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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 were B’s at b

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.