Presidents Blog

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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.

The End of the Beginning

Winston Churchill, statesman, diplomat, and warrior, commented in a speech after the Second Battle of Alamein, a victory, “This is not the end, it is not the beginning of the end, but it is perhaps, the end of the beginning.”  Much the same can be said of Commencement and the departure of the Class of 2017.

The Little College (and County) that Could

Did you know Salem County is the smallest of all New Jersey counties?  It is no wonder that Salem Community College is the smallest of the NJ community college network.  Though this may appear a disadvantage, we make it into quite the opposite – our greatest attribute.

Spring Is For Planting [Ideas]

Though we still have some slivers of snow lurking in some recesses of the nearby woods, and along some roadways, you can tell spring is here.  Not only does the calendar tell us we have hit the Vernal Equinox, but the texture of the air indicates the bite of winter has abated.  Now it is time for spring planting, and spring planning.

Join the Salem County Kindness Campaign

Freeholder Director Bob Vanderslice referenced a Kindness Campaign during his State of the County Address on February 2nd.  The idea is to exercise acts of kindness.  This comes rather naturally to the residents of Salem County for, as a whole, we are nice people.  A great place to witness this is the Woodstown Wawa.