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
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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.)