassadors Service Project Benefits AHA

PCC Student Ambassadors concluded their annual service project this month by presenting a $1,533-check to the American Heart Association. Posing with the ceremonial check are ambassadors Sam Jarman, Rebecca Haislip, Hayes Lovett, Stephanie Sanders, Tamsey Evans, Samantha Gurganus, Lindsay Arnold, Kiara Stanley, Blake Herring and Lauren Porter, left to right.PCC Student Ambassadors wrapped up their annual service project this month by presenting a $1,533-check to the Greenville branch of the American Heart Association (AHA).

Throughout the current semester, PCC ambassadors have held fundraisers to benefit the charitable organization, whose mission is to build better lives, free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.

Leslie Rogers, PCC Assistant Vice President of Student Services and an ambassadors advisor, said the students selected AHA as the focus of their annual service project because the father of one current ambassador is a heart transplant candidate.


December 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 December 2012 update.

• Early Registration for the 2013 Spring Semester began Nov. 8 and will run until Dec. 6. As of late last month, 6,317 students had signed up for spring courses, 200 more than at the same point a year ago. Students who take part in Early Registration must pay for their tuition and fees by 5 p.m. Dec. 14 in order to avoid having their schedules purged. Walk-in Registration for Spring 2013 will take place Jan. 3-4. For more registration details, click HERE.

• There is still time for students to order books for the Spring 2013 Semester with the PCC Bookstore and pick them up in January. It's a great way to avoid the long lines that are always part of a new semester. (MORE INFORMATION)

• Members of the marketing program's Collegiate DECA student organization donated $500 worth of toys to the WITN/Marine Corp Toys-for-Tots campaign Nov. 29. The students earned the money to purchase the toys by operating the Santa Claus photo booth during the 2012 Down East Holiday Show and through Fall Fest and Spring Fling fundraisers.

• PCC students represented North Carolina’s respiratory therapy training programs in a national quiz bowl competition in November, a little more than a month after they took first place in the N.C. Society for Respiratory Care’s annual Sputum Bowl. (READ ARTICLE)

• As an official wellness partner of the Arthritis Foundation Mid-Atlantic Region, the college recently launched the Arthritis Foundation Walk with Ease program to teach individuals how to safely make physical activity a part of their daily lives. (READ ARTICLE)

• PCC students Meghan Harper and Marilyn West designed broadsides for U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Tretheway and presented them to her during a poetry recital at East Carolina University last month. (PHOTO)

• Representatives from the Research Triangle Foundation visited the PCC campus in November as part of a month-long bus trip they took in an effort to reconnect with North Carolinians as they redevelop the state's Research Triangle Park. (READ ARTICLE) (PHOTO GALLERY)

• Photographer Jerome De Perlinghi discussed the highs and lows of his line of work with students from the college's Fine Art and Graphic Design departments last month. (READ ARTICLE)

• PCC's Michael Clendenen was featured in an article posted on the N.C. State University Department of Computer Science website. (READ ARTICLE)

• The 3rd Annual Faculty-Staff Art Exhibit kicked off last month with a reception in the Craig F. Goess Student Center. (PHOTO GALLERY)

• There's still time to nominate a PCC graduate for a PCC Alumni Award. (MORE INFORMATION)

• Joey Crutchfield, an instructor in the college's Transitional Studies program, spoke with PCC pre-school students in Helen Aycock’s class about Native American culture Nov. 27. (PHOTO)

• PCC's University Transfer and Foreign Languages Department sponsored a multilingual Christmas sing-a-long on campus Nov. 29. (PHOTO)

• A pair of PCC employees won tickets from the college to attend the 2012 Army-Navy football game Dec. 8 in Philadelphia. HITech Learning Management Support Specialist Kenneth Peel won two tickets to the game at Lincoln Financial Field, as did Early Childhood Associate Instructor Melissa Rees. Both Peel and Rees will also receive $500 each from the PCC Foundation to cover their travel and parking expenses. 

