It's Spring Semester, So It Must Be Spring

2/26/04


By Kenneth L. Ender

Forget about the groundhog’s shadow. It’s spring, irrespective of the conditions we face. How can that be? Well, it’s spring semester at Cumberland County College.

And what a semester it is proving to be. With more than 3,000 students on campus, the college is buzzing with activity, and you can almost feel the intellectual energy of the student/faculty discussions. Teaching and learning, confrontation and collaboration, and challenge and support are all attributes of this dynamic learning environment.

And while the temperature outside may seem very winter-like, for those students preparing to finish courses, certificates and programs, it is, indeed, spring. While the trees and bushes remain dormant, the students are bursting with life and energy. Believe me, spring has arrived at CCC.

This spring semester will be memorable for us all. CCC is launching a new speaker’s series with four nationally and internationally known individuals coming to campus. During the next three months, the college will host Dr. William Schultz, executive director of Amnesty International, on March 9; Dr. Tony Campolo, an expert on community development, on March 10; Sarah Weddington, the attorney who successfully argued the Roe vs. Wade Supreme Court decision, on April 13; and Ray Suarez, the Washington-based senior correspondent with The News Hour with Jim Lehrer, on May 11.

Each of these individuals will stimulate our thinking with their presentations. We hope that many members of the community will join us to greet and interact with these folks. Look for details in the newspapers and on the college’s web site: www.cccnj.edu.

This spring, the college will also officially open the Aquaculture Production Demonstration Facility and the Distance Learning Center, adjacent to the Library. And we are poised to begin the construction of the George P. Luciano Family Center for Public Service and Leadership, and the new Enrollment Services/Student Center project. Both of these construction projects will yield enhanced services and support to our students and the greater Cumberland County. The preconstruction activities are underway, and the projects will “be in the ground” by May 1. Look for details of ground breaking ceremonies soon.

Before we know it, summer will be here on May 21, the day after the college’s commencement ceremony. You see, the academic calendar is the leading indicator of what is to come in the natural world.

So, folks, this is spring. Enjoy it, because summer is right around the corner. You will know it for sure when Dr. Michael Adams, president of Farleigh Dickinson University, delivers the commencement address at the CCC. We look forward to your joining us then, and for the events throughout the spring semester.