By Elisa Polanco
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – Donald Delaney, M.A., a director at Camden County College who assists with program outreach and educational services, conducts tours of the Blackwood campus.
The campus tour is about 20 to 45 minutes and anyone is welcome to attend. On a campus tour you will expect to see buildings such as Jefferson, the school library, the Connector, and buildings pertaining to your field of study, such as the new science buildings. Delaney typically leads the tours between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday to Friday and is accommodating about the scheduling. “I am a very flexible person, I basically make the tour around the person’s schedule whenever they are available,” Delaney says.
Before the tour begins, Delaney asks the student or students about their needs and tries to narrow the tour to fit what they would most benefit from. For instance, he says he asks “what brought them here today, what are they looking to accomplish, where they are at in the process and is this his or her first time on a college campus?” Each tour can include one to 50 people. Delaney has assistance from Jannelle Quann, who works part time with him and helps with the larger groups.
The key aspect of the tour is to give a general overview of everything on the campus. That means walking around campus learning the buildings then perhaps walking into the ones that have more beneficial needs to the person, like the community center, the bookstore, the library and advisement.
For quite some time, there has been a rumor that a ghost is in the Jefferson building. When Delaney began he had a script for the tour: “Jefferson Hall, the third floor is haunted.” He says he wasn’t sure when and how it started but whenever he was looking for a little laugh he would say, “Hey it’s Jefferson.”
Delaney says the tours are vital. “It’s a very important thing because it’s nice to show off the campus,” he states. “It’s not the perception students typically have when they first get ready to come to the college.” He usually then asks, “Is this what you expected the college to look like?” to which the answer is usually “not at all.”
To find information about the campus tour, you can call Delaney at 856-227-7200, ext. 4660, email him at email@example.com or go to http://fs10.formsite.com/camdencc/form065889672/index.html.