After 3 fantastic years at CCBC, it is now time for me to say goodbye. It is a bittersweet moment as I am equally excited about my next great adventure to the University of Baltimore as I am sad about leaving my ambassador family, friends, etc.

I came in to CCBC to gain knowledge about Hospitality Management and in the process I got involve on campus. I was shy and not very social but as I went along this journey, I’ve break down barriers that hinder my growth. Throughout my CCBC experience, I  learned so much and it will now be a story to tell. I have no regrets but more so a heart felt thank you to everyone that motivate and encourage me do my best. Thank you!

~Veni Vidi Vici~

XOXO Vanessa

Student Life Award Banquet

I just want to say, what an amazing night we had at the student life award banquet at Valley Mansion last night. Great food and tons of fun, and also recognition for all our hard work. It was such a great night and Thanks to CCBC Student Life for doing this for us. It was greatly appreciated. Thank you all for the wonderful support.




“Dead/Hell Week”

The week is known thus because of its notorious stress; the propensity for college and university students to save exam study until the last possible week; and because term papers are often due. Students prepare for the exams and papers by pulling all night study sessions ✔, often with the aid of stimulants such as coffee ✔, caffeine tablets, and energy drinks ✔. During this period, some students will suffer from sleep deprivation ✔,  increased irritability, and stress ✔. At some schools, this week is referred to as Hell Week ✔, Reading Period, or Reading Week.

Many campus requires near silence for most of the day during the week before finals, to aid to those studying for their finals or writing papers. Depending on the school there may also be a moratorium on paper assignments, exams, and student organizational activities during dead week. Libraries may also be open for extended hours, or might stay available all night.



“The Do Not List”

Sometimes it is helpful to focus on what not to do …

Do not forget ….

 • to dream

 • to laugh

 • to cry

 • to love

 • to hope

 … don’t forget what makes us human

 Do not blame …

• the company

 • your country

• the weather

• the traffic

• God

… don’t blame others and other things

Do not ignore …

• a child’s question

• the needs of the elderly

• the loneliness of the infirmed

• a beautiful sky

• the value of your smile

… don’t ignore an open hand; an unpainted canvas

 Do not become …

 • complacent

 • uncaring

• all-important

 • arrogant

 • selfish

… don’t become less of you

Do not say …

• “You’re stupid”

• “I hate you”

• “I don’t care”

• “I don’t have time”

• “I don’t have to say I’m sorry”

… don’t say hurtful things

Do not miss …

• your child’s school play

• your spouse’s birthday

• a daily prayer of thanks

• wishing someone a great day

• planning your next vacation

… don’t miss today’s many opportunities

Do not overlook …

• the contributions of those that work with you

• injustice

• the need to hug or be hugged

• the value of your presence

• the great potential that lies within your heart

… don’t overlook how you can make a difference today

Your DO NOT list enables you and me to discard the unnecessary baggage that holds us back from reaching our true potential, true happiness and true fulfillment.

Just don’t.

-Robert M. Hebeler

Five Star Gala

On last weekend, I had the wonderful opportunity to be the student speaker at CCBC’s Five Star Gala for the Hospitality Management program. I can truly say that CCBC knows how to have a good time. The food, entertainment, and atmosphere was amazing. I was very ecstatic to be at the Gala. Words could not describe what a wonderful night it was. CCBC is such a wonderful place and I’m glad I choose to be here. I really appreciate all that CCBC (faculty, Staff, Friends, etc.) has done for me and my education. I never knew where this journey would taking me but I’m glad that I stepped outside my comfort zone to try something different.


My speech…

About three years ago, I started attending CCBC in the fall of 2011 after graduating from high school. By spring of 2012, I transferred to the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. I was ready to be on my own by pursing my college dream; however, I realized I would need to take out student loans to remain there which resulted in me transferring back to CCBC in the fall of that same year.

My transition from a four year university to a two year college made me realize one important thing – I was receiving the same education at CCBC that I was receiving at a four year university. So, why pay more for the same quality education?

There was no reason especially when my CCBC experience has been so amazing.

I entered the Hospitality Management program because I enjoy making others feel special. This characteristic might be derived from my cultural background which is Jamaican. You see, in Jamaica, tourism is a way of life. So much of our economy is built around tourism that one is naturally drawn to the hospitality industry; especially when the island thrives on it.

When I joined the Hospitality Management program, I felt like it was my calling. I was with people who shared my same views which included serving the needs of others above my own. I gain personal satisfaction knowing my efforts can make a person feel welcomed, comfortable and entertained.

