Convocation & Welcome Day – Fall 2013

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 »


AACC President’s Academy: Summer Institute

July 25, 2013

Just back from the American Association of Community College’s Presidents Academy: Summer Institute held in Baltimore.

My six days in Baltimore (tough for a Steeler fan) were packed with lots of good information. Topics ranged from the future of higher education to fostering innovation and even a trip to the Discovery Channel!

The best part of all was meeting up with friends like Dr. Kevin Drumm, President of Broome Community College in New York and Dr. Charlene Cole-Newkirk, President of Community College of Allegheny’s South Campus. I also made some new friends like Dr. Terri Winfree, President of Prairie State College in Illinois; Dr. Jon Bauer, President of East Central College in Missouri; and Dr. Andy Bowne, President of Ivy Tech Community College - East Central in Indiana.

I come back to western Pennsylvania with new colleagues and lots of new ideas. Thanks, AACC for a wonderful experience!


Commencement 2013

May 15, 2013

BCCC_Graduation_5-15-12-18Commencement night is finally here! Simply put, this is BC3′s Super Bowl – a night to show off our beautiful campus, tremendous faculty and staff and celebrate our students.

I truly hope that our graduating students comprehend the significance of their accomplishment. Whether it be entering the workforce or transferring to a senior institution, this evening is a night to celebrate. Read the rest of this entry »


Spring Fever

April 17, 2013

Greetings, BC3 friends and colleagues.

Spring fever is in the air. Finally, some nice weather! I love seeing our main campus buzzing with activity. Dozens of people have pulled me aside to express their satisfaction with the Shaffer Walking Trail. The trail will be formally introduced in a ceremony on April 24. Other events such as the Open House, concert in the Succop Theater and a Boy Scouts gathering brought over a thousand people to BC3; many for the first time!

These visitors tell me how they enjoy the beauty of our main campus. I am pleased to tell them that Beautification is one of our four strategic initiatives. Read the rest of this entry »


Introducing BC3 @ Brockway

March 26, 2013

BCC Rear Plaza View 2I have often said that “we are proud to be Butler County’s community college.” However, we also understand our role as one of the Commonwealth’s 14 community colleges.

As Pennsylvania’s northwestern most community college, our board and institution as a whole has adopted a regional philosophy. Our success in Cranberry Township, Lawrence and Mercer counties and of course Main Campus, speaks volumes of this approach.

Yesterday, the College expanded our off-campus locations by one. BC3 @ Brockway, which will service Clarion, Clearfield, Jefferson and Elk counties, joins BC3 @ Cranberry, BC3 @ Lawrence Crossing, BC3 @ LindenPointe and BC3 Main Campus. An announcement was made yesterday before approximately 100 people at Brockway High School. Read the rest of this entry »


2012 President’s Timeline

March 5, 2013

It is with great enthusiasm that I share with you the debut of a new endeavor – The 2012 President’s Timeline.

This replaces the printed President’s Annual Reports and chronicles BC3′s achievements and successes of the past year.

Many students, faculty and staff are represented here, along with programs, awards and news stories. I am sure you will enjoy this new interactive format, which includes links to photos, videos and news articles. Read the rest of this entry »


Superbowl XVII: 10 reasons to not watch

January 31, 2013

superbowl-xlii-logoSuper Bowl XVII is just four days away… and I could care less!

Here is a list of the Top 10 reasons why I won’t be watching Sunday’s game:

10. It’s a great time to catch up on sleep. Even though we are just three weeks in, it has already been a busy semester.

9. The Puppy Bowl. I’ll take the Yellow Lab scoring a game-winning touchdown as the clock strikes zero.

8. The Bus (Jerome Bettis) is finally getting his Hall call! The real drama will be Saturday night when the NFL announces the 2013 Hall of Fame class. Read the rest of this entry »


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