Monthly Archives: November 2017
A Letter to Heartland CC
Heartland CC, NCFR (National Committee on Family Relations) and the Lost Work of a Long Suffering Veteran
Rest assured that I am a photographer. While I have some interest in community outreach. I am not a community organizer. I am not looking to poach your idea. Executing the idea usually turns into a lot of damn work for the organizer. It includes investment, fundraising, marketing, planning , not just photographs and gardening. Until I can understand more, I am not certain I have the interest.
I would be willing to help you by taking photographs of this project, once its out of the conceptual phase. I would just need to better understand the purpose of the photographs ( marketing, fine art, brochure).
Cristina Prestin-Latham, M.S., CFLE
It is unclear to me from your email below what you are accusing our faculty member and student of, but please know that we take any accusations of wrongdoing on the part of students or college employees very seriously. If you are indeed accusing our faculty member or student of wrongdoing, please provide specific details so that we can investigate the situation.
Please cease any direct communication with our faculty member and student and deal with the this matter through me to protect all parties involved.
Sarah J. Diel-Hunt, Ph.D.
Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs
Heartland Community College
phone: (309) 268-8593
Note: Email to or from Heartland Community College employees may be subject to disclosure under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. This communication is the property of Heartland Community College and is intended only for use by the recipient identified. If you have received this communication in error, please immediately notify the sender and delete the original communication. Any distribution or copying of this message without the College’s prior consent is prohibited.
Your communications with Dr. Diel-Hunt have been forwarded to me.
First, I would applaud you for the work you have been doing to help those in need. Your emails suggest to me that you genuinely care about your community and those in other communities who are in need of help. Thank you for that.
I would be happy to address this issue with you if you would provide me with some specifics concerning your grievance. Your previous communication references a student who you believe has “misrepresented” an idea of yours and possibly received a grant as a result. However, you do not identify the student nor give any indication of the nature of the idea or how we might ascertain that this idea was in some way plagiarized from you. I would be happy to follow up on this issue if you will provide me with information that will make this possible. Simply providing me the name of an instructor and no further details is insufficient for me to take any further action.
I also must restate the request from Dr. Diel-Hunt that you address your concerns through me and refrain from contacting either the student in question or the faculty member. This request is meant to protect you from any allegations of harassment that could result from direct contact. If you communicate through me, we can avoid that and hopefully resolve your issue without creating further complications.
I look forward to hearing from you with more details concerning this situation and to a quick resolution of the issue.
Dr. Rick Pearce
Rick Pearce, Ph.D.
Heartland Community College
VP for Learning and Student Success
phone: (309) 268-8105
fax: (309) 268-7999
My offer to assist you was sincere. However, since you refuse to provide me with any details as to your claim and instead resort to a personal attack on me, I will consider this case closed.
If I learn that you have had direct contact with my faculty member or the student, I will initiate legal actions.
As you are not a student with this college, I am also banning you from the campus. If you have a legitimate reason to be on campus, you must first seek approval from me. Failure to do so will result in legal action.
Dr. Rick Pearce
(My only hope, it seemed to me, was for me to convince Amber Baer to come clean about what she had done.)
(I have waited until now to send my final email (it precedes this post as it was posted afterwards)… I can’t let this stand. I believe if the will were there to look thoroughly into this matter… I would get satisfaction. However, I see little chance of that… unless something is done to draw attention to the issue. This is what I intend to do.)
Ever / Flipper
Ever / Flipper
Ever live a life that’s real?
Full of zest, but no appeal?
Ever have to really cry, cry so much…
You want to die?
Ever feel that you’ve been had?
Had so much that you turn mad?
Ever been so depressed that
those you turn to, you bring distress?
Ever sit in tormenting silence
That turns so loud, you start to scream?
Ever take control of a dream
And play all the parts and set all the scenes?
Ever do nothing and gain nothing from it?
Ever feel stupid and then know that you really are?