At CCBC, I am learning from the best. Although I have many wonderful professors, Professor Scott Vratarich has exceeded my expectations. He is funny, insightful and really knows how to engage his students. And, because he has experience working in the industry, you can trust that he is giving good advice.

Above all else, it was almost free for me to attending CCBC. I was receiving support through CCBC’s scholarship foundation and through the Student Life Ambassador program. These scholarships enabled me to focus on my education and maintain a good GPA.

In closing, I’m glad I’ve chosen the path that I’m on. What I’ve gained at CCBC cannot be measured. Along this journey, I’ve met caring people who nurtured and helped mold me into the person I am today and the person I hope to be. I’ve become more self-assured and enhanced my leadership skills by serving as a Student Life Ambassador, being president of the Phi Theta Kappa-Alpha Rio Psi chapter, and representing CCBC tri-campus on the Maryland Higher Education Commission-Student Advisory Council. At CCBC, I have gained confidence and courage which has led me to believe I can do anything …..including standing in front you all tonight.

So, thanks to all of you who by your presence have contributed to the Hospitality program. It’s a program I love and a program I hope to see grow. Please know that CCBC students like me appreciate your continued support.

Thank You CCBC!

“Get Rich Quick”


We live in a generation where everyone wants to be rich right away, that they never focus on the present. Every little “make your own money” or “be your own manager” that comes around, our generation is first in line to hand over their money for something they don’t understand. Why is it too hard for our youths to understand what they’re getting into before we jump the gun? People believe that everything good is golden. A get rich quick scheme is a plan to acquire a high rates of return for a small investment. 

Most schemes promise that participants can obtain this high rate of return with little risk, and with little skill, effort, or time. Get rich quick schemes often assert that wealth can be obtained by working at home. Legal and quasi legal get rich quick schemes are frequently advertised on infomercials, in magazines and newspapers. Illegal schemes or scams are often advertised through spam or cold calling or even social media. Some forms of advertising for these schemes market books or compact discs about getting rich quick rather than asking participants to invest directly in a concrete scheme.

It is clearly possible to get rich quickly if one is prepared to accept very high levels of risk — this is the premise of the gambling industry. However, gambling offers the near certainty of completely losing the original stake over the long term, even if it offers regular wins along the way. Economic theory states that risk free opportunities for profit are not stable, because they will quickly be exploited by arbitrageurs. So to everyone that can quickly give away your money, here’s something to thing about.



Spring is finally here! And even though it’s still a bit chilly, it’s still beautiful and bright outside.  March 20th marks the Spring Equinox, also known as the first day of Spring. And after a brutal winter season, the equinox is a welcome sign that hey, it might actually get warmer. So to ring in the Spring season, today is all about bring out the Spring feelings with poems.


For winter's rains and ruins are over,
And all the season of snows and sins;
The days dividing lover and lover,
The light that loses, the night that wins;
And time remembered is grief forgotten,
And frosts are slain and flowers begotten,
And in green underwood and cover
Blossom by blossom the spring begins.
Algernon Charles Swinburne  (1837–1909)
Atalanta in Calydon (1865)
The month of May was come, 
when every lusty heart beginneth
to blossom, and to bring forth fruit; 
for like as herbs and trees bring 
forth fruit and flourish in May, 
in likewise every lusty heart 
that is in any manner a lover, 
springeth and flourisheth in lusty deeds.  
For it giveth unto all lovers courage, 
that lusty month of May.
Sir Thomas Malory (d. 1471)
Le Morte d’Arthur (1485)
I sing of brooks, of blossoms, birds, and bowers:
Of April, May, of June, and July flowers.
I sing of Maypoles, Hock-carts, wassails, wakes,
Of bridegrooms, brides, and of their bridal cakes.
Robert Herrick (1591–1674)
Hesperides (1648)

Meeting the President[Feature blog]

Picture of President of CCBC, Dr Sandra Kurtinitis

From the archives of previous blogger, Keziah Tawiah(drafts that never made it).

In Spring 2013, a group of Student Ambassadors and First Year Experience Mentors met the president of the college, Dr. Sandra Kurtinitis. It was a great learning experience for all of us. Even though it was a group of us, it still felt like having a one-on-one conversation with her. She was extremely nice and answered all the questions we had about her. She spoke about how she manages to balance her personal life by reminding herself to take time off to enjoy other hobbies. She also spoke about how she learned to “draw circles that pull people in” early on in life and how that philosophy that has helped her become a successful leader.

When asked what the most important decision she ever made as a leader was, Dr. Kurtinitis replied that deciding to keep all of CCBC’s staff even at a time of extreme financial difficulty was the most important decision she ever made. Dr. Kurtinitis values her family and her CCBC family as well. In fact, she becomes overjoyed when she looks around all three campus because she remembers the way it was at the time of the meager of the three campuses.

“A lot of people didn’t think it could be done and seeing how far we have come give me great joy”

-Dr. Kurtinitis.

Dr. Kurtinitis’ Bio

From the CCBC webpage: As president of the Community College of Baltimore County, Dr. Sandra L. Kurtinitis leads the largest provider of higher education in the Baltimore region. An experienced and respected educator, administrator and author, she has been a community college professional for more than 30 years. Dr. Kurtinitis is resolutely committed to inclusive leadership and open communication, affirming her belief that the classroom is a far more important place on campus than the executive office.

A self-described “servant-leader,” Dr. Kurtinitis came to CCBC from Quinsigamond Community College in Massachusetts, where she served as president for 10 years. She is credited with transforming that college into one of the most progressive institutions in the state. Having brought that same level of commitment into her presidency at CCBC, she is confidently guiding the college to its next level of excellence.

Under Dr. Kurtinitis’ leadership, CCBC has made significant strides in improving service to students while strengthening its operational areas to best support instruction. She has established a leaner executive structure, bringing strong central leadership across the college while fostering a collaborative, learning-centered environment.

Dr. Kurtinitis is no stranger to Maryland higher education. Early in her career she spent 22 years as a professor of English, department chair and academic coordinator at Prince George’s Community College (Md.). She also received her master’s degree in British Literature from the University of Maryland, College Park, and earned her Ph.D. in American Civilization from The George Washington University (D.C.). Dr. Kurtinitis holds a bachelor’s degree in British Literature from College Misericordia (Pa.).

Glad to be “back home” in Maryland, Dr. Kurtinitis is committed to staying connected to the community and actively participating on a variety of local boards, commissions and organizations.

A quote from Eleanor Roosevelt

Dr. Kurtinitis’ Favorite Quote

Justice System

When I look at our justice system, I just think of how screwed up it is. Black people are wrongly just and celebrities go scot-free. When do we draw a line with fair and unfair. ”Justice is the tolerable accommodation of the conflicting interests of society, and I don’t believe there is any royal road to attain such accommodation concretely.”  ~Judge Learned Hand, in P. Hamburger,The Great Judge, 1946.

Looking at the prison system, there is more blacks and latinos in jail than any other race. When asking for fairness, the desire isn’t for more rights for the criminally accused, yet for those rights of the accused to be fairly executed, before they are found guilty or innocent. This being because the system is unfair, it seems to be two different systems: one for the privileged, and one for the less privileged. Cops use methods of investigation and interrogation against minorities and the poor that wouldn’t be accepted against more privileged citizens. Courts assign public defenders to the poor in serious criminal trials that a rich person wouldn’t hire to defend them in a traffic court. Many minorities walk into a courtroom with the feeling that they are guilty until proven innocent. The complexion of their skin is too often viewed as negative. There is no doubt what the reason for it is. Not to say that unfairness doesn’t happen beyond race but also titles and status as well. There are a lot of celebrities that got away with crimes. Like O.J. Simpson, Casey Anthony, Kobe Bryant, R Kelly and many many more.

The system is a balance to society. The system is there to uphold social control, deterring and mitigating crime, or sanctioning those who violate laws with criminal penalties and rehabilitation efforts.

AMBER Alert: Caitlyn Virts

Maryland Child Abduction Emergency: Caitlyn Marie Virts an 11 year old W/F (White Female) in the company of Timothy Virts a 38 year old W/M (White Male) last seen in Dundalk, MD operating a 1999 Dodge Durango MD tag 5AJ4458. Do not take action call #77 OR 911.

The Maryland State Police at the request of Baltimore County Police Department have issued a Maryland Child AMBER Alert for Caitlyn Marie Virts.

LOCATION: The child was last observed at approximately 7 am in the area of Dundalk, MD. The child is believed to have been abducted by the suspect.

VEHICLE: A possible suspect vehicle is a black 1999 Dodge Durango bearing MD registration: 5AJ4458.

Anyone with information is asked to immediately call 911 or Baltimore County Police Department at 410-887-7320. Do not take action which could endanger your safety or further endanger the abducted child.