President’s Blog › Weather’s impact on education.

Posted in: From the desk of the president | February 17, 2014

Last week we missed three days because of snow and ice.  However, the students made good use of their time. The fraternities built a mini version of a luge run. There was an excess of obligatory snowmen and snowball fights. And, an igloo was constructed near the softball field—probably by our pre-engineering students. Brian Reese, our athletic director, opened up the stadium so students and PC families could slide down the hills surrounding the field. The hills were covered with various forms of improvised sleds ranging from inner tubes to laundry baskets. Today the snow is gone; the campus is beautiful and much warmer; and, students are back in their classes.

While it was nice seeing the students enjoy the snow, my favorite part of the hiatus was the time the students spent exchanging ideas. One morning, seven students and I had breakfast and talked about the campus, what they planned to do when they graduate, the nature of the capstone research some were doing, and what they liked most about PC. It was a great time for me.

Greenville Dining Hall was packed for most meals.  This concentration of students provided additional opportunities for them to interact. We have wonderful faculty who are excellent both inside and outside of the classroom, but for three days, I enjoyed watching the students teach themselves. We often say to potential students and their parents that the value of a PC education is predicated on what happens within and outside of the classroom. The snow last week confirmed the rich nature of the campus environment.

We had a sports trifecta Saturday. The men’s tennis team beat Radford and is now off to a great 8-1 record. The young men and the coach are doing a great job. The women’s basketball team played very well—beating High Point University; and, the men’s basketball team produced one of the most exciting come-from-behind wins I have seen. It was a nice way to end the week.

Now back to classes where the faculty can do what they do best—help our students embrace learning, think critically, and grow personally.

I want thank those of you who communicated with me regarding Doyle Hall. By now, you should have received the statement from Board of Trustees Chairman Pat Phillips. If not, you can find it on the PC website.


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