Blame is not productive
TO THE EDITOR: It seems we have again descended into the “blame game” as austerity and revenue meet expenditures and long-term staffing aspirations; in this case, at CCC.
Having taught at more than five colleges and universities, on both coasts, at both the graduate and undergraduate level, I’ve acquired a bit of perspective on staffing, funding crises and also, alas, of the “blame game.”
Experience has taught me that this is mostly unproductive and largely denial in nature. No one person, or even group, makes a crisis.
The projected cuts at CCC will strike deeply into the heart of a number of programs. My own successor, a highly regarded, multi-discipline talented colleague and former student at both CCC and PSUC, is among those being cut.
It isn’t about his course load or student registration but more about some perhaps misguided budget priorities. Apart from his own strong teaching qualities, his family includes a prospective Winter Olympic’s contender, perhaps two.
In my 14 years at CCC, there were seven college presidents, one of whom has been twice promoted since leaving and four of whom retired, if one counts interims. Several became controversial. Compared with other colleges this isn’t quite unique.
Clinton is a good learning environment, with a largely dedicated faculty (and administration, and trustees). It is an asset to the community and the SUNY system.
However, its resource issues won’t be solved by administrative changes, nor by dropping a few low-enrolled tech programs, nor by laying off the “seed corn” faculty.
Retirements among senior faculty will cut some costs; realignment of programs could save others. Blaming “the Second Floor,” or the Faculty Association, etc. is counterproductive.
One hopes management and staff participate in this challenging process and time will embrace that total reality.
FORREST E. STUDEBAKER, Ph.D
Red Hat event
To THE EDITOR: The Altona Chapter of the Red Hat Society is once again hosting a Red Hat Banquet on April 25 at the Rainbow Wedding and Banquet Hall in Altona.
I have been unable to reach all the chapters in our area due to a lack of current e-mail addresses or phone numbers. We would like to invite all chapters (registered or unregistered with the Red Hat Society national organization) to attend our banquet.
If you are not a member but would like to find out about the organization and where a group may be near your home, please also consider yourself invited.
You may get in touch with me at my e-mail address (email@example.com) or phone me at 236-7289, and I will send you full details of time, menu, price, etc.
We are also welcoming anyone who would like to add to the night’s entertainment with any type of skit, song, poem, etc.
Please come and join the fun.
Altona Jackpine Rockettes
Red Hat Society