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Antoinette Iadarola
President
Cabrini College
610 King of Prussia Road
Radnor, PA 19087

March 15, 2005

Dear Dr. Iadarola,

I am a 2004 graduate of Cabrini College and I am writing you in regards to the ridiculous decision that you and the school board has made in regards to John Dzik. I have tried to make some sort of reason about this decision and cannot get a grasp on how you can do this to someone who has dedicated 25 years of his life to growing your college. Not only has he dedicated his life to the Athletic Department and making the best out of every student athlete that has attended the college, but he had also offered to give up his job as athletic director to help you as the Special Assistant to the President for Athletic Advancement. He was involved with everything that had to do with Cabrini, from athletics to academics, and in my mind was a true role model for every student who knew him.

I wanted to draw your attention to a statement that is posted on the Cabrini College website. It states, ďAt Cabrini College, we recruit and retain faculty who are renowned in their fields and are truly committed to teaching and their students.Ē I would just like to know how you can post this and stand with the decision that you have made. Dzik was renowned in his field and was committed to every student that walked through Cabriniís campus. Dzik was one of the most winning coaches is Division III history and was named for the 6th time as Coach of the Year for the PAC. Dzik also always put academics in front of athletics and even if he wasnít teaching us a history or math class, he was teaching us lessons in life. How can you give up someone this valuable?

Another thing that I would like to draw your attention to is a time that John Dzik came out of his comfort zone to help Cabrini, and I am sure it was not the only time. My freshman year the field hockey team made it took the PAC Finals against Eastern College. Throughout the season, our coach had been struggling with Pregnancy Cancer but had still dedicated herself to helping us win. The night before our final game, she went into the hospital and was not able to be there the next day. Coach Dzik was notified and he dropped everything to help us, and Cabrini as a whole, out. As I can remember, he was actually in the middle of practice but came over and brought every single one his players to watch. This is dedication to the school and dedication to what Cabrini use to represent.

There are so many more things to say about John Dzik, such as the fact that he started an organization for all athletes to get them more involved in the school or the fact that he is the reason that half of the people that attend Cabrini are there. If you ask former Cabrini athletes, I can guarantee that they say they were going to leave Cabrini but after being involved in the athletic program and the people they had met through it, that they decided to stay. I am disappointed in the decision and the actions that have been taken and know that in the future you and Cabrini will feel the long term results. You have destroyed all that Cabrini had stood for and also have lost the respect of most of your alumni, people in the community, members of the PAC, and current and prospective students. I no longer will be associated with Cabrini and anything you do in the future besides the field hockey and lacrosse teams. I guarantee the response that you have received from this decision was nothing that you expected but it is what you get and deserve when you take the heart and soul out of your school.

Jody Sodano

Class of 2004