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YSU brings out the best in students



Published: Sun, January 27, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

YSU brings out the best in students

As I read Bertram de Souza’s column last Sunday concerning Jim Tressel and higher education, it made me to pause and reflect on the subject of my alma mater and the jewel we know as Youngstown State University. The article clearly identified the challenges our university has as it grapples with reduced state funding, academic excellence and shrinking enrollment.

What was bothersome was the thought process of Youngstown State either being a “glorified junior college or one of great academic significance.” I believe our university provides quality education. Clearly, YSU has top notch faculty and has engaged more quality students over the last 15 years. The fact that we have 160 full-time Leslie Cochran Scholars Program recipients consisting of young men and women from around the country with top high school academic honors is a shining example of our progress and academic significance. YSU also accepts high school graduates without a perfect pedigree or maturity and molds these students into future leaders of our great community.

As far as Jim Tressel for president, I hope he has the desire to take the challenge and apply for the position. It clearly should be a vetting process in which numerous qualified applicants apply from around the country. This position will be a stepping stone for some applicants to a larger university or a last stop in an illustrious career of higher education.

What Jim Tressel would bring to YSU is not a football coach, but a leader who can rally a university and polarize a community as well as energize fundraising. In addition to Tressel’s obvious skills in fundraising, he has the ability to recruit students and improve enrollment in an ever increasing competitive enrollment environment which is the key ingredient to the growth and success of YSU.

Garry L. Mrozek, Poland

The best searches take time

In an editorial several weeks ago, The Vindicator suggested that appointing an interim president at Youngstown State University would allow time for a thorough search process for a new president. I agreed with that opinion, and I was surprised by the decision to conduct a search in the short amount of time between now and June 30. It is not uncommon for a presidential search process to take nine months to a year. Although that might seem like a long time, it allows for the Trustees and others to create a comprehensive position announcement, receive and review application materials, interview candidates, and make a decision.

I do not question for a moment the integrity of those on the search advisory committee, several of whom I know personally. It just seems to me that a decision of this magnitude needs and deserves more time than just a few months. Whoever is chosen will have a hard enough job even without a rushed search process.

Robert A. Hogue, Youngstown

The writer is a retired associate professor, YSU’s Department of Computer Science & Information Systems.

Troubling questions for Congress

I am writing this letter to ask some questions. I would like to know why our Congress wants to always cut Medicare and Social Security. They borrowed millions of dollars out of Social Security and never paid it back. They put in I.O.U.s instead.

We, the American public, didn’t cause this debt, they did. They are always going against our president no matter what he does. They can’t pass any bill that isn’t stuffed with pork. I see where they will work less days this year than last year. It must be nice to have better health care and retirement than most everybody and be able to vote on your own wages.

They don’t do anything about all the fraud in Medicare or overcharges. Wolf Blitzer had one example on his show one night. A national dialysis firm overcharged Medicare $700 million, and nobody was charged with anything.

I think one solution for Congress is term limitations. If the president has to have term limits, so should Congress. No more than three terms. Then maybe we can get some new faces and ideas.

Work for us. Pay back what you owe Social Security. Take a cut on your wages and staff and pensions. And work at least 40 hours a week and 260 days a year, like us.

Ralph L. Fellows Sr., New Springfield


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