Ever think you’re smart and find out you aren’t?
Ever play the fool and find out you’re worse?
Ever look at a flower and hate it?
Ever see a couple kissing and get sickened by it?
Ever wish the human race didn’t exist
And then realize you’re one too?
Well… Have You… Ever…
David Voas and a Nearsighted View of Religion
Spoken like someone who has never taken the time to understand the role of religion in not only human history and progress, but it’s particular importance in the Western Tradition. David Voas, in his talk, demonstrates how no amount of education can guard against vanity, conceit and susceptibility to fashionable intellectual bigotries. The only insurance against these character traps is a healthy sense of dignity–not a proud display of arrogance. And while the popular opinion of religions demise is often seen in the relative infallibility of science and an over-inflated measure of the mental totem–raised at the end of a staff and shaken, voodoo-like, rattling infertile seeds within a gourd–“reason”.
In fact, it seems much more certain that the way to a popular audience–as where the American Civil War and WWII as subject matter for the past 50 years seem to insure a great sale of books–is to offer up the old arguments against religion only with greater certainty, wider venue or the trappings of scholastic credibility which, huckster-like, make the arguments seem more compelling than the arguments in themselves prove to be.
Further, David Voas’ reasoning exhibits exactly the kind of pitfall a lack of faith and religious perspective are precisely a bane against. He looks at immediate trends like a hiker walking through impenetrable fog who hasn’t hit a tree yet so decides he must not still be in a forested wilderness.
What David fails to acknowledge is the reason for religions success, rise and evolution alongside, or rather, in relationship with western society. At every turn in the road where a crisis loomed or was wreaking havoc upon the stability and forward progress of society, religion has stepped onto the front stage of the play with a perspective or innovation which served to carry us forward past the given obstacle. And this is because, counter to the mis-representative bigotries of the challengers of religion, religion is a mental perspective guided by values, selflessness and an awareness of a greater community which reaches not only into the jutted towers of higher education, but right down to where the hands of the lowliest workers meet and toil in the earth and firmament.
When the formula and equation of the Ancient Roman society had reached it’s logical conclusion… when it had outlasted it’s viability… It was Christianity and it’s sense of self and capacity for sacrifice and contribution which carried the society into its next epoch. When the Balkans with it’s warlike princes and micro-states could not justify a Byzantine garrison for its lack of societal wealth and production and yet could deliver veteran armies gathered snowball like out of its cauldron of vanity and warlike strife… it was the system of bishoprics which extended in proto-federal governance as ambassadors of an Empire whose interests were served by peace. And in the decline of populations where a rotting peace, internecine war–where bodies rotted on battlefields too numerous to bury much less shrift giving rise to population explosions of rodents fed upon rotting human flesh, and those diseases which fed upon that flesh–produced an outbreak of disease which wiped out great proportions of the society… it was a resurgence in religious directive, the monastic movement which went out into the wilds of Europe carving out civilization from sheer wilderness with corporate activity which developed new innovations in manufacture of all sorts. And when it was that old enemy of civilization, the worship of power into those seats of power man create, it was a diaspora of religious authority which cleansed the way for old and new religious authorities to take the reigns and lead the societies into a new age of theological discourse and intellectual refinement… with its adherents armed with invigorated enthusiasm for the toil to seek out God’s vision for the sake of man’s dignity.
No other venue susses out or engages in the dialogue for the sake of human dignity like theology and religion… Not accountancy, not law, not business, not athleticism, not aestheticism, and certainly not science. Right now we face a crisis of drug addiction, alcoholism, materialism, warfare, avarice, vanity and power… These are symptoms of meaninglessness. It is the science of human dignity, religion and a meaningful life which can only provide the context and perspective necessary to keep us from sliding forever into more and more debased patterns of slavery and servitude to sensationalism, vanity and power. This is what David Voas doesn’t understand about the Western Tradition. But maybe all he really wants is to fill his classrooms and sell a few books.