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Every four years, we have a presidential election, and, with no correlation, a Leap Day. February 29th only happens once every 1,461 days. That alone should make it something pretty special. So, what are you doing with your February 29th? This year it is even more extraordinary as it comes on a Saturday.

Do You Have 2020 Vision?

Pretend for a moment that it is December 31, 2020. What do you see? What has the year been for you? What have been the major events in your life as well as those closest to you? Often we start the New Year with resolutions that promptly dissolve. Some of us may carry resolutions into next week, but these are exceptional people.

What Professor Reggie Smith Taught Us about Community

Recently, we lost a great man. Professor Reggie Smith, faculty member extraordinaire, passed away, leaving behind a legacy that can’t be replicated. Professor Smith’s classes have been assigned to new instructors, each with the talent and knowledge to continue his work.

Reggie Smith, a man of extraordinary character admired and treasured by generations of SCC students, alumni, parents, faculty and staff

Reginald “Reggie” Smith – the beloved Salem Community College professor who inspired thousands of students with his wealth of knowledge and fatherly guidance – has passed away following an illness.

The Mighty Oaks (Sports) Return to SCC

When I was announced as the 8th president of your Salem Community College the questions began. “Will you bring back sports?” Judiciously, I responded, “We will take a look, but no promises.” And that’s just what happened, we took a look.

A Year of New Beginnings

Schools are wonderful for many reasons. First, they are bastions of learning and there is nothing more sacred for educators than learning. Education is the solution to every problem. Everything on the planet that can be improved, resolved, or imagined with adequate learning experiences.


When I was young, I remember my parents telling me to avoid certain neighborhoods after dark, don’t accept rides from strangers, and hold tight to my wallet. Simple safeguards for my safety. No one had to say, “Be careful going to schools, churches, synagogues, movies, malls, and a college campus.” But today, we realize differently.

Happy New Year FY 20 (7-1-2019)

It arrives without celebration. It arrives quietly; at least it normally arrives quietly. In keeping
with our agrarian tradition, we began our fiscal year on July 1. When the state budget is resolved
before midnight on June 30, as was the case this year, the New Fiscal Year is somewhat

We are more than a Tree

Sadly, the Salem Oak succumbed to years of ill health on Thursday. Estimates hold the tree to be 500 or 600 years old, which is rather remarkable. White oak trees are known for their strength and longevity, but this was exceptional. Immediately upon the crash, which, thankfully, injured no one, the social network went into action.

Commencing in 2019, One Student’s Story

When Commencement exercises are complete, when the last graduate leaves the building, when the Operations staff knocks down the stage and the audience chairs, we, as the College personnel, have a chance to breathe knowing that we have another one “in the books.”   For us, who have done this before, we tend to debrief and compare 2018 (