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Season of Learning

We often look at January as a bleak month.  Some refer to February as the “longest month” when the calendar contradicts their perception.   Winter is about grey doldrums.  No one references a beautiful January morning, or a majestic February sunset.  Once the luster of Christmas and New Year’s have worn off, we go into a

No One Should be Hungry

The holidays always bring out the generosity in us.  When you go by the Salvation Army kettle and hear that bell, you immediately look to contribute your loose change for the benefit of the needy.  When we learn of a destitute family, the response is overwhelming.  For that spell just before Thanksgiving and just beyond Christmas,

The Man in the Pink Jacket 10-27-17

SCC is about to lose some of its fashion luster.  Dr. Eric Pellegrino, Vice President of Academic Affairs, will be retiring shortly.    

Knowing Why?

There is an urban (or collegiate) legend about the philosophy professor who came into the classroom for the final exam, passed out the blue books (you can tell my age), wrote on the board, “Why?” and left the room without a word.  Students who used only one page of the blue book with the response, “Why not?” received A’s.  The rest wer

Remembering What Counts

On the evening of September 11th, Peter Jennings asserted, “Most of us won’t know someone who was lost today, but we know someone who knew someone who was lost today.”  Of course, he was referring to the terrorist attack upon the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and the crash of Flight 93 in Pennsylvania.  He was right.

How do you talk about race?

There are many difficult conversations we encounter in this world, not least of which is about race.  Race, or at least ethnicity, has been an issue for several millennia.  If you weren’t born to the right tribe during the “pre-historic” era, you were an enemy.

Show Me the Money

Film, much like literature, is a narration and a critique of culture.  American culture has been both documented and influenced by film.  Think about some expressions that emanated from film:  

“Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.” Rhett Butler to Scarlet O’Hara in Gone with the Wind

Happy New Year

Normally, we wait until December 31st, or thereabouts, to wish a Happy New Year to those in our world.  However, in the academic world, the truth is that our new year begins on July 1st, which makes Happy New Year a perfectly appropriate salutation on campus.  Actually, it is a much better time to be celebrating the New Year.

Much Appreciated Dr. Mulhorn

Salem Community College, and the Salem County educational community, has lost one of its most treasured leaders.  Dr. Willetta Mulhorn passed away recently.  Those who had the privilege of working with Dr. Mulhorn will always remember “Willie” as being fair, consistent, ingenious, and an incredible worker.

Semesters End; Learning Doesn’t

First, don’t let me mislead anyone, summer classes are alive and well at your Salem Community College.  We encourage graduating high school seniors to take a course with us before going away to school.