Thursday morning at 4:45 a.m., I was notified by Brian Opitz, Executive Director of Operations, that our Main Campus lost power. Later we learned that a downed-power line impacted 200 residents of Butler Township, including BC3. At 5:21 a.m., the College used its emergency texting to announce the Main Campus would open at 9:30 a.m. At the same time, emails were sent and our switchboard message shared the late start information. Media outlets were contacted shortly afterwards.
Greetings from Hershey, where I will be joining colleague Presidents from Pennsylvania’s 14 community colleges for two days of meetings.
As an important point of clarification with what has been in the news this week, the Commonwealth’s 14 community colleges are not part of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education. Our nearly 320,000 students across the state continue to attend classes this fall of 2016 semester.
Our sector of higher education was highlighted Monday in a Senate Hearing. I was honored to represent not only Butler County Community College, but all of our institutions in a discussion on student loan debt, borrowing and financial literacy.
Make no mistake about it, our community colleges continue to be the right choice for a quality, affordable and accessible education.
Read more about my testimony at the state Senate hearing.
The fall of 2016 semester is off to a great start at all Butler County Community College’s locations. However, news at other colleges across the country isn’t so great.
The United States Department of Education barred all Indiana-based ITT Technical Institute campuses from enrolling new students who depend on federal financial aid. ITT was also told that it must increase its reserves to $247.3 million, or 40 percent of federal student aid the for-profit company received in 2015. ITT made the decision to close its operations; a move that will impact thousands of students and employees.
On August 25, Cambria-Rowe Business College, the Johnstown area’s oldest college, closed because of issues with the Accrediting Council of Independent Colleges and Schools (ACICS).
On Wednesday, September 7, BC3 officials visited DuBois Business College (DBC), which was founded in 1885. On September 6, DBC officials announced it would close operations on September 22. Officials said the closing is a result of similar issues with ACICS.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »