June 25, 2014
Forgive me, please!!!
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 »
February 26, 2014
It 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!
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 »
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 »
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 »
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!
March 26, 2013
I 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 »