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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.

With One More Day I would...

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.