Kutztown president faces union test

Kutztown president faces union test

There are 79 comments on the The Morning Call story from Jan 17, 2008, titled Kutztown president faces union test. In it, The Morning Call reports that:

Faculty union leaders at Kutztown University are moving toward taking a vote of no confidence in President F. Javier Cevallos, saying the quality of education has eroded and the state school's status has ...

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joe wisdom

Bethlehem, PA

#1 Jan 17, 2008
We need to put this in perspective! This teachers Union wanted more money and benefits even when most of the teachers earn more than the president. There are also some staff members who want Cevallos out because they can't live with the idea that finally the PA Higher Education System reached out to a minority who have the necesary skills to run one of the 14 institutions with a strong hand and excellence!
I'm surprised that it took so long for a bunch of racist to find courage to show their true colors. Mr. Gambone just wants to go back to the exclusive German Dutch Club that used to be the KU College!
comment

Seoul, Korea

#2 Jan 17, 2008
Is not Gambone? An Italian name of heritage? German Dutch Club? As in Germany-Netherlands?

Or Pennsylvania Dutch as in those with historical heritage of being from Germany-Switzerland border of what is now either Barvaria or Baden-Wurtenberg?

That the faculty are to this point already indicates a loss of confidence in this President. I had a girlfriend years ago who was at Kutztown University, the conditions of the dorms and classrooms are embarrassing to call a state university. She had to live on 2nd floor of Old Main the academic building. Very bizarre.
KU Student

Fleetwood, PA

#3 Jan 17, 2008
The professors at Kutztown deserved a pay increase in their budget last year. They do a fantastic job and were not being compensated for being forced to teach in large buildings with astronomical class sizes.

There is no race issue here and Dr. Gambone is certainly not a racist...ask any KU student. Please don't drop the race card when you clearly don't have a perspective on the situation.

A majority of students have lost confidence in the President's leadership and decision making as we are forced into classes with over 100 -150 people for some general education classes. No one came to KU to take classes in such poor learning conditions. Had I wanted that, I would have gone to Penn State.

The decision to add another dorm to the campus eliminated parking for commuter students as well as basketball courts, which served as an outdoor recreational spot for athletes in the off season.

Decisions that have been made in Kutztown have been done so without considering the students or faculty. If you do not attend KU, there is no way you have enough information to write comments like the one about "Joe Wisdom"
Welshman31

Bloomsburg, PA

#5 Jan 17, 2008
As the very, very disappointed parent of a KU grad, let me say BOTH the President and Gambone are total and complete disappointments ad educators and people in leadership positions. As a 30+ year educator, I feel the instances that I had personal contact with each man left a lot to be desired. It is just a total shame that any criticism of President Cevellos will ALWAYS be answered with claims of racism and intolerance. Both of these men are total embarrassments to education, PERIOD

Since: Mar 07

Allentown

#7 Jan 17, 2008
Its funny how the teacher are citing a drop in the rankings from US NEws and world report. Any official statement from any university would tell us to ignore those rankings because they are unreliable. In fact I think KU was one of the schools refusing to submit data because they felt the rankings were unfair.
joe wisdom

Bethlehem, PA

#8 Jan 17, 2008
"I had a girlfriend YEARS AGO who was at Kutztown University, the conditions of the dorms and classrooms are embarrassing to call a state university".

What a nice way to support your point! You talk about a girlfriend and the dorms from years ago???

KU under president Cevallos is a gem, an example of what any son of any good pennsylvanian should expect of an institution of higher education should be. Specially when we speak about facilities.

What seems interesting about the faculty's union position is that most of their claims are on issues that the president already took care off and others are controled by the administrators in Harrisburg!
The political twist created by Mr. Gambone is in the fact that he knows Dr. Cevallos have budget and power limitations dictated by Harrisburg but he is using the Union to push his own personal agenda against diversity and the Latino community that is underrepresented by the regional institution.
joe wisdom

Bethlehem, PA

#9 Jan 17, 2008
"KU Student"]The professors at Kutztown deserved a pay increase???"

For your information I'm an Alumni and I do know Mr. Gambone. What I will challenge is that you are not a student because none of them will be looking at the newspaper at 7:AM and talk so nice about faculty and how deserving they are of their six figures salaries!
Mr. Gambone may be entittled to his own personal view about the president jusat like his view on the Iraq war and how every student should put up an uniform and defend Mr Bush's petro dollards but he should not include all faculty members in his disconnected of reality oppinion. KU is a Regional institution and faculty must understand the importance of Dr Cevallos to the community he serves.
Mr. Gambone may not be a racist but he definetly is dancing to their music!!!

