Post-Hurricane Update

A message from Dr. Mark Erickson, president of Northampton Community College
October 31, 2012

Dear Members of the Northampton Family,

It has been a challenging few days as we have all struggled with the impact and aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.  In such times, families like ours come together to support one another and I would like to ask you to do just that.

Making decisions to open or close the college are never easy. Yesterday afternoon when I learned that power was restored to our Bethlehem campus and Tannersville campus, I convened several members of the senior leadership team to discuss if we should open. Given that the most roads were clear and the campus fully functional, we found it difficult to justify staying closed for a third straight day. Thus, we are open today.

For some the resumption of classes represents a welcome return to some semblance of normalcy. For others, it is another variable to balance in a world that may at the moment seem overwhelming. I would encourage our faculty to be particularly flexible and understanding of our students' unique home demands through the remainder of the week.  In a similar vein, I would encourage all of us to be as supportive of one another and similarly flexible as we work through the end of this week. It has been a challenging week and the clean-up will continue for quite some time. But with any luck we will all have power by the weekend...let's hope. 

Thanks for all you are doing! Special thanks to members of the Physical Plant staff, Student Affairs staff, Communications staff, Sodexo, and Information Technology staff who worked many hours before, during and after the storm to ensure that students were safe and that we dealt with the storm-related problems as efficiently as possible.

Dr. Mark H. Erickson
Northampton Community College

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