An incredible journey begins

August 24, 2020

Finally, it’s here.

The fall 2020 semester and the start of a new academic year at all Butler County Community College locations.

Our main campus looks great. Sunbeams are pooling under our oak trees. The iconic BC3 Conestoga wagon is sitting outside my office window in the Administration Building. Colleagues are staffing tents along Pioneer Path for Welcome Week. Blue and white balloons are dancing in the morning breeze. Students are wearing masks as they head to classes. While student traffic to start a semester is less than “normal” here on main campus, our enrollment growth is elsewhere: BC3 @ Brockway enrollment is up 25.18 percent when compared with the beginning of the fall 2019 semester; online classes are up 22.04 percent; BC3 @ Armstrong, up 12.12 percent; BC3 @ LindenPointe, up 7.89 percent; BC3 @ Lawrence Crossing, up 1.83 percent and BC3 @ Cranberry is even.

Whether students are attending BC3 online; through blended, hybrid or remote formats; or in person at a BC3 location, one thing is certain: Our students will continue to receive the same quality, affordable and accessible education from our expert faculty members.

Remember, there is still time to register for fall classes. Our 15-week Session 1 classes are held from today through Dec. 12. Our 10-week Session 2 courses are held from Sept. 21 to Dec. 12. And, of course, five-week online Fast Track classes are held throughout the fall semester. Find out more at bc3.edu/credit-schedule.

Have a great fall semester and an incredible journey at BC3!


Gearing Up for Fall

August 10, 2012

The calendar says August. How can that be?

Our fall semester starts soon. I can’t wait to see everyone back on our four BC3 campus locations. Generally, when the new academic year starts rolling around, sports enthusiasts in the area already have their sights set on another successful Steeler season. But this year… this year… the Battlin’ Buccos are in the pennant race! It is fun to watch the Pirates do so well.

I enjoy seeing all of the Pirate hats and jerseys donned by people of all ages. I even noticed many BC3 summer students wearing black and gold.

So gear up for another successful start to a new academic year… and the Pirates making a run for a sixth world championship!

See you soon.


PR Class Survey

March 6, 2012

Happy Spring Break to the faculty and students of BC3! It is hard to believe the semester is going by so quickly.

As you may know, I am honored to teach at the College. I do so every Wednesday when I meet from 3:35 to 6:40 p.m. with 12 very special students in my Introduction to Public Relations class.

You may be interested to know the results of an informal survey I took in class last week. Read the rest of this entry »


First Day of Class – Spring 2012

January 17, 2012

The start of another semester. Are you ready? Do you have butterflies?

I can remember being excited, but a bit anxious at the start of each semester. What would my professors be like? How about my workload? Will I meet any new friends?

An advantage you have as a student at BC3 is our low student-to-faculty ratio. Instead of taking classes with hundreds of students, on average you will take courses with 17 others. Better yet, you will be taught by full and part time faculty members who are experts in their respective fields – not graduate teaching assistants. Read the rest of this entry »


Privileged to teach

May 6, 2011

Another end to a great semester.

I am blessed to still teach here at the College. On Wednesday’s from 3:35 to 6:40 p.m., I am privileged to teach 14 BC3 students in an Introduction to Public Relations course (COMM 230). On Wednesday, May 4, the spring of 2011 semester culminated with a final examination.

Our in-class discussions over the last few months have been lively. We discussed current events, new technology and its impact on PR as well as various PR and communication definitions, processes and models. We also spent a great deal of time on interviewing skills and crisis management. Read the rest of this entry »