EKU Center for the Arts Director Still Employed? Wake Up Call To The Public!
Posted in the Kentucky Forum
#1 Jan 13, 2012
Word has been spreading around EKUís campus and throughout the eastern Kentucky area about the nightmare like experiences at the EKU Center for the Arts many customers have experienced. From the horrific delay and problems for those who chose to use the $8 valet service, to the numerous people who have encountered a problem with the ticket they purchased and their assigned seating, many patrons have had a far from delightful experience at the performing arts center. The horror stories donít end with the general public. Circulating just as quickly as the stories from paying customers are stories from anyone who has ever been given the burden of working directly with the director Debra Hoskins. Ranging from student workers to contracted catering business, all can tell you of the hectic madness that takes place in that building. Poor communication, disorganization, hostility, rudeness, deception and lack of respect are a few descriptions of the atmosphere encountered when working with Hoskins at the Center for the Arts. Just by walking past her office windows and seeing the massive, chaotic mess spread across the room, both her disorganization and lack of respect for the performing arts center are evident. She has neither respect nor gratitude for anyone working with or under her at any time and only takes them for granted. Hoskins views herself as above the University rules and continually breaks them. There have been reports of overworking students into late hours of the night as well as working them beyond the twenty hour work-week established by EKU in protection of their studentsí academic career. She has an explosive temper and foul language and is known to go off on employees, students, and even paying customers. All these problems have been brought to the universityís attention as well as President Doug Whitlockís attention, and yet nothing has been done about it. Instead, EKU has chosen to sweep all these problems under the rug, sending the message that these kinds of actions are completely acceptable at Eastern Kentucky as long as you know the right people. How much longer will EKU let this woman use and abuse itís name, facilities, and money? Why is something so obviously wrong still being allowed by EKU? Most importantly, if the Norton Centre for the Arts at Centre College passed over Hoskins for the director position in 2010, why did EKU hire her to run a brand new facility in a position she has never worked in?
#2 Feb 5, 2012
Tough decisions have to be made by anyone in a position of authority. The person(s) who wrote this note are obviously disgrunted former employees and/or their associates/family. Certainly this is America, and individuals have the right to freedom of speech - BUT NOT LIES/SPEECH THAT REACH THE LEVEL OF DEFAMATION.
Kentucky statute (KRS) 411 authorizes the filng of lawsuits for defamation/slander/libel. For a civil law suit to suceed, 4 elements are required: 1. Defamatory langauge 2. About the plaintiff (Debra Hoskins) 3. Which is published 4. Which causes injury to plaintiff's reputation. 627 S.W.2d 270 (KY. App. 1981). All elements are met in this spurious posting. Of course - there is a complete defense - if the statements made are TRUE.
Of course, if they were true, then "anonymous" would certainly have signed their name(s). Cowards believe they can "hide" when they sign "anonymous." But you know - that is not true.
All Ms. Hoskins has to do is file a lawsuit. Because once a suit is filed, a subpoena is then granted that requires web sites to provide certain information that can be utilized to identify whomever wrote the libel.
It should be very interesting to identify the author of the below piece of garbage character assasination and hold them responsible for ALL legal costs and fees incurred - as well as for the damage amount decided upon by the judge/jury.
#3 Jun 15, 2012
Debbie is one of the hardest working individuals I have had the pleasure of working for. Though I only worked for her 2 summers while she was at Centre, I met some of the most amazing people through her. During the GABBF, she took superb care of every band that came in. The Germans wanted pizza at 10:30 pm and she got it for them. She made every phone call she could and got a BALD EAGLE across 4 state borders in 12 hours when the 911 firefighter Daniel Rodriguez came to sing. If you don't understand the method to her madness perhaps you're the one who doesn't understand art. Some of the best artists have a disheveled work space, but that's neither her nor there. How many people can hit 2 buttons in their phone and call Willie Nelson? Debbie gets these big headliners to come to these small towns because she does what they need and she is a true professional. Valet is not her issue. Why would you build an auditorium meant to house 2100 with 1 parking lot that the Arts Center staff uses?! I believe Debbie did a wonderful job considering the difference in a private school (Centre) and the public university of EKU. Lastly, with this being a brand new facility that she had never worked in, who would have been the better more experienced choice? Someone who knows the campus and politics involved or someone who can make the EKU Arts Center an actual Arts Center? Performers and their managers would chose the latter, experience where it counts.
#4 Jun 18, 2012
Funny that the above poster should mention valet service wasn't DH's issue when I saw with my own eyes her parking patrons' cars while wearing a valet jacket. Anyway, it's really not her problem now.
#5 Aug 12, 2012
You don't know what you are talking about. I hope she sues you for libel.
#6 Oct 31, 2012
I'm glad she got fired. I have heard her vulgar mouth and heard other people comment on how vulgar she can talk and then go sing in church like she is a saint.
#7 Mar 25, 2013
If she was doing valet service , then she was going above and beyond- that is not in the job description of any arts director-- kudos to her
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