Reverse Termination of NSU Professor, Steve Opfer
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Alumni and current students of Norfolk State University's Mass Communication and Journalism department have begun contesting a campus-wide implementation affecting faculty employment requirements. Administration has requested professors of the university obtain a PhD, resign or face termination - devoid of consideration for their collective years of dedication to the NSU family and brand.
Professor Steve Opfer, of the Mass Communications department and advisor for the Spartan Echo Newspaper, has been met with such a request; as it appears his "lack of credentials" do not jibe with the new image of our beloved school. Professor Opfer is one of the many professors who bring real industry experience, in addition to having significantly impacted and shaped numerous students who have been privileged to be under his tutelage. He has instilled a sense of community and work ethic among his students, past and present, directly influencing our careers within and outside of the media realm.
Losing Steve Opfer to another instructor who may fulfill the requirements of the "new tradition, the new NSU", would not only be a threat to the NSU MCJR brand, but also a devastating blow to the student body. The students and alumni of Norfolk State University are not opposed to change, we, in fact, embrace it. However, we will not support an administration who refuses to acknowledge the perspective of its Spartan family.
Simply put, Professor Steve Opfer is woven into the fabric of the Green and Gold we so love to "BEHOLD". Lend us your support of this petition by signing, sharing and encouraging POSITIVE discussion of the issue at hand. Let every unforgettable experience, unfaltering encouragement and jewel of knowledge provided by Professor Opfer be a reason why NSU's administration should reverse his termination. Silence is unacceptable; let your voices be heard!
Professor Opfer, the student body stands with you.
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