Convocation 2018

August 24, 2018

It’s here… the start of a new academic year!

We kicked off the fall 2018 semester with our annual Convocation on August 23. As has become customary, I provided a “State of the College” address. Unlike most years, I called on some great colleagues to help with the presentation. This included members of the President’s Cabinet, three deans and a director.

The very best part of the day was recognizing our recently tenured and promoted faculty members.

Tenured faculty members include, in the Business Division, Laura A. Wiest; in the Humanities and Social Science Division, Lindsay B. Herr, Travis P. Timmons and Deborah Kruger; and in the Shaffer School of Nursing and Allied Health, Julia C. Carney.

Promoted faculty include Dr. Amy Xin, Associate Professor, STEM Division; and Dr. Karen Stubenbort, Associate Professor, Humanities and Social Science Division.

We are proud to be a teaching institution. These individuals represent the very best of our No. 1-ranked college — experts in the field who dedicate their lives to enriching our students.

Congratulations honorees!


Celebrating Student Success

August 8, 2018

With all of our success as the commonwealth’s No. 1-ranked community college in back-to-back surveys by Schools.com, it is our terrific students who make Butler County Community College so special.

This summer, I had the opportunity to work with one of those terrific students.

Her name is Robin Peters. She is entering her final semester at BC3 before transferring to one of my alma maters – Clarion University of Pennsylvania – to study public relations/advertising. This summer, I taught her in an introduction to public relations course-by-appointment offering.

Robin, 20, is a tireless worker. Like most of our students, she juggles college life with work life. Her employment as a fourth-generation member of her family’s farm in Connoquenessing represents her passion. Read the rest of this entry »


Best Wishes to Anna Weitz

June 19, 2018

L to R: Mr. Tom Leary, President of Luzerne Community College; Dr. Nick Neupauer, President of Butler County Community College; Anna Weitz, Former President of Reading Area Community College; Elizabeth Bolden, President of the Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges; and Dr. John “Ski” Sygielski, President of Harrisburg Area Community College.

I was honored to represent the commonwealth’s 14 community colleges at a recent celebration for a dear friend. On June 8, Anna Weitz retired as President of Reading Area Community College. She held the post since 2007. Prior, Anna was President at Pennsylvania Highlands Community College.

Anna is a true legend. She always put students first. Never once did I feel that she was lobbying for her own institution as our Pennsylvania Commission for Community Colleges Council of Presidents mulled over the implications of important decisions.

Cliche I know, but there was simply “no I in TEAM” when it came to Anna. Her counsel and wisdom has helped me become a better president, colleague, husband and father.

Enjoy many years of rest and relaxation, Anna. You can do so knowing you did a job well done!


Championship & Award-Winning Students at BC3

April 24, 2018

What a weekend for Pennsylvania’s two-time No. 1 community college – Butler County Community College!

The BC3 Pioneer Softball team captured its third consecutive Western Pennsylvania Collegiate Conference (WPCC) Championship on Saturday by beating Garrett College 7-6 at Laura Doerr Park in Saxonburg. Special congratulations to Jessi Reed, Alyssa Dailey, Ashley Coon and Nikki Houk for being selected for the All-Conference Team, and to BC3’s Dan Beebe, who in his first season was selected as the WPCC Coach of the Year. The Pioneers will travel to Arnold, Maryland this weekend to defend the program’s first National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) Division III Region XX crown.

The Rho Phi Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa at BC3, the prestigious international academic honor society, claimed two awards at a conference in Kansas City, Missouri. Rho Phi was recognized as a Middle States Gold Chapter and awarded for the Best Completion event in Pennsylvania. Joining me at the conference were Rho Phi co-advisors Morgan Rizzardi and Amanda Fleming; Rho Phi President Chris Slay; Rho Phi Vice President Megan Marnic; and Rho Phi Secretary Jacob Hetrick.

Congratulations to our wonderful students, coaches and advisors! I am Pioneer Proud!


Celebrating the Spring Semester

March 19, 2018

The sun is shining! That’s symbolic for what a glorious spring semester it has been at the commonwealth’s back-to-back No. 1-ranked community college.

Consider:

Such accomplishments are possible only with a great faculty, amazing staff, courageous Board of Trustees, caring BC3 Education Foundation, Inc. Board of Directors, and incredible donors. Imagine what the future holds for our amazing institution of higher education?


PTK “Honors in Action”

February 6, 2018

PTK VidButler County Community College is the Commonwealth’s No. 1 community college two-times running for a host of reasons.

Today, I would like to focus on one – our Rho Phi Chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa International Honors Society.

Rho Phi has been in existence at the College since 1968. It recognized our students of excellence – those who have earned a 3.5 grade point average and are active campus and community members.

A five-star ranking is the highest honor in which a Phi Theta Kappa chapter can earn. Last year, the College moved to a five-start chapter. Recognition at this level focuses on service and excelling in what is called an “Honors in Action” project – which is set by the international office.

This year’s Rho Phi Chapter has connected its project to our larger strategic plan that is addressing the opiate epidemic and stigma surrounding it. The College’s Tracy Hack is leading our opiate initiative with an active advisory team.

Rho Phi President Chris Slay coordinated five students to speak in the video about either their personal struggles or of someone close to them.

Enjoy the video. I am certain you will be moved, just like me.


BC3 2017 Year in Review

January 22, 2018

Grey and gloom… that’s not just my mood with the Steelers out of the playoffs and New England making a return trip to the Super Bowl. We are stuck right dab in the middle of a brutal winter.

Need cheering up? The BC3 2017 Year in Review might just do the trick.

The Year in Review replaces a President’s Timeline, which analyzed the College’s annual accomplishments from 2012-2016. Previously, BC3 produced a printed annual report.

Without question, 2017 is a year to remember. I am confident the College’s Communications and Marketing Division captured all with this phenomenal online production.

I am certain you will enjoy the 2017 Year in Review as much as I did.