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9-10-20 Drugovich’s Hard Line Contrasts With Morris’

COVID RETREATS

Drugovich’s Hard Line

Contrasts With Morris’

City Council member David Rissberger flashed up this photo of a party in a SUNY Oneonta isolation dorm during this evening’s Oneonta Control Group meeting.

By LIBBY CUDMORE • Special to www.AllOTSEGO.com

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ONEONTA – Hartwick College Margaret Drugovich has a message for students unhappy with the school’s stringent COVID-19 code of conduct.

“We’re asking the students who don’t want to follow our rules to volunteer to leave campus,” said Drugovich during a meeting of Mayor Gary Herzig’s Oneonta Control Room on Monday, Sept. 7. “As hard as it is to say, if you violate our rules, you have to be gone.”

The crackdown was in high contrast to SUNY Oneonta, where, with 701 COVID-19 cases as of Tuesday, Sept. 8, two weeks after asymptomatic students transmitted the virus at “several large parties” off campus, a photo of students partying last weekend in Tobey Hall, reserved for students who have tested positive for COVID-19, made the rounds on social media.

Currently, 43 students are quarantined on the campus, with 139 in isolation after testing positive for the virus.

In contrast to Drugovich’s hard line, SUNY Oneonta President Barbara Jean Morris told the Control Room RAs check students during the day, University Police drive by, but in the evening, there is no adult in the building. “No one is inside,” she admitted.

Council member David Rissberger, Third Ward, voicing concern at the photo, said, “There’s no supervision, and the community needs reassurances that moving forward, something like this is not going to happen again.”

In a statement posted on the SUNY website, Morris also wrote that additional resources would be put in place to monitor the activity in the dorms.

“It is deeply disappointing that following the severe action SUNY Oneonta took just days ago to shift to remote learning for all students,” Morris wrote, “we are still faced with the reckless and irresponsible behavior of a few that are damaging the reputation of our campus and our dedicated students who followed the safety rules every day and were looking forward to a great semester on campus.”

When the students in the photo are identified, she said, they could face judicial review and possible suspension.

“Just because residence halls are closed, it’s still the fall semester and students are still accountable for their behavior,” said Franklin Chambers, vice president/student development. “The student code of conduct is still applicable.”

Following 11 positive cases at Hartwick, including a cluster of four in the Smith dorm, classes have been moved to online only and the dining hall has switched to take-out, effectively putting the campus on lockdown.

“We observed students moving dining furniture to be with one and other,” she said. “We couldn’t find an effective way to socially distance, so we moved to take-out as a precaution.”

Additionally, all residents of Smith Hall are on “precautionary quarantine,” as per a recommendation from the Otsego County Department of Health.

This week, five students were put on academic leave – in addition to the three sent home last week –after they were found with guests in their rooms, and a ticket was issued to such guests for trespassing.

“It’s very clear our campus is closed,” she said. “These individuals were not eligible to be on our campus.”

Academic leave withdraws the student from classes for the semester.

“Safety officers are now asking students to show ID,” she said. “It’s not a very Hartwick thing to do, and never in my 12 years as president did I think this would happen, but too many have tried to defy our boundaries.”

She continued, “Our success depends on the good judgment of everyone in the community,” she said. “And we will take swift action against those who do not comply.”

On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor Speaks Of ‘Citizen Of The Year’ Drugovich

On WAMC’s ‘Morning Headlines’, Editor

Speaks Of ‘Citizen Of The Year’ Drugovich

‘Citizen of the Year’ Margaret L. Drugovich discusses the strategic plan, developed her first year in office, that is now fully bearing fruit. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

In today’s weekly report, “Morning Edition,” on WAMC, Northeast Public Radio, Jim Kevlin, editor/publisher of www.AllOTSEGO.com (and Hometown Oneonta & the Freeman’s Journal), reported the qualities of Margaret L. Drugovich and innovations at Hartwick College that resulted in her being named as the newspapers’ “Citizen of the Year.”

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Hartwick’s Drugovich To Serve Through ’24

Hartwick’s Drugovich

To Serve Through ’24

She Inspires, Leads, Chairman

Says In Announcing Extension

By JIM KEVLIN • for www.AllOTSEGO.com

A beaming college President Margaret L. Drugovich presents a degree to Jackson Maloney at Hartwick’s 85th commencement Saturday, May 21. He is the son of Jim Maloney and Elizabeth Bloom. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)
A beaming college President Margaret L. Drugovich presents a degree to Jackson Maloney at Hartwick’s 85th commencement Saturday, May 21. He is the son of Jim Maloney and Elizabeth Bloom. (Ian Austin/AllOTSEGO.com)

ONEONTA – Hartwick College trustees announced today they offered President Margaret L. Drugovich an eight-year extension of her contract and she has accepted.

