Alum sounds off on loss of honorable Cabrini representative

By defaultuser
February 17, 2005

Dear Dr. Iadarola and Ms. Moll,

I must protest your decision to let Coach Dzik go at the end of this season. I’m sure that you may feel that it is in the college’s best interest, but it is most definitely below the character that I feel Cabrini College stands for.

When I transferred to Cabrini College from Temple University in January of 1987, I did it knowing that I would have to, in effect, throw away a years worth of credits from Temple and start my junior year over again. I did this gladly because I felt that I had found in Cabrini College, a place where I wasn’t a number, and where I was respected for being part of a small, tightly knit family.

I had the good fortune of meeting instructors who made positive impressions on me, and I still recall fondly to this day. Cabrini College was a place where I was proud to attend, and recommend to those who were trapped in the education mills that many of the larger universities had become.

If I had a problem, it was dealt with. I actually had assistance, not interference from the college front office. Try getting that when there are 11,000 people in your major! Though my visits back to campus are infrequent, I still recommend the Cabrini College to the young people I encounter who are looking for a quality education, where individual attention can still be had.

The decision to let Coach Dzik twist in the wind is a disturbing one for a number of reasons, but number one in my book, is that you are showing a serious lack of loyalty to a man who should have buildings named after him. This is a college, not a professional organization, and as such, you are supposed to lead by example when it comes to proper behavior. We all bemoan the fact that things are different now and people don’t have respect for authority or history, but I submit to you that you are guilty of acting like any other faceless corporation.

Cabrini College is not North Carolina or Georgetown or Kansas, nor will it ever be, but that is what I liked about it. People came first, not the number of national championships, or whether the new player driving a BMW was going to bring down the program, or which shoe company was going to get endorsed.

People came first!

I never played for Coach Dzik, but his impact in the Cabrini community, and the larger world around us is measurable. I am a freelance camera operator who regularly works for the like of ESPN, ABC, CBS, NBC, (you get the idea) and 75 percent of my work is in the sports field. John Dzik is guy that people know and respect around the country, not just the 110 wooded acres of our campus. Cabrini College will lose an honorable representative that’s been at it longer, and to more important folks than you realize.

What message will that send about our college? Tough break, students. Loyalty, years of service, success… You’re old or not part of our plans,

What have you done lately? You might as well hear them here first, and see how remote, unfeeling management betters the lives around us all.

I’ve said my peace, and I would respectfully ask that you consider these points when you finally decide whether to Keep Coach Dzik or cut him loose, but should you choose to start teaching disrespect, disloyalty and dishonor of family members who helped pave the way for my success, I will have no choice but to seperate myself from Cabrini College as a donor, and a proud alumnus who can no longer speak well of the college I loved.

Sincerely Yours,
Sean Homsher ’88

Posted to the web by Shane Evans

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