2013 Bulldog Rally
WINTERVILLE—The Pitt Community College Alumni Association held a “Bulldog Rally” Feb. 13 to raise public awareness of the organization’s mission and the college’s educational impact on the community.

According to PCC Alumni Relations Director Ashley Smith, the rally took place in the Craig F. Goess Student Center multipurpose room and feature light refreshments and drawings for prizes.

“We wanted this to be a community event,” Smith said. “We’re proud of our students and organized this rally to give them an opportunity to share their stories of success with us.”

In conjunction with the event, Smith said the alumni association invited former and current PCC students to submit one-minute videos or short essays (one or two paragraphs) in which they answer the question, “Where would you be without PCC?” She said the top three videos selected from all of the submissions were shown during the rally and could be featured in an upcoming advertisement for the college.

"Just think of what it would look like if everyone who has taken at class at Pitt Community College didn’t show up to work one day,” Smith said. “There’d be a lot fewer paramedics responding to emergencies, police officers patrolling the streets, nurses caring for hospital patients – the list goes on and on.”

Smith said each person who submitted a video received a certificate for a free Chick-fil-A sandwich. Prizes, including a Kindle Fire for first place, were also awarded to those who submitted the top three videos.

PCC student Martin Maurer ended up taking home the top prize.

Maurer completed his GED in 1988 with the Delaware Valley Job Corps and is now excelling in the Human Services Technology (Substance Abuse) curriculum. In his testimonial, he talked about how the support and encouragement he has received at PCC have helped him turn his life around to become one of 50 students selected to receive an Academic Excellence Award this spring for outstanding achievement in the classroom and volunteerism.
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