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Remembering 9/11

September 11, 2023 marks the 22nd anniversary of a national tragedy, now grown dim with the distance of time and memory.  Those of us old enough to have experienced the shock of the horrific events of that day 22 years ago still remember where we were and what we were doing as we heard the news on that September day. …

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CCBC commemorates the Class of 2023

Commencement is the high point of the year for any academic institution and a tradition CCBC is honored to uphold. More than that, Commencement is the return on a promise, a commitment to support and encourage our graduating students well beyond the moment. I speak for all CCBC faculty, administrators, advisors, tutors, counselors, payroll clerks and staff at every level…

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Honoring our veterans

This year Election Day and Veterans Day fall within days of each other, bookending the week with powerful imagery that each day offers independently but which links them inextricably together.  On November 8, even in the midst of a divisive and toxic political environment, Election Day reassured us—everyday Americans that we are—that we have the power to define or redefine…

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Recalling lessons learned from national tragedies

Sunday, September 11, 2022 marked the 21st anniversary of a day of acute national tragedy.  Although the distance of time and memory has dimmed the shock of the horrific events of that day 21 years ago, the omnipresence of a slightly tamed, but still foreboding pandemic reminds us of the long reach these national disasters have upon us.  Simultaneously, they…

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Honoring Juneteenth

In celebration of Juneteenth, I started with a poignant statement from President Biden:  “Nations don’t ignore their most painful moments.  They confront them to grow stronger.” In honoring the recently minted holiday of Juneteenth, that is the sentiment we carried forward during our recognition. We celebrated the end of slavery in the United States in 1865, more than two years…

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Commemorating 9/11

Today we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 national tragedy.  Although the distance of time and memory has dimmed the shock of that event, throughout this past week commentaries, reflections and images of that infamous day have quietly informed this week’s news stories, jogging memories we might prefer to forget. On September 11, 2001 many of us sat stunned,…

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