February 6, 2014
What 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 »
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 »
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 »
November 13, 2013
(L to R): Adam Smith, SVA President; Ian Schuelke, SVA Officer, Commander Richard Riley, American Legion Post 778; Jason Brannon, SVA Officer; Nick Neupauer, BC3 President; Case Willoughby, Vice President for Student Services; and Kyle Bodkin, SVA Officer in front of the Memorial Banner at the Veterans Lounge Grand Opening.
As the history of Butler County Community College is eventually told, the fall of 2013 will forever be known as our semester of “ribbon cuttings” and “grand openings.”
On September 17, the College announced a partnership with Butler Armco Credit Union when it opened a fully-functional branch in our Student Success Center on main campus. The Armco Credit Union branch employs students from our Business Division and is open to staff, students and community members. The space is state-of-the-art with technology, private meeting space and serves as a natural compliment to our “one-stop-shop” approach. Read the rest of this entry »
October 23, 2013
Is there a more beautiful time than autumn on our Main Campus? The leaves, chill in the air and even the smell indicates that fall is here. I just love seeing our students wearing their BC3 gear as they joyfully make their way across campus.
Over 100 student came from all of our BC3 locations to be recognized Saturday at our Annual Legacy Dinner with various scholarships from the BC3 Education Foundation, Inc. This semester, 88 scholarships were awarded to 133 students totaling $140,000. Out of those students, 34 received the President’s Scholarship.
The 2013 BC3 Distinguished Alumni were also honored at the Legacy Dinner. They are: Read the rest of this entry »
September 13, 2013
President Neupauer and his wife Tammy with the 2013 Chamber Champion Award at the Celebrate Business Dinner on Wednesday, September 11.
What a GREAT start to the Fall 2013 semester!
Many people have told me there seems to be a certain “buzz” in the air on all of our campus locations.
Enrollment is up – BC3 is one of the few public institutions to have an increase. All of our campus locations look beautiful, including our newest, BC3 @ Brockway in Jefferson County.
Last week, our Main Campus community, led by many of Professor Chris Calhoun’s students, pitched in for a clean-up day. The primary focus was sprucing up the Imhoff Trail, a wooded, 1.5 mile pathway that starts behind the old observatory. The end result: an even more beautiful Main Campus! Read the rest of this entry »
August 22, 2013
Where has the summer gone? How ’bout those Battlin’ Buccos?
Can you believe the start of another academic year is just a few days away?
Today, the College held its annual Convocation. It was great to see faculty and staff. I always enjoy providing a “State of the College” presentation. I have so much to be thankful for as President of BC3. Our faculty and staff are second to none!
Tomorrow is freshman “Welcome Day” on our Main Campus. Several hundred people will attend. This year, the event has expanded. We will use several different buildings and provide tons of important information. Many parents will attend, too. Read the rest of this entry »