Her third contract since her arrival on Oyaron Hill in 2008, it begins June 1 and continues until June 30, 2024.

“The board is confident that Dr. Drugovich will continue to inspire and to lead this community of dedicated scholars, teachers, administrators and students and that she is the right leader for this time in Hartwick’s history,” said Francis D. Landrey, a New York City attorney and chair of the trustees, in announcing the extension.  “There is no one who believes in Hartwick College – and the value of this liberal arts education – more than President Drugovich.

He called her “a dedicated and exemplary leader.”

After Faculty Vote, Trustees Support President Drugovich

Hartwick Trustees

Support Drugovich

37% Of Faculty Vote ‘No Confidence’

Chairman Landrey and President Drugovich at the Jan. 22 ribbon-cutting of the Center for Craft Food & Beverage (AllOTSEGO.com photo)
Chairman Landrey and President Drugovich at the Jan. 22 ribbon-cutting of the Center for Craft Food & Beverage.(AllOTSEGO.com photo)

hartwick logoONEONTA – The Hartwick College Board of Trustees a few minutes ago declared it has “complete confidence” in President Margaret Drugovich after 41 of 75 faculty members present at a meeting earlier in the day supported a “vote of no confidence.”

“The faculty’s vote is unwarranted and serves only to harm the college,” said Francis Landrey, the trustees’ chairman.  “Put quite simply, President Drugovich’s leadership over the more than seven years of her presidency is cause for celebration and warrants our deep gratitude.”

The 41 votes comprise 37 percent of the 111 full-time faculty members, who were the only ones eligible to cast ballots in today’s vote, according to college spokesman David Lubell.

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Drugovich In Highest Echelon Of 2nd National Organization

Drugovich In Highest Echelon

Of 2nd National Organization

Dr. Drugovich
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ONEONTA – Hartwick College President Margaret L. Drugovich has joined the boards of two national higher-education associations in as many months.

Yesterday, she was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities during the association’s annual meeting in Washington D.C.  NAICU serves as the national voice of private non-profit higher education.

Last month, she joined the Division III Presidents Council of  the NCAA, Division III’s highest governing body.

Great Tastes Support Great Athletics At Hartwick College Benefit Auction

  Great Tastes Support Great Athletics

At Hartwick College Benefit Auction

Hartwick college president Margaret Drugovich thanks alumni board director Tom Meridith, after he purchased the evenings' first bottle wine up for auction from Tony Avanzato at the 12th annual Hartwick college Athletics Wine and Beer Tasting and Benefit Auction at Stella Luna on Thursday evening. (Ian Austin/ allotsego.com)
Hartwick college President Margaret Drugovich thanks alumni board director Tom Meridith, for his purchase of the evenings’ first bottle of wine auctioned from Tony Avanzato at the 12th annual Hartwick college Athletics Wine and Beer Tasting Benefit Auction at Stella Luna. (Ian Austin/ allotsego.com)
Liberty Insurance, S.N. Phelps & Co. Chairs Honored At Hartwick; Mele Quads Graduate

Liberty Insurance,  S.N. Phelps & Co. Chairs

Honored At Hartwick; Mele Quads Graduate

The Mele quadruplets of Long Island – Erin, Grace, Danny and Bobby – stand with Hartwick College President Margaret Drugovich on the stage after receiving their diplomas from the college. The four marked a first for Hartwick, the first set of graduating quadruplets to graduate in the colleges' 217 years
The Mele quadruplets of Long Island – Erin, Grace, Danny and Bobby – stand with Hartwick College President Margaret Drugovich on the stage after receiving their diplomas Saturday, May 24, on Oyaron Hill. The four marked a first for Hartwick: the first set of quadruplets to graduate in the college’s 217 years. (Ian Austin/allotsego.com)

Also at Hartwick’s graduation, President Drugovich bestowed honorary doctorates on the commencement speaker, David H. Long ’83, Chairman and CEO of Liberty Mutual Insurance Group, and Stanford Phelps P’86, Chairman of S.N. Phelps & Co., Commonwealth Oil Refining Co., and Clear Springs Land Company.   Hartwick’s Val Capullo recaps

 

 

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