February 23, 2005
Dear President Iadarola,
I am a 1999 graduate from Cabrini College and was a member of the
First Lacrosse Team at Cabrini College for four years. I have to
express my sincere disappointment over the sudden termination of
John Dzik at Cabrini College. You yourself even noted in your
letter, "John Dzik was instrumental in building Cabrini Collegeís
menís basketball into one of the more successful Division III
programs...he has served as a mentor to many of our student
athletes." I have had the privilege to know Coach Dzik as a great
role model and a man who put all his efforts into making Cabrini
College known for its reputation in athletics, as well as put the
Men's team where it is today.
I only know one way to express myself and it is to be honest and
blunt. Dr. Iadarola and Ms. Moll, I do not recall you EVER reaching
out to the students. I do not recall ever seeing you out there with
us and I can not remember ever hearing any of the students mention
you as a "mentor".
1. A wise and trusted counselor or teacher.
As you know the students who
attend your college are there for an education that they can carry
on with them into a successful future. If you ask the students and
alumni one question "Where were the biggest lessons of your life
learned that have helped you with who you are?" You should not be
surprised to find that college students remember the biggest lesson
in life being from an advocate in or out of the classroom. You can
teach anyone to be educated and have book smarts, however while you
have been sitting behind the President doors on campus your students
have been looking up to there coaches and teachers because it is
those that we can thank for our strong character and lessons gained.
To take away such a valuable
asset that has helped your school gain strength, growth, and help
add to the development of your students is a backwards move in the
future of Cabrini. Coach Dzik was that asset. I can not remember why
I need to thank you but I can remember many reasons to thank him.
I can respect that there may be
personnel matters, (there always is) although I can not respect how
you give that as an excuse in such in such a serious situation. This
goes against any morals and values Cabrini College is supposed to
represent to it's student body, employee staff, and your community.
With this in mind, I would like
to ask the College to remove my name from all mailings and
solicitations immediately. Please no longer contact me, as I can no
longer in good conscience support a College that would treat one of
our own in such a manner.
Ami Hays (Petitte)
1999 Cabrini Graduate