An estimated eighty protestors showed up to greet those arriving at the Clarion University Fall Community Breakfast on Thursday morning, showing their disdain for the school’s Workforce Plan, which includes the potential loss of 35 or more jobs and cuts in several academic departments.
The protestors handed out flyers urging others to air their voices, and for alternative ways to be found to cut costs at the university.
C-93 Radio reports that, during the breakfast and ensuing program, the protestors’ chants could be heard by those attending the event at the Clarion American Legion post.
At the breakfast, Clarion president Karen Whitney outlined the school’s strategic goals through 2017. Those goals include student, faculty and staff success, the creation of equitable, diverse environments and the expansion of the school’s “engagement with society,” as well as a reversal of Clarion’s financial status.
Whitney stressed that 75 percent of the university’s funding comes from students, and promised that the school will remain Clarion County’s largest employer.
A number of campus building projects are included, including the remodeling of Tippin Gymnasium and the creation of a Center for Student Success. Nair and Wilkinson Halls will be demolished to make room for newer buildings. Two new swimming pools will be constructed, and Tippin Natatorium will be converted into a meeting-and-event area.
Whitney also promised that the University Summer Theatre would return by 2017.