Top 10 reasons Why I Love Summer

July 14, 2016
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Hope you are having a terrific summer. Hard to believe the calendar already reads mid-July.
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Because I’ve received positive feedback on previous Top 10 lists posted in this blog, here are the “Top 10 reasons Why I Love Summer.”

10. Daylight past 9 p.m. 
Funny thing is, I am still asleep before dark.

9. Leisurely walks with my wife, Tammy, and our 9-year-old mutt, Mika.
Not sure who walks slower … me or the dog.

8. Family picnics.
Fourth of July at my mother’s in Ellwood City is a long-standing tradition.

7. Our family vacation.
This year was Punta Cana. Read the rest of this entry »


BC3’s 48th Commencement

May 17, 2016

I write on the eve of our biggest day – Commencement.

The College’s 48th Commencement will certainly be the crowning jewel of an unbelievable year.

Consider that in 2015-16, the College:

  • was named by Schools.com as the No. 1 Community College in Pennsylvania;
  • was recognized for a third-straight year by GI Jobs Magazine as a Military Friendly School;
  • had its first New Century Scholar, Maizee Zaccone – the top community college student in Pennsylvania; Read the rest of this entry »

Remembering Diane M. DeCarbo

March 9, 2016

Nick and Diane 2The Butler County Community College family lost one of its very finest last week. Diane M. DeCarbo, Director at BC3 @ Lawrence Crossing, passed away March 2.

The first time I met Diane was in July of 1999, when I began my duties as Dean of Humanities and Social Sciences. At that time, Diane worked from the Lawrence County Vo-Tech. Her office was in a long, narrow closet. Honestly – a closet. When I eventually found the location, she was impeccably dressed (as always) and enthusiastically greeted me.

From that moment on, I treasured Diane.

We would talk about family, New Castle, traveling, her love of wine and the loves of our lives – her husband, Ricky, and my wife, Tammy. She always asked to see pictures of our daughters and was genuinely interested in hearing about Paige and Meredith.

I would ask her what Ricky was doing for Valentine’s Day to steal some ideas for Tammy. Their marriage and love for one another always has and always will be the standard for our relationship. Read the rest of this entry »


It’s On Us PA Pledge

February 3, 2016

2016-01-29-Govern-Wolf-Its-On-Us-Announcement-04Last week at Elizabethtown College, I represented both BC3 and Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges at an important announcement by Governor Tom Wolfe.

On January 29, I joined over a dozen of the Commonwealth’s college and university presidents, several school district superintendents, and Secretary of Education Pedro Rivera in signing on to the “It’s On Us PA” pledge. “It’s On Us PA” engages educational leaders as well as students, teachers, faculty, staff, civic leaders, families, and communities to make a personal and public pledge to play a role in preventing, addressing, and responding effectively to sexual violence. Read the rest of this entry »


Congratulations Coach Mihalik

December 11, 2015

MihalikMany years ago, I earned a living as a sports reporter. I covered Little League to the Major Leagues. Traveled with the Pittsburgh Steelers and reported on a Stanley Cup run for the Pens.

Wanting to further my education, I headed off to Clarion University in 1991 to earn a master’s degree. An assistantship in the sports information department paid for my graduate schooling.

In both jobs, I spent a great deal of time around professional, college and high school coaches. Just like any line of work, only a handful excelled. And of those who prospered on the field, some of their antics off the field left a lot to be desired.

On December 9, a true role model both on and off the field, called it a career. And Butler County, the Commonwealth and even the nation will forever feel the void.
Read the rest of this entry »


BC3 named #1 community college in PA

December 4, 2015

Schools.com GraphicAs the fall 2015 semester winds down, I have some GREAT news to share. I was just made aware that Butler County Community College has been recognized as Pennsylvania’s best community college by Schools.com! The ranking evaluates the 14 community colleges in the Commonwealth.

According to the list, BC3 was highlighted for affordable tuition and our outstanding transfer rates to senior institutions. An average class size of 18 allows our faculty to give students individual and small group attention. This also correlates to higher retention and graduation rates for our students.

Just another reason to be Pioneer Proud! Happy holidays!


Giving Thanks

November 24, 2015

Hello, Pioneers!

Last year, I shared a Top 10 List of Giving Thanks. In recognition of the Thanksgiving holiday, here is my 2015 List.

10. Our Alumni Association.
Established in 1997, this fine group of BC3 grads is always supportive.

9. Our Degree Completion Partners.
Unique; innovative; and tens of thousands of dollars saved. The College’s Degree Completion Partners are making bachelor’s degrees possible at BC3.

8. The Rho Phi Chapter of BC3’s Phi Theta Kappa.
The College’s oldest student club, originated in 1968.

7. The communities we serve.
After all, “Community” is BC3’s middle name. Read the rest of this entry »


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