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 »


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 »


Weather Alert/Update

October 29, 2012

Earlier today, I received information from the Lieutenant Governor’s office regarding the Commonwealth’s safety and security over the next several days. He stated that Hurricane Sandy and its impact on all of Pennsylvania – including Western PA – is not “overhyped.” Residents should expect massive power outages due to wind, falling trees and branches. Residents should expect restoration of power and services AFTER the storm has passed.

With this in mind, BC3 and all of its campus sites will cancel classes and activities for this evening – Monday, October 29.

For Tuesday, October 30, BC3 and all of its campus sites will open at 9:30 a.m.

Stay tuned tomorrow morning for further information regarding College operations.

Be safe.


Weather Preparation

October 29, 2012

As you know, the eastern United States is preparing for Hurricane Sandy. We at BC3 are also preparing for and monitoring the situation.

In the event that the College needs to delay or cancel operations, we will use our traditional means of conveying the information as early as possible. This includes bc3.edu, emails, media announcements and text messaging.

If you haven’t done so already, please sign up for BC3 Alerts – our emergency text messaging system.

Stay tuned!


Beautiful Weather @ BC3

November 8, 2011

I love the fall. A new academic year, football (although this past Sunday was not good for the Steelers), and the autumn landscape are just some of the reasons.

Today’s weather is absolutely wonderful – especially on our main campus in Butler.

But this week’s forecast is predicting change. By week’s end, western Pennsylvania will be hit with colder temps, wind and precipitation (perhaps, even snow).  Two weeks ago, the central part of Pennsylvania got whacked with up to several inches of snow. Read the rest of this entry »


Weekend storm damages campus building

May 11, 2010

A 60-foot native oak tree came down across the roof on the north side of the Children’s Creative Learning Center in Armstrong Lodge during the high winds and storms this weekend. The tree caused substantial structural damage to the building.

Fortunately, this occured around 4:00 p.m. Saturday when the campus was closed. Nobody was in the building at the time of the damage, so there were no injuries.

The fallen tree was removed Sunday. Our staff is working to prevent further wind and water damage to the building. Read the rest of this entry »


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