From time to time I am asked, “What do you like most about your job?”
“Our students,” I reply without hesitation.
The past year has been a challenge in so many ways. Another difficult day came last week, when college officials learned about the death of BC3 student Michael Sherrieb.
Although I did not know Michael personally, he must have made an incredible impact. Students reached out to me about Michael following the news of his death. I also understand that his faculty members are incredibly saddened by his passing.
Our college offers resources to our faculty, staff and students who are struggling in any way. Please read the important message that our Vice President for Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, Dr. Case Willoughby, sent to the campus community last week.
As the spring semester and another academic year move to a close, I wish each and every one of you health and success.
Friday, March 19, 2021 at 8:26 AM
Dear BC3 Faculty, Staff and Administrators,
I am so sorry to inform you that one of our students, Michael Sherrieb, died on Tuesday, March 16. Details including calling hours for today, Friday, March 19 are in the Obituary for Michael Gary Sherrieb | Fox Funeral Home, Inc.
We never know who may be struggling – including our students and colleagues. If you are concerned about a student, a colleague or yourself, please contact the BC3 CARE Team. Also, please consider sharing this information with students broadly. A similar email is being sent to students this morning.
Our BC3 C.A.R.E. Team (Campus Assessment Response & Evaluation) assists students who may be in jeopardy of harming themselves or others or who are demonstrating concerning behaviors. If you are concerned about a BC3 student, colleague or yourself, please access our website for ways to report a concern. Our CARE Team is not an emergency service. In the case of an emergency, please contact the BC3 Campus Police Department at 724-287-8711, ext. 8450, or dial 9-1-1. These numbers are for emergencies only.
Center for Community Resources is local agency that provides resources to people in need or in crisis: Information and Referral: 1-844-360-4372See their website for support in all Pennsylvania counties. Crisis Line 800.292.3866 or Text #63288 or Live chat CCR @ https://ccrinfo.orgNational Suicide Prevention Lifeline is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week at 1-800-273-TALK (8255). All calls are confidential.
This is difficult news to hear. Be sure to reach out for support for yourself as needed. Many thanks for all you are doing to support our students. Please feel free to contact me with any questions.
Take good care,
Dr. Case Willoughby
Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management
724.287.8711 ext. 8261 | firstname.lastname@example.org