Once again, PCC made it’s mark on the spectators at the Oriental Christmas Parade. College staff and students are known, not for throwing candy from a vehicle, but hand delivering candy to parade viewers, hand-to-hand for that personal touch.
When the awards were passed out for the best of categories, Towndock.net reported that the college again was honored for having the “Best Treats” dispensed to parade viewers. Greg Gallagher, college math instructor, was a member of the 11 Pipers. That unit was determined to be the “Most Gracious” parade entry,
The college president, Cleve H.Cox, makes his rounds along the parade route on a bicycle so that he can effectively meet more people. Some say he is hoping Santa Claus will bring him a bicycle with fenders this year.
Kathy Mayo, the go-to person for Distance Learning at PCC, drives the support truck. Unconfirmed reports indicate the truck was so loaded with candy, it almost failed inspection at an i-55 Weigh Station on its way to the parade from the college.
From the delivery truck, Mrs.Claus coordinated the re-supply of PCC students and staff who were on the ground delivering confectioneries by hand.
A break in the crowds along the parade route gave PCC students a momentary, but definitely a very well-deserved rest.
Phi Theta Kappa is the national honor society which recognizes academic excellence in the nation’s community colleges. PCC students inducted Wednesday, December 3 in a ceremony in the auditorium of the Ned Everett Delamar Center were, l-r, Linda Boryk, Dayna Hardison, Candice Gurley, Tina Hardison, Breeze Butler, Raydeijah Morning, Michael Spain, Jeanette Lee, and Jamie Loscalzo.
Dr. Cleve H. Cox, president, speaking to the new inductees said, “As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, ‘The reward of a thing well done is to have done it.’ You have done it, no one can take these outstanding grades or your education away from you, so be proud of what you have done.
“Let your success beget success.
“I also challenge you to encourage others to do the very best they can. Your accomplishments have positioned you to be a leader in the classrooms and in the courses you take. Lead by example and foster the spirit of academic excellence. You may be the difference between someone standing at the next PTK induction ceremony or not. Lend a hand.”
Like mother, like son. new inductee, Brain Michael Spain poses with his parents, Tammy and Brian Spain. His mother is a former president of the Pamlico Community College chapter of PTK.
MEBCO, Males Eliminating Barriers and Creating Success, is a new mentoring initiative to help male students make educational, career, and personal decisions to improve their chances for success. One of the desired outcomes is to reduce gaps among males in educational attainment. Daniel Lovitt, Special Assistant to the President of Halifax Community College, was the keynote speaker at a program that introduced participants to one another and to their new mentor.
Psychology instructor Kasey Melvin used a little group psychology to create an initial interaction among participants of the MEBCO program. After a special game of Bingo that forced participants to engage one another and learn interesting facts about each other, the ice was broken.
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Organizations, corporations, foundations, civic clubs, and individuals who have created scholarship funds for PCC students were represented at a scholarship recognition ceremony on the PCC campus, Tuesday, November 11. Fifty-three scholarships have been awarded to PCC students for the 2014-15 academic year. Each scholarship recipient presented each donor with a letter of gratitude expressing how their pursuit for a better education was directly impacted by these scholarships.
The Oriental Rotary Club, a long-time supporter of the college and the students, awarded ten scholarships, the most by any one organization. Katherine Hitt of Bridgeton, received a Rotary scholarship. She is typical of many community college students who have families and jobs that demand attention along with their studies. Consequently, for them, scholarships are even more important. To be at the ceremony and not have to hire a baby sitter, her daughter Emma enjoyed the festivities, charming Ed Yodlowski, president-elect of the Oriental Rotary Club.
President Cleve H. Cox, stated, “Whether it be one scholarship or ten, every scholarship makes a difference in the life of a student. This ceremony recognizes the tremendous efforts put forth by our students and exhibits our deepest appreciation to every single one of the scholarship donors.”
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