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The Pacer Spring 2014 | Issue 153 My PACAC Story What’s Inside Winter Needs a Hero One of my favorite commercials these days is called Winter Warrior and it is for the Nissan Rogue. The commercial features evil snowmen wreaking havoc on a city street. As they tear down utility poles, throw snowballs, and beat up generators and snow blowers, a hero emerges. Driving the Rogue, a man plows down the snowmen and rescues people off the side of the street. At the end, the words “Winter Needs a Hero” appear on the screen. How true is that?! This winter season has been brutal. The storms have been named like hurricanes; we have been exposed to the relentless polar vortex, and we cringe or cry when we hear the words “winter weather warning.” The weather has been responsible for countless school closings. These closings have led to schools opening their doors on previously scheduled school holidays and potentially extending the school year. As of press time, the Philadelphia region was recently hit by a debilitating ice storm, one that took out power to some 715,000 PECO customers. The storm was second only to Hurricane Sandy Winter Needs a Hero . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 2013-2014 Leadership & Committee . . . . . . . 2 A Letter From the President . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Michele Diehl, Gwynedd Mercy University for PECO outages. And we brace for more snow and ice in the next week. Despite the effects of this Michele Diehl frigid season, there have been some winter weather heroes. I present to you my list of school winter weather heroes (in no particular order of importance). Navigating the College Fair . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Community Partnerships . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 My PACAC Story: Ryan Gillon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 My PACAC Story: Misty Whelan . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 R .each Y .our F .ull P .otential . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Continuation of My PACAC Stories . . . . . . . . 9 Office Bonding . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Government Relations News . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Continuation of Office Bonding . . . . . . . . . . 11 Book Review . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 Continuation of Winter Needs a Hero . . . . 13 Pacer Postings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 Calendar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15 1. School Administrators-for making the tough calls. School administrators have the job of deciding if doors open, if classes are delayed, or if school must have an early dismissal. I salute these administrators for making the call to close school as a result of the weather. Also, as a result of the ice storm, many college campuses were left without power. Schools like Villanova and Rosemont gave students extended weekends since they were unable to predict when power would be restored. keeping campus safe. Right after Continued on page 13 2. Essential Personnel-for www.PACAC.org Spring 2014 | Issue 153 1

Winter Needs A Hero

Michele Diehl

Gwynedd Mercy University<br /> <br /> One of my favorite commercials these days is called Winter Warrior and it is for the Nissan Rogue. The commercial features evil snowmen wreaking havoc on a city street. As they tear down utility poles, throw snowballs, and beat up generators and snow blowers, a hero emerges. Driving the Rogue, a man plows down the snowmen and rescues people off the side of the street. At the end, the words “Winter Needs a Hero” appear on the screen.<br /> <br /> How true is that?!<br /> <br /> This winter season has been brutal. The storms have been named like hurricanes; we have been exposed to the relentless polar vortex, and we cringe or cry when we hear the words “winter weather warning.” The weather has been responsible for countless school closings. These closings have led to schools opening their doors on previously scheduled school holidays and potentially extending the school year.<br /> <br /> As of press time, the Philadelphia region was recently hit by a debilitating ice storm, one that took out power to some 715,000 PECO customers. The storm was second only to Hurricane Sandy for PECO outages. And we brace for more snow and ice in the next week.<br /> <br /> Despite the effects of this frigid season, there have been some winter weather heroes. I present to you my list of school winter weather heroes (in no particular order of importance).<br /> <br /> 1. School Administratorsfor making the tough calls. School administrators have the job of deciding if doors open, if classes are delayed, or if school must have an early dismissal. I salute these administrators for making the call to close school as a result of the weather. Also, as a result of the ice storm, many college campuses were left without power. Schools like Villanova and Rosemont gave students extended weekends since they were unable to predict when power would be restored.<br /> <br /> 2. Essential Personnel- for keeping campus safe. Right after the ice storm, I was attempting to speak to our lead electrical technician. My words were coming out but he had just lost his voice. Physical plant workers may get paid overtime, but it is deserved. While we may be home enjoying hot chocolate or drinking a celebratory “schools out” glass of wine, these people are freezing in the elements and working through the night. I would also like to give a shout out to our housekeeper who bravely cleaned out our office refrigerator after a three-day power outage.<br /> <br /> 3. School Bus Drivers- for safely getting students home in snowy conditions. I don’t need to say more.<br /> <br /> 4. Flexible Staff- for doing what needs to be done. Gwynedd Mercy University’s campus is 160 acres and is powered by two separate power grids. After the ice storm, the majority of the campus was lit; however, our Admissions House was not. With an alternate work space, we all reported to work to greet visitors, respond to email and voicemail, and log into the student database, one that is not easily accessed from off campus. I know we cannot be alone in this dedication.<br /> <br /> 5. Secondary School Personnel- for adjusting to a new school calendar. As mentioned before, school districts have needed to add instructional days to their calendars.<br /> <br /> I am hopeful that it will be sunny and above freezing when this edition of The Pacer drops; however, if it is still snowing in March, I know we all will be praying for the best winter weather hero: spring!

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