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Be Nice

Being nice has become a challenge. I see it in myself, those around me, on television, and in the social media milieu. COVID-19, state/local shutdowns/restrictions, economic tumult, our annualized election cacophony, hurricanes in the Gulf Coast, fires in the far West, overt social injustice, rioting, and attacks on peace officers.

SCC Restart – Let the Learning Resume

My personal and professional life experiences have been guided by two irrevocable beliefs. A fidelity to learning and education is the solution to every problem. This all builds on the concept that learning is a vital life function. Everyone is capable of learning; however, we learn at different rates and levels.

COVID-19 Restart: Let’s Do This Right

COVID-19 has devastated the families and friends of more than 135,000 Americans. It is difficult to process the magnitude of the loss.

After the protests, demonstrations, marches…..

Black Lives Matter protest marches and demonstrations have dominated the past month on the heels of George Floyd’s death under the knee of a Minneapolis police officer. This may have been a tipping point, a saturation of reality, or maybe just the beginning of something, but there is no denying the fact that a movement is afoot.

A Traumatized Nation: What’s Next?

Charles Dickens A Tale of Two Cities begins, “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times….” Isn’t that always the truth? The back half of that opener has never been more apparent than today. The following is not a political statement, only a personal reflection.

The facts:

The COVID-19 Effect Upon Your SCC

Think of the words you didn’t know in January, that you know today. Coronavirus was simply a beer joke. Herd immunity was something that applied to cows. Flattening the curve was your effort to drop Christmas cookie weight. Life changed since those carefree days of January.


To be direct, we will finish the Spring Semester remotely as we have been doing since mid-March. All end-of-semester learning activities in all classes are to be completed in a virtual, online, or remote fashion. Everyone, and I mean everyone, has been working to make this function for our students.

During these uncertain times, “Community” remains our middle name

First, we pray you and yours are safe and well during this Coronavirus pandemic. The priority must be the health of you and your loved ones. Heed all the warnings for they may not only save your life, but also someone you love.

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Effects on your Salem Community College

Quite simply, your Salem Community College is monitoring the daily bulletins provided by Federal, State and County agencies regarding the Corona Virus. While there are no confirmed cases in Salem County as of this writing, we are very conscious that one or more can emerge quickly.

Tuition Pains

There is no such thing as a free lunch. Even if you are not the one paying, someone is handling the expense. It is pretty much the same with education. There is no “free” education. Taxes and tuition provide the basis of support for instructors, facilities, maintenance, and supplies.