Giving Thanks!

November 25, 2019
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Oak Trees in Autumn, BC3 Main Campus. Photo by William Foley

Hello, BC3 family!

There are so many reasons for so many of us to be thankful, and with Thanksgiving but a few days away, there’s not a better time for me to share with my BC3 family why I am grateful for you, and for what you accomplish. Here are 10 of the many reasons that come in mind in 2019:

10. The creation of our Pioneer PantryTalk about Pioneer Proud! This initiative has taken off – and the beneficiaries are our terrific students.

9. Our Workforce Development division and Public Safety and Continuing Education departments. In all, more than 20,000 people served annually. A true example of BC3 being the Community’s College.

8. “All in for Nursing.” The Victor K. Phillips Nursing and Allied Health Building. The Shaffer School of Nursing and Allied Health. A partnership with Grove City College. And I am certain there is more to come!

7. Expansion of BC3 @ Armstrong The residents of Ford City are excited. And so are we. Yet another example of our role in northwestern Pennsylvania.

6. Our downtown initiative in the City of Butler. Lunch and Learns, combating the opiate crisis, volunteerism, city beautification — and more. Incredible efforts that benefit our community.

5. President’s Cabinet. Always on my list. We are blessed to be surrounded by such intelligent, devoted professionals.

4. Our Board of Trustees and BC3 Education Foundation Board of Directors. Selfless, professional and tireless dedication that enables our college to maintain our ranking as the No. 1 community college in Pennsylvania by Schools.com in three consecutive surveys.

3. Our veterans, who are our students, our faculty or staff. We owe you so much. Thank you. You and your service are never taken for granted.

2. Our faculty Your role in our student-centered institution is crucial … and appreciated.

And the No. 1 reason I am thankful this holiday season … Our students. Many are first-generation who work while attending our college. You are our core and we are honored to offer to you our affordable, quality and accessible education.

Happy Thanksgiving!


Above and Beyond

June 25, 2014

Forgive me, please!!!IMG_8138

It has been way too long since I wrote a blog entry as BC3’s proud president. And to make matters even worse, the subject of my latest blog is from an event that took place on May 1!

On May 1, the College recognized recent retirees, past retirees, years of service and recipients of a new award – the “Above and Beyond Award.”

Over 130 people attended the event held in Founder’s Hall. Susan Changnon, our Executive Director of Communications and Marketing, did her usual fantastic job of introducing the honorees. A video interview of most who were being recognized brought laughter and even some tears. Read the rest of this entry »


Counting my blessings

December 11, 2013

Where oh where has the fall semester of 2013 gone?

As final exams are concluding, the holiday season draws upon us. I, for one, will count my blessings. Here’s several that I appreciate:

Family – Without their support, I just couldn’t do my job.

Colleagues – I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – blue-collar, hard working and dedicated summarize our terrific faculty and staff.

Students – You are the motivation in all we do. We strive for affordable, accessible and quality education with you in mind. Read the rest of this entry »