• PCC alum Christopher Rouse and his father, Leslie, won $1 million with a Powerball ticket last month. (WNCT REPORT)

• The PCC Association of Educational Office Professionals (PCCAEOP) held their annual Lights of Knowledge tree-lighting ceremony in the Craig F. Goess Student Center Nov. 27. Proceeds from Lights of Knowledge fund a PCCAEOP scholarship at the college. 

• A Sporting News article on Duke football player Blair Holliday's remarkable recovery from critical injuries he sustained in a jet ski accident features PCC nursing student Chelsea Gibbons. (READ ARTICLE)

• Autumn color was on full display on the PCC campus throughout November. (PHOTO 1 ¦ PHOTO 2 ¦ PHOTO 3)

• 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 email Rob Goldberg, PCC communications director, so we can be sure to include you on our "Creating Success" web page.

Upcoming Events ...

• Dec. 3 - Last Day to Officially Withdraw from Weekend Session II Classes

• Dec. 4 - PCC Symphony Orchestra Holiday Concert

• Dec. 6 - Priority Registration for Spring 2013 Semester Ends

• Dec. 6 - Three-on-Three Basketball Tournament Fundraiser

• Dec. 6 - Elements of Praise Christmas Concert

• Dec. 6 - Theater Appreciation Class Performances

• Dec. 10 - PCC Choir Winter Concert

• Dec. 10 - Last Day of 16-Week Semester Classes

• Dec. 11- 14 - Final Exams for Day Classes

• Dec. 14 - Last Day of 16-Week Semester Evening Classes

• Dec. 17 - Jan. 6 - Student Break

• Dec. 18 - Jan. 2 - Faculty Break

• Dec. 20 - Jan. 2 - Christmas Break (Campus Closed)

• Jan. 3-4 - Walk-in Registration for Spring 2013 Semester

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

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Barber, Howard Sign with Barton Volleyball

Having completed two seasons in the junior college ranks, PCC volleyball standouts Ginny Howard, left, and Catherine Barber announced this month that they will continue their playing careers at nearby Barton College, starting with the 2013 season.

WINTERVILLE—A pair of Pitt Community College volleyball players are trading in one Bulldogs uniform for another after signing with Barton College last month.

Having completed their junior college eligibility this fall, PCC sophomores Catherine Barber and Ginny Howard have announced that they are moving on to Wilson to play for the Barton Bulldogs in 2013.

Both Barber and Howard earned All-Region X Conference honors for their play in 2012. In two seasons at Pitt, the duo helped lead the Bulldogs to a 49-21 overall record and 26-8 mark in Region X Conference action.


December Athletics Quick Hitters ...

• The PCC basketball team is 6-1 overall after beating the junior varsity team from St. Andrews University Dec. 1, 124-39. The victory was the Bulldogs' sixth straight after the team opened the season one month ago with a four-point loss to Southern Tech.

Next up for PCC is a road trip to Elizabeth City to take on Mid-Atlantic Christian University Dec. 3. The two teams played less than three weeks ago with the Bulldogs winning, 94-79, in the Charles Coburn Center.

• The PCC softball team scrimmaged East Carolina University in a doubleheader at the ECU Softball Field Nov. 6. (PHOTO GALLERY)

Upcoming Athletic Events ...

• Dec. 3 - Basketball at Mid-Atlantic Christian University

• Dec. 15 - Basketball vs. Guilford Tech

• Jan. 4 - Basketball vs. Tidewater C.C.

• Jan. 9 - Basketball vs. Johnston C.C.

• Jan. 12 - Basketball at Catawba Valley C.C. 

• Jan. 13 - Basketball at Patrick Henry C.C.

• Jan. 16 - Basketball at Wake Tech

• Jan. 19 - Basketball at Rockingham C.C.

• Jan. 20 - Basketball at Guilford Tech

• Jan. 27 - Softball at Mt. Olive College (DH)

• Jan. 29 - Basketball at Lenoir C.C.