As we wrap-up yet another school year, what comes to my mind are these words from the Grateful Dead, “What a long strange trip it has been.” What started as a normal year turned into something I could have never imagined. I know that each and every one of you have done everything you can to ensure the success of your students while working in the virtual world. For that, I give you an resounding, “Thank you for all you are doing!”
It is easy to feel alone in this new environment – so much is unknown and so much is new. Tasks that took only a few minutes to complete face-to-face now require multiple emails. It can be frustrating, but we will get through this. And we will be stronger and more resilient because of this experience. Please know that the NCCCSPA Executive Board members are here to support you. In addition, our members have a wealth of knowledge and experience. Please take advantage of the support and knowledge by utilizing our Facebook page for questions and comments. Now is the time to pull together and I cannot imagine a better support group to have!
I will miss you this fall in Asheville, but look forward to better times next year when we can meet again. Postponing the conference was a hard decision for the board to make, but the safety of our members comes first. So, until we meet again, please stay safe.
Director, Teaching and Learning
Pitt Community College
As much as we will miss you all, our executive board has made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 NCCCSPA Annual Conference.
This decision comes after much thought and discussion. We feel that a number of factors make holding the NCCCSPA2020 conference impractical. COVID-19 concerns, budget shortfalls, student needs, instructional transitions, and institutional priorities are among the many reasons behind our decision. As always, our members (and your families), students, and schools are our priorities, and we hope that you understand and know that we will miss you all this November.
We are making arrangements for our NCCCSPA2021 Conference, and expect to have things solidified very soon to officially announce the conference to occur November 3-5, 2021 at the Crowne Plaza Resort in Asheville, NC. Please tentatively mark it on your calendar, and watch for updates as we have more information to share.
Within the next few days, our website will be updated and applications for conference presentations and scholarships for NCCCSPA2021 will be opened. If you submitted a proposal or scholarship application for this year's conference, you will be contacted directly with further information.
We thank you for your continued support of the North Carolina Community College Sociology and Psychology Association, and we hope that you and your families are safe, well, and coping in this difficult time.
The NCCCSPA Executive Board