Spring Is the Time When Students Shine


By Kenneth Ender, Ph.D.

Spring is a hectic, but rewarding season at Cumberland County College. This is when we acknowledge and celebrate our students’ leadership and scholastic accomplishments. We also recognize their courage since many students overcome obstacles and manage family and job responsibilities on their roads to success at CCC.

I often tell colleagues that if we don’t find joy in our jobs during April and May, we should get into another business. Because recognizing student success is the highlight of our professions, and this is when numerous events are held on campus to honor outstanding students and inspire all of us.

The student recognition events began last Thursday when 34 CCC students were inducted into Alpha Beta Gamma, the international honor society for outstanding business students. The students’ names were listed in The Daily Journal last Friday. During a keynote speech, Professor Clair Miller pointed out that professors not only teach, they provide academic and career advice for the students. And he said that professors place great importance in helping the students to become better citizens. Also speaking at the ceremony were Vice President Dr. Thomas Isekenegbe, Division Chair Dr. Debra Kuhl, Professor Paul Swierczynski and Professor Charles Biondi.

During the ceremony, student Luke Deering was presented with the Wall Street Journal Award for his scholastic excellence in the business field. Deering, 21, was raised in England and discovered CCC while surfing the Internet. The honor student said that he decided to attend CCC because the college had a sound academic reputation and a basketball team, which he starred on during the past two years.

As I mentioned, this is the inspiring time of the year with several student-recognition events held weekly, culminating with commencement on May 26. This is the third year in a row that we will graduate the largest class in the college’s history, which is encouraging because as enrollment grows at CCC, so does the number of successful students who graduate and go on to excel, professionally and at four-year colleges. Last May, there were 397 graduates. There will be more than 400 this year.

And this year the inspiring moments will continue throughout the summer. We will begin moving into the new Enrollment Services/Student Center in June, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the college’s Barnes and Noble Bookstore at the end of June. We will formally open the building when the students return on Sept. 6. The move to the George P. Luciano Family Center for Public Service and Leadership will begin in July, and a formal ribbon-cutting for the cutting-edge conference center will take place in August.

I think that the late George “Duke” Luciano, who was an enthusiastic supporter of CCC, would be pleased with our progress. I know I’m extremely proud of the students and staff at Cumberland County College. It’s that time of the year.