“You call THIS civilization??”

Since: Mar 07

Orefield, PA

#11 Jan 17, 2008
Republican student wrote:
<quoted text>
This the best example of the union's support group?
This group of fanatics are crazzzzy! And the faculty Union too!
Dr Cevallos is an honest and decent guy who is doing his best with what he gets from Harrisburg. If he could change his cabinet and all of the blood sucking tenure profesors who want to have an easy job with the highest pay...
Be careful who you call "blood-sucking tenure professors." I happen to know some very fine KU professors personally who take a real interest in their students, who work long hours updating their curriculum, who work on the same during the summer, who do research to make sure they teach their students well, and have only the students best interests at heart.
I feel strongly that the large classrooms that the Academic Forum has brought are a real detriment to teaching, to the personal attention many students need, especially to the freshmen who are stuck there trying to adjust to college life and studies from HS learning that has required so little from them. This is especially true of the high risk students who are first generation college students trying to make a go of it.
Yet when profs tried to be heard, the state, and yes, Cevallos, would not hear.
You don't know who your friends are.

“You call THIS civilization??”

Since: Mar 07

Orefield, PA

#12 Jan 17, 2008
By the way, I do think Cevallos is a decent guy -- just not a very good college president.
A Grad

Redmond, WA

#13 Jan 17, 2008
joe wisdom wrote:
We need to put this in perspective! This teachers Union wanted more money and benefits even when most of the teachers earn more than the president. There are also some staff members who want Cevallos out because they can't live with the idea that finally the PA Higher Education System reached out to a minority who have the necesary skills to run one of the 14 institutions with a strong hand and excellence!
I'm surprised that it took so long for a bunch of racist to find courage to show their true colors. Mr. Gambone just wants to go back to the exclusive German Dutch Club that used to be the KU College!
Your post was written real good.
Another Grad

Redmond, WA

#14 Jan 17, 2008
joe wisdom wrote:
"KU Student"]The professors at Kutztown deserved a pay increase???"
For your information I'm an Alumni and I do know Mr. Gambone. What I will challenge is that you are not a student because none of them will be looking at the newspaper at 7:AM and talk so nice about faculty and how deserving they are of their six figures salaries!
Mr. Gambone may be entittled to his own personal view about the president jusat like his view on the Iraq war and how every student should put up an uniform and defend Mr Bush's petro dollards but he should not include all faculty members in his disconnected of reality oppinion. KU is a Regional institution and faculty must understand the importance of Dr Cevallos to the community he serves.
Mr. Gambone may not be a racist but he definetly is dancing to their music!!!
This post was written even gooder.
kutztowncares

Kutztown, PA

#15 Jan 17, 2008
If Attorney Orwig, on behalf of the Board of Trustees, can honestly state that "There has never been brought to our attention any type of concern about Dr. Cevallos," then he has not been paying much attention to recent Town/Gown meetings, at which multiple concerns have been voiced by residents, faculty members, and students. To be fair, many of the criticisms have been directed toward the university administration rather than toward the president per se, but I believe it was Mr. Truman who told us that "The buck stops here." Some of these concerns were also aired by community representatives during Dr. Cevallos's evaluation process, which Mr. Orwig led, so his comment is somewhat misleading, to say the least.
My Opinion

Kutztown, PA

#16 Jan 17, 2008
Being a student at Kutztown the last several years I personally like the direction the University is taking. I enjoy classes in the forum and afterwards I can get a quick bite to eat. Also the new dorms that are being built are going to be really nice for future students. I wish he would have been in his position earlier so that I could enjoy the future benefits he has been adding.
All this president

Emmaus, PA

#17 Jan 17, 2008
cares about is getting more minorities to come to Kutztown. I know that because it is mentioned at KU on a regular basis. Check out the KU newspaper. There are articles in there all the time how KU has increased the enrollment of minorities at the college. That's great. How many of them actually graduate? If they do, how many of them actually paid for it?

“You call THIS civilization??”

