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President's Message: Professional Development Day

Dear Members of our College Community,

As we look forward to the beginning of our Spring semester and tomorrow’s Professional Development Day, the weather forecast for snow and winter treacheries has overshadowed the day with caution for everyone’s safety. Towards that end, in the spirit of conservative care, we are postponing Professional Development Day complete with Dr. Terry O’Bannion’s keynote and our innovative workshops until March 1st, beginning at 1 pm and going throughout that afternoon.
I apologize for the disappointment I anticipate you all share with me, and especially to our many colleagues who have prepared creative workshops, but feel it important to prepare for the possibilities of difficult travel. Please pencil into your respective calendars this afternoon of March 1st and continue preparing for Monday’s first day of spring semester classes.

I want to also share with you the wonderful accolades recently received by two of our magnificent colleagues. Professor Ron Valcarce, and his leadership as faculty advisor for the American Chemical Society student chapter here at SLCC was recently commended by the ACS for wonderful mentoring along with the news that our student chapter has been selected to receive the “Outstanding Award” for its activities conducted during the 2011-2012 year.

Additionally, Clint Gardner, Student Writing Center Coordinator, recently was honored in Chicago with the 2012 Ron Maxwell Award for Distinguished Leadership in Promoting Collaborative learning Practices of Peer Tutors in Writing.
I believe both Clint and Ron exemplify the importance of leadership for all throughout our college and am deeply appreciative to them. The quality and excellence of these professionals continue the momentum that so many of you propel in your daily work here….Thank YOU!!!

I look forward to our Spring semester together……regardless of how the weather plays.

Most Sincerely,
President Bioteau

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