I’m so happy to be welcoming everyone back to SLC after what I hope was a restful break. I also hope the snow we got before Christmas and ongoing travel disruptions didn’t wreak havoc on anyone’s plans.
As we begin a new calendar year, I find this time of year motivating as it gives us the opportunity to start new or recommit to personal and professional goals. For me, I just signed up for a book reading tracker and challenge that will help me reach both my professional and personal reading goals for the year. I hope the information below will help our SLC community in terms of finding support, should you need it, for achieving goals you might have for the upcoming year.
For our students, whether you are joining us for the first time to begin your studies, or if you are returning to continue your program, please remember the many services and resources designed expressly for you to succeed, both academically and personally. Connecting with your campus student government is a great idea, in addition to being informed about the extensive SLC student services that are available. From academic coaching to intramurals, counselling, workshops, employment opportunities and more, SLC is here for you. Don’t forget to use URSLC, your online college community information on events, services, and ways to connect with your peers! A final reminder for students joining us for the first time in the winter semester, that next Monday, January 9 is Orientation Day – details can be found in your SLC email.
For our team of SLC employees, if your goals this year include professional growth, please remember SLC+ for opportunities to upskill, reskill, or pursue a new or longtime interest with micro-credentials, certificates, personal growth courses, and more. I am happy to remind employees of the annual SLC LCC conference, being held this year in mid-May which all employees are encouraged to attend. Folks can watch for details and updates on that in the coming weeks. If you would like to align any goals you are setting to the work we are doing as a college, remember our strategic plan SLC in Five which outlines our multi-year objectives, and our commitments.
As 2023 unfolds, I look forward to all of us continuing to help make SLC a college where everyone feels they truly belong. As we progress and work together, I encourage folks to remember to be supportive and kind to each other, and to remember that SLC succeeds because of the ways people support and work with each other. I am grateful for our SLC community and for the energy everyone brings, day in and day out to our halls and our learning spaces.
Here’s to a terrific new year for our college. Happy New Year everyone!
Glenn Vollebregt (He/Him)
President and CEO
St. Lawrence College