An Interview with The Emperor

June 25, 2014

At 12:06 a.m. on June 14, our youngest daughter, Meredith, text me the following:

“Dad, I think I should be the first to tell you, Chuck Noll died.”

Meredith was born in 1997 – six years after Noll coached his final game. She never watched him coach. But she sees his face plastered on pictures in my basement and hears me tell many stories of The Emperor Chaz.

I wrote about one of those stories for The Clarion Call back on November 12, 1992, when I was a graduate student at Clarion University.

The following is the actual opinion piece (with just a few edits) I wrote for the student newspaper. It was entitled, “An Interview with The Emperor.”

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My editor stressed one point over and over when I started as a sports reporter right out of college at The Beaver County Times.

“Always remember one thing, Nick,” he would say in a deep, gravelly voice. “Keep your professionalism regardless of the assignment.” Read the rest of this entry »


Above and Beyond

June 25, 2014

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It has been way too long since I wrote a blog entry as BC3′s proud president. And to make matters even worse, the subject of my latest blog is from an event that took place on May 1!

On May 1, the College recognized recent retirees, past retirees, years of service and recipients of a new award – the “Above and Beyond Award.”

Over 130 people attended the event held in Founder’s Hall. Susan Changnon, our Executive Director of Communications and Marketing, did her usual fantastic job of introducing the honorees. A video interview of most who were being recognized brought laughter and even some tears. Read the rest of this entry »


Semester Wrap Up

April 28, 2014

It’s crunch time! Are you ready?

We’re heading into the final week of classes, followed by finals week and then our Commencement festivities. It always amazes me how quickly the academic year progresses. This year seemed a bit different though. I think it was the horrific weather that tied to multiple closings and delays of the College.

Students, hang in there! Make sure to get your rest, eat well, and exercise. Prepare yourself for the rigors of final exams. Faculty and staff – the countdown to our Super Bowl is on. Commencement is less than a month away. I look forward to seeing you in the Field House on May 21.

Have a great end of the semester. And enjoy the nice weather!


2013 President’s Timeline

February 26, 2014

Pres Time BlogIt is with great enthusiasm that I share with you the 2013 President’s Timeline.

This is the second edition of the new, online format and replaces the printed President’s Annual Reports. The timeline chronicles BC3′s achievements and successes of the past year. So many of you are represented here, along with your programs, awards and news stories. I am sure you will enjoy the live links to photos, videos and news articles.

You can share this with your friends, family and business colleagues.

Finally, please feel free to let me know what you think by using the Feedback tab on the timeline. Please email me directly should you have other questions, comments or concerns.

Click the image above to view the 2013 President’s Timeline. Enjoy!


Weather Issues & Safety

February 6, 2014

IMG_0885What a semester! I can’t recall a time during my 20 years in higher education that weather has been such an issue. I’d like to provide you with a “snapshot” of what Brian Opitz, Executive Director of Operations, and I analyze when weather comes into play.

Yesterday’s storm was unique with ice, snow, and then more ice. Conditions of roads to and from our five campus locations are something we consider. Yesterday, the satisfactory clearing of parking lots at our BC3 location and, of course, sidewalks, was the biggest issue. Plus, students, faculty and staff had problems with their own driveways.

Of course, no two storms are alike. Other variables we take into consideration are: Read the rest of this entry »


The Student as a Consumer

January 13, 2014

On August 1, 2007, I was appointed as President of Butler County Community College. Immediately afterwards, I was interviewed by media outlets and spoke to internal and external College stakeholders.

During those conversations, I boasted about BC3 being a “student-centered” institution. Upon further reflection, I pondered, “what do I mean by a student-centered college?”

I am proud to say we’ve answered that very questions. Our 2010-2015 Strategic Plan has an initiative that concentrates entirely on Student Centeredness. Among ways we focus on our student in the Plan include: increasing access to more online classes and programs, providing various activities and clubs and even looking into student housing.

Recently, a new point of emphasis has emerged at BC3: how do we treat potential or even current students outside of the classroom? In other words, before we get to the point of worrying about being a “student-centered” institution, what are we doing to ensure a “customer” becoming a “student” and sticks around through graduation? Read the rest of this entry »


Counting my blessings

December 11, 2013

Where oh where has the fall semester of 2013 gone?

As final exams are concluding, the holiday season draws upon us. I, for one, will count my blessings. Here’s several that I appreciate:

Family – Without their support, I just couldn’t do my job.

Colleagues – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – blue-collar, hard working and dedicated summarize our terrific faculty and staff.

Students – You are the motivation in all we do. We strive for affordable, accessible and quality education with you in mind. Read the rest of this entry »


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