For the first time in its history, NCC is canceling its entire spring break.
Blame Mother Nature. True, in the past accumulated weather closings compelled the school to hold some makeup classes during spring break, and one year NCC extended the semester by a week to make up lost ground.
But losing the entire spring break? Maybe we should call it the Polar Vortex Effect, which is how the folks at the Weather Channel might refer to the frigid conditions that have socked it to America.
All of this has caused professor Earl Page to shake his head.
“In my 43 years here, spring break has never been canceled, but also in that same time span we never had the same kind of freakish combination of cold, ice and snow either,” Page said.
In announcing the bad news about spring break, the college’s vice president for Student Affairs, Mardi McGuire-Closson, urged students who’d already made plans for the break to “Please communicate, communicate, communicate with you professors. It has been tough on everybody this semester.”
Although palm trees and sandy beaches may not be in most students’ immediate future, NCC- sponsored overseas trips scheduled for over the break will still go on, McGuire-Closson said. Those scheduled to fly off to distant lands needn’t revise their plans.
Revising plans, of course, has been what many at NCC have been doing ever since winter settled in with a vengeance during this semester, known to some as spring semester. One academic division particularly affected has been Allied Health and Sciences.
Lab times repeatedly had to be altered, but adjustments made by professors and lab assistants at the Main and Monroe campuses have made for smoother sailing, said Carolyn Bortz, dean of Allied Health and Sciences.
For those keeping score on how much Mother Nature has toyed with NCC, consider this: Between Jan. 18 and Feb. 18, the Main campus experienced five total closings, two noon closings and three delayed openings, said the vice president of Academic Affairs, Dr. Jeff Focht. This adds up to 10 days or a week and a half of instruction that some students have missed.