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 »

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 »

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, 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!

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 »

Snow, snow, and more snow!

February 18, 2010

Snow covered trees on BC3 Main Campus

Snow, snow, and more snow! Hope you are surviving what will end up being the snowiest month in the history of Western Pennsylvania.

Decisions to delay, close and/or keep open our BC3 locations is something we take seriously. The process starts as storm possibilities hit the media. I communicate with the Director of Operations, Brian Optiz, as we track the storm. Phone calls, emails, texts and meetings with Brian also include other members of the BC3 administrative team. Much of our work takes place as early as 4:30 a.m. Read the rest of this entry »

Swine Flu Update

May 5, 2009

The following information is taken from the Pennsylvania Departments of Education and Health, the University of Delaware, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention.  Special thanks to our own Dr. Robin Patterson for forwarding me pertinent information and updates.

To help protect against the spread of the flu and other germs and viruses, BC3 students and employees are encouraged to take simple prevention measures such as: Read the rest of this entry »