Since: Mar 07

Orefield, PA

#18 Jan 17, 2008
My Opinion wrote:
Being a student at Kutztown the last several years I personally like the direction the University is taking. I enjoy classes in the forum and afterwards I can get a quick bite to eat. Also the new dorms that are being built are going to be really nice for future students. I wish he would have been in his position earlier so that I could enjoy the future benefits he has been adding.
I hear what you are saying. Many of KU's buildings are a bit antiquated. But I'm curious -- do you think that the academic forum is appropriate for all classes and students? I can think of some classes that don't belong there that are there, and I still feel that it's not good for freshmen and high risk students -- usually the very students put there. But what are your thoughts as a student?
My Opinion

Kutztown, PA

#19 Jan 17, 2008
I myself like the forum and prefer the class I have there much more then the classes I have in Lytle. I like having my Prof in the stage like atmosphere in a comfortable setting. The size of the class doesn't bother me since the way it is laid out it just doesn't give me the feel of being in a large classroom at all. Some may disagree but compared to some of the other buildings give me the forum any day.
Hometown observer

Kutztown, PA

#20 Jan 17, 2008
I agree, KutztownCares. I am a Kutztown resident and alumnus. I have been to the Town/Gown meetings. I have witnessed Dr. Cevallos's eyes glaze over when the residents and students voice their complaints and displeasure at the administation's "all is well" line of bullsh*t. None of these people (KU administrators)live in our community and none of them give a sh*t about what happens here.
As far as Orwig's feigned surprise-all I can say is it's hard to know what's going on around you when you have your head up your a**.
PSU GRAD

Andreas, PA

#21 Jan 17, 2008
KU Student wrote:
The professors at Kutztown deserved a pay increase in their budget last year. They do a fantastic job and were not being compensated for being forced to teach in large buildings with astronomical class sizes.
There is no race issue here and Dr. Gambone is certainly not a racist...ask any KU student. Please don't drop the race card when you clearly don't have a perspective on the situation.
A majority of students have lost confidence in the President's leadership and decision making as we are forced into classes with over 100 -150 people for some general education classes. No one came to KU to take classes in such poor learning conditions. Had I wanted that, I would have gone to Penn State.
The decision to add another dorm to the campus eliminated parking for commuter students as well as basketball courts, which served as an outdoor recreational spot for athletes in the off season.
Decisions that have been made in Kutztown have been done so without considering the students or faculty. If you do not attend KU, there is no way you have enough information to write comments like the one about "Joe Wisdom"
How dare you even try to insinuate that KU (Tier 4 Public/Private University) is a better school than Penn State (Top 50 Public/Private College/University)! Have you lost your MIND? I graduated from PSU, and I am now enrolled at KU for graduate school (certainly not by choice). KU is a JOKE. The classes are ridiculously easy, and the students are subpar. And, frankly, the professors should be concerned, but they are also part of the problem. They GIVE everyone A's. There are no quality standards whatsoever!!!
PSU GRAD

Andreas, PA

#22 Jan 17, 2008
KU Student wrote:
The professors at Kutztown deserved a pay increase in their budget last year. They do a fantastic job and were not being compensated for being forced to teach in large buildings with astronomical class sizes.
There is no race issue here and Dr. Gambone is certainly not a racist...ask any KU student. Please don't drop the race card when you clearly don't have a perspective on the situation.
A majority of students have lost confidence in the President's leadership and decision making as we are forced into classes with over 100 -150 people for some general education classes. No one came to KU to take classes in such poor learning conditions. Had I wanted that, I would have gone to Penn State.
The decision to add another dorm to the campus eliminated parking for commuter students as well as basketball courts, which served as an outdoor recreational spot for athletes in the off season.
Decisions that have been made in Kutztown have been done so without considering the students or faculty. If you do not attend KU, there is no way you have enough information to write comments like the one about "Joe Wisdom"
By the way, consider your own ignorance:

"if you have not attended 'PSU,' there is no way you have enough information to write comments like the one about 'Penn State'."

In my four years at PSU, I had two classes with over 200 people in attendance. I LEARNED MORE IN THOSE TWO CLASSES THAN I HAVE LEARNED IN ALL OF MY "SMALL" KU CLASSES COMBINED.
Please Stop

Houston, TX

#23 Jan 17, 2008
Dr Gambone is nothing but a loud mouth cry baby. Most faculty members know it and it will come around to bite him in the A** in the end. He is only looking for one thing a big fat pay check and is willing to do whatever it takes to do so. You know Dr Gambone if you put as much effort into teaching as you do shoving your Union preaching in our faces our students and everyone else would respect you much more.

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