Once in awhile I watch the David Letterman Show and enjoy many of his “top 10 lists” of something that has occurred. Most recently the local newspaper ran a special section on the Top 10 events in Liberal in 2010. After reading the articles and watching one of Letterman’s shows the other night I thought it might be appropriate to identify a few of the “top 10” aspects of SCCC/ATS for 2010. (I know we’re well into 2011 but that only makes reminiscing about 2010 achievements even better.
So here goes no real ranking of importance or significance (I apologize in advance for leaving off something that may be in your top 10 SCCC/ATS list):
• Washington Monthly magazine recognizing us as one of the top 50 community colleges in the nation;
• Receiving a 5-year, $3.25million federal grant to establish new instructional programs;
• Lady Saints softball team placing 9th in the NJCAA national tournament
• Saints tennis team finished #1 in the nation in student academic performance (women’s tennis team finished #3);
• 100% passage rate of our practical nursing students on their licensing exams;
• Donna Fisher and Janice Williams recognized by the National Institute on Staff and Organizational Development;
• Our first “poetry night” with readings and performances to a full house;
• Automotive and diesel technology programs receiving NATEF certification;
• Our first graduates in Surgical Technology and Medical Lab Technician programs through our partnership with Manhattan Area Technical College;
• Katy Redd and Carlos Souza being recognized as Outstanding Faculty and Outstanding Graduating Student respectively.
There are a lot of other accomplishments – large and small – like getting the phone-a-thon re-established; completing building/grounds improvements; graduating the largest class in college history; Saints Baseball winning 13th conference title; Lady Saints Basketball winning 11th conference title; Fanny Benincasa named NJCAA freshman tennis player of the year; first graduates in health information management; TRIO student visits to universities; transition of on-line courses from WebCT to eCollege; and the list truly could go on and on. Maybe that’s why David Letterman does a new list for each of his shows.
It can be a challenge to narrow achievements to a list of 10 but it’s a great way to remember all of the many things that we do get accomplished. Take a moment and reflect on the impact we have on the many students that come to SCCC/ATS, the professional growth and development we as employees are provided, and the positive impact we provide to the community and region. I’m sure your list will be much longer than just the “